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PARENTING: 4 in 5 Moms/Dads Say Children Are Not Thankful For What They Have

4 in 5 parents think children today don’t appreciate what they have. Over half of a survey of parents with kids between 4 and 10 years-old add they believe they spoil their children too much. Another 2 in 5 go even further, saying they’re sometimes “embarrassed by how selfish their child acts.” Despite the struggles of many moms and dads, 3 in 4 say teaching their kids about gratitude is a high priority. Nearly 9 in 10 regularly encourage their children to say “please” and “thank you.” Another 11% say do this occasionally and just 1% admit they rarely have their kids say please and thanks. When it comes to getting gifts at a party, just 1 in 4 parents say their child writes thank you cards to gift givers all the time. For many parents, the best way to get their children to be appreciative is by giving back to others. That means involving their kids in volunteer work, either with actual community groups or informally by helping out neighbors and relatives.

Destination Weddings Help 2 in 3 Couples Get Out of Inviting Unwanted Guests

More than two-thirds of Americans would have a destination wedding in order to “trim the fat” off their guest list. The average survey respondent believes the “perfect number” of wedding guests is 56 people. However, if it’s a destination wedding, only 36% of people would invite more than 50 guests. Almost one-third of Americans think a smaller guest list would encourage them to have a destination wedding. As far as obstacles in making it to a destination wedding, half the poll say they would not attend if it becomes too expensive for them to travel. The most popular destinations have beautiful beaches, with 36% of respondents choosing Hawaii and a third selecting the Caribbean. A third of guests are most likely to attend a wedding if it took place in Hawaii. 59% would travel abroad for an immediate family member’s wedding and 55% would travel for their best friend’s wedding. 39% of people are more likely to attend a destination wedding if it’s a location they’d enjoy.

Traveling For Thanksgiving? The Busiest Travel Days Are...

According to AAA, 53.4 million people will be traveling a distance of 50 miles or more this year for Thanksgiving. More people will be hitting the road this year than last. In total, driving traffic is expected to increase 13 percent from 2020. According to Gas Buddy, the national gas price average is set to decline to $3.35 a gallon on Thanksgiving Day, which is still one of the highest gas prices seen on the holiday in over seven years. AAA says typically, the busiest travel days are the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after.

Target Makes a Permanent Move: Closed On Thanksgiving

Target stores will be closed on Thanksgiving on all Thanksgivings going forward. They chose to close last Thanksgiving, and it also spread out holiday sales to try to keep crowds down on Black Friday. Most Target stories reopen at 7am for Black Friday. Walmart will also be closed on Thanksgiving for the second straight year.

Americans Expect to Add 8 Pounds Over the Next Month Due to the Holidays

Half of America has broken a diet due to the temptation of holiday foods. According to a new survey, the average person expects to gain about 8 pounds throughout the holiday season. Some people aren’t concerned about their weight. In fact, 90% plan on enjoying the holiday season without worrying about maintaining a healthy diet. 48% admit they’ve eaten so much during a holiday season that they’ve had to undo a button on their pants or loosen their belt. Another 45% have eaten more than one of the same meals in a day, such as eating multiple lunches or dinners. Others have eaten until they feel sick, unwell, or full to bursting or they’ve deliberately worn stretchy clothes to accommodate overeating. Nearly two-thirds of respondents are even actively delaying their attempts to be healthy until after the holidays. Many will pick healthy habits back up after New Year’s. 39% plan to make a New Year’s resolution for 2022, with the top goal being exercising more.

Woman Sobs As She Reveals Her Live-In Boyfriend Sent Her Home From A Work Party In An Uber Because He Was 'Embarrassed' By Her

A woman in Michigan was left in tears after her live-in boyfriend sent her home in an Uber because he didn't like her outfit… which led to the end of their relationship. The woman took to TikTok and revealed that she met a guy off of the dating app Hinge. She says they hit it off right away and after spending only a few days together, he asked her to move in with him. She then said that he invited her to one of his work functions, and she was so excited to meet his coworkers and friends. She spent 40-minutes doing her hair and makeup so that she could look nice for the event. But while getting dinner beforehand, he told her that he was “embarrassed” by her outfit and that she couldn't come any more, so he called her an Uber. The outfit included a pair of high-waisted, paper-bag pants and a black crop top that hardly showed off her stomach.

NBC Suggests Skip the Turkey This Year Due to Inflation Costs

A segment on NBC's “Today" over the weekend suggested American families could drop the traditional Thanksgiving turkey from their meal his year to deal with inflation. There is a 6.2% increase in prices from a year ago, which is a 3-decade high. Guests on NBC recommend forgoing the turkey. It tends to be the most expensive thing on the table. "Maybe you do an Italian feast instead."

Ridesharing Services May Be Lowering Drunk Driving Deaths

Rdesharing services may help reduce drunk driving deaths. Researchers looked at rideshare trips and alcohol-related crashes in Chicago from November 2018 to December 2019. They found more rideshare trips meant fewer alcohol-involved crashes. For example, an increase of one rideshare trip per square mile was associated with 0.2% decreased odds that the crash was alcohol-involved.

NFL: 65-Year-Old Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer Is Dating A Maxim Cover Model

Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer is dating a Maxim cover model. Rumors started to swirl in October of last year that the 65-year-old Zimmer is dating model Katarina Miketin. Then recently Miketin confirmed on social media that she’s dating the head coach.

Jennifer Lawrence Explains Why Leonardo DiCaprio Earned $5 Million More Than Her Despite Being Top Billing in New Flim

Jennifer Lawrence shared her thoughts on why her “Don't Look Up” co-star Leonardo DiCaprio earned $5 million more than her $25 million salary despite the fact that she was given top billing on the project. Lawrence fought for her name to appear first in the credits for the movie, because she “was number one on the call sheet” and wanted that to be “reflected” in the billing. However, while she managed to secure the number one spot in the credits, she later learned that Leo earned the higher salary, bringing in $30 million in comparison with her $25 million pay. About the discrepancy Jennifer said, "Look, Leo brings in more box office than I do. I’m extremely fortunate and happy with my deal. But in other situations, what I have seen— and I'm sure other women in the workforce have seen as well — is that it's extremely uncomfortable to inquire about equal pay. And if you do question something that appears unequal, you're told it's not gender disparity but they can't tell you what exactly it is.” Initially, Jennifer and Leo were given equal billing until she chose to push for the top spot. “Don’t Look Up”, set for release in theaters and Netflix on December 24th, has an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, Timothee Chalamet, Tyler Perry, and Ariana Grande.

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