News https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com Parenting Advice| Family Fun Activities for Kids Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:02:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://imgsub.familiesonlinemagazine.com/uploads/2016/04/ipad-icon-e1461272681961.jpg News https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com 32 32 Target Recalls Toddler Boots Due to Choking Hazard https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/target-recalls-toddler-boots-due-to-choking-hazard/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=target-recalls-toddler-boots-due-to-choking-hazard Sun, 16 Jun 2019 23:02:07 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=22130 Families Online Magazine -

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Want to Loose Weight? Turn off the TV and Lights at Night https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/weight-light-night/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weight-light-night Mon, 10 Jun 2019 17:02:31 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=22127 Families Online Magazine -

Sleeping with artificial light at night associated with weight gain in women Eliminating light while sleeping could reduce obesity. Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may […]

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Eliminating light while sleeping could reduce obesity.

Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The research, which was published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women. The results suggest that cutting off lights at bedtime could reduce women’s chances of becoming obese.

The research team used questionnaire data from 43,722 women in the Sister Study, a cohort study that examines risk factors for breast cancer and other diseases. The participants, aged 35-74 years, had no history of cancer or cardiovascular disease and were not shift workers, daytime sleepers, or pregnant when the study began. The study questionnaire asked whether the women slept with no light, a small nightlight, light outside of the room, or a light or television on in the room.

The scientists used weight, height, waist and hip circumference, and body mass index measurements taken at baseline, as well as self-reported information on weight at baseline and follow-up five years later. Using this information, the scientists were able to study obesity and weight gain in women exposed to artificial light at night with women who reported sleeping in dark rooms.

The results varied with the level of artificial light at night exposure. For example, using a small nightlight was not associated with weight gain, whereas women who slept with a light or television on were 17% more likely to have gained 5 kilograms, approximately 11 pounds, or more over the follow-up period. The association with having light coming from outside the room was more modest.

Also, the scientists wondered if not getting enough rest factored into the findings.

“Although poor sleep by itself was associated with obesity and weight gain, it did not explain the associations between exposure to artificial light while sleeping and weight,” said corresponding author Dale Sandler, Ph.D., chief of the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH.

Co-author Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., head of the NIEHS Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity Group, is interested in racial disparities in sleep health. She notes that for many who live in urban environments, light at night is more common and should be considered. Streetlights, store front neon signs, and other light sources can suppress the sleep hormone melatonin and the natural 24-hour light-dark cycle of circadian rhythms.

“Humans are genetically adapted to a natural environment consisting of sunlight during the day and darkness at night,” Jackson said. “Exposure to artificial light at night may alter hormones and other biological processes in ways that raise the risk of health conditions like obesity.

The authors acknowledge that other confounding factors could explain the associations between artificial light at night and weight gain. However, their findings did not change when analyses controlled for characteristics that may be associated with exposure to light at night. These factors included age, having an older spouse or children in the home, race, socioeconomic status, calories consumed, and physical activity. Also, the study did not include men.

Lead author Yong-Moon (Mark) Park, M.D., Ph.D., is a postdoctoral fellow in Sandler’s group. He said the research suggests a viable public health strategy to reduce obesity incidence in women.

“Unhealthy high-calorie diet and sedentary behaviors have been the most commonly cited factors to explain the continuing rise in obesity,” Dr. Park said. “This study highlights the importance of artificial light at night and gives women who sleep with lights or the television on a way to improve their health.”

This press release describes a basic research finding. Basic research increases our understanding of human behavior and biology, which is foundational to advancing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. Science is an unpredictable and incremental process — each research advance builds on past discoveries, often in unexpected ways. Most clinical advances would not be possible without the knowledge of fundamental basic research.

Source visit www.niehs.nih.gov

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9th Annual ‘Kids To Parks Day’ Saturday, May 18, 2019 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/kids-to-parks-day/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kids-to-parks-day Mon, 13 May 2019 19:20:36 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=22101 Families Online Magazine -

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NPT Partners With NPS, Cities, Towns, And States Around The Country To Promote National Day Of Outdoor Play And Park Appreciation; 1800+ Park Events Planned; 1.5 Million + To Participate


 In celebration of Kids to Parks Day, held annually the third Saturday in May, millions of Americans will join National Park Trust (NPT) and its many partners on May 18th to honor America’s parks and public lands by attending over 1800 free park events in all 50 states and Washington, DC.

The United States Senate passed a resolution of support declaring May 18, 2019 Kids to Parks Day.

