Life Kit

Life Kit

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Everyone needs a little help being a human. From sleep to saving money to parenting and more, we talk to the experts to get the best advice out there. Life Kit is here to help you get it together.

Episodes

Money Talks: How To Teach Kids About Finance

Money can feel like a taboo topic in a lot of households, but talking about it regularly can take the awkwardness out of it.Kids see and do everything that we do, and that's true when it comes to money, says financial expert Jen Hemphill.In this episode, Hemphill shares her top tips for financial literacy for kids and families, including how to start those conversations and creating a healthy money mindset for everyone.
03/08/2119m 44s

Here's How Relationship Contracts Can Help Couples

Despite its legal-sounding moniker, a relationship contract isn't a binding agreement. Rather, it's a tool for couples to express their needs and work together to craft the parameters of their own unique relationship roadmap: including anything and everything from health and housework, to sex and intimacy.Writer Mandy Len Catron says crafting a relationship contract is a powerful exercise that "steers couples away from those problematic, passive notions of romance and toward agency and thoughtfulness in our love lives."In this Life Kit episode, Catron shares her tips and takeaways for creating a useful relationship contract.
02/08/2121m 18s

Summer Reading Starter Kit: Young Adult Novels

Whether you're a longtime fan or just thinking about how and where to get started in YA, we've got you covered with some recommendations, some thoughts about what YA is and is not, and some things to look for as you wade into the inviting but turbulent waters of Young Adult fiction.
29/07/2125m 2s

Smart Investing Tips For Beginners

Investing is the most powerful way that we can save for retirement, college for our children and similar long-term goals. But if you're just getting started it can be hard to separate the good advice from the bad.In this episode, NPR Life Kit host Chris Arnold offers up a few tips for those who are just entering the world of investing.
27/07/2111m 2s

How To Talk About Divorce With Your Children

Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition.(This episode originally published April 26, 2019.)
26/07/2121m 9s

What You Should Know About The Delta Variant

We're in another unsettling moment in the pandemic. Even people who are vaccinated are wondering if it's time to be cautious again, given the rise in cases, the fast-spreading Delta variant and reports of vaccinated people testing positive. NPR health correspondent Allison Aubrey offers some guidance and answers questions on what we know about the Delta variant.
24/07/218m 53s

4 Tips For Cleaning Up Your Social Media Diet

Social media is designed to be addicting, but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're looking for a full detox or just trying to find balance, here are four tips to help you create a healthier relationship with social media.
22/07/2123m 22s

'Managing Up' And The Art Of Leadership At Work

Career development expert Kimberly B. Cummings went from studying her bosses to becoming one, and that process shaped how she approaches being a leader at work. Whether you're managing employees or shaping your relationship with your boss by managing up, Cummings shares tips on how to do both.The audio portion of this episode was produced by Clare Marie Schneider, with audio engineering support from Neal Rauch.We'd love to hear from you. Leave us a voicemail at 202-216-9823, or email us at LifeKit@npr.org. For more Life Kit, subscribe to our newsletter.
20/07/2118m 10s

4 Tips To Beat Extreme Heat

Record-breaking temperatures resulting from climate change are a global problem. And while our bodies have ways to dissipate heat, sometimes they just can't keep up with extreme temperatures. Here are four tips from experts on how to stay safe and cool in extreme heat.
19/07/2113m 38s

How To Host: The Art Of Having People Over

Hosting can be stressful, but it doesn't need to be. Conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker discusses ways anyone can host a meaningful, memorable gathering.
15/07/2120m 33s

How To Use Less Plastic

It's not your fault that single-use plastic is everywhere. But with a little planning, you can curb your use of disposables and maybe even save some money in the long run. And after you've reduced and reused, we'll teach you how to recycle — properly!
13/07/2124m 29s

Flirting Advice That Will Help You Talk To Anyone

Flirting can be scary. What if you get rejected? Reframing that mindset is key to an enjoyable flirting experience, according to experts. We got concrete advice on how to strike up a conversation, how to tell if the other person is into it and how to ask for someone's phone number (spoiler alert: don't).
12/07/2119m 57s

Retirement 101: How To Save What You Need

It's never too early to start putting away money for retirement. In this episode, NPR's Chris Arnold decodes what you should know — from the types of retirement accounts to strategies for saving. (This episode originally published in October 2020.)
09/07/2114m 53s

Tricks To Improve Your Credit Score

A strong credit score can make major purchases and financial transactions much easier. Here's how to make yours better and keep it high. (This episode originally ran in November 2020.)
08/07/2119m 9s

Spend Savvier, Save Smarter: 5 Tips to Stop Stress Spending

We could all stand to stretch our cash a little further right now. Life Kit teamed up with financial expert Tiffany Aliche, also known as the Budgetnista, for tips about how to separate needs from wants, stop stress-spending and save for the future. (This episode originally published in September 2020.)
07/07/2120m 49s

How To Navigate A Financial Crisis

In a financial crisis, like when you lose your job or the country is in a recession, you have to answer some tough questions: what bills should you prioritize? Who should you turn to? Is it ok to ask for a loan? Michelle Singletary, personal finance expert and author of the new book, What To Do With Your Money When Crisis Hits, answers these questions and more.
06/07/2117m 28s

5 Steps To Eating Healthy On A Budget

Dietitian Shana Spence joins Life Kit to share her tips to making nutritious meals without spending more than necessary. (This episode originally ran in October 2020.)
05/07/2110m 14s

How To Find Art You Love For Your Space

How you decorate your home can be a form of self-expression and a way to share personal stories. Curator and author Kimberly Drew explains how to find art and objects that fit your taste and budget (framing concert tickets counts!), and how to safely display the work in your space.
01/07/2116m 48s

Making The Workplace More Equitable For Trans People

How can your workplace be truly equitable to transgender people? Gender Reveal host Tuck Woodstock answers questions about making the workplace safer and more inclusive for trans people and provides simple ideas to help you be a trans ally at work and beyond. (This episode first ran in June 2020.)
29/06/2120m 42s

So You Want To Start A Podcast. NPR Pros Have Advice

If you have a podcast idea, you've come to the right place. In this episode, NPR producer (and frequent Life Kit host) Lauren Migaki guides us through the steps to making one, with advice from folks at Code Switch, Throughline, Planet Money and more.
28/06/2121m 6s

Summer Reading Starter Kit: Romance Novels

It's hard not to love romance books. They're flirty, steamy, and by definition, they end on a high note. Life Kit teamed up with NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast to get book recommendations to add to your summer reading list.
24/06/2123m 58s

What 'Likeability' Really Means In The Workplace

"Likeability" is a loaded word. And try as we might, none of us has full control over who likes us. Journalist and podcaster Alicia Menendez, author of The Likeability Trap, says who we like is shaped by who we are — and often, likeability is a way of shielding biases in the workplace.
22/06/2120m 29s

Supporting A Teen Through An Abusive Relationship

Teens face dating violence at alarming rates — but don't always have the experience to know what to do. Adults play a critical role in supporting them by talking frankly about relationships and taking action when a teen needs help.
21/06/2119m 57s

A Personal Antiracism Tool For People Who Think They're Allies

Me And White Supremacy author Layla Saad explains the work of undoing white supremacy and why being an ally isn't enough. (This episode first ran in July 2020.)
17/06/2117m 0s

You're Probably Apologizing All Wrong

We all screw up. What comes afterwards can make or break a relationship. In this episode, psychologist Harriet Lerner shares her tips for apologizing well and moving forward.
15/06/2116m 23s

The Importance Of Mourning Losses (Even When They Seem Small)

It's normal to grieve when someone close to you dies. But what about the feelings that come with the loss of a job, or a long-awaited milestone? That's grief too, experts say — and it's normal.
14/06/2114m 3s

How to Harness and Transform Anger

Anger can be a powerful teacher — if we know how to use it. In this episode, Lama Rod Owens, a teacher of Tibetan Buddhism, explains how he learned to love his anger, and gives listeners a six-step meditation to recognize it and let it go.
10/06/2119m 52s

Navigating The Coming Out Conversation

Coming out looks different for everyone. Kathy Tu and Tobin Low (formerly of the podcast Nancy) talk with people about their coming out stories to learn what went well, what could have gone better, and what to say if someone comes out to you. (This episode originally ran in June 2020.)
08/06/2123m 7s

Honoring Your Heritage Through Food

Food is more than just fuel for your body. Food is a connection to the stories of your ancestors, and the stories of your descendants. In this episode, a culinary historian, a professor and a nutritionist share their advice on how to carry on culinary traditions.
07/06/2123m 23s

A Field Guide To Birding

Birding doesn't require a pair of binoculars and a trip to a nature preserve. If you've ever paused to appreciate a bird, you're already well on your way. Here's how to get into birding.
04/06/2122m 57s

What You Need To Start Biking

Bike sales shot up last year and lots of cyclists dusted off their old wheels. If you're itching to get out there, this episode covers what you'll need to hit the road and strategies to stay safe. (It originally ran in August 2020.)
03/06/2118m 37s

Breaking Ground On A Garden

Whether you have big plans for a vegetable garden or a tiny pot of window sill herbs, this episode will help you get your green thumb. We cover the basics of hardiness zones, understanding good soil, and building raised beds so you can turn garden dreams into reality. (This episode originally ran in April 2020.)
02/06/2118m 23s

A Sunscreen Evangelist Explains The Importance Of SPF

If you're making plans to enjoy the weather, don't forget to pack your sunscreen. What's that? You don't need it? Yes, you do. Here's why, and how to use it effectively. (This episode first ran in July 2020.) This is the second in our week of episodes all about getting outside.
01/06/2120m 5s

