Archive for October, 2012

Women: Which issues will decide your vote?

I was reading an editorial recently that suggested that abortion rights and access to contraceptives should be vote changers for women. It made me wonder if those were the issues making up most women’s minds.

So which issues are most important to you this election year? Which issue will decide which candidate you choose?

Abortion

Access to contraception

Healthcare

Equal pay for equal work

Energy independence

Environment

Economic growth ideas

Taxes/tax cuts/breaks/increases

Defense/Foreign policy expertise

Education – money for, improving

Party affiliation

Personality of candidate

Race/religion of candidate

Wife/family of candidate

Others?

Do you think women base their votes on different things than men? Are there “women’s issues?”

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Are Biblical banners at football games free speech or school-sponsored religion?

Is it private speech or school-sponsored religion if a public high school football team bursts through a sign made by the cheerleaders that reads:

“But thanks be to God, which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Kevin Weldon, the superintendent of the 1,300-student school district in Kountze, Texas, northeast of Houston, banned such signs after a complaint from someone who attended a game.

Weldon is a Christian but based the ban on advice from lawyers and the Supreme Court ruling in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, which established that prayers led by students at high school football games were unconstitutional.

The New York Times:

“After consulting with lawyers, Mr. Weldon banned the district’s cheerleaders from putting Bible verses on the banners they hoist at the beginning of football games, out of concern that the signs were unlawful and amounted to school-sanctioned religious expression. A group of cheerleaders and their parents sued Mr. …

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Study: More sleep, better behavior at school

A new Canadian study has found a correlation between the number of hours of sleep kids get and their behavior at school. More sleep improved kids’ behaviors and made them less restless. Children with less sleep were more likely to cry, lose their tempers or become frustrated. The study is reported in Pediatrics.

The National Institutes for Health recommend 10 hours of sleep for kids. (The article doesn’t say for what age range.)

From Reuters:

“The children were split into two groups for the second week. One group’s parents were told to add an hour to their kids’ usual time asleep, while the other group was told to cut their sleep time by an hour.”

“Half of the children did lose an hour of sleep each night, but the other group was only able to add about 30 minutes. Still, that seemed long enough for teachers to notice an improvement in the kids’ behavior….”

“The children who got the extra 30 minutes of sleep during the second week scored, on average, about 47, meaning …

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What are the best cities for working moms?

Forbes.com has released it’s list of the Top 20 Cities for Working Moms, and there are multiple southern cities on there but not Atlanta

Nashville, Tenn., Raleigh, N.C., Birmingham, Ala., and New Orleans made the list. Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia also made the list. And so did Austin, Texas, but I wasn’t sure if those last three would be considered Southern. Are we counting those?

Ohio and Missouri had two cities each on the list, which make me wonder if both states are good or just those cities in those states?

The creators of the list evaluated: population, violent crimes, women’s annual earnings, physicians, average commute, expenditure per pupil and cost of childcare in the area.

Here is the list from Forbes.com (Click the link to go through their slide show on why each city qualified.)

20. St. Louis, Mo.

19. Nashville, TN

18.  Kansas City, Mo

17. Virginia Beach, Va.

16. Austin, Tx.

15. San Jose, Calif.

14 Raleigh, N.C.

13 Indianapolis, Ind.

12 Milwaukee, …

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Presidential debate: What do working moms need from an employer?

It was very interesting to see and hear reactions to the discussion about what working women need from an employer during the presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Some women were offended by the idea that they would need to go home to make dinner. Some acted like that’s oh so 1952.

Others were offended by the idea of needing a flexible schedule.

Others questioned the 5 p.m. time mentioned: My mother said that mom’s in trouble if she’s getting off work at 5. Those kids have been home a long time and dinner is going to be late.

I do think women, or men, who are in charge in their families for picking up kids, overseeing homework and getting dinner on the table do need flexible schedules. I don’t know why that is insulting. Somebody has to be doing those tasks if you have kids and they can’t be done at 8 at night. (I guess a lot of employes are not flexible and that is why so many parents have after-school care to do the pick up and homework?)

If I …

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What do you do when kids declare themselves vegetarians?

My 5-year-old announced last week that she is now a vegetarian.

They had been discussing dinosaurs at schools and whether they were herbivores, carnivores or omnivores. I guess that led to the children discussing what they were. One little girl that Lilina likes announced that she is a vegetarian, and I think talked about meat is gross and you’re eating animals – cue the cute pictures of chicks and cows. So now Lilina has decided that she is a vegetarian.

