toddler hopes his or her kid will "play nice," and it's always a shocker when your angel suddenly turns into a biting, hitting, kicking little beast. While good parenting may indeed help thwart unwanted behavior, kids are actually preprogrammed for aggression, according to new research.
A study that gathered data from more than 1,200 children ages 1 to 4 found that, to a large extent, a toddler's tendency toward physical aggression stems from a genetic predisposition and is not caused by environmental factors such as watching violent cartoons or witnessing domestic strife. If you happen to have one of the more aggressive kids on the block, the odds are it's going to pass and you needn't become overly alarmed and blame yourself. "Parents often feel guilty," lead author Eric Lacourse, a professor at the University of Montreal, tells Yahoo Shine. "They should look at physical aggression as a normal phase of development." While tantrums and other forms of acting out may
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toddler hopes his or her kid will "play nice," and it's always a shocker when your angel suddenly turns into a biting, hitting, kicking little beast. While good parenting may indeed help thwart unwanted behavior, kids are actually preprogrammed for aggression, according to new research.Every parent of a Read More »from Toddlers: Why the Bad Seed Theory Is Kind of True
- Are older moms selfish? On Friday, British columnist Ashley Pearson, who had her first child at 41, described her discomfort about being part of a recent BBC radio program debating whether older mothers are selfish. "Despite my near-visceral reaction that the question is just plain silly, apparently many people still think so," Pearson wrote. "A recent study showed that a staggering 70 percent of women over the age of 55 are opposed to and uncomfortable with women having babies in their 40s." While the panel consisted of three women and one man, she says the last word was given to the male, a member of British Parliament who had his proverbial knickers in a twist about fertility rates. "[He said] that while some women can have babies later in life, most can't," recounted Pearson in the article. "And that you better get on with it then, hadn't you? On that depressing note, we closed the show."
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Thu, Jan 16, 2014 3:06 PM ESTDawn Luebbe did just the opposite with hers. On Jan. 1, the 33-year-old started posting actual pages from journal entries she wrote from 1990 to 1992 on Tumblr for anyone with a love (or loathing) of scrunchies, New Kids on the Block, and "Melrose Place" to peruse (or squirm over). And thousands have—My1992diary has become an Internet hit over the past few days. "I'm incredibly surprised by the response this has received," she tells Yahoo Shine. "I honestly thought it would be my mom and three or four friends reading it."While some of us would like to burn our 'tween diaries and cast the ashes into a bottomless pit out of embarrassment, actress and comedian
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Luebbe's blog embraces a #throwbackthursday type of nostalgia that's all about not being the hippest kid in school. She writes in the intro, "If you are thinking this will be the diary of a popular girl who talks about all her cool friends, hot dates, andRead More »from '90s Flashback: Actress Posts Real Diary Online and It's, Like, Hilarious
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Wed, Jan 15, 2014 2:20 PM EST
Russian photographer Elena Shumilova's shots of her two sons, Yaroslav and Vanya, with animals on their farm evoke a fairytale world where little boys become King of the Beasts. The images are sweet, of course, but she doesn't dwell on the subjects' cuteness, instead she quietly captures the secret bonds that even very young children can have with their pets as well as the natural and open way they interact with the world around them. Each image tells a dreamlike story set apart from the mundane concerns of grownups. Although she studied art in Moscow, Shumilova only began took up photography 2012. In an interview with the photo blog Bored Panda, she described how she prefers to use natural light which she feels gives "emotional depth to the image." She added that she takes an intuitive approach to her work, "I get inspired mainly by desire to express something I feel, though I usually cannot tell exactly what it is." -Sarah B. Weir
- Love me. (Getty Images)Humans are attracted to beauty. We buy things because gorgeous models sell them, we fall in love based on looks, and, yes, we often choose pets based on appearance.
"What we have found is that people are really picky," Dr. Emily Weiss, vice president of shelter research and development for the ASPCA, told Yahoo Shine. They often arrive at an animal shelter with a preconceived idea of what they want in their pet, and looks usually top the list of important factors.
