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12 family activities that are totally worth the mess

12 family activities that are totally worth the mess

12 family activities that are totally worth the mess

Sometimes the best activities create quite a mess, but don’t let the mess deter you from having lots of fun.
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The Clean Cut: What dads will do for their ballerina daughters

The Clean Cut: What dads will do for their ballerina daughters

Dedicated dads bumble through the twirls and spins of their daughters’ ballet classes in a new video from Philadelphia Dance Center.
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Disney CEO: There are too many commercials on TV

Disney CEO: There are too many commercials on TV

Not a fan of commercials? Neither is Disney.
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Dad’s sweet message to sons about respect, kindness after divorce goes viral

Dad’s sweet message to sons about respect, kindness after divorce goes viral

BOSTON — A Boston father woke up early to help his young sons shower their mother with love, gifts and gratitude on her birthday.
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Pain during menstruation: 7 signs something is wrong

Pain during menstruation: 7 signs something is wrong

From the moment she gets that very first drop of menstrual blood, a woman learns that 25 percent of being female means pretending everything is ... » Read More
10 ways to trick yourself into liking exercise

10 ways to trick yourself into liking exercise

If you don’t like to workout, here are some things that might give you enough motivation to get going:
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7 everyday activities that actually help you lose weight

7 everyday activities that actually help you lose weight

According to experts, you need to burn 3,500 calories to lose one pound. This number might look daunting, but calories lost add quickly when ... » Read More
Video: Ashton Kutcher speaks before Congress about human trafficking

Video: Ashton Kutcher speaks before Congress about human trafficking

Ashton Kutcher, well-known actor and co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, testified before Congress Monday about human trafficking and specifically child exploitation.
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New Alex Boye video highlights statistics reported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

New Alex Boye video highlights statistics reported by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Alex Boye released a new video Wednesday highlighting statistics reported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation showing a decline in child mortality rates.
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Tykes and their likes: Messaging should be about kindness, respect for self and others

Tykes and their likes: Messaging should be about kindness, respect for self and others

I have a male friend who worries because his young son likes to play with dolls. I have a female friend who worries because her ... » Read More
Is it cheating for students to use homework apps?

Is it cheating for students to use homework apps?

Apps now exist in our digital world that can take nearly any homework question or problem and solve it instantly, leaving parents and students with ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? The 40-hour work week might not be good for you

Have You Seen This? The 40-hour work week might not be good for you



THE OFFICE — All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
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Take pleasure rather than punishment with exercise

Take pleasure rather than punishment with exercise

For anyone who is familiar with the non-dieting approach to health and wellness, you've likely asked yourself how exercise fits into the equation of ... » Read More
Are you and your family speaking different love languages?

Are you and your family speaking different love languages?

February is all about love, which is incredible timing because if my Facebook feed and basically any media outlet is right, there's a lot ... » Read More
Why you need a microscope in your kitchen

Why you need a microscope in your kitchen

When a Colorado Springs mom examined her breast milk under a microscope, she was so enthralled by what she saw that she posted it to ... » Read More
This dying mother goes six days without lungs during an experimental surgery

This dying mother goes six days without lungs during an experimental surgery

What was supposed to be a routine trip to the hospital turned into a life-changing procedure for one mother. Melissa Benoit, 32, has cystic fibrosis ... » Read More
My son is a metaphor for international relations

My son is a metaphor for international relations

I came across an article on snopes.com a few weeks ago that said that I’m more likely to be shot by a toddler ... » Read More
12 creative ways to exercise in your own home (without spending a fortune)

12 creative ways to exercise in your own home (without spending a fortune)

You don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to get your daily workout. Try these simple (and affordable) ways to exercise at ... » Read More
12 things you've always worried aren't normal about your body (but are actually common)

12 things you've always worried aren't normal about your body (but are actually common)

I know I’m not the only one of my friends who has instantly assumed I was dying of a rare disease anytime I found ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? Kids fail to teach Dad how to make a PB&J

Have You Seen This? Kids fail to teach Dad how to make a PB&J



THE KITCHEN — Making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is one of the simplest things you can do, right? You've been making them since ... » Read More
Would cutting federal arts funding hurt American culture — or make it even stronger?

Would cutting federal arts funding hurt American culture — or make it even stronger?

President Donald Trump, in keeping with campaign promises to cut government spending, is putting together a plan that would slash $10.5 trillion from the ... » Read More
How to speak to your kids about grown up issues

How to speak to your kids about grown up issues

It seems kids grow up too fast in today’s world. With social media and news available 24/7 it's hard to shield them ... » Read More
Therapy is for everyone; here are 5 reasons why

Therapy is for everyone; here are 5 reasons why

Close your eyes and think of the word "therapy". What comes to your mind? For me the first image is a person laid back on ... » Read More
If you aren't doing these 4 things, you aren't really apologizing

If you aren't doing these 4 things, you aren't really apologizing

Imagine this: Your spouse ate the rest of the lasagna you had planned to serve for leftovers tonight. Now there’s no dinner and everyone ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? Baby elephant’s adorable first steps

Have You Seen This? Baby elephant’s adorable first steps

THE HERD — There’s just something about baby elephants that makes everything they do achingly adorable, and this little calf is no different.
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Why I refuse to have quality time with my family

Why I refuse to have quality time with my family

The phrase “quality time” usually refers to spending meaningful time with someone you love. A time where you are giving your full attention to someone ... » Read More
Stop being lonely by doing these 3 things

