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Bedtime Mindfulness: A Gratitude Body Scan for Children

“Mummy, can we do a different mindfulness practice tonight?”<p>“Sure we can Darling, would you like to?”<p>“uh-huh.”<p>“OK, close your eyes, and settle down …

Best Places to Travel in 2016, the Readers’ Picks

Leading up to our annual Adventure List, the 25 Best Places to Travel in 2016, we asked for your input. We wanted to know the places on your list of …

Costa Rica

Danes Say Zoo Dissections Fit With Country's 'Very Honest' Parenting

It's a cold day in Copenhagen, and the brightly colored snowsuits worn by Danish children make it easy to pick them out of a crowd here at the Odense Zoo, on the Danish island of Fyn. There are dozens of kids — all ages — many of them standing as close as possible to the euthanized lion laid out on …

Blunt Prescriptions For The Parenting That Children Really Need (Hints For The Workplace, Too)

We recently welcomed beautiful Adeline into our family. She’s our first great grandchild. As I looked into her eyes for the first time, I found myself wondering what life would be for her. What would the world be like when <i>she’s</i> a parent and grandparent? Or, even less remotely, what would the world …

Self Control

11 must-see movies completely rejected by the Oscars

Amazon Studios

How To Get A Baby To Sleep: Genius Parenting Hack Helps Baby Drift Off In One Minute

Getting your baby to sleep is a battle for many parents face at one point or another.<p>But not this woman, she's discovered a parenting hack to get a …

Parenting Mistakes: This Is What Today's Parents Need To Stop Doing

Recently Cathy Gulli, a seasoned journalist at Maclean’s magazine, hit one out of the ballpark. Her essay, "The collapse of parenting: Why it’s time …

Forget the Advice on <em>Cracked</em>; These Atheist Arguments Can Genuinely Help People

Forget the Advice on <i>Cracked</i>; These Atheist Arguments Can Genuinely Help People<p>By Hemant Mehta<p>Writing for <i>Cracked</i>, atheist <b>Luke McKinney</b> offers a list …

Faith

72 Hours in New Orleans

Food, booze and music is the universal equation for a good time, and the Crescent City mastered it centuries ago. Wedged in by the tail of the mighty …

Travel

How To Make The AeroHunter Paper Airplane

Fast, long range and capable, the AeroHunter is an improved variant of the popular Hunter paper airplane. The canard design has been refined to …

Sewing

3 Smart Parenting Tips I Picked Up From Therapy

Countless times, I’ve been to therapy in search of the Lost Ark full of parenting advice. I spend much of those sessions venting or listening to …

Parenting

8 Companies That Help You Beautifully Hack IKEA Furniture

Change up a basic looks with these clever, ready-to-use embellishments.<p>Even though we're all about personalizing IKEA furniture with a little DIY savviness, we get that it can be a huge time suck. And some very smart companies understand that too — which is why they went into business to sell …

Couple Enlightens Son with a 4-Month Adventure to 41 European Countries on a Motorcycle

For many people, it's a dream to drop everything and explore a new part of the world. In the summer of 2015, photographer Mihai Barbu and his girlfriend Oana Leulescu made this their reality and took their 4-year-old son Vladimir on an adventure he'll never forget. They spent four months traveling …

European Travel

The Akrasia Effect: Why We Make Plans but Don't Follow Through

Humans are prolific procrastinators. It’s easy to make plans and throw dates on your calendar, and yet it’s practically inevitable that you’ll let …

This Tech Start Up-Approved Trick Is a Genius Parenting Hack

Between tidying up and getting the kids ready , some days it’s a miracle that you have any time for yourself, let alone some much needed QT with the fam. (We can’t all be the Beckham family .) But Bruce Feiler, a family columnist at <i>The New York Times</i> and creator of the TED Talk “Agile programming — …

Solidify a Creative Idea by Brainstorming in Three Phases

Whether you’re coming up with a side business or trying to figure out what kind of website to launch, chances are, you have ideas bouncing around …

The strange way I stick to my most difficult goal

Over the past four years, I've discovered many incredible ways to hack my habits and improve my life. I have taught myself to love running, dramatically improved my diet, and found the focus to write a bestselling book.<p>Understanding how the mind works and using it to affect my daily behaviors has …

Self-improvement

How to cook a delicious 3-course meal on a camping stove

This past summer, I found myself in an apartment with very limited kitchen equipment — basically just a one-ring camping stove, a kettle, and …

Marilynne Robinson talks religion, fear and the American spirit: “The left, at a basic level, lost courage, because they don’t know how to deal with the proclaimed religiosity of the other side”

<b>Marilynne Robinson (Reuters/Dylan Martinez)</b><p>Exclusive: The brilliant American writer and thinker on God, capitalism and our fearful democracy<p>Michael Schulson<p>January 3, 2016 3:30pm (UTC)<p>It makes sense that Barack Obama would describe Marilynne Robinson as one of his favorite novelists. Like a great …

Bernie Sanders

Can you make every day feel like Saturday?

<i>Disclaimer: This post took me</i> <i>2 years and 89 revisions</i><i>. It’s 18-minutes long but I wouldn’t publish it if I didn’t think every minute would be worth</i> …

Religious delusions are destroying us: “Nothing more than man-made contrivances of domination and submission”

<b>(AP/Reuters/Chris Keane/Kevin Lamarque/Patrick Semansky)</b><p>We managed a year of Charlie Hebdo, Franklin Graham, Ted Cruz, Josh Duggar and more creationism. To sanity in 2016<p>Jeffrey Tayler<p>January 3, 2016 11:00am (UTC)<p>The year just past was, for rationalists, an unremitting <i>annus horribilis.</i> It leaves us …

DIY References and Inspiration to Bookmark for this New Year

2016 will be your best year of making<p>Throughout the past 20 years, one key goal has been the focus of our little corner of the internet: sharing the …

A New Furniture Line Inspired by the Designer’s Father

This is a truly heartwarming father-daughter relationship. Inspired by her father, Mel Smilow, Judy Smilow launched Smilow Design, a new brand of …

Norway’s #DearDaddy viral video proves Scandinavia the best place in the world for women, again.

Following the Swedish government’s decision to issue every 16-year-old in the country a copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s <i>We Should All be Feminists</i>, …

Donald Trump