Too Much TV May Delay Kindergarten Readiness

Too Much TV May Delay Kindergarten ReadinessWatching television for more than a couple of hours a day is linked to lower school readiness skills in kindergartners, particularly among children from low-income families.

How Love and Oneness Are Possible in Our World

How Love and Oneness Are Possible in Our WorldFor most of us, the word oneness is gibberish. Perhaps it’s a concept with a nice ring, but it refers to nothing real in our experience. If we look closely, we see that we are different from every person we know in all respects.

Active Lessons Can Boost Children's Learning And Health

Active Lessons Can Boost Children's Learning And HealthThe natural order of the classroom has always been for pupils to sit. Whether this involves, talking, discussing, working in groups, or listening to the teacher, most of the time this is all done from the comfort of a chair. The Conversation

How To Make Your Baby Sleep Better

How To Make Your Baby Sleep BetterA friend of mine recently gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, but within months she was at the end of her tether with sleep deprivation.

How Teachers See Parents Can Influence Kids

How Teachers See Parents Can Influence KidsTeacher ratings of parental involvement early in a child’s academic career can accurately predict the child’s academic and social success, new research shows.

What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds

What It Takes to Change Hearts and MindsTo get someone’s support, you need more than just facts. The most effective method is aligning communication about your cause with the most deeply-held values and aspirations of your friends, relatives, neighbors, and fellow citizens.

There Were Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies In Renaissance Rome

There Were Same-Sex Marriage Ceremonies In Renaissance RomeIn the late 16th century, the famous French essayist Michel de Montaigne wrote about two marriages between people of the same sex. At the time, same-sex marriages were not recognized by religious or civil law...

How Music Benefits Children On Many Levels

How Music Benefits Children On Many LevelsPopular ideas, such as the “Mozart effect” – the idea that listening to classical music improves intelligence – has encouraged the belief that “music makes you smarter”.

Why Are Our Brains Addicted To Negative Behavior?

Are Our Brains Attached and Addicted To Negative Behavior?Being attached to negative be­havior is addictive to the brain. In such cases, we are predisposed to make choices based on patterns that seek out unnecessary drama. Could all of this be because you have set a pattern in your thinking that anticipates the worst?

How To Turn Your Emotional Baggage Into Dating Success

How To Turn Your Emotional Baggage Into Dating SuccessIt may seem that new relationships are entirely fuelled by dreams and hopes for a perfect future. But the past can have a powerful influence too – often more so than we would like to admit

Why Is Tinder So Evilly Satisfying?

Why Is Tinder So Evilly Satisfying?In America, 60 percent of digital media consumption now occurs on mobile or tablet devices instead of desktop computers.

How To Be The Grown-Up In The Room While Raising Kids

How To Be The Grown-Up In The Room While Raising KidsIn my book Parenting Without Power Struggles, I described three ways that parents can engage with their children: being confidently and calmly in charge, negotiating for power, or fighting their child for control.

What Plato Can Teach You About Finding A Soulmate

What Plato Can Teach You About Finding A SoulmateIn the beginning, humans were androgynous. So says Aristophanes in his fantastical account of the origins of love in Plato’s Symposium.

How To Make Marriage Stronger at the Broken Places

The Secret of a Great Marriage: From a Frog to a Prince?My favorite fairy tale as a child was Cinderella, so when I met Charlie and fell in love with him, I thought my prince had come. But these kinds of fantasies are a setup for expectations that are impossible to fulfill...

Here’s The Science Behind These 5 Classic Love Songs

Here’s The Science Behind These 5 Classic Love SongsIn honor of Valentine’s Day, here are five love songs that pose serious scientific questions. Experts from the University of Melbourne offer insights about the evolution of love, how it changes our bodies, and what human couples can learn from prairie voles and spiders.

Why You Should Date Your Best Friend

Why You Should Date Your Best FriendBeing someone’s BFF is a big deal – you don’t hand over the other half of your “Best Friends” necklace to just anyone. Having a romantic partner who is also your best friend potentially sounds perfect.

Why Do Men and Women Feel Things Differently?

Men and Women Feel Things DifferentlyMany studies have shown that women's brains are wired differently from men's so they can both feel and recall both positive and negative emotions more strongly than men. But, just because women seem to be more comfortable in the emotional realm, does not mean that men don't, can't, or shouldn't thrive in it...

