Child psychologist: The 6 most ‘extraordinary’ types of kids—and how parents can raise them to be successful

Every parent is capable of raising happy, healthy and emotionally grounded kids. But many struggle along the way. In my two decades of experience as a child psychologist, I’ve found that when parents aren’t attuned to their child’s temperament and unique traits, they fail to honor and celebrate their kid’s authentic self. There are six … Read more

These 11 phrases make people ‘respect you less,’ says expert who worked with clients at Google and Facebook

As a public speaking expert, I’ve spent over a decade working with executives and leaders from major companies like Google, Facebook and LinkedIn. My advice to them is always: Less is more. Being too wordy dilutes your message and presence. Instead of using weak filler words, silence is sometimes best; it allows you to pause … Read more

106-year-old and 103-year-old sisters share longevity tips: ‘Be happy, be healthy, and have love in your life’

Shirley Hodes, 106, hasn’t seen her little sister, Ruth “Ruthy” Sweedler, 103, in person since 2015. Visiting is difficult, since they live in different assisted living facilities thousands of miles apart — Hodes outside Asheville, North Carolina, and Sweedler outside Hartford, Connecticut — and neither is too mobile anymore. Still, they speak on the phone … Read more

Parenting experts: 12 signs your kid has a ‘highly sensitive’ brain—and why neuroscientists say it’s an ‘advantage’

Without meaning to, parents can have a way of making children feel as if something is wrong with them. As parenting researchers, we’ve seen this happen often with highly sensitive kids. Many parents see sensitivity as a bad trait — that it makes us look overwhelmed, passive, or even weak — and discourage it with … Read more

3 tips for rejecting someone with kindness, from a Harvard-trained psychologist—avoidance ‘might hurt them worse’

If you’re dodging calls, unenthusiastically hearting texts, or feel a general sense of dread when a person’s name pops up on your phone, it might be time to pull the plug on that relationship.  And while no one likes to be rejected, there are ways to cut the chord that are less inflammatory than others.  … Read more

A child psychologist shares 5 signs you’ve raised a ‘highly spoiled’ kid—and how parents can ‘undo’ it

Are you raising a highly spoiled kid? The first step is to identify the signs of a spoiled child. Here are the most common red flags: Not taking “no” for an answer: Your kid expects to get things their way and usually does. In fact, they’re the ones constantly telling you “no.” Being more into … Read more

42% of daters think apps like Tinder and Bumble make it easier to find a long-term partner

It’s rare to hear any single person talk positively about their online dating experience. Still, many adults who do use apps like Tinder, Bumble, and Hinge find them effective. 42% of adults think dating apps make it easier to find a long-term partner, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center. Only 22% said … Read more

Valentine’s Day spending is set to jump, even if it means more credit card debt

Valentine’s Day gifts like these heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, on display back in 2012 in a Paris shop window, are extra-expensive just before the holiday. Chesnot | Getty Images Being in love will cost you. Valentine’s Day spending is expected to reach $25.9 billion in 2023, one of the highest-spending years on record, according to the … Read more

I raised 2 successful CEOs and a doctor. Here’s my No. 1 problem with ‘helicopter parenting’—and why it doesn’t work

A lot of parents today think the best way to educate kids is to be in total control. This is the foundation of “helicopter parenting,” a very involved parenting style in which kids have little or no control of their daily activities. Studies have indicated that kids with helicopter parents who have high expectations for … Read more