Should People Have Large Families in Today’s World?

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Should People Have Large Families in Today’s World?

People wonder today if it’s a good time to have a large family. The world is a confusing place, perhaps now more than ever, but there are surprising benefits to having a large and happy family.

Large Families Can Be Fun

When you’re part of a large family, you can have a good time together. You’ll always have siblings that you get along with best, but all of you can enjoy each other’s company. Read more about babies and their families here.

In large families, meals are full of entertaining, lively conversation. You’ll rarely experience a dull moment. Although, honestly, you may wish for one now and then.

Handling Lots of Children

It is often said that it’s difficult to handle more children, but it depends on what age they are. Not all your children will be in diapers at the same time, and the older children can help you with the younger ones. Older siblings are calming influences if your youngest ones have nightmares.

Many hands tend to make lighter work of chores. You’ll have lots of helpers as your children grow. Not all children will be enthusiastic about helping, but you’ll be surprised at how many will be perfectly willing to help. They will take on more responsibility as they grow.

Families and Expenses

Many couples use the reasoning that they can’t afford a big family. Some of the expenses can be eliminated if you pass down clothing and toys. Children share many things with you, too, from bath water to household air conditioning and heating. Siblings often entertain each other, too, and you can get discounts for siblings at theme parks and other fun spots.

Children and Health

There are unexpected bonuses of having a large family. Siblings share germs when they are young, and that primes their immune systems. It provides them with some protection against conditions like eczema and hay fever. According to researchers quoted in The Telegraph UK, growing up with siblings also guards against some types of cancer and some food allergies. For some unknown reason, these immunities do not apply to children who spend time with others in day care, but only to siblings.

Other modern childhood “epidemics” like depression and obesity may be reduced by exposure to more siblings. They like to keep up with each other, and that may be why major studies have found that children with more siblings are thinner. They help each other burn off fat. With each sibling, a child will, on average, be nearly 15% less obese. Surprised? Read more facts in Redbook Magazine online.

Siblings Help Each Other

Regardless of the family background, children who have more siblings seem to have better overall mental health. This is a generalization, of course, but if you and your spouse divorce, or a parent dies, siblings can help each other to pick up the pieces and move on. Siblings are linked throughout life, not just when they are young.

Reports from scholars like King’s College, London research Professor Judy Dunn chip away at the old adage that the sizes of families are consequence free decisions. Children with siblings have been shown to have keener emotions and stronger “soft skills” than their single children counterparts. They will be more patient at waiting, and will hit milestones including talking and walking more quickly than children without stimulation by siblings.

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The Best Lies Told By Law Schools

in Uncategorized , by Jeff Nelson

staircase-flickr-grafikspamDon’t a ‘lie’ and ‘law school’ sound like an oxymoron? Who, of all people should be most honest? Lawyers, of course, and the schools that train them should not be tainted with lying. Why then, are there multiple blogs that encourage ‘would be’ students to not go to law school, telling them to run to any other profession if they want to be healthy and happy in life?

When high school students are looking at career fields, they generally look to careers that a close family member has or a career that sounds fun and exciting or a career that makes a lot of money. This last category has the job of ‘lawyer’ in it. Law schools are a business and they will draw young adults in however they can to support the school, pay the tuition that pays the professors and pays for a lot of other things for the University. But would they lie?

Law schools boast of high placement records and tell applicants they will be drowning in job opportunities when they graduate. They don’t talk about all of the lawyers who end up taking positions that are not in law firms but are in the oil field firms as ‘land men’ or in firms that search through old abstracts looking for mineral titles or even those that become history teachers. Why? There are not enough jobs out there for the thousands of graduates each year. The entry level positions can be more like law clerks, usually, and after graduates spend the time and money for the advance degree, they are not that excited about doing law clerking work.

Another bragging right is advertising average salaries a young lawyer will make coming out of law school.  If they are fortunate or blessed to be in a real law firm and allowed to work as a real lawyer, their bank accounts will have large deposits. The rest of the story is that their student loan debt could be over $200,000 with monthly payments quite high also.

