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

Jim Steyer | Posted 09.19.2014 | 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.

30 Principles That Turn Good Kids Into Good Adults

John M. Simmons | Posted 09.22.2014 | Parents
John M. Simmons

It has been my desire to raise my children to be adults, not kids. Following are 30 principles we have tried to rely on in our family in our attempt to reach that goal.

Broke, Busy and Bushed: The 3 B's of Summer

Richard Greenberg | Posted 08.19.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Your kid has just completed a year of school, they are moving forward and that means they're feeling older and more mature. As parents, we have to remember to give them a little extra freedom (if they've earned it) so that they can have these special and unique experiences.

5 Lessons Learned In 36 Years Of Marriage

Richard Greenberg | Posted 07.08.2014 | Weddings
Richard Greenberg

After 36 years of marriage and four children, I believe that being a good parent requires setting a good example -- and having a positive relationship with your spouse is the first, most important step in creating a model for loving interaction.

Protecting Student Privacy Comes First

Jim Steyer | Posted 07.01.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

Educational software is big business. But these companies are not just competing in an $8 billion marketplace. They are being trusted with information about our children, and should be held to the highest standards to ensure our children's privacy and safety.

What I Would Do If My Foot Caught Fire

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If my foot caught fire, I would just go ahead and fetch a pail of water. Soldiering past the want of randomized clinical trials on the topic, and weirdly wonderful fad approaches would test me sorely, but I think I could deal with it.

Who's in Charge? Are You a Wimpy Parent?

Richard Greenberg | Posted 06.09.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Children are not equipped to have the responsibility that we give them by letting them be our boss. It's just not fair -- they have far less life experience than we do and they are much more comfortable being led than they are being asked to make decisions.

Mika: A Voice for Common Sense

Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks | Posted 05.25.2014 | Media
Kathlyn and Gay Hendricks

We'd like to give a heartfelt salute to a hero of ours in the media world: Mika Brzezinski. Actually, she's a hero for two reasons. First, she's an ex...

Talking to Kids About Ukraine

Richard Greenberg | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

I would counsel that there is absolutely no reason to tell a small child about what's going on in Ukraine, because I think that child really only cares about what's going on in the kitchen.

It Depends. It Always Depends.

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 03.18.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

Walkthroughs, which have become very popular, are quick dips into classrooms to observe and assess instruction; many principals are actually required to do them. The question is, are they helpful? This new study says (drumroll, please) that depends.

Bad Math: Rationalization in Fiction

Harrison Demchick | Posted 02.08.2014 | Books
Harrison Demchick

I call this 2 + 2 = 5: a writer's tendency to insist upon something that isn't true. In reality, two plus two does not equal five. Two plus two will never equal five.

Questions Every Parent Should Ask

Richard Greenberg | Posted 01.27.2014 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

earning to recognize how our parents influenced us may be the most effective way of preparing for the job ahead. What did your parents do that you remember most positively? Were there hugs at night? Surprise trips to the ice cream store? Goofy family photos?

3 Simple Sayings

Richard Greenberg | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Richard Greenberg

My mom would have been 92 last week. Here are three gems she left me.

Waiting on the Weight Loss Fairy

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No, there isn't just one magical thing experts do to find health and lose weight -- any more than expert chefs use just one magical ingredient, expert musicians play just one magical note, expert pilots pull just one magical lever, or expert authors use just one magical letter.

How to be a Holiday Hero

Richard Greenberg | Posted 11.06.2013 | Parents
Richard Greenberg

Why should our children care about the other kids in their school if their parents don't? Why, in fact, should they care about anyone else if we parents are always prioritizing them over others, sometimes even over their teachers or coaches?

The Race to Redefine Calories: Iconoclasts, Start Your Engines!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Just as cars can differ dramatically in everything from handling, to torque, to acceleration, to fuel efficiency, so too do our bodies differ in all the nuances of metabolism. Some of us are natively predisposed to be faster, or stronger, or slower, or weaker.

Can Sense Prevail in a Sound Bite World?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Nonsense about health and weight prevails on best-seller lists; it prevails on the morning shows; it prevails in the blogosphere. It prevails not because it helps you, the buyers, but because the sellers can sell it. It prevails because false hope is a very profitable business. It doesn't have to be this way.

Lose Weight, Find Health, Be Disease Proof: As Easy as ABC, Just Not Easier

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When it comes to losing weight and finding health, what happens to all that good common sense? Where does our solid core of pragmatic wisdom go?

Sexy, Vital, Lean and Ageless: The Magic Formula!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

fThe voices of genuine experts are substantially drowned out by pseudo experts. If we treated flying the way we treat weight control, everyone who had ever been on a plane would speak with the same authority as an experienced pilot or the engineer who built the thing.

My College Professor Was an Ex-Con... How About Yours?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 10.09.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

It's almost time for another year to begin at colleges and universities throughout the country. Most students and parents have spent a lot of time vi...

Fourth Trimester Abortion: Are You Serious?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 09.28.2013 | College
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Today I want to talk with you about fourth trimester abortions. I hope you are already asking yourself what this means. The term itself makes no sen...

Mark Hyman, MD: The Two Steps to Solving Our Real Energy Crisis

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 08.01.2013 | Women
Mark Hyman, MD

The path to energy, to well-being is not far for most of us -- it is a few bites of food, a few steps, a few moments of rest away. It is disarmingly simple, yet even the best and the brightest among us often fail to make the connection between how we treat our bodies and how we feel.

Fixing Obesity

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

As a culture, we are drowning in calories of mostly very dubious quality, and drowning in an excess of labor-saving technology. I have compared obesity to drowning before, but want to dive more deeply today into the implications for fixing what ails us.

The Common Sense Entitlements of Thomas Paine

Ian Ruskin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics
Ian Ruskin

Thomas Paine would be appalled by the continuing lack of equality in America, by the ever-growing power of corporations and the ever-increasing difficulty of maintaining life as a "middle class" American.

8 Problems That Startups Are Lucky to Have

Chad Hagan | Posted 06.19.2013 | Business
Chad Hagan

All businesses face challenges in the beginning, but here are some "problems" facing startup entrepreneurs that might not be so bad after all.