Cartoons Get Kids Excited About Veggies: 5 Things to Know About Kids This Week

Our curated list of kid-related news for July 8, 2016.

Carl Frisell
  • 1. Nonprofit works with schools get kids excited about veggies using cartoons. A nonprofit organization called Super Sprowtz has created a variety of vegetable characters in an effort to make vegetables more appealing to kids. Three school have begun participating in a study with the company by displaying large banners of the veggie characters in their cafeterias. Kids in these school grabbed nearly twice as many servings of vegetables as those in control schools. (Want Kids To Eat More Veggies? Market Them With Cartoons.)

  • 2. How to talk to your kid about tragedy in the news.  With tragic events in the news it can be hard as a parent to know the what to say — or what not to say — to your kid. Nicholas J. Westers, a clinical psychologist at Children’s Health, offered up some tips to on how to support your kid through times like this. Dr. Tina Cheng, professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine for Johns Hopkins, specifically encourages parents to discuss these events with their kids in order to ensure that they’re getting accurate information and feel supported. You can get more general tips about how to explain the news to your kids from Common Sense Media.
  • 3. An argument against “how-to” parenting. People often look at the word “parenting” as a verb — a job, something to succeed or fail at. In The Wall Street Journal, Alison Gopnik makes a case for getting away from thinking of parenting in the form of how-to’s and the end product, and instead thinking “of it as a kind of love. Love doesn’t have goals or benchmarks or blueprints, but it does have a purpose. Love’s purpose is not to shape our beloved’s destiny but to help them shape their own.” (A Manifesto Against Parenting)
  • 5. Apps for your summer road trip with kids. Is a road trip with kids part of your summer plan? The New York Times offers a list of 10 apps to install for the ride — chosen because they are “designed to promote active, engaged, meaningful and social learning.” (10 Children’s Apps for Summer Road Trips)

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