Dangerous Things to Do with Your Kids

[amazon asin=0451234197&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest: Gever Tulley, author of of 50 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Children Do.
Topic: Teaching your children about safety by helping them learn to manage risk.
Issues: Exciting ways for your children (and you) to explore the world around them; melting glass, walking a tightrope, tasting electricity, throwing things out of moving cars, deconstructing appliances, and more.

Team Building with Duct Tape + Doing the Right Thing at the Right Time + Dangerous Things to Do with Your Kids

[amazon asin=B0052O55NQ&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Tom Heck, author of Duct Tape Teambuilding Games.
Topic: Fun activities to help your team—and your family—stick together.
Issues: Using team-building games and experiential learning to teach leadership, trust, cooperation, creativity, problem solving, and confidence.

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The Big Disconnect

[amazon asin=0062082426&template=thumbleft&chan=default]Catherine Steiner-Adair, author of The Big Disconnect.
Protecting childhood and family relationships in the digital age.
Issues: How technology can put children’s development at risk; how tech is keeping children from forming close interactions with the adults in their life; insights and advice that can help parents achieve greater understanding, authority, and confidence when dealing with their kids and technology.

Holiday Cheer is No Laughing Matter

A new study on the dangers of having too good a time was just published in BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal, the UK’s equivalent to our JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) or New England Journal of Medicine. Laughter and MIRTH (Methodical Investigation of Risibility, Therapeutic and Harmful): narrative synthesis | BMJ.

Good Parenting Can Make Your Kids’ Brains Bigger

Scientists have known for a long time that low-income children have smaller brains than their more economically secure peers. And they’ve suspected that limited access to health care is at least partially responsible. But according to new research, the culprit may actually be excess stress that interferes with immune system function, damages cells and DNA, causes inflammation (which, generally speaking, is never a good thing). The results: less white and gray matter and a smaller hippocampus and amygdala, two parts of the brain that are involved with, emotion, learning, and memory.
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