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3 Data Protection Questions to Ask at Your Child's Back to School Night

Jim Steyer | Posted 11.19.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

By raising some of these important questions about data privacy, you will let them know that it's an issue that is a priority for you and should be for school administrators and teachers as well.

The Key Political Truth About Climate Change: It's About Our Families

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

It's about families trying to keep asthmatic children safe during heat waves and dirty air days. It's about families struggling to hold on to livelihoods in the midst of drought. It's about families draining nest eggs to rebuild homes after fire, floods, and storm surges.

'Big Bang' Budget Bad for Illinois

Emily J. Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.

Your Child's School Success? It's All in Your Head

Hilary Wilce | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

Schools and teachers work hard to offer a good education to their students, and a cheerful, willing child who is able to meet them halfway and absorb what they have to offer will do well in their care.

Education for the World We Want (part 2)

Suna Senman | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
Suna Senman

The lack of motivation to learn often results in low performance, poor self-esteem and disruptive behavior. As self-image decreases, the desire to constructively contribute to society declines creating a downward spiral.

Why Asian Education Is Better, and Why It Is Not

David Scott Clegg | Posted 11.05.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

Everywhere I go these days it seems I'm faced with the same question: what is wrong with America's education system? The query is usually followed with a defining statement that Asian students are 'kicking our butts' on the international exams. But are they correct?

The 'Kill Switch': A Win For Privacy Protection and Public Safety

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.28.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

SB 962 will provide especially important protections for our children, who are among the most avid smartphone users and often do not take steps to protect their private information.

What Is the Best Legacy?

Frank A. Weil | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

A legacy is something that one can leave behind to the people who come after them to "enrich" their lives and better enable the followers to remember ...

A Letter To Dad: Thank You For Everything I Never Saw

Jordan Gray | Posted 10.25.2014 | Good News
Jordan Gray

I want to thank you for the times that you let me see you cry, so I could understand that when my friends told me that "boys don't cry," they weren't telling the truth.

My Lifelong Journey With Depression

Heather Kerley | Posted 10.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Heather Kerley

The more fiercely I love, the brighter and more beautiful the world can appear. However, each time I feel that joy and connectedness, the more I fear and mourn its loss, even while I still have it. It is in that empty pause that depression is born.

Education, Education, Education and the Role We Play in Its Unfolding

David Scott Clegg | Posted 10.20.2014 | Education
David Scott Clegg

I am an educator. This is true. Education has been where my passion has met with purpose for nearly a quarter century. I am an educator. And so are you.

The Right to Know Reader: Our Current Laws Do Not Protect You From Toxic Chemicals

Earthjustice | Posted 10.16.2014 | Green
Earthjustice

Of the 80,000-plus chemicals that have been approved to be on the market in the United States, approximately 17,000 are "secret." If you believe that our current laws and regulations protect you and your family from all these chemicals, you are mistaken.

What's Your Boomer EQ? Part 4

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 10.12.2014 | Fifty
Claire N. Barnes, MA

Understanding others is basic to human interaction, especially when you desire to reduce stress and conflict in your life. The simplest example I can give follows.

5 Words to Use in Every Day Life

Rupa Mehta | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

I see words as one of the most important tools in pursuing a healthy life. Discovering words that can help you on both your fitness and emotional journey is a quick and easy way to reshape your life. Here are five simple words that can sculpt not only your day, but also someone else's.

45 Things I've Learned By 45

Julie Kantor | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Julie Kantor

Understand that people don't tend to change a lot. If they disappoint, they will often continue to disappoint. If they impress, they will often continue to impress. You don't want to keep going into a Chinese restaurant looking for Italian food.

More Vouchers and Supportive Housing Will End Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.27.2014 | Politics
Deborah De Santis

We must have additional commitments to affordable supportive housing to maximize the promising trend in reducing homelessness across all populations, including, families, children, veterans and the elderly.

The Secret To Healing Your Troubled Mother-Daughter Relationship

Sherry Amatenstein | Posted 09.25.2014 | Fifty
Sherry Amatenstein

I discovered the prevalence of midlife women still chained to the shadow of a toxic mother. When that woman spends years pecking at, rather than building her daughter's sense of security in the world, psychic scars result.

What's Your Boomer EQ? Part 1

Claire N. Barnes, MA | Posted 09.23.2014 | Fifty
Claire N. Barnes, MA

As a dear friend and colleague once counseled me, our own expectations can be the cause of our biggest disappointments. It can come as a big surprise if any our anticipated dreams do not materialize.

Busting Three Myths About the Internet Tax Freedom Act's 'Grandfather Clause'

Michael Mazerov | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Michael Mazerov

ITFA was enacted in 1998 with strong bipartisan support, and it has always included a "grandfather clause" that allowed states and localities that were taxing Internet access to keep doing so. Despite its long history, there's widespread misunderstanding about the grandfather clause in the current debate about renewing ITFA.

House Should Reject Backwards Child Tax Credit Bill

Chuck Marr | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

The full House next week will consider the Ways and Means Committee's recently passed Child Tax Credit bill. A recent Tax Policy Center analysis confirms our previous critical assessments of the proposal, finding that it would make many relatively affluent people better off while making low-income working families poorer.

One Family's Journey and Joy: The 2014 Special Olympics Makes More Than One Kind of Impact

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.16.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon something wonderful happening in Central New Jersey: it was the 2014 Special Olympics. Of course, I've heard of the g...

House GOP's IRS Budget Cuts: A Field Day for Tax Cheats

Chuck Marr | Posted 09.14.2014 | Politics
Chuck Marr

When it considers IRS funding, the Senate should take a stronger stand for honest taxpayers by rejecting all cuts and giving the IRS the resources it needs to do its job. The president should accept no less.

Politics Divides Families, Friends in Hong Kong

Yuen Chan | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
Yuen Chan

Social media and the internet may be fueling youthful dissent but it also seems to be driving a conservative pushback from the older generation. This tends to result in one of two scenarios: disputes and hurt feelings, or silence and simmering resentment.

What Could Have Been: Miscarriage From My Perspective

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 08.25.2014 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

I still think about it sometimes and at the weirdest times, that our family might have been bigger -- could have been bigger -- but isn't.

Trans Dad: My Kids' Favorite Stuffed Animals Are Transgender

Mark Daniel Snyder | Posted 08.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Mark Daniel Snyder

Just in time for Father's Day! Willy Wilkinson is a Bay Area father of three kids, author, and public health consultant. In this video he tells adorab...