Alexis Ayre

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Parenting

Managing Problem Behavior at Home

One of the biggest challenges parents face is managing difficult or defiant behavior on the part of children. Whether they’re refusing to put on …

8 Things We've Learned About Happiness In The Past Decade

We're living in a golden age of happiness -- the scientific study of happiness, at least.<p>The field of positive psychology has exploded in growth …

Happiness

Dear Cities of the World: Please Stop Trying to Copy Dubai

Lars Plougmann (CC BY-SA 2.0)<p>So, the results are in for the recent elections in Nigeria (I’m sure everyone was paying close attention), and the big …

Top 4 tech habits you need to break right now

Get some peace of mind by breaking some bad habits and developing some good ones along the way.<p>It's a brand new year, so why not start it off right by ditching the shackles of old habits and trying some new things to make your tech life easier? We know that old habits die hard and that's why we've …

Die Hard

What I'd Do Differently If I Was Learning To Code Today

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>I’ve been learning to build iOS apps in Objective-C for the past few months and I’m finally starting to really get my head around it. It’s been a lot harder and taken a lot longer than I expected.<p>I often get stuck, get frustrated, and spend many more …

7 Phrases That Children Need to Hear From Their Parents

Through my work with teenagers, I've realized just how much the parent-child relationship affects the child's development, both emotionally and mentally.<p>No surprises there. The stronger the relationship, the better the chances of the child becoming a well-adjusted, successful adult. This article …

Parenting

25 Cheap And Inspirational Projects For Kids That Will Stimulate Their Creativity And Enhance Their Knowledge

Cheap and inspiring projects for kids can be instructional as well. The kids get to have fun while science does all the work.

Building Me: A Puzzlement

It's a puzzle — the deepest puzzle I know. The question is: What are we?<p>One answer, from physicist-novelist Alan Lightman, is we are stuff. Just stuff.<p>"Let me explain. A highly unpleasant idea, but one that has been accepted by scientists over the last couple of centuries, is that we human beings, …

How to Be Alone: An Antidote to One of the Central Anxieties and Greatest Paradoxes of Our Time

If the odds of finding one’s soul mate are so dreadfully dismal and the secret of lasting love is largely a matter of concession, is it any wonder that a growing number of people choose to go solo? The choice of solitude, of active aloneness, has relevance not only to romance but to all human bonds …

4 Odd Yet Effective Ways The Smartest People Prioritize Their Days

You’ve tried everything to organize your priorities better, and still end up scattered. Try these outside-the-box ideas for sorting your day.<p>The hardest part is getting started.<p>When there’s a long list that needs tackling every day, the hardest part is tackling what needs to be done first. You may …

Time Management

The Secret to Time-Outs That Work

Quick: What's the easiest thing to say when your kid misbehaves? "That's it -- time-out!" Easy, yes. But effective? Not the way most of us do it.<p>That's one of the surprises I encountered while researching <i>"Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science (and What I've Learned So Far)."</i><p>A …

Parenting

The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It

Delaying hard work is all about your mood.<p>When I woke up this morning, I had one goal: Finish this article by 11 a.m.<p>So, predictably, by the time it was 10 a.m., I had made and consumed two cups of coffee, taken out the trash, cleaned my room while taking a deliberately slow approach to folding my …

An Open Letter to My Son's Kindergarten Teacher

Greetings and Salutations!<p>We haven't met yet, but we will soon. I need to apologize in advance because I am going to be one of "those" parents. You know, the ones who are constantly checking in, perhaps over protective to a fault.<p>In my defense I feel like I know a bit more about this whole school …

How a Stomach Bug Made Me a Better Mom

I knew it was coming for days before.<p>Chills, aches, stomach cramps. Finally, on Monday, it hit. Yep, Mommy had the stomach bug. The husband had just left early that morning on a business trip. Crap.<p>So there I was, alone at home, fighting a stomach bug while taking care of our two boys under 3 years …

Frozen Lemon Custard

Making homemade ice cream is a funny thing. For something that has to be eaten quickly, it almost always requires some intermediate-ish kitchen …

PB&J Isn't Cutting It...Here Are 6 Tricks For More Inspired School Lunches

We've all been there--that carefully planned, painstakingly executed lunch sent to school with the kids comes back smushed and uneaten. If your darlings are rejecting what's packed in their lunchbox, know that you're not alone. Even food professionals get maddening results. I spent years learning …

Food

The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before They Turn 13)

20th Century Fox[/caption]<p>There are people out there who have never seen <i>The Princess Bride</i>. They walk among us, holding down jobs, contributing to …

Do Our Kids Really Need To Learn How To Code?

Some months ago, I downloaded the Kodable app for my 4 year-old, which boasts that it can teach toddlers how to code before they can read. My programming skills are pretty basic, but I like the idea of giving my child a head start.<p>Many of today’s business and political leaders stress that coding …

How to Clean your Washing Machine

So let me start with a little story about our washing machine…. about 6 months after we got our new front loader, I began to notice a not so nice …

Open Faced Chili Grilled Cheese with a Runny Egg (The Perfect Grilled Cheese)

I AM SO EXCITED.<p>GUESS WHAT I GOT. JUST GUESS.<p>Here’s a hint: What do snapshots of my raisin toast, the book I’m currently reading, selfies, and my dog …

double chocolate banana bread

I have a theory that Mondays are for repentance, for undoing whatever damages to your liver, psyche or saddlebags you’ve done over the weekend. …

Blueberry-Lemon Rolls

First of all, thank you guys so much for all of your kind comments on yesterday’s post on The Scoop. Thank you for reading it, thank you for sharing …

Gearing Up for Family Gardening

Family gardens are evolving spaces, particularly during the early childhood years. In infancy and early toddlerhood, a garden is purely sensory …

Gardening

Gardens on Shelves: The New Vertical Garden Trend?

I've been noticing a trend in the garden world that is loosely related to the ubertrend of vertical gardening. Shelf Gardening (as I am calling it) …

Gardening

Before & After: DIY Color-Block Planters

Pretty garden pots make any outdoor space that much more lovely, but those little pots can be mighty pricey. That's why I love this type of DIY …

Outdoor Spaces

The 5 Best Pieces of Advice If You Want to Start a Small Container Garden

Last week we asked those of you who garden in small spaces to share your best advice for starting and maintaining a successful kitchen garden in pots …

Gardening

DIY: Shade-Tolerant Herbs To Grow in Your Apartment

Buttermilk biscuits with chive butter, egg salad with ribbons of tarragon, iced tea with fresh mint. There are a lot of reasons to love warm weather, …

Stunning Visuals of Isolated Arctic Locations

Images shot by Brit artist Reuben Wu who is based in London give us some gritty images of abject desolation as he shares some surreal landscapes. An …

Violin