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The News Story - Fresno County billboard campaign against underage drinking revealed

Some Fresno teens are taking the battle against underage drinking to the streets with a new billboard campaign, reports a Fresno TV station.
The billboard features images of teens pursuing their dreams—in graduation gowns, a chef’s uniform, or workout gear—coupled with the slogan “#mysoberswag.” The campaign, organized by Fresno County Friday Night Live youth leaders, is “designed to encourage . . . peers to remain sober during graduation season.” “Alcohol is the most widely abused substance among teens,” the story reports, with 14 percent of 10th graders and 28 percent of 12th graders nationally reporting at least one instance of intoxication in the last month.

But as laudable as such efforts are, they are only a band-aid to a problem that runs much deeper.

The New Research - Broken homes,… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 29 MAY 2015

Teaching your daughters to dress with class

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It is a truth universally acknowledged that teenage girls don’t love it when their mums tell them what to wear. So how should parents help their daughters to navigate monotonous and often degrading trends that everyone else seems to be wearing, and help them to develop their own unique style?

One approach that seems to be working is fashion and style events for young women, by young women. Just last weekend in Toronto, Canada, the TREnDS group (which stands for “Teens Reacting Effectively and Discovering Style”) held their inaugural Fashion Forum event to celebrate 10 years of monthly and annual activities – which have reached thousands of women with the aim of educating them in the areas of style and beauty. We talked to TREnDS’ President, Shannon Joseph, and Planning Committee members Sofie Wassmer and Ulrika Drevniok, about how it all works:

Could we have a quick rundown of the Fashion Forum event?

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TUESDAY, 26 MAY 2015

Easy divorce, earlier death?

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The News Story - Breaking up is hard to do in Arkansas: why divorce laws are getting stricter

While it may seem like divorce is easier than ever to obtain, the reverse is actually true, according to Newsweek. Thanks to the efforts of conservative politicians like Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, many states have instituted policies that require long mandatory “cool-down” periods and time-consuming parenting classes.
And this trend, Newsweek believes, is unhealthy, because “Instead of trying to make a highly charged scenario easier to navigate, such legislation does the opposite. . . . it just forces two unhappy people to stay together longer.” As an alternative to such legislation, the story proposes the example of California’s new pilot program, “One Day Divorce.” In contrast to the tight-lipped, pale-faced couples in traditional divorce proceedings, “the litigants in One Day Divorce are universally smiling and overflowing with joy to the… click here to read whole article and make comments


MONDAY, 18 MAY 2015

Antibiotics for infants aren’t a good idea

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The News Story - Giving antibiotics to infants is strongly related to illness in adulthood

Many news stories in recent years have covered the dangers of overprescribing antibiotics, but a new study reveals the precise way in which giving infants such drugs sets them up them for a lifetime of illness.

Reports TIME, “The antibiotics may alter infant gut bacteria, which are tied to everything from allergies and obesity to infectious diseases.” More specifically, antibiotics appear to alter “critical gut microbiota that determine our vulnerability to a number of infectious diseases.” The story warns that antibiotics “remain the most prevalent drug prescribed to children,” but that “30% of prescriptions are deemed unnecessary.”
What this story does not cover, however, is that family breakdown plays a crucial role in decisions to request antibiotics.

The New Research - Breeding supergerms

Few threats worry public-health officials more than that of new strains of bacteria resistant to antibiotics. Epidemiologists increasingly recognize that… click here to read whole article and make comments



Trusting in the goodness of your children

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Tonight after stories and snuggles with my two-year old, during which I almost fell asleep, I gave him a little rock-a-bye and put him in his crib. He struggled up and began to protest, but I didn't have the energy for more and went to my room. Shortly he became quiet and I heard soft singing as if a Disney princess had come to croon him to sleep. It was my eight-year old who had been reading on the couch nearby. She got up without being asked to comfort her little brother, the tiny prince in our family of five girls. 

