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Is Your Smartphone Killing Your Relationship?

Is Your Smartphone Killing Your Relationship?

The truth is, like it or not, most of us are slaves to our smartphones. In a digital age where we’re constantly connected, we’re so used to having access to everything instantly at the tap of a tactile screen that the very idea of leaving the house without them is about as appalling a prospect […]

Teach Your Kids the Satisfaction of Wanting

Teach Your Kids the Satisfaction of Wanting

Technology these days is incredible, isn’t it? We have access to just about anything right at our fingertips and can possess it the next day if we’re willing to pay a few extra dollars. Instant (almost) gratification. While there are myriad reasons this is fantastic, handy, and fun, what happens to the joy of wanting? Even as adults […]

How to Teach Kids the Subtle Art of Graciousness

How to Teach Kids the Subtle Art of Graciousness

  To teach acceptance of kind words is to teach self-confidence without boastfulness. Your reception of such acknowledgments reflects your core beliefs about yourself. In an effort to improve both manners and self-esteem, here are five easy tips to practice when accepting a compliment: Say “thank you” It may seem silly, but this might be […]

Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

  Want your kids to grow up to be successful? Make them do chores. When they balk (and trust me: they will probably balk), you can tell them that scientific research supports you. It sounds great, and it’s true–but there is a catch. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) For now, the science. In […]

11 Things You Should Tell Yourself Everyday To Boost Your Self-Esteem

11 Things You Should Tell Yourself Everyday To Boost Your Self-Esteem

You wake up in the morning, rub your sleepy eyes and look in the mirror. You’ve been awake one minute and negative thoughts are already flowing through your mind. Maybe you want your hair to grow longer, think your nose is too big or wish you could lose a few pounds. You deserve better than […]

5 Tips to Take Charge of Your Life

5 Tips to Take Charge of Your Life

1. Be your best self regardless of the situation As a competitive tennis player, I have had firsthand experience with being my best self regardless of the situation. This afternoon when I was playing tennis, I was so tired as I had not had lunch and was brain dead (due to my tests); however, a […]

Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

There are many aspects of my more than decade-long career as a teacher that I’m proud of. My reputation for giving lots and lots of homework is not one of them. For most of my teaching career, I taught fifth or sixth grade. Sometimes I gave more than two hours of homework. Kids complained a lot, […]

The 3 Most Important Things Any Mom Can Do For Her Kids

The 3 Most Important Things Any Mom Can Do For Her Kids

Mothers do countless things for their children — they help with homework, provide much-needed boundaries, heal literal and figurative boo-boos, not to mention all the behind-the-scenes things that kids can’t see — but according to author and clinical psychologist Shefali Tsabary, there are three particular tasks that are more important than all of it. As […]

How to Raise an Adult Who Remains Civil Even When They Disagree

How to Raise an Adult Who Remains Civil Even When They Disagree

Well, the last few months have been fun, right? No matter what side you’re on, I think we can all agree that the negativity, the arguing, the winds of change…they’ve been uncomfortable to say the least. Personally, the hardest part of it all has been seeing neighbors and friends act so horrendously toward one another. […]

The Most Effective Way to Talk Responsibility With Teens

The Most Effective Way to Talk Responsibility With Teens

I have been fortunate enough in my life to have spent a good amount of time with teenagers. The age of transition is so ripe for learning, so wonderfully awkward and vivid and dank, like fertile soil just waiting for seeds. It can be treacherous ground, as well, for teachers and parents to trod. How […]