Linda Bernstein

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Will a little girl’s lies become a lifelong bad habit?

<i>Q: My daughter started kindergarten this year, and I’ve caught her lying about a few things. They’ve been things that are minor and that wouldn’t be a big deal but for the dishonesty. For example, I noticed that her lunch account showed her purchasing lunch on days when I had sent lunch with her. I</i> …

Parenting

Pediatricians’ New Germ-Control Advice: Bring Your Own Toys

As cold season and flu season settle in, many parents worry about taking children to the doctor’s office, and sitting in a waiting room full of sick children.<p>It’s well known that hospitals can be dangerous places for disease transmission; that’s why they have thorough infection control policies. …

Can You Train Yourself to Need Less Sleep?

<b>Question:</b><p>Is there anything I can do to train my body to need less sleep?<p>If I get less than nine hours I feel sick and exhausted the next day. (I already do the only using your bed for sleep, and not looking at screens 30 minutes before sleep.)<p><b>Answer:</b><p>Many people think they can teach themselves to …

Children Need Close Pals, Not Popularity

Research suggests that intimate friendships have long-term benefits, such as higher self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and depression<p>Chasing after popularity can be stressful for children—and for their parents. A growing body of research suggests that they should give a different focus to …

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'Game of Thrones' star warns that some of our favorites will become White Walkers in Season 8

When we last saw Jaime Lannister, the Kingslayer-turned-queen-betrayer was in uncharted territory.<p>For the first time in his life, Jaime willingly …

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Why a Baby’s Connection With a Parent Matters

In pediatrics, attachment is the emotional connection that develops between a young child and a parent or other caregiver.<p>Attachment theory was developed in the mid-20th century by a British psychiatrist, John Bowlby, whose own upper-class British upbringing included the loss of a beloved nanny, …

How the 'GoT' finale delivered one of the series’ most satisfying deaths

In the season 7 finale of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, karma finally caught up with master manipulator Petyr Baelish, AKA Littlefinger.<p>After playing …

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This perfect fan theory predicts how Cersei will die in 'Game of Thrones' Season 8

Throughout <i>Game of Thrones</i> Season 7 it's felt like Cersei is living on borrowed time.<p>But a new fan theory not only proposes the perfect, bittersweet …

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‘Game of Thrones’ Mortality Pool Update: The Many-Faced God Claims the Season’s Final Death

Let’s dive right into the death this week. The machinations by which Sansa and Arya ensnared Littlefinger in his own web of mistrust still baffle, …

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Littlefinger's fatal flaw in 'Game of Thrones' was underestimating women

<b>Warning: This post contains spoilers for</b> <i>Game of Thrones</i> <b>Season</b> <b>7, episode 7, titled "The Dragon and the Wolf."</b><p>Well, he had it coming.<p>To the sadness of …

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Everyone’s Least Favorite ‘Game Of Thrones’ Character Paid For His Lies In The Season Finale

In “The Rains of Castamere” episode of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, Catelyn Stark was killed during the Red Wedding — an event orchestrated by the Freys, Boltons, and Lannisters — when her throat was slit. In tonight’s season seven finale “The Dragon and the Wolf,” the man who helped pit the Lannisters against …

Game of Thrones: Is This Really the Last We’ll See of That Major Player?

Or is there room for one last encore?<p>This post contains frank discussion of Season 7, Episode 7 of <i>Game of Thrones,</i> titled “The Dragon and the Wolf.” If you’re not caught up or don’t want to be spoiled, now would be the time to leave. Seriously, I won’t warn you again. Skedaddle.<p>The main character …

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Who is likely to die in the 'Game of Thrones' season finale

<b>Major spoilers ahead for "Game of Thrones" season 7.</b><p>As we head into the season 7 finale this Sunday on "Game of Thrones," we've already lost a few …

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There is literally no way 'Game of Thrones' will kill any of these characters in the finale

