Life Hack: Childproofing your home

Childproofing your home is a serious issue for a lot of people, and there are many guides out there for anyone who wants to make sure their home is safe.

However, many of those sites treat childproofing as a one-size-fits-all approach, without factoring in how children change as they age.

They also get childproofing completely wrong. I’m here to make it right. Continue reading

Let’s stop bullying at the root

A couple months ago, we looked at how a New Zealand school was eliminating bullying.

But what’s good for the kiwis might not be good for us Americans. That’s why it’s nice to see a North Carolina school has come up with their own way to solve the bullying problem, by going right to the source.

They’re asking the bullied kid to stop being such a target.

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Won’t somebody please think of the ****ing children?

The English language is a living, breathing, evolving language, meaning its speakers are an affront to God.

This linguistic evolution is capably illustrated by the Oxford English Dictionary adding around 900 new words to the dictionary.

And the evolution is capably proven evil and destructive by the words that have been added, as the OED is clearly trying to destroy America’s youth.

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No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Last week, we saw how corporations and the government were working to teach kids the valuable lesson that everyone wants to take your money at all times.

This week, the education of America’s youth continues in a more direct fashion, at an elementary school in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Uintah Elementary, like many area schools, has an electronic payment system for school lunches, so parents can load up their kid’s account from home and the account is credited when the child receives the lunch. The kids thus learn the valuable lesson of credit cards being free money.

And bullies have to learn new ways to get lunch money.

And bullies have to learn new ways to get nerds’ lunch money.

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Man vs. Nature: The Path to Victory

Bullying, and how to stop it, has been a major topic lately. Now a school in New Zealand is making news for possibly having found the solution: eliminating safety.

Principal Bruce McLachlan of Swanson Primary School in Auckland signed up to be part of a study two years ago to see what happens when you give children more freedom at recess, but McLachlan went further and got rid of the rules altogether.

The boring, sterile playground equipment is gone, replaced by trees to climb and the “loose parts pit” full of random things like tires and a fire hose to play in. Now the kids are free to ride skateboards and scooters, explore the natural elements around them, and play something called “bullrush” which sounds like something that should be studied for concussion rates. The results showed the kids were more active, which is what was expected.

What was completely unexpected by the researchers were the number of behavioral changes shown. Continue reading