Being Lovesick Was A Real Disease In The Middle Ages

Being Lovesick Was A Real Disease In The Middle AgesLove sure does hurt, as the Everly Brothers knew very well. And while it is often romanticised or made sentimental, the brutal reality is that many of us experience fairly unpleasant symptoms when in the throes of love.

We All Want Funny Mates But That’s Not Quite Enough

We All Want Funny Mates But That’s Not Quite EnoughStudy after study affirms that people want a partner with a sense of humor. But it’s less about cracking jokes than about finding a style of humor that makes you both laugh.

Connecting Emotionally: An Essential Part of Happy Relationships

Connecting Emotionally: An Essential Part of Happy RelationshipsWhether people are struggling to save a marriage, to cooperate in a family crisis, or to build rapport with a difficult boss, they usually have one thing in common: They need to share emotional information that can help them feel connected.

The Most Important Thing You’re Not Discussing With Your Doctor

The Most Important Thing You’re Not Discussing With Your DoctorPoliticians and policymakers are discussing what parts of the Affordable Care Act to change and what to keep. While most of us have little control over those discussions, there is one health care topic that we can control: what we talk about with our doctor.

How To Change Hearts and Open Minds

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Raise the Bar on Love

Raise the Bar on Love and Let Love Be JoyfulEvery February, in honor of Valentine’s day, I explore loving relationships. Many of us have faced challenges in relationships, and we struggle with how to create truly rewarding connections. We search for our soulmate, wrestle with friendships, and dread going home to see our relatives.

Think Swearing Isn’t Big Or Clever? Think Again

Think Swearing Isn’t Big Or Clever? Think AgainThe use of obscene or taboo language, or swearing as it’s more commonly known, is often seen as a sign that the speaker lacks vocabulary, cannot express themselves in a less offensive way, or even lacks intelligence.

Why Children Find Poo So Hilarious

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How Stereotypes Can Hold Boys Back In School

How Stereotypes Can Hold Boys Back In SchoolBy age six, girls are less likely than boys to view their own gender as brilliant and express interest in activities described as for “really, really smart” children, according to new research published in Science.

Should Teens Sleep In On School Days?

Should Teens Sleep In On School Days?Delaying school start times could help teenagers sleep better, say experts, and could give them a better chance at success later.

How To Release Yourself from the Lies of Everyday Life

The Path to Living Authentically: Releasing Yourself from the Lies of Everyday LifeGrowing up in Appalachia, many women abided by two rules: it’s impolite to say no, and be as nice as you possibly can be, and everyone will realize you’re the better person. For me, this translated as always say yes and play nice.

The Relationship Myth: "All You Need Is Love"

The Relationship Myth: "All You Need Is Love"The Beatles were on the money with almost all their songs, but on this one "All You Need Is Love", I’m afraid that they got it wrong. Beatles fans who embraced this song as the holy truth probably found themselves deeply disappointed.

How to Expand Your Empathic Capacity

Linking Up: Expanding Your Empathic CapacityThere is a natural tendency to synchronize, to link up with others. When two violins are located in the same room and a string is plucked on the first one, the string tuned to the same frequency on the second violin will vibrate, thus sounding the note...

Why Being Rude To Your Doctor Makes Them Mess Up

Why Being Rude To Your Doctor Makes Them Mess UpDoctors don’t just “get over” rude treatment from patients, research suggests. In simulations with an angry parent, the performance of pediatricians suffered dramatically.

Is The Point Of Sex To Boost a Woman's Immune System?

Is The Point Of Sex To Boost a Woman's Immune System?Most people think just one sperm is needed to fertilize a woman’s egg and make a healthy pregnancy. However, biologists now believe sexual intercourse is not just a sperm delivery process, but also a kind of biological communication.

How To Unwrap the Gift Within Your Heart

Turning On Your Heart’s Light and Discovering Your True SelfJust as a sculptor chips away the marble that covers the already-formed work of art, our inner work is to remove what doesn’t belong and what is not in resonance with our authentic selves. Put another way, within each of our hearts is a gift. It is up to us to unwrap it.

