10 Ways Parents Unintentionally Harm Their Children

Parenting is a difficult task, and while we want the best for our children, none of us are void of error. Sometimes, no matter how good our intentions may be, we still cause harm to our children, but thankfully knowledge can be a powerful tool to help us to strive to be better.

While some of the following things may seem odd, read them through because I promise each item listed has to merit. Children are still in their development phases and because of that, things that we may deem as harmless can leave a lasting mark on them, inside and out. Don’t beat yourself up if you’ve done any of the following list items. We all make mistakes, but understanding the mistake can help you to avoid them in the future.

1. Putting toys in their baby’s bed.

While it may be tempting to place your little one’s favorite toys in their baby bed, it’s best not to. The reason being is that they may end up placing their face on the toy during their sleep, which could cause breathing issues.

2. Shaking them.

Every parent will have a night, or course of nights, in which it’s difficult to get their child to sleep. In turn, rocking them can become vigorous, because you want to do whatever you can to get them to sleep, and it can also be frustrating. However, shaking them too hard, even on accident, can cause shaking baby syndrome.

3. Over-sterilizing their environment.

We all want our children to be safe and free from harm, however, there is most definitely such a thing as too clean or too sterile. The reason behind this is that germs are necessary to build your child’s immune system. Without built immunity, they are more prone to asthma, skin rashes, and a host of other problems.

4. Forcing them to finish their plate.

Many of us were raised by parents or grandparents that would not let us leave the table without finishing our plate, no matter what our hunger cues were telling us. However, but forcing your child to eat when they aren’t hungry, you are teaching them how to overeat, which will inevitably give them a bad relationship with food. Additionally, they are likely to get sick eating more than they can stomach.

5. Comparing them to other children.

Comparing your child to anyone else is a bad idea. Not only does it cause them to doubt themselves, but it can also cause their self-esteem to plummet and create an inherent sense of feeling unworthy.

6. Not interacting with them enough.

Children need interaction from their parents and family to properly develop. Without the right amount of play and interaction, their development can become stunted. Additionally, it can lead to mental illness down the road.

7. Using a digital babysitter.

Far too often in modern times, parents reach for the convenience of a phone or tablet to soothe their children while they tend to other things. However, the one who pays the price for this – the ultimate price, is the child. Screen time inhibits your child’s ability to socialize normally, and it also stunts their brain development and ruins their attention span.

8. Forcing them to share.

While sharing is good, children, especially toddlers, are just beginning to learn their sense of what is theirs and also just learning to navigate throughout the world. It’s normal to not want your child to be greedy, but psychologists say that when you force them to share, you are raising them to be convenient. In turn, they learn that the desires of others are more important than their own.

9. Rewarding talent, not effort.

When you reward talent, or gifts, rather than their effort, you teach your child that they are special and entitled to rewards, rather than earning them. In turn, they may be less likely to put forth effort in much of anything, but instead, expect you to shower them with gifts because they are naturally talented. Psychologists say this sends a bad message.

10. Teaching them to be extremely polite.

We all want our children to be polite, however, when you teach them to be polite to everyone, no matter what their feelings are, you are sending a bad message. A social experiment was done to study child abductions, and 15 out of 17 children walked away with people who intended to abduct them. Why? Because they wanted to be polite. Rather than focusing on politeness, it may be best to focus on showing them what is safe and what isn’t and allowing them to trust themselves and their feelings about others.

Murder convict at Karachi jail wins ICAP scholarship


  • Naeem Shah, a murder convict at Karachi's Central Jail, has obtained 954 marks out of 1,100 in intermediate examinations as a private candidate.
  • He rose among top 20 students by securing 86.73% in the exams.
  • Pakistan's premier accounting education institution - the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan has offered him the Edhi scholarship of one million rupees.

A murder convict imprisoned in Karachi's Central Jail has proved his mark in the education sector by securing high marks in his intermediate examinations as a private candidate.

Naeem Shah secured an 86.73% with 954 marks out of 1,100 in intermediate examinations.

Shah was sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder. He has served his sentence for 11 years now, maintaining good moral demeanour, according to the management of the Karachi Central Jail. Finding him among the top 20 students in the intermediate examinations, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan has offered him the Edhi Scholarship of Rs1 million. Naeem Shah earlier completed his preliminary education while living within the confines of the prison.

