All blonde jokes aside, Rose-Marie Jarvis of Goody hair conducted a survey of over 3000 participants and found that blondes engage in their beauty routines an average of 72 minutes a day, six minutes longer than brunettes. This means blondes spend 22 days a year getting ready, compared to 19 days for those lagging behind brunettes. It appears that blondes have to work harder to get that same light hair shine as brunettes already possess. And all that time spent on getting ready seems to make blondes feel more confident, leading to more fun!
Now, you know why the blonde woman in your life, the blonde dorm roommate or friend is making you late!
The survey also found that blonde men tend to like blond women, and brunette men prefer brunette women. When it comes to attraction in terms of hair color, like attracts like.
It’s also true that if you hung around a certain hair color type growing up and had good experiences with that hair type, you will be attracted to that hair color as an adult. And say, the blonde bully picked on you in middle school, you probably won’t be attracted to that blonde drummer in the band. It’s too much of a reminder.
Like attracts like, but here is where the differences come in to play. When brunettes first meet other people, they are perceived as being smarter than blondes (Think of all the dumb blonde jokes). Furthermore, men, in London, are more attracted to brunettes. If you are thinking, this is just not fair, go ahead and die your hair blonde and move to another country.
The researchers also found that blondes go on more dates and feel more confident and youthful. Overall, blondes are perceived to be more attractive and even do better at getting tips as waitresses. [2
Hmmmmm…….Blondes just might have more fun, or least get better tips!
 Lynn, M. (2009) Determinants and consequences of female attractiveness and sexiness: Realistic tests with restaurant waitresses. Arch Sex Behav, 38(5). 737-45.
 The Telegraph. Tuesday September 2013 Retrieved on-line from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6268201/Blondes-take-longer-than-brunettes-to-get-ready.html
With all the shootings in recent years, people are thinking of how they might respond to such an horrific event. Here is some help from law enforcement. Praying that none of you are ever in a position to have to use this information, but we should think about how to respond.
Law enforcement has identified 5 stages that a mass shooter goes through before he completes the act:
1) Fantasy stage—He is daydreaming about the killings, idolizing other shooters, thinking about the news coverage and how he will be remembered.
2) Planning stage—This is when he decides who and how to kill and may talk about his plans. This is a key step in prevention. If you hear anything that sounds disturbing, report it.
3) Preparation stage-He gets the weapons and practices using them.
4) Approach stage—He walks or drives by the targeted area with weapons in hand. If you notice this, call the police or 911 immediately.
5) Implementation stage—He starts the the action and prevention is too late.
If you are in the area of the shooting, law enforcement recommends you:
1) Run and try to escape if that is possible. Several people were able to do this at Virginia Tech and the movie shootings.
2) Hide, if you can’t run. Be quick and quiet, turn out lights, lock doors, silence phone including vibration. Some people suggest you play dead if you are in sight on the shooter.
3) Fight and try to disarm and take down the shooter if you are in the line of attack.
I wish we didn’t have to have a blog like this. Praying for the families who have again, lost loved ones.
Source: Washington County Sheriff’s Office
To my dismay, I feel like I have written some version of this blog too many times. I fear if won’t be the last time.
Whenever there is a mass shooting, we try to understand what happened in order to prevent this again. In terms of the mental health, this may be helpful:
A compilation of signs to look for in order to prevent include:
1) The gunman is usually on some search for significance and recognition. He may fantasize being the star of his movie, going down with guns a blazing and ending in suicide.
2) Usually these are intelligent, high-performing males who are viewed by others as weaker or a loser in some way.
3) Rejection seems to play a factor and that rejection is fixed upon and takes on a great importance because of the symptoms of mental illness also present.
4) Rather than being loners, these males appear more like failed joiners.
5) Daily living is filled with friction and being unsettled.
6) Signs of mental illness can include sleep changes, mood and appetite changes with mood swings and explosive behavior.
7) Young adulthood is also the time of the onset of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder and other mental disorders as the person is on his own, trying to negotiate life with poor coping skills.
Why don’t we prevent more of these attacks?
1) People deal with these men a few hours of the day and often don’t see the pattern of their lives.
2) Infractions may not be documented so they don’t register as questionable.
3) Even though these males often telegraph their intentions, peers don’t report for fear of getting them in trouble or it doesn’t register as being a real threat. It isn’t until later that the signs make sense.
Prevention tips from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office:
1) Report suspicious behavior. The shooter told someone in most of the cases.
2) Notice if violence is used as a way to solve problems
3) Notice if the person changes into an angry person.
Tomorrow’s Blog: 5 Stages of a Shooting Identified by Law Enforcement and How to Respond
“Mom, I need a drink. Can you read to me? How about a snack?”
We’ve all heard our children’s pleas to stay up longer at night. They beg, distract, tell is loving things and want to talk when bedtime is looming. But not giving in to those adorable requests could be a boost to their brains!
In fact, consistent bedtime raised the scores on cognitive tests for 7-year-olds who were put to bed on time when they were age 3 (University College London). Overall, when kids don’t get enough sleep, it hurts their academic performance and overall health. The important finding of the study wasn’t whether or not the bedtime was early or late, but that it was CONSISTENT. Regular bedtime was the key.
Inconsistent bedtime has to do with circadian disruption, which may affect brain plasticity at this critical age of development. So sleep specialists are right when they tell us to shoot for a regular bedtime.
That means, 15 minutes before bedtime, get all the drinks, snacks and potty time out of the way in order to have a pre-bedtime routine to help transition children to sleep. On weekends and in the summer, maybe an hour later is OK, but keep the time the same. Apparently, our internal clocks like consistency.