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Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to)

No, it's not just "throw the toys out," like my dad once pretended to do<p>When I was little, my dad once got annoyed at my brother for not cleaning his room. So he took all the toys, announced he was donating them to the Salvation Army--and drove around with them in the trunk of his car for a few …


What You Need to Know to Create a Best-selling Book

My book made it to No. 1 on Amazon's self-help, new releases. Here's how you can find similar success.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Five years ago, I decided that it was time to write my first book. It was the story of how a single dad of five led his kids, his …


Three Good Places to Find Hands-on STEM Lessons

Like a lot of people, my most memorable moments from elementary school involved hands-on science lessons. One of my favorite experiences was making …

Education Technology

Science Discovered That Banning Small Talk from Your Conversations Makes You Happier (Try Asking These 13 Questions Instead)

It's time to delete questions like 'what do you do?' and 'where do you live?' from your vocabulary forever.<p>Ever walk into a networking event or cocktail party and all you hear is superficial chit-chat? The small talk is deafening and doesn't evolve into anything substantial. You can hardly stand …


The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …


About the boys: Tim Winton on how toxic masculinity is shackling men to misogyny

I don’t have any grand theory about masculinity. But I know a bit about boys. Partly because I’m at the beach and in the water a lot.<p>As a surfer you spend a lot of time bobbing about, waiting for something to happen. So eventually, you get talking. Or you listen to others talking. And I spend my …


I know the real source of our classroom rot

Schools have been chronically underfunded under Conservative-led governments, which dole out starvation rations to all public sector institutions. And it’s quite right for the National Education Union, my union, to campaign for higher funding as an election issue. But both Conservative and Labour …


20 Points Of Marriage Advice From This Divorced Man Is A Must-Read

Marriage is a lot of work, but unfortunately, that’s a lesson many of us don’t fully grasp until it’s too late.<p>In late July, newly divorced …


Want to be a Better Writer? Here is Stephen King's Essential Advice

Dumbo, Dairy Queen and Dandelions: 9 brilliant suggestions from King's nearly 20-year-old book<p>Okay, I'll admit that I'm really late to this party. Despite the fact that I'm always seeking advice on how to improve communication in general--and writing in particular--I'd never read Stephen King's …

Creative Writing

StoryBots Classroom Looks Like A Great Place For Teachers To Create Free Virtual Classrooms

Perhaps I’ve been living under a rock, but I had never heard of StoryBots, which, apparently, is a very popular kids television program.<p>But I did …

Education Technology

10 Best Practices To Turn Your Blogging Passion Into A Money-Making Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>Many people dream of leaving their 9-5 jobs and being their own bosses. And many others are making it happen! The rise of the solopreneur is …


“Another nail in the coffin for learning styles” – students did not benefit from studying according to their supposed learning style

<i>By</i> Christian JarrettThe idea that we learn better when taught via our preferred modality or “learning style” – such as visually, orally, or by doing …


Ted Nugent calls Parkland survivors 'liars' and 'soulless' in interview

<b>(CNN) —</b> National Rifle Association board member and classic rocker Ted Nugent slammed survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting, calling them "liars" and "poor, mushy-brained children."<p>Nugent made the comments during an interview on "The Joe Pags Show," a nationally syndicated …


The Easter Effect and How It Changed the World

In the year 312, just before his victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge won him the undisputed leadership of the Roman Empire, Constantine the Great had a heavenly vision of Christian symbols. That augury led him, a year later, to end all legal sanctions on the public profession of …



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‘Phubbing’ Is Hurting Your Relationships. Here’s What It Is

Whether you know it or not, you’ve been phubbed.<p>“Phubbing” — snubbing someone you’re talking to to look at a cell phone <b>—</b> may not be part of your …


Infographic: 10 ways to immediately enhance your visual design

Content marketing is about creating value for your audience and sharing it in a useful way.<p>Visual content marketing serves the same function—and …


Learn how to publish your own e-book

Heads up: All products featured here are selected by Mashable's commerce team and meet our rigorous standards for awesomeness. If you buy something, …


Ever Wonder Why Science Says You Should Spend Money On Family Holidays Instead of Toys

Parents have been wasting hundreds of pounds on toys, according to one of Britain’s leading child psychologists, and should be spending their money …


59 Brilliant Romantic Comedies That Are Seriously Underrated

Save this list for a rainy day.<p><i>Note: Submissions may have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>


19 Great Truths My Grandmother Told Me on Her 90th Birthday

<i>“I have seen and touched and danced and sang and climbed and loved and meditated on a lifetime spent living honestly. Should it all end tonight, I</i> …


Eight things great teachers do differently

Teaching is one of the most important professions in society and touches every aspect, of every community in the world in some way. … Read the rest


No, There Is no Such Thing as ADHD

No, there is no such thing as ADHD. Somewhere along the line we have lost the understanding that kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some kids are …


Do you do your child's homework? If so, you may be doing them a great disservice

Alex struggled to focus in class. He found writing a paragraph unaided a stretch, and, as his Year 8 English teacher, I had to explain simple things to him time and again. Yet when he handed in his homework assignments, they were strangely beautiful. How, I wondered, could this pupil who showed so …


Americans don’t need more money to be happier—they need to be like Denmark

The new World Happiness Report again ranks Denmark among the top three happiest of 155 countries surveyed—a distinction that the country has earned for seven consecutive years.<p>The US, on the other hand, ranked 18th in this year’s World Happiness Report, a four-spot drop from last year’s …


Your Kids Will Obsess Over This Sneakily Healthy Sweet Snack — and It's Only 2 Ingredients!

Although I'm a grown, childless adult, I've already figured out how I'm going to keep my hungry kids at bay after school and virtually any other time of day — with a sneakily healthy but completely delicious "dessert" dip. This two-ingredient dip was introduced to me just under a week ago, and if I …

Healthy Eating

How to make $400,000 a year writing about what you love — according to someone who's doing it

After posting my blogging income report from last year (where I made $401,681 with my blogging side hustle), I've been getting a lot of reader questions about how much money can you actually make blogging? I think blogging is the perfect side hustle because you can do it in your own time, you can …


Why I Think All Schools Should Abolish Homework

How long is your child’s workweek? Thirty hours? Forty? Would it surprise you to learn that some elementary school kids have workweeks comparable to …


How to shrink the prostate naturally

Enlarged prostate or benign prostatic enlargement happens when cells in the prostate abnormally divide and multiply, causing the organ to increase in …