Todd id have to agree with you. But the manufacturers know that with all that sugar, people will get hooked on it and crave it...dare i say addicted. You cant even get a glass of juice with out being loaded with sugar, now granted those sugars are found naturally in most fruits.
But for food manufacturers to to make more natural food, it will cost them more, which will then cost the customer more. And in this economic climate, its a death wish for a restaurant to try and be healthy. They wont be able to compete with an over processed dollar menu. A family of four on a budget will pick the cheapest thing possible the majority of the time.View Thread
Where do i begin...First thing that comes to mind is that American's are very LAZY people and we dont want to take responsibility for any of our actions. We get fat, must be the food industries fault. We have an accident, must be the car makers fault or the other driver and the list goes on. Go into any supercenter/market and you will see tons of people on those electronic carts. Are their some that actually require them, absolutely, sadly they probably arent available because there is an over weight person, who is to lazy to walk and get some form of exercise.
In regards to what it was like 50 years ago, yes the wife stayed at home and cooked and cleaned. Where the meals healthier, perhaps. If you have ever watched anyone from that time period cook, you'd be surprised by the amount of butter or cooking fat that they would use. So some of those home cooked meals might be just as high in fat as a fastfood meal. My question would be, are you suggesting that we go back to that type of lifestyle? Women fought so hard to achieve equality and to get out into the work force, are you suggesting that it was all for naught because the nation got fat?
As for managing our time better, i could not agree with you more. I think that ties in with the Laziness of the country. Oh im at work, I worked 15 minutes, let me go surf the web. For that reason alone, employers should be able to monitor facebook or other social media. If I am paying you to do a job and you spend half your day surfing the web,. your pay should reflect the amount of work you do. So if your pay got cut in half, you'd stop surfing the web.
As for teaching home ec. you can forget about that...Have you seen the education system in this country? They are cutting out gym class, the only form of exercise that some of these kids got was in P/E and now that is being cut. They wont add a class that wont help boost their standardized test scores and im pretty sure the ACT/SAT's dont care if you cook a healthy meal.
Back on task, Yes the world has gotten much more busy recently, but thats not an excuse. When you get home, how hard is it to go out and take a 20 minute walk with your family to unwind? Hell, walk to the nearest fastfood place, atleast your getting some exercise.View Thread
I for one do not have a prejudice against single moms. I would watch some episodes of J & K plus 8 and at first i thought it was cute watching those kids grow up. Then John had to quit his job, because of filming the show. He was successful and probably would have made enough money to support the family. Kate had a job as a nurse, so if the both of them would have been working they would have been able to financially provide for their brood. Now "octo"mom on the other hand I truely believe she did this because of what she saw on TV. J & K getting free vacations, a new home and a big TV contract. So in her mind, this was her 15 minutes of fame opportunity and she found a Dr. insane enough to allow her to do this. The kids are not the "freaks" in this situation, they are not the ones at fault, although they will be the ones who suffer from their mothers pipe dream at fame. SHE will get none of my sympathy, i do feel horrible for those children.
Now to the young couple situation, after watching J & K (a young couple), i realized that it seemed more like Kate's idea to keep the show going, if i am not mistaken, it is probably what ended their marriage. As i stated earlier they both had jobs and were making a decent wage to suppor their kids. Now replace them with a jobless family, who is having children just to get more tax breaks and assistance from the government. I strongly feel that they would be under as much scrutiny as "octo" mom, if not more. We are in a "look at me" type of society, with youtube and how quickly things can go viral, everyone is searching for a way to make a reality show.
There are probably hundreds of thousands of kids in this country that are in a similar situation as "octo" mom's children. They file bankruptcy every day as a way to get out of a hole, that they themselves may not have dug. Those folks are trying to get a reality show, they arent even on the radar.
