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While a lot of parents will ask you to watch your mouth in front of their children, a new report suggests that more and more folks really don’t seem to care if you swear in front of their kids.

In a new survey, 52% of parents say they're okay swearing in front of their kids, with over 20% saying it’s fine to do so as long as they are “too young to understand” the curse. And that’s not all, another one third say they’ll continue to swear in front of their kids, as long as the kids understand they aren’t allowed to repeat them.

Overall, 20% of parents believe swearing is harmless, with two thirds of folks saying they’ve sworn in front of their children or someone else’s. Regardless of that, 64% of parents admit they are “worried” about the language their kids use, with 40% saying they’ve heard their child swear in front of them, with "s**t" being the most common word.

  • Some parents have found ways to get around swearing in front of their kids, by getting creative and using alternative words to express their feelings. Top alternatives to cursing include:
  1. What the frog
  2. Sugar
  3. Oh muck
  4. Shitake mushrooms
  5. Mothersmucker
  6. Oh cheeses (we also like cheese 'n'rice)
  7. Shut the Front Door
  8. Fire Truck
  9. Bull Spit
  10. Oh Ship 

Source: SWNS Digital

It’s no secret that these days most people spend way too much time looking at screens, but just how bad is it? Well, a new report suggests Americans spend 42% of their waking hours in front of screens, and things are only getting worse.

The study concludes that if folks get eight hours of sleep a night, that means they are spending six-hours and 43-minutes each day in front of a screen, or 7,956 days of their life. And those numbers have gone up exponentially in the past few years, with 79% of people saying their screen time has increased in the past five years, with 41% saying it’s gone up “a lot.”

Thanks to our computers and our phones it’s hard to avoid screens completely, but surprisingly, the survey finds they aren’t necessarily the screens people are looking at the most. In fact, televisions are still by far the most watched screens (91%), followed by smartphones (74%).

Top Ten Most Looked At Screens

  1. TV (91%)
  2. Smartphone (74%)
  3. Laptop (73%)
  4. DVD/Blu ray player (64%)
  5. Desktop computer (56%)
  6. iPad/tablet (46%)
  7. Video game console (42%)
  8. iPhone (31%)
  9. Kindle/e-reader (27%)
  10. MP3 player (26%)

Source: SWNS Digital 

Have you ever known a couple who seemed to have a “perfect” relationship, then they broke up and blew your mind? There could be lots of reasons for the split, but the core reason is that the relationship wasn’t “perfect,” because no relationship really is. All relationships have flaws, and if you’ve ever wondered why a seemingly “perfect” one ended, it could be one of these common reasons, according to relationship experts.

  • A lack of communication - If you’re communicating, you’re going to have disagreements and realize things aren’t “perfect,” so having a sense of perfection about the relationship could mean you’re not communicating well or that you’re not on the same page about the state of your union.
  • The couple grows apart - People change as life goes on, so as the relationship evolves and your values and goals shift, partners may move in different directions and things don’t feel “perfect” anymore.
  • One partner focuses on a superficial connection vs. a deeper one - Some couples may share interests and life goals, but are divided on deeper issues like religion. Everyone has dealbreakers, so partners need to address what they are and if their relationship can continue if they don’t connect on those levels.
  • One partner becomes selfish - Relationships work when there’s give and take from both people, including emotionally, physically, and materially, so if one partner changes that balance of equality, it changes that “perfect” relationship.
  • One partner experiences grief or loss - Grief, like the death of a family member, and issues like infertility and financial problems can forever change a relationship, making it hard to get through together.
  • Betrayal occurs - If one partner loses faith in the other and can no longer trust them, it’s hard for a relationship to move forward.
  • One partner avoids conflict - It’s not fun, but conflict is part of all relationships, and what matters is how you handle it. Having a healthy disagreement with your partner is good, sweeping uncomfortable feelings under the rug is dangerous.
  • The couple is on different life paths - Couples may start out with the same goals, but over time life paths can change, like one partner wants to have a kid and one doesn’t, and that can be a dealbreaker that ends a “perfect” relationship.

Source: Bustle

It’s back-to-school time…and just the idea of it leaves some parents stressed at the thought of shopping for school supplies, packing lunches, and filling out all that paperwork….and and and! But it turns out, there’s an easy fix: let the kiddos help. Child development expert Dr. Deborah Gilboa says letting kids help with back-to-school prep helps them take responsibility for their learning and makes them less likely to be shocked on the first day. Here’s her age-by-age guide for getting the kids involved.

Preschool and kindergarten - Young students can help by shopping around the house for school supplies, looking for items you may already have so you don’t have to buy new ones. Parents can teach little ones about reusing and recycling and review basic addition and subtraction, like if the list asks for five pencils and the child only finds three. Young kids may also benefit from a practice run, having a day where they wake up as if they were going to school, so it’s not as much of a shock on the actual first day.

First to fourth grade - These students can also shop for school supplies around the house and have a practice morning, but they can also help make a plan for their lunch with healthy options. Kids this age can get school clothes organized and make sure everything fits, and they can help read store ads and look for back-to-school deals.

Fifth to eighth grade - These older kids can do all the stuff the younger ones can, but you can also give middle schoolers a budget to spend on school supplies and clothes so they learn to manage money. Ask them what foods they want in their lunch and come up with a plan for when they’ll be packing it. Set up expectations about sleep and wake times, as well as homework expectations so everyone’s on the same page.

High school - Students this age should be planning as much as possible from lunches to homework to shopping. Give your kids a checklist and let them be the decision maker, just make sure they let you know what the plan is so you can approve it first.

Source: NBC News

We know that eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity is essential to a healthy body and mind, just like a good night’s sleep is. If you’re waking up feeling exhausted and not refreshed, it can mess with your mood, productivity, and even affect your food choices. If you’re not sure why you’re not getting restful sleep, these food habits could be to blame.

Dark chocolate before bed - Those of us with a sweet tooth who are trying to eat healthier know a couple squares of dark chocolate is a better dessert option, but not for those who are sensitive to caffeine or who can’t stop at two squares. Chocolate contains caffeine, so it could impact your sleep if you eat it close to bedtime.

Low-protein breakfast - Eating at least 20 to 30 grams of protein at breakfast can stop cravings and increased appetite at night. And if you are a late-night snacker, know that grazing on carbs and sugar wreak havoc on your blood sugar and disrupt sleep. So starting the day with enough protein could be the fix.

Low-carb dinner - Your body needs carbs to make tryptophan and serotonin, a brain chemical involved in sleep. Carbs also contain vitamin B3, which has been studied for its sleep benefits. Just make sure you’re eating complex, fiber-rich carbohydrates and not heavily refined ones to help with a good night’s sleep.

Low-calcium diet - If you’re not getting enough dairy or non-dairy calcium alternatives, it could be messing with your sleep. Calcium works with tryptophan to make melatonin and research shows calcium deficiency has been linked to disturbed REM sleep.

Source: Women's Health

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