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Mother’s Day Mayhem

This Mother’s Day, I’m taking some advice from the book. I’m saying exactly what I want for Mother’s Day. The chance to sleep in. Coffee and breakfast in bed. And handmade cards from every member of the family. Continue reading

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The Guilt Incentive

Guilt. It’s like a comfortable sweatshirt I refuse to throw out even though it makes me look old and fat and feel very very bad about myself and my future, and it smells and gives me a rash. Thank god … Continue reading

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The Music Incentive

Nivi and I keep our music on a hard drive, connected to an old laptop, connected to the stereo. We’ve got maybe a thousand albums on there and we’re sick of every single one. Nivi recently suggested we purge all … Continue reading

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Tiger Mothers and Tough-Love Incentives

You’ve got to give Amy Chua, author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, credit for starting a firestorm (and generating a boatload of publicity for herself).  In her book, which was excerpted in the Wall Street Journal under the … Continue reading

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The Swing Incentive

In my house, the barriers to entry for anything child-related are high. My husband generally rejects toys that make noise, are too plastic-y or take up too much space. I tend to veto anything that hasn’t been approved by multiple … Continue reading

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One Incentive That Definitely Doesn’t Work

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That’s Great, Honey

How you respond to your partner’s good fortune may be a better measure of the health of your marriage than how you react to the bad stuff, according to new research out of the University of California. Here’s what the … Continue reading

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