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As a Mom, I'm Picking up the Pieces

Stephanie Land | Posted 02.03.2016 | Parents
 Stephanie Land

I'm writing this knowing my bank account is overdrawn, because I'm still waiting on four, unexpectedly late paychecks. I'm writing this from my couch, where my 19-month-old is sleepily nursing in my lap.

How to Love Your Mondays

Kate Bartolotta | Posted 01.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Kate Bartolotta

I used to spend the second half of Sunday dreading Monday morning -- what a waste of a perfectly good evening! Over the years, little tweaks to my routine and shifts in my intention have changed things to the point that I am definitely in the "I Love Mondays" camp. Here's what I've found that works:

Parents: Don't Waste Money on Powerball Tickets. Do These Things Instead!

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 01.12.2016 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Dear fellow parents -- this is crazy. There are so many better ways to spend $50 of your hard-earned money than on powerball tickets. Many involve buying yourself some much-needed family time. Here are the first 23 that come to mind.

How To Get Kids and Adults Off Their Phones

Rodale's Organic Life | Posted 12.31.2015 | HuffPost Home
Rodale's Organic Life

Break out the craft supplies, and leave your screens alone.

101 Fun and Interesting Questions To Perk Up Boring Gatherings

Andrea Reiser | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Andrea Reiser

Our idyllic holiday break could easily devolve into everyone staring at their own electronic devices in the car, and quiet, boring dinners resulting from too much together time with nothing new to talk about. Sound familiar? I decided that our family time was too precious and fleeting to let that happen, so I began to think about what I could do to keep everyone engaged and happy.

An Unusual Gift for a Creative Introvert

Naomi Liddell | Posted 12.07.2015 | Arts
Naomi Liddell

I'm an introvert, often mistaken for an extrovert. I can talk a lot, I'm not afraid of large parties, I have zero problems being the centre of attention and new places or experiences make me really happy.

A Surprising Solution to Running Low on Time and Money

Michael Neill | Posted 12.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Michael Neill

As you read through the following descriptions of how I had attempted to organize my time and manage my finances up until that point, see if you can spot the common thread and maybe even predict the surprising solution I came to...

Staying Stress-Free During the Holidays

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 11.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Perhaps we should all reevaluate the true meaning of this time of the year and reintegrate a little fun into the holidays! Follow my seven simple steps to relieve stress and regain inner tranquility during your holiday season.

5 Ways to Organize All Those Photos -- Memories of Your Life

Ruth G. Zavitsanos | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruth G. Zavitsanos

Remember those Kodak commercials that brought a tear to your eye? The ones proclaiming to capture all the fun in color? And, if that wasn't enough, th...

3 Things To Consider When Divvying Up The Holidays As Newlyweds

Kristen Rocco | Posted 11.20.2015 | Weddings
Kristen Rocco

On Christmas Day last year, I boarded a plane along with my husband. Not to either one of our family's locations. We had decided to take a trip of a lifetime instead. Destination: Zurich, Switzerland.

Can You Get Ahead By Putting Down Your Phone and Picking up Your Kid? And Other Metaphorical Scenarios...

David Sable | Posted 11.09.2015 | Business
David Sable

Have you ever questioned the effort you put into things... wondering if it was really worth it, or worse, wondering why it seemed there was so much swirling and duplication? And then nothing?

How I Survived 3 Sibling Weddings In One Year

Avelist | Posted 10.28.2015 | Weddings
Avelist

If you've been through even ONE family wedding, I bet your jaw is still on the floor because you know what goes into a wedding and you cannot imagine three of them in the same year. Here's how my family survived the year of the weddings.

'I Think I Can'

Kathy Walsh | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

What books do you read to your child? Do they have a positive message? Reading to your child creates memories that last a lifetime. Holding a book in your hand, feeling the pages turn all help to create sensory memories.

5 Ways How - and Why - We Can Make Family Meals Happen

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

I grew up in a big Italian family where family meals were a regular occurrence. When it came to starting my own family, I just assumed we'd approach meals with the same mentality. Of course we would all eat together!

Parents Aren't Teachers -- They're Parents

Kent Pekel | Posted 10.12.2015 | Education
Kent Pekel

At the start of the current school year, I was struck by the number of superintendents, principals, and other educational leaders across the country who called on parents to get more involved in their children's learning. I also noted that many of them promised to make family engagement a key component of their efforts to support students and improve schools.

The Good China and Other Nice Things You Never Use

Dawn Falcone | Posted 07.08.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Dawn Falcone

Host a fancy dinner party even if you think your current home isn't fancy enough. Put some daisies in that crystal vase. Pour lemonade in your lovely punch bowl at your next BBQ. You don't need a special occasion to use your special stuff. Pull out that china and those linen napkins for your next family movie night. Turn the ordinary into something extraordinary.

A Mom's Summer Bucket List

Kathy Radigan | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Spend a rainy day at the movies. See the whole movie without anyone throwing up or needing 10 bathroom breaks. Extra star if we leave the theater with more popcorn in our stomachs than on the floor.

Finding Time in Unexpected Places: 11 Tips on Productivity

Simon Tam | Posted 05.08.2015 | Small Business
Simon Tam

By managing your time as you would a small business, you can cut the excess and focus on what you really find most rewarding.

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

David Kanegis | Posted 03.29.2015 | Fifty
David Kanegis

Something as simple as snow allowed us to use our creativity in ways that weren't everyday occurrences.

10 Ways to Survive Winter

Maria Rodale | Posted 03.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

As I write this, there's an ice storm out, and we aren't going anywhere, thanks to my home's location at the top of a big hill. It's cold. It's dark...

Our 'Slow Tech' Family iRules

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2015 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

There will be days, events, outings and holidays when we all commit to being device-free. Sometimes it feels nice to go for a walk without bringing the hundreds of people we know along with us.

The Best Holiday Gift of All

Annie Fox | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

Clearly, Noah Webster never hunted for a non-existent parking space, cringed at his ATM balance or frantically vacuumed dog hair off the couch before guests arrived.

8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

What's topping your kids' holiday wish lists this year? Chances are it has a screen, Internet access and games. With a little planning -- and kids' assistance -- you can balance your family's tech activities with much-needed face time. Here's how.

The Reality Of Family Time

M. Blazoned | Posted 02.04.2015 | Parents
M. Blazoned

All I want is peace and for the game to end before I'm old enough to sprout hairs out of the moles on my face. As I pack up the evil pieces, eye still twitching, I somehow keep it together and say, "That was fun," and wonder if anyone believes me.

What Is The Real Price Of Technology?

Ekaterina Walter | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Ekaterina Walter

Why is it so hard to switch off? Is it because it's addictive? Is it because we don't want to miss out on anything? Is it because we use social networks as a place to stroke our own egos? Whatever the reason is, there are repercussions to be aware of. Smartphone and computer use can cause a number of psychological issues: