Should Your Home Have One Or Two Incomes?

When men are wondering whether their wives should go back to work, they must remember that having two incomes in the home is more about what both partners want in the marriage. There are times when both partners want to be at work and making money. There are other times when one spouse would prefer not to work and take care of the kids. Also, there are times when one partner would prefer to work from home while the other is working outside of the house. There is more than one options for the family that chooses to have one or two incomes in the house.

Some people work in the house, and there are others that work outside the home. There is no one right way to do this, and many guys need to remember that their marriage is not like anyone else’s. These decisions are between a man and his and wife.

One Income

Traditionally, men worked outside of the house and women stayed at home with the children. This is still something that most people do in today’s society. However, the roles could be reversed if the woman makes more money or has a more promising career than the man. Men should not feel emasculated when their wives make more money than them. Plus, stay at home dads are all over the place. You would not be the first guy to stay home with the kids, and you would not be the last, either.

Two Incomes

Having both parents working outside of the house is completely fair when both are very interested in their careers and know that their kids are eventually going to move out. However, parents must consider what this means for scheduling, daycare and for their kids in general. The parents that work outside of the house should strive to get home at a reasonable hour and spend their weekends together as a family. This is a situation that works for many people when they build their schedule well.

Every man has a choice of where to work, whether or not to work and how much to work. Their wives also have that same choice. Both partners in a marriage should be able to pursue their passions ans do the things that they want to do. When one partner is stifling their creativity of passion for the other, that is not healthy.

Make a choice to have one or two incomes in the home, but make that choice with everyone’s feelings and desires in consideration. Once the couple has though through this decision, they can come to an agreement that supports the family, makes both of them happy and helps the kids to live normal lives.

Secret Benefits of Beards

Photo by Mike Mozart

Photo by Mike Mozart

Creating the illusion of a more youthful appearance may be a lot easier than most men think. Take a look at some of your buddies that have beards, then pay attention to how much older they look when they pick up the razor and shave it off. Every person is different of course, so the amount of youthfulness that can be obtained while wearing a beard varies from one man to the next. This is however just one of the beneficial reasons why more and more men are making the decision to start growing facial hair. Below is a list of some other benefits that will quickly have you thinking about growing a beard.

Your skin will be softer and smoother – The oil that is produced by the skin’s sebaceous glands is constantly at work fighting against dry skin. Not only does it help keep the skin adequately moisturized, but it also prevents redness and painful cracks that tend to form when the skin is dry. Men with thick beards benefit from an even higher level of protection because the oil is not as likely to be wiped away like it is with men that have no beard. Wind chafed skin is another issue that bearded men generally do not have to worry about.

Protection from the sun will keep you healthier – Most all of us enjoy the warmth of the sun while participating in many of the summer’s activities like swimming, water skiing, bike riding, and a ton of others. The downside to this is we also have to remember overexposure to the UV rays of the sun can cause serious and deadly diseases when the skin is not properly protected. Just by growing a beard, as much as 95% of these harmful rays are blocked, according to research performed by the University of Southern Queensland. This means cases involving cancers like basal-cell carcinomas can be reduced a great deal simply by growing a beard.

Harmful pollutants that can cause various sicknesses are blocked – Your nose is already designed in such a way that tons of allergens and harmful pollutants are stopped from entering your body. While they may not be able to stop all allergens, dust, and pollutants, the tiny hairs located in each nostril can stop many of them. Just imagine how a lot more can be stopped in men wearing beards. To truly reap the benefits, it is essential to clean the beard regularly.

You can say goodbye to acne, razor burn and other irritations related to shaving – Razor rash is an irritation of the skin that is widely known to be caused from shaving with a razor. This is not only extremely bothersome to most any man, but it can also be painful. Acne and inflammation of the hair follicles or folliculitis are a few other problems that are often caused from shaving. The great thing about beards is blemishes on the face aren’t just hidden, they are prevented from occurring in the first place.

When all of these benefits are taken into consideration, you have to admit, growing a beard can be advantageous for practically any man.

