Wednesday, April 11, 2018

1. Burt Macklin, FBI

The FBI raided the office and home of President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen. What’s this all about? Well, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating Cohen for information about possible bank fraud, wire fraud and campaign finance violations. Tied in with all this is the $130,000 payment Cohen made to porn star Stormy Daniels allegedly on behalf of President Trump, and possible participation with Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. President Trump calls this raid “a total witch hunt” and “an attack on our country.”

Something to chew on when you’re listening to the news in the car…

You know your individual children and what they care about, and for the most part, the FBI investigating the president’s attorney isn’t one of them (if the FBI was investigating aliens on Mars, however…). So if your kids have questions about what’s going on here, parenting expert and author Julia Cook recommends, “You don’t need to go into more detail than necessary.” However she maintains that being 100 percent honest about what’s going on in the world is extremely important for building familial trust.

Here are some questions that could prompt an interesting conversation today:

• What do you think about the president?

• What do you or don’t you like that the president has done?

• Would you like to be the president? Why or why not?

2. This is not a grey shirt event

Yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress to answer some pretty tough questions. Like why Facebook wasn’t more proactive and forthcoming when news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach broke, instead of trying everything possible to block the story.

Something to chew when your child downloads a new app…

There’s a lot of buzz around the Facebook data breach, but how much could Facebook really know about you or your family? There’s a way to find out.

Download a folder of everything you have ever uploaded or shared on Facebook. Facebook gives simple instructions, and will then email you a copy of the file.

This doesn’t tell you everything (like who uploaded your phone number, or which ads you’re being targeted with by third-parties), but it does provide a slightly creepy look at your online life. For example, you may discover Facebook has been tracking your call and text log, and you can see what apps have access to your Facebook information. Learn how to turn off some of those allowances for you or your children here.

3. Those apple bottom jeans

If you like being comfortable (in other words, if you’re human), it’s no surprise that leggings have beat out denim sales. But denim companies are responding to the legging preference. Kim Bhasin reported, “We just can’t keep selling the same denim that we’ve sold forever.” So major denim companies like Levi Strauss are adding stretch and wicking properties to their denims to keep their pants from going out of style.

Something to chew on when your 4-year-old doesn’t want to wear pants…

Alanna Levine, M.D., spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics said, “Preschoolers are also at a stage where they’re trying to assert their independence and test limits….Getting dressed provides an opportunity to put both things into practice.” Sometimes this might mean wearing her Batman costume two (or eight) days in a row, but Levine says that allowing kids to dress themselves builds confidence and “the more you can give her the power to dress herself, the less of a struggle it will be.”

5. Daily Data

6. What’s trending

Hey girl! Whatcha doin’? For many Americans last night, the answer was “watching ‘New Girl.'” The NBC TV show just aired its last season premiere. The premiere takes place a few years after the previous season, which means Cece and Schmidt’s baby is a kid now and Jess and Nick are… well we don’t want to spoil anything.

This show is rated TV-14 and has a lot of references to sex. If this isn’t something you’re comfortable with your kids seeing, keep an eye out.

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