Why Everything You Know About Genius and Intelligence Is Wrong

Hunter Maats, coauthor of The Straight-A Conspiracy.
Topic: Why everything you know about genius and intelligence is wrong.
Issues:
The truth behind the lie that genius is born, not developed; understanding how the brain works; the connection between emotion and academic performance; the Betty Crocker approach to learning; taking the mystery out of reading; navigating your test prep like a London cabbie; go cyborg on your mistakes

Have a Teenager and Still Be Happy + Straight A Conspiracy


Judith Joy, author of Surviving Your Teenager and Being Happy Anyway.
Topic: Is it possible to be happy and still have a teenager?
Issues:
Beliefs we tell ourselves; the difference between questions and affirmations; taking responsibility for everything in your life; the mind is powerful but feelings are even more so; we learning to make decisions and choices.



Hunter Maats, coauthor of The Straight-A Conspiracy.
Topic: Why everything you know about genius and intelligence is wrong.
Issues:
The truth behind the lie that genius is born, not developed; understanding how the brain works; the connection between emotion and academic performance; the Betty Crocker approach to learning; taking the mystery out of reading; navigating your test prep like a London cabbie; go cyborg on your mistakes.

Gala Bingo launches World Record attempt in fundraiser for Male Cancer Awareness Campaign

This post was written by Jonny Morton as part of a collaborative project.
Leading UK online Bingo brand, GalaBingo.com has teamed up with Male Cancer Awareness Campaign (MCAC) to raise money for testicular cancer, by donating proceeds from their Coronation Street games to the charity from 20th June to 3rd July. The partnership is looking to raise over £10,000 in donations as well as encouraging bingo players to do their bit for the men in their life!
June was Men’s Health Month, but being aware of the unique health concerns that affect boys and men is an everyday issue. The Male Cancer Awareness Campaign aims to educate men and their partners about the importance of early detection, as well as building a culture where embarrassment does not prevent them from addressing problems with intimate parts of their bodies.
MCAC has a history of running fun charity campaigns, from ‘Mr. Testicles’, to ‘Going Commando’, and the latest partnership with Gala Bingo will see the Bingo brand aim to break the Guiness World Record for a game of bingo played with the biggest bingo balls! Even better, the World Record Attempt will take place on the set of Coronation Street, under the watchful eye of a Guinness record adjudicator as well as some famous Ex Corrie stars joining in the fun.
GalaBingo.com players will have the chance to play in the game on the street and enjoy a celebrity filled party by playing in special Coronation Street Bingo and slot games.
Director of GalaBingo.com Alison Digges commented: “We are delighted to be joining up with the Male Cancer Awareness Campaign for our World Record attempt and we hope that the promotional games and the event itself will raise a lot of money and more importantly additional awareness for this very important charity”.
Whether you choose to join in the fun at Gala Bingo, make an independent donation, or just take the time to check yourself, make sure you do your bit to win the battle against cancer.

All You Need is a Shot of Courage

Dear Mr. Dad: I am currently deployed and going to miss the birth of my first. As such, my wife and I decided to hire a doula. We found one and really like her, but unfortunately, she is not vaccinated, nor are her own children. We spoke to my wife’s OB who says there is a very slim chance of anything happening, but there is a chance. How much should we be concerned?

A: A lot. I think it’s a big mistake to go with a doula who doesn’t vaccinate herself or her children.

If your wife has been vaccinated and breastfeeds your baby, her immunity will most likely protect the baby. But we’re talking about a newborn here. Is “most likely protected” or “a slim chance of anything happening” good enough? It wouldn’t be for me–especially when you can reduce the risk to almost zero.
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iRules

Janell Burley Hoffman, author of iRules.
Topic: What every tech-healthy family needs to know about selfies, sexting, gaming, and growing up.
Issues:
Having the tech talk (for big kids and little ones); learning to use the tech your child is engaged in; passwords, peers, and how to avoid being a creeper; sleep, kids, and devices; maintaining manners and rules away from home; how to create your own iRules contract.