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Brands are Releasing their Best Father’s Day TV Commercials Now

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Father’s Day is around the corner and I have been thoroughly enjoying this year’s commercials centered around dads. We are used to seeing scores of vids about moms for Mother’s Day but I think at times, dads get the short end of the stick.

And to top it off, all the deadbeat dads out there make it hard for the good dads. Now they have to share their day because a lot of people, in social media anyway, like to wish single moms a happy Father’s Day. Further, because of the fathers who have dropped the ball on their responsibility, a lot of the women who they had children with also take the dad to express how their Happy Father’s Day greetings are reserved just for the good dads.

My goodness, there are even Father’s Day cards for single moms too. It was a controversy a few years back too when the Hallmark’s specialty line for African American women released the cards.

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During Mother’s Day, you rarely see all the caveats but there are a plenty during Father’s Day. But I don’t want to add to the toxicity. Enjoy these great Father’s Day themed commercials some brands have released.

 

 

Yay! Bellyitch is a Healthline Top 15 Best Pregnancy Blog of 2016

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I’m honored and proud that Bellyitch was named among the Top 15 Best Pregnancy Blogs of 2016 by Healthline, the fastest growing consumer health information site — with 65 million monthly visitors and over 20 million health communities on Facebook, and offices in San Francisco and New York City.

 

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About the blog, Healthine wrote:

Bellyitch is like the People magazine of pregnancy blogs. You’ll find celebrity news and fashion, personal stories, and tips and tricks for new and expecting parents. We like the mixture of content, giveaways, and product reviews. It’s got just the right amount of useful information, mixed with tantalizing celebrity gossip.

* gush *

And we are in great company! I am friends with fellow top 15 blogger Jennifer Broget from Baby Making Machine since way before she had any kids. I also read her blog regularly. I subscribe to Pregnant Chicken.  Blogger Amy from that site is a hoot! She has the best sense of humor around.  Cafe Stir usually has the most unique and interesting stories. Very entertaining site! Fit Pregnancy has a plethora of wonderful lifestyle information for moms-to-be and parents in general.  Celebrity Baby Scoop has been with us in the “bumpwatch” biz from the earlies.  It is another wonderful source for bumpwatch news. The other winners are great too and I plan to check them out as well.

I want to shout out our team of writers, contributors, editors, social media managers and others who’ve worked on the blog over the years.

Thanks for the honor, Healthline. I think this is the 5th year on the list! We are going to wear our badge proudly. Check it out:

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CDC: Men, No Sex for 6 Months if You Travel to Zika-Effected Region

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Today, we’ve learned that the star player for the NBA‘s Golden State Warrior basketball team, Steph Curry, has decided to skip Summer’s Rio Olympics in order to let his injured knee heel properly in between seasons, ESPN reports.

Speculators believe he is also fearful of contracting Zika, a disease which results in flu-like symptoms to adult carriers but is sexually transmitted and can result in birth defects to an incubating fetus.

Curry and his wife Ayesha Curry have a wonderful franchise of their own in their adorable daughters Riley and Ryan Curry. If they were to accidentally build on #TeamCurry, they’d be risking the next member being negatively effected by Zika.

Also…here is another reason that married and/or sexually active speculators need to consider: the Centers for Disease Control recommends that men who travel to Zika-effected regions to abstain from sex or use condoms for six months after leaving the region if they start exhibiting symptoms of the disease.

SIX MONTHS?!?!?!?!?!? Whoa baby!

That’s right, the unknown nature of this virus has caused the agency to go even further given that symptoms may not show up immediately.  It is recommended that men abstain altogether whether or not they have a positive test.

Well…there’s some motivation right there to keep some married men with wives of child-bearing age away, huh? (wink)

Of the 273 confirmed Zika cases on the U.S. mainland, 9 involve pregnant women. Six of those cases were transmitted sexually, the CDC said.

 

STUDY: Women Multitask, Have More Complex Brains Than Men Thus Need More Sleep

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It’s tough being a woman in this world. Women are twice as likely to experience major depression than men and more likely to suffer from heart disease. This could be because they’re often overworked and underpaid, or because on top of it all, they have to deal with ridiculous standards of beauty. Unfortunately, that’s not even the half of it. All this goes to say that women have more than enough reasons to hit the snooze button and sleep in every morning — and science agrees.

After collecting data from more than 200 middle-aged men and women, researchers from the Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center in Leicestershire, England say women need 20 more minutes of shut-eye than men to function properly because their brains are both more complex and used more, Woman’s Day reported.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, people aged 18 and older should get at least seven to nine hours of sleep.

