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8 Montessori-inspired phrases to use for each stage of potty training

While we look forward to milestones, like introducing baby to their first foods and watching them take their first steps, for some reason potty …

Parenting

These 55 Amazon Products Have Been Bestsellers For Years — & You’d Never Guess Them

Buying stuff online an be a bit of a toss-up if you aren't careful. More times than I can count I've waited two weeks for a package, just to discover …

Shopping

I Put a GPS Tracker on My Child, and I'm Never Going Back

Let me start by saying I am <i>not</i> a helicopter parent. My kids eat dirt, fall down, swing from things while yelling, eat too much sugar, and don't always brush their teeth. But they also wear sunscreen and eat organic fruit, so I feel like I've found a healthy middle ground. And when it comes to …

Parenting

Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

<i>A version of this piece ran in February 2018.</i><p>Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.<p>One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.<p>But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So …

Parenting

This Song Will Instantly Lower Your Stress Level By 65 Percent

It’s well-known that the right playlist can help you focus, sleep, and even make you happier in less than 30 seconds, but now, thanks to a team of …

How to Rent an RV This Summer for Only $1 a Day

Recreational vehicle (RV) rentals tend to be expensive, yet I recently managed to rent a five-person RV in Las Vegas for only $1 per day. In addition …

8 unrealistic expectations smart people ignore

Your expectations, more than anything else in life, determine your reality. When it comes to achieving your goals, if you don’t believe you’ll …

Beyond Harry Potter—10 of the Best Fantasy Book Series

When I was in the third grade, my teacher began reading the <i>Harry Potter</i> series to us out loud in class every day. I was enthralled by the story of …

Want To Live a Better Life? Use These 8 Life Lessons To Build Your Personal Philosophy

Discover your personal philosophy and then build your life around it.<p>Following a morning hike among the serenity of red rocks, wildflowers, and mountain views, I sat in conversation with an old friend. We had an important topic to discuss. Mainly, my future career.<p>My friend knows that I'm a …

Happiness

How to Establish a Toddler Bedtime Routine

Is your little one having trouble settling down at night? Establishing a few nighttime rituals can help. Here are some ways you can stop the bedtime …

I Stole My Pedicurist’s Secret to Smooth, Supple Feet

I’ve spent years trying to get a grip on my dry, calloused feet. I’ve cycled through all the usual methods — and the truth is that none of them are …

Be A Guide, Not A Guard: How To Raise A Happy And Responsible Kid

Next time you see your child doing something that you don't like, whisper to yourself: “Be a guide, not a guard."<p><i>Originally published on</i> Motherly<i>.</i><p>By Nadene van der Linden<p>“Be a guide, not a guard” perfectly describes the kinds of parenting behaviors that create happy and responsible children. It’s a …

Parenting

50 Surprising Ways to Cook Shrimp

Shrimp is underrated. It's the quickest, most versatile protein in your kitchen. You can smother it in cheese sauce and pasta, or toss it on the …

Genius Strategies for Raising Kids Who Are Smart About Money—Starting at Age 4

Preschoolers & Early Elementary Kids (7 and Under)<p>The foundation of money habits is formed very early, as young as age 5, according to research from …

19 Parenting Hacks That Will Turn You into Supermom

You got this, moms!

How to Disagree with Someone More Powerful than You

Your boss proposes a new initiative you think won’t work. Your senior colleague outlines a project timeline you think is unrealistic. What do you say when you disagree with someone who has more power than you do? How do you decide whether it’s worth speaking up? And if you do, what exactly should …

I Bribed My Kids With a Rewards Jar and Mellowed Out My Family

Three mason jars and a ridiculous amount of glitter changed me from a reactionary parent into a dad who sets boundaries for his kids and …

How to find your eyeglass prescription without getting an exam

Want to freshen your face with a new pair of eyeglass frames? As you probably know, you can save a small fortune by ordering glasses online.<p>Just one wrinkle: You need to know your prescription. Sure, you can call your optometrist to get the numbers -- unless the office is closed. Or you just feel …

Where to find the best free stuff online

Why pay?<p>The internet is brimming with freebies—you just need to know where to look for them. There are a lot of sites that offer free items—but there are also a lot of scams. We've handpicked the most trustworthy sites and apps for you to turn to, whether you're hunting for a sofa or a smartphone …

Freebies

50 Secrets Your Pet Won’t Tell You

We asked animal behaviorists, nutritionists, veterinarians, and pet groomers to shed some light on what your furry friends would tell you if they …

30 excuses stopping you from living your best life (and 30 solutions to overcome them)

“I attribute my success to this: — I never gave or took an excuse.” — Florence Nightingale<p>Studies show that failure is among the most common reasons …

Motivation

My Skin Glows So Much From This $14 Primer, You Can Basically See Me in The Dark

I have one main goal in mind when it comes to my beauty routine — to shine so bright you can see me from outer space. I'll try any product that promises to make my skin look fresh and dewy. Every single day since I started wearing the NYX Hydra Touch Oil Primer ($14), at least one person has told …

5 Ways to Handle Disrespectful Behavior from Children

Whether your child rolls her eyes and says, "Whatever Mom!" when you tell her to start her homework or she pretends she can't hear you when you tell …

Parenting

Toddlers - Milestones, Development, and Care

Are the twos really <i>that</i> terrible? The toddler stage can be a trying one for parents, but also fun and rewarding—your child is continuing to develop …

Here's What's Actually Going On When You (Or Someone In Your Life) Can't Stop Complaining

Research shows that constant grumbling, bewailing, and lamenting not only torments the people around us but harms our health and adds stress to our …

38 Interesting Questions To Ask Your Mom Right Now

Being a mother is only one part of her life.<p>A year and a half ago, my mom, my sister and I met up for dinner at a cozy Italian restaurant in New York City with two of my aunts and my aunt’s longtime best friend.<p>Over a couple glasses of wine, my mom, her two older sisters and our family friend ― who …

Parenting

The Best Ways to Discipline a 4-Year-Old Child

Disciplining a 4-year-old presents some unique challenges. No longer a toddler, but not old enough to be a "big kid," preschoolers want more freedom …

How to Make an Indoor Self-Watering Herb Garden

No green thumb required.<p>Start an herb garden indoors with a planter that will keep your herbs hydrated and blooming all year long.<p><b>What you'll …

This Yoga Sequence Is Even Better Than a Before-Bed Massage

Yoga before bed can be some of your best defense against insomnia. By calming down your body and your mind, you're putting yourself in a better position for sweet and restful slumber. Ready to get to bed? This yoga sequence will save the day.<p>— <i>Additional reporting by Jenny Sugar</i>

Want More Luck? Science Says Do These 3 Things Every Day

Luck isn't just chance but an alchemy of courage, focus and a willingness to experiment. Here's how to make it a strength.<p>What is it that enables entrepreneurs like Elon Musk, Sergey Brin and Arianna Huffington to make their own luck?<p>Entrepreneurs who feel lucky report higher levels of motivation …