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Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Preparations begin for the new arrival and mothers do their best to give their baby the best chance of a healthy life. Sadly, prenatal disorders can sometimes occur during pregnancy, although they are present in a minority of cases. Women often worry about these developing during pregnancy, but what are they? Prenatal disorders are defects that occurs before the birth of the baby. Some birth defects like clubfoot can be seen at birth, yet other problems may not be recognised until later, like hearing issues. Doctors and midwives do their best to ensure the baby is healthy by scheduling regular check-ups and scans during pregnancy and performing tests to monitor any signs of potential irregularities. While in the womb babies can develop complications when their organs and bodies are forming. Often prenatal disorders occur as a result of genetic makeup that is passed from the parents. Others can be caused from chromosomal problems. A minority of defects are sometimes caused as a result of medications that the parent is taking or infections they may have picked up. The reality is that in many cases there are no known reasons why they are caused. Certain factors can increase the rate of prenatal disorders such as geriatric pregnancies (women over 35), women who have previously had a child with a prenatal disorder, have a family history of disorders, uses certain medication at the time of conception, abuses drugs or alcohol during pregnancy or has medical conditions like diabetes or obesity.     Unfortunately, not all prenatal disorders can be prevented, but there are many things you can do to decrease the risk of the baby developing them. If you are planning to have a child you should visit your doctor first. They will assess your health, risk factors and chances of having a healthy pregnancy. They will also give you helpful advice with any questions you might have about pregnancy or prenatal disorders. Speak with your doctor about any medications that you are on that could affect the pregnancy or medical conditions you have. Ensure that you have all of your injections at least one month before becoming pregnant. It is recommended to get a flu shot as pregnant women are more likely to suffer severe illness from the flu with many being hospitalised each year. Begin taking a prenatal multivitamin to improve your immune system before and during pregnancy. These are available from your local pharmacy and contain the specific amounts of vitamins and minerals that are essential at this time including vitamin A, C D, folic acid, and minerals like iron. However, do not exceed 10,000 units of vitamin A a day as overindulgence has been seen to result in complications during pregnancy. It is advised that 400 micrograms of folic acid ought to be consumed daily for the duration of a month before pregnancy and during pregnancy. This is a B vitamin that helps with neural tube defects such as spina bifida. It’s also important to avoid certain agents. It is good to limit Mercury intake, so avoid eating king mackerel, shark, tilefish or swordfish. You can however eat up to 6 ounces a week of white tuna. Many women believe fish should not be eaten during pregnancy, however it is nutritional for mother and baby. You can eat 8-12 ounces of low-mercury fish and shellfish per week. Exposure to lead is suggested, which is present in old paint and construction resources. Certain infections can increase the threat of prenatal disorders. Many people are vaccinated against these, so infections are not a huge risk. Rubella is one such infection which symptoms include rash and fever. It’s a virus that during pregnancy can cause miscarriage, deafness, blindness, heart issues or learning difficulties in a newborn. Toxoplasmosis is another, caused by a parasite from the soil. People catch this by eating undercooked meat, unwashed vegetables or animal faeces, particularly from cats. This often causes deafness, blindness and intellectual issues. Only consume meat that is cooked through and wear gloves when gardening, handling unwashed vegetables or animal faeces. Cytomegalovirus is an extremely common virus that causes no real issues in an average person, but can infect the foetus of a pregnant woman. Most of the time it is not harmful but in a minority of cases it has resulted in babies developing problems with vision, hearing and intellectual disability. This can be spread through a child’s urine or body fluids. Pregnant women who are in regular contact with children should wear gloves when changing nappies and wash hands regularly. Sexually transmitted infections also cause prenatal disorders. During gestation it’s advised to maintain a healthy weight as obesity can cause complications. And of course, avoid all alcohol, drugs or prescription medication for nonmedical purposes. Alcohol passes to the baby through the umbilical cord and can have huge implications on an infant’s growth rate as well as causing lifelong physical, intellectual and behavioural problems. It is worth noting that there is no official or recommend ‘safe’ amount of alcohol to consume during pregnancy. Drug use can also cause prenatal disorders and miscarriage. In the final stages of pregnancy drug abuse often stunts the growth of the foetus, causes preterm birth or even fetal death. Babies who are born to mothers who used drugs during pregnancy often need special care and can be addicted to narcotics. Smoking cigarettes has also been linked to disorders such as cleft lip, cleft palate and even infant death. The mere presence of tobacco around a pregnant lady can put her at risk. If you have high risk factors your health care professional or obstetrician-gynaecologist (ob-gyn) may perform additional tests to attempt to reduce your risk level. If you have concerns about a family history of prenatal disorders you can consider genetic counselling or screening to examine your baby. This allows mothers to gain all the information they can before delivery in order to make decisions and prepare.
