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March 31, 2020
Reading poetry doesn't have to be homework. This episode has five tips for all you poetry naysayers to find poetry that speaks to you.
March 30, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has caused vast economic disruptions. Millions of people are filing for unemployment, trying to pay rent and deferring loans. If you've lost work, here are some things you can do.
March 27, 2020
Staying at home means new challenges for your daily habits. This episode, we talk about budget tips and cooking hacks for your self-quarantine time.
March 26, 2020
Difficulty sleeping can cause anxiety, which often leads to more trouble sleeping. Life Kit host Allison Aubrey talks to sleep experts about how cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia can bring relief for people with chronic sleep issues.
March 24, 2020
Tens of millions of parents are homeschooling their kids during the coronavirus. Here's a realistic guide to keeping kids engaged and everyone sane. Hint: this is a good time for passion projects and sleeping in a bit.
March 19, 2020
As more television streaming services pop up, consumers face more choice than ever. NPR's TV critic lays out a streaming strategy, so you know what options are worth your time.
March 19, 2020
As more television streaming services pop up, consumers face more choice than ever. NPR's TV critic lays out a streaming strategy, so you know what options are worth your time.
March 18, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic is causing lots of uncertainty about everyday life. NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey answers commonly asked coronavirus questions.
March 17, 2020
Millions of people are trying to work from home because of coronavirus. Life Kit wants to help WFH work for you, especially if you're doing so for the first time.
March 13, 2020
Life Kit answers your questions about parenting and the coronavirus.
March 12, 2020
Life Kit talks to the Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, the creator's of Netflix's 'Big Mouth' about sex education.
March 10, 2020
6 tips for how to read eco-food labels from NPR's Life Kit.
March 5, 2020
Life Kit shares 4 tips that will help you to start exercising.
March 3, 2020
Life Kit shares 6 tips that will help you decide if you should rent or buy a house.
February 28, 2020
Five things you can do to prevent and prepare for the Coronavirus from Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
February 28, 2020
Five things you can do to prevent and prepare for the Coronavirus from Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
February 27, 2020
Want to start a new habit? Think small. That's the counterintuitive idea in BJ Fogg's book, Tiny Habits. Fogg explains that making small behavior changes requires just a little motivation and lots of celebrating — and can lead to big change.
February 25, 2020
When someone comes to you for advice, where do you start? This very meta episode of Life Kit explores how to give good advice to the people you care about. Hint: it's not always about fixing someone's problems.
February 20, 2020
Given all the types of birth control out there, picking a form of contraception can be overwhelming. It involves understanding how birth control works, your preferences, side effects and more. This episode presents the facts so you can choose the contraception that works for you.
February 20, 2020
Given all the types of birth control out there, picking a form of contraception can be overwhelming. It involves understanding how birth control works, your preferences, side effects and more. This episode presents the facts so you can choose the contraception that works for you.
February 18, 2020
Whether you're a pro at car buying or intimidated by the thought of stepping into a car dealership, there are always ways to play the car buying game better. This episode will help you strategize to avoid the potential pitfalls when it comes to getting a car loan, so you can drive away with a great deal.
February 13, 2020
The workplace still ranks as one of the top five places where people meet their mates. Love is intoxicating, but you don't want a workplace romance to become toxic.
February 11, 2020
Consent, dating, masturbation, porn. It can be difficult talking with teens about sex and relationships. NPR's Life Kit has a few tips to help make those conversations with your kids a little easier.
February 6, 2020
What can you do if you suspect a child is being impacted by a family member's addiction? Experts say you don't need to be an addiction expert, just a caring adult. This episode offers guidance to help a kid through a tumultuous time.
February 4, 2020
It can be easy to get lost in thought. In this episode, we talk to meditation teacher Tara Brach about how practicing mindfulness through the "RAIN" technique can help you sit with big feelings.
February 4, 2020
We all need strategies to push back against conflict, anger and worry. One of the globe's leading mindfulness teachers distills the practice of mindfulness into a simple 4-step tool from her new book Radical Compassion. This daily practice can help you show up for 'life' – and let go of regret and anxiety.
February 1, 2020
How do race and racism affect our friendships? In this special episode, NPR's Code Switch team and WNYC's Death, Sex & Money podcast answer your questions on race and friendship. Be a good friend and listen.
January 30, 2020
What kind of lightbulb do you need? There are so many options when it comes to picking the right lightbulb: LED or incandescent? How many watts? What's a kelvin? We help focus your lightbulb search to make the decision easy.
