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I’m not a girl. Please don’t me call that…

I’m not a girl. Please don’t me call that…

I am an adult—therefore, I am a woman. This is something that really annoys me, but in the past I’ve also been guilty of referring to women as girls. But I’ve made a conscious effort to stop, because language matters. In the video, Mayim Bialik explains why we all need to stop referring to adult females as girls. And she backs it with science (Yay for Science!). The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis is the theory that language one uses influences the way…

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It Took Me 10 Years to Solve a Math Problem

It Took Me 10 Years to Solve a Math Problem

Fourth grade was a terrible, awful, no-good year! Okay, I’m being hyperbolic—but, it was the year that I was asked to stand in front of the class, pick up a piece of chalk and solve a mathematical problem. It was some sort of multiplication or long division or, as far as I was concerned, the most difficult mathematical problem ever created! To this day working with numbers sends a heart-stopping fear through me that I can’t explain, other than just…

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Encouraging young children to engage in non-traditional play encourages positive development

Encouraging young children to engage in non-traditional play encourages positive development

“Now you look like a boy.” “So, I look like a boy because I have short hair?” “Yep.” My heart sank a little. I’d been chatting with two young sisters about differences for my uni assignment. In my years of working with young children, I’ve learned that conversations need to be organic and that you just have to follow their lead. And thus, how we landed on the subject of the differences between boys and girls, specifically hairstyles. When I…

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The reason I don’t care about the scribbles on my wall…(Thanks, Janet Lansbury!)

The reason I don’t care about the scribbles on my wall…(Thanks, Janet Lansbury!)

Don’t ever mistake any moment with your child for anything less than a learning experience…for both of you. What do I mean? Well, tonight the Wild One said, “I draw A” during dinner and I looked up and she had used her fork to ‘draw’ on the walls (My fault, I was answering a text…during dinner). Of course, I was busy lecturing her on the appropriate use of the fork to look at the lovely lines she had scrawled on…

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