With a newborn bouncing bundle of joy, it is normal to rack up a few sleepless nights. If regularly woken by a cry from the other room, new parents can struggle. Leaving some well and truly at the end of their tether. Young parents are thrown in at the deep-end. Totally unsure of what they are doing. Leading to huge amounts of anxiety. Sleep deprivation only adds to this feeling of helplessness. Fear not! We’ve got a handy guide to get your baby nodding off like clockwork. These gentle, natural solutions will allow you beleaguered parents to catch some much-sought shut-eye. While your well-rested baby will be significantly more tolerant, patient and engaging. Routine Babies thrive on order and routine. Order means safety. To a child’s undeveloped brain, this is an essential need. A regular wake-up and bed-time regulates the body clock of a young child. Allowing the circadian rhythm to enforce regular sleep patterns. On waking, it is advised to expose the baby to bright natural light. Triggering the circadian rhythm to full alertness. Therefore starting the countdown to another full sleep. At the approach of night-time, a set of pre-sleep habits encourage proper slumber. Pre-sleep habits might include a bath, reading or simply cuddling. As long as it allows the child to wind down, easing into a peaceful reverie. These routines act as psychological cues for the young infant, reinforcing healthy sleep over time. Swaddling A swaddle is soft fabric that usually wraps around the newborn, offering a safe and secure cocoon of warmth. This envelops the child, limiting the effect of the innate startle reflex. A startle reflex is typical of newborns. After so long in the womb, infants can jolt awake suddenly, with a feeling of falling. Usually ceasing after about six months. A swaddle which is tucked snugly, prevents this violent movement from waking your little tyke up. The lightly weighted fabric of the swaddle also mimics touch. Reassuring the child and encouraging them to return to their charming slumber. Ideally without the intervention of soundly dozing Mom and Dad. Limiting nap-length Fledgeling parents are often so relieved to have a minute to sit down, they let their infant nap for far too long. These naps may offer relief in the moment but this time is stolen from night-time sleep. It is a thorny issue to wake a sleeping baby. However, parents should aim for 2.5 hours of napping. Followed by feeding and time awake. Before another well-earned snooze. Especially in the late afternoon when parents should be gearing up for deeper nightly rest. As they grow and get older, you will notice they need less nap-time throughout the day. A 2.5 hour limit also builds a schedule. Consistency being key to comforting an irritated child. We urge to parents to use their judgement. If a child is overtired, allow some extra time for recovery in the sleep schedule. Eat, wake, sleep, repeat On waking, a child should feed immediately. Followed by a period of alertness and playtime. Finally, the infant is lulled back to sleep. Repeat these steps as part of an ordered routine. This is known as the eat, wake, sleep cycle. Eating before sleep trains the brain to associate food with tiredness. Which fast becomes a crutch with young children. As a result, babies cannot return to sleep without a feeding. Meaning that Mum will always have to be around during the night to tend to any unexpected wake-up calls. This consistent routine allows babies to soothe themselves at night and return to sleep most often. While reducing the risk of overtiredness. As the infant learns when to sleep through practice. This predictability allows parents to plan their day with greater regularity. Keep your baby close Newborns yearn for close contact. Skin-to-skin closeness is known to bond mother and child while reducing bawling throughout the day. It is recommended to carry your child, whether in a sling or not. A baby can sense when parents are not close-at-hand. Understandably so, as an abandoned child would not last long in our wilder evolutionary past. Use rhythm and motion to usher in sweet dreams. Or sleep snuggled up with the child lying on your chest. This regulates body temperature and creates a sense of ease in an infant. If necessary, share the same room. The early stages of child development can be tough, but bear in mind they do not last forever. Use every tool at your disposal to get through it! Who ever said it would be child’s play? Newfangled parents will often hear stories of angelic babies, sleeping soundly throughout the night. Urging them to plead – why me? Like adults, every little infant is different. Each with its own distinct personality, wants and needs. It takes time to figure out what is best for your family so don’t throw in the towel. Those hefty bags under your eyes won’t be there forever, we promise! A shorter sleep cycle is expected. Celebrate small successes and take an hour to yourself now and again. Remember it takes a village to raise a child. So, reach out and ask for help. You are a better parent when you are well rested. In the midst of your sleep deprivation, keep in mind that these are simply guidelines. Trust yourself to know your baby better than any external authority. Do what works best for your family. People who say they sleep like a baby, have usually never met one!
