Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

  • 1. Cuba Gets a New President

  • During a secret vote, Cuba's National Assembly picked a new president on Wednesday. Miguel Díaz-Canel will replace Raúl Castro (the brother of Fidel). This sounds like a big deal since the Castro brothers ruled the island for nearly 60 years, but Díaz-Canel is a friend of the Castros, and Raúl will stay on as head of Cuba's Communist party. Which is the head honcho job in the country anyway. Don't hold your breath for any quick-coming radical changes.

  • Something to chew when your daughter is listening to Camila Cabello's "Havana"...

  • What's life like in Cuba?

  • From living on $20-$30 a month, to bringing your own jar to the doctor's office for a urine sample, or having health experts talk about sugar as a good source of nutrition and energy, parenting is a different world in Cuba. Dance to some reggaeton with your daughter and get a little taste of life in Cuba by reading together Alexandra Oppmann's peek into raising her children in Cuba. Then consider this:

  • •What would you like about living in Cuba?

  • •What wouldn't you like?

  • •What do you like about living in our neighborhood?

  • •What would you change if you could?

  • And then go eat a bunch of candy. After all, health experts recommend it...


  • 2. U.K. proposes plans to ban straws and cotton swabs

  • The United Kingdom plans to ban the sale of single-use plastics - such as straws and cotton swabs - as part of the global war against plastic pollution. Prime Minister Theresa May, who proposed the ban, described plastic waste as "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world." And across the world, similar changes are being made. For example, in Jan. 2018, a bill was proposed in California to make it illegal for waiters to give plastic straws to guests unless asked.

  • Something to chew on when your kid stuffs 75 straws into his milkshake...

  • Did you know about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? It's composed mostly of disposed plastic and is as big as India, Mexico and Europe combined.

  • How about that it takes 500 - 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose?

  • Or that one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed by plastic in our oceans?

  • Here's a few ideas to help reduce your plastic consumption:

  • Instead of disposable straws, try these super-cute, patterned reusable straws.

  • Let your kids make these no-sew reusable grocery bags from old T-shirts. That's a reducing and reusing win.

  • Pack lunches in reusable containers and bags instead of zipper lock bags. We kid you not, kids loooove packing lunches in these little containers that hook together with the ice pack.


  • 3. Daily Data

  • Source: New Directions For Child And Adolescent Development


  • 4. What's trending

  • Disney Toms

  • "Someday my shoes will come" quoth Snow White and that day is June 21. Disney is releasing a line of Toms and they're definitely going to be more comfortable than glass slippers.

  • Famifi sometimes includes affiliate link products we think your family will love. Just so you know, if you decide to buy this we may get a part of the sale (with no extra cost to you, of course.)


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