Parents Are Controlling Their (Adult) Kids Lives

While many of us are still shocked that Felicity Huffman and Lori Louglinspent a lot of moneyto help their kids get into college, they are far from the only parents who have gone a bit too far to control their kids’ lives, and a new poll suggests a lot of parents these days are to blame for young adults not learning any life skills to take with them into the real world. 

The poll, conducted by “The New York Times” and Morning Consult, asked parents of 18 to 28-year-olds whether they were still doing certain tasks for their college-age kids and beyond, and the results were astounding.

While college is supposed to be a time for teens to learn how to live on their own and handle their own responsibilities, 76% of parents say they still remind their kids of deadlines, including schoolwork, while 74% make appointments for them, and 15% have actually called or texted their kids to wake them up, insuring they didn’t miss their class or test.

  • But that’s far from the only way parents are keeping their kids from growing up. In fact some fight their battles for them, with 8% of parents having gone so far as to contact with a college professor or administrator over an issue regarding their kids’ grades, while another 11% have actually called their kids’ employer if there was an issue at work.

Other admissions from parents of young adults include:

  • 22% helped them study for a college test
  • 16% helped write all or part of a job or internship application
  • 14% told them which career to pursue
  • 14% used their professional network to help them get jobs or internships
  • 12% gave more than $500 per month for rent or daily expenses
  • 11% helped write an essay or school assignment
  • 4% wrote all or part of an essay or other school assignment 

Source:New York Times

You may want to put down your sweet tea or Coke because we’ve got some news about those beloved sweet drinks. According to new research, sipping on sugary beverages like sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death.

A newstudyfinds that women who drink two or more glasses, bottles, or cans of sweet stuff a day raise the risk of dying young by 63% compared to women who drink them less than once a month. There’s still a higher risk for men, but theirs is only raised by 29%. Drinking more than two sugary beverages was found to increase the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease by 31% and from cancer by 18%.

But don’t think you can just switch to Diet Coke or start using Splenda in your Starbucks lattes instead and be safe. Researchers also looked at the effects of drinks made with artificial sweeteners and found that swapping one sugary beverage a day with an artificially sweetened one was found to lower the risk of dying prematurely, but sipping four or more of those fake sugar drinks actually raised the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease in women. So in this case, the artificial stuff isn’t a safer alternative to sugar.

Source:CNN

You may want to put down your sweet tea or Coke because we’ve got some news about those beloved sweet drinks. According to new research, sipping on sugary beverages like sodas, sports drinks and juice is linked to an increased risk of premature death.

A newstudyfinds that women who drink two or more glasses, bottles, or cans of sweet stuff a day raise the risk of dying young by 63% compared to women who drink them less than once a month. There’s still a higher risk for men, but theirs is only raised by 29%. Drinking more than two sugary beverages was found to increase the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease by 31% and from cancer by 18%.

But don’t think you can just switch to Diet Coke or start using Splenda in your Starbucks lattes instead and be safe. Researchers also looked at the effects of drinks made with artificial sweeteners and found that swapping one sugary beverage a day with an artificially sweetened one was found to lower the risk of dying prematurely, but sipping four or more of those fake sugar drinks actually raised the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease in women. So in this case, the artificial stuff isn’t a safer alternative to sugar.

Source:CNN

These days artificial intelligence is advancing so much it’s doing the jobs of many people, and that’s something that’s very worrisome to Millennials. A new Canadian poll, which could easily translate here, finds that 85% of those between 18 and 34 are concerned that in the next ten years, A.I. will be a threat to the job market, with 25% believing it’s already an issue.

But not everyone has such a negative outlook on the job market in the coming decade. In fact, 71% of Millennials are optimistic they’ll be able to make a good living, while a third believe that within the next decade they’ll be working in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet.

And it seems A.I. isn’t Millennials’ only concern when it comes to the future job market. The poll finds that 60% see the competitive labor market as something negatively effecting their future employment opportunities, while 55% are concerned about changing skillset requirements, and 53% are worried about a lack of a personal network.

Source:Benzinga

These days artificial intelligence is advancing so much it’s doing the jobs of many people, and that’s something that’s very worrisome to Millennials. A new Canadian poll, which could easily translate here, finds that 85% of those between 18 and 34 are concerned that in the next ten years, A.I. will be a threat to the job market, with 25% believing it’s already an issue.

But not everyone has such a negative outlook on the job market in the coming decade. In fact, 71% of Millennials are optimistic they’ll be able to make a good living, while a third believe that within the next decade they’ll be working in jobs that haven’t even been invented yet.

And it seems A.I. isn’t Millennials’ only concern when it comes to the future job market. The poll finds that 60% see the competitive labor market as something negatively effecting their future employment opportunities, while 55% are concerned about changing skillset requirements, and 53% are worried about a lack of a personal network.

Source:Benzinga

Every parent has a different idea about when a kid is old enough to be left alone, but it seems everyone on the Internet agrees that one mother used very poor judgment when she decided to leave her tot at home by himself…at age five!

A pregnant stay-at-home mom by the name ofTarinshared on Reddit that she has been finding it harder and harder to get things done, especially with an active young boy in the house, so she’s started leaving her five-year-old home alone instead of having to drag him on a bunch of errands. If that doesn’t make people gasp, she also shared that one time she even left him and ran to the mall while his lunch was in the oven, noting, “figured by the time it was ready, I would be home."

Well, it seems Tarin’s fiancé doesn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with her when it comes to leaving their toddler home alone. He came home early one day to find the tot by himself and was furious, texting her that she was “crazy,” and adding, “How do you not see this is wrong?"

She took to Reddit to get some sympathy, suggesting her fiancé’s messages about the situation left her “degraded and belittled over nothing," but as you can imagine, she didn’t find many people on her side.

  • Many questioned whether a five-year-old was really self-sufficient enough to be home alone, while others worried about what would happen in the case of an emergency. One person noted, “Five minutes in my kid would have burned himself on that oven."
  • Others suggested this woman isn’t actually ready for a second kid if she sees nothing wrong with leaving her toddler at home. As one person noted, “If she can't manage putting a 5-year-old in the car to grab lunch, she won't be able to take care of a 5-year-old and a newborn as a single mom.”

Source:Romper

From deadly tornadoes to school shootings, there are scary events in the news everyday and while they’re hard enough for us to process, it’s that much tougher for our kids. Parents struggle to know when and how to talk to their kids about these events because we don’t want to overload them with information or alarm them.

So to help us know the best way to approach scary news with our kids, RosemarieTruglio of Sesame Workshop and Tara Conley, a media studies professor, suggest these tips.

  • Limit their exposure to breaking news.
  • With the really big stories, start the conversation during a quiet moment and ask them what they’ve heard and how they’re feeling.
  • Give them context and facts to show that most scary news events are rare.
  • Show them where this is happening on a map.
  • Avoid using labels like “bad guys” when kids ask why something happened.
  • Encourage kids to process the story through art, play, or some other creative outlet.

Source:NPR

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