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You Need A Shoebox Full of Birthday Cards, Organized by Month

Have you ever heard of emotional labor? The concept has been around since the sociologist Arlie Hochschild defined the term in 1983. It’s essentially the work that we do, either professionally or personally, to regulate and present our emotions in a socially acceptable way—and to care for the emotional well-being of…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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 What to Do When Your Kid’s Homework Is Too Hard 

Helping with homework is part of everyday life once your kid hits school age. For the first couple years it isn’t hard stuff, but you know that one day your kid will have an assignment that stumps them and you. Luckily, you have other options besides furtively googling the answer while your kid isn’t looking.Read […]

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How to Deal With All the Bullshit on Social Media

Social media is a firehose of bullshit, because it’s a firehose of everything. Essential oils cure all diseases! Sharks are swimming on Houston’s freeways! Okay, not really. Here’s why we see so much garbage on social media and what to do about it.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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How Much Do I Have to Worry about My Dog’s Germs?

Dogs are fluffy, slobbering, pooping creatures that don’t hesitate to sniff (and maybe taste) any unknown object they see on the ground. So, if we’re trying to protect our health, is it ok that we let them share our home, sleep in our beds, and lick our faces?Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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A Guide to Negotiating Paternity Leave

Impending fatherhood is a slow, rolling tidal wave of unfamiliar emotions. Even though the father’s emotions aren’t the main focus of the pregnancy, they are important to manage. That means mitigating potential stressors ahead of time so that you can properly enjoy the arrival of your tiny new family member. Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Put Together a “Pick up Pals” List to Save You From Daycare Late Fees

You know the feeling, being stuck in traffic or on a crowded bus, racing against the clock to pick up your kid before the daycare late fees start to kick in. Next time, rather than stressing out, have your “pick up pals” contact list at your fingertips. You’ll avoid late fees and your kid won’t […]

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Use a Kanban to Delegate and Track Family Chores

When it comes to household chores, it’s nearly impossible to remember what you started, who’s supposed to be doing what, and what’s still left to do. So you end up with a half-cleared out freezer, a vacuum that coughs out dust clumps (“Wasn’t Bob supposed to empty this thing?!”), and a general feeling that everything…Read […]

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Admit to Yourself That You Probably Have a Favorite Child

While the subject remains taboo, most parents have a favorite child. The Wall Street Journal points to research that supports this—in one recent study, 75 percent of mothers confessed they felt closer to one of their adult children, while another report found that 70% of fathers and 74% of mothers acted on those…Read more… Continue […]

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Use a Packing Grid to Ensure You Have Everything You Need for a Trip

When’s the last time you went on a vacation and felt confident that you’d packed everything you needed? For some of us, travel means spending the first night away from home at a Walgreens or a Walmart, buying the sunscreen or flip-flops we should have put into our suitcases. Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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This Facebook Bot Will Help You Plan Your Death

Have you had a conversation with your loved ones about what should happen if you’re ever on life support? Probably not, especially if you’re young. A startup called LifeFolder is hoping you’ll be more comfortable having that conversation with a Facebook messenger bot.Read more… Continue Reading at http://lifehacker.com

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Get a Refund If Your Kid Made Accidental In-App Purchases From Amazon

Some game apps allow you to buy stars, donuts, coins, or other tokens you can use to play the game. The tokens are imaginary, but the purchase is real. It’s easy for kids to buy stuff within these apps without realizing they’re spending money—your money. Amazon is now refunding parents for some unauthorized in-app…Read more… […]

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Get a Refund If Your Kid Made Accidental In-App Purchases From Amazon

Some game apps allow you to buy stars, donuts, coins, or other tokens you can use to play the game. The tokens are imaginary, but the purchase is real. It’s easy for kids to buy stuff within these apps without realizing they’re spending money—your money. Amazon is now refunding parents for some unauthorized in-app…Read more… […]

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