February 22, 2020

Family

"You have scheduled the events for the wrong day, because the correct day on which to celebrate Valentine's Day is, in fact, the day that comes before it."

"Wedding expos around the country bring together soon-to-be-married couples and the companies vying for their business. The companies range in size from large chains such as Bed Bath & Beyond to local wedding planners."

"For years, I have kept my sexuality a secret from Nonna, my father’s mother. Born and raised in the rolling hills of Calabria, Italy, she has lived a life of tradition, of fulfilling expectations. Queerness doesn’t exist in her world..."

"When you understand your branch of the family tree, you’ll know why you are the way you are – your personality, how you problem-solve, and how you relate to friends, coworkers, and loved ones."

"To be 40 now is certainly very different than being 40 at any other time in our history... But is it really the new 20, or 30? I'm going to have to say no. And I'm perfectly fine with that."

"I never really knew how alone I could feel while being constantly physically attached to one or two tiny humans. It is a strange paradox."

"In Rock Needs River, Vanessa McGrady tells of how she invited her daughter's biological parents into her own home, and everyone had to live with the consequences."

"It’s happened more times than I’d like to admit: I’ve just woken up from a vivid dream during which my partner has lied/cheated/otherwise been a complete a**hole. I look over at him, ready to fight."

"Professional mom Hillary Frank is here to give you permission to tell white lies and make everything a game." Follow the link to check out the podcast.

Jason Adam Katzenstein and illustrator Nick Thorburn take to the New Yorker to illustrate the subtle ways in which our behavior changes when left to our own devices.

"As bizarre as an anti-day-care bill may seem, the fear of more children coming into a community is a mainstay at new housing proposal hearings."

"Universal pre-K is bad policy. Public money for early childhood education would be much better spent on programs that support families."

"For Anna, there is no such thing as a bad party. No night can drag on too long; no guest can overstay her welcome. People, she believes, are born to be together. For her, if solitude is not quite a vice, it is at best an inexplicable lapse in taste"

"Fathers are so critical to the survival of our children and our species that evolution has not left their suitability for the role to chance. "

"Like most traditional birth amulets, my kimpetbrivl included the text of Psalm 121... On paper, the invocation of these biblical figures feels powerful, a call out to the ancestors to protect their children’s children."

"You know that feeling when you say something and then hear it in your own mother’s voice and half of you screams while the other half is so satisfied, so relieved, to be in this familiar territory?"

"Only children always want to get their way, can’t share and are generally selfish—or so the long-held prejudice goes. According to recent research, however, these claims are overstated."

"...the FDA's newfound sense of urgency regarding teen e-cigarette use is overdue. Beyond the nicotine in e-cigarettes, there are other less well-understood chemical threats like diacetyl..."

"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."

"While on vacation in New Zealand, a family with “approximately 12” but maybe as many as 15 members spent nearly a month terrorizing the nation before the government gave them an official deportation notice."

"When I speak to parents’ groups about kids who are addicted to Fortnite and other video games, I tell them that it is the parents’ job to limit, govern and guide their kids’ use of video games..."

"Don’t worry, people told her, it’ll be easier now that you know what you’re doing. The older one will help take care of the younger one. Plus, kids need a sibling."

"If an autistic child is behaving in a way that makes a teacher uncomfortable, it is the teacher's job to learn how to best meet the child's needs, not the child's job to do the impossible — that is, to become neurotypical."

"Today, tons of adults in their 20s and 30s — around 53 percent, according to one study — still linger on the same cellphone plans they’ve been on since high school or middle school, the ones their parents signed up for in the 2000s..."

"When it comes to exercise, it’s never too late, and it can change the dynamics of getting older. Paul Biegler reports. Research under way in Melbourne is showing that exercise can, literally, make your body younger."

"The secret ingredient for the Danes’ happiness is their obsession with “hygge.” Hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) roughly translates to a sense of coziness, togetherness, and well-being. It is warmth, comfort, slowness, intimacy, rusticity, and simplicity"

"There is a leisure gap in America: The average man has about five and a half hours of free time a day, according to government data. The average woman has a minute shy of five."

"Motherhood is the biggest, most complex topic I have ever reported on... And yet it has been treated as small, niche and unimportant, and covering it has changed how I am treated by my colleagues."

"We became a cars-on-blocks house when I was eight years old. My mom and I lived at the bottom of a hill, in a trailer, on five acres of mostly-wooded land outside of Snohomish, Washington. We owned ten cars."

A new essay from David Sedaris tackles the topic of aging. "I can’t predict what’s waiting for us, lurking on the other side of our late middle age, but I know it can’t be good."

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