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Cristiano Ronaldo makes the most of lockdown as he explores beautiful Madeira island with his son before he has to head back to Italy

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Cristiano Ronaldo is spending a relaxing final few days in Madeira with his son, before he heads back to Italy next week.

The Juventus star was exploring one of the beautiful islands with Cristiano Jr and posed for an Instagram photo, with his partner Georgina Rodriguez apparently behind the camera.

The nine-year-old is already following in his father’s footsteps, impressing for Juventus’ youth squad on several occasions.

Ronaldo has been staying active on social media during lockdown, posting training videos as he tried to stay fit despite the lack of football. 

However, he may not have to wait long, as Juventus have reportedly recalled their players who have travelled abroad during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Ronaldo will be required to stay in isolation for another 14 days once he gets back to Italy. 

Italy has been in national lockdown since March 10 and there is no date for when Serie A action will resume.

However there are suggestions that Serie A clubs could return to training on May 4, but that may not include players returning from abroad. 

However, the attacker seems content with his life in Italy, and has reportedly committed his future to Juventus until 2022.  

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Stuck at home: A chance to strengthen sibling bonds

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Prince George is soon going to get a new companion even as the British royal family eagerly awaits the arrival of the second baby of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. For parents grappling with the chores of the newborn baby, the older child often tends to get neglected; it can manifest into major issues of sibling rivalry. Here are 10 tips to help young parents tackle the issue and promote an atmosphere of love, equality and sibling bonding in the house.

A week ago I let my children, who are 7 and almost 6, watch the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Back in the pre-virus era, I had insisted we wait until my son was 8. But I figured if we were talking every night at the dinner table about a scary virus that was keeping us shut up at home, they could probably handle Han Solo blasting his way out of Mos Eisley.

My kids sat together on the couch, clutching stuffed Chewbaccas, amazed at what was happening. Every day since then, they’ve run around the house, my son in a rakish vest, my daughter with a green stuffed animal strapped to her back (a stand-in for Yoda), pretending to be Han Solo and Luke Skywalker. They’ve spun the movies into their own universe of play that unfolds while I’m fielding work calls, unloading the dishwasher and shoving chicken thighs into the oven.

The Bay Area was the first place in the country to enact a stay-at-home order, and as the weeks drag on, their sibling relationship is a lifeline. Yes, I’m barking “hands to yourself!” 20 times a day, but I’m still deeply grateful that my kids have each other.

Siblings tend to take a back seat in the parenting conversation, with most of the focus on parent-child or peer-to-peer relationships. But strong sibling bonds have a significant impact on both child and adult well-being, and for many of us, siblings will be the longest family relationships we have in our lives. In an era of super-scheduled childhoods, those bonds have been less tended to, with many kids spending more time with classmates and teammates than their brothers or sisters. Now, suddenly, everyone is at home together.

Here’s how to stay sane with multiple kids at home, and perhaps even emerge with stronger sibling bonds. 

Focus on the fun, not the fighting

“When siblings play together more and have fun together, they are closer for the rest of their lives,” says Laura Markham, a clinical psychologist and author of “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids” and “Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings.”

Unwittingly, we’ve made that a lot harder for kids, says Markham, because we’ve replaced free play time with sports and other enrichment activities. But now, even the most dubious sibling has to recognize that their brother or sister is the only gig in town. That can be a challenge for parents, and also an opportunity.

“Look at where they have fun, and try to facilitate that,” says Markham. “Maybe your kids always fight when they play Sorry, and a cooperative board game is better. Find activities that are good for different levels, like crafts.”

If your kids love imaginative play, as mine do, they might need help coming to a meeting of the minds. “Notice what they like to do and encourage them,” says Markham. If one kid really wants to play store, and another really wants to play astronaut, you could get creative and suggest they set up a store on the moon.

Then step away. Not only because you need a break, but because your kids want time alone with each other, too. (For toddlers who are still in parallel play mode, you’ll need to stay in the same room; older kids can be left to their own devices.)

JENNIFER LOPEZ

“[Prioritizing her children’s happiness] It’s my first job to make sure that’s okay or else I couldn’t do all the other things I do.”

– The Jess Cagle Interview, March 2016

(Pictured) With her son Maximilian and daughter Emme.

If there is a large age gap between siblings or the older sibling is a teen, acknowledge that your older child might not always want to spend time with their younger siblings. Markham suggests saying something like, “Your brother loves you and wants to spend time with you. I know you have school work and want to talk to your friends. Let’s schedule special time with your brother that he can count on, and then I’ll make sure you have alone time the rest of the day.” 

How to make the screaming stop

“It’s important for kids to learn how to manage aggression, and a sibling is usually a great opportunity for that,” says Wendy Mogel, a clinical psychologist and author of “The Blessing of a Skinned Knee” and “Voice Lessons for Parents.” “I’m rethinking that for now because everyone’s stores of emotional fuel are low,” she says. “We are living in such close quarters.”

