January 19, 2019

Family

"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.”

“The youngest child to come before the bench in federal immigration courtroom No. 14 was so small she had to be lifted into the chair.”

“How to teach even the youngest sons to respect girls and understand boundaries—and themselves.”

“Many facilities are using nostalgic environments as a means of soothing the misery, panic, and rage their residents experience.”

According to a new Merrill Lynch study, adulthood is the most expensive stage of childhood.

“All of the arranging required for a household of people to operate successfully, to be able to come home at night and relax and spend quality time together, is not any one person’s job.”

Not long ago Americans were debating whether gay couples could use the words “husband” and “wife.” Now people want to know if straight couples can use the word “partner.”

“A conversation with the writer Nicole Chung on a complicated question for adopted people: Who are my ‘real parents’?”

“Social norms say boys need to be tough and don’t need emotional support. Biologically, that’s the opposite of the truth…”

“…the main reason we’d avoided talking about money for so long was that there was a significant income gap between us and neither of us felt comfortable finding out just how wide it was.”

Millennials are causing the divorce rate to plummet. How are they accomplishing this? By marrying less. And marrying later.

“A wife whose husband has behaved badly is presumed to be a conscious or unconscious accomplice, a delusional victim, or, most injuriously, a fool.”

Parents see it all the time. Young girls, confident and full of joy, become timid and shy around their tween and early teen years. A new book explores the sociological explanations for the loss in confidence.

It’s not uncommon today for parents to empower their children with more choices. For the parents of almost-three-year-old Naya, gender is just another thing their letting their kid decide.

Your child is an artist and every crayon drawing he or she makes is certainly a masterpiece – still, child’s artwork does pose a storage problem. Here’s an argument in favor of tossing your kid’s drawings.

“Thanks to mail-away DNA tests and a proliferation of online registries, people conceived with donated sperm and eggs are increasingly connecting with their genetic relatives.”

Flying can be an ordeal. No one knows this better than parents. But in addition to the usual struggles of flying with kids, airlines are making it even harder to get a seat next to your toddler.

College tuition in America is considerably higher than it is anywhere else in the world. What’s driving the insane prices? And is the education even worth it?

“… when I get worried, I try to remember Alison Gopnik’s advice in The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells us about the Relationship Between Parents and Children. In my opinion, it’s the only parenting book I r

The debate over Sex Ed boils down to whether or not teachers promote “abstinence only” instead of teaching a range of safe sex practices. This focus on the “sex” part of sex education may be misguided.

Research reveals a decrease in fertility amongst men. Sperm counts have dropped 50% in four decades. “If we are half as fertile as the generation before us, why haven't we noticed?”

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JJ Editor's Picks

"Not even what one might think of as the most basic tenet of any religion, a belief in the existence of God, is a prerequisite: Agnosticism is a key principle of at least one major school of Hindu philosophy."

"The presidency of any particular incumbent is relatively short... but the precedential consequences of impeaching a president without complying with the specific provisions of the Constitution “as it was written” are enduring."

"After news that a judge allegedly provided sexual favors to Bar Association president Efi Nave in exchange for her appointment, several politicians said in their responses that the Judicial Selection Committee needed to be the “Holy of Holies.”"

"Two new documentaries take on Billy McFarland and his disastrous music festival... the secret villain of this story all along: the subtle menace of social media marketing."

"Eating out, ordering in. Throw in a bagel here, a coffee there, and it all adds up. "It's definitely a challenge for people my age to save on food.""

"Popular music is shrinking. From 2013 to 2018, the average song on the Billboard Hot 100 fell from 3 minutes and 50 seconds to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. "

"Here in the good old U.S. of A, the third annual Women's March planned for Jan. 19 is in serious trouble, thanks to irreconcilable political disagreements."

"Nature, however, with its endless cycles of death and rebirth, fascinated her. Walking in the woods, she developed a method that has become the hallmark of her poetry, taking notice simply of whatever happens to present itself."

"Modern parents haven’t stopped playing favorites; they’ve just stopped doing it openly. Though few parents today will admit they have a favorite child, studies indicate that about two-thirds of parents do."

"The first science-based diet that tackles both the poor food eaten by billions of people and averts global environmental catastrophe has been devised."

"Sphen and Magic looked like they would make great, diligent, careful egg-warming parents. They made the biggest nest, and they sat on it constantly."

"How YMHAs, followed by synagogue-centers, and finally JCCs have tried—in different ways—to balance Judaism and Jewishness, by bringing Jews together in intellectual, spiritual, and physical pursuits"