People of all ages become deeply connected to their pets, but in the lives of teenagers, animals often play a special role. Indeed, pets provide comforts that seem to be tailor-made for the stresses of normal adolescent development.To start, animals don’t judge – and teenagers are generally subjected to a great deal of judgment. Adults tend to harbour negative stereotypes about adolescents, and even those who feel neutral or positive about young people often engage them with the aim of cultivating their growth in one way or another.“Pets are, by their nature, non-judgmental,” notes the developmental psychologist Megan Mueller, an assistant professor of human-animal interaction at Tufts University. “A lot of teenagers will report that as a very important aspect of the relationship. If the teenager is upset the dog won’t tell them ‘maybe you shouldn’t have said that to your friend'.”Animals give adolescents a way to be … [Read more...] about What do teenagers need? Ask the family pet, say experts
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MANILA- The House of Representatives should seek public opinion on a proposal to extend lawmakers’ terms, a Palace official said Thursday. The public’s opinion will play a significant role on the Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano’s push for an extension of lawmakers’ terms, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said. “I think more relevant would be what the people want. I think they should conduct a survey on the sentiments of the people, whether or not they agree on that proposal. And I’m sure since that has been floated, there will be opinions being expressed by many sectors,” Panelo, also the chief legal counsel of the President, told reporters. Cayetano, the first choice of President Rodrigo Duterte for House Speaker in the 18th Congress, is calling to extend lawmakers’ terms to 4 years with no term limits, or 5 years with term limits. "It is not a political thing. It is a practical thing," he said Wednesday before a gathering of … [Read more...] about Extend congressmen’s term? Palace says ask the public
THIS political thriller by James Patterson and Brendan DuBois kicks off with US President Harrison Tucker on a campaign trail making the final push for re-election. Unfortunately for him, with barely a month before the election, Tucker finds himself caught in a compromising position by the media while leaving the Atlanta hotel with his mistress, Tammy Doyle. Reeling from the scandal, Tucker tries to save his reputation as well as his marriage but is not able to hide media reports from his wife, Grace. A furious and upset First Lady leaves the White House with her protection team, and heads for a riding farm to seek solace. But she suddenly disappears after giving her security detail the slip. Her disappearance causes added tension to Secret Service Agent Sally Grissom, who heads the Presidential Protective Detail. As a single mother to her teen daughter, Grissom has to cope with problems arising from her pending divorce. Also, she has to keep the president safe as he tries to stop his … [Read more...] about Book review: The First lady
THE CITY of Paris has chosen an American landscape architect to re-design a huge area surrounding the Eiffel Tower, a project that will banish almost all vehicle traffic near the immensely popular monument. “We can create the biggest garden in Paris... with much more biodiversity, much more ecology,” Kathryn Gustafson said after Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo presented the plan late Tuesday. A huge area surrounding the Eiffel Tower will give space to an expansive garden. Gustafson has studied in France, where she has designed several parks and squares, but is best well known internationally for her memorial fountain for Britain’s Princess Diana in Hyde Park, London. A total of 54 hectares, currently crisscrossed by several roads including two major thoroughfares on each side of the Seine river, will be largely turned over to pedestrians and “low-impact transportation” such as bus and bike lanes. In particular, the heavily used car lanes on the Iena bridge … [Read more...] about The greening of the ‘Iron Lady’
By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I never know how often to wash my hair. I’ve read that it’s good to skip as many washes as possible, but my hair has a tendency to get quite limp after a day or two, maximum. I often resort to wearing it up or using dry shampoo to try to prolong my style, but I’m wondering if I should just wash it every day to freshen it up. Will that actually damage my hair? — Shelley, Oakville There is a good chance this question is also scrawled on the wall of a cave somewhere — painted in symbols by primitive man — because it seems like one of the most fundamental queries asked over and over again by humankind. (Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the topic does garner over 122 million hits when Googled online, so it seems clear we’re searching for an answer.) I, myself, engage in variations of this conversation several times a day. I have to carefully schedule when I … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: Do I really need to wash my hair every day?