New To Camping? Here's Your Orientation

This week, Life Kit is heading outside! We're sharing our favorite episodes about getting out there, just in time for summer. Today, we're talking camping, which can be intimidating if you don't have much experience. We'll cover what to bring, how to make meals, how to stay safe and how to honor the land. (This episode first ran in July 2020.)
31/05/2121m 55s

Why Leaving A Legacy Takes Self-Reflection

Wealth isn't just cold, hard cash, says strategic investor Pamela Jolly. It's whatever you value — and that means generational wealth can take lots of forms. Keisha "TK" Dutes speaks with Jolly about how to get strategic about leaving a legacy.
27/05/2121m 37s

Rational Advice For A Chaotic Housing Market

Home prices have shot up in the last year. But with so many people eager to buy, the competition is stiff. If you're in the market to buy a home, this episode offers some advice for how to navigate this seemingly impossible market.
25/05/2112m 17s

Understanding — And Coping With — Racial Trauma

Psychotherapist April Preston speaks with Tonya Mosley of NPR's Here and Now about what racial trauma is, how it can be passed down, and how to address it.
24/05/2110m 47s

Understanding The Latest CDC Mask Guidance

The CDC says vaccinated folks don't need masks in most settings. NPR's Short Wave team breaks down that guidance and the pushback.
22/05/2111m 19s

Be A Better Bystander

What would you do if you saw someone being harassed on the bus, or attacked in broad daylight? Most of us would like to think we know how we'd respond — but intervening in dangerous situations is easier said than done. Here's how to step in.
20/05/2117m 11s

Need To Make A Change? Behavioral Science Can Help

When's the best time to start a new habit? And what makes some stick while others fall by the wayside? Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman's new book, How to Change, breaks down the research about how to leverage human nature instead of working against it to achieve your goals.
18/05/2119m 26s

Feeling Foggy? It's Not Just You

The stress and trauma from the past year have taken a toll on all of our brains. Mental health care providers say their patients are reporting brain fog and fatigue. If that sounds familiar, here's why — and what you can do.
17/05/2115m 3s

You Need A Hobby. Here's How To Find One

When was the last time you did something just for fun — not to make money, or be productive, or because someone else wanted you to? In this episode, a knitter, a rock climber and a cocktail enthusiast teach us how (and why) to find a hobby.
13/05/2118m 41s

Why Talking About Hard Things Makes 'Whole Dimensions Open Up'

NPR's Noel King talks to Anna Sale of the podcast 'Death, Sex & Money' about her new book, "Let's Talk About Hard Things."
11/05/2120m 20s

Questions To Ask Yourself Before Going Maskless

There are lots of things to consider if you're planning on shedding your mask. In this episode, NPR science editor Maria Godoy joins us to walk through the CDC recommendations and the research to back them up.
10/05/2114m 30s

Finding The Perfect Name For Your Baby

Picking a name for a baby can be overwhelming. With all the possibilities out in the world, it can be hard to even begin to choose. On this episode of Life Kit, host Diana Opong speaks with baby naming experts for a framework that can help.
06/05/2121m 45s

Stitch By Stitch, Get Started Sewing

Learning how to sew opens up a world of options for making your own clothes — or transforming old ones. This guide can help you get started.
04/05/2122m 42s

You're Probably Not As Open-Minded As You Think

We'd all like to think we're open to new ideas and curious about how others see the world. But our brains aren't wired that way — in fact, being open-minded takes some conscious practice.
03/05/2124m 0s

Reframing (And Reclaiming) Your Relationship With Food

The practice of intuitive eating is about reconnecting with our bodies, trusting our physical signals and forging a healthy relationship with food. And — importantly — it's not about losing weight. (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
29/04/2116m 48s

The Sex Ed Most Queer Students Never Got

School health classes in the U.S. rarely include instruction about sex for LGBTQ students. Here's what that could look like.
27/04/2122m 37s

Landing A Job In The Trades

There are lots of jobs that don't require a bachelor's degree — and pay well. Here's what to consider if you're thinking about a job in the trades — from assessing your options to choosing a training program.
26/04/2122m 40s

Is Your Home At Risk From Climate Change?

Millions of houses and apartments are at risk from floods or wildfires. Here's some advice to figure out if your home is one of them.
23/04/2113m 33s

Want To Start Composting? Here's What To Know

Here's how to start composting your food scraps instead of tossing them, whether you've got a small apartment or a big backyard. (This episode originally ran in April 2020.)
22/04/2116m 9s

Parenting In The Time Of Climate Change

Whether it's through extreme weather or anxiety-inducing headlines, kids today have a front row seat to the realities of climate change. Here's how parents can help their kids work through fear and get them the facts. (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
21/04/2122m 40s

Taking On Climate Change At Home

Much of the energy used in buildings comes from burning fossil fuels — so if you want to slow down climate change, your home is one of the first places to look. In this episode, we'll break down ways to reduce your home's carbon emissions by using less energy and even transitioning to renewable energy sources such as solar power.
20/04/2120m 10s

Why (And How) To Cut Back On Meat

Meat production takes a heavy toll on the environment. Here's how to dial back your meat intake and make a big impact.
19/04/2117m 9s

Digging Yourself Out Of Medical Debt

One in five Americans struggles with medical debt. Here's some advice about how to negotiate and get the debt collectors to stop calling. (This episode first ran in 2019.)
15/04/2123m 43s

Home Decorating For Maximum Comfort

The spaces we live and work in have a big impact on our mindset. And creating a calm, restful space can provide stability in times of change and uncertainty. It's called "comfort decorating."
13/04/2120m 54s

Navigating Life After Pregnancy Loss

Despite how common pregnancy loss is, families often suffer in silence. In honor of Black Maternal Health Week, Life Kit teamed up with the hosts of the podcast docuseries NATAL to share stories from parents who have experienced loss, and expert advice about how to support loved ones through grief.
12/04/2122m 6s

Raising Boys To Be Feminists

Author Sonora Jha shares insights from her memoir, How To Raise A Feminist Son, which includes practical to-do lists about how to handle some of the hardest conversations with sons.
10/04/2110m 57s

The Importance Of Pronouncing Names Correctly

Our names are an extension of who we are. And if your name is mispronounced all the time, you know how painful that can be. In this episode, we're talking about why getting names right is so important — and how to correct others and rectify your own mistakes.
08/04/2116m 9s

Buying A Car With Confidence

Buying a car is intimidating. This episode will help you strategize to avoid all the potential pitfalls, so you can drive away with a good deal. (This episode originally ran in Feb. 2020.)
06/04/2124m 50s

Do We Even Know How To Socialize Anymore?

The pandemic has reshaped social routines. Lots of people are worried about returning to a pre-coronavirus world of water-cooler talk and packed social schedules. Author and Life Kit regular Celeste Headlee has some advice.
05/04/2118m 21s

Raising Kids Who Help With Chores

Raising kids who pitch in around your home doesn't require bribes or a chore chart. Kids want to help – and parents can nurture that desire by including them in age-appropriate ways.
01/04/2121m 2s

5 Practices To Become A Better Listener

Actively listening is tough, but it can transform your conversations and improve your relationships. Here's some advice.
30/03/2121m 48s

The Emotions Behind Money

Money isn't just about numbers. It's about emotions, too. Tiffany 'The Budgetnista' Aliche's new book unpacks the relationships we all have with finances so you can make the most of your cash.
29/03/2118m 40s

Talking With Kids About Anti-Asian Racism

Navigating conversations with kids around race and racism can be tricky. Here's what to think about while talking to kids about the rise in anti-Asian attacks and the shootings in Atlanta earlier this month.
27/03/2111m 4s

Helping Teens Cope With Mental Health Struggles

Over a year into the pandemic, many teens are missing milestones and struggling with their mental health. Here's how to spot red flags and when to get help.
25/03/2122m 7s

Kitchen Organization Tips From Deb Perelman Of Smitten Kitchen

Deb Perelman of the blog and cookbook Smitten Kitchen says she's not an organized person. But, she says, she's got a system that works for her in the kitchen. She told NPR's Shereen Marisol Meraji about it — and shared her tips for other home-cooks working in small spaces.
23/03/2111m 44s

Why You Can't Force Focus

Concentrating is hard. Concentrating during a pandemic is even harder. Some experts say the key to focusing isn't forcing yourself to work — but taking strategic breaks to let your mind and body wander.
22/03/2117m 17s

How To Deal With Burnout

Burnout is common across the globe, and the pandemic has only exacerbated it. In this episode, experts unpack the signs of burnout and how you can gain more control over your work and your life.
18/03/2121m 21s

A First-Timer's Guide To Filing Taxes

Is unemployment taxed? What about stimulus checks? The pandemic has changed a lot when it comes to filing taxes. In this episode, we break down the filing process and tackle common COVID-19-related tax questions with a CPA.
16/03/2120m 56s

What You Can Do Once You're Vaccinated, According To The CDC

Is an indoor visit between vaccinated friends safe? How about a hug with Grandma, even when young relatives haven't gotten their shots? The CDC released their guidelines for fully vaccinated people last week. Here's an explanation of what they advise, from NPR's Short Wave team.
15/03/2111m 2s

Start Therapy (And Make It Work For You)

Plenty of people put off seeking therapy because of the stigma, cost and inconvenience. Here are four tips to help you make your first appointment, even virtually. (This episode originally ran in January 2020.)
11/03/2123m 17s

Supporting A Loved One In An Abusive Relationship

Intimate partner violence is widespread and traumatic. Here's how you can help a friend or loved one in an abusive relationship.
09/03/2119m 28s

