Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer

  • Toddlers: Why the Bad Seed Theory Isn't Far from the Truth

    Is your toddler a terror?

    Everybody hopes their toddlers will "play nice," and it can be shocking when they suddenly turn into biting, hitting, kicking little beasts. A new study gathered data from more than 1200 children ages 1 to 4, and found that, to a large extent, their tendency toward physical aggression is genetically programmed and not caused by environmental factors such as watching violent cartoons on television or witnessing domestic strife. "Parents often feel guilty," lead author, Eric Lacourse, a professor at the University of Montreal, tells Yahoo Shine. "They should look at physical aggression as a normal phase of development."

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    The study compared over 660 sets of non-identical and identical twins. It found that the pairs who shared 100% of their DNA were far more likely to exhibit the exact patterns of aggression than fraternal twins who grew up in the same environment. In a statement, the researchers said that their results challenge previous

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  • 41 and Pregnant: So What?

    Are older moms selfish?

    On Friday, British columnist Ashley Pearson, who had her first child at 41, described her discomfort about being part of a recent BBC radio program debating whether older mothers are selfish. "Despite my near-visceral reaction that the question is just plain silly, apparently many people still think so. A recent study showed that a staggering 70% of women over the age of 55 are opposed to and uncomfortable with women having babies in their 40s," she wrote. While the panel consisted of three women and one man, she says the last word was given to the male MP who had his proverbial knickers in a twist about fertility rates; "[he said] and that while some women can have babies later in life, most can't. And that you better get on with it then, hadn't you? On that depressing note, we closed the show."

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    It's true that in United States, as well as the UK, more and more women are delaying having babies. According to statistics

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  • Miss America Responds to Racism, Makes Pageant Cool Again

    The Miss America contest became relevant again on Sunday with the selection of Nina Davuluri, a smart, outspoken 24 year-old and the pageant's first winner of Indian decent-until Internet thugs tried to blast it back to the Stone Age.

    Miss America 2014 contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri competes in a preliminary round during the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, September 10, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files Within moments of Davuluri being crowned the pageant's winner, racist comments flooded Twitter and revealed an ugly, ignorant streak that apparently is still a part of our national psyche.

    If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," said one person on Twitter.

    "WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" asked another.

    Some associated her with the terrorist bombings of 9/11:

    "9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?" asked one.

    Another commented, "More like Miss Terrorist #MissAmerica."

    What's ironic-and distressing-about the vile comments on our new Miss America, is that Davuluri epitomizes the American dream. She was born in Syracuse, New York to immigrant parents and graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in

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  • The Mysterious Miss Uzbekistan: Who’s that Girl?

    Rakhima Ganieva from Tashkent, Uzebekistan appears to have everything it takes to be a perfect Miss World contestant: She's a college-bound 18 year-old with brown wavy hair and dewy, dark eyes. She says she loves travel, tennis, and playing the piano. And she's no airhead. "When I have some free time," she writes in her Miss World introduction, "I like to read a good book…my favorite writers are Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy." She's also the first ever contestant from her country to participate in the pageant. The catch is, officials from Uzbekistan deny sending her and say they have no clue as to her identity.

    Mystery is swirling around 18-year-old Rakhima Ganieva competing as Miss Uzbekistan in the Miss World pageant, because Uzbek officials say they do not conduct a Miss Uzbekistan contest and they have no idea who she is. Jen Markham has the story.

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    According to EurasiaNet, a news service that covers Central Asia and the Caucuses, Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the national committee on women, claimed they had no information on Ganieva's entrance into the Miss World pageant, which kicked off in Indonesia on September 8. Furthermore, they denied there was ever a

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  • Woman with Longest Dreadlocks: “I Would Never Cut My Hair”

    Asha MandelaAsha MandelaAsha Mandela, the woman with the world's longest dreadlocks, credits her hair for helping her pull through two heart attacks, cancer, and two strokes. 'Cutting it would be equivalent to suicide. It would be like being a zombie," the 50-year-old who lives with her second husband and son in Atlanta, Georgia, told the Daily Mail.

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    Mandela stopped cutting her hair in her 20s. "I started growing my hair 25 years ago, when I started having certain dreams and visions," she said. Growing dreadlocks was part of a spiritual journey to completely remake her life. Now, she says she has countless fans who call her a "living legend" and the "ninth wonder of the world." Weighing in at 39 pounds, she has to carry her hair in a cloth baby sling when she goes out.

