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Everything You Need to Set Up a Montessori Method–Approved Playpen at Home

The Montessori method of education — of which, notably, Prince George is a student and Beyoncé is a graduate — is built on the idea that children are …

Kids

Artist Portrays Disney Princesses as Successful Business Women With Powerful Backstories

Artist Matt Burt is the mastermind behind these artistic interpretations created to inspire kids to find a career they love that makes a difference.<p>Even before the days of little ones excitedly scream-crying over the sight of Elsa, kids grew up worshipping fictional characters they read about in …

Walt Disney Company

Declutter Your Kids Brain By Doing These 6 Things

When it comes to options, sometimes less is more.<p>Today's children have playrooms stacked to the ceiling with plastic, battery-operated toys of every size, shape, and color. These same kids can watch up to eight hours of TV per day, a number that would have shocked the parents of yesteryear.<p>Growing …

The $3 Billion Project Transforming Downtown Tampa

Tampa’s Water Street development is intended to be one of the world’s greenest neighborhoods and one of the first true “smart districts.” The …

Why is my 3-year-old suddenly so disagreeable?

<i>Q: My 3-year-old daughter is generally agreeable about cleaning up toys after playing or doing a pickup at the end of the day. Recently, however, she has started intentionally making messes and then refusing to pick them up. Things like getting a bowl of Cheerios at breakfast and then dumping them</i> …

One teacher's brilliant idea to stop school shootings has nothing to do with guns

A few weeks ago, I went into my son Chase's class for 
tutoring. I'd e-mailed Chase's teacher one evening and said, "Chase keeps telling me that this stuff you're sending home 
is math—but I'm not sure I believe him. Help, please." She 
e-mailed right back and said, "No problem! I can tutor Chase …

5 Essential Vegetarian Slow Cooker Soups to Know by Heart

The slow cooker is the workhorse of my kitchen, and it is used so often that it holds a permanent place on the kitchen counter. Although this humble …

The 30 Best Movies On Netflix Right Now, Ranked

<b>Last Updated: May 11th</b><p>The Netflix name has meant many things during the company’s relatively short existence: a source for DVDs by mail, a pioneer of online streaming, a network responsible for some of the best shows not on TV, as the first half of the phrase that ends “and chill.” However, when it …

15 awesome stocking stuffers for kids that you can get in time for Christmas

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The holiday season means different things to different people based on which religion you follow (or don't), how large a gathering you …

What fruits and vegetables looked like before we domesticated them

Fruits and veggies used to look a lot different. Domestication has led to a lot of changes.<p>Wild carrots were likely cultivated around the 10th century. They were purple or white, very thin, with a very distinct, powerful flavor. Modern carrots are orange, thicker, brighter, and crunchy.<p>Wild …

Declassified details on Russian spies in the US

For more, watch the CNN Original Series "Declassifed," Saturday at 9pm ET/PT.

9 amazing preschool shows developed by early learning experts

Make screen time count with TV that can actually teach kids quality lessons<p>This post originally appeared on Common Sense Media.<p>When kids' TV shows bill themselves as educational, lots of parents take their word for it. But how many of these shows are backed by childhood-development principles, …

75 Insanely Clever DIYs Every Parent Will Wish They Knew About Sooner

It's 99% guaranteed you will find something in here your family will love.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>View this post on Facebook

Creating a National Precinct Map

A full-width interactive map is at the bottom of this post.<p>In January 2011, I sent an email to the Washington State Democratic Party asking about …

Get Lost in this New-and-Improved Map of America's Megaregions

Ever been to the “Corntassel” corridor?<p>Ever been to Entrelacs? Or visited Mayflower in winter? (Don’t—it’s wicked harsh.) A new interactive map will let you take trips to the American megaregions you never knew.<p>Garrett Dash Nelson, a postdoctoral student in geography at Dartmouth College, and …

The Megaregions of the US

What if we drew the map of the United States based on how people actually live?<p>Instead of dividing the country up into the familiar outlines of …

Geography

Obama promised solutions but let the people down. Is it any surprise that they voted for real change?<p>Amid the ongoing protests against President Trump, calls for “resistance” among Democratic politicians and activists, and the overheated rhetoric casting Trump and his supporters as fascists and …

Donald Trump

Why Does Florida Have America's Most Lethal Roads?

