Tag: Parenting

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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Sign our Letter to the G7 Today to Make a Difference for Youth Mental Health

Join Us: #ChangeDirection Want to make a difference in youth mental health? Sign on now to drive global collective action for youth mental health, as we petition G7 Leaders to make mental health a priority. Help us get the word out. Share this with your friends and encourage them to join us in solidarity to demand action […]

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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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I Wanted to Be a Mom. I Didn’t Want to Be Pregnant.

The phone call on a Friday brought me to my feet. At the window of my high-rise apartment I watched people swarming the sidewalks, taking advantage of the spring weather. “It’s not as bad as it sounds,” my doctor said. I paced my living room as she described the procedure she thought could treat my […]

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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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Nonfiction: A New Mom, Her Nannies and the Often Exploitive Labor of Motherhood

WOMEN’S WORK A Reckoning With Work and HomeBy Megan K. Stack Motherhood is an exercise that both equalizes and divides. It’s an experience shared by women across the world — a lesson in dissolving borders, in love and in sleep deprivation. It is work: a flow of activity that requires organizational thinking and endless labor. […]

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Are You a New Mom Struggling with Scary, Shame-Inducing Thoughts?

You recently had a baby, and everyone keeps saying that you must be in sheer and utter bliss. Clearly, you’re captivated by your bundle of joy. You must be enamored and in absolute love. I bet you’re just walking on cloud nine. You finally have what you’ve always wanted. Life is complete now, isn’t it? […]

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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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Huge Racial Disparities Found in Deaths Linked to Pregnancy

African-American, Native American and Alaska Native women die of pregnancy-related causes at a rate about three times higher than those of white women, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday. The racial disparity has persisted, even grown, for years despite frequent calls to improve access to medical care for women of color. […]

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Preventing Youth Suicide: Strategies That Work

American children are taking their own lives at an alarming rate. Over 7 percent of high school students say they engaged in non-fatal suicidal behavior, while 17 percent say they seriously considered suicide within the previous year, according to a nationwide survey. For children under 15, the prevalence of death by suicide nearly doubled from […]

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Breaking the News to Mom and Dad: I’m Selling Weed (Legally)

Manndie Tingler kept her secret from her parents, certain they would disapprove. And while most Americans have come around, she knew her mom and dad would still consider it “a horrible thing.” She eventually tired of hiding her affairs, so she began bringing up tidbits to “gauge their warmth.” Finally, Ms. Tingler told them: She […]

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Body Dysmorphic Disorder’s Impact on Kids Today

The teenage years are hard on kids’ sense of identity and self-esteem, especially as their bodies and minds are changing and growing at a rapid rate. As a parent, it may feel like you are jumping through mental and emotional hoops, doing your best to build up your child while still maintaining discipline. However, adolescents […]

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Parents of Babies Too Young to Vaccinate Feel Trapped by Measles Outbreak

TROY, Mich. — Roberta Traini gritted her teeth through the small talk at the Barnes & Noble checkout, grabbed her purchases and hustled her 5-month-old daughter, Gretha, into the chilly April air, where it was safer to breathe. “I was freaking out in there,” Ms. Traini said, jabbing her finger at the store. “I needed […]

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