Hajj policy: Religious affairs ministry issues public alert for intending pilgrims


Hajj policy

  • Pakistan govt cautions intending pilgrims against paying tour operators for Hajj right now.
  • They have been asked to wait for official announcement of Hajj policy 2022.
  • People or groups collecting money in name of Hajj applications will be punished, stated a ministry message.

The government of Pakistan has called upon intending pilgrims to wait for the official announcement of the Hajj policy 2022 before giving their money to any tour operator. 

The Federal Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony issued a public alert after taking notice of complaints that some private Hajj tour operators are garnering money from intending pilgrims.

The ministry warned that it has not authorised any individuals, banks, hajj group organisers (HGOs) or agents to receive hajj applications and collect money on behalf of the ministry.

In its public alert notice, the religious ministry urged the masses to be careful of fraudsters, who are deceiving others in the name of Hajj. However, any such person will face consequences as they are operating illegally, it asserted.

"People are advised never to hand their passport and money to any individual or tour operator until the Hajj Policy 2022 is announced and published at the ministry's website, in newspapers and electronic media. They are allowed to submit their applications only after the ministry authorises banks and private tour operators to receive Hajj applications," the letter stated. 

The letter urged people to lodge their complaints on the ministry’s hajj helpline numbers 051-9205696051-9206980-82 against the HGOs, individuals in case they insist on collecting money and Hajj applications.

Pakistan faces alarming surge in diabetes cases: report

Pakistan records high cases of diabetes

The prevalence of diabetes in Pakistan has increased significantly as 33 million adults are now living with diabetes in the country with an increase of 70 per cent, according to the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF).

The report, ranking the world’s top countries for a number of adults (20–79 years) with diabetes in 2021 has put Pakistan in third place with a total of 33 million, after China (141 million) and India (74 million).

One in four adults (26.7%) in Pakistan is living with diabetes - the highest national prevalence in the world, the report claimed and said that an additional 11 million adults in Pakistan have Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT), which places them at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Meanwhile, more than a quarter (26.9%) of adults living with diabetes in Pakistan remains undiagnosed, which means that undetected or inadequately treated diabetic people are at risk of serious and life-threatening complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and lower-limb amputation.

These factors result in poor quality of life and higher healthcare costs, the report added.

Need for accessible healthcare

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The IDF says that 537 million adults are now living with diabetes worldwide - a rise of 16% (74 million) since the previous IDF estimates in 2019.

"The rapidly rising level of diabetes in Pakistan presents a significant challenge to the health and well-being of individuals and families in the country," says Professor Abdul Basit, director of Baqai Institute of Diabetology and Endocrinology at Baqai Medical University.

He said that this year marks 100 years since the discovery of insulin, noting that the milestone presents a unique opportunity to reflect on the impact of diabetes and highlights the urgent need to improve access to care for the millions affected. He said that an estimated one in two people with diabetes across the world who need insulin cannot access or afford it.

“We must do more to provide affordable and uninterrupted access to diabetes care for all in Pakistan, and around the world. Joint efforts are needed to improve the lives of people with diabetes and prevent the condition in those at high risk of developing it," Basit added.

Globally, 90% of people with diabetes have type 2 diabetes. The rise in the number of people with type 2 is driven by a complex interplay of socio-economic, demographic, environmental and genetic factors while the key contributors include urbanization, an ageing population, decreasing levels of physical activity and increased levels of overweight and obesity.

Evidence suggests that type 2 diabetes can often be prevented, while early diagnosis and access to appropriate care for all types of diabetes can avoid or delay complications in people living with the condition.

8 Incredible Things That Happen When You Give Up Alcohol For One Month

Even if you don’t drink all of the time, if you like to partake in a few drinks here and there on occasion, even you can see the benefits of a dry January. Personally, a dry month here and there has a plethora of benefits for anyone who enjoys drinking. If you don’t believe me, here is what others are saying (including science.)

1. Better sleep.

Contrary to what most believe, even though alcohol initially makes you sleepy, the effects do not last. Once you fall asleep, your body begins producing stimulants to thwart the alcohol, and in turn, your sleep quality is reduced. If you’ve ever woke up at 3:00 am after a night of drinking, then you know exactly what I mean.

