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6 Things the Happiest Families All Have in Common

Tolstoy was right—all happy families are the same<p>Family life is hectic. Most of us play it by ear and hope it works out well.<p>Or maybe you haven’t started a family yet but when you do you want to do it <i>right</i>.<p><b>Aren’t there some legit answers out there about what creates the happiest families? Yes,</b> …

Happiness

What Your Kids Really Think About Your Career

We interviewed 11 kids of working parents to find out what they really think about their parents' jobs.<p>The makeup of families has shifted in the the last few decades.<p>In the U.S., 46% of two-parent families have both parents working full time. With both parents working, tackling family obligations …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? A Former Stanford Dean Says Please Stop Doing This

After a decade working with Stanford freshmen, Julie Lythcott-Haims has figured out what's wrong with America's kids, and how to fix it.<p>If there's one thing many parents want more than to lead happy, successful lives, it's to make sure their <i>kids</i> lead happy, successful lives.<p>Now a former dean of …

Kids

Top 5 Parenting Habits for Raising Happy, Healthy Kids

We all know that parenting can be difficult. In those first few months after birth, when you're basking in the glow of becoming a new mom or dad while reeling from the difficulty of nighttime feeds, much of what's necessary to raise a child hasn't really hit you. But, over time, as the months and …

Happiness

Educating an Original Thinker

How teachers and parents can identify and cultivate children who think creatively and unconventionally<p>In his new book, <i>Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World</i>, the writer, Wharton professor, and erstwhile magician Adam Grant explores the circumstances that give rise to truly original thinkers. …

Kids

4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome

Parenting tips are everywhere but most have zero legitimate research behind them. So what does science have to say? And how can you remember what’s important so you actually use it?<p><b>Remember to WACC your kids.</b><p>No, I’m not saying to hit your kids. “WACC” is a good acronym to help you keep in mind 4 …

Psychology

Toddler Discipline Made Easy.

<i>Do you have a toddler? Are you confused by all the advice on how to discipline him or her? Here is a set of guidelines collected from various experts</i> …

Toddlers

Bedtime Stories for Young Brains

A little more than a year ago, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement saying that all pediatric primary care should include literacy promotion, starting at birth.<p>That means pediatricians taking care of infants and toddlers should routinely be advising parents about how …

Health

10 Most Common Childhood Illnesses

Having a sick child is no fun, no matter how old your child is. Knowing what illnesses to look for, the symptoms related to them, and how to treat …

How to Soothe a Crying Baby

When babies are born, it seems as though they know one language: crying. There’s no getting around it: for almost a year, your baby will communicate …

Babies

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off

THEY learn to read at age 2, play Bach at 4, breeze through calculus at 6, and speak foreign languages fluently by 8. Their classmates shudder with envy; their parents rejoice at winning the lottery. But to paraphrase T. S. Eliot, their careers tend to end not with a bang, but with a …

Kids

10 Things All Moms Should Do Every Day

I don't know about you, but my days are nuts. I am everything from CEO to short-order cook. Too often, I get caught up in the details of the day and lose sight of the things that make each day worthwhile. I suspect you do too, as the plight of the over-committed mom remains an epidemic.<p>So, as I …

Gratitude

To Keep Children Engaged During Prime Time, PBS Will Launch a 24/7 Kids Network

Viewers might have wondered if PBS was rethinking its commitment to children's programming after it allowed HBO to snap up Sesame Street last summer. …

PBS

The No. 1 Family Stress Buster: Laughter

In my work with families over the years, I have noticed an interesting phenomenon that occurs when the family unit is going through tough times. Some families become very subdued and shut down from the world and each other. When these families are experiencing a rough patch it seems that laughter …

Dark energy

Your parenting is the problem: We spend more time and money on parenting than ever — but we are getting worse

Your kids only eat fries? Run the show at home? It's on you: "Let kids decide" switched adult authority to children<p><i>Parents Adrift</i><p>I knew what I wanted to say. But I didn’t say it.<p>Al and Mary McMaster (all names have been changed, except where noted) have two daughters, Tara and Margo.<p>Mom brought …

Kids

Why kids today are out of shape, disrespectful – and in charge

Dr. Leonard Sax has been a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, conducting workshops around the world for parents, teachers, social …

Are Kids Of Working Moms Better Prepared For Their Future Careers?

