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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:30:25 ESTWhat happens in small talk beforehand can have a big impact on the outcome; tips from bartenders, comedians.
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:09:45 ESTA study of middle-school to college-age students found most absorb social media news without considering the source. How parents can teach research skills and skepticism.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:14:31 ESTYou can get second chances by admitting mistakes, offering more information and other tactics. Ask for feedback often and always follow up.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 20:16:46 ESTChildren often don’t tell parents when they’re bullied. Creating opportunities for them to open up takes some planning.
Tue, 08 Nov 2016 22:01:51 ESTMore people in their 40s and beyond are moving in with aging parents because of a financial or health setback. “This is kind of a hidden group,” an expert says.
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 21:40:43 EDTThe best way to express gratitude for a generous gesture may not be through a thank-you note.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:43:33 EDTAs children enter their teens, it can be a challenge to keep them close—but not so close that they feel they lack independence. A solution to this parenting problem can be very concrete: simply making room at home. But the ideal “teen cave” is about more than interior-design elements.
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 22:00:35 EDTWhat seems to be forgetfulness or a slip-up could spring from deeper issues in a marriage.
Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:17:48 EDTYou can get a meeting with an influential person you have never met by doing research ahead of time, showing hustle and remembering to ask, ‘What can I do for you in return?’
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:29:45 EDTProponents advise jam-busting techniques, such as preventing bottlenecks, letting others cut in.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:48:29 EDTUsing the same gestures, posture or tone as someone else can create a connection and help with networking, negotiating or other conversations.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 23:24:33 EDTOf all the challenges that school brings for students and their parents, one of the most unwelcome and worrying is bullying. There are no one-size-fits-all responses. Parents should take time to listen to the child and develop a game plan.
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:38:04 EDTAvoid the pitfalls of stepping into a role you want on an interim basis; ‘Work & Family’ columnist Sue Shellenbarger explains how managers succeed.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:05:20 EDTInstructing people to calm down typically has the reverse effect; how to help people de-stress without ordering them around.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:10:11 EDTSome managers won’t give feedback for fear of angering employees. Some strategies: Acknowledge your weaknesses, press for specifics, don’t overreact.
Mon, 27 Jun 2016 13:57:15 EDTFor almost all of us, there comes a moment when we are tempted to quit our jobs on the spot. A growing number are actually doing it, many employers say. Is it ever OK to walk away without giving notice?
Wed, 01 Jun 2016 02:34:44 EDTTechnology has changed since Wendy MacLennan left to raise her four children; her new job at Ford at first was ‘like being dropped off in a land where you don’t speak the language.’
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 02:33:09 EDTA required engineering course at Northwestern University pushes students to tackle tough tasks, building resiliency and humility.
Wed, 06 May 2015 02:32:39 EDTFrom Canasta to Crazy 8s, playing helps children, especially in a time of screens and schedules
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:34:35 ESTSkip a handshake, don’t spray a colleague’s desk and other rules for getting through winter at work.
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:33:46 ESTThe tactics people use to project intelligence often backfire, research shows. For instance, using fancy words doesn’t work. Yet glasses do help.
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:33:11 ESTNew data-mining tools are helping companies pinpoint which work groups impose the most on others’ time and raising awareness of behaviors such as long meetings and overuse of ‘reply all.’
Wed, 17 Dec 2014 02:34:02 ESTIt’s easy for someone who does a great job as a No. 2 to get pigeonholed as merely an able lieutenant. How one executive raised her profile.
Thu, 13 Nov 2014 02:32:46 ESTAmid dueling meetings and scarce space, companies try new ways to ease competition for space.
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:33:36 EDTRecent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:33:03 EDTListening has become a rare skill. But it is possible to improve your ability to get the most out of a conversation.
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:34:34 EDTNo one likes getting criticism. But it can be a chance to show off a rare skill: responding to negative feedback well.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 03:02:07 EDTThere are ways to stop people from rambling, multitasking and zoning out and to make the call productive.
