"Hey, wait a minute..this isn't chocolate milk!"
I’ve been seeing this guy who is a great dad and now, a great boyfriend. He’s romantic, calm, honest, and fun-pretty much everything someone could want in a guy. The only problem is that he is making his kids fat. He lets them drink pop and juice to their hearts’ content, lets them eat sweets whenever they want, and at supper, he gives them HUGE helpings and rewards them with dessert if they clean their plate. He’s obviously not bothered by the increasing childhood obesity epidemic, but it bothers me. His kids don’t get a ton of exercise either, and I’m starting to see them losing muscle and gaining fat when other kids their age are fit and healthy. How do I bring this up to him and let him know it bothers me without destroying the relationship?
You said he was honest, right? You need to be honest too. If I were in his shoes, I’d be happy that someone I was dating took extra effort in caring about my kids health. I think you should bring it up from the perspective of talking about the children eating candy and drinking too much pop. Maybe start with that, then work back to meal portions and meal contents. A great show to watch as a family is “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” it’s on ABC starting April 12th (a Tuesday) at 8pm/7pm Central. The show is amazing and has been a wake up call for many..hopefully he’ll see the error of his ways after your talk as well.
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I have recently started dating someone after taking a few years off to work on myself. I really like this girl, but she has one huge flaw: she is always going on vacation. In the four months I’ve gotten to know her, she’s been on three vacations. When I asked her why she feels the need to get away, she says her every day life is so mundane that she needs an escape. I am a part of her every day life and hearing her say that made me think she’s not ready for a relationship if she feels the need to escape all of the time. I’m 30, she’s 31 and I think it’s a little old to be doing monthly vacations..it’s a little too “early college” for me. What do you think?
I think you’re totally right, she isn’t ready for a relationship. There’s nothing wrong with going on a vacation, but if you feel a need to constantly escape everyday life, you’ve got some issues. Everyday life is reality and it can be a little routine and boring sometimes, but if you can’t find enough beauty in reality, it’ll only create more issues. Personally, I think vacations should be once or twice a year (if it can be afforded) to allow for some time to pass to make that next vacation a nice treat. If you’re always on vacation, the luster is lost and it is simply escaping. She needs to ask herself what it is that makes her feel like escaping all of the time. Personally, if you’re taking issue with this now, I’d talk to her and explain how you feel. If she isn’t willing to deal with reality, maybe it’s time you move on to someone who can be an adult and deal with everyday life in a constructive manner.
I received many emails asking for other ways to get a Kindle for access to Olivia’s book, so I though I should publish a few links for alternative methods to get Kindle access.
For PC: Here
For Mac: Here
For Ipad: Here
For Blackberry: Here
Olivia’s Book: Here
If you like the book, be sure to pass the word on to your friends! Thanks!
Big news… Olivia’s new book is now available to buy on Kindle for only $1.99! After updating the description section late last night, I realized it needed a tweak and it will be changing in the next day to be more like this:
Strawheart is an adventure tale of Sophia and Darwin who must go on an adventure to save Sophia’s kingdom. Along the way, they learn about true love and standing up for what’s right. They also meet some friends..a troll with a girl’s voice, an ugly fairy, a white wolf, and a living scarecrow named Strawheart who hides an important secret.
It’s a longer book, but a good read for kids ages 7-12. The page numbers very by the screen size of your Kindle or Kindle app, but on my phone, it was well over 80 pages. This is a steal at $1.99!
Again, all profits go towards Olivia’s college. Pick a copy up today or if you know a parent that uses Kindle, pass the word along to them!
Here is the link.
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Is it just me, or does dating get harder with age? It seems like the single 30 crowd has SO many more issues than the single 20 crowd did. I’d like to think I WON’T have to settle for a total retard when the time comes to settle down, but it isn’t leaning that way.
I once compared us all to cans on a grocery store shelf. We all get our dents and drops and eventually reach our expiration date. No one’s perfect Anne, and the older we get, the more we notice this. Yes, this means you’ll have to decide if someone’s minor flaws are your major dealbreakers, but it all essentially boils down to what you want. How happy do you want to be?
In my 20’s, I dated a girl that by all definition of the word was a hardcore alcoholic. She drank and was drunk daily. She smoked pot, she had no goals in life, and she had the worst credit I’d ever known anyone to have. I dated her…why? She was hot. It didn’t last though..she and I had a falling out about a month into it and we split up. The reason I am telling you this is because what we may overlook in our 20’s, may be a bigger deal in our 30’s because we’ve refined our tastes. The issues may have always been there, we just chose to overlook them when we were younger. Now that we’re older and (hopefully) wiser, we see them sooner and are more likely to weed out those that do not fit our ideals.
Personally, I’ll never settle for less than what I want. I figure it’s taken this long to find the person I’ll spend my life with, so I’m going to make sure my choice is a good one.
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I am sure you heard about the peanut allergy case in Florida that made the news, but if you hadn’t, I’ll fill you in. This girl in a school down there basically has such bad peanut allergies, all of the kids in her class must wash their hands and faces before entering the classroom every morning. It has parents in an uproar because they feel it’s creating a HUGE fuss for just one child, yet the school feels it has no other option than to accommodate this child.
My daughter has a peanut allergy and I’d have pulled her out by now if it was as bad as this girl’s. My child shouldn’t be the reason the entire class has to be extra careful..why not make an allergy class? Frankly, I think allergies are caused by parents using too many antibacterial products in the house while the child is in-womb and when they’re first born. Kids need bacteria to grow strong and when we take it away (I’m guilty too..but never again), it screws them up.
What do you think? Should the other parents be mad?
