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Want your kids to talk to you? Try this...

If you want your kids to talk to you, don’t ask them questions.<p>Kids and husbands have a lot in common—both hate questions. Husbands don’t have the nerve to tell their wives how much they detest the <i>why</i> word. Kids? Boys will grunt a nonsensical response, girls will flash a dramatic eye-roll, and both …

Parenting

Mothers who regret having children are speaking up like never before

French Writer Corinne Maier, author of <i>No Kids: 40 Good Reasons Not to Have Children</i>. Magali Delporte<p>‘I regret having children’<p>In pushing the …

How This Mom Finally Got Her Kids’ Toy Clutter Under Control

When my oldest son was born, my husband and I had grand ideas about what was and was not going to happen when it came to his toys. We weren’t going …

Science Says These 10 Things Will Help You Raise Extremely Smart and Successful Kids

Here are some science-backed parenting strategies to help you raise highly successful kids.<p>What parent doesn't want their child to do well in school, stay out of trouble, and grow up to be a highly successful adult? But as I've found over the years raising my own daughter, that's far easier said …

Parenting

A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree (And They Have Nothing to Do With Reading)

The good news is, every child is capable of learning these skills--we just have to teach them.<p>It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age 5 could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the <i>American Journal of Public Health</i> found.<p>But …

Kids

Apple and Nike show that stock performance is linked to how CEOs invest money

Ever since stocks were first bought and sold, investors have sought to find company metrics that would separate the winners from the losers.<p>Sales …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? MIT Scientists Say Let Them Watch You Do This (But Most Parents Are Afraid To)

Science says children as young as 15 months old can learn to become more resilient--but only if you're willing to show them this.<p>Imagine you're a parent. You want the best for your children--and you're convinced, based on science, that it's very important for them to learn grit and tenacity.<p>So, you …

Self-improvement

Mentally Strong Kids Have Parents Who Refuse to Do These 13 Things

Give up the bad habits that rob kids of mental strength.<p>Raising a mentally strong kid doesn't mean he won't cry when he's sad or that he won't fail sometimes. Mental strength doesn't make you immune to hardship and it's not about suppressing your emotions.<p>In fact, it's quite the opposite. Mental …

Parenting

4 Discipline Mistakes Pushover Parents Make

Even if you’re usually totally in control as a parent, don’t be surprised if you fall into one of these discipline traps some day.<p>Softie. Spineless. Pushover. These are a handful of the words that have been used to describe my discipline style—by everyone from my husband to my mom to strangers at …

Parenting

Parents need a strength switch: to help them and their kids

Focusing on what children do well helps them to behave better – and you to parent well, says Lea Waters<p>When will he ever learn? That was my thought as I arrived home and saw that my eight-year-old son Nick had failed to put away his new bicycle… again. The day before, I’d snapped: “I’m tired of …

Lawnmower parents are raising a generation of kids who struggle with adversity

Imagine your 10-year-old daughter is involved in a high-dive competition. She's past the point of participation trophies and genuinely wants to win. …

A leading happiness researcher says we’re giving our kids bad advice about how to succeed in life

Most parents want their kids to be successful in life—and so we teach them attitudes that we believe will help them achieve their goals. But as I learned while researching my book <i>The Happiness Track</i>, many widely-held theories about what it takes to be successful are proving to be …

Self-improvement

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Calm an Angry Child

Doors slamming. Teeth gritted. Feet stomping. “I HATE YOU!”<p>The anger just rolls from such a tiny body and leaves you feeling helpless.<p>You are doing …

Self-help

Sharing These 20 Truths with Your Child Could Change Their Life

<i>“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”<br>― Margaret Mead</i>Our children grow up so fast. Before we know it they’re out there somewhere …

Parenting

The day my dad let a purple Raleigh Chopper teach me a lesson

When he was nine, Matt Coyne wanted nothing more than a top-of-the-line BMX bike to complete his childhood. So why did Christmas 1985 bring the uncoolest bike of all? It wasn’t until 20 years later that his dad revealed all<p>My dad didn’t say a lot. He never did. In fact, he barely talked at all. He …

5 Things That Parents Can Learn From The Happiest Kids in the World

The authors of The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less reveal the secrets of the world's happiest children.<p>In UNICEF's most recent table of well-being the Netherlands came out on top out of 29 industrialized counties. The USA ranked towards …

Kids

Supernanny Jo Frost shares the biggest mistake parents make

Children need discipline and lots of it, right? Perhaps not.<p>​Supernanny Jo Frost has helped thousands of parents with her sensible tips, both in …

Parenting

The case for a screen-free childhood

Andy Crouch didn’t let his kids use screens until they turned 10 — and they thanked him for it.<p>Andy Crouch knows that he and his wife, Catherine, raised their kids in an unusual way. He calls it “radical.” They set strict boundaries around technology: no devices in the car. They can check their …

This Couple Went to Every National Park in America and Says These Are the Best

Death Valley National Park<p>Payne and Irish picked Death Valley National Park, which spans both California and Nevada, thanks to the park’s incredible …

Going Dutch? What Americans can learn from how children are raised in the Netherlands

When Rina Mae Acosta, originally from California, fell in love with a Dutch man, they got married and moved to the Netherlands. At first she wasn’t sure what to make of the new culture. But as soon as she became a parent, she was struck by the richness of Dutch family life — by how independent, …

Science says parents of successful kids have 17 things in common

And while there isn't a set recipe for raising successful children, psychology research has pointed to a handful of factors that predict success.<p>Unsurprisingly, much of it comes down to the parents.<p>Here's what parents of successful kids have in common:

Parenting

Praising Your Child Doesn't Help Them Succeed If You Do It Wrong

There are many ways well-meaning parents undermine their kids when they try to be encouraging.<p>As a parent what do you want for your children? Having a roof over their heads and food on the table are obvious places to start. Providing them with a quality education? Absolutely. How about setting up a …