MIT's charm school is celebrating 20 years of teaching techies good manners. (Photo: Getty Images)Tech-savvy students, faculty, and staff members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be super-advanced when it comes to science, but a campus-only charm school -- where mega minds get to hone their social skills -- is one of the most-popular things on campus right now.
Forget high-end etiquette like whether Americans need to curtsey to queens (they don't). In the MIT program, students who usually spend their lives in the labs learn about social niceties like how to shake hands properly, how to make small talk, and the basic dos and don'ts of table manners.
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"The classes we teach are designed for everyone, and we feel that we all have something to learn about etiquette, manners, communication, and personal skills," the school explains on their website. "The nerd stereotype is not only misleading, it does not begin to capture the diverse, dynamic community that we have here at MIT. The bottom line is that not everyone
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 5:59 PM EST
MIT's charm school is celebrating 20 years of teaching techies good manners. (Photo: Getty Images)Tech-savvy students, faculty, and staff members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology may be super-advanced when it comes to science, but a campus-only charm school -- where mega minds get to hone their social skills -- is one of the most-popular things on campus right now.Read More »from Charm School Teaches Social Graces to the Tech Savvy
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 2:25 PM EST
The King family was surprised to see the At a time where airlines are charging more for child-free seats and people are routinely enraged about out-of-control kids in public, one restaurant is rewarding parents when their pint-size diners show good manners.
When Laura King and her family got their bill at Sogno di Vino, a small Italian restaurant in Poulsbo, Washington, listed under the subtotal was something they had never seen before: A discount for "Well Behaved Kids."
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King was so touched by the restaurant's gesture that she posted a picture of the receipt on her private Facebook page; a friend shared the photo on Reddit with the comment.
"We have not received a discount for our children's behavior prior to this, but we have been complimented on numerous occasions regarding our kids demeanor and behavior," King told Yahoo! Shine on Thursday. The restaurant had also given her children complimentary ice cream.Read More »from Restaurant Gives Family a Discount for Having Well Behaved Kids
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Team Mom – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 1:19 PM EST
Will this birthday tradition be banned? (Photo: Getty Images)Celebrating birthdays at school just got a little less fun for kids in Australia. New guidelines issued Tuesday by the country's National Health and Medical Research Council say that children can no longer blow out the candles on cakes at school because doing so spreads too many germs.Read More »from Australian Kids Banned from Birthday Tradition at School
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"We introduced new national standards to lift the quality of child care across Australia because we believe parents deserve peace of mind when they drop their child off they are receiving quality care to a high standard," Australia's Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care, Kate Elliss, explained in a statement. "All services across the country will be assessed and rated against new National Quality Standard which will ensure that services are meeting basic requirements including children's health, safety and wellbeing."
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But parents aren't feeling much peace of mind. Instead, they're
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 5:05 PM EST
Taken by professionals and amateurs, adults and kids, the photographers who have been shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards have created some amazing images. We couldn't stop staring at these photos in particular; they're focused on children from different countries, capturing what life is like for modern-day kids in an ever-changing world. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 12:57 PM ESTBeyonce's black leather-and-lace Super Bowl outfit may have drawn inspiration from another amazing performer, one the former Destiny's Child leader has looked up to forever: Tina Turner. The proof? This side-by-side look at Beyonce's 2013 costume and one that Turner wore back in 1979.
