Social justice books for kids, Warby Parker is doing something really (cool), a look at lifelong harm of childhood trauma, Super Bowl fun, and more. Check out this week’s round up of news and fun links, curated with Baltimore moms in mind.

In Case You Missed It - February 2, 2017 - (cool) progeny

In Case You Missed It: Week of February 2

Have a tween or teen who is asking “what can I do?” Check out these 8 empowering middle grades novels for kids interested in social justice. As Barnes and Noble writes, these books “prove you’re never too young to stand up for what you believe in and make a difference. (And if you have younger readers, check out their list of similarly themed picture book.)

Warby Parker, the billion dollar eyewear brand, is now making glasses for kids. The kids’ glasses cost the same as a typical pair of Warby Parker glasses ($95) and fit children as young as 4 years old. One key design change? Spring hinges. Because, well, kids are rough on their glasses. Right now, this is a pilot program and only available in the company’s eight New York City stores. (Crossing fingers this comes to their Harbor East location next!).

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the founder of the Center for Youth Wellness, in Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, wrote “The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity,” which was published last week. She sat down with David Bornstein of The New York Times to talk about treating the lifelong harm of childhood trauma. A quote that sticks out:

“We’re not talking about failing a test or losing at a sports match. We’re talking about threats that are severe or prolonged — things like abuse or neglect, or growing up with a parent who is mentally ill or substance-dependent. Our biological stress response is designed to save our lives from something threatening, and that’s healthy. The problem is that when the stress response is activated repeatedly it can become overactive and affect our brain development, our immune systems and even how our DNA is read and transcribed. High doses of stress hormones can inhibit the brain’s executive functioning and make it harder for kids or adults to exercise impulse control.”

You know that local Baltimore mom (and Milkshake’s lead singer!), Lisa Mathews, hosts a fam-friendly radio show on WTMD every Saturday morning, right? Tune in at 7 AM for kindie bands and “grown up” tunes that kids love, too. Catch the webstream or check out their site to see previous show song lists. 

Not-so-shameless plug: Little Lion Challenge Day is February 11th! And we’re asking everyone to one act of kindness and post about it on social media using the hashtag #LittleLionChallenge. Not sure what to do? We have 100 Acts of Kindness You Can Do with Kids. Start planning your kind adventure and then watch the acts of kindness in real time on the Little Lion Challenge website next weekend!

Need Superbowl Snack ideas? Bon Appetit is sharing 63 healthyish ones. The lentil puree with cilantro caught our eye…

The movie Wonder is now out on digital! (It comes to Blu-ray and DVD on February 13th). We hear there may be some snow on Sunday, so if you’re skipping the Super Bowl, buy it and watch with the kids. You won’t be disappointed. The #ChooseKind message? Well, we love it and think you will, too. 

Speaking of Super Bowl, there is actually a Baltimore native playing this Saturday in Animal Planet’s first-ever Dog Bowl  (think Puppy Bowl, older dogs). Seven-year-old Husky, Nanook, a Baltimore Humane Society (BHS) alumnus, will be one of 50 adult dogs to play in the newly added football games for older dogs. Baltimore Magazine has the scoop

February is Black History Month. Celebrate a visit to the recently renovated Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum in Bolton Hill. According to Baltimore Style, the museum originally opened in 1978 and celebrates the life and work of Jackson, who was known as the “mother of the Civil Rights movement.” Even sweeter? It’s free. 


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