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How to talk to anyone: the experts' guide

Handle awkward date silences, end a conversation with a stranger – plus chat to your children, your parents and your boss. Our panel shares their secrets<p><b>How to talk to… children and teenagers, by family therapist Karen Holford</b><p>Children often don’t have the words to say what they’re feeling, and they …

Relationships

5 ways to think big, any day of the week

“How do I make sure I’m thinking about the big picture, when I’m always working on a lot of small things that seem to take up all my time?”<p>This was a …

19 things keeping you from getting rich, according to a journalist who spent his career studying millionaires

Journalist Napoleon Hill set out to uncover the key to wealth around 80 years ago. He studied more than 500 self-made millionaires over a span of 20 years, and his research culminated in what would become a timeless personal-finance classic: "Think and Grow Rich."<p>In addition to boiling down the …

Self-improvement

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born son, Oliver, has …

Parenting

This Dad's Honest Sex Advice to His Teenage Kids Deserves a Standing Ovation

For most people, the first time they have sex is awkward, clumsy, incredibly not-pleasurable and, in the event that the deflowering takes place …

Parenting

New Studies Show How Moms Also Benefit From Breast-Feeding

Two new studies are adding to a growing body of evidence that breast-feeding is both good for the baby and for the mother.<p>The studies, which focused …

Inside your teenager’s scary brain

New research shows incredible cognitive potential—and vulnerability—during adolescence. For parents, the stakes couldn’t be higher.<p>As the head of a …

The science is in: God is the answer

Research shows kids raised with spirituality are happier and healthier in the vulnerable teen years. Why aren’t we all signing up?<p>Eighteen years ago, …

20 words that once meant something very different

Words change meaning all the time — and over time. Language historian Anne Curzan takes a closer look at this phenomenon, and shares some words that …

The secret history of “Y’all”: The murky origins of a legendary Southern slang word

The phrase “y’all” might not simply be the shortened form of “you all” — but something far more complex<p>As I jumped across the pond for a few weeks, back in my grad school days, I wanted to at least try to assimilate. Step one was toning down my Americanisms and in particular my Southern accent. I …

Linguistics

'Boys will be boys,' but not so in Asia - Futurity

U. PITTSBURGH (US) — There is a gender gap when it comes to behavior and …

Gender Equality

Who Majors in Anthropology? An Infographic and a Request

A little irked by the tone and skepticism with which some ask the question, “What can you <i>do</i> with a degree in anthropology,” I’ve decided to address …

A Good TED Ed Video Lesson on How Languages Evolve

November 4, 2014<br>In this excellent Ted-Ed video lesson, Alex Gendler provides a historical account of the development of languages.The overarching …

Starling – The World’s First Educational Wearable for Children

With 82% of brain development complete by age three, the number of words your child hears before the age of four is the biggest predictor of …

How to Parent Like a German

The first time I went to a playground in Berlin, I freaked. All the German parents were huddled together, drinking coffee, not paying attention to …

Parenting

Don't panic: A male midwife's guide for dads-to-be

Mark Harris has advice for men on how they can help their partners: don’t panic and help her relax<p>Mark Harris used to go into schools to give career talks, and ask the pupils to guess what job he did. “I’d get security guard, policeman, Fat Controller, butcher…”<p>I start laughing, because he really …

Pregnancy

Labor: How Does Giving Birth Actually Feel?

Giving birth is a magical experience, but how does it actually feel like? Many women described the pain of their labor, and it is surely unique.

Pregnancy Symptoms You Don't Need To Worry About

These seven symptoms of pregnancy simply aren't worth stressing over.<p>Let's get one thing straight: Pregnancy consists of roughly 40 weeks of physiological change and pressure on every body system imaginable. Despite the stress involved, Alice Domar, Ph.D., assistant professor of Obstetrics, …

What’s Going On With Your Hair During Pregnancy? (WATCH!)

If you're pregnant, you probably don't need us to tell you that pregnancy can do some pretty crazy things to your hair. For some lucky moms-to-be, it …

Eating placenta after birth carries no health benefits, new study finds

Eating a baby's placenta after birth does not stop depression or increase energy levels of new mothers, a US study has found.<p>But advocates in …

A Doctor Explains How a Woman Can Go Nine Months Without Knowing She’s Pregnant

“Women who are very overweight or obese won’t necessarily see the physical changes that a baby is growing inside them, and the extra fat can insulate her from feeling the baby move and kick,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine.<p>If your flow always …

23 Interesting Vintage Photos of Life of Huron County, Canada in the Late 19th Century

Here is an interesting collection of vintage photos that shows everyday life of Huron County, Canada from between the 1880s to 1890s.<p>Posed picture of …

Pregnancy to-do's for every trimester - Photo Gallery

1 / 15<p>To-do's for any time<p>Here are a few things to think about doing throughout your pregnancy, from staying well hydrated to taking a series of …

Your pregnancy diet: The basics of eating well

Fine-tune your diet – even if you already eat well<p>Almost all pregnant women need to get more protein, more of certain vitamins and minerals (such as …

Pregnancy

30 Weird But True Pregnancy Facts You Should Know

Pregnancy is one of the most fascinating things I have ever experienced. There is nothing like growing a human inside of your own body. Giving birth …

STD Facts - STDs & Pregnancy

If you are pregnant, you can become infected with the same sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as women who are not pregnant. Pregnant women should …

5 Myths About Breast Sagging That Need To Go Away

First, a couple of truths: We'd all love to have perky breasts our whole lives, but sagging is just a part of life. As we get older, the Cooper's ligaments—the connective tissue in the breasts that help them keep their shape—stretch out. "Also, breasts gradually change from having more breast …

Women's Health

What The First 48 Hours Breastfeeding Are Really Like

Before I gave birth, I knew a lot about breastfeeding. I've spent the better part of four years writing about it for HuffPost Parents, and not just the science supporting it, but what it feels like for mothers on an emotional level. I've interviewed women who exclusively pump; women who've nursed …

Pregnancy