“National Park Trust hopes families across America will commemorate Kids to Parks Day by planning a fun family outing, attending a park event, or joining a collective celebration in what has become a national day of outdoor play and park appreciation,” said Grace Lee, executive director of NPT.

Mayors from more than 430 cities and towns – including Montgomery (AL), Tucson (AZ), Sacramento (CA), Denver (CO), Washington (DC), Honolulu (HI), Detroit (MI), Kansas City (MO), Las Vegas (NV), Newark (NJ), Albuquerque (NM), and Austin (TX) have signed resolutions of support.

Visit www.kidstoparks.org for a complete list of park events by state and downloadable tips and activity guides to help children, families, and teachers plan park adventures. Those who pledge to participate and share their adventures with the hashtag #KidstoParks on May 18th will also have a chance to win a camping package from The North Face as well as other outdoor gear gifts from partners including National Geographic Kids, Eastern National and Parks Project.

Kids to Parks Day is the signature event of NPT’s popular Buddy Bison® School Program which teaches environmental education. Through its woolly mascot Buddy Bison, NPT encourages children to “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!” 77 elementary and middle Title I schools, in 17 states and Washington, DC participating in the Buddy Bison School Program, which provides classroom resources and fully funded park trips that enhance and expand school curricula.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust (NPT) is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. NPT is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of protecting national parks through land acquisition and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by getting kids to parks. Since 1983, NPT has completed 70 land projects in 31 states, the US Virgin Islands, and Washington, DC. This school year, NPT will provide an estimated 25,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools.

Find out more at www.parktrust.org.

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The Top Five Things You Should Donate This Spring https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/the-top-five-things-you-should-donate-this-spring/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-top-five-things-you-should-donate-this-spring Mon, 13 May 2019 13:56:08 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/blog/?p=108 Families Online Magazine -

Spring presents the perfect time to take a fresh look at the items in your home and decide what should stay and what should go. As you de-clutter your home, […]

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kids collecting canned goodsSpring presents the perfect time to take a fresh look at the items in your home and decide what should stay and what should go. As you de-clutter your home, Goodwill Industries® can put your unwanted items to good use. When you donate your gently used clothing, housewares and electronics, you are helping Goodwill® provide job training, education programs and community-based services to people in local communities every year.

Here are the top five things that people don’t think to donate.

1. Computers: Through a partnership with Dell, many Goodwill locations now accept computers to be recycled for free, regardless of whether they are in working condition. You can also pack up an old laptop or netbook as well as accessories such as mice and printers and donate them to Goodwill. Through the Dell Reconnect program, Goodwill and Dell offer consumers a way to dispose of computers and accessories in an environmentally responsible way while receiving a tax deduction at the same time. Visit https://reconnectpartnership.com to learn more.

2. Cell phones: It’s time to dig out the old cell phones you have hidden away. If you’ve ever upgraded to a new cell phone, it’s likely you have an old one somewhere at home. Goodwill agencies are working with partners to collect and recycle these phones and keep them out of landfills.

3. Books:If you’ve already read a book and have no plans to read it again, donate it to Goodwill. Donating books frees valuable shelf space and makes room for new ones. Check your children’s rooms for outgrown kid’s books or your kitchen for cookbooks you haven’t consulted in the last year.

4. Clothing: You can let go of the jeans that never quite fit or that sweater that wasn’t quite your style. Goodwill agencies gladly accept donations of gently used clothing. As you’re cleaning out your closet, put clothing donations in a pile and, when you’re finished, bring them to your nearest Goodwill donation center. When you’re finished going through your closet, that pile might be bigger than you bargained for!

5. Housewares: Sometimes we inherit household items from others or receive them as gifts. If you have a second toaster, vacuum cleaner or blender that you don’t need, donate it to Goodwill. More than 66 million donors have given their gently used items to Goodwill, helping their neighbors build careers and make positive contributions to their communities.

Last year, Goodwill served more than 2 million people; including people with disabilities, those who lack education or work experience and others facing challenges to finding employment. Goodwill also started the Donate Movement to highlight the positive effects donating has on both people and the planet. One expert who knows all about the process of de-cluttering is Lorie Marrero, Certified Professional Organizer®, contributor to Good Housekeeping and spokesperson for Goodwill’s Donate Movement. She is also the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life and the creator of ClutterDiet.com, an innovative program that teaches people how to organize their closets, businesses and homes.

