Moving in, breaking up

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The News Story - Ready to room with your better half? Keep these things in mind
A story in the Washington Post offers some advice to couples considering moving in together.
"Go for a common ground," writes Rebecca Kern, advising couples who are considering cohabitation to find a new apartment or home together, rather than one moving in with the other. Kern also advises that it might be best to pay double rent for a while in order to snag that "perfect" location, and that couples should discuss things like a joint checking account or credit card, how to split chores, and preparing themselves for an adjustment.
Most important, though? Couples should "make sure they're on the same page about what [cohabitation] means"--whether it's a convenient living arrangement, a step to marriage, or a compromise. But in spite of such cheery how-to pieces such as this one, with… click here to read whole article and make comments



Did you make any digital resolutions?

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It’s nearing the end of January, so you’ve probably perused your fair share of articles on New Year’s resolutions. But what about digital resolutions? In a society where this is such a big focus, did you stop to consider your digital habits? All I’m saying is that it deserves a moment, as I took when I saw a CNN article on the topic. Here are my digital resolutions for 2015:

One device at a time

I have this terrible habit. I don’t watch a lot of television, but when I do and the ads come on, I immediately reach for my phone. It’s like a spontaneous, uncontrollable reaction, and it makes me somewhat angry with myself. At what point did I need at least two forms of entertainment at the same time? And to be honest it kind of hurts my head – I don’t get a complete TV watching experience… click here to read whole article and make comments



All your kids wanted for Christmas was…

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This is really cute. Ikea came out with this ad for the holidays, and what a result they got. It’s heartwarming, but it also makes you think – I think it’s a great one for parents to watch. Enjoy! 

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Science says: eat with your kids

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Family meals nourish your body, but that’s not all. (Shutterstock)     

As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia back up my enthusiasm for family dinners. It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is great for the brain, the body and the spirit. And that nightly dinner doesn’t have to be a gourmet meal that took three hours to cook, nor does it need to be made with organic arugula and heirloom parsnips.

Brain food    

For starters, researchers found that for young children, dinnertime conversation boosts vocabulary even more than being read aloud to. The researchers counted the number of rare words… click here to read whole article and make comments



Is life after divorce better?

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The News Story - A happier life after divorce

January 5 was this year’s “divorce day”— the first Monday after the holidays, when the number of people seeking a divorce jumps one-third. Couples who decide to suffer through one last Christmas and New Year together—whether for the sake of children, or because they can’t bear the thought of telling family of a split right after carving the Christmas turkey—jump on the phone first thing Monday morning.
And according to some news sources, that’s OK. Heidi Stevens, reporter at the Chicago Tribune, surveys the divorce “experts” and writes that divorce “can often be the beginning of a more tranquil, authentic, happier—indeed better—life.” Stevens writes of “reclaiming lost priorities,” forgotten in the mayhem of marriage. Says one expert, “Creating a vision for your new life is actually easier than staying in a soul-killing marriage.” Also important is “keeping it positive”—set aside old… click here to read whole article and make comments



Speed dating in the Islamic State

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London-born woman Khadijah Dare found love in the Islamic State (The Independent) 

A British Islamic State (IS) militant fighting in Syria has given information and advice to women who wish to come to Syria, join IS, and get married to a militant, and to the militants who wish to marry them.

The British militant, who uses the pseudonym Abul Qa’qa al-Baritani, explained the rules about women’s guardians permitting them to marry, and about conditions for non-Syrian Muslim women who come to Syria to live under Islamic State rule.

Baritani has offered advice on a wide range of topics and in previous blog posts has recommended “the use of poisons or chemical and biological weapons including scorpions against [enemy] population centers” and says that the United States, Britain, and France should be particularly targeted with such weapons.

The “Sisters Maqar” -- All-Female Housing

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Can’t it be Christmas all the time?

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It's hard not to notice that a little bit of Christmas spirit has been sprinkled throughout the news for the last few weeks. “22-months of drought not drying out Christmas spirit.” “ASX responds to the Christmas spirit on short day of trades”. “Melbourne charities, cafes, churches capture Christmas spirit.” Wouldn’t it be great if the merriness lasted all year round? Here are a few aspects of the Christmas spirit that I’m going to try and maintain throughout the year:

Optimism and hope

As seen in the first article about drought, people seem to let their worries go and focus on the positives during the festive season. If only we could keep that sentiment all year round! Sure, we can’t pretend that problems don’t exist, but we can have a bit more faith that things are going to be okay.

Generosity and remembering how good it feels to give

Giving can be tough, and yet at Christmas it… click here to read whole article and make comments



More marriage, more healthy habits

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The News Story - 2015 journey to whole health: 3 steps to lasting New Year’s resolutions

It’s the time for New Year’s Resolutions, and most of us Americans will make the resolutions—once again—to lose a few extra inches off the waistline, drink fewer cocktails, and eat a bit less red meat.  Dr. Tasneem Bhatia writes at the Huffington Post that if Americans really want to make those health resolutions stick, we need more than a few tweaks in behavior.
“The journey to whole health is a part of that planning as we all continue to navigate the changing landscape of trying to be ‘healthy,’” writes Dr. Bhatia.  Her strategies to improve “whole health” include such things as journaling, meditation, and yoga. Also on the list is such common-sense advice as eating better and sleeping more, coupled with medical strategies such as “The Daily Detox,” “Balance Your Bacteria,” and “Rev… click here to read whole article and make comments



UK government promises a price tag for the work of the home

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The Home Renaissance Foundation has been given the best Christmas gift imaginable.

It sounds dull, but like all the best presents, it may prove surprisingly useful.

Unpaid housework is to be officially recognised by the British government as a measurable part of the nation’s wealth.

Childcare and eldercare, cleaning and laundry, ironing and cooking. All the things that make a home run well, but which have been slighted and ignored by officialdom for decades.

But not any more. As previously noted by the BeHome blog, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) says that it will be able to put a figure on the value of unrecognised domestic toil and include it in the UK’s figures for Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The good news is that this may be as early as the summer of 2015.

The ONS has already made a stab at some preliminary projections. And, even for those of us who have long argued that the… click here to read whole article and make comments



The Sydney siege: the good news

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One week ago, the Sydney siege took Australia by surprise.  Everyone was still easing into their morning when the news of it began to spread like wildfire across the media and social networks. By the next day, the nation had watched with sadness and fear as Man Haron Monis took two innocent lives and traumatised many more, before being killed when the police went in.

The whole thing was, and is, horrible. I’m sure I speak for all Australians in saying that I wish it had never happened. Today, farewell services were held to honour the two people that lost their lives. But if anything can be comforting about it all, it’s the way that the country has reacted to the event.

A show of unity and support

The flowers that were left in Martin Place after the event have left me speechless. In aerial photos, there’s no pavement to be… click here to read whole article and make comments


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