November 24, 2017

On Book Leave

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By Julie Samrick I wanted to let you know I’ll be taking a short leave from writing articles for Kid Focused while I work on a clean, kid friendly, novel. I’ve always wanted to tackle a book and have finally found my inspiration. I may still post for Kid Focused but wanted you to know… Read more

Home at Last: Family dog found after 20 months in the wild

Dog found after 20 months in the wild

By Julie Samrick   On Oct. 6, 2012, the Braun family’s golden retriever Murphy, startled by a gun shot, bolted into the Tahoe National Forest near an off-trail campsite at Hell Hole reservoir.   Over the next two days they scoured the area for Murphy but that Sunday evening they went home to El Dorado Hills in the… Read more

Worst TV Dads

Worst TV Dads

This Father’s Day happened to coincide with the season finale of HBO’s Game of Thrones. And while George R. R. Martin introduces us to any number of poor paternal role models, that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the worst TV dads. From murderers and terrorists to dads that will just plain… Read more

Things to stop doing to yourself

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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 of… Read more

One Million Moms calls for Nabisco boycott

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One Million Moms  is calling Nabisco’s latest “This is Wholesome” ad campaign nothing more than “sexual perversion” since it features a same sex couple with kids. What do you think?  

Kids react to rotary phones

kids react to rotary phone

If you are a person of a certain age, you remember what it was like to use a rotary phone—the slow process of dialing, the weird clicking sound the wheel made. These kids in the latest video from Benny and Rafi Fine are too young for that. Watch how adorably perplexed they are when this relic is placed… Read more

2-year-old’s FaceTime saves mom

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A 2-year-old boy is being hailed a hero after using FaceTime to save his mother after she was gravely injured. According to a report from KGUN, Laura Toone was trying to break up a fight between a foster dog she had been caring for and one of her own dogs — when the foster dog… Read more

‘Bossy’ should be least of our worries

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By Julie Samrick When a girl takes the lead she’s often called bossy, yet when a boy’s bossy he’s seen as a leader, so say influential American women such as Facebook COO Sharon Sandberg, Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Marie Chavez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In a recent piece to discuss the… Read more

Spelling Bee runs out of words

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How do you spell a spelling bee that goes 66 rounds in more than four hours and causes the organizers to run out of words? The answer is T-I-E, for now. Sophia Hoffman, a fifth-grader at Highland Park Elementary School in the Kansas City suburb of Lee’s Summit, and Kush Sharma, a seventh-grader at Frontier… Read more

Shirley Temple dies at 85

Shirley Temple

She may have lifted the country’s spirits during the Depression, but for generations after she lifted many children’s spirits on Saturday mornings. Read about Shirley Temple’s life and legacy