What Teenagers Learn When They Start a Business

June 3rd, 2019 - By jen in Teens

For teenage entre­pre­neurs, running a summer busi­ness can teach a lot of lessons. Students, of course, are taking a chance when they launch ventures of their own instead of hunting for jobs, whether for the summer or the whole year. And in doing so, they’re in for a crash course in entre­pre­neur­ship. They must learn about dealing with customer complaints, adjusting a flawed busi­ness model … Continue reading

This Is Your Brain on Silence

May 13th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

As it turned out, even though all the sounds had short-term neuro­log­ical effects, not one of them had a lasting impact. Yet to her great surprise, Kirste found that two hours of silence per day prompted cell devel­op­ment in the hippocampus, the brain region related to the forma­tion of memory, involving the senses. This was deeply puzzling: The total absence of input was having a … Continue reading

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

March 5th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

The point isn’t to get you off the internet, or even off social media — you’re still allowed to use Face­book, Twitter and other social plat­forms on a desktop or laptop, and there’s no hard-and-fast time limit. It’s simply about unhooking your brain from the harmful routines it has adopted around this partic­ular device, and hooking it to better things. Read full article, The New … Continue reading

Let Children Get Bored Again

February 22nd, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Boredom teaches us that life isn’t a parade of amuse­ments. More impor­tant, it spawns creativity and self-suffi­­ciency. Read full article: The New York Times, “Let Chil­dren Get Bored Again”

The Single Most Important Thinking Skill Nobody Taught You

February 11th, 2019 - By jen in Uncategorized

Those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw said that. And Einstein also said, “The measure of intel­li­gence is the ability to change.” Life is neither static nor unchanging, it’s fluid. Nothing stays the same. Elastic thinking (experts may call it cogni­tive flex­i­bility) allows us to shift gears and think about some­thing in more than one way. Flex­ible thinkers consider a range … Continue reading

Falling for Sleep

February 6th, 2019 - By jen in Sleep, Uncategorized

In Evelyn De Morgan’s numi­nous painting, Night and Sleep (1878), Nyx, the mighty Greek goddess of night, hovers across a dusky sky with her beloved son Hypnos, the sweet-natured god of sleep. The painting and the Greek gods it captures depict a radi­cally different way of under­standing and relating to sleep. In antiq­uity sleep was person­i­fied, tran­scen­dent, even romantic. Read full article: aeon — Pocket, “Falling for Sleep.”

Sleepless No More In Seattle — Later School Start Time Pays Off For Teens

December 16th, 2018 - By jen in Teens

Many Amer­ican teenagers try to put in a full day of school, home­work, after-school activ­i­ties, sports and college prep on too little sleep. As evidence grows that chronic sleep depri­va­tion puts teens at risk for phys­ical and mental health prob­lems, there is increasing pres­sure on school districts around the country to consider a later start time. Read full article, npr​.org, “Sleep­less No More In Seattle … Continue reading

Kids Can Eat Free if Parents Don’t Use Their Phones at This Restaurant

December 10th, 2018 - By jen in Uncategorized

Parents who give up their phones during dinner will be rewarded with free meals for their kids at one U.K.-based restau­rant chain. For the first week of December, Frankie & Benny’s is running its “no-phone zone” campaign in an attempt to improve family inter­ac­tions at the dinner table. Read full article: Fatherly, “Kids Can Eat Free if Parents Don’t Use Their Phones at This Restau­rant”

How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

November 9th, 2018 - By jen in Sleep

Most people know they need to eat right and exer­cise to be healthy. But what about sleep? We spend about one-third of our lives asleep, and sleep is essen­tial to better health. But many of us are strug­gling with sleep. Four out of five people say that they suffer from sleep prob­lems at least once a week and wake up feeling exhausted. So how do … Continue reading