That's what SHE said: 'I wish my teacher knew', the affect of domestic violence on a classroom, your brain on sugar, 5 girls write personalized to notes to everyone in high school in the wake of the community's 2nd suicide, a spouse reflects on his wife's moving college reunion, reflections on a home remodel and more...


'I WISH MY TEACHER KNEW': KIDS SHARE HEARTBREAKING STORIES WHEN ASKED TO COMPLETE A SENTENCE | scarymommy.com

A teacher started a movement when, in an effort to get to know her students better, she asked them to complete the sentence "I wish my teacher knew"..."I wish my teacher knew sometimes my reading log is not signed because my mom is not around a lot"..."I wish my teacher knew that my family and I live in a shelter"...."I wish my teacher knew how much I miss my dad because he got deported to Mexico when I was three years old and I haven't seen him in 6 years."

HOW DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN ONE HOME AFFECTS EVERY CHILD IN A CLASS | npr.org

A school therapist is interviewed on the affects in the classroom when one student experiences or witnesses domestic violence at home..."Kids who witness domestic violence are more likely to get in trouble at school and have behavioral problems, including being aggressive and bullying their classmates. Welch says she understands why: School is "where they can feel powerful because they are completely powerless at home." She often works with those kids one-on-one or in small groups. She wants them to have at least one relationship where "they feel listened to and they feel respected and they know someone cares. That can change everything for them." 

AFTER 2 OF THE CLASSMATES COMMITTED SUICIDE 5 GIRLS WROTE 3,600 PERSONALIZED NOTES - ONE FOR EACH KID IN THE SCHOOL | tosavealife.com

After a 2nd suicide at their high school, 5 girls take it upon themselves to make sure every student knows they are loved by placing personalized notes on thousands of lockers..."Aronson told ABC News that the girls finished the entire task of placing Post-it notes on Monday night, after tagging over 3,600 lockers as well as teachers’ doors and the desks of administrative staff members with the empowering notes. The messages were a surprise to everyone, and Tuesday morning was filled with smiles and tears according to MHS principal, Dave Hyatt. “It literally lightened the entire building’s heart,” Hyatt said. “It felt like this huge weight had just been lifted on Tuesday morning.” 

LIFE, DEATH AND REMEMBERING THOSE BRIGHT COLLEGE YEARS | npr.org

A husband attends his wife's 25th College Reunion at Harvard and unexpectedly finds a moving tribute to the 19 members of the graduating class who passed too soon and shared experience, strength and hope in the hardships found in life and the resilience we all hope to acquire over time..."As a spouse tagging along, I was braced for a nightmare of never-ending tales of yesteryear in which I’d played no part (my wife and I met after college) and reprisals of long-ago inside jokes. But that’s not what happened. Instead, I was inspired by the people I met and deeply touched by the stories they shared. Moreover, I was reminded that suffering and death are inevitable parts of life, and how we cope with and accept them seems to be among the greatest challenges of adulthood."

SPIKE JONZE JUST DIRECTED THE MOST INSANE PERFUME COMMERCIAL EVER | nofilmschool.com

One of the most innovative artistic directors of our time just directed a fierce commercial for a Japanese perfume. Starring Margaret Qualley from The Leftovers and with an original track by Sam Spiegel, the short film is all kinds of catharsis.



In an effort to discover the science behind the belief that yoga helps with stress, a neuroscientist charts the connections between the motor areas in the brain to the adrenal glands...“Something about axial control has an impact on stress responses,” Strick reasons. “There’s all this evidence that core strengthening has an impact on stress. And when you see somebody that's depressed or stressed out, you notice changes in their posture. When you stand up straight, it has an effect on how you project yourself and how you feel. Well, lo and behold, core muscles have an impact on stress. And I suspect that if you activate core muscles inappropriately with poor posture, that’s going to have an impact on stress.”

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO YOUR BRAIN WHEN YOU GIVE UP SUGAR | mashable.com

A sweet tooth by any other name would sound as sweet..."There are four major components of addiction: bingeing, withdrawal, craving, and cross-sensitisation (the notion that one addictive substance predisposes someone to becoming addicted to another). All of these components have been observed in animal models of addiction — for sugar, as well as drugs of abuse."

MARIJUANA: A POTENT DISRUPTOR FOR YOUNG USERS, WHOSE BRAINS ARE STILL DEVELOPING | latimes.com

No matter which side you fall on the debate for legalizing marijuana, this article makes for an interesting read on the dangers of marijuana abuse for young users with a potential mental illness yet to be seen..."As Californians ponder whether to vote for Proposition 64, the November ballot initiative that would legalize marijuana for adult use, it’s important to own up to the fact that marijuana is not always the benign bud that many advocates would have us believe, particularly for teens and young adults, whose brains are still developing. Proposition 64 proposes safeguards against sales to those under 21, but the minimum age for obtaining a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana is 18, and that will not change with legalization. Opponents say delivery services such as Eaze, which have sprouted all over the state, will make it easy for minors to skirt the law."

MAKING HOUSE: NOTES ON DOMESTICITY | nytimes.com

Author Rachel Cusk uncovers her true motivations and the ramifications of remodeling and purging for her and her family..."Not long before, I was driven to what appeared to be the brink of mental and physical collapse by embarking on the complete remodeling of our London flat, and while it was true that my children and I were now enjoying the benefits of living in a more pleasant environment, I still felt a certain sense of shame at how determinedly I brought these events about. I caused walls to be knocked down and floors to be ripped up and rooms to be gutted; I threw away decades’ worth of clutter and keepsakes and old furniture; with what at times seemed like magic and at others sheer violence, I caused the past to be obliterated and put something new, something of my choosing, in its place. At home, everywhere I looked I now seemed to see a hidden part of myself that was publicly exposed: The numberless private decisions I had made, from the colors on the walls to the bathroom taps, were exhibited for all to see. What’s more, the very people — my family and friends — for whom this vision was realized threatened by their presence to defile it. I flinched when they sat on the new sofa, and I darted nervous glances at their shoes strolling imperviously over the unmarked floor; every scratch and scrape and stain felt as if it were being inflicted directly to my own flesh. I carped at my two adolescent daughters for leaving their possessions strewn over the furniture and berated them for the evidence they left of themselves in the kitchen. At the time I felt myself to be serving the reality of my domestic life with them — enhancing it, dignifying it — but now it almost seemed as if what I really wanted all along was to erase it."


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THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE

LA families looking for some fun exhibits and shows around town should look no further than the Natural History Museum who will be unveiling their new Butterfly Pavilion from September 16 -October 16 and will be hosting their first annual Dino Fest September 24 -25. If you want to get into the Halloween Spirit check out Guillermo del Toro's surreal exhibit at LACMA. There are also some fantastic art exhibitions around town including Cindy Sherman: Imitation of Life at The Broad and James Turrell's Light Reignfall at the LACMA.   Some great youth theatre is coming up this fall with Theatre for Young Audiences at South Coast Rep. Also, Snowhite at the Santa Monica Playhouse has been extended through September 25. 

For NYC families looking to dodge the sticky heat, check out Edgar Degas's lesser known printmaking career at the MoMA or MADreads at the Museum of Art & Design. Also, for children's theatre, the New Vic Theater has some incredible shows coming this fall, starting with a fresh production of Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.





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