How do we count the ways in which this video makes us sad and angry? Start with a toddler girl holding a joint in her chubby little hand like an expert toker, and end with a mother who thinks "don't blow on it" passes for good parental advice. Oh, and the fact that 21-year-old mom Jessica Gamble thought that all of this was unremarkable enough to film with her cell phone? That just makes our brains hurt.
Needless to say, Gamble is currently facing up to 11 years in prison for the charge of "corruption with drugs." While reports don't mention what has happened to the 2-year-old girl, we can only hope that the place that got the Indonesian toddler off cigarettes has unit that specializes in the greener stuff.
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- Mira Jacob, Shine staff | Parenting – Thu, Sep 16, 2010 6:31 PM EDT
What else do these tiny people know?Intriguing news from the U.K., where the Telegraph reports while children might not really get sarcasm until the ripe old age of 10, they're onto irony before they get to kindergarten. The study, which followed 39 two-children families to see how parents talked to their kids looked specifically into how kids understand four types of non-literal language, including hyperbole, euphemism, sarcasm and rhetorical questions.
Their findings? "All but one of the children who took part understood at least one ironic remark made by their parents."
Now, I don't know about other parents reading this, but for me, at least two pressing questions come up:
- What the heck is going on with that one kid?
- What's the difference between irony and sarcasm? (I know, I know, and believe me, ever since Ethan Hawke pegged it in one short sentence in "Reality Bites", I've understood that to not get it says terrible things about my bandwidth as a human and a thinker, but seriously, can someone else
- Mira Jacob, Shine staff | Parenting – Wed, Sep 15, 2010 12:05 AM EDT
Parents of larger-than-average sons, let the chest-thumping begin: A new study shows that bigger baby boys have an early surge in their testosterone levels which allows to grow into taller, stronger, more sexually active men later.
In fact, after following 800 Filipino men from birth into manhood, scientists have determined that those who were fed better from the start later displayed more traditionally "male" characteristics, including the aforementioned tallness and sexiness, and also muscularity and grip strength.
So does this mean that well-fed boy babies automatically become the most sexually virile? That good eaters will spread their seed further and faster? While this posting from the Press Association is vague on the details of the study, it's just enough to send my Brave New World fantasies into overdrive: Better fed babies will grow into sexually dominant men who will produce more (*gasp*) better fed babies!
But wait-the report also says bigger boys-turned-menRead More »from Bigger boy babies turn into manlier men, study says
Tired of that slushy stomach? Wanna get back into your pre-baby clothes on the double? Well, ladies, you too can be a post-pregnant beauty in leggings and a wrap top, at least according to The New York State Department of Health's recently launched ad-campaign, which is promoting breastfeeding adding it's own Sham-wow/ Weight Watcher's spin. "I didn't starve myself and I didn't go on a diet! So what helped me back to my target weight?" an overly pert blond asks us, holding up her maternity jeans. "I breastfed my baby!"
Showing up on TV spots, buses and bus shelters, the "Breastfeeding…For my Baby. For Me" campaign targets new moms, especially low-income ones, by promising the ultimate bonus.
Now, we've all heard about the benefits of nursing, including those listed on the State Health Department's website: "higher IQs, stronger immune systems, and a lower risk of certain types of childhood cancers, allergies, and respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments." ButRead More »from Feeling fat, new mom? Try breast feeding!
A view from inside the World Trade Center, February 2001Like most everyone who was in the city that day, I remember exactly where I was when the Twin Towers fell. The corner of Seventh Avenue and Twelfth Street offered a direct view of both towers, and I was on my way to work when all the pointing got my sleepy eyes up from the pavement and to the gash in the building.
At that point, with one building hit, it was like any other spectacular happening in the city-people looked at it with practiced cool. We were worried, of course, about how many people were injured, but we were also shaking our heads. A plane in a building? Where else would this happen? New York had seen it all. We were not close enough to see the people jumping out.
"Dad, you won't believe this," I said into a pay phone, having called him collect, as I often did when the city had reached a new point of incredulity. "There's a plane in a building out here."
Then the second plane hit. In my memory, which has been heavily tampered with by the million recordingsRead More »from Counting what we lost on 9/11
You know those ladies who will drop $1500 on a bag? I'm not one of them. I'm also not the kind of person who can walk around holding something worth my monthly mortgage without, you know, fainting or stuttering or sweating myself into a neurotic corner.
