November 28, 2014

In The News

Say ‘No’ to team snacks

team snacksWhat I object to is the need to create a network of snack suppliers for the little league T-ball game that lasts as long as a special episode of “The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.” Are our children really so desperate for food that they cannot go even an hour without the promise of a treat? Read more

Child poverty on rise

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 child povertyChild poverty rates in the U.S. are on the rise, but health and education trends are showing improvements—including teen pregnancy reaching a historic low, according to the annual KIDS COUNT Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Read more

 

The hardest part of teaching

 

hardest part of teachingValerie Strauss in the Washington Post once put together a series of quotes to answer the question “How hard is teaching?” and asked for more in the comments section. My rant didn’t entirely fit there, so I’m putting it here, because it is on the list of Top Ten Things They Never Tell You in Teacher School.

 

The hardest part of teaching is coming to grips with this: There is never enough. There is never enough time. There are never enough resources. There is never enough you. Read more

Search ends for missing Israeli teens

missing Israel teensIsrael’s intense 18-day search for three abducted teenagers ended Monday when their bodies were found buried under a pile of rocks in an open field about 15 miles from where the youths were last seen in the occupied West Bank.

A nation that had been enmeshed in hopeful prayer was instantly engulfed by a mix of grief and anger and vowed retaliation against the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which Israel says was behind the killings. Read more

Amazing video of infant swimming

Infant Swimming Resources teaches children as young as six months how to be their own hero in the pool. Check it out!

Best not to be coolest kid in middle school later

coolest kid in middle schoolIt might have been tough not being the coolest kid in middle school, but new research shows that teens who weren’t part of the in crowd go on to have healthier lives once they hit adulthood.

A study published Thursday in the journalChild Development shares that teens who were so focused on being popular were often unable to develop the social skills needed for successful friendships and relationships later down the road, and some also had issues with substance abuse. In 1998, researchers began following almost 200 13-year-olds — 86 males and 98 females.Read more

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33 inexpensive summer activities for kids

By KaixinFun Keeping kids busy while they are at home during the warm summer months is a challenge for any parent, older sibling or babysitter. It’s not easy to fill an 8 hour+ day with fun activities for your little ones. Thankfully, some brilliant people online came up with some fun (and safe) ways to… Read more

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Things to stop doing to yourself

m4s0n501 This list of  30 things to stop doing to yourself from lifebuzz.com may be targeted to adults, but I think they equally apply to kids finding their way in the world too. #1. Stop spending time with the wrong people.– Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out… Read more

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10 common mistakes parents make (me included)

By Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what’s best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn’t resonate with me. Back then it was about… Read more

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VIDEO: Infant twins talking to each other

Infant twins Grayson and Griffin engage in a deep conversation…  

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