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Want to Raise Inspired Kids? A Navy SEAL Commander Says Teach Them These 10 Things

Rule No. 1: Make your bed, so you'll start the day with a consistent accomplishment.<p>A few years ago, a retired Navy SEAL commander named Bill McRaven gave a graduation speech at the University of Texas. His words went viral, starting with his advice that no matter what you do, if you want to be …

Self-improvement

The Key to Well-Behaved Kids Isn't Punishment. It's Discipline, and There's a Big Difference.

Those blue and red permanent markers, hidden in the kitchen drawer, are too tempting. Your child remembers seeing you stash them there, and one …

10 Foods to Prep On Sunday So Your Meals Are a Breeze All Week

A little planning (and chopping) will set you up for healthy eating success<p>Who has time to make lunch every morning before work, or a balanced wholesome dinner from scratch every night? Cooking takes times, so many of us end up resorting to less healthy fare as a result of our busy lives.<p>The …

In New York, you no longer have to lie to a future employer about your salary

On Tuesday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order took effect, prohibiting city agencies from asking prospective employees their current …

Chef Sarah Grueneberg's 5 Tips for Better Homemade Pasta

"Pasta knows when you’re scared or nervous."<p>Homemade pasta is many things: delicious, comforting and versatile. Did we mention delicious? That part …

This Pasta Cooking Hack Will Make Your Life So Much Better

If your watched pot isn't boiling, you have to read this.<p>We're going to go out on a limb here and assume you've cooked pasta at least once or twice …

Recipes

How 'Adventure Women' Created a Safe Option for Solo Female Travel

The mother-daughter dynasty caters to women who seek adventure, but fear the risks of traveling alone.<p>While books like <i>Wild</i> and <i>Eat Pray Love</i> demonstrate both the beauty and challenges of women traveling alone, not everyone wants to set off on a backpacking trip by herself—especially in a remote part …

This One Ritual Will Help Us Raise More Mindful Children, New Study Shows

<i>Ever feel like health news is too overwhelming, fast-paced, or hard to decipher? Us too. Here, we filter through the latest in integrative health,</i> …

Parenting

Recipe: Tuscan Chicken and Mushroom Skillet

Tuscan Chicken Skillet<p>Serves 4<p>2 tablespoons olive oil, divided <br>3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (3 to 4 split breasts)<br>Freshly ground black …

Healthy baking ingredient swaps

Who doesn't love warm cookies or muffins right out of the oven? Feel good about indulging in these occasional treats by swapping in healthier …

Breakfast

Use This Dad’s ‘X Plan’ And Your Teen Will Always Have A Way Out Of A Bad Situation

This dad devised an ingenious code to help kids escape sticky social situations<p>Peer pressure puts kids in tough spots. Often, young people are forced …

Rainbow Vegetarian Pad Thai with Peanuts and Basil

Once again, NOODLES.Here we are again, just me and my big bowl-o-noodles… and a few veggies, and a lot of sauce, and a handful of fresh basil and …

Healthy Eating

The real Mediterranean diet: What you can expect - Health - ABC News

A traditional Mediterranean diet has been shown to have significant health benefits. But can you follow it if you live nowhere near a Greek …

Could Your Relationships Use Some Work? Here's How to Love Better

<i>This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of Latina Magazine.</i><p>If your relationships could use some work, It’s time to take an honest look at your Issues and learn the best ways to have happier, healthier, more loving bonds with everyone in your life — from your <i>hermana</i> to your …

Where to Go in 2017

Today’s fast-changing, hyper-globalized world has no shortage of incredible travel opportunities. This year, we’ve done all the legwork for you in …

Travel

11 Tested Tips to Make Stunning Instant Pot Cheesecake

Making <b>Pressure Cooker Cheesecake</b> is a piece of cake. To make it almost <i>perfect</i> in the pressure cooker is another story. I would be lying if I told you …

Pizza Is Love: The Secret to Making Divine Pies at Home

Here’s a holiday to start marking on your calendars: February 9, National Pizza Day. Turns out it’s pretty easy to celebrate, too: Just eat as much of your favorite pie as desired, in whatever incarnation you wish. <i>Buon appetito</i>!<p>Those who prefer a more involved approach to this most sacred of …

Italian Food

The 5 Questions You Should Ask at the Beginning of a Relationship

Whether your mind is speeding ahead after one great date or you’re on the cusp of getting serious with someone you’ve been seeing for a while, find …

The Aeolian Islands: Beautiful Italian Countryside, Few Tourists

There is a small cluster of islands off the coast of Sicily with no throngs of tourists, no teeming crowds, no traffic jams. Instead, what you find is Italy at its dreamiest, picturesque best: acres of olive trees and grapevines; small, just-right hotels; and crystalline waters made for long, lazy …

17 Epic Places You Never Thought To Travel, But Should

Be a traveler, not a tourist, in 2017.<p><i>The HuffPost Lifestyle newsletter will make you happier and healthier, one email at a time. Sign up here.</i><p>Paris? Been there. London? Done that. No offense to those storied standbys, but 2017 is a time to break out of your travel bubble and try someplace you’ve …

Making Sense of Love and Romantic Relationships

It can be difficult to make sense of our thoughts and feelings in intimate relationships—not to mention the behavior of partners too. Fortunately, …

I'm a Marriage Therapist and Here Are 4 Things I Wish I Knew In My 20s

Give advice to a 22-year old? I don’t think they’ll listen to me. My 22-year old son certainly doesn’t want to listen to me. I’ve got great advice! Maybe we just all need to live our own lives, make our own mistakes and mature at our own rate.<p>But let’s imagine for just one minute that I did have an …