2. You feel more hydrated.

And since alcohol is a diuretic, it causes you to pee pretty much all of the fluid out of your body. Because of that, it makes you dehydrated, which can last for days after a night of even light drinking. This is bad for brain health, kidney health, and it makes your skin look worse than it should.

3. Your liver catches a break.

When your liver is metabolizing alcohol, it can’t do much else. This can result in a backup of fat in your liver or fatty liver. Eventually, if you drink enough, especially if you eat a lot of fatty food, you can end up with fatty liver disease or cirrhosis. Giving your body even a 30-day break can prove beneficial against this.

4. Your risk of heart disease is cut.

When alcohol is metabolized by the liver, it produces a chemical enzyme called dehydrogenases. And when we drink in excess, the enzyme can cause free radicals which oxidize bad cholesterol, which is then deposited into our arteries. Cutting back for a while can help prevent that.

5. Effortless weight loss.

And since alcohol is loaded with calories, it adds to our calorie count, which causes weight gain. Even without the calories, alcohol is metabolized by the liver, which prioritizes alcohol over fat. When this happens, the fact that we have eaten becomes stored rather than burned or used for fuel. Cutting back, especially if you drink a lot, but even if you drink once a week, will likely result in unintentional weight loss.

6. Less anxiety and depression.

Despite most people using alcohol to feel good, it’s a depressant. And after the inhibition (which is what makes you feel good) wears off, we are left with the depressing effects that bring our mood down. According to Lauren Manaker, MS, RDN, giving up alcohol for even just a month can boost mood.

7. Improved digestion.

Perhaps my favorite reason is the digestive reset, giving up alcohol provides. When we drink often, it causes our body to have its digestive enzymes inhibited, which damages our stomach lining and makes it harder for our body to properly digest food. In turn, we end up gassy, bloated, and feeling horrible.

8. Improved immunity.

Alcohol consumption can damage our gut flora pretty quickly, making it much harder for us to fight disease, sickness, and infection. Cutting back, even for a short period, can help the gut flora reset and, in turn, help our immunity improve.

Pakistanis lose Rs17.7 billion to online cryptocurrency fraud

Bitcoin 2022

 The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has detected an online fraud of USD100 million (Rs17.7 billion) using a cryptocurrency and issued a notice to the local representative of Binance to appear in person on Jan 10, local media reported.

Sharing details of the fraud, the Additional Director of the FIA cybercrime wing Imran Riaz on Friday said that those involved in the online fraud transferred the money abroad via cryptocurrency.

“We launched a probe after receiving complaints regarding a fraud involving billions of rupees being committed using nine online applications,” he said and added that they had sought answers in this regard from a representative of the cryptocurrency in Pakistan.

He shared that people invested between US$100 to US$80,000 in fraud applications. “Those who developed these apps were linked to cryptocurrency,” the FIA official said.

He said that they have sought details of all those linked to the fraud with the Binance cryptocurrency and their crypto accounts would be suspended. The FIA official further shared that cryptocurrency is being used in money laundering and terror financing.

According to details some mobile applications were offering Pakistanis to invest in the virtual currency. These applications were linked to Binance, the leading virtual platform for buying and selling Bitcoins and other similar cryptocurrencies.

However, these applications suddenly vanished and investment of around Rs17.7 billion made by Pakistanis were lost. The authorities said the unique way was adopted for fraudulent activity. The persons who launched the applications had connections with the crypto exchange.

The FIA issued the notice to Hamza Khan, the local representative of Binance. “During the inquiry, it was found that the fraudulent accounts of different applications namely, MCX, HFC, HTFOX, FXCOPY, OKMINI, BB001, AVG86C, BX66, 91fp, TASKTOK, were linked with Binance wallets,” the officials said.

It is noted that the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) through a circular issued in 2018 informed the general public that it had not authorised or licensed any individual or entity for the issuance, sale, purchase, or investment in any such virtual currencies, coins, tokens in Pakistan.

Recently, a report released by the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) revealed that Pakistanis had a staggering $20 billion worth of assets in cryptocurrencies.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has also launched a probe into the investment in the cryptocurrencies to identify investors and their source of investment. During a Sindh High Court hearing, a petitioner had on April 6, 2018 stated that the SBP imposed a ban on the use of digital currency despite developing countries are earning significant revenue from the cryptocurrency which doesn’t pose any threat to national interests.

