Overcoming Dating Shyness

Overcoming Dating Shyness

—Do you consider yourself shy? Do you walk around and say to yourself “I wish I weren’t shy so I could approach people.” When I hear someone label themselves as “shy,” I know they are limiting their opportunities to meet and connect with people every day. Being shy isn’t a physical trait like having brown eyes … you can eliminate it and overcome it. The first thing you need to be aware of and realize…

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Volume That Inspires or Not

Volume That Inspires or Not

In martial arts, in Aikido, Sensei tells you something, your response is always “Hai,” which means ‘yes’ in Japanese. I would not say, “Really? You want me to do that?” I would absolutely never say, “What?” I’d say “Hai,” even if I had no fucking clue what he meant. Then I would do my best to do what he instructed. Because Sensei would tell me otherwise, rather ‘loudly’. Often times, I did it wrong. Often…

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A Few Simple Steps For A Beautiful St. Nicholas Day

A Few Simple Steps For A Beautiful St. Nicholas Day

Some families in the United States are celebrating St. Nicholas today, some will be celebrating tomorrow.    This is a fun holiday and really shows kindness, good deeds, generosity and good humor if a little poem/riddle is left amongst the gifts! If you would like to celebrate tomorrow, your children can leave out a boot (a wooden shoe is traditional, but a boot will do!) and a cookie for St. Nicholas and some carrots for…

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Family Tasks: task management solution for every family

Family Tasks: task management solution for every family

Family Tasks is the story of a father of 3 and an entrepreneur, Jerome Serre. Like many families, we consider it paramount that our children participate in home chores. We share the belief that participating in home chores gives children a sense of responsibility and that it makes them value work. We started early with our children (when the eldest was 9 and the youngest 5) with a simple magnetic whiteboard on the fridge and…

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Ellen Van Dusen’s Playful Home Looks Like a Cartoon Come to Life

Ellen Van Dusen’s Playful Home Looks Like a Cartoon Come to Life

Designer Ellen Van Dusen is a kid at heart. She counts watermelon, sharks and her adorable Boston terrier among her favorite things. So, she brought all these elements into her playful apartment in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Here’s a look around… KITCHEN: On a childlike aesthetic: I tend to like stuff that’s made for kids better than stuff that’s made for adults. I like colors and shapes. I’ve always been interested in the things that you’re drawn…

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Drawing From the Well of Emotional Strength

Drawing From the Well of Emotional Strength

There are times in life when it can all feel like too much. We’ve all experienced it at some point. These things are, unfortunately, part and parcel of the human experience. But what these moments can teach us, if we let them, is the feat of emotional strength. I’ve written about positive psychology and our ability to develop emotional resilience. It’s a skill we can develop over the course of our lives. When traumatic incidents…

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The City: The Black Box of the World

The City: The Black Box of the World

A black box is any device you believe works but do not know how. A device that if someone asked you how it worked, your only response would be: “magic.” Unless you are a computer scientist, you are probably using a black box right now. Can you tell me why Google Chrome opens when you double click the icon? By magic? This question is what led me to study computer science and eventually found myself…

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The Porn Habits Podcast: How Porn Affects Marriage

The Porn Habits Podcast: How Porn Affects Marriage

How does porn use before marriage affect marriage afterwards? I wrote a big post on how porn hurts your sex life earlier this week, and I felt like it was such an important subject (and we got so many comments) that I thought it was important to expand on it a bit and use it as the topic for this week’s To Love, Honor and Vacuum podcast.  But first, here’s the podcast.   We need…

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ToyBox the 3D Printer With Kids in Mind

ToyBox the 3D Printer With Kids in Mind

So many of us have very busy kids who enjoy playing with new toys all the time. If yours are anything like mine, they like to create their own things to play with. My youngest is so inventive and creative. Her imagination has gone wild! That is why a 3D Printer has been such a great addition to our lives.  When it comes to children and 3D Printers, you don’t think they go hand in…

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5 Strategies to Increase the Fun and Safety of an Elementary Schoolyard

5 Strategies to Increase the Fun and Safety of an Elementary Schoolyard

Elementary school administrators and teachers face significant challenges, some of which were unheard of 30 years ago. In fact, these challenges can necessitate the involvement of parents. For example, at the start of a school year, elementary students typically have to undergo training in the event that a potential shooter enters the premises. In light of these challenges, school administrators and teachers, together with parents, should strategize to make the school environment safer and more…

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