An organizing expert, Marrero has first-hand knowledge about spring cleaning and the importance of donating gently used items to environmentally sustainable organizations such as Goodwill. Please remember that not all Goodwill stores accept all items.

Visit www.goodwill.org to find a local Goodwill store and determine what items are acceptable for donation.

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Better Balance for 2019 International’s Day of the Woman March 8 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/iwd-2019/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=iwd-2019 Tue, 05 Mar 2019 21:11:36 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=21859 Families Online Magazine -

The theme for this year International Day of the Woman is Better the Balance, Better the World – #BetterBalance.  To accomplish this encouragement is being given to take gender bias […]

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The theme for this year International Day of the Woman is Better the Balance, Better the World – #BetterBalance.  To accomplish this encouragement is being given to take gender bias head on and make changes in your life and those around you.

Gender Bias Facts

Gender bias—whether deliberate or unconscious—is holding women back in the workplace.

It makes it harder for women to get hired and promoted and negatively impacts their day-to-day work experiences.

This hurts women and makes it hard for companies to level the playing field and create a more balanced world

source:Leanin.org

Types of Bias

Performance bias

Performance bias is based on deep- rooted—and incorrect—assumptions about women’s and men’s abilities. We tend to underestimate women’s performance and overestimate men’s.

Attribution bias

Attribution bias is closely linked to performance bias. Because we see women as less competent than men, we tend to give them less credit for accomplishments and blame them more for mistakes.

Likeability bias

Likeability bias is rooted in age-old expectations. We expect men to be assertive, so when they lead, it feels natural. We expect women to be kind and communal, so when they assert themselves, we like them less.158

Maternal bias

Motherhood triggers false assumptions that women are less committed to their careers— and even less competent.

Affinity bias

Affinity bias is what it sounds like: we gravitate toward people like ourselves in appearance, beliefs, and background. And we may avoid or even dislike people who are different from us.

Double discrimination & intersectionality

Bias isn’t limited to gender. Women can also experience biases due to their race, sexual orientation, a disability, or other aspects of their identity.

source:souleanin.org/likeability-bias

What Can I Do to Fight Gender Bias

Strike the Pose – Get the conversation started.

#IWD2019 message on social media with your “hands out” balance pose for a strong call-to-action for others to also help forge a #BalanceforBetter.
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Attend an International Women’s Day 2019 event

Make a VideoWatch a Video

Motivate others

So put your hands out and STRIKE THE #BalanceforBetter POSE and make International Women’s Day YOUR day – and do what you can to truly make a positive difference for women everywhere.

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More Americans Than Ever Before Died from Alcohol, Drugs or Suicide Last Year. https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/american-death-causes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=american-death-causes Tue, 05 Mar 2019 19:02:25 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=21854 Families Online Magazine -

More than 150,000 Americans—the most ever—died from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017 – more than twice as many as in 1999 – according to a new analysis […]

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More than 150,000 Americans—the most ever—died from alcohol and drug-induced fatalities and suicide in 2017 – more than twice as many as in 1999 – according to a new analysis released today by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust (WBT).

According to the analysis, the number of Americans dying due to substance misuse and suicide is at an all-time high.

Synthetic opioids continue to drive increases in deaths

Synthetic opioid deaths rose 45 percent between 2016 and 2017 and have increased 10-fold in the last five years.  Americans are now dying at a faster rate from overdoses involving synthetic opioids than they did from all drugs in 1999.

Two decades ago, fentanyl and synthetic opioids were associated with less than 1,000 annual deaths nationwide.  In 2017, more than 1,000 Americans died from synthetic-opioid overdoes every two weeks.

In 2017, synthetic-opioid deaths were highest among males, Blacks, Whites, adults ages 18-54 and those living in urban areas. Synthetic-opioid deaths were concentrated in Northeastern and Midwestern states.

Suicide deaths growing at fastest pace in years

Deaths from suicides also rose faster between 2016 and 2017 than in previous years, increasing four percent from 13.9 to 14.5 deaths per 100,000.  The 2017 increase was the largest since the data collection began in 1999. For the previous decade, between 2008 and 2017, suicide rates increased an average of 2 percent per year, a 22 percent total increase.

The highest rates of suicide continue to occur among Whites, males and people living in rural areas. Increases in suicide were geographically widespread but increases were proportionally greater among certain demographic groups including young people (particularly children and adolescents), Blacks and Latinos. Between 2016 and 2017, suicide death rates for children and adolescents increased by 16 percent from 2.1 deaths per 100,000 to 2.4 per 100,000.

