You don't need me to tell you what everyone's talking about on the playground these days. Back to school has never before been a time for big decisions (other than maybe whether your kids REALLY need a new backpack every year) -- but this year it is, on all sides. There is, of course, a viral video trending on YouTube that sums it up perfectly, but I can't say it's funny. None of this is very funny as far as I'm concerned.
What is funny? Looking at the back-to-school aisles at the big box stores. At least someone's feeling optimistic.
In other news, there was a big COVID outbreak at a sleepaway camp in Georgia this week, which prompted the CDC to remind us that no matter what back-to-school philosophy you follow, baseline safety measures (like wearing masks) is still pretty important.
Meanwhile, for some reason the internet is obsessed with the royal family this week, although nothing truly newsworthy has happened except that the queen appeared in her very first public video call. Admittedly, the video of her daughter, Princess Anne, giving her a quick setup lesson beforehand is pretty cute. And a good reminder that we really are all in this together.
Overheard on the Playground
"My children have completely reopened my eyes to the world and I jokingly always say I'm back at university. I'm back having to learn every single day because they challenge me in that way."
Walkie-Talkies Go From Toys to Helping Coronavirus Patients Speak With Families. The walkie-talkies, originally designed for kids by a company called Relay, have the potential benefit of letting family members talk to a patient whenever they wanted without the help of a nurse.
USDA Gives First Dietary Guidance for Babies. Listen up, babies. you need to do something about your diet. Luckily, the USDA has some advice for you.
Break Your Addiction to Doomscrolling. There's a fine line between staying informed and doomscrolling, and many of us are crossing it daily. When we feed our brain binge-level amounts of bad news, we are more susceptible to catastrophizing, depression, anxiety, insomnia and irritability.
This Place is a Zoo! Create an entire zoo and play within minutes with this step-by-step guide!
Celebrate Shark Week with Crafts and Games. Shark Week is finally here and you can print free shark games for all occasions!
Why Do Wolves Howl? And relax at the same time? Learn about why wolves howl for multiple reasons (including singing, of course).
The Deep Blue Hole. Scientists will explore a 425-foot-deep blue hole Off Florida's Gulf Coast. The deepest blue hole in the world at 987 feet deep is in the South China Sea and is named the Dragon Hole.