There’s no simple solution, but the Sunshine State is trying to tackle its astonishing rates of pedestrian deaths.<p>Florida cities consistently top SmartGrowth America’s ranking of the nation’s most dangerous places to walk. The explanation isn’t as simple as you might think.<p>Since 2011, SGA’s …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Neuroscience Says Read to Them Like This (but Most Parents Don't) | Inc.com

If you're like most parents, you'll do just about anything you can to increase the odds that your kids will be successful.<p>So, what if I were to tell you there's a simple thing you can to do to make it more likely that they'll be successful in life -- specifically by increasing the likelihood that …

Self-improvement

29 Compliments Your Kids Need to Hear From You

Among the growing list of things that your kids need from you every day, both physically and emotionally, is to feel loved, valued, and special. Even though some parents are always oozing with compliments for their kiddos while others are worrying that they're praising their kids too much, children …

Parenting

This genius cooking system will help you plan ahead to eat well all week long

In the new year, many of us resolve to cook more often—a habit that’s healthier, cheaper, and often more enjoyable than eating out or ordering Seamless. Yet it can be hard to find the time to devote to meal preparation, much less creative menu-planning.<p>It’s little wonder, then, that meal kits like …

Why Is There So Much Philly Food in Florida?

Cheesesteaks in paradise.<p>I drove past the Dunedin, Florida, shopping center three times before I realized it was my destination. The giant anchor store looked like it had been empty for years, and all the other storefronts were closed for the weekend.<p>Except one, tucked in the back of the L-shaped …

18 renovation apps to know for your next project

Everybody needs a little help sometimes<p>Embarking on a home renovation project is no easy feat, but thanks to today's advances in internet technology, there is probably a stellar app out there ready to assist with every part of the process.<p>Below, we rounded up 15 standouts across three …

Home Improvement

America's 'Strongest Town' Might Be the Cutest March Madness Bracket

Boulder, Pasadena, Fargo, and Annapolis are among 16 cities “competing.”<p>March Madness is upon us, and that means it’s bracket season: basketball, of course, but also beer, hot dogs, Davids (yes, Davids), and… cities! Strong Towns, the planning advocacy group, has launched perhaps the most adorable …

Cute

Polka Dots Help Pedestrians Reclaim Space in Austin

The colorful approach is part of a project to enhance safety for both people and cars.<p>One of the busiest intersections in Austin, Texas, has gotten a makeover. White stripes adorn the barren pavement that once made pedestrians hesitant to cross, poles separate pedestrian space from the roadways, …

Roads

Nutrition,Nutrition,Food science,Diets and dieting,Health & wellbeing,Food & drink,Life and style,Science<p>Is fat really bad for you? Should we consume less salt? And what’s wrong with gluten, anyway? A science writer and a consultant cardiologist separate fact from fiction<p>Have you ever wondered why …

Nutrition

You Are Your Biggest Obstacle in Becoming an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>What if I told you that the number-one thing standing in your way to launching and / or expanding your business was something you can control 100 percent? What if I also told you that the moment you conquer it, your whole life and …

5 Fears You'll Need to Overcome to Be an Effective Leader

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurship demands effective leadership. You need to be able to make solid decisions, organize plans, hire teammates and provide direction -- all under the steady pressure of being accountable for all those decisions and actions. To …

4 unconventional tips on starting a business from Peter Thiel

Certainly, one of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time is Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and now a prominent venture capitalist. He was the first outsider to invest in Facebook, and he manages Founders Fund's $2 billion in assets.<p>We read Thiel's bestselling book, "Zero to One," and …

22 ways to earn passive income

Making money while you sleep.<p>Has a nice ring to it, doesn't it?<p>After reading books like "Rich Dad Poor Dad" and "4 Hour Work Week," I became interested obsessed with making passive income.<p>Whenever someone needs additional income, the stereotypical suggestion offered is to "get a part-time job."<p>But …

Personal Finance