Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 4/01/16

Do People Still Make Phone Prank Calls?

Let’s just say sleepovers would have been mighty different if caller ID had been the norm when I was in middle school. At least technology can’t take away the old “slip their hand into a bowl of warm water” bit. The Atlantic

The Case for Teaching Girls to Masturbate in Sex Ed

Ok. Stay with me, here. Author Peggy Ornstein is currently leading the charge when it comes to girls and sex, with her book published this week, Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape. According to her it’s high time we accompany the lessons of mechanics with some real talk (and actual naming of the lady parts, for the love of pearl. please. ) The Cut

Science Proves That Parents Really Do Play Favorites

I will fully admit to having a favorite kid. It’s whomever isn’t currently in the throes of a full on Naomi Campbell diva fit or insisting on taking a dump while I shower. Quartz

Psychologists Have Invented a Test to Measure Your Secret Need for Drama

Forward this newsletter to your friend who always posts those insufferably vague “woe is me, but don’t you dare ask me what the hell is wrong because I’m not talking about it” social media updates. They probably really like internet quizzes. Science of Us

The Daniel Boulud Course on Food and Life

Good news. If there’s hope for this unadventurous hot dog lover to become a foodie, your kid isn’t doomed either. (And maybe I could even convince myself to choke down some of those disgusting oysters.) GQ

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/30/16

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When You Become The Person You Hate On The Internet

To write on the internet is to risk offending anyone who can read. Sure, “offensive” can be in the eye of the beholder, but sometimes even the most conscious of social media jokesters can accidentally be a big jerk. (Still apologizing, friends who enjoy Zumba…) All Tech Considered : NPR

Working Moms: Do Working Moms Negatively Impact Kids?

Here, Moms. Let me take that Working/Stay at Home Guilt Shawl off your shoulders. It’s so ’90s. Put this I’m Doing What Works Cape of Badassery on instead.
That feels better, doesn’t it? Motto

10 Ways to Raise Brave Girls

Whenever I wonder if I’m personally doing a good job of this, I remind myself of the way my 4 year old daughter sighs when her 10 year old brother asks her to accompany him down to the basement. Outside Online

Sorry, but you can’t blame your children’s genes

“Look, teacher. It’s not that my child was born completely terrible at math. It’s really because of who I am as a person. And I’m a person who hates math.” The Guardian

What creative people understand about the importance of being alone

The best creative thinking I’ve done in the past month occurred when I was all, “FINE, DON’T COME WATCH THE BEAUTFUL SUNSET WITH ME, YOU JERKS.” and walked to the lake all by myself. Guess that wasn’t a coincidence. Quartz

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Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/29/16

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Confessions of a Radical Doula

Yes, we are super fortunate to be living in an age where giving birth is not a guaranteed gamble with death. However, far too many women are led away from trusting the process, instead, being talked into the procedure. The Cut

The ‘Swap-The-Baby’ Test

Don’t call my baby a start-up. My start-up never projectile vomited down the front of my dry-clean only sweater while smiling. NPR

Why Fathers Take More Paternity Leave For Sons

I guess it makes sense in a way. Michael Keaton didn’t sell the Mr. Mom biz hard enough. (But that ironing board grilled cheese was pretty brilliant.) Inc.com

The Artist Behind the Three-Eyed Fish and Selfie Rat, and Other Hoaxes

The internet certainly didn’t create eccentrics, but it no doubt gives everyone a platform to tout their own brand of weird. The New York Times

How to Make Money Investing in Legos, One Minifig at a Time

Don’t feel bad if the balance of your kid’s college fund couldn’t cover the cost of a pizza party. Chances are, you’ve got a few Lego sets kicking around. The return on that investment may be better anyway. Inverse

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/28/16

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No Spanking, No Time-Out, No Problems

Alright. If positive reinforcement is the name of the game, I’m just going to start following my kids around slow clapping every time they put their clothes in the hamper and settle on a Netflix show without a shouting match. The Atlantic

10 Simple Ways to Make Other People Happy

Knowing it takes so very little to truly make my day, (“Hey person I’ve never met! Your kids are charming and hilarious!” “Why, thank you! I will remember that later when I want to glue their bottom lips to their eyebrows!”) you’d think I’d remember to do the same for others more often.
One spin around the internet and it’s clear many folks could use a refresher. (Not that I’m saying you do. I’m saying you can passive aggressively share this where you see fit.) Inc.com

Schools Are Slow to Learn That Sleep Deprivation Hits Teenagers Hardest

Finally, vindication that my daily nap in physics class, senior year of high school, was beyond my control. (And judging by how often I think about gravity beyond crossing my fingers I don’t fall while walking in heels, I didn’t miss much.) The New York Times

Please Stop Saying You Want to Go to Cuba Before It’s Ruined

Yes. Things are changing in Cuba, but think for a second beyond what that means for tourists Instagram game. Flood Magazine

Software Flags ‘Suicidal’ Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Some days I think if there were a place to hand in my adult card, I’d line up so fast there’d be a visible trail of dust in my wake. Then I read things like this and I’m reminded that being an adult affords me the luxury of keeping my Google searches to myself. I guess I’ll hold onto that card after all. NPR

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/24/16

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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

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/23/16

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No-Brainer: Paid Leave Equals Breast-feeding Success

Turns out, if a new mom is afforded the time to stay home with her brand new baby, she’s more likely to find success breastfeeding. With her breasts. That are attached to her. Not going to work. NY Mag

How to Teach Your Kids about the Brain

Maybe if we put as much emphasis on teaching kids emotional intelligence as we do reading and math, we’ll never have to suffer through an election season this depressing again. Mindful

How To Be A Better Friend, Even When You’re Busy

Prioritizing friend time is the opposite of selfish. It’s sane making. (Spoken as a woman whose ongoing text thread with several girlfriends has nearly vibrated my phone clear off the counter.) Fast Company | Business + Innovation

Can Three Words Turn Anxiety Into Success?

