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Dad Writes Daughter With Autism a New Report Card After Her Grades Left Her in Tears

When Shane Jackson's daughter Sophie received her school report card, she was in tears. The 9-year-old, who has autism spectrum disorder, got "straight Ds." As she looked at her grades, she cried to her parents and said, "I've let everyone down."<p>Heartbroken, Shane didn't know what to do.<p>"Sophie and …

Autism

15 Online 'Camps' Fill Kids' Summer With Learning Adventures

If managing your kids' summer schedules is running you ragged, you may want to consider the online option. Apps, websites, and even full-fledged …

Kids

16 Camping Hacks You’ll Wish You Knew Earlier

Hack your camping trips with these clever ideas, tips, and tricks. These fun camping ideas take your outdoor adventures to the next level. Plus: …

Camping

Librarian Nancy Pearl Picks 7 Books For Summer Reading

<i>Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl shares her under-the-radar reading recommendations with</i> Morning Edition<i>'s Steve Inskeep. This year's picks include mysteries, nonfiction and a fantasy story for young readers.</i><p>(<i>These recommendations have been edited for clarity and length.)</i><p><i>Danny Hajek and Shannon</i> …

Books

The Ultimate Guide to a Clean Stove (So Good, You Might Actually Do It)

The stove is the workhorse of the kitchen, burners dutifully heating up on command to prepare meals at all times of day, season after season. It works hard, and that work shows: in a splotch of tomato sauce from Monday, some sauteed greens from Tuesday, bits of fried rice from Wednesday. After days …

Cleaning

50 Genius Ways to Clean Up Your Garage

Cleaning up your garage doesn’t have to be a huge chore.<p>Drill 1-in. holes spaced every 4 in. in the PVC pipe. Use a utility knife to cut slits in the …

Woodworking

Hilarious Twitter Thread Proves We Should Just Let Kids Name Everything

Twitter thread full of things renamed by kids is pure gold<p>A viral Twitter thread is proving to be the perfect escape from our hellish news cycle …

Hands off my data! 15 default privacy settings you should change right now

On the Internet, the devil’s in the defaults.<p>You’re not reading all those updated data policies flooding your inbox. You probably haven’t even looked for your privacy settings. And that’s exactly what Facebook, Google and other tech giants are counting on.<p>They tout we’re “in control” of our …

Apps

How to reset your midlife body to burn fat – in six easy steps

Weight gain is not an inevitability of ageing – although, for many people, as they accumulate years under their belt, they also gain pounds.<p>A big part of this is down to the modern dietary environment, which encourages gradual weight gain over time. Over the last 10-20 years, we have started to eat …

The 56 Most Brilliant PVC Hacks You’ve Ever Seen

What can’t you do with PVC pipe? Here are 56 incredibly smart (and cheap!) ways to use this do-it-all material around your home and workshop.<p>Keep …

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

11 Simple Changes That Help Your Body Burn More Fat

Looking at our culture, it doesn't take long to see how obsessed we are with dieting and working out. We all want to be at a healthy weight in order …

What's Going On In Your Child's Brain When You Read Them A Story?

"I want The Three Bears!"<p>These days parents, caregivers and teachers have lots of options when it comes to fulfilling that request. You can read a picture book, put on a cartoon, play an audiobook, or even ask Alexa.<p>A newly published study gives some insight into what may be happening inside young …

The Brain

40 Things You Should Know About a Home By Age 40

Home repair is learned over time<p>Even if a power outage stops your well pump or the city water supply, you can still flush the toilet. Dump a couple …

Home Improvement

This Parenting Hack Keeps Kids From Being Glued to Their Devices All Summer

Back when I was a kid, there wasn't much in the way of screen time aside from giant box TVs and the early generations of Nintendo systems, so my friends and I spent the duration of our Summer vacations outside on our bikes, running through sprinklers, and climbing trees. Times have certainly …

The Pasta Sauce Hailed as the World's Best Is Surprisingly Easy to Make at Home

Just as Julia Child changed the way Americans felt about French cooking, Marcella Hazan changed the way they felt about Italian cooking. And though …

