Steve Jenkins, 69, Dies; His Children’s Books Brought Science to Life

In plain language, he answered many burning questions: How do you catch a fly? What do animals do the day they’re born? How loud is a lion’s roar?

#animals, #art, #books-and-literature, #caldecott-medal, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #jenkins-steve-1952-2021, #writing-and-writers

N95, KN95 or KF94? How to Find the Right Covid Mask

Knowing which mask to pick and making sure it’s not a fake requires the sleuthing skills of a forensic investigator. Our guide can help.

#children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #counterfeit-merchandise, #masks

More Young Kids Are Getting Sick From Cannabis Edibles

As states legalize cannabis, a growing number of children are inadvertently consuming marijuana-infused foods.

#american-association-of-poison-control-centers, #cannabis-foods-and-products, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service

How Parents With Young Children Are Coping With Work-Life Imbalance

Facing an uncontrolled surge of virus cases, parents of children under 5 are again forced to wrestle with child care crises as the rest of the world appears eager to move on.

#anxiety-and-stress, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #work-life-balance

Our Kinder, Gentler, Nobody-Moves-Out Divorce

When the end of a marriage means living on separate floors of the same house.

#children-and-childhood, #dating-and-relationships, #divorce-separations-and-annulments, #love-emotion

Some Antiracist Books Aren’t Very Good. Do I Still Have to Read Them to My Child?

I’m all for undoing racist impulses, but I wonder how useful it is to sit with my daughter and scold myself with clunky prose.

#antiracist-baby-book, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kendi-ibram-x, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity

A Schooling Debate: In Person or Remote?

Readers discuss an article about rising tensions as some teachers’ unions push for remote learning. Also: Snacks on planes.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #snack-foods, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-airlines

Health Workers, ‘Risking Their Own Lives to Save Ours’

Responses to an essay that urged additional compensation for health workers. Also: Space heaters and the Bronx fire; entertaining young kids; ketamine.

#bronx-nyc, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doctors, #fires-and-firefighters, #ketamine-drug, #medicine-and-health, #parenting, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wages-and-salaries

Despite Omicron, Los Angeles Students Are Returning to Class

All staff members and students, vaccinated or not, must be tested for the coronavirus before returning to public school campuses.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-unified-school-district, #tests-medical

Flu and Covid at the Same Time? Your ‘Flurona’ Questions, Answered

Yes, you can get “flurona.” But it’s probably not as bad as it sounds.

#children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immune-system, #influenza, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

Ryan Kaji, the Boy King of YouTube

Ten-year-old Ryan Kaji and his family have turned videos of him playing with toys into a multimillion-dollar empire. Why do so many other kids want to watch?

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #kaji-ryan, #parenting, #toys, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

How Gunfire Is Killing More American Children

Toddlers are discovering guns under piles of clothes and between couch cushions. Teenagers are obtaining untraceable ghost guns made from kits. Middle school students are carrying handguns for protection.

#children-and-childhood, #firearms, #gun-control, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #united-states, #youth

Canada Pledges 40 Billion Dollars in Indigenous Child Welfare Battle

The government said it would pay a landmark 40 billion Canadian dollars to repair the system, potentially ending a lawsuit brought 15 years ago.

#canada, #children-and-childhood, #indigenous-people

American Girl Debuts Chinese American Doll in Response to Anti-Asian Sentiment

The company said it created the doll, named Corinne Tan, to teach children to stand against racism.

#american-girl-inc, #asian-americans, #aspen-colo, #children-and-childhood, #chinese-americans, #colorado, #discrimination, #dolls, #hate-crimes, #parenting, #race-and-ethnicity, #shang-wendy-wan-long, #toys, #united-states

Parents Grapple With Omicron as Open vs Remote Schools Debate Continues

Some want classrooms to stay open through the surge; others are desperate for a remote option. For nearly all, it’s an agonizing situation.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shutdowns-institutional

Child Tax Credit’s Extra Help Ends, Just as Covid Surges Anew

A pandemic benefit that many progressives hoped to make permanent has lapsed in a congressional standoff. Researchers say it spared many from poverty.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-tax-credits-and-stipends, #children-and-childhood, #manchin-joe-iii, #poverty, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Covid Vaccines Rarely Lead to Problems for Young Children, C.D.C. Reports

The reports, both released on Thursday, underscored the importance of vaccinating children against the coronavirus.

#biontech-se, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov

The Metaverse’s Dark Side: Here Come Harassment and Assaults

As Meta and other companies bet big on an immersive digital world, questions about its harms are rising.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #innovation, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Despite Rising Hospitalizations, Omicron Is Not Worse for Children

More children are being treated for Covid, but a combination of factors, including low vaccination rates, most likely explains the increase.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #disease-rates, #hospitals, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

The Pandemic Has Been Bad For Youth Mental Health. Omicron Scares Me.

I was already worried about my patients. I fear Omicron will make everything even worse.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Spielberg’s ‘West Side Story’

Readers react to a guest essay that was critical of the remake of the movie. Also: Newark’s homeless; helping grieving children

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hispanic-americans, #homeless-persons, #kushner-tony, #newark-nj, #romeo-and-juliet-play, #shakespeare-william, #spielberg-steven, #west-side-story-2021-movie

J.K. Rowling on the Magic of ‘Things’

There can be a strange magic in human-made things that are interwoven with our pasts, with our homes, with our great loves.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-personal-profile, #genre-books-childrens, #rowling-j-k

Omicron and Kids: How to Navigate the Covid Winter

Experts’ tips for navigating a Covid winter with children.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns

Family in Nigeria Lost 3 Daughters to Sickle Cell. Can They Save a Fourth?

