National Retail Federation’s holiday survey of more than 6,200 consumers, released Thursday. But don’t go doing a STEM jig or anything, because otherwise, the report is business as usual when it comes to toys and the stubborn gender divide.
“Usually, it’s appearance-related kit and caboodle for girls, like Barbie and her entourage, then domestic and nurturing-related, so baby dolls. For boys it’s violence-related, vehicles, an exciting-adventure category and then the whole building-and-science,” Judith Elaine Blakemore, children’s gender development expert and psychology professor at Indiana University tells Yahoo Shine. “So if you look and see only those things, except for the iPad, you’re not seeing anything different.”
Bummer. Because the No.1 toy for girls? Barbie. For boys? LEGO.
“Plus, you can get Disney princess
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Nov 21, 2013 5:19 PM EST
National Retail Federation’s holiday survey of more than 6,200 consumers, released Thursday. But don’t go doing a STEM jig or anything, because otherwise, the report is business as usual when it comes to toys and the stubborn gender divide.Girls want something slightly surprising for Christmas this year: iPads and tablets, which tie with Disney Princesses for the No. 4 spot on wish lists, according to the Read More »from Christmas 2013: What Little Girls and Boys Want is Really Depressing
- Ward Miles Miller is a happy, pudgy 16-month-old Ohio boy who likes chasing the family dog and slurping green smoothies. But when he was born, 15 weeks prematurely, he weighed not quite a pound and a half, and required a host of machines to keep him alive during his 107-day stay in the hospital’s newborn intensive care unit. Parents Benjamin and Lyndsey didn’t know if he would survive. Now a short video of Ward’s first year, created by his photographer dad as a birthday gift for his mom, is serving as a testament to the boy’s fighting spirit and captivating viewers worldwide.
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The 7-minute video, which he uploaded to Vimeo two weeks ago, has been viewed 169,000 times. And it’s growing in popularity during what happens to be Read More »from Dad Films Premature Son's Miraculous First Year
A Tennessee father of two found himself under arrest after attempting a school pickup on foot last week. The school policy is to wait in the car. “It’s ridiculous,” Jim Howe, a professional drag racer, tells Yahoo Shine, adding that he is “absolutely considering” legal action against the school.
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Howe uploaded a YouTube video of his confrontation with South Cumberland Elementary School resource officer Avery Aytes, who's also a sheriff's deputy, Saturday. The clip has since been viewed nearly 119,000 times.
In the video, shot by Howe's girlfriend, the 40-year-old dad is shown calmly debating the lack of safety in the new pickup policy and calling the sheriff to discuss the policy. The policy dictates that parents must wait in their cars in a line that can stretch to a mile long alongside a major highway, according to Howe. He adds that while students can get parental permission to walk along the Read More »from Dad Breaks School Pickup Rule, Gets Arrested
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Wed, Nov 20, 2013 3:09 PM EST
homeless individuals. He slept in shelters, panhandled on street corners and asked restaurants for free food, learning life-changing lessons — and helping a family of five get off the streets — along the way.Understanding homelessness is an important part of the job for Michael Johnson, CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, in Madison, Wisconsin. So he set out to get schooled — by going undercover as just another one of the city’s 3,500 Read More »from How Going Undercover as Homeless Changed These Men
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“As a nonprofit leader I thought it was important that I understood the issue, so I can know how to tackle it,” Johnson tells Yahoo Shine about his two-night, three-day social experiment, which ended Nov. 15. Local market owner and philanthropist Tim Metcalfe, as well as Salvation Army Community Center director Will Green, joined him.
