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‘Mom, is it bad to be brown and Jewish?’: how to talk to your children about race

Since Trumps rise to power, writer Mira Jacob has faced increasingly difficult questions from her young son It started with Michael Jackson. It was 2014, and Mira Jacobs six-year-old son Z had moved on from being obsessed with Freddie Mercury (He demanded fake moustaches for a solid year), to being obsessed with Jackson. He knew all the moves and was never without a fedora. So my husband and I, thinking we were geniuses, got him all the albums, Jacob explains. The problem is, when you give a mixed-race kid albums…

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Worlds Smallest Boy (Born 268g/9.45oz) Gets Discharged From Hospital

© Reuters The world’s smallest-known baby boy to be born and survive was just discharged from the hospital after spending 5 months in neonatal intensive care. Born in Tokyo, Japan 16 weeks early last August, the baby boy weighed just 268 grams (9.45 ounces) at birth. According to The Telegraph: Doctors performed an emergency caesarean section at 24 weeks when he failed to grow during the pregnancy and experts feared his life was in danger. Now weighing 3.2 kg (7.05 pounds), the amazing little baby was sent home from the…

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Everyones decluttering is it time to throw out all your childrens toys and artworks?

Ive taken cuddly toys from my kids while theyve slept and thrown out their paintings. Its the only way to control the family chaos YES! Guilt replaced by vindication. Im talking about myself, and decluttering because decluttering is all anyone seems to talk about at the moment (Brexit is just a form of it). Not Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, professional organisers to the stars, including Kevin the Carrot family from Aldi is being picked off, one by one, at night? And Then There Were None. Probably not, I generally…

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Italian Man Buys A DNA Test, Finds Out He And His Father Are Not Italians At All

Pretty much all of us have heard about the recent hype of genetic genealogy tests. Your friends, coworkers and maybe even family members have taken the test to find out about their ethnicity. The companies providing these tests invested millions of dollars into advertising to stimulate our curiosity. For instance, according to Kantar Media, in 2016 Ancestry.com spent $109 million on TV and other ads in the US. And it worked well, the genetic testing industry had 12 million consumers in 2017 alone. These tests allow you to gain knowledge…

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Identical Twins Take the Top 5 DNA Ancestry Tests and Get Strange Results

CBC Marketplace investigates the science and marketing behind popular DNA ancestry kits. Host Charlsie Agro and her identical twin sister Carly test five top brands. Find out why ancestry test kits are not as accurate as you might think. To read more: https://www.cbc.ca/1.4980976 Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/identical-twins-put-dna-ancestry-kits-to-the-test/

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Husband Writes Down Every Time His Wife Refused Him Sex, Sends Her An Email After She Leaves For A Work Trip

Marriage isn’t easy and everyone one of us heard the saying ‘marriage is work’ at least once. And yes, once the honeymoon stage is over, it’s not so easy to maintain a fulfilling and wholesome relationship, but there must be certain red flags that obviously show that the relationship isn’t working the way it should be. If so, what are those red flags? Is lack of romance and intimacy a red flag? What about a passive-aggressive excel spreadsheet displaying all of the days you refused to sleep with your partner?…

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Elena Ferrante: Beauty triumphs in childhood photos, along with charm, joy, happy laughter

Missing is the distress, tiredness, irritation, fear, tantrums I dont have much to do with children these days. Friends and relatives send me photographs and videos of their children. I save this material carefully: I like comparing the face of a newborn with what he or she has become at eight months, at two years, at three. I have no photographs of myself as a newborn; the first image goes back to when I was two. Whereas theres not a day in the life of my granddaughter that has not…

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It made me question my ancestry: does DNA home testing really understand race?

Dubious results, emotional fallout, privacy concerns: inside the 7.7bn industry that promises to tell you who you really are Last year, I did what 12 million people from all over the world have done and surrendered my spit to a home DNA-testing company. I hoped a longed for a country to attribute my blackness to, or for help answering the ubiquitous Where are you from? question. Id spent years making up exotic-sounding combinations to justify my appearance (some days Jamaican-Spanish-Swedish; other days half Brazilian, or half Iranian). But, at 24,…

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30+ Fun Photos Of My Family That I Took To Fight Boredom

My name is Kate Weiland. I’m a happy mother of three kids and the creator behind the delicious (and totally ridiculous) photography food series Our family bites (#ourfamilybites). I’ve always been a massive supporter of the fine arts and having taught Drama and Dance for many years, I was eager to get into the photography side of things. The forced perspective photography technique has been especially interesting to me – I knew it would be fun to start a series where our family could look back and just have a…

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George Soros Prepares to Trade Cryptocurrencies

The family office is said to have recently approved trading Soros called the digital assets a ‘bubble’ in January George Soros called cryptocurrencies a bubble in January. Now his $26 billion family office is planning to trade digital assets. Adam Fisher, who oversees macro investing at New York-based Soros Fund Management, got internal approval to trade virtual coins in the last few months, though he has yet to make a wager, according to people familiar with the matter. A spokesman declined to comment. Soros, Read more: Crypto Hedge-Fund Bubble Begins…

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Alabama: 1 Student Dead, Another Hurt in School Shooting

Birmingham, Ala. (AP) — A 17-year-old girl was killed in a shooting at dismissal time Wednesday at an Alabama high school and a 17-year-old male student was injured, authorities said, adding they were investigating it as accidental. Birmingham Interim Police Chief Orlando Wilson said investigators are still seeking to determine the specific circumstances of the shooting shortly before 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at Huffman High School, adding they had begun seeking out witnesses and school surveillance video. "At this particular time, we are considering this accidental," the police chief said at…

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My teenage daughter is embarrassed by the car were giving her for her birthday

Its not cool enough and its the wrong colour. I think shes being ungrateful but am I out of touch? No, says Annalisa Barbieri, but let her make her own mistakes Ask Annalisa Barbieri Sat 10 Feb 2018 03.59EST Share on Twitter View more sharing options Share on Pinterest Share on Google+ Share on Messenger Close annalisa.barbieri@mac.com. Annalisa regrets she cannot enter into personal correspondence. Follow Annalisa on Twitter

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Can You Escape From Hell?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Keep driving. Swerve. Drive head-on into Martin Scorsese. Uh-oh. Looks like Marty isn’t getting it. Shout at Martin Scorsese to get out of the road. Swerve. Drive head-on into Martin Scorsese. “Do you know about any good restaurants in NYC?” Shout at Martin Scorsese to get out of the road. Swerve. Start Over But you do. You’re in Hell now. “Hell is where people go when they are bad like me,” says a little boy behind you. “It is bad.” How do I get…

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