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    At first, her family, who originally hailed from Trinidad, didn't approve. "My mom told me to remove the mop from my head before I am

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  • Time Lapse Pregnancy Video: Nine Months in Two Minutes

    Using stop motion photography, Latvian photographer Armands Alps chronicled his wife's entire pregnancy journey, from blue diagnostic stick through beautiful baby. She stands in profile wearing a rolled up white t-shirt and low-riding baggy pants while her flat tummy grows rounder and rounder. Her belly button even pops out like a miniature timer. Posted on YouTube on July 16, the video already has nearly 800,000 views.

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    He "snowboards" past his wife through the living room, a Christmas tree hung with baubles comes and goes, and his clothing changes from parka to shorts to mark the passing of the months. As she her belly continues to blossom, the couple builds a crib together, and he brings in a stroller and a pile of baby clothes.

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    Finally, she rubs her tummy, time to go! And when they return, they bring a third member of their family: a tiny

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  • 13-Year-Old YouTube Star Talia Joy Castellano Loses Cancer Battle

    photo: Talia Joy Castellano

    Talia Joy Castellano, the young YouTube star who delighted and inspired millions with her ebullient spirit and love of life has died after a long, bravely fought battle with cancer.

    It was impossible to encounter the 13-year-old without being moved by her. Her pixie-ish humor and bubbly personality were grounded by an uncanny wisdom. After she lost her hair from chemotherapy, rather than wear a wig, she started playing with makeup to boost her self-confidence and eventually broadcasted beauty tutorials online. Her videos often receive over 500,000 views, and one has been watched over 8 million times.

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    A little over a year ago, she posted a more personal video addressed to her fans sharing her fears about needing a bone marrow treatment. Poised and reassuring, she said, "Having cancer has been a gift--but a horrible, horrible, terrifying thing. But I've gotten so many benefits from it. ...The journey of having cancer was amazing. But every journey has an

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  • 'You Can Be Right, or You Can Be Married': Lessons for Marriage, Learned from Divorce

    courtesy Simon and Schustercourtesy Simon and SchusterWe think about divorce in terms of "failed" marriages, but author and filmmaker Dana Adam Shapiro's new book is a reminder that often our best shot at finding lasting love comes from the personal growth that occurs in the aftermath of a painful break-up. Over about four years, Shapiro, whose documentary Murderball was nominated for an Academy Award, travelled across the country interviewing hundreds of people who had survived a tough divorce and published many of their stories in the collection 'You Can Be Right (Or You Can Be Married).'

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    When Shapiro, now 38, hit his mid-30s, he witnessed his many of his friends' marriages start to fall apart and wondered why. At the same time, he hadn't been able to sustain a relationship over the long haul. "I've been a serial monogamist for over 20 years," Shapiro tells Shine. "I've had five three-year relationships and one year-long relationship but I've never been able to make the

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  • Are You Making Your Kids Fat?

    Good nutrition starts before birthGood nutrition starts before birth"I credit my mom with modeling the right behaviors," Angela Lemond, Registered Dietitian and Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, tells Shine. "She cooked a healthy meal every night and that was our only option." Lemond, who specializes in pediatric and family nutrition, says the research is clear that parental behavior and modeling has a significant impact on childhood obesity.

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    "Parents have the responsibility for providing food, meal planning, and eliminating distractions at the table," says Lemond. "The responsibility of the child is to eat or not to eat." She is concerned that today's parents are "letting kids dictate what food is being served." She sympathizes with parents' desire to nourish their children, but points out that this often means that they are exclusively serving meals of "chicken nuggets or mac and cheese" to picky eaters which are high in fat and calories and low on

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  • What Every Mom Says, According to Kids

    Do you ever catch yourself spouting some worn out threat to a kid that probably should have been retired a couple of generations ago? Lisa Belkin, writing for the Huffington Post recently noted that #ThingsEveryMomSays was trending on Twitter. Some of the tweets:

    "Don't talk to me like that, I'm not one of your little friends."

    "My roof, my rules."

    "Why? Because I said so."

    "I'm so sick and tired of your attitude."

    "If you are bored, go clean your room."

    It's sad that kids all over the world mainly tweeted the irritable, disconnected ways that some parents use to communicate. Belkin makes a point that while moms and dads don't define themselves by these "ticked off" clichés, their children often do.

    "I regularly find myself listening to harsh exchanges between parents and children out in public and think, 'Is that how you ever thought you would sound back when you decided to have children?'" writes Belkin. "And I also wonder, 'Do you even know how you

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