Overwhelmed new parents struggle to eat healthy food

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DEAR ABBY: I’ve an in depth buddy who not too long ago had a child with severe well being issues. Sadly, we dwell on reverse sides of the nation, and I can not afford to fly on the market. I wish to assist, however wanting calls and texts to let her know I am considering of her, I am out of concepts.

She’s talked about a number of occasions that with all of the work of being a brand new father or mother plus the additional work concerned with a baby with particular wants, she usually would not have time to arrange wholesome meals and reverts to junk meals that she will be able to seize simply. Ordinarily, I might convey over a couple of meals to assist out, however that is unattainable to do when she’s so distant.

Restaurant reward playing cards can be an possibility, however sadly she and her husband do not have the time to go to 1. I am hoping you may need different concepts on how I might help out from afar. — PUZZLED ABOUT HELPING

DEAR PUZZLED: Go surfing and analysis meals supply providers within the metropolis or city the place your buddy lives. Some companies ship ready meals on a weekly foundation. Different firms ship bins of fantastic fruits each month. However earlier than doing something, ASK your overwhelmed buddy what she and her husband assume may be useful relatively than attempt to second-guess.

DEAR ABBY: I might prefer to know if there’s a good manner of asking my niece and her boyfriend, who’re of their mid- to late-20s, to not convey their telephones to the dinner desk? I’ve spent days getting ready for and cooking vacation meals. The night was lower than pleasing for me as a result of they had been solely partly there, and spent most of their time texting and presumably on Fb.

It is awkward to ask an grownup to follow good manners. Any phrases of knowledge will likely be a lot appreciated. — WELL-MANNERED LADY IN THE WEST

DEAR LADY: Clarify to your niece that you just spend loads of time, cash and energy on presenting these meals, and that you just had been damage and offended at their obvious lack of appreciation. It is the reality. Don’t preoccupy your self with making an attempt to be good or you’ll weaken the message. Some households clear up this downside by insisting their friends place their cellphones in a basket earlier than dinner and reclaim them as they depart. (Only a thought!)

DEAR ABBY: My buddy from church casually talked about that he and his spouse not too long ago helped themselves to a number of buckets of sand from a nationwide park. I am beside myself making an attempt to grasp how they will justify pillaging a pure useful resource to allow them to faux they’re on the seashore. It is past egocentric and simply plain fallacious. What can I say to persuade them to return it? Are you able to assist me navigate this dialog whereas nonetheless sustaining the friendship? — SHOCKED IN HAWAII

DEAR SHOCKED: Begin by mentioning to your folks that there are severe penalties for doing what he and his spouse did. I ran your letter by my former private assistant, Winni, who lives in Hawaii. She knowledgeable me that, based on the Division of Land and Pure Sources, stealing sand from the seashores is just not solely in opposition to the legislation, but in addition punishable with fines of upwards of $100,000.

Expensive Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also referred to as Jeanne Phillips, and was based by her mom, Pauline Phillips. Contact Expensive Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Field 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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