Monday, April 16, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

  • 1. New Life Crunch: Family Finance & Digital Marketplaces

  • Did you know only four states require high school students to take a financial literacy class? Basically, if you're not teaching your kids about fiscal responsibility, probably no one else is either. Watch this week's Life Crunch video to learn more.

  • Episode 7: Family Finance & Digital Marketplaces
    Episode 7: Family Finance & Digital Marketplaces / via Famifi

  • 2. The Lucky 11

  • Violence is escalating in Syria. Over the past month, more than 1,600 people have been killed, at least 2,000 were injured and over 130,000 people fled their homes.

  • President Trump stated last week, "We are very concerned, when a thing like that can happen, this is about humanity."

  • However, many humanitarian organizations are challenging the president's commitment. The Trump administration dramatically reduced the amount of refugees allowed in the U.S. annually, maintaining that this is a national security concern.

  • This vetting system caused only 11 Syrian refugees to be accepted into the U.S. in 2018. By comparison, over January to mid-April in 2016, the U.S. accepted 790 refugees.

  • Something to chew on when you're cooking dinner together...

  • Whether or not you think more refugee families should be allowed into the U.S., this can be a tricky one to talk to your kids about. World Vision recommends doing some research before approaching the issue. Then ask your kids:

  • • What do you know about Syrian refugees?

  • • Why do you think so many Syrian families had to leave your homes?

  • • If you had to leave our home, what would you take with you?

  • Many kids are interested in helping. If they are, World Vision suggests helping your kids save their allowance to donate to refugees (just $4 can buy a solar light for kids in an unsafe area), spread awareness on social media or host a fundraiser. See more of their ideas here.


  • 3. Come Fly (your Uber) with Me

  • Remember your childhood days of wistfully dreaming of having a flying car as you watched the Jetsons? Well, friends, Uber is trying to make those wild dreams come true in only two to five years.

  • UberAIR, as it's called, is planning to launch a flying cars option in Dallas and Los Angeles by 2020. And if that's not mind-blowing enough, the machines are intended to be 100% electric and self-driving by 2030. Welcome to the future.

  • Something to chew when you hear your child complain about being bored...

  • Let's build a time capsule.

  • It was once a crazy idea that you could call someone on the phone and see their face when they answer. And by once, we mean only 15 years ago. Tell your child about an invention that's happened in your lifetime and then have them draw an invention for the future they think would be amazing. Who knows? In 15 years when they look at it again, they may have invented it themselves.

  • You can check out more time capsule ideas here.


  • 4. Daily Data

  • In 2013, Employed married women still spent almost twice as much time on housework and child work as husbands (2.6 hours/day vs. 1.4 hours/day)

  • Source: Institute for Family Studies


  • 5. What's trending

  • The Walmart Yodeler is Going Places

  • Have you heard the Walmart Yodeler? Well he's moved onto bigger and better things than singing in the bedsheets aisle. Mason Ramsey, who goes under the Instagram handle of lilhankwilliams sang at Coachella this year, which started on Friday.


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