Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Fast Tracked to Obesity?

I was on the train home from university yesterday and I was reading the paper (I know, I'm pretty sophisticated aren't I?) when I read an article about a bomb proof watch. This got me thinking, who needs a bomb proof watch?? I know that if I was caught in an explosion the last thing on my mind would be if my watch worked or not. Bomb proofing isn't the only thing that watches have that I believe aren't really needed,  another example is how far underwater they can go. This seems to be a key factor for watches, you can go 500 meters, 600 meters, 700 meters underwater, honestly if I'm any more than 3 meters underwater, I'm probably drowning and I'm not going to care if my watch has stopped working.
It seems our society is reaching a point where we have covered all the necessary requirements for our everyday needs and are now forced to thing of ridiculous attachments for everything. And if it's not the accessories it's the products themselves. For example the "revolutionary" Google Glasses, I personally can't decide if they will be a good thing or lead us to be like the people from Wall-e (for those of you who haven't seen this movie, Google it). Is this what our society is doomed for? Are we on an uncontrollable journey of laziness and fast foods that will inevitably land us on the fast track to a culture of obesity and heart attacks?
We can't know for sure, but what we can do is try and change our ways before it's to late. Teach the younger generation that going outside is a good thing, send the kids to the park to kick a ball rather than sit them in front of the T.V. (the T.V is not a suitable babysitter). If you're out and want a quick bite to eat, get sushi or a salad or a sandwich from a bakery rather than MacDonalds or KFC or Take-away pizza.
I don't want this to come across as a rant, but more of a raise awareness for a healthy future! If you are gaining weight and don't know why, look at your food choices and how much you exercise, it's amazing the results you can see by a slight change of diet (no I'm not saying you can eat whatever you want because you had a diet coke) I'm also not saying you need to starve yourself, quiet the opposite! have 3 good healthy meals a day and watch the changes! It's up to us to teach the future generation how to act, and remember the best way to teach someone something is to show them how to do it!

Monday, 18 March 2013

My Dog's Dog

This is rocket. He is a Corgi-Border Collie-Blue Heeler cross. Or as the family refers to him, a Blue Borgi, and he is most defiantly Dad's dog. He won't do anything unless dad has come to see him in the morning, he will even ignore the rest of the family if dad is in the same room.
Eventually we decided it was time to get another dog. Well it was actually very spontaneous. One afternoon dad decided to go look at puppies, he claims it was for fun. That night I get a text saying "we have a new member of the family." Considering my mum hadn't shown any signs of pregnancy over the last nine months I had to assume we got a new puppy, I was right.
Meet Hudson, a pure bred Corgi cross eating machine. He will literally chew anything that is around his mouth, from food to the wall. Despite his obsession with food and chewing anything he can, he is a great family dog, calm quiet and absolutely adorable. And best of all he didn't seem to favour one person above the rest, which I thought was a bit strange because most dogs will favour the alpha male.
This started me thinking, who's dog is Hudson, who has his undying loyalty. I hoped it was going to be me and my theory that I am the true alpha male in a family dominated by males would be proven to be true. Unfortunately he didn't seem to listen to me any more than the rest of the family, especially not like rocket listens to dad. So I started to watch his behaviour more closely, trying to unravel the blank stare that led to the inner parts of his mind, you know the one that tells him it would be a great idea to chew apart the wall. That's when it hit me, Hudson was rockets dog.
It made perfect sense! He follows him everywhere, he would wait for rockets permission before doing anything, whenever Rocket barked Hudson would understand and listen. I realised that we have bought a dog for our dog.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Middle Child Syndrome (MCS)

Are you the second born in a family of three children? Are you one of the other two and wonder why your sibling is different? Perhaps they are suffering from MCS or as the profesionals refer to it as, Middle Child Syndrome!

Middle Child Syndrome. The disease of the second born child. Well it's not an official disease, but many children claim to have MCS. What is Middle Child Syndrome I hear you ask? Good question! MCS is when a child is the second born out of 3 and they feel neglected, this is usually due to the fact that the older child is so devilishly handsome and oh so talented (for those wondering, yes I am an older child) and the youngest is the baby of the family so gets away with things the other 2 children usually wouldn't be able to. Statistics say 1 in every 3 children per family have MCS.

Now don't get me wrong it's not that I think there isn't such a thing as MCS, but I get neglected just as much as my other brothers do. My parents like to make things equal in our house, in fact I think they are a little biased against me. I had to wait until I was 12 to get my first ipod, yet my brother got his the same year, at the tender young age of 9. This doesn't seem like neglecting the middle child! I'm sure every family is different, but if the middle children stop feeling sorry for themselves and start thinking instead about all the good things they have in life then maybe the middle child syndrome wouldn't be a problem any more.

For all we know it isn't the children's fault for having MCS but rather the parents fault. Some people out there are just bad parents, if you really treat your children so differently that you buy a car for your oldest and youngest but not your middle child (yes there was a case that this happened) then there is something seriously wrong with your parenting! But for the rest of the parents out there, maybe you need to pay closer attention to how you treat your children.

Another theory of mine relates MCS to the actual physical age gap. For example, if the eldest was old enough to go out clubbing and parting, the youngest was still in primary school and the middle child was in high school having to study every night of course we will feel neglected and left out!! However this does not mean he has a disease, this just means he is the same as every other highschooler out there who has to stay in and study every night.

In conclusion, we shouldn't be labelling children with made up diseases! After all there is always the possibility that the middle child only has MCS because you say they have MCS!