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Stress Relief For Kids: 5 Activities To Help Your Child Calm Down

Stress can be dangerous -- and adults aren't the only ones who feel its harmful effects.<p>As early as first grade, kids are able to identify what stress is and report feeling that they're under stress, according to Susan Kaiser Greenland, author of <i>The Mindful Child</i> and teacher of mindful awareness to …

Why I Stopped Buying Juice Boxes (The picture will gross you out…)

A patient came to my ER after noticing green slime coming up the straw from her Juicy Juice box. Her mom cut open the box – and brought her straight …

Kids

If You Want Your 4-Year-Old To Be The Next IPO Billionaire, Get Him This Book

Want to get him or her on a career track that will almost certainly keep them employed for a while? Maybe even make them wealthy?<p>Maybe your little rascal should read "My First Website," a children's ebook aimed at getting kids interested in web development.<p>You can pick it up here or click below to …

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10 Great Math Apps for Kids

These fun apps will reinforce basic arithmetic concepts and spark a love for learning math.<p>When it comes to teaching your kids math skills, you've done it all: quizzes over breakfast, extra homework help, bedtime stories that sneak in math concepts. If you're looking for new, clever ways to help …

Kids

Favorite Things: Great Birthday Gifts for $20 or Less

We tested dozens of toys and games to find these budget-friendly and kid-pleasing gifts<p>Delightful Dinosaurs<p>Jurassic playtime just got cuter, thanks to this set of three <b>Wooden Dinosaurs.</b> The colorful, fully posable creatures (Brachiosaurus, T-rex, and Stegosaurus) lend themselves to eons of …

12 Simple Activities for Traveling with Kids

We are well into the summer season, and in comes traveling with kids. My kids are out of school and it’s time to take a few trips. Whether it’s a …

Kids

The Delicious Case For Replacing Family Dinners With Family Breakfasts

By dinnertime, your family is tired, in a bad mood, and often not together. The morning is another story–and can bring all the benefits of supper, with none of the pain. Plus: waffles!<p>Parents hear again and again that eating dinner together as a family is supposed to be important for kids.<p>Studies …

How giving your child allowance can pay off

School may be out, but never fear—there are plenty of teachable moments to be had when it comes to kids' financial literacy.<p>There are lawns to be mowed and summer jobs to be had—but parents also can go a long way toward helping children learn about money with a simple tool: the allowance.<p>"From my …

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Here’s a typical pre-kid meal scenario: my husband and I come home from working all day, crack open a cold one and meet in the kitchen to create a …

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How to Raise a Kid Who Isn't Whiny and Annoying

In a recent TODAY moms survey, 42% of mothers say that they "sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress." According to Today.com, "Symptoms include staying up until 3 a.m. clicking through photos of exquisite hand-made birthday party favors even though you'll end up buying yours at the dollar store, or …

10 Ways Living With a Toddler Is Like Being in Prison

As a parent, your schedule is often dictated by the needs of your child, especially when that child is young.<p>The necessity of getting a toddler home for a nap -- as well as the need to get them to bed for the night before the sun has even gone down -- can cripple your day. Being sequestered in your …

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A little magic in everyday.<p>I have an unwritten rule.<p>One fun thing everyday.<p>It doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive or elaborate.<p>Just one new (or …

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What’s In Play-Doh?

The Best of Mothers

"Farewell, best of wives, best of mothers."<p>The words on my Facebook page stopped me in my tracks. They formed my college friend's status update -- solemn, careful words, the likes of which rarely grace my newsfeed. Below, he posted his mother's memorial page, explaining that she had recently …

The Blessings of a Lemonade Stand

"We have a line!" Chloe, my middle child, calls in a voice that fills the space between earth and sky.<p>"You do!" I answer, side-glancing at my husband, not even trying to hide my smile.<p>"Get to work," he suggests, tipping his chin in the way that he does in his sincerest of moments.<p>We sit in chairs …

With Little Kids, You Take Trips, Not Vacations

I'm told that when you spend 48 hours cramming suitcases and food and toys and blankets into your minivan and then head out of town with your kids, it's not a vacation. It's a trip.<p>A vacation is for sipping drinks at 10 a.m. and taking those obnoxious pictures of the lower half of your legs while …

The 5 Types of Moms at the Children's Museum

While at our local children's museum this morning, I took notice of the other moms around me and quickly realized that we all fit into one of the five categories of moms.<p>1. <b>The Cell Phone Mom:</b> The one who never gets off her cell phone and looks confused when she looks up and can't find her children. …

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The Most (And Least) Lucrative College Majors, In 1 Graph

Erin Ford graduated from the University of Texas two years ago with a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering. Recruiters came to campus to woo her. She got a paid summer internship, which turned into a full-time job after she graduated. Now, at age 24, she makes $110,000 a year.<p>Michael Gardner …

6 Words You Should Say Today

Very rarely does one sentence have immediate impact on me.<p>Very rarely does one sentence change the way I interact with my family.<p>But this one did. It was not from Henry Thoreau or some renowned child psychologist. It was invaluable feedback from children themselves. And if I've learned anything on …

The Trouble With Bright Girls

Successful women know only too well that in any male-dominated profession, we often find ourselves at a distinct disadvantage. We are routinely …

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Wellness<p>Hello Giggles<p>Science never ceases to amaze us. On Friday, December 1st, the news broke that the first U.S. baby was born from a …

Five Ways We Encourage Our Kids to Give Back - Global Moms Challenge

We all like to give. In fact a growing body of research tells us that we are hard-wired for giving. But how do we get our kids to want to give, too? …

5 Drop-Off Moms You Will Meet At School

After just three days of school for my new kindergartener, I am noticing a clear difference in the characteristics of my fellow drop-off moms. …

The Trick That Keeps My Kids Away From TV

In our house, we barely have time to breathe, let alone watch hours upon hours of TV. My children, Catcher and Louisiana, love them some TV. They are especially prone to crappy (but harmless) Disney shows and "smart shows," a.k.a. nature/history/documentaries. If I let them, they would have spent …

Youngest Kid, Smartest Kid?

When the Harvard sociologist Hilary Levey Friedman was expecting her first child, one thing worried her: her due date, January 3rd. It was uncomfortably close to January 1st, an often-used age cutoff for enrollment in academics and sports. “I was determined to keep him in until after January 1st,” …

My Worst Parenting Decision

I made one of my worst parenting decisions today. It was not to feed them fast food, hire a babysitter with questionable references or send one of the kids to school with a fever. I am not even speaking of the curse word I used at bedtime.<p>This morning we were, as usual, running behind. My husband …