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How We Built a Community With Purpose by Hacking Crowdfunding

Mom Squad's using crowdfunding to build a new network of people affected by a specific kind of suicide.


I didn't want to become one of those people. You know who I mean. Maybe you've been one yourself.

If so, here's your MO: constant social media posts about your exercise routines. Status updates filled with pre-fab facts about the cause. Endless e-mails asking for $10 more. Yes, I'm talking about the charity walker in the age of the web.

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Parenting Makes You Happy—If You're a Dad

A new study claims that parenting is associated with happiness—but it's largely married, older dads who are reaping the psychological benefits.


The body of evidence has mounted over the past decade: Having children doesn't make people happy. And yet researchers continue to launch new studies, tinker with the variables, shift the demographics, crunch the numbers another time. It's almost as if the previous results are not so much scientifically invalid as they are socially unacceptable.

One study of 909 working moms in Texas found that day-to-day, they "enjoy parenting less than watching TV, shopping, or preparing food." Other studies have "linked parenthood to lower marital satisfaction on average" and a "higher prevalence of depression." Studies have shown that parents register "decreases in life satisfaction in the months after childbirth." In 2009, the Journal of Happiness Studies published a paper announcing that the effect of children on life satisfaction is actually "positive, large and increasing in the number of children"—before retracting the results due to a coding error. In fact, the research showed, the effect of parenting on satisfaction "is small, often negative, and never statistically significant.” Parental happiness researcher Nattavudh Powdthavee says he launched his own study of the matter "to explore why, in spite of the research, he does want to be a parent." (His research found no happiness benefit for having kids).

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For Mother's Day, Honor Your Mom by Helping Another Mother in Need

Take the money you might spend on flowers or a fancy meal and put it toward services for refugee mothers who may not see their children any time soon.

Mothers' Day is Sunday. If your mom is hard to shop for—and cares about other mothers in the world—here's an idea.

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Move Over Man Cave; Meet the Mom Cave

A national survey of 1,000 moms found that 56 percent of them don't have a space in their home to call their own-but 71 percent want one.

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