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The Perfect Response to "How Are You?"

Joshua Siva | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Joshua Siva

Just in the past few months of making "I'm amazing!" my go-to response, I've received a free basket of peaches, free car service, free bus fare, an extra scoop of ice cream, and a whole list of other interesting perks.

Blurts of Wisdom for My Son, in Case He Should Ever Take a Drink

Peyton Price | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

On the off chance that denial is ineffective, once in a while (immediately after listening to NPR), I blurt out my expectations for teenage behavior: "DO NOT EVER TRY HEROIN! IT CAN KILL YOU THE VERY FIRST TIME!"

12 Cartoons to Help You Break Awkward Silences

Ryan Chapman | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Ryan Chapman

These nuggets of trivia gold will ensure better conversations, a cure for any awkward silence, and maybe a new best friend or two. Or three.

Open-Ended, Mouth Shut

Peyton Price | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

As you can see, the key is to continue asking questions with increasing levels of specificity. Under no circumstances should you allow your child to leave the room until you are satisfied.

5 Movies to Jumpstart Your End-of-Life Conversations

Karen M. Wyatt, M.D. | Posted 03.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Karen M. Wyatt, M.D.

Once we figure out how we feel about our own death and dying, the next step we must take -- initiating the conversation with our loved ones -- is often the most difficult step to complete.

Cliff Claven Notes for Your Life

Tricia McCallum | Posted 12.21.2014 | Entertainment
Tricia McCallum

It's alarming the subjects that seemingly astute people draw complete blanks on. Don't feel guilty. Who can possibly be conversant on all the information amassed since we first put quill to parchment?

10 No-Fail Dinner Party Conversation Starters

Carla McDonald | Posted 09.22.2014 | Style
Carla McDonald

Today, we're getting tipsy with the no-fail questions these 10 expert hosts ask to kick-start a conversation at a cocktail or dinner party.

You Had Me at Hello: 10 Ways to Start a Conversation

Mark Karten | Posted 09.20.2014 | Small Business
Mark Karten

Don't get caught up thinking you're not a good conversationalist. Be prepared and comfortable with different conversation starters, so you're never stumped or faced with an awkward silence.

Why It's Important To Celebrate Music

Posted 01.24.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: Grammy Awards 2014 Story to read: Grammies Nominations Li...

What's Wrong With The Water In West Virginia?

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: West Virginia Chemical Spill And Water Prohibition Story ...

What Kids Should Know About The Polar Vortex

Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The Polar Vortex Story to read: U.S. Cold Weather Shatter...

How Family Dinners Are Becoming An American Tradition

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: Why families sit down and eat together Story to read: Mos...

What Kids Can Learn From Nelson Mandela

Posted 12.06.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The passing of Nelson Mandela Story to read: Former South...

Cereal Is Going Out Of Style ... Is That A Bad Thing?

Posted 11.15.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The demise of breakfast cereal. Story to read: Cereal's F...

TABLE TALK: Explaining Trans Fats To Kids

Posted 11.08.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is moving to ban tran...

TABLE TALK: Banksy's Awesome New York City Experiment

Posted 11.01.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: An anonymous artist who goes by the name "Banksy" has just finished...

Table Talk: The Student Who Discovered A Dinosaur Fossil

Posted 10.25.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Can you imagine finding a dinosaur fossil during a class field trip...

Table Talk: What Exactly Are GMOs?

Posted 10.18.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: It's likely you consume foods containing genetically modified organ...

The Power of a First Sentence

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 12.16.2013 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

I'm often struck by the opening sentence of a novel or short story. It can draw me in and set expectations for what's to come. This isn't always true, of course, but a story's first line is the author's opening salvo.

Talking To Kids About The Shutdown

Posted 10.11.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Last week, our country's government entered a partial shutdown for ...

What If You Could Print Out Your Dinner?

Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: It's already possible to print everything from homework to newspape...

Should Children's Beauty Pageants Be Banned?

Posted 09.20.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Beauty pageants for little girls have long been controversial -- an...

TABLE TALK: Solar Panels At The White House

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.30.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: The White House is getting greener: the installation of solar panel...

How Screen Time Affects Kids' Sleep Schedules

Posted 07.26.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Computers can help us do homework and keep in touch with our friend...

The Royal Baby Is Almost Here!

Posted 07.19.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: In case you haven't heard -- although that would be hard to believe...