While it’s a good practice in normal times to let kids work things out themselves, for the emotional health of your household, you may need to be more proactive now. Here are strategies for keeping the peace.

First, make sure that each sibling has alone time every day, Markham says. If they share a room, assign each a separate place in your home where they can have quiet time playing, drawing, reading, listening to music — whatever they want. All of us (including parents) need downtime away from other people, and if your children don’t get this, they’ll take it out on each other.

Second, make sure each child has one-on-one time with a parent every day, recommends Markham. Even just 15 minutes. Your child needs this no matter what, but if they are struggling with an issue with a sibling, this gives them space to talk about it.

And if they do bring it up, practice reflective listening, rather than shutting down the conversation.

“Parents can become like publicists, trying to sell sibling bonding,” says Mogel. “Instead of pushing ideas — ‘it’s so important you get along with your sister because you’ll always have each other and who knows who else you’ll have’ — simply listen to a child’s complaint, and then say what your child is saying back to them.” Feeling heard may be enough for your child. 

Intervene without increasing sibling rivalry

One of the mistakes parents make (and it’s one I make all the time, because we’re human) is to intervene in a sibling conflict in a way that makes one child wrong. This reinforces sibling rivalry.

Of course, when your son hits his sister on the head with a lightsaber, you can make a strong argument that he is in the wrong. But “it’s not a court of law,” says Mogel. “You’re not weighing the evidence; you are understanding the feelings.”

That doesn’t mean that nothing happens to the lightsaber wielder. Take the toy away, and use an ‘I’ statement to explain what you’re doing — “I’m worried someone is going to get hurt, so I’m putting this toy away.”

Don’t try to argue who is right and who is wrong (“Children are superb lawyers; you won’t win,” says Mogel), but explain why the behavior is off-limits (“we don’t hit.”). Listen to each child, and then reflect back what you’re hearing (“Help me understand. Is this what you’re feeling?”).

CREATE A GYM AT HOME

With gyms and fitness centers closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, chalk out a workout plan for yourself and exercise at home. If you are looking for some motivation, check out exercise videos online or download a workout app. You can also create a workout playlist so that you can have fun while trying to shed those extra kilos.

At that point you can take the temperature of the room — is it time to propose solutions to the problem, like lightsabers can only be used to hit pillows or sofa cushions — or is it time to cool off and regroup later? 

If this sounds hard, that’s because it is, and it takes practice. Try to stick with observations (“I hear really loud voices! All this yelling is hurting my ears!”), instead of editorializing (“Why are you screaming all the time! You’re acting like a baby!”). Come down on the behavior instead of the kid.

Lower your ambitions

So much is being asked of parents right now, from home schooling to getting three meals a day on the table to working remotely. So lower expectations and be gentle on yourself. While it’s important to have some routines in place and honor the work your kids’ teachers are putting in by focusing on it within reason, Mogel says, maintaining your family’s emotional health is the priority.

To do that, prioritize time for your kids to have fun with each other. For your family’s happiness, it’s more important that you are a steward of imagination and silliness and play right now than a homework proctor.

I’ve watched my kids during these weeks, and they remind me of my brother and me when we were growing up — allies, friends, co-conspirators. It’s reminded me why the sibling bond is unique. They are, after all, the only two children who know what it’s like to be part of this ordinary family, which is different from every other family because it’s ours.

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Staying healthy during self-isolation

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Dr. Yusra Al-Mukhtar, dental surgeon and aesthetic clinician at The Dr. Yusra Clinic, has come up with some quick and easy changes that you can make to your diet and lifestyle to stay healthy and bolster your immune system during this unprecedented time. 

Reduce your levels of stress

“Stress increases the levels of cortisol in the body – and high cortisol leaves your body more vulnerable to chronic and autoimmune diseases,” said Dr. Yusra. “Reduce stress by exercising to release endorphins and serotonin, by going for a walk to raise your heart rate and limiting your exposure to negative energy – which may mean reducing your time watching the news or reading worrying articles online.” 

Increase your intake of vitamin C

Vitamin C is the antioxidant that deals with collagen production and regulates immune responses. It can also help neutralise free radical damage to the skin. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C is 90mg.

Increase your levels of vitamin D

Getting 3000IU of vitamin D each day has been shown to reduce the progression of a viral illness to acute respiratory distress. It can be found in fatty fish, egg yolks, mushrooms, cheese and foods fortified with vitamin D, such as some dairy products, orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.

Boost melatonin

Melatonin is a powerful antioxidant that is produced in the night to help us sleep. It has been demonstrated that melatonin can improve outcomes in influenza and reduce the progression of viral infections to acute respiratory distress syndrome. So, make sure to prioritise getting a good night’s sleep!

