Recent Tools & Tips

How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & Listen so Kids Will Talk

For years, I have recommended the book How to Talk so Kids Will Listen & How to Listen so Kids Will Talk, and still do today.

First published in 1980, it’s still an excellent roadmap to help parents better connect with their kids. I especially like the exercises and thought-provoking questions sprinkled throughout the book. Parents have told me they help them to better ‘plug into’ their kids.

The authors also recognize that parenting is tough, discussing the stress and inevitable guilt parents feel, even under the best circumstances, and how, as a parent, craziness can turn to joy on an dime.

There’s an excellent updated bibliography for parents seeking more information, and a touching section by one of the authors’ now-adult child reflecting back on her experience growing up as the child of a parenting guru.

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Keep Moving: Notes on Loss, Creativity and Change — A Review

In Keep Moving, Maggie Smith collects inspirational quotes and short essays to help people going through difficult times.

The 5 Love Languages — A Review

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Social Media Gives New Meaning to Emotional Contagion

Emotional Contagion, first published in 1994 has new relevance, given the rise of social media.

New Uses for 529 Savings Accounts

Recent tax law changes have expanded the uses for 529 savings accounts.