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What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

10 Surprising Things You Can Clean in Your Dishwasher

The things you didn't know you could put in the dishwasher.<p>Your dishwasher has been holding out on you. Sure, "dishes" are in the name, but this machine can clean so much more.<p><b>1. Kitchen exhaust filter</b>Avoid getting messy, gunky oil buildup on your filter by cleaning it in the dishwasher once a …

Anger Management in Families Made Easier

Did you know that anger and aggression are programmed into us? In nature, might makes right, and our early survival depended on our ability to destroy or scare away the enemy. Anger is the emotional drive to defeat someone who opposes us. Aggression is an attempt to intimidate the enemy. Signs of …

Be Like Mike? 5 Things to Consider When You Decide to Have Kids Later in life

What do Holly Hunter, Madonna, Salma Hayek, Michael Jordan and Cheryl Tiegs have in common besides fame? They all had children after their 40th birthdays. Holly Hunter gave birth to twins at age 47. Cheryl Tiegs became a mother again to twins at age 52. Michael Jordan celebrated his 51st birthday …

The One Word That Keeps Me From Yelling at My Kids

I've unofficially nick-named my 2-year-old daughter "Old Yeller." She yells all the time and I have no idea why. She yells when she's mad or impatient or frustrated or I can't understand what her little 2-year-old tongue has tried to tell me 10 times already (<i>You want to... Eat a lolly? Find your</i> …

Changing Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day

The doctor gave me one year. I either lowered my cholesterol or I was starting medication.<p>Unquestionably, I needed to get my act together. So I began the process of eating less. Eating healthy. Working out. And hoping that it would make a difference. With genetics against me, I knew I could do …

16 Signs You And Your Kids Have Had Too Many Snow Days

The polar vortex came. It saw. It conquered. It's coming back. Schools across the U.S. have closed in record numbers this year. While the first two or three days off were fun (sledding! hot chocolate!)... enough is enough.<p>Here are 16 signs that you and your kids have had too many snow days:<p><b>1. It</b> …

I Fell Ass First Into Being a Father

=<i>This story was written and performed by David Marchbanks for the live, personal storytelling series Oral Fixation (An Obsession With True Life Tales) at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary in Dallas, Texas on November 5, 2011. The theme of the show was "Fresh Start."</i><p><i>"David, through his irreverent and</i> …

Parenting

10 Things Not to Say to a New (Midlife) Mother

Women choosing motherhood over 40, 45 and 50 still remain in the minority, especially in certain geographic locations. Although becoming a first-time parent at a later age is becoming increasingly prevalent, women choosing motherhood at later (and later) ages are often the butt of jokes and the …

Love + Discipline = Happy Functional Children

Love mixed with firm discipline is what produces functional happy children. What this means is that parents need to, first and foremost, be disciplined themselves. If a parent isn't disciplined there is no chance of disciplining their children correctly. Discipline should come from natural …

A Parenting Moment You Will Never Forget

Dear Daughter,<p>You learned to ride a two-wheeler this week. You are exactly (per your terms) 6 and three-quarters years old. And now you can ride a two-wheeler.<p>Your daddy huffed and puffed his way up and down the block maybe 600 or so times before you got it.<p>I stood on the sidelines, cheering you …

Parenting

9 Myths About Young Parents -- And the Reality Behind Them

There are few groups of people left whom it is still considered socially acceptable to judge, degrade, openly criticize, mock and ostracize. Young parents are definitely a big one. For whatever reason -- probably because the worst young parents are human car wrecks that make for good TV -- it's …

Parenting

What Happened When A 4-Year-Old Asked NASA For Homework Help

Lucas Whiteley had some questions about the universe. So he decided to take his queries to the experts.<p>With the help of his dad, the 4-year-old U.K. boy created a video in which he asked NASA for some homework help. The space agency heard his questions, and responded with a video of its own.<p>Lucas …

New Clues Emerge About Why Autism Is More Common In Boys

Autism spectrum disorders are roughly five times more common in boys than girls, for reasons which have long eluded doctors and researchers.<p>Now, a new study lends support to the so-called "female protective model," which suggests it takes more extreme genetic mutations to produce symptoms of autism …

3-Year-Olds Are A**holes

I have two children. Before I had kids, everyone warned me about the terrible twos. <i>Watch out, when your kid turns 2 they become wild and uncontrollable. All they say is "no" to everything and good luck, because that year is going to suck big time.</i><p>Well, I am here to tell you that "everyone" was …