Unlike what people tend to think, depression is not a phenomenon related to the adult life. Children can be affected by it and recognising their symptoms is of great importance for a parent or an educator. As recent discoveries in the medical field have put into light, depressed toddlers are not rare: on the contrary, their number is growing more and more, reflecting the main problems of our contemporary society. Childhood depression manifests itself through several behaviours. Its main causes are various and partly depend on the personality of the child and his family environment. Nevertheless, some situations are more likely to engender depression or distress among infants and children. We have interviewed Deborah D’Alessandro, Professional Educator at “Centro Infanzia L’Ippopotamo”, in Trento, Italy. Working with 0/3-year-old children made her reflect on the problem of depression. Even though it is not common to talk about depression when dealing with children, this mental condition presents some characteristics that should be noticed by parents and educators alike. “An impossibility of expressing feelings is often at the core of depression among children”, affirmed D’Alessandro, “The reasons of this problem mainly reside on the figure of parents. I am not talking of their physical absence due to working constrictions. I am tackling a common behaviour: their incapability of saying no. If children have the impression that they can do whatever they want, they will face problems at an emotional level. The limited presence of parents can imply other problems. As parents do not have much time to dedicate to their children, they tend to avoid arguments and let them free to behave and decide for themselves. As a result, this condition entails an additional problem: the lack of communication between parents and children, the latter having to repress their feelings. On the contrary, learning how to express and deal with their own feelings is a fundamental step in the life of toddlers, which should not be ignored or underestimated by parents. Most of the times, the repression of feelings and emotions leads to anger. By observing their behaviour, it is possible to state that children have drastically changed in the last few years. They are more and more violent, namely against themselves. The fact that they are often obliged to adapt their person to the daily rhythm of their parents can be a symptom of distress: not only they have to spend their day in a building that doesn’t look like home, but they have also to accept the decisions of other people, such as their educators. The main manifestations of this mental distress can be vomit, unmotivated anger, and the refusal of people’s authority. As depression can lead the child to lose interest in fun activities, parents can offer their child an interesting and various approach to life, organising enjoyable activities during the weekend. Interacting with other children or adults can turn into a positive impulse capable of reactivating the creativity and vitality of your child.   Consequently, depression can be expressed in several different ways. Children who experience a lack of communication and are used to repress their feelings and emotions have more chances to be depressed at a clinical level. Talking to your child is the best solution to prevent depression. It will help him understand the importance of expressing his feelings, without being ashamed of it. It is also crucial to analyse the responses of a child to situations. His reactions may express more than his words, offering another perspective to parents to take care of their children.   Parents tend to be very worried when their children are playing in the garden or in a park: although it is important to pay attention to what children do, parents should focus more on what they say and how they do it. Psychological wellness is strictly related to the physical one. Being more indirect and implicit, the mental wealth of your child deserves all your attentions, inside and outside your house.
