WORDS OF AFFIRMATION: Compliment them • express appreciation • send them a card or text • tell them you love them • actively listen to them • slip them a note • notice their efforts • acknowledge them in front of others
ACTS OF SERVICE: Help clean their room • make them a meal • help with homework • bring them a drink • help them get out the door on time • tuck them in at night • help them get dressed
Humans, like most other animals, have a natural play instinct, and this instinct has important benefits. It allows us to fine-tune our motor skills, develop social skills and emotional resilience, and learn our limitations. It is essential for normal, healthy brain development.
The brains of play-deprived rats are underdeveloped in the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for impulse control and decision-making. They also have disorganized neuronal growth and irregular neuronal cells. The replacement of physical play with technological gadgetry has many experts worried, as research shows that interactive, vigorous playing makes people smarter, braver and kinder.
The Impossible Trident. The impossible trident, also known as a blivet, is an impossible object that appears to have three prongs, but transforms into just two prongs at the fixed end. Looking from one end to the other can be disorienting. One of its first appearances was on the cover of MAD Magazine in March of 1965.
Caf Wall—Straight or Crooked? Dr. Richard Gregory first observed this illusion in the tiles on the wall of a Bristol cafe (hence the name). The alternating light and dark bricks are staggered and the gray “mortar” lines separate the layers. But while the lines may look as if they curve, they are actually straight across and parallel.
I was as driving with my three young children one warm summer evening, when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, “Mom, that lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!”
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read: “The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents!”
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, a police officer was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at his uniform, she asked, “Are you a cop?” “Yes,” he answered, and continued writing his report. She continued, “My mother said if I ever needed help, I should ask the police. Is that right?” “Yes, that’s right,” he told her. “Well, then,” she asked, as she extended her foot toward the officer, “Would you please tie my shoe?”