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Being a new mom isn’t easy, and in those first few weeks lots of parents probably think they’re doing everything wrong. Well, things do get better and according to a new survey, it takes over three months for that to happen.

According to a new survey by Store Brand Formula, it takes exactly three months and 13 days, a.k.a.103 days, for a new mom to get used to motherhood. What’s more, 53% of new moms say they were so worried about getting things right that the first few months passed by with a blur. And it turns out, the difficulties of parenthood came as a surprise to many. In fact, 63% of new moms were surprised by how long it took them to get the swing of motherhood.

The biggest concern of most new moms is their kid getting sick, followed by feeding their child, while a full 33% of moms admit worries about the costs of having a child.

And even if they did get the hang of it, many found themselves lying to other mothers out of fear of being judged. Seems 20% of moms lied to other mothers about their baby sleeping through the night, while 18% fibbed about hitting development milestones and 9% lied about breastfeeding. 

Source: SWNS Digital

While some people can’t imagine going a week, if not a day, seeing members of their family, not everyone is so close to their relatives. In fact, according to a new survey, there are a lot of people out there who rarely see their family, but it’s not necessarily because they want it that way.

A new survey finds that 25% of Americans have a close family member they haven’t seen in over ten years. But it seems many want to change that, with 74% of people saying they’d like to be reunited with a close family member they lost touch with.

Family reunions are a great place for all those long lost relatives to get back together, yet 22% of people say they’ve never had one. Meanwhile, 68% of people say they have had a proper family reunion, but only 28% are able to get everybody together every year. And while some people would rather stay away from family members, 58% of people say they actually are excited about the possibility of bringing family members together.

Of course, there are some things about reunions that can be a bit awkward. While reminiscing about family is the thing most people say you should expect at a reunion (50%), other aspects of a reunion include: 

  • Eating too much (48%)
  • Awkward politics chat (28%)
  • Constant questions on my love life (20%)
  • Someone will spill drinks (19%)
  • Someone will fall asleep (17%)
  • Questions on if and when I’ll have kids (14%) 

Source: SWNS Digital

It’s no secret that some people are just not nice, and more often than not, those not nice people can be members of your family. Whether they realize it or not, family members can hurt you with just the slightest comment, and now some folks are sharing some of the nastiest things they’ve heard from members of their own family.

A new thread on the anonymous Whisper app has folks sharing some of the most savage comments a family member has said to them, and many of them are simply brutal.

Savage family comments include:

  • “’You have such a beautiful soul sweetie, too bad you’re so ugly’ – thanks grandma.”
  • “Today my mom told me I’d be a great stripper…I’ll just take that as a compliment.”
  • “Me: picks up a carton of ice cream, ‘I don’t know if I should buy this much ice cream.’ My mom: ‘I know you can finish it’ – thanks mom.”
  • “After not seeing my mother for six months she said, ‘wow you look extra pretty. Did you get a nose job?’”
  • “My father tries to compliment me and ends up calling me cute, short and angry.”
  • “My mom told me if I lost weight guys would be chasing me because I’m so good looking…I don’t know if I should take that as a compliment or an insult.”
  • “The most backward compliment I ever received was ‘you’re ugly but your pictures always turn out so good.’ My mom said that to me.”
  • “My mom once told me I was the best accident she ever had. Is that a compliment?”
  • “My mom just told me she doesn’t see me getting married because I’m ‘too independent and liberal.’ Don’t know if I should have taken that as a compliment or not.”

Source: Whisper

As parents, we’re always trying to pare down our kids’ clutter to make it more manageable, but next time you’re on an organizing spree, think twice before getting rid of your kids’ books. According to a new study from the Australian National University and the University of Nevada, having more books growing up improves educational outcomes, even if they don’t read them.

The study finds that adults with college degrees, but who grew up with fewer books, had the same literacy levels as folks who left school in ninth grade, but had a lot of books at home as a teenager. This research shows that the number of books owned at age 16 had a “direct positive relationship” with literacy, math, and IT skills later in life.

Researchers also figured out which countries own the most books per household. You might think Americans would top the list, but that honor goes to Estonians, who came in first by owning an average of 218 books per house. Norway came in second with 212 books on average per house and the U.S. doesn’t even crack the top 10, landing in 11th place with an average of 114 books per house, just under the world average of 115. And sadly, 32% of U.S. households only own 65 books and one in five American households own only five books. So it may be time to beef up your book collection to boost your kiddos’ brains.

Source: New York Post

If you’re tired of all the hair color trends named after food, sorry to tell you that trend isn’t over yet. So after dealing with chili chocolate, toasted coconut, and watermelon pink hair shades, there’s a new food-themed hair color that’s big this season: red velvet.

It’s red, naturally, but the tone is cooler than the “flannel hair” trend and not as purple as “mulled wine” strands. Red velvet hair is bold and as vibrant as the cake, so it looks less like a color that naturally grows out of someone’s head and more like Ariel, The Little Mermaid’s, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

“Anyone who would want this color could simply ask their colorist for a vibrant yet rich red," says stylist Krys Wimer. To find the most flattering shade for your skin tone, you’ll want to consult with your colorist. And if you’re thinking of giving it a try, check out #RedVelvetHair on Instagram for inspiration.

Source: Allure

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