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What Julia Roberts Taught Me about Dealing with Rude Customer Service

At age 12, I watched <i>Pretty Woman</i> and realised two things: Men with white hair were not necessarily old, and salespeople could be mean to you, just …

Customer Service

Your WhatsApp Chat Group Etiquette Guide

<i>We’d like to dedicate this guide to Emily Post, who would surely have something to say about our digital manners.</i><p>WhatsApp is wonderful. It simplifies …

WhatsApp

A Strategy to Split the Bill when You're Cursed with a Generous Friend

<b>PROBLEM:</b> I have a friend who always picks up the cheque, brushing it off with, “It’ll all even out eventually!” But this is not a friend I care to …

Hunger Strike

When a Preschool Teacher Hates You, There's Only One Option

<b>PROBLEM:</b> What do you do with the preschool teacher who doesn’t approve of you? Every time I’m the last parent to pick my son up, she’s waiting with …

Pre-school

A Public Display of Affection Problem: The Third Wheel's Perspective

<b>PROBLEM:</b> I have a friend in a new relationship, and she and her boyfriend take public displays of affection to a new level. When I’m out to dinner …

Relationships

Summiting a Favour: When a Friend Asks You to Do a Favour, then Ghosts

<b>PROBLEM…S:</b> I have less of a problem and more a series of problems, all the same: Lately, many people have been asking me to do a favour for them. …

Mind

Equal Parenting Isn't a Given, Even if You Have an Equal Relationship

I had the perfect post-feminist life. My husband and I did not “do” gender in our equal relationship. He cooked. I washed up. We worked. He …

Parenting

How to Escape the Social Media Echo Chamber

<i>Does it seem like you’re only hearing and seeing what Facebook wants you to? You are. But here’s your breakout plan.</i><p>Human beings crave acceptance, …

National Academy of Sciences

Are the Celebrity Moms Breastfeeding on Social Media Helping?

If you follow any global female celebrity Instagram accounts, you’ve probably been subjected to the sight of a few boobs recently. No, not in the …

Breast Feeding

The Swaddle Team Tackles Romantic Nicknames in This Week's FWP

<b>PROBLEM:</b> I’m getting to know this sweet, warm guy, in a romantic context. He’s lovely, but has called me ‘sweetheart’, ‘baby’ and ‘babes.’ And last …

Love

Sleep Is Key for Women Returning to Work after Having a Baby

A new study out of the American Academy of Neurology sheds light on new parents’ sleep patterns — and on the obstacles faced by women returning to …

Babies

First World Problems: When You See Your Friend's Husband on Tinder

<b>PROBLEM:</b> Recently, on a dating site, a friend’s husband’s profile popped up on my screen. I quickly swiped left but now I’m wondering if I should …

Relationships

Epic Reactions to the New Maternity Benefits Act

India’s new Maternity Benefits Act was passed last week, establishing six months of maternity leave for biological mothers of first and second …

Pregnancy

Kids Feel Their Parents' Digital Distraction

We’re distracted. Not by work, chores, or social lives, as perhaps our parents might have been when we were young, but by something more insidious …

Parenting

FWP: Dealing With Judgmental People

<b>PROBLEM:</b> I’ve got a friend with major elevator eyes. Every time we meet, she looks me up and down, and then makes a comment about something I’m …

Relationships

An Analysis of The Baby Bump, and Other Pregnancy Euphemisms

A few weeks ago, Amal Clooney, international human rights lawyer and all-round badass, stepped up to give up a speech at the United Nations about …

FWP: Why Did She Unfollow Me on Instagram?

<b>PROBLEM:</b> A friend of mine has recently shut me out on social media. We’re still friends on Facebook, cordial whenever we speak and we never really …

Social Media

Why More Divorce in India Isn't a Bad Thing

Divorce in India has been historically rare; until recently, only 13 in 1,000 marriages in India ended in divorce – little more than 1%. But a few …

Divorce

10 Bollywood Family Movies and What They Taught Us about Parenting

Whether it’s the fact that dancing will solve everything, or that a life without exotic locales is worth nothing, Bollywood has the right messages to …

Parenting

One Woman's Ode to the Cricket IPL Season

Indian Premier League fever is in the air and I don’t know about you, but I am infected. From skipping out on dinner with non-cricket watchers to …

Cricket

One More Lady-Aimed Government Idea that Won't Work

Maharashtra’s Public Accounts Committee on Saturday recommended making a sex determination test during pregnancy mandatory, signalling a possible …

Gender

Best Wine for Indian Food and More: A 7-Day Wine Forecast

<i>An expert’s tips on the best wine for Indian food and more</i><p>We all know the basics: pair red wine with red meat, and white wine with seafood. But what …

Food (India)

Lying at Work Is Something We All Do, All the Time

You lie once every three and a half minutes. If you’re shaking your head to that, well – you better restart the clock. Research by Paul Ekman, PhD, …

Psychology

The Invisibility of Women Starts in Their 30s

“I feel invisible now,” a friend recently said. She will be 30 in a month. “The other day, someone made kissy noises at me in the street and five …

Feud: Bette and Joan

How to Plate Food at Home like a Top Chef

With the introduction of <i>Masterchef</i> to our lives a few years ago, came a new interest in food, cooking and plating. A home-cooked meal that looked (if …

Top Chef

'13 Reasons Why': Good Show, Missed Opportunity

Everyone is talking about the Netflix show <i>13 Reasons Why</i> — parents, kids, schools. There has been a lot of controversy around the show because of its …

Teens

Cindy Gallop Talks About Sexual Values

Cindy Gallop’s experience dating younger men, specifically men in their 20s, brought her face to face with “the real ramifications of the increasing …

The Cult of the Mango: Take a Deep Sniff and Say 'Aammmm'

My husband comes home and finds me and Ochoa eating mango slices from a plate in front of us. His face drops.<p>“Why are you eating mangoes like …

Mango

Hosting a Party at Home? Try These Quick-and-Dirty Tips

Most of us don’t dream of being the Hostess with the Mostest. Most of us are OK with having a few bottles of wine on hand and a couple of great …

Fashion (India)

Where Are India's Parenting Role Models?

I was recently watching an episode of <i>Modern Family</i> -– the one in which Claire is at the airport and is trying to reach out to her daughter Haley via …

Parenting