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When their mom fell ill far away, these immigrant siblings faced a crisis

My mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 urothelial cancer in India in June 2013. From then to when she died in December 2015, my brother and I flew thousands of miles between the United States and India, and spent thousands of dollars to get her the care she needed.<p>In most ways, our experience is similar …

Parenting

How to survive the teenage years: a parents’ guide

The Quentin Blake picture book, Zagazoo, tells the surreal story of George and Bella, who become parents after they unwrap a parcel containing a baby. The perfect baby becomes a baby vulture who screeches all night; in toddlerdom, he’s a clumsy elephant. When Zagazoo hits the teen years, he turns …

Mental Health

Don't stick your head in the sand – how to prepare for old age

As we live longer, the numbers of people needing care is also soaring. So what help can those trying to access a creaking, cash-starved system expect?<p>When I was 16, I spent two months in Italy with my maternal grandparents – then both 88. My grandmother had fallen over some months previously and …

Social Work

Hack Your Finances in One Day: A Beginner’s Guide to Money Management

You know it’s important to get your money under control if you ever want to get out of debt, go on awesome vacations, or retire someday. The problem …

Idiot's guide to Japanese apartments

Rachel & Jun present a helpful introduction to Japanese apartment living. Includes tips on cleaning your tub every day, preparing for earthquakes, …

Apartments

How to run: everything you need to know

Whether you are new to running or want to improve your pace, here’s how to get going<p>Running is a fantastic way to get fit. You don’t need much kit, you can do it anywhere (within reason) and it’s available to you all the time – you don’t need to wait for the gym to be open or a class to start; just …

Exercise

Ask Auto Mechanics to Show You the Problem to Avoid Getting Ripped Off

Most mechanics aren’t looking to cheat you out of money, but auto repairs are expensive. That goes double for the ones you don’t need. Asking your …

Use the Half-Bluff Technique to Bluff Better in Poker and Real Life

All the poker bosses in movies have mastered the art of the bluff, tricking their opponents into believing whatever they want. You might not be able …

Organize Your Tasks Before You Worry About Your Ability to Focus

When you’re staring at your computer screen, wondering why you can’t just make yourself do the work you need to do, it’s easy to blame your focus. If …

How can I raise unspoilt children?

2. Instead of instantly gratifying their wishes, help them work out a plan to earn things they'd like to have. This teaches them to value their …

How You Can Raise a Narcissist (and How Not To)

Since the 1970s, “self-esteem” has been a buzzword among parents, teachers, and psychologists. Parents hear that they need to instill self-esteem in …

The Skills Everyone Should Have by Age 18, According to a Stanford Dean

High school is supposed to prepare you for real life, but sometimes it falls short. If you’re looking for essentials to teach your kids (or learn as …

High School

An Incredible Alternative to Mindfulness You Never Heard Of

We keep seeing more studies demonstrating how mindfulness meditation can change the brain, make us feel better, and generally improve our lives. …

Why Self Care Is So Important

You’re overwhelmed at work. You have a ton of projects piling up at home, and your calendar is packed with overdue tasks. To make room for all of …

selfcare

Use Cheap Paper Surgical Tape to Prevent Running and Hiking Blisters

Long distance runners and hikers have a variety of ways to deal with blisters, but a new study out of Stanford suggests that the best method might be …

Backpacking

Inspire Your Work by Doing It In Inspiring Locations

Inspiration can be tough to come by. If you’re struggling to find inspiration on a project, try working on it somewhere that inspires you.<p>Location, …

Hacking

Top 10 Ways to Brainstorm New Ideas

Ideas make the world go round, but coming up with great ones isn’t always easy. Here are ten ways you can prompt your brain to get those ideas …

Visualize How You Want Your Day to Go to Stay Focused and Productive

Visualization techniques help elite athletes perform better, and we can do the same thing to improve our workdays.<p>Oliver Staley explains on Quartz:<p>If …

Five Quick Exercises You Can Do to Fix Your Hunched Posture

Our necks, shoulders, and backs suffer when we hunch over our keyboards and screens all day. If you’d like to correct your posture, these 30-second …

Top 10

How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Microsoft OneNote has been one of our favorite note-taking apps for years, and it keeps getting better. The app is completely free to install on your …

Software

Correct a Child's Behavior Without Punishment By Focusing on These Three Things

Many parents dole out punishment when their children do something bad, but Alan Kazdin, director of the Yale Parenting Center, says that even gentle …

Parenting

Decide Whether to Start Freelancing With These Five Questions

Going freelance isn’t an easy decision. There are a lot of factors to consider that could make or break your independent career. To get started, boil …

Freelancing

The Red Flags to Look Out for When You Start Dating Someone

The first stage of dating someone can be exciting, invigorating, and intoxicating—but it can also be perilous if you’re not careful. If you see too …

Change Your Address Everywhere On This Printable Checklist When You Move

When you change your address, you can get your mail forwarded for a little while, but eventually you’ll need to let a lot of places know the …

Productivity

Improve Your Creative Process By Figuring Out Your Weakness

We all work a little differently depending on our personality, and that goes for creative work, too. Knowing your habits, behaviors, and weaknesses …

Creativity

Improve Your Networking Skills With the 24/7/30 Method

From finding a job to finding a mentor, there are a number of reasons we network. You might not know how soon after meeting someone it’s appropriate …

If You Have Imposter Syndrome, Don’t Tell People What To Do, Tell Them What Works

If part of your job includes offering advice or instruction, you’ve probably experienced imposter syndrome to some degree. To move past it, try …

Self-help

The Practical Life Skills Kids Should Learn at Every Age

It’s up to us parents to pass on the basic skills our kids will need to be successful adults, like being able to swim, do their own laundry, or cook …

Stop Trying to Exclusively Date Your "Type"

Everyone has preferences when it comes to dating, but only dating people that are your “type” can actually sabotage your romantic life in the long …

The Three Basic Questions to Ask When Tuning Up Your Investment Portfolio

We’re all for “set and forget” investment portfolios, but keep in mind: that’s not literal. You shouldn’t <i>completely</i> forget about your investment …

Investing