WONDER KIDS ESSENTIAL READING

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Should Kids Be Lifting Weights?

You might be concerned about stunted growth -- but there's more to youth strength training than that.<p>Countless people have experienced that benefits that come with strength training as adults as a way to break from their sedentary routines to get fit — but for many, the introduction to weight …

Exercise

An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes

An 11-year-old boy on Friday was able to hack into a replica of the Florida state election website and change voting results found there in under 10 …

Florida

The Live-Action Kim Possible Movie Will Have 1 Important Tie to the Original

Among the people I know who grew up watching <i>Kim Possible</i>, news of Disney making a live-action movie has been somewhat controversial. The original, …

Cargo Pants

22 Useful Money-Saving Tips For Thrifty Moms

Give the kids screen time instead of cash for doing their chores.

Personal Finance

Teens racking up thousands in debt while parents unaware, study shows

Hundreds of Australian teenagers are racking up expenses online without their parents' permission, in some cases leaving families on the hook for …

Personal Finance

Father shames council that sent him letter riddled with spelling mistakes

A father fined for taking his child out of school for a family holiday has shamed a council after it sent him a letter riddled with spelling mistakes.<p>Daniel Moore, 31, removed five-year-old son Charlie from class for five days so the family could go on holiday to Majorca.<p>He knew he would receive a …

Devon

How I Learned to Relax and Waste Time With My Kids

After packing too much into a day with his toddler, one dad learned the hard way about the value of wasted time.<p><i>The following story was submitted by</i> …

Parenting

11 photos of little kids with big dogs that will fill your heart with joy

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The modern education system was designed to train future factory workers to be "docile"

The education system as we know it is only about 200 years old. Before that, formal education was mostly reserved for the elite. But as industrialization changed the way we work, it created the need for universal schooling.<p>Factory owners required a docile, agreeable workers who would show up on …

Education

Lottery winner says she’s happier than ever despite spending all £1,875,000

They say money can’t buy you happiness and that is certainly true for Britain’s youngest lottery winner.<p>Callie Rogers says she is much more content …

Palsy

What British parenting looks like (through the eyes of an American in London)

We’ve had books on Scandinavian superiority, on French children not throwing their food – so what lessons have the British to teach us on parenting?<p>It's a subject in which I have more than passing interest. I first moved to Britain from the US when I was 14. I spent a year of my undergraduate …

Parenting

This Is How To Stop Spoiling Kids

My son’s little brown eyes narrow into slits as he hovers close to my face.<p><i>“I want a toy!”</i> he yells.<p>There are a million thoughts running through my …

Parenting

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Do you entertain your kids with chess camp, art school, cooking classes, or tennis lessons during the unstructured summer months? Or perhaps all of them?<p>There are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But …

Kids

'Tricky People' Is A Better Approach Than 'Stranger Danger,' And Here's Why

We all grew up hearing about “stranger danger.” When we were finally allowed to ride our bikes to the corner store, or walk home from school, our …

Parenting

This Saddle-Shaped School Chair Encourages Kids to Sit Up Straight and Pay Attention

Getting kids to face forward and sit up straight is a challenge most schoolteachers face. The new Saddle Seat from designer Mashiko Ito is designed …

Wall Art

Families could face questioning at UK airports if parents have different surnames to their children

It's not uncommon in this day and age for parents to have different surnames to their children - but it might ruin your family holiday if you don't …

Education Minister Simon Birmingham admits failing system ‘needs to change’ amid NAPLAN outcry

Last night 60 Minutes exposed Australia’s woefully underperforming education system and revealed how the NAPLAN standardised testing regime – brought …

Education

30 Sexy Songs Strictly For Doin' It

• Popsugar<br>• Love & Sex<br>• Spotify<p>Sex Playlist<p>30 Sexy Songs Strictly For Doin' It<p>Shares<p>STOP! Are you about to have sex?! Don't take your knickers off yet — …

Sam Smith

'We hoped our controlling father would die - instead he murdered our mother and sister'

A sun-beaten swimming pool car park in Spalding, Lincolnshire, was the unlikely setting for the catastrophe that would unravel Luke and Ryan Hart’s lives. On the morning of July 19, 2016, their mother and sister were returning to their blue Toyota, having enjoyed a pre-work swim, when a man stepped …

Sociology

Kids at a theme park got trapped on an out-of-control swinging ship ride after the brakes failed

A group of children on a theme park swinging ship ride were left trapped, swinging, and terrified after the brakes failed.<p>Visitors were stuck on the Pirate Ship ride at Kennywood theme park, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for around 15 minutes when staff realised they didn't know how to make it …

Walt Disney Company

Public-spirited handyman paints over graffiti on children's playground in Holmfirth

An artist and handyman who has taken it upon himself to restore milestone posts around the Holme Valley has now tackled graffiti on a children’s …

Graffiti

Hundreds of teachers attack SNP ministers over 'useless' and 'soul destroying' P1 tests

Primary one pupils have been left shaking, crying and distressed by "absolutely useless" and "soul destroying" tests imposed by the SNP government, a barrage of complaints from hundreds of teachers has disclosed.<p>Letters and emails published under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act showed …

Scottish Government

My Son Got Made Fun of at School For His Packed Lunch — This Is What Was in It

Thanks to former First Lady Michelle Obama, nutrition has become an even more important part of our kids' school lunches. There are healthier choices available to them, and they're learning more about what good food actually means (sorry, kids, but juice boxes and fruit snacks do not count as fresh …

Michelle Obama

The Cringey Teen Spirit of “Eighth Grade”

Recently, the actress Molly Ringwald tweeted that “Eighth Grade” is “the best movie about adolescence I’ve seen in a long time. Maybe ever”—words that carry some weight, coming from a performer who made her name in John Hughes’s iconic teen dramedies of the nineteen-eighties. (The director Bo …

Middle School

Husband sues wife's lover for $8.8m in rare case based on archaic English adultery laws

Adultery is a serious – and expensive – matter in the American state of North Carolina, as one man has discovered.<p>A court last week ordered Francisco Huizar to pay $8.8 million (£6.7 million) to Keith King, whose wife he had been seeing for more than a year.<p>Mr King, 48, a businessman, won his case …

North Carolina

Parents are paying ridiculous amounts for ‘Fortnite’ tutors to train their kids

Parents are taking their children to “Fortnite” coaches to improve their chances of securing a Battle Royale win, the Wall Street Journal …

Wall Street

This Avengers coding kit lets kids build their own superpowers like Shuri

You don’t need otherworldly powers to be a superhero: some superpowers include just being really rich or insanely smart. Now, you can actually be Tony Stark or Shuri with LittleBits’ Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, which was made in collaboration with Marvel. Each kit comes with interchangeable “bits,” …

Iron Man

15 Winnie-the-Pooh Quotes Parents Should Revisit

"I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost."<p>This Friday, <i>Christopher Robin</i> comes to theaters, with the live-action …

Winnie-the-Pooh

France bans smartphones and tablets from schools

Think smartphones are an unavoidable part of daily school life if you’re a teen? Think again. Well, if you live in France, at least.<p>Under new legislation, French students are banned from using either smartphone or tablets during the school day. The new laws were part of President Emmanuel Macron’s …

Mobile Devices