Jan 26

Eight New Stats About Parenting


Buzzfeed recently polled more than 200,000 readers, and had them answer hot-button questions about parenting.  Here are the top eight results . . .


1.  Is breastfeeding in public okay?  85% said yes.


2.  Can a kid get a well-rounded social AND academic experience if they’re homeschooled?  73% said no.


3.  Is spanking okay?  52% said no, 48% said yes.


4.  Should kids be vaccinated?  94% said yes.


5.  Should drugs be administered for pain during childbirth?  The vast majority of people said it’s fine . . . 92%.  So 8% said it’s not.


6.  Is it okay for grade school kids to drink soda?  68% said no, only 32% said yes.


7.  Is it ever appropriate to discipline someone ELSE’S child?  67% said no, 33% said yes.


8.  Is it ever okay to put a kid on a leash?  47% said YES to that one.  53% said no.



(Buzzfeed / Parents)

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Jan 21

The Ten Most Common Complaints Wives Have About Their Husbands



“Redbook” magazine posted a list of the most common complaints women have about their husbands.


Here are the Top 10 . . .



1.  “He never helps around the house.”  Which makes sense.  A study in 2013 found women spend 18 hours a week on chores, and for guys it’s ten.



2.  “He plays too many video games.”  Or something like fantasy football.



3.  “We have the same arguments every day.”  Which is actually better than not arguing at ALL, because at least you’re not letting all that anger build up inside.



4.  “He drinks too much.”  And sometimes it’s hard to agree on how much “too much” is.



5.  “His family drives me nuts.”  Which obviously goes the other way too . . . men and mother-in-laws don’t always get along.



6.  “He brings too much junk food into the house.”  Because it’s hard to eat healthy when the person you live with is leaving Doritos and donuts around.



7.  “He doesn’t know anything about the kids.”  Meaning smaller details, like their best friend’s name, or what their new favorite show is.



8.  “He always wants to have sex.”  Which doesn’t mean women NEVER want to, but they also don’t like having to say ‘no’ all the time.



9.  “The credit card statement is always a surprise.”  Meaning he’s secretly buying stuff.



10.  “A little appreciation would be nice.”  Which GUYS complain about too.  And usually you DO appreciate the other person, you’re just not showing it.




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Jan 7

10 Things That Turn 10 Years Old in 2016




It’s time to make you feel old and remind you that you’re going to die someday . . . probably sooner than you think.  Here are 10 things that celebrate their 10th anniversaries in 2016:


1.  Justin Timberlake’s “Future Sex / LoveSounds” album.  That’s the one where he brought the SEXY back.


2.  “Hannah Montana”.


3.  The CW.


4.  “Step Up”, the movie that hooked up CHANNING TATUM and JENNA DEWAN in real life.


5.  “High School Musical”.


6.  Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” album.


7.  Everyone 13 and over with a valid email address being allowed on Facebook.


8.  Suri Cruise.


9.  The “Pirates of the Caribbean” sequel, “Dead Man’s Chest”.


10.  Elizabeth Gilbert’s book “Eat, Pray, Love”.



(E! Online)

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Jan 5

Here’s What Happens If You Stop Drinking for a Month



Here’s a New Year’s resolution you only have to stick to for a MONTH.  According to several studies, having a “dry January” where you don’t drink any alcohol can have a huge impact on your health.


A study in 2013 had “normal drinkers” stop drinking for one month.  They lost an average of 3.5 pounds . . . were less likely to develop diabetes . . . and had lower cholesterol levels.



They also slept better . . . found it easier to concentrate . . . and lowered the amount of fat in their liver by an average of 15%.  Which is important, because a fatty liver can lead to liver disease.



And a new study found that not drinking for a month can actually change your drinking PATTERNS too.



850 people agreed to stop drinking for one month.  And six months later, the ones who followed through with it were still drinking significantly less than they did before they took part in the study.



Only about two-thirds of them actually made it a month without drinking though.  The rest of them couldn’t do it.



(NHS.uk / New Scientist)

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