Work & Family Life

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Articles from Vol. 26, No. 6, June

Bilingualism Boosts Kids' Brain Power
In our increasingly global world, it helps to speak two languages. And now, it turns out, being bilingual offers much more than a practical leg up. It has a powerful effect on the brain in areas not related to language - and it may even shield against...
How Your Child Can Grow from a Camp Experience
How your child can grow from a camp experiencePracticing psychologist, author and school consultant Michael Thompson writes, "I believe that children are often capable of taking responsibility that their parents cannot imagine, and that many children...
Mistakes Aren't All Bad, If We Learn from Them
If you've never made a major blunder on the job, maybe you are not trying hard enough. Seriously. Experts say successful people make more mistakes than unsuccessful people. They also have more successes and, in most situations, one great success can...
Single Moms Can Bring Caring Men into Kids' Lives
Our children eventually learn the mystery of their beginnings. From their own early understanding of where babies come from, kids know they wouldn't be here without a father. So they conclude there's got to be one for them, somewhere. This holds true...
Some 'Free' Apps Can Be Expensive
Q We learned the hard way that one of the so-called "free" apps our daughter downloaded became very costly. She got caught up in a popular simulation game that just grew and grew. Our bill for her in-app buys was an unwelcome surprise!- M.J., West Palm...
Time Away from Us Can Help Our Kids Grow
Parents say to me, "My daughter is a perfectionist. How can I help her not be so hard on herself?" Or "My children are sloppy. Why can't I get them to pick things up?" These are tough questions to answer because, quite often, the mom or dad who asks...
When Is the 'Right Time' to Move to Senior Housing?
People often ask this question and there's no easy answer. Speaking generally, there are two "right times" to think about an older relative moving to senior housing: one for the person receiving care and one for the caregivers. But all too often they...
Yes, Those Baby Teeth Need Care Too
Your child's baby teeth do fall out, of course, but they still need to be cared for. A sound oral hygiene plan is important to kids' health, and it starts a lifetime of good habits.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends brushing a toddler's teeth...
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