“It is important to see hope in the slowing of rates—but it’s not nearly enough. We should not be satisfied at all. Too many of us are dying from preventable causes, and each time we make progress—like with prescription opioids—new problems—like synthetic opioids—appear,” said Benjamin F. Miller, Chief Strategy Officer, WBT. “Tackling such a complex problem is not about adding up small changes – but really about transformation at a systems level.”

Age and Gender Differences

The 2017 rate of death by alcohol, drugs, and suicide among all adults ages 35-54 was 72.4 deaths per 100,000, for all males it was 68.2 per 100,000, for all females it was 25.7 deaths per 100,000.

Regional Differences

While most states saw increases in deaths due to alcohol, drugs and suicide, the trends are worst in certain states:

  • West Virginia had the highest rate of death from alcohol, drugs, and suicide in the nation (91 deaths per 100,000).
  • New Mexico was second with 77 deaths per 100,000.
  • Ohio was third with 69.4 deaths per 100,000.
  • Alaska (67.6 per 100,000) and New Hampshire (66.0 per 100,000) were fourth and fifth respectively.

Overall, 43 states and the District of Columbia had higher rates of deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide between 2016 and 2017. Five states—Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah, and Wyoming—had lower rates.

New Public Health Policies Needed:

The TFAH/WBT brief recommends several policy actions to prevent deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide, including:

  • Increasing funding and support for programs that reduce risk factors and promote resilience in children, families and communities. Exposure to trauma and adverse experiences at young ages increase the potential for substance misuse and suicide. Programs that reduce community violence, address poverty and discrimination, create safe, supportive schools and quality learning experiences and promote access to secure housing and employment opportunities all reduce adverse experiences and build resilience.
  • Providing more resources to programs that promote harm reduction and access to treatment for individuals with substance use disorders including access to mental health services covered by insurance on par with coverage for physical health care. Increased access to programs for communities and population groups at the highest risk for substance misuse and suicide are particularly critical.
  • Supporting policies that limit access to the lethal means of suicide by promoting safe storage of medications and firearms and encouraging responsible opioid prescribing practices.

Source: http://www.tfah.org

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Off the Chart!:  The Amazing Story of the Alphabet Zebra https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/zebra-abc/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zebra-abc Tue, 05 Mar 2019 18:15:35 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=21850 Families Online Magazine -

 ABCs – Academics, Behavior and Character/Development Zeke, a zebra on the alphabet chart in Ms. Davis’s classroom, wants to be more than a picture. Through the power of love, Zeke […]

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 ABCs – Academics, Behavior and Character/Development

Zeke, a zebra on the alphabet chart in Ms. Davis’s classroom, wants to be more than a picture. Through the power of love, Zeke gets his wish and goes off the chart. The letter Z, hidden by the desk of teacher’s aide Ann McKeever Stautz, was the impetus for Zeke and the creation of  Off the Chart!, a product for parents and teachers that reinforces the ABCs – Academics, Behavior and Character/Development.

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Off the Chart! Package

Written by Stautz and illustrated by Alvina Kwong, Off the Chart!:  The Amazing Story of the Alphabet Zebra – is a book that is combined with a plush toy and can be used at home or in the classroom, tailored to children ages 4 – 8. It is certified by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Zeke is a stuffed animal to cuddle by day and a real live zebra by night.

In the story, he observes children in the classroom by day and spends his nights’ writing kind and supportive notes acknowledging their personal bests and giving earned rewards. Zeke soon discovers the world is bigger than his classroom and realizes he needs help to support every child at home and at school. Powered by love, Zeke inspires all the zebras at his school to jump off their alphabet charts to lend parents and teachers a hand.

The story of the alphabet zebra does not end with the book; any family or classroom can begin their Off the Chart! success story with their very own zebra that observes by day and comes alive at night. Each book contains a removable alphabet chart from which the zebra has leapt, which can be displayed. Each zebra, named by the child, is always watching and the child understands that their zebra loves them and wants them to read and do their personal best. The zebra helps teachers and parents by positively reinforcing the household or classroom rules and expectations. When needed, the zebra can leave a note of encouragement or praise, set a goal, or give an earned award.

Teach  Kids Kindness and Good Behavior

“The Alphabet Zebra gives teachers and families a fun way to reinforce kindness and good behavior and encourage personal development in young children,” said Stautz. “And unfortunately, kindness has been in a bit shorter supply in society as of late. We’ve seen the Off the Chart! zebra help with that.”

