Missing fathers, swelling waistlines

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The News Story - Ending childhood obesity is a global challenge

“Childhood obesity is no longer the preserve of wealthy nations,” according to a Newsweek story out this week. “There are more overweight and obese children in the developing world, in terms of absolute numbers, and an upward trend is evident.”

The story comes on the heels of the final report, presented January 25, of The World Health Organization’s Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity, established in 2014 to propose interventions to this alarming global problem. The Commission declared that “no single intervention can halt the rise of the growing obesity epidemic.” Rather, concerted government AND societal efforts are required to ensure that “children and their parents have appropriate knowledge about nutrition, have access to affordable healthy foods and participate in physical activity.”

According to Newsweek, “The report includes six sets of recommendations and also outlines the required… click here to read whole article and make comments



Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPads

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Smart devices - or should I call them the “modern pacifier”?

We’ve all seen it: a parent using their phone or tablet as a quick fix to distract their baby. Kids swiping and minimising with dexterity when they can’t even speak properly yet.  Children, out with family and friends, who can’t look up from their video game. Teens for whom the real world isn’t half as enticing as what’s just a scroll away on their screen.

Last week I read an article in which psychologist Sue Palmer points out the danger of youngsters becoming slaves to their screens. She published a book on it a decade ago, and we all know it was barely a problem then compared to now! On average, kids these days spend five to six hours daily staring at screens, and often this time… click here to read whole article and make comments



Handy advice for parents overwhelmed by their kids’ media world

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Parents raising children today are internet savvy and well able to keep up with their kids in this area. Right? Wrong. A recent survey by the Pew Research Centre in the US shows that “only 61 percent of parents check the websites their teens are visiting,” reports Naomi Schaefer Riley. “About the same number have ever checked their kids’ social-media profiles.

And it would be pretty hard for them to find out much, considering that just over half the parents have ever “friended” or followed their teens on Facebook, Twitter or other social media. And less than half have checked their teens’ text messages.

 “They’re just so overwhelmed, they’re acting like ostriches,” says psychologist Wendy Mogel. The author of “Blessings of a Skinned Knee,” Mogel says that “parents who would never let their kids have ice cream for breakfast or drive… click here to read whole article and make comments



Later-in-life divorce becoming more common

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The News Story - Art of aging: gray divorce

“Divorce is never easy for any couple,” begins an ABC local affiliate’s story, “but it becomes more complicated among older adults who have been together for decades.”

The story reports that a record number of Americans are choosing to end their marriages later in life. Such a move—largely led by women—“can be particularly tricky,” says divorce and family attorney Mark Guralnick. Couples who have been together for 30-40 years may already have a shared will, and spousal support becomes more complicated when the spouse who would normally do the supporting is relying on social security or a meager pension.

Divorcee Mary Ann Merlino Oleksa of Marlton, New Jersey, believes the complications were worth the effort. “More people at my age, at this time of life are starting to realize that you don’t have to put up with a lot of… click here to read whole article and make comments



The health benefits of forgiving

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“Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” – Buddha

I’ve got to say, that Buddha was an insightful bloke.

Recently, I’ve been encouraged to practise forgiveness. It wasn’t even because of direct injury to me - rather it was for something in the past that indirectly had made me suffer, and that was taking up a lot of my mind-space. I didn’t know how to get rid of it.

While being encouraged by good friends to be “merciful” towards the person in question, I came across this recent article in The Atlantic which spoke of a man’s journey to forgiving the person who murdered his mother. This man, Everett Worthington, happened to be a university professor who had been researching the psychology of forgiveness for some years. While his brother never managed to deal with their mother’s… click here to read whole article and make comments



Normalising abortion won’t make it hurt less

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The News Story - 'I Had A Sense of Relief': Livestreaming Our Abortion Stories

22 January 2016 marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and also the closest the U.S. has perhaps ever come to federal defunding of Planned Parenthood. But new efforts are fighting such pro-life victories.

On Tuesday of that week, the 1 in 3 Campaign, a project of the nonprofit Advocates for Youth, hosted a six-hour livestream wherein women shared their personal abortion stories. The purpose? “Running away from abortion and not talking about abortion and acting like there’s something wrong with abortion does a disservice to everyone who’s had one and does a disservice to those who provide them,” Lizz Winstead of the Daily Show, who was one of the participants, told The Daily Beast. Abortion, these women believe, is a subject that has been forced into the shadows. Winstead believes that until the day comes when… click here to read whole article and make comments



Childhood chores are a predictor of success

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I think it’s pretty common for parents to think that their kids’ success in life will be guaranteed by things like learning their A-B-Cs at age one, enrolling them in a host of extracurricular activities and making sure they have all the latest gadgets. But according to the research (as pointed out in this WSJ article) it all starts with something much simpler – getting them to help with chores around the house.

Giving your kids chores doesn’t make you into a slave driver or an evil parent – it’s setting your kids up with the skills that contribute to a happy and fulfilled life. Studies have found that children who began helping with chores at the ages of three or four years were more likely to later have good family and friend relationships, achieve success academically and in their careers, and to be self-sufficient. And even though it seems like… click here to read whole article and make comments



Freezing your eggs isn’t taking control

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I just read a recent Huffington Post article titled “I Took Control Of My Biological Clock At Age 30” – and let’s just say that the title alone told me that I was going to take issue with the line of thought.

Author Aidan Madigan-Curtis talks about her experience with egg freezing, and it’s not like she paints a glamorous picture – 11 days of self-injecting hormones, egg extraction surgery, mood swings, bodily changes and a huge hit to your wallet. But she does glam it up with her claims of “taking control.”

I get it, I do. Women these days are career-driven and busy, and often haven’t yet met the right man with whom to start a family. That’s life. And naturally, they do want kids in the future and also want said kids to be healthy – which is a riskier business… click here to read whole article and make comments



Nothing happy about divorce season

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The News Story - “Happy Divorce Season! It’s That Time of Year Again"

The first Monday after January 1 is aptly named “Divorce Day”—calls to family attorneys go up significantly, as couples who have tried to get through one last holiday season together finally decide to call it quits.

Alison Hawes, a specialist divorce and family lawyer with UK law firm Irwin Mitchell, told a UK news source that financial pressures—even more acute around Christmas—are also to blame in some 40% of these breakups. The story reports that for the past few years, the firm’s business in January has been up by about 25% as compared with a normal month. Concerned about the known consequences of divorce for families, the firm “is now working with the charity Kids In The Middle to reduce the impact of divorce and separation on children by providing a support network for people… click here to read whole article and make comments



Do you Kondo?

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Who says home-making doesn’t sell?

For months now a book about tidying up has been in the top five of the Amazon best-seller list.

Last week a new book, by the same author, received rave write-ups across the world.

The scribe in question, Marie Kondo, has now sold 4.8 million books worldwide. She is 30 years old.

Last year’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, does what it says on the tin. It helps home-makers systemise the way they go about cleaning house.

The new book, the far more opaque-sounding Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up repackages that advice around a central idea.

When tidying up and deciding whether to throw something away, we should ask ourselves whether… click here to read whole article and make comments


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