These days more and more people may want to adapt healthier diets, but it seems there’s one big roadblock getting in the way – money. According to a new poll, 50% of Americans say they can’t really afford to eat healthy, with 55% saying the cost of healthy food forces them to choose unhealthy options.
When it comes to buying “organic,” 80% of folks say they would make such purchases if they could afford it. And apparently the idea of organic products really is appealing to most people with 75% of folks saying they would be more likely to buy something that was labeled “organic,” while 60% would likely buy something that said it was “all natural.”
But, it turns out, a lot of people don’t necessarily trust the labels they see on food products. In fact, only 20% of people completely trust the information on food labels, while 57% only partially trust the information. So, why is everyone so untrusting? Well, 20% of Americans blame their distrust on the recent foodborne illness outbreaks, like the recent romaine lettuce scare.
A town in Wisconsin is considering a new way to handle the issue of bullying, by holding the parents accountable. A city official in Sun Prairie, Alder Maureen Combie, has proposed that parents get fined if their kid is bullying other students. She’s proposing a city-wide anti-bullying ordinance, similar to one enacted by nearby Monona in 2013.
Combie is asking the city to consider issuing tickets to the parents of bullies that would fine them anywhere from $50 to $1,000. The proposal comes after other parents have asked for more accountability for adults to help stop bullying. The ordinance would include verbal, physical, and electronic harassment.
“It’s basically just another tool in the tool box,” Combie says. The proposal will be brought up in Sun Prairie’s Youth and Family Commission this Thursday.
Being stuck in a super long line at the grocery store is no fun, but you know what’s worse? Having to stand there while your kid is having a major meltdown. Most parents have experienced this nightmare before and it’s not easy to deal with, but these coping strategies can help.
- Prevention, prevention, prevention- One of the best ways to deal with your kiddo throwing a fit in public is to prevent it from happening in the first place, so get strategic. Skip stores when possible and order online, or use features like Target’s Drive Up that lets you order on their app and they bring the stuff out to your car, so you don’t have to go inside. And when you do need to shop in a store with the little one, try not to do it when they’re ready for a nap or hangry.
- Eyes on the prize- Get your kids involved in your shopping trip by asking them to help you find a product or just to hold an item for you, so they feel like part of the process. And if you’re into bribery, offering a treat for the end of the trip gives them something to look forward to.
- It’s all in your head- When your kid does have a meltdown in a store, try to remember that no one’s as bothered by it as you. Other customers may be a little annoyed, but they’ve probably been there themselves before and get it. Try not to panic, since it won’t help and will only stress you out more. Take deep breaths and remember that it won’t last forever.
- Let it go- As adults, we dread the time we have to spend in the checkout line, so think how much worse it is for a child with a shorter attention span. We might feel like crying when it’s taking forever, but if they actually do, try to soothe them and make them comfy and remember it’s not their fault.
Like everything else in our lives, our relationships could benefit from some spring cleaning from time to time. According to marriage and family therapist Alisa Ruby Bash, tossing out some destructive habits that may have crept into your relationship can give your relationship a boost. Think of it like Marie Kondo’s method of tidying up and getting rid of things that don’t bring us joy and ditch these to make more room for the good stuff.
- Complaining- Venting is important, but constantly dwelling on the negative is exhausting for our loved ones, Bash says. You should be able to talk to your partner about your problems, but if you’re not able to move past your feelings or get closure, it may be time to call your therapist.
- Bringing Work Problems Home- Bad days at work are going to happen to everyone at some point, but if work issues and stress are following you home all the time, it can mess with your home life and keep you from recharging and relaxing there.
- Making Promises Lightly- You want your S.O. to know that your word means something and that they can count on you, so when you commit to anything with them, follow through.
- Being Messy- You’re a grown up and should clean up after yourself. You wouldn’t leave that mess for your boss or bestie to clean up and you shouldn’t leave it for your partner either.
- Being Unsupportive- You’re not always going to agree with your sweetie, but try to choose your words carefully when you disagree and try to be encouraging.
- Ignoring Your Needs- We need to take care of ourselves feel happy, healthy and strong before we can want others to adore, cherish and desire us. It’s easy to make excuses, but being too tired or too busy isn’t a reason to blow off self-care.