Parenting

12 Tricks for a Successful Family Road Trip

True confession: the night before we left for our national park road trip my husband and I seriously considered cancelling the whole thing.  On a total whim (and moment of fantasy) I had planned a six day, 1700 mile family road trip to Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore, and Crazy Horse.  Perhaps I was the crazy one?  As we stayed up late packing the minivan, my dreams of teaching my kids history and watching family movies in the minivan turned to fears of incessant back-seat bickering and kids bored by national parks.

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The Paradox of Praise

In February of 2014, in the Journal of Experimental Psychology (General), Eddie Brummelman and colleagues published an article that revisited the subject of praise for youth.  For decades, praise and positive reinforcement had been hailed by mental health professionals as the antidote to many of our youth’s problems.  Parents regularly heard the message that there was no such thing as “bad praise.”  But as the research began to evolve, some began to question this notion.  Brummelman and his co-authors focused on two types of praise:  person praise and process

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Are you getting enough iodine?

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I’ve been throwing down prenatal vitamins every morning for more than a decade, so I was shocked to realize that I’m deficient in iodine, a nutrient essential for thyroid function and brain development. I’m not alone, almost a third of pregnant women in the United States don’t get enough iodine in their diet, and only about 15% of prenatal vitamins contain iodine (mine didn’t.) This month, The American Academy of Pediatrics released a new policy statement about iodine deficiency, making the recommendation that pregnant and breastfeeding mothers should be taking at least 150 micrograms of iodine daily.

Everyone needs iodine, but new research on iodine deficiency

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In Search of 100 Miles of Gratitude: Why This Father of 6 is an Endurance Athlete

Over the past few years, many people have asked me about why I have become involved in endurance training, most recently ultramarathons.  Questions center around the time it takes, especially having a large, young family, and the discomforts and sacrifices required, particularly given that almost all of my training occurs outdoors even during the winter months.  But beneath the perceived challenges and hardships, I have found a world of silence and solitude that is laden with moments of clarity, transcendence, and peace that I believe provide me with insights and endurance needed to tak

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