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- Babble.com | Pets – Thu, Jan 9, 2014 3:04 PM ESTThe frigid temperatures around the country are not just inconvenient; they can be incredibly dangerous for our pets. Here in New York City, we are expecting the temperature to dip to six degrees, but other parts of the country are experiencing below zero temperatures. Experts say frostbite can set in in less than 15 minutes, and animals are not exempt from this despite their furry coats. While frostbite is bad enough, hypothermia is the most dangerous hazard when the weather gets this cold. Signs of hypothermia include "violent shivering followed by listlessness, a rectal temperature below 95°F (35°C), weak pulse, lethargy, and coma." It can become fatal very fast. It goes without saying that every dog and cat needs to be indoors during cold temperatures like these. I would argue, however, that dogs and cats need to be indoors during any cold temperatures. If you are cold, they are cold, simple as that. Outdoors is no place for pets. Read through these 7 vital cold weather tips for Read More »from It's Furr-eezing Out! 7 Cold-Weather Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe
- Love a Little! Why You Should Kiss Your KidsWe're an affectionate family. Sometimes, while riding his trike to school, my four-year-old son Felix will from out of the blue slow down and say, "I love you, Daddy. So much."
One of the sweetest parts of co-sleeping with Felix is when he wakes with a start in the middle of the night and whispers, "I love you," to me in the darkness. Often, in the midst of one of his tantrums, or when anxious and fussing about something in that way that he has, the only thing that calms him is being swept up in a bear hug. (At the end of the day, I need the same from my wife!) And then there's the kisses - pecks on the cheek, the top of the head, the lips. (Though he did, just the other night, ask to have "tongue kissing" the way that mommy and daddy do… but that's another story.) I get two smooches each night before he goes to bed, once on his way up the stairs, and again, later, he sneaks down to say, "I love you," one last time and share a memory from our afternoon together. It's blissful andRead More »from Why It’s Important to Kiss Your Kids
The 7 Stages of Unconditional LoveFor a story on YourTango.com, counselor and therapist Michelle Maliniak tells the sad tale of her alcoholic niece.For a story on YourTango.com, counselor and therapist Michelle Maliniak tells the sad tale of her alcoholic niece. Initially, Maliniak was angry and righteous, trying to control every angle of the situation and cure her niece of her addiction. "Then something changed. I changed. I learned. I forgave and let go. I realized that this was the way it was going to be … I stopped judging her or trying to stop her … Loving someone unconditionally means you understand that you cannot control them," Maliniak was quoted as saying.
The niece ended up dying from her addiction at age 36, but Maliniak has no regrets because "she was loved."
It's beautiful. It's heartbreaking.
It's the kind of story that forces me to wrestle with the question, "Would I ever, in a million years, be strong enough to love that awesomely?"Read More »from The 7 Stages of Unconditional Love
- The Myth of Parenting After Losing a ChildThere's a myth that floats around about parenting after losing a child if you have one (or more) still living. It assumes that since you've had a tremendous, life altering loss - you must be the very best parent now. Everything that annoyed you about your kids before must be cherished, each frustration seems like nothing compared to your loss, and no moment is ever wasted or taken for granted anymore.
After all, you've lost a child. You know how quickly life can be taken, so excellence in parenthood just comes naturally.
In fact, for most of us who have gone through the death of a child, it's just the opposite. Most of the parents I know who have children at home are left to balance so much that it's hard to fit normal parenting back in - much less parenting on a level of nearly holy.
There are so many roads that people take to raise a child after losing one. I've known parents who become consumed with the child they lost, far past the initial stages of grief. Their marriagesRead More »from The Myth of Parenting After Losing a Child
- It's Time to Grow Up: 20 Mistakes to Avoid After a Break-up
Don't let your past relationships ruin your future relationships. Let me rephrase it and say it again … Don't let one failed relationship keep you from having successful relationships in the future. There are a lot of things that you can not control in life (such as your ex.) But the one thing you can control are your actions. You have the power to take the very painful experience of a break-up and turn it into an opportunity for growth and into something that makes you stronger. Or, you can continue to be the victim by making decisions and taking actions that not only hurt you, but hurt others around you.
Having successful relationships takes work and requires you to make better decisions for your life. It's time to grow up! Check out 7 mistakes you better not make after a break-up. And I'll let you know which ones I regret doing.
