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Two bear cubs wrestle in the middle of a road at Yosemite. The commentary leaves a little to be desired, but wrestling bear cubs? Your kids will love it. [via Stellar]

“Our brains undergo a massive reorganization between our 12th and 25th years.” This National Geographic story on what’s happening in the circuits and neurons of the teenage brain is pretty fascinating. Having once been a teenager, I’m aware that teenage behavior is often unexplainable, irrational, and frustrating to grown-ups. Now science confirms that it’s not…

I can’t watch this without getting a little choked up. Which surprised me. If that’s not a testimony of the influence Fred Rogers had on my generation and subsequent generations of kids, then I don’t know what is.

We’re of the firm belief that it’s important to teach kids — while they’re kids — about how the real world works. In the real world, people just don’t give you money for nothing. You have to earn it. So we don’t give our kids a free monthly allowance. They get paid upon completing their…

I’m a sucker for crisp, clear space photography — my kids and I spend an inordinate amount of time digging into Google Earth — so I was happy to stumble upon this old 2009 blog post with 35 high-resolution astronomy images (from Wikimedia) that are in the public domain. Make sure you click the high-resolution…

This is crazy. At one point in the history of the U.S. Postal Service — after parcel post service was introduced in 1913 — it briefly became possible to send a child somewhere else in the United States by mail. I am totally not making this up. According to the Smithsonian: After parcel post service…

I don’t know who’s behind the marketing for the new Muppet Movie, but this “Girl with a Dragon Tattoo” parody trailer is completely genius. Well done, Muppet Movie people, Jason Segel, Kermit or whomever it is. Marketing brilliance. If you haven’t seen the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film teaser trailer this is based on,…

Yesterday was a hard day. After 13 years, we had to say goodbye to Joe, our Yorkie. This is a photo our son took of him about a year ago: Yes, he was goofy-looking. Joe had bad teeth, and a couple years back they all had to be pulled (except for one molar way in…

Nothing is cuter than a baby gorilla, unless it’s a baby gorilla taking a bath. Throw in a little pink washrag and it’s a rollicking good time. Show it to your kids. YouTube tells me this is “Baby Joe and a chimpanzee from Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, UK.” It was filmed in 1967. [HT: stellar]

In August, Chicago Now blogger Christine Whitley referred to a 1979 book called Your Six-Year-Old. In it, she found a checklist to help parents figure out if their kid was ready for first grade. Answer YES to 10 of these 12 questions and your kid is ready: 1. Will your child be six years, six…

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Jason Boyett

Jason Boyett is a writer, speaker, and the author of several books, including O Me of Little Faith (Zondervan), and the Pocket Guide series (Jossey-Bass). His work has appeared in Salon, Paste, The Daily Beast, Relevant, and a variety of other publications. He has also appeared on the History Channel and National Geographic Channel. Jason lives in Texas with his wife and two kids. Follow him at twitter and jasonboyett.com.

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