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Why being desperately poor was the best thing for my childhood

Why being desperately poor was the best thing for my childhood

I don't need to look at a socio-economic graph or statistics about the 1970's poverty rate to know that my family was poor. There were a lot of us: 5 kids and 2 parents living in tight quarters. In... » Read More
Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

Parents: Stop pushing your children to be the best

I received a horrifying email from a test prep company today that basically told me that my children are destined to be unemployed slobs if I don't buy an academic enrichment program immediately. » Read More
Screen time tampers with preteens' ability to read the emotions of others

Screen time tampers with preteens' ability to read the emotions of others

Sixth-graders who turned off the TV and stepped away from other screens for a few days were much better at reading other people's emotions than those engaged with media during that same time, accor... » Read More
Cook’n Recipe Organizer, Cook’n Recipe App a treat for planning family dinners

Cook’n Recipe Organizer, Cook’n Recipe App a treat for planning family dinners

Is that recipe for dinner in a cookbook, pinned to a Pinterest board, printed out from a website or tucked away somewhere else? » Read More
Family Reunion - What's That?

Family Reunion - What's That?

At a recent family reunion held on a small academic campus, we shared a breakfast table with three teenage students. During our conversation, one of them asked hesitantly, "So, why are you here?" » Read More
Why 'Harry Potter' may really be about mental health

Why 'Harry Potter' may really be about mental health

Harry Potter's spell on the American public may never find its end. » Read More
How to Learn Online for Free

How to Learn Online for Free

Henry Ford said that "anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty." Technology today provides many opportunities for learning at any age, whether apps for preschoolers, podcasts f... » Read More
Here are 10 common disabilities that American kids are diagnosed with

Here are 10 common disabilities that American kids are diagnosed with

A 10-year analysis found that disabilities among American kids are on the rise, especially mental and developmental issues, according to The Associated Press. In 2012, 8 percent of American childre... » Read More
One girl's conversation with foster parents will leave you speechless

One girl's conversation with foster parents will leave you speechless

Being a member of a family is a tremendous blessing that, unfortunately, many of us take for granted. We all have bad days with our family. We have children who we may want to run and hide from, a ... » Read More
What you do before marriage has everything to do with having a happy marriage

What you do before marriage has everything to do with having a happy marriage

It starts early. There are things we need to teach our children, especially our teenage and young adult children, about marriage that sometimes gets lost in what seems to be acceptable behavior in ... » Read More
ValueSpeak: To mow, or not to mow?

ValueSpeak: To mow, or not to mow?

It wasn't that I didn't want to mow the lawn that late summer afternoon when I was 13. » Read More
Cyberspace battle ensues in Dashner's 'The Rule of Thoughts'

Cyberspace battle ensues in Dashner's 'The Rule of Thoughts'

"THE RULE OF THOUGHTS: Mortality Doctrine, Book 2," by James Dashner, Delacorte Press, $18.99, 325 pages (f) (ages 12 and up) » Read More
TV series galore on Blu-ray, DVD this week

TV series galore on Blu-ray, DVD this week

"Newhart," "The Good Wife" and both "NCIS" shows lead TV series season sets on Blu-ray and DVD this week. » Read More
14 best-ever ideas for busy parents

14 best-ever ideas for busy parents

When the new school year kicks life into high gear, it's important to remember this: Do not bang your head against the wall or yearn to burrow yourself into a deep hole. Balancing work, school and ... » Read More
Book shares story of woman in the Mona Lisa painting

Book shares story of woman in the Mona Lisa painting

"MONA LISA: A Life Discovered," by Dianne Hales, Simon and Schuster, $28, 257 pages (nf) » Read More
What the city you live in says about your relationship status

What the city you live in says about your relationship status

Your relationship status may depend a lot upon where you're living. » Read More
Mom designs app to force kids to call their parents back