January 28, 2020
One in seven women experiences postpartum depression. But it's easy to feel alone — especially when you're told having a baby is supposed to be blissful. This episode helps both struggling moms and loved ones identify the symptoms and find treatment.
January 23, 2020
If the mere thought of going to therapy seems overwhelming, you're not alone. Plenty of people put off seeking therapy because of the stigma, cost and inconvenience. We've got four tips to help you make your first appointment.
January 21, 2020
"Should I go back to college?" If you're asking yourself this question, these tips will help you figure out how to go back to school — whether it's to change jobs, make more money or finish something you started.
January 16, 2020
Trying to quit smoking can be hard. The good news is the science behind how to quit smoking is very clear. This episode gives you strategies to help boost your chances of success.
January 14, 2020
Here's how to start a book club that actually meets, has a focus, fosters good discussion and steers clear of logistical nightmares.
January 9, 2020
Whether you're completely fed up or just ready for the next thing, quitting a job can be stressful and complicated. You don't want to quit a job without a game plan, so consider this episode your checklist before putting in your two weeks' notice.
January 7, 2020
Professional artists aren't the only people who can make art. In this episode, learn how to weave art into your everyday life. Because whether you're doodling, making pottery or embroidering, creativity is good for you and your health.
January 2, 2020
Thinking about taking a break from drinking? This episode will help you make a plan, navigate tricky social situations and reassess your relationship with alcohol so you can experience the benefits of dry January.
December 31, 2019
So many weekends get filled up with too many errands, plans, and, yes, work. Never getting time to relax means feeling like a zombie come Monday. Say no to burnout by making your two days off into a mini vacation with relaxation techniques and tips to unplug.
December 31, 2019
So many weekends get filled up with too many errands, plans, and, yes, work. Never getting time to relax means feeling like a zombie come Monday. Say no to burnout by making your two days off into a mini vacation with relaxation techniques and tips to unplug.
December 26, 2019
There are so many food tribes out there — everything from vegan to Keto. We help you understand how to choose a diet approach that's right for you.
December 24, 2019
If you've got 22 minutes, you can get an effective total-body workout. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's personal trainer Bryant Johnson walks us through an interval session and explains why it's so effective.
December 19, 2019
There are so many different kinds of stains — grass stains on your shorts, a wine stain on your carpet or a grease stain on your shirt — but with the help of some household products and chemistry know-how, you can be a stain removal master.
December 17, 2019
Sex, genitals, consent, self-touching — it's tricky to talk to younger kids about these topics. This episode helps parents get past the confusion and embarrassment around sex education so they can raise healthy, responsible kids.
December 12, 2019
Tossing out overripe avocados, wilted greens and sour milk isn't just costing you money — it's also contributing to climate change. In this episode, learn how to reduce your food waste with composting strategies and creative recipes that will help you turn food waste into dinner.
December 10, 2019
Anger. Excitement. Frustration. Pride. Hurt. Emotions are everywhere in an office, so why do we pretend they don't exist? Life Kit producer Meghan Keane interviews co-authors of the book No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power Of Embracing Emotions At Work to help you manage emotions at work.
December 5, 2019
If you've given up on reading, for whatever reason — you feel slow, distracted or like you're not enjoying the books you tried — don't give up! These four reading strategies will help make reading a little easier and more fun.
December 3, 2019
Got an intimidating tower of unread books looming on your nightstand? This episode will help you pick up more books and get through them quicker.
December 3, 2019
Got an intimidating tower of unread books looming on your nightstand? This episode will help you pick up more books and get through them quicker.
November 28, 2019
Magical thinking is part of childhood, and when it comes to characters like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, parents often play along with elaborate charades. But what should grown-ups do when kids start aging out of the magic and asking tough questions?
November 26, 2019
The way many of us think about weight loss is totally counter-productive. Focus on healthy habits you can sustain instead of the numbers on the scale.
November 21, 2019
We asked three road warriors to share their traveling expertise. The result? Seven tips to help you pack light and plan a trip, like a pro.
November 19, 2019
Holiday parties, gift exchanges — dealing with the holidays at work can be awkward and fraught. Alison Green of Ask A Manager shares advice on workplace etiquette around the holidays.
