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Overcoming Breast Cancer: One Mother’s Story

https://thenewageparents.com: The struggles that cancer patients go through are very real indeed. Even after beating cancer, the risk of a relapse is always there. It is not easy for cancer patients to share their journey with others. *June shares her story with TNAP. Started with a lump June, now 46, had been doing her monthly regular breast self-examination checks when she discovered a lump in her breast during a routine check in April 2016. Subsequent checks and tests confirmed that the lump was indeed cancerous. The news was certainly a huge shock. “Death suddenly felt very real and near to…

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Importance of Family Bonding

https://thenewageparents.com The world today is filled with so much violence, anger, and apathy that it is downright scary. As we have children, it is of utmost importance to be a positive leader of our family. We all want to belong and feel accepted. A sense of belonging is derived from the close bond of family. Family is where our roots take hold and from there we grow. We are molded within a unit, which prepares us for what we will experience in the world and how we react to those experiences. Values are taught at an early age and are…

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Trouble getting along with your mother-in-law? There’s a reason why

Jason Craig Jun 19, 2017 https://aleteia.org     Here’s some of the psychology behind this cliche, and you can find greater peace. Of all the relationships in family life, the one between mother-in-law and daughter-in-law is often the most tenuous one. While it’s possible for these two women to share close bonds, it’s common for it to be tense (or worse), with shaky truces being silently negotiated every couple of months. To use the word “truce” might make you think of a war, and it’s true; sometimes this relationship gets downright embattled. But why? If there’s a battle, where and…

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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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Unique Valentine’s Day Traditions From Around The World

By Kim Bussing February 11, 2018 https://www.dogonews.com/2018/2/9/unique-valentines-day-traditions-from-around-the-world By Kim Bussing on February 11, 2018   Photo Credit: news.samsungcnt.com On Wednesday, February 14, many of us will shower our loved ones with cards, chocolates, flowers, and even expensive jewelry. The celebration of love as we know it, developed in 1861 when candy maker Richard Cadbury came up with the brilliant idea of selling chocolates in heart-shaped packages. Valentine’s Day has since evolved into one of the biggest consumer spending days of the year. The National Retail Federation expects the 55% of Americans celebrating the holiday in 2018, to expend an average of $143.56 for a total of $19.6 billion, up…

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What Women Really Want for Valentine’s Day

By: Jordan Bake news.com.au http://www.nzherald.co.nz 11 Feb, 2018 12:16pm                                                 It turns out women are actually really simple when it comes to love. Photo / Getty Hold her hand. Run her a bath. Share your umbrella. Grand romantic gestures have their place, but these are the little things that keep romance alive. A survey has found most women yearn for more romance, but it’s not the long-stemmed roses on Valentines’ Day or a balcony serenade that they…

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In Philippines, Climate Change and Conflict Both Conspire Against Rural Women

July 25, 2017 https://theconversation.com            Extreme weather and conflict have a particularly accute impact on female farmers in the Philippines. PWRDF, CC BY-SA Heavily exposed to increasing incidence of extreme weather events, the Philippines is among one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change in the world. Climate-induced disasters in the Philippines frequently disrupt fruit and cash-crop production, resulting in income loss and higher food prices. Over the past four years, weather events have cost the Philippine economy an annual average of 0.3% of GDP. Typhoon Haiyaan alone caused crop loss of 1.1 million tonnes and destroyed 600,000 hectares of farmland…

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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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Filipinos are 3rd Most Ignorant of Key Issues – Report

              According to Ipsos MORI’s ‘Perils of Perceptions 2017,’ Filipinos rank as the third most ignorant people in the world in terms of knowledge on key issues such as murder, terrorism, health, and religion, to name some. Gelo Gonzales Published 5:42 PM, February 08, 2018 MANILA, Philippines – A study revealed that Filipinos are the 3rd most ignorant people in the world in terms of their knowledge of key issues. In other words, when it came to important topics, Filipinos are either ignorant of the facts or misinformed. The revelation came from a study…

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Towards A Model of Resilience for Transnational Families of Filipina Domestic Workers

