MONDAY, 16 MARCH 2015

Are men and women interchangeable?

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The News Story - 4,100 jobs opening to women in special operations units

“More than 4,100 officer and enlisted ‘men only’ positions in special operations units of the Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve will be opened to women,” reports the Army Times.
 
These changes, according to the story, are part of an ongoing effort to dismantle “policies that have barred women from serving in combat units below the brigade level. . . . The goal is to open most jobs to women by Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2015.” In addition, six women have already completed Ranger Training Assessment, and the Army is “moving toward opening up Ranger School to women.”
 
At the root of such policy moves is the politically correct theory that men and women are essentially interchangeable beings. But research continues to reveal problems with such a… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 11 MARCH 2015

A darker side of the womb

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Two months ago, I had a baby. Two weeks ago, I was still meant to be pregnant. Our son, Reuben, was born prematurely. The most beautiful, if presumptuous, little being to come into the world. He spent five weeks in hospital, first in a humidi-crib, and after a time, in an open one- an upgrade my hubby and I celebrated with a cocktail.

Reuben's other milestones included having his IV drip removed, next his heart monitors, then his oxygen monitor, and finally, his feeding tube, which translated into a ticket home. He has been a little champion throughout the whole journey. It could have gone a very different way, or at least, at a much slower pace.

My sole experience of having a baby included a complicated pregnancy – involving a trip to emergency at twenty weeks, broken waters at twenty-nine weeks, and two weeks in… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 9 MARCH 2015

Divorced parents, increased drug use

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The News Story - Investigation reveals medical marijuana is getting into kids’ hands

A special investigative report by CBS Los Angeles revealed that it isn’t just sick adults who have access to medical marijuana.
 
Reporter David Goldstein uncovered “medical marijuana being sold to school-aged kids in broad daylight, within walking distance of local schools.” Hidden cameras caught kids talking to adults on the street outside a medical marijuana dispensary, handing over cash, and receiving small bags or pill jars in return. After the report, police took action—arrests have been made, and the manager of the dispensary assured Goldstein that the staff are doing all possible to keep marijuana out of the hands of children.
 
But research suggests that as laudable as such crack-downs are, they will likely be only a Band Aid to a problem that runs much deeper than law enforcement officials can handle.

The… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 6 MARCH 2015

Seven things maketh a happy marriage

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If you read my posts often, you’re probably sick of my relationship and marriage advice (especially considering that I’m only about to get married, while there are plenty of articles from couples who have been happily married for decades and decades). But guys, I just found some really good tips! From a recent Time article written by Tara Parker-Pope, author of the book For Better, they’re not the stuff we always hear - but from my own experience, I know these to be helpful. Allow me to fill you in:

Celebrate good news

It’s no secret that positives are a good thing (pardon the pun). So it makes sense that couples who celebrate the good things in their life also show higher levels of relationship satisfaction. Sometimes we assume that our partner knows we’re happy for them, proud of what they’ve achieved or thrilled to… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 4 MARCH 2015

Women and their feelings

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Often when I get upset, I feel the need to apologise, even when I had a legitimate reason. I am hard on myself after moments when I think that I’ve been too sensitive. I prefer to come across as rational rather than emotional. Ladies, can you relate?

But guess what? I’ve just read a pretty great article from the New York Times called “Medicating Women’s Feelings”, and now (drum roll, please), I think that feelings are a good thing.

Let’s clear up a few things up though. First: I never actually thought feelings were bad – just perhaps that logic was superior. I still think that logic should have the last word, but the fact that we have both faculties means they both play an important role, neither of which should completely dominate. Second: this is not a feminist rant, about how men have made us feel bad about our emotions… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 2 MARCH 2015

Wedlock as crime-stopper

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The News Story - Florida legislator wants to repeal cohabitation law

In Florida, it is still technically illegal for an unmarried man and woman to live together, but that might be about to change.
 
Senator Eleanor Sobel recently filed a bill to repeal the outdated law, which CBS reports “has been on the books for decades,” in spite of a 2011 attempt to change it. Ms. Sobel’s bill “would also remove a provision that allows a judge to prevent a parent from having contact with their child if they are convicted of breaking the cohabitation law.”
 
As many view cohabitation as the new marriage, this story made few headlines. But new research indicates that many states and municipalities have more of a reason for interest than they might realize in this seemingly innocuous behavior of their constituents.

The New Research - Wedlock as crime stopper, cohabitation as… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2015

Russell Brand takes on 50 Shades of Grey

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(Warning: There are a few clips from 50 Shades shown in the video that could be a trigger for some. Watch with caution.)

 

Russell Brand: English comedian, actor, and what do you know – anti-porn advocate. That’ll teach you not to judge a book by its cover.

But seriously – he might not have been the first person I expected to come out about the harmful effects of movies like  50 Shades of Grey, but I’m glad he did. In this short video he calls it soft-core pornography, and outlines the dangers as well as his personal realisations about the dangers of porn. Have a watch or check out this summary of his main points:

Films like 50 Shades of Grey is the “mainstreaming and commodification of soft-core porn”

* “Sex is something we’re all interested in because of biological programming, but our attitudes towards sex have become warped and perverted, and… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2015

Happier kids in eight steps

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So we hear a lot about raising smart kids and raising successful kids. But what’s more important than that? Happy kids! Which is why I loved yesterday’s article from Time which listed 10 science-backed ways to teach your kids happiness. Here are my favourites, and my take on them:

Get happy yourself

Example is the best way to teach, right? Plus it’s no secret that a parent’s way of being has a massive impact on their kids. In keeping with this, I recently heard that one of the best ways to ensure that a child is secure is for them to see that their parents love each other – and I can personally vouch for this. In our household, my siblings and I knew that divorce was never an option, and even though we did see Mum and Dad have the occasional tiff, it was never anything more than that –… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

MONDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2015

Contraception and cancer

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The News Story - Why you're still paying for birth control even though it's "free" now

Susie Poppick writes for TIME this week about her near-miss at having to fork over a $50 copay for her birth control.
 
“Strange,” she thought, since she was sure that “preventative” health services like contraception were supposed to be free under the Affordable Care Act. She promptly went home, got on the phone with her insurance provider, and was told that only generic medications were free. The problem is, her particular brand didn’t have a generic yet. She dug a little deeper, and she was quickly told that all she had to do was to tell her physician to call her pharmacy and assure them that she needed this brand.
 
Poppick cautions women against being taken in, and writes that “Many women—and their insurance representatives, doctors, and pharmacists—aren’t… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

FRIDAY, 20 FEBRUARY 2015

Work-life balance: real stories

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In less than six months, I’ll be getting married. And being open to the possibilities, who knows how soon after that I could have children?

I’ve always wanted kids but in drawing closer to the reality, there are a lot of questions to consider. Would I want to keep a full-time job? Could I work from home? I’d want family to take priority, of course, and with that is it even possible to maintain another job?

Every woman and situation is different, of course. I’m confident that I’d like to be at home once children come along, but still writing as much as possible. Even so, it’s wonderful to read how other family-oriented women have created balance in their lives – creating a beautiful home still working hard outside of the home.

That’s why I loved the “Real Story” of Maria Elena Critto from the BeHome Blog by the Home Renaissance… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

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