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- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 2:00 PM ESTIt's so much easier to be active in the warm weather months. You can simply lather on the sunscreen and head outdoors. No big winter coats; no battling ice and snow. In the winter, with fewer daylight hours and the cold, it's so much harder to stay motivated - and so much easier to curl up on the couch in your favorite cozy sweater and drink hot chocolate by the roaring fire. But just because that's what you feel like doing doesn't mean you should do it. Well, not all the time anyway, and definitely not in place of your regular workouts! I hate the cold, and I loathe "falling back," even if it does give me one extra hour of precious sleep. To me it's never worth losing that hour of daylight. And the cold? Forget it! I've never been a cold weather person. The two years I lived in Northern California spoiled me for life. It was the perfect combination of mild summers and mild winters. But now that I live in the Northeast, I'm battling cold winters and snow like much of the country. Read More »from Winter Workouts: 7 Ways to Stay Motivated when It's Cold Outside
- smokingI was at the mall recently to hit up the Trader Joe's and Gymboree that's there (you can never have enough Flax & Oats Maple Oatmeal or white socks for the kids). And while I left to go to my car in the parking lot, I was struck with a need to parent other people's children. Well, they weren't really children, they were teenagers. But they were doing something no teenager should do: they were smoking. Now, some might not find the idea teens smoking that offensive, but it is something that just hurts my soul.
The standard legal age for purchasing cigarettes is 18, and I always thought that this was too young. It seems that 21 would be far more appropriate. Why can you ruin your body with cigarettes at age 18, but you have to wait three years to pollute your body with alcohol? And I am not alone in thinking that 18-year-olds are too young to take up smoking - New York City is on the brink of raising the tobacco-purchasing ageRead More »from We Should Absolutely Raise the Smoking Age to 21
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 1:49 PM ESTWould you pay to watch YouTube?Would you pay to watch YouTube? In an attempt to generate more revenue, Time reports that it might cost YouTube viewers $0.99/month to watch some of their favorite channels through a new subscription model where popular video producers can begin to charge a monthly fee. According to Time, "Any video creator who has 10,000 subscribers and has been verified by YouTube will be able to set up a new paid channel and charge a fee for access to their content."
Part of the beauty of YouTube is the wealth of free content that has always been available to viewers. When our kids were young, we loved pulling up favorite Sesame Street clips for them to watch to watch on-demand via YouTube, but now Sesame Workshop is one of the channels that requires viewers to pay for content at the price of $1.99 per Sesame Street episode.
We've also spent a lot of time using YouTube to master different Rainbow Loom patterns. My daughter has found endlessRead More »from Why We Might Be Forced to Pay to Watch YouTube Videos
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 1:43 PM ESTsocial media I've had a blog since long before any of my friends even knew what it was. Since I worked as a news producer at WABC in New York City in my twenties.
I wrote almost daily on it, even as my journalism career took off and I was promoted to Executive Producer of FOX in Salt Lake City. The job involved managing an entire newsroom and guiding anchors, reporters, producers, editors and photographers through a successful newscast each evening.
Throughout my time on top of the newsroom food chain I maintained the blog which featured personal stories and photos of my family and each of my children as they were born. Not only did I write on the blog but I posted links to the blog on Facebook where I was friends with my news director and all of my coworkers. Granted, there was the usual learning curve that comes with starting a blog and figuring out what to write. A few posts caused some raised eyebrows on the part of my boss but, to her credit, she always realized the very simple fact thatRead More »from Why You Should Hire the Guy Holding the Beer in His Facebook Photo
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:51 AM EST
According to the Guttmacher Institute, 27.5% of all U.S. women who use contraceptives choose the birth control pill as their pregnancy-prevention-plan of choice, while another 10% use some sort of hormonal birth control in the form of a patch, inserted device (like an IUD), or an injection.
And while the prevalence of birth control among sexually active women isn't surprising, one commonly overlooked side effect of hormonal birth control is:
It may be leading women to choose the wrong partners.
