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Motherhood personal

Differences between a mother’s and father’s time

I have been meaning to write about the striking difference between how mothers and fathers appropriate their time on childcare duties. Generally why do mothers have a heavier workload of child-care? This include the grinding tasks of showers in the mornings, breakfast, change, lunch, school, nap time, dinner and bedtime routines. What about school homework and projects? Other ad-hoc situations that require all your time in planning and supervision?

According to the American Time Use Survey—which asks thousands of Americans annually to chronicle how they spend their days—men and women now work roughly the same number of hours a week (though men work more paid hours, and women more unpaid). Given this balanced ledger, one might guess that all would finally be quiet on the domestic front—that women would finally have stopped wondering how they, rather than their husbands, got suckered into such a heavy load. But they haven’t. The question is: Why?

In this modern era where women and men are supposedly equal in their stance, why is the main care-giver mostly the mothers? And are we supposed to do this at a long stretch without rightful help? Are mothers supposed to put their lives on hold once we have children?  Is it a wonder we sometimes feel like tearing our hair out?

I came across an article that rightly explains the reasons. And even though we mothers are more often than not madly in love with our kids, we do need a break from them. And guess who should be holding the fort when mothers need a break? Fathers? Yes, spot on.

mumYou can read the article below:

Why Mom’s Time Is Different From Dad’s Time

Surveys find that men and women work roughly the same number of hours a week—yet they experience their time very differently

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Food Health

10 benefits of honey

Lately following my penchant for sweet treats, I’ve been eating quite a bit of honey. To be exact, the manuka kind. The blend of this natural elixir is so sweet that it makes me wonder if I’m doing my waistline any good, whatever is left of it, anyways! When I checked the content of the bottle I am happy to announce that it has 0 fat content. 0!! I’ve never been more ecstatic about this particular number. Further research has converted me to a daily honey consumer. The health benefits of consuming honey is amazing. It is a preventive measure to many different kinds of maladies and I have started feeding Little Man a teaspoon every day ! He loves licking the spoon for afters. And in actual truth, so do I!

honeycombHere are the 10 health benefits of honey:

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements:
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. (Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.)

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Beautiful skin:
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing!

So there you go! Have you had your teaspoon today?
Sourced from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-honey.html
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personal

Have a delightful weekend, all!

IMG_3931What are you up to this weekend? We are planning to go to the Singaplural 2015 exhibition on Saturday. Seems like a nice way to spur on the creativity. And also with the one week March school holiday coming up, I do hope you have set aside some time to spend one-on-one with your kiddos! I’m sure mine is all geared up! Have a delightful weekend, everyone!