Pregnancy is a moment of life where several changes are about to happen. They are not only related to the mind of the woman, but also to her body. These physical transformations need some time to be perceived and they do not come all in a sudden. In fact, pregnancy is composed of three semesters and each of them entails different effects on our body. Therefore, it is important to be prepared and know your own body before the perception of these symptoms may worry you. Changes are inevitable during pregnancy, that’s why you should only need to be well informed and ready to accept your new needs and physical conditions. Weeks 1-4: The first sign of pregnancy is the absence of your period, even though this doesn’t always happen. When your egg implants, you may experience vaginal bleeding. This phenomenon is very light: women should become worried if it causes pain or a heavy flow. At the end of this period, you may perceive two other signs: breast tenderness and morning sickness. Weeks 5-8: Mood swings are about to start. Hormones and emotions go hand in hand in this moment of life, a fact that women should simply accept and live with. Other symptoms can be, for instance, exhaustion, nausea, headaches, super-sore breasts, and faintness. Although this stage may sound unpleasant, it is preparing your body for the changes that are about to take place. During week 7, you may also start putting on weight and eating for two. Weeks 9-12: Because of the increasing of blood volume, it is normal to feel dizzy, to urinate more than usual, and to experience light vaginal bleeding. The good news is that your facial skin will be smooth and shiny thanks to the increasing production of oil glands. This is also the moment where your belly won’t let you hide the secret anymore! Weeks 13-16: Feeling clumsy is absolutely normal in this stage. Due to a hormone called Relaxin, your legs, hands, and arms will be more relaxed and less strong. The risk of miscarriage is now very low, that’s why you can enjoy your pregnancy without being too worried. Furthermore, your appetite, energy and mood are going to improve. Several pregnant women experience also another phenomenon: skin darkening, especially if you have dark hair and pale skin. It is also the moment where you can feel your baby kicking! Weeks 17-20: Some digestive problems may be troublesome, as well as a fast breath or, on the contrary, shortness of breath. You may also experience nosebleeds and, once again, dizziness. If you feel wobbly, it’s because your body is getting used to this condition and is going to be prepared for the birth moment. Weeks 21-24: Ligament pains will be part of your daily life very soon, you only have to get used to them. Furthermore, the presence of unwanted hairs on your body shouldn’t bother you: removing them is not the right solution. Because of you being dizzy and tired, your libido may drop in a drastic way, especially for a short period of time. Weeks 25-28: Carpal tunnel syndrome is pretty common during this stage, as well as other ligament pains. This is mainly provoked by your weight and your round belly! Weeks 29-32: Breathing difficulties are more than normal after the second semester. You may also experience unpleasant side effects, such as varicose veins and stretch marks. The main reason of hip and lower-back pain is related to your hormones, which are relaxing your ligaments. Weeks 33-36: Your baby is settling lower into your pelvis, getting ready to discover the world. In fact, you may feel lighter during these days. It’s now time to lay down and wait to become a mom! If knowing pregnancy symptoms is very important, expecting women should always rely on the support and the advice of their own doctor. In case of bleeding or constant dizziness, for instance, it is necessary to book an appointment and ask your doctor if everything is alright with you and your baby. Nevertheless, pregnancy is something more than a careful attitude. Here is another essential tip for pregnant women: enjoy this period in all its unicity, listen to your body, and welcome every change that you are about to experience.
At the very beginning of a pregnancy, parents may prefer not to know their baby’s gender. In fact, they would like to be surprised during their big day. Nonetheless, just a few parents-to-be are actually able to wait for nine months in order to know the sex of their child.   Even though a surprise is what most of them would love to have, couples focus on making sure that the arrival of their baby will be perfect: without knowing the sex, there are several problems to solve though. For instance, the clothes to buy, the color of the room, the type of cake to cook: just a few small details which, nonetheless, make that day become the most special moment of their lives.   Regardless of sex, having a baby is always an immense joy. Once you make sure that your baby is healthy, you can’t stop thinking about how he will look like, the best name to choose and… his sex! Human sexual differentiation is the process that determines baby’s gender. This is actually determined by baby’s genes. While eggs contain an X chromosome, sperme can have an X or a Y chromosome. According to their combination, the sex of a child is determined: a XX embryo will be a girl, whereas a XY embryo means that you are expecting a boy! If differences are not so remarkable during the first weeks of pregnancy, after week 7 the baby starts producing hormones that stimulate the development of its sexual organs. As far as girls are concerned, ovaries develop between weeks 11 and 12. For boys, on the contrary, their sexual organs start developing by week 9.   We all agree with the fact that the health of our baby is more important than his sex. So why are we so obsessed with finding out his gender? According to Daniel A. Potter, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the Huntington Reproductive Center Medical Group in California, “”It’s human nature. A family without sons, whose job was to hunt and keep everyone fed, might not have survived. So offerings were made to the gods, and soothsayers were consulted. People passed on to the next generation the methods they considered most effective for guaranteeing a boy, and this inspired old wives’ tales.” Even though there are several legends aiming to help women discover their baby’s sex, just a few of them are actually true. In most of cases, it is very easy to predict the wrong sex, that’s why couples had better talk with a doctor instead of relying on popular myths. However, if you want to listen to your body and try to deduce your child’s sex, there are some tips you should know. Whereas mood swings are common to all pregnancies, other signs may tell something more specific about your baby’s gender. For example, women with higher cortisol levels are more likely to carry a girl, experts revealed. The same it goes with severe morning sickness, even though this research is still ongoing.     According to Dr. Potter, “By your fifth month, around week 18 or 19 of your pregnancy, a sonogram can show you the sex of your unborn child with about 95 percent accuracy. From a medical standpoint, we do an ultrasound to check the age, position, and health of the fetus, but most parents want to know the sex too”.   Even though these tests are never 100% right, they can help couples prepare their house for the new arrival. If the baby’s sex is very important, his health is an aspect parents-to-be should always pay attention to. Maintaining a healthy nutrition, checking the fluids you consume during pregnancy, and staying active are the best ways to go through a pregnancy. Your baby’s sex will be unveiled at another time!