Your mommy guilt might be misplaced: A new book shows that working mothers raise great kids.<p>Juggling work and family obligations makes working mothers feel that they’re always dropping the ball somewhere. When you’re at work, you’re missing time away from your kids. When you’re at home, you’re …

Kids

7 Habits Of Parents Who Leave The Office At 5 P.M. Guilt-Free

Putting in late nights at the office doesn't always mean you are working harder. Here's how to structure your days to get everything done.<p>If you’re still at the office after 6 p.m., the problem probably isn’t your workload; you might not be working efficiently.<p>"It’s extremely difficult if not …

Self-improvement

Want to Raise Happy and Successful Kids? Teach Them to Ask This Simple Question

It's not about what you want to "be"—it's about what you want to "do."<p>What do you want to be when you grow up?<p>Wait, don't answer that. It's a trick question. In fact, it might be the trickiest question there is, at least if you want to be happy. (Yet adults ask kids that all the time.)<p>Instead, it …

Kids

7 Creative Money Saving Ideas for Thrifty Moms

Momming is an indescribably fun, all-consuming adventure marked by excitement, energy, and EXPENSES. There is not much that will drain your bank …

Research Shows Household Chores Are A Proven Predictor Of Success

The study, which checked in with 84 kids during preschool and then at ages 10, 15 and in their mid-20s, found that the ones who began chores at ages …

Success

This Stuffed Bunny Got Left Behind At A Hotel And Became A Facebook Superstar

This is really cute.<p>This stuffed bunny was found over the weekend by staff at the Adare Manor Hotel in Adare, Ireland. “I lost my owner at breakfast in Adare Manor ,” they wrote on Facebook.<p>The initial photo got a lot more shares than usual for the hotel’s page, so the staff decided to have a …

Facebook

Should Kids Miss School To Travel?

I’m currently working on our family’s travel plans for the rest of 2016 and have a new challenge to deal with… school schedules.<p>My oldest daughter is …

Kids

Prepare Your Kids For Success: Teach Them How To Fail

The most important leadership role we ever have is how we parent our children. And I can’t think of a single parent who doesn’t want their child to grow up to be happy, healthy and whole. But like every leadership challenge, it requires walking a fine line.<p>The line between protecting our kids from …

Kids

'Go the F— to Sleep' author announces a f—ing sequel

Adam Mansbach, whose 2011 book "Go the F— to Sleep" became an unexpected hit for small publisher Akashic, has written a follow-up to his obscenely comic picture book: "You Have to F—ing Eat." The book will be released on Nov. 12.<p>The first book became a minor publishing phenomenon when it was …

25 Alternatives To What'd You Learn In School Today?

<b>25 Alternatives To “What’d You Learn In School Today?”</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>You try to fake it, but it limps right out of your mouth, barely alive. “What’d …

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

A brilliant student, Jonathan sailed through grade school. He completed his assignments easily and routinely earned As. Jonathan puzzled over why …

Kids

The Ideal Amount of Sleep for Each Age Group, According to the Experts

It seems like a question that's as old as time itself: "How much sleep do I really need?" The nonprofit National Sleep Foundation and a panel of 18 …

Cool

15 Kid-Friendly Cooking Projects for Vacation (Or Anytime)

<b>Can't hear the words, "I'm bored!"</b> one more time? Sounds like you need some kid-friendly cooking projects recipes. From DIY hot fudge to homemade pizza, these recipes save the day <i>and</i> the dinner.<p>Pumpkin Streusel Muffins<p>The walnut-streusel makes for extra tender, buttery tops. Canned pumpkin makes …

Food