Making Ethical, Sustainable Clothing Choices

Fast fashion takes a toll on the environment and on workers. Here's how you can shop more sustainably and build a closet with a better impact.
08/03/2114m 43s

Understanding (And Practicing) Consent

Everyone has different boundaries. In this episode, we'll talk through what consent is and how to get clear about what you're comfortable with — so you can communicate that to others.
04/03/2120m 10s

What You Can (And Can't) Do After The Vaccine

In this episode, NPR's Sam Sanders talks with Short Wave host Maddie Sofia for answers to listener questions about the vaccine. (Here's the story we reference about improving your face mask protection: https://n.pr/2MCba0l.)
02/03/2123m 3s

Deciding When To Have A Baby

Whether you've always wanted to be a parent or not, starting a family is a big decision. The pandemic makes it even tougher. In this episode, experts talk through what to consider.
01/03/2124m 12s

Quitting Your Job The Right Way

Whether you're completely fed up or just ready for the next thing, quitting a job can be stressful and complicated. Here's how to make a game plan and leave a good legacy. (This episode originally ran in Jan. 2020.)
27/02/2120m 30s

Surviving At Work As A Person Of Color

Changing workplace culture isn't the job of marginalized employees. But knowing how to manage your boss or document your daily work can help employees of color — even if it just shows you when you've had enough. (This episode originally ran in Sept. 2020).
26/02/2118m 38s

Tips For Making A Career Change, From Someone Who Has Done It

Making a career switch can be daunting — but it's doable. In this episode, audio producer Keisha "TK" Dutes breaks down how she made her own switch, and how you can too. (This episode originally ran in Oct. 2020.)
25/02/2121m 2s

How To Ask For A Raise

Life Kit spoke with negotiations expert Mori Taheripour for her tips on asking for more money at work — and what to do when the answer is no, or there's just not money in the budget.
24/02/2119m 38s

Starting Your Career After College

From informational interviews to applications, landing your first job after college is always hard. A pandemic makes it even tougher. This episode originally ran in 2019, and we've updated it with information about landing a job during the pandemic.
23/02/2126m 2s

The Right Mentor Can Change Your Career

A strong mentor can help you inside and outside of work. In this episode, we'll give you tips on finding the right one to help you achieve your goals. (This episode originally ran in September 2020.)
22/02/2121m 33s

Getting Comfortable With Self-Pleasure

Human touch is essential. But in a socially distanced world, lots of people are starved for it. Figuring out what feels good to you, from a long hot bath to something more intimate, can be the first step to getting that much-needed touch. (Yes, this episode includes discussions of sex and sexuality.)
18/02/2121m 34s

The Smart Way To Fall In Love

You might remember Mandy Len Catron from her hit Modern Love essay about going through 36 questions to fall in love. You might have even tried those questions yourself. Catron's book is called How to Fall in Love With Anyone, and Vice's Rachel Wilkerson Miller spoke with her about it.
16/02/2114m 31s

Stop Arguing, Start Brainstorming

It's normal to avoid conflict. But if you approach conflict as problem-solving, it might not be so bad. Here's how to turn a fight into a constructive brainstorming session. (This episode originally ran in August 2020.)
15/02/2120m 15s

Hitting A Pandemic Wall? Remember To Show Up For Yourself

You can't fully show up for the people in your life until you know how to do the same for yourself. In this episode, we talk with Rachel Wilkerson Miller, author of The Art of Showing Up, about how to take care of yourself. (This episode originally ran in May 2020.)
13/02/2114m 4s

How To Savor Chocolate Like A Cocoa Expert

Making (and tasting) chocolate is an art. In this episode, a cocoa expert guides us through the world of chocolate and how you can appreciate it to its fullest.
11/02/2121m 42s

F*** The Spark: The Science Of Finding A Partner

Logan Ury, Hinge's Director of Relationship Science, says making dating decisions based on initial chemistry alone is a losing battle. In this episode, dating coach Damona Hoffman speaks with Ury about her new book, How to Not Die Alone.
09/02/2120m 10s

How Solitude Can Improve Your Mood

Everyone needs a little alone time, but these days, you might have either too much "me" time or not enough. Here's how to find a balance and get the restorative benefits of time by yourself. (This episode originally ran in July 2020.)
08/02/2114m 48s

Making A Side Gig Work For You

Making money from a hobby takes a lot of work — and strategy. In this episode, host Ruth Tam gets some advice from independent business owners and financial experts about how to make it work.
04/02/2122m 5s

Poet Maggie Smith On 'Trying On' Hope

In her most recent book, poet Maggie Smith compiled notes to self, and says that writing them was her way of 'trying on' hope.
02/02/2122m 19s

Tackling Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome: it's the voice in the back of your mind telling you that you're a fraud, and that your peers are all smarter and more creative than you. In this episode, host Diana Opong speaks with experts about how to squash that voice.
01/02/2121m 11s

Why You Procrastinate — And How To Stop

According to therapist Anastasia Locklin, procrastinating isn't a sign of laziness. It's your inner critic come to life. In this episode, she explains how you can kick the habit.
28/01/2121m 43s

Setting Boundaries With Family

Maintaining healthy boundaries is a way of taking care of your closest relationships, but setting those boundaries can be hard. The process starts with asking yourself what you need.
26/01/2120m 27s

Olympic Runner Alexi Pappas On Learning To Ask For Help

Alexi Pappas is an Olympic runner, an actor and, now, a memoirist. In her new book, Bravey, she shares her struggles with mental health and learning to seek help.
25/01/2112m 14s

How To Relax More And Work Less

When was the last time you had a meal without looking at your phone, or took a day off without answering a work email? Journalist Celeste Headlee spoke with therapist Amelia Aldao for her tips for taking a break.
21/01/2120m 8s

Get Back Into Your Home Workout Routine

If your home workout routine isn't much of a routine, we're right there with you. A personal trainer joined NPR's Maria Godoy to talk tips for carving out time and space at home for exercise.
19/01/2119m 2s

Coping With Anxiety Around The News

The news is overwhelming right now. Neuroscientist Judson Brewer can help. Take a break from the headlines and press play. (This episode originally ran in October 2020.)
18/01/2114m 31s

5 Steps To Get Into A Deep Cleaning Routine

It's a New Year. Time to start with a clean slate — even in your home. Here's how to start fresh without getting overwhelmed.
14/01/2119m 59s

What To Say To People Hesitant About The Coronavirus Vaccine

Many Americans remain unsure about whether to get the coronavirus vaccine. If you're talking to people in your life about getting it, make sure to lead with empathy and acknowledge what you don't know.
12/01/2111m 8s

The Art Of Breaking Up

Breaking up is tough, no matter how sure you are in your decision. In this episode, certified dating coach Damona Hoffman walks us through the steps to go through in the process, and the small decisions that can make a big impact on how you'll come out on the other side.
11/01/2120m 50s

No Recipe, No Problem: Improvising In The Kitchen

Following a recipe is easy, but improvising in the kitchen takes confidence — and a well-stocked pantry. Samin Nosrat and Hrishi Hirway of the podcast Home Cooking give their advice for whipping up great meals without a recipe.
09/01/2116m 41s

What To Tell Kids When The News Is Scary

When the headlines are terrifying, how can parents make sure kids get the facts without traumatizing them? Whether it's a school shooting, a global pandemic or an insurrection on the U.S. Capitol, child development experts have some advice. (This episode originally ran in March 2019.)
07/01/2125m 50s

5 Steps To Saving Money On A Move

Millions of Americans are relocating during the pandemic. Here's how to plan for a move — and save money in the process.
05/01/2122m 21s

How To Make A Hard Decision

Making a hard decision can be agonizing. What if you pick the wrong thing? In this episode, an Oxford professor walks us through a different approach: What if there isn't a best alternative?
04/01/2119m 17s

7 Steps To Get Your Photos Organized

Feeling overwhelmed by thousands of photos? Here's how to organize them, from tagging them to backing them up. We've got tips from the experts.
31/12/2016m 15s

Trying To Form A Habit? Start Small

BJ Fogg's book "Tiny Habits" explains that making small changes in behavior requires just a little motivation and lots of celebrating — and can have a big impact. (This episode originally ran earlier this year.)
29/12/2013m 50s

Understanding The Biology Of Weight Loss

Biology makes it hard to lose weight, so don't beat yourself up. In this episode, we won't tell you how to lose weight — or whether you even need to . But we'll explain science, which might help you be kinder to your body. (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
28/12/2021m 40s

Want To Read More Books? Here's How

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. (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
24/12/2013m 23s

Finding Your Inner Sneakerhead

Being a sneakerhead looks different in a digital world, where shoes sell out in minutes and YouTubers review new kicks. NPR's Jeff Pierre shows us how to navigate it all — and trust your inner sneakerhead.
22/12/2018m 27s

Should You Lie To Your Kids About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?

