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Sex Strongly Related to Happiness

2013 study published by the Institute for the Study of Labor reported that yes, sexual activity does indeed have a strong correlation with happiness. (As if, you didn’t know that already…) Plus, the researcher revealed that those who had more frequent sexual activity also had lower rates of arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes.
Article: International Day of Happiness: 5 healthy activities that boost happiness,

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How Has Parenting Gotten Tougher Over the Years?

1. Netflix. When we started streaming Netflix a few months ago, I thought it couldn’t get any better. Now I am somewhat convinced that Netflix is run by the devil. EJ is Netflix obsessed… The instant nature of it, makes an impatient 4-year-old even more impatient..

2. Facebook. This is truly the worst thing to ever happen to mothers. Facebook can be used as a comparison tool. Sally posts pics of her kid doing Montessori inspired projects and I have to run out and buy sensory table…

3. Pinterest. There have been endless blog posts about Pinterest. Our mothers didn’t have to see Johnny’s mom pin all the crafts she does with him, or endless printables to use for your kindergartener, or how your house could be far more organized and stylish if you had any time or ability…

4. Google. Google has made mothers everywhere panic, paranoid and armed with false information. I GTS (Google That Shit) everything and as a result, I freak out. I know I am not alone. Google makes a small red rash a sign of the bubonic plague…

5. _____ Free- I spend 50% of my time thinking about if things are non-toxic, BPA Free, hormone free, dye free, and whatever the else free people tell me it needs to be While this is a healthy, positive change over the past 30 years, it is enough to drive you nuts. And people love to weigh in.

Article: Five Reasons Parenting Was Easier in 1984 , scary

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Why This Blog?

Parents are busy and tired.  If you doubt the truth of this you are likely not a parent nor are you likely to know any parents.  And because parents are busy and tired they generally have to do the best they can with the information they have.  They often don’t have the time or energy to get new  and pertinent information.  What we need (besides a good night’s sleep) is a quick and efficient way to get information that can help us be as effective as we can be with the time and energy we have.

A recent survey of Canadian parents suggests that the internet is one of the most preferred ways of getting new information.  What parents desired is a convenient way to get useful information

This is not shocking news.  But it does spell out the rationale for this blog: getting pertinent research-based information into the hands of parents quickly and easily.

Each entry in this blog will be a short summary of research, intended to be useful for parents.  The aim: to be brief, useful, and interesting.

Abstract: Assessing the Information and Support Needs of Parents of Young Children in Canada, Archives of Disease in Childhood, 2012