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Colorado's pot message to U.S.

With Alaska and Oregon gearing up to vote on legalizing marijuana in a few months and many other states considering it further down the road, one state is on everyone’s mind — Colorado.<p>Activists on both sides of the pot debate are pointing to the Colorado experiment — what they see as its great …

10 Things Moms of Boys Must Do

If you could see my uterus, it’s probably blue. And has a beard. Why? Because this baby factory only makes boys.<p>This fact was a little bit of a …

Parenting

How to Live With Children: How to Give Your Kid a Compliment

<b>Cast: Dan = Dad, O = Son, Cat = Cat</b><p><b>Dan:</b> <i>(Enters Oscar's room, sits next to him.)</i> I'm super proud of you, son.<p><b>O:</b> <i>(No response, continues to fiddle with Lego.)</i><p><b>Dan:</b> Oscar, can you pause for a second and look up at me?<p><b>O:</b> <i>(No response, Lego fiddling becomes more intense.)</i><p><b>Dan:</b> Oscar!<p><b>O:</b> <i>(Looks up.)</i><p><b>Dan:</b> Thank …

Parenting

How to Raise a Chill Kid

Young children often don't know how to handle their anger -- but you can help them learn to relax and let it go.<p>Sure, you may have good reasons to get angry (traffic jams, job challenges, dropping your iPhone in the tub), but put yourself in your child's shoes. Her life might be filled with all …

Parenting

Apps help parents keep kid screen time under control - TODAY.com

Gerald Herbert / Today<p>About 40 percent of 2- to 4-year-olds (and 10 percent of kids younger than that) have used a smartphone, tablet or video iPod, according to a new study by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media.<p>TORONTO (Reuters) - Parents struggling to get their children away from smartphones …

Apps

60-second shape-up: Beat belly fat and get a better butt

<i>Welcome to day four of our special series "60-Second Shape-Up" to help you kick off summer feeling and looking good.</i><p><i>Each day this week, TODAY diet expert Joy Bauer and anchor Jenna Wolfe, a certified fitness trainer, take one minute to give their health, nutrition and fitness tips.</i><p>You can exercise …

Nutrition

6 Life Lessons I Learned From Talking About Sex With Our Son

Our son came home from second grade one day with something on his mind. It was clear that whatever it was, it was bothering him a great deal. In my awesome mommy fashion, I asked him if there were anything he wanted to talk about. He immediately blurted out, "<i>Yes, but I can't say it... It's, it's</i> …

Parenting

Minnesota Lawmakers Reach Deal on Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Minnesota lawmakers said Thursday they agreed on a compromise bill to legalize medical marijuana, which Gov. Mark Dayton signaled he would sign into law.<p>The bill would create a patient registry and allow the Department of Health to conduct a study on the impact of medical marijuana. Patients would …

Cannabis

11 Things You Didn't Know About McDonald's

More than any chain, McDonald's is what you probably think of when you think of the word "behemoth." It's simply massive, and is most likely the only company that just about everybody on earth has heard of. But where did it come from? What's its deal, really? The company has a wild history and has …

McDonald's

Natural Mosquito Spray Tutorial (EtsyKids)

Boy Scouts Shut Down Troop for Supporting Their Gay Scoutmaster

The Boy Scouts‘ motto is “Be prepared,” but should that extend to situations like this?<p>The Boy Scouts of America had revoked the charters of the …

How To Cook Asparagus in the Oven

<b>Snap off the dry ends of the asparagus.</b> Heat the oven to 425°F. Snap off the woody ends of the asparagus and discard.<p><b>Drizzle with olive oil.</b> Spread …

Asparagus

Expert to sex-starved couples: To do it more, talk about it more

When it comes to sex, many couples shy away from talking about the action (or lack thereof) in the boudoir, but relationship experts told TODAY that communication about sex remains vital to a healthy relationship.<p>TODAY surveyed viewers about bedroom habits and found that having sex once or twice a …

Tamron

A clever way to repair split ends and 8 more hair tricks

After hat head, static-induced fly-aways and dull, dry ends, whose hair isn't ready for a weather change? We asked top beauty pros for intel on everything from luxe DIY home treatments to easy ways to prevent — and heal — split ends. Damaged, dull and lifeless? We’re leaving that behind.<p><b>Identify</b> …

Hair

What Happened Next? The Good, the Weird and the Ugly of Coming Out of the Pot Closet

