Do you have an essay due the day or week you get back from Turkey weekend? A midterm? Anything? If you don’t, you’re one of the lucky few…and probably don’t go to Berkeley. Everyone’s got something or another to do. And if you booked it out of the rain-spattered city before the half-week even started, you may have even more to make up getting lecture notes. Aren’t breaks fun?

Work work work

Since the beginning of formal education, students have been arguing the counterproductive nature of assigning work over holidays. Aren’t we supposed to relax on our days off? Shouldn’t a school break mean a break from homework and studying as well? Apparently not, given that there’s often more work to take home for the holidays than during a normal class week.

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In an interview, Christine Carter expresses the importance of teaching gratitude to children. Carter, a sociologist, happiness expert and director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Parents program says that this gratitude can make for a happier family.

She draws the differentiation between gratitude and entitlement in kids, stating that often children feel like they are entitled to what they have rather than gracious. Entitlement, according to Carter, leads to feelings of disappointment and frustration while gratitude results in happiness and satisfaction.

When asked about the best ways to teach kids appreciation, Carter emphasizes a straightforward approach, “Simply counting your blessings in a routine way works wonders. In my family, we talk about what we are grateful for at dinnertime. Again at bedtime, my kids tell me about their “three good things” that happened during the day.”

And what better time to start practicing gratitude than Thanksgiving season?

Image source: Mikey G Ottawa under Creative Commons
Teaching kids gratitude instead of entitlement [UC Berkeley News]


The “Mad Men” DeCal here at Berkeley has been getting some attention recently — in fact, last night’s class was attended by three reporters: one from the San Francisco Chronicle, one from the Oakland Tribune, and one from (you guessed it!) your very own Daily Clog.

A quick disclosure before we start: One of the DeCal’s facilitators, Katie Dowd, works for the Daily Californian.

OK, so let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. The class itself is a diverse group, full of people who love TV (they were talking about “Dexter” for at least five minutes before the class began) and in varying states of formal dress. There was one gentleman actually wearing a kind of Don Draper-esque business outfit, but it was unclear if this was a tribute.

The SF Chronicle reporter and the Tribune reporter sat next to each other and talked and laughed. We at the Clog felt read more »

3437538013_54a01779c4How’s that for a tricky headline? It’s not referring the latest side effect of our poor economy, in which families choose to vacation within their own town. It’s referring to the fact that last week, the real Berkeley family, descendants of the famed Irish philosopher and bishop George Berkeley (after whom the city is named), paid our city a centuries-overdue visit.

Last Thursday, Sean Berkeley (the great-great-great-something of the esteemed Irishman himself) read more »