Work & Family Life

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

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 1, January

Count Calories at Small Local Restaurants Too
*o eat healthier and with fewer calories, the conventional wisdom is to steer clear of the big chain restaurants, especially the fast-food places. But new studies by Tufts University food researchers have found that meals at smaller, local restaurants...
Did You Know That
Cutting calories can be as easy as 1, 2, 3. Various calorie-cutting strategies were tested at Cornell University food labs and also in a Dutch study. Here's what works:( 1 ) Eat a smaller treat. Smaller portions were found to be equally satisfying.(2)...
Easy Ways for All of Us to Boost Our Brain Power
Are the reports true that exercising the brain can help preserve it and may even forestall mental decline, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia?Can you really teach an old brain new tricks? And if you can, what's the best way to do it? This...
Language Gap among Kids Is Growing
Alandmark study 20 years ago found that by age three, children whose parents were more educated and affluent had heard millions more words than kids with less educated parents had heard-and that this gave them a big advantage when they went to school.Now...
New Guide to Understanding and Raising a Toddler
Tovah Klein, PhD, lives in what she calls "toddlerdom." She directs the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development in New York City, teaches psychology at Barnard and advises on the TV program "Sesame Street. " And whether she's watching, researching...
Parents Are Best Model for Safe, Respectful Behavior
To make our kids' world safer, we have to do many things: educate them about safety, make their schools safer, help them develop peaceful ways of dealing with conflict, teach them to manage their anger and, of course, be good role models.An important...
'Smartphones Made Our Holiday More Fun'
A reader writes:You've talked a lot about digital devices taking up too much space in our personal lives, and I'm sure it's a good idea generally to have family rules such as "no smartphones and iPads at the dinner table" (December 2013 Interchange)....
Staying Calm and Confident When the Pressure's On
t's an everyday fact of our modern work life that there's a lot to do and not enough time to do it-and that causes stress for many of us.But stress isn't necessarily the result of one's workload, interruptions or the "traffic jam" of unfinished projects...
What Everyone Needs to Know about Shingles
If you know anyone who has had shingles, you are aware of how very painful this illness can be.Shingles is characterized by a blistering rash on the body (usually the torso). It is caused by the same herpes virus that causes chickenpox. And once you've...
Your Thriving Toddler.A How-To Guide
Toddlers. They love us, they hate us. They are carefree, secure and playing with confidence one minute-and the next they are afraid of their own shadows, fiercely clinging to our leg. They act and speak rationally one moment and irrationally the next,...
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