It seems we have reached a point of total wireless abandon. Facebook recently announced it will acquire WhatsApp for $19 billion. Why? Because it taps into our insatiable appetite for non-stop social connection. Every day, more than a million people install this app and start chatting. According to
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 3:11 PM ESTMaybe We Need Parental Controls For Our Own Screen TimeThis morning, as I lay on my back in yoga class on an escape far from home, glancing up through the window in the yurt ceiling, I saw out of the corner of my eye a man in the fetal position on his yoga mat stealthily checking his phone. I immediately felt outrage (since that's the in-vogue emotion for such situations), yet I too am guilty of endlessly checking my phone - in front of my children, at the movie theater, even when crossing the street. Ugh. I always have some seemingly critical reason to be online: I need to confirm a pick-up time, make sure there's no word from the babysitter, or quickly respond to a work email so it's off my plate. Yes, I admit, I am unable to disconnect.
- Babble.com | Beauty – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 2:41 PM ESTI Don't Blame the Beauty Industry for Caucasian IdealsI recently read an article on Refinery29 titled, "How Beauty is Teaching Minorities to Look More White." In it, the Asian author, Sharon J. Yi, makes the argument that the beauty industry not only pushes Caucasian beauty ideals, but is "using makeup as a tool to make ethnic features appear more Western." She later cites a study in the Psychology Press that concludes that Asian women, in particular, find white women to be most beautiful, and that this leads to "increasing levels of body dissatisfaction and deepening depression."
As you can see from the picture above, I do agree that there are many popular hair and makeup trends that may make a woman of color look more Caucasian. As a half-Asian woman, I admit to using some of these techniques on a regular basis. I apply makeup to make my eyes look wider, highlight areas to appear more angular, and dye my naturally black hair lighter. I'm not consciously trying to look whiter, but perhaps I've been subtly brainwashed.
Still, I findRead More »from 4 Reasons I Don’t Blame the Beauty Industry for Caucasian Ideals
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 2:03 PM ESTThe True Identity of Andy's Mom from Toy Story Is the Best Thing EverYou probably never thought twice about Andy's mom from Toy Story except to note that she was much better animated in the last film than the first.
But Jon Negroni has thought long and hard about Andy's mom. He has developed an in-depth theory about her true identity.
Are you ready to have your mind blown?
Negroni theorizes that Andy's mom, who would have been a child in the '70s, is the original owner of Jessie, Woody's cowboy sister who we meet with Stinky Pete in Toy Story 2. Jessie reminisces about a girl named Emily who loved and played with her.
Andy's mom is Emily.
Negroni bases this on the fact that Emily wore a red cowboy hat with white laces. Andy wears that same hat when he's 6 years old, except the hat band is faded or missing on his hat. Negroni theorizes that Andy's mom gave this hat to Andy. It's not a Woody hat. Woody's hat is brown and doesn't have white laces. Andy's mom gave him the hat that she wore as a kid.Read More »from The True Identity of Andy’s Mom from "Toy Story" is the Best Thing Ever
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 1:59 PM ESTRussia Moves to Ban Child Beauty Pageants: Why America Should Be NextFrom JonBenét Ramsey to Honey Boo Boo and every pageant kid in between, watching any child participate in a beauty pageant makes me itchier than a victim of Shingles.
I'm not all that hot for adult beauty pageants either, but those women are old enough to know better - although they probably all started out as JonBenéts and Honey Boo Boos themselves. That's why I'm a fan of lawmakers in Russia who recently proposed a bill to ban child participation in beauty pageants and introduce penalties for lawbreakers.
As noted on RT, the bill outlaws kids being in any event where they will "show themselves off and be judged on their appearance, if this could harm the child's health or development physically, intellectually, psychically, and spiritually. Participation in contests that could potentially lead to corruption of the young is also banned."
If parents allow their children to participate in beauty pageants, they could have to pay up to 5,000 roubles, which is roughly 142Read More »from Russia Moves to Ban Child Beauty Pageants: Why America Should Be Next
- Babble.com | Parenting – Tue, Feb 25, 2014 1:44 PM ESTOn Friday afternoon, mother Lindsay Jaynes of Newport Beach, CA (a "child of God, wife & mama, music obsessed, tech geek, nature gal, digital + film photography student, food lover, fan of all things vintage" according to her Twitter profile) tweeted a simple question to Delta Airlines Assist. She asked, "What's your breast feeding policy? I'll be flying with my 10wk old son and he won't nurse with a cover or take a bottle. Thanks."
I would usually give a play-by-play but it might be easier if you just see the conversation. It went like this:
Moms Enraged over a Delta Airlines Anti-Breastfeeding Tweet
Yeah, that happened. Seriously, you would think that Delta would have learned.
