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Parents admit to committing at least 4 ‘parenting mishaps’ a week

Parents commit almost 4,000 “parenting mishaps” before their child moves out of the house, according to new research. A survey of 2,000 parents (ages 23 and up) found the average parent commits 221 little hiccups per year – adding up to 3,978 between their child’s birth and age 18. The top parenting “faux pas” was found to be allowing children to have too much screen time (65 percent,) followed by accidentally teaching children swear words (42 percent) and letting children watch something that wasn’t age appropriate (39 percent.) Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Boudreaux’s Butt Paste, the survey uncovered the challenges that often come with modern parenting and found that when it comes to parenting, sometimes it’s about embracing the imperfections. Results revealed that children are the most challenging to handle at age 6, and parents should watch out for their youngest – they’re the most likely to cause trouble. Despite this, 50 percent of parents also admit their youngest child is their favorite (of those who have a favorite). With all the trouble little ones can get into, sometimes parents need a break from the chaos. Parents who were surveyed were willing to give up quite a bit if it meant their child would be perfectly behaved. Three in 10 would give up social media, while others were willing to sacrifice wine (30 percent) or Netflix (26 percent). When they need parenting advice, those surveyed turn first to their partner (42 percent), then to their mother (41 percent) or to other parents (31 percent.) Today’s modern parent also utilizes technology, with 17 percent of parents using the internet and almost 10 percent looking toward social media for parenting advice. “Being a parent is the hardest job in the world, and one that you truly can’t prepare for,” said Jeanne Collins, Vice President of Marketing at Prestige Consumer Healthcare. “From diapers and sleep routines to feeding schedules and all that baby stuff, the goal of the Butt Paste community is to be a source of fun amidst the chaos – one diaper change at a time!” Overall, it’s about embracing, not judging, the community of parents around you. In fact, surveyed parents agreed that the trend they’d most like to see go away in 2020 is mom shaming (64 percent.) But even with resources to turn to, just 12 percent of respondents felt “very prepared” when they first became a parent – though an additional 44 percent felt “somewhat prepared.” And when first becoming a parent, respondents were most surprised by the lack of sleep new parents get (50 percent), how hard it can be to get a new baby to fall asleep (37 percent) and the amount of stuff a baby comes with (31 percent.) But even feeling unprepared – and having a handful of “mishaps” per week – 66 percent of parents said they excel in teaching their children to be kind and compassionate. To accomplish this, the majority of parents (54 percent) agree that the “authoritative” parenting style is most effective – being sensitive and responsive to children’s needs, while maintaining sternness. “The beauty of modern parenting is that we can all connect on the fact that no one has it all together,” said Collins. “Not only is it about laughing through the little mishaps that happen along the way, but also finding solutions that uniquely work for you as a parent – that’s what our brand is all about.”

While that sounded much like a commercial, there were some interesting takeaways.  That said..  Glad I was raised in an era before cable tv, much less iPhones and Netflix.  My parents are guilty of a multitude of parenting faux pas..  But, they had nothing to do with the challenges faced here in “modern parenting.”     🙂

Want to live longer? Drink green tea instead of black tea, study concludes

Calling all tea lovers: The next time you reach for a cuppa, try green tea — if you want to prolong your life, at least. That’s according to a new study recently concluded by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and published Thursday in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. Researchers found “habitual” tea drinkers — whom they defined as drinking tea at least three or more times a week — had longer and healthier lives than those who did not drink tea as regularly. But these benefits were only seen in those who drank green tea, not black tea. To come to this conclusion, researchers analyzed 100,902 Chinese participants with no history of heart attack, stroke or cancer. They were divided into two groups, those who drank tea three or more times a week, and those who drank tea less than three times a week. Participants were then followed-up after seven years. By the end, the researchers found that regular tea drinks had a 20 percent lower risk of suffering from heart disease or stroke, and a 22 percent lower risk of dying from heart disease and stroke. Then, to look at the “potential influence of changes in tea drinking behavior,” researchers about eight years later took a subset of study participants — 14,081 people — and assessed them after five years. By the end, they found those who continued to drink tea three or more times a week had a 39 percent lower risk of incident heart disease and stroke and a 56 percent lower risk of fatal heart disease and stroke. Men in the study saw more benefits than women, namely because a higher percentage of habitual tea drinkers were men. First author Dr. Xinyan Wang of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences said in a statement that 48 percent of regular tea drinkers in the study were men, while only 20 percent were women. Additionally, “women had a much lower incidence of, and mortality from, heart disease and stroke. These differences made it more likely to find statistically significant results among men,” she said. But why is green tea more beneficial than black? Senior author Dr. Dongfeng Gu of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences said in a statement that green tea is rich in polyphenols, micronutrients that, “protect against cardiovascular disease and its risk factors including high blood pressure and dyslipidemia.” Black tea, on the other hand, is fermented, during which process “polyphenols are oxidized into pigments and may lose their antioxidant effects.” Additionally, black tea is often served with milk, “which previous research has shown may counteract the favorable health effects of tea on vascular function,” according to a press release on the findings. That said, Gu noted that most people in East Asia prefer to drink green tea, which may have influenced the results to some degree. “In our study population, 49 [percent] of habitual tea drinkers consumed green tea most frequently, while only 8 [percent] preferred black tea,” he said. “The small proportion of habitual black tea drinkers might make it more difficult to observe robust associations, but our findings hint at a differential effect between tea types.”

