How to Squeeze in 6 of the Best Christmas Books

Inside: Reading aloud to your children is a wonderful tradition at any time, but especially at Christmas. Here is a list of six of the Best Christmas Books your family will love and cherish for years to come and will make the holidays ring! I know you are crazy busy right now—up to your earlobes […]

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Want a Meaningful and Fun Christmas Tradition? This is the Best Ever!

Inside: Christmas is a time of “giving” and “getting,” with hopefully more emphasis on the “giving.” If you want the Best Christmas Giving Tradition ever–here it is! It’s one your whole family can participate in and one that will teach your kids firsthand why “it’s better to give than receive.” At the age of twelve, […]

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Police: Girl, 15, stabbed over 50x and set on fire; met killer on Facebook

Philadelphia police say a teenage girl was stabbed approximately 80 times and then set on fire met by a man she met on Facebook.

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How to Work From Home with Children (and Keep Your Sanity)

After working in the corporate world for seven years, I chose to stay home when I had my daughter. For me, it was an easy decision. It was a dead-end job and I’d had enough. I didn’t feel totally respected and the work was mind-numbingly dull.

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4 Insanely Awesome Ways Music Helps Kids Who Struggle

Inside: Science tells us that involvement with music is an important activity for building the brain. It strengthens those areas of the brain associated with learning; thereby making the learning process more accessible for kids. Want to help a learning-disabled child or any child? Get them taking music lessons.

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Everything You Need to Know About Thanksgiving Gratitude

Inside: Gratitude is considered a universal trait and being grateful has been scientifically shown to have health and other benefits. Start a family tradition this Thanksgiving—start keeping a daily gratitude journal and engage in other gratitude activities and watch what positive things happen to you and your family. Don’t you just love fall and all […]

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With teen mental health deteriorating over five years, there’s a likely culprit

In a new paper published in Clinical Psychological Science, my colleagues and I found that the increases in depression, suicide attempts and suicide appeared among teens from every background – more privileged and less privileged, across all races and ethnicities and in every region of the country. All told, our analysis found that the generation of teens I call “iGen” – those born after 1995 – is much more likely to experience mental health issues than their millennial predecessors.

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The Best Brain-Building Games in the World for Teens

Inside: Playing the right games will exercise the brain and make kids smarter. These games require strategy, spatial organization, and visual perception. They are perfect for teens and tweens. Play games with your kids and watch their brains soar. Christmas is around the corner and perhaps you’re “stuck in a rut” not knowing what to […]

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Perspectives On Gun Violence: Mass Shootings Are Not ‘Inevitable’; It Is ‘A Mental Health Issue’

In response to the weekend’s mass shooting in a small town in Texas, opinion writers offer their ideas on why gun violence continues to plague the United States.

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The Best Brain-Building Toys in the World

Inside: When purchasing toys for your kids choose ones that build their brains, spark their imaginations and get them thinking on all four cylinders. Here are some ideas for the “best brain-building toys in the world.” The holidays are upon us and the frenzied gift-giving chaos is in full swing. The big question for parents […]

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