Everyone is Talking
About the heat dome.
Why do I care?
Triple-digit heat is no joke. Temps over 100 degrees have been plaguing the mid-western United States this past week and will move into the eastern states this weekend into next week.
Tell me more.
If you’re in the mid-west, you’ve been enduring triple-digit heat already, if you’re on the east coast, get ready to sweat this weekend when it reaches those stifling numbers in your area. Today, a warning was released to 26 states stating Saturday would be the peak of the heat. It’s important to be mindful of staying hydrated, keeping those times outside limited at the peak of the heat during the day, and watching out for our elderly and children who can be even more adversely affected. An added issue to the heat are the thunderstorms it will bring, so carry your umbrellas on outings. If you’re interested in what exactly a “Heat Dome” is, check out this explanation.
That’s What She Said
Acting nice, for girls, according to Laura Clydesdale of the blog LeadUp, ‘is no good at all’. She says in a recent post, “Unfortunately, “acting nice”, being “liked by others” and “acting humble” can be so important to girls that they can take it too far, and it ends up getting in the way of their true leadership potential.” She shares a story about a conflict between her daughter and a friend where there were hurt feelings. Her daughter, to avoid conflict and to be ‘nice’ didn’t discuss the issue with her friend, which Laura found problematic. She cites the confusing messages that girls often get relayed in The Triple Bind, a book by clinical Psychologist Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, and how these messages shape their conflict resolution strategies. Messages like:
- Be confident, but not conceited
- Be smart, but no one likes a know-it-all
- Ambition is good, but trying too hard is bad
- Be assertive, but only if it doesn’t upset anyone else.
She says, “to conform to this tall bar of expectations, girls can distort themselves.” So how do we raise our girls to be confident? Dr. Hinshaw offers some solid tips for helping our girls along, like:
- Let your daughter know disagreement is OK. If they can become comfortable with disagreement, it will serve them and their relationships better in the long run.
- Keep apologies real. Work on eliminating those apologies that come from habit versus a real need to apologize. Apologizing for asking a question, for example, is unneccessary.
- Prepare her with direct and clear language skills. Our girls are defaulting to indirect, apologetic communications. Teach them to be direct and confident.
Let’s get ‘veggie with it’. See what we did there? It’s ok, you can ignore our attempt at humor and move on to these delish vegetable-based recipes.
- Shrimp and Asparagus Stir Fry for under 300 calories? Yes, please!
- Cheesy Zucchini Sticks. Totally healthy, we swear.
- Honey Garlic Baked Cauliflower. Savory, spicy and sweet. Super easy. Super YUM.
Life imposes things on you that you can’t control, but you still have the choice of how you’re going to live through this. -Celine Dion, still rocks our world with her songs and her perspective.
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