Take the Stress Out of Co-Parenting This Summer

It’s easier than you think if you follow these simple tips and tricks from co-parent and divorce coach, Karen Bonnell.

Glorious summer: Beautiful weather, no school, vacations! For co-parents though, it can be a tricky time to navigate. Without the anchor of school, with summer activities that can be logistically challenging and, of course, vacations with separate parents, a seemingly relaxing season can turn stressful if you lose sight of the big picture: This is […]

My Dad, My Hero: Paying Homage to a Special Father-Daughter Relationship

Violet Ramis Stiel, the daughter of the late comedy legend Harold Ramis, shares heartwarming memories reflecting the unique bond between her and her "knight in shining khakis."

Whenever I was sick as a child, my dad was the best nurse. He would hold my hair back as I threw up, murmuring reassurances while I cried. I have a very vivid memory of him, cigarette dangling from his lips, as he wiped down the bathroom walls after a particularly virulent stomach bug. Once […]


What to Feed Your Baby or Toddler: A Quick Guide

Support your baby's health and development. Learn the 7 dos and don'ts of feeding your child.

The first few months of our children’s lives are certainly challenging. We make sure they’re safe in their cribs, properly secured in their car seats and worry endlessly as to whether they’ve had enough formula or breast milk to nourish their growing bodies. Just when we believe we’ve figured out some of the challenges, another […]

The 7 Deadly Signs of a Cheater

Learn how to spot the good guys and weed out the bad boys with these empowering and practical tips from The 30-Day Love Detox.

Has a man ever cheated on you? In her book The 30-Day Love Detox, Dr. Wendy Walsh cites studies that show that over 60% of married men are unfaithful at some point, so odds are it’s likely you have. Maybe you knew your man was a cheater but thought he’d be different with you. Perhaps […]

The By the Book Podcast Brings Humor and Wit to the World of Self-Help

An interview with podcast hosts Jolenta Greenberg and Kristen Meinzer.

If you’re like many readers, your relationship with self-help/self-improvement books probably looks something like this: read a book on a topic that interests you and come away with inspiration and actionable tips that can easily be incorporated into your daily life. Easy, right? Now imagine committing two weeks of your life to following the advice of […]

HSPs in Love: How to Optimize your Relationship as or with a Sensitive Person

Author and researcher Elaine Aron provides solutions for highly sensitive people seeking happier, healthier romantic relationships.

The first step is figuring out your sensitivity level, or whether or not you classify as an HSP (highly sensitive person). Books for Better Living covered this topic last year, and research continues to confirm the existence and importance of HSPs. Perhaps this is because our individualistic, capitalist, “go-getter” society shows little acceptance for those […]

Repair Your Relationship House

Learn more about the "sound relationship house theory" to see if your romantic house is in order.

Just as the home you live in is (hopefully) built carefully with sturdy materials, so too should your relationship be. John Gottman and his fellow psychologist (and wife) Julie Gottman developed a mathematical system — or what might be better described as an architectural system — for whether a couple would remain together or divorce, based […]

Why Making Self-Care a Priority Will Make You a Better Parent

Ultimately what you want as a parent is connection, not perfection. Take time to recharge, refresh and restart in a positive new way. Here's how.

As a parent, your instinct is to put your child first. As wonderful and unconditionally loving as that notion is, it often results in the parent getting trapped in a frantic and exhausting cycle of being stretched way too thin. Don’t get us wrong, it’s all well-intentioned, but what’s the point of being at your […]

5 Tips to Navigate Any Drinking at Work Situation

Here’s how to unwind with your colleagues without unwinding your entire career.

Is there a line finer than that of drinking at work? On the one hand, gathering around libations after a long day at the office is often the trick to loosening up and creating an unprecedented bond with your coworkers. On the other, it’s a slippery slope to downing one too many and ending up […]
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