Blog Posts by Women Onthefence

  • Teenage Depression Linked to Inadequate Sleep


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    A study found a much lower rate of teenage depression in adolescents whose parents set their bedtimes before 10 o'clock, compared to their peers who went to bed after midnight.

    Yes, you read correctly--"parents set their bedtimes!"

    Fewer hours of sleep per night also correlated with a much higher risk of depression in the adolescents aged 12 through 18 who participated in the study.

    Dr. James Gangwisch, who led the study, says the outcomes suggest that lack of sleep affects the development of teenage depression. "Adequate quality sleep could therefore be a preventative measure against depression and a treatment for depression," he said.

    Some experts believe that teens need a minimum of nine hours sleep nightly. After reading below about the connection between inadequate sleep and teenage depression, you might want to evaluate how your teens and preteens (and even you yourself!) are doing in the sleep department.

    Getting enough sleep is certainly a gentler, more

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  • Tips for Co-Parenting After Divorce

    Let me start by saying, I am one of the world's biggest supporters and advocates for marriage. There is thankfully no divorce on either side of our family. This blog post is by no means meant to encourage divorce. I believe divorce should be a very last resort. Divorce is, however, the statistic for one out of every two marriages, and so today I wanted to offer tips to those people affected. My greatest hope is that if you are currently struggling in your own marriage or relationship, this will be your wake-up call to get off the fence and get help, before it is too late.

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  • Weekly Cleaning Made Easy

    We've made your cleaning chores easy and stress free with this weekly checklist.

  • Best and Worst Appetizers

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  • Solutions for Dark Circles and Puffy Eyes

    Solutions for Dark Circles and Puffy EyesSolutions for Dark Circles and Puffy EyesDo you have puffy eyes or under-eye circles? Whether the cause is a few long days or too many restless nights, you've probably dealt with both at one time or another.

    If your solution is to splash a little cold water on your face or grab a concealer, stop right there. There's more that you can do to unpack those under-eye bags and prevent eye puffiness. These simple tips from skin care pros can get you started.

    What Causes Dark Under-Eye Circles

    Dark circles, or bags under your eyes, have many causes. These include:

    • Increased melanin (also called hyperpigmentation)
    • Fat loss beneath the eye
    • Broken blood vessels

    Hard living -- too much caffeine and tobacco and too little sleep -- is a less common cause of eye puffiness and bags.

    6 Solutions for Under-Eye Circles and Bags

    Try these tips for brightening your baby blues or bodacious browns:

    • Get enough sleep. Sound sleeping is an inexpensive, easy way to help minimize dark under-eye circles, no
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  • Trading a Career for Mommyhood: 5 Power Tips

    Trading a Career for MommyhoodTrading a Career for MommyhoodI used to think I had the life. I was a Fashion Director for a national magazine, had private drivers, hair and spa treatments that were paid for, a closet full of designer shoes, front row seats to New York's Fashion Week, celebrity filled parties and a pay check to match.

    But, although from the outside my life seemed exciting and glamorous, it was filled with anxiety, stress, sleepless nights, and a constant need to prove myself to a group of people I cared little about. I knew deep down that this was not the path I was put on this earth to travel and I continually lived in angst trying to figure it all out.

    About two years ago, while pregnant with my daughter and a 10 month old at home, our company announced that, due to the economy, our magazine would cease publication that week. While my counterparts around me cried tears of fear and grief, I felt as if the weight of the world had been lifted off my shoulders.

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  • The “Joys” of Divorce – by Man on the Fence

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    Our anonymous Man On The Fence has chosen his topic, and is making his second guest appearance today.

    I read his Blog post while waiting in line to pay yesterday at Walmart. I bawled my eyes out.

    Here he is, our very own Guest Blogger, Man On The Fence…

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    As a single dad who patronized his wife, loved her, cared for her and protected her from the daily insanity of life's craziness, I thought the joys of divorce would be a great way to connect those women, who truly don't accept, appreciate and recognize how blessed they are.

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  • Work/Life IMbalance – “Help I’m Frazzled!”

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    On a perfect day, the kids are well behaved, we breeze through homework, my husband comes home happy from the war office, I book another speaking engagement and sponsorship, everyone's healthy, the sun is shining, and we're feelin' groovy.

    Happens everyday.

    YAH OKAY!!! WHATEVER! Hasn't happened once.

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  • Wordless Wednesday: Is Red Meat Really Killing Us?

    red meat linked to early deathred meat linked to early deathUnless you have been living under a rock, there is no doubt you have heard about this week's published findings from a long-term study on red meat. Apparently red meat is going to kill us. Yup, I'm serious. The findings are quite frightening.

    The headlines: "Red Meat Consumption Linked to Early Death"

    See for yourself:

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  • 25 Healthy Snacks for Kids

    fruit_facefruit_faceEveryday in the Diamond household, there are two kids' lunches to prepare: A main meal, 3 snacks, water and juice (the juice only goes to my older one). I have noticed a steady decline lately in the quality of snacks in their lunches (obviously my fault, despite being a very healthy household), and it's driving me bananas! My 3 year old loves foods like salmon, quiche and all things healthy. He's quite a pleasure to feed. My big son is a little "trickier," shall we say. Mealtime has been a huge problem for us, actually. If I'm serving salmon to the family, and my 7 year old refuses to eat it, and therefore I'm making him a grilled cheese, all of a sudden, my 3 year old hates salmon. And then I'm screwed! All healthy goes out the window. And lord knows, I ain't no Martha Stewart.

    So, what's gone on here during mealtime, has also gone on with school lunches and more specifically their snacks. My little one will take yogourt, cheese, and other healthy snacks to school. My big one doesn't like yogourt or cheese. And so the daily battle begins when we're preparing school lunches. The kids go to the pantry to choose their snacks, and there begins the kvetch-a-thon and battle. Me pushing the healthy, them asking for things that their friends bring to school, that I will not buy.

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