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A Teacher’s Advice for Parents Navigating Back to School

“Using my years of experience as both a mom and a primary educator, here are some simple tips to help balance a new routine and tackle the new year feeling confident and empowered to make this the best year yet for your little learners.”

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4 Tips to Help You Get Through Winter Sickness

“Life doesn’t stop just because you’re sick. So how did I make it through? Here are my tips for making the best of a situation when you aren’t feeling your best.”

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6 Must-Follow Christmas Tree Safety Tips

These Christmas tree tips will help ensure your holiday is not only a beautiful one but a safe one as well.

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Thrifty Ways to Save Money on Technology

If you are resourceful, there are a wide range of effective ways in which you can reduce the money you spend on gadgets. Get acquainted with five simple tips to do that.

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How to Rock Family Traditions Like Chip & Joanna Gaines

Read on for simple ways to bring your family together.

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Kids Suddenly Love Doing Chores When Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

“Santa and his elves will be watching to make sure those chores are getting done and that valuable lessons are being learned as well.”

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We See World Travel in Your Future: 5 Steps to Getting Baby’s Passport

Photo: Matt Brubeck
The time has arrived. You received the awesome invitation to a destination wedding, family reunion, or a few friends are taking their kids to a great spot. It’s been a few months since baby was born and…

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6 Things You Should Let Your Kids Do In The Kitchen (and Yes, They Involve Knives)

photo: Tim Pierce via Flickr
With flames, sharp knives, and plenty of breakable items, the kitchen has the potential for a lot of danger when it comes to kids. However, giving them a little freedom can help them learn how…

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School Your Baby in Music With Carnegie Hall’s New Spotify Playlist

Learn more about Carnegie Hall’s just-launched Spotify playlist – it’s like a free music class for your baby that you can list to any time, any where.

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Today Is Nature Photography Day

 

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Go old school today (as in pre-iPhone era) by making your own pinhole camera to capture the world around you. Get our four-step…

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Tighty-Righty, Lefty Loosey: How to Help Kids Tell Left from Right

If your little one gets mixed up when it comes to left and right, help him out with a few simple ideas that make it fun and easy to remember.

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From Fast Ball to Curve Ball: How to Throw Like a Pro

If they have graduated from T-ball and mastered the underhand pitch, it’s time to learn a few secrets of pitching like a pro.

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Jingle All the Way: 9 Tips for Your Christmas Caroling Adventure

Nothing says quintessential Christmas quite like carolers at your door. While this old school tradition might seem daunting with the tot lot in tow, it’s more than do-able. Here are 9 simple tips to follow for a great caroling adventure.

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Make Holiday Travel Stress-Free With Microsoft Surface 2

Planes, trains and automobiles are more realistic. Still, you can make dashing around with your kids easier and more fun. Hear how from Jacqui Boland, Founder & CEO of Red Tricycle. She shares simple tips for holiday travel in the…

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Happy Mom Tip #42: Say No to Someone Besides Yourself

Are you always saying “yes” to everyone around you, but never making time for yourself? Saying no takes practice for most people, but it is a necessary life-skill in today’s world.
Say “no” to several requests or this week, but…

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Happy Mom Tip #41: Automate a Hassle

Ever feel like much of your time and energy is going into something you don’t really want to do? If so, find a way to make that thing a habit that you don’t have to think about anymore.
For me,…

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Happy Mom Tip #40: Commit to Kindness

One of the easiest and most powerful ways to feel happier is for us to do something nice for someone else. It’s also a great way to make the world better: odds are, your kindness will radiate outward. Research shows…

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Happy Mom Tip #39: Lower Your Expectations

These days we expect our spouses to be our partners in just about every realm. We expect them to be our co-parents, our household running mates, to provide for our family financially, and to be our lovers.
There is an…

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Happy Mom Tip #38: Call a Friend

Our friendships and close relationships–both how many we have, and how positive they are–are one of the best predictors of our happiness. But in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, our friends often get short-shrift.
This week, make time…

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Happy Mom Tip #36: Ignore Your Kids

“Is the author of Raising Happiness really telling us to ignore our children,” you ask?
Yep. Sometimes—not always, of course—we need to not be so kiddie-centric. We Americans are obsessed with our offspring compared to European nations, to the detriment…

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Happy Mom Tip #37: Take 20.