November 14, 2019
The holidays can be joyful and celebratory. They can also cause stress and unearth familial trauma. Life Kit talks to Dr. Andrea Bonior, a licensed clinical psychologist, to equip you with some strategies that will help you minimize holiday stress that stems from family.
November 12, 2019
Carbs get a bad rap. Here's the science behind why eating too much starch isn't good for you — and tips to eat carbs wisely. (You don't have to give them up!) Recipes inside!
November 7, 2019
For many, it's a dreaded task: making a budget to keep track of money. Guess what? You can do it, and we show you some tools that can help — maybe even make it fun.
November 5, 2019
Knowing when and what to eat may sound simple, but dieting can mess up our connection to hunger cues. The practice of intuitive eating can help people make peace with food.
October 31, 2019
Where can you find accurate news? Life Kit wants to empower you to become a savvy, critical media consumer. This episode has five takeaways that will help you ask important questions to spot fake news and take steps towards correcting misinformation.
October 29, 2019
When a child is scared of the dark or being left alone, it can be hard for adults to know the difference between an age-appropriate fear and full-blown anxiety. This episode is full of tools to help parents better understand and manage their child's "worry brain."
October 26, 2019
When is snoring just annoying or the sign of a bigger health issue? Life Kit's Allison Aubrey and Maddie Sofia, host of NPR's new daily science podcast, "Short Wave" get answers from a doctor, as well as some tips to achieve a snoreless sleep.
October 24, 2019
Today's kids are bombarded with the realities of climate change — whether through extreme weather or in the news. These tips will help you and your kids cope with the overwhelming feelings to move beyond helplessness and toward action.
October 22, 2019
Life Kit is getting you ready for Election Day. We explain how to register, where to vote, how to vote early and how to make sure your vote counts.
October 22, 2019
Life Kit is getting you ready for Election Day. We explain how to register, where to vote, how to vote early and how to make sure your vote counts.
October 17, 2019
You're motivated to make a change and run for office. But where do you even begin? NPR politics reporter Miles Parks explains how to navigate campaign fundraising, door-knocking, and building a "kitchen cabinet."
October 15, 2019
We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "6 C's" that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.
October 9, 2019
Healthy eating can be easy if you follow a few simple rules. We guide you through three types of healthy food you should add to your diet, and three not-so-nutritious foods to cut back on.
October 2, 2019
It's hard to imagine a more boring (and dreaded) word than "mortgage." But if you know where to look, you might find a mortgage that will save you thousands of dollars a year or discover that you qualify for a loan when you didn't think you could.
September 25, 2019
Life seems full of ever-increasing piles of paperwork – bills to pay, appointments to make, school forms to sign, carpools to organize. Here's how to conquer all the responsibilities on your to-do list so you can get back to real life.
September 25, 2019
Life seems full of ever-increasing piles of paperwork – bills to pay, appointments to make, school forms to sign, carpools to organize. Here's how to conquer all the responsibilities on your to-do list so you can get back to real life.
September 18, 2019
NPR's Life Kit answers parents' questions about their kids' screen use. Education consultant Ana Homayoun says it's all about empowering your kids to make good decisions when you're not around.
September 11, 2019
Don't let the sticker price of college paralyze you. This episode gives you smart saving strategies — including how to prioritize your own retirement savings, choosing a 529 plan and what financial aid offices really look at — so you can start saving for your child's college tuition.
September 6, 2019
Before you earn your diploma, you need to focus on a different piece of paper: a resume. Here's how to think about what you want to do, and then go out and get a job — maybe even a career.
September 4, 2019
Should you hand-write your notes or use a laptop? What about flashcards? Does highlighting even do anything? Here's how to improve your study habits and remember what you've learned — and keep college stress under control.
September 3, 2019
Congratulations! You've been accepted into college. Now you've got to find your way around campus, pick out classes, make new friends and figure out a plan to graduate. — on time. Here's how to make it easier.
August 23, 2019
The typical definition of masculinity is the polar opposite of what makes strong friendships. In this episode, we talk to men about their struggles with friendship and looking for answers with some celebrity experts.
August 21, 2019
In this episode, we show how to manage friendships as your life changes — and as your friends' lives change, too. You'll get practical advice on keeping friends throughout the years and even a few instructions on how to — eek — break up with a friend.
August 19, 2019
Friendship is hard, but the best way to tackle it is to talk about it. In this episode, you'll learn from the experts about how to make new friends and deepen your existing relationships.
