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She Gave A Boy And A Girl 2 Notebooks And Asked Them To Draw. Their Feelings Just Came Straight Out.

What these kids do is going to be so helpful to them later in life.

She Gave A Boy And A Girl 2 Notebooks And Asked Them To Draw. Their Feelings Just Came Straight Out.

We can get so focused on teaching kids important stuff — like how to tie their shoes or how to count or read Dr. Seuss — that we forget about one huuuuge part that ties it all together: How do they feel on the inside? PBS Parents has a smart and easy way to get kids to tap into what their feelings actually mean, and it's the kind of thing that can stick with them for-e-ver (in like the best possible way)!

4 Easy Steps to Making an Emotionally Intelligent Human

Yep. It's time for FEELING JOURNALS!


1. Set aside 10-15 minutes before or after dinner with your kids (or with yourself, if like me, you don't have kids). Set a timer if you like.

2. Pick a feeling and journal what it looks and feels like. You can write, draw — whatever!


3. List scenarios and things that make you feel that feeling.

4. List ways you work through those feelings.

You're done! 10-15 minutes later, you'll know your kids and yourself better, and you'll be teaching a great skill that will make your child (and you!) better in the workplace, better at creating lasting relationships, and less susceptible to depression and anxiety. Also, bonus creative drawing time.

Win-win!

And now for some mom advice.

:)

Wow.

Doodle power!

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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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Eviction seemed imminent for Dasha Kelly, 32, and her three young daughters Sharron, 8; Kia, 6; and Imani, 5, on Monday. The eviction moratorium expired over the weekend and it looked like there was no way for them to avoid becoming homeless.

The former Las Vegas card dealer lost her job due to casino closures during the pandemic and needed $2,000 to cover her back rent. The mother of three couldn't bear the thought of being put out of her apartment with three children in the scorching Nevada desert.

"I had no idea what we were going to do," Kelly said, according to KOAT.

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