Tag: Parenting

My Son’s Friends Use Slurs in Online Games. What Can I Do?

Our Adolescence columnist, the psychologist Lisa Damour, responds to a reader’s question. The question has been edited and is being published with the consent of the person who submitted it. [To submit a question, email AskDrDamour@nytimes.com.] ImageCredit…Lilli Carré My 12-year-old son and his school friends use a live chat app while they’re playing online video […]

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Modern Love Podcast: Jessalyn Gilsig Reads ‘My Secret Left Me Unable to Help’

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher Can a parent’s transgression be forgiven if well-intentioned? Joyce Maynard poses that question in “My Secret Left Me Unable to Help,” her 2009 essay describing her decision to invade her adult daughter’s privacy in an effort […]

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Mothers Against Vampire Real Estate

The house on 2928 Magnolia Street in West Oakland, California, is an unassuming three-bedroom with a faded-out porch and white siding gone slightly gray with time. For two years, like an estimated 46,000 other homes in the area, it sat empty. But even in its unused state, the obscure physics of the market pumped and […]

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Do Our Babies Need to Move More?

In a world that encourages inactivity, even our babies may be moving too little, according to an innovative new study of physical activity patterns during a child’s first year of life. The study, which used tiny activity trackers to monitor babies’ movements, found associations between infants’ squirming, kicking, crawling or stillness and the levels of […]

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Helping Children Cope with Separation Anxiety

Every child and every family dynamic is different, but here are some simple ways to help a child cope with feelings of separation anxiety: Empathy Sometimes when struggling with anxiety, we only need to be heard. Children are no different in this regard. They need to have mirrored back to them that their emotions are […]

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His Mother Worked to Find Him Love Despite War, Blindness and Loss

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The young poet sat in the barber’s chair, facing a giant mirror on the wall that he could not see. The poet was Zaheer Ahmad Zindani, and this was the eve of his wedding. The war in Afghanistan had taken many things from him: his eyes, his father, his sister, his first […]

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10 Easy Ways to Foster Your Child’s Emotional Intelligence at Home

1. Share your emotions. Talking about your emotions is an easy way to develop your child’s emotional intelligence. It also helps your child understand that emotions are a normal part of life. Let your child know when you’re upset, happy, anxious or sad. 2. Be conscious of how you manage your emotions. Knost once said […]

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