Tales from the Potty: Do You Wash Your Hands?
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If you’ve ever potty trained a child, you know it can get, well, messy.
We’re on hopefully, fingers crossed BIG TIME, our last time down this path and each of the kids has brought their own unique spin to potty training. Our middle child showed us just how alike budgeting and potty training are.
With our youngest, I swear I hear him humming lines to “My body is a wonderland,” every time he goes to the bathroom (which is ALL the time since his bladder is so small) but that is a MUCH different topic for a different day. Suffice it to say, he’s full on in discovery mode these days.
Potty training means one thing in our home…spending a lot of time in the bathroom. While he has done great overall, there is also some genuine fear he’s dealing with. So, that means either Mrs. Frugal Rules or I get to spend copious amounts of time in “the office” to make sure it’s anchors away as opposed to something else. Sorry for the visuals. 😉
While I use some of the time to encourage him, (and not go crazy listening to his 8th rendition of the Dora theme song…seriously, we have to go through Dora again? I thought that died once our daughter moved past it.) I also use some of the time to try and multi-task and read about things going on in the world.
That usually means checking out Flipboard or the NPR site to get caught up on recent events. I don’t know if I never noticed some of these things before, but there are some crazy things going on in our world that either make me laugh, smile, cringe, or scratch my head out of awe. So, I thought I’d share some of those tidbits with you today! 🙂
Tales From the Potty
This story takes the cake! Apparently, there is a new senator from North Carolina (Thom Tillis), who I kid you not, wants to make it so restaurant employees DON’T have to wash their hands when they return from the restroom.
Ok, so when I go out for lunch, do I ask for a side of norovirus or is it just assumed? His argument…that it’s too much regulation. Mind you, he doesn’t favor increasing the minimum wage or mandatory paid sick leave but he wants restaurant employees to have the right to make your dinner after wiping without washing.
Take That Developed World!
Another head scratcher…apparently there are some African countries that are better immunized than we are here in the States.
I know the vaccination debate can be a hotly contested one, but we’re behind some African countries for immunization against something that we’ve had a vaccine for since the 1960s? As someone who wasn’t vaccinated until college due to family beliefs I just can’t get over that.
Doing Good for ALS
Here’s one to make you smile…remember the Ice Bucket Challenge from last year? There was debate over where money was going and the like. Well, the numbers are supposedly in and the challenge raised nearly $115 million for the ALS Association.
The annual budget for the Association…$60 million. Not too bad at all and a great way to bring attention to a worthwhile cause – even if it did fill up your Facebook feed for what seemed like forever. 😉
Your Beliefs Are Odorous
Do you think how you smell indicates what your political leanings might be? Well, a study done by the American Journal of Political Science set out to see. Apparently it took smelling gauze pads stuck under the armpits of different people for 24 hours to determine that body odor has little to do with a political affiliation.
Imagine being the recipient of that test subject…all in the name of science I guess. 😉
Richy Rich, Anyone?
Are you looking to unload an extra $1.5 – $3.5 million you have lying around? Well, if you do, then you can throw it at a personal submarine.
That’s right, one of the new must-have “toys” for the uber-rich is a personal submarine.
You know, when a yacht isn’t enough and you really want to live outside the box…the 2-3 person sub can be personalized to what you want.
The Multi-Millionaire Who Pumped Gas for a Living
This story made me both laugh as well as pump my fist. Ronald Read, a 92 year old gas station attendant from Vermont passed away last year – his estate…$8 million!
He left the bulk of his estate to a local hospital and library. According to the stories I’ve read no one knew he had amassed such a net worth and at one point a breakfast tab was paid for anonymously because the person thought he didn’t have the means to pay for it himself. Talk about living out the habits of frugal people!
A Strange New Side to Divorce
As something that can likely only be described as “Only in America” I read about a new business that helps couples smooth the process of getting a divorce.
The business – Divorce Hotel. I guess I can hand it to them for thinking outside the box and wanting to make the whole transition a bit better, if it really can be, but at $5,000 for a weekend stay at a luxury hotel I think I’d rather split the $5,000 with my future ex.
Financial Classes Mean Fewer Delinquencies for School Kids
I’ll end on this one, another one that makes me smile…most of my readers know how much I support financial literacy – especially in schools. Well, a new study has come out with a relatively direct link between somewhat thorough financial classes and higher credit scores and fewer delinquencies.
I don’t really care as much about the higher credit scores as I do the fewer delinquencies, especially when it comes to things like dealing with student loans, credit cards and the like. I get excited when I read things like this as it goes to show that teaching students about money does work and will put them in a better chance to succeed in life.
What’s new in your world? What news story have you read lately that made you either laugh, cringe, scratch your head or smile? For any parents out there, any tricks for potty training success?
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