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Entries by Brian Leaf

8 Rules for Perfect Parenting

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2016 | 5:52 PM

I've been a parent for ten year now. I've read just about every parenting book and I've even written one myself. From all of this research, I have boiled down the eight most important parenting tidbits I can find. Here's that list, the list I wish someone had given me...

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4 Journal Prompts to Get You Out of a Rut

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2016 | 10:59 AM

Feeling stuck or in a rut? Need a creative boost? Copy the following three prompts into your journal or print them out and get set for an infusion of fresh mojo.

1. When you catch yourself thinking or saying "I should...," stop and say, "Here I am."

Or quote Dr....

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4 Times Every Day You Can Cultivate Your Intuition

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 10:00 AM

"There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, and the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why." -- Albert Einstein

I like to practice following my intuition on small decisions. It's easy to heed an intuition about oatmeal verses eggs. It...

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5 Easy Exercises to Reboot Your Intuition

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2016 | 3:10 PM

You don't just decide to have great big bulging pecs or six-pack abs. You go to CrossFit every morning at 6 a.m. for nine months. Strengthening intuition is, basically, the same. It's a "muscle" you build, a skill you cultivate. And for most folks, right now that muscle is pretty...

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똥을 누는 가장 올바른 방법은?

(1) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 10:24 PM

당신이 화장실에 앉아 이 글을 읽고 있다면, 앞으로는 쭈그려 앉도록 해보자.


미국에서는 드물지만, 세상 사람들 대부분은 고대부터 쭈그려 앉아서 볼 일을 보았다. 과학도 이제 깨닫기 시작하고 있다. 무릎을 직각으로 하고 변기에 앉으면 배변 자제를 담당하는 치골직장근 근육이 부분적으로만 이완된다. 하지만 쭈그리고 앉는 자세에서는 완전히 풀린다. 기본적으로 인간의 몸은...

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How to Poop Properly: A Total Game Changer

(75) Comments | Posted July 25, 2015 | 12:04 PM

If you're sitting on the toilet reading this, it's high time you squatted instead.

Though little practiced in the United States, crouching down on the commode is how most of the world has pooped into antiquity. And science is starting to catch up. When sitting on the toilet, with...

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Here's How You Can Feel Better on Facebook: A New Meme

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2015 | 4:54 PM

I'd like to start a new Facebook meme: Tag five people whose posts you're envious of in today's newsfeed. For me it would look like this: "Today I am envious of Jennifer Schmidt for her viral Huffington Post article, of Betsy for attending two consecutive yoga classes, and of Ken...

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Why I Won't Get Divorced

(16) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Parenting kinda sucks.

And it's also the best thing ever. Often at exactly the same time.

This morning, for example, I was tired and in no mood for usual. That's what Noah and I call our morning ritual of playing a game or drawing a picture...

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The Key to Imperfect Parenting

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 11:09 AM

The twentieth-century philosopher Fred Rogers said, "My hunch is that if we allow ourselves to give who we really are to the children in our care, we will, in some way, inspire cartwheels in their hearts." Then he put on his sweater and changed into sneakers.

Maybe I can come...

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The Funniest Parenting Quiz You Will Ever Take

(25) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 2:01 PM

When I was a kid, I loved the television show Let's Make a Deal. I especially loved the segment in which the host, Monty Hall, would ask a woman from the audience to find some obscure item in her purse, such as a paper clip or supermarket receipt. I've been...

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6 Days of Labor: A Birth Story

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 4:08 PM

While watching a DVD of Meet the Fockers, Gwen has a contraction. I grab a pencil and the closest thing to write on (oddly, a scrap of wood) and begin timing. Five minutes apart and lasting one minute! Wahoo! Make the call!

We call Wendy. I unlock...

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The 2 Biggest Questions About Cosleeping

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:31 PM

Gwen and I have decided to cosleep. That means that little baby Noah sleeps in bed with us. Cosleeping brings up a few questions and concerns and sometimes even an angry mob with pitchforks and torches.

In my experience, the two primary concerns are:

Question 1: What does...

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9 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me in 1990 (When I Was 19)

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:38 AM

1. Don't worry so much about what your parents think -- they secretly want you to be free and frolic in streams and make love and find God and pursue your dreams.

2. That being said, maybe invest $10,000 in Apple Computer stock. It can't hurt.

3. Don't hold on...

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Free Range Kids

(3) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 5:25 PM

What if you lose your son for a minute in the mall? Will he be snapped up by a deviant with yellow teeth and a Def Leppard T-shirt?

Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, says, "Absolutely not."

Skenazy is hell-bent on...

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How to Be a Conscious Parent -- It's Not What You Expect

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 3:33 PM

I'm sitting at my computer while both my boys scream for me from the other room. So, relax, I'm not going to tell you to savor every parenting moment. In fact, I'd say if you're savoring 25 to 30 percent of the moments, you're nearing Zen monk status. What I...

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The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2014 | 2:38 PM

I get a kick out of that title, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. This is the name of the book published by La Leche League, and it's the Bible of Breastfeeding. The Maxim for Mammilla. The Tome for Teats.

What can I say?...

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Why I Didn't Choose Circumcision

(52) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 11:43 AM

I'm a bit depressed. Our midwife gave me a book about circumcision. I've started the book and can't put it down. I'm not sure that I'll ever fully recover.

The book tells me that the foreskin is like an eyelid protecting the sensitive mucous membrane underneath. Circumcision removes this...

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6 Simple Ways to Parent More Effectively

(3) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 10:05 AM

1. Stop Talking
This one comes from Adele Faber's classic, How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk. When your kid is upset or comes to you for comfort, follow this simple template: a) listen, b) nod your head, occasionally saying "Mmm,"...

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'I'm Good Enough, I'm Smart Enough and Doggone It, People Like Me'

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 6:19 PM

Sometimes I think you might be a better, more productive, more interesting person than me. You seem so confident. You know how to make whip cream from scratch. Or maybe you can build a shed or name the members of the president's cabinet. And you're so good with kids.

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Parenting Is the New Religion

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

The parenting debate these days is roughly where religion was in the Middle Ages. You won't find a Huffington Post article titled "How The Jews Are Setting Us Up For Failure" or "Red Wine: The Blood Of Christ, For Realsies?" And thank goodness for that. These debates are so five...

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