Work & Family Life

Monthly newsletter providing employees with tips to help balance family, social, and working lives.

Articles from Vol. 27, No. 1, January

An 'If-Then' Strategy Can Be Motivating
A common list of New Year's resolutions may go something like this: "Eat less. Exercise more. Quit smoking. Lose weight." But that shorthand approach is too vague to be successful, says psychologist Peter Gollwitzer of New York University. Try instead...
Embracing Our Children for Who They Are
Ten years ago Andrew Solomon won the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon, his brave and thorough study of clinical depression. In the years since then, Solomon has interviewed 300 families with children who have, as he puts it, "extraordinary needs,"...
Experts Weigh in on the Sugared Drinks Debate
When New York City health officials banned the sale of supersized sugared drinks in movie theaters and restaurants, critics (and comedians) had a field day-and the beverage industry cried foul. Clearly, nobody likes to be told what to eat or drink and...
Helping Children through Anxious Times
Q My family was not personally affected by Hurricane Sandy, but our kids have been frightened by some of the images they've seen on TV. I want to reassure them that we'll keep them safe, but it's hard to find the words sometimes.- J.C., Lansing, MIA...
Here's How Dads Can Make a Difference
The most stunning change in the American family over the past generation is how men and women have altered their expectations and behavior toward fathering.It is now a major expectation among new parents that they will share the responsibilities and...
Is There a Best (Fast, Efficient) Way to Run?
Runners everywhere would like definitive answers to two burning questions: Is there a best way to run so you go the fastest and use the least energy? Does it help to run in minimalist shoes or is it better to run barefoot?Science writer Gina Kolata devoted...
Making Homes Safer and Easier to Navigate
Seven out of 1 0 older Americans who were able to make changes to their homes have made at least one modification that makes it easier for them to get around, according to an AARP survey. Two thirds of those polled said the changes they made would allow...
Time to Learn, Stretch and Grow in Your Work
The ability to learn and to keep on learning may be the most important skill we can have. No matter what our job or profession, whether we work in a large corporation, small nonprofit agency, government bureaucracy, retail store, or our own firm or shop,...
Tips for Moms, If Dads Are Not Around
Of course, not all children have a father in their life on a regular, or even irregular, basis. In this situation, how does a mother address her child's fatherneed?It's practically impossible for a mom to fill this need all by herself, just as it is...
What Parents Need to Know about Cyberbullying
A decade ago, the word didn't even exist, and today cyberbullying is a pervasive problem in our children's lives.* One in three kids say they were cyberbullied - on an instant messaging (IM) service, a social networking site, or while playing an online...
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