Friday, April 13, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

  • 1. Always Remember, Never Forget

  • Six million.

  • That's how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. Did you know that answer? Nearly 31 percent of all Americans and 41 percent of Millennials believe that two million or fewer Jews were killed in the Holocaust, according to a study released April 12, 2018.

  • "The issue is not that people deny the Holocaust; the issue is just that it's receding from memory," said Greg Schneider, the executive vice president of the Claims Conference, which conducted this study on the Holocaust.

  • Something to chew on when your child asks what a swastika is...

  • The Claims Conference study also revealed that 93 percent of Americans believe all students should learn about the Holocaust in school. However, with statistics like 45 percent of Americans being unable to name one of the 40,000 European concentration camps, your kids might not have had that opportunity. Here are some ideas to help your kids learn more about the genocide.

  • • Visit a Holocaust museum According to the study, 80 percent of Americans have not visited a Holocaust museum. These museums have artifacts, accounts and activities that help kids engage with and understand this genocide.

  • • Meet a survivor - or talk to a virtual survivor If you know someone who has experience with the Holocaust and they're willing to share, give your kids the opportunity to talk with them about it. If you don't know anyone they can talk to, some museums, like the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center are implementing technology to allow visitors to talk to a Holocaust survivor virtually.

  • • Read a book We recommend "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry, "The Diary of Anne Frank" by Anne Frank and "The Butterfly" by Patricia Polacco.

  • For more ideas about how to talk to kids about the Holocaust, read this article by Holocaust survivor, professor and Holocaust curriculum creator Liz Spaulding.

  • 2. Go to Bed, Sleepy Head

  • Being a night owl might be a hoot, but it's possibly cutting your life short, according to a study published in [Chronobiology International. Turns out people who identified as "definite evening types" had a 10 percent increased risk of mortality compared to people who identified as "definite morning type." And consistently staying up late was also linked to diabetes, neurological, gastrointestinal, respiratory and psychological disorders.

  • Something to chew when your son asks you to bring him a glass of water in bed (for the third time that night)...

  • Make bedtime a daily ritual. If you have a hard time getting your child to settle down at night, the Alaska Sleep Clinic recommends making it a consistent routine every night. This could include a wind down pattern (like playing relaxing music, dimming lights, talking quieter and moving slower) that cues your children to know bedtime is coming.

  • How you handle actual bedtime, whether that includes story time or goodnight kisses, doesn't matter as much as making it consistent. For more tips on how to make bedtime go smoother, check out the article here.

  • 3. Daily Data

  • 1 in 3 Americans say their ideal evening is spent at home with family. This was the most popular activity for Americans. Source: Gallup

  • 6. What's trending

  • Another Kardashian life event

  • We know, we know. The Kardashians are a little too in the news, like, constantly. But Khloe Kardashian had a baby girl yesterday - her first baby. And since this baby is a Kardashian, you'll probably find out way more than you ever need to know about her in the years to come.

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