Why Every Boy Needs A Princess As His Role Model

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I couldn’t explain why playing with a girl’s toy was bad for a boy. It was just something I accepted, something so deeply ingrained in me that I didn’t question it: Boys play with superheroes and girls play with dolls. If that order was broken, I felt something might go terribly wrong.

The evidence, as it turns out, shows the exact opposite to be true. When children are given gendered role models, according to two recent studies by BYU’s Prof. Sarah Coyne, it actually creates major behavioral problems. When they play with each other’s toys, on the other hand, they grow up to be more empathetic.

It’s not what I’d expected, but giving my son a doll just might be the best thing I can do for him.

[Read the full article at Parent.co]

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The Science Behind Kids’ Obsessions With Trains

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It’s something that happens to pretty much every penis-having kid on earth, usually when they’re about 3 years old. No, not the act of Stretch Armstrong-ing their penis and laughing maniacally (although that will happen). Rather, they’ll wake up one morning and decide that trains are, officially, the coolest thing in the world. For the next year, they will decree, every shirt must have a train on it, every tool must become a track, and the name of Thomas the Tank Engine must be spoken with the reverence due to a god. They will be loco for locomotives.

And if it isn’t trains, their obsession will revolve around cars, trucks, or anything with a big engine and wheels, really. It almost seems like boys are somehow biologically drawn toward fast things with wheels. And, well, it’s because they are. Your child’s love of choo-choos serves an important purpose — a major enough one that, if your kid’s not already obsessed with trains, you just might want to get a steam engine in their hands.

[Read the full article at Fatherly.com]

22 Ways to Keep a Preschooler Busy Other Than Watching TV

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We all know that watching TV and playing video games isn’t good for our kids. No parent is proud of how much time their kids spend in front of a screen – but what are we supposed to do?

Sometimes, we just need to get things done. We need to clean the house or cook food or just take a few minutes for ourselves. It’s hard to think of other things that could keep a kid distracted long enough to actually accomplish anything.

There are options, though. Sure, they take a bit more energy than just plopping a child in front of a screen, but encouraging your child to do something constructive just might be worth the extra effort.

[Read the full article at Parent.co]

10 Details That Make History’s Worst Tragedies Even Worse

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We like to imagine that we learn from our tragedies—that when the worst moment comes, people change their ways and start working together to make things right.

But sometimes, even after the catastrophe is over, the tragedy continues. People get swept up in the havoc and chaos of the moment and do things that make history’s worst moments even worse. And in the aftermath, some of our darkest moments are left with details too bleak to make it into the history books.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]

10 Unbelievably Bizarre Facts About The Animals of Ancient Egypt

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Egypt was one of the first great civilizations on earth. They lived at the dawn of history, in a time that was very different from the world we live in today.

One of those differences was their gods. The Egyptian gods had the heads of animals. That might seem like a tiny detail, but it changed the way the lived in more ways than you might imagine. In homage to their gods, the Egyptians treated animals with a reverence that we don’t share—and that led to some truly bizarre moments that history usually leaves out.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]

10 Stories From Japan On The Day They Surrendered

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On August 15, 1945, Emperor Hirohito announced Japan’s surrender to the Allies. The Second World War was at an end.

For the millions who heard his voice, this was a profound moment. For some, it was a relief after a long, painful war. For others, it was a betrayal. Some refused to believe it. Some refused to accept it. And some feared what would happen next.

[Read the full article at Listverse.com]