Staying active is a synonym of health and wellness, that’s why it is very important to challenge your body and have an active lifestyle. Even though days can be hard when you are pregnant or you have just learnt how to be a mum, laziness and tiredness are not good excuses to stay at home on your comfortable couch all day long. Sport benefits are not only physical: staying in contact with nature and feeling at ease with your own body are the keys for a mental wellness as well. Furthermore, you will have the impression that, after pregnancy, your body has drastically changed. Sport and healthy food can help you gain self-confidence and get control of your body once again. During pregnancy, a sedentary life can be very dangerous. In fact, it can provoke several diseases, as, for instance, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. In addition, general pains and aches related to pregnancy are more likely to be experienced.   To begin with, it may be important to walk instead of taking the bus when it is possible. The same goes for the lift: why not climbing some stairs instead of getting always the lift? This movement is helpful to stimulate the muscles of the stomach and tonify your legs.   Considering pregnancy physical conditions, it is important to avoid doing rapid mouvements or changing direction quickly. As a result, some sports are not recommended during pregnancy. For example, we are talking about rugby, skiing, horse riding, karate, and the like.   Nonetheless, this does not mean that sport is bad for you and your baby’s health. Conversely, there are several activities that can improve your mood and your physical state during pregnancy. Swimming is one of those sports that are highly recommended by doctors and professionals. Without overdoing, this activity is good for every part of your body, as well as for the development of muscles. Most people do not know that swimming can reduce morning sickness and relieve foot swelling, two conditions that affect many pregnant women.   If you like running, you can continue to train your running skills. It is important to breath in a regular way and to drink water during the activity as well. In addition, stretching 10 or 15 minutes before starting to run can be the key to avoid possible pains. Lifting weights is also a good solution. According to the article written by clinical instructor Elizabeth Yepez for First Response, “The extra progesterone in pregnancy can make your joints lax and can put you at risk of injury so take extra caution and use good technique when lifting weights. I recommend using weights at 50% of your max ability to avoid injury and strain, and never lift weights above your head or behind your neck”. When your baby joins your own world, your daily life will never be the same as before. This does not entail any negative consequences: you just have to learn how to combine your own needs with the ones of your baby.   Exercising regularly can be a good way to dedicate some time to yourself, embracing a healthy and active lifestyle. Physical activity has many other benefits: sport can strengthen your muscles, decrease the risk of postpartum depressions and urinary incontinence.   There are several aerobic classes for women who have just given birth. Apart from being healthy, this sport offers a good opportunity to socialize with new mothers and compare your feelings with them. Yoga and pilates are other alternatives, mainly if you prefer softer exercises.   You can also opt for doing activities with your baby. For instance, taking long walks is a perfect way to get some fresh air and enjoy nature with your baby. Nevertheless, it is important to start slowly, because your muscles are still weak and feeble, especially if you had a caesarean delivery. As we have already underlined, staying active is fundamental, but be careful: knowing and respecting your limits go hand in hand with your health. No matter which activity you decide to take up, you should make sure that this sport is safe and healthy. It is for this reason that talking with your doctor is necessary before making decisions during after birth.   Once you have found your own routine, staying active won’t be a challenge to achieve anymore. On the contrary, physical activity will be your daily relief and your unique way to take care of yourself, namely if you have the possibility to enjoy nature and picturesque landscapes.