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 ask tough questions? (This episode originally ran in 2019.)
21/12/2016m 54s

Tricks To Stay Warm During Outdoor Winter Hangouts

Socializing in the great outdoors is safer during the pandemic, but lower temperatures can make it tough. NPR's Sam Gringlas got some tips to stay toasty.
19/12/209m 57s

Cutting Back On Pandemic Drinking

Alcohol sales are high and Americans are drinking more during the pandemic. If you're thinking of cutting back or even taking a break, you're not alone. Life Kit talked to the experts about how to do that.
17/12/2012m 40s

How To Help A Someone At Risk Of Suicide

Americans are reporting an increase in mental health challenges and suicidal ideation because of the coronavirus. If someone you know is struggling, here's how you can help.
15/12/2019m 26s

A Therapist's Advice For Getting Through Pandemic Holidays

The holidays are extra stressful this year. Psychologist and author Andrea Bonior offers some tips, whether you're feeling stressed, angry, lonely or guilty.
14/12/2015m 21s

Helping Kids (And Parents) Cope During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Kids and teens have had their lives upended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's what parents can do to help them stay positive and feel supported.
10/12/2021m 25s

The Secret To Building Better Playlists

So you're planning the perfect candlelit evening — or the perfect road trip, or the perfect afternoon at home. Where do you start? A playlist, of course. NPR Music's Bobby Carter showed us how he crafts them.
08/12/2021m 40s

Avoiding The Common Cold This Year

The common cold is especially prevalent in the winter. Luckily, many steps we're taking to avoid the coronavirus help stop the spread of the cold, too. If you get it, here's what to watch for and when to call your doctor.
07/12/2021m 25s

Giving Thoughtful Gifts, Without Breaking The Bank

Human connection can seem out of reach this year, but there are still ways to show your loved ones that you care. SELF magazine editor Tiffany Dodson joins Julia Furlan to talk about how to give better, more thoughtful gifts — while spending less.
03/12/2019m 19s

Finding Your Own Language For Loss: Grief In The Holidays

As we inch toward the holidays, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith shares how she's processing grief, a subject at the center of much of her work.
01/12/2024m 35s

Lessons In The Hard Work Of Healing

America is divided. How can we move forward together? Michel Martin, host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, speaks with leaders in mediation and conflict resolution to hear their insights about navigating conflict and finding understanding.
30/11/2026m 3s

Peter Sagal Teaches Us How To Run

You don't need fancy equipment or a gym to start running. Grab your headphones and some sneakers and let Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me host Peter Sagal tell you how he keeps going.
26/11/2015m 27s

Scientifically Proven Ways To Be Happier

We could all use a little boost these days. Laurie Santos teaches a class on the science of happiness at Yale University, so we got her advice. (This episode originally ran in June 2020.)
24/11/2015m 45s

How To Have A Safe Thanksgiving

All gatherings carry risk during COVID-19. If you're meeting with people outside your immediate household during Thanksgiving, you can mitigate that risk by taking some basic steps. NPR's Short Wave team shares advice from the experts. Find more resources at NPR.org/shortwave.
23/11/2015m 31s

How To Make Better (And Prettier) Pies

Just in time for Thanksgiving, self-taught baker Lauren Ko shares her tips for making better — and more beautiful — pies.
19/11/2014m 41s

Recreating A Family Recipe

Making a family recipe for the first time can be daunting. Will it turn out just like you remembered? In this episode, podcaster Noor Wazwaz walks us through what to remember in the kitchen.
17/11/2019m 32s

Transforming Kids' Worries Into Superpowers

Kids have anxiety — but it's not always a bad thing. Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary have some ideas about how to help children use those feelings to their advantage.
16/11/2018m 34s

Checking In On Your Aging Loved Ones

The coronavirus makes things a lot lonelier, especially if you're older and separated from family and friends. In this episode, NPR's Denise Guerra talks with science editor Malaka Gharib about how to check in on older friends and relatives to make sure they're doing alright.
12/11/2013m 16s

Improving Your Credit Score

A strong credit score can make major purchases and financial transactions much easier. Here's how to make yours better and keep it high.
10/11/2019m 8s

How Using (Not Hiding) Emotions Can Help Your Career

Emotions are everywhere, even at work. It might be tempting to hide them — but you can use them to your advantage. (This episode originally ran in December 2019.)
09/11/2016m 34s

How To Take Care Of Yourself This Election Season

2020 has been a lot. In this special episode from NPR's It's Been A Minute, host Sam Sanders talked with therapist Lori Gottlieb about taking care of mental health when everything feels terrible.
05/11/2026m 15s

Make Journaling Work For You

There's a lot to think about right now. Journaling might help — and you don't need a fancy notebook or lots of time. Here's where to start. (This episode originally ran in June 2020.)
03/11/2012m 57s

Make Journaling Work For You

There's a lot to think about right now. Journaling might help — and you don't need a fancy notebook or lots of time. Here's where to start.
03/11/2012m 57s

How To Raise Good Citizens

Now is a good time to talk to the kids in your life about how to engage in civics. Here's a primer from our Life Kit parenting team.
02/11/2023m 30s

'Tis The Season: Dealing With Your Seasonal Affective Disorder

It's getting darker and colder, and there's still a pandemic. Oh, and then there's seasonal affective disorder. Here's how to spot it and what you can do.
29/10/2019m 54s

Rights To Remember If Police Stop You

If you're stopped or pulled over by police, remember that you're entitled to certain rights and protections. NPR's Noel King spoke with attorney Atteeyah Hollie about what to keep in mind.
28/10/2021m 7s

Coping With Anxiety From Constant Headlines

Between the coronavirus and the election, the news is overwhelming right now. Neuroscientist Judson Brewer can help. Take a break from the headlines and press play.
27/10/2014m 21s

Ibram Kendi Reflects On Anti-Racism — And Wants You To Do It Too

Author and renowned scholar Ibram Kendi's new book asks readers to examine their own relationship with race. NPR's Eric Deggans spoke with him about it.
24/10/2017m 19s

FAFSA 2020: Here's How To Apply For College Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is now open to potential college students to fill out. Here's how to fill out the form to get money for college — and why you should apply now instead of waiting.
22/10/2015m 4s

Making Social Change, With Help From Meditation

When the world feels upside-down, it might seem counterintuitive to turn inward to create change. But that's exactly what meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg says we should do.
20/10/2020m 32s

Tips For Better Conversations, From A Pro

Having good conversations is an art form. NPR's Sam Sanders tapped longtime radio host and podcaster Celeste Headlee for her tips for really listening and connecting.
19/10/2018m 27s

Prepping For Election Day: What You Need To Know To Vote Safely

NPR's Allison Aubrey spoke with Myrna Pérez of the Brennan Center for Justice about how voters can make election day go smoothly — from what they need to bring to keeping others safe.
15/10/2011m 59s

The Life Kit Guide To Online Privacy

NPR's Laurel Wamsley talked with the experts about how to protect your information — from your text messages to your location — while you're on the phone and computer.
13/10/2024m 18s

7 Tips For Coping With Uncertainty About The Future

Uncertainty can be hard to live with — especially when it feels never-ending. In this episode, Life Kit hears from three people who have survived tough times and gained perspective.
12/10/2018m 2s

7 Tips For Coping With Uncertainty About The Future

Uncertainty can be hard to live with — especially when it feels never-ending. In this episode, Life Kit hears from three people who have survived tough times and gained perspective.
12/10/2018m 23s

Eating Healthy Without Overspending

Dietitian Shana Spence joins Life Kit to share her tips to making nutritious meals without spending more than necessary.
08/10/2010m 19s

How To Make A Career Change, From Someone Who Has Done It

Making a career switch can be daunting — but it's doable. In this episode, audio producer Keisha "TK" Dutes breaks down how she made her own switch, and how you can too.
06/10/2021m 3s

Retirement 101: How To Save And Why

It's never too early to start putting away money for retirement. In this episode, NPR's Chris Arnold decodes what you should know — from the types of retirement accounts to strategies for saving.
05/10/2018m 14s

Vaccines 101: How They Work And Why You Need Them

Just because you (or your kids) are home all day doesn't mean you can skip your vaccines, including a flu shot. Here's how vaccines work and why they're important this year.
01/10/2020m 7s

Everything You Need To Make Your Plan To Vote

It's time to make a plan to vote. NPR's Miles Parks joins Life Kit to guide us through all the ways you can vote this year and how to do each, from registration to Election Day.
29/09/2023m 13s

Everything You Need To Make Your Plan To Vote

It's time to make a plan to vote. NPR's Miles Parks joins Life Kit to guide us through all the ways you can vote this year and how to do each, from registration to Election Day.
29/09/2023m 13s

Simple Steps To Take Now To Make Your Pandemic Winter Easier

The sun is going down earlier and temperatures are dropping. We know we're not the only ones getting worried about winter during a pandemic. Rachel Miller of Vice joins Life Kit to talk about ways we can all prepare to make the coming months a little easier.
28/09/2012m 41s

Do You Love It Or Just Want It? How To Stop Stress-Spending

We could all stand to stretch our cash a little further right now. Life Kit teamed up with financial expert Tiffany Aliche, also known as the Budgetnista, for tips about how to separate needs from wants, stop stress-spending and save for the future.
24/09/2020m 52s

Saying No To People-Pleasing

Constantly saying yes to everything and everyone drains us of time and energy. This episode helps explain the roots of people-pleasing behaviors and how you can say no more often.
22/09/2022m 13s

Lift Your Head And Lower Your Arms: A Better Work From Home Setup

Is working from home causing all sorts of aches and pains? An ergonomics expert talked us through how to avoid the most common home setup pitfalls.
21/09/2016m 15s

How To Survive at Work as a Person of Color

Changing workplace culture isn't the job of marginalized employees. But knowing how to manage your boss or document your daily work can help employees of color — even if it just shows you when you've had enough.
17/09/2019m 35s

Make A Wildfire Plan Before You Smell Smoke

Wildfires are raging in California and the Pacific Northwest. Here's how to prepare for a wildfire and what to do if one is approaching.
15/09/2014m 45s

Making Online College Work For You

If you (or your kids) are in college, there's a good chance you're going through online classes this semester — maybe for the first time. Learning remotely can be tough, but staying organized and maintaining social connections can help.
14/09/2019m 39s

What To Know If You Can't Make Rent

If you're unable to pay rent, you're not alone. Here's what to know.
10/09/2015m 6s

