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As Marisol Santiago wrote, “A girl’s first true love is her father.” A father has the power to make his daughter kind, clever, confident, and brave. He sets the example of love she will look back on for the rest of her life. He can build her up, or he can break her down. A truly great father can make his daughter so much stronger than she ever could have been on her own. HERE’S HOW TO DO IT: 1. SWEEP THE FLOOR ONCE IN A WHILE. Do the dishes. Change a diaper. Cook a healthy and delicious...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

It has everything to do with the things you DON’T do. Pretty much everyone who is in a committed relationship agrees that if they found out their partner is cheating, even once, with someone else it would be a challenge to move past it and stay together. That’s the big one-event shake up that most people assume is the beginning of the end if not the mile marker for the end itself. While both of us would be nonplussed if the other had an affair or one-night-stand, there are three patterns that...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

She’s with you because she wants to be. There’s nothing more powerful than a woman who can stand on her own two feet without the help of a man to keep her afloat. While she is strong, independent and perfectly OK by herself, there’s a lot more to her than just coming across as “that girl who doesn’t need a man.” If you can love her in the right ways, your experience will be unlike anything you’ve known. Here’s what it means to love a woman who’s capable of being on her own. 1....

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

My ex-husband was abusive: physically, sexually, and most of all emotionally. (Whoever came up with the expression “sticks and stones can break my bones but words will never hurt me” obviously lacked any ability to harbor feelings.) In short: my ex was an emotional psychopath. When we split after a nearly 8 year marriage, he left with a suitcase packed with pieces of me: my pride, self-worth, hopes, dreams. He didn’t take those things using his hands; he took them using his words. But here’s...

by School Of Life on 28 November 2016

Almost all of us periodically sets ourselves a new goal or challenge — and just as often in the end fails to achieve them. We end up telling ourselves that we’re just not ready yet, that we’ll do it next week, next month…next year. We’re filled with laziness We might even pursue them with zeal at the start. But once we’ve made a small amount of effort, we’ll tell ourselves we’ve done enough, and it’s time to take this whole ‘starting a new life’ thing...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

There are thousands of parenting books out there, each one thicker than the last. Ironically, most parents I know do not have the time to read them. We’re all too busy actually parenting, and most of them contain the same brand of kind but ultimately impractical advice anyway. For this reason, the best parenting wisdom is often missed as it sits on the shelf. Luckily for you, I’ve compiled some highlights from the most accessible and authentically written parenting book I have come across....

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

DOES TRUE LOVE REALLY CONQUER ALL? The romantic in me wants to answer “yes” – but the realist remains unconvinced. Love is a powerful thing, but can it conquer incompatibility? Can it overcome dreams and beliefs that are at odds with one another? Can it overcome a difference in lifestyle? Suppose he wants to settle down and start a family in his hometown, and she is committed to human rights work that requires global travel. WHAT HAPPENS THEN? The easy answer is that one partner must sacrifice...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

As a mother with a diagnosed anxiety disorder, I have found that treating my symptoms is critical to my ability to parent effectively. Truly, doing so is critical to my ability to simply live effectively. I find that mindfulness, exercise, and medication help to keep my anxiety in check. I am very grateful to have found a regimen that works for me. As it turns out, anxiety management may be one of the many skills I will someday need to pass on to my children. A recent study published in the journal...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

People do not choose to manipulate because they care. Manipulation is only control masquerading as love. Its ability to look like affection can make this one of the most insidious forms of abuse. “Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction,” wrote Criss Jami. Don’t allow your life to be hijacked by a manipulative sweet words. Hold...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope,” wrote Maya Angelou. Love is, indeed, a powerful thing. It seems able to overcome any obstacle. WHY, THEN, DO MARRIAGE SO OFTEN FALL APART? What is the most common cause of divorce? Money problems? Infidelity? Incompatibility? These are all big ones, but there is a problem more common and insidious than the three of these combined. It occurs, to some degree, in nearly every...

by School Of Life on 27 November 2016