Tag: Children and Childhood

‘Open, Insert, Squirt.’ In This Town, Children Are Taught to Administer Narcan

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. — Shortly after his first-grade class let out for the day, Nash Kitchens sat with a dozen other young children at a library and played a murder mystery game that had a surprising plot twist. The victim was a restaurant worker who had been found dead in a freezer. The killer, the children […]

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Even 14-Year-Olds Who Kill Are Not Adults

Tessa Majors, an 18-year-old Barnard College freshman with green hair, loved music, especially punk rock, and singing with her band. On Dec. 11, while she was walking in Morningside Park in Manhattan, she was stabbed to death, apparently during a robbery. The three teenagers charged in Ms. Majors’s killing are just 13 and 14 years […]

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Beatings, Burns and a Broken Promise

When the abuse began, Migdalia could not call for help. She was 57 but with the mind of a child. She had never spoken and could not form words. She lived in a Bronx group home with two dozen other adults who also were mostly nonverbal and helpless. Bruises started appearing on her arms and […]

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France Gets Its Weinstein Moment

PARIS — France has spent the last two years or so waiting for its Harvey Weinstein moment: a big trial, the fall of someone powerful, a viscerally indignant country. The conversation around #MeToo in France has been undeniably intense. But when Frenchwomen have spoken up against film directors (Luc Besson, Roman Polanski) and intellectuals (Tariq […]

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Doctor’s Suicide Note Has Parents Asking: Was My Child Really Vaccinated?

An Illinois pediatrician’s mysterious suicide note has raised troubling questions about the immunization records of children in the Chicago-area community he served for years. The doctor, Van Koinis, had been missing since August when he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Sept. 10 in a forest preserve in Palos Township, the authorities […]

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Are Expensive Activities for Kids a Rip-off?

ImageCredit…David Biskup This piece is part of “The Price of Modern Parenting.” Read about the sandwich generation, caring for aging relatives and out-of-pocket expenses for preterm births. Raising a kid has never been cheap, but parents a generation ago didn’t have to contend with toddler Mandarin classes, Mommy & Me yoga or preschool chess clubs. […]

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How to Make Your Marriage Gayer

It’s been legal across the country for nearly five years now, and same-sex marriage hasn’t yet killed heterosexual marriage. In fact, it appears that many different-sex couples would have happier and more satisfying marriages if they took a few lessons from their same-sex counterparts. Researchers recently asked three sets of legally married couples — heterosexual, […]

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Her Dream of Becoming a Doctor Turned into a Nightmare, and a Movie

“I just wanted to study and be a doctor and have a clinic. That was my dream.” — Dr. Amani Ballour, the first and only woman to manage a hospital in rebel-held Syria Dr. Amani Ballour’s first ever patient was a 12-year-old boy who had been shot in the head. She was 24 at the […]

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The Marketing of Stimulants for Children With A.D.H.D.

Whenever I write about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — whether I’m writing generally about the struggles facing these children and their families or dealing more specifically with medications — I know that some readers will write in to say that A.D.H.D. is not a real disorder. They say that the rising numbers of children taking […]

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I Had a Gloriously Wild Childhood. That’s Why I Wrote ‘How to Train Your Dragon.’

I was 9 years old, hanging on as tightly as I could to my father’s legs as he dangled over the edge of a gigantic sea cliff on a tiny little island off the west coast of Scotland. He was trying to see whether the bird’s nest some 15 feet below was being inhabited by […]

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A Young Father Was Investigated 4 Times. Then His Newborn Died.

The young father was arrested after his 6-week-old son was found lifeless in his crib in the Bronx one morning last week. Investigators had found undated video on a baby monitor of him pressing down on a pillow over the tiny boy’s head and charged him with murder. But it was not the first time […]

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To Save the Earth, We Should Teach Children the Magic of Nature

I was nine years old, hanging on as tightly as I could to my father’s legs as he dangled over the edge of a gigantic sea cliff on a tiny little island off the west coast of Scotland. He was trying to see whether the bird’s nest some 15 feet below was being inhabited by […]

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Child-Welfare Activists Attack Facebook Over Encryption Plans

WASHINGTON — New opponents confronted Facebook on Wednesday as it moves forward with a plan to encrypt all of its messaging platforms: child welfare advocates who said that encryption would allow child predators to operate with impunity across the company’s apps. “Facebook has a responsibility to work with law enforcement and to prevent the use […]

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Why the New Coronavirus (Mostly) Spares Children

The new coronavirus has infected more than 24,000 people, and at least 490 have died. But relatively few children appear to have developed severe symptoms so far, according to the available data. “The median age of patients is between 49 and 56 years,” according to a report published on Wednesday in JAMA. “Cases in children […]

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1 in 5 Mothers Gets Postpartum Depression. New York City Plans to Help.

It had been a difficult first childbirth: The umbilical cord had gotten entangled around her daughter’s neck, and the doctors wanted to keep the baby at the hospital for three days. “I couldn’t bring my baby home. I was a mess,” Chirlane McCray recalled. “There should have been someone other than the nurses and the […]

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Number of Homeless Students Rises to New High, Report Says

The center, which is based at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is funded by the United States Department of Education, issued the report on Jan. 29. Its findings came as a housing affordability crisis sweeps the nation and homelessness continues to rise. The report compared the 2017-18 school year with the 2015-16 […]

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