Lucille O'Neal used to give her son Shaquille bubblegum before games to keep him calm, she told Yahoo! Shine.When basketball star Shaquille O'Neal was still a kid, he knew that he had to get good grades before he could to play sports.
"In our home we had a rule: No pass, no play," his mother, Lucille O'Neal, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "If you didn't pass the grade, then you weren't allowed to play the extracurricular activity."
That dedication to his studies is still strong: On May 5, the four-time world champion and 15-time All Star player earned his doctorate in education from Barry University in Miami.
That's earned, mind you, not honorary. According to The Miami Herald, Shaq, 40, spent the past 4 1/2 years working toward a doctoral degree in organizational learning and leadership with a specialization in human resource development, studying before and after NBA games and between segments as a sports analyst on TV.
"I was really proud to watch him receive the doctorate because I know how hard he worked," his mom says. "And what made me most proud was the promise that he made to
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Thu, Jul 12, 2012 5:04 PM EDT
Lucille O'Neal used to give her son Shaquille bubblegum before games to keep him calm, she told Yahoo! Shine.When basketball star Shaquille O'Neal was still a kid, he knew that he had to get good grades before he could to play sports.Read More »from Shaquille O'Neal's Mom Opens Up About Education, Sports, and Keeping Kids Motivated
Parents are budgeting $500 or more for back-to-school shopping this year. (Photo: Thinkstock)Many parents are planning to spend $500 or more on back-to-school shopping, a new survey says, with general school supplies and clothes at the top of the list. But budget-shopping experts insist that getting ready for the school year doesn't have to cost quite that much.Read More »from Back-to-School Spending: $500 Per Shopper?
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Forty-six percent of consumers surveyed by PriceGrabber in May and June said that they planned to spend more this year than they did last year. Sixty-three percent said they were budgeting up to $500 for school-related gear (up from 48 percent last year), while 20 percent said they had between $500 and $1,000 set aside for back-to-school purchases.
"If you're not budget-savvy I could see feeling like you 'had' to spend that," frugal shopping expert Mir Kamin told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "You really don't!"
One reason the back-to-school budget seems so high is that part of it is allocated for electronics. According to the Pricegrabber survey, 40 percent of respondents
having more space and complain about being overwhelmed by clutter, one Brooklyn couple has found a way to live comfortably in just 240 square feet -- a space smaller than a one-car garage.While most people dream of Read More »from How a Couple Lives in a 240-square-foot Apartment
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Writer and photographer Erin Boyle, 28, and her fiance, biologist James Casey, 30, share a 240-square-foot apartment in Brooklyn Heights, which they described to the New York Post as "dungeon-esque."
"Our last apartment was in Providence, Rhode Island," Boyle told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "It was probably around 1,000 square feet, though I admit, I never took a tape measure to it."
They moved to Brooklyn in June 2011, and their main living space -- which includes their kitchen, dining table, and living room -- is a mere 140 square feet. The $1,500-a-month studio also has tiny bathroom off to one side, a 4-square-foot closet in the hallway, and a sleeping loft built over the kitchen; a
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Jul 9, 2012 10:50 PM EDT
The producer of Dance Moms is creating a new reality TV show about extreme parenting, thanks to this Time magazine cover. (Photo: Time.com)Inspired by the controversial "Are You Mom Enough?" Time magazine cover featuring an attractive young woman breastfeeding her nearly 4-year-old son, the executive producer of "Dance Moms" says that he's developing a new TV show about extreme parenting.Read More »from Extreme Parenting on TV? Time Magazine Breastfeeding Cover Inspires New Reality Show
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"That [Time magazine] cover proves what I've been saying for the last year -- America has become a country of extremes," Jeff Collins, president of Collins Avenue Productions, told Yahoo! Shine. "I think it's so fascinating that some Americans find the image of woman breastfeeding to be provocative, shocking, even sexual when, in fact, it's the most natural thing in the world."
Contrary to the current buzz, the show won't focus exclusively on extended breast feeding, he says.
"Breastfeeding beyond infancy is just one of the topics we plan to cover," he explains. "We've discovered people are raising kids in all kinds of un-traditional ways these days and some
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Shine Food – Mon, Jul 9, 2012 2:33 PM EDT
fast food can affect everything from your mood to your waistline, some fast-food workers are weighing in on the menu items they think people should never, ever eat -- and the reasons have little to do with childhood obesity, calorie counts, or fat content.While health experts focus on how Read More »from Fast-food Employees Dish About the Menu Items You Should Never Order
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"When I was a young buck, I worked at Burger King," writes JohnnyDollar at Reddit.com. "Here is how the oil rotation went. You had four vats of oil that you cooked fries in. And boy did you cook fries. Tons of them. After about 2 days worth, the oil got too dark for fries. So we switched it over to the ones for chicken. Since it was darker, it was ok. Then that goes on for a week. After a week of massive frying. The oil is black as motor oil. At that point, it's switched to the Fish Filet vat. That's the only thing you cook in that vat."