Stop being lonely by doing these 3 things

At one point, you've felt lonely. Perhaps that feeling came when you realized you were different from others or no one understood you. Perhaps ... » Read More

Teach about African-American history with these 14 children's books

February is African-American History Month, closely following the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday in January.
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7 myths about losing weight

7 myths about losing weight

You probably heard a lot of advice when you announced your New Year’s resolution to lose weight. But how much of that advice was ... » Read More
15 ways my husband makes our marriage work

15 ways my husband makes our marriage work

Our life has been far from perfect. In fact, when Mike and I envisioned our future 18 years ago as wide-eyed barely 20-year-olds, it looked ... » Read More
Safely celebrating Valentine's Day for kids with food allergies

Safely celebrating Valentine's Day for kids with food allergies

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays closely tied to chocolates and candies. But if your child has food allergies this holiday may give ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? Real life ’fish tornado’ puts ‘Sharknado’ to shame

Have You Seen This? Real life ’fish tornado’ puts ‘Sharknado’ to shame



THE OCEAN — I haven’t watched “Sharknado,” but from what I understand about the movie, a bunch of sharks form a tornado and terrorize Earth ... » Read More
This mother died after heroically throwing her baby from a second story window to save her life

This mother died after heroically throwing her baby from a second story window to save her life

On January 20, 2017, police in Wyoming, Illinois, rushed to the save a woman who called saying she was inside a burning house and was ... » Read More
This woman makes her baby come early so her husband can hold his child five days before he dies

This woman makes her baby come early so her husband can hold his child five days before he dies

Mark and Diane Aulger had a baby on the way, but this joyous occasion was trumped by one devastating fact that hung over their heads ... » Read More
How to tell if your teen is addicted to texting and what to do about it

How to tell if your teen is addicted to texting and what to do about it

If you ever look over at a group of teens, they will never be looking at you. They will be staring at their phones. Look ... » Read More
What parents need to know about virtual reality

What parents need to know about virtual reality

What comes to mind when you hear or see the term virtual reality? Another niche gimmick to boost sales of home entertainment equipment, like the ... » Read More
How to survive Valentine's Day as a single person

How to survive Valentine's Day as a single person

Singles don’t hate Valentine’s Day.
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Why graphic novels may be the future for growth in book sales

Why graphic novels may be the future for growth in book sales

It's no secret that it's been a rough decade for the publishing industry. The rise of the internet and e-books (once thought a ... » Read More
‘I’m sorry that you’re missing me’: Mom finds beautiful letters from late daughter

‘I’m sorry that you’re missing me’: Mom finds beautiful letters from late daughter

TIFTON, Ga. — A month after losing her teenage daughter in a tragic car crash, a Georgia woman rediscovered a gift that would bring her comfort ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? 4-month-old hears Mom for the 1st time

Have You Seen This? 4-month-old hears Mom for the 1st time



COLORADO — Matthew Swetnam was born eight weeks early and weighed only 2 pounds, 11 ounces. His premature birth led to 47 days in the NICU ... » Read More
How to transform one meal into four

How to transform one meal into four

Cooking can be fun but requires so much time. Menu planning was the hardest part for me, until I found ways to stretch my leftovers ... » Read More
Cellulite is caused by 6 things (and 3 of them you can control)

Cellulite is caused by 6 things (and 3 of them you can control)

If you have cellulite, or cottage cheese skin as many call it, you’re not alone; the majority of women have it. And to throw ... » Read More
Federal child abuse figures rose for third year in a row and neglect is at the top of the list

Federal child abuse figures rose for third year in a row and neglect is at the top of the list

Neglect tops the list of abuses that children endure, according to a new report that finds cases of abuse and neglect edged up for the ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? Squirrel vs. crow in battle over pizza slice

Have You Seen This? Squirrel vs. crow in battle over pizza slice



PIZZA TOWN — We've all been there. The last slice of pizza sits on the table calling your name. But just as you reach your ... » Read More
New research challenges three 'myths' about cohabitation

New research challenges three 'myths' about cohabitation

Studies suggest cohabitation in the United States is more than twice as common as it was 25 years ago and American attitudes are softening toward ... » Read More
Telling yourself 'I'm fat' could put you at greater risk of heart attack

Telling yourself 'I'm fat' could put you at greater risk of heart attack

New research shows that “fat shamed” people (people who are mocked for their size) are more likely to have cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. The study ... » Read More
Book review: 'Rise of Fire' abandons quest, enters politics and concludes duology

Book review: 'Rise of Fire' abandons quest, enters politics and concludes duology

"RISE OF FIRE," by Sophie Jordan, HarperCollins, $17.99, 304 pages (f) (ages 14 and up)
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How to not underestimate your kids

How to not underestimate your kids

As kids grow, their abilities grow as well. What they understand, comprehend and what they can achieve changes almost daily. While we may “know” this ... » Read More
Have You Seen This? Woman with ax saves moose from ice

Have You Seen This? Woman with ax saves moose from ice

THE ICY WILD — Choose any lake in Scandinavia in the dead of winter and dollars to donuts that lake is frozen solid enough for 3 ... » Read More
When a house fire killed a beloved mother and son, this community raised over $130,000 in 7 days

When a house fire killed a beloved mother and son, this community raised over $130,000 in 7 days

A community came together to support a family after a heart breaking disaster killed a mother of six children and one of her sons, and ... » Read More

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