In the <i>Game of Thrones</i>, you win or you die, but Season 7 has felt oddly free of both winning and dying. There are generally less characters to kill …

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Game of Thrones Really Needs to Start Killing off Its Heroes Again

Why the latest episode rings so hollow.<p>This post contains frank discussion of Season 7, Episode 6 “Beyond the Wall.” If you’re not caught up or don’t want to be spoiled, now would be the time to leave. Seriously, I won’t warn you again. Skedaddle.<p>At the end of last week’s episode we saw <i>Game of</i> …

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'Game of Thrones' Creators Explain That Big Death

The final image of "Beyond the Wall" was in the works for a long time, according to 'Thrones' showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss.<p><b>[Warning: This</b> …

The Night King Claims An Important Victim In An Emotional ‘Game Of Thrones’

In one of the most spectacular displays of fast-travel that <i>Game of Thrones</i> has seen yet (elite crows can travel roughly 100 miles an hour it seems), Jon and his band of bastards and badasses were saved by Dany and her dragons just as the Night King was overwhelming the raiders of the north. As …

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Why the very idea of 'screen time' is muddled and misguided

The idea of “screen time” causes arguments – but not just between children and their anxious parents. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne …

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Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5 discussion

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The 11 characters mostly likely to get killed on 'Game of Thrones' this week, ranked by who's the most toast

<b>Note: The author of this post has not watched the leaked episode of "Game of Thrones."</b><p>On "Game of Thrones," basically anyone can be killed — and at any time.<p>This week, Jon Snow and his Dream Team of Westerosi misfits go beyond the wall to fulfill their mission of capturing a wight, which means …

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Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5: Who died in Eastwatch?

Taking stock with some spoilers from Game of Thrones season 7, episode 5 as we look at who didn’t make it and died in ‘Eastwatch’<p><i>SPOILER WARNING:</i> …

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Game of Thrones Hope Chest: which supposedly dead characters do you want to see return?

Both the books and the TV show frequently tease their audiences with fake deaths. So who isn’t really dead?<p><i>Game of Thrones</i> has never been about giving readers or viewers what they most want. Its author and screenwriters prefer to build fan expectations, then overturn them for narrative impact — and …

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Where Dancers Shine Beyond Their Usual Specialties

VAIL, Colo. — Since the two galalike signature events of the annual Vail Dance Festival were star-studded, it’s tempting to survey them just by dropping names. After all, on Friday here, Misty Copeland (never more mettlesome) and Marcelo Gomes (richly smoldering) danced Twyla Tharp’s “Sinatra …

Game of Thrones: Will Arya’s New Weapon Take Down the Night King?

Answering 11 burning questions.<p>This post contains frank discussion of Season 7, Episode 4 of <i>Game of Thrones:</i> “The Spoils of War.” If you’re not caught up or don’t want to be spoiled, now would be the time to leave. Seriously, I won’t warn you again. Skedaddle.<p>Are they gone? Good! That was an …

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Cranky Baby? Feeding May Not Be the Right Answer

Feeding a hungry baby can seem like one of the most basic tasks of parenthood, but right from the beginning, the way an individual baby eats, gains weight and grows is a complicated parent-child mix of behavior and biology.<p>Part of the equation is whether the baby is actually hungry, or whether …

Babies

‘Game of Thrones’ Deaths: Every Major One So Far

All men must die on “Game of Thrones” — and women and children as well. Sometimes beloved characters depart much too soon, and sometimes villains get their just deserts. Here, we look back at notable deaths of “Thrones” characters — ranked from devastating to delicious — and hear from some of the …

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This 1 line of 'Game of Thrones' dialogue could have a huge fallout for this character

<b>Warning: Contains spoilers for</b> <i>Game of Thrones</i> <b>Season 7, Episode 3.</b><p>Lady Olenna said a lot of things about Cersei before she died. None of them were …

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Dahlia 'Night Queen'