Apr

24

2017

Fending Off Math Anxiety

April 24, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. My mother was what we would now call math anxious, if not phobic. My daughter, on the other hand, was a math major, which always left me feeling like the transitional generation, capable of mastering standardized-test math problems and surviving college calculus (it’s one of the pre-med requirements) but never really connecting to the beauty or…

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Apr

24

2017

Welcome to the World’s Coolest Kindergarten

By ANDREW KEH April 24, 2017 HAMBURG, Germany — It was late Tuesday afternoon at the Pestalozzi Foundation kindergarten, and a few dozen children and their parents were hanging around past the normal pickup hour. There was no rush to get home, really. They were enjoying the view from the kindergarten’s rear veranda: the inside of Millerntor-Stadion, the 29,546-seat stadium that is home to F.C. St. Pauli,…

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Apr

24

2017
Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss

Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss

Sheryl Sandberg: How to Build Resilient Kids, Even After a Loss By SHERYL SANDBERG April 24, 2017 Op-Ed Contributor By SHERYL SANDBERG April 24, 2017 Two years ago, in an instant, everything changed for my family and me. While my husband, Dave, and I were on vacation, he died suddenly from a cardiac arrhythmia. Flying home to tell my 7-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son that their father had died…

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Apr

21

2017
New survey: Snapchat and Instagram are most popular social media platforms among American teens

New survey: Snapchat and Instagram are most popular social media platforms among American teens

A new nationally representative survey of American teenagers age 13-17 finds that teens have shifted their favored social media platforms and are now most likely to use Instagram and Snapchat. The study by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research also found that while almost all teens — 91 percent — use the regular text messaging tool on their mobile phones, 40 percent of…

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Apr

19

2017
Strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers

Strong link between fast-food ads and consumption among pre-schoolers

Pre-school age children who are exposed to child-targeted fast-food advertising on television are considerably more likely to consume fast-food products, according to a recent Dartmouth-led study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the greatest exposure to food advertising in the US for children aged 2-11 years comes from fast-food restaurant chains. In 2009, the fast-food industry spent more…

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Apr

19

2017
More than recess: How playing on the swings helps kids learn to cooperate

More than recess: How playing on the swings helps kids learn to cooperate

A favorite childhood pastime — swinging on the playground swing set — also may be teaching kids how to get along. The measured, synchronous movement of children on the swings can encourage preschoolers to cooperate on subsequent activities, University of Washington researchers have found. A study by the UW’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS) shows the potential of synchronized movement in helping young…

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