Benjamin Bergen, a professor of cognitive science at UC San Diego wrote an op-ed article for the L.A. Times that argues it should be okay to curse in front of your kids.
He says he always seasoned his vocabulary with four-letter words until he became a dad two years ago and started “watching his language.” He says that he decided to investigate whether cursing parents really hurt a child in some way, and says he found it really doesn’t.
He says his concern about using profanity came from the social conditioning of being taught that certain words are bad, and then being punished for using them. The American Academy of Pediatrics claims that exposure to profanity is actually dangerous because it encourages aggression or will numb a child’s normal emotional reactions, but Ben says he could find no proof of any experiment that proved this.
He did find a 2014 study that found exposed 52 university students to a homophobic slur affected how they felt about homosexuals. Another study found that slurs also affected children, who reported feeling less connected to their school lives and suffering from symptoms of anxiety and depression.
He says another study found that it’s pretty harmless for children to swear. It found that the swearing did not lead to physical violence, and that the “bad” words were mostly used for positive reasons like humor, not anger.
Now, Ben says he has compromised to keep cursing from harming his son’s reputation in social settings. He doesn’t stop himself from swearing around his son, but talks to him about how some words are okay in certain places and not okay in others.
We all know it feels great to put on a pair of stilettos or towering platforms, but it can come with a bunch of side effects.
A foot doctor says there are things women can do to avoid some of the side effects.
She said, ‘You’ve really got to work in order to wear high heels. Most people aren’t willing to do that, that’s the problem. You cannot wear heels and be out of shape. It’s really about exercising. If you wear heels and you don’t exercise you will sustain injuries.’
She says there are some exercises you can do for each issue.
The most common complaint is a burning sensation in the balls of the feet. The doctor says that as we age, we lose cushioning in our feet. She says women should think twice about getting pedicures because taking too much of the callous you’ve got on your foot can make things worse. She offers patients injections called Pillows For Your Feet which fills in parts of the feet that have lost cushioning. It lasts anywhere between nine months and four years.
BACK AND HIP PROBLEMS
Women who often were high heels tend to develop pain in their lower back, neck and shoulders. Walking on the balls of your feet naturally drives you to arch your back. To stay ahead of the pain, work on your core. The doctor said, ‘You need to tighten your stomach and you need to keep your shoulders back when walking.’ She also recommends doing foot exercises at your desk. Write the alphabet with your foot or practice pushing an imaginary gas pedal.
ANKLE SPRAINS AND TWISTS
The only sure-fire way of avoiding medical emergencies is to strengthen your ankles. You can do this by trying yoga or squat jumps. You can also buy a rubber exercise band and put it around your ankles. Step 10 times to the left then 10 times to the right a few times once a day. That will strengthen both your thighs and your ankles.
Forbes magazine released its annual list of the highest-paid TV actresses yesterday, and the same two names ended up at the top for the second year in a row.
Sofia Vergara plays the role of Gloria on “Modern Family,” and topped the list for the 5th straight year with earnings of $43 million. Besides her salary on the show, Sofia also gets millions for various endorsements and licensing deals.
“The Big Bang Theory” actress, Kaley Cuoco, came in second with $24.5 million in earnings. The money came almost entirely for her work as Penny on the show, where she and her male co-stars all earn $1 million per episode.
The top 5 was rounded out by Mindy Kaling with $15 million, as well as “Law and Order: SVU” star Mariska Hargitay and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, who tied for fourth with $14.5 million each.