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Pregnancy complications might ‘turn on’ schizophrenia genes, study says

By Mark Lieber, CNN Updated 1910 GMT (0310 HKT) May 30, 2018 Schizophrenia affects nearly 1% of the world population Complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta associated with schizophrenia, study says (CNN)Schizophrenia is thought to be caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors. But new research suggests that complications during pregnancy could increase nearly five-fold the child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later in life in high-risk individuals.   These complications appear to “turn on” genes in the placenta that have been associated with schizophrenia, the researchers said. “The complications that mattered were very serious obstetric complications…

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10 Lies Parents Tell A Lot but Never Notice

Dr. Magdalena BattlesDr. E. Magdalena Battles has a PhD in Academic and Clinical Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Psychology. Her specialties include children, domestic violence, and sexual assault and she shares her real life experiences and professional insights on her website Living Joy Daily. https://www.lifehack.org === Parents all lie to their kids every day, they just don’t realise it. You may tell your child not to lie, but continually saying these lies, no matter how small teaches them to lie as well. They will think it is ok to lie, since…

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Parenting Skills – Level: Expert

Parenting Skills – Level: Expert Posted By Sarah, On May 23, 2018 http://momtruthbomb.com/index.php/2018/05/23/parenting-skills-level-expert/ There are many skills you acquire once you become a parent. Some of them are obvious and well-known to most people, like Moms ears that can hear the tiniest of whimpers in a deep sleep, or growing eyes in the back of their head, while Dads become very adept at sleeping through literally anything. But the skills that I speak of are skills at which you never thought you’d become an expert, mostly because they are skills whose existence you were completely unaware of pre-kids. These are a hidden…

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I learned three very important lessons from my Mum.

    By Ikechi Awazie empowermentmomentsblog.com Lesson 1 – Never do what others are doing My mum made me discover that I was unique. She believed that God had a purpose for me and never failed to remind me. She heard my cries and yearning to feel among. She saw how much I felt like being loved. She filled the void of my heart with her love and made me see the world in a different light. She taught me to believe in myself and never seek the validation of others to be me. She let me understand that life…

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The Incredible Power Of A Mother’s Love

The Incredible Power Of A Mother’s Love A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.” – Marion C. Garretty The love of a mother is also the reflector of light, hope, and happiness. It’s an incredible power that connects the heart of a child to that of the Heavenly Father. Let’s honor our Mothers in a special way!

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The Power of a Mother’s Love

By Jill Savage   (GregoryLee/iStock/Thinkstock) The back cover of Dr. Brenda Hunter’s book The Power of Mother Love casts a vision for moms: Mother love shapes cultures and individuals. While most mothers know that their love and emotional availability are vital to their children’s well-being, many of us do not understand the profound and long-lasting impact we have in developing our young children’s brains, teaching them first lessons of love, shaping their consciences … At a time when society urges women to seek their worth and personal fulfillment in things that take them away from their families and intimate bonds, Hunter invites…

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Motherhood Is Like Working More Than Two Full-time Jobs, Study Says

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/health/wellness/motherhood-is-like-working-more-than-two-full-time-jobs-study-say-a00041-20180410?ref=home_feed_1 Of all the roles women play, being a mom is rewarding, but there is no doubt it is the most challenging. Whether you’re a mom who manages the home, runs a business, or has a career, you have a lot of things on your plate. And even then, there are times when we STILL think we’re not doing enough. We think it’s time to prove to the doubters — and we’re talking about you, mom — that we are all doing the best we can. We believe moms are superwomen, but even superheroes can’t do everything that needs to be…

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Why Moms Should Stop Saying ‘Be Careful’ to their Kids

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/parenting/preschooler/one-mom-says-we-should-stop-telling-kids-to-be-careful-here-s-why-a00026-20180221?ref=home_feed_1 Moms and dads will do anything to protect their kids and keep them safe from harm. It’s entirely understandable — when you love someone so much, you can get a little paranoid at everything that can hurt that person. Even the sight of your little one running just a bit too fast can make you yell from across the playground, “Be careful!” Mom and photographer Josée, who has three children and runs the blog Backwoods Mama, thinks we should stop saying those two words though. As a nature lover, the Canada-based mom is a big advocate of letting kids play outdoors…

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“Mix Feeding Is Not Going to Make You Less of a Mother”

