Nagging Moms Raise More Successful Daughters, Says Science

Parents, you can pat yourself on the back if you do this one thing every day. wavebreakmedia/shutterstock Parents, don’t worry: Your daughter does listen to your nagging, despite the eye rolling and slamming doors. And it really works! According to science, not only do kids get their intelligence from mom, but there’s one more thing we can thank mother dearest for: our success. A study at the University of Essex tracked the experiences…

Worst Things You Can Say to Your Kids

Why words hurt We’ve all said the wrong thing at times, leaving our kids feeling angry, hurt, or confused. Words can be eternally damaging, especially coming from parents who are supposed to be safe and supportive figures in their child’s lives. “Parents’ support and approval are essential for kids’ well-being,” says Jill Whitney, LMFT, who practices in Old Lyme, Connecticut and blogs about relationships. “The words you use can be…

Worst Things You Can Say to Your Parents

Why words hurt We’ve all said the wrong thing at times, leaving our parents feeling angry, hurt, or confused. Words can be eternally damaging, especially coming from kids who are supposed to respect and love their parents. “At some level, most parents question themselves and wonder whether they’re good parents and whether they’re doing the best for their children,” Elizabeth Jeglic, PhD, a professor of psychology at John Jay College…

9 School Subjects You Took That Your Kids Won’t

Culture Schools still teach the basic subjects such as math, science, history, and English, but the others have changed a lot. Here are classes that you sat through and your kids won’t take. Typing wrangler/shutterstock You recall days of plugging “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” onto a keyboard or even typewriter again and again. Nowadays, kids’ fingers get enough flexing from texting and typing on their…

70 Father’s Day Gift Ideas Every Dad Would Love to Have

Clothes that don’t bite via craghoppers.com Seriously though, this insect-repellent shirt from Craghoppers is an outdoorsy dad’s dream. He can relax, hang out, grill, or just about anything else without fear of pesky mosquito bites. If you don’t get him this shirt, you can email him our guide to why he’s getting so many mosquito bites. Buy now Let’s taco ’bout these cool socks via amazon.com Fun dads love fun…

68 Father’s Day Gift Ideas Every Dad Would Love to Have

Clothes that don’t bite via craghoppers.com Seriously though, this insect-repellent shirt from Craghoppers is an outdoorsy dad’s dream. He can relax, hang out, grill, or just about anything else without fear of pesky mosquito bites. If you don’t get him this shirt, you can email him our guide to why he’s getting so many mosquito bites. Buy now Let’s taco ’bout these cool socks via amazon.com Fun dads love fun…

A 4-Week-Old Baby Was in Desperate Need of a Home. The Couple That Took Him in Knew He Was Meant to Be Theirs.

Gel Jamlang for Reader’s Digest When my best friend, Colleen, was 38 weeks pregnant, she asked me to go with her to Babies “R” Us, one of the only children’s shops in Anchorage, Alaska. She found out she was expecting around the time I found out I would never give birth. I was only 29, but doctors said that I had too many medical challenges to conceive, let alone carry…

Jay Leno Always Knew His Dad Had a Big Heart—Then an Unexpected Letter from a Viewer Proved That He Changed Lives

From The Best Advice I Ever Got Comedian Jay Leno knew that 
his father had heart, but one woman’s 
memory revealed just how big it was. Courtesy Jay LenoHis parents, Catherine and Angelo I had very good parents. My mother came to this country from Scotland by herself when she was 11, and she didn’t have much of an education. My dad was kind of a street kid, and he…

My 6-Year-Old Son Had a Massive Stroke Right Before My Eyes

Courtesy Nicole Thomas Kristin Denman was watching her six-year-old son David play soccer when things went horribly wrong: “One minute, he was running on the field, and the next he was holding his head and couldn’t speak,” recalls the 48-year-old Michigan mother of two. “I’d just read something about stroke, and as I saw the palsy set into his face, I knew that’s what I was seeing.” A stroke in…

50 Habits Healthy Families Always Have

Everyday Wellness Having a healthy family life can lower risk of heart attack and boost your chance of living longer. Here’s how to maximize this amazing health asset. They snack smart Angie DAmico/shutterstock “Parents can influence their child’s food preferences and how well their brain functions with healthy food choices. Research tells us children can have a hard time learning on processed foods. Moms and dads can make it a…