Tag: Children and Childhood

Thousands of Migrant Children Could Be Released After Policy Change

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it planned to ease onerous security requirements for sponsors of migrant children, meaning that thousands who have been parked in shelters for months could soon be released and reunited with family members. In a major policy reversal, the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the care […]

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Global Health: An Island Nation’s Health Experiment: Vaccines Delivered by Drone

In the village of Cook’s Bay, on the remote side of the remote island of Erromango, in the remote South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, 1-month-old Joy Nowai was given shots for hepatitis and tuberculosis that were delivered by a flying drone on Monday. It may not have been the first vial of vaccine ever delivered […]

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The Checkup: The Case for Creative Play in a Digital Age

All the excesses of my own childhood are, of course, available on eBay, priced for the vintage market. There are the accessories for the 1960s Thingmaker, from Mattel, with its metal molds to be poured full of plastigoop (I can smell it now) and cooked to a nice soft solid texture on the square little […]

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The Octomom Has Proved Us All Wrong

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. — The 9-year-olds have matching button noses; toothy grins; roaming, smiling eyes. Noah and Josiah are Nordic blond and fair, Nariyah and Maliyah olive and deeply brunette, and their four brothers — Jonah, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Makai — run the gamut. Octuplets. “Hand me the spoon,” said Maliyah, standing at the stove. […]

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12-Year-Old in China Kills His Mother, Then Returns to School, Igniting an Outcry

HONG KONG — It began with a quarrel over cigarettes. Weighed down by loans and the burden of single parenting, a 34-year-old woman often took home leftover food and unopened packs of cigarettes from the banquets she occasionally attended in a nearby village in central China. But one night earlier this month, she discovered that […]

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Ties: How Pavarotti Brokered a Bond With My Dad

All the members of my family loved music in our own private ways — except my father. As children we spied on my mother while she lemon-Pledged the coffee table, swaying to “I Hear a Symphony” by Diana Ross and the Supremes. Before music traveled wirelessly, my older brother spent hours connected to Led Zeppelin […]

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Troubled Girls Were Sent to Hawthorne to Heal. Many Were Lured Into the Sex Trade Instead.

Tucked inside a neighborhood in a small town just north of New York City, Hawthorne Cedar Knolls was on idyllic, green grounds. It was landscaped to give some peace and stability to the emotionally troubled teenagers who were placed there. But in recent years, Hawthorne, located in the town of Mount Pleasant, began experiencing unusually […]

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MIND: Can We Really Inherit Trauma?

In mid-October, researchers in California published a study of Civil War prisoners that came to a remarkable conclusion. Male children of abused war prisoners were about 10 percent more likely to die than their peers were in any given year after middle age, the study reported. The findings, the authors concluded, supported an “epigenetic explanation.” […]

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Is Screen Time Bad for Kids’ Brains?

A generation ago, parents worried about the effects of TV; before that, it was radio. Now, the concern is “screen time,” a catchall term for the amount of time that children, especially preteens and teenagers, spend interacting with TVs, computers, smartphones, digital pads, and video games. This age group draws particular attention because screen immersion […]

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Personal Health: How to Foster Empathy in Children

As the year’s end approaches, most Americans get bombarded by emailed and snail-mailed requests for donations to all manner of charities, A to Z. I’m an easy target, a softy readily seduced by impassioned pleas to help improve the well-being of people, animals and the environment, and I often respond to more appeals than my […]

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o: U.S. Tax Dollars Help to Starve Children

ADEN, Yemen He is an eight-year-old boy who is starving and has limbs like sticks, but Yaqoob Walid doesn’t cry or complain. He gazes stolidly ahead, tuning out everything, for in late stages of starvation the human body focuses every calorie simply on keeping the organs functioning. Yaqoob arrived unconscious at Al Sadaqa Hospital here, […]

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This Robin in a Sun Hat (and the Government) Want You to Stay Safe This Holiday Season

The acting chairman of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Ann Marie Buerkle, wants to keep you safe this holiday season. Handsome Ron would like the same. Handsome Ron is one of the many characters that Joseph Galbo, the commission’s social media specialist, developed to put a fresh spin on tried and true safety […]

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A Ban on Parents in the School Lunchroom? Everyone Seems to Have an Opinion

DARIEN, Conn. — Beth Bonanno had always looked forward to her special lunch date. She would leave the office to sit with her son, a second-grader, on his birthday and maybe three other days a year. But then she got an email from the school district: Parents were being barred from the lunchroom. The email […]

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