She has actually done a pretty good job asking at each meal is this meat or a vegetable?

She resisted my shrimp and vegetable linguini (asparagus and tomatoes). She ate linguini and carrots. We told her she was missing the point by not eating the asparagus or tomatoes.

Although when told that hot dogs and bacon were meats, she granted herself some exclusions to have just a little bit.

I know lots of people that have gone through vegetarian phases albeit not self-imposed at 5-years old.

Michael was actually a vegetarian …

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Do you need more sleep? Six signs that you do!

About one-third of American workers get fewer than six hours of sleep each night according to the Huffington Post.

“Getting less than the optimal seven to nine hours recommended by the CDC can result in serious health issues, like heart problems and obesity. But it can also disturb your day-to-day behavior in some more subtle ways.”

So here are six signs from the The Huff Po slideshow that you need more sleep.

From The Huffington Post (see the article and slideshow for all the details):

1. You’re really hungry all the time:

“Research presented at the 2010 meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior linked little shuteye with higher levels of the hormone ghrelin, the same one that triggers hunger, HuffPost reported.”

2. You’re weepy:

3. You’re forgetful or unfocussed:

4. You can’t shake a cold: (See my entry from earlier in the day.)

“A 2009 study found that people who sleep fewer than seven hours each night have almost three times the risk of …

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Are other moms always sick or is it just me? How do you pump up your immune system?

I have basically been sick since school has started. Every week the kids are bringing home new germs from their classrooms. I used to just take multivitamin but now I have added in probiotics, Vitamin C, and elderberry extract to help beef up my immunity. I can't be sick every single week!

I have basically been sick since school has started. Every week the kids are bringing home new germs from their classrooms. I used to just take multivitamin but now I have added in probiotics, Vitamin C, and elderberry extract to help beef up my immunity. I can't be sick every single week!

I’m so tired of being sick, and I am calling in the heavy guns to try to head off the next cold.

I have had four colds lasting about two weeks each in the last eight weeks. Basically I have been sick since school started.  The kids bring home different germs from their classes, and I catch it all. My heart-transplant brother who is on immune-suppressive drugs has a stronger immune system than I do.

I was taking daily multi-vitamins and added in large amounts of Vitamin C, Echinacea tea and Airborne each time I felt an illness coming on.  Now I am adding probiotics and Elderberry to the mix.

I wash my hands and keep hand sanitizer in my car and my purse. I wipe down my computer after the …

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Conservative group finds gay agenda in anti-bullying day

“Mix It Up at Lunch Day” is a national program that asks school kids to eat lunch with someone they don’t normally speak to.

The day, which is Oct. 30, was created by the Southern Poverty Law Center 11 years ago and now has more than 2,500 schools involved.

Maureen Costello, the director of the center’s Teaching Tolerance project, says the idea of the day is to break up cliques and prevent bullying.

But “the American Family Association, , a conservative evangelical group, has called the project ‘a nationwide push to promote the homosexual lifestyle in public schools’ and is urging parents to keep their children home from school on Oct. 30, the day most of the schools plan to participate this year.”

The group sent an email that has caused several schools to cancel this year.

From The New York Times via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (This article is fairly long so click the link to read all the details. I can only pull a few graphs.):

“The swirl around Mix It Up at …

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Falling for fall: We’re crazy for pumpkin products!

My 11-year-old and I have gone crazy for pumpkin products this fall. Here are all the pumpkin products and recipes we are trying and what we think:

Yoplait Pumpkin Pie yogurt — This is very tasty and I believe a 2 on Weight Watchers.

Philadelphia Pumpkin cream cheese — Rose said it tasted like the icing we put on our pumpkin cake last year. It is quite yummy but I haven’t looked up the points yet.

Dryer’s Low-fat Pumpkin ice cream (I am pretty sure this sells as Edy’s in Atlanta) — I thought this would be better. It needs some graham crust or vanilla wafter chunks in it.

Eggo Pumpkin waffles (frozen) – Very yummy and smells good in the toaster.

Pumpkin coffee lattes (Starbuck’s Via and a recipe from Hungry Girl that’s only a 2 on Weight Watchers.) – I actually liked the the Via better but it’s more expensive per coffee than the Hungry Girl recipe.

Pumpkin-shaped Kraft Macaroni and Cheese — We haven’t had yet but the kids were excited to see the package.

Pumpkin pancakes …

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