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How To Get Your Kids To Do Chores (Without Resenting It)

Back in the early 1990s, psychologist Suzanne Gaskins was living in a small Maya village near Valladolid, Yucatán, when she struck up a conversation with two sisters, ages 7 and 9.<p>The girls started telling her — with great pride — about all the chores they did after school. "I wash my own clothes," …

Parenting

A Swiss multi-tool for outdoor dining!

Baladeo’s Outdoor Cutlery Kit ensures you have all your campsite dining equipment right in one place. Designed like a Swiss Multitool, the cutlery …

Buying Property in Portugal as a Non-Resident

From taxes to average prices and down payments., here’s what you need to know<p>By Ariel Ramchandani<p>Recently, the sun has been shining brightly on …

The Best Parental Control Apps to Monitor Your Kids’ Screen Time

Six of the best apps for everything from blocking problematic content to managing minutes spent staring into a screen.<p><i>“What exactly is he/she looking</i> …

Apps

The 48 Hour Guide To...Lisbon

The oldest city in Western Europe is suddenly the coolest spot to visit<p>If your Instagram account has already been infiltrated with sun-kissed pictures of yellow trams, blue-tiled buildings and cobbled streets you won't need convincing of the quaint beauty of Lisbon.<p>The city has been growing in …

The Top 5 Attractions in Aviero, Portugal

On the shores of a coastal lagoon filled with birdlife, the colorful city of Aveiro in northern Portugal has a fascinating blend of historic …

Declutter Your Kids Brain By Doing These 6 Things

When it comes to options, sometimes less is more.<p>Today's children have playrooms stacked to the ceiling with plastic, battery-operated toys of every size, shape, and color. These same kids can watch up to eight hours of TV per day, a number that would have shocked the parents of yesteryear.<p>Growing …

Kids

A local’s guide to Lisbon: 10 top tips

Before I moved to Lisbon, almost a quarter of a century ago, someone told me: “From afar, it looks like a queen. But from closer you see that the old empress’s make-up is smudged and flaking, and that the ornaments fluttering in the wind are not lace, but someone’s laundry drying at the windows. …

European Travel

Porto, Can’t Miss It – A Photographic Exploration of Portugal’s Most Fascinating City

<i>by José Manuel Santos</i><p>A day with…<p>We leave early, still at dawn. We find a cool but pleasant temperature. The city is beginning to wake up, but we feel …

European Travel

3 Lisbon Insiders Share Tips on What to Do in the Portuguese Capital

From secret walks to artworks, here’s where to find the best that the city has to offer<p>By Nancy A. Ruhling<p>Lisbon, which is a center of commerce, …

Why Lisbon is the world's greatest city for people watching

<b>Lynda Bailey wins £250 for her account of time spent watching passers-by from her Lisbon balcony.</b><p>It’s dusk. A man closes the shutters on the window in front of me. He is perhaps 10 yards away across the cobbled Lisbon street, but our eyes don’t meet. I am invisible on this balcony. But then I look …

A local’s guide to Porto, Portugal

Sitting in my customary Porto cafe, a non-descript place on Praça Carlos Alberto across from my kids’ school, a troupe of Asian tourists march by. They are sheltered under umbrellas, heads down, following their guide in an orderly step to the next tourist honeypot.<p>For a whistlestop visit to …

European Travel

The Best Water Bottles

We’ve conducted almost 70 hours of research into water bottles over the past five years and have now tested a total of 79 in all shapes and sizes. …

Camping

How to Discipline a Child with ADHD

Helping kids learn right from wrong is hard enough. Throw attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the mix, and you’ve got the makings of a …

Parenting

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids

This 2-step tool can bring them out of chaos and into confidence. It works for grownups, too.<p>My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing …

Mindfulness

How To Measure Whether Your Child’s Tantrums Are Normal

In the throes of your toddler’s rage, it’s perfectly healthy to wonder whether you’re observing normal childhood behavior, or the beginnings of a …

Parenting

22 Skills Every Kid Should Have By the Time They’re 10

<i>The following was produced in partnership with our friends at</i> <i>New York Life</i><i>, who are committed to helping families be happy, successful, and good at</i> …

Kids

7 Fun Things to Do in The Picturesque City of Sintra, Portugal

<b>There are so many things to do in Sintra, a picturesque city located just 45 minutes north of Lisbon Portugal.</b><p>The history of the area dates back to …

European Travel

Psychologists to Well-Meaning Parents: Indulging Your Kid's Anxieties Makes Them Worse

Anxiety among young people is at an all-time high. Here's how psychologists tell parents to respond.<p>We live in anxious times, and it's taking a serious toll on our kids. Nearly one in three teens and adults will suffer from serious anxiety, reported <i>The New</i> <i>York Times Magazine</i> in the course of a …

Psychology

10 things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon’s star has never shone brighter: Instagram feeds are littered with snaps of its ubiquitous indigo-hued tiles, tech startups are flocking …

Don't Let YouTube Babysit Your Children

Maybe it’s happened to you. You’re cruising around YouTube and then boom: a video of Spiderman hanging out with girls in bikinis trying to make Elsa …

Internet

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you an awesome parent

Every parent asks it at some point: <i>What is going on in my kid’s brain?</i><p>And if you don’t understand kids it can be hard to give them what they need to …

MIT researchers have isolated a strategy to help kids grow up to be more successful — but most parents are afraid to do it

So, you work hard to make sure that you praise your kids the right way—always for their efforts, never for their innate characteristics and abilities.<p>Perhaps you also try to show them that hard work will always pay off—and maybe make yourself feel better in front of them—by hiding your struggles …

What to Say Instead of "What Is It?" When Kids Show You Their Artwork

When little kids create a work of art—say, a drawing or painting or pipe cleaner sculpture—adults typically respond in two different ways. There’s …

Parents of unsuccessful kids could have these 6 things in common

Raising children requires good parenting techniques as well as avoiding bad habits. A positive body image help children develop socially. Quality time with kids also helps them in school. But just as important are avoiding mistakes that can curtail a child's social, physical, emotional and …

The Cheap & Easy Dinner I Brought Home from Portugal

We've written before about the ingenious practice of Abendbrot — it's German for "evening bread" and is the very simple but lovely idea of having …

The simple step parents can take to teach their kids persistence and grit

You’re at home trying to make fresh tomato sauce, but can’t seem to get the tomatoes out of their plastic container from the grocery store. The bottom latch is not opening, so you pull harder. Although you’ve never seen this type of tomato container before, you have opened many similar ones in the …

Parenting

The Top Things to Do in Sintra, Portugal

One of the most popular day trips from Lisbon, a trip to Sintra should be high on every visitor’s itinerary. Once a royal vacation spot, you’re now …

30 New Toys of 2017 That Will Teach Your Kids Valuable STEAM Skills

Play is important for kids of all ages, and learning through play has become increasingly easy, thanks to toys that encourage STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) concepts. From learning how to code to building their own droid or robot, there are so many STEM toys and kits that …

The Website Every Traveler Should Bookmark When Planning a Trip to Portugal

<i>JO&SO is a curated collection of cool places to stay in Portugal and one of our favorite local resources. The Portuguese sisters who run the site are</i> …

European Travel