The best part of this little scenario for me is that her heart told her what to do. The impulse to comfort and care for another came from within: maternal instinct in my biggest little girl. This makes me happy because despite all my failures, my moments of impatience or… click here to read whole article and make comments


TUESDAY, 12 MAY 2015

DTR: Define The Relationship

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One of the things I appreciated most when I began dating my now-fiancé was the fact that I knew where we stood. He asked me out to dinner and actually called it a date, he officially asked to be my boyfriend after we had gotten to know each other, and we openly discussed where we were headed. Isn’t this a far better approach than wondering, over months and months of flirty catch-ups, whether someone is actually interested in you? Isn’t it better than having to ask a guy, as he drops you off, whether we’d just been on a date (yup, I’ve done that)? I definitely think so, but I’m afraid our culture does not.

This is why, upon reading a NY Times essay titled “No Labels, No Drama, Right?,” I was more than grateful for the refreshing perspective. Sure, author Jordana Narin tends to question the nonsensicality of the… click here to read whole article and make comments


SUNDAY, 10 MAY 2015

Why I’d like to be a mother

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Being the eldest of nine siblings, I’ve alway­­­s wanted to be a mother of a large family. Most people in my life know this, and yet now that I’m engaged, many seem surprised that I’m sticking to my guns.

I’ll admit – with my marriage coming up in about three months and the possibility of children now so much closer than before, it is starting to look a little scarier. Life won’t be just about me anymore, my body will change, certain attitudes will need to shift and, well, nappies will need to be bought. Not to mention that I’ll have the responsibility of lives – actual lives – in the hands of myself and my husband. But in my mind, it’s still worth all the fuss:  maybe because I’m crazy, perhaps because I’m used to a noisy household.

Or it could just be because my mum is amazing, and I’d like to be… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2015

Mother’s Day: Lives on the table

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After 20 years of homeschooling and 11 children, I was thinking of all that has happened in those years. I think most of us moms share in the same frustration of mess, more mess and some more mess and finding who is responsible for the mess and tidying up the mess.

As Mother's day approaches, I recall a moment in my life when I understood what went into making a “mess”.

One evening before dinner, my 10 year old slammed down the cutlery on the counter and took off saying, "There's no way I'm setting the table with that mess!" I put the dinner on hold and investigated the crime scene.

She was right. The table surface was no longer visible with stuff strewn on it. I sat down. Dinner was ready, it was the end… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2015

Mother’s Day: a big yes to life and death

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For me, this Mother's Day will be different. I have been a mother for almost nine years, and have six kids, but this year will be the first Mother's Day when one of my children is already gone, and to be preceded by your infant to heaven is a very strange feeling. They are extremely close to you, and more alive than ever in your heart, but your arms are empty. 

I know I'm not alone, because as taboo and hidden a topic as it is, stillbirth happens -- according to Still Life Canada, 2.6 million times per year in the world. Once you say it happened to you, it is alarming how many of those around you admit that it happened to them, too. No one wanted to be the first to bring it up. 

It is hard to talk about, but if you have experienced miscarriage, still birth or infant loss,… click here to read whole article and make comments


FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2015

Better sleep for the wedded

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The News Story - “31 Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight"

story up at The Huffington Post offers some tips on how to snag a few more hours of sleep, so crucial to health and wellbeing.

Among the tips are such relaxation techniques as meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises. Also important is “unplugging”—from your phone, the TV, email, etc. Some of the less predictable advice is to “have sex,” “revamp your sleeping position,” and “kick Fido out of bed.”
All helpful, to be sure, but research indicates that one of the most powerful aids to good sleep may have been left out.

The New Research - Intact marriages, restful nights

Medical authorities increasingly recognize that individuals who get sufficient good sleep enjoy a tremendous health advantage over those who do not. But in a study recently completed at Emory University School of Medicine and Mayo College of Medicine, researchers established that, at least… click here to read whole article and make comments


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