Our local middle school has rented out a theater for the students to watch “Catching Fire” this Friday on opening night. The PTA is selling tickets for $15 including a seat, popcorn, water and a raffle ticket.
I think it’s such an interesting model for a fundraiser. It’s something the kids will really want to do. The school can make some money and the cost is not outrageous. It’s a nice outing for the students too. They are selling tickets through Wednesday and they think they will sell out.
Is your school doing a similar “Catching Fire” fundraiser? Have they ever done movie nights and rented out a theater? (They often do movie nights at the school playing movies outside but I’ve never seen one at a theater.)
Along these same lines: Sesame Street has come out with its version of “The Hungry Games: Catching Fur.” See what you think.
I wanted to share with you guys some big family news. My husband has been named the new global sports editor for The Associated Press. Here’s the story that ran in the AJC when they announced it a few weeks ago.
Michael officially starts the job today. He will be working some in Phoenix, some in New York and some where the news takes him. He will be at the Super Bowl. He will be running the Olympics coverage from Sochi, Russia, and he’ll be leading World Cup coverage from Brazil in June. (He wants me to come to Brazil for part of the time but I haven’t quite figured out how I am going to sell a house, buy a house, move kids 3,000 miles across the county and show up in Brazil. Those plans don’t really seem congruent to me.)
This is literally a dream job for him. He has talked about the job since college. He eats, sleeps and dreams sports. But it does come with complications.
After four years I finally have the kids settled in the right schools. We’re finally making
I was practicing data visualization to teach my digital media students, and I created a simple pie chart about how I spend my day. I thought it would be interesting to share and see what your pie chart would look like. (I pasted the actual numbers below. The percentages are interesting though for perspective. These numbers are averages as they can vary day-to-day.)
On the pie chart it looks like I spend an inordinate amount of time sleeping. I estimated seven hours at night. I have been trying to get eight because then I drink less caffeine. But lately I’ve been lucky to get six hours. The homework with kids number is closer to four some nights, and generally I am working with more than one child at a time. (By helping I mean helping them organize what all they need to get done, checking on their progress, assisting with information if needed and then quizzing them for tests the next day. This is mostly spent with Walsh. His school is crazy hard.)
I was telling my husband recently about a couple we know who recently broke up. He said without missing a beat, “Did it involve Facebook?”
I didn’t know at the time of our conversation if it did involve Facebook but found out later, it DID. So I started searching online “Facebook and Marriage breakups” and found some interesting stats.
“More than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word Facebook, according to a U.K. survey by Divorce Online, a legal services firm. And over 80% of U.S. divorce attorneys say they’ve seen a rise in the number of cases using social networking, according to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. “I see Facebook issues breaking up marriages all the time,” says Gary Traystman, a divorce attorney in New London, Conn. Of the 15 cases he handles per year where computer history, texts and emails are admitted as evidence, 60% exclusively involve
I was perusing the Target holiday circular this weekend and noticed a whole section on pink Nerf blasters. The girl-branded Nerf guns are called their Rebelle line. (See image from the Target website.) The line was launched this fall.
If you remember, last year the boy-branded Easy Bake Oven hit the market so I guess it was just a matter of time.
But my question is do girls really need the Nerf guns to be pink to play with them? If a girl wanted to shoot Nerf blasters would the color really matter? (Contrary to my own point I do remember that my Huffy dirt bike was pink.)
“I think if anything, we went into this without any stereotypes and instead talked to young girls, found out what they
Growing up in Gwinnett County in the 1970s and 1980s you didn’t have much choice but go downtown for activities, and we loved going!
Going downtown was a big deal. It meant you were doing something special with your family. You dressed up and looked your best. Whether it was a Tech game and lunch at the Varsity or a Braves games with neighbors, we always loved heading downtown for special events.
I remember going to Braves and Hawks games. I remember ice skating at the Omni and going to The World of Sid and Marty Krofft in the Omni. (That was odd place!) Sometimes we drove in and sometimes we took MARTA.
I don’t think I ever went to a Falcons game downtown, but we did go downtown for a ton of cultural events.
We went to the Fox Theater frequently for plays, movies and the ballet. We would go to the Civic Center and the Alliance for performances and speeches. We also went for concerts at the Omni — including “Earth Wind & Fire.”
We always went to downtown Rich’s for the
Every now and then late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asks parents to prank their own kids, video tape it and post the results to You Tube. Since 2011, he has been asking parents to pretend that they have eaten all their kids’ Halloween candy and then tape their reaction.
Often the kids cry and scream and are pretty upset that their Halloween candy is all gone. Kimmel has also asked parents to give their kids terrible Christmas presents and pick out horrible fake first-day of school outfits.
The videos are wildly popular on his show and on You Tube. The post-Halloween videos have been viewed more than 106 million times online since 2011.
But now psychologists are saying these pranks are not fun and games and can truly harm a child’s trust in their parent.
“Pranking your own children is not harmless fun, but is cruel and potentially damaging,” said Mark Barnett, a professor and graduate program coordinator at Kansas State University’s
I love the Carolyn Hax column in The Washington Post and recently she posted a discussion about does how you care for your dog translate into how you will care for your kids?
A person wrote in that they spoiled their dogs terribly and assumed that meant they would equally spoil their kids.
“… The dogs have too many toys, I plan most vacations so I can bring them along, and I have a habit of praising them for existing. If one of them comes over all waggy, I’ll put down my book in a heartbeat to lavish unearned adoration on them.
“This means my kids are going to be entitled, self-centered, unsympathetic, instant-gratification-focused nightmares, right? And they probably won’t run the vacuum, either. “
Carolyn replied in part:
“Treating your dogs in a way that’s right for dogs, though, usually means you’ll treat kids in a way that’s right for kids, so it’s a fine indicator.”
“Although I suspect the
If your teen comes out of the SAT and says they did “GREAT!” that may be a bad sign according to Debbie Stier, author of the forthcoming book, The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT.
She recently wrote in Time magazine that research tells us that most students are overly optimistic when it comes to evaluating how they did on a test. In fact, a 2006 Brown Center Report on American education found that with the highest confidence in their math testing actually did the worst. Other studies found similar results: High confidence equaled low scores; under-confidence equaled higher scores.
It all comes down to familiarity versus mastery.
“People overestimate their performance because they have the feeling of knowing something, which turns out to be highly unreliable. Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham explains that having seen or experienced something before can give the illusion that we know more than we do. Repeated exposure to a
My son started our most recent round of illness last week. He had a cold and was home from school three days. I caught it, and Rose caught it. Lilina has been draining and coughing for a month due to allergy and asthma.(She went to the doctor three weeks ago and did a phone consult two weeks ago.) I took both girls to the pediatrician yesterday and both were put on antibiotic. The cold has turned into a sinus infection for my oldest and the youngest has developed a throat infection from all the draining from the allergies. Mom is sick too but no doctor for me — yet.
I made hot and sour soup last night to soothe our throats. (More on the soup later — I used Swanson’s new soup starter, and I want to report in on the product.) I bought ice pops and got the ingredients to make the hot tea my mom used to make me when I little. Here’s the recipe for the hot spiced tea. It’s very 1970s but it’s good.
Spiced Tea from Vera at the First Baptist Church of Decatur
(Vera used to work with