SOURCE: https://www.smartparenting.com.ph/pregnancy/breastfeeding/bangs-garcia-mix-feeding-a00041-20180222?ref=home_feed_1 Many moms say it’s only hard at the beginning, and as soon as you and your baby get your rhythm, breastfeeding will be effortless eventually. Still, sometimes, it doesn’t always go according to plan, as Valerie “Bangs” Garcia recently found out. The new mom, who gave birth to daughter Amelia in the U.K. three months ago, revealed she developed an infection after her C-section operation. While on antibiotics, her breast milk supply diminished. “It explains why Amelia got so frustrated and stopped latching during our last day there,” she wrote on Instagram “I thought I couldn’t [breastfeed], but I did. It really hurts in the…

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Bianca Gonzalez-Intal: ‘Me Doing My Best for My Daughter Is All She Needs’

For Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, social media is a well of ideas for kid-friendly spots, good food havens, and even fun family activities, great books, and cool toys. But, in an Instagram post, another one of her “#mommydiaries,” her words resonated among millennial moms once again by saying that social media also makes her insecurities worse, especially during her first few months of being a mom. “I would scroll down my feed and just….feel bad. Feel sorry for myself. Feel like I wasn’t good enough to be a mother,” the TV host revealed. She was seeing moms who didn’t look haggard at all…

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Filipino Name for Grandmother

Suffix Indicates a Great-Grandparent BY SUSAN ADCOX www.thespruce.com 05/12/17  Family traditions in the Philippines have been affected by modernity but are still strong in many ways. Blend Images – Jose Luis Pelaez Inc / Getty Images The most commonly used Filipino word for grandmother is lola. The suffix sa tuhod is added to indicate a great-grandmother: lola sa tuhod. Another frequently used term is inang. Variations include indang, nanang, ingkongand nanay. Learn the Filipino words for grandfather. You can also go to the list of ethnic names for grandmothers or to a comprehensive list of grandmother names. Languages in the Philippines Outsiders are frequently confused by the various languages spoken in the Philippine Islands.   Filipino…

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Young and Cool Pinay Mothers Showing the Real Beauty of Motherhood

Cross-Culture Lifestyle Guide By Sofia N September 15, 2016 To be a mom in your 20’s is tough. You’re in the middle of having fun like any normal 20+-year-old and at the same time you are blessed with a little bundle of joy. All of a sudden your priorities change. I dedicate this article to three young moms who are enjoying life to the fullest. Their lives are proof that having a kid at a young age does not mean the end of the world. In fact, it opens your life to more adventures. Sacrifices for your child does not mean not…

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4 Reasons Why Filipino Women Make the Best Mothers

Cross-Culture Lifestyle Guide Filipino women are not just known for world class beauty but also being good mothers. Why is that? There are a lot of wonderful reasons to support this and I am sure that you also have your own reasons that hold truth in your heart.                                             Photo Credit Being a mother is a huge blessing from above and one of the noblest jobs that a woman can ever have. Being a Filipino mother is great pride because…

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Young, poor and pregnant: Teen mums in the Philippines

While teen pregnancy rates in most countries are declining, numbers are rising in the Philippines. by Mary Ann Jolley 24 Jan 2018  http://www.aljazeera.com      Hundreds of thousands of girls in the Philippines give birth when they’re just teenagers [Al Jazeera] Puerto Princesa, the Philippines – Angela was just 14 the first time she got pregnant. Her boyfriend was 19, and it was her first sexual experience. “I wanted to cry; I was pushing him away. But he said he would take responsibility and that he loved me,” she says. Her first pregnancy ended in miscarriage, but Angela is now a…

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Feminism Beyond the Jargon

To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman, an Amazon, an angry female and a host of other insults. The feminist cliché. Nikki Luna March 31, 2016 Why is it easy for other women/people to condemn the word feminism? Feminism is attacked despite the fact that we are walking along the path that women freedom fighters from the past have paved for us. Yes, we continue the struggle. But most shun the “label.” To be called a feminist has become a taunt – a rabid woman, an Amazon, an angry female and a host of…

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Why Moms Make The Best CEOs

Two of the most challenging but rewarding accomplishments a person can undertake are to raise a family and to start her own business. Both are full commitments that demand a healthy dose of perseverance, patience and love. Doing one or the other can be complex enough, but plenty of entrepreneurial-minded moms willingly elect to do both — and they couldn’t be happier about it. While parenting is not the only way to acquire management wisdom, it does accomplish that, too. A top-notch CEO’s leadership profile is remarkably similar to that of excellent parents: They both provide stretch challenges, set high…

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These Two Give Us Reasons Not to Feel Guilty About Being a Working Mom

In an interview with Smart Parenting.com.ph last year, Bianca Gonzalez did millennial moms a great service when she voiced her feelings how moms today are under “insane pressure.” “The good side of being a millennial mom is that we’re so informed. There’s so much information; we’re so hands on. But the bad side is we’re so hard on ourselves.” Bianca, a working mother, says she continually experiences “mommy guilt” where she feels that spending time away from her daughter makes her a bad mom. “Feeling ko parang, I’m bad if I leave her just to have fun or because I want to go out to…

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Do Children Understand Why Their Parents Leave?