Mom designs app to force kids to call their parents back

HOUSTON - A Texas mom frustrated that her son never returns her texts has designed an app that takes control of a child's phone until they text or call their parent back. » Read More
All aboard: Winning the budget battle with a reluctant spouse

All aboard: Winning the budget battle with a reluctant spouse

A good marriage doesn't mean the spouses agree on everything, but different views on budgeting can lead to problems that a husband and wife might not expect. » Read More
Parents capture unique view of their baby’s world using GoPro camera

Parents capture unique view of their baby’s world using GoPro camera

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Watch out, Steven Spielberg. A California couple is giving their 10-month-old son a jumpstart on a filmmaking career in a very nonconventional way. » Read More
Have You Seen This? Dog hates alarm as much as you do

Have You Seen This? Dog hates alarm as much as you do

We've all been there. The alarm goes off in the wee hours of the morning and you can't think of anything worse that could happen to you in that moment. » Read More
Preparing kids to be kind, strong at school

Preparing kids to be kind, strong at school

Summer is drawing to an end and it's all school-supply lists and cleaning out closets at my house. Every year, we make sure the clothes all fit, the lunch boxes made it back into the cupboards a... » Read More
Parents guide to 'When the Game Stands Tall'

Parents guide to 'When the Game Stands Tall'

THE FOOTBALL FIELD - This week sees the release of the true story of the De La Salle High School football team in "When the Game Stands Tall." » Read More
'If I Stay': 3 points for parents

'If I Stay': 3 points for parents

Information for parents about the film "If I Stay." » Read More
What Kind of Car Are You?

What Kind of Car Are You?

Cars are one of the most important status symbols in America. The kind of car you drive indicates the kind of person you think you are, and the kind of person you want other people to think you are... » Read More
The Clean Cut: Pampers commercial honors 'Mom's first birthday'

The Clean Cut: Pampers commercial honors 'Mom's first birthday'

New moms are the focus of a commercial released by Pampers Japan on July 31. » Read More
13 Tips For Stress-Free Moving

13 Tips For Stress-Free Moving

Americans under the age of 40 move on average at least once every three years. Those under 30 move an average of once every six months. And those under three never STOP moving, as any weary parent ... » Read More
7 benefits of taking vacation time

7 benefits of taking vacation time

Vacation is today's big bad wolf for Americans. » Read More
What can Robin Williams' death teach us about suicide?

What can Robin Williams' death teach us about suicide?

Millions took to the Internet on Monday night to remember actor-comedian Robin Williams, whodied at age 63 in a suspected suicide. » Read More
100,000 elephants killed in Africa from 2010-2012, study shows

100,000 elephants killed in Africa from 2010-2012, study shows

KENYA - An estimated 100,000 elephants in Africa have been killed by poachers from 2010-12, according to a new peer reviewed study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ... » Read More
Meaningful family relationships are forged in life's 'village'

Meaningful family relationships are forged in life's 'village'

I've always loved that saying, "It takes a village to raise a child." » Read More
Perfect parenting expectation affects mental health of parents

Perfect parenting expectation affects mental health of parents

Parenting takes on a new level of stress as "mommy bloggers" take over the Internet and Facebook becomes stocked with perfect pictures of parents with their children at the park. » Read More
Faith and fitness: One preacher's journey to becoming both Mr. Universe and man of God

Faith and fitness: One preacher's journey to becoming both Mr. Universe and man of God

Ron Williams is talking about fat: How it sometimes seems impossible to defeat, clinging stubbornly to bodies despite exercise and calorie control and even prayer. » Read More
Stupid things men do that women don't understand

Stupid things men do that women don't understand

I am taking on this subject for the very reason that I am a man, make no mistake about it, and I protest vehemently against the inference that my fellow men and I do stupid things. » Read More
Vet who simulates homelessness for a month says effects are like PTSD

Vet who simulates homelessness for a month says effects are like PTSD

Tom Rebman, a 53-year-old Florida middle school teacher, spent a month living as though he was homeless. He took on the project, he says, to raise awareness for a local food bank and to inspire the... » Read More
What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs?