Ah Millennials, those lovable, self-absorbed, social media obsessed, selfie taking rascals. We hear over and over again that Millennials are self obsessed, lazy, entitled and unreliable. But is this really the case, or is it just that each generation thinks that the next one that comes along is not as good, or not doing things right? Can you really stereotype an entire generation of young people? Every generation thinks that the one that came before was worse than them, and that the one that came after is too. By comparison to the generation before them, Millennials have access to an awful lot more technology, resources and information. The rise of social media has meant that information and connections come much easier to the current generation. That being said, the ease of access to these things does not necessarily mean that Millennials are inherently lazy. We have an aging population of Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s who missed out on what it means to work in such a technologically advanced age. Working from home is common place now, jobs like being a ‘social media influencer’ exist, and people can become YouTube stars from the comfort of their own bedrooms. This doesn’t mean that they are not working, just working differently. Most Millennials you meet will tell you that they have an array of different interests, hobbies and even jobs. A finger in every pie so to speak. Just because they are not holding down 9-5 jobs does not mean that they are not working hard. The way we make money and the way we interact and make new connections has changed exponentially over the last 15 years. For Baby Boomers, coming into retirement age this is an incomprehensible idea. The fact that someone could make money by sitting in their room playing video games is lost on them. Unfortunately, human nature is such that often times the automatic response to things that we do not understand is either fear or ridicule. A Cultural Shift Both Baby Boomers and Generation Xer’s had a strong work ethic drummed into them from an early age, but a very specific and rigid one: go to school, go to college, start your career. They then also had similar life expectations hoisted upon them: get married, buy a house, have children, hope you don’t die of heart disease by 40. Now however, we are seeing the parents of younger children, (and have seen the parents of Millennials), encourage their children to stray from that set path. Parents are encouraging their children to do things like take a year out from college to travel or explore other avenues other than school, college and marriage. Parents are finally accepting that we are not all cut from the same cloth. What the parent wants for the child is not always going to be what the child ends up wanting, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Individuality is being celebrated more and more these days. When Millennials were just children, parents had begun to reprioritise what mattered, allowing a certain amount of importance to be allocated to social interaction and events. This has taught this generation that it is OK to be different and it is also OK to live in the moment and worry less. This does not mean that previous generations were doing things wrong, it just means that this generation is doing things differently. It will be news to some, but despite what you may have heard, different does not necessarily mean wrong. The only thing wrong with Millennials is that they caused a huge cultural and societal shift that not everyone was ready for. Dedicated, Creative, Non-Conformists The freedom that was afforded to them during their upbringing has resulted in a serious dedication to what ever they end up committing themselves to. This potentially creates a hugely innovative young workforce. It has been proven that forced societal constructs eventually crumble under their own weight. The Millennial work ethos has caused conformity in the workplace to be significantly minimized. We are seeing less and less offices who force staff to wear full suits, tattoos and piercings are widely accepted in the workplace etc. This has also allowed for many individuals to feel enabled or empowered enough to follow their dreams. They feel this way regardless of background, education or social status. They are creating a more tolerant, inclusive and accessible world, and everyone looks set to benefit from it. They may appear lazy and self absorbed to the untrained eye, but their stubbornness to accomplish their goals can be quite powerful. A Generation Of Innovators However easy it may be to tarnish an entire generation with the one brush simply because we do not understand the way they do things, it is more honest to accept them for who they are. Millennials are a generation who started off with very little when it came to prospective employment. Most of them came of age in the middle of a global economic crisis that was caused, incidentally, by the Baby Boomer generation. They had to change things. Things simply couldn’t stay the same, they weren’t working anymore. Millennials have turned the tide for themselves and found new and creative ways to turn a buck. Really, the shape of our future has changed and the relevance and importance of civil convention has all but gone away. Maybe it is time to take a leaf out of their book and stop trying to categorize and label everything, but also accept this brave new world that is burgeoning upon us. We need to work in tandem with the younger generation, not against them, if we are to see true societal and cultural growth. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper { display: none; }
