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10 Lies That Every Parent ‘Should’ Tell

This is an article I read from the ‘Mens Health – Big Black Book Of Secrets’. It is a book that I recieved with the Mens Health Subscription.
Anyway, one of the articles was about ‘How To Be a Good Dad’. At the end of this rather interesting article was ’10 Lies Every Parent should Tell’.

Some of them I thought were funny and the others ‘Right On’. I tacked my comment on the end of each one. So here they are:

1. “The tooth fairy called. She said the way you’re behaving, you might as well keep the tooth“. Parents threaten consequences all the time, but it helps to have a strong third party on call to bring perspective. From Halloween on, throw all your disciplinary needs onto Santa’s lap. (That would have so worked for me)

2. “Monsters like to eat dust bunnies. I bet you’re going to get lots of monsters in this room”. Call it a cleanliness incentive plan. (It would not have worked for me)

3. “Mommy and Daddy are not fighting; we are rearranging the kitchen”. Kids might not buy this one, but in our desire to be right, we jump into fights even if it means exposing our kids to adult conflicts. Need to scream? Get them out of the house first. (My parents did not fight – true)

4. “Mommy and Daddy are’nt fighting; we’re playing leapfrog, On the bed“. (with no clothes on?). In case the makeup sex gets out of hand. (I would believe the leapfrog – the thought of my parents having sex! UGH)

5. “Reading books will make you a millionaire“.
In todays screen-dominated world, kids must grow up knowing that books, not blogs, will unlock the secrets of their universe. (depending on what they read I agree)

6. “Don’t worry, sweetie, that can’t happen here
Um, sure it can. Murder, terrorism, earthquakes-they can strike anytime, anywhere. But parents must be kiddie pepto-bismol: coat them, soothe them, relieve them.(Totally agree, they should not have to worry about anything – they will be adult long enough)

7. “I know everything
Before teachers, coaches, and the kid down the street get their shot, parents must be a child’s go-to encyclopedia for all of life’s questions. The important thing is that your children, not you, believe it. (My Dad was always right – lets say I would never question his answers)

8. “That guy is homeless because he didn’t eat his vegetables”.
If you really stretch it, ther’s science to back this up, given the importance of nutrition to brain health. More important, this lie teaches cause and effect, and gives your child the power to determine his destiny. (well put, must have taken a while to think that one up)

9. “I am not afraid”.
Your smile is their Kevlar vest, your hug, proof that everything will in fact be okay, no matter how bleak reality might be. (very hard when you are about to do a bungee jump).

10. “This is Dad’s special juice, and it’s poison to children”.
Happy hour is sacred ground, folks. (This I totally agree with)

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9 Food Label Lies

The healthiest food often has the least marketing muscle behind it. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently published a comprehensive report on the subject, a persuasive indictment called “Food Labeling Chaos.”

Here are nine of the most common ways food labels lie, so you can prepare before your next trip to the grocery store.

“Made With Whole Grains”

Unbleached wheat flour is still the main ingredient; whole wheat flour is further down on the list, indicating that the product contains relatively little. One truth — the presence of whole grains — masks another; that whole grains make up an insignificant portion of the food.

Another factor to keep in mind is the presence of potassium bromate, a dough conditioner found in commercial bakery products and some flours, which is a major, but hidden cause of thyroid dysfunction. This ingredient may be used even in whole grain breads. For more information, please review this previous article.

Ingredients

Even if the first ingredient listed isn’t sugar, the product may contain more sugar than anything else. How is it possible? Just add up all the sugars that go by different names, such as sugar, corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup and white grape juice concentrate.

Serving Size

There are 2.5 official servings in a 20 ounce soda bottles, meaning that 100 calories per “serving” is really 240 calories per bottle.

Omega 3

Everyone knows omega-3 fats are healthy, but that doesn’t mean every product emblazoned with the word is a healthy source of it. The FDA allows certain foods that are rich in two of the omega-3 fats to advertise that they can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, but only if they’re also low in saturated fats or other risk factors. Which is why some unhealthy foods use a bit of marketing misdirection: the packaging has the word “omega-3,” but nothing specifically about heart health.

“Made With Real Fruit”

Usually the only thing approximating fruit is concentrate (sugar). If you want real fruit, buy real fruit. If you want candy, buy candy.

“0 Trans Fat”

Many reformulated foods are basically just as bad, but they scream one truth: “0 trans fats!” to obscure another: “still bad for your heart!”

“Free Range Eggs”

This means chickens must be granted the luxury of exactly five minutes of “access” to the outdoors every day. Those eggs you buy may have been raised ethically, with room enough for hens to roam the yard. But there’s no guarantee in the “free range” label.

Fiber

The fibers advertised in many foods are mainly “purified powders” called inulin, polydextrose and maltodextrin. These “isolated” unnatural fibers are unlikely to lower blood cholesterol or blood sugar, as other fibers can.

Tastes Like Medicine!

The FDA allows food manufacturers to make certain pre-approved “qualified health claims” about the health benefits of nutrients in food. But marketers have stretched this inch into a long mile. For instance, food makers can’t say that their product “helps reduce the risk of heart disease” without FDA approval, so they say that it “helps maintain a healthy heart.”

That’s why several public health groups, including the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society, have voiced concern about this trend.

Sources:

The Daily Green February 1, 2010

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7 Money Lies (and 3 Truths) for the New Economy

This in my opinion is a great article. It is very to the point, very truthful, and in your face .I like it and it will give you the hard facts about what you do or do not do with your money. Great article Jean Chatzky

By Jean Chatzky

Lie #1 Call your credit card company, and it will lower your rate Over the past 15 years I have been asked many times what to do when you’re try-ing to get your credit card company to lower your interest rate. And I’ve generally answered: Phone the toll-free number on the back of your card and ask. If the customer service rep says no, get the supervisor on the line and ask again. I gave that advice frequently be-cause it worked—according to one study, more than 50 percent of the time.

Recently, however, that strategy stopped producing results. Even more disturbing, some people who made those calls let me know that while they were talking to the card companies, they learned their credit lines had been slashed or their interest rates had gone up. The Amer-ican Bankers Asso-ciation says the queries didn’t trig-ger the adjustments; consumers merely hadn’t received the notifications yet.

I did some research, and today I advise people to contact their credit card com-panies only when they are having trouble making payments and only if their credit rating is strong. In that case, the bank may be willing to lower interest rates in the short term or slash an out-standing balance. (If you do this, however, be prepared for possible long-term conse-quences, such as a lower credit limit and higher in-terest rate.) The message? To pro-tect our futures, we all need to keep abreast of the new rules.

Lie #2 It’s smart to use low interest–rate savings to pay down high interest–rate credit card debt.
The thinking used to be, if you take money out of a savings account that earns an anemic two percent and use it to pay off credit card debt that’s costing you 18 percent, you’re pock-eting 16 percent—and there’s no better guaranteed return on your money (except, perhaps, a 401(k) match).
That basic math still holds, but the response of credit card companies has changed. Now they’re “chasing the balance,” says Credit.com president John Ulzheimer, author of You’re Nothing but a Number.
It’s simple: You pay down your balance; they reduce your credit line. That hurts your credit score, since it looks as though you’ve maxed out your cards.
It raises another problem: If, down the road, you need to use your cards for an emergency, the money won’t be there.
That’s why now, more than ever, it’s crucial to have savings of six months (for couples) to nine months (for singles) of living expenses.
So my advice now involves two steps: First, get that cushion safely socked away. Then start paying down high interest–rate debt.

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