"When I worked at McDonald's, I accidentally left a whole bag of about 100 chicken nuggets out on a counter
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Thu, Jul 5, 2012 2:48 PM EDT
Can a sports club define what makes a family?When Will Trinkle signed up for a family membership at the Roanoke Athletic Club, he was looking forward to bringing his 2-year-old son, Oliver Trinkle-Granados, to the pool. A real-estate agent, he even relocated his office to be closer to the club. He filled out the application in front of a club employee, paid an application fee and handed over his credit card for the monthly dues, and got his membership card and one for Oliver's other dad, Trinkle's partner Juan Granados.Read More »from Virginia Club Bans Same-sex Couple and Their Son from Family Membership (UPDATED)
But about a week later, Trinkle was told that his membership had been invalidated. The club had made a big mistake in accepting the application, he says the manager told him, and the club's parent company, Carilion Clinic, did not recognize his household as a family. Furthermore, "Carilion Clinic and RAC were really going to tighten up their procedures and application so that no gay couple would ever get in again on a family membership," the manager allegedly said.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Tue, Jul 3, 2012 2:44 PM EDT
Lauren Luke's latest makeup tutorial is actually about domestic violence.British makeup artist Lauren Luke's newest tutorial, "How to look your best the morning after," seems like a something young women might use to learn how to hide a hangover. But when the 30-year-old YouTube sensation sits down in front of her camera, she's not sporting dark circles or disheveled hair. She has bruises along her jaw, a split lip, and a massive black eye. She looks like she's been beaten up.Read More »from Lauren Luke's Powerful PSA Urges Domestic Violence Victims Not to Cover it Up
"Hiya everyone! Sorry I haven't been online much lately, but I'm back, I'm here," she chirps, smiling sheepishly. "I've had a bit of a rough time, but I'm going to do a video today on how to cover up." Then she launches into her tutorial as if it's any other beauty video.
But her instructions, delivered in a steady, matter-of-fact tone, are chilling. "If you've got a lot of bruising from being pushed hard against a coffee table, you can gently apply layer after layer and you will cover it up slightly," she says, wincing as she dabs a brush around her swollen-looking eye. "Now, it
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 2, 2012 3:42 PM EDT
infertility: Women who want to become mothers but are unable to bear children are more than twice as likely to end up hospitalized for alcoholism, and 47 percent more likely to require medical treatment for schizophrenia.A new study hints at the devastating psychological effects of Read More »from Women Who Suffer from Infertility More Likely to Become Alcoholics, Study Says
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The effects of infertility on a woman's mental well-being may be even more far-reaching, the study's author, Dr. Birgitte Baldur-Felskov, an epidemiologist at the Danish Cancer Society Research Centre, noted.
"This is only the tip of the iceberg," she told The Telegraph. "We were only able to analyze the risk of severe psychiatric disorders resulting in hospitalization." Other women may have been treated for psychiatric issues on an out-patient basis, or even not treated at all, she pointed out.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Jun 29, 2012 2:36 PM EDT
Women who are scared of childbirth spend more time in labor, a new study has found.We tend to expect to be scared about giving birth. Movies and TV shows offer up worst-case scenarios, horror stories about hospital births and home births abound, and we hear plenty about how painful labor can be. But all that focus on fear may be making things worse for moms-to-be: A new study shows that pregnant women who are afraid of childbirth end up spending more time in labor than women who aren't.Read More »from Women Who Are Scared of Childbirth Spend More Time in Labor (STUDY)
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In the study, published on Wednesday in "BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology," researchers analyzed data from more than 2,206 patients at a hospital in Norway who took a survey about fear and childbirth when they were 32 weeks pregnant. Women who indicated a high level of fear spent, on average, one hour and 32 minutes longer in labor than those who weren't as afraid of giving birth -- 8 hours with contractions coming at least every 3 or so minutes, compared with 6 hours and 28 minutes for those who were less
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Jun 28, 2012 5:54 PM EDT
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi watches the breaking news from the Supreme Court which upheld the Affordable Care Act on Thursday. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act -- also known as "Obamacare" -- in its entirety on Thursday, preserving access to health care for millions of people who would otherwise be turned away because of preexisting conditions or forced to pay higher premiums based on gender.Read More »from Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare: What Does it Mean for Women?
"No illness or accident should lead to any family's financial ruin," President Barack Obama said after the ruling was announced.
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Others were dismayed by the decision, pointing out that it amounts to a tax increase on the middle class and insisting that it would raise health care costs for everyone.
"This bill was sold to the American people on a deception," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said after the ruling was announced. "But it's not just that the promises about this law weren't kept. It's that it's made the problems it was meant to solve even worse."
Given that most of the major provisions of the law haven't yet gone into effect