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A Round-Up of Relationship Advice: Tried-and-True Tips for Sweethearts, Parents, Coworkers, and Friends – Self Improvement Article

For a Very Special Episode 260 of my podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, we asked listeners to share their best relationship advice. Listen to the episode to hear us discuss some of our favorite tips. If you have more advice to add, put it in the comments of this post. Different advice will resonate with different people. Most people gave advice about romantic relationships, but if you change the terms—”sweetheart” to “children” or “spouse” to “co-worker”—the similar principles apply to just…

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In Honor of Valentine’s Day: Some of My Favorite Books About Relationships. – Happiness Article

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Elizabeth and I are going to do a Very Special Episode 260 of the Happier Podcast featuring listeners’ best advice about relationships. It can be any kind of relationship—romantic, friends, family, work. So if you have great advice, send it our way! You can let us know on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, or the Better app. There are many terrific books on this subject, and if you’re interested in reading more, here are some of my favorites:…

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How Cosleeping Can Help You and Your Baby – Happiness Article

Few parenting conversations in early childhood elicit as much angst and judgment as the one about our children’s sleep: Where should they sleep, and how do we get them to sleep through the night? We label newborn babies as “good,” or not, depending on how much they disturb us in the nighttime, or we believe babies’ sleep is a reflection of our parenting competence. But our beliefs and decisions about children’s sleep are more a reflection of the culture we…

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Episode 80 – Peaceful Parenting with Sarah Rosensweet – Career Development, Self Improvement Article

  In this episode we are going to be diving into the topic of parenting. I am fascinated by how quickly one phase ends and another starts in the lives of little people. So it often feels like you are playing catch-up and trying to figure out how best to parent in a particular season. I interview the amazing parenting coach, Sarah Rosensweet about peaceful parenting. She shares so many gems. So dive in and learn some practical tips for…

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The Mother of All Advice – Positivity Article

Raise your hand if you’re a parent…yes, this blog is for YOU! As a parent, you are supposed to have all the answers…like where Santa lives, where babies come from, and why exactly the moon is called the moon. But for situations where you have no clue what you’re doing, all you have to do is ask Lauren Zander and Marnie Nir. They went live on Facebook and Instagram to answer some of your parenting questions. Keep reading to learn…

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“When Children Feel Safe, Seen, and Soothed (Most of the Time), They Develop Security.” – Happiness Article

Interview: Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. Dr. Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and executive director of the Mindsight Institute. Dan is also a New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist, and interpersonal neurobiologist. Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice, and of The Play Strong Institute, a center devoted to the study, research, and practice of…

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10 Reasons Why Parents Should Stop Labeling Children – Positivity Article

It’s tempting – and easy – to give children labels. At a very young age, they can seem very simple and predictable for us. This makes parents often assign tags to their kids, especially if they have multiple children. It’s easy to put kids into a box.It’s clean and straightforward to categorize them, but it’s a poor parenting habit to keep up.Here Are 10 Reasons Why Parents Should Stop Labeling Children1.    They’re Way Too Young For LabelsAt a young age,…

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The Importance of Words – Positively Positive Positively Positive – Positivity Article

As a parent, how important do you believe it is to be aware of the choice of words that you use with your child in each and every moment? I remember one day I was caring for two children and we were driving somewhere. I saw a deer and mindlessly said “girls, quick, look out “Jane’s” window, there is a deer!” I never gave that choice of words another thought, until some weeks later I was with those same two…

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10 Ways to Build a Strong Bond With Your Children — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

To build a strong bond with your children is the key to happiness in a family, just like in any other relationship you may be involved in. Building a Strong Bond With Your Children The lack of a strong bond with your children can have different consequences on the ones involved such as, the kids suffer because of an ignorant parenting style which later in life turns your kids to grown children who ignore their parents. Thus you as parents should…

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Best Gifts For 8-Year-Old Boys To Achieve Developmental Milestones – Self Improvement Article

The holidays are around the corner, and if you know or have kids, you’re probably wondering about the best gift you can buy them. Sure, they have their wish-lists, but I’ve found that it is especially hard to come up with one that lists the best gifts for 8-year-old boys. Most of us want these to be educational toys that will help them reach their developmental milestones–we want them to be happy and have fun as they grow. I remember…

