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Parenting and Family Life

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People tend to become less involved with community work and social groups as they age, but those who were most active in their high school years are the most likely to stay engaged as they age, researchers say. (Community involvement, young people and older people and involvement.)
Intermediate
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Raw Deals for Dads
With more British men wanting to take an active role in raising their children, are workplaces preventing fathers from spending more time at home, asks an inquiry launched on Monday, with men's rights groups calling for a "childcare revolution". (Dads and dads' rights, parenting and the workplace.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Teen Childbirth a Deterrent
Girls whose friends have experienced teen childbirth are less likely to get pregnant themselves, a new study suggests. (Teenage pregnancy, speed reading, should and sharing information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Sleep Updates
Updated sleep recommendations for children and teens point to the benefits of getting enough sleep and the dangers of getting too little. “At least 25 percent of 12-year-olds get less than the recommended nine hours of sleep per night and there is increasing evidence that this impacts learning and memory..." (Sleep, children and young people, writing recommendations and advice.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Best Sleep
Many parents have only a poor understanding of how much sleep their children need, a New Zealand study found. (Sleep, children, discussion.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Superdads
Chung Sang-hoon, 34, is at home with his two small children. Chung, a salesman, took a year of paternity leave from his job in a big foreign company. Before now very few men took paternity leave. Now dads taking paternity leave is more common in South Korea. (skimming, scanning, understanding text organization)
Pre-Intermediate
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Grandparent Childcare
Ock Mi-eun has been taking care of her grandson since he was born two years ago so that her daughter could return to work. It is not unusual for South Koreans to pay their parents to take care of their children. But the number doing so is on the rise.(Families, childcare, grandparents, aging populations, conjunctions.)
Intermediate
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Children Cut Things Closer
Children may cut things closer than their parents realize when it comes to guessing how far cars are from an intersection or how long it takes to safely reach the other side, a small study suggests. (Traffic safety and children.)
Upper-Intermediate
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NOPE
The desperate cry of a mother finding her 17-year-old son dead from a painkiller and another prescription drug instantly silences hundreds of students who listen to her 911 call. That recording is the gut-punch that anchors a new educational program aimed at combating the rising abuse of prescription opioid abuse among U.S. young adults. (Drug overdoses, teenagers, anti-drug education programs.)
Advanced
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Men Give Birth
A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. (Childbirth, expectant fathers, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Wanderlust
For Americans looking to retire abroad, deciding where to live can be a challenge. But Lynne and Tim Martin took that question off the table by deciding to retire everywhere and anywhere. (Retirement and travel, word families.)
Advanced
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Raising Kids
How much does it cost to raise a child in the United States? A middle-income family will spend about $245,000 over 18 years to raise a child who is born in 2013. (Cost of raising a child in USA, cost of living.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Doll Hospital
A doll hospital in Australia is 101 years old. Most dolls are plastic so there are few doll hospitals in the world. (Favorite toys, doll hospitals, writing a description, do/does for present simple questions, make a choice.)
Elementary
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Cost of the Prom
American girls are going to spend less money on the prom this year. Most prom dresses at David's, a store selling prom dresses, cost around $200. Many popular dresses cost $100.(Proms, shopping and beauty, charity organizations, planning a prom date, be going to.)
Elementary
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Children's Games
Very few kids get the amount of physical activity they need every day, but a new study from Canada finds that parental support may be the key to getting kids moving and pushing kids into specializing in a single sport before adolescence is not seen as a good idea. (Exercise and children, parental input, sport, children, Olympics)
Upper-Intermediate
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Writers say “Read”
This lesson is about children's books, the future of reading, and the importance of reading! It includes information on writers Malorie Blackman and Jacqueline Wilson, with Jacqueline Wilson kindly doing an exclusive interview with ETG! (Writing, reading, famous people, books, e-books, education.)
Intermediate
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Testing The Littlest
A national push to make public schools more rigorous and hold teachers more accountable has led to a vast expansion of testing in kindergarten. And more exams are on the way, including a test meant to determine whether 5-year-olds are on track to succeed in college and career. (Exams for kids, summarizing, scanning, giving your opinion)
Advanced
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Not To Your Taste?
President Barack Obama likes burgers, hot dogs and such, but when it came time to answer a question about his favorite food, broccoli was the first word that sprang from his lips. Former American President George Bush Sr.'s famous dislike of broccoli might be put down to the fact that he could be a "supertaster". (Predicting using a headline, writing questions, summarizing the text, metaphors, writing a report, prepositions, future - will for predictions.)
Intermediate
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Old and Older
Two years short of 70, Zhang Guosheng spends his days caring for an 81-year-old fellow villager - a routine he'll keep up until he himself needs the type of care he is now giving. "Living here is better than staying at home alone. We help each other and have a common language," said the spritely Zhang, an enthusiastic dancer. "We are very happy here." (Aging, China, care of the elderly.)
