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How to Detox Kids From Their Screens

When the pandemic hit last year, the first thing many parents did was abandon any rules they had in place about screen time. It’s not because the pandemic made us lazy parents; it’s because so many of us suddenly needed to work in the same spaces where our children were learning, playing, and arguing with each other.

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Why Nobody Can Agree on Fitness Advice

You don’t have to go far to find conflicting advice about what to do in the gym. Some people will tell you not to do certain exercises at all; others will debate minutiae like how straight your elbows should be at the top of a press. Encountering diametrically opposing viewpoints can be frustrating when you’re just…

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How to Make 'Steakhouse Butter' at Home

When I think of foods that benefit from a big ol’ knob of butter, a ribeye is not very high on that list—at least not typically. But do you know why restaurant food often tastes so much better than the food you cook at home? It has more salt and more fat—two things “steakhouse butter” is chock-full of.

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SMART Goals Are Overrated

If you want to set a goal, it should be a “S.M.A.R.T.,” the standard advice goes (even ours!). Specific, Measurable, something, something, Time-bound. There’s disagreement on what some of the letters stand for, which is our first hint that maybe they’re not that important. It turns out the SMART goal framework…

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Should You Open a Roth IRA or a 529 Savings Plan?

Roth IRAs and 529 savings plans are great for saving for college—both are taxed upfront, allowing you to withdraw the investment after it’s grown much larger due to compound interest, without getting hit with a huge IRS bill. But which one is better? Like most choices involving your portfolio, their are trade-offs to…

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How to Understand Your Child's Temperament

As parents, we have a tendency to view our child’s moods and behavior as a reflection of our parenting. When you see someone’s easy, outgoing child who is able to adapt to a sudden change in plans and you think, “Man, those parents are doing a great job.” Meanwhile, your child is quick to anger or frustration and…

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