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Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

Hey, guess what? I got married two weeks ago. And like most people, I asked some of the older and wiser folks around me for a couple quick words of advice from their own marriages to make sure my wife and I didn’t shit the (same) bed. I think most newlyweds do this, especially after a few cocktails …

Relationships

10 STEM Toys That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds

Whether you’ve got kids who already love science or kids who would rather play music or sports, these 10 STEM toys are so irresistibly cool, they’ll …

Kids

Melinda Gates: I spent my career in technology. I wasn’t prepared for its effect on my kids.

When my youngest child was born in 2002, the flip phone was still the coolest piece of tech you could get. Now I’m told that all three of my children are part of what demographers are calling iGen.<p>I spent my career at Microsoft trying to imagine what technology could do, and still I wasn’t prepared …

Parenting

3 Tricks You Can Use Anywhere, Any Time to Become More Productive | Inc.com

It's a buzzword plastered on everything from paperweights to screen savers to break room bulletin boards.<p>Odds are it's shown up your social media feed as a single word surrounded by something serene: clouds, mountains, smooth stones stacked up in perfectly balanced descending order of …

Mindfulness
Mental Health

A Montessori-inspired wooden robot teaches toddlers how to code

Teaching kids coding is all the rage, with coding clubs and coding camps cropping up like Silicon Valley startups. Countries like the UK have made it part of the national curriculum, recognizing that computational thinking will be as important as literacy and numeracy for the jobs kids will have 20 …

Kids

20 children’s books that stand the test of time

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>flickr<p>For many, our earliest or perhaps most stubbornly lodged memories are those in which we are reading books with our parents.<p>Before …

Kids

Captain Underpants is better than any movie named Captain Underpants has a right to be

Here’s your crass kids movie cure for the bloated summer blockbuster blues.<p>I don’t think <i>Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie</i> should be as good as it is — which is to say, light and breezy and solid early-summertime fun — solely because its name is <i>Captain Underpants</i>. Does that make me a …

Animation

You Might Have To Break Up With Your Parent(s) To Live Your Best Life

If you read that headline, and your first thought was something along the lines of:<p><i>Are you kidding? They birthed you, and raised you, and did the</i> …

Parenting

We Should Let Our Kids Go Barefoot As Often As Possible (Thanks, Science!)

I’ve always thought the loveliest summer scenes include a kid running barefoot in the grass, or on the beach, or anywhere, really. Tiny bare feet …

Kids

How To Meditate with Noise: A 3-Minute Practice for Anywhere

1. <b>Begin this meditation by noticing the posture that you’re in</b>. You may be standing or sitting or lying down.2. <b>Notice your body exactly as it is</b>. See …

Meditation

Being an only child makes you more creative, but less agreeable

Children who grow up without siblings have differences in brain structure to those with siblings, according to new research.<p>Following a study of 250 college-aged students, researchers in Southwest University in Chongqin identified significant differences between only children and non-only children …

NPR Is Launching A Podcast For Kids And It Sounds Freaking Awesome

NPR’s first-ever children’s program offers kids and their grown-ups a way to learn together<p>The power of the podcast will soon reach new audiences, …

Kids

Fathers with this personality trait have more intelligent children, study reveals

Were you lucky enough to have a father like this?<p>According to a new study, fathers with a calm manner who engage with their babies often, can improve …

The shoddy science behind fidget spinners

Jenn Jarmula, an elementary- and middle-school teacher in Chicago, recently hung a sign outside her classroom. This Is A Fidget Spinner Free Zone, it …

Autism

Our Kids Need Time In Nature To Help Them Learn and Grow

My kids go bonkers when they’re inside all day. First they mope. Then they start to make messes — toy soldiers scattered throughout the living room, …

Kids

Sheryl Sandberg Researched How to Raise Resilient Kids. Here's What She Found | Inc.com

No kid should have to go through what Sandberg's two school-aged kids faced when their father died suddenly of a cardiac arrhythmia. But at least a few good things came out of the horrifying loss experienced by the Sandberg family.<p>First, Sandberg teamed up with Wharton psychologist Adam Grant to …

Parenting