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5 Important Steps To Develop a Strong Morale While Growing Up — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Becoming a great leader isn’t an overnight thing. It takes years and years of hard work, determination, grit, and experience to display good leadership skills. Some take the mantle of leadership when they start working, some in their later years, while others are groomed in their younger years.  If your child starts to display qualities of leadership at a young age, give a helping hand as early as possible to hone that gift. How? By checking out these five steps…

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Headspace for Kids — the calming effect – Meditation Article

Learning to meditate at an early age sets kids up for life. It’s not just about kids learning to be calm and relaxed; it’s about learning the qualities of compassion, creativity, and kindness. It’s about understanding that thoughts and emotions don’t have to rule our minds. It’s about giving kids the opportunity to grow up being comfortable with who they are. Headspace users around the world have shared just how much meditation helps kids at bedtime, how much it calms them down, and…

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How To Help Your Kids Help Others – Self Improvement Article

The underlying quality in bullying prevention is empathy. And the best way to teach kids empathy is modeling the behavior at home. “Treating other people well and expressing how people should be treated can be a daily conversation and part of the fabric of any messages we send children. Regularly talk to your child about how other people feel and what being a friend means; it will ultimately make standing up to bullies and helping friends out something small rather…

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21 Things Every Parent Should Know — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” ~ Bob Keeshan Throughout your parenting journey, you learn a lot of things that benefit you, your children, but also the world around you.  As your children grow, you grow with them – in wisdom, love, awareness, and insights.  And today I’m going to share with you a…

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Do His Actions Stem from a Lack of Childhood Love? – Spiritual Article

All of us are born and will someday die. All of us have needs and feelings. We all want to feel safe, loved, comforted and reassured. All of us have hopes and fears; we are, after all, all members of the Human Family, regardless of our skin colour, the language we speak or the way we seek meaning in life.I am often struck by how arbitrary life can be. I am reminded of the saying ‘There, but for the grace…

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The 5 Lessons Children Should Learn When They Are Little — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

The most important things children should learn when they are little are the things you teach them as a parent, right? Okay, having a child is an adventure. There are many enjoyable aspects but also a great deal of responsibility to raise a functional, righteous, and happy human being. The 5 Lessons Children Should learn When They Are Little To do that, there are some things children should learn when they’re still little. Discover the tools that will help your…

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What No One Tells You About Becoming a Mother – Happiness Article

You can find plenty of practical information out there about pregnancy and parenting, but what about the emotional rollercoaster and identity shift that occurs for many women and their partners when they have a child? We don’t talk much about it—and if we do, it’s usually in the context of postpartum depression. We need a new model to think about the transition to motherhood. That’s the focus of the new book What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your…

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What Helps Kids Thrive Under Extreme Adversity? – Happiness Article

Preschoolers’ ability to regulate their attention, behavior, and emotions has been linked with their capacity to cope with difficult situations and thrive in the classroom. But most research into how children develop these skills—known as “executive functions”—has taken place in high-income countries like the United States. A new study led by Stanford Graduate School of Education professor Jelena Obradović identifies several factors that appear to promote these skills in children from parts of the world with high rates of poverty,…

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Study Finds Two Treatments Can Help Them Get More – Personal Development Article

Sleep depravation in teens is a real concern: Research shows that 87 percent of teens do not get enough sleep. So much so that Stanford University’s Sleep Medicine Center famously dubbed it an “epidemic” a few years a go.Of course we know that blue-light emitting devices, like laptops or cell phones, can interrupt our natural sleep cycle. But it’s not just their behavior that’s influencing disrupted sleep schedules. School start times often play a role: An early morning bell is…

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Early Experiences That Influence Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Psychology research is clear that our childhood and early experiences can have a massive influence on our happiness and well-being later in life. While most of this research has focused on how negative experiences can impact our mental health into adulthood (such as poverty, abuse, or neglect), a new study published in the scientific journal JAMA Pediatrics looked into how early positive experiences can influence mental health in a good way. First, this article will review the key findings behind…

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Is your child safe when you see him/ her off in your car, unaccompanied? – Self Improvement Article

