To Stepmothers Considering a Baby of Their Own

Having a baby is complicated for any family, and that’s especially true if you’re already a stepmother. While the Brady Bunch made it look easy to live as a blended family, any stepparent knows it takes a lot of effort in real life. Try these tips to help you manage the psychological and practical dynamics involved in adding a new baby to your stepfamily.

Say Goodbye to Text Neck and Other Phone-Related Aches

You probably love many of your phone’s features, but you’re not so crazy about the aching neck and other discomforts that come along with long hours of talking, texting, and browsing. In fact, mobile technology has created an epidemic of health issues for frequent users.

Much of the trouble is caused by looking down for prolonged periods of time. Medical experts say that for every inch you lean your head forward, you double the load on your neck. In other words, your 12-pound head exerts about 60 pounds of pressure when it’s at a 60 degree angle.

Is it Smarter to Focus on Your Strengths or Weaknesses?

One expert will say that your weaknesses are holding you back. Another will advise to forget about your weaknesses and focus on your strengths. Which is true? Whether you should focus on your strengths or your weaknesses will depend on the situation. It’s advisable to run with your strengths, unless your weaknesses are holding you back.

Master These Communication Skills for Greater Success

Communication skills are among the most important life skills. Effective communication skills can improve your outcomes at work, home, and in your social life. The greatest advantage humans have is the ability to communicate clearly and precisely.

Like many other important topics, communication skills aren’t taught in school. You must teach yourself. Fortunately, there are many online courses, books, and seminars that focus on building communication skills. Focus on the basics and you’ll be a step ahead of most others.

Practical Breakup Advice for Men

Despite what you may think, studies show that breakups may be harder on men than on women. Gender expectations still linger well into the twenty-first century. While women cry, call their friends, and eat ice cream, men tend to cover up their feelings. That means they often receive less social support and maybe even fewer desserts.

If you’re a man who is nursing a broken heart, take a look at these proven tips to help you move on. They’re sure to help you heal faster and prepare for lasting love.

Follow These 8 Steps to Get Your Family to Help Around the House

It’s frustrating when you have to take care of the house all alone. It’s even more frustrating when there are perfectly capable bodies in the vicinity that never seem to help! Unless you’re one of the very, very few that enjoy housework, it would be nice to get a little help now and then. You may have given up all hope of getting the help you desire.

However, you might have a few options you haven’t considered yet.

Create a Vision Board and Reach Your Goals

A vision board can be a wonderful tool for reminding yourself about your goals each day. One of the most challenging parts of achieving goals is sticking with them. It’s easy to become distracted, lose hope, or even forget about them. A vision board is a solution for all of these challenges.

Regular use of a vision board keeps your goals fresh in your mind. Using a vision board also associates positive feelings with the achievement of your goals.

Determine Your Legacy and Live a Life That Fulfills You

It’s true that most people live lives of quiet desperation. Most people are filled with regret at the end of their lives. Leaving too many things undone and failing to live enthusiastically and with purpose are common regrets. If you want to live a fulfilling life, a life worthy of admiration, it’s important to determine your legacy today and being living it immediately.

Most of us get roughly 70 good years. Why not make the most of them?

Don’t Skip Another Meal Until You Read This

It’s easy to wind up skipping meals deliberately or accidentally. Maybe you’re trying to drop a few pounds quickly. Maybe you’re too rushed to eat breakfast or too sleepy to cook dinner.

What is that hit-or-miss dining doing to your body? Recent studies have found that long hours on an empty stomach can trigger insulin resistance and increase your risk for type 2 diabetes. That’s on top of long-standing evidence that links intermittent fasting to lower energy, irritability, and nutritional deficits.

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