Wow, tough questions. Let me first say that there is too much emphasis on antibacterial product usage these days and you’re right in believing that the body needs bacteria to function properly. The reason so many bacteria are becoming medicine resistant is because we’ve used and abused anti-bacterial products to their extent and somewhere along the line, caused bacteria to mutate. I don’t use, and don’t want my daughter using antibacterial gels and hand sanitizers, soaps, and personal products because I want her body to live with and fight off good and bad bacteria respectively. Antibacterial products don’t discriminate against which bacteria they kill..they simply kill it all…not cool. Now, do antibacterial products cause allergies? The jury is still out on that topic. Allergies are triggered as an immune system response and while the antibacterial products DO change the body’s ability to create it’s own immune system responses, it’s too soon to tell whether or not the antibacterial products are affecting the antigen response of the human body on such a high level.
Now, about kids with allergies. Olivia’s school has several kids with severe allergies and steps have to be taken to keep them safe. It is really frustrating to me that Olivia cannot bring treats for holiday parties, can’t bring birthday snacks, and has a limited lunch list of items that she can bring. To me, the allergy kids should be at a different table or eating at a different time or I think having an allergy classroom would be a great idea, but most schools can’t afford the expense. If it were as severe as the girl you wrote about, I’d be home schooling her if I were her parent.
It’s a tough call though..I am sure some parents also feel that a public school should go to every extent to give their child the same experience as everyone else. I’d just hate to think of kids wanting to bully her later in life because of her severe allergies.
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I am an ass-girl by definition. I rate a guy by the size of his ass. Personally, I like them big and firm, like a baseball player’s.. I’ve been told that I am a bit of a rarity, so I wanted to ask you if you know if women that rate a guy by his ass to see if I am truly one-of-a-kind.
Asstastic. I am not an ass man. I am not a boob man, nor am I an eye man, a race man, or a lip man. I am a full package man. IF there was one thing I could be characterized as it would be a non-hairy arm man since hairy arms are the only thing that will immediately disqualify someone from my mind. Asses are only an afterthought.
I asked around and many of my female friends said they do not look at a guy’s ass when considering whether or not they’d date him. Most qualified that with a statement along the lines of “unless it’s huge..then no.” I guess you are a rare breed these days.
With so much emphasis on other things, I can see why the ass is overlooked. Readers, if you’re an ass person, post who you’d rate “best ass” (or what makes a great ass) in the comments section of this post if you’d like to add your side to this debate.
I seem to be addicted to orphans. It’s a weird subconscious thing, but every guy I’ve hooked up with or dated in the past two years has been either adopted or a foster kid at one point. I don’t even know how I do it, but I seem to have this weird magnetism for them. Anyway, the reason I brought that up is because I haven’t had good relationships with any of them. Are all adoptees/foster kids going to be disaster for me? If that’s all I seem to find, I’d rather not live the rest of my younger years in bad relationships.
You seem to have quite a talent there. My guess is that you’re picking out some sort of personality trait that is commonly found with someone that lacks a strong parental figure (such as a fear of rejection or being outwardly friendly to gain acceptance), and that seems to be a trait you’re attracted to..it just so happens this trait seems to be common in people that are either adopted or foster raised.
The bad relationships you’re having could be for a number of reasons and can’t be just one person’s fault..which means you’re at fault as well. I don’t know what happened in these disasters, but my guess is you also played a role since you didn’t go into much detail. I’ve never been there myself, but having no identity (or an identity that’s different from reality) seems like it could be tough to handle. Some adopted children do just fine, but some seem to have a mountain of issues to climb before they’re ever okay with themselves. Either way, people are all unique, and while some may exhibit similar characteristics, they are all going to lead different lives with different outcomes.
I’d look at yourself and see why you feel your relationships have failed. Why do YOU think things went bad? What do YOU feel your role was in these relationships?
So I misjudged my “getting better” statement from the other day and in fact, sunk into worse health on Friday and Saturday. It all culminated with me ending up in urgent care on Saturday getting cough medicine with codeine and more meds. NOW I am finally feeling better, and despite the codeine wooziness, I can be productive.
Another odd happening over the weekend was that yes ANOTHER drunk drive hit my roommate’s car. Not only did they hit it, but they hit the same spot and also destroyed a rim. I shot out of bed to check it out (5am) and saw them trying to get away but their axle was broken, so I called police who showed up and arrested the man, then towed his car. The roomie is a bit pissed. Apparently our street is a favorite cruising spot for drunks. I just may lose my patience with the next one and smack them silly before the cops arrive.
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I’ve been sick for the past few days. Not the average sick either..I am talking a “whole body hurts, cough up a lung, constant fever, throat feels like I ate glass” kind of sick. Not fun. I finally got up yesterday evening and am back at work today, toughing it out.
I had enough energy this morning to even complete a post! Here you go:
I just started reading this blog and noticed awhile back that you’d posted a link about energy drinks, but you forgot to post the best selling one of all: Gatorade. What gives?
Gatorade is not an energy drink, it’s an electrolyte replenishment drink..like flavored sugar water. There are a small number of vitamins in Gatorade and Powerade, but nothing that would qualify it as an energy drink. Typically, an energy drink should raise the drinker’s metabolism through vitamins, herbs, or caffeine AND also produce an energy lift for the drinker. Gatorade simply replenishes minerals lost through sweat. Tap water does the same thing in most cases.
I’m not against Gatorade by any means, I just don’t rank it in a category where it doesn’t belong. It’d be like ranking Chili’s and McDonalds on the same ticket because they both have fries, when in reality, it’s two different things.
(By the way, if there’s an energy drink you’d like me to try, send it to me. I am always on the look out for new ones.)