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These supposedly healthy exercises could be hindering your fitness goals. Here's why you should ditch three common culprits for more helpful exercise habits.You put in a lot of effort at the gym and want your hard work to pay off. But some exercise practices could actually be sabotaging your fitness goals. We spoke to fitness expert Brent Bishop about three common things people do to get fit, how they can backfire and what to do instead.
Why make Valentines Day all about romance when Galentines Day looks so much fun. These famous ladies have stood the test of time, talk about friendship goals!
Whether it's characters from your favourite TV series, movies or real life celebrity friends that you may stalk on social media, everyone feels for the bond that these pals share. Some started as frenemies, while others co-stars, but there's no question that these duos are amazing together!
1. Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams
You probably know this pair better as Laverne and Shirley from the 1970s sitcom hit. This duo were the original BFFs and roommates, making us all hope for the day we moved in with our best friends.
2. Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
Many friendships in Hollywood meet as co-stars and then become friends. For Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, their 40 years of friendship led them to starring in the Netflix comedy "Grace and Frankie" together.
3. Jennifer Aniston & Courteney Cox
From co-starring on one of the most notable sitcom series of the late 90s / early 2000s, to Jennifer spilling the details on babysitting Courteney's kids more than 20 years later, these girls have been besties ever since Friends and the world is so thankful.
4. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
This hilarious pair have been best friends since their early 20s and have gone on to star in movies together, present awards to each other and host the infamous Golden Globes together, more than once!
5. Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig
These SNL alumni are a gut-busting duo that truly screams girl power. After their SNL days, they reunited for the 2011 female-packed comedy hit "Bridesmaids," playing on-screen lifelong BFFS.
6. Cameron Diaz & Drew Barrymore
These "Charlie's Angels" co-stars still have a friendship that is going strong! Both in their 40s now, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore continue to be the closest of pals and have done countless interviews praising each other.
7. Gwenyth Paltrow & Beyonce
This friendship pairing might seem a little random, but the adorable duo met through their husbands and have been incredibly close ever since. Even now, their children have play dates and brunches together, which makes us a little jealous of a toddler's social life.
8. Ellen Pompeo & Sandra Oh
Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang have been friendship goals since Grey's Anatomy first premiered in 2005. The on-screen best friend pairing put any viewer through an emotional roller coaster, so it was the best to find out these women are friends in real life too!
9. Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss
With over 25 years of friendship under their designer belt, these infamous models could possibly be the most high-fashion friend pair in the industry. Can you say power pair?
10. The Taylor Swift "Squad"
It is no secret that Taylor Swift has created the #squadgoals for this generation, as their get togethers and outings are splashed across every social media platform you can think of. You know the models and singers that are friends with Swift, but her squad also consists of Lena Dunham, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Uzo Aduba, and Serena Williams!
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Many parents worry their divorce will negatively effect their children. However, one psychologist says divorce can have a positive impact on kids.
Your parents, a best friend, perhaps even yourself—most Canadians have had some experience with divorce. In 2008, Statistics Canada estimated that 41 percent of Canadian marriages would end in divorce before their 30th wedding anniversaries.
Despite this forecast, the actual number of divorces in Canada declined between 2007 and 2008—the most recent years studied by Statistics Canada—but the heartbreak that accompanies a divorce is still very real for many Canadian children. Thankfully, not all kids grow up to carry scars from their parents' split. Here are five positive life lessons children can learn following a divorce.
1. They become resilient and adaptable
For Gabrielle Domingues, a Toronto media specialist and married mother of two, her parents' divorce taught her how to roll with life's changes. "Divorce made me more adaptable to varying lifestyle situations," she says. "My dad lived in a different city for years, so I was more attuned to having more than one resting place with different people and things. That's a useful skill to have."
Dr. Lisa Ferrari, a Vancouver-based clinical psychologist, says Gabrielle's hunch is bang on. "A natural byproduct of going through divorce is that you are required to be more adaptive," she says. "You're in a situation where you have to develop coping strategies to deal with physical and psychological space transitions."
Often, children of divorce grow up having to develop coping strategies that their non-divorce counterparts wouldn't encounter until years later, if at all. "Having to overcome these obstacles and having to deal with change makes some children of divorce more resilient in life," says Dr. Ferrari.
2. They become more self-sufficient
Tara Richmond, a married mother to a six-year-old son and a marketing and media consultant in Collingwood, ON, found that her parents' divorce made her more confident in her own abilities. "Having a mother working full time after my parents' split taught me how to be more self-sufficient," she says. "I went home after school by myself and often started dinner. At age 11, I was doing laundry, and small grocery shops. I really relished my time alone at home. I got to know myself."
The new economic challenges that come with having a single-parent income often result in the child becoming more responsible for household chores. "It's logical that divorce offspring would view themselves as more self-sufficient, and see this strength as a positive outcome of their parents' divorce," says Dr. Ferrari.
3. They develop an increased sense of empathy toward others
A change in the family unit can make some children more sympathetic to the problems of others. "I think I am more accepting of people, their situations and circumstances," says Tara. "My parents were the first of my friends or family to get a divorce. It was 1980, so there was still a stigma."
Dr. Ferrari says that she sees this caring trait in the kids of divorce who frequent her practice. "When their peers have family problems, it's very relatable for them," she says. "I find that they can be quite empathetic."
4. The idea of marriage isn't taken for granted
"Coming from divorced parents, I have a heightened understanding to the stakes [in marriage], which hopefully makes me a more conscientious spouse," says Gabrielle. I feel a certain pride that my marriage is strong and happy when my parents' wasn't, like I'm succeeding where they didn't."
"I'm not surprised that's something Gabrielle's proud of," says Dr. Ferrari. "Even at a young age, kids want to create something different after they've experienced the hurt that comes from the separation of their parents. They say that they're going to do this better than their parents, or not do it at all. Gabrielle's doing it, and she's changing her history."
5. They learn more through quality time spent with each parent
Not all kids of divorce spend less time with their parents. "I got to know my parents on a different level by spending so much time with them individually," says Tara. "I think my relationship with each of them became closer and we learned a lot about each other."
Like Tara, the kids in Dr. Ferrari's practice often mention this plus. "The biggest positive I hear from the kids and see first hand is that they spend more time with dad, especially if their family structure was more traditional [pre-divorce]," she says. "When the parents move into a shared role, the kids find they get more time with their fathers."
While it's more common for a child, or adult, to recount negatives from their parents' divorce, Dr. Ferrari says that the legal community is adopting changes that suit the children's best interests. Hopefully, these adjustments will facilitate more positive outcomes. "We're moving towards alternate dispute resolution processes such as mediation, so parents can go through divorce without involving court," she says. "Engaging in co-parenting therapy lets mom and dad commit to parenting the kids the same way, despite no longer being married to one another. These changes are positive for kids."
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