Tag Archives: Children

books – Covenant Books | john j. hammerlink and the really big think

Author: Bette Slater

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John J. Hammerlink is a young boy who is constantly getting into trouble because he does not think.

He decides to learn about this thing called thinking by seeking help from his family members.

When an elderly neighbor is robbed, he puts his family’s advice into action. He not only saves his neighbor, but he becomes a hero.

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The Supreme Court’s Assault on Science – Scientific American

A recent decision that makes it easier to sentence children to life without parole ignores what we know about the prefrontal cortex

By Daniel Weinberger on May 24, 2021

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Jones v. Mississippi makes it easier for judges to sentence children to life in prison with no chance of parole.

After 15 years of decisions that placed limits on the sentences given to juvenile offenders convicted of violent crimes, the Court reversed course in a profoundly antiscience decision written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The murderer in this case had just turned 15. This new ruling claims that the early teen years cast the die for how someone is likely to behave for the rest of their lives.

When criticizing this decision, legal pundits have been entranced by stare decisis, the legal doctrine that states a court will abide by precedent. But this argument woefully ignores the neuroscience that explains why juveniles should not be treated like adults—the very scientific evidence that influenced and guided previous court decisions

Source: The Supreme Court’s Assault on Science – Scientific American

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Jeff Bezos Says Practice This 1 Simple Habit | Inc.com

If you’ve been trained to do the opposite, you’re not alone.

By Bill Murphy Jr. @BillMurphyJr

Jeff Bezos.
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This is a story about Jeff Bezos, raising kids, and maximizing success.

If you like it, I think you’ll also enjoy two of my free e-books, How to Raise Successful Kids and Jeff Bezos Regrets Nothing.

It’s about a habit that Bezos calls “super-important,” and that he has advised over and over.

In fact, he explicitly encouraged parents to “preach” it to their kids. And, as a father of four, he says it’s the advice he’s tried to give his own children.

Source: Want to Raise Successful Kids? Jeff Bezos Says Practice This 1 Simple Habit | Inc.com

Family Camping Guide: Everything To Know About Camping with Kids | Condé Nast Traveler

How to Plan a Seamless Family Camping Trip

By Lauren Matison, April 15, 2021

Step-by-step guidance on finding a campsite during high season, easy and delicious meal ideas, and games that’ll turn your kids into lifelong campers.

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One of life’s guaranteed adventures, besides having kids, is a family camping trip. Because when we’re talking about that trusted recipe for fun—dirt, fire, stars, and wild places—it’s nearly impossible for kids not to have a good time. But if you’re intimidated by the idea of planning your first family camping adventure, we have good news: there’s no one right way to do it. 

“Don’t confine yourself to this picture of what you think camping is from what you’ve seen in films, TV, or magazines,” said Jahmicah Dawes, father of two young boys, and the owner of Slim Pickins Outfitters, the nation’s first Black-owned outdoor gear shop, in Stephenville, Texas.

“We went about camping a different way, subscribing to more of the glamping side first. We would stay in cabins, go on group trips with other families. Our most successful “campout” with small kids was in our backyard. I’m thoroughly okay with that. I want to cultivate a love of the outdoors for our family first.”  

Source: Family Camping Guide: Everything To Know About Camping with Kids | Condé Nast Traveler

Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz

Bringing back “moss,” “blackberry,” and “bluebell” instead of “blog,” “chatroom,” and “database.”

“What’s to become of kids these days, with their damn pocket computers and inability to differentiate between bird species?”

“The Lost Words is a new book for people worried the next generation will lose touch with nature. Written by Robert Macfarlane with illustrations by Jackie Morris, it’s a catalogue and spelling book for kids, where the lost words in question comprise vocabulary about flora and fauna.”

Source: Books for kids: “The Lost Words” by Robert Macfarlane was born from an Oxford dictionary debate — Quartz

Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read | TED Talk | TED.com