An Ancient and Proven Way to Improve Memorization; Go Ahead and Try It
I've meant to buy ketchup the last 3 times I've made a trip to the grocery store. One of those trips, that was my sole purpose for going and I managed to come home with only an avocado, bulk almonds, and wine. Gonna get on this technique stat. The New York Times Or skip right to the test. Everyone loves internet tests.
Group Drumming Bangs Away at Anxiety and Depression
Last year my son participated in the African drum circle at his elementary school's weeklyMonday morning assembly. I'm sure the benefits of the practice far outweighed all the "OH MY GOD, WHY AREN'T YOU BRUSHING YOUR TEETH? WE HAVE TO BE THERE 5 MINUTES AGO!" Probably. Pacific Standard
Disobedient, Rule-Breaking Kids Might End Up Earning More, Study Says
Fine, kids. You don't want to listen? I'll just be over here with my eyes closed mentally furnishing the Manhattan penthouse you'll be buying me in 2046. Mic
Monarch butterflies are headed for extinction. We'll have to get creative to save them.
It hardly seems fair that the large, flying, attractive insects are the ones dying out. Meanwhile those winged cockroaches are going to get to share this bombed out shell of a planet with Oprah once the rest of us die off. Vox
(On a related note: observing the process of caterpillars turning into butterflies is probably one of the raddest science experiments you can do with your kids. And as it turns out, important.)
The Life Biz
Put down the self-help book. Save yourself the $15.99, dial up the common sense, and for god sakes, just be nice to people for the sake of being nice. There. That was free. The New Yorker
It’s the New Year, and I have been doing a lot of thinking. I want to say, with all of my heart and all of my soul, that I am sorry. I want apologize for anything (and everything) I have said or done that made you feel less-than or sad or small.
This year I am resolving, with a twist. There will be no diet, exercise, less swearing and drinking, "more church" kind of resolutions. This year I'm simply letting go of the things that are just not productive nor conducive to my life. This is the year I give up several of my hard-earned mom-related titles.
Surround yourself and your kids with piles of magazines and update vision boards for the fresh, new year to come. If nothing else came from this evening together, we exercised our creativity and bonded while reenacting some of the over-the-top advertisements we came across.