1. Going back to a bad ex.
This person was no good for you back then, and the same holds true now.Read More »from 7 Mistakes to Avoid After a Breakup
- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 4:44 PM EST
A lot of people tell me that I'm photogenic. It's a lovely compliment, but really I just know how to pose. I studied photography in college and my first job out of school was as a photographer at Glamour Shots. Both experiences gave me ample experience both in front of and behind the camera, and I was able to learn how to look better on film. Check out this post to get some makeup advice then follow these simple tips for looking great in photos and stop hiding from the camera! -By Sonya Lee Benham
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- Why What would it take to get Americans to exercise more? That seems to be a question of the times. If we told them they could finish their workout in 4 minutes, would they do it? If we reminded them that even household chores count, would that help? Or maybe if we let them wear their workout clothes all the time (or at least to work on Fridays), they would be more inclined to get moving?
Over at Slate, that idea - "workout wear Friday" - which came up in the Washington Post, was appropriately mocked by blogger Jessica Grose. Not only is there no real research to support the idea that if you put people in their workout clothes for the day, they actually will exercise, but there's already plenty of other ways employers can encourage their employees to be more fit - like subsidized gym memberships and health plans.
Related: The 10 craziest things women do to lose weight
And while Grose also points out that your health and fitness is your own business and not your employer's - evenRead More »from Why “Workout Wear Friday” Will Never Catch On
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 3:44 PM ESTA 6-Step Process for Getting Rid of Credit Card DebtIs one of your New Year's Resolutions to finally get rid of your credit card debt, once and for all?
Good for you! Seriously, a thousand kudos. This will be one of the absolute best things you can do for yourself. I know it changed everything for me. Getting out of credit card debt was the peak. Once I paid off my credit cards, which were over $20,000 at one point, I knew I could do anything I set out to do. Paying off my credit cards just ended up being the first stone on the path toward taking charge. Everything else seemed easy after that!
Remember, as long as you are paying debt, you're never fully in charge of your money. Someone else is telling you what to do with a portion of your money. Click through for 10 steps to kissing your credit card debt goodbye!Read More »from A 10-Step Process for Getting Rid of Credit Card Debt
Step 1: Stop Using Credit Cards
When you're taking a cup of water out of a boat every month, you don't want to add any more, even if it's a tablespoon. I knew when I was in deep, it was the first thing I had to do to
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 3:43 PM ESTScience Teacher Loses Close to 40 Pounds by Only Eating McDonald's for 3 MonthsWhen we began eating healthier as a family more than 9 months ago, one of the first things I ditched from our diets was McDonald's and food from other, similar fast food chains. Although we had always done a fairly good job of ordering the lower-calorie, non-fried food menu items, and letting the kids order the nuggets with apple slices instead of fries, the long list of food additives, preservatives, and otherwise overly processed food materials, was in stark misalignment with our goal to add more whole foods to our diet - that is, foods which were non-processed or as minimally processed as possible. Adding in more organic, humanely and sustainably raised food items was on our conscious as well. We figured that even though we ordered some of the "healthier" food items off the menu, our bodies and our environment would benefit from the elimination of fast food.
But a high school science teacher from Iowa recently completed a very rough science experiment, where he lost almost 40Read More »from Science Teacher Loses Close to 40 Pounds by Only Eating McDonald's for 3 Months
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 3:34 PM EST
7 Ways to Tell If Your Love Will Last ForeverIt's a new year, which means it's time for new goals, new resolutions, a new you. But hopefully the one thing you won't be trading in this new year is your relationship. I'm getting to the age where most of my peers are walking down the aisle, where I'm witness to new and blossoming love. And admittedly, as a married woman who just celebrated her sixth wedding anniversary (by working at the hospital for a 12-hour shift, woohoo!), I am starting to feel a little jaded about love. I know the truth about marriage. That the shiny new presents, the grandiose party, and the blissful honeymoon suite with the in-room hot tub does not a happy marriage make. Relationships take on all sorts of different shapes and sizes these days, with couples choosing not to marry yet live together, or to forge non-traditional family units. So just what is the key to a lifelong, lasting union? Check out these 6 signs your relationship will last a lifetime!
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