Beware the next breakthrough headline

Beware the next breakthrough headline

You don't often see headlines like "Medical Researchers Added a Notable But Small Piece of Knowledge That May Help Future Researchers Make More Discoveries," but that's what most scientific research does. It builds, piece by piece, upon what research has come before.

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Kids' cookbooks advise them to "ask an adult for help." Should they?

Kids' cookbooks advise them to "ask an adult for help." Should they?

Lenore Skenazy, author of Free-Range Kids and proud recipient of the "World's Worst Mom" award for allowing her then nine-year-old to ride the New York City Subway alone, recently wrote about a 1950s cookbook that did an amazing thing: assumed kids would be using heat and knives whilst cooking. 

Seventy years later, Skenazy argues, cookbooks are not taking kids as seriously. They "get to the good part" (with the knives and the fire), and then take the actual cooking away from kids with the instruction to "ask an adult to..." cut, sauté, or, more broadly, help.

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Mom Eats Her Guilt: Part I

Mom Eats Her Guilt: Part I

I feel guilty I caved and handed over the fruit snacks to have an uninterrupted five minutes on the phone. I feel guilty I'm writing this while my winter-breaking preschooler is eating Fritos and tomatoes (right now it's any food that rhymes) while watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

I don't feel guilty about which Grinch he's watching (the right one), but I do feel guilty that he's watching it in January.

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