Researchers suggest we can channel our nerves into totally crushing whatever is working us up by simply trading the word “nervous” to “excited.” I guess they have a point. But we all know how trying to be excited turned out for Jessie Spano in Saved By the Bell… The Atlantic

 

We’re More Honest With Our Phones Than With Our Doctors

Ok, but in our defense, our phones don’t have dreamy blue eyes and a winning set of dimples. The New York Times

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/18/16

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I, narcissist – vanity, social media, and the human condition

“We are trying to sanitize the messiness of human experience.” Nice selfie. How about you show me a collage of the first 57 takes, mmkay? The Guardian

9 Reasons Why the Self-Esteem of Young Girls Really Matters (Infographic)

We don’t need to quantify the reasons, (because, duh) however, we do need every tool in the belt to assure we’re raising a generation of empowered ass-kicking females. Good

If you’re just not a morning person, science says you may never be

Next time your kid is all up in your face at 5am, just repeat this mantra:

“Society favors early risers.” Vox

6 Ways Your Siblings Affect Your Health

Super thankful my kids can grow up, blame each other for their short comings and leave me out of it. I mean, that’s why I had two. Time

Getting to Know Your Kids, One on One

Any specialist who addresses a personal stress of mine by suggesting one solution is to make my kid assist me with the laundry is an ace in my book. Well New York Times

 

 

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/16/16

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Instagram Is About to Change in a Massive Way

How about you stop telling me what I want to see, Instagram? (Because the first time you serve up some Papa John’s ad before my regularly scheduled overwrought latte art, imma QUIT you.) Time

How I Tried to Teach Myself to Eat Vegetables Like a Grown-Up

The conversation about picky eaters always centers around our kids. But what happens when as adults, we don’t grow out of it? Chances are, those habits get passed down. But the good news is, you could teach yourself to like almost anything, at any age. (Except mushrooms. Because, no.) New York Magazine

What Students in Europe Learn That Americans Don’t

It would be nice to round out all those football games and processed lunches with a little more real talk about sex and geography. Maybe if those trophy cases were lined with awards for “Contraception Bee Champions” and such… Vice

Why Tech Is the Leading Industry on Parental Leave

When it comes to Tech Industry perks, generous parental leave policies are the new in house juice bars and gadget vending machines. The Atlantic

‘Humans of New York’ Founder Brandon Stanton on Serial Obsessions, How to Build a Sensibility, the Dignity-Conferring Power of Listening, and the Value of Time

The idea of photographing strangers is clearly not revolutionary. But the striking humanity that Brandon Stanton teases out when talking with his subjects is nothing short of brilliant. Brain Pickings

 

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/14/16

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@MichelleObama

It’s hard to imagine a First Lady who could do a better job harnessing the power of social media than Michelle Obama. She’s a pioneer and she’s CRUSHING IT. The Verge


The Youngest Casualties in the War on Obesity

It’s hard to say what’s more ill conceived: BMI report cards or the measurements themselves. Either way, they may do more harm to our kids than good. Pacific Standard


 

For 80 Years, Young Americans Have Been Getting More Anxious and Depressed, and No One Is Quite Sure Why

“Modern life is not good for mental health.” Going to just keep that card in my back pocket and play it on the days I just can’t get my shit together.


I Didn’t Know How Much I Loved Autocorrect Until It Was Gonne

There’s no doubt my fumble thumbs and distracted brain have benefitted from Autocorrect. But more importantly, it makes my phone feel like an old friend when it fills in my made up expletives. Wired


If You’re A Real Grown-Up, Minivans Are Cooler Than Crossovers

As we loaded $3,500 worth of IKEA wares into her trunk, and fired up the Frozen DVD for the kids, it occurred to me my girlfriend’s Honda Odyssey is the car of the gods. Stigma be damned.  Jalopnik

 

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/11/16

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How Many Germs Live on Your Cell Phone?

I wanted this quiz to horrify me, but the truth is, unlike my kids, my phone hasn’t ever sneezed directly into my mouth. And it’s not like I’m getting rid of them anytime soon, either. The Oatmeal


How to Tell Your Boss You’re Pregnant

Like the smart way. Because throwing up during a meeting is a decent enough clue, but that really depends on your reputation around the office. New York Magazine


A Blogger is Using The Baby-Sitters Club as Fashion Inspiration, and the Results are Fantastic.

Since about the age of nine, I’ve aspired to dress with the carefree creativity of Claudia, mixed with the sophisticated sass of Stacey. If that statement means anything to you, well, then you’ll be as psyched on this blog as I am. Slate


Walking The Beat In Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Where A New Day Began Together

 

Go ahead and find one story about Fred Rogers that doesn’t make my heart swell a size and a half. I’ll wait. NPR


Why Am I Right-Handed

Science Question From a Toddler is a new series over at FiveThirtyEight that specializes in answering all the stumpers we field when all we’re trying to do is cook dinner. Can’t wait to submit one from my kid. Unless one of you can answer, “If hammerhead sharks are real, why aren’t unicorns?” FiveThirtyEight