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Read some articles from back issues of the print edition and supplemental content.

The Importance of Emotional Intelligence

In 1990, in my role as a science reporter at <em>The New York Times, I </em>chanced upon an article in a small academic journal by two psychologists, John Mayer, now at the University of New Hampshire, and Yale’s Peter Salovey. Mayer and Salovey offered the first formulation of a concept they called “emotional intelligence.”

Blueberry Pumpkin Bread


Toughing Out a Tough Economy

Times are tight, so this is the ideal time to perfect the art of budgeting.  It really isn’t the dirty word everyone thinks it is and can be implemented almost painlessly.  All it requires is a bit of advance planning and determination.  (For those of you short on determination, one successful trip will help that determination grow by leaps and bounds – I guarantee it!)

Phobic 4-Year-Old is Differently Couraged

When my daughter Sally was 4, she didn’t need the ghosts and goblins of Halloween to wreck her composure. She was wary of cats, frightened of dogs, and terrified of thunder. The heavy artillery of a fireworks display, even viewed from far away, would cause her to cower and weep. And at night she wouldn’t go to bed until her mom or I had given her room a spritz of “bad-dream spray.” This was a bit of hoodoo invented by my wife and any aerosol product gave Sally the reassurance she needed.

Garlic and Olive Oil Kabobs

Total Time: 28 minutes

Crazy Curly Broccoli Bake

Preheat oven to 350°F. Cook pasta according to package directions. Place frozen broccoli in large microwave-safe dish and cook for 2 minutes on HIGH. Coarsely chop cooked broccoli. Mix soup with skim milk, and add to chopped broccoli. Add cooked pasta and mix. Top with bread- crumbs and seasoning blend. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes until heated through.

Learning Style: A Mirror into a Child’s Natural Soul

Does it seem as though your child is constantly moving?  Does she prefer things explained to her, rather than reading it herself? Does your son read everything he can get his hands on, yet fumble with verbal instructions?  The reason this occurs is because each child has a preference for the way they decipher, retain and disperse information.  The manner in which information is learned, material is comprehended and concepts are processed is called a “learning style.”   How often have adults wondered what makes a child tick?  Identifying one’s learning styles and understanding how best to utilize it, is like a shortcut to deciphering the code – at least from the learning aspect.


I was walking down the school corridor, and all the other kids turned to stare. “Hey Ricky,” said Pam Wintermute, a fellow fifth-grader with whom I was in love, “How come you’re wearing your P.J.s?” I looked down and, horrified, had no answer for her. I fled toward the classroom, wondering, “How’d I forget to get dressed? Why didn’t Mom say anything?” I had no idea what to do except sit red-faced at my desk and pretend nothing was wrong.

Nanny Connection: Beating Homework Dread

<em>I am dreading the start of school because it means non-stop arguments with my son to do his homework. I am desperate and will do whatever you say to stop the power struggles.</em>


“Is that a HUMAN skull?” I asked. The orthodontist was showing me an X-ray.
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