Another lie is selling the idea that the years spent in law school will be the best years of their life. No doubt, there are many fun times with frat parties and the prestige of telling friends and family that one day, they will be a lawyer. However, it is tough just to make it into law school and the competition is fierce among classmates. GPAs need to be kept high as the higher the GPA, the better the placement will be for internships.

Certainly, it is an intellectually stimulating arena of study.  But with the federal and state laws dictating processes and procedures, one could think that law schools are simply putting out drones.

Do law schools lie?  There is certainly some half truths and ‘selling’ going on that involves rose colored glasses and hopeful statements. One needs to carefully look into the school with a critical eye and decide the amount of time and effort one wishes to expend in blood and treasure. Remember, there is a sucker born every minute!

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Hands-On Mechanical Hobbies: Guns And Gaskets

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Engine. Photo credit here.

Engine. Photo credit here.

Some of the most popular hobbies for guys (or girls) who like messing around with tools include gunsmithing and tinkering with cars. Both of these hands on hobbies also provide the opportunity to go pro which is why there are a number of top gunsmithing schools out there like Yavapai College in Arizona, Piedmont Technical College in South Carolina and Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado just to name a few. For those who get wired up about working on diesel engines you’ll find just as many diesel mechanic schools as well all over the country; both of these “hobbies” can actually lead to lucrative careers.


Professional gunsmiths start off as doing it for a hobby, many of whom move on to attend one of the top gunsmithing schools available in the country, start off practicing their trade on their own guns, moving on to other people’s to earn a living as they hone their craft from diligent practice and/or through education. Keep in mind, you don’t have to have years of experience to be considered a talented gunsmith; all you have to do is learn and complete basic armorers tasks (like assembling an AR15 rifle), have a passionate interest in increasing your knowledge of firearms, and/or have been seriously considering taking on gunsmithing as a hobby.

Attending one of the top gunsmithing schools in the country or devoting the time neccessary to increase your knowledge and understanding of firearms can be extremely rewarding as can understanding how they function and operate the way that the different versions do. For example, learning concepts like head spacing a firearm, which may elude some shooters, will become perfectly clear when you chamber a rifle.

Tinkering with Cars/Trucks and Diesel Engines

If you like tools, and tinkering with cars is for you you may want to check out these schools. Similar to gunsmithing, it’s a hands on experience and you’ll get to work with a multitude of specialized tools to accomplish different tasks. The repair, and even more fun, the restoration of vehicles isn’t a hobby that you’ll want to enter into lightly; you’ll want to consider checking out some diesel mechanic schools because there’s a lot to learn and you’ll need to be committed to the learning process for the long term. You’ll need to be ready to commit several months to fixing one vehicle and it’s also a good idea to build relationships with local mechanics, garage owners and auto dealers.

These kinds of contacts frequently have repair restoration projects of their own that they work on as a hobby and can provide insight into the long list of possible problems to look for. Even better, your connections can lead to resources for cheaper spare parts down the road.

Whether you’re into hands on mechanical hobbies that include gunsmithing or working on diesel engines you’ll love the feeling of pride you’ll eventually experience, and sense of accomplishment. Seeing the end results of your efforts is the most rewarding part of being an amateur diesel mechanic, car restoration fanatic or gunsmith. If you want to take either hobby seriously consider attending one of the top gunsmithing schools or diesel mechanic schools out there and make either a rewarding career.

Getting Good Jobs In Good Industries Without Going Broke

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books and binders victor1558 flickr“Is there a job waiting for me when I graduate next year?” This is the question that many graduating students of the class of 2014 are already asking themselves. It is just a few months before the New Year comes and with 2014 just around the corner, it is still a mystery what the job market has in store for fresh graduates.

There may be ongoing recovery in many economies, but the unemployment rate is still at record high. Majority of people are not at all optimistic about what the future will bring. Nevertheless, here are a couple of reasons not to be too pessimistic. There are two industries—law and medicine—that might have a few pleasant surprises. Current circumstances may be bleak and dreary, but come next year, there is good reason to believe that medicine and law will remain strong.

