We all know how hard it can be to talk about touchy subjects with our significant other. You know, things like money and sex. When do we bring up the topic? How? Getting it right can make all the difference. One wrong move and you're in a heated argument, for sure.
It's time to get down to business and talk with our husbands (or wives) about some serious issues--you know those touchy subjects like money, our health, and sex.
Before you wade into those deep waters, here are a few tips you might consider.
1. Never interrupt, cut the other person off, or talk over them.
2. When the other person talks, repeat what they say (in short form) so they know you have heard them. Trust me; as weird as this sounds; it works!
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- GALTime.com | Work + Money – Thu, Jan 14, 2010 7:12 PM EST
As the world rushes supplies and donations to earthquake ravaged Haiti, the Better Business Bureau is warning consumers that all charities are not created equal. In a press release, Art Taylor, President and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, said, "Whenever there is a major natural disaster, be it home or abroad, there are two things you can count on. The first is the generosity of Americans to donate time and money to help victims, and the second is the appearance of poorly run and in some cases fraudulent charities." Taylor continued, "Not only do Americans need to be concerned about avoiding fraud, they also need to make sure their money goes to competent relief organizations that are equipped and experienced to handle the unique challenges of providing assistance."
BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers six tips to help Americans decide where to direct donations. For the tips, click here.
For more on how YOU CAN HELP the victims in Haiti, click here.
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Seems like if you're a single lady over the age of 40, you must have claws. "Cougar" is the "in" term these days, you know older women on the prowl for younger men. It sparked the TV show Cougar Town with Courteney Cox, countless spoofs like Cougar Den on Saturday Night Live, and now vacations---Read More »from 'Cougar' Vacations
including cruises where the 40+ women scout for their 'cubs'. For more on the cruises, click here.
Here's what I want to know: Is the term "cougar" derogatory? Does it conjure up the image of women devouring these poor defenseless younger men? Does it empower women? Is it all a lot of nothing?
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Using a kitchen spoon for medication dosing. Admit it, you've probably done it at one time or another to give yourself -or your kids- cold or fever medicine when you can't find the dosing cup. It's no big deal, a teaspoon's a teaspoon and a tablespoon's a tablespoon, right? NO! The FDA advises against the practice but experts say it happens all the time. According to new research in the Annals of Internal Medicine, spoon dosing is a leading cause of dosing errors and pediatric poisonings. One of the study's researchers, Koert van Ittersum, PhD, of Georgia Tech explains the problem and what you need to know to keep your family safe.Read More »from A Bad Dose of Medicine
GT: Doctor van Ittersum, can you start by telling us how common it is that people use kitchen spoons to determine the dose of their medicine?
Dr. van Ittersum: Research has shown that many people have a strong tendency to open their kitchen drawer and grab a spoon, any spoon, to administer liquid medicines. There may be different reasons for that.
Are you looking for the latest lotion, potion or serum to stave off (or potentially shave off) a few years?Read More »from New Ingredients For Younger Looking Skin
There are so many anti-wrinkle and anti-aging claims out there, it's tough to keep the products straight. Do any of them actually work?
Now, there are a whole host of ingredients in over-the-counter products that leading dermatologists say show real promise. What are they and what do they do? The gals at Celebutante Sisters got the lowdown from the American Academy of Dermatology for GALTime.com.
What got high marks? Products with peptides if the goal is younger looking skin. There's strong evidence to back up peptides ability to help you build collagen. There are also anti-inflammatory ingredients like licorice root and feverfew that are showing results.
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Sometimes a story just hits you. We came across information about teachers reading out loud to students in school. Nothing unusual about that, right? Not if you're talking 5, 6, and 7-year-olds. But this was about HIGH SCHOOLERS. Here's an article on the topic. Some teachers say it gets older kids excited about learning. Critics fear it's a crutch and kids will never read on their own. I sat and thought about this for a while. My kids are approaching the ages that they're talking about. At first I thought, whatever it takes to get kids jazzed. I know, from doing homework every night, how tough it can be to get kids to want to learn sometimes. However, after thinking about it a little more, I'm wondering if there is a possibility that kids will fall through the cracks. One of my children is extremely intelligent but has had reading issues. If she could listen and then be tested orally, she'd be in Mensa. But, that's not how the world works. Could schools miss kids with problems if weRead More »from Reading Out Loud to Teens: Helping or Hurting?
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I know I've gained a little weight lately, but this is getting ridiculous! I can't find a bra to fit me correctly no matter what I try! Either the straps dig in or the band is too tight. If I get the band to fit, the cup isn't quite right. I think I'm a pretty smart woman. I spend my days informing people as a journalist. I've helped consumers figure out how to eat healthier foods and drive safer cars. Are you telling me I can't figure out how to find the right balance between support and comfort in my underwear?? It's a little embarrassing! I was about to give up until I talked to Jene Luciani, author of The Bra Book. At first, I admit, I wasn't sure how much could be said about an undergarment. Once I got the book, I couldn't put it down! Ladies, listen up! It's filled with really useful information on everything from how to pick the perfect 'style' of bra for every occasion (there's seven pages devoted to styles in the book!) to how to FINALLY determine the perfect fit for you. JeneRead More »from Bamboozled By My Bra