Feeling moody or agitated? Study after study shows that taking some time—20 minutes, to be precise—to focus on our breathing can make us feel better. Here’s how:
• Sit in a comfortable, yet dignified, position. If you are in a…

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Happy Mom Tip #34: Stop Stalling

We all do it sometimes, but procrastination is not a happiness habit. Often we know what we need to do, but we just don’t feel like doing it, and so we delay getting started until we feel stress.
Which means…

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Happy Mom Tip #35: Make Your Task List More Fun

So often we parents face a long list of boring daily tasks. This is not good for our happiness! This week transform your task list so that you enjoy life a little bit more.
• Want more family time? Prep…

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Happy Mom Tip #33: Exhale. Twice.

When we exhale, our heart beat slows down slightly, which is probably why long, deep exhalations are associated with relaxation and well-being.
If you are feeling anxious or tense, doing a few big exhalations can help.  Here’s how:

Inhale deeply…

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Happy Mom Tip #32: One Kind Thing

Helping others makes us happy.  But how do we foster kindness in our children?  
Try asking these two questions at dinner tonight:

What is one kind thing that someone else did for you today?
What is one kind thing that…

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Happy Mom Tip #31: Have an Easy Morning

Feel rushed an tense before your day is even started? Wake up earlier tomorrow—possibly a lot earlier. How much time do you really need to be fully ready to go before your kids wake up?
This is the only time…

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Happy Mom Tip #30: Learn Something New

This week’s tip: Learn Something New.
Your kids are back in school; should you be, too?

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Our brains grow and change throughout adulthood depending on what we do with them.  Do a lot of math,…

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Happy Mom Tip #29: Take a Power Nap

This week’s tip: Take a power nap.
Did you know that napping for 20 minutes is often required before a major effort in the military? Elite athletes also tend to use power naps to improve performance. (I certainly know that…

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Happy Mom Tip #28: Spend Some Time Alone

This week’s tip: Spend Some Time Alone
A Harvard study indicates that a bit of solitude can make us more capable of empathy
towards others. Empathy is one of the foundations of happiness, in part because the social connections empathy…

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Happy Mom Tip #27: Play a Game That Makes You Happy

This week’s tip: Play a Game That Makes You Happy
Games can provide the “exhilarating rewards, stimulating challenges, and epic victories that are so often lacking in the real world,” writes visionary game designer Jane McGonigal in her book Reality…

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Happy Mom Tip #26: Take a Blatant Nap

This week’s tip: Take a Blatant Nap.
Why do we feel so guilty when we rest? Rest and relaxation are NOT vices, and we shouldn’t treat them that way. Happiness requires that we take regular breaks, and that we don’t…

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Happy Mom Tip #25: Don’t Buy That Thing That You Really Want

This week’s tip: DON’T Buy that Thing that You REALLY REALLY REALLY Want
There is often a big discrepancy between the way we think we’ll feel when we own something and the way we actually feel when we have it.…

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Happy Mom Tip #24: Turn Off the Boob Tube

This week’s tip: Turn Off the Boob Tube
Advertisements tend to make most people insecure and materialistic– two things that aren’t happiness habits! Perhaps this is why people who watch less TV tend to be happier. (Though we don’t know:…

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Happy Mom Tip #23: Expose Yourself to Someone Else’s Pain

This week’s tip: Expose yourself to someone else’s pain.
Often, we avoid pain (our own or others’) in an attempt to be happy. But when we ignore or deny another person’s pain, we miss an opportunity to feel good. Yes,…

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Happy Mom Tip #22: Let Yourself Feel What You Feel

This week’s tip: Let yourself feel what you feel.
When we feel stressed out (or sad or disappointed, for that matter) life offers a host of ways to not really feel those negative feelings. (For example: drugs and alcohol. Facebook.…

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Happy Mom Tip #21: Get Enough Sleep

This week’s tip: Get enough sleep!
Sleep is one of the most important happiness habits we know of. Lack of sleep, of course, affects our functioning and our moods in a multitude of ways. Sleep deprivation can make us depressed,…

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