Coding is great, but home ec is what we should really teach in schools

By: Magda Walczak

Most of my career so far has been spent working in tech so believe me, I appreciate developers and understand the value of computer science and programming. So when I see stories like the one out of the UK about boosting computer science education, I think it’s great. It’s an important skill for the modern world. For all the great apps yet to be written and all the technology breakthroughs that will be possible due to a sound computer science education, however, I worry about the kids growing up today. Actually, I worry about many of the adults…

How many people do you know that can confidently change a flat tire, cook dinner from scratch, sew a shirt, fix a leaky faucet and figure out why the lawnmower isn’t starting? I bet you that if someone actually does come to mind, he or she is over 40. And that’s scary.

While I have nothing against computer science (in fact, I support teaching it wholeheartedly!), what we should also be teaching in schools is home economics.

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Why do women feel fat even when they’re not?

By: Magda Walczak

Low self esteem. Lack of self worth. Poor self image. It’s like a disease. More often than not, women feel fat, even when they’re not.

I’m on a health kick. I’m down 8 lbs out of the 24 I want to lose and today I weighed in at the gym. A personal trainer lurked behind me and instead of feeling good that I dropped 8 lbs in the past three weeks, I felt like shit. According to the trainer – and the frustrating body fat machine – I’m still in the “obese” range for body fat. Now, if you’ve ever seen me you know I’m not obese. I’m not skinny and I never will be, but the junk in my trunk is not exactly excessive to the point where I can be grouped obese. Anyways, that’s not the point. The point is, that even though I know I’m not obese, I feel fat. All the time.

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5 easy and fun ways to stay fit while traveling

By: Magda Walczak

Travel is fun, but it can put a big dent in your fitness routine. You put a lot of time and effort into your fitness when you’re at home, but when you travel there are always way too many excuses for not keeping up. I’m no fitness guru, but I do travel a lot so I thought I’d put together a few fun and easy tips for staying fit while you’re on the road.

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Forget chivalry – it’s basic politeness that’s dead

By: Magda Walczak

A few nights ago I found a wallet and promptly returned it to the address on the driver’s license inside. The person was so shocked at the good deed that she refused to open the front door at first – she thought it was a trick. Sadly, that’s the society we live in – being nice and polite and doing good things are so rare that we don’t trust in them when they happen. That worries me and it should worry you too.

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