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Every country has stereotypes about its people, but it seems that the U.S. has really tipped the scale to the negative . Writer Mark Abadi has traveled to 25 countries and decided to share some of the worst stereotypes about Americans. Some miss the mark, some seem a little too close for comfort. The good news is, Abadi shares tips on how to polish the old image up for our country.

  • "All Americans are rich" You can stop laughing now. Because of our economy and global standing, some think all of us our rich with multiple cars and homes. Oh how we wish that were true!
  • "Americans are overly patriotic." Many first time visitors to the U.S. are surprised by the number of American flags we have and that we proclaim we’re the greatest country on earth. We’ll keep this stereotype,
  • "Americans are ignorant about the world." Some who travel apparently don’t research the customs of the countries they visit.
  • "Americans only speak English." While it used to be true, the tide is turning thanks to the younger generations. Learning key phrases for your trip abroad is a classy move.
  • Americans are entitled. We’ll take this punch to the gut. Some Americans tend to want the locals to cater to our customs and preferences instead of us delving into the local flavor. We are guests in other countries. Remembering that will help us appreciate what we don’t have back home.
  • Americans are obsessed with work. Let’s face it, when the average European country has an average work week below 40 hours, that sounds great. Ours, by comparison is 47 on average. Top it with the U.S. being the only developed country that doesn’t guarantee paid vacation for workers and we can see where this stereotype comes from. 
  • Americans don’t understand soccer. They call it 'football' and Americans call it boring as a rule. But it’s the international sport. And it’s one we are slow to grow here. Since the World Cup is underway, now may be a good time to check it out.

Source: Business Insider

When you have to discipline your child, usually there is the typical “why?” or “it’s not fair”… you’ve heard them all we bet. Sometimes parents try and coax, reason, or just talk too much.

That gives the kiddo plenty of room to delay the inevitable. And, it turns out, they can only process so many words according to Dr. Joan Ershler, director of the Waisman Early Childhood Program at the University of Wisconsin. She says short and simple works best.

These phrases are as short and effective as they get. Tuck them in your parenting toolbox!

  • “I know, it’s hard” - a pat on the shoulder and sincere frown on your face goes a long way to validate…and calm… your kid’s big emotions.
  • “Walk, please!” - You can direct your child instead of telling them what not to do, which leads to an argument.
  • “Try again” or “Let’s have a redo” - Kids are more cooperative if they feel they have some control. They will focus on changing the behavior.
  • “I love you too much to argue” - It’s a “move along” moment. How can a child snap back from this gem?
  • “I can’t understand you when you use that voice” - Perfect to shut down whining. When they start talking normally praise them and explain why it was a good choice.
  • “How do we ask?” - A perfect manners reminder.
  • “What did I say?” - Don’t sound like you are scolding, genuinely ask the question.

Source: Parents

With millions of people heading to beaches, national parks, and everywhere in between for summer, Pilot Flying J travel Centers wanted to know what we like to eat while road tripping.

They analyzed the 20 most popular food and beverage items from last year’s sales data and broke it down by state. Among the results? Coffee is still king. It was in the top five in every state. They also found that Americans go bonkers for bananas, with 37 states eating them up. Then there’s pepperoni which made the cut for 36 states and hot dogs only being scarfed down as a favorite in six states.

Some of the most unusual foods to make the cut were meatloaf in Colorado, egg rolls in Minnesota, and a cup of ice in Mississippi.  Here in Arkansas, it's frozen yogurt.

See the breakdown of each states’ favorite roadtrip fare here.

Source: Pilot Flying J

Even if you feel okay about yourself, scrolling through Instagram and seeing everyone’s toned bodies on their #travelgoals trips can be enough to shake your confidence. And research actually shows that the more time people spend on Facebook, the lower their self-esteem, so it’s not just us. But you can’t let social media win, so try these tactics to stop a self pity spiral and boost your confidence right now.

  • List all the cool stuff your body has helped you do - When you’re checking yourself out in the mirror, think about all the stuff it can do instead of what you don’t like about it.
  • Talk about your butt - Or any body part, just pick one that you love and talk about it out loud. Does it seem a little silly? Sure, but body image expert Robyn Silverman says saying positive things out loud instead of negative ones is a powerful tool in fighting body image issues.
  • Make a Google doc of all your wins - Sometimes it’s hard to remember the good things about yourself when you’re feeling really down, so start a “victory file.” Every time you get a compliment or accomplish something you’re proud of, keep track of it and use it to remind you of your successes.
  • Adopt affirmations—yes, really - Find something positive you can repeat to yourself to remind you that you’re amazing. It can be as simple as “I can do anything I set my mind to,” and just repeat it until you feel like a “confidence ninja.”
  • Do nice stuff - Doing good things for others helps you feel good about yourself, so it’s a win-win.
  • Talk to yourself like a true BFF - Give yourself the pep talk that you’d give your bestie. And when you catch yourself beating yourself up about something you see in the mirror, ask yourself: “Would I say this to my best friend, sister, or mom?” If the answer is no, then you shouldn’t be talking to yourself that way either.
  • Fake it 'til you make it - Even if you’re not fully sure of yourself yet, make eye contact, smile, give a firm handshake, sit up straight and accept compliments, so others see you as confident, which will help boost your confidence.

Source: Women's Health

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