Beyonce had a chance to perform with her idol during the 2008 Grammy awards in Los Angeles, when the duo wowed the crowd while wearing plenty of silver and sparkles. It was the first time that Turner, then 68, had performed in more than seven years, and while her kicks may not have been as high as they used to be, she still looked stunning in a silver lame capri-and-bustier set. Beyonce (and her stylists) made sure her outfit matched: She held her own in a super-short sequined number with a neckline that looked a lot like Turner's.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Feb 5, 2013 9:57 AM EST
pint-size beauty queen Honey Boo Boo's mom. Early on, she faced criticism for giving her youngest daughter, Alana, a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew that she called "Go go juice" before beauty pageants, but fans of the show love her for her down-to-earth disposition. With "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" slated to return to TLC on Sunday (with a Christmas special, of course), Mama June took the time to chat with Yahoo! Shine about what she wishes she knew before she became famous, what she hopes to teach her kids, and what makes her mad.The attention. Nobody could predict that it’d be this big, but you should prepare for anything. I didn’t realize paparazzi would hang around this much. I also didn’t realize fans June Shannon may have made a name for herself as a coupon queen, but she's best known for being Read More »from Life Lessons from Honey Boo Boo's Mom, June Shannon
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What do you wish someone had warned you about before you and your family became TV stars? What would you warn someone else about?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Mon, Feb 4, 2013 2:29 PM EST
kids quit cursing, so they asked girls to take a vocabulary purity pledge, vowing not to use foul language for the month of February. But the boys? They were told not to swear, but they didn't have to make any promises.A New Jersey Catholic school wanted to make
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"We want ladies to act like ladies," Lori Flynn, the teacher who administered the pledge at Queen of Peace High School, told The Record newspaper in Woodland Park, N.J.
On Friday morning, female students stood, raised their right hands, and recited: “I do solemnly swear not to use profanities of any kind within the walls and properties of Queen of Peace High School. In other words, I swear not to swear. So help me God.”Read More »from WTF? Girls aren't allowed to curse at this NJ school, but boys are?
After the girls had committed themselves to the no-cursing plan, Flynn reportedly told the boys, "Gentlemen, you are not to swear in the presence of ladies." But when girls aren't in the room? Say whatever you want, "gentlemen."
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Fri, Feb 1, 2013 5:11 PM EST
It looks like it's made of stone, but this may be one of the greenest buildings you've seen in your life. The Morrow Royal Pavilion in Henderson, Nevada, is made mostly out of recycled glass gathered from casinos and hotels on the Las Vegas strip. "It was more than just beer bottles; it was every type of glass that comes from the Las Vegas strip hotels," Carol Morrow, president of Realm of Design, told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. Her husband, Scott McComb, spent years developing a way to combine crushed, recycled glass with Fly Ash, a by-product from coal-fired power plants. The result is GreenStone, a concrete substitute that acts like stone, can be used in any number of ways, and is eco-friendly as well. -- By Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! ShineRead More »from Morrow Royal Pavilion: They Made This Out of Beer Bottles?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Fri, Feb 1, 2013 1:14 PM EST
It's like the 1950s all over again.In 1950, the most common job for women in the United States was "secretary." With fewer careers open to women back then, it doesn't come as much of a surprise that secretarial work was a popular option.Read More »from The Most-common Job for Women in 2013? Secretary (Just like in the 1950s!)
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But the most-common job for women these days? It's still "secretary"—in spite of the fact that more women are earning graduate degrees than men, are rising through the management ranks, and are starting their own businesses in record numbers.
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Out of the roughly 4 million secretaries and administrative assistants in the United States between 2006 and 2010, 96 percent of them were women, according to the latest U.S. Census data available. (The Census is conducted every 10 years, though data is analyzed, updated, and released at other times.) Employment data released by the U.S. Labor Department on Friday shows that the economy gained about 157,000 jobs overall in January. A report released
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success – Thu, Jan 31, 2013 6:17 PM EST
Allana Maiden (right) and her mother, Debbie Barrett. (Photo: Courtesy of Allana Maiden)Allana Maiden was 6 years old when her mother, Debbie Barrett, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She grew up watching her mother struggle with the aftermath of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, and saw that even years later, bra shopping was still a disheartening ordeal.Read More »from Cancer Survivor's Daughter Asks Victoria's Secret to Make a Post-Mastectomy Bra (UPDATED)
So, inspired by her mother's strength, Maiden started a petition on Change.org, asking Victoria's Secret to make a special "Survivors" bra for women who have beaten breast cancer.
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"Mastectomy bras are currently treated as more of a medical device," Maiden, now 27, told Yahoo! Shine. "Their purpose is to hold the prosthesis in place and nothing more. But women like to buy bras and panties that make them feel feminine and pretty. If there's anyone that deserves this pretty feeling, it's breast cancer survivors."
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Her mom has been cancer-free for 21 years now, but Maiden says that Barrett still has to drive more than an