Advanced
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Party Bribes
Sometime on Sunday morning, a Pennsylvania high school student will be presented with the keys to a black Honda Civic just for going to a party after the school's annual prom dance. Schools and civic organizations are using extravagant prizes to encourage high school students to attend supervised, alcohol-free events after their annual high school proms to keep them away from wild private parties. (Proms, teenage social behavior, pair crossword.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Tattoo Me Too!
Do the Obama daughters want tattoos? Probably not. Their father told "Today" show how the Obama parents are keeping their daughters away from tattoos. (Tattoos, different viewpoints on tattooing, first and second conditional)
Pre-Intermediate
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Barbie Land
Are you a Barbie fan? There is tea, tutus and pink tables at a Taipei cafe for Barbie lovers. "Every little girl has a Barbie..." said Henry Chiu. Fans like the cafe. "I feel like a Barbie doll in a fairy tale world. I feel like a princess," said Shiao Yu, a 30-year-old housewife. (Barbie dolls, yes/no questions, have got for possession, yes, he is/no, he isn't.)
Elementary
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Chore Monster
Forget bribery, intimidation and threats, a new app is designed to encourage children to do chores by turning the tasks into a game and giving them points when it is completed. The app called ChoreMonster, available for iOS devices and on the web, aims to make household chores, such as setting the table, feeding the pets or unloading the dishwasher, fun. (Chores, families, children and parents, giving advice, should/shouldn't.)
Intermediate
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When I'm Old .....
Liu Qianping was visiting his 24-year-old granddaughter in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou when he saw the women's clothes [that his] granddaughter was packing into boxes. His visit came as the model that Lu Ting and four friends had booked for a photo shoot suddenly canceled. (Fashion, old age, retirement, first and second conditional, poem, "shall".)
Pre-Intermediate
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Giving Kids
Not long after the megastorm Sandy hit the northeast United States, Maryum Goodwin and her little girl Ryleigh, 6, saw a disturbing picture of the New Jersey shore devastation. "That's somebody's house?" Ryleigh asked. "It used to be," said Maryum. That moment got Ryleigh thinking about how she could help. (Teaching children about giving, charities, disasters, past perfect)
Intermediate
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Sports Bill No Laughing Matter
Jodi Furman likes to joke that she should paint her minivan yellow. That's because she basically turns into a taxi driver in the afternoons and on weekends, as she delivers her three children to various sports practices in Palm Beach, Florida. But the bill for all those sports is no laughing matter. (Families, sport, do, play or go.)
Intermediate
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Annoying Noises
Which noise is more distracting - a child whining or a table saw? Making a noise while unwrapping a lolly at the movies can't be helped! (Whining and children, scientific research, unwrapping candies in theaters, referencing, adverbs)
Upper-Intermediate
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The Best Place To Live
Once more, Vienna ranked world's nicest city and Baghdad worst. Vienna's excellent infrastructure, safe streets and good public health service make it the nicest place to live in the world, consulting group Mercer said in a global survey. (Cities and quality of life, discussion, complete the table, scanning, thinking carefully, ranking items.)
Intermediate
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An Olympic Love Story
Mention the name Missoni, and most think of a fashion empire that revolutionized textile patterns, spawned the no-bra look on the catwalks, and is now a global brand that designs everything from sweaters to sheets to hotels. But none of it would have happened had it not been for the 1948 London Olympics. (Sequencing, completing a table, predicting)
Advanced
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Cyber School Bullies
Parents around the world say cyberbullying is a problem says a new survey and in the Netherlands some children bully other children online. 12% of Dutch young people said other children bully them online. (Bullying, cyberbullying, computer technology, schools, describing future plans, be going to..., discussion, asking for information game.)
Elementary
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The Doll with the Dragon Tattoo?
The doll with the dragon tattoo? Mattel's latest collector's edition Barbie doll has pink hair and tattoos across her shoulders and neck. (Toys, Barbie dolls, role models, tattoos.)
Intermediate
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India schoolgirl defies tradition
Her fate looked sealed when her family began organizing the nuptial celebrations. But the bride-to-be, a shy schoolgirl from a remote village in western India, wasn't ready to say "I do." In a region where patriarchy and age-old customs dictate a woman's life from birth to death, 15-year-old Sapna Meena in April joined a small but growing number of girls who are standing up against the widespread practice of child marriage in India. (Child marriage, education, marriage, India.)
Advanced
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Wild Sleepover?
For wild animal lovers not content with watching tigers and gorillas during the day, a growing number of zoos are offering a more thrilling after-dark experience - overnight stays. Visitors are learning what happens when the gates slam shut, the sun goes down and the moon rises over some of America's most well-known zoos. (Sleepovers, zoos, writing questions using the present simple tense, present perfect simple, role play using present simple and present perfect simple, doing a crossword.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Mom Salary
Many U.S. mothers feel like single parents, whether they are married or not, and two out of three resent handling all the household chores even when they prefer their partners to stand aside, a new survey shows. (Mothers, jobs, occupations, stress, income, subordinate conjunctions, linkers)
Intermediate
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Computers Can Harm Kids
One in every 25 teens reported an "irresistible urge" to be on the Internet, tension when they weren't online, or said they had tried to quit or cut down on Internet time, according to a U.S. study. Teenagers who spend excessive amounts of time on the Internet are one and a half times more likely to develop depression than moderate web users. (Pros and cons of the Internet, teenagers, inventions, modal verbs, persuasive speeches.)
