The best gifts and toys for 6-year-olds, according to development experts

The best gifts and toys for 6-year-olds, according to development experts Make any first-grader’s day with these great gifts! Get the latest from TODAY Sign up for our newsletter SUBSCRIBE Oct. 25, 2018 / 6:10 PM GMT / Source: TODAY By Lisa Tolin Six-year-olds are a laugh a minute. As they move from kindergarten to first grade, the best toys for 6-year-olds capture their senses of humor and fair play, and help them work together. “Children this age are typically very social and aware of rules and fairness. And, they are curious about how things work,” said Marie Conti, the head of The Wetherill School in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, and a board member of the American Montessori Society. They’re also beginning to unleash an exciting superpower: reading. Emerging readers will appreciate building their skills with a mix of picture books, funny graphic novels, easy readers and longer chapter books that parents can read at night. “When they’re beginning to learn to read, we really want all reading to be affirming for them,” said Nina Lindsay, president of the Association for Library Service to Children. That means the best books for 6-year-olds let them follow their interests, whether they’re drawn to picture books or Sports Illustrated. When we release our 2018 gift guides , we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals !), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication. Best toys, books and games for 6-year-olds 1. LEGO Creative Suitcase, $16, Walmart
TODAY editors, writers and experts take care to recommend items we really like and hope you’ll enjoy! Just so you know, TODAY does have affiliate relationships. So, while every product is independently selected, if you buy something through our links, we may get a small share of the revenue. $16 Walmart Serious LEGO fans may be eager to try a Minecraft kit , Star Wars collection , Harry Potter set or the friendship box . But Conti suggests leaving construction as open-ended as possible with a basic creative kit. 2. Spalding Over-the-Door Basketball Hoop, $27, Amazon

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China has responded to a report that Trump’s personal iPhone has been tapped: ‘You can change to Huawei phones’ (AAPL)

Made in NYC Stock quotes by finanzen.net China has responded to a report that Trump’s personal iPhone has been tapped: ‘You can change to Huawei phones’ Kif Leswing 22h President Donald Trump talks on the phone aboard Air Force One during a flight to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to address a joint gathering of House and Senate Republicans on January 26, 2017. President Trump likes to tweet and make calls from a personal iPhone. Apparently, China and Russia are listening to his calls, the New York Times reported. A Chinese spokesperson said “if there are concerns about Apple calls being listened-in on, then you can change to Huawei phones,” which are not sold in the United States and have been accused of being Chinese spying devices. President Trump hasn’t given up his personal cell phone, unlike previous presidents, according to a report in the New York Times . Security officials wish he would use an official, secured White House landline — instead of his personal iPhones — to call up his friends and associates. Why? It’s because China and Russia are listening in on his calls, according to the Times report . All parties involved are denying the report — especially China. Hua Chunying, the spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called it “fake news.” “This just provides more evidence of the New York Times creating fake news,” Hua said in a statement, according to Bloomberg’s translation. “If there are concerns about Apple calls being listened-in on, then you can change to Huawei phones,” she continued. It was a clever quip from China. But according to the report, if Trump is being tapped, it’s not an iPhone issue, it’s a carrier vulnerability. Trump is using insecure cellular networks to make his calls — so if his lines have been tapped, it’s a flaw in the cellular network protocols, not his choice of an iPhone as his personal device. “But the calls made from the phones are intercepted as they travel through the cell towers, cables and switches that make up national and international cellphone networks,” according to the report. Trump would face the same issues with insecure calls if he used an Android device, including one made by Huawei, for example. The iPhone also supports encrypted apps such as FaceTime and Signal which would prevent an attacker from listening in to a phone call, which Trump has apparently chosen not to use. Huawei is China’s homegrown technology giant, which now sells more phones than Apple. But U.S. officials have also accused the company of building backdoors into its technology in order to spy on Americans. It’s unclear how foreign countries could tap the president’s cell phone. Facebook’s former chief information security officer explored the technical possibilities in a series of tweets, before concluding that, if true, the attack described in the report would be ” novel ,” meaning the capability was not publicly known. Russia’s Kremlin also issued a statement about the report on Trump’s iPhone. “We already treat such publications with humor,” a spokesman said, according to Bloomberg . In addition to his personal iPhones, Trump also uses an iPad, which he reportedly calls the ” flat one .” Trump denied the report in a tweet. “The so-called experts on Trump over at the New York Times wrote a long and boring article on my cellphone usage that is so incorrect I do not have time here to correct it,” he tweeted. ” I only use Government Phones, and have only one seldom used government cell phone. Story is soooo wrong!” The tweet was sent from an iPhone.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Unabridged) – Mark Manson

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (Unabridged) by Mark Manson
In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be positive all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. For decades we’ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F*ck positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let’s be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn’t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is – a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up. Manson makes the argument, backed by both academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited – “not everybody can be extraordinary; there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault”. Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek. There are only so many things we can give a f*ck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives. Customer Reviews by OttoVonK There are a few good points covered in this book. They could have been covered in a few pages. The author doesn’t seem to be an expert – just a guy with a schtick who is trying to sell a book. Loves to talk about himself as if he’s a major success, and interestingly, he loves to dwell on his success with women. All this while preaching about how financial success and sexual conquests are unimportant and outwide a grounded values system. This guy is a faker. Hilarious and insightful by iBlake2.0 This book will entertain you right into taking a more balanced and laid back approach to life. My current favorite book. I’ve listened to it 4 times now. Awesome

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