Tag: Parenting

Our 8 Favorite Books in 2021 for Healthy Living

POETRY RX:How 50 Inspiring Poems Can Heal and Bring Joy to Your LifeBy Dr. Norman Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal is a clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University School of Medicine and is best known for pioneering the use of light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. He also believes that in a year of crisis and […]

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The Abortion I Didn’t Have

But it’s not about the yes/no of a child’s existence; it’s about what kind of life the child will have, and what kind of life the family will have together. I do this work because, in light of who my children are, and how deeply I love them, I understand and celebrate the importance of […]

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Becoming a Parent, or Deciding Not To

To the Editor: Re “In an Age Like This, Is It Still OK to Procreate?” (Sunday Styles, Nov. 21): In a way I admire the young women who are thinking twice about becoming mothers because the future climate may be unlivable. Quite a contrast from some other young women who become mothers without thinking about […]

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Parenting After Infertility and Loss: You’re Allowed to Complain

I clamped my hands over my ears as the obstetrician cranked up the volume on the ultrasound machine. After three pregnancy losses, I was convinced that we’d be met only with static. “I think you’re going to want to hear this,” the doctor said. And there was the unmistakable drumming of my son’s heart. At […]

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British Lawmaker Is Reprimanded for Bringing Her Baby to a Debate

About a third of British lawmakers are women. But female lawmakers in Britain and in legislative bodies around the world have long faced barriers, including lack of paid maternity leave. They have also been exposed to high rates of vitriol and abuse, both online and in person. In 2019, 19 female members of Britain’s Parliament […]

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No Paid Family Leave? That Hurts Dads, Too.

It’s not a fantasy that your colleagues might resent you for taking that time off. During the nadir of the Covid pandemic, when many schools were closed, some tech companies offered parents additional paid leave, and Daisuke Wakabayashi and Sheera Frenkel reported for The Times that there was significant backlash from employees without children, who […]

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Why Are There So Many Premature Births in America?

I was moved this week by Maria Cramer’s story of a baby born at 21 weeks who defied the odds, and now holds the Guinness World Record for the “most premature infant to live to a first birthday.” Curtis Zy-Keith Means was born to Michelle Butler last summer, and even though his twin sister very […]

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Join the Comedian Michelle Buteau at a Times Event on the ‘Joys’ of Parenting

Once everyone’s teeth are brushed, bedtime stories are read and foreheads are kissed, join the Times Opinion writer and mother Jessica Grose of the parenting newsletter for an all-virtual evening of comedy and commiseration. Parenting during the pandemic hasn’t been easy, and we could all use a moment to share our funny, and occasionally quirky, […]

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‘We Finally Have Something to Celebrate’: The Infrastructure Bill Is Signed

To the Editor: Re “Biden Signs Bill for Bolstering Infrastructure” (front page, Nov. 16): At a time when all of the news that we absorb seems to be bad, we finally have something to celebrate, the signing into law of the $1 trillion infrastructure bill, a long overdue initiative that despite consistent promises was never […]

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Media for Parents that Doesn’t Make Me Hate Life

Because I cover parenting for work, I tend to avoid the subject in the media I consume for pleasure. On social media, a lot of the mom content is aspirational in a way that I find either boring, didactic or passive aggressive. Sometimes all three. Hey Mama! I make these beautiful and elaborate bento box […]

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‘They See Us as the Enemy’: School Nurses Battle Covid-19, and Angry Parents

When a junior high school student in western Oregon tested positive for the coronavirus last month, Sherry McIntyre, a school nurse, quarantined two dozen of the student’s football teammates. The players had spent time together in the locker room unmasked, and, according to local guidelines, they could not return to school for at least 10 […]

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A Singer Lends Her Voice to a Conversation About Autism

I DREAM HE TALKS TO MEA Memoir of Learning How to ListenBy Allison Moorer Allison Moorer opens her new memoir, “I Dream He Talks to Me,” with a letter to her nonverbal autistic son, John Henry. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter writes, “I wasn’t sure how you would feel about me telling people these things about us, […]

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The Many Deaths of William Holden Taught Me How to Be Anxious

My father grew up in Egypt, where he once saw an organ-grinder’s baboon go rogue and gouge out a child’s eye. To him, the world was full of perils that many Americans simply couldn’t see, in large part because America was insulated from many of the dangers that citizens in other countries took for granted. […]

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Dads Need to Start Shouting About Paid Leave

Christine Matthews, a public opinion pollster who has surveyed voters on the issue of paid family leave, said that while most Republican voters want it enacted, Republican legislators know they will not be punished for voting it down. “It’s not that Republican voters don’t support it. It’s that politicians know they’re not voting on that […]

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What Do I Owe My Difficult Mother-in-Law?

Once again, providing ongoing support is a gift you can’t simply take back. That’s something to consider when you offer help in circumstances like these. You’re entering into a commitment, even if you don’t explicitly make a commitment. You say you know their child is not your responsibility. Yet assisting with the child has now […]

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How Nurturing Kindness in Children May Benefit All Of Us

Prosocial behavior may come naturally to some. Even children as young as 2 or 3 may spontaneously share a treat or toy with an unhappy playmate. But most children likely need to learn it from the same people who teach them to say “please” and “thank you,” and the earlier in life that happens, the […]

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