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Want Smarter Kids? Read Aloud To Them For 1,000 Days

Parents should make reading “a daily fun family activity” if they want smarter children, according to experts.

Although all parents know the value of introducing kids to books at an early age, the sad fact is that not everyone makes it a priority. These days, it is not an uncommon sight to see little chilren using mobile devices. Modern gadgets have indeed become “digital pacifiers” in the household, as one SmartParenting article describes it.

While there is nothing wrong with technology (balance is the keyword, according to experts), it still remains true that books are definitely important for child development. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), for instance, has issued an official policy for pediatricians to encourage parents to read to their children.

According to studies, a child experiences rapid brain development during the first three years of life.

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For this reason, parents play a crucial role in reading aloud to their children – starting from birth.

In a New York Times interview, Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said:

“If we can get that first 1,000 days of life right, we’re really going to save a lot of trouble later on and have to do far less remediation.”

Dr. Pamela High, who wrote the policy, recommends that parents should make “reading together as a daily fun family activity” from infancy. In addition to reading, parents should also talk and sing to their children.

Less smartphones, more books…

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Dr. Alanna Levine, a pediatrician in Orangeburg, New York, commented:

“The reality of today’s world is that we’re competing with portable digital media. So you really want to arm parents with tools and rationale behind it about why it’s important to stick to the basics of things like books.”

Early reading brings many advantages.

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Meanwhile, a ChildTeaching feature tells us that reading can lead to numerous benefits such as building a stronger parent-child bond, better academic performance, improved speech abilities, improved communication ability, as well as increase in concentration and discipline.

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How Children Are Affected When Parents Spend So Much Time on Mobile Phones

This should be a wake-up call for parents everywhere.

As parents, we all know that excessive screen time is bad for children. In fact, a recent study even tells us that it can lead to brain damage. This should be a serious warning for all of us to ensure that our kids do not stay stuck using their mobile devices all too often.

But have you ever imagined the negative effects if the roles are reversed? Some parents are guilty of spending too much time on their phones, too, right? And how exactly are the children affected when that happens?

Well a global survey gives us the answers.

Conducted by AVG Technologies, the said survey was answered by over 6,000 children from Brazil, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States. The participants were composed of youngsters ages 8 to 13 years old....

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History

The Sad Story of the Filipino Slave Whose Tattooed Skin Was Displayed at Oxford

In the late 1600s, an unfortunate Filipino slave with intricate tattoos was brought to England and became known as the “Painted Prince.”

In the late 1600s, a Filipino slave caused quite a sensation when he arrived in England. The Filipino was given the name "Prince Giolo." People also called him the "Painted Prince" because his body was adorned with intricate tattoos. However, the man didn't exactly live like royalty. In fact, he was treated like a freak and dismissed as a savage.

As it turns out, the Filipino slave wasn't really named Prince Giolo. His real name was said to be Jeoly. His journey to England wasn't by choice. He was a victim of circumstance and other people's greed.

Miangas was once called "Palmas Island."

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Jeoly's strange tale begins sometime in 1690. He and his mother were on a boat near the island of Miangas. The island is located about 70 kilometers from the coast of what is now Davao Oriental. At that time, Miangas was still considered part of the Philippines. As such, Jeoly was a Filipino. After all, it was only in 1928 that an international court decreed that Miangas was part of Indonesia. Even then, the territorial dispute was between the US and the Netherlands, the colonial rulers of the Philippines and Indonesia respectively....

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Art

Comics Artist Shows Us How Vastly Different Western and Chinese Cultures Are

Hilarious and interesting at the same time. Check out #5!

What first comes to mind when you hear about China? Some of us would likely think about the fantastic food, its famous Great Wall, or perhaps some of the not-so nice aspects of the country (such as blatant piracy of products).

Well whether you’ve been there or not, there’s no denying that Chinese culture is indeed vastly different compared with the western. We’ve all seen that in books, movies, and in the news. Or maybe you’ve even personally noticed some differences as you observed your Chinese classmates, co-workers, or neighbors.

One artist on Instagram is currently making waves online for accurately depicting the distinct cultural disparaties between China and the west.

Born and raised in Beijing, Siyu has eventually spent 10 years “traveling, studying and working abroad in the US, UK, and France.” So yes, this artist has seen and experienced what it feels like living in both sides of the world – and this served as the inspiration for an ongoing weekly online comics series called Tiny Eyes. ...

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