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.

The Art of Summer

School’s out and it’s time to get your travel on. That often means a seemingly never-ending chorus of “Are we there yet?” and “I’m bored!” from the table- and smartphone-demanding minions who’ve set up shop in the back seat. We’ve got some good news for you: there are actually creative and stimulating ways to keep your kids entertained that don’t involve a screen. Really. Expect plenty of push back, though, but if you stand your ground, they’ll eventually come around. We promise.

scribble & doodle alex toys
Scribble & Doodle On the Go (Alex Toys)

Perfect for car or plane rides, or even for keeping kids busy in restaurants while they wait for their food. The hard cover book has 50 activity pages to color and play on and two pages of stickers. The “On the Go” book is, as you might suspect, about travel and travel activities. But there are other books in the series, including “Girly Swirly,” and “My First Scribble.” One warning: These books don’t come with crayons, so you’ll have to bring along your own. $11 each on http://www.alextoys.com/

color a backpack alex toysColor a Backpack—Cutie (Alex Toys)
A fun project and a fully functional travel pack? What’s not to love! This backpack is small enough that your kids will be able to schlepp it themselves.. Plus, it’ll also give them a fun art project to work on while you’re making your way from point A to point B. Cutie comes with five permanent markers, so kids can design their pack any way they like—and it’ll stay that way. If you’re worried about the kids drawing on their clothes or the car, you can always do the art part before you leave home. Or invest in a smock and seats covers. $28 at http://www.alextoys.com

desk to go alex toysDesk to Go (Alex Toys)
This on-the-go desk for little artists keeps all their masterpieces in one place. One side of the Desk to Go is a firm desktop surface, while the other is soft for resting on a child’s lap. Pockets on the side hold crayons, markers, and more, while the top has a handle that makes for easy carting from place to place. The desk comes with elastic straps to hold paper in place while your little Michelangelo creates, and the whole thing folds up and zips shut when the masterpiece is ready to be framed. Why didn’t they have these when we were kids? $20 from http://www.alextoys

car valet alex toysCar Valet (Alex Toys)
If you want something a little larger than the Desk to Go, or if your child likes to bring a wider variety of art supplies with them, check out the Car Valet. This baby packs so much into a small, tote-able package that no parent who travels should ever leave home without it. Ever. Your child can do just about anything he or she wants with this fold out art center. The play area is huge—about the size of a record (yes, we’re old enough to remember records)–and it’s only about as thick as your thumb. There are tons of pockets that you or the kiddos can load up with art supplies, decks of cards, paper, and anything else you can think of (except your smartphone). The Car Valet can fasten to the seat in front of the child and folds down, giving your child a nice workspace. When you get where you’re going, fold it back up, zip it shut, and you’re on your way in no time. $44 at http://www.alextoys.com

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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