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8 Ways to Unplug Your Holidays

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.19.2014 | 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 12.05.2014 | 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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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.

Customized Family Expedition Travel For All Ages

Crawford Hill | Posted 07.29.2013 | Travel
Crawford Hill

Heading to a destination resort -- mountains or beach or wherever each individual can do their own thing during the day and the group reconvenes for dinner each night -- is common.

The Best Mother's Day Gifts Are Free

Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Gwenn Schurgin O'Keeffe, MD

When they were younger, my children used to create gifts. I still have them scattered about my home office. My favorite part of the creative process back then was hearing them say, "Mom, be surprised when I give you the _____."

Why This Family Decided To Unplug

Mike Lescarbeau | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lescarbeau

As someone who both consumes and creates content for modern gadgetry, I've wondered: How might our family dynamics be different if we were forced, on a regular basis, into something as terrifying as a traditional conversation?

A Family Who Meditates Together ...

Kerry and Kelly MacLean | Posted 05.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Kerry and Kelly MacLean

As time passed, we felt increasingly blessed to have this time together each day, and we began to realize what we were doing was downright revolutionary. Whoever heard of an entire family stopping to do absolutely nothing together?

What I Finally Realized My Family Needs Most

Kerry Lyons | Posted 04.19.2013 | Parents
Kerry Lyons

I yearn for those moments. I yearn for lazy Saturday mornings spent lounging in pajamas -- not for my sake (although, it sure would be nice to catch up on some sleep!), but for our sake. We need them. We cherish those moments. And they are far too rare.

My Family Is My New Bucket List

Fred Lundgren | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Fred Lundgren

Since Christmas, I have tried to slow down my pace. I am trying to take things more in stride, but doing so can be a very difficult job for a driven entrepreneur.

Forced Family Day

Christina Arata | Posted 01.14.2013 | Parents
Christina Arata

I dread the day when my daughter is too cool to give me kisses and my son would rather play basketball with his friends than hang out with his mom. But even when they complain, I'll be forcing the tradition of family days.