Tag: Children and Childhood

The Enthusiast: In Praise of Maurice Sendak

My mother’s glamorous friend Ronnie gave her “Where the Wild Things Are” as a 40th birthday gift. I was 11, my sister was 10, my brother 18 and out of the house, but it was 1978, and that Maurice Sendak classic was a perfectly sophisticated gift for a grown woman whose children were well past […]

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Family Guide: 27 Ways to Keep Your Kids Culturally Engaged This Winter

ImageThe Film Forum Jr. series shows classic movies for all ages.CreditAmy Lombard for The New York Times Film Forum and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for Kids: Specialty Screenings Long before I had children who required a cultural education, I had planned out a film history curriculum. I thought we might begin, my hypothetical children and I, […]

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The Biggest Economic Divides Aren’t Regional. They’re Local. (Just Ask Parents.)

ImageSuperstar cities like Washington offer economic advantages in terms of careers. But research shows less populated areas can be better places for parents to help their children get ahead in life, when accounting for housing costs. CreditErik S Lesser/EPA, via Shutterstock Regional inequality is often cited to explain just about every challenge the United States […]

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In China, This Video Game Lets You Be a Tiger Mom or a Driven Dad

SHANGHAI — You want your children to do well in school. You want them to have nice friends and interesting hobbies and to not go out with creeps. You may even want them to be happy. But in this computer game, you can always start over with a new digital child if things don’t work […]

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A.I. Shows Promise as a Physician Assistant

This year, one in every twenty Americans will walk into a medical clinic and receive the wrong diagnosis. That’s more than 10 million people, and for half of them, the misdiagnosis could be harmful, a 2014 study in the British Medical Journal concluded. Doctors try to be systematic when identifying illness and disease, but they’re […]

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Day Care for All

When Bernie Sanders ran for president, he promised to fight for free public college, universal health insurance and a $15 minimum wage. He drew huge crowds, but many Democrats declared his proposals impractical and naïve. “We are not Denmark,” Hillary Clinton tartly observed, even as she tweaked her platform to acknowledge the popularity of these […]

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Can We Love Ourselves the Way We Love Our Children?

This is the week we learn where my 4-year-old daughter will attend kindergarten next September. I devoted many hours last fall to composing an essay about her — an important essay, because it was for her applications to private schools. I spent more energy on this piece of work than I ever spent on my […]

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U.K. Doctors Call for Caution in Children’s Use of Screens and Social Media

LONDON — With even Silicon Valley worrying about the effect of technology exposure on young people, Britain’s top doctors on Thursday issued advice to families about social media and screen use. Their prescriptions: Leave phones outside the bedroom. Screen-free meals are a good idea. When in doubt, don’t upload. And get more exercise. “Technology can […]

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Notes on the Culture: The Gay History of America’s Classic Children’s Books

IN 1998, WHEN my sons were still too young to read by themselves, my partner and I gave them a picture book called “Lucy Goes to the Country.” It’s about a cat who lives with two gay men; you can tell by the tchotchkes. The book, then just published, was evidently meant to help normalize […]

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Tech Fix: Are Your Children Racking Up Charges From Mobile Games? Here’s How to Fight Back

Is your child a “whale”? A teenager once spent $6,500 on Facebook games over two weeks, according to a recent report by the Center for Investigative Reporting. Some Facebook employees internally referred to these children as “whales,” a term typically used by casinos to describe the highest of high rollers. The report follows actions by […]

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The Cycle: Drinking While Pregnant: An Inconvenient Truth

Pregnant women are given a long list of medical recommendations that can come across as patriarchal don’ts: Don’t eat raw fish. Don’t consume deli meats. Don’t do hot yoga! Don’t drink. There’s scientific evidence that these activities can have negative impacts on the health of the fetus, but the one that seems to be the […]

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Cleaner Classrooms and Rising Scores: With Tighter Oversight, Head Start Shows Gains

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When federal officials inspected this city’s Head Start program five years ago, they found moldy classrooms, exposed wires, leaking sewage, a sagging roof and trash-strewn playgrounds littered with safety hazards. A teacher had jerked a student so hard she dislocated the girl’s shoulder. The visitors were so alarmed at the neglect that […]

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Many Children Are Overdoing It on the Toothpaste, C.D.C. Study Says

Many parents are squeezing potentially unhealthy amounts of toothpaste on their children’s brushes, health officials warned in a study released on Friday. The study, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said nearly 40 percent of children ages 3 to 6 used more toothpaste than recommended by dental professionals. For young children with emerging […]

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Our Tokyo Bureau Chief on Where She Finds ‘Bolts of Insight’ (Hint: It’s Outside the Office)

Image BEHIND THE BYLINE • MOTOKO RICH Feb. 1, 2019 The Reader Center has started a new series of short interviews, Behind the Byline, to introduce you to The Times’s journalists. Is there a reporter, photographer or editor you would like to get to know? Tell us in the comments section. Motoko Rich straddles two […]

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29 Syrian Children Die During Freezing Escape From the Islamic State

BEIRUT, Lebanon — As families have made the long, frozen, sometimes barefoot trek out of the last shards of Islamic State territory to a refugee camp in northeastern Syria over the past two months, at least 29 children and infants among them have died before reaching help, mainly from hypothermia, the World Health Organization said […]

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If a Government Can’t Deliver Safe Vaccines for Children, Is It Fit to Rule?

Earlier this month, hundreds of aggrieved parents gathered outside the government office in Jinhu County, in the eastern province of Jiangsu, demanding an explanation for why 145 infants had been administered expired doses of the polio vaccine. It was China’s fifth vaccine scandal in less than seven years, and yet another blow to the country’s […]

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