  By: Susan K @inquirer.net March 02, 2013 Parents who work overseas assume that their kids understand fully why they have to leave—that it is for the children’s good and their future. Many parents leave when their kids are young. The children do not even know where in the world their mothers or fathers are. Migration is actually not new. The late economist John Kenneth Galbraith wrote, “Migration is the oldest action against poverty.” Israel’s founding father Jacob brought his family to Egypt because there was famine in Canaan. After Jacob died, his descendants remained in Egypt for about 200…

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When Mothers Leave

Pinoy Kasi By: Michael L. Tan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer September 13, 2017 People are noticing and commenting — from the Public Attorney’s Office in media statements to a broadcast journalist who interviewed me during the wake for Carl Angelo Arnaiz in Filipino: “Have you noticed that both Kian delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz’s mothers were OFWs (overseas Filipino workers)? Maybe we shouldn’t have mothers leaving to work overseas?” The next day at the university, a dean at UP discussed the same issue with me, but expanded her concerns to include some of our students with serious mental health issues…

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“Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.”

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado Monday, January 15, 2018 https://aboutmyrecovery.com “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela “One of the best investments we can make in a child’s life is high-quality early education.” —US President Barack Obama in today’s State of the Union Address “Wasn’t it just yesterday that I held your hand on your first day of school in pre-nursery?”, I kissed my daughter’s cheek on her first day of school. Nine years ago, my daughter went back to school, to take her Masters of Arts in Creative Writing. I hugged her for…

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More Than A Motherhood Satement

By: Jocelyn R. Uy – Reporter Philippine Daily Inquirer January 29, 2017   As a young boy, Alih Sali would hear stories of mothers and their babies dying during childbirth “because of poverty, the lack of knowledge on health issues and the need to endure long travel on rough roads to get to the nearest hospital in town,” the former police inspector and now vice mayor of Akbar, Basilan, recalled.   But going around the province as a police officer made Sali realize how other towns had grappled with the same problem and made their health systems work.   “I…

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How to Balance Motherhood and Entrepreneurship from Five Well-Known ‘Mompreneurs’

Superhero versus supermom. Pick your team. My inspiration is always the real-life hero. Being a mom and a business owner, I understand the challenges of building an empire and managing a family. At times, it’s difficult to decide whom to attend to first — a crying baby or a client call? But there are some moms who have learned the art of being successful. By successful, I mean moms who are truly enjoying rocking their little ones while rocking their business goals too. Yes, success is an art, and some mompreneurs have mastered this art by finding the perfect balance…

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Where Motherhood and Inspiration Meet

When I became a mom, my professional priorities started to shift. My son Wolf was born in 2011 and when I heard from his preschool teacher that he may have sensory issues, I wanted to figure out what I could be doing at home to give him the tools (and toys) that would help him in situations that may be overwhelming. What I found in the market was completely depressing not to mention that it didn’t serve his needs.  At the same time, many of my friends, colleagues and other parents at Wolf’s school were sharing stories about their kids…

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My Mother’s Death Left Me Broken, But I Am a Mom Who Can’t Lose It Right Now

I barely have time to grieve. My hands are almost always full of the tasks I need to fulfill for my children. The house is often noisy that I barely hear myself breathe. I live each day wishing my kids will go to bed early, so I can have time to cry at night. The night before my mama died I snuck out of the hospital as she slept. I drove back home and crawled my way beside my children, the youngest of whom I was still breastfeeding. I felt like I was being pulled apart in different directions —…

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No, All Those Strollers Aren’t Your Imagination. More Women Are Having Children

                                                       Maskot—Getty Images By BELINDA LUSCOMBE  January 19, 2018 IDEAS : Belinda Luscombe is an editor-at-large of TIME   In a reversal of a decades-long trend, more American women are now choosing to have children. They’re getting a lot of other stuff out of the way first and many more of them are going it alone, but the most recent figures show that by the end of their childbearing years, 86% of U.S. women have had…

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