Italian Food

Extra time: how smart exercise keeps you younger for longer

As the writer Bill Gifford puts it: 'Ageing makes us fat, and then our fat makes us age'<p>Your nervous system is changing, too. Reaction times are at their best around age 24<p>Research suggests 120 is the absolute upper limit for the durability of the human frame<p>Slow down, that used to be the mantra …

Exercise

5 healthy eating lessons I learned in my 40s

I’m leaner in my forties than I was in my twenties because of these simple lessons.<p>Here’s the deal: Being smarter with my diet was a learning process for me. As a kid and throughout my entire basketball career I thought eating healthy meant having pretzels with no salt on them. But when you’re …

University of Illinois

Why Romans Doesn’t Condemn Homosexuality

Why Romans Doesn’t Condemn Homosexuality<p>April 23, 2018 by Keith Giles<p>What is Paul really talking about in the first chapter of Romans?<p>Let’s start …

The scientifically proven explanation for why better gun control really will stop school violence

On the 19-year anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, the US honors the National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence in Schools today (April 20). Debating the best way to control gun violence in the US often seems like a daunting exercise. But social science research points to a simple …

Guns

The compelling case for being an ‘intentionally lazy’ parent

Last year, I was working with Charlie, a typical kid. He was a bright student, taking a few honors classes and scoring around the 90th percentile on standardized tests. He ran cross-country in the fall and played lacrosse in the spring. He had a group of close buddies that he hung out with most …

Middle School

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

There’s a constant pressure to pull on the uniform of misogyny and join the Shithead Army<p>A man in manacles doesn’t fully understand the threat he poses to others<p>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 …

Feminism

3 Rules I Use to Stay Productive and Not Overwhelmed

I get 1,000 emails a week, but I only work 40 hours. Here's how I do it.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>To say my life is busy is an understatement.<p>I'm a father of three kids under the age of three. I have a portfolio of 40-plus startups I've invested in and actively …

Understanding—and Teaching—the Five Kinds of Nonfiction

In the last 25 years, informational books for young readers have undergone exciting and dramatic changes, evolving into five distinct categories. …

This App Aims To Help Keep Your Kids Safe Online Without Helicopter Parenting

If you have kids, you will most likely run into a time when they ask for their first Smartphone. And when that day arrives, it is best to be prepared to keep an eye on their social media accounts.<p>Whether teens use technology for school, communication or research, there are many times when they can …

Machine Learning

These Are the 100 Best Bodyweight Moves, All in 1 Place!

Muscles, are you ready? Because this burn is about to get intense! Using your body as the machine, these 100 moves sculpt and tone your arms, upper back, abs, legs, and booty — we've got your entire body covered! Many of these moves also burn calories as they build muscle, so high five for the …

Workouts

This beautifully designed 'dumb phone' can only make calls and send texts — and it might be the key to curing our addiction to apps

The Brooklyn-based startup Light has set an impossible goal of getting people to put down their smartphones.<p>Light launched in 2014 and a year later debuted its first product, the Light Phone. It could only make calls and tell the time, and the company described it as a "quite a smart 'dumb' …

Apps

How lack of play hurts kids—and how we can change

As a mother of two young kids, I often see kids being shuttled from one activity to the next on weekends, with little breathing room, who are …

We Dare You To Explain Luke’s Plan To Rescue Han In ‘Return of the Jedi’

Earlier this week, I was hanging out a local New York City neighborhood pub with a couple of friends and the bar started playing <i>Return of the Jedi</i> on one of its televisions, as this bar often does. Now, <i>The Empire Strikes Back</i> is my favorite movie of all time (and, this may come as a shock, my …

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

The No. 1 TED Talk of All Time Teaches a Remarkably Important Lesson in Intelligence

It has close to 50 million views ... and infinite wisdom.<p>The most-viewed TED Talk of all time is more than a decade old. This is not just a testament to its popularity at the time, but the longevity of its relevance.<p>It's called "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" and it has been viewed over 49 million …

TED Talks