NFL Attendance Crashes to 15-Year Low

NFL attendance for 2019 shows the league is still struggling to put fans in the seats. In fact, attendance crashed to a 15-year low. The NFL averaged 66,648 fans in the seats per game, the lowest level since 2004, according to David Broughton and Andrew Levin of Sports Business Daily. For the last 11 years, the Cowboys have had the highest average attendance with 90,929 fans. But 15 teams lost fans including the Jaguars (down 8.7 percent), the Raiders (minus 7.6 percent) and the Bengals (down 7.0 percent). On the other hand, Redskins attendance gained 7.3 percent and the Buffalo Bills attendance grew by 6 percent. “Attendance peaked in 2016, with 69,487 per game. In 2004, 66,328 attended each game, on average,” Profootball Talk reported. On the other hand, the league witnessed a rise in TV ratings. With a concerted push to get back to football and leave the politics behind, the league saw a five percent hike in its TV audience.

….and that’s the key.  The ONLY reason that the NFL is starting to make a slow comeback in it’s tv ratings, is because they’re TRYING on some VERY small level, to reduce the politics, but not the political correctness.  When they make some inroads there, more folks (myself included) might think about checking out a game or two on Sundays.

Retailers Make Historic $34.4 Billion During Super Saturday Sales

Shoppers gave retailers a massive boost Saturday by making it the biggest sales day in U.S. retail history. Super Saturday sales reached $34.4 billion thanks to a booming economy and more jobs, according to retail research firm Customer Growth Partners. “Paced by the ‘Big Four’ mega-retailers — Walmart, Amazon, Costco and Target — Super Saturday was boosted by the best traffic our team has seen in years,” said the firm’s president, Craig Johnson. Johnson noted that stronger household finances have “put consumers in a buying mood this season,” adding that more of them are shopping online, which has accounted for a 58 percent sales growth compared to last year. The weekend record beat out Black Friday’s $31.2 billion and Cyber Monday’s $19.1 billion, a Fox Business report said. In November, incomes rose by half a percentage point, which caused consumer spending to rise at a 0.4 percent annual rate, according to Breitbart News’s John Carney.

More great news in this Trump economy!  For more, click on the text above.       🙂

New York is the rudest city in America, survey says

We’re walkin’ here! New Yorkers are the biggest jerks in America, according to a new survey of the rudest cities in the U.S. The Business Insider study found a whopping 34.3 percent of respondents said Big Apple inhabitants were the least friendly. That was nearly twice as much as the next highest city, Los Angeles, which 19.7 percent of the 2,000 adults surveyed online in October and November said was home to the surliest citizens in the country. Washington, D.C. was ranked the third rudest, followed by Chicago, Boston, Detroit, Buffalo, Baltimore, Philadelphia and San Francisco. Time-pressed Big Apple residents, who spend life jammed against nine million of their neighbors, are notoriously short on patience for slow walkers, tourists and people who wear big backpacks on the subway. But visitors have long seen locals as the real problem.

None of this should be a surprise to anyone.

Newt Gingrich: George Washington experienced America’s first Christmas miracle – And it changed our history