Tue, 16 Jul 2013 18:59:20 EDTMobile games don't have to keep kids glued to the couch. New chore apps use rewards and monsters to motivate them to fold the laundry, take out the recycling and more.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 20:19:41 EDTAs younger colleagues speak fluent Twitter, how old pros find ways to upgrade their skills and fight insecurity.
Wed, 03 Oct 2012 16:31:20 EDTA growing body of research suggests that the body clock can help pinpoint the best times of day to perform specific tasks, from solving work problems to playing racquetball.
Thu, 12 Jul 2012 22:20:21 EDTWorking from home used to be a welcome break from the office—and a way to sneak in some household chores. Now, bosses have ways to ensure employees aren't slacking off on company time.
Thu, 17 May 2012 10:29:16 EDTWhen it comes to meetings, co-workers can be deadly. Among the biggest offenders are naysayers and co-workers who wander off-topic. To boost productivity, some managers take extreme measures.
Thu, 03 May 2012 09:24:10 EDTTotal U.S. student-loan debt topped $1 trillion last year, and it continues to rise. As a result, the lifestyles and future prospects of many recent grads will be limited for decades.
Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:05:37 EDTMore high school students are graduating in three years. Fueling the trend are state scholarships, the growth in online classes and the use of proficiency testing to earn credits.
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 14:02:32 ESTIt may be hard to believe in an era of floods, flu epidemics and flexible schedules, but some people haven't missed a day of work in decades.
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:06:13 ESTNearly half of tweens have been in a dating relationship, according to a 2008 survey. But "dating" in middle school doesn't mean what many adults think.
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 12:12:37 ESTHow to get the benefits of stress—spurring peak performance and well-being—without suffering harmful physical effects.
Thu, 27 May 2010 14:19:16 EDTIf you're a college student who wants to make sure that you'll be employable upon graduation, how can you figure out what are the hot jobs of the future?
Tue, 23 Mar 2010 17:48:20 EDTSue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions on stay-at-home fathers returning to the work force, and how divorced parents should supervise their kids when one is away.
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:48:22 EDTSue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions on working mini-shifts, midlife crisis and parents' role in teen dating.
Tue, 05 Jan 2010 21:08:29 ESTColumnist Sue Shellenbarger answers readers' questions about the value of a graduate degree, midlife crises and sex and housework.
Wed, 16 Dec 2009 10:28:18 ESTFamilies are evaluating the reasons to pursue higher education and how much tuition they want to pay.
Tue, 25 Aug 2009 19:04:58 EDTPast scores for both college-entrance exams, the SAT and ACT, can be obtained from the test publishers for a fee, columnist Sue Shellenbarger says.
Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:27:41 EDTFew job seekers face higher hurdles than at-home parents trying to return to work. Sue Shellenbarger profiles three who made the transition in this tough environment.
Wed, 20 May 2009 13:27:40 EDTThe complex dance of dual-earner couples is escalating to new extremes as husbands and wives swap roles and bend schedules to squeeze in time for work and family.
Wed, 22 Apr 2009 20:04:48 EDTAs layoffs spread, part-timers, flex-timers and telecommuters fear they'll be the first to go. Hanging onto a flexible work setup requires planning -- and luck.
Wed, 08 Apr 2009 15:27:43 EDTNovel teaching programs are showing great promise in solving behavior problems, writes Sue Shellenbarger.
Tue, 24 Mar 2009 21:52:55 EDTParents struggling to share a dire financial situation with children should remember that the information doesn't matter as much as how kids see parents behaving and feeling.
Fri, 24 Apr 2009 20:16:24 EDTEven as the downturn has deepened, some companies have unveiled new perks and benefits for the little guy.
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 03:36:19 EDTAs parents cut budgets, many are finding family stories have surprising power to help children through hard times.
Wed, 25 Feb 2009 14:30:39 ESTMany return-to-work programs for mothers are disappearing, but others are springing up in science, engineering and tech.
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 20:08:25 ESTEconomic downturns leave enduring marks on children, who could face setbacks or emerge more motivated.