A Simple Equation to Help Kids Love Math

Math anxiety is real for kids and adults. But parents can help. The solution goes beyond equations and textbooks.
08/09/2023m 13s

Workplace Diversity: Steps for Leaders and Managers

You might've heard the phrase "workplace diversity" in recent months. If you're a leader in your workplace — especially if you're white — this episode is for you. Here are some actionable steps to take to make your organization more equitable and inclusive.
07/09/2019m 48s

Mentorship: A Career Game-Changer

A strong mentor can change your career and help you outside of work. In this episode, we'll give you tips on finding the right mentor to help you achieve your goals.
03/09/2021m 29s

Study Strategies That Keep You From Getting Overwhelmed

No one teaches you how to study. Laptop or paper notes? Highlighter or flashcards? And does music help? Here's how to take better notes and study so that you remember what you've learned — without getting crushed by college stress.
01/09/2023m 48s

How To Win An Argument: Brainstorm Instead

It's normal to avoid conflict. This episode gives you tools for turning what could be a heated argument into a constructive brainstorming session — so both parties feel like they are working together instead of against each other.
31/08/2019m 57s

Life Kit Talks LDRs: All About Long-Distance Relationships

Maybe you're trying to make it work with a partner in another state. Or maybe your best friend lives across the country. Long–distance relationships are tough, whether they're romantic or not. In this episode, a marriage and family therapist offers advice.
27/08/2014m 56s

Steps You Can Take to be Anti-Racist

Even white supremacists don't like to be called racist. That's why, NPR's Eric Deggans says, "not racist" doesn't feel like quite enough. In this episode, he walks us through steps to being anti-racist — in other words, ways you can continually strive to undo racism in your world and within yourself.
25/08/2021m 51s

It's Hurricane Season. Here's How To Prepare To Evacuate

The best planning for a hurricane happens in blue skies, not gray skies. This hurricane season, get your checklist ready so you're not caught in a bad situation.
24/08/2018m 18s

Simple Steps to Smarter Investing, Even During COVID-19

When COVID-19 began, the stock market fell off a cliff — leaving less experienced investors wondering, "should I sell to stop the pain!?" The answer, as it always is, was "NO!" The market has now come roaring back, and analysts are wondering, "Can it last, and should people sell stocks?" In this episode we talk to one of the best investors on the planet about the most successful approach to riding out stock market storms and beyond.
21/08/2023m 53s

Braving Your Student Loan Payments

The student loan system is confusing. Sometimes it can seem designed to make borrowers fail. But if you know how to navigate it, you're more likely to save money in the long run.
20/08/2028m 15s

It's A Good Time To Save More. Here's How

If you're not good at saving money, it's not your fault: Humans are hard-wired to focus on the present. But there's a way to beat evolution and build for your future. This episode explains how to make saving automatic and painless.
19/08/2015m 24s

Your Plan To Become Debt-Free

It's easy to get into debt, but harder to get out of it — especially if you don't have a plan. This episode offers strategies to help you pay off debt.
18/08/2027m 40s

Budgeting Basics To Get You More Money

Whether you're paying down credit cards or saving for daily necessities during COVID-19, the best place to start is with a budget. Some simple tools can help.
17/08/2021m 57s

How To Make Sure Your Child Learns This School Year

Families with children are in a serious bind. Whether you're looking for options for child care or need resources to keep your kid entertained, this episode will walk through some ideas to think about for this school year.
13/08/2015m 37s

How To Vote By Mail: A Guide

If you're planning on voting this fall — which you should be — you can probably mail in your ballot instead of voting in person. Here's how to do that.
11/08/2015m 35s

Biking Is For Everyone. Here's How To Start

Bike sales shot up in 2020 and lots of cyclists dusted off their old wheels. If you're itching to get out there, here's what you'll need to hit the road and strategies to stay safe.
10/08/2020m 18s

Friendships Change. Here's How To Deal

Friendships inevitably shift over time — and during COVID-19, you might be facing more changes than usual. But those shifts in relationships aren't necessarily a bad thing. Life Kit consulted the experts about how to take a hard look at friendships — and how to break up with a pal, if that's the best route to take. This episode originally ran on August 21, 2019.
06/08/2022m 3s

Navigating The Sticky Social Situations Of COVID-19

How do you tell a stranger to be better at social distancing? What do you do when a backyard gathering suddenly has one too many unmasked guests? This episode walks through the new rules of etiquette during COVID-19.
04/08/2019m 5s

What 'The Rocket Years' Can Teach Us

There's often a lot of pressure put on a person's 20s. Stay career focused? Or make it a time of exploration? In this episode, Elizabeth Segran talks about her book, The Rocket Years: How Your Twenties Launch the Rest of Your Life. She offers advice for anyone who wants to be more intentional about their life choices.
03/08/2017m 29s

Why Forgiving Others Actually Heals You

Deciding to forgive is a big step. After all, you're the one who's been harmed! But it turns out that forgiving someone actually has benefits for your mental health. The practice of radical forgiveness can help you process hurt and anger — and ultimately find peace.
30/07/2021m 0s

How To Brew A Better Cup Of Coffee

You don't need to get super fancy with your morning coffee at home. All it takes are a few strategies to elevate your coffee game. Whether you use a drip machine or pour-over, paper filters or French press, this episode will help you get to know what kind of coffee you like and how to make it a little better.
28/07/2014m 15s

Regulate Your Mood With Solitude

Everyone needs a little alone time, but with the current pandemic, you might have either too much "me" time or not enough. Let's get that balance back. This episode breaks down some of the research behind what makes even small bouts of solitude restorative and what to do when you're alone too much.
27/07/2014m 32s

New To Camping? Here's How To Get Started

Attention new campers! This episode will get you ready for your first car camping trip so you'll feel comfortable and confident in being a responsible member of the outdoor community. We'll discuss what to bring camping, how to make meals, how to stay safe and how to honor the land.
23/07/2022m 15s

How To Work With — Not Against — Screen Time

Some parents think the best way to manage a child's screen time is to set hard limits. But those rules are particularly difficult to keep during a pandemic, when screens are a lifeline for all of us. So what should the rules be? Sonia Livingstone and Alicia Blum-Ross, coauthors of Parenting For A Digital Future, explain why being too strict about screen time might not be the best strategy for your kids — or the whole family.
21/07/2015m 47s

A Sunscreen Evangelist Explains Why You Need To Get On Board

No matter your skin tone, sunscreen keeps your skin safe from harmful UVA and UVB rays. But to use it right, you need to know a few things: What SPF to use, how often to reapply and the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen. This episode explains what to look for on the back of a sunscreen bottle and how to use it effectively.
20/07/2020m 28s

The Grandparents Want To See You. Is It Worth The Risk In A Pandemic?

Thinking about making a trip to visit family? In the age of the coronavirus, there are questions you need to answer before showing up at your relative's house. In this episode, we talk through best practices for if, or when, you decide to visit elderly relatives during this pandemic.
16/07/2016m 47s

Getting Out Of Medical Debt Can Feel Impossible. Here's How To Do It

One in five Americans struggles with medical bills. The secret is that there's something you can do about it — you just have to know where to look and how to ask.
14/07/2023m 42s

What You Need To Know About Protective Face Masks

Face masks are crucial for curbing the spread of the coronavirus. This episode goes over some best practices when it comes to face masks, including how to wear a mask properly, the protection given by cloth vs. surgical masks, and how to safely take a break.
13/07/2011m 40s

'Me And White Supremacy' Helps You Do The Work Of Dismantling Racism

There's been a lot of talk about the work white people need to do to understand their role in racism. Layla Saad's book, Me and White Supremacy, helps readers do just that. Saad explains why it's important to dig into the uncomfortable work, why being an ally isn't enough, and ideas to combat white supremacy in your everyday life.
09/07/2016m 53s

Your Boss Wants You Back. But Is It Safe?

Returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic? This episode helps workers understand their rights, including current rules about unemployment, safety concerns and underlying conditions.
07/07/2016m 12s

Why Does My Plant Look Sad? 6 Tips For Raising Happy Houseplants

Eager to bring new plants home, but aren't sure where to begin? This episode will get you started with the basics of houseplant care — from watering schedule to light conditions. Because anyone can become a green thumb with a little time and attention.
06/07/2020m 21s

Anxiety Is Overwhelming. Here's A Mindfulness Tool That Works

We all need strategies to push back against conflict, anger and worry. Tara Brach distills the practice of mindfulness into a simple 4-step tool from her book Radical Compassion. This daily practice can help you show up for 'life' – and let go of regret and anxiety.
02/07/2016m 3s

End-Of-Life Planning Is A 'Lifetime Gift' To Your Loved Ones

Talking about death makes many of us uncomfortable, so we don't plan for it. But the reality is that even a small amount of planning ensures our final wishes are honored — and makes it easier on our family and friends. This episode will help you get started on making a will and an advance directive, even if you don't have a big estate.
30/06/2021m 19s

Want To Be Happier? Evidence-Based Tricks To Get You There

Everyone wants to be happy, and science has some answers. In this episode, Laurie Santos, the host of The Happiness Lab podcast, shares the science of cultivating gratitude and reframing positive thinking.
29/06/2015m 21s

Navigating The Coming Out Conversation — From Both Sides

Coming out looks different for everyone and is a continuous process. WNYC Studio's Nancy hosts talk with people about their coming out stories to learn what went well, what could have gone better, and what to say if someone comes out to you.
25/06/2023m 54s

Kids Know How To Occupy Themselves. We Need To Let Them Do It

American parents often feel like event planners for their kids. There's a pressure to make sure kids are entertained and content every minute of the day. NPR's Michaeleen Doucleff says kids can be trained to occupy themselves.
22/06/2012m 57s

