This Must-Watch Video Teaches Consent To Kids

In the wake of the Stanford sexual assault case and other recent conversations in the media about what defines sexual assault, many parents are wondering at what age they should begin teaching their children about consent.

With one in four girls and one in six boys sexually assaulted before the age of 18, it is clear that parents shouldn’t wait to discuss issues of bodily autonomy and consent with their children, yet many find the conversation daunting. How can we use words that kids will understand, without scaring them and without introducing them to mature material?

Rachel Brian, mom to 7-year-old Lola, has come up with a great solution. As Hello Giggles reports, Brian was inspired to make a kid-friendly video about consent after her daughter dealt with unwanted physical attention at school. Another child repeatedly hugged and touched Lola against her wishes, and went so far as to kiss her when the teacher wasn’t looking. Lola was left feeling angry, helpless and embarrassed, just as most adults feel when they are touched without consent.

Eager to do something, Brian, an illustrator and former teacher, channeled her energy into creating this short, kid-appropriate video about what consent is, why it is important and how to practice it.

This informative, empowering video is a must-watch—and share—for kids and parents. Check it out here:

The video helps kids (and parents) understand that kids have the right to say “no” to any touching they don’t want, even if it is just a hug from Aunt Stella or a kiss from Grandpa. If we teach kids to ignore that uncomfortable feeling they get when they don’t want to be touched, we open them up to the dangerous idea that adults have the right to touch them even when it feels scary or bad. This also suggests to them that it’s OK to replicate this behavior in their own lives, such as by grabbing schoolmates and kissing them against their will, as Lola experienced.

The bottom line is that the earlier kids learn about consent, the better, and parents should maintain an ongoing conversation reinforcing its importance. As the video says, “This is your body. And you get to decide what you do with your body. No one else is entitled to tell you what to do with your body.”

This Chef Left The World’s Best Restaurant To Make School Lunches

Imagine abandoning your job as a chef at the “world’s best” restaurant to instead prepare school lunches for children. Well, chef Daniel Giusti has done just that.

The chef-turned-entrepreneur just left his post as chef at world-famous Noma in Copenhagen to launch his start-up Brigaid, which hopes to redesign public school lunches by putting professional chefs in public school cafeterias, according to Business Insider.

Giusti piloted the program over the summer at two schools in Connecticut: New London High and Bennie Dover Jackson Middle.

He received 275 applications from chefs eager to work in the schools, but he ended up selecting only two chefs, April Kindt and Ryan Kennedy. The team have been working together to create lunches that are not only delicious and healthy, but also affordable, in order to meet the US Department of Education requirement that school lunches costs less than $3.18 to produce.

School has only been in session for a little over a month and already Giusti and his team are receiving and responding to feedback with new recipes and menus, and feel optimistic about the future of their endeavor.

Check out some of the Brigaid chefs’ creations below:

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We don’t know about you, but we’re wishing we were back in middle or high school right about now! Those lunches look delicious (and, of course, nutritious).

This Teacher’s Post About School Supplies Makes A Powerful Point About Parenting

Now that we’re all fully immersed in back-to-school activities, it’s important to remember that buying school supplies is not only a time-honored tradition, but possibly a teachable moment as well—at least according Leland Michael, a math teacher at Lincoln High School in Des Moines, Iowa.

In a viral Facebook post that has since been shared more than 70,000 times, Michael illustrates the difference between parents who understand the importance of school and of buying school supplies, and those who take it for granted.

After being subjected to two separate tirades about the expense of school supplies and a lecture on how teachers should be responsible for purchasing their own supplies (spoiler alert: they are), another father thanked him for being a teacher and handed him a $25 Wal-Mart gift card to help with the cost of supplies.

The kids who heard their parents complaining heard this message: “School is not important enough to spend money on it, teachers are not to be trusted and have bad judgement, and learning does not require investment.”

The kid who’s dad handed me the gift card heard, “School is important enough that we should give more than required to make sure it is successful, teachers should be respected and valued, and learning requires us giving it everything we have.”

Read Michael’s post below:


Massive debate surrounds school supplies, especially when it comes to costs and quantities, but many commenters thanked Michael for the important reminder and perspective.

College Football Star Has Another Surprise For The Boy He Ate Lunch With

Remember our story about Bo Paske, an autistic 6th-grade student at Montford Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida?

Florida State University receiver Travis Rudolph and some of his teammates were at the school for a visit, and Rudolph took it upon himself to have lunch with Bo, who often sits alone at lunch.

Now comes Part II of the story. On Monday, Rudolph presented Bo with his own Seminoles game jersey—it even had his name on the back.

Rudolph also gave Bo and his mom, Leah, a pair of tickets to watch the Seminoles in action that night. (FSU came back from 22 down to beat the University of Mississippi 45-34, with Rudolph catching six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown—it was the biggest comeback in school history.)

Here’s Bo with FSU Head Coach Jimbo Fisher.

What a great couple of weeks it’s been for Bo.

 

Kids Share Hilarious Thoughts About Their Teachers

Families across the country are gearing up for kids to head back to school (if they haven’t already). From buying school supplies and first day of school outfits to planning the family’s new schedule and figuring out how to get everyone where they are going on time—it can be an exciting yet stressful time of year.

In an effort to lighten the mood and remind us of the sweet rewards of all this hard work, take a break from the to-do list and spend a couple minutes putting it all into perspective.

Watch as these children share exactly what they think about their teachers. The kids respond to questions such as “What do teachers do for fun?” and “What kind of gift would your teacher like?” Knowing that kids say the darndest things, the answers are as amusing as you might expect (gift ideas include everything from “monkeys” to “a gift card for Amazon“). Even if you don’t have children, you will be able to appreciate the hilarity.

Enjoy!

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Try This Simple Trick To Make Multiplication Easier

If you have a child who is struggling with multiplication (or just loves learning new things), then this trick could be pretty handy (pun intended).

Now, there’s always good old memorization, but sometimes it’s helpful to know that you have a built-in cheat sheet.

Note: This only works for 6*, 7, 8 and 9 times tables, but those are typically the most challenging ones. *This trick does not work for 6×6.

Step 1:

  • Staring with your pinkie fingers and working your way to your thumb, number your fingers from 6 through 10.
  • Line up the fingers that correspond to your math problem. For example: when multiplying 7 x 8, line up the correct numbered finger on each hand. See example below:

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Step 2:

Now that you have your fingers lined up, here is where the magic happens.

  • Add the two lined up fingers and the ones below it. For this example, it would be 5 fingers. This number will be the first number in your final answer (the number in the 10’s column, so here, 5 = 50).

Step 3:

  • Now multiply the top fingers on your left hand by the top fingers on your right hand. Here, it would be 3 x 2. This equals 6. This is the second number in your final answer (the number in the 1s column).

Step 4:

  • Combine the two numbers and you have your answer: 56.  Pretty cool!

This is just one of many ways to make learning math a little easier It can’t hurt to try it, right?

More Help For Tricky Math Problems

If numbers and equations aren’t your strong suit, then you might want to also check out these math hacks while you’re at it. There’s the Butterfly method, which makes adding and subtracting fractions a piece of cake:

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There’s also this multiplication trick for finding a quick way to find the product of any number multiplied by 11. Genius, right?

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And if percentages always stump you, then you’ll want to have this one in your back pocket.

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Of course, if you’ve just never understood how to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit, then this one’s for you.

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Need some more help? Here are more handy math hacks for you to put to use.