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So Long, Thimble: Hasbro Axes Classic Monopoly Token

So Long, Thimble: Hasbro Axes Classic Monopoly Token | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.
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Like most boys, I never wanted to be the thimble (or the iron which was removed a few years back) and always went for the race car and the dog first. What were your favorite tokens? I see that there is now a cat, which we didn't have back in the dark ages. What would you like the replacement for the thimble to be? My choice is an iPhone, but it should come with some great apps, like a free-pass at Boardwalk. 

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These 11 childhood cliches are still totally on point.

These 11 childhood cliches are still totally on point. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
If we follow the voice from childhood still ringing in our heads, we might do better at adulting.
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I like up this morning wanting to find something to give the day a smile and here it is. Some nice simple wisdom for us all. 
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Harvard’s glass flowers return - The Boston Globe

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Harvard has reinstalled its famous glass flowers at its Museum of Natural History.
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I post this as a memorial to my father, who dragged us to this exhibit many times. He had no interest in flowers in nature and no knowledge of them to enhance his sons' museum experience. Indeed, he had no interest in museums and never took us to another although we lived in Boston with all its wonderful resources. Still, regularly, off we would go to "THE MUSEUM" in Harvard where we would look dully at the glass flowers and then a quick trip to see the fluorescent rocks. Since our mother never accompanied us, this must have been his "creative" way of giving her a break. The saddest thing of all, I never did get him to the art museum or the science museum or even to walk "The Freedom Trail," not even when we were all older and I would come back to Boston to visit. I guess in the end I share this post not so much as a memorial as a plaint and a hope that some parent might be motivated to take his kid(s) on a proper day trip this weekend. If it does, I wish them some fun. 
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No tampons, no problem: NYC legislator discusses making tampons a public good.

No tampons, no problem: NYC legislator discusses making tampons a public good. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Take that, stigma!
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Despite the sarcastic tone of the writing in this article, this is a real issue, especially for young women whose families don't have money. For years school nurses (and teachers who care) have been providing tampons and sanitary napkins at their own expense, but that has been an unreliable supply for the kids. Bravo to this lawmaker and her idea of making female hygiene supplies available in the school restrooms. Now, if they'll clean those restrooms so the kids can use them.

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Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports

Baseball is struggling to hook kids — and risks losing fans to other sports | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Youth participation in baseball has slid for two decades and its fans have aged as the accelerated pace of modern life clashes with the sport’s imbalance between anticipation and action.
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Participation in organized athletics is falling, which is perhaps a sad commentary on the lifestyle of modern American kids. Computer games are not sufficient exercise for healthy growth. And those kids who are in sports see that as a career path, which means they are specializing far too early and losing the fullness of youth because of the expectations of coaches (and some parents) for "sports greatness." Meanwhile, at least soccer and lacrosse are growing.

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Rodrigo Batts's curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:17 AM

Baseball is losing steam, creating room for other new sports to emerge and take over marketshare.

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They Gave Each Kid A Barbie And A Doll With Real Proportions. What They Say Next Really Says It All.

They Gave Each Kid A Barbie And A Doll With Real Proportions. What They Say Next Really Says It All. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

MThey're just toys. Or are they?

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Many parents have stopped letting their kids play with toy guns, and for good reasons. Now, what about those dolls? This is a great article about Barbie versus reality. My poetic take on Barbie: Sprung full boobed / ready role model / for a generation / willing to die / of self-starvation / for flatter stomachs / and thinner thighs.  (Wrote that back in 1995)

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Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction

Researchers: Children exposed to religion have difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in “fantastical stories” are fictional — whereas children raised in a religious environment even “approach unfamiliar, fantastical stories flexibly.”

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So if parents tell kids that fantasy is true, the kids tend to believe fantasy; and if parents rear their kids knowing the difference, the kids recognize the difference. It seems obvious, but it isn't. Conventional wisdom has always taught that kids were naturally credulous.

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Guest blog: great piece of creative writing! "Horatio at the Game."

Guest blog: great piece of creative writing! "Horatio at the Game." | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I am so grateful for my fellow Stooshpr member Kenneth Weene for this great little short story. It is full of good humour, pathos and cleverly-observed childhood lives. I commend it to you. Stooshp...
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It's always a delight to share one of my stories with a new audience. I hope that the Australians can appreciate American baseball. I'm sure the can enjoy the universality of growing up and childhood.

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We couldn’t get our son to stop swearing. So we taught him how to do it right.

We couldn’t get our son to stop swearing. So we taught him how to do it right. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
For a kid with autism, bad-word boot camp made more sense than a ban.
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Some personal essays just deserve to be read and appreciated. Here is one I think stands out, especially if you have a kid who's at that stage when swearing is so important. 
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BLACK LIVES AND MY WHITE PRIVILEGE: LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD

BLACK LIVES AND MY WHITE PRIVILEGE: LESSONS FROM CHILDHOOD | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Official website for author Kenneth Weene.
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Sometimes the lessons of childhood make more sense when the world has changed and we are looking back.
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Play Nicely With Your Brother

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Like my mother used to say to me, so I say to my son: "If you're going to sit around and read on such a nice day, at least take the book outside!"

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What a great piece about childhood. Some stories are just to be savored. 
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What were Obama's favorite childhood books?

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On a recent visit to a Washington library, Obama told students that he doesn't have much time for 'fun' reading these days. But he also eagerly shared the titles that he enjoyed as a boy.
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What, not one of my books on his list?! I wonder if I can send him a couple. I think he'd enjoy "Broody New Englander." Oh, "Memoirs From the Asylum" might give him ideas about how Congress functions. Then "Tales From the Dew Drop Inne" might help him understand the GOP. Of course, "Times to Try the Soul of Man" would be a great pick if he really cares about what the CIA and NSA might be up to. I'll leave "Widow's Walk" out, the Secret Service might decide I was a threat.

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They spent millions trying to sell their product to girls. They only needed to change 1 tiny thing.

They spent millions trying to sell their product to girls. They only needed to change 1 tiny thing. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
What if she's not into shopping, horses, or pink?
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It is certainly time to recognize that girls and boys shouldn't be forced into stereotypes. Let them grow.

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Cribs: 12 Totally Awesome Cribs - ODDEE

Cribs: 12 Totally Awesome Cribs - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
You're gonna wish you were a baby again to be able to sleep in one of these.
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Some great crib ideas here. Probably outside most budgets, but just imagine the baby cooing within.

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8 Strange and Cool Summer Camps For Kids (summer, camp, kids) - ODDEE

8 Strange and Cool Summer Camps For Kids (summer, camp, kids) - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Summer camp no longer means just swimming, arts and crafts or roasting marshmallows. Check out these 8 crazy and fun ways to spend the summer! (summer, camp, kids)
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Having grown up in the summer camp industry, my parents owned and operated two camps in Maine, I was fascinated to see some of there alternatives. Personally, the one I would have liked best is not in this set -- that would have been for readers and writers. Nevertheless, these are impressive and remind us that kids can have some wonderful experiences and learn a great deal outside of school. Of course somebody has to foot the bill. For too many kids, the most they can hope for is a week of church camp or worse a few hours a week at the neighborhood pool. Childhood should be rich with possibilities and experiences for all. How do we make that happen?

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