'Interrupt The Systems': Robin DiAngelo On 'White Fragility' And Anti-Racism

You may not think of yourself as racist, but Robin DiAngelo says that "nice white people" are still complicit in racist structures. DiAngelo has tips to help white people break from apathy, interrupt racist systems and commit to anti-racist practices.
18/06/2011m 3s

4 Ways To Make Your Workplace Equitable For Trans People

This week, the Supreme Court ruled LGBTQ workers are protected from job discrimination. So how can your workplace be truly equitable to transgender people? Gender Reveal host Tuck Woodstock answers questions about making the workplace safer and more inclusive for trans people and provides simple ideas to help you be a trans ally at work and beyond.
16/06/2020m 47s

Want To Have Better Conversations About Racism With Your Parents? Here's How

For some, talking to your parents and elders about racism can lead nowhere, or even backfire. Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want To Talk About Race, offers tips to make that conversation less confrontational and more constructive.
15/06/2017m 4s

Discussing 'The Talk'

It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders talks with his colleague Kenya Young, executive producer of Morning Edition and mother of three boys about "the talk" — The series of conversations Black parents have with their kids, particularly their sons, about how to deal with police encounters.
11/06/2020m 12s

Microaggressions Are A Big Deal: How To Talk Them Out And When To Walk Away

Microaggressions are the everyday, thinly veiled instances of racism, homophobia, sexism and other biases that come across in gestures, comments or insults. But the "micro" doesn't mean that the acts don't have a big impact. While there's no one right way to address a microaggression, we have some pointers for ways you can begin to respond.
09/06/2021m 54s

How To Sleep Better With These Bedtime Rituals

How do you get a good night's sleep? Many of us have routines we use to try and reach that blissful state of slumber — from meditation to melatonin to putting on a pair of socks. Sleep scientists weigh in on what sleep rituals actually work.
08/06/2022m 13s

How White Parents Can Talk To Their Kids About Race

NPR's Michel Martin talks with Jennifer Harvey, author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America, about how to talk with white kids about racially charged events — and how to keep the conversation going. If you're a white (or nonblack) parent, don't wait for your kids to bring up the topic of race to start the discussion, says Harvey.
04/06/2010m 25s

Code Switch: A Decade Of Watching Black People Die

The last few weeks have been filled with devastating stories about the police killing black people. In this episode of Code Switch, Jamil Smith, a senior writer at Rolling Stone, reads from an essay that he wrote at The New Republic more than five years ago titled "What Does Seeing Black Men Die Do for You?" The episode doesn't have answers, and neither do we, but we're working hard to find voices that you — our listeners — could use right now.
02/06/2022m 14s

Telehealth Tips: How To Make The Most Of Video Visits With Your Doctor

A visit to the doctor's office looks a little different during the pandemic. Doctors are using telemedicine services to treat patients more frequently. In this episode, Dr. Mara Gordon provides tips to help you get the most out of your telehealth visit.
01/06/2017m 18s

From Camping To Road Trips: Here's How Experts Rate The Risks Of Summer Activities

Summer is here, but the typical summer activities don't feel quite as carefree. How do you know if it's safe to hit the beach, rent a vacation home or pitch a tent? Life Kit host Allison Aubrey interviews experts to rate the risks of favorite summer pastimes.
30/05/206m 56s

Be Honest And Concrete: Tips For Talking To Kids About Death

Whether it's a family pet or a loved one, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it. This episode, we revisit the Mr. Hooper episode of Sesame Street, which provides a master class in talking about death and grief with young children.
28/05/2023m 27s

Picking A College For The Fall? Here's How To Decide For An Unknown Future

While it's hard to know what college will look like this fall, college decision day is almost here. So what can students do to make a sound choice during this uncertain time? Education reporter Elissa Nadworny gives an update on what incoming college students need to know about appealing financial aid, changing plans and thinking through a gap year.
26/05/2016m 26s

How Body Positivity Can Lead To Better Health

Weight stigma can hurt more than just your feelings. Negative messages about weight are actually bad for your health. This episode, a case for ditching the obsession with weight loss and focusing on celebrating all different body shapes and sizes.
25/05/2021m 9s

Don't Fall For The Unnecessary Fee Trap

It's easy to get caught in a cycle of mounting overdraft fees, credit card interest and high-cost loans. A few simple tools can help you hold onto those hard-earned dollars.
21/05/2022m 49s

What To Say When A Friend Is Struggling

When we see a friend going through a rough patch, it can be hard to know how to help. What do you say? What if you say the wrong thing? In the second part of our conversation with author Rachel Wilkerson Miller, we talk about how to support your friends when things get tough.
19/05/2013m 22s

Why Caring For Yourself Helps You Care For Others

You can't fully show up for the people in your life until you know how to do the same for yourself. In this episode, we talk with Rachel Wilkerson Miller, author of The Art of Showing Up, about how to take care of yourself.
18/05/2015m 16s

Grief For Beginners: 5 Things To Know About Processing Loss

We're all experiencing some kind of grief these days. As this pandemic progresses, more of us will experience losing someone important to us. This episode lays a groundwork for the grieving process, no matter what your loss.
14/05/2020m 5s

'When Will This Be Over?' Sesame Workshop's Tips For Parenting In A Pandemic

Many parents are struggling right now — juggling kids at home 24/7 and coping with their own losses. In this episode, Rosemarie Truglio, a developmental psychologist and vice president of research at Sesame Workshop, offers helpful, pandemic parenting tips.
12/05/2017m 10s

Your Guide To Adopting A Dog During The Coronavirus Pandemic

Dog adoptions are up now that people are spending more time at home. Before you get in over your head, here are some things to consider before adopting a coronavirus dog. This episode will help you weigh the pros and cons, including costs, training and how to adjust your pooch to post-pandemic life.
11/05/2015m 34s

Sesame Street's Grover On Coping During Coronavirus: Just For Kids

Hey kids! Sesame Street's Grover is here and he's got some great ideas for making your days brighter during coronavirus. Grover explains how to make virtual play dates more fun, how to daydream and how to be a helper.
10/05/2012m 48s

Want To Get Creative? Easy Art Projects For Quarantine

Looking for a creative outlet? Sarah Urist Green, author of Your Are An Artist, shares ideas for art projects you can do while at home during the coronavirus outbreak. No creative inspiration required.
07/05/2017m 29s

Love On Lockdown: Tips For Dating During The Coronavirus Crisis

Lots of people want to find love, but the pandemic makes doing so more complicated. In this special episode, Sam Sanders of NPR's It's Been a Minute sheds some light on dating and relationships during the coronavirus pandemic.
05/05/2029m 40s

Screen Time Overload? Here's How To Find Balance

Screens keep us connected while we're socially distant, but phone fatigue is real. It's important to take breaks from your device to destress. In this episode, expert advice for balancing screen time during quarantine.
30/04/2012m 30s

If You've Always Wanted To Write A Book, Here's How

Everyone has a book in them. Everyone also has a crummy inner voice telling them it's never going to happen. This episode will help shut down those distracting voices and get you started writing a book. After all, all it takes to be a "real writer" is to do some writing.
28/04/2022m 38s

Juggling Student Loans During A Pandemic

The CARES Act provides relief to many student loan borrowers during the coronavirus pandemic. But how do you know if you qualify? What if you're enrolled in Public Service Loan Forgiveness? What about private loans? This episode, a Life Kit collaboration with Death, Sex & Money from WNYC Studios, explains the fine print of how to handle student loans during the pandemic.
27/04/2021m 17s

Peter Sagal Teaches Us How To Run

You don't need fancy equipment or a gym to start running. Grab your headphones and some sneakers and let Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me host Peter Sagal tell you how he keeps going.
23/04/2015m 6s

5 Tips For Starting A Healthy Garden

Whether you have big plans for a vegetable garden or a tiny pot of windowsill herbs, this episode will help you get your green thumb. We cover the basics of hardiness zones, understanding good soil and building raised beds so you can turn garden dreams into reality.
21/04/2019m 20s

Fake News Can Be Deadly. Here's How To Spot It.

Experts say the coronavirus outbreak may be the biggest source of Internet misinformation ever. Fake cures, unscientific tips, and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are flooding the Internet — but there are ways to sniff out misinformation.
20/04/2028m 24s

Coronavirus Panic: How To Get Your Thinking Brain Back Online

Shame spirals, toilet paper panic and bingeing on news — it's easy to worry, but harder to stop. Psychiatrist Judson Brewer explains why panic can be as contagious as a virus and shares simple ways to recenter yourself when you get carried away by anxious thoughts.
16/04/2014m 56s

How To Shop For Groceries During Coronavirus

Grocery shopping during coronavirus is fraught with confusion. Do you need to disinfect your groceries? When are the best times to go grocery shopping right now? This episode gives tips about safe grocery shopping — and what you can stop worrying about.
14/04/208m 21s

Don't Be Discouraged. Here's How To Help During Coronavirus

There are lots of ways to give back during the coronavirus pandemic, but where do you start? Ari Shapiro of All Things Considered talks with experts about some strategies to get you started if you're able to help out.
13/04/2015m 8s

How To Compost At Home

Whether you've got a small apartment or a big backyard, there are ways to compost your kitchen scraps in any space. This episode is your starter for how to compost your organic waste into rich soil. Also, how to get the right mix of greens and browns and what you can and can't compost.
09/04/2017m 58s

How To Focus While Reading

If you'd like to read more, but you're finding it difficult — maybe you can't focus, you feel slow 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.
07/04/2011m 54s

