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I once asked my 7-year old-cousin to define confidence. Her answer was, "Confidence is ... confidence!" And no one was ever more right.

Kids have all the confidence in the world — and are way more right than most people think. Preschool teacher Leslie McCollom agrees.

After hearing pearls of tiny human wisdom every day, she started Preschool Gems to share the unfiltered insights of her students with the world.



They're a little absurd, but they make so much sense!

I looked through these morsels of preschooler wisdom from Preschool Gems, and here are the wise lessons they taught me.

1. Germs are OK.

2. Brokenness is part of being human.

Is this kid Yoda?

3. Life's a parade.


This tweet has guru status in my life.

4. Listen to your body, even if its signals are a little hazy.


It helps you when you're deciding what to eat or how much farther to run or whether you're really gonna move that couch all by yourself. Listening to your body! Yes.

5. The term "moms" isn't necessarily biological.


Mom first. Biology: afterthought.

6. Boundaries are important in relationships!


Speaking your mind and standing in your truth will only make life simpler.

7. It's important to find physical activity that works for YOU.


8. We must deal with the inevitability of death as part of life.


Whoa. Deep.

9. Fruits and vegetables deserve a deeper analysis.




10. We can — and do — contain multitudes!


This kid will not be confined to norms of toughness. He owns his myriad feelings with panache.

I love these gems. They just go to show: Wisdom is all around us if we just listen.

A breastfeeding mother's experience at Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo is touching people's hearts—but not without a fair amount of controversy.

Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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RumorGuard by The News Literacy Project.

The 2016 election was a watershed moment when misinformation online became a serious problem and had enormous consequences. Even though social media sites have tried to slow the spread of misleading information, it doesn’t show any signs of letting up.

A NewsGuard report from 2020 found that engagement with unreliable sites between 2019 and 2020 doubled over that time period. But we don’t need studies to show that misinformation is a huge problem. The fact that COVID-19 misinformation was such a hindrance to stopping the virus and one-third of American voters believe that the 2020 election was stolen is proof enough.

What’s worse is that according to Pew Research, only 26% of American adults are able to distinguish between fact and opinion.

To help teach Americans how to discern real news from fake news, The News Literacy Project has created a new website called RumorGuard that debunks questionable news stories and teaches people how to become more news literate.

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Family

A mom describes her tween son's brain. It's a must-read for all parents.

"Sometimes I just feel really angry and I don’t know why."

This story originally appeared on 1.05.19


It started with a simple, sincere question from a mother of an 11-year-old boy.

An anonymous mother posted a question to Quora, a website where people can ask questions and other people can answer them. This mother wrote:

How do I tell my wonderful 11 year old son, (in a way that won't tear him down), that the way he has started talking to me (disrespectfully) makes me not want to be around him (I've already told him the bad attitude is unacceptable)?

It's a familiar scenario for those of us who have raised kids into the teen years. Our sweet, snuggly little kids turn into moody middle schoolers seemingly overnight, and sometimes we're left reeling trying to figure out how to handle their sensitive-yet-insensitive selves.


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