As far as I know, no one had done it before -- declared to the world that they smoke pot, practically daily, that they're also in charge of raising children and that they're not going to be ashamed anymore.<p>But I did.<p>Naturally, there have been a lot of questions along the lines of <i>"Sooo? What</i> …

Cannabis

‘Earth’s Cousin’: Scientists Find Alien Planet That’s Most Like Home

Scientists say a world that's 490 light-years away qualifies as the first confirmed Earth-sized exoplanet that could sustain life as we know it — but in an environment like nothing we've ever seen.<p>The planet, known as Kepler-186f, is "more of an Earth cousin than an Earth twin," Elisa Quintana, an …

Universe

Argentina Scientists Are Now Attaching Backpacks To Collect Cow Farts

Scientists in Argentina may have just the answer to combat global warming.<p>With cows being responsible for up to 25 percent of the methane gas released in the US each year, a group of scientists at Argentina's National Institute of Agricultural Technology is now attaching backpacks to cows to …

The Best Way to Brown Meat

On Tuesday, we kicked off our third video series with Panna, a subscription cooking app and website dedicated to sharing recipes from master chefs in HD video -- and we previewed our third issue, in which Amanda made fiveandspice's "Greek" Lamb with Orzo.<p>Today, we're sharing more bonus footage: …

Why Our 'Imperfect' Moments Are Perfect to Our Children

One day last summer my friend Cynthia Graham, a professional photographer, offered to take pictures of me with my children on vacation in North Carolina to help me in my effort to "stay in the picture."<p>The morning we arranged to take the pictures, my parents were in town to help me celebrate my …

Parenting

The Best Cooking Tricks We've Picked up Over the Years

People don't just wake up one day and know how to cook. Like any other skill, cooking is a learning process. Whether it's cooking your way through <i>Mastering the Art of French Cooking</i>, watching cooking shows on TV, or observing professionals, you slowly collect an arsenal of skills and tricks for …

Food

Dramatic rescue footage: Coastguards save people from sinking South Korea ferry

Watch 'Kids React To' Odd Black Bricks, Formerly Known As Walkmans

In case you're not feeling old today, this should help.<p>This week, TheFineBros sat down with a few kids to show them an ancient artifact: The Walkman.<p>The kids are baffled by the sight of this bizarre object, but are even more confused when they try to get it to work. "I feel like I'm Indiana Jones …

Birthday Party Activities for Every Age

Keeping the kids occupied is child's play with these fun games.<p>Try one (or all!) of these suggestions for simple, great games broken out by age, as well as fun games for the outdoors.<p>Activities for Ages 4 and Up<p><b>Musical Islands</b><p>In a twist on Musical Chairs, players walk around "islands" made of paper …

Kids

Scouts earn badges for disability tests and geocaching

New Scout badges introduced for tasks ranging from ability to assess disability access at public buildings, to sending emails and posting photographs on the internet appropriately<p>For generations they were awarded in recognition of the ability to build a campfire, erect a tent and read a map.<p>Now, a …

Geocaching

A Weed-Centric 'Bud and Breakfast' Is Opening in Denver

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in <b>Colorado</b>, an enterprising company is setting up a weed-centric play on a bed and breakfast — a "<b>bud and breakfast</b>"— in Denver. According to a press release, a company that will soon be known as "The MaryJane Group, Inc." has signed a one-year lease with …

Head-to-toe beauty treatments to prep for spring

Park your parkas back in your closet and store away the snow boots as we enter into open jacket season. Cold weather takes a toll on our face, hair and body, which is why we created a head-to-toe beauty guide to take you from the winter blues straight into spring fever.<p><b>Hair-apy</b><br>Even hair has to go …

Skin Care

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

A Southern Favorite<p>What evil genius came up with the idea for chicken-fried steak? Just when I’m trying to be good, eating my greens, avoiding …

Cooking

Why Moms -- and Their Last Words -- Matter

"I'm sorry I can't take care of you anymore."<p>Those were the last words my mom said to me.<p>I was 14 years old and she had suddenly taken ill. It was nighttime. An ambulance came. She went to the hospital. Intensive care. The details don't really matter anymore. It was 39 years ago this week. My four …

Empathy

26 Lessons Your Son's Future Spouse Will Thank You For Teaching Him

Although I wanted daughters my whole life, I ended up having two awesome boys instead. I've always been a bit of a guys' girl, so, in the end, <i>someone</i> knew better than I did.<p>But coming from a family of all girls, I was really scared when I found out I was carrying a member of the foreign male …