Stautz consulted with educators, parents, school counselors, and child psychiatrists while developing the product and received “overwhelmingly positive” feedback as well as suggestions for improvements based on their expertise. Numerous households and five schools have already starting using this new system, and Stautz says that she has witnessed the results in her own classroom.

What the Kids Say About Off the Chart

“One of the boys was getting physical with his classmates. Heart, our classroom zebra, left a note for the boy, telling him what a great kid he is and encouraging him to be a leader by keeping his hands to himself and hugging Heart instead of acting out,” explained Stautz. “The boy met the challenge, held our zebra during the day instead of hitting, and got a reward in his cubby the next day. That child has not had a problem since. The zebra has brought fun and joy back to the classroom.”

Stautz experiences also have hit closer to home. “My youngest daughter was recently diagnosed with epilepsy and spent a week in the hospital. She was terrified of having seizures when she got home and wouldn’t go to bed alone. Our home zebra gave her an incentive chart for staying in her own bed for 10 nights in exchange for an award. She met the challenge, got past the fear and was proud of her bravery and accomplishment,” she said.

Off the Chart!: The Amazing Story of the Alphabet Zebra is available at offthechartkidz.com for $34.98. It includes a hardcover book, plush zebra, alphabet chart and personal drawstring backpack. To learn more or order, go to www.offthechartkidz.com. Off the Chart! also is available on Amazon.

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Inexpensive supplement for women increases infant birth size https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/inexpensive-supplement-for-women-increases-infant-birth-size/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=inexpensive-supplement-for-women-increases-infant-birth-size Wed, 13 Feb 2019 17:52:33 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=21501 Families Online Magazine -

Findings from the NIH-funded study could combat undernutrition for the poor. For women in resource-poor settings, taking a certain daily nutritional supplement improves growth of the fetus, according to a […]

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Findings from the NIH-funded study could combat undernutrition for the poor.

For women in resource-poor settings, taking a certain daily nutritional supplement improves growth of the fetus, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. One should be taken

 the supplement before conception or in early pregnancy.

The inexpensive supplement includes dried skimmed milk, soybean and peanut extract blended into a peanut butter-like consistency.

The supplement is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals and provides protein and fatty acids often lacking in the women’s diets.

The study was conducted by researchers in the Eunice Kennedy ShriverNational Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research. The study also received support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Researchers distributed the supplement to women in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, India and Pakistan. Roughly 7,300 women were randomized to either receive the supplement three months before conception or during the first trimester (third) of pregnancy. Others received no supplement other than what they may have received from local health services.

Women in the supplement groups were 31 percent less likely to have an infant that was of shorter length (stunted) at birth.

And they were and 22 percent less likely to have an infant that was small for gestational age. According to the authors, these findings show that it’s possible in poor areas to inexpensively improve maternal nutrition before and in the early stages of pregnancy.

Learn More

Hambidge, KM, et al. A multi-country randomized controlled trial of comprehensive maternal nutrition supplementation initiated prior to conception: the Women First trial. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.2019. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcn/nqy228(link is external).

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New Help to Decide When it’s Time to Put Dog Down https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/pet-illness-age/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pet-illness-age Sun, 03 Feb 2019 23:08:26 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=21435 Families Online Magazine -

 The Adventures of Memento Mori (A Cynic’s Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die), a podcast exploring the science, culture and mysticism of death, has released an episode […]

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 The Adventures of Memento Mori (A Cynic’s Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die), a podcast exploring the science, culture and mysticism of death, has released an episode about the heart-breaking decision to end the life of a four-legged family member. Surprisingly, host D.S. Moss, found little helpful advice about the topic even though the majority of pet owners will have to make the same decision themselves. Is home euthanasia legal? How do I know if those are really my pet’s ashes? What are other pet disposition options? Is it normal to be stricken with grief?

By talking with vets, therapists and others, the episode provides insight into “when is when?” and “how to properly prepare.”

The Adventures of Memento Mori (A Cynic’s Guide for Learning to Live by Remembering to Die is a podcast that serves those interested in mortality and coming to terms with death. Informative and entertaining, the podcast challenges listeners to accept that they will die. By doing so, the aim is to inspire people to live the best lives possible. In each 30-minute episode, host, D.S. Moss, goes on an adventure of  embracing his own mortality.  

