Blog Posts by Tips on Healthy Living

  • Should You Get Your Child a Smartphone?

    Your child shouldn't have a smartphone until they're in high school, recommends author and Common Sense Media founder James P. Steyer. Learn the risks-from compulsive texting to cheating on tests-and Steyer's tips about when kids are truly ready for a smartphone. From Talking Back to Facebook: The Common Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age.

    Teens are under huge pressure to have smartphones with unlimited texting and data plans. Most of their friends probably do, and texting is the only way many of them seem to communicate. Actually talking on the phone is so old school. Thirteen-to seventeen-year-olds text more than any other age group. And kids text everywhere-at school, in the mall, on the bus, at home, and in bed when they're supposed to be sleeping. According to a 2010 study, nearly half of all teens who take their phones to school send a text while they're in class at least once a day.

    Texting can be both impulsive and compulsive. It's easy for kids to lose

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  • The 8 Different Types of Cheaters

    From the "weekend cheater" to the "dirt-bag cheater," authors Maxwell Billieon and Ray J identify the various types of unfaithful men so you don't waste your time. From Death of the Cheating Man: What Every Woman Must Know about Men Who Stray.

    The "Corporate" Cheater
    This is the guy who utilizes his job as his cheating grounds. He finds women that are accessible on his job and business trips. He is normally found to have affairs with his assistant, secretary, or his female business affiliates and uses corporate trips as his cheating portal. A very efficient man, he may often have his side woman help disguise his movements.

    The "It Wasn't Me" Cheater
    One of the most common cheaters…this cheater is foolishly obvious with his infidelities as he usually learns his cheating skills socially from discussing his exploits with other novice cheaters. When caught with another woman, which shouldn't be at all surprising, he will always extol that the guy a woman believes she's

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  • 5 Ways to Renew Your Marriage as Empty Nesters

    The kids have left, and suddenly you feel as if you've lost footing in your marriage, too. Therapist Dr. Steven Craig offers five tools to help couples reconnect during this new stage of life. From The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have: How Couples Who Change Together Stay Together.

    1. Explore your new feelings. Figure out what you need in order to feel intimately connected in this stage and find a way to explain those needs carefully to your spouse. Remember, your spouse likely has no idea that you have changed or that you now want things to be different. In fact, he or she probably still believes that what worked in the past will continue to work today. Therefore, it is your job to kindly yet clearly report that things have changed. Note that you must also listen with an open mind to what your spouse wants to change as well.

    2. Make it a point to put romance back in your life. Kiss each other hello and good-bye whenever you can. Call to check in during the day. Embrace

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  • How to Be More Creative

    Creativity doesn't belong solely to the Steve Jobs of the world. Here's how to boost your own creative energy with tips from The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive, by Brendon Burchard.

    I've been blessed to work with many of the world's most creative artists, singers, actors, authors, luminaries, and designers, and I've found that while they are each incredibly unique, they all had the same approach to developing their creativity. They were all avid people watchers and design lovers.

    While many people think of highly creative people as lone artists, designers, or geniuses toiling away alone in their studios and offices, it turns out that creatives are incredibly social people whose creativity literally depends on their interactions with the world. This is why nearly every creative in the world would give you the exact same advice if you were to ask him or her, "How do I become more creative?" The answer would be, "Go watch people and explore the

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  • Are You Good Enough?

    By Denise Jaden
    Author of Never Enough

    Am I enough? I don't know about you, but I've been trying most of my life to answer that question with a resounding "yes." It's not easy, because there are so many demands on us to be good parents and kids and spouses and students and workers and friends. On top of it all, we all want to be healthy, beautiful people. It's impossible to be everything to everyone, and so many of us live with an ongoing sense of inadequacy.

    This can hit at any age, but I was shocked at when I read about the rise of eating disorders in women over 50. I write novels for teens, and striving to feel good enough hits especially hard in adolescence.

    My latest book, Never Enough, is about two sisters who are willing to go to some desperate lengths in order to feel good enough. There are so many unhealthy ways to try and feel like enough. Most of them backfire and only make us feel worse about ourselves.

