Where Did I Come From Mummy?
Who answers the hard questions nowadays? It is the right and responsibility of every parent to pass survival-skills to their progeny. In a bygone era, these skills could be rolled out in a leisurely fashion, sometimes into late teens. Today, the competition for a child's attention is much more fierce, and the code to live by is more likely to come from peers rather than parents. Perhaps we need to counter this with a more concerted effort in the early years. For generations, there was no substitute for sitting and reading stories at bed-time. Ultimate control was exercised by selecting the books brought into the home, with the possible exception of the odd Playboy that came in under the radar. The Internet has changed this landscape forever. The only useful suggestion I can make is that we try and replicate the success of shared-reading by extending time spent sharing the Internet-experience with our kids - perhaps way beyond what they would consider 'necessary'. Obviously teenagers would not tolerate this level of interference, so the process must occur earlier when parents still have some control over a child's environment.
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This economy has us in survival mode, stressing out our bodies and minds.
- Economic hardship is linked to physical and psychological illness, resulting in added healthcare expenses people can't afford.
- The gig economy – think Uber, Lyft, TaskRabbit, Handy – is marketed as a 'be your own boss' revolution, but it can be dehumanizing and dangerous; every worker is disposable.
- The cooperative business model can help reverse wealth inequality.
Meanwhile, Spaniards are the least likely to say their culture is superior to others.
- Survey by Pew Research Center shows great variation in chauvinism across Europe.
- Eight most chauvinist countries are in the east, and include Russia.
- British much more likely than French (and slightly more likely than Germans) to say their culture is "superior" to others.
A new study explores how certain personality traits affect individuals' attitudes on obesity in others.
- The study compared personality traits and obesity views among more than 3,000 mothers.
- The results showed that the personality traits neuroticism and extraversion are linked to more negative views and behaviors related to obesity.
- People who scored high in conscientiousness are more likely to experience "fat phobia.
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