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



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



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



Marriage protects from heart disease

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The News Story – Six ways you can lower your risk of heart disease

February—the month of love—is also American Heart Month, and stories on what makes for good cardiac health abound.
CNN reported this week on a new study out of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on the “six simple things” that go a long way in promoting a healthier heart, particularly for women. What are these magical steps?
The list is a typical one: Stop smoking, lose weight, exercise, eat healthily, limit television, and drink a moderate amount of alcohol.
What didn’t make the list, of course, is marriage, even though study after study has shown that being married does more than perhaps any other single factor in keeping us healthy and happy.
The New Research - The healthy heart—and the broken one

Marriage protects men and women from fatal heart attacks. Indeed, even among individuals who do suffer… click here to read whole article and make comments



A real man vs Mr Grey

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50 Shades of Grey: don't watch it.

Dear E.L. James (author of Fifty Shades of Grey),

I have a bone to pick with you. Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate love – not to degrade and thoroughly undermine it. But through your books, and now with the film’s release on February 14, that’s exactly what you are doing. You are conveying to women that certain characteristics in a man are attractive when they are really not. You are telling women that your book has something to do with love, whereas I can hardly think of anything that’s further away.

I have not polluted my mind with the books or movie, but I’ve educated myself enough about them to know that I should stay away. But I thought I’d help you out, just in case you have any… click here to read whole article and make comments



The romance of a lifetime

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Until 1993, for 16 years I taught international relations at Georgetown University. In the concluding lecture of the year I used to share with my students some personal reflections to help them as they embarked upon their careers. Many were especially grateful for my advice about how to have a successful marriage. In this regard, I have always advised people to heed only marriage advice from those who are happily married. I consider myself especially well qualified as I have been exceedingly happy with my wife Joan for over 30 years. Here is what I told my students. 

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Above all, you must deeply feel that this is truly the person for you. In addition to all the marriage criteria mentioned below, mutual physical attraction and overall compatibility are essential. 

Only marry a true friend. This is essential. I have seen… click here to read whole article and make comments



How to have a happy marriage (even when you’re busy with kids)

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Marital satisfaction tends to take a dip once that first baby comes home from the hospital (or out of the bathtub, birthing centre, etc.). This shouldn't be surprising to anyone. Let's face it - kids, particularly newborns, are difficult. Anyone who says otherwise is either lying, or a grandparent. But you can maintain a happy marriage despite the strains and difficulties on your new life as parents. Here are ten tips for a happier marriage — with children.

1. Remember that love is a decision, not a feeling.

It’s impossible to keep warm fuzzy feelings for your spouse constantly, especially when you have children taking up so much of your time and energy. Just remember that your relationship with your spouse comes first. Period. If you want the best for your children (and who doesn't), the success of your marriage is paramount. A Google search will render you a dozen different studies all… click here to read whole article and make comments



Less college sex, better studies

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The News Story - “California high school had sex ed teachers with interesting sidelines"

Sometimes what the media fails to report is more interesting than what it does.
Fox News was the only major American news outlet that picked up a story out of California this week that should have made national headlines. In Acalanes Union High School in LaFayette, parents have been demanding for months to know more about a sex education course operated by Planned Parenthood. The answers they finally received shocked them. Reports Fox, “At least two of the instructors had questionable day jobs, with one conducting sex toy workshops at a local porn shop. Another, who dubbed herself a ‘pleasure activist,’ had attended pornography conferences with other Planned Parenthood employees.” “It was not immediately clear" if the sex toy saleswoman “told students of the store’s offerings.”
One suspects that the media blackout on this story is no accident. After all, Planned Parenthood is a politically correct favorite. If the media was doing… click here to read whole article and make comments



NFP’s response to so-called “Catholic feminism”

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Dear Kristina Keneally,
I am writing in response to your article titled "I'm a Catholic feminist, and my church needs me more than ever", published online in The Guardian on 29 January 2015, in response to recent comments made by Pope Francis. Well I am also Catholic, I teach fertility awareness to women, and I must strongly disagree with the comments you made about women and contraception.
You infer that the only way in which women can stop "breeding like rabbits" and have control over their bodies is with the use of artificial contraception. I feel that this shows a lack of knowledge regarding modern advances into understanding reproductive biology and women's fertility, as well as an outdated attitude. Perhaps you haven't heard of natural family planning (NFP), and the fact that it is as effective as birth control? Straight after his comment that some Catholics think they… click here to read whole article and make comments



It can take a grandparent to raise a child

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grandmaPhoto: Austin Institute


“It takes a village to raise a child,” or so goes the saying popularized by then first lady Hillary Clinton in her 1996 book[1]. For many children, extended families are a major part of the “village” that raises the child.  As marriage rates decline in the United States, out of wedlock birth soars, and divorce rates remain high (although they have decreased slightly in recent decades), extended families have often stepped in to fill the gaps where stably married or even stably coupled parents are absent and two parents are not available to share childcare duties.  Sometimes circumstances make living with extended family necessary.

Data from the New Family Structures Study (NFSS), a nationally representative survey of nearly 3,000 young adults ages 18-39 reveals that 13 percent… click here to read whole article and make comments


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