Incorporate selenium into your diet

“Dietary supplements containing selenium up to 200 μg/d have the potential to be used as safe, inexpensive, and widely available adjuvant therapies in viral infections,” the expert noted. “Dietary supplementation with selenium containing multi micronutrients may also be useful in improving supportive care and strengthening the immune system of patients suffering from newly emerging viral diseases.”

Amp up your intake of immunity-boosting foods

Examples of a few foods that are great at boosting our immune systems are garlic, ginger, turmeric, spinach, broccoli, citrus fruits, and almonds.

Choose kindness

“Compassion and kindness are both forms of medicine – boost your immune system by sharing positivity. Your mind is powerful; empower your mind to empower your body,” added Dr. Yusra.

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How to Come Out of Quarantine in a Relationship

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If you’re single, dating or at the beginning of something with a potential partner, social distancing can be uniquely frustrating. Yes, self-quarantining is the right choice for these times. Yes, you get to stay home and binge-watch Tiger King. But as you scroll through social media and see couples social distancing together, it’s hard not to feel lonely. And it’s also hard to find the point of firing up a dating app if you know there’s no way you can meet IRL for at least six weeks. 

So should you press pause on your dating life, pull your adult toy of choice out of your drawer and hope that your love life picks up in summer? Not at all. Remember, everyone’s in the same boat, facing this scary, uncertain world. In some ways, meeting someone in this vulnerable time — messy apartment on full display in a Zoom chat, existential back-and-forths interspersed with flirty “what drink defines your personality” questions, swapping news story links — breaks down boundaries like nothing else, says Lisa Concepcion, a dating and relationship coach, and founder of Love Quest Dating.

Also? It’s not as if this is novel — romances have been built on anticipation. “Back before the internet couples wrote love letters to one another during wars! Marriages stayed together and children were born with letters bringing the news. We have video cameras and the internet,” reminds Concepcion. “People who are into each other can come out of this strong.” Here are some tips on how to keep your dating life moving forward — even when the rest of the world feels like it’s on hold. 

Start With Your Social Circle

Melissa Stewart, a yoga instructor in Los Angeles, realized that many of her friends were single — and complaining to her about the slowdown in their dating life. Stewart created a Google form for her single friends to complete about their ideal date, and invited them to share the form with their single friends. Then, she began compiling and comparing the forms, setting up blind dates between participants. So far, some couples have had multiple virtual hangouts, says Stewart. “I think there’s always a little bit of a stigma against asking for set-ups, but now, social distancing had added a novelty component. It’s not embarrassing because people think, well, what else do I have to do? There’s not this feeling that being set up is lame.”

Show Up

Have an invite to a Google hangout karaoke party? A Netflix watch event? A Zoom happy hour glow ball soirée? RSVP yes if it sounds remotely interesting. It’s the same principle as in real-life events — the more you get out there, the more likely you are to meet someone. Yes, it’s easier to hang out solo, but showing up to virtual events will keep your social skills strong. Another option: Quarantine Together is a new app that introduces singles and encourages virtual meets. Of course, Quarantine Together joins OG dating apps like Bumble and Tinder, but the point is that quarantine is a great time to shake things up. Even if you’re “not an app person,” what do you have to lose but a few minutes? 

That said, if your virtual hangout calendar is overloaded, it’s also OK to turn down invites and take some time to focus on you. “This self-isolation has forced people to look inward” and ask themselves the “bigger questions,” Concepcion says. So if you’re in a romantic situation you’re unsure about, think of this as a time to press pause and assess the situation. “Never make relationship decisions from a place of fear,” reminds Concepcion.

Have a Plan in Place

Going on a “date?” The couch won’t cut it. Have a rough itinerary, whether it’s drinking a glass of wine and chatting for 30 minutes, watching a movie together or playing a board game. Phone sex is also on the table — just make sure you trust the other person isn’t screenshotting or video-recording. Concepcion says the more you bring dating energy to your virtual hangout — dress up, use silverware, sit at the table instead of a sofa — the better it will be for both of you. 

You also may want to advance your Tinder timeline, and get someone on FaceTime after just a few texts back and forth. That way, you won’t waste each other’s time or get caught in an endless back-and-forth volley of texts. 

Get Creative

And if you are dating and want to keep the spark alive? Consider sending surprise deliveries and packages to each other. Another option: Start a private Instagram account that only the two of you have the password to and upload pictures each day that remind you of each other. Start and add to a Spotify playlist together (or, if you’re really brave, swap Spotify passwords and see what they listen to in private mode). Send snail mail and add a drop of your signature perfume or cologne to the paper. Read a chapter of a book to each other on the phone. Feeling frisky? Make it an erotica classic. The point: While touch is out, try to use your other senses to increase your connection. 

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