Tired of your mates telling you how they saw your mom on Tinder last night? That’s understandable. However uncomfortable you might be thinking of the lady who gave birth to you as sexually active, be aware that you did not fall from the sky. Also, based on your own personal experience, you should know how getting your mother in a good mood could be beneficial for her, but also for you. No more endless phone calls, no more passive-aggressive comments on your non-existent love-life. Get your mother on a dating website, and all your problems will be solved. The website was created by a visionary marriage counselor, Neil Clark, in the late 90s. The fact that it still attracts senior singles is a good sign, however doesn’t guarantee the quality of their algorithm. Need to be reassured? Take a look at the testimonials available on the website. If your mother likes a good love story, read some to her, that’ll convince her. Compatible partners If your mother isn’t that much into men, we suggest that you still give her a hand. It’s not easy to find love as a senior, let alone as a gay senior. Luckily, the online process covers pretty much everything a human could be looking for. Compatible Partners will try to determine the client’s personality before matching them with their same-sex soul-mate. Classic, but specific. Cougar Life Tired of your mother hitting on all your friends? Don’t blame it on her taste for youngsters, but on her lack of choice! If she had thousands of younger and hotter ones around, do you really think she’d go for Andrew? Exactly. Don’t be so narrow-minded, help your mother release the wild feline inside of her. Zoosk One of the most famous dating websites. Based on a personality test like most dating websites, that one is very online-chat based. The website is also an app on iPhone and Android. Soon, you’ll be telling your mom to put her phone down, at dinner time. Acknowledging that your parents are human beings and moreover sexual ones is hard. These great apps and websites will allow you to convince yourself that all your mother does is purely virtual. Just remember to never, never open her phone or computer uninvited anymore. #acp_paging_menu, .acp_wrapper {display: none;}
Music festivals are generally synonymous with warm sun, feel good tunes, and happy summer vibes. With the majority of the most famous European and UK festivals happening during the summer months, it would be easy to assume that the festival season ends in August. Thankfully, this is not the case. Here we take a look at some of the best winter festivals Europe has to offer, after all, what’s cooler than cool? Ice-cold. Awakenings Eindhoven – Netherlands Another dance music offering from the Netherlands, Awakenings takes place in Eindhoven each year. It is housed in Klokgebouw, a renovated industrial building that has the capacity to hold up to 9,000 party goers. Awakenings is a staple of techno culture and any dance music enthusiast should try to make to at least one of these in their lifetime. Snowbombing – Austria Snowbombing is the largest winter festival on the snow. It has a varied and eclectic line up each year, and takes place on the slopes of the world renowned Mayrhofen ski resort in Austria. Along side the regular stages there are also a whole host of other fun and interesting things to see and do. Including an igloo rave, street parties and even an enchanted forest. This world leader in winter music festivals is a wonder to behold and goes on for an epic six days. Horizon Festival – Andorra Horizon Festival is held in the ski resort of Arinsal, Andorra. Taking place over the course of a full seven days, this lineup of many international DJ’s bring the party to a number of different venues throughout the resort. Incorporating mountain top stages, and secret forest raves, there is also a welcome acoustic chill-out area. There are even workshops available for up and coming, or novice DJ’s and producers, to learn a few tricks of the trade, or, hone their existing skills.  
  Just because you’re a Hollywood movie star with the world on a string doesn’t mean that everything goes perfectly well for all of your movies. Sometimes even the most famous actors have bad days or bad attitudes that lead them straight out of the show. These 15 actors got fired right on set ! Robert Downey Jr in Gravity This one won’t be about disputes or behaviourial problems, but simple technology was the culprit when the director had to change Robert Downey Jr for George Clooney. All the equipment used for the movie was a bit too much for the actor to cope with. Thomas Gibson in Criminal Minds One could wonder why the production would fire the main actor after more than 12 seasons. Well long story short Thomas Gibson, aka special agent Hotch, got fired because he hit one of the writers of the show, which is why he just appeared in the first two episodes of the next season. Megan Fox in Transformers 3 After a hefty argument between the actress and Michael Bay, mostly about the way he worked and portrayed her, Steven Spielberg decided to drive her away from the production and replace her for Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards The actor got fired after harassment complaints, and after some internal investigation, the production decided to go on without him for a 6th and last part of the show, with Robin Wright as the main actress.