Do you let your kid play on the iPad unsupervised? It might be bad for your wallet. (Photo: Getty Images)Greg and Sharon Kitchen had company coming over, so when their youngest son, Danny, asked for their iTunes password so he could download a cool new game, they tapped it in for him and left him alone to play while they entertained their guests in their South Gloucestershire, England, home.
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"Danny was pestering us to let him have a go on the iPad. He kept saying it was a free game so my husband put in the passcode and handed it to him," his mom told the Telegraph. "It worried me when he asked for the password but I had a look at the game it said it was free so I didn't think there would be a problem."
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On Monday morning, the mother of five woke up to 19 emails from iTunes, listing purchases adding up to 1,710 British pounds -- about $2,500 -- from the night before. By the time her credit card company called her to check up on the charges, Kitchen had figured out what had happened.
"I realized what happened and
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Mar 1, 2013 4:24 PM EST
Do you let your kid play on the iPad unsupervised? It might be bad for your wallet. (Photo: Getty Images)Greg and Sharon Kitchen had company coming over, so when their youngest son, Danny, asked for their iTunes password so he could download a cool new game, they tapped it in for him and left him alone to play while they entertained their guests in their South Gloucestershire, England, home.Read More »from 5-year-old Racks Up $2,500 ITunes Bill in 10 Minutes (Kids these days!)
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Mar 1, 2013 2:36 PM EST
The New York Subway station where Peter Mercurio and Danny Stewart found their son, Kevin. (Photo: Michael W./Foursquare)People often say that there's no such thing as coincidence, and there are plenty of romantic stories about those who feel they have found true love simply by being in the right place at the right time. But for one New York couple, fate took them a step further: They already had each other, and being in the right place at the right time -- a busy Manhattan subway station at rush hour -- they found their son.Read More »from How One NY Couple Found Their Son in the Subway: A Family Made by Fate
A Young Mom Photographs Her Baby's Adoption Process
It was December 2000, and the baby boy was just three hours old when his mother wrapped him in a dark sweatshirt and left him on the ground, in a corner behind the turnstiles at the 14th Street subway station. As Danny Stewart, then 34, got off the C train, he headed toward an exit he didn't usually take. It was closest to the train car he was on, though, and as he made his way out of the station he saw a pair of tiny, pale legs sticking out from the dark fabric.
"I glanced down and saw what I thought was just a baby doll,"
That burger costs a lot more in other countries.People complain about the high price of their daily coffee fix, but after comparing the price tags on Starkbucks lattes in other countries, it seems like Americans are getting a pretty sweet deal.Read More »from Where fast food is the most expensive
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According to this breakdown by the Wall Street Journal, the same grande latte that goes for about $4.30 in New York costs the equivalent of $9.83 in Oslo, Norway. A Starbucks craving while you're in Stockholm, Sweden, will run you about $7.40. But a 16-ounce cup of the stuff costs just $2.80 in New Delhi, India.
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Fast food outlets may seem to be on every corner in the U.S., and the prices all seem to be about the same. But the strength of a country's currency and the availability of a given ingredient can have a radical effect on those prices once you try to buy a familiar fast food product elsewhere.
In Venezuela, a McDonald's Big Mac costs a little more than $9
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 28, 2013 2:27 PM EST
Why are women getting fattter? One study says its because they do less housework now than they did in the 1960s. (Photo: Getty Images)A New York Times article about a study that links U.S. women's expanding waistlines to the fact that they do less housework has sparked a wave of outrage online, where readers decried the piece for being sexist.Read More »from Does Less Housework Really Equal a Larger Waistline?
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"Attn ladies, maybe if you put a little more time into housework you wouldn't be so fat," tweeted Taylor Lorenz as she shared Gretchen Reynolds' article, entitled "What Housework Has to Do With Waistlines."
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"Are you kidding? You just completely discredited yourselves as a newspaper," commented Agnes Shugardt on the New York Times Facebook page.