Pediatricians Offer 4 Tips To Teach Kindness To Children

Pediatricians Offer 4 Tips To Teach Kindness To ChildrenChildren are listening. During the election, messages of hate, fear and intolerance were propagated across different media and into communities.

From Utopia to Materialism to Becoming Citizens of the World

From Utopia to Materialism to Becoming Citizens of the WorldOur youth, to whom we will entrust the twenty-first century, look upon neither their future nor their world with bright hope. This is why I feel compelled to discuss the problems of our youth, particularly in the advanced industrialized nations...

5 Ways To Make Your Child A Creative Genius

5 Ways To Make Your Child A Creative GeniusCongratulations! Your child is already a creative genius by virtue of being human. Humans are far more creative than any other species.

How To Calculate The Economic Impact Of Grief

How To Calculate The Economic Impact Of GriefThe death of a child is one of the most traumatic experiences that a parent can experience. Those who do experience it can struggle to recover.

Do Music Lessons Make Children Any Smarter?

Can playing the violin really make a child smarter?Music is one of the most beautiful and powerful creations of humankind, and its powers are well known – making us happy and sad or relaxed and excited.

How to Reclaim Your Innocence: Projection is the Opposite of Innocence

How to Reclaim Your Innocence: Projection is the Opposite of InnocenceInnocence is what we find within ourselves when we stop being suspicious and fearful. When we let go of our socially conditioned caution we discover we have a core of innocence and playfulness. Innocence is a state of self-love and self-acceptance that has almost nothing...

How To Be Your Own Relationship Therapist

How To Be Your Own Relationship TherapistMaybe you can't see an obvious reason why you haven't found happiness in your relationships, but somehow it's not happening as you envisioned. You can't seem to locate the answers that will bring everything together. Don't give up. Understanding is a journey...

Why Stories Matter With Children Learning

Why Stories Matter With Children LearningEver wondered why boys and girls choose particular toys, particular colors and particular stories? Why is it that girls want to dress in pink and to be princesses, or boys want to be Darth Vader, warriors and space adventurers?

Kids Can Catch Bias Through Non-verbal Cues

Kids Can Catch Bias Through Non-verbal CuesPreschool-aged children can learn bias through nonverbal signals displayed by adults, such as a condescending tone of voice or a disapproving look, new research suggests.

Are You Trying to Live Vicariously Through Your Children?

Are You Trying to Live Vicariously Through Your Children?Though we all want our children to do well, to have what they want, to achieve, we need to be aware that what they want may be different to what we want for them. Many people feel unhappy and unfulfilled partly because they've done what was expected of them to please their parents...

How To Feel Love and Open Up To Love

How To Feel Love and Open Up To LoveOnce upon a time, there was a young woman who gave and gave to other people until it hurt. She generally bent over backwards to help anyone she cared about (or didn't care about). It pleased her no end to buy something special for a friend, even when she really needed some...

Let Go of Stereotypes and Smash Your Birthday Ceiling

Let Go of Stereotypes and Smash Your Birthday Ceiling Growing older is inevitable and, as has been said, better than the alternative. Limiting ourselves by age, though, is a state of mind. But often we accept stereotypical statements about age, aging, and what is supposed to happen at certain ages. We don’t need to accept any of these thoughts!

How Santa Helps Teach Children To Be Good Little Consumers

How Santa Helps Teach Children To Be Good Little ConsumersIt’s that time of year – the season when parents, schools and retailers sell one of the most magical lies to children: Santa Claus. But far from being a harmless way to fire children’s imagination at Christmas, the “Santa lie”...

Are Single-sex Schools Good For Your Child?

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Gender-segregated education is making a comeback. Single-sex classrooms, long discouraged under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender discrimination in education, have been gaining prominence in recent years, especially in urban charter schools.

Tips for Better Communication in Families

Communication Tips for FamiliesFamily communication is possible, but love must be the lubricant. Talking about things like love, kindness, and generosity, and not "problems", might be the route to family change.

Why People Trust Sharing Economy Strangers More Than Their Colleagues

Why People Trust Sharing Economy Strangers More Than Their ColleaguesTrust is a crucial element in any relationship, not least when financial transactions are taking place. The rise of sharing economy platforms such as Airbnb and Uber – where you pay a stranger for a service – are especially dependent on trust.

