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I Bribed My Kids With a Rewards Jar and Mellowed Out My Family

Three mason jars and a ridiculous amount of glitter changed me from a reactionary parent into a dad who sets boundaries for his kids and …

Parenting

50 Genius Ways to Clean Up Your Garage

Cleaning up your garage doesn’t have to be a huge chore.<p>Drill 1-in. holes spaced every 4 in. in the PVC pipe. Use a utility knife to cut slits in the …

Woodworking

20 Surprising Tips on How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets

If you want to upgrade your kitchen without spending a lot of money, knowing how to paint kitchen cabinets is the perfect DIY solution. New types of …

Home Improvement

The Best Primer for Painting Kitchen Cabinets

Painting your kitchen cabinets is easy — it's all the prep that goes into it that's hard. Removing the doors (and getting everything labeled so you …

The Best Cabinet Paint Colors, According to Designers

With hundreds (thousands?) of pretty paint colors to choose from, no trip to the hardware store would be complete without a bit of buyer's anxiety. …

Addictive video games may change children's brains in the same way as drugs and alcohol, study reveals

Banner: Duty of Care<p>Fortnite and other addictive video games can have a similar effect on children’s brains as drug abuse or alcoholism, MRI scans reveal.<p>They show the “reward” system in the brains of young heavy users of social media and video games display the same changes in function and …

Mental Health

The best learning apps

<i>By Courtney Schley</i><p><i>This post was done in partnership with</i> <i>Wirecutter</i><i>, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>We spent over 25 hours researching and …

Kids

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

Games for your future tech giant.<p><i>This story was originally published on</i> WorkingMother.com.<p>In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on …

I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:<p>1. Make it …

Bedwetting: 4 Truths Every Parent Must Know

If your child wets the bed, here are four important things a pediatric urologist wants you to know. Most importantly: Bedwetting is highly treatable.<p>The other day I saw a 16-year-old bedwetting patient who'd never had a dry night. His mom told me: "At age 5, 8, 10, the pediatrician kept saying, …

14 apps to play with Dad

<b>(AP)</b><p>Whatever Dad’s into — from sports to science — we have an app he and the kids can play together<p>Jeff Haynes • Christine Elgersma • Frannie Ucciferri • Ingrid Simone<p>June 25, 2017 11:29am (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared onCommon Sense Media.<p>Looking for a fun way to share time with Dad? You …

7 Tricks for Perfectly Exposed iPhone Photos

With only hours left for the deal on <i>iPhone Photo Academy</i> we are focusing on more iPhone photo tricks today. If you’re like most people, your …

Get Your Kids Coding With Sony’s Clever Building Blocks

Forget everything you think you know about programming: the long hours behind a screen, the lines of code stacking up, all that time spent debugging …

Globalization

All the Gear You Need to Step Up Your Smartphone Photography

Your phone camera is good, but it could be better.<p>If your smartphone isn't your only camera these days, it's likely your primary one. While a good smartphone can give you some great photos on its own, there's more options available than you might think for those looking to get even more out of …

29 Products To Make Your House Feel Like Your Dream Home

"Hey now, hey now / this is what dreams are made of!" —Lizzie McGuire, singing about your house.

Is your child being bullied? Here’s how to help.

As an after-school teacher for three years, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to watch how bullies operate. And because the time I’ve spent with kids has been more focused on socializing than academics, I’ve been able to help those who are being bullied come up with strategies and find the strength …

Why kids benefit from a summer to-do list

Checklists about daily chores and activities can cut down on boredom and still leave room for plenty of fun.<p>If you have school-aged kids on summer …

A Design Trend That Adds Seats and Storage (but Not Clutter)

Behold, the bench-shelf<p>Few design trends are as ingenious as they are beautiful (recall how glamorous open shelving kitchens seemed like a good idea until we all realized how annoying it would be to dust them). But a recent design trend is bridging that gap, and for lack of a better term we're …

Trends

Cortex Camera App Review | One Of The Best Photography Apps, Period

I suspect in two years time the gap between the performance of phone cameras and all but the top 1% of dedicated point-and-shoots will be diminished …

Mobile Photography

How to size an island that’s right for your kitchen

Boxy houses compartmentalized into closed-in rooms are prevalent through the history of residential architecture, from European castles to Colonial houses.<p>Only in the last couple of decades have we started picking away at walls the way one picks at a loose thread in a sweater. Before long, the …

Guitar basics: learn thousands of songs with the three-chord trick

The oldest trick in the book<p>Get the chords down and you’ll have thousands of songs to try. Known as a I-IV-V (‘one-four-five’) progression, or …

Making Connections with Scattered People

How can we reach the immigrants in our community? I regularly frequent the coffee shop in my neighbourhood. True, I can have a cup of coffee at home. …

Where to save, where to splurge in kitchen remodel

Remodeling or completely renovating a kitchen can be a big task, but it also has the best return on investment of any home improvement.<p>But these improvements don't come cheap. A 2013 U.S. Census Bureau report noted the cost of an average kitchen remodel was $5,000, with the price tag for complete …

How To Find Your Folder Location In The Finder on the Mac

- Apr 14, 2017<p>Have you ever gotten lost while browsing 12 folders deep on your hard drive in a Finder window on your Mac? Here’s quick way to tell …

Operating Systems

Helping a first-grader cope with life’s disappointments

<i>Q: I just put my first-grader on the bus. Right before that, I had received a text that said he wouldn’t be able to go to a friend’s house as planned because his friend had become sick. He asked me to see whether he could go to another friend’s house and declared, “I am going to someone’s house.”</i> …

Parenting

What the Hell Happened to Apple Laptops?

The shine is officially off of Apple. After taking the top spot in our annual Best and Worst Laptop Brands report since 2010, Apple has fallen out of …

This tiny mint box is actually a gaming console packing a Raspberry Pi

Watch out, Nintendo: Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are building their own gaming consoles and this latest one is actually pretty awesome.<p>Using a Raspberry Pi computer and an Altoids mint box, recreational inventor and YouTuber Sudomod has designed a fully-functioning gaming device that actually fits in …

Raspberry Pi

How to Grow Organic Kale

Kale holds a special place in my heart, as it was one of the only plants that could survive a hard frost while I was living in Northern Alberta. I …