To The Woman Who Apologized to Me at the Supermarket

"Who's that?"<p>Tegan sat in our shopping cart pointing to a stout man in his 20s. He was standing a few feet away in the dairy aisle looking at creamer options. He was a bit heavy-set, had two-day scruff and thick brown hair, a gray wool hat pulled over his ears. He turned toward us, hearing Tegan's …

10 Strategies for Stopping Cyberbullying

It's a fact of life in the 21st century that kids are connected to each other 24/7. A generation ago, young people who were bullied in school could count on hours spent at home as a respite from ridicule. Today, kids are ever-connected through texting, instant messaging and social media sites; …

Social Media

From Ferber to Babywise: When it Comes to Parenting Let's Forget About Science

I was at a recent family affair and sitting at our table was a young mother with her angelic, but fussy, newborn baby on her lap. As a student of developmental psychology and as a father of a newborn myself, I found the movements and behaviors of the youngest member of our party much more …

6 Secrets Every Parent (and School) Should Know About Academic Success

You would do anything to insure your children's academic success, right? Helping with homework, meeting with teachers, arranging for tutors -- whatever it takes to give them that little extra boost. You also care about your kids' health -- and want them to eat right and get enough physical activity …

'He's Not Motivated': How Can We Strengthen a Child's Effort and Motivation to Learn?

In a previous post, I discussed the problem of children's lack of motivation and grit. Today, I would like to offer some additional thoughts and recommendations for helping kids with this common, but often difficult, problem.<p>To understand a child's lack of motivation, we need to return to first …

The 10 Toddler Commandments

<i>Written by Serge Bielanko for Babble.com</i><p>Ahhh, those lovely 10 Commandments taught to so many of us at a very young age by little old ladies in Sunday school rooms, or well-meaning parents, in a burst of boring talk.<p>Broken by most us by the time we hit 30 -- cheaters, liars, jealous jaded fools that …

How Exposing Your Kids to the Arts Can Be a Game Changer

When I was growing up in New York City's Washington Heights, you had to hop on the 1 train to get exposure to arts and culture at a museum downtown. It simply wasn't part of the uptown neighborhood like it is now.<p>However, although times have changed, lack of accessibility to the arts remains a …

Dads' Age Linked With Kids' Mental Health Problems (STUDY)

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 02/26/2014 04:34 PM EST on LiveScience<p>Men planning to have kids may want to keep an eye on their biological clock: A growing body of research suggests that children born to older fathers are at higher risk for psychiatric and academic problems.<p>In a new …

5 Tips to Keep Children Safe From Predators

This week, a 10-year-old girl was kidnapped in front of her own home in Missouri with a tragic ending. This is an unfortunate reminder that there are predators out there and parents need to be proactive to try to prevent more children from becoming victims.<p>Not every child abduction can be …

18 Ways My Life Has Changed Since I Had Kids

The saying is that everything changes when you become a parent. Sure, I had heard that, but before I had kids I didn't truly realize that everything would change. Everything. From my hair to my clothes, how I chose my apartment to how I decorated it, how I eat to how I go to the bathroom, my entire …

Balancing the Husband-Wife Balance

I'm the last person who should be giving out advice to parents.<p>I'm THAT dad who lets his kids wear their pajamas to the café. I believe the TV is a legitimate form of babysitter. And I've been known to display glimpses, (albeit, controlled) of Damir Dokic type behavior when my children are on the …

The Family Dinner

At both of my sons' annual checkups, our pediatrician asked me the same question:<p>"Do you have family dinners together?"<p>At first, I thought this was a coded question about the latest episode of "Vanderpump Rules," but after an awkward silence, I stammered, "Um... well... a couple of nights a week, I …

Behind Every Superhero Stands A Supermom

Kitty Burton of Omaha, Neb., is the kind of mom who works constantly to protect her three children with love, support and strength. But when one doctor's diagnosis left her feeling utterly powerless, she knew she had to go above and beyond -- to help her youngest son feel not just strong, but …

Accepting the Mom I Am

It's a calculated risk, leaving her there at the table to "finish" her breakfast on her own. She's good at staying in her seat and it's not that far a tumble if it comes to that, so I figure she's relatively safe. I leave her with the remnants of her cereal and a purple plastic cup half full of …

Parenting

Why There Are No Winners in the Battle of Breast vs. Bottle

Every morning, I receive Google alerts for several terms: breastfeeding, formula feeding, infant formula, breastmilk, etc. And every morning, I brace myself, waiting for the inevitable headline that will cause panic among bottle feeding moms or re-ignite the mommy wars (as if they ever need …

Breast Feeding