Tag: Parenting

The Checkup: Reading to Your Toddler? Print Books Are Better Than Digital Ones

As a supporter of reading with children and a fan of traditional print books, I cannot say I am entirely surprised by the results of new research suggesting that print books are the best way to go when reading with young children. Reading books is one of the great and ongoing pleasures of my life, […]

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Personal Health: The Risks to Babies of Older Fathers

People are becoming parents at ever-increasing ages, a trend that can have implications for the health of the pregnancy, the babies and the women who birth them. But while most women know that reproductive risks to themselves and their babies rise as they get older, few men past 40 realize that their advancing years may […]

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Felicity Huffman: Desperate Housewife, Devoted Parent and Now a Defendant

Felicity Huffman hated the myth of the perfect mother. “She should go the way of the dinosaur, extinct,” Huffman wrote in exasperation a few years ago on her blog, where she agonized about losing her cool with her children and not being an easygoing mother — and where she also sold mugs bearing cutesy quotes […]

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Ties: My Temporary Hoarding Habit

When my daughter got cancer, I began hoarding ketchup packets and digital thermometers. Gillian was 11 when we learned the lingering knee pain was osteosarcoma in her right femur. The treatment protocol for this rare bone disease was a nine-month course of aggressive chemotherapy. Each of the almost-weekly infusions required at least a three-night hospital […]

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No Babies in Parliament, Danish Lawmaker Is Told

COPENHAGEN — A century of Danish advances for women met a barrier this week when a legislator was told by another female lawmaker that her baby had no place in Parliament, setting off a debate about gender politics and parents’ struggles with work-life balance in a country with some of the world’s most generous parental […]

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How Not to Be a Snowplow Parent

Many of us watched the college bribery scandal unfold last week as a kind of nationally televised master class in how not to parent a teenager. But even many well-intentioned parents fall into some of the same patterns as the wealthy parents charged in the case: removing obstacles to ensure that their children don’t have […]

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How to Find Trustworthy College Admissions Advice

The uneven playing field for college admissions was exposed last week when the Justice Department charged that wealthy parents had paid astronomical sums in the college bribery case to assure their children’s spots at top colleges. As news reports in the wake of the case made clear, there are also many legal ways to influence […]

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The Moral Wages of the College Admissions Mania

I once asked a longtime guidance counselor about her least favorite part of the college admissions season, when students learn if they’ve been accepted by the schools of their dreams. She said that what pains her aren’t the rejections: There are so many of those, they’re an inevitable part of the process and the kids […]

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The 8-Year-Old Homeless Refugee Chess Champion

In a homeless shelter in Manhattan, an 8-year-old boy is walking to his room, carrying an awkward load in his arms, unfazed by screams from a troubled resident. The boy is a Nigerian refugee with an uncertain future, but he is beaming. He can’t stop grinning because the awkward load is a huge trophy, almost […]

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Andy Cohen Is Tired of Being ‘Dad Shamed’ by ‘Momsplainers’

When Andy Cohen, the Bravo TV personality and “Real Housewives” maestro, became a new father last month, he did what most proud parents do: He shared photos of his newborn on Instagram. “This is my son, Benjamin Allen Cohen,” Mr. Cohen posted to his three million followers, along with a black-and-white photograph of his baby […]

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Young Adulthood in America: Children Are Grown, but Parenting Doesn’t Stop

Bribing SAT proctors. Fabricating students’ athletic credentials. Paying off college officials. The actions that some wealthy parents were charged with Tuesday — to secure their children a spot at elite colleges — are illegal and scandalous. But they’re part of a broader pattern, albeit on the extreme end of the continuum: parents’ willingness to do […]

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Crowdwise: 32 Tips for Surviving (and Parenting) Crying Babies on Planes

Flying with an unhappy child is no fun for anyone, everyone knows that. But it wasn’t until I asked you for your tips, tricks and traumatic tales of babies on planes, that I realized I didn’t know exactly how many different victim groups were involved. The kids are in misery. The parents are dying a […]

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Fallout From College Admissions Scandal: Arrests, Damage Control and a Scramble for Answers

BOSTON — The morning after 50 people were charged in a sweeping college admissions fraud investigation, the fallout was just beginning. Colleges where coaches were accused of taking bribes were reeling. Wealthy and well-known parents charged in the case were preparing to surrender to authorities or were free on bail. And companies were distancing themselves […]

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Loose Ends: How to Save for College Bribery

Get Started A 529 savings plan offers a tax-sheltered investment vehicle with compound interest to help offset the cost of higher education. But that’s just an excuse for timid parents lacking the guts to navigate the lawless wasteland of the college application process. Are you and your spouse rule-followers or do-or-die helicopter parents? How bad […]

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