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Smart Gift Givers Earn More Cash and Enjoy Better Relationships: Here’s How You Can Become One (without spending a penny)

My latest piece, over at tech influencer Women 2.0…. The (Smart) Person’s Guide to Giving Better Gifts: Sure, it’s the thought that counts, but “empathy” remains the name of the game. The average gift is like a free sample at Costco; they’re good, we’ll accept them, but they leave us wanting more.  Be a value-add …

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Parenting and The Dangers Of The Self-Esteem Movement

There’s a growing ‘Self-Esteem’ movement in parenting circles. Advocates are pushing the idea that constant praise and minimal exposure to struggle are the keys to raising happy, productive children. We can thank them for the elimination of games of Tag in school playgrounds and youth sports leagues that forbid score-keeping. I’m not a parent, but I’m …

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