Tue, 03 Feb 2009 22:52:51 ESTFor nearly 40 years, women have been delaying childbirth longer and longer, partly to launch careers. Now, this trend may be ending.
Tue, 16 Dec 2008 22:03:58 ESTSocial-networking sites are making it easier to report abuses such as cyberbullying. The trend puts more tools in the hands of parents whose kids are the targets or the perpetrators of bullying.
Fri, 10 Jul 2009 15:40:27 EDTBehind the drumbeat of grim economic news, parents are pulling small children out of paid child care.
Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:28:00 ESTTherapists are developing techniques that increase couples' chances of arriving at the best possible outcome after an affair.
Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:18:00 EDTThe families that have produced presidents aren't always great role models. In fact, they show a striking tendency to be deeply flawed.
Thu, 09 Oct 2008 07:43:00 EDTFamilies are weighing bailouts of their own, as recent grads are heavily leveraged with enormous debt and entering a world of scarce employment.
Tue, 23 Sep 2008 23:08:00 EDTChildren can be silent carriers of family financial stress, which may lead to emotional problems. Here's what parents can do to help kids cope.
Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:13:00 EDTEmergencies that beset the elderly tend to force working caregivers to drop everything and rush to the scene. How to lay the groundwork at work for an unforeseen crisis.
Wed, 27 Aug 2008 18:50:00 EDTChildren are spending less time each day, on average, on housework, which reflects behavioral shifts. Research suggests we may be losing something of value here with longer-term implications for marriage and community life.
Fri, 05 Sep 2008 15:56:00 EDTFemale enrollment in full-time M.B.A. programs has remained mired for years. Now, graduate business schools are fielding part-time "morning M.B.A.s" to attract women. The new offerings aren't for everyone, but the changes are brightening the work-life landscape for aspiring female business leaders.
Thu, 14 Aug 2008 12:06:00 EDTFor women struggling with infertility, the unpredictable and time-consuming treatment process can wreak havoc with work schedules, causing conflicts with bosses. Now, a federal appeals court has fortified legal protections on the job.
Fri, 01 Aug 2008 09:14:00 EDTCompanies are stepping up electronic monitoring and oversight of home-based independent contractors, which some experts say is invasive. The trend suggests the home office may evolve to have the same constraints as a corporate cubicle.
Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:14:00 EDTThe stream of emails Sue Shellenbarger gets from readers wanting to work from home is rising and the number of online scam artists who seek to profit on that desire are too. So she set out looking for a few honest Web sites that actually help people find real, paying home-based work.
Wed, 02 Jul 2008 11:08:00 EDTThe growing separateness of couples' lives is drawing attention to the need to shore up emotional ties between spouses. The trend has become so prevalent that researchers are altering the structure of traditional marriage-education programs.
Thu, 26 Jun 2008 12:01:00 EDTResearchers are turning their microscopes on the dating rules parents set, with some surprising results: The limits you place on your teen's dating may say more about your own love life than your teen's needs.
Wed, 18 Jun 2008 09:37:00 EDTVendors of career tests, which assess one's interests and abilities and link them with potential occupations, see a rising demand for them. But they're only a starting point for the tough self-exploration needed to find or revitalize one's livelihood.
Fri, 13 Jun 2008 09:33:00 EDTEmployers are cutting back on post-childbirth pay for mothers and offering shorter leaves, on average, for both moms and dads, compared with a decade ago. The pattern heightens the need for parents to plan carefully for time off post-childbirth.
Tue, 27 May 2008 20:18:00 EDTState regulators' inspections of child-care centers are entering the Internet age at last. Searches usually can be done by Zip Code, city or facility name, bringing up state inspection reports, safety or health citations, complaint investigations or all three.
Wed, 21 May 2008 12:28:00 EDTThe decision among some highly educated women to stay home with children is sparking a countertrend: The rise of all-mom teams assembled quickly through networking and staffing firms to handle crash projects.
Fri, 14 Mar 2008 09:31:00 EDTThe intense competition for admission to selective colleges is leading some parents to quit their jobs so that they can dedicate themselves full time to helping their children through the process.