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Are you over or under parenting your child?

Friday, June 29th, 2012

 

 

 

Are you over or under parenting your child?

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There have been numerous reports throughout the past century regarding the proper parenting techniques. Is it possible to spoil an infant (under 1 yr.)? (The answer is a resounding no.) But what about when the child gets older…can you smother him/her with parental affection and attention? The answer is a resounding yes.

Askmen.com has a new article discussing this issue. In a recent study, results have shown that fathers who don’t try to hard, end up being better parents. You know, the fathers that like to compete with each other, “Oh Tommy’s better at this…I take him here everyday…” Studies have shown that Little Tommy will grow up better with a less worried and stressed father, than an over-protective one trying to keep up with the Jones’ family.

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“Coping With New Parenthood”

“The latest research out of Ohio State University, which appears in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, suggests that parents who feel pressure to be perfect parents can work at cross purposes. Called the “New Parents Project,” this study is one part of a longitudinal look at how working parents cope with new parenthood. The researchers studied 182 couples who became parents between 2008 and 2010, and found that external pressure to be perfect parents affects parenting skills differently than self-directed, internal pressure to be a good parent.

The difference was most striking for fathers. If new fathers were particularly worried about living up to the social ideals of their peer group, they tended to do worse than fathers who put the pressure on themselves. Mothers, on the other hand, showed more parental stress no matter where the pressure came from. One other interesting note is that fathers who responded to self-directed, internal pressure and didn’t give a hoot about keeping up with the Joneses tended to be better fathers. The researchers added that they weren’t sure what the long-term effects on parenting this kind of internal pressure would have, but for newborns it can be a good thing”

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In a recent article published by Psych Central, By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor, Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on November 30, 2011:

“Parents of newborns show poorer adjustment to their new role if they believe society expects them to be “perfect” moms and dads, a new study shows.

While stress upsets each parent, stress influences each parent in different ways. Moms showed less confidence in their parenting abilities and dads felt more stress when they were more worried about what other people thought about their parenting skills.

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However, self-imposed pressure to be perfect was somewhat better for parents, especially for fathers, according to the results.”

Nauert also claims that “Societal-oriented perfectionism is “being concerned about what other people think about your parenting,” Schoppe-Sullivan said. It was measured by asking people how much they agreed with statements like “Most people always expect me to always be an excellent parent.”

So next time you want to coddle your 12 year old son, think again fathers. The trick is to be stress-free, a mean between extremes, and always keep your cool.

A New, Eccentric Way of Meeting a Potential Mate

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

 

 

 

We’ve come a long way in the art of courtship over the centuries. Or have we? It really only comes down to one thing in the end…biology. So it makes sense when this new theme for a dating party arises, and becomes a hit. Or shall we say a hormonal orgy? It’s actually a genius idea and CLM sends serious kudos to the “inventor” of such a party: Enter The Pheromone Party.

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A new article featured in Askmen.com says the following: “Enter the Pheromone Parties. You sleep in a clean T-shirt for three nights to capture your body’s odor, then bring it to a party in a Ziploc bag. Guests smell the bags, which are labeled with a number and nothing more, letting their primal instincts guide their mate selection. The thought of answering “online” when someone asks me how I met my significant other kind of embarrasses me, but “body odor” is a mind f*ck I think a lot of us aren’t ready for.”

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Haven’t you ever noticed yourself loving the scent of your lover/wife/husband? Something pulls you to them and you only like their scent. This is totally biological and a necessary part of finding the ideal mate, especially when it comes to body chemistry, reproduction, and the ideal exchange of genetics.

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So during the course of this kind of party, guests photograph themselves holding the labeled bag with the shirt if they LIKE the scent. This photograph is then projected on a white wall and if the owner if interested, he/she will approach the person in the photograph. Cool, huh? It’s kind of like a win-win situation because you’re not risking rejection per-say, and it’s highly likely that if a person vibes with your scent, you will vibe with their scent as well, plus you get to see a picture of them beforehand.

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Creator Judith Prays says the following in a recent interview: “How exactly do pheromones work?
JP: Pheromones are the chemical triggers of sexual attraction in mammals. Pheromones determine fecundity; if you are attracted to someone’s pheromones, it is an indicator that you two will have healthy offspring. While not confirmed, it is suspected that males smell availability and females smell genetic quality. ”

 

 

What To Remember When Going Out On NYE

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

 

 

1. Make Reservations. This can be for a table at a restaurant, bar, night club, or a roof top. Just make sure you put your name or names down on a list somewhere so you don’t have to wait in extra lines, you can avoid the tourists traps, and getting a seat and waiter will be ten times easier.

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2. Pick a drink (or a type of alcohol) and stick with it for the whole night. If you’re craving a martini, try to stick with vodka the whole night, be it cosmos, citrus vodka with ginger ale, vanilla vodka and coca cola–you get the point. If it’s Whiskey or Gin, stick with that. The only exception is beer, wine or champagne in the early night. You can always mix with those!

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3. Decide who you’re going out with beforehand. It makes it so much easier on your stress and partying levels if you decide your “crew” beforehand. Then you won’t be wasting time texting and calling people trying to see what “everyone’s” doing.

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4. Make dinner plans or plan a dinner party. Put together a group list, set up a festive NYE menu filled with lots of champagne, (have everyone bring a bottle too), pick up some streamers and party hats like you’re back in grade school, and have a nice grown up dinner. Then get a cab together and go wild on the streets.U Of California Bears Cufflinks And Money Clip Gift SetCalifornia Bears Cufflinks

5. Be firm about plans. Others will follow. Everyone waits until the last minute to decide what they’re going to do on the “First Day of the Year.” Make it worth it.