How To Get Therapy When You Can't Leave The House

Taking care of your mental health during the coronavirus pandemic is important, and it's still possible to get therapy even when you're staying at home. This episode gives information on making online therapy a little easier, low-cost therapy and free mental health hotlines to get you the help you need.
06/04/2012m 9s

Here's How To Pick A College During Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is making college decisions more complicated. This episode answers the burning questions: How do I get a hold of final transcripts if my school is closed? How do I decide on a school I can't visit? What if I need more financial aid than I thought I did?
02/04/2021m 11s

We Need Art Right Now. Here's How To Get Into Poetry

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.
31/03/2020m 4s

What To Do If You Lost Work Because Of Coronavirus

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.
30/03/2017m 50s

Coping With Coronavirus: Tips For Your Wallet And Kitchen

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.
27/03/2012m 13s

Anxious Thoughts? 5 Tips To Help You Sleep

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.
26/03/2022m 9s

Tips For Homeschooling During Coronavirus

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.
24/03/2017m 58s

Stuck Inside? Here's Your TV Streaming Strategy

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.
19/03/2013m 29s

Disrupted and Distanced: The Latest Advice On Navigating Coronavirus

How can I tell the difference between allergies and coronavirus symptoms? Can you get coronavirus from food? Can I have people over? The coronavirus pandemic is causing lots of uncertainty about everyday life. In this episode, Life Kit host Allison Aubrey answers common questions about coronavirus. This was recorded March 17, 2020. Because the news is moving fast, check npr.org for the latest updates.
18/03/2016m 34s

8 Tips To Make Working From Home, Work For You

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.
17/03/2015m 19s

Coronavirus And Parenting: What You Need To Know Now

Coronavirus is raising a lot of questions for parents. From how to talk to children about coronavirus to weathering school closures, enforcing good hygiene and some screen time strategies when you're home with little ones, Life Kit answers your coronavirus questions.
13/03/2013m 59s

'Big Mouth' Creators On Embracing The Awkwardness Of Puberty

Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg are the co-creators of 'Big Mouth,' an animated comedy about a group of tweens stumbling through the mysteries of puberty. Kroll and Goldberg talk with Life Kit parenting hosts about normalizing shame, building empathy, weathering awkward puberty moments and hormone monsters.
12/03/2017m 14s

How To Read Food Labels, From Free-Range To Fair Trade

So many food labels proclaim their eco-virtues these days: organic, pasture raised, cage-free, non-GMO. But what is a label based on? Here are six ways to make sense of it all.
10/03/2022m 11s

When It Comes To Exercise, "All Movement Counts"

Feeling blocked with it comes to starting an exercise habit? You can actually get the health benefits of exercise with just 22 minutes of exercise a day — and you might be surprised what "counts" as exercise. Kiss your excuses goodbye!
05/03/2015m 10s

Is It Better To Rent Or Buy A House?

Owning a home is part of the quintessential American dream, but how do you know if it's right for you? These 6 tips will help sort out the pros and cons to renting and owning — and reveal some things a rent vs buy calculator can't tell you.
03/03/2022m 56s

5 Ways To Prevent And Prepare For The Coronavirus

You might be wondering how to prevent coronavirus and protect your family if the virus continues to spread. Nancy Messonnier from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shares five things you can do to prepare. One takeaway: Wash your hands often with soap and water.
28/02/2015m 37s

'Tiny Habits' Are The Key To Behavioral Change

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.
27/02/2012m 40s

How To Give Advice: Less Fixing, More Listening

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.
25/02/2020m 30s

A Guide To Navigating Birth Control

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.
20/02/2025m 2s

How To Buy A Car (Without Being Taken For A Ride)

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.
18/02/2023m 56s

Can I Date That Co-Worker? What To Consider Before An Office Romance

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.
13/02/2021m 29s

What Your Teen Wishes You Knew About Sex Education

Consent, dating, masturbation, porn. It can be difficult having conversations about sex and relationships with teens. NPR's Life Kit has a few tips to help make those talks your kids feel more comfortable.
11/02/2027m 10s

Helping A Child Whose Parent Is Struggling With Addiction

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.
06/02/2025m 4s

Feeling Anxious? Here's a Quick Tool To Center Your Soul

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.
04/02/2015m 19s

How Race And Racism Affect Our Friendships

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.
01/02/2050m 38s

Picking A Lightbulb, Made Easy

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.
30/01/2013m 54s

What Is Postpartum Depression? Recognizing The Signs And Getting Help

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.
28/01/2024m 54s

How To Start Therapy

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.
23/01/2022m 37s

Thinking About Returning To College? Here's How To Start

"Should I go back to college?" If you're asking yourself this question, here are tips to help you figure out how to do it — whether it's to change jobs, make more money or finish something you started.
21/01/2021m 55s

How To Quit Smoking, With Help From Science

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.
16/01/2024m 55s

How To Start A Book Club That Actually Meets

Here's how to start a book club that actually meets, has a focus, fosters good discussion and steers clear of logistical nightmares.
14/01/2010m 18s

The Right Way To Quit Your Job

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.
09/01/2020m 33s

Making Art Is Good For Your Health. Here's How To Start A Habit

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.
07/01/2021m 1s

6 Ways To Take A Break From Drinking

Thinking about taking a break from drinking? Here are ways to help you make a plan, navigate tricky social situations and reassess your relationship with alcohol so you can experience the benefits of dry January.
02/01/2021m 54s

How To Have A Good Weekend

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.
31/12/1925m 26s

Choose The Best Diet For You

There are so many food tribes out there — everything from Keto to vegan. We help you understand how to choose a diet approach that's right for you.
26/12/1921m 0s

This 22-Minute Workout Has Everything You Need

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.
24/12/1919m 32s

How Do I Get This Out? Your Guide To Stain Removal

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.
19/12/1917m 24s

Tips For Talking To Kids About Sex

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.
17/12/1926m 5s

Welcome to Life Kit

NPR's Life Kit is a how-to advice podcast on personal finance, health, parenting, personal growth and more. Because everyone needs a little help being human.
12/12/191m 53s

How To Reduce Food Waste

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.
12/12/1920m 15s

How To Harness The Power Of Emotions In The Workplace

Emotions are everywhere, even at work. It might be tempting to hide them — but you can use them to your advantage.
10/12/1916m 34s

How To Focus While Reading

If you'd like to read more, but you're finding it difficult — maybe you can't focus, you feel slow 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.
05/12/1911m 54s

How To Read More Books

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.
03/12/1913m 23s

Is It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?

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?
28/11/1917m 53s

A Saner Mindset For Weight Loss

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.
26/11/1920m 13s

Planning A Trip? Pack And Plan Like A Pro

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.
21/11/1917m 17s

Dealing With Holidays At Work: Forced Cheer And Awkward Parties

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.
19/11/1919m 59s

Holiday Survival Guide: Family Style

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.
14/11/1918m 20s

The Truth About Carbs And Calories

Carbs get a bad rap. Here's the science behind why eating too much starch isn't good for you — and smart tips to integrate more slow carbs into your diet.
12/11/1920m 32s

Be The Master Of Your Budget

For many, creating a budget is a dreaded task. But you can do it. These tools will help — and maybe even make it fun.
07/11/1921m 4s

Trust Your Gut: A Beginner's Guide To Intuitive Eating

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.
05/11/1917m 16s

Fake News: How To Spot Misinformation

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 toward correcting misinformation.
31/10/1926m 58s

How To Help A Child Struggling With Anxiety

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."
29/10/1924m 32s

When Is Snoring A Sign Of A Serious Health Issue?

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.
26/10/198m 24s

How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change

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.
24/10/1923m 4s

How To Run For Office

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."
17/10/1926m 13s

The Key To Raising Brilliant Kids? Play A Game

We all want our kids to succeed, but that doesn't mean running math drills. Author Kathy Hirsh-Pasek explains the "six C's" that kids need to thrive and why raising brilliant kids starts with redefining brilliant.
15/10/1916m 30s

6 Food Rules That Could Help You Live Longer

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.
09/10/1920m 54s

Mortgage Secrets That Will Save You Money

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.
02/10/1925m 30s

Paperwork, Appointments And Repairs: Managing Adult Responsibilities

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.
25/09/1916m 45s

From First Phones To Online Porn: Answers To Your Screentime Questions

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.
18/09/1921m 0s

How To Save For Your Kid's College Education

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.
11/09/1927m 47s

How To Get A Job After College

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.
06/09/1924m 21s

How To Do Well (And Be Happy!) In College

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.
04/09/1923m 7s

College Checklist: Ace Your Freshman Year

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.
03/09/1918m 56s

How Men Can Have Better Friendships

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.
23/08/1922m 7s

When Friendship Changes, How To Cope

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.
21/08/1921m 46s

Make New Friends (And Keep Them)

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.
19/08/1923m 35s

Rx For Medical Debt

One in 5 Americans struggles with medical bills. Here are things you do to get medical bills reduced — or even forgiven.
09/08/1923m 29s

Crush Debt Fast (While Staying Motivated)

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.
07/08/1922m 48s

7 Strategies For Digging Out Of Debt

If you're in debt, you're not alone. Here's how to make a plan and get yourself out.
05/08/1926m 38s

Why Travel? Find Joy When You Leave (Or Stay) Home

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.
26/07/1921m 0s

Group Travel: How To Keep The Peace

In this episode, Life Kit shows you how to handle personality clashes and thorny social problems when you travel together.
24/07/1920m 55s

Planning A Trip? Pack And Plan Like A Pro

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.
22/07/1917m 57s

Millennials And Money

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.
16/07/1937m 19s

How To Be A Better Caregiver When A Loved One Gets Sick

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.
12/07/1928m 49s

Take Control Of Your Care When You're Seriously Sick

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.
10/07/1926m 58s

How To Get The Best From Your Doctor

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.
08/07/1925m 2s

Parents, Check Your Own Screen Habits

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.
28/06/1921m 48s

The Darker Side Of Screen Time

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.
26/06/1928m 11s

The Brighter Side Of Screen Time

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.
24/06/1923m 40s

Paying For College: What To Know Before You Go

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.
14/06/1930m 29s

Survive College When You're Paying Your Own Way

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.
12/06/1923m 35s

Pay Off Student Loans The Smart Way

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.
10/06/1928m 50s

'We Wanted To Show Children Real Life': Sesame Street's Sonia Manzano

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.
31/05/1918m 6s

Free-Range Food Labels: Can My Groceries Really Help The Planet?