August 19, 2019
Friendship is hard, but the best way to tackle it is to talk about it. In this episode, you'll learn from the experts about how to make new friends and deepen your existing relationships.
August 9, 2019
One in 5 Americans struggles with medical bills. Here are things you do to get medical bills reduced — or even forgiven.
August 7, 2019
It is possible to get out of debt fast, but it's a gritty marathon to get to a better place. Here's how to keep up the momentum.
August 5, 2019
If you're in debt, you're not alone. Here's how to make a plan and get yourself out.
August 5, 2019
If you're in debt, you're not alone. Here's how to make a plan and get yourself out.
July 26, 2019
What is all our wandering for? In this episode, we find meaning in the journey, not just the destination, with help from a professional traveler and an artist whose expertise is doing nothing at all.
July 24, 2019
In this episode, Life Kit shows you how to handle personality clashes and thorny social problems when you travel together.
July 22, 2019
This episode includes simple hacks to lighten your load — including the surprising ways to use dental floss — so you can better enjoy yourself on the road.
July 16, 2019
In this special episode, Sam Sanders of NPR's "It's Been A Minute" talks with financial journalist Hannah Seligson and Aminatou Sow from the podcast "Call Your Girlfriend" about why millennials are so financially intertwined with their parents.
July 12, 2019
None of us is prepared to be caregivers — the role is thrust upon us. More than 40 million Americans are caring for an elderly parent or loved one. Here are six tips to make the caregiving burden more sustainable: - Accept help, and don't be afraid to ask for it. - Break down caregiving tasks into bite-sized solutions. - Don't tell your loved one what to do. Ask about the quality of life they want and how you can get them there. - Be an empowered medical advocate for your loved one. - Get your legal ducks in order so you can focus on your relationship. - Make sure to take care of yourself, too.
July 10, 2019
Finding out you have a serious medical condition can leave you reeling. These strategies from medical and lay experts will help you be in control as you navigate our complex health care system and get the best possible care.Here's what to remember:- Your primary care doctor is the captain of your health care team.- Don't be afraid to get a second opinion. - Get organized, and find someone to help you if you can't do it yourself.- If you need a procedure, go to someone who does it all the time.- Use the Internet, but use it wisely. - Figure out what matters to you, and fight for it
July 8, 2019
Going to a doctor who puts you at ease can actually improve your health. We have six tips for finding a primary care doctor you click with — and how you can make the most out of that relationship. - Figure out what type of patient you are, and let that guide your choice of doctor. - Seek out a doctor who makes you feel comfortable.- When you go to the doctor, go prepared. - Be clear about your agenda.- Be yourself at the doctor's office.- You have a right to give your doctor feedback. But if things aren't working, don't be afraid to break up.
June 28, 2019
From distracted parenting to "sharenting," an honest look at our own use of electronic media can make us into more skillful parents and better role models. Here's what to remember:- Put your phone away whenever possible when you're with your kids. - If you want calmer children, be a more focused parent. - Before you post a picture or share a cute story about your kids on social media, think twice and get their permission if possible. - Don't use technology to stalk your children. - Work for healthier technology for your kids, and for all of us.
June 26, 2019
Emotional outbursts. Lost sleep. These are signs that your kids are spending too much time with digital devices. Here's what you can do about it. Here's what to remember:- Pay attention to your children's emotional relationship with screens, not just how much time they are spending with them. - Don't just make technology rules based on time. - Do guard bedtimes and mealtimes. - Don't expect taking away the phone to solve all your family's problems. - Mentor your kids; don't just monitor them.
June 24, 2019
The family that plays video games together, stays together. When parents become digital mentors, children can learn empathy, resilience, and prepare for future careers. Here's how to harness the advantages of screen time. Here's what to remember:- Whenever possible, share screens with your kids. - Balancing screen use is about much more than time.- Be smart about content. - Look for what's positive about your kids' screen time so you can help those positive things grow.
June 14, 2019
Don't let college anxiety rush you into a financial mistake that could haunt you for years. This Life Kit episode lays out the do's and don'ts of paying for college so that you don't have to mortgage your future before you get there. Here's what to remember:- Take advantage of every opportunity to explore your interests before college.- Consider attending community college before transferring to a more expensive four-year college.- Don't let a school's high price deter you — you may only have to pay a fraction of the advertised price.- The FAFSA form is the gatekeeper to most student financial aid, so don't put it off.- Find free money, from federal Pell Grants to scholarships for left-handed tuba players. - If you or your parents have to borrow beyond federal student lending limits, the degree might not be worth the debt.- You don't have to attend an elite school to be happy.