Their aim, in addition to raising awareness and learning about what homeless people truly experience, was to provide aid to an
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Tue, Nov 19, 2013 5:33 PM ESTpiece has drawn thousands of offended comments, inspired an explosion of angry tweets, and attracted enough unprecedented traffic to crash the website on Tuesday.A shameless blog post that mocks women with eating disorders is helping the obscure bro site “Return of Kings” rack up a steadily growing mountain of haters. Since “5 Reasons to Date a Girl was posted last week, the
The site uses the tagline “Return of masculinity,” which looks curiously like misogyny. Other recent posts include “24 Signs She’s a Slut” and “8 Ways to Spot a Transsexual.” And the current controversial story was clearly designed to raise a ruckus, which it’s done, obviously pleasing the boys behind the site:
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switched at birth, then, after three years, forced by a judge's decision to stay with the families that had been raising them. Today those famous babies, Callie Johnson and Rebecca Chittum, are 18-year-old young women, and each says she is happy to have remained with the caregivers she knew.It was a story that captivated the nation in 1995 — two babies accidentally Read More »from Girls Switched at Birth Are Happy Where They Are
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“I would not go back and change it,” Chittum, living in Virginia, tells the Daily Mail. “I am very happy I was switched at birth because I love the family I am with and if that didn’t happen then I wouldn’t know them.”
Similarly, Johnson tells WTVR in Virginia (where she also lives) in a recent interview that she adores the mom who raised her. “She’s my best friend. She always has been,” she says. “And I can honestly say that.”
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It’s not all that surprising, according to psychologists familiar
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 5:43 PM EST
health perks, both physical and emotional, of marriage. But now researchers have discovered a surprising benefit of being widowed: It allows you to be more capable of dealing with chronic pain than anyone else. “What we found, quite frankly, blew us away,” lead researcher James Wade, professor of psychiatry at Virginia Commonwealth University, tells Yahoo Shine.Plenty has been said about the Read More »from Why Widows Deal With Chronic Pain Better Than Married Folks
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For the study, published in September in the journal Pain Research and Treatment, Wade and his colleagues studied 1,914 patients with chronic pain. “These were people dealing with an intense threat to their lives,” Wade explains. “And pain stinks. You feel anxious, depressed; you’re unable to even take out the trash.”
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What they were looking for, he says, was a positive connection between being married and being better equipped to
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:44 PM ESTWhen Jose Barrera’s 14-year-old son was found shot to death along a lonely stretch of railroad tracks near their home in Richmond, California, four years ago, his heart was broken. Now, because of a Google Maps image of his son Kevin’s body that's been making its way around the Web, the father is crushed all over again. “The memories have been coming back really fast,” he tells Yahoo Shine about the unsolved murder. “It’s really painful.” Luckily, Google has been quick to respond, promising to remove the photo.
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The aerial image — of a sprawled body with a handful of cops and others standing nearby — appears to have been inadvertently captured by Google Maps. And Barrera says he’s confident that it’s his son, based on the scene and on what the person is wearing. “I was there,” he says. “The police came to my house and said, ‘This is your son,’ and I said, ‘No it’s not” and then they took me there.’”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 5:07 PM EST
bullying campaign meant to build empathy, though it’s stirring up a bit of controversy among parents, too.Some kids at a Colorado Springs, Colorado, elementary school are ignoring their classmates this week—on orders of their very own principal. It’s all part of a new anti
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“We are putting the students in a situation where they can experience what it's like to be left out,” the principal of public charter school James Madison Charter Academy, Anne Shearer-Shineman, tells KKTV. “They will have more insight into things that they might be doing to others that they don’t realize that they're doing.”
To that end, kids in fourth through sixth grade have been taking turns wearing special stickers on their collars to indicate that they are to be shunned by classmates. According to the rules of the exercise, students are not allowed to tease or be mean to those wearing the stickers. Still, at least one mom wasRead More »from Kids Told to Shun Classmates to Show How Bullying Feels
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Nov 15, 2013 2:40 PM EST
adopted son to the county after nine years now face charges of reckless abandonment by a prosecutor with little patience for the situation.An Ohio couple who have returned their Read More »from Will Couple Be Jailed for Returning Adopted Son After Nine Years?
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“I want to provide as much deterrent as I can for parents who think, 'Oh, I’m honked off at my child; I can just abandon him,'” Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser tells Yahoo Shine. “After reviewing [the parents’] financial and psychological abilities, I couldn’t wrap my brain around any defenses people in these circumstances could have about wanting to give back a child.”
The parents, Cleveland and Lisa Cox, adopted the 9-year-old as an infant through Butler County Children Services; they brought him back there in October, citing issues of “aggressive behaviors” for which he had refused help, according to the Associated Press.
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Now the child remains in