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Babies can give you hope, happiness and purpose

My son helped me cope with bad news and stopped me from wallowing in self-pity<p>New parents are boring. To paraphrase my fifth-favourite internet commenter go-to line, new parents all think they’re the first people ever to have children. But that happens for a perfectly good reason. Parenting is …

A tiny trouble led to my darkest period as a new mom

Shares 0<p>When my second son was born he let out a cry that was music to our ears. With pink cheeks and healthy lungs he announced his arrival into the …

Emily Flake’s Mama Tried lambastes modern parenting, in all its passive-aggressive, smug glory

<i>The following is an excerpt from Emily Flake’s Mama Tried: Dispatches From the Seamy Underbelly of Modern Parenting.</i><p>Once the temperature dips below, say, 70, the sight of an uncovered baby head is like Kryptonite. The tongue-lashing I’ve received for exposing my daughter’s scalp to the breeze is …

Diply

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Top 10

5 Parenting “No-No’s” That I Allow Because… Well, Just Because!

If you have read many of my past columns you know that I am not very strict with my son. And I take a lot of pride in my parenting skills – even if …

Girls need to plan for motherhood, says top head

Leading headteacher tells schoolgirls "we all have a biological calendar"<p>Teachers must tell girls that they need to choose between their careers and motherhood instead of misleading them with the “lie” that they can have both, according to a leading headmistress.<p>Vivienne Durham, of independent …

10 Lesser-Known Parenting Challenges –

Parenting is really hard. It uses every ounce of mental and physical energy I have, every day. Sure, I knew about the big child-rearing ordeals …

Parenting

Your Biggest Parenting Fear Faced

An older and wiser mother shared this with me, "See, kids are evil -- they force you to worry about everything! Dogs barking in the middle of the night, oh, it's probably a stray cat or the wind.<p>With kids -- it's a serial killer or kidnapper, did you lock all the doors and windows?<p>Kids make you …

Diane Kruger Made a Major Hair Change Entirely By Mistake

Let this be a lesson to us all.<p>Regular visits to the salon in pursuit of perfect highlights or an expertly executed hair transformation is pretty much standard routine for all style-conscious women, but sometimes the dread of scheduling an appointment and then sitting in a chair for hours on end is …

5 Delusions That Block Writers from Professional Success

by Anne R. Allen<br>We writers tend to get a tad delusional about our own work. Most of us know the average writer doesn't make great money, but we …

How a group of neighbors created their own Internet service

Powered by radios in trees, homegrown network serves 50 houses on Orcas Island.<p>When you live somewhere with slow and unreliable Internet access, it …

The Junk Drawer: Facing Down a Household Horror

<i>Originally posted at www.Zillow.com:</i><p>Whether you have an old-school junk drawer packed with rubber bands, loose change and dried-out pens, a new-fangled junk drawer full of chargers, tangled ear buds and slips of paper scribbled with multiple passwords, or some combination of the two, chances are …

Dear High School Seniors, Applying to College is the Easy Part

Early application deadlines have arrived for stressed out high school seniors, but whether you're accepted or rejected, you still have a lot to learn.<p>…

Who is George Boole and why is he important? Today's Google Doodle explained

Today is the 200th anniversary of the 19th century mathematics genius birth and he has been honoured with a special Google Doodle<p>George Boole was a British mathematician whose work on logic laid many of the foundations for the digital revolution. The Lincolnshire-born academic is widely heralded as …

One technique that can help you make friends as an adult is surprisingly easy to mess up

But years of research suggests there's one near-universal feature of relationship development: self-disclosure.<p>In general, according to research by Nancy L. Collins, Ph.D., and Lynn Carol Miller, Ph.D., people tend to like each other more after they've shared something personal.<p>The foundation of …

No one told me about the loneliness, the emotional roller coaster, and how to stay sane when I could only eat a spoonful of mashed potatoes

I thought bariatric surgery would solve all my problems; 180 pounds later, I realized I was wrong<p>Mollie Hawkins<p>November 2, 2015 12:30am (UTC)<p>Eight years ago, tipping the scale at 314 pounds, I decided to undergo gastric bypass surgery. A skilled bariatric surgical team spent a morning in May of …

Weight Loss

Portraits of Immigrants Arriving in the United States in the Early 1900s

Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay was the busiest immigrant inspection station in the United States at the dawn of the 20th century, with millions …

Ate 33 Reese’s Last Night? Don’t Panic—Here’s What’s Happening in Your Bod

Going to town on a pound’s worth of candy won’t instantly make you obese.<p>'Tis the season for jack-o’-lanterns, trick or treating, and potentially eating enough candy to put you in a food coma until Thanksgiving. While the mantra “everything in moderation” is especially applicable when heading into …

Nutrition

Chipotle shuts Seattle, Portland stores after E. coli outbreak | Reuters

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said on Sunday it had closed all its restaurants in two West Coast markets due to a reported outbreak of E. coli bacteria that is being investigated by the company and health authorities.<p>A sign is seen at a Chipotle Mexican Grill …

7 Tips for Planning a Budget-Friendly Family Trip This Fall

<i>Anthony Quintano/ Flickr</i><p>Bright colors, brisk air, thin crowds and reduced rates inspire families of all ages, styles and tastes to get out of town each autumn. After all, if you're not planning a road or camping trip filled with plenty of stargazing, hiking and quality time in the great outdoors, …

Texas case mulls if home-school kids have to learn something

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Laura McIntyre began educating her nine children more than a decade ago inside a vacant office at an El Paso motorcycle dealership she ran with her husband and other relatives.<p>Now the family is embroiled in a legal battle the Texas Supreme Court hears next week that could have …

How to actually work a four-day week

A few years back, I started obsessing over productivity. Things like sleeping more than seven hours or getting up late and getting stuck in traffic seemed like wasted time. These situations could be controlled, but instead they were reducing my productivity.<p>The problem was that I was pretty sure I …

Time Management

5 Things Bill Gates Says You Must Do to Be Successful

When the world's richest man offers career advice, it's smart to listen.<p>If you're looking for a role model of lifelong success, you can't do much better than Bill Gates. Microsoft, the company he founded, created a whole industry. At a net worth of nearly $80 billion, he's the richest man in the …

Self-improvement

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …