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Biggest Parenting Trend of 2016: F**k It! Don't Worry, Be Happy

After years of Tiger moms and helicopter parenting, 2016 finally brought good news for parents in the form of a philosophy that everyone should just …

Parenting

We Learned A Lot In 2016 About How Preschool Can Help Kids

One of the most controversial questions in education has been whether preschool — and specifically Head Start — helps kids succeed as they move through elementary school.<p>Critics have long noted, and research has supported, that the benefits of Head Start fade in a few years. It's an important …

Education

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Teaching

Viral Meme Spreads Important Message About Kids And Consent

We need to give kids a choice when it comes to hugging and kissing family members<p>Teaching children about consent is crucial, so why do some parents …

Why I’m opting out of the Santa myth with my 2-year-old

I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned, agonizing over what seemed to be a huge and intractable decision. The stakes were high, and I didn’t know what to do.<p>The question: to Santa or not to Santa. My daughter turned 2 in October, and I knew the subsequent Christmas would form the foundation for our …

Parenting

7 Tips To Help Your Child Develop Their Emotional Intelligence

As a result of decades of research showing a connection between our emotional well-being and success in life, many schools are now looking at or …

Emotional Intelligence

Want to Raise Creative Thinkers? Play Make-Believe

Something very important seems to be disappearing from playgrounds across the land — the age-old tradition of fantasy play. Not just physical play (as in swinging, sliding and running around like a maniac), but the kind where a child’s mind is fully active, like sneakily learning coding basics …

Creativity

Croissant Bread Pudding Is the Ultimate Brunch Win

If you're hosting brunch this weekend, promise me you'll stop at your local bakery and pick up some croissants today. Leave them out to get a little …

Breakfast

Mixed Berry Croissant Bread Pudding

I have such a sweet affection for all things mixed berries. Today, I’m tossing my mixed berry affection in a rich and velvety bread pudding. Beyond …

Baking

A psychologist says parents should do these 18 things to raise a more confident child

Confidence is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child.<p>Carl Pickhardt, a psychologist and author of 15 parenting books, says a kid who …

A Step-By-Step Survival Guide For The Toughest Days Of Parenting

The baby woke up at 3 a.m. and never went back to sleep. Someone peed the bed at 4 a.m. and never went back to sleep. Your 4-year-old spent the night …

How to be a good listener: the experts' guide

Step one: stop talking. From that friend in need to your nightmare colleague, here’s how to hear and make a difference<p>A close friend was going through a terrible time this summer. As she cried to me on the phone in her lunch break or over coffee at the weekend, I tried to be the best friend I …

Holiday Gift Guide: 75 DIY Gifts for Everyone

Just a tiny sample of the 75 DIY gifts included in this Gift Guide! Feeling in the DIY mood this holiday season? Then you'll want to peruse and pin …

PopSugar

Why pushing creativity out of classrooms will stop children succeeding in the 21st century

Politicians and industry use buzzwords such as ‘creativity’, ‘collaboration’ and ‘imagination’. So why are we taking all the fun out of learning?<p>In an inner-city classroom on an ordinary day, something extraordinary is happening.<p>Ashley, a boy on the autism spectrum who has behavioural challenges, …

NASA Has Compiled a List of the Best Air-Cleaning Plants for Your Home

Many of us spend most of our time indoors, so it’s important to cultivate a space that’s a healthy one. A simple—and beautiful—way to do this is through houseplants; they add some green to your home while being an effective way to purify the air.<p>NASA hardly seems like the organization that would …

Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet potatoes are a popular ingredient in fall recipe favorites such as sweet potato casserole—a Thanksgiving staple. Unlike a lot of holiday foods, …

Recipes

Parenting Showdown: “Let Kids Be Kids” vs. “Because I Said So.”

Whether or not you have kids, you probably have an opinion on parenting. Should moms and dads enforce rules strictly, whether their kids like it or …

Teenagers 'ill-prepared' over finances

<b>Youngsters aged 16 and 17 need last-minute financial education before adulthood amid fears they are ill-prepared, an advice service has said.</b><p>A third of this age group had never put money in a bank account and two-thirds could not read a payslip, research for the Money Advice Service …

Taxes

My Minimalist Animal Illustrations

A collection of animal illustrations where I use the background colour to integrate the shape and colour of the animal.

The Iconic Hillary Clinton

In defeat, the politician may find a status that had eluded her in victory—as a symbol for other women who see themselves in her struggles.<p><i>This article was updated on Monday, November 14 at 6:52 p.m.</i><p>Hillary Clinton hasn’t made any public appearances since her concession speech midday Wednesday, but …

Government

5 Modern Lessons Our Sons Need to Learn

New technology and a swiftly changing planet have made the challenges our sons will face different than those we faced growing up. It makes the job of teaching them what to watch out for that much more complicated—and important.<p>In many ways, the lessons I'm trying to teach my daughter and son are …

3 Ways to Better Understand Your Emotions

Dealing effectively with emotions is a key leadership skill. And naming our emotions — what psychologists call <i>labeling</i> — is an important first step in dealing with them effectively. But it’s harder than it sounds; many of us struggle to identify what exactly we are feeling, and often times the most …

Going From One to Two Kids

One of the biggest questions we get asked by readers with kids is, “What is it like going from one child to two?” For example, Amal, who is expecting …

Toddlers

9 Habits Of Highly Emotionally Intelligent People

When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into what many people had always assumed was the sole source of …

The Most Important Things To Discuss With Your Child Before The Age Of 12

<b>1. Where babies come from</b><p>Arguably no parent is ever ready, nor indeed understands when the time is right to have a chat about the birds and the bees. …

Parenting

9 Women Changing The Vaginal Health Industry

Think different<p><i>“i bleed each month to help make humankind a possibility. my womb is home to the divine. a source of life for our species. whether i choose to create or not. but very few times it is seen that way.”</i><p><i>- Rupi Kaur, period.</i><p>In the span of a year, New York went from being a place where its …

3 Practices For Letting Go Of Looping Thoughts

Your partner screams at you because there was a miscommunication. Your client takes an action that you specifically warned him against, then blames …

Mindfulness

How to Be a More Positive Parent

Whether you are the parent of a baby or a teenager, we can all agree that parenting is a challenge! It can be wonderful one day and then exhausting, …

Parenting

6 Tips For Disciplining Highly Sensitive Kids

Parenting my older son has always been a bit of a wild ride. He came out of the womb with the most serious expression on his face and was moody right …

Sure Tips To Keep Your Children Safe At School

PhotoCredit<p>School floors are getting swept, buses washed in preparation for the big day and uniforms being ironed, all in preparation for a new year of school. This is an experience that leaves us feeling wary, no doubts about that. As soon as we put our kids on the school bus or we drop them at …