It is a given fact that people will always require medical attention due to various illnesses and medical conditions. Similarly, legal services will still be required as long as people will keep on finding reasons to sue each other. Medicine and law have managed to survive, thrive, and even grow no matter what the state of the economy is. They have remained stable and relatively well-paying industries that keep growing and evolving. For sure, the years of study and the high cost of education in Law and Medicine are huge hurdles. The academic requirements are highly specific and very technical. Moreover, not everyone is cut out from this cloth. There is no need to fret, however, because there are ways to go around these barricades.

There are positions within these two industries that do not require the level of education that doctors and lawyers and judges need to attain. In Law, some positions are available that do not require years of study and licensing examination. There are posts such as paralegals and legal secretaries. Think about it. If you become a lawyer, you will have a high salary, but you might have an equally high debt. If you are a paralegal, you can get a good enough monthly paycheck after studying for just two years.

If you opt for any of the low cost entry positions to become part of a high-paying industry such as law, then you are just one of the many people who are aspiring for a better job. If you opt to finish school to work as a paralegal, you need not worry about hundreds of thousands worth of student loans that lawyers end up having to pay for years and years. Some lawyers are even paying their student debts years into their legal practice.

In medicine, doctors are at the very top of the ladder. Like lawyers, the academic demand is very tedious. Doctors are the highest earners, but there are other positions within the industry that are open to people who need to study for a shorter period of time and complete a lesser academic load. There are registered nurses, LPNs, physician’s assistants, among others. Promotions and other significant gains can be had as well.

At present time, people are still very much concerned about the amount of money that they earn, but equal value is given to intangibles such as vacation time, relaxation, and a stress-free way of life. You can get into the field that you desire to be part of without having to spend so much time and money studying for the very top positions. Find out how you can earn a good living by being part of these industries.


The Anti-War Movement In The US: A Brief History

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The anti-war movement has been and is one of the most polarizing movements in the history of this great country. War brings a lot of emotion, and proud patriots who have fought for this country don’t want to see a bunch of people marching against what they have so valiantly defended. This clash creates a lot of friction. It has been one of the most controversial issues of our time outside of the civil rights campaigns. Where did this desire for peace begin? When was the first anti-war rally? Let’s dig into it a bit deeper.

In The Beginning…

The first real anti-war type group was called the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). This group, as you can probably guess, became infamous during the nuclear arms race in the late 1950’s and 1960’s. Disillusioned with President Kennedy, SANE took it upon themselves to be advocates for the reduction of nuclear arms wold wide. Soon after, college campuses took up this newly-minted liberal peace activism and formed a group called the Student Peace Union (SPU). Members were as varied as ever; from the halls of the law school to the liberal arts classes new recruits could be found. As Joseph McCarthy began sniffing out communists, all of the other similar groups on college campuses faded into the background and SPU emerged as one of the few remaining options. While SANE called for a reduction in nuclear weapons, SPU went a step further: total nuclear disarmament. As one can imagine, this didn’t sit well with many people who were afraid Russia was about to send a nuclear surprise to the United States at any point.

After the SANE and SPU, there were several other movements that were linked to or derived from the Civil Rights movement. People were starting to feel their personal power and getting excited that great change can happen if many people stand as one. Anyone with an idea and ambition could create a cause and go to work. Things got into full swing in 1965 when the United States began to bomb North Vietnam. SDS, or Students for a Democratic Society, began organizing massive marches at stations where troops were deployed in California to attempt to convey their massive disapproval and expand the scope of the protests onto a national level.

How Did It Gain Traction?

We all know how vehemently contested the Vietnam war was. It was due to, in part, these so-called democratic freedom or peace unions. As discontent with the war grew, people were looking for something to support that didn’t support the war. During this time, the anti-war movement grew by leaps and bounds. Some people, like Dr. Martin Luther King, openly expressed sympathy for the anti-war movement and spoke out against war on a moral basis. African Americans were rallied by Kings statements as well as the fact that a disproportionate number of them were dying in these wars when compared to whites Americans. This pushed the anti-war movement into a whole new realm and tied it tightly into the Civil Rights movement.

There have been many legal battles fought over the anti-war movement. More recently, in 2004, a carload of peaceful protestors was detained while going to an anti-war rally aimed at the Iraq war America had entered into a few years prior as a result of the terrorist attacks on 911. While many good lawyers and paralegals doing their best spent their days trying to counter the protestors arguments, in the end the protestors won out.