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How Technology Causes “Brain Drain” & Weakens Family Connections

It’s no secret that the advent of smartphones and other technology puts strains on family life, but technology is also a brain drain. According to recent data from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen. (“Screen” includes… Read More

Quiz: Who Makes Your Life the Most Difficult or Stressful?

Often, it’s easy to get swept up into regularly responding to requests with a yes rather than a default no. You may not even recognize your willingness or selflessness as a hindrance. Some people are more difficult to refuse than others. Who gets you to say “yes” most often? Your parents? Friends? Children? A painter… Read More

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3 Easy Fixes to Avoid Being Overworked on the Job

Most of us don’t have enough—or any—work-life balance. It always seems just out of reach because we don’t know how to avoid being overworked on the job. If you feel overworked, it’s likely that you are pushing your limits, putting your work life and your personal life in conflict. The consensus thinking in business is… Read More

5 Unexpected Benefits of Saying No That Every Parent Should Know

5 Unexpected Benefits of Saying No That Every Parent Should Know

If you’re like many parents, the prospect of saying no to your children sometimes feels uncomfortable or difficult. The benefits of saying no are unknown. You may believe that it’s simply easier to cave in to your daughter’s request for another scoop of ice cream or your son’s pleas “to do the dishes later”…after he’s… Read More

8 Ways to be the Adult in the Room with Your Parents

8 Ways to be the Adult in the Room with Your Parents

It is not unusual for adult children—be they 25, 35, 55, or older—to suddenly act like their 10-year-old selves with their parents. It can feel as if you have no control over the situation, but you do have choices in an effort to stop bending to parents’ wishes and demands.… Read More

How to Help Children Stand Up to Peer Cruelty & Stop Bullying

How to Help Children Stand Up to Peer Cruelty & Stop Bullying

In this guest post, Dr. Michele Borba, an educational psychologist and parenting and bullying expert, offers specific, evidence-based tips on bullying prevention. Her latest book, End Peer Cruelty, Build Empathy, helps teachers and parents instruct children on how to step in safely to halt bullying. She emphasizes how creating a caring culture based on respectful… Read More

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