It's not the best strategy for finding the ideal animal companion. "Beauty is fur deep," animal behavior expert Nicolas Dodman, PhD, author of "The Dog Who Loved Too Much" and "The Cat Who Cried for Help" told Yahoo Shine. "Pretty pets get adopted more often." He emphasized that it's crucial to prioritize temperament above appearance picking a pet. More than four million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in the United States, a number that he feels could be reduced dramatically if prospective pet owners put more emphasisRead More »from Get Over It and Adopt an Ugly Pet
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Mon, Jan 13, 2014 2:58 PM ESTdiaper changes. Moist wipes are great for cleaning up older kids' dirty hands and faces, and they are increasingly being marketed to adults as toilet paper and facial cleansers. While they're usually labeled safe for sensitive skin, a study published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday has linked a preservative found in many brands of wipes to itchy, scaly, and painful rashes – even some wipes touted as hypoallergenic. It's the first time that the chemical methylisothiazolinone (MI) has been reported to cause allergic contact dermatitis (ACD) in children in the United States.Any parent knows how convenient baby wipes are, and not just for
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The authors, Dr. Mary Wu Chang, a dermatologist and professor at the University of Connecticut, and one of her medical students, Radhika Nakrani, looked at the cases of six children, ages 3 to 8, who suffered from persistent rashes that did not respond to topical and oral antibiotics and steroids. SinceRead More »from Yikes! The Baby Wipe Ingredient That's Triggering Nasty Rashes
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Fri, Jan 10, 2014 2:45 PM EST
morning (or afternoon) brew? Java lovers can take heart, because a new study has just knocked another leg out from under the haters' high horse. Researchers found that moderate coffee drinking (the subjects drank four cups a day) is not linked to dehydration as is commonly thought. Researchers tested 50 men over the course of two three-day trials and found that their hydration levels stayed the same whether they drank coffee or an equal amount of water. Women were excluded from the study because their fluid levels are more variable. And the dehydration myth is not the only one worth ditching.Do you ever feel like there is a worldwide anti-conspiracy trying to spoil your
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Coffee stunt kids' growth. While children are sensitive to caffeine and it may contribute to anxiety, sleeplessness and other disorders, there is no hard evidence that it stunts growth. This notion may have come from the fact that caffeine doesRead More »from Why You Can Stop Worrying and Love Coffee (Even More)
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Jan 9, 2014 3:17 PM ESTsubzero temperatures, Debra Hensley, an insurance agent and volunteer advocate for the homeless, began worrying about a woman named Dorothy, a well-known denizen of the streets of her neighborhood in Lexington, Kentucky. That day, Hensley wrote on her Facebook page, "Does anyone know the whereabouts of an African-American Homeless woman [who] pushes a few grocery carts, [wears] a black coat and very thick/broken glasses…I try to meet up with her on a regular basis and put money on a Kroger card that I gave over a year ago…Please friends, look after her and pray for her safety."On Saturday, as the weather reports forecast
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According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, at least 700 homeless people die each year from hypothermia, and the recent blast of freezing weather caused by the polar vortex hit especially hard in communities that don't usually have to deal with such cold.Immediately, Hensley's friends andRead More »from How Facebook Saved One Homeless Woman From the Deep Freeze
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Wed, Jan 8, 2014 2:50 PM EST
Why is it that people revert to cheesy, dated, and downright sexist clichés when it comes to engagement photos? In our image savvy, Flickr- and Instagram-obsessed world, you would think that couples would come up with fresher ideas than the groom-to-be leading his intended up a garden/woodland/meadow path or gazing somberly into the distance (suggesting: intelligent, world changing thoughts) while she stares doe-eyed at up at his face (suggesting: plans for cooking him a three-course meal and cheerfully washing his underwear). "When started planning our wedding last October and looking at Pinterest boards of engagement photos, it was like people totally lost their personalities," Marian Schembari, a San Francisco-based marketing manager and blogger tells Yahoo Shine. Schembari and her fiancé, Elliot Speed, began trading ideas for photos to crack each other up, but when their friend Malia Moss, a professional photographer, learned about their inside joke, she convinced them to do aRead More »from Tired of Cringe-Worthy Engagement Photos? so was This Couple
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Tue, Jan 7, 2014 1:57 PM ESTKeep your pet safe during the polar vortexAs I piled on clothing layers for my early-morning dog walk today, I wondered how long I could safely take my skinny, little terrier outside in the subzero temperatures and biting wind. Kirsten Theisen, director of pet care Issues at the Humane Society confirms that the blast of frigid weather that's gripping much of the United States poses a real health risk to pets. "Even our huskies and malamutes, breeds that we envision as winter-ready, are many generations removed from their sled dog cousins," she tells Yahoo Shine.
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Theisen says the extreme wind chill caused by the polar vortex is a big issue. "Our pets are experiencing the same risk for frostbite and hypothermia that we do," she says. She points out that while we humans might be able to cover most of our bodies with winter clothing, "pets have exposed skin — their ears, their pads, their noses." For example, "Your cat might act like they want to go outside, but it'sRead More »from Pet Safety in Freezing Weather. The Legit Reason for Dog Sweaters