Baby-Proofing Your Child’s Environment

Children are amazing at finding forgotten items on the floor. While it’s great when they pick up that little screw that you need to put something back together, but it’s also dangerous because that little screw will immediately go into a mouth or up a nose. It’s vital to babyproof your house, and it’s not as overwhelming as you might think. The key is to start thinking like a child.

Take a Tour of the Home – On Your Knees
Everything you see around your home is at an adult’s level, but the view is entirely different from the floor. When you crawl around on the floor, you’ll see the world the way your son or daughter does. This is when you’ll realize that those elegant curtains that pool on the floor look like an inviting cave to hide in for children, and that can lead to accidents or even strangulation. It’s when you’ll start to understand why electrical outlets look like they might be fun to play with. As you go through the home and take in this new viewpoint, it will be easier to find and address different hazards.

Time to Consider Sharp Edges
The average home is full of hazards, and some only make themselves apparent after an accident. A simple wood coffee table looks innocent enough, but a toddler who falls at the right angle can hit his head and wind up with stitches. There are a few ways to address the problem of sharp angles on raised fireplace hearths and coffee tables. You can buy special padded bumpers that are cut to fit and stuck directly to the surface. There are also websites that sell padded table covers with elastic bases. The cloth softens the table edges while the elastic keeps it firmly on the table.

Handling the Stairs
Stairs are enough to give any parent of a crawling baby a heart attack. You have visions of your precious child falling down those stairs, and you’ll do anything to prevent that. Rather than pressure-mounted gates that can be pushed out of position by a determined toddler, opt for gates that screw into the wall. It’s a chance to use some power tools, and even the most creative toddler won’t be able to push it out of place.

What About the Bathroom?
You don’t want to consider the statistics on children drowning in the home. You just want to keep your little princess safe. The simplest solution is often the most effective. Buy childproof doorknob covers and put them on all of the bedroom and bathroom doors. Keep these doors closed when no one is in the rooms, especially the bathroom. This way, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of toilet lid locks.

Say Good-Bye to Clutter
The key to childproofing is diligence. Choking hazards are everywhere, and you’ll spent the better part of each day picking them up off the floor. It’s easier to spy items on the floor and get them up if you keep the house clean and free of clutter. You’ll also avoid the heartbreak of having your little baby break something that you really love.

When you head to the store, you’ll find a vast array of child-proofing gear. It’s all excellent for keeping your baby out of certain rooms and prevent them from playing with electrical outlets. However, there are other hazards lurking around the home. You may feel silly crawling around on your hands and knees, but it’s the best way to spy those long cords, unstable chairs and other hazards that our little guy is sure to find. After you’ve childproofed the home, you’ll be able to relax a little more and start really enjoying this amazing time.

Men Get Breast Cancer, Too

Breast cancer mainly afflicts women, but men are susceptible to tumors in their breasts, too. Although rare in men, breast cancer is often detected too late, decreasing chances for survival. The American Cancer Society predicts more than 2,300 cases of breast cancer in men in 2014 will result in more than 400 men dying. While these statistics pale in comparison to the number of women who will be diagnosed and die, it does represent an increase from 2013.

Why men develop breast cancer is not as understood as the disease’s development in women. Researchers acknowledge a predisposition to the disease in men is linked to aging and family history. Men can develop breast cancer at any age, but the disease appears to be mostly detected between the age of 60 and 70.

Men who have had their chest exposed to radiation also have an increased chance of developing breast cancer. Liver disorders and alcohol consumption also have been linked to breast cancer in men.
Perhaps the most common trait in men with breast cancer relates to the body’s production of hormones found in women. Whether it be estrogen-related drugs used to treat other types of cancer or the presence of a congenital condition where men are born with two X chromosomes, there are not enough case studies to help researchers pinpoint who is more likely to develop breast cancer. Even obesity, which affects hormone productivity, has been viewed as a culprit.