Melissa R. Garabiles, Mira Alexis P. Ofreneo, Brian J. Hall Published: August 24, 2017 https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0183703 Abstract Many Filipinos experience poverty and poor employment opportunities. In order to alleviate poverty and provide sufficient resources for their families, numerous mothers leave the Philippines to become domestic workers. The present study aimed to build a model of family resilience for transnational families. A total of 33 participants consisting of Filipino transnational families, domestic workers, and key informants participated in a series of focus group discussions and interviews. A new model of resilience among transnational families of Filipina domestic helpers was created using a…

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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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Duterte Orders Full Implementation Of Modern Family Planning by 2018

                                                   By Regine Cabato, CNN Philippines Updated 21:20 PM PHT Wed, January 11, 2017   Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order providing funds and support for modern family planning, in a bid to make modern family planning available to the poor by 2018. “This Order aims to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary to attain and sustain ‘zero unmet need for modern family planning’ for all poor…

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How Planned Parenthood Has Helped Millions Of Women, Including Me

  February 1, 2017 Maureen Miller Professor, Columbia University Medical Center (https://theconversation.com)        A woman shows her support for Planned Parenthood at the Women’s March in New York City on Jan. 21. Author provided Planned Parenthood has allowed generations of low-income women to survive childbirth, to combat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and to plan their pregnancies. However, the fact that women live healthier and longer lives is not Planned Parenthood’s ultimate superpower. No, that is reserved for the legions of low-income women, including me, who now have been given the opportunity to dramatically move up the economic ladder…

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey: Hunger among families rises to 15.9%; Moderate Hunger 12.2%, Severe Hunger 3.7%

By Social Weather Stations Jan 22, 2018 SWS Report The Fourth Quarter 2017 Social Weather Survey, conducted from December 8-16, 2017, found that 15.9% or an estimated 3.6 million families experienced involuntary hunger at least once in the past three months. The measure of Hunger refers to involuntary suffering because the respondents answer a survey question that specifies hunger due to lack of food to eat. This is 4.1 points above the 11.8% (est. 2.7 million families) quarterly Hunger in September 2017, and is the highest recorded value for hunger since the 17.2% in December 2014 [Chart 1, Table 1]….

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Single Mothers: Different Faces, Same Struggles

Inspirational stories from single mothers of various circumstances Patty Pasion @pattypasion May 14, 2017 https://www.rappler.com                                                              SINGLE MOMS. The Federation of Solo Parents estimates that there are                                                                        around 20 million Filipino kids being raised by single…

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New Study Links Pregnant Women Taking Acetaminophen with Language Delays in Baby Girls

By AMANDA MACMILLAN  January 10, 2018 http://time.com/50…/acetaminophen-pregnancy-language-delays/ Two-year-old girls whose mothers took acetaminophen during their pregnancies had higher rates of language delays compared to those whose mothers did not, finds a new study. Similar delays were not seen in boys, who generally develop language skills more slowly than girls. The study, published in the journal European Psychiatry, included 754 Swedish women who were interviewed between weeks 8 and 13 of their pregnancies. The women answered questions about how often they had used acetaminophen—an over-the-counter pain and fever reliever, sold as Tylenol in the United States—since they had conceived. They also…

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Why Oprah Winfrey Continues to Inspire People Across the Globe

HERSTORY Tanvi Dubey 7th September 2016 https://yourstory.com/2016/09/oprah-winfrey/ A biblical name Orpah was mispronounced as Oprah. Today, the name rides millions. Though that hasn’t always been the case. In a racist America, she was a black American woman, underwent teenage pregnancy, was a single mother, faced childhood abuse, and an early life of poverty.                                                                                         (image credit- www.inspiredcitizen.com)…

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Women having fewer children than at any time in history, statistics show

Peter Cary 25 November 2017 http://www.independent.co.uk Average family sizes have been decreasing in England and Wales since the 1930s according to the numbers published by the Office for National Statistics                                                                                    One in five women will never have children, according to the figures iStock The number of children a woman is likely to have while of childbearing age has fallen to the lowest…

