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Learning to say no

Learning to say no

If you are kind, helpful and struggle to say no, people will always expect you to say yes unless you become more assertive. When you realise you’re giving all your time and energy to things you don’t want to do, it’s a problem.

You can be lovely as long as you have a choice in it. Before any tricky situation, ask yourself, ‘Do I believe I have the right to say no?’ If you do, then put your needs first. Just remember, that doesn’t make you a horrible person.

In your hands

Saying no in the workplace can be difficult, so if someone asks you to help with something or do them a favour, ...

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6 Grossest Things Kids Do

6 Grossest Things Kids Do

Your kids are perfect, right? They say «please» and «thank you» at the right times. They chew with their mouth closed. Wash their hands often. And they never, ever use potty talk.

Well, at least that’s how you like to view them. Reality, however, paints a very different picture. It makes no difference who you are or how you raise your children. No matter what your race, nationality, financial situation, or location, there is one hard and fast rule: Kids are gross.

Maybe some kids are grosser than others. Maybe some are only gross on occasion...

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Rewards get kids active, but don’t improve health

Rewards get kids active, but don’t improve health

Children will meet activity goals to earn rewards, but the extra effort doesn’t necessarily affect their weight and health, according to a new study.

The findings reinforce earlier research showing that incentives work to get kids more physically active, but the goal might need to be more challenging to show any health benefits.

«If I had to do it again I would do it at a higher level. It was too easy,» said Eric Finkelstein at the Duke-National University of Singapore, who led the new study.

Inactivity among kids is a pressing concern in the U.S. and abroad.

«Kids are known to be inactive, ge...

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How to get your kids to really talk to you

How to get your kids to really talk to you

Does it seem like an effort to get your children to say anything to you besides, “Fine” and “What’s for dinner?” Lack of communication can make parents feel closed off from their own kids.

But don’t despair! You can get kids to talk to you — really. Try these six suggestions from experts:

1: Don’t compare yourself to TV families.

If you watch shows like Modern Family or The Middle and wonder why your kids aren’t as chatty as the kids on those shows, you’re not alone...

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Traditional family values – without the smacking

Traditional family values – without the smacking

Should one discipline one’s children by smacking them? This question has long been debated without reaching agreement. We could settle it by a controlled manipulative experiment: we’d assign England’s 47 counties at random to either of two sets: one set of 24 counties where parents are strictly forbidden to smack children; and another set of 23 where they are ordered to discipline kids by smacking. Thirty years later, psychologists could measure in which set of counties the resulting young adults are more creative, self-confident, law-abiding, prosperous, and happy.

Such a manipulative experim...

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Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests

Modern Parenting May Hinder Brain Development, Research Suggests

Social practices and cultural beliefs of modern life are preventing healthy brain and emotional development in children, according to an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

«Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago,» says Darcia Narvaez, Notre Dame professor of psychology who specializes in moral development in children and how early life experiences can influence brain development.

«Ill-advised practices and beliefs have become commonplace in our culture, such as the use of infant...

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Kids with food allergies, weight problems are more likely to face bullying: study

Kids with food allergies, weight problems are more likely to face bullying: study

Kids who have food allergies or are overweight may be especially likely to get bullied by their peers, two new studies suggest.

Not surprisingly, researchers also found targets of bullying were more distressed and anxious and had a worse quality of life, in general, than those who weren’t picked on.

Bullying has become a concern among parents, doctors and school administrators since research and news stories emerged linking bullying — including online «cyberbullying» — with depression and even suicide.

«There has been a shift and people are more and more recognizing that bullying has real co...

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Motivation and study, not IQ, are keys to kids’ math success

Motivation and study, not IQ, are keys to kids’ math success

Do you believe you’re not good at math? A new study suggests that with motivation and good teaching strategies, even those who are convinced they’ll never be facile with figures can succeed in mathematics.
Innate intelligence — as defined by IQ tests — may provide a head start, but it’s learning skills and determination that ultimately add up to success, according to the new research.
«The critical determinant of growth in achievement is not how smart you are, but how motivated you are and how you study,» said lead study author Kou Murayama, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Californi...

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‘Parental Guidance’ could control its kids better

‘Parental Guidance’ could control its kids better

Parental Guidance marks one of those movies aimed at an oddly narrow demographic: grandparents.

Not their kids or their grandkids, a common marketing strategy to lure both ends of the age spectrum with time to kill over the holidays.

No, Guidance aims a sweet-if-silly bead squarely at the AARP-qualified generation. And while its senior stars do a terrific job capturing aging in a youth-crazed culture, Guidance drops the ball, in all departments, in its portrayal of anyone younger than 55.

Billy Crystal plays Artie Decker, a quick-witted minor league baseball announcer who dreams of broadc...

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The ten worst ways your children are being poisoned right now: vaccines, food, video games and more

The ten worst ways your children are being poisoned right now: vaccines, food, video games and more

Modern children are being poisoned like never before in the history of human civilization. No wonder the rate of autism in America has skyrocketed to 1 in 88 children over the last few decades, putting autism squarely in the «epidemic» category.

But don’t expect any CDC action on this epidemic. The CDC knows full well why autism rates are exploding across America, but instead of admitting the truth, the CDC is running a cover story to protect the corporate interests of the real culprits: the medical corporations poisoning children for profit (see below).

It’s not just medical companies that ar...

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