We live in a culture that practices little to no self-control. It tells us, “Go ahead, eat the marshmallow”(or that cookie). You deserve it!
Our kids are being programmed to want more, more, more. I am not grumbling here, but one just wonders why so many young people today have this inflated sense of entitlement and so little self-control. Who or what are the culprits?
I used to think monosodium glutamate was just a Chinese restaurant additive, but the Truth In Labeling site opened my eyes with all the other ‘names’ it can go by in ingredient lists. It was certainly another piece of the puzzle in discovering why my children were reacting to certain foods.
What I didn’t know, is that there are more than 40 different food ingredients that contain the chemical in MSG (processed free glutamic acid) and cause reactions in reactive people (whether mildly or seriously).
I learned so much (which I still feel is valid and true today) including:
- What MSG really is
- Where is MSG hidden?
- Ingredient names used to hide MSG in food
- UK E-numbers used for MSG-containing ingredients
- There are pesticides and fertilizers that contain MSG (As of 2004, California had already approved crop spraying with MSG)
Audiobooks are a fabulous way to keep both adults and kids entertained (and learning) during a long car trip.
Everyone loves a good story. The time just goes by so much more quickly when you are all caught up in the same story together, not to mention the great conversations. No more “How much longer till we’re there?”
Several years ago, revelations of Josh Duggar fondling his younger sisters were everywhere. His actions happened more than 12 years before while Josh was a child, and there are allegations that it continued in other ways. It was and, I’m sure, still is a nightmare for the larger Duggar family and for Josh Duggar, his wife and children.
Jo Frost, SuperNanny, asks the question, “How many of you parents actually read a bedtime story to your children?” The response is really quite shocking!
In Britain, she found:
- 33% don’t read to their children
- 33% (over a third) of children don’t even own a book!