Do you ditch the recital after your child's performance or do you stay till the bitter end?
Plie, Pas de bourrée, smile at the audience. Wait! Audience? What audience?! They all left after their kids' performances... Writing over at the New York Times, one mom complains about all of the families that left her son's dance recital as soon as their own kids were done performing. Her five-year-old son's hip hop class was the last group to perform in the big recital. At the beginning of the evening, there were hundreds of parents and family members on hand to cheer on their little starlets. By the time her son's class got to dance however, there were only a couple of dozen people left; everyone else had bailed. Not only were there far fewer people to cheer on the kids slated to perform later in the show, but most everyone missed the tribute to the hard-working teachers at the end of the performances. The mom acknowledges that it was a hot, crowded auditorium, with a whopping 39 numbers slated to run, which can test most anyone's patience. But, she says that by leaving early, parents set bad examples for their kids and demonstrated rude behavior. Do you think it's rude to leave a performance as soon as your kid's done or should you wait until the final curtain call?
NASA helps girls launch their math and science skills.
The ridiculous, old stereotype that girls aren't as good at math as boys are, has lingered around far too long. You know it's not true. We know it's not true and NASA knows it's not true. Not only do they have a program, Women@NASA to celebrate the many talented women who work for the agency, but now they're reaching out to the next generation. As Mammalingo.com reports, the space agency is starting a summer mentoring program, called NASA's GIRLS (Giving Initiative and Relevance to Learning Science). This summer, a group of middle school-aged girls will get paired with NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers. But don't worry, unlike the 80's movie, Space Camp, you don't have to ship your kid off and worry that they'll accidentally get launched into space. The mentorship will take place online and through video chats.
Mickey says sayonara to fast food ads
Hooray for the mouse! Or, perhaps the princesses were behind it, they certainly seem like a health-conscious bunch. Whoever led the charge at Disney to ban junk food ads from programs geared towards kids, deserves a gold star. As MSNBC reports, the entertainment juggernaut announced recently that it will no longer show junk food ads on TV and radio programs, as well as websites, which are aimed at kids. Disney Chief Executive, Bob Iger, announced it along with First Lady, Michelle Obama, as part of the ongoing initiative to curb childhood obesity. Some have already expressed hope that Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network will join Mickey Mouse's club and ban the ads on their networks as well.
Best end-of-year video, maybe ever.
As yet another school year winds to an end, seniors everywhere are putting together slideshows and videos to commemorate the year. It's hard to believe that any montage will be more artistic or have a more professional-quality than the one done at Montgomery Blair High School. As Mashable.com reports, senior, Tolu Omokehinde, photographed the comings and goings at his school for seven months, before editing it down into a four-minute video. The video first appeared in the school's paper, but has since been impressing people far from the walls of Montgomery Blair High. Can you believe a high school kid did this? Impressive.
Dana Macario is a TODAY Moms contributor and Seattle mom to two sleep-depriving toddlers.