Back in 2012, they were taken to court for trying to make a breastfeeding mother cover up, and then kicking her off the plane (Delta settled with the mom for an undisclosed amount).
Delta should know better. But there it is, their social media representative -- going by the initials "SD" --apparently didn't get the memo: "Don't mess with moms!"Read More »from International Airline in Hot Water Over Anti-Breastfeeding Tweet
- Foods that Improve Your Reaction Time
When my kids were little, I used to tell them that they had to eat healthy so they could be strong like Popeye. Of course, being children in this century (and showing my rapidly increasing age) they had no idea who Popeye might be, only that he has a ridiculous name. (Little did they know that the rest of the cast includes the names Olive Oil, Brutus, and Pluto.) Unimpressed by my pop culture reference, they still would not eat their spinach, and so I resorted to sneakily hiding the leafy green in their morning protein shakes.
These days, my oldest son is now heavily into martial arts, with at least one class of sparring each week. As his Sensei often says, if you want to get better, keep practicing. After all, the goals you set are goals you get, and all that jazz.
But here is another tip for my son and anyone else who like activities that require quick reflexes, such as martial arts, kickboxing, tennis, and even video games orRead More »from Think Fast! Foods that Improve Your Reaction Time
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Feb 24, 2014 4:32 PM ESTYou Need More Sleep! 5 Reasons to Get to Bed Earlier
Are you feeling a bit run-down? Maybe slightly irritable? Constantly hungry?
You? Might be tired. You might need more sleep.
According to the CDC, insufficient sleep has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. Adults should be getting a solid seven to nine hours per night, and all too many of us are falling far short of the mark. In fact, up to 80 percent of us are suffering from some type of sleep deprivation.
If you recognize your sleepy self in that mirror, here are five reasons why sleep is so important:
1. Sleep is Your Brain's Janitor
Really. Recent studies indicate that the reason we feel so darn well-rested after a good night's sleep is that during our slumber, our brain is ridding itself of neurotoxins. Out with the bad, in with the good. So if you want to start the day with your brain chemistry as optimized as possible, hit the hay nice and early!
"The restorative function of sleep may be aRead More »from Are You Sleeping Enough? 5 Smart Reasons to Get More Shut-Eye
- Why I'm Raising My Kids Without Religion
That question is a mega-hot button one, especially for parents like me who love their kids more than anything.
I'd like to think that there is a nice, tidy paradise of a kingdom waiting for me when I croak, but I have to be honest: I don't have to venture too deep down into my bones before I hit a lot of resistance to that idea.
I was raised to believe, mind you. I was an altar boy and a regular churchgoer for most of my youth, and I still feel like the peacefulness I encountered at many Christmas Eve services are some of the coolest moments I have ever known.
Still, something never really clicked for me when it came to religious faith. So much of it seemed so old, so outdated.
Sometimes, I suspect that I might have found a bit more faith within me had the people in my church occasionally raised a question or three about the antiquated directions the Bible often seemed to point us in. No one everRead More »from Why I’m Raising My Kids Without Religion
- Why I Think It's OK Not to Love Being PregnantOK, I'm just gonna be totally honest right now: I don't like being pregnant.
I know that saying you don't like being pregnant is pretty much akin to blasphemy and that some people are probably gonna get all Judgey McJudgerson on me for saying it - but it's true.
When you're pregnant and blogging about it, there is a fine line between being transparent and being viewed as an ungrateful whiner. People want to hear a little bit about the unpleasant parts of pregnancy so they can know what to expect. However, if you complain too much or get too real about things, then you get comments from people about how ungrateful you are because they/their relative/their neighbor/their dog only wishes they could be pregnant after struggling for years with infertility/miscarriage and how you should feel completely ashamed of yourself for complaining about such a beautiful blessing … the miracle of life! How could you?!
Yeah. I've gotten a lot of those comments.
Last time I was pregnantRead More »from Why I Think It’s OK Not to Love Being Pregnant
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Feb 24, 2014 3:15 PM ESTDear Kids Kids, can you come here a second? Sit down.
Hey listen … no really, you guys. Wait, come back … yes, you. Please sit. OK now listen, I have something to tell you.
I -- hang on, sweetie. I'll get you a snack in a minute.
Listen, the thing is, I need you to understand something. I've been thinking about this a lot -- hey, stop touching your brother -- and it's important to me that I say this out loud.
I love that you think so much of me. I love that you think I can be here and there and everywhere all at once. I love that you think I can fix every broken thing, make you feel better when you're sad/mad/hurt/frustrated, and offer just the right amount of love and supper (and snacks) when you need them most. I love that you can't wait to tell me things so badly that you interrupt -- wait, hang on, don't interrupt me. I'm not finished yet!
I love that you think I understand your day's stories when you leave outRead More »from The Truth About Motherhood: What I Want My Kids to Know