The dinosaurs have been gone a long time, yet we still talk about them, read about them, study them, and make movies about them. They are a perennial favorite in classrooms and theaters. » Read More
Visiting NYC? Tips to save money on tourist attractions

Visiting NYC? Tips to save money on tourist attractions

NEW YORK CITY - New York City is expensive to visit; however, it is possible to have a great city experience on a budget. By taking advantage of these insider options, visiting the Big Apple can be... » Read More
Charlie and the Doll Factory? Internet rebuffs Penguin's new cover of beloved book

Charlie and the Doll Factory? Internet rebuffs Penguin's new cover of beloved book

Penguin Publishing got an earful via social media last week when it unveiled a 50th anniversary edition cover for "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" via Facebook. » Read More
5 topics to discuss before marriage

5 topics to discuss before marriage

It's, without a doubt, an exhilarating feeling when your partner pops the question. Your first reaction is telling your loved ones the good news. Later, you begin to think when it's a good time for... » Read More
Watermelons stop bullets in slow motion video

Watermelons stop bullets in slow motion video

If you're being shot at and find a pile of watermelons, would it be safe to hide behind them? » Read More
Infographic: Ukraine tries to block Russian humanitarian aid convoy

Infographic: Ukraine tries to block Russian humanitarian aid convoy

A huge Russian convoy left Moscow Aug. 12 and is headed for the eastern Ukrainian border. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, it carries humanitarian aid supplies for rebel fighters in Crime... » Read More
10 things you're not doing that could add up to big savings

10 things you're not doing that could add up to big savings

Stress and worry over financial issues can cause a lot of problems within the family. Regardless of your financial situation, simply being aware of your money can add a measure of self-control to y... » Read More
1 in 9 girls in developing countries marry before age 15 and here's what to do about it

1 in 9 girls in developing countries marry before age 15 and here's what to do about it

Destaye was 11 years old when she was married. » Read More
Elvis Blu-rays lead vintage titles on video

Elvis Blu-rays lead vintage titles on video

A pair of Elvis Presley Blu-rays leads a bevy of vintage titles on home video this week. » Read More
Have You Seen This? Cat in burglar training

Have You Seen This? Cat in burglar training

CATTINGTON - If you spend any time around a cat, you know two things: 1) Cats like to be places you don't want them to be, and 2) Cats are wily and creative, not unlike a ninja, in getting to those... » Read More
Vintage ‘Westworld,’ ‘Bronco’ TV series on DVD

Vintage ‘Westworld,’ ‘Bronco’ TV series on DVD

The two much sought-after vintage TV series "Beyond Westworld" and "Bronco" have been released on DVD for the first time by the manufacture-on-demand Warner Archive label. » Read More
I'm not a perfect mom

I'm not a perfect mom

I sat in church Sunday with a group of women when one woman raised her hand and humbly, with emotion in her voice, explained she was a terrible mom because she was losing her cool with her kids so ... » Read More
10 reasons dad should take paternity leave

10 reasons dad should take paternity leave

Paternity leave isn't just for mothers. Fathers, too, have been known to take days or weeks off after having a new baby. » Read More
What not to think when a loved one is battling postpartum depression

What not to think when a loved one is battling postpartum depression

Many people had a similar reaction this week to the news of Robin Williams' death and to the fact that he had been living with depression for years. Like I did, they thought, "I had no idea he was ... » Read More
How books can help good kids turn into great adults

How books can help good kids turn into great adults

Matthew de la Peña knows what a profound impact literature can have on kids. As an author of young-adult fiction, he can talk all about how books like "The House on Mango Street" made him a ... » Read More
Infographic: Google building a modular cellphone for those who can’t afford one

Infographic: Google building a modular cellphone for those who can’t afford one

Project Ara is Google's idea to bring smartphones to billions of people around the world who cannot currently afford them. The accompanying infographic shows how its modular construction allows for... » Read More


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