“Women’s brains are wired differently from men’s and are more complex, so their sleep needs will be slightly greater,” said Jim Horne, director of Loughborough University’s Sleep Research Center, according to The Tab. “The average is 20 minutes more, but some women may need slightly more or less than this.”

The idea that men and women’s brains differ significantly is not new. A 2013 study from the University of Pennsylvania suggested the same thing and confirmed that women outdo men when it comes to multitasking. In fact, the current study cites women’s ability to handle more than one task at the same time as one of the reasons they require more sleep than men.

“Women tend to multitask — they do lots at once and are flexible — and so they use more of their actual brain than men do,” Horne previously told The Australian in 2013. “Because of that, their sleep need is greater.”

In addition to spending more mental energy than men, researchers also found women need more sleep because they experience more consequences from lack of sleep than do men.

“For women, poor sleep is strongly associated with high levels of psychological distress and greater feelings of hostility, depression, and anger,” Horne said. “In contrast, these feelings were not associated with the same degree of sleep disruption in men.”

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Father’s Day Countdown: Best and Worst Movie Dads

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Just in time for Father’s Day, Zimbio assembled a very cute list of the best and worst TV movies along with a short little explanation of what made them get that designation. My faves among the list

BEST TV DADs

Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird

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Played By: Gregory Peck

Year: 1962

Key Quote: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Furious Styles in Boyz n the Hood

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Played By: Laurence Fishburne

Year: 1991

Key Quote: “Any fool with a d— can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.”

Bryan Mills in Taken

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Played By: Liam Neeson

Year: 2008

Key Quote: “If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you,

THE WORST

Norman Osborn in Spider-Man

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Played By: Willem Dafoe

Year: 2002

Key Quote: “You’re weak. You were always weak and you will always be weak until you take control!”

Dr. Evil in Austin Powers

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New Line Cinema

Played By: Mike Myers

Year: 1997

Key Quote: “Kill the little bastard. See if I care.”

 

Melvin “Mel” from Baby Boy

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Played By: Ving Rhames

Year: 2001

Key Quote: “Deal with your son…Deal with him before I kill him!”

 

 

Check out the full list HERE!

 

STUDY: Girls Actually Do Better than Boys Using Tech for Problem Solving; Imagine That!

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Conventional thinking is that boys are better at tech than girls. However data from a recent study shows that eighth-grade girls outperformed boys in understanding and evaluating technology and using it to solve problems, according to Peggy Carr, National Center for Education Statistics acting commissioner said.

The new conclusions are from the first-ever Nation’s “Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy.” The test, administered in 2014 to about 21,500 eighth-grade students in public and private schools, assessed students using scenario-based tasks on a computer.

In one exercise, students had to troubleshoot to fix the habitat for a classroom iguana named Iggy. They had to learn about an iguana’s basic needs and then design a habitat that solved two of Iggy’s most pressing problems: a lack of adequate heat and dehydration. Overall, 43 percent of eighth-graders were considered proficient or better at answering questions that required them to think through problems systematically, using technology and engineering to complete a task. The results were that 45 percent of eighth-grade girls were considered proficient or better, compared to 42 percent of boys.

The findings should suggest that although the difference is nominal, we could go further with encouraging more girls to enter into #STEM fields if we quit starting with the presumption that girls aren’t good at it.

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Muhammed Ali quotes That can Motivate Children



Today, like many of us, I am mourning the loss of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

He was not just known, admired and respected in the sports industry but also generally, because of his passionate defense of and work for the voiceless and marginalized in America.

He was king of the trash talk, but a lot of his quotes can be motivating to children as well.

The most common one that is circulating today is:  “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”

How wonderful is that a message for children? It is empowering. Another great one is a message about the importance of everyone being true to their conviction and beliefs, independent of what others want them to believe.

It is essential in this era of rampant bullying, in person and online, that kids grow in the confidence to defend themselves and not bow to peer pressure.

“I know where I’m going and I know the truth, and I don’t have to be what you want me to be. I’m free to be what I want,” the champ has said.

Society boxes all of us into certain categories of expectation. Children should grow to explore their passion, and interests independent of what their parents, peers and others say.

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your time here on earth,” Ali has said.

So many times, children grow to expect from their parents, their teachers and others but not to help other people.

We live in an entitlement society. Ali promoted the importance and value of service.

Here are my other favorite messages that are great for children as well:

And when asked once how would he like to be remembered, Ali eloquently and poetically responded:

I’d like for them to say:

He took a few cups of love.

He took one tablespoon of patience,

One teaspoon of generosity,

One pint of kindness.

He took one quart of laughter,

One pinch of concern.

And then, he mixed willingness with happiness.

He added lots of faith,

And he stirred it up well.

Then he spread it over a span of a lifetime,

And he served it to each and every deserving person he met.

