February 22, 2019

Family

“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 Daily Picks

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