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Julio Diaz's mom used to tell him, "You're the type of kid that if someone asked you for the time, you gave them your watch."

But his mom never said anything about a stranger with a knife.

One day, on his way home from work, Diaz was confronted by a blade-wielding teenager. The kid wanted his money, or else.


So, like most people would, Diaz complied. He handed over his wallet. But as he watched the teenage boy walk away, Diaz decided to do something that most people wouldn't: He offered the kid his coat too. After all, it was a cold night.

Then, Diaz invited the boy to dinner at his favorite diner. It wasn't a trap. It wasn't a ploy to get his wallet back. According to Diaz, it was just the right thing to do.

"You know, I just felt maybe he really needs help," Diaz says.

He offered the kid his coat too. After all, it was a cold night.

The two sat down for a hot meal together.

They talked, and they laughed. Diaz hoped that maybe, after the night was over, the kid would go on to pay it forward in his own life.

"If you treat people right," Diaz says, "you can only hope they treat you right."

Hear the full story of Julio Diaz's brave generosity in the video below:

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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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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