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If you were fired, don’t lie about it in a job interview. Do this instead

Being fired is awkward. Sometimes you deserve it, and sometimes you don’t. Either way, it can be a difficult thing to explain at a future job interview. In fact it’s hard to think of a less tasteful way of selling yourself for gainful employment than admitting that you were forcibly removed from a …

The 1 Retirement Danger No One Warns You About

Consider this your wakeup call.<p>Retirement can be a scary prospect if you go in unprepared. But what exactly does being prepared mean? You'll see …

Genius Strategies for Raising Kids Who Are Smart About Money—Starting at Age 4

Preschoolers & Early Elementary Kids (7 and Under)<p>The foundation of money habits is formed very early, as young as age 5, according to research from …

This is the 3-step process you should follow when you get a job offer

When you’re desperate to leave your job, it can be tempting to take the first offer that comes along. Don’t.<p>When you want a job–whether it’s your dream job or you’re simply ready to move on–it can be all too easy to accept any offer you’re given–even if it’s not the right offer for you.<p>“The number …

25 Things You Need to Do When You Move Into Your New Home

Take care of these vital tasks right away to avoid headaches later.<p>The minute you walk in to your new home, your mind will be racing with to-dos. …

18 Things You Should Never Do To Your Lawn

Whether you have a green thumb or not, it’s easy to maintain a blissful, barefoot-worthy backyard. For starters, avoid these 13 no-nos.<p>Leaving grass …

Lawn Mowing

Amazon's monthly STEM toy subscription box is about to turn your kid into a little genius

Any future Elon Musks or Marie Curies out there?<p>For those parents with kids who could not give a shit about the <i>Bubble Guppies</i> or other educational …

Why Children Aren't Behaving, And What You Can Do About It

Childhood — and parenting — have radically changed in the past few decades, to the point where far more children today struggle to manage their behavior.<p>That's the argument Katherine Reynolds Lewis makes in her new parenting book, <i>The Good News About Bad Behavior.</i><p><i>"</i>We face a crisis of …

Parenting

A Guide to Chores for Every Age

You and your partner are a team, and you want to raise your kids to be part of that team. (Not to mention there’s too much to do and not enough time for the two of you to do everything.) If you’re looking to get your kids to start helping around the house, these suggestions break down chores that …

Shopping for the best mortgage rate is an essential strategy that can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a home loan. Shopping for the best mortgage rate is an essential strategy that can save a homeowner thousands of dollars over the lifespan of a home loan.

If you are buying any type of real estate; whether residential, commercial or vacant land, you will most likely need to secure a mortgage. That is …

The simple trick that has helped me land jobs without having to apply

Every few years, I pull out my "hire me" email and bcc it to my contacts, which includes old coworkers and bosses — but also former neighbors, landlords, people I trained with for a marathon, and so on. It looks like this:<p><i>Hi all,</i><p><i>After a really fun two years of traveling and freelancing — currently</i> …

How Bad Is It To Not Clean Your Dryer Vent Once a Year?

Many home maintenance tasks don't need frequent attention. Left undone, most yearly or semi-yearly tasks (like washing the curtains or wiping down …

6 reasons this is the perfect thank-you email to send after a job interview

• The interview thank you email is a crucial part of getting the job you want.<br>• When you don't send a thank you email or letter after an interview, you …

You can teach kids a lot by giving them an allowance—if you do it right

This article is reprinted by permission from NerdWallet.<p>Your child wants to know why one friend gets $10 a week, another gets a whopping $50 — but he …

This Mom's Pacifier Teething Hack Is Total Genius

All you need is one of those super popular Phillips Avent pacifiers<p>Nothing will make parents feel quite as helpless as a teething baby, miserable …

How to Trick Toddlers Into Thinking They Got Their Way

Giving a toddler a little agency allows them to tap into their inherent egocentrism and pride.<p>The difference between a fun trip around town with a …

Moms Are LOVING This 4-Minute Clip That Calms Down Angry Kids

There are plenty of resources for teaching mindfulness to moms, but it's an equally beneficial practice for children. Which is why we are loving this …

5 Common Parenting Discipline Mistakes

When calm, consistency, and values are abandoned, it’s highly unlikely discipline will help a kid behave.<p>Getting a child to behave can feel like a …

Self-esteem

21 Things You Should Make Your Kids Pay For

Kids who need money are more likely to work, and working outside the house helps them develop valuable skills.<p>Whether they receive it from relatives …

The Basics Q&A: What Expenses Can a 529 College Savings Account Cover?

<b>A:</b> Assets in a 529 account have to be spent on qualified higher education expenses in order to come out of the account tax-free. Effective January 1, 2018, you can request a distribution, without federal tax consequences, from a 529 of up to $10,000 per calendar year per beneficiary to help pay for …

Retirement

After 100,000 Interviews, Johnson & Johnson Global VP Said These Were the 7 Best Candidate Questions

Never underestimate the power of a question.<p>There comes a point in every interview when hiring managers ask applicants the exact same thing, "Do you have any questions for me?" Although this off-script moment feels like a formality, the applicant's questions could provide just as much insight as …

How to Have Sex When You Have Young Kids

Kids are beautiful miracles, but damn, do they annihilate your sex life. From clinging to your side at all hours of the day to banging on your …

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength doesn't make you immune to hardship and it's not about suppressing your emotions.<p>In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental strength is what helps kids bounce back from setbacks and …

Self-help

Ask This 1 Question at Every Job Interview to Increase Your Chances of Being Hired

Imagine it's zero hour and the administrative assistant calls you in for the job interview. It took you a long time to land this interview and you don't want to go home without the job.<p>The process of interviewing can be intimidating. There are so many things you need to know. What should you wear? …

Employment

Ten Things Outstanding Job Candidates Do Differently

I was an HR leader for a long time. I hired thousands of people, and I noticed some striking things about the recruiting process.<p>I noticed that a small percentage of the job candidates stood out — for all the right reasons. These folks didn’t have better educational backgrounds than other …

Employment

What every parent needs to know about children and mobile devices

Is it possible to indulge our children guilt-free? The experts debate...<p>Tablets and mobile devices are to today's preschoolers what TV was to the …

Mobile Devices

Babies may sleep longer in their own rooms, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The sooner babies get their own rooms, the longer they'll sleep on average, according to a new study that breaks with the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics.<p>Analyzing surveys from 230 first-time mothers at Penn State, Dr. Ian Paul, a pediatrician, found that babies slept …

How an Accidental Death, a Babysitter's Guilt, and a Dramatic Birth Resulted in a Viral Photo

When Francie Webb was 14, the child she was watching died. The photo that made her famous was the result of a 20-year recovery.<p>A teenage girl sits in a rocking chair holding a fussy infant. She rocks back and forth, and gradually the baby calms, soothed by the motion. She whispers "shhhhhh," …

Women with advanced breast cancer are surviving longer, study says

By Laurie McGinley<p>Laurie McGinley<p>Reporter covering health and medicine<p>Email Bio Follow<p>The number of women living with advanced breast cancer is rising substantially in the United States, reflecting improved survival among all ages, according to a study published Thursday.<p>The study found that …

Cancer

Paying off my mortgage early let me retire by age 52 — here are 5 strategies for doing the same

In addition, there are a whole host of associated costs — insurance, maintenance, taxes, furnishings, and on and on that make this a gigantic financial issue for all but the wealthiest of us. The impact buying a home can have on a family's finances is enormous, so it's imperative that we get it …