The inaugural season of the podcast landed on The Atlantic’s Best 50 podcasts of 2017 at number 31. Beginning with the episode Plan on Dying and ending with Psychedelic Ego Death, each of the 14 episodes builds upon the last to create a semi-serial radio experience that informs, entertains and inspires.

In season 2, D.S. Moss uncovers how the fear of death influences everything we do; from art to religion to Trump to Instagram. The first half of the season digs into religion in Myths of Immortalityand grief in Making the Call. Interested in exploring why America has such an unhealthy relationship with  mortality, Moss spends the second half of the season on the road for episodes such as Meat Eater, Happiness Industrial Complex, and A Buddhist on Death Row.

About D.S. Moss

D.S. Moss is a cultural producer unwavering in his pursuit to relate unconventional stories. A natural explorer, he uses satire to examine the absurdity of the human condition. Moss maintains an interdisciplinary practice of conflating storytelling techniques. He has directed independent films, documentaries, music videos, and commercials (Nike and General Motors). His writing includes the existential play, Shoeless, or: The Advantages of Never Knowing Exactly Where You Are and Proper Ollie, the pioneering web series on British etiquette. He currently hosts a podcast that investigates death and morality entitled The Adventures of Memento Mori, or, (A Practical Guide for Remembering to Die), available now.

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Launch Of New Scouts BSA Celebrated https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/launch-of-new-scouts-bsa-celebrated/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=launch-of-new-scouts-bsa-celebrated Sun, 03 Feb 2019 22:53:38 +0000 https://www.familiesonlinemagazine.com/?p=21433 Families Online Magazine -

From twilight hikes to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers will celebrate nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomes for the first time both […]

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From twilight hikes to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers will celebrate nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomes for the first time both young women and young men ages 11-17 into its most iconic program for character and leadership development.

“I have never felt more joy or exhilaration than I do right now in founding our troop,” shared Kim Foli, a soon-to-be Scoutmaster from Gainesville, Florida. “My daughter and I knew we had to do this last year when it was announced. Scouting was the best thing I could have done with my son, and now I walk the trail with my daughter. Scout me in!”

For more than five decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been welcoming young women into its Venturing, Exploring, Sea Scouts and STEM Scouts programs. And today, the BSA is further expanding that legacy by welcoming young women into Scouts BSA.

“I could not be more excited for what this means for the next generation of leaders in our nation,” said Michael B. Surbaugh, Chief Scout Executive. “Through Scouts BSA, more young people than ever before – young women and men – will get to experience the benefits of camaraderie, confidence, resilience, trustworthiness, courage and kindness through a time-tested program that has been proven to build character and leadership.”

By welcoming boys and girls into these iconic Scouting programs, the Boy Scouts of America is responding to the requests of families who, for years, have sought these opportunities for every member of their family.

“As a parent with both sons and daughters, I have seen firsthand the unique experiences available to our sons in the BSA and have been asking the BSA to create an option for our daughters every year for the last decade,” noted Alex J Sobtzak Sr. of Spring Hill, Florida. “I am so excited that my daughters will have the same opportunities as my sons.”

For many young women, the opportunity to join Scouts BSA comes after years of attending Scouting events with their families. “I have been an honorary Scout since I was two when I’d hang out with my older brother. I was never able to earn the badges, but I was always there,” said Rachel P from Sandpoint, Idaho. “Now I get to do all of that on my own.”

Through participation in all-girl troops, young women that join Scouts BSA will learn from the same program, earn the same merit badges and achieve the same advancements that boys have earned for nearly 109 years in the Boy Scout program.

“I’ve been saying for years that everything we teach boys applies equally to girls. Now, girls can have the same fun, adventure and personal growth that boys have been having,” explained Mike Harlan of Louisville, Kentucky. “We are training the future leaders of our communities and nation, and those future leaders will be women and men. Helping them learn and grow through Scouting is the best investment I can make in the future of my community, our country and society.”

For more than 100 years, the pinnacle of the Scouting experience for some has been achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Starting today, young women can begin the journey toward that goal, and the BSA will ensure that all new Scouts BSA members have a fair opportunity to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. The BSA will celebrate our inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020.

“Scouting has been a big part of my family for many generations,” said Bryan Blair of Richland, Washington. “Scouting isn’t just something I do; it is a fundamental part of who I am. I am an Eagle Scout and always will be. But more importantly, I am a husband and father to wonderful daughters who deserve all I have to give them. My daughters now have every opportunity I had.”

To learn more or join, visit www.Scouting.org/ScoutsBSA.

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