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With a lot of kids heading off to college in the coming weeks, parents may be struggling to decide whether or not they should give their kids spending money. Well, if they do, a new report suggests they may never know what their kids will actually be using that money for.

A new survey reveals that 34% of Millennials admit they’ve lied to mom and dad about where they’re spending their parents’ money while in school, while 12% say they haven’t lied, but that’s because their parents haven’t actually asked.

Overall, about 67% of Millennials who get money from their parents say they get about $2,000 or less a year. As for what they’re spending it on, 76% mostly use it to eat out, while 59% use it buy clothes, 53% say they use it for drinks and snacks, and 15% admit they use it for partying.

Of course, not all kids are being completely bankrolled by their parents. In fact, 60% say they worked at some point while in college, while 44% have worked every year. Plus, of those getting recreational money from their parents, 60% contribute monetarily to their education and 65% are taking out student loans to cover costs.

  • Finally, if parent are worried about whether giving their kids money is doing them good, it seems the answer is yes. The survey finds that 70% of those receiving financial support from their parents say it has contributed to their academic success. In addition, 85% say managing that money helped them learn personal finance skills.

Source: Market Watch

As aggravating as social media can be, especially these days, staying away from it isn’t easy. No matter how much we say we’re going to take a break, something keeps drawing us back in, and a new report reveals some sites are harder than others to stay away from.

A new Harris Poll finds that off all the social media apps out there, Facebook is the hardest one for folks to give up. In fact, 49% of people admit they’ve had a hard time taking a break from Mark Zuckerberg’s creation. YouTube is the second hardest, although only 29% of people say they had a hard time quitting it, followed by Instagram (21%). 

Hardest Social Media Apps to Take a Break From

  • Facebook (49%)
  • YouTube (29%)
  • Instagram (21%)
  • Twitter (14%)
  • Snapchat (12%)
  • Pinterest (10%)
  • LinkedIn (5%)
  • Tinder (2%)

So just how bad is our addiction to these apps? Well, the poll finds that 31% of folks actually say they grew anxious when they didn’t check their social media regularly.

Source: Harris Poll

Ask anyone who is or was a parent and they’ll tell you it can be absolutely exhausting. In fact, sometimes you’re so exhausted you don’t even know what you’re doing. Well, a new survey reveals the state of exhaustion of most parents, and what that has lead to in their life, and we’re pretty sure people with kids won’t be surprised at all. 

A new survey finds that parents spend about 33 hours a week on parenting-related tasks, like getting the kids to school, making meals and more. And with many moms and dads working as well, the average parent winds up getting only about 55 minutes of time to themselves every week, and when they do get free time, they only spend about 31% of it relaxed, which is about 17 minutes a week. What’s more, about 10% of parents say they’ve gone a month without getting any free time for themselves.

And all this lack of free time can make some exhausted parents do some crazy things. Among the strangest things parents say they have done while exhausted:

  • Tried to wash clothes in the toilet
  • Poured baby formula into their coffee
  • Texted their boss thinking it was their partner's number
  • Took a shower fully clothed
  • Tried to make a phone call on the TV remote
  • Left the house completely naked
  • Opened the refrigerator looking for a pair of shoes
  • Waited for a stop sign to turn green
  • Drove to work without dropping my kids off at school first
  • Started cooking dinner at breakfast time

Parents are so desperate for time to themselves that 65% admit to hiding from their kids to catch a break. Among the weirdest places they’ve hidden:

  • Reclined in the truck’s driver’s seat
  • On the roof
  • Under the sink
  • Behind some bushes at a mini golf place while she played with her dad
  • Horse barn
  • Under the bed
  • In the laundry basket
  • Behind the washer and dryer
  • Under the staircase
  • Chicken coop 

Source: SWNS Digital

There are plenty of diets where carbs are the enemy, we’re looking at you keto and paleo. And that’s why we’re so excited that something called the “Super Carb Diet” is a real thing. Former “Biggest Loser” trainer Bob Harper swears by it and he even wrote a book about it, “The Super Carb Diet: Shed Pounds, Build Strength, Eat Real Food.”

So what is the Super Carb Diet exactly? Well, it doesn’t mean we can eat all the carbs, like those new double bread bowls from Panera, all the time. But it does include “moderate amounts” of carbs, fats and proteins, with a focus on balancing them. And the kind of carbs you eat is really important, you want the ones Bob calls “super carbs,” which are rich in fiber and have a slower digestion process, like 100% whole-grain breads and sweet potatoes.

The diet also advises eating carbs earlier in the day or before a workout to keep energy levels up and making sure everything you eat is nutrient-dense. “Not only will you lose significant weight and whittle your waistline,” the book’s description on Amazon reads, “you’ll walk away from the table feeling happy and full.”

But what do you get to eat on the Super Carb Diet? Here’s what Bob says is a typical day of eating for him:

  • Breakfast: nonfat Greek yogurt with fresh berries and a teaspoon of nut butter
  • Lunch: a "BIG salad with plenty of peppers and chicken," dressed with avocado and balsamic vinegar.
  • Dinner: Roasted veggies over brown rice with fish or chicken.

Of course, like with all eating plans, there are downsides to this one. But if you’re a hardcore carb lover who wants to shed some pounds, this could be a winner for you.

Source: Women's Health

Disney has a new solution to stop the bedtime struggle. When you’re having trouble getting your darling children to bed and nothing in your regular routine is working, Disney’s Sleep Shop is offering a sleep hotline where parents can dial up their kiddo’s most loved Disney character and they can lay down the bedtime law.

Just call 877-7-MICKEY and follow the prompts so your sleep-fighting child can pick the character they want to hear from. Or if you’re too impatient for the 30-second recording to read off the options, here’s a cheat sheet: Press 1 for Mickey, 2 for Minnie, 3 for Donald, 4 for Daisy, or 5 for Goofy. You can press those numbers as soon as the recording starts and get to bedtime business right away.

The hotline is here to celebrate the company’s new sleepwear line, but it’s a cute way for your kid to hear their Disney buddy tell them night-night. Each call gets you one character, but if you’re desperate - and we’ve all been there - let your kid keep calling to hear them all.

But here’s the important thing, moms and dads, the toll-free number is only available through August 31st. Unless Disney hears the pleas of frustrated parents and keeps the hotline going longer. Fingers crossed.

Source: Scary Mommy

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