For single mom's there are many of them out there who do what they need to do, to give their kids an opportunity. They bust their butt and work several jobs, to give their children a fighting chance. So that being said, if she wants any money, she needs to get it the way the rest of us do, earn it. Get a job or two. Don't make the tax payers carry your financial burden because you thought you were going to be rich, by having a gaggle of kids. John Q Taxpayer has enough to worry about. Oh and I'm pretty sure we all paid for the birth of those kids too. Atleast the ones of us who have Health CareView Thread
Before reading that article i would have considered the amount of chemicals and pestisides we are putting into our foods. Along with all of the vacinations and shots that are given to pregant mothers. But something jumped out at me when they mentioned the way a child's brain can change from being taught. Could it be the way that the curricula has changed for elementary education? When i was in kindergarden, we did constructive things in class to learn, but we also took naps, colored, played games to help us build social skills. Now it seems that we may be asking to much of a five or six year old, or in some cases a 4 year old to learn. Home work during the week several nights a week, we could be forcing their brains to develop to quickly and maybe their brains are programmed to just focus on the facts. They dont learn how to make friends, because all that matters is the school work. I know that all people progress differently and to pidgeon hole a highly intelligent child or over burden an under develop child, we need to screen the children better before they are placed in school. What ends up happening is that many kindergarden teachers end up being glorified baby sitters, dealing with a wide range of children with different learning abilities. So if we screened the children better we could get them into a proper class that would be based around their learning curve. Allowing the child to develop at a more natural rate, rather than an excellerated one.
* I dont believe that kindergarden teachers are baby sitters, my point was that in this economy it makes more sense for the parents to put a 4 yr old into K than to spend another year paying a preschool/sitter etc. So that they both can go back to work to provide.View Thread
Yes the behavior has gotten worse over the years, but with social media and smart phones it has become more visible as well. From what I have seen, most of these outbursts are happening at sporting events or some place where there may be competition. I personally believe many of these parents are trying to live vicariously through their children. Dont get me wrong i know kids can be very competitive, but they actually understand its a game and the next day at school they will be buddies again, win or lose. But their parents want to push junior/juniorette to be the next great athlete and they will stop at nothing to further their dream. I dont have any issues with wanting to push your kids to be better at something, but I do have an issue when the kid's best interests arent at heart. Pushing them in a direction they dont want to go is going to do more harm than good, it will strain the relationship with the child and parent. There is nothing wrong with wanting the best for your children, its only natural. But you need to use some sense and look out for whats best for the child and not best for YOU.View Thread
Dale Jr. great points. A wise man once told me that everyone needs a good butt kicking...Am I saying that you should go looking for a fight? No not at all, but it teaches you to be humble, you might get knocked out by a kid half your size, it will teach you to not judge a book by its cover. Sadly i never had the good butt kicking, i wasnt bullied persa but i was picked on some. It did affect me greatly and it still does to this day and alot of my personal issues could be related to that. So maybe if i would have stood up for myself and got a butt kicking it may have helped my confidence whether i won or lost, I had the courage to stand up to a tormentor. On the other hand, i also had the common sense to avoid a fight by being able to reason with the unreasonable. The old adage is true, you have to pick your battles.
You can point the finger at the parents of both parties and the school systems. But in all honesty i think that if we do that, it takes the responsibility off of the children, they learn a lesson that everyone else will handle their problems and instead of standing up to their fears and confronting them. You may take your lumps but in the long run, you'll be better off than the tormentor.View Thread
I have never tried an online dating site...nor will I. I have heard the good and bad stories about them. I have also heard the good and bad about people meeting in real life by chance or thru a mutual friend. Online dating is popular because its easy and doesnt take much time. Just like the invention of the telephone, you could actually hear their voice versus a bunch of dots and dashes from the telegragh. Now with skype you can actually see them in real time and see them face to face. Photos can be edited and cropped, lives can be shaped and molded by crafty writers. Meeting someone in person, in reality, you can get a read on them, pick up body language signals that you cant get from a computer.
Plus, im sure there are men/women out there who are just looking for hook-ups, nothing wrong with that, its their choice to do so. The same thing goes for the real dating world.
I guess my point is that if you meet someone online and they live 1000's of miles away and you spend a year developing a relationship with them online and they seem perfect in every way, so you decide to meet them in person. After you spend a few moments with them you realize they do things that annoy you...or you could be annoying them. You just wasted a year of your time for nothing because you initially couldnt interact with them. I guess I am more old school, to those who have had success, kudos! At the end of the day, to each their own.View Thread