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How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

Pediatricians are trying to gently shape child-rearing styles so that kids living in poverty have a chance to succeed.<p>The other day, a mother of a 15-month-old walked into Andrew Garner’s office, oozing frustration.<p>“Is it normal for them to never sit still?” she asked.<p>Garner, a pediatrician in …

6 Summer Salads You'll Actually Crave

<b>1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette</b><p>With black beans, sweet corn, crisp bell peppers and creamy avocado, this is one of those crowd-pleasing, make-ahead recipes that everyone loves. You can serve it as a side dish, salad or dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the …

Dave Ramsey's Daughter Reveals the Biggest Money Lesson She Learned From Dad

Men are often viewed as the breadwinners and household money managers, but not many people can say their dad is a bona fide personal finance expert. Rachel Cruze, however, is one of the few people who can.<p>Cruze grew up under the guidance of one of today's most popular and renowned personal finance …

6 Ideas for Teaching Digital Reputation

Times have changed. Our graduating seniors can no longer rely on a one page resume to get their first job out of college. Our students need a strong digital reputation of which they can be proud and share with others. Some of our students may not want or be fit for the traditional career path, …

Why It's Important to Learn the Difference Between Self-Esteem and Self-Acceptance

<b>"We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light." ~Mary Dunbar</b><p>A friend of mine gave me two articles to read after a conversation we had on the importance of self-esteem. The articles were by Carol B. Low, Psy.D, of The …

5 Smart Snacks That Can Help You Lose Weight

As a nutritionist doing counseling on healthy eating and weight loss, clients often ask me about if they can include snacks in their diet and exactly what constitutes a healthy snack. Many people -- especially dieters trying to shed pounds -- are under the impression that snacking is not a good …

Mindful Parenting: The Most Important Thing

<i>"The most important thing is to remember the most important thing."</i> -- Suzuki Roshi<p>We so easily forget what is most important. We're often living our lives on autopilot, going through the motions, without truly knowing why we're doing what we're doing. Mindfulness reminds us of what we deeply care …

Haven't We Reached the Statute of Limitations on Demonizing Monica Lewinsky?

Oh, the media is abuzz; people are tweeting, presses are pumping, pundits are prepping; it's bound to be the top story on every gossip show and cable entertainment segment across the land: Monica Lewinsky is "breaking her silence" and, dear Lord, this is BIG NEWS.<p>I've already seen the kind of …

Be Careful of Your Thoughts: They Control Your Destiny

Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character. Be careful of your character, for your …

What Do Likable, Pleasant People Do Differently?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora: What do likable, pleasant people do differently?.</i><p><i>Answer by Jordan Phoenix, Director, Project Free World. Author, It's All My Fault: How I Messed Up the World, and Why I Need Your Help to Fix It</i><p>Here's some food for thought:<p>Imagine there was an entire …

Lessons Learned From Painful Post Interview Feedback

Recently, I suggested to a client that she may want to ask for feedback after receiving a generic rejection letter following a second interview. I've written previously about <b>the value of asking for feedback</b> after a job interview process where you do not get the job, especially for a position you …

Why Moms -- and Their Last Words -- Matter

"I'm sorry I can't take care of you anymore."<p>Those were the last words my mom said to me.<p>I was 14 years old and she had suddenly taken ill. It was nighttime. An ambulance came. She went to the hospital. Intensive care. The details don't really matter anymore. It was 39 years ago this week. My four …

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The VDay Detox: 7 Healthy Weeknight Dinners for Two

Sometimes it's our significant other that feeds our bad eating habits. Since Valentine's Day comes along so close to the New Year, I think it can be a nice to time to check-in and set intentions for your relationship. For those of you who add some sort of healthy eating resolution to your list …

These Recipes Are A Meat Lover's Dream Come True (PHOTOS)

If you describe yourself as a carnivore, we're willing to bet you're pretty serious about your meat consumption. You don't adhere to the USDA recommended myplate proportions. No, you want your plate space to only be occupied by the meat category (with poultry as a side -- maybe).<p>You true carnivores …

When Helping Your Child Choose the Right College, Ask the Right Questions at the Right Time