Detecting breast cancer in men can be easier than in women because the male breast is smaller and a tumor can be detected more readily. But because there is so little breast tissue, the tumor has the ability to spread faster to lymph nodes or other tissues before being detected. Also, many men are unaware of the risks or embarrassed to have symptoms checked.

Similar to women, early detection of breast cancer in men is crucial to treatment and survival. Some signs that men should not dismiss include redness on the skin and around the nipple, a discharge from the nipple and swelling in the breast area in the absence of pain. Lumps should not be overlooked. By the time breast cancer is diagnosed, aggressive treatment, including having the breast removed, might be the best course of action.

Other treatments include radiation, chemotherapy, surgery, hormone therapy or a combination of these treatments. But because of the disease’s rarity, most of the science community’s knowledge is based on how women with breast cancer are treated.

Following treatment, many are concerned about the cancer returning. Doctors might schedule lab tests and scans to closely monitor therapy and growth of cells in the breast. Side effects might linger for months. A swelling of the arm might occur because of the removal of lymph nodes allows fluid to build up.

Researchers remain dedicated to finding a cure. Clinical trials are ongoing and studies reveal a number of lifestyles that might contribute to the chance of breast cancer developing in men. Some studies even point to environmental issues that might be responsible.

Many of these studies remain in the early stages. Despite the rarity of the disease found in men, organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute have compiled information on detecting and treating breast cancer.

Hey, Dads! Your baby isn’t well!

Photo by Liza

Photo by Liza

There are some dads who are “babysitting” (How you can babysit your own child?) and are finding that it is an awesome responsibility. You are the person who now is obliged to shield your child from harm.

Illnesses: Dads can too handle a sick child!

Let’s talk about kids’ illnesses. Most fathers are distressed at the mere thought of taking his child to a physician, translating the problem with its solutions into English, and giving the child the right medicine at the proper time in the right dosage.

Recognize minor illnesses you can handle yourself. Most childhood illnesses are minor and don’t require a doctor (or, an emergency room!). Things like splinters you know you can handle. An accident on the playground that results in a broken arm, take right to the hospital’s ER.

You might not know it, but here are common illnesses you can treat at home. The website KidsHealth.org contains good children’s health information for the whole family. Here is a guide to three of them.

Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs). This disease sounds terrifying, but it is actually a very common viral illness that causes cold-like symptoms. The child may have a cough, a fever and a runny nose. Kids usually get better on their own. Flu vaccines do not help, by the way. If their fever gets worse, they seem to have croup or pneumonia, call your doctor and explain the symptoms.

Croup. Once you have heard a child with croup, the sound will stay with you forever. Croup inflames the voice box (larynx) and the windpipe. Kids are hoarse and have a barking cough. You can listen to here where you can listen to the sound of croup and read how to take care of your child. Croup is usually mild and can be treated at home. If they get worse, a trip to the ER is in order.

Dehydration. Sometimes, when children have fevers, vomit, sweat or have diarrhea,their fluid balance is upset and they can suffer from dehydration. It is important that you recognize the signs immediately and rehydrate the child.

Babies may not have tears when they cry, have a dry or sticky mouths or urinate very infrequently with darker urine. Young babies may show a sunken fontanelle, the soft spot. Dehydrated children are usually lethargic and irritable.

It is critical to rehydrate your child immediately. You can buy an oral rehydration solution (ORS) at the drug or grocery store. They contain recommended amounts of salts and sugars that replace the kind of fluid lost. Use the ORS over a 3 to 4 hour time frame, giving your child 1 or 2 teaspoons every few minutes with a spoon or oral syringe. This will add up to about a cup in an hour.

Get to know the lay of the land.

Know your child’s physician. Ideally, you should accompany your wife to several well-child appointments. You will get to know the doctor and she will get to know you. Also, your child will see you with the doctor and realize that you are working together.

Know which hospital and pharmacy to use. Know which your family uses and where it is. These institutions have your insurance information, know who your doctor is, and has records of all medications your child has taken, illnesses that have brought them to the hospital before. This can save you valuable time. Be certain not to leave home without your insurance cards!