The Point of Life Is To Love: Moving Outside Our Safety Zone

The Point of Life Is To LoveI have experienced a lot of life since I first started to apprentice in my family’s traditions. I have felt the ups and downs of life—from confrontations to harmony, from feeling anger and fear to happiness and love. I have learned that the key...

Why President Trump Will Continue to Hold Rallies

Why President Trump Will Continue to Hold RalliesDonald Trump has just finished the last of his nine post-election “thank you tour” rallies. Why did he do them? And why is he planning further rallies after he becomes president?

Why Sex Gets Better In Older Age

Why Sex Gets Better In Older AgeAging is generally associated with improvements in our quality of life: We become more proficient in our work, learn how to manage our finances better and our bonds with loved ones deepen.

Why Bromosexual Friendships Are Getting More Attention

Why Bromosexual Friendships Are Getting More AttentionFor a long time, friendships between gay men and straight men – what some now call “bromosexual” friendships – were uncommon.

Why You Should Practice The Golden Rule in Reverse!

Why You Should Practice The Golden Rule in Reverse!If you find yourself time and again in relationships that make you feel unlovable, then you’re probably short on self-love. I had relationships like this. Wanting love from someone else led me to do crazy things like elope with a man I’d casually met on the beach...

You and The People You Are Supposed To Like Or Love But Can’t Stand

You and The People You Are Supposed To Like Or Love But Can’t StandThis article is about the people you are supposed to like or love but can’t stand, such as extended family or friends of friends. Currently, most relationships are forged from the erroneous idea that we have to be the same to get along and that differences between us are to be avoided at all costs.

7 Cheap Moisturizers Can Prevent Eczema In Babies

7 Cheap Moisturizers Can Prevent Eczema In BabiesIt may be possible to prevent babies from getting eczema—a costly, inflammatory skin disorder—just by applying something as inexpensive as petroleum jelly every day for the first six months of life.

How Neuroparenting Is Sapping The Joy Out Of Family Life

How Neuroparenting Is Sapping The Joy Out Of Family LifeThe concept of “neuroparenting” is making great waves among parents at the moment, with claims that neuroscience and new knowledge about brain development can help us to know “once and for all” how children ought to be raised.

Why Do We Fall For Fake News?

Why Do We Fall For Fake News?In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to light, a disturbing revelation that threatens to undermine the country’s democratic process.

Is Feminism Killing Romance?

Is Feminism Killing Romance?Heterosexual romantic relationships have historically been all about men courting and “keeping” women. And it’s a powerful tradition.

What Is Parental Alienation And Why It Matters

What Is Parental Alienation And Why It MattersParental alienation – defined as when one parent’s relationship with his or her child is harmed by the other parent – can have devastating consequences.

Why Male Couples Should Think About HIV

Why Male Couples Should Think About HIVIn a relationship there are myriad issues to manage. Who walks the dog? Does his mother like me? Whom are we supporting to win RuPaul’s “Drag Race All Stars 2”? But there is one issue that can often be harder to manage – how do we as a couple deal with HIV?

How To Tell If Your Mate Lying?

How To Tell If Your Mate Lying?A Romantic Liar isn't the man who tells a little white lie now and then to keep your spirits up or fails to tell you the whole truth because he wants to spare your feelings. Some Romantic Liars specialize in concealing the fact that they're married, while others...

Why Toddlers With Autism Might Not Look You In The Eye

Why Toddlers With Autism Might Not Look You In The EyeNew eye-tracking measures show that young children with autism do not avoid eye contact on purpose. Instead, they miss the significance of social information that is in others’ eyes.

Teens Can't Tell The Difference Between Love Or Abuse

Many Teens Can’t Tell The Difference Between Love Or AbuseMany people involved in abusive partner relationships don’t think of the mistreatment as abuse, say researchers. Yet over the course of a lifetime, one-fourth to one-third of women in the United States will experience abuse from an intimate partner.

The Rules of Life: Whose Rule Book Are You Following?

The Rules of Life: Whose Rule Book Are You Following?Are you — right now — living a life completely by your own rules? I’m not talking about your parents’ rules, your boss’s rules, or your partner’s rules... Here's how to make your own rule book so that you’re not living their lives, dreams, frustrations, and visions for you...

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