"How can I help my daughter choose the right college?"<p>This was the question during a parents' information session at a program hosted on campus this weekend. I heard the sincerity in this nervous parent's voice. There was clear longing for some revealing answer that would result in a perfect …

20 Habits for Success I Learned Working for Two Billionaires

I have spent decades "being educated" -- in college, graduate school, numerous professional certifications, and now a Ph.D. program. All of that schooling and training helped shape the person I am today, but at no point in my life has there been a more profound education than my time working for …

Why Everything We Know About Discipline Is Wrong

In my work as a clinical psychologist, the greatest concern expressed by parents is not knowing how to effectively discipline their children.<p>No surprise here.<p>They are often frustrated and burnt out because they have tried every technique and strategy out there to no avail. Their child's behavior …

11 Hearty Winter Pastas

On days like these -- when cold snow creeps over the tops of our boots and we're glad to be packed into a crowded subway car simply for the heat -- very few things make us warm and happy. Hot chocolate is too fleeting, our favorite winter hats are weathered, and by the time we get home all we want …

Top 10 Remote Hotels Worldwide

Ever want to get away from it all? GAYOT.com's list of Top 10 Remote Hotels features fantastic places to stay around the world that are far, far away. Enjoy Greenland's arctic landscapes, Namibia's sand dunes, or Chile's mysterious Easter Island. So rack up the frequent flyer miles and check into …

Thank you, Miley Cyrus

Yep, you read that right. Thank you, Miley, for being human and flawed and real and for living out your experimental phase (also known as your teens and 20s) in the public eye. Because of you, I have had the opportunity for some pretty honest and open conversations with my 9-year-old. Things I …

5 Ways to Empower Your Kids This School Year

The world children grow up in today is vastly different from the one many of us remember from our own childhoods. As parents today, we want more for our children than just academic and career success, we want them to believe in themselves, lead positive, purposeful, rewarding lives and grow to …

7 High-Protein Breakfast Ideas

<i>By Melinda Johnson for U.S. News</i><p>Protein tends to be misunderstood. At times, it's flying high on a fad-diet craze, when it seems that half of our population is shunning carbs in favor of a high-protein diet. At other times, protein is forgotten completely, as people order salads with low-fat …

The Only Cookie Recipe You'll Ever Need

When it comes to cookies, there's no question that chocolate chip is the only way to go. Even if peanut butter cookies have a claim to your heart or if you're more into the crumbly nature of shortbread, you can't refute the fact that chocolate chip cookies are basically America's favorite …

5 Reminders When Teaching Kids Life Skills

Imagine you're in military school. It's sunrise. A drill sergeant screams in your face to make your bed. You whip out of bed, flip the sheets over the mattress, throw pillows to the top and stand at attention. You're 7-years-old. Your heart races while the fear of death streams through your veins. …

The Science of Positive Thinking: How Positive Thoughts Build Your Skills, Boost Your Health, and Improve Your Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But "positive thinking" is also a soft and fluffy term that is easy to dismiss. In the real world, it rarely carries the same weight as words like "work ethic" or "persistence."<p>But those …

Managing Empty-Nester Stress

<i>by Deborah Rozman</i><p>Young adult kids leaving the nest: What is usually a great adventure for the young person is often a source of stress and grief for a parent. Moms, who are often the primary child caregiver, commonly find the transition harder to forge. You've devoted so much of your heart, energy …

5 Awesome Resources For Learning Today's Most Marketable Skills

<i>"I'm excited by the possibilities." - Bill Gates</i><p>One characteristic connecting many of history's greatest minds is a fanatical desire for continuous learning. Bill Gates is notorious for reading Time Magazine cover-to-cover so he can go on to his next activity having learned something new (even if …

7 Alternatives to Punishment, Option 1: You Are Not Alone

Part of my mission is to help parents raise happy kids and have a loving and successful family. Inside this blog, you'll discover the secrets to create a happier and more fulfilling relationship with your child.<p>Today's post contains the first effective alternative to punishment. Next week, I'll …

No-Bake Dessert Recipes Because It's Just Too Damn Hot

Half Baked Harvest<p>The last thing you want to do in the heat of summer is turn on your oven. Even if you think you can handle the heat -- that baking your special pan of brownies is more than worth it -- you'll soon regret your foolish decision. No matter how much you love your sweets, no dessert is …