How to Be a Low-Stress Parent

How to Be a Low-Stress Parent

Don't stress your own stress. Plenty of parents feel just like you do. The key to surviving and thriving is taking care of yourself.Parenting is the biggest responsibility you will ever undertake as an adult. Why didn’t someone tell you it would sometimes mean you’d feel old before your time, exhausted by 7:00 p.m., too stressed out to think straight—and you still have to help your kid with his homework?  

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Eat, Play, Sleep

Eat, Play, Sleep

In a recent Australian study, four in ten mothers describe dinner as an “unpleasant experience,” with the meal usually ending in an argument. At the same time, 76 percent agree that sit-down meals strengthen the family’s communication (and possibly its vocal chords), according to a recent survey of more than 16,000 mothers nationwide. Contradiction? Not necessarily. 

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Being Silly and Laughing in the Face of Disaster

Being Silly and Laughing in the Face of Disaster

“You’re a poo-poo head, Daddy,” the little ones say to me, and titter. The substitution of words with the word “poo,” and indeed the word’s liberal use in any sentence, is, as has been observed by the semiologist Gregory Rowland, a cornerstone of the wit of small children. But they’re right, it’s funny. 

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6 Life Lessons Kids Learn from Their Dogs

6 Life Lessons Kids Learn from Their Dogs

When kids spend their childhood with a loving canine friend, the life lessons they can learn are endless. A dog can become one part protector, one part food stealer, two parts mischievous playmate, and one million parts best friend. From dreaming big to living fearlessly, check out some of the life lessons kids can learn from their pups.

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