Tag: Children and Childhood

BOOKS TERRITORY: More Than Just Children’s Books

BERLIN — On a recent Saturday afternoon, a hush fell in the bright, airy “reading-aloud” room at Krumulus, a small children’s bookstore in Berlin, as Sven Wallrodt, one of the store’s employees, stood up to speak. Brandishing a newly published illustrated children’s book about the life of Johannes Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, […]

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The Checkup: Is ‘Digital Addiction’ a Real Threat to Kids?

As we worriedly watch our children navigate the ever-changing digital landscape, there’s a great deal of talk these days about “digital addiction.” But several experts say we should teach kids to think of screens as something to handle in moderation, like food, rather than something without any healthy place in our lives, like meth or […]

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Religious Men Can Be Devoted Dads, Too

“Blue” marriages are better — or at least that is the conventional wisdom. Couples who live according to egalitarian values, sharing domestic responsibilities like housework and cooking, have long been seen as superior by most academics, journalists and public intellectuals engaged in the national conversation about the American family. “We have every reason to believe […]

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Ties: Welcome to the Freak Show: Becoming an Orphan in My 20s

“And then you get turned into ashes!” the little girl howled, incredulous. Soon the other 6-year-olds were laughing hysterically, too. I looked around the circular table as we cut shapes from colorful paper and drew with glitter markers. These children had all lost loved ones: a grandparent, a sibling, mostly a parent. Twice a month […]

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A Daunting Operation Offers Relief to Obese Teenagers

At least six million obese teenagers in the United States are candidates for weight-loss surgery, experts estimate. Fewer than 1,000 of them get it each year. Many of these adolescents already have complications of obesity, like diabetes or high blood pressure. But doctors have been uncertain just how well surgery works for young patients, and […]

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‘Arthur’ Opens Season With a Same-Sex Wedding and a Cake

During the season premiere of the animated series “Arthur” on Monday, Arthur, Francine, Buster and Muffy spend most of their time trying to play matchmaker for their third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn. In the end, Mr. Ratburn has his own plans. He ties the knot with Patrick, a local chocolatier, at a wedding attended by the […]

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The New Health Care: The Potentially Lifesaving Difference in How a Gun Is Stored

ImageSafety and suicide prevention brochures next to guns for sale at a store in Montrose, Colo.CreditBrennan Linsley/Associated Press Legislators and gun safety advocates often focus on how guns are purchased. But many lives could be saved, especially among children, if they looked more at how they are stored. In the last decade, guns killed more […]

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Nonfiction: Grieving the Death of a Child in ‘Once More We Saw Stars’

Once More We Saw StarsBy Jayson Greene Tragedy is tricky. We spend our lives fearing it, yearning to avoid it. So why read about it? Why engage? Because the world is split into two groups. The first has never experienced a tragic, untimely death. The second has. And if you are part of that second […]

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‘My Mother Called This Male Pattern of Behavior “Creative Incompetence”’

Image CreditAmélie Fontaine “The optimistic tale of the modern, involved dad has been greatly exaggerated,” writes Darcy Lockman in her essay “What ‘Good’ Dads Get Away With.” Dr. Lockman laments that while men in contemporary society are now viewed as participating equitably in child care and household duties, research shows that women still do significantly more […]

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The School Photo Industry Is a Master Class in Drama

DALLAS — Chris Wunder, who has spent the better part of the last four decades photographing schoolchildren or managing those who do, used to tell kids they could bring a “personal prop” for spring portrait day. When he forgot to qualify the invitation, some, especially in rural areas, would arrive with shotguns, venomous snakes and, […]

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Amazon Flunks Children’s Privacy, Advocacy Groups Charge

Amazon barreled into the children’s smart-speaker market last year with a brightly colored device called Echo Dot Kids Edition. The tech giant played up the device as a simple way for youngsters to converse with Alexa, the company’s voice-activated virtual assistant, and obtain age-appropriate apps. But recent research commissioned by two prominent advocacy groups found […]

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Fixes: Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice

Last of three articles. This Sunday, all over America, little hands will prepare trays with bowls of cereal and small glasses of orange juice. They will leave trails of well-intentioned milk behind them as they approach tired, smiling moms in rumpled beds. It’s all pretty cute. And very much a departure from the daily reality […]

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What Should Be Done With the Women and Children of ISIS?

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Many of them were barely school age when their parents took them to the Islamic State’s so-called caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Thousands of others were born there. The children of the group’s followers are the most vulnerable of the Islamic State’s human leftovers — the remainders of the more than 40,000 […]

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Melania Trump Celebrates, With Superlatives, ‘Be Best’ Campaign

WASHINGTON — Without concrete policy goals, Melania Trump has spent the past year relying on the power of her image to spread the message of “Be Best,” her child-focused platform dedicated to kindness and well being. Celebrating the first year of the program in the Rose Garden on Tuesday, her supporters made it clear that […]

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The One-Income Trap

Recently, under the somewhat unlikely inspiration of Elizabeth Warren, some conservatives have revived an old debate: Did millions of women entering the work force actually make families worse off? In her lost days as a heterodox public intellectual, Warren made the case that indeed it did, because instead of getting richer, dual-earner households found themselves […]

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