"WOMEN: You're fat because you don't do housework anymore. (Nice double whammy.) #whywasthisevenastudy," tweeted Sarah B.
The controversial study -- funded by a grant from Coca Cola -- was published this month in PLoS One and, as Gretchen Reynolds points out in The New York Times, it's actually a follow
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Thu, Feb 28, 2013 9:36 AM EST
college students across the United States are looking at the calendar and getting ready for a booze-fueled spring break, some students are planning a different kind of vacation bash: their weddings.While many Read More »from 'Western Wedding University': Where Students Go to Marry. Are 'Mrs' Degrees Alive and Well?
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It's not uncommon for teens attending small religious schools to forgo the typical drinking-and-partying college experience and instead focus on finding their soul mates. At Walla Walla University in Washington state, the idea of "dating to marry" is so much the norm that students have dubbed the school "Western Wedding University."
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"A lot of people come here and they try to get married," Alyssa Seibold, a junior, told the Whitman Pioneer. "Because of the community that we are in, I feel like people can find someone they are compatible with because we all come from similar backgrounds."
It's a nickname that the school embraces, too, thanks to its devout Seventh Day Adventist roots.
A Finnish study found that having many boys shaves months off a mom's life. (Photo: Getty Images)Parents often quip that their kids—especially their rambunctious little boys—are "going to be the death of me," and new research shows that they may be right: Having sons can shave an average of eight and a half months off of a mom's life.Read More »from Study: Having Boys Can Take Months Off Your Life
(The affect on dads? None, apparently.)
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The study, by evolutionary ecologist Dr. Samuli Helle of the University of Turku in Finland and Dr. Virpi Lummaa of the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, was published this week in the journal Biology Letters. He and his team looked at the post-childbirth survival rates of 11,166 mothers and 6,360 fathers in pre-industrial Finland, using records kept by the Lutheran Church there.
"Irrespective of access to resources, mothers, but not fathers, with many sons suffered from reduced post-reproductive survival," they wrote in the study.
The subjects were born in eight different parts of Finland during the 17th to 20th
She got pregnant.
In an essay for college newspaper The Daily Iowan, where she works as a photographer, Mitchell described her experiences as "A spontaneous moment leading to an unplanned life change. Not a mistake. Definitely a surprise." Her photo-essay and videos have had a powerful impact around the world. (You can see her entire slideshow here.)
According to the essay, she found out she was pregnant on March 25, 2012. She and her boyfriend decided to have the child and begin a new chapter in their life together.
"I was excited at the thought of being a mom and loving my own child," she writes in the essay, which reads like a series of intimate journal entries. "I had the perfect boyfriend who I wasRead More »from Young Mom Photographs Her Baby's Adoption Process
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Tue, Feb 26, 2013 2:56 PM EST
Although women are shattering glass ceilings faster than ever before, they're still woefully underrepresented at the highest levels of the corporate world.
"Women are held back by many things. We're held back by bias, by lack of flexibility, by lack of opportunity," Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg says in the new trailer for her book, "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead" (March 2013). "We also hold ourselves back. We don't sit at the table, we don't raise our hands, we don't let our voices be loud enough."
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It's time for women to take charge of themselves, so that they can take charge of their lives. In "Lean In", Sandberg issues a call to action for women, using anecdotes from her own life story and plenty of hard data and recent research to urge them to change the dialogue from what women can't do to what they can. In the book, Sandberg encourages women to "sit at theRead More »from Sheryl Sandberg on Women, Work, and the Need to 'Lean In'
The food industry is awash in calorie-controlled packs of cookies, chips, and other snacks, but what does a 200-calorie portion of food really look like? The folks at WiseGeek.com decided to find out, measuring plates of veggies against slices of smoked turkey and bowls full of ketchup. News to us: a 10.25-inch wide plate full of broccoli -- about 1.3 pounds of the green stuff -- has the same number of calories as three hard-boiled eggs, eight Hershey's kisses, or 17 gummy bears. Take a look at how some other typical foods stack up. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
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