Tena koutou, e geek ma. Here is the sweet cover picture of the latest issue of OHbaby! I’m proud of the articles in there that I created … one is full of wisdom from my friends/colleagues (i.e., frolleagues) and the other is about play. YEAH.
Speaking of wisdom: check out this excellent interview from Scientific American about an education system producing “smart fools”. Robert Sternberg is talking about the situation in the US, but I wonder how different things are here in NZ? Discuss.
You know what would help? An emphasis on the li’l kid versions … like promoting social-emotional learning in preschools, as described by this work supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
This link will take you to an account of how infant massage just might have benefits that extend even beyond the all-important mother:baby relationship, and here is a serious set of trauma statistics. All the more reason for solid relationships: they anchor us when the world gets stormy. Which it does. And probably will.
This link is from Zero to Three and has some chilling news about the impact of the most recent US budget on the lives of children, families, and the poor. Speaking of the T-word, check out this beautiful and horrifying art installation in New York.
Now: from the Chicago Tribune … about the way that smartphones can interfere with relationships EVEN WHEN THEY ARE SWITCHED OFF, and what a surprise, more research about how tech use is interfering with relationships, this from BYU.
Those of use who’ve studied how kids grow & learn won’t be surprised to learn that all this ‘technoference’ points to problematic child behaviour … as described in this study in the journal Child Development. The study is also reported in a reader-friendly way … right here.
My husband shared this cynical piece from Slate with me, on Mother’s Day … It’s kinda funny but also a bit depressing, so I will make this my final gem for the day: a link shared with me by my Big Girl, from the beautiful Flow magazine.