As I gather with family and friends for the holiday, I like to think about the most important Christmas moments that we have shared together. This year, as I was thinking about it, I also thought about the most important Christmas moments in American history. My mind immediately went to the first – George Washington’s victory at the Battle of Trenton on Dec. 26, 1776. Indeed, this risky assault actually amounts to America’s first Christmas miracle, which I explain in this week’s episode of “Newt’s World.” In December 1776, Washington and the Continental Army were not in good shape. They were badly in need of a victory, having had a run of devastating defeats with no significant successes. Not only that, Trenton was being defended by Hessian mercenaries, who were highly trained and well-equipped. The odds in a straight-up fight were not good. So, Washington had to do something unexpected – attack the day after Christmas. However, on Christmas Day, the weather was horrible. Washington’s roughly 2,400 soldiers – many of whom did not have shoes – had to march through wet snow, sleet, and driving rain to the Delaware River, where they then crossed in the dead of night. Once they started crossing the river, the weather was made worse by a Nor’easter that had hit the East Coast. Journals from Washington’s men described the storm as “a perfect hurricane.” Further, once they were over the river, they knew they had to march for several more hours before they engaged in a battle. The weather and slow crossing had put them three hours behind schedule, and some officers were debating just calling off the attack. Soldiers reported their muskets weren’t operable in the weather, the temperature was in the high 20s, the rain kept coming. It was a disaster. Still, Washington was determined. He told the men to use their bayonets if their rifles wouldn’t fire, and they continued the march. Calling off the attack was not an option for him. For all these reasons, the Battle of Trenton should have been a complete failure, and likely the beginning of the end of America’s independence. Yet, miraculously, it was the exact opposite. The attack on Trenton lasted only an hour. Of the approximately 1,350 Hessians defending the city, 900 surrendered after Washington’s swiftly executed surprise attack. Not only did the Continental Army suffer few casualties – soldiers picked up a good deal of munitions and equipment that once belonged to the Hessians. It was genuinely a miracle for the Americans, and it shaped our country and our world for centuries to come. I hope you will listen to this week’s episode of “Newt’s World” and hear more about America’s Christmas Miracle. Just click here.

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Dr. Newt Gingrich (R) is the host of the “Newt’s World” podcast and author of the New York Times bestsellers “Understanding Trump and Trump’s America.”      🙂

Opinion/Analysis: Fall back, daylight saving time – You need to cease and desist

Proponents of daylight saving time – which ends at 2 a.m. Sunday – argue that it gives more daylight hours after a workday and decreases energy consumption. But the negatives far outweigh any positives. It’s time to get rid of daylight saving time once and for all. Daylight saving time (DST) was first proposed as a way to have longer evenings of light in the summer. At 2 a.m. Sunday most of your smartphones will automatically turn their clocks back an hour, giving you a precious extra hour of sleep. But come March, when DST returns, you will be moving your clocks an hour forward – losing an hour of sleep. Russia tried switch to DST all year long, but ended up abandoning it in 2014 due to widespread complaints of how dark it was in the morning (and President Vladimir Putin doesn’t cave easily). As for the energy-saving believers, think again. A 2017 analysis showed that at the maximum, DST gave a 0.34 percent energy saving, but that number varies greatly depending on time and geographical location. For example, DST may save some energy in Britain, but actually costs energy in the United States because extra energy is needed on the colder, darker mornings. Plus, this study tried to show that DST causes an energy-saving, whereas it could have just been a simple case of correlation. For example, ice cream consumption and drownings both increase in the summer, but eating ice cream doesn’t cause more drownings. It is hot outside, so more people are both eating ice cream and swimming – that is, the weather is the “confounding” factor. There could be a confounding factor between DST and energy saving. So now that we have dispelled the potential positives, let’s look at the known negatives. There is hard evidence that DST is bad for our health, sleep patterns and pocketbooks. Both the “spring forward” and “fall back” negatively affect our sleeping patterns, taking us up to a week to get used to the new schedule. While you may not notice it, subconsciously for two weeks out of the year your sleep pattern is heavily affected. This has many effects, including unproductive workdays, potential traffic accidents, and just feeling crummy in general. Many studies have suggested that DST increases your risk of stroke and heart attacks by throwing off your circadian rhythm. The potential risks to your health from DST are endless. As for your pocketbook, it is estimated that DST costs the United States $433 million each year. To put that in perspective, that could pay for in-state tuition and fees for 33,000 public college and university students for their entire four-year degrees. So why do we still keep DST if there are so many negatives and really no positives? Money. While DST is taking money out of your pocketbook, it is lining the deep pockets of the retail, sports and tourism industries. If we use that extra hour of daylight to go somewhere, we don’t walk, we drive, which is why the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing (a lobbying group for convenience stores) pushed to start daylight saving time earlier in the year – to the tune of an additional $1 billion in annual sales since 1986. That was when the organization lobbied successfully to have DST start a month earlier. Golf industry lobbyists, home goods and repairs lobbyists and others have worked hard to keep DST in effect, as they gleefully increase their sales year upon year. Daylight saving time has also been dubbed “daylight slaving time” and I think that is pretty darn fair. Established in wartime for very specific purposes, it is now an outdated tool that needs to end.

Some pretty compelling arguments there by Dr. Liberty Vittert.  You be the judge.. Liberty Vittert is a professor of the Practice of Data Science at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and an ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society. Follow her on Twitter @libertyvittert.