This may be more common in mammals than we'd thought.
- Sun bears imitate each other's faces during play.
- This is the first time this has been seen in non-primate, non-domesticated animals.
- They're mostly solitary, so this is likely innate, as opposed to a learned behavior.
Researchers find that toddlers verbalize and interact more with their parents when reading sessions feature print books, not tablets.
- Neurological development, educational success, social aptitude, the benefits of early reading are well-known.
- A new study finds that print books offer better communication and bonding opportunities for parents and their toddlers.
- While more Americans read print books than ebooks, they still don't make reading a priority outside of work and school.
Like sneaking veggies into dessert, these board games teach STEM, strategy, and executive functions through the joys of play.
- Many popular board games offer little more than colorful distractions, lacking both thoughtful design or quality learning principles.
- However, the recent board game renaissance has resulted in a host of new games that teach children a range of hard and soft skills through play.
- We look at some of the best new board games and offer tips to find even more.
A wealthy team doesn't automatically make for a successful team.
- Revenues for teams in the MLB, the NBA, and the NHL are boosted by wins — but not those in the NFL.
- Your favorite sports team might not be experiencing a "real" championship drought, at least compared to others.
- The average overall length of a title drought in the NFL is 61.5 years
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- American childhood is going, going… gone, says Professor Jonathan Haidt.
- In the mid-'90s there was a sharp shift to overprotective parenting. In previous generations, kids were allowed to out of the house unsupervised from age 5-8, which has now become age 12-16. As a result, their independence, resilience, and problem-solving skills suffer.
- "Give childhood back to kids so that they do what they most need to do, which is develop the skills of being an independent adult. Remember that the job of a parent is to work him or herself out of a job."
- As a resource for parents, Jonathan Haidt recommends letgrow.org.
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