By Shivani Vora The New York Times Fri., Oct. 5, 2018 Adults-only vacations for parents appear to be growing in popularity. Expedia recently reported that social media posts about child-free trips doubled in the past year. Travel Leaders Group, which represents 50,000 travel agents in North America, reports an upsurge in adults-only travel — in particular romantic trips, getaways with friends and parents travelling with adult children. Sales of river cruising within the network, predominantly an adults-only vacation option, is expanding by double digits, according to a company spokesperson. A Farmhouse Getaway Jonathan Knudsen, a hospitality executive from Westchester County in New York, is one of the increasing number of adults who enjoys trips where children aren’t allowed: He and his wife have been to Twin Farms, an adults-only property in Barnard, Vermont, three times. The father of two young boys said he appreciates an occasional child-free … [Read more...] about These getaways for grown-ups allow you to ditch the kids
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By Wanyee Li StarMetro Vancouver Mon., Oct. 1, 2018 VANCOUVER—Is British Columbians’ insatiable appetite for salmon to blame for the plight of the southern resident killer whales? Taking salmon off restaurant menus is a step in the right direction but won’t have the miracle effect whale enthusiasts are hoping for, according to fishery experts. Researchers say the starving orcas off B.C. are struggling to survive because stocks of Chinook salmon, their preferred prey, have been at a historical low for years. Earlier this summer, a group of Seattle restaurants stopped serving Chinook, citing concerns about the starving southern resident orcas. The group of whales made international headlines this summer after a mother whale carried her dead newborn’s body on her head for weeks. A Vancouver meal-prep business told StarMetro on Tuesday that it has taken salmon off its menu for the time being, a decision partly inspired by the southern … [Read more...] about Skipping salmon on menus one small step toward saving B.C.’s orcas, experts say
After viewing Blackfish, a documentary about the mistreatment of animals at SeaWorld, Jeffrey Miller’s daughter, Hannah, became concerned that eating meat was murder. Last year, she decided to become a vegetarian.“Our 14-year-old has completely bailed on meat of her own accord, so we’ve had to do some manoeuvring,” Miller said of his daughter, who is the lone vegetarian in a household where both parents and her 16-year-old sister, Emma, happily consume chicken, pork and turkey. He noted that in their town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the middle of the pork and beef belt, many of her friends view her vegetarian status as “weird.”But the family has willingly accommodated her new dietary restrictions. Miller and his wife, Barb, often prepare rice, bean and pasta dishes for her, sometimes adding in meat for the rest of the family. They’ve also discovered items they all enjoy, like spicy black bean burgers. “It’s broadened our horizons … [Read more...] about What do you do when your child decides to become a vegetarian?
Cockroaches are one of the most widespread and resilient creatures on this planet. They are practically everywhere around us, hiding in the walls, sewers, and perhaps your cupboard. They are also one of the most hated creatures by humans. If you are like most people, you will become determined to kill all of the roaches when you see them in your house. Despite such hatred towards them, how do cockroaches manage to thrive all around the globe? Following is a transcript of the video. You might not want to think about this but over 3,500 species of cockroaches live on this planet. The good news? Only about 30 of those species have adapted to live around humans. The bad news? 30 species of cockroaches can live around us! Roaches are one of the most common pests in the US. So, it’s no surprise that humans are always trying to kill them. But no matter how many times we stomp them, squash them, and bomb them with toxic chemicals, these pesky pests always seem to pop up time and time … [Read more...] about Why cockroaches are so hard to kill
By Casey Seidenberg The Washington Post Tues., April 3, 2018 Yes, feeding children can be challenging. They can be picky eaters. They may start rejecting foods they once loved or feel too afraid to try new ones. They may refuse vegetables and insist that ketchup tops everything. All these behaviours are normal, yet as parents, there are right ways and wrong ways to respond. We can help our kids push through these periods with healthy habits intact, or we can lead them toward overeating, emotional eating or picky eating through the way we handle food. I spoke with Dina Rose, a sociologist, parent educator and author of It’s Not About the Broccoli: Three Habits to Teach Your Kids for a Lifetime of Healthy Eating, about creating and nurturing healthy relationships with food. Rose explained to me that “when parents are really heavily focused on their kids such as ‘how can I get my kid to eat this’ or on the food such as ‘what can I cook that … [Read more...] about Parental feeding styles can have consequences for kids, which type is yours?