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A little girl's mom had no formal education, but she taught her a most valuable life lesson.

Kids learn a lot in school, but we shouldn't forget the value of hands-on experience.

A little girl's mom had no formal education, but she taught her a most valuable life lesson.

Fair warning: This made me tear up in the sweetest, mushiest way possible. Your turn.

If you don't have time to watch the video, here's what happened.

Nin's mom didn't have a formal education, but like all parents, she wanted to teach her daughter important life lessons.


So she did one of the best things we can do as parents and teachers: She taught her through real-life experience.

When Nin's mom turned pineapple into "ice cream," Nin thought of a great idea: She could sell it!

Nin went to the market and gave it her all, but she was unsuccessful.

Her mom made a simple suggestion but one that that is often overlooked. Instead of telling Nin what to do or having her read about a solution, she told Nin to watch and talk to the people who had success doing something similar.

Nin took her mom's advice. And guess what? It worked! By observing others, she figured out how to successfully sell their "pineapple ice cream" at the market.

But more importantly, Nin learned a lesson that she carried with her as she grew up, went to college, and became a teacher: Sometimes the best way to learn is through observation and trial and error — including failure.

This really is a true story. You can read more about Nin here. Now that she's a teacher, she's using the important lesson her mom taught her to help her students grow.

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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As Canada's women's soccer team prepares for its gold medal match against Sweden this week in Tokyo, it also prepares to make history as the first Olympic team to have an openly transgender, non-binary athlete win a medal at the games.

Quinn, the 25-year-old midfielder, announced their non-binary identity on social media last September, adopting they/them pronouns and a singular name. Quinn said they'd been living openly as a transgender person with their loved ones, but this was their first time coming out publicly.

"I want to be visible to queer folks who don't see people like them on their feed. I know it saved my life years ago," they wrote. "I want to challenge cis folks ( if you don't know what cis means, that's probably you!!!) to be better allies."

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