Intermediate
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China to Age Before it Gets Rich?
The harsh logic of China's one-child policy is starting to unravel... Demographers worry that without change, China will become the first country in the world to age before it gets rich. China's choke on family size to usually one child in cities and two in the countryside now threatens its economic future, with fewer people left to pay and care for an increasingly gray population. (Aging population, one child policy, China, family size, census results.)
Advanced
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Teacher's Critical Blog Private?
A high school English teacher who was suspended from her job after she blogged that her students were "rude, disengaged, lazy whiners," said that she did nothing wrong. "Some of the students, parents and administrators don't want to hear the truth," said the teacher 30, a teacher at a high school. (Free speech, teaching and students, adverb 'still'.)
Intermediate
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Japan's "Iku-men"
Hiroyuki Ogino stayed home from his job in telecoms to take care of his son for a month this spring -- one of a tiny but growing number of Japanese men opting for paternity leave despite the risk to their careers. "It really is as if we are putting a minus against our names, causing problems for our colleagues by not being around to pull our weight," said Ogino, a 38-year-old father of two. (Stayhome dads, parental leave, Japan, employment issues.)
Advanced
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Eye See
It's estimated that up to 60 percent of school-age children in rural China need glasses to see clearly, but most either don't have them or don't wear them if they do. A new study suggests that misinformation about wearing glasses and the inconvenience of getting them - not cost - may be at least partly to blame. (Eyesight, stereotypes, making predictions, designing a pair of glasses.)
Upper-Intermediate
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How much is too much?
The son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett has an old-world spiritual message for today's money-rich parents: teach your children values and do not give them everything they want. Multi-millionaires want help in preventing wealth from corrupting their children's values. (Wealth, spoiling children, financial services, business.)
Advanced
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Family Holidays
The family vacation has changed from the days when kids in the back of the station wagon pestered their parents in front with the unending refrain, "Are we there yet?". Experts say these days the family vacation often has three generations, and when it comes to [saying what to do], it's the kids in the driver's seat and the grandparents who pay. (Families, vacations, travel, brainstorming.)
Intermediate
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A Woman's Place?
Women are world leaders, CEOs and are 50% of the world's workers but a poll shows that 25% of people, most of them young, think a woman's place is in the home. (Polls and statistics, gender divisions, adverbs.)
Elementary
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Expensive Weddings
Thousands of Chinese women are vying to attend a lavish ball lured by the dream of a possible fairytale match with a millionaire. More than 7,000 women from all over the country are applying for just 40 tickets to Cinderella's ball, where several multi-millionaires will pay around $5,400 for the privilege of meeting them. (Marriage, finding a partner, weddings, fairytales, Cinderella quantifiers - expressions of quantity.)
Intermediate
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Goo Goo Ga Ga
The wail of a newborn may sound the same to the ears of sleep-deprived parents the world over, but according to scientists, that's not the case: Babies cry in the language their parents speak from the first days of life. (Babies, foetuses, human development, language degrees of certainty, could, might, definitely, likely.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Modern American Dads Given a Raw Deal?
Author Michael Lewis says there really wasn't much difference between being a Salomon Brothers bond trader and becoming a father -- he was woefully ill-prepared for both jobs. Lewis writes candidly about initially feeling scant affection or love for his children and pokes fun at the modern American pact where fathers share child-rearing duties. (Parenting, being a father, male and female parent roles, giving definitions, listening and writing, sharing opinions.)
Advanced
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Need A Granny?
Do you need a granny's love and help? A unit caring for the elderly is helping elderly people find new families. Families who need a grandparent can hire a grandmother or grandfather. (Families, the elderly, discussion, matching sentence beginnings and endings.)
Elementary
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No Medals For Athletes' Families
The families of athletes heading to the Beijing Games can only hope that years of scheduling meals, holidays and finances around their loved ones' sporting lives will be made worthwhile by Olympic success. (Sport, families, the Olympics, present simple tense to describe habits)
Pre-Intermediate
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Wedding Tourists
Alan Chen and his fiancee Chan Mei-ling of Hong Kong are spending almost $3,000 plus travel expenses on a three-day visit to Taiwan for something they could have done at home: get their wedding photos taken. (Weddings, reading for the main idea, choosing the best answer, quantity words.)
Intermediate
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Birthday Hell!
Welcome to the deepest inner circle of parenting hell - the kiddie birthday party. Who knew a simple celebration could generate so much anxiety and overindulgence? Most adults remember when kids' birthdays meant ice cream and a game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. Today children have come to expect lavish orgies of gifts, gimmicks and goody bags. (Children, parenting, birthday parties, consumerism, brainstorming, planning a birthday party.)
Advanced
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Boxing On
Kazumi Izaki is 44 years old. She has two daughters. She loves boxing. She is a professional boxer in Japan. (Boxing, women, occupations, present simple tense, family words)
Elementary
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