“I just sent my daughter off unaccompanied in my car. Will she be safe?” “My mother is elderly and not always lucid. Will my driver reach her safely at my brother’s?” “My driver has gone to pick my son up. They should have been back by now. Where are they?” How safe is your family when you wave them goodbye after they get into a car? This is one of the top most questions  in almost every parent’s mind. For…

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How to inspire children through play with STEM toys – Self Improvement Article

STEM toys and STEM education are very popular in today’s competitive world and help encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Playtime is not what it used to be. Let’s face it, most kids would rather watch a movie or play a video game than dig in a sandbox, color a picture, or play with “old-fashioned” toys. And while there are definite advantages to screen time (though this shouldn’t be unlimited), these…

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5 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Entrepreneurship – Self Improvement Article

This is a guest post from my friend Samara about how to teach your kids about entrepreneurship. I was chatting with her the other day. The topic of our discussion naturally turned to juggling our work from home and managing kids. As we chatted, we had to ask ourselves the question: What can our kids learn from us? I laughingly told her that when my son was about eight years old, he would answer my phone every once in a…

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Finding Zen at the dentist’s office – A parent’s guide to zapping your child’s fear of dental visits – Self Improvement Article

Ever heard of white coat syndrome? It is the fear of visiting doctors (and of course, dental visits). Or just about anyone wearing a white coat. Now most adults are terrified of dental visits—so let us not even talk about kids. To prepare them for their first, second or subsequent dental visit, parents can take measures beforehand and vanquish that fear for good. After all, oral care is important and dental visits are unavoidable—so why not make it a happy…

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Why You Want To Raise A Wild Child – Personal Development Article

We all—adults and kids—need unstructured time to unwind and recharge. It’s what helps us perform better when we come back to school or work. And when kids’ days are too regimented and packed with playdates and extracurricular activities, they internalize the fact that downtime isn’t important and you don’t need to make room for it. And in adults, we know burnout is real and happens when we don’t take enough breaks to regroup. Well, kids need to learn this lesson…

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How to help your teen choose the right university – Self Improvement Article

It is that time of the year to choose the right university–when high school kids and their parents are freaking out over the board exam results, entrance exams—done and forthcoming—and finally, picking the appropriate courses. And for the lucky ones who get admission into multiple colleges, there’s the problem of deciding which one to pick. This involves a lot of research—that too, within a limited timeframe. When my son finished high school four years ago, his classmates seemed pretty driven…

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Sonic’s Golmaal Jr. Launch with Rohit Shetty – Self Improvement Article

On 10 May 2019, I was invited to the launch of the kid’s version of the popular movie franchise Golmaal by Sonic, titled Golmaal Jr. by Rohit Shetty. The animated show debuted on SONIC on 13 May 2019 at 1.30 pm. Nickelodeon has always been one of our favorite channels and I looked forward to the experience. The grand launch was held at ITC Maratha in Mumbai amid claps, chuckles, and cheers. The stage was set. The kids were excited,…

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You can do this! – Self Improvement Article

There was once a little girl named Rosalie. She was seven years old. She was a really nice girl—kind, polite and sweet. When she was around seven years old, she started learning to play the violin. The first time she played her violin, she sounded . . . umm . . . not great. But Rosalie heard something else along with the out-of-tune notes. She had an inner voice telling her “you can do this!” And she knew she could…

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How to enjoy stress free travel with kids – Self Improvement Article

During my childhood—we’re talking about the 60s—we usually traveled by train and bus. Joint families, traveling with kids. My Mom always made sure I carried a blank notebook to write down my experiences—essays about the trip. And that kept me focused mindfully on everything I saw and did. It also kept me happily occupied. I suspect that’s how I developed my love for travel! After my son was born, we traveled quite a bit and had some fantastic experiences. I…

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How to enjoy stress free travel with kids – Self Improvement Article

During my childhood—we’re talking about the 60s—we usually traveled by train and bus. Joint families, traveling with kids. My Mom always made sure I carried a blank notebook to write down my experiences—essays about the trip. And that kept me focused mindfully on everything I saw and did. It also kept me happily occupied. I suspect that’s how I developed my love for travel! After my son was born, we traveled quite a bit and had some fantastic experiences. I…

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