Put Down the Bluetooth: Patience and Focus Can Mean More Money, Better Health

Stop texting. Turn off the IM. Self-control offers a host of benefits, including better health, more money and less jail time, according to a new study out of New Zealand. Actually, the well-designed study spanning three decades is a real feat of ...A new study shows self-control can be more beneficial than a high IQ.

Puzzles: Why Old-Fashioned Toys Never Go Out of Style

Sleepy days spent indoors: All parents who stay home with their children know these days well. Cabin Fever is right here, right now. Deep in the clutches of winter. We're snowed in, our senses dulled by lack of sunlight, our motivation to burst into ...

Braving the voting lines with your kids

I voted today -- yay! I may have just moved and had a baby less than a month ago, but I actually left the house and voted -- wouldn't have missed it for the world. Even better than proudly taking part in the Democratic process, my family went with m...

The terrible two's have struck our home

For the most part I truly love this mothering gig. Sure the pay is dismal and most of my three clients don't appreciate my efforts, but they love me and most days are extremely rewarding. But I have to draw the line at the terrible two's. How is it t...

Santa's job requirements as seen through the eyes of a nine year-old

Do many fellows set out to become a mall Santa Clause? I sometimes wonder this as I walk the crowded halls of the mall during the pre-Christmas days. Just what does it take to to prompt a man to don that red suit and scratchy fake beard and then let ...

And my cell phone is where?

Life with a toddler is never dull. I often repeat to myself the mantra, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." This saying is indeed true when it comes to life with a toddler. Living with a creature who makes a daily habit out of creating chaos...

Help, need laptop, soon

Words I thought I would never utter, "We need another computer. Now." Homes cluttered with too many computers are overindulgent, or so I have always thought. With so much just outside the patio door why does the family park themselves in front of a m...


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