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Graph Your Expenses to See Where You Can Cut Back

So you're trying to tighten your budget, and you want to know which expenses to cut first. Money blog Moolanomy suggests graphing your expenses to …

Personal Finance

My Kids Don't Make Me Happy

<i>"Kids won't make me happy."</i> I've heard that statement, or statements to that effect, thousands of times. Enough that I should, by now, have a response prepared. But when a guy said it to me a few days ago, I fumbled the answer. I failed him.<p><i>"I don't know, man. Don't get me wrong: I think it's cool</i> …


The Importance of Pretend Play

In this day of technology where young children are continually spending more and more hours each week in front of the TV, smart phone, or tablet, the …


Messy Kids Who Play With Their Food May Be Faster Learners, Study Says

The next time your child leaves a big ol' mess while eating on his or her high chair, don't despair.<p>According to a new study out of the University of Iowa, kids who smoosh, smash and even throw their food are actually learning as they play with their meals. The study also suggests that these messy …

University of Iowa

88 Books That Teach Important Lessons

A Picture Book of Helen Keller (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler tells readers that we are all different with different abilities but are …


Your Life Isn't My Job

I'm writing this not to tell you how to parent.<p>I won't ask you to let your kids free-range<p>or suggest you co-sleep.<p>I don't care whether you nurse<p>or use formula<p>or barley water<p>or goat milk.<p>It's okay if you stay home with your kids<p>if you send them to daycare 60 hours a week<p>if they were unplanned<p>or if …

10 Parenting Lessons from <i>Little House on the Prairie</i>

Laura Ingalls Wilder's beloved series of children's books about a family living on a farm in the Midwest became an equally beloved TV show. Though different from the books, the TV show, which aired for 10 years, imparted the same lessons of love, patience, forgiveness, and more. One mom remembers …


Cantaloupe Sherbet

1 x cantaloupe (about 2 1/2 pounds), seeds and rind discarded and the flesh chopped (about 3 1/2 cups)