Go Visit Your Mom, It’ll Make Her Live Longer

Has your mom ever told you it “kills her” that you don’t visit as much as she wants? Well, she could be right.

For me, visiting my mom is not a nuisance, she’s one of my best friends and the advice I get from her is second to none. But I also understand that some people find it hard to spend prolonged periods of time with their loved ones.

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However, a new study indicates that even if you don’t love going to see your mom, it might be worth it to suck it up so she lives longer!

It’s already been documented that a relationship between grandparents and grandkids is healthier for everyone.

“We found that an emotionally close grandparent-adult grandchild relationship was associated with fewer symptoms of depression for both generations,” said Sara M. Moorman, an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and the Institute on Aging at Boston College. “The greater emotional support grandparents and adult grandchildren received from one another, the better their psychological health.”

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It also benefits the grandparents as well! The study found that grandparents who gave (and received) tangible support like rides to the store, help with chores, or money when things get tight, experienced fewer symptoms of depression over time.

“Studies have shown [loneliness is associated] with higher blood pressure, with nursing home admissions, with risky health behaviors like inactivity and smoking, and with dementia,” research from the New York Times states.

But what does this new study say about spending time with your mom?

The Time My Mom Literally Bailed Me Out Of Hell

I moved in with my mom was I was 16 years old. Up to that point I had only spent time with her during summer breaks from school. It was definitly a learning experience for me, because, at my dad’s house, it had been a very standard life dynamic. Work and school during the day, homework, extra-curricular activities, dinner and bedtime in the evening. My dad was always home for those.

At my mom’s house, she had to work two jobs in order to put food on the table for me and her, and she was gone a lot, especially at night. It gave me a lot of freedom to do what I wanted, and for the first year I was able to manage my life like a responsible teenager. But when I was 17, I was badly injured playing basketball, and my entire life changed forever.

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After the injury, my life spiraled completely out of control, and I fell into drugs, drug dealing, and eventually found myself joining a gang. I won’t get into the details of what happened during the next eight years, but suffice it to say, I wound up in a maximum security jail cell, awaiting a potential lengthy prison sentence.

The district attorney didn’t want me to be released on bail, and before they would even consider it, they needed someone to step in to guarentee my bail, and put up a $40,000 bond.

I found myself in a position where I had to make a choice: I could either attempt to make some changes in my life, or I could keep doing the stupid crap that I was doing, and end up costing my mom $40,000 that she didn’t have. And trust me, my mom wasn’t messing around. If I screwed up even a little bit, my mom wouldn’t hesitate to throw me back to the wolves.

How To Get Pouting Children Into Bed Without A Hassle

We’ve all had the misfortune of trying to get a small (often disagreeable) child to go to bed, often with a lot of screaming and tears, not to mention the child.

Even though kids get cranky when they are tired, they don’t seem to ever want to go to sleep! It’s a constant headache for caregivers, and I’m sure you have tried everything from bribery, to time-out threats, and even begging.

What you really need to do is understand why children resist their bedtime, and solve those problems with gentle but firm rules.

Don’t be surprised when they say “never” with a giggle! Keep in mind that most children need nine to 11 hours of sleep each night, and use a picture of a clock to pick out the best time together, so they feel like they have helped make the decision!

This is tricky when your week starts to get hectic, but the best way to ensure they are ready to fall asleep when their bedtime arrives is to stay regular.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a TV, phone, or tablet, as all of them affect your child’s hormonal balance.

Even half an hour of screen time will keep your child up for another two hours!

But how do you create the perfect environment for sleep?

Kate Middleton Showed Her Mom Skills With Some Quick Thinking

Whether you’re taking your kid to school or out doing some shopping, any mom can recognize the signs of a child in need. So even during a royal visit, Kate Middleton takes time out of her day to make sure a little one is okay.

Expecting her third baby in April, the Duchess of Cambridge came across a young boy who looked sick when she and Prince William were visiting Coventry.

That’s when she immediately sprung into action.

20 Times Parents Were Just Too Pure For The Modern World

The technological world has advanced so quickly that everyone is having to learn and adapt on the fly, including our parents. I see my own mom and dad rocking out, each with their own iPhone. Most people prefer to text message each other as opposed to calling, and it can lead to some amazingly hilarious results, especially when it comes to our parents. Whether it be the dreaded auto-correct, or a misunderstanding of acronyms, sometimes you end up reading something you will never forget.  

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That’s a creative way to set expectations.

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This is just amazing on so many levels. Next time your mom makes fun of you because you cant find something, remind her of this one.

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Sometimes it isn’t the parents who make the mistake, but they sure can fire back with their own zingers.

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Was mom drinking when she was sending these messages?

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Be reasonable, we have all done something similar to this.

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Remember when you were young and you pretended like your parents had obviously never had sex?

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The almighty auto-correct strikes again.

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This is far too much information.

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I feel like this is the type of dad that I will end up becoming.

The text fails get even better from here…

‘The Ellen Show’ Premieres “Thank You, Mom” Campaign And It Will Tug At Your Heartstrings

It’s that time of year again, when brands launch campaigns that toy with our emotions and leave us feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.

Procter & Gamble (P&G), the company behind brands like Herbal Essences, Crest and Olay, stayed true to its annual tradition of creating an ad campaign that pays tribute to the supportive mothers behind athletes’ success.

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The new “Thank You, Mom” ad is just the latest installment in a series of award-winning campaigns that the brand has been creating since 2010.

Check out last year’s ad for the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics:

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Now, with a 100 days remaining until the 2018 Winter Olympic Games take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, P&G is once again pulling at our heartstrings with the recent “Love Over Bias” campaign.

You might want to grab some tissues before you start watching.

What This Viral Facebook Post Can Teach Us About The Sacrifices Parents Make

As a kid you don’t notice the fine details of life. When I was young all I had to do was go to school, do my homework and help out around the house, everything else was either done for me or provided to me by my parents.

My mom has been a waitress and bartender for nearly 40 years. When I was a teenager she would work the mornings at a breakfast restaurant, come home and catch some sleep before heading off to bartend overnight. She never complained, never made excuses, never blamed me for how hard she had to work. We didn’t have a lot, but we had enough and I never truly looked at the why or the how.  

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Now that I am the father to four beautiful little girls I can fully comprehend what my mother went through, mind you I am not a single parent like my mother was.