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What We're Following Today August 12, 2019

Note: One thing to note about these blog posts. I try to find articles that offer insights and ideas that help address a variety issues that we face at different stages of our lives. 

If an article cites certain stats that I feel might need further explanation or draws conclusions that perhaps are overly confident, I’ll also call that out in the summary. In many cases the things we read are written to express a point of view and we should always be cautious in making assumptions. Wherever possible, I’ll also try to provide a way to access the original study referenced in an article. 


Passing On Maltreatment Across Generations


This article on Psy Post talks about something that is a well known topic; children who face abuse tend to face and replicate abuse at higher rates as they age. It’s not new to know that if you abuse your child OR your child is abused somehow, that it is more likely to create issues further in life. 


There’s a line at the end though that perhaps could be qualified more (“For example, if a kid is being impulsive and having tantrums, they may be more likely to be abused.”). This is a statement meant to help illustrate the kinds of things that could be used as signs to raise red flags of possible abuse, but without clinical explanation it could overgeneralize a behavior that could be considered largely normal (what constitutes a normal range of tantrums or impulsive behavior). 


That said, it’s still important to see the continued evidence of how abuse leads to abuse. And that abuse isn’t just at the nuclear family level as it can present itself if we have less stability in our exterior relationships. If you have an interest in reading more about the study, click below. 


https://www.psypost.org/2019/08/the-child-of-an-individual-who-was-maltreated-during-childhood-is-also-more-likely-to-be-maltreated-study-finds-54209


Mid Career Considerations for Women


Joan Michelson, a contributor on Forbes, mentioned some things that women should consider when contemplating their careers. One key thing to note in this post is the importance of making connections and relationships. All too often, we know that our connections can open doors for us and can help us throughout our careers. While this particular piece is geared towards women, I think it is fair to say that this advice works across genders.


https://www.forbes.com/sites/rcarson/2019/08/11/five-ways-to-keep-boomerang-kids-from-ruining-your-retirement/#6909605b6349


Some Simple Tips to Boost Curb Appear if You Are Selling Your Home


You hear it all the time when selling a car, a simple car wash and cleaning can go a long way to bring in more money. The same appears to be true for a house. In this USA Today article, they talk through some small, low cost ways to help boost the curb appeal of your home and hopefully contribute to a faster sale or higher offer.

One thing that stood out to me was the idea of spray painting flower pots that look beat up. Also, how the paint can spruce up a mail box, etc. We’re not in the market to sell anytime soon, but these are actual improvements that we’ll look back to if we do…


https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/08/12/homes-sale-curb-appeal-tips-cost-little/1758982001/


50 Inspirational Quotes


Some Monday’s you just want to get some inspiration to help you get through the next week. No matter what life brings our way, we usually find a way to conquer it and find meaning later on. However, as we’re going through a challenge, we also need encouragement. I am bookmarking these slides (I didn’t recognize at first that it was a slide show…) file them away for just those kinds of moments - particularly when I consider what it will take to stay on a lower sugar diet ;)


“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” - Helen Keller


Thanks Good Housekeeping Magazine!


https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/g2401/inspirational-quotes/