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If you take a puppy video break today, make sure this is the dog video you watch.

By the end of this video, you'll be thinking very seriously about your "wolfpack" and how it stacks up against this very human condition.

These four scoundrels call themselves "The Wolfpack." Sure, they're dogs, and yes, they're stinkin' adorable, but they are best mates and always have each others' backs. Dave, Chester, Vinnie, and Phil thought nothing could ever tear them apart.

But what's wrong with Chester?

These guys can't talk about it. Dogs, remember? They don't have the words to discuss mental health. [Insert awkward silence.]


But people can talk. And they absolutely SHOULD talk about mental health. 1 in 4 of us humans will experience a mental illness at some point in our lives. The stigma around mental illness often causes the sufferer to become silent about their struggles, and these struggles are real.

Taking it one step further, men are less likely than women to own up to having a mental illness or to seek treatment. Men often see mental illness as a sign of weakness and feel ashamed of themselves for simply being ill, which is something they can't control. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, depression in men can present itself as anger and irritability, sometimes leading to risk-taking behaviors as well as substance abuse. The CDC reports that while women are more likely to attempt suicide, men are four times more likely to succeed. This is a HUGE DEAL! Depression is usually treatable, but we've gotta help people actually get that treatment.

That's where you come in.

If you or someone you know and love is struggling with a mental illness, don't just stand by silently. TALK ABOUT IT! A text message, a phone call, or a visit can make the difference in whether someone seeks help. You could be their lifeline.

You and your friends are not alone. Let's look out for each other. It really *isn't* as hard as you think.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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