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This Week's Education Links: Parental Play, Appropriate Punishments, Kids EQ, and More

by Joel

Must-read: Do we really need to play pretend with our kids all the time?  Should we? - Slate
A fascinating look at cultural trends and research regarding parental play over the past 100 years, and how expectations have changed.  Does parental play help or hurt kids' development?  What's the right amount of play time to have with your kids?  The answers go from "zero" to "lots" depending on the culture

Which Is Better, Rewards or Punishments? Neither - NY Times
Some solid examples of how to de-escalate situations with your little ones, so you can treat your kids with care and respect even while you're trying to modify their behavior.  

This Is How To Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids: 5 Secrets From Research - Bakadesuyo
Excerpts from "Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child" explore specific advice such as "Emotion is an opportunity for intimacy and teaching" and "Listen empathetically and validate feelings."

Movement And Breathing Breaks Help Kids Focus On Learning - Scary Mommy
"Allowing kids the opportunity to move around a bit during the school day helps them to self-regulate when it’s time to learn."

Edtech’s Blurred Lines Between Security, Surveillance and Privacy - EdSurge
While Edtech companies usually have good intentions, we need to make sure they are taking appropriate care of the data they collect about us and our kids.