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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:

The One Sacrifice Emeril Lagasse Wishes He Never Had To Make

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 04.15.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse owns eateries across the United States, has penned a number of cookbooks and is known for his trademark catchphrase, but...

Island Fever

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Tiffany Beveridge

Something interesting happened the other night. I was sitting in bed reading. My husband was out picking up the kids, who'd gone mini golfing. Eventually, I heard them walk through the door, laughing and talking.

How to Enjoy Your Spring Break With Kids (Hint: Put Your Phone Down)

Megan Morton | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Megan Morton

we are sitting with our lounge chairs sinking into the tide. The sun is setting and we are sipping frosty Coronas. Two sun-kissed little boys run and dip into the waves, wielding their sand shovels. Our little boys. We have figured it out. How to vacation with kids.

Have Your Cake and Cut It Too: An Essay on Usefulness

Charlie Gill | Posted 05.04.2014 | College
Charlie Gill

Sometimes, however, the most useful thing you can do is make yourself happy, or try to make others happy, or get away from school for an afternoon, or maybe even spare your mother the role of cake-server, just once, on a Sunday afternoon.

Unplug With Randi Zuckerberg

Tanya Schevitz | Posted 04.14.2014 | Parents
Tanya Schevitz

When I had my son almost three years ago, I became much more conscious of how often I was using my devices in his presence. Though he was just a baby, I realized he could tell when I wasn't giving him my full attention.

That Glorious Song of Old...

Les Trent | Posted 02.22.2014 | Good News
Les Trent

My father didn't leave me much when he died at the relatively young age of 53, save his name and a savant like recall of classic Christmas carols. We were living on the army base at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Only three of our eventual brood of seven kids were born then

How College Students and Parents Can Survive Winter Vacation Under One Roof

Kayla Hedman | Posted 02.05.2014 | College
Kayla Hedman

Winter break means one thing for most students: reintegrating with parents and family under one roof for an extended period of time.

What May Have Cost Martha Stewart's Marriage (VIDEO)

Posted 12.02.2013 | MarloThomas

As a successful CEO and businesswoman with a family, Martha Stewart had shared her insights on the importance of striking a healthy balance. Marth...

What 43% Of People Will Do This Weekend

Posted 11.02.2013 | HuffPost Home

The '80s may have failed in its attempt at decor, but it did bring us Loverboy and their spot-on summation of everybody's two favorite days of the wee...

It took THIS to get my family to unplug

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

No drone of the air conditioner could be heard. No television blared in the background. Not even the familiar hum of the refrigerator or a solitary screen saver could be detected. The sacred wedge of silence was magical, entrancing and wholly alien to those huddled upon the floor and sofa.

The Kind of Mother I Wish I Was

Lindsey Mead | Posted 12.10.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

What do they lose without the extended net of people coming and going, without the example of constantly welcoming friends new and old? Will they grow up to be exclusive, or clannish, or closed-minded?

Share Activities of Love with Your Children

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 11.18.2013 | Parents
Dr. Jim Taylor

One day, 3-year-old, Sami and 1-year old Jessie wanted their mother's attention, but she was talking on her mobile phone. After several attempts at getting her mother's attention, both of her daughters started crying and Sami yelled, "You love that phone more than me!"

Summer Camp With the Marriott Family

Bill Marriott | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Bill Marriott

We've been very blessed to spend our summers on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire for many years. It all started back in 1942 when I attended Camp Idlewild on Lake Winnipesaukee. I was 10 years old and anxious to get out of the hot summer heat.

Battling the Alpha Mom Syndrome

Beth Rosen | Posted 11.03.2013 | Parents
Beth Rosen

I always seem to say "yes" when asked to help. I am one of many women that suffer from a disturbing illness that I like to call the Alpha Mom Syndrome.

'Can I Just Relax, Mom?'

Cornelia Seigneur | Posted 08.29.2013 | Parents
Cornelia Seigneur

I had mumbled something to the twins about their excessive X-Box use or texting, asking them when they were going to turn it off and work around the house. But, then, one of the twins said to me: "Mom, can we just relax?" Oh, that hit home.