    Several of my author friends-Beth Revis, Holly

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  • How to Avoid the Pitfalls of the Back-to-School Grind

    By Debra Snyder, Ph.D.
    Author of Intuitive Parenting

    It's back-to-school time again. There are supplies to purchase, clothes to sort through, and a fresh outlook on the academic adventures to obtain. Quality family time often takes a back seat to sporting events, car pool responsibilities, and the hustle and bustle of every possible school activity. Our relationships with our children can greatly suffer when we allow the actions of living to overtake what we value in life.

    Why not put your family first this fall by making a commitment to celebrate your connections?

    Dedicate a day with your loved ones to "just be" together. Clear everyone's schedules and make your relationships a priority for the entire day. This is not the time to play video games, watch sports, work on the computer, or be on autopilot. You do not need to spend money, take a vacation, or make any significant sacrifice. Simply spend conscious time together. Be present with one another, moment by

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  • The 5 Worst Foods You Can Feed Your Kids

    By Kristin Sidorov
    It's almost back-to-school time, and while most of parents out there already have a to-do list a mile long, be sure you add one more item to the top of the list: Grading your child's diet. During the busy school year, just getting your kids to eat something, anything, can be hard enough, especially if you have picky eaters and an overbooked schedule. But the number of overweight and obese kids in the U.S. is on the rise, and diet is one of the best ways to keep your kids' health in check.

    A balanced and healthy diet for kids takes more than cutting out fatty fast food and sugar-laden treats. It takes a little planning and food savvy. But it's well worth the effort, and soon it'll be second nature for you and your kids.

    We've compiled a list of some of the worst kids' foods out there (and the list is looong), as well as healthy alternatives and tips on how to keep the peace (and your sanity) while still feeding your family right.

    1. Sugary

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  • How to Get Over a Bad Relationship (for Good)

    Scarred by a painful breakup? It's worth re-examining the relationship-not to linger on the pain, but to learn from the experience with the hopes that your next relationship is that much healthier. From Total Memory Recall: Uncover Your Past, Take Charge of Your Future, by Marilu Henner.

    When you fear your past, you give it power. I'm often asked about bad breakups in one's past, especially by women. They'll say, "Come on, isn't there some guy who broke your heart, and now you don't want to remember and relive that experience?" Yes! Yes, of course I have that in my past. I'm a grown woman with two children, and I have been married three times. Before and in between marriages, I have dated, and my heart has been broken more than once. What woman or man, young or old, hasn't had their heart broken? As for the second part of the question, whether I wish to forget and not relive that experience, no, not really. If you don't reexamine those heartaches once in a while, it is even more

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  • Nothing to LOL About: New Disturbing Teen Girl Trend

    Move over, Seventeen Magazine. New research shows that many teen girls Photoshop photos of themselves to look thinner for their Facebook profiles, their focus on weight and appearance verging on compulsion. In Talking Back to Facebook, author James P. Steyer explains how social media is taking an old, familiar problem-low self-esteem in teens-to obsessive new heights.

    According to a study by Stanford's Cliff Nass, teen girls tend to present overly thin images of themselves on Facebook. In addition, the more concerned a girl is about her appearance, weight, and body image, the more she tends to check her Facebook profile and vice versa. The new research also shows that many teen girls Photoshop-digitally alter-their photos to appear thinner and carefully select photos for their Facebook profiles that make them look thinner, hoping to receive positive public feedback from their peers. At times, their focus on appearance and thinness verges on compulsion. With digital cameras on

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  • How to Handle Job Search Rejection

    It's tough to find a good job, any job, these days. And when you don't ace an interview, it can deepen your despair. But it happens to everyone and no one likes it. Here's how to gain perspective and see that being turned down by a potential employer is nothing personal. From The Pathfinder: How to Choose or Change Your Career for a Lifetime of Satisfaction and Success, by Nicholas Lore.

    Most of us job search from a point of view that saps our effectiveness from the very beginning. Take a few moments to imagine what it would be like if you were offered every job you applied for. Then the search would just be a matter of sorting: meeting with potential employers to clarify whether there would be a perfect fit between you and the job, negotiating benefits, and accepting the one you wanted. It would be like shopping for anything else. Remember how it felt to shop for something you were excited about: a special gift, a book, clothes, a car, a guitar, or whatever.

    The difference

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