Leah Anderson

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What I'm Not Afraid to Say About Parenthood

Over the weekend I found myself sitting in my dark closet and sobbing uncontrollably. You know, the kind of snotty, ugly-faced cry that you never see in the movies. I'll spare you the details of all that led up to it, but suffice it to say that it's not the first time that it happened and it …

How to Tell Your Toddler That You're Pregnant

Having a second baby? If your first child is still under 5, read on for advice on how to explain that a second child is on the way. Prepare your firstborn for your family's new addition.<p>A New Sibling<p>My friend Catherine, whom I met when our 4-year-old daughters were infants in strollers, is pregnant …

Parenting

Don’t Leave A Testing Toddler Hanging

Your 10-month-old spends the majority of your playgroup session climbing and squirming on your lap, using you to pull up to standing as you sit on …

The Right Question To Ask When Something Feels Wrong

I begin today's post with a few words on a beloved topic: food.<p>Specifically, French food.<p>Before arriving in Paris there was lots of dreamy anticipation about the pending French cuisine. Those decadent, creamy sauces... those exquisite pastries... that bread...<p>Okay yes, the bread is pretty …

50 Loving Sentiments We Should All Say More Often

All too often, we take the people we love the most for granted: our lovers, family members, friends, and even our children. We forget the enormous power of our words, as we carelessly lash out when under stress. We stick our noses in our laptops and smartphones, assuming our loved ones know what we …

How We Treat Others

How we treat others is really in the end how we treat ourselves. Our outer conduct always has inner results.<p>In a great little passage from Shakespeare's play, <i>Hamlet</i>, the Prince addresses Polonius about some theatrical players who are visiting, and we get this exchange.<p><b>Hamlet:</b> Good my lord, will you …

5 Proven Strategies for Releasing Negative Thoughts

"Mind is everything. What we think, we become." -- Buddha<p>Whether by virtue of our self-imposed stress, propensity for self-blame or the scarcity mentality that keeps us from connecting with our gratitude, negative thinking can be a significant obstacle to our personal development and emotional …

Tone Your Abs on a Mat: 5 Moves Better Than Crunches

Feel the burn, skip the crunches.<p>The mat is a great place to sculpt sexy abs. What's not so great? Only doing crunches—which utilize just a portion of your core muscles—to tone up. So we put together five intense and efficient core-strengthening moves that target <i>all</i> the regions of your abs. Here's …

When Respect Becomes Indulgence

Dear Janet,<p>As a developmental psychologist and professor, I love your website and blog. You do a great job explaining an approach to child …

4 Tips to Bully-Proof Your Child

The issue regarding bullying in schools has grabbed a lot of attention lately. Given that 28% of middle school students experience some manner of bullying, it's no surprise that suicide and depression rates keep on increasing.<p>Even celebrities have taken the initiative to campaign against bullies …

Parenting

When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home

In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who …

The Uncommon Exercise That Will Make Your Glutes Burn

It'll also wake up your backside and help you lift more weight during all other lower-body moves<p>A <b>miniband</b> might not be the first tool you reach for when building a stronger, more powerful lower body, but it should be. "When placed around the tops of your shins as you move side to side, the miniband …

The Neurochemistry of Positive Conversations

Why do negative comments and conversations stick with us so much longer than positive ones?<p>A critique from a boss, a disagreement with a colleague, a fight with a friend – the sting from any of these can make you forget a month’s worth of praise or accord. If you’ve been called lazy, careless, or a …

The 50 Best Movies for Kids

Check out some of the best kid-friendly films of all time.<p>Whether you're planning a family movie night or looking for some kid-friendly entertainment options while you and your partner have a date night (or, let's be honest, catch an extra hour of sleep on the weekend!), nothing spoils the fun like …

Kids

10 Plyometric Exercise Moves That Burn Major Calories

These high-intensity moves can improve your performance, too<p>Ever seen people at the gym do a series of crazy-intense, rapid-fire jumps, skips, and hops? You were probably witnessing plyometrics, a type of high-octane training that taps into energy stored in muscles to encourage muscle development, …

Deciphering Addiction

If the purpose of life is to <i>awaken</i>, then we really have only two choices to make. We can make a conscious decision to learn from joy and freedom, or we can choose to be mired in pain and defiance. I'm sure you've heard the expression <b>happiness is an inside job</b>, and I would venture to say that …

A 'High' From Marijuana Is Really the Opposite in Your Brain

A new study suggests marijuana blunts the brain’s reaction to dopamine, making users less responsive to the chemical responsible for feelings of …

The Brain

Feel Whole

<b>What's left out?</b><p><b>The Practice:</b><p><b>Feel whole.</b><p><b>Why?</b><p>When I look back on mistakes I've made -- like dumping my anger on someone, making assumptions in haste, partying too much, losing my nerve, being afraid to speak from my heart -- in all cases a part of me had taken over. You know what I mean. The parts …

5 Plank Exercises That Work More Than Just Your Abs!

The plank may be the ultimate core-building exercise, but here's how you can make it so much more than that<p>The plank can strengthen your core, fix poor posture, and reduce lower-back pain. But as you’re hovering there, why not make the move do double duty? These five awesome plank variations …

You've Probably Never Used a Barbell Like THIS

Intimidated by that 45-pound behemoth? Don't be.<p>For a lot of people, barbells are synonymous with bodybuilders, power lifting, and bulking up. "With a lot of my female clients, if I suggest using one, they worry they might look like <i>me</i> after a set," jokes Ben Bruno, a Los Angeles-based personal …

Welcoming Our Ego-Wounded Parts

"I just want to get rid of the part of me that gets angry so easily."<p>"I hate the part of me that thinks about food all the time."<p>"I just want to kill the part of me that is so needy."<p>"I hate the people-pleasing part of me."<p>"I wish I could cut out the anxious, wimpy part of me."<p>"I wish I could just …

In the brain, sex addiction looks the same as drug addiction

LONDON (Reuters) - Pornography triggers brain activity in sex addicts similar to the effect drugs have on the brains of drug addicts, researchers said on Friday - but that doesn’t necessarily mean porn is addictive.<p>Porn actresses line-up at the opening of the "Venus" erotic fair in Berlin October …

5 Mental Skills You Need to Get Through ANY Workout

You've got more in you—here's how to find it.<p>When you're dripping sweat, your heart is pounding, and your legs are on fire, finishing a workout is <i>tough</i>. Whether it's trucking through that last mile, squeezing in that last rep, or staying in that yoga pose for 10 more seconds, we've all been …

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How to 'Think' Your Way to Fitness Success

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