June 26, 2019

Family

"Move over tigers, helicopters and snow ploughs, there’s a new parenting set on the nursery run and their approach is really quite different. Wave hello to panda parents. Coined by author Esther Wojcicki the popular parenting style is appealing..."

"For most of history, one essential, immutable difference between men and women was that men could hide the fact that they had created a child and women could not. Pregnancy and childbirth showed the world who the mother was; paternity could only..."

"Let’s start with a quiz. Which of the following is an example of childhood regression? a. When your kid starts calling for you at night after not doing it for eight months b. When your kid starts having bathroom accidents after being fully..."

"Long a noun, “parent” didn’t become the English language verb “parenting” until 1956. Even then it didn’t enter common usage until the late 1970s. Some 50 years later, the word is ubiquitous. But if “parenting” is a poster child for linguistic..."

"Corporate parental leave policies are earning their share of headlines: Netflix offers 52 weeks of paid leave, Microsoft offers 22 weeks to birth parents and 10 to those who don’t give birth (and now will only work with companies that offer paid..."

"My husband and I are proud fathers of a 5-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy. I was grocery shopping with them last week when I saw a sign that made me cringe. Attached to a basket of free fruit, the sign reminded kids to “Ask Mom” before taking a..."

"Recent efforts to legalize marijuana in New York and New Jersey have been stalled — but not killed — by disputes over how exactly to divvy up the revenues from marijuana sales and by worries about drugged driving. Those are both important issues..."

"In the discourse of the upper-upper, don’t-call-us-rich middle class, an old stereotype of fatherhood — the dim, affable, useless-for-housework Pop — has lately been supplemented by a new one: The credit-hogging, pleased-with-himself Good Dad..."

"This parenting thing is bonkers. Parenting a special needs child? Super bonkers. How else to describe the reality of constantly making decisions that one’s supremely unqualified to make, decisions that impact the life of a child?"

"I was shocked to see my daughter when I gave birth. The whole pregnancy, my doctor had said she was going to be small, like me, and I was picturing someone who, well, looked like me. But this large, pale child emerged, with a decidedly different..."

"He was born in the afternoon, in February, and his heart wasn’t beating. The labor had been long—his mother had grown exhausted of pushing but still he would not come. His head was stuck in the birth canal. His heart rate started dropping low..."

"The notion of anxious, stressed-out teenagers has become so commonplace that it is almost a modern-day stereotype. But mental health concerns do seem to be on the rise. So, what's behind this phenomenon and how can parents help their kids navigate."

"My granddaughter, who lives in Brooklyn, FaceTimes with her other grandparents out West almost every Sunday, a way to help bridge the distance. I live only about an hour away and serve as her day care provider every Thursday, so I haven’t felt..."

"Revolutionaries have long wanted to abolish the family. Marx didn’t see it surviving the eradication of capitalism. The radical feminist Shulamith Firestone viewed it as the root of all gendered oppression..."

"There’s now less stigma around living with your parents into your 20s, according to a new survey... Yet younger generations and parents agree: Age 28 is when it starts to get embarrassing."

"I’m convinced pets are part of God’s perfect plan, a gift that keeps giving long after they fade from the scene though never from our memories. So three cheers to all the pets who add color and happiness to our lives..."

"I have my lucky American life but my family, my best friends, are not here. I have to figure out how, in that hateful expression, to stay in touch."

"Pregnancy! A time of wonder and anticipation. And paranoia. First comes the visit to your doctor, where you receive the (hopefully) happy news. Then comes the Talk..."

"The Château at Versailles? We Skipped It. The line was long, childhood is fleeting. On a mother and son trip to France, learning to value small pleasures over big sites."

"DNA is more important to a child’s personality, exam results and future income than the way they are brought up – but that’s good news, says geneticist Robert Plomin."

"...what happens when life throws you a curveball? That’s what happened in our family when our son became a victim of bullying at the very place he’s supposed to be safe and secure: school."

"A hefty portion of people who Google for more information on getting married during the workweek seem to be wondering two things: Do people have weekday weddings? And is it okay to have one?"

"She had all six of her kids — ages 5, 4, 2 (twins) and 10 months (also twins!) in her 10-seater van. To get the kids a quick snack, Curry parked in front of the Cobbler’s Café."

"Egalitarian couples assume their progressive ideology will carry the day. Sociologists know that it doesn’t.... sharing child care is associated with valuing gender equality..."

"I’m terrified of parenting in the anti-vaxxer age: Anti-vaccine propaganda isn’t just harmful to children. It threatens to erode our entire sense of community."

"Division of labor in the home is one of the most important equity issues of our time. Yet at this rate it will be another 75 years before men do half the work."

"It turns out that feminism and faith both have high expectations of husbands and fathers, if for very different ideological reasons, and that both result in higher-quality marriages for women."

"Moms and dads may be new to microdosing, but the trend has been bubbling for years in Silicon Valley. The tech set claim that taking 10 to 20 micrograms of LSD every few days makes them more creative..."

"“I came to the counterintuitive conclusion that engaging in risk is actually very important in preventing injuries,” a researcher says."

"“The one thing more difficult than following a regimen is not imposing it on others,” wrote Marcel Proust, but these days almost nobody even bothers attempting the latter."

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