No, I'm a basic bag kind of lady, and mine has to be roomy enough to carry my ever-present laptop. I realize that makes me unsophisticated in some circles, but somehow I've never really been able to shake the feeling that a good bag--a really decent, get-around-town-with-your-laptop-and-shoulder-intact kind of thing should cost under $100. When I'm feeling particularly lush, I'll up that to $200, but only if I can see us together for at least a few years to come. Here are my favoritesthis season--each of which can hold a 14"x 10" MacBook Pro.Read More »from Laptop-worthy fall bags under $200
Are you the parent on the block who always has the best tips on how to get things done without losing your mind? The one who is just as comfortable expressing frustration as you are looking for solutions? The one who remembers how to laugh, even if other people might think you're nuts?
Shine is looking for 20 users to become Parenting Gurus-a panel of funny, curious, opinionated real-life experts who can weigh in on everything from how to get your toddler to eat at the table to how to get your 25-year-old to move out of the house! While this isn't a paid position, as a Shine Parenting Guru, you'll be a leader within the Parenting Channel, reaching millions with your ideas and writing.
If you're one of those parents who has secretly thought, "I should have my own television show," or even wondered if there's a hidden camera capturing what the kids did to the living room, we want to hear from you. To try out for our panel, write a short blog post (200 words or less) telling usRead More »from Become a Parenting Guru on Shine!
Matt Damon and his wife Luciana, who don't really seem all that insecure about being together.Ready for your daily dose of cynicism via pop psychology? Check out this Fox News piece on celebrities dating people less successful than they are, in which a slew of experts posit what that means about them. Apparently, a person can't just like another who is either lower-profile or lower income without it meaning seriously bad things. So Kate Winslet dating a male model after splitting up with her husband? That's all about insecurity.
"When you need constant love and affection, the way that people in Hollywood so often do, you can get that very quickly and easily when you date down," AOL PopEater gossip columnist Rob Shuter says. "Who wouldn't want to have a full-time fan following you around?"
Dr. Carole Lieberman, psychiatrist and author of the upcoming book, Bad Girls: Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets goes on to explain that while celebrities who date down are hoping to use their fame for leverage, it's not a healthy basis for a relationship:Read More »from Is â€œdating downâ€ really so bad?
You know who wasn't surprised that Amanda got booted last week? Everyone. But also Kevin, who starts this episode of Top Chef by saying that he wouldn't have been surprised if he had gotten axed earlier himself, and since this hour could be renamed 60 Minutes of Subtext for Why Each Cheftestant Should Win, let's kick it off with Because Kevin Is Humble. We then pan over to Kelly and Angelo, who are talking outside because there's no one else left to talk to, and learn that Kelly misses her husband so much she'll cry just thinking about it, and Angelo recently divorced a woman whose family was ashamed of his profession. Which means, for those of you playing along at home, Because Kelly Is Really In Love and Because Angelo Needs To Humiliate His In-Laws.
High Stakes Quickfire. BOOM. Food and Wine EIC Dana Cowan is the guest judge and Padma appears to be wearing "naughty headmistress" attire, which comprises a tight white oxford, a shrunken gray blazer, and a bondage-worthy tie.Read More »from Perv vs. Love on Top Chef
- Mira Jacob, Shine staff | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 1, 2010 10:50 PM EDT
I have waxed on elsewhere about my love of Top Chef's sixth season, and in a stroke of luck, I had the good fortune to talk to Kevin Gillespie, the pork-loving dark horse whose down home dishes provided watchers with the most genuinely mouth-watering dishes on the show.Read More »from Talking with Kevin Gillespie, master of pork and unsung hero of Top Chef 6
What's the executive chef at The Woodfire Grill in Atlanta up to these days? Celebrating something called International Bacon Day, which next to Thanksgiving, might be my new favorite holiday. Sponsored by Beggin' brand dog snacks (which gives the four-legged set a chance to revel in bacon-esque snacks), Gillespie will be making bacon infused dishes at the event, which takes place this weekend in Cincinnati.
So what would Kevin have made if given the last week's food idiom challenge for "Bring Home the Bacon?" Has his food been forever altered by his TC experience? And is Tom Colicchio really that intimidating in person? Answers to these pressing questions and more are in the interview below. Not answered? Why my head