Wednesday, March 23, 2018

Wednesday, March 23, 2018

  • 1. My dad could beat up your dad!

  • President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have been taunting each other like schoolyard bullies. On Tuesday, during a sexual assault prevention rally, Biden stated that he didn't want to debate the president over the crude comments he's made about women, rather, if he was in high school, Biden would "take him [Trump] behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.'" Trump responded with a Tweet saying that in a physical confrontation, Biden "would go down fast and hard, crying all the way."

  • Something to chew on the next time you find one of your kids pretending to be Hulk...

  • There's a lot of fury across the country right now and it's coming from all sides of the table. And according to a study published in Political Communication, there's a closer tie to violent rhetoric and violent actions than we'd like to think. Apparently, metaphors like "fight hard for the economy" and "win the battle in Congress" actually increase the endorsement of violence in already aggressive people. So this begs to question: How is our rhetoric influencing our actions, especially when it comes to violence?

  • Removing aggressive phrases from your vocabulary probably isn't going to keep your kid from hitting, but it still might be worth it to inventory how much violent words have "exploded" into your family's daily conversations, making violence seem normal. Check out this list from the Center for Hope and Safety of everyday violent phrases.

  • 2. What to do while you're bored at a soccer game...

  • Dig around. You just might find a 65 million-year-old fossil! Or at least, that's exactly what happened to six-year-old Naomi Vaughan from Oregon. While bored at her sister's soccer game, Naomi started digging around in some sagebrush. She discovered a small rock that reminded her of Moana's necklace (you know, the magical one that saves her people). What Naomi found didn't necessarily save an entire island, but it did end up being a fossil of an ammonite: a sea creature that went extinct millions of years ago. And if digging up a super-cool-Moana-like fossil weren't prize enough, sometimes fossils like Naomi's are worth as much as $50,000. That's a good start on a college fund.

  • Something to spit out when your dino-obsessed child starts T-rex stomping her little brother's legos...

  • "Let's make a fossil!" Not every kid will get to dig up a 65-million-year-old fossil, so why not try making one instead? We liked this simple recipe for fun if you've got plenty of coffee in the house, or this one if all you have is salt, water and flour.

  • And while you're creating them, maybe try wowing your kids with these fun fossil facts: • There's a word for fossilized poop (because what kid doesn't like a good poop fact): it's called coprolites. Scientists have found T-rex coprolites that had bits of crushed bones in it. • The word dinosaur means "fearfully-great lizard."

  • 3. Daily Data

  • 4. What's trending

  • Deadpool 2

  • The Deadpool 2 trailer is out, and Marvel-loving kids will be well aware of it. If you're not familiar with Deadpool, just a heads up that the second movie, which is rated R, has severe violence, some sex or nudity, severe profanity and intense scenes and some use of alcohol, drugs or smoking.

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