This conversation between Darin Ross and his daughter is the sweetest thing we’ve read this week. (And as a bonus, we stumbled upon it when revisiting his amazingly epic burrito rant. BTW, it’s even better than we remembered.)
In an interview with Good, art director of the New Yorker, Francoise Mouley talks comics and their effect on young readers. “As a mother, seeing my kids grow up and the impact that reading comics had on them, it became clear that far from being what was hailed as a medium that would turn them into juvenile delinquents, and would prevent them from being literate, it’s a gateway to literature, as Art says, a gateway drug to reading.”
In what is becoming the parenting debate of our generation, how much supervision is too little supervision? Should a parent be arrested for leaving their sleeping toddler in the car? Parents who have lived that nightmare share their stories in this thought provoking piece from Salon.
WHY USING FACEBOOK, GOOGLE, AND TWITTER TO LOG INTO APPS IS A PROBLEM: “The Big Three gatekeepers have an enormous amount of data about us. They’re like Santa Claus: They know when we’ve been sleeping; they know when we’re awake; and they know when a new dating app gets hot because every new entrant is built on Facebook login and access to the friend list.”
We won’t name names, but just this morning, someone in our office tried to curse us all with NKOTB’s admitted smash hit “The Right Stuff”. Thankfully, we stumbled across this article on how to cleanse the earwormsthat are 90’s chart toppers. (Or any irritating songs, for that matter.)
Tinybop’s Robot Factory is exactly the sort of app we want to see more of. Like a set of digital Tinker-Toys, it’s designed for imagination. And sure, it’s aimed at kids, but there’s no reason you can’t try your hand at building something awesome.
Louis CK writes, directs, edits, and stars in every episode of his hit show. Season 5 just started, and we’re currently on a bender of reading every single word he has to say. This interview, from the Hollywood Reporter, Louis C.K.’s Crabby, Epic Love Letter to NYC is totally worth your 5 minutes.
I have literally tens of thousands of photos of my kids. Smiling, not even remotely smiling, their feet, their busy hands, in action, and still as statues. But I only have a handful of photos they’ve taken. This article, from the Matador Network was a great reminder of an overlooked way to spark their creativity.
If there’s anything you can learn from kids, it’s the value of a nap. You should post this great infographic and accompanying article from Higher Perspective in your office. George Costanza would approve.
We listened tothis edition of On Point earlier this week about screen time for babies 2 and under. Our takeaway? Don’t torture yourself with singing and dancing crayons in the name of early education. It doesn’t make them smarter.
There are only so many hours in the day. Here are 5 things you might have missed.
This weekend, I shall invest in a set of dry erase markers and re-write the programming at my house, using the exact same method as writer, Jessica Lahey. Assume nothing, and leave no step unaccounted for. Read about the most brilliant parenting strategy we’ve seen all week here.
With spring cleaning on the horizon, we love any excuse to skip a step. Revisit this fun NPR pieceon the most interesting mess in your house.
The only disappointing thing about this six minute animated film of Jane Goodall narrating her amazing life story, is that it’s too short.
When Steve McCurry, the man responsible for what could arguably be called the most iconic National Geographic cover ever, “Afghan Girl”, talks about photo composition, WE LISTEN. Since chances are good you’re less than a foot away from a camera right now, this new video featuring insider tips for even the most amateur of photographers is worth a watch.
This StoryCorps interview between a father and his 9 year old son is the best thing we’ve heard, probably all month. Except, maybe don’t listen when you’re driving, because blurry tears could make you hit stuff.
Here’s theA to Zon what Lego bricks you need and how to assemble them into an Apple watch. (Ugh. Lego, seriously. WHY CAN’T WE QUIT YOU?)
This is a great interview with Daniel T. Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, about his new book, Raising Kids Who Read.
“You should model reading, make reading pleasurable, read aloud to your kid in situations that are warm and create positive associations. But also setting a tone where our family is one where we like to learn new things. We like to learn about the world, and a big part of that is reading. Developing a sense in the child that I am in a family of readers before the child can even read.”
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