Life lessons from Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you would have seen the world welcome Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Born on Saturday and weighing 3.7kg, you could say that she got a royal welcome complete with paparazzi and bets on what her name would be. But apart from all that, I think the birth of this little princess is a good reminder of a few things:

A baby brings people together

Amongst so much sad news of terrorism, executions and more, the birth of a baby is a wonderful respite. We in Australia might be over 10,000 miles away and yet we enjoyed it just as much as the next country. A baby is a sign of hope, of fresh starts, of goodness, and plus it’s something that we can discuss with pretty much anyone by the water cooler.

Every baby is precious

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Living with your parents till 35 and beyond

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It’s a funny world that we live in. In Australia, it is considered unusual for anyone in their early twenties to be living at home. Parents aren’t seen as unloving for wanting their kids to move out at the age of 18, and young people are generally pretty keen to get their freedom when the time comes along.

In Slovakia on the other hand, new research (as seen in this NY Times article) shows that a whopping 74% of adults between 18 and 34, regardless of employment or marital status, are still living with their parents. And the same trend is present in many of the states of Eastern Europe - namely many of those that have lived under Communism until relatively recently.

Sure, this is weird to the Western mentality. But what’s the right thing? Is there even a right or wrong thing? Who says that moving out quicker is… click here to read whole article and make comments



Save the earth, one woman at a time

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pillBirth Control by Raychel Mendez 


In the 1970’s and 1980’s, Paul Ehrlich’s book, The Population Bomb, successfully galvanized the general fear that population growth meant doom for our planet. It triggered international campaigns and policies aimed at controlling birth rates worldwide. But, while trying to save the earth with implementation of now disproven population policies and theories, we have endangered one key species: humans; specifically, women.

Women’s health has been put at risk by the widespread use of contraceptives and, for many, their own ecosystem has fallen apart and even become hostile. Two contemporary authors, Holly Grigg-Spall and Mary Eberstadt, while coming from radically opposed viewpoints on ethics and politics, each make the case that hormonal contraceptives have much to do with the endangerment of women. 

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Life is short. Don’t have an affair

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The News Story - Adultery website AshleyMadison seeks IPO as demand booms

With advertisements bearing the slogan, “Life is Short. Have an Affair,” AshleyMadison makes no attempt to hide what it is—a dating website for adulterous spouses.

In fact, reports Bloomberg, demand for its services is growing, so much so that the site’s parent company is seeking revenue from an initial public offering in Britain. “AshleyMadison had sales of $115 million last year, an almost fourfold increase on 2009,” according to the company’s head of international relations, Christoph Kraemer. Kraemer defends AshleyMadison’s cavalier attitude, arguing “We’ve had stories from members that we’ve returned love to the marital bed and made others realize the grass is not greener on the other side.”
But plenty of research reveals that, clever marketing gimmicks aside, cheating is still a serious offense ending in divorce for many, many couples.

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The best thing about having kids is…

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It may technically be a feel-good commercial for Extra Storage, but I think this video says a lot of the right things about becoming a parent. Titled “10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Having a Baby,” it’s less than four minutes long but it just might make your Friday.

I think I’ve got something in my eye.


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Fatherless and fat

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The News Story - Getting to the core of childhood obesity

As rates of childhood obesity continue to soar, health professionals scramble to recommend policies that would address this serious health issue. Dr. David Feinberg, President of the UCLA Health System, is the most recent to opine on the need for new solutions.
“It’s time to tackle obesity and put a stop to this growing trend,” Feinberg wrote recently for U.S. News and World Report. UCLA Health Systems is “joining forces with the Sound Body Sound Mind Foundation, which focuses on providing under-resourced schools state-of-the-art fitness equipment and a whole new fitness curriculum.” As part of a host of strategies, the program installs fitness centers on a number of L.A. campuses and also provides training instructors, who show students that “exercise can be fun.” The program, claims Feinberg, is reaping results: already, there has been a 60% increase in the… click here to read whole article and make comments



Student adopts his homeless, pregnant cousin

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Just when you thought that the majority of Aussie blokes were in the man-boy category, here’s a story to warm the heart and inspire hope.

When 23-year-old student Tommy Connolly moved to the Gold Coast to resume his studies, he decided to get in touch with his 17-year old cousin, who he hadn’t seen for over 10 years. And finding her to be homeless, 32 weeks pregnant, with the baby’s father in jail and no parental help to be seen, he made it his job to get her off the street.

Connolly said he took his cousin in “to make sure she’d keep the baby, stay off the streets and have a better life”. Once the baby was born, he said that he’d taken on a fatherly role, but that his cousin does most of the work. “...And if it’s one or two years of my life I… click here to read whole article and make comments



Nursing home offers rent-free accommodation for uni students

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A nursing home in the Netherlands is offering rent-free accommodation to university students, provided that they spend at least 30 hours a week being “good neighbours” to the other residents – watching sports and celebrating birthdays with them, and more. And I think this has to be the best ageing population strategy I’ve ever heard of!

If there’s one kind of poverty we suffer in the developed world, it’s loneliness - most particularly in old age. Unlike poorer countries, which tend to have a tradition where elderly parents live with their children and grandchildren, the western world is all too happy to drop off Mum and Dad at a nursing home and visit on Sundays.

Of course this is a generalisation, but we cannot deny that it is a trend. I must point out that there are cases where a nursing home is necessary, when health issues cannot… click here to read whole article and make comments



How married men are trumping their unmarried peers

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These days, it’s common for people to make marriage sound like a trap, a life-ender, a stupid decision. Turns out though that the odds are stacked in the favour of the married: who enjoy many a benefit when compared to their single peers.

As covered in this MercatorNet article, research has shown that marriage means the following:

  • Intact family premium - young men and women from intact families enjoy an annual “intact-family premium” that amounts to $6,500 and $4,700, respectively, over the incomes of their peers from single-parent families
  • Marriage premium - both men and women enjoy substantially higher family incomes, compared to peers with otherwise similar characteristics
  • Second generation family premium - men and women who were raised with both parents present and then go on to marry enjoy an especially high income as adults
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The difference between married and “partnered” mothers

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The News Story - U.S. sees rise in unmarried parents

The number of children born to cohabiting couples is rising, and scholars worry about the economic ramifications for children.
Reports the Wall Street Journal, “Just over a quarter of births to women of child-bearing age . . . in the past five years were to cohabiting couples, the highest on record and nearly double the rate from a decade earlier.” Among reasons for this increase, the WSJ lists an increased desire for financial stability before tying the knot, and also women’s higher levels of education and job-attaining ability, which make “marriage less attractive economically.” But the children of such unions, findings show, tend to fare worse socio-economically than do the children of married parents, and the increased instability of such relationships also bodes ill for them.
Research indicates that it is not only… click here to read whole article and make comments


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