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6. Plan your outfit. There’s nothing worse than someone inviting you somewhere ultra exclusive on NYE only to realize two hours before that 1. you have nothing to wear 2. you have nothing clean to wear. Ladies, splurge a little with your Christmas bonuses and buy yourself a shiny cocktail dress. Men, get some festive new cufflinks to go with a classy top hat. You won’t regret looking the best at the party.

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7. Pocket sound/noise makers. Mini pots and pans. Wooden sticks. You get the picture.Cherry Dot Paisley Cufflinks

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What To Buy Your Male Buddy For Christmas

Monday, December 5th, 2011

 

 

What To Buy Your Male Friend For Christmas

So you can’t buy your buddy a 42 inch flat screen plasma television. We understand. But he’ll still be your boy (or your uncle, brother, nephew, cousin, grandpa…) if you get him something else. Something more along the lines of…affordable. After all, you do have 10 other people to buy things for, so here are seven no-brainer, easy gifts to keep the Merry going…

A Video Game
What man doesn’t love sitting in front of his flat screen at home aimlessly wandering around in a virtual world? First you have to find out which game console he has. Secondly, you need to make sure you get him a game he likes: does he like thriller gamess? Mysteries? War stuff? Old school Trivia?

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Cufflinks

And of course one of the easiest gifts to give is the traditional cufflink. Every man, no matter what age, can use a new pair of cufflinks. Here are some simple “everyman” cufflinks under $50. So yes, they’ll be perfect for Uncle Joe, Brother Thomas, and Grandpa Stevie.

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Vintage Onyx Eye Cufflinks *Under $50*

Vintage Onyx Eye Cufflinks *Under $50*

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A Poker Set

Who wouldn’t want a poker set?? Why every gamlin’ man south of Canada! Or even in Canada. And everywhere else…The point is, an at-home poker set is good for the guy who likes to have friends and family over for a game of cards and some whiskey. Or your beer-drinking college-living-in-the-dorms nephew.

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Da Vinci Set of 500 Poker Chips W/Aluminum Case, 3 Dealer

Ties

At Cufflinksman we have this season’s hottest ties for men. With almost every color in the rainbow, we have designer Daniel Dolce Silk Italian ties for an affordable price. Most of them are under $50 and sure to please: Black Polka Dot Tie, Golden Rod Tie, and more…

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Navy Dotted Silk Tie *Under $50*Navy Dotted Silk Tie *Under $50*

Tools

Every man needs a tool set or another tool to add to his already over-grown set. The good thing about tools is they can be passed down. They don’t go out of style, last a lifetime (or two), and are the perfect nostalgic, useful, masculine holiday gift.

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Bags from Duluth Trading Company

High end and moderate end, Duluth Trading Company gives us yet another impeccably made bag. The AWOL bag may not be cheap, but they use exquisite leather and precise stitching, ensuring this bag will last as long as your tool set.

AWOL Bag from Duluth Trading Company $225

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Music

And when all else fails, or even if it doesn’t, get your favorite bro some music. Give the gift of music “new-style” via itunes gift card or set him up with some vintage records from his favorite band, a vintage mix tape, or simply burn him a CD of your favorite tracks.

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What To Buy Your Lady For Christmas

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

 

 

There are certain staples that every woman wants for Christmas and yes, they fall in the general categories one might expect: jewelry, body care, clothing, make up, perfume, shoes, handbags, and specialty boutique items (i.e. knick knacks from her favorite store, thoughtful items, etc). Don’t fret gentlemen, Ms. Cufflink is here to help!

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Let’s start with her favorite beauty store, Sephora. The Deluxe Fragrance Sampler For Her $50 ($96 Value) From Sephora is perfect for an indecisive man AND woman. Basically you get a load of samples to test, try, and indulge in on your own time. It comes with a Full Size Perfume Voucher, so once you pick your favorite scent, simply take your voucher back to the store and pick up a full size bottle of perfume. Then you can make joint decisions together about your favorite “her” scent just for her.

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Too Faced Holiday Make Up Set

Too Faced Holiday Make Up Set from Sephora $50

A unique piece of jewelry from Etsy.com. There’s no point in burning money at Tiffany’s this season. Get her something different and original! Etsy is one of many cool websites to find trinket treasures at affordable costs. Here’s a sample photo of their “jewelry” page:

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Vintage/Handmade Jewelry from Etsy.com

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Bags, bags, bags…

For The Down to Earth Girl:

Messenger Bag, Canvas, Duluth Trading Company: $29Messenger Bag, Canvas, Duluth Trading Company: $29

For The Hipster/Cool Lady:

Ecote Around the World Backpack  $69.00 by Urban OutfittersEcote Around the World Backpack  $69.00 by Urban Outfitters

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And then maybe splurge a little on one of the hottest handbag designers, Michael Kors:

For the Luxurious Lady:

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A Holiday Dress! Getting her a dress to wear to a holiday party is thoughtful and shows her that you want her to feel sexy. Plus you get to show her what you think is sexy through style. Note: will look amazing with above Michael Kors bag…just sayin’

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Aqua Tiny Sequin Double V Dress Reg $138.00 Sale $96.60 , Bloomingdales

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