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Flying tots, buying toys and lying to the boss


The Brighter Life weekly roundup of recommended reads about money, health, family, working life and retirement:

The case for cutting down on buying toys for your kids
If your kids have so many toys they can’t play with them all, you may relate to a guest post on Modest Money. Sometimes, spending less makes you smart, not Scrooge-like.
Five reasons I’m buying less for my kids this Christmas
Health Worth a thousand words
We fell in love with these spectacular images from Asia and Africa of gorgeous children, wizened elders and one happy panda. Check out the photo feature on The Planet D by budget backpackers Nick and Dariece of Goats on the Road. (This is next to our Health icon because smiling is good for you!)
The many faces of travel
Family Fly the tot-friendly skies
Have Baby Will Travel shares the latest installment of an entertaining (and very useful) series on travelling with young children. The writer has survived airplane toilet dramas, tantrums and a “mid-flight barf-o-rama,” and you can, too.
Flying with baby: Travel tips for flying with toddlers and preschoolers
Working life Why you shouldn’t call in sick when you’re not
Research shows three in 10 workers call in sick when they’re not and Sheryl Smolkin says they risk being fired for it — and they won’t get Employment Insurance benefits, either. One of a list of excuses: “Employee’s toe was stuck in a faucet.”
Taking a fake sick day may cost your job
Retirement Live long and look good
Last week we read about being ready to live past 100; this week, we read on the CP24 website about someone who did, and then some: a Georgia woman who died at age 116 with a fresh hair-do.
Woman listed as oldest person dies at age 116

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