All forms of hormonal birth control work by synthesizing either a combination of the the man-made forms of the hormones estrogen and progesterone (found in brand name pills like Ortho Tri-Cyclen or Yasmin) or the "low-dose" form of birth control that contains progesterone only (like Norethidrone, often given to breastfeeding mothers) in a woman's body.
Basically, by raising the levels of estrogen and progesterone in a woman's body, either in steady or fluctuating levels, birthRead More »from Can Birth Control Make You Choose the Wrong Partner?
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:43 AM EST
Here comes the homework. And while it may be assigned to the kids, guess who gets to help out? Right, we the parents (and our dear friend Google). It's probably a good idea to use that Google machine if you get stuck helping the kids because some things have changed since we went to school. Pluto isn't a planet. There are actually more than 5 senses. Drains in Australia don't go the opposite direction. It's true. Mental Floss has served up a great YouTube video featuring 50 science mistakes we all make, proving that just because you learned it in school doesn't mean it's true. From sunflowers to brontosauruses, click through some of the highlights to relearn what you should already know to be true. I got stumped by nearly a dozen of them. Who knew helping with homework would be so hard? -By Buzz BishopRead More »from 10 Scientific "Facts" that Are Actually Complete Lies
My son has a 1st grade teacher who periodically talks about current events and local news stories in class. I have a real problem with this.
I don't have to tell you that the evening news is depressing with daily tallies of murders, unemployment woes and political unrest. So…why would sharing this information with a classroom of 6 year olds seem like a good idea again?
The day my son informed me that his teacher told the class about a man who accidentally struck and killed two children while texting and driving, I had to ask myself what his teacher was trying to accomplish. Was she trying to parlay some lesson on the dangers of texting and driving? Was she offering a warning of sorts for these small children when crossing the street? Both? Neither? I had no idea, all I knew was this tragic news story was incredibly distressing to my already anxious son.
His teacher isn't exclusively talking to students who will listen to a story like that and then go on their merry way. ForRead More »from 6 Reasons Why I Shelter My Kid from the News
- Babble.com | Pets – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:13 AM EST
If your pet is like mine, he or she is more than happy to "help" with the housework. My corgi Eve loves to help clean the dishes, while Ty is known for supervising the Roomba. Indeed, one of the first things he did when he first entered our home was climb aboard the Roomba for a better view. From cats making sure that the laundry stays in the basket, to helping load the dishwasher and stock the fridge, here are 10 pets helping with the housework. -By Carleen CoulterRead More »from 10 Adorable Animals that Want to "Help" You with Your Housework
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:01 AM ESTteen pregnancyAccording to a UN report released Wednesday, "more than 7 million girls under the age of 18 are still giving birth each year" and 2 million of them are 14 or younger, worldwide. The UN Population Fund says "this group faces the gravest long-term social and health consequences from giving birth as teens, including higher rates for death during childbirth and the complication obstetric fistula, the development of a hole in the birth canal that can obstruct labor," CBS News notes. They quote the fund's executive director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, as saying, "A girl who is pregnant at 14 is a girl whose rights have been violated and whose future is derailed."
Osotimehin says in the UN report, "The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl's control. It is a consequence of little or no access to school, employment,Read More »from U.N. Report States 2 Million Girls Ages 14 and Younger Give Birth Annually
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:40 AM EST
When I gave up my corporate career two years ago to work from home in pursuit of a personal passion, I had obvious concerns - the first and largest being money. I was making a good salary that afforded my family a very comfortable life, not to mention health benefits. Subsequent concerns involved matters of personal identity. Who was I if not an equal contributor to my household? Sure, my husband worked a successful career, but earning and contributing to my household was something I took tremendous pride in. And why should my happiness matter, I was providing financial security for my family. What could be more important than that? Actually, a lot of things. Of all the practical lessons I work so hard to instill in my children - the importance of hard work, sucking it up, thinking outside the box - the decision to leave my job for pennies on the dollar with little more than faith and a prayer may have taught them the most valuable lessons of all. -By Lori Garcia
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