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Is Your Smartphone Affecting Your Relationship With Your Kids?

Is Your Smartphone Affecting Your Relationship With Your Kids?

Have you ever glanced down at your phone to momentarily check an incoming text or email or Facebook notification, when you should have been focusing on your kids? I know I have—after all, smartphones provide an easy break from the monotony of parenting and make multitasking a snap. But there’s also a downside. According to […]

How To Make Sure Your Children Become More Successful Than You

How To Make Sure Your Children Become More Successful Than You

Like many parents, financial adviser Dennis Ryan has two daughters with starkly different personalities. Emma, 18, is introverted and intellectual, and she hated competitive sports as a young child. “She was the kid in left field with the glove on her head picking dandelions,” he says. Annie, 15, is the polar opposite: She’s incredibly social, […]

A Financial Valentine’s Day Gift For Any Couple

A Financial Valentine’s Day Gift For Any Couple

With Valentine’s Day approaching, what I am about to suggest may sound as romantic as getting a vacuum cleaner or a new set of wrenches; but once you understand what can happen to families after the disability or death of a spouse or partner, you may see it differently. I am talking about giving your […]

4 Ways to Truly Forgive and Forget

4 Ways to Truly Forgive and Forget

“Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong,” Mahatma Gandhi wrote. Probably because forgiving is hard work, especially when some deeds don’t seem worthy of forgiveness. But the difficult work is worth it: Decades of research from the field of positive psychology has found forgiveness can improve depression, anxiety and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Forgiving […]

The One Life Skill You Can’t Afford to Neglect

The One Life Skill You Can’t Afford to Neglect

Thanks to technology, we are without a doubt the most connected group of human beings to ever live on planet Earth. This should be a good thing. As humans, we are social animals. Not only do we thrive on social bonds, but our success as a species can in part be explained by our propensity […]

Signs Of A Toxic Relationship With Your S.O.

Signs Of A Toxic Relationship With Your S.O.

Relationships can be full of playful dates, positive emotional growth, and a stream of sunsets and heart emojis. But unfortunately for many women, romantic relationships can also be major sources of negativity, stress and a never-ending stream of drama. Even worse, a lot of the signs of a toxic relationships are tricky to spot, so […]

How To Strengthen Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

How To Strengthen Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence

When emotions run high, people do and say things they normally would not. When you’re a young child, this is what you do all the time. Emotional self-regulation, a large component of emotional intelligence, is the ability to manage one’s experience and expression of emotions. With practice, children improve their capacity for emotional self-regulation. By age […]

How To Raise Kids Who Love To Write

How To Raise Kids Who Love To Write

Among my favorite moments as a parent is when I see my children become completely absorbed in activities they love. I often notice my 15-year-old daughter engrossed in writing. At times, I can stand in her doorway for several minutes watching as she is caught up in the flow of her thoughts, entirely unaware of […]

4 Cliché But True Bits Of Advice For New Parents

4 Cliché But True Bits Of Advice For New Parents

Most expecting parents browse through dozens of books looking for expert insight on the exciting changes a baby will bring to their lives. They quiz relatives about their experiences. They query their friends. They even seek input from complete strangers in the grocery store. Yet no single source of information has all the answers, or even […]

Questions To Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

Questions To Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “how was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered) “fine.” Come on! It’s the first day, for crying out loud! Give me something to work with, would you, kid? The second day, my same […]