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 3/28/16

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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 3/18/16

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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 3/09/16

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A Psychologist Explains the Surprising Power of the Right-Hand Bias

Given this research, I’m going to up my mom manipulation game and start serving all the vegetables on the right side of the plate. The Atlantic


My Dad Spent Years of My Childhood in Prison. His Incarceration Punished Me Too.

The ripples of having a parent behind bars extend far beyond the years they’re unavailable. No one knows that better than Dominique MattiVox


50 Captivating Photos Of Girls Going To School Around The World

Did you know, globally, there are 33 MILLION FEWER girls enrolled in primary school than boys? Like today. In modern times. Unacceptable. Huffington Post


A Spanish Artist Transforms an Old Church Into a “Sistine Chapel” of Skateboarding

BRB. Booking a flight to Spain and uh, learning how to skateboard. Slate


Here’s How “Metric Parenting” Can Help Relieve Working-Parent Guilt

This is a little type A for me, but as a woman who often considers she may be doing all of the mom things wrong, tracking parenting goals may be something to consider. (Because I’m sure as hell not keeping a food diary.) Fast Company

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/08/16

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Why every father should bring his toddler out for a mini adventure.

I once took my then 4 year old to New Hampshire alone for 36 hours. Felt like a badass. Then I read about this guy and realized I’m no hero. Medium


Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say

Remember how easy it was for our parents to embarrass us? In the pre-internet dark ages, without the entire world at their fingertips? Recall that before you blast your kids all over the web. Well at The New York Times


The Wildest Rumpus: Maurice Sendak and the Art of Death

You take the things that terrify you, and turn them into something beautiful. Related fun fact, I’ve never read Where the Wild Things Are without choking up. “And the walls became the world all around.” SINGLE TEAR. The Atlantic


Why Six Hours Of Sleep Is As Bad As None At All

Given this research, it’s truly a wonder I never left my kid strapped to the grocery cart, not realizing until I made it all the way home to unload the bags. Fast Company


International Women’s Day 2016: What are you going to make?

Did you feel that draft? It was me fist pumping Microsoft’s Make What’s Next video. Invent, little ladies. INVENT. Youtube

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/07/16

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Homework is Wrecking Our Kids

Can we start calling elementary school homework what it is? A joy sucking waste of everyone’s time and energy. Even the research feels us on this one. Salon


 

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

It’s not just unbecoming, it’s actually a self-perpetuating cycle of negativity that can literally deteriorate your health and the health of those around you.
So step off, Negative Nancy. All your “venting” is giving me heart disease. Inc.


The Gutsy Girl: A Modern Manifesto for Bravery, Perseverance, and Breaking the Tyranny of Perfection

If Pippi Longstocking and Sheryl Sandberg got together and penned a book for tween girls, this brilliantly written and illustrated gem would be it. Brain Pickings


Our liquid fingerprints: Micrograph photos reveal the unique beauty of tears

Totally calling my kid’s out on their crocodile tears by dropping some science on them. “PUT THOSE UNDER THIS MICROSCOPE. I CAN TELL YOU’RE FAKING.” Quartz


Woman shares photo of dimples on breast to raise awareness of cancer symptoms

Kardashian ladies take note: Now THIS is a reason to plaster a photo of your breast all over social media. Nothing like that nonsense you all are peddling. Mashable

 

Parent Co. Daily News For Parents 3/04/16

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This North Face Toddler Will Remind You How Incredible And Inspiring The World Is

When an election year makes the world feel as though it’s growing darker by the minute, sometimes you need to shift perspective. Like, get down on a two year old’s level. It’s magical from down there. Co. Create


Quiz: Can We Guess Your Age and Income, Based Solely on the Apps on Your Phone?

Ok, so it pegged me as 32, single, and totally cashing in. Maybe the me who uses my phone is having an aspirational pre-mid life crisis. It’s fine. Washington Post


How Snapchat Built a Business By Confusing Olds

Just when I was feeling old and hopeless, it’s been confirmed that I AM too senior minded to fully understand Snapchat. Bloomberg


Engineer or Princess? Your Kids Shouldn’t be Forced to Choose

The opposite of “girly” isn’t “science-y” (and ok, fine, that’s not actually a word, but let’s not split hairs. There’s a point to be made.) The Next Web


Disney’s Zootopia Is a Giddy Delight

I’m all in for any Disney movie that 1. Tackles prejudice 2. Is free of soul sucking musical earworms 3. References Breaking Bad. I haven’t even seen it yet, but it may be my new favorite. The Atlantic