November 21, 2018

Family

"“And just like that” or “in the blink of an eye” are familiar captions on parenting milestone photos. But for me, while the days were long, not even one year flew by."

"E-cigarettes may help tobacco smokers quit. But the alluring devices can swiftly induce a nicotine habit in teenagers who never smoked. This is the tale of one person’s struggle."

"In the past five or so years, hosting a Thanksgiving meal among friends a week before the actual holiday has become a standard part of the celebration for many young adults."

"People whose mothers have been married multiple times or have lived with multiple romantic partners are more likely to do so themselves... The longer people are exposed to their mother’s cohabitation, the more sexual partners they tend to have."

"I accepted that sex would not necessarily lead to a relationship (though it sometimes did). It was almost better not to get attached — less risk of getting hurt. Operating like a man felt like liberation. But it required I suppress my feelings."

"It’s an all too common story. Each Veterans Day, Americans recognize our active-duty military and veterans. We should also recognize their spouses."

"Whatever you do for your children, no matter how hard you push or how much you spend or how many advantages you give them, it won’t make a difference."

"A stressed-out and traumatized father can leave scars in his children. New research suggests this happens because sperm “learn” paternal experiences via a mysterious mode of intercellular communication..."

"Despite the fact that so many users are looking for love, actually acknowledging that you’ve found it—by tagging your significant other in your Twitter bio—is a divisive move."

"Your children’s smartphone games may be selling them stuff behind your back. Some 95% of downloaded apps for kids ages 5 and under use at least one type of advertising tactic..."

"...this folk belief (with its source in the Talmud, no less) escorts the male basherter and female basherte to the marriage canopy under which they establish a new unit of the Jewish people."

"American names are shrinking. The two most popular names in the US for baby boys in 2017 were Liam and Noah; for girls, Emma and Ava were two of the three most popular. That’s a dramatic shift from just a few decades ago."

"'Pregnancy has every element of an alien invasion,' I read on the NPR website. 'The human placenta is one of the most invasive placentas.'"

"With my wife gone, the refrigerator was mostly things in tin foil and rice. There were reserves in the freezer, but those would have required thawing and heating."

"Even as we grew up, Halloween was still for the young, with pre-teens and even a few teenagers getting into the spirit of the holiday as the adults looked on from the sidelines."

"Yes, Millennials have killed yet another thing. In this case, it’s something so fundamental that it may have seemed unkillable, but apparently isn’t: knowing how to be an adult."

Devastating news stories like that of the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh pose a challenge to parents. How do you discuss the tragedy with children who have questions?

"I’m a baby boomer. Our parents spoiled us by building a better world than they had. Somewhere down the road, we stopped promising our own children the same."

"...not all of us need or want to be overachievers who send emails time-stamped at 5:14 am. For some, the real aspiration is to be a well-rested person who finally has time to watch Killing Eve."

A legal arrangement? A party? A spiritual union? A celebration of love? After she proposes to her girlfriend, Amy Deneson rethinks what it means to wed.

"Kids have a habit of imitating their parents’ criminal behavior. It’s no wonder, then, that by one measure, 10 percent of families account for two-thirds of criminals."

"...early childhood education produces a profound, lifelong advantage. Kids who enter intensive preschool programs are less likely to be arrested, more likely to graduate, and less likely to struggle with substance abuse as adults."

"One of my many deficiencies as a mother, I always felt, was that I did a somewhat inadequate and halfhearted job of celebrating fall. I was generally a failure at seasonal activities..."

"Young people are among the loneliest of all Americans. Schools that teach kids how to deal with feelings of isolation could help put a dent in the epidemic."

Piers Morgan tweeted a picture of Daniel Craig carrying his newborn in a sling with the hashtag “emasculatedBond.” People are upset.

Personality development might be more influenced by siblings than it is by parents.

“Forget the game room and formal dining. You need space for aging parents and Airbnb guests.”

" ' One of the keys to a successful marriage is separate bathrooms,' Obama said."

Conservative Synagogues are struggling to find consensus on interfaith families.

“Like most people, I’m addicted to my phone, but I do my best to stay focused on what really matters.”

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