June 12, 2019
You've taken the leap and enrolled in college! But money issues don't end when you accept your financial aid. Paying your way through school can be stressful, but lots of folks have made it work and they have advice for how you, too, can navigate your years in college. Here's what to remember: - Find out what resources your college offers for students — you may have to do some digging.- It's OK to get a job, but try to find one that's related to what you want to do. - Make a budget. And don't miss out on that free food!- When being thrifty isn't enough and you have no more hours for a job, talk to the financial aid office about taking out small federal loans.- Don't be afraid to ask for help.- Take care of yourself. You've made it to college: You belong there!
June 10, 2019
Paying off student loans can be a financial nightmare. But if you know how to navigate the system, you can find a payment plan that's more affordable. Here's what to remember:- Download a list of all your federal loans.- If you get an income-driven repayment plan, stay in it!- Don't trust your loan servicer. Do the research, find your payment plan and get it in writing.- Take a personal day or make a date with a friend to tackle student-loan paperwork.- Consider a full frontal assault on your loans to pay them down quickly.- Loan consolidation or refinancing might make sense for you, but might also lead to financial disaster.
May 31, 2019
Actress Sonia Manzano is beloved by millions as Maria on Sesame Street. Her character r on TV mirrored many of Manzano's real-life milestones, like marriage and motherhood (Elmo served as ring bearer for Maria's wedding on the show). She also wrote for Sesame Street in later years, and helped the show address diversity issues. In this special episode, Manzano reflects on her 44 seasons on Sesame Street, what she thinks was the show's most poignant moment — and which Muppet was secretly her favorite.
May 29, 2019
So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days — organic. Pasture-raised. Cage-free. Non-GMO. What do they actually mean? Here are six ways to make sense of it all.- "Natural" or "sustainable" labels have no legal standard.- "Organic" means it's better for the planet, but may not be better for you.- Non-GMO is not organic. The food was still grown with pesticides.- Labels like "Animal Welfare Approved" mean the animals got to live outdoors.- "Fair Trade" products deliver a little extra money to small farmers in cooperatives.- Don't let labels stress you out. When it comes to solving the world's problems, your shopping decisions aren't nearly as important as your political decisions.
May 27, 2019
Knowing when and what to eat may sound simple, but dieting can mess up our connection to hunger cues. The practice of intuitive eating can help people make peace with food.
May 17, 2019
Self-regulation skills, including self-control, help us reach our goals, learn in school and get along with others. Millions of children struggle to develop them. We talk to experts for strategies to teach these skills — and get some very special help from Cookie Monster. Here's what to remember:- Look at self-regulation as a skill that can be learned and practiced.- Teach children to calm themselves.- Use your imagination to reframe a temptation.- What would Batman do? Kids can channel their heroes to make it easier to live up to their values.- Be strategic about distractions.- Build self-regulation skills with activities like martial arts or music lessons.
May 15, 2019
Up to 93% of American adults have some degree of math anxiety. The problem often starts in elementary school, but parents can do a lot to fix it. We talk to experts to get some unexpected strategies for children of all ages, with a little bit of help from Sesame Street and, of course, the Count. Here's what to remember:- Your own math anxiety doesn't have to hold your kids back.- Talk about math when you're sharing everyday activities. - Play math — with board games, card games, puzzles, and more. - Forget about right and wrong answers. Keep things open-ended — life, and math, are more fun that way.
May 13, 2019
Most kids value success and achievement more than caring for others, according to Harvard's Making Caring Common project. Who is to blame? We are. We talk to experts for ideas on how to do better, and why.Here's what to remember: - Children are born to be kind — but also unkind. - Kindness requires courage.- To build kindness, practice mindfulness.- Teach real apologies, and frame forgiveness as a gift you give yourself.- Practice gratitude to "raise the capital" of everyday kindness.- Kindness is a habit; rituals, chores and service can all help.
May 3, 2019
The way many of us think about weight loss is totally counter-productive. Focus on healthy habits you can sustain instead of the numbers on the scale. Here's what to remember:- Forget goal weights. Instead, focus on behavioral goals. - Start with small changes and let them snowball.- A loss of only 3% of your body weight can meaningfully improve your health.- Remember that your best weight is the one you reach when you live the healthiest life you can actually enjoy.
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