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Maria Lin has written for publications such as Real Simple, New York magazine, Time Out New York, and has appeared in The Washington Post, ABC News, Fox Business News, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. She is the co-founder of cult lifestyle site UrbanDaddy, and is currently an associate creative director of writing for Apple. She graduated from Swarthmore College and Berkeley Law School, and attended the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Northern California with her son. www.marialin.com

Entries by Maria Lin

9 Ways You Can Help a Special Needs Parent

(152) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 11:23 AM

When I set out to write 7 Things You Don't Know About a Special Needs Parent, I was a little nervous. I thought to myself, Who am I to speak for all special needs parents? My situation felt unique, and maybe no one would relate to what I...

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The Single Parent's Guide to Taking Care of Yourself

(18) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 9:20 AM

I've made a pitch to Beyonce for her next single: "All the Single Parents".

"All the single parents... all the single parents... now put your hands up."

There'd be a lotta hands. And they'd probably be tired.

Today is Single Parents' Day.

There are approximately 13.6 million single parents raising...

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7 Things You Don't Know About A Special Needs Parent

(595) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 5:21 PM

About 6 million kids in America receive special education, according to the U.S. Department of Education. One out of every 10 children under the age of 14 has some type of special need, which includes any physical, cognitive, or medical disability, or chronic or life-threatening illness.

My 3-year-old...

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How to Be a Temporal Millionaire

(2) Comments | Posted March 5, 2012 | 12:07 PM

Given the choice between being a money millionaire and a temporal millionaire, I'd choose the latter.

Working as the editor-in-chief of a website about money has taught me about how to manage my dollars better, and has made me aware of how tough life can be if we don't have...

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Happiness: Why Savoring The Present is Good for Your Health -- And Your Wallet

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 5:55 PM

I'm a big proponent of something I'm going to dub the "slow living" movement.

In a nutshell, it's about slowing down.

Studies show that when you slow down, you'll be more likely to stop and help someone in need (see this). But there's another benefit to slowing down...

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10 Signs Your Kid Is Too Busy

(6) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 12:44 PM

We've all heard about the signs to look out for if your kid is using drugs -- the glassy eyes, spending less time with friends and family, apathy towards everything -- but what if the culprit isn't pills but programming -- too much of it?

The epidemic of overly-scheduled kids...

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Sh*t Girls Say About Money

(3) Comments | Posted February 3, 2012 | 11:53 AM

We couldn't resist.

You've probably seen all the Sh*t Girls Say videos floating around out there. And OK, OK, we may be coming to this meme party a little late. But once we got started talking about the hilarious wealth of stuff that we know girls say about money, we...

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Chinese New Year Feng Shui Tips for Your Home

(4) Comments | Posted January 23, 2012 | 2:10 PM

We love a fresh start.

That's why we'll take as many new year's celebrations as we can get.

And today, there's another one: Chinese or Lunar New Year. When I was little, my mom told me that it was important to act on Chinese New Year how you wanted the...

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Women And Money: How To De-Stress Financially In 2012

(2) Comments | Posted January 6, 2012 | 5:10 PM

It's confirmed: We're stressed.

And we're more stressed than men are.

According to the American Psychological Association's (APA) 2010 Stress in America survey, most Americans are living with moderate or high levels of stress. And women are more stressed than men (28 percent report a very high level...

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Paying For Your Child's Wedding: Dos and Don'ts

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2012 | 11:23 AM

You've seen your precious daughter or son through potty training, soccer games, prom, and graduation. And now, the final frontier of parenthood: marriage.

When your child gets engaged it is, one expects, a happy time for all (if it's not, that's a topic for another post). But as the wedding...

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Why Niceness Is Underrated (And Why It's My Resolution for 2012)

(20) Comments | Posted December 29, 2011 | 8:10 AM

At this time every year, I and countless others review the past year with a focus on shortcomings (or to put a more positive spin on it, "wishes" for improvement for next year), and begin to mentally prepare that list.

It's the resolution list, that favorite American pastime that speaks...

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Financial Advice: Avoiding The Sunk Cost Fallacy

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 2:37 PM

Picture this: It's the evening of the Lady Gaga concert/Yankees game/yoga bootcamp. You bought the tickets months ago, saving up and looking forward to it. But tonight, it's blizzarding and you've had the worst week and are exhausted. Nothing would make you happier than a hot chocolate and pajamas, not...

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How to Score a Cheap Wedding Dress

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 10:39 AM

There's nothing like donning an H&M dress with some fabulous accessories and passing it off for a YSL or a Lanvin. But could you pull off the same with a wedding gown?

I say yes.

Wedding gowns can run into the thousands, which can eat into a good portion of...

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What NOT to Keep in Your Wallet

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 3:03 PM

We love the motto "be prepared."

But when it comes to the average American's wallet, there's such a thing as over-prepared. From the looks of our bulging Costanza-esque billfolds, we must be heading out each day to open a new line of credit, fill out a W-2, shop at several...

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Time Management: How To Get More Out Of Your Day

(1) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 11:45 AM

We all agree that time is more valuable than money.

At least, that's what we say.

Then we turn around and spend hours watching bad TV we're not even that interested in. Or 45 minutes on the phone with customer service fighting a $5 charge. Or years in a relationship...

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Holiday Shopping: How To Spend Meaningfully

(8) Comments | Posted November 28, 2011 | 7:56 AM

Recently, New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote an op-ed piece about the "Haimish Line." The Haimish Line is an invisible line sometimes crossed when you go from spending less to spending more -- in doing so, Brooks contends, you often sacrifice warmth and connection to attain luxury...

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Top 9 Money Questions to Ask Your Partner Before You Get Married

(14) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 10:11 AM

Before marriage, all kinds of lovely conversations ensue: How many kids? What should we name them, Jayden or Hayden or Payden? Where should we live, Paris or Wyoming or Sao Paolo? Beach house or woodsy cottage? Dog or cat?

In reality, the better questions might be: How much is...

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Overextended? 13 Signs You Need a Break

(13) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 2:11 PM

There's busy.

Then there's too busy.

Busy is running from one appointment to the next. Too busy is running over someone on your way to the next appointment (physically, vehicularly, whatever). Busy is leaving your cell phone behind at the grocery store. Too busy is leaving your kid behind at...

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Is the Creepiest Internet Stalking Tool Yet Right at Our Fingertips?

(74) Comments | Posted October 15, 2011 | 10:25 AM

When Google quietly launched its new Search by Image function last June, the official suggested uses for the new service were fairly benign. Try searching "places, art, or mysterious creatures," the product description still suggests. To do that, you simply drag and drop an image into the search...

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Why Men Are Getting More Jobs Than Women in the Recession Recovery

(21) Comments | Posted July 19, 2011 | 9:00 AM

We knew it was a he-cession. Men were harder hit in this recession, accounting for 71% of the jobs lost in the economy.

But men are faring far better than women in the recession recovery. According to a recent Pew research study, from the end of the recession...

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