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America Has a Motherhood Problem — Here’s How to Solve It

By Gili Malinsky Oct.17.2017 https://www.nbcnews.com The solution to removing the stigma of motherhood at work may lie in paternity leave.             One study showed that despite only 11 percent of women having planned on pausing their careers for parenthood, 72 percent                  actually had.JGI / Getty Images/Blend Images According to Stanford University’s Clayman Institute for Gender Research, the ideal American worker “is perpetually available, has no outside responsibilities or interests, rarely gets sick and prioritizes work above all else.” Which seems a bit extreme, but probably also sounds…

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The Discipline Wars

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson was indicted for negligent injury to a child after he whipped his 4-year-old son bloody with a slim tree branch in September as punishment for pushing one of his siblings. The football player, and many others, seemed surprised that police got involved in what seemed to him a family matter. “I am someone that disciplined his child and did not intend to cause him any injury,” Peterson said in a statement afterwards. The incident turned up the heat under a simmering national argument about how to discipline children and about ethnic and regional…

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The Hidden Penalty of Motherhood – And What It Costs Us

By LISA WADE May 11, 2017 http://time.com/money/4772842/the-hidden-cost-of-motherhood/?iid=sr-link2 When Ann Crittenden had her first child she was a foreign correspondent for Newsweek, a financial reporter for The New York Times, and a Pulitzer Prize nominee. None of this seemed to matter, she said, when she became a mother. Whereas once she’d been “the Ann Crittenden” at fancy Washington D.C. cocktail parties, now she was “just a mom.” Responding to this experience in The Price of Motherhood, published in 2002, Crittenden wrote that she felt like she’d “shed status like the skin off a snake.” That was 15 years ago, but women…

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The Benefits of Being an Older Mother

By JEFFREY KLUGER March 22, 2017 http://time.com/4709403/older-mother-benefits/ The baby-making dictum is about as old as childbearing itself: Have your children while you’re young; they’re healthier, you’re healthier, everyone’s happier. Maybe, but a growing body of work is showing that while the dangers of later-life childbearing are real for some women, the benefits are also compelling. The latest such finding comes from a new study of 4,741 mothers and children in Denmark, published in The European Journal of Developmental Psychology. Researchers tracked the mom-child dyads longitudinally, checking in when the kids were 7 years old, 11 and 15. Among their findings: older moms generally…

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Child Marriage in Africa Could Double by 2050, U.N. Report Says

By CHARLOTTE ALTER  Africa is expected to surpass South Asia as the region with the highest number of child brides, due to slow child marriage reduction coupled with an expected population boom in the next few decades, according to a new report from the United Nations Children’s Fund. 700 million girls worldwide are married before their 18th birthday, according to the UNICEF report, A Profile of Child Marriage in Africa, with 17% of child brides living in Africa (about 125 million). Of those, more than 40 million girls were married before they turned 15. The report estimates fast population growth…

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Millennials More Supportive of Working Moms than Previous Generations

  By CHARLOTTE ALTER  June 29, 2015 Working moms are getting more love than ever. Millennials are much more supportive of working mothers than young people in the 1970s and 1990s, and there’s a broader consensus that working moms can have a great relationship with their kids, according to a new study shared exclusively with TIME. Researchers at University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University attribute the increased acceptance to a shifting social and economic realities over the last 30 years, in which there are more single moms and few can afford not to work. The study, published…

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Motherhood Is Hard to Get Wrong. So Why Do So Many Moms Feel So Bad About Themselves?

  New York City mother Margaret Nichols nurses her son Bo, at 7 months. She originally planned to breastfeed for two years     By CLAIRE HOWORTH  October 19, 2017 IDEAS Claire Howorth is an assistant managing editor at TIME Giving birth to her first child at home without medication was a foregone conclusion for Margaret Nichols. Pain would yield to will, and that would be that. Throughout her pregnancy, the 40-year-old New York City meditation teacher pored over the natural-birth canon, books like Ina May Gaskin’s Spiritual Midwifery and Bountiful, Beautiful, Blissful by Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. She became active in an international Facebookgroup dedicated to…

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