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.
29/05/1923m 26s

Trust Your Gut: A Beginner's Guide To Intuitive Eating

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.
27/05/1917m 47s

What Cookie Monster Taught Us About Self-Control

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.
17/05/1926m 46s

Raising Kids Who Love Math — Even If You Don't

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.
15/05/1923m 22s

Kindness Can Be Taught. Here's How

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.
13/05/1931m 23s

Kindness Can Be Taught. Here's How

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.
13/05/1931m 23s

A Saner Mindset For Weight Loss

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.
03/05/1919m 25s

The Biology Of Weight Loss

Our biology makes it hard to lose weight. In this episode, we won't tell you how to lose weight — or whether you even need to. We will give you five realities about biology, and they might even help you be kinder to your body. Here's what to remember: - Metabolism slows when you lose weight.- Hormonal changes that come with weight loss make you hungrier. - What you eat is more important than how much you exercise.- Exercise seems to play a big role in maintaining weight and preventing further gain.
01/05/1921m 35s

Boost Your Body Acceptance For Better Health

We all can feel the effects of weight stigma, no matter what our size. Here's how to feel good about the body you're living in and improve your health, without obsessing about your weight.
29/04/1931m 23s

Should You Pay For Financial Advice?

We help you understand whether you need an adviser, and if you do want one, how to find someone who will act in your best interest.Here's what to remember:- Many people don't need to pay for financial advice.- Use a "fee-only" adviser, not a "fee-based" adviser.- Consider low-cost options like robo-advisers or Vanguard.- You might need to break up with your adviser — but you can still be friends. - Two online resources can help you find an adviser: NAPFA and Kent on Money.
29/04/1921m 23s

Your Cheat Sheet For Smarter Investing

Investing doesn't have to be hard. We explain how to grow a nice nest egg and avoid that four-letter word that starts with F ... fees. Here's what to remember:- Don't pick your own stocks. - Don't sell stocks if the market crashes.- Diversify your portfolio. - Don't pay too much in fees.- Invest in index funds, not actively managed funds.- Rebalance your portfolio every year — then leave it alone.
29/04/1922m 11s

Get Started Saving

If you're not good at saving money, it's not your fault: Humans are hard-wired to focus on the present. But there's a way to beat evolution and build for your future. Here's what to remember: - Make savings automatic.- Save, even if you have student loans.- Participate in your employer's matching plan.- Reward yourself for saving.- Envision your future self.- Start saving young.
29/04/1916m 45s

When The News Is Scary, What To Say To Kids

Whether a school shooting or a deadly tornado, scary events in the news can leave parents struggling to know when — and how — they should talk with their kids about it. Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor at Montclair State University, give us tips. - Limit their exposure to breaking news.- For the really big stories, pick a quiet moment and start the conversation by asking what kids have heard and how they're feeling.- Give facts and context: Let kids know that most scary news events are rare. Show them where it is happening on a map. - When they ask why something happened, avoid labels like "bad guys." - Encourage kids to process the story through play, art, even video.- Take positive action together.
29/04/1926m 31s

'What If We Lived In Two Houses?' Talking Kids Through Divorce

Even the most amicable split is world-changing for young children. Here are a few key tips for grown-ups trying to help their kids navigate this big transition. - Give children as much heads-up as you can — as soon as you've made a definite decision to split up.- It's a grown-up problem. Don't share details that will confuse your child or hurt your partner.- Don't fear the big feelings or the "pajama truth-bomb." - It's good for kids to talk about a separation — even when it may be painful for adults to hear.- Make sure your kids know that not everything will change. - Keep routines, and toys, consistent, even if they're traveling from one home to another. - Look back together on the good memories.
29/04/1922m 29s

The Problem With Toy Guns And Princesses

Whether it's mini-makeup kits, gross-smelling slime or semi-automatic foam-dart guns, every parent or caregiver has fielded requests for toys that they're just not that into. We talk about princesses and superheroes and their influence on kids with Rosemarie Truglio of Sesame Workshop and Lisa Dinella, a gender studies professor at Monmouth University. Here's what to remember: - Banning toys outright can be counterproductive. - Pay more attention to how kids play than what they're playing with. - Fight sexism in the playroom by broadening toy selections. - Talk directly to your kids about your values.- Join in your child's play to help expand the possibilities. - Grossed out? Use toilet toys as a chance to teach science — and manners.
29/04/1926m 55s

Death: Talking With Kids About The End

Whether it's a goldfish or Grandma, every child will experience a death at some point — and their parents will likely struggle to explain it. Here's what to remember:- Be honest and concrete. The cat wasn't put to sleep, and Grandma didn't go on a long journey.- Don't overwhelm kids with too much information. They need time to process.- Make sure kids know they're still surrounded by people who will love and support them.- Don't be afraid to show emotion.- When it comes to deathbed visits or funerals, tell kids what they might see and give them a choice.- Keep the hope alive!
29/04/1924m 32s

Talking Race With Young Children

Even babies notice differences like skin color, eye shape and hair texture. Here's how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, even with very young children. A few things to remember: - Don't shush or shut them down if they mention race.- Don't wait for kids to bring it up. - Be proactive: Help them build a positive awareness of diversity.- When a child experiences prejudice, grown-ups need to both address the feelings and fight the prejudices.- You don't have to avoid topics like slavery or the Holocaust. Instead, give the facts and focus on resistance and allies.
29/04/1920m 44s

Is It OK To Lie About Santa And The Tooth Fairy?

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? Here's what to remember: - You aren't lying. You're entering their world of make-believe.- When kids start asking questions, listen carefully. They might not be ready for the whole truth.- When the jig is up (and you'll know!), come clean and be prepared for big feelings.- Find new ways to keep the magic alive.
29/04/1918m 23s

Anxious Thoughts? 5 Tips To Help You Sleep

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.
29/04/1921m 55s

Don't Count Sheep: Better Bedtime Rituals

From mediation to melatonin to putting on a pair of socks, we all have routines to help us reach that blissful state of slumber. These are the ones that work:- Forget sheep. Instead, use mental imagery — picturing a walk in the woods or a stroll on a beach — to help relax. - Relaxation and meditation apps can help you unwind. - Melatonin supplements might ease your way into sleep, but too much melatonin could disrupt it. - Over-the-counter sleep medications may knock you out, but they won't result in effective sleep.- If young kids wake you in the wee hours, don't react in a way that increases their stress — but do find strategies that make it no fun to be up.- Sleep rituals are personal. If you believe in yours, that might be all you need.
29/04/1922m 13s

Do This Today To Sleep Well Tonight

From the moment you wake up, your body starts to prepare for sleep. We show you how to adjust your daytime habits to get the best possible night of rest.Here's what to remember:- Start the day with natural light — from an east-facing window, or even better, go outside — to put the brakes on melatonin. - Cut the caffeine off by late morning. Even if it doesn't keep you up, caffeine impacts how much deep sleep you're getting. - Get moving during the day. Exercise can increase the quantity and quality of your sleep.- Avoid the nightcap. Alcohol makes you feel sleepy but disrupts deep sleep.- Ban the smartphone and TV from the bedroom. Too stimulating, when you should be letting go.
29/04/1919m 39s

Boost Your Credit Card IQ

If you use credit cards in a intentional way, you can free up some valuable perks. We geek out on strategies to make credit cards work for you, without getting out of control on spending. Here's what to remember:- Use credit cards that have the best rewards on the things you spend the most money on.- Protect your credit score: Always pay off your balance, don't spend more than 30 percent of your limit, don't cancel a card you've had for a long time.- Don't outgame yourself by accepting too many new cards with sign-up bonuses.- Know yourself: If you've had trouble with running up debt, don't tempt yourself with more cards.
29/04/1920m 20s

Never Pay An Unnecessary Fee Again

Don't get caught in a cycle of unnecessary overdraft fees, credit card interest and high-cost loans. A few simple tools can help you hold onto those hard-earned dollars.Here's what to remember:- Automation is your friend. Set your bills on autopay. - Overdraft protection is deceptive. Link your checking account to a savings account to avoid overdraft fees.- Set up a buffer savings account with automatic deposits. - Don't use credit cards for emergency spending.- If you do have an emergency, try asking your employer for your already-earned wages. - Balance transfer checks can help with high-interest debt, but read the fine print.
29/04/1920m 2s

Be The Master Of Your Budget

To 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. The founder of the popular budgeting software You Need A Budget tells us how to track your spending.Here's what to remember:- Don't budget just because you should: Set a goal.- Leverage anxiety from a life change and turn it into motivation.- Follow the 50-30-20 method.- Use the power of scarcity.- A roommate is worth 1,000 coffees.- Find the budgeting technique that works for you. Here's a worksheet to get you started: https://bit.ly/2umlqex.
26/04/1921m 49s
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