THURSDAY, 29 JANUARY 2015

Does the Pill cause abortions?

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Even during the wildest times of my youth, I would never have wanted to be the cause of an abortion. Yet, there is a possibility that I have been responsible for one, unaware. How? Because of contraceptive methods that my wife and I used before we knew about the natural methods.

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While women’s positions on the legal and moral question of abortion vary, most would agree that full disclosure of the risk of abortion is a basic right of women using contraceptive drugs.

However, studies conducted among women 18-49 in the US[i] and in six European countries[ii] showed that about 8 out of 10 women do not know about the potential of some contraceptives to cause abortion.

The same studies shows that 75 percent of them would want to be informed about any reasonable… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 28 JANUARY 2015

Child care and problem behaviour

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The News Story - Why does Obama want to help families pay for child care? Because it’s insanely expensive

One of President Obama’s targets in this year’s State of the Union address was child care—or the lack of “affordable” and “quality” child care. The President spent what Slate calls a “decent chunk” of this year’s address on the topic, promoting his plan to create a $3,000 tax credit for parents to help alleviate the tremendous cost of institutionalized child care.
 
Jordan Weissmann at Slate analyzes why subsidizing child care is so important. “How expensive is child care today? It can vary enormously state to state but looks an awful lot like a year of public college tuition.” So expensive is child care these days that “families are getting priced out of professional care.” Why is child care so expensive? “It’s fairly simple. You have to pay human beings to… click here to read whole article and make comments


 

WEDNESDAY, 21 JANUARY 2015

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

 

TUESDAY, 20 JANUARY 2015

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


 

FRIDAY, 16 JANUARY 2015

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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WEDNESDAY, 14 JANUARY 2015

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


 

TUESDAY, 13 JANUARY 2015

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


 

WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

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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WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

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


 

MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015

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


 

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