Thursday, March 29, 2018

Thursday, March 29, 2018

  • 1. Is North Korea taking a chill pill?

  • Seven months ago, North Korea threatened to "turn the U.S. mainland into the theater of a nuclear war," but in the past few weeks it seems they've had a slight change of heart. As in, the whole nuking the U.S. maybe isn't on the agenda. More specifically, this week in an unannounced visit to China, Kim Jong Un reportedly told Chinese leader Xi that North Korea will consider denuclearization if the U.S. and South Korea respond well to North Korea's efforts to create a peaceful, stable atmosphere.

  • This is the first time Kim traveled outside North Korea (that we know of) since he came to power in 2011. President Trump and Kim plan to meet sometime in May. Cross your fingers on how that goes.

  • How did you learn about that?

  • Children hear buzz about world events. Sometimes it's only the frightening concepts that stick with them, but children's health psychologist Jill Fodstad warns parents to not project your own worries onto them by accidentally asking the wrong questions.

  • "Answer their questions, rather than guessing about their interests and potentially create new worries," she said.

  • Find out what these questions should be depending on each age of your children from these experts.


  • 2. Checkout lines say "Peace out!" to Cosmo

  • The National Center for Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) has been trying for years to convince stores to remove the "hyper-sexualized" Cosmopolitan from shelves. On Tuesday, Walmart announced that it would remove the magazine from checkout lines in its 5,000 stores across the country.

  • In a statement to the press about Walmart's removal, the NCOSE said that Cosmo "sends the same messages about female sexuality as Playboy," playing into the "same culture where men view and treat women as inanimate sex objects."

  • Something to chew on while you're trying to keep your 4-year-old from putting candy bars in your shopping cart...

  • One of the NCOSE's main concerns is that young girls are exposed to messages that disrupt their self-confidence and damage personal sexuality - just by standing in line at the grocery store. NCOSE stated, "Cosmo targets young girls by placing former Disney stars on its covers, despite the enclosed sexually erotic articles."

  • If you're concerned about these messages, we have bad news: there's no avoiding them completely (unless you choose to keep your kids in a box in the middle of nowhere, which will likely cause graver issues). So the best thing you can do? Lean into these messages. Next time you see a magazine that knows the "secrets to make him love you," point it out, ask your kids what it means and dive into a conversation. It's not about censorship but about teaching your kids to be intentional consumers.


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  • 4. Daily Data

  • Source: Common Sense Media


  • 5. What's Trending

  • These soulmates

  • Seven-year-old Madden was born with a cleft lip and Heterochromia iridum (different colored eyes), so when his mom saw a picture of a cat with both a cleft lip and two different-colored eyes she knew he was destined to be part of the family.

  • "In a word full of bullies and hateful words, we will choose to chase love. I think it's safe to say that this kitty is love, and was certainly meant to be part of our journey and Madden's journey," his mother said.

  • Pictures of Madden and his cat, now named Moon, are going viral this week.

  • Finally together 😍 #maddenandmoon

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