10 Signs Of Genuine Intelligence That Can’t Be Faked

Signs of intelligence

Intelligence is something many people wish to have- and many people try to fake. However, there are some things you simply can’t fake, and true intelligence is one of them.

Have you ever met someone who wanted everyone to think they were smart? They might use big words, or flex their ‘geeky’ hobby when in reality, everyone knew they weren’t what they tried to appear.

True intelligence isn’t a flex. And it isn’t something that can be faked. Several strong indicators scientifically correlate to higher intelligence. If you don’t believe me, check out the following.

1. Rhythmic signs of intelligence.

A Swedish research team found that people who were good at keeping time scored higher on intelligence tests and surveys. They suspect that the reason behind this is because timing is important to brain processes that are responsible for problem solving and reasoning

2. Empathy

A key component of emotional intelligence is the ability to empathize and to see things from the perspective of another person. And while the ability to acknowledge and understand your own emotions is also important to emotional intelligence, the ability to see through someone else’s perspective is fundamental.

3. Valuing solitude.

Many people think of those who enjoy being alone as being awkward or strange. However, a 2016 study found that people who exhibited greater intelligence were less likely to feel satisfied by socializing frequently.

More socializing means less time to spend in contemplation, or in pursuing your interests and goals. So, don’t feel odd because you enjoy spending time alone.

4. You are a night owl.

In a study of over 20,000 people, a strong connection was found between staying up late and intelligence. According to the study, the higher your IQ, the later you will likely stay up. The study reads “more intelligent individuals are more likely to be nocturnal, getting up later in the morning and going to bed later in the evening, than less intelligent individuals.”

5. You question everything.

Intelligent people don’t accept anything at face value. Sophie von Stum from the University of Edinburgh in the UK co-authored a study called “The Hungry Mind: Intellectual Curiosity Is the Third Pillar of Academic Performance” says that “If you’re intellectually curious, you’ll go home, you’ll read the books. ” She also explained that she felt like the “curious ones” had the most potential for development.

6. Intelligent people know they don’t know everything.

The great Socrates once said, “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” And if you think about it, this one ties into curiosity. To be curious, we cannot assume we know and understand everything. Instead, we have to remain open-minded enough to question ourselves and the world around us. Intelligent people don’t assume they have all the answers.

7. They worry.

A small study in 2011 discovered that people with high IQs had a different approach to worries than those who did not. The study found that people with high IQs spend more time worrying because they understand the potential threats and obstacles in their way, and want to be prepared. However, those who had higher intelligence were also less likely to worry about things that were unlikely to happen.

8. They’re adaptable.

Intelligent people understand that to make it through life, we must adjust and change with our environments. Our bodies evolve and adjust, and our perspective has to as well. If you don’t shift and adjust as needed, life can become difficult and it can be hard to manage.

9. They have self-control.

In a 2009 study, participants had to choose between two financial rewards. They could either choose to have a smaller payout immediately or choose to get a larger payout in the future. Those who chose the latter were more likely to have a higher IQ.

10. They procrastinate.

Intelligent people may procrastinate more because they prioritize more important tasks over less important ones. In turn, it may seem like they push some things to the side until the last moment, but in reality, they are worried about what’s more important.

Research Says Intelligent People Are Messy, Stay Up Late, And Curse A Lot

Despite the societal stereotype of those who curse being ignorant, a recent study has found that swearing is a sign of intelligence. Furthermore, those who are messier and like to stay up late are more likely to have a higher IQ.

For ages, people have maintained that only those with a limited vocabulary are likely to use swear words. However, psychologists Kristin Jay of Marist College and Timothy Jay of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts have found this to be incorrect. According to their study, those who were more fluent in ‘taboo words’ were more likely to be fluent in mundane, neutral words, meaning that they actually had a wider vocabulary.


Staying up late, swearing and messiness have been linked in our society to laziness and stupidity. Thankfully, now, science is proving that all three assumptions are wrong. So, if you enjoy your curse words, being a night owl, or having a messy environment, have no fears, as you are more than likely a genius. If not, you could be pretty damn close.

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