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The True Story of the Man Who Invented the Dimmer

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.27.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Maria Rodale

One of the many things we take for granted these days--our ability to dim the lights to create a romantic mood or the perfect dinner party ambiance--w...

How Do You Instill Confidence in Girls as They Grow Up?

Quora | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents

I have two daughters who are both incredibly confident. When I think about how they came to be this way, it makes me very proud to have instilled a quality in them they will benefit from for life.

Dear Family Whisperer: Is it OK to Leave One Child Behind?

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Children become more resilient and competent when they're given opportunities to be strong and independent, and to practice emotional skills, not when they're seen as helpless and needy. Be with your girls, play with them, enrich their lives with special moments.

Is Your Family Keeping a Secret?

Susan Krauss Whitbourne | Posted 02.07.2015 | Fifty
Susan Krauss Whitbourne

We tend to think of our children as reflections of ourselves. When something goes "wrong" with them, we feel that there's something "wrong" with us.

What Do You Call Your Mother in Law?

Denise Oliveira | Posted 07.09.2014 | Weddings
Denise Oliveira

Knowing what to call your mother-in-law may be easier in families and communities that still have a strong naming tradition.

It Takes a Village: The Role of Family and Friends in Running a Small Business

Paul Proctor | Posted 06.22.2014 | Small Business
Paul Proctor

Whether your mentor is a parent, grandparent, or a friend from college, each can help you achieve greatness and push beyond your limits.

Helping Your Under-Scheduled Child Participate

Dr. Kathleen Trainor | Posted 02.17.2014 | Parents
Dr. Kathleen Trainor

The rise of technology has brought with it an epidemic of children school aged, and sadly, beyond, who spend most of their waking hours not face to face with peers but in front of a screen.

Why You Have to Say No to Loved Ones

Patrice C. Washington | Posted 02.15.2014 | Black Voices
Patrice C. Washington

Stop looking at it as saying no to their requests. See it as your chance to encourage them to say yes to the bigger blessings for their lives. The same source which sustains you can sustain them, but only if you'll get out of the way.

What's At Stake For These Feuding Sisters

OWN | Posted 09.27.2013 | OWN

Carrie and Casey are sisters who haven't spoken in six years because Carrie feels her sister betrayed her by emailing with her ex-boyfriend. Though Ca...

The Biggest Decision You And Your Spouse Will Make This Holiday Season

Bridal Guide | Posted 02.05.2013 | Weddings
Bridal Guide

Sometimes, both sets of families become very emotionally attached to 'getting you' for your first married Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Thanksgiving. If distance is a factor, someone's family has to 'win.'

WHiP IT! Our Responsible Outrage

Amy Elias, MS | Posted 12.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy Elias, MS

This is dedicated to the women who cannot speak their truth. It is for those women's voices that cannot express themselves for fear that they will be destroyed by the man in their life.

The One Question You Shouldn't Ask a Couple

Brett Blumenthal | Posted 12.05.2012 | Women
Brett Blumenthal

If you're married, you've probably experienced lots of prodding about various aspects of your life and marriage. But let's face it, there is one topic that is front and center almost as soon as the nuptials are exchanged.

How Happy Is Your Love Life? Look Around At Your Family

Sophie Keller | Posted 02.05.2012 | Women
Sophie Keller

Your familial relationships don't need to be perfect, but if you are working on them, it shows your future partner that you have the intelligence and drive to evolve within your relationships.

Coming Home -- And Coming Out -- For The Holidays

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Stiffelman

Family gatherings have the potential to nourish the soul or inflict the kind of psychological pain that can take months to heal. In other words, big holiday reunions are not for the faint of heart.

The Dancing Parent -- 'How Was Your Day?'

Darryl Sollerh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Darryl Sollerh

For some children, the question "How was your day?" is all they need to launch into a chatty description of every moment since you parted. But for others what often follows can be anything but comforting to a parent.