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Most People Stop Making Friends As They Get Older

It ruins dating prospects, it kills marriages and families, and destroys mental health - most people stop making friends as they get older.Photo by Helena Lopes via PexelsBut they really shouldn't.Defining the problemI have been in a lot of conversations with people who are trying to find their life partner, expressing their desire to marry their best friend. However I am always quite fascinated by the answer to the question, "Would you date any of your friends?". Many people say no. This is a blocking paradox - you want to marry your best friend, but you don't want to date ...

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7 Great Shows For Toddlers That I’m Grateful For As A Parent

7 Great Shows For Toddlers That I'm Grateful For As A Parent

It's an amazing time to be a parent, but with so much content it can be hard to find the good ones. Here are 7 great shows for toddlers that I'm grateful for.Source: NickelodeonIt's a whole new age of entertainment. Where once research groups, school bodies and concerned parents could definitely have been seen to be right in thinking that too much TV would rot a child's brain, we live in a bold new world.For one thing, all our media is now available via Over The Top (OTT) delivery means, which in short means we don't have to sit through ...

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Is It Harder To Date As A Christian?

Is the faith factor playing against your love life? Let's have a look at whether or not it is harder to date as a Christian.Photo by Jep Gambardella via PEXELSDating can be really, really easy for some people. They meet someone, a week later they are already in the "hanging out" phase, and then six months later there's a ring or two involved. I've known quite a few couples in this boat where things have gone exactly like this and they're still doing really well years later.These are probably the few people who everyone wants to be like. Unfortunately, these ...

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What The War In Ukraine Teaches Me About Humanity

What The War In Ukraine Teaches Me About Humanity

War is terrible, and unfortunately a great revealer. Here are 5 things the war in Ukraine teaches me about humanity.Source: WIREDLike most of us, February 24 2022 rolled around and I found myself checking my phone every few minutes of every day to see what on earth was happening in my lifetime. It marked the beginning of the "special military operation" (Russia's words) by the Russian Federation into the nation of Ukraine. President Putin had been repeatedly demanding his issues of NATO be resolved, and launched a sudden campaign to "denazify" Ukraine and free the eastern self-proclaimed (ish?) republics in ...

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Elden Ring is Brilliantly Awful (Or Is It Awfully Brilliant?)

Elden Ring is brilliantly awful. It's the best worst game, and the worst best game, I've ever played. Here's my spoiler free review of the biggest game of the year.My super awesome Confessor and that giant treeLike many people, I saw all the ads for Elden Ring. Every game and technology store had a huge poster out the front. Game sites were going nuts about it. People playing the closed beta/network test loved it. And it launched on Steam to absolutely ridiculous success, having the sixth highest number of players.I've never really enjoyed any of the Souls' series of games, ...

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To The Man Who Wants To Be The Head of the House

Are your words demanding something that your life isn't? To the man who wants to be the head of the house...Photo by Kindel Media from PexelsI'm always fascinated by common patterns and trends in human relationships. Maybe underneath my IT, technology focused veneer and career is an anthropologist lying in wait. But I find myself so interested in statements that get repeated in or about relationships, as well as paradigms that drive people together or tear them apart.Some common phrases I've explored in the past include "I'm too busy for a relationship", "I'm not ready for a relationship", "nobody is good enough for ...

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The Stupidest Thing I Did During the Pandemic (Reading Too Much Media)

I've done some stupid things, but this is one of the stupidest. Like many people, I found myself consuming and reading too much media.Photo by Karolina Grabowska from PexelsThe COVID pandemic has been one of the generation defining events of our time (although the Russia-Ukranian invasion is definitely up there). Millions of people died, international travel stopped, domestic travel was restricted, people were sealed in their houses, vaccines were mandatory, and the impact on world economies is still not yet known.At the time of writing, the CEO of Moderna has indicated the belief that 2022 is the year for COVID to become endemic, ...

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Who Are We Letting Teach Us About Sex?

It could be porn, movies, ancient books, activists or specific people - who are we letting teach us about sex? Photo by Katerina Holmes from PexelsMature written content warning.I've been on a real 90s NBC sitcom kick recently. More specifically, I was on a kick of the original run of Saved by The Bell, into the more adult themed The College Years, and now back into good ol' Fresh Prince of Belair. The hair was crazy, the fashion was outrageous, and the super overt life lesson per episode cringe was in full swing.Last night I rewatched an episode where 13 year old Ashley ...

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You Can't Refuse To Change And Stay Happily Married

I've learned that you can't refuse to change and stay happily married. But change is much more easily said than done.Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels"You're not coming into the bed like that, are you?", she asked.Oh boy. This was the start of our new life together. On our honeymoon no less."Um, I was planning on it... how come?". Have I already blown it? What could possibly be wrong... unless... oh no."You're going to bring all that dirt on to the clean sheets. You should have a shower first".Oh, not quite what I may have been worried about. But, I was a bit ...

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It's Easy To Be An Absentee Father, Be A Dad Who Stays

I've learned it's really easy to become an absentee father, but if you can be a dad who stays, you can make a profound difference.Photo by Josh Willink from Pexels (and #DadGoals)I recently went back through time and revisited my My Top 10 Favourite Movies Ever. Even decades after watching it, one of my favourites is the hit 1997 Jim Carrey film Liar Liar. It's about a divorced dad who continually lets his son down with empty promises to the point that his son makes a birthday wish meaning Jim's character can't lie for 24 hours.Hilarious in practice, but it is kinda ...

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