“But your soul, and your spirit never die. That’s gonna live forever.”

-Muhammad Ali.

 

Report: US Teen Pregnancy Rate Falls to a Historic low



Pregnancy rates continue to drop throughout the U.S., and have reached a new historic low, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were 24.2 live births per 1,000 teens between the ages of 15 to 19 in 2014, according to the report in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. This represents a 61 percent decrease from 1991.

“The United States has made remarkable progress in reducing both teen pregnancy and racial and ethnic differences, but the reality is, too many American teens are still having babies,” CDC Director Tom Frieden said in a statement today. “By better understanding the many factors that contribute to teen pregnancy we can better design, implement, evaluate, and improve prevention interventions and further reduce disparities.”

From 2006 to 2014, the teen birth rate declined 41 percent overall. The decrease was the largest among Hispanics, with a 51 percent drop (38 live births per 1,000 teens in 2014), followed by a 44 percent drop among African Americans (34.9 live births per 1,000 teens in 2014), and a 35 percent drop among whites (17.3 live births per 1,000 teens in 2014.)

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NJ Mom Delivered 1st US Baby with Zika Symptoms



A baby girl delivered Tuesday in New Jersey is the first in the continental U.S. to be born with microcephaly, the Zika-linked brain condition. The 31-year-old mother apparently contracted the virus while in Honduras.

The following visualizations to show reported cases of the Zika virus in the U.S. and around the world.



Woo hoo! There’s a Bunch of New Summer Job Opps, And Here are Top US Summer Job Cities

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Do you have a young person in your home or community who needs a Summer Job? You’re in luck!

Last month, the Obama administration announced $21 million in grants to 11 communities in its Summer Jobs and Beyond campaign with the purpose to connect disadvantaged young people with jobs this summer and year-round. It stems from the White House’s  Summer Opportunity Project “to increase the number of young Americans participating in evidence-based summer opportunity programs, decrease the percentage of youth experiencing violence over the summer, and—more broadly—make sure that young Americans have the support they need to get their first job,” as a press release about the initiative states.

In addition, there is a new inter-agency project called Summer Impact Hubs which pairs local and state projects and leaders in one of 16 communities with a Federal “Summer Ambassador” who will spend the spring and summer partnering with them to meet their locally-driven goals by leveraging Federal resources, breaking down agency siloes, and building new local, regional, and national partnerships.

Sign up and get info HERE!!!

If you do not live in one of those hubs, there are other cities nationwide that are great for opportunities for summer jobs. WalletHub analyzed 150 job markets for part time and summer opportunities. The top 20 cities are:

1. Washington, DC.

  1. Scottsdale, AZ
  2. San Francisco, CA

  3. Orlando, FL

  4. Reno, NV

  5. Cincinnati, OH

  6.  Fort Lauderdale, FL

  7. St. Louis, MO

  8. Boise ID

  9. Pittsburgh, PA

  10. Irvine, CA

12. Denver, CO

13. Minneapolis, MN

14.  Grand Rapids, MI

  1.    Salt Lake City, UT
  2.   Atlanta, GA

  3. Plano, TX

  4. Seattle, WA

  5. Miami, FL

  6. Little Rock, AK

Not surprisingly, most are in the more populated cities nationwide. Here are how the Best cities compared with the worst.

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  • Sioux Falls, S.D, has the highest labor-force participation rate of the population aged 16 to 24, 74.28 percent, which is nearly two times higher than in Irvine, Calif., the city with the lowest, 40.03 percent.
  • Sioux Falls, S.D., has the lowest unemployment rate of the population aged 16 to 24, 8.9 percent, which is nearly five times lower than in Detroit, the city with the highest, 44.1 percent.
  • Scottsdale, Ariz., has the highest median income of part-time workers (adjusted for cost of living), $23,162, which is more than 3.5 times higher than in New York, the city with the lowest, $6,540.
  • Miami has the most part-time job openings per 1,000 civilian employed residents aged 16 to 24, 110.93, which is more than 13.6 times the number in Moreno Valley, Calif., the city with the fewest, 8.13.
  • Miami has the most internship listings per 1,000 civilian employed residents aged 16 to 24, 21.65, which is nearly 197 times the number in Mesa, Ariz., the city with the fewest, 0.11.
  • Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., has the lowest percentage of the population aged 16 to 24 living under the poverty line, 8.5 percent, which is nearly six times lower than in Tallahassee, Fla., the city with the highest, 50.76 percent.
  • Springfield, Mo., has the lowest monthly median rent price for a one-bedroom property, $522, which is four times higher than in San Francisco, the city with the highest, $1,814.

For the full report and to see where your city ranks, please visit:

https://wallethub.com/edu/best-places-for-summer-jobs/21137/