About 150,000 babies are born each year in Nigeria with sickle cell, a deadly disease. Tens of thousands of them die annually before their fifth birthdays.

#africa, #blood, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-fatalities, #debaun-michael-r, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #genetics-and-heredity, #kano-nigeria, #lancet-the-journal, #national-institutes-of-health, #nigeria, #sickle-cell-anemia, #stroke, #tests-medical

The Rise of E-Sports Has Big Implications for Traditional Sports

Kids were already drifting away from traditional sports before the pandemic, with ramifications for the entire sports industry. The trend has accelerated in the pandemic.

#athletics-and-sports, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #content-type-personal-profile, #dallas-tex, #e-sports, #frisco-tex, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #young-mens-christian-assn-ymca

C.D.C. Embraces ‘Test and Stay’ Policy for Unvaccinated Students

Two new studies show that unvaccinated children exposed to the virus are safe to stay in school if they remain asymptomatic and get tested twice over the course of a week.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

Can Randi Weingarten Save Public Schools?

Amid the pandemic, the union leader is stuck between outraged parents and burnt-out teachers.

#charter-schools, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #teachers-and-school-employees

Stolen at Birth, Chilean Adoptees Uncover Their Past

Hundreds of Chileans adopted abroad have learned that they were trafficked. Investigators believe thousands of children may have been taken from their parents during Chile’s dictatorship.

#adoptions, #children-and-childhood, #chile, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #pinochet-ugarte-augusto

2 Children Die in Inflatable Castle Accident in Tasmania

The students fell 33 feet from a jumping castle that was lifted into the air by a gust of wind, the authorities said. Several others were critically injured.

#accidents-and-safety, #children-and-childhood, #deaths-fatalities, #tasmania-australia

See the Real Live Man Who Grew Up in a Carnival

For our reporter, “Nightmare Alley” recalls a childhood spent working the circuit with his parents. Carnies like the World’s Smallest Woman welcomed him when cruel classmates didn’t.

#blanchett-cate, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-personal-profile, #del-toro-guillermo, #movies, #nightmare-alley-movie

The Bogus Bashing of Build Back Better

Beware of bad faith, bad logic and bad arithmetic.

#american-families-plan-2021, #build-back-better-act, #children-and-childhood, #federal-budget-us, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Detecting Signs of Trouble in Schools

Discussing steps to reduce the number of school shootings. Also: Book censorship; hunger in Afghanistan; abortion after incest; what kind of America?

#abortion, #afghanistan, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #food, #foreign-aid, #gun-control, #incest, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

It May Not Feel Like It Right Now, but There Is a World of Good We Can Do

A few worthies from Times Opinion’s giving guide and a few … unworthies.

#abortion, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #democratic-party, #education-k-12, #gun-control, #guttmacher-institute, #hunts-point-bronx-ny, #inflation-economics, #philanthropy, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zero-to-three

Margaret Giannini, Champion of People With Disabilities, Dies at 100

After meeting the parents of children with a range of disabilities, she decided almost on the spot to start a clinic to treat such children exclusively.

#children-and-childhood, #deaths-obituaries, #disabilities, #doctors, #giannini-margaret-1921-2021, #health-and-human-services-department, #intellectual-disabilities, #mental-health-and-disorders, #new-york-medical-college, #westchester-institute-for-human-development

What Can Schools Do About Disturbed Students?

“There is no profile of a school shooter that is reliable.”

#children-and-childhood, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mass-shootings, #michigan, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #social-media, #washington-post

Why a Child’s Rude Behavior May Be Good for Development

The safer children feel, the more they can show their true selves — warts and all — experts say. And that’s good for their development.

#children-and-childhood, #parenting

I Play Video Games With My 4-Year-Old, and That’s OK

Video games may not be harmless, but what are you going to do?

#bowser, #children-and-childhood, #computer-and-video-games, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nintendo-switch-video-game-system, #parenting, #princess-peach, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #super-mario-odyssey

Boris Johnson and Wife, Carrie Johnson, Announce Birth of Second Child

The birth comes as the British prime minister faces a political scandal over Covid rules.

#children-and-childhood, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #politics-and-government, #symonds-carrie

Will Smith Is Done Trying to Be Perfect

“Strategizing about being the biggest movie star in the world — that is all completely over. ”

#actors-and-actresses, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-personal-profile, #great-performers-2021, #king-richard-movie, #movies, #parenting, #will-book

Children, Coping With Loss, Are Pandemic’s ‘Forgotten Grievers’

A bipartisan group led by two former governors is urging President Biden to help an estimated 167,000 children who have lost parents or caregivers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grief-emotion, #united-states-politics-and-government

Lawmakers Urge Instagram’s Adam Mosseri to Better Protect Children

Adam Mosseri, the company’s leader, was asked to appear before a Senate panel after internal research leaked that said the app had a toxic effect on some teenagers.

#children-and-childhood, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #united-states-politics-and-government

Coronavirus Cases Are Rising Among Children in South African Hospitals

The increase, observed in children’s wards at two major hospitals in South Africa, points to increased community transmission, doctors say.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #johannesburg-south-africa, #pediatric-inflammatory-multisystem-syndrome-pims

Mr. Men Little Miss Books Stand the (Silly, Splendid, Topsy-Turvy) Test of Time

Mr. Men Little Miss, the children’s book series created by Roger Hargreaves, turns 50 this year.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-personal-profile, #genre-books-childrens, #hargreaves-adam-1963, #hargreaves-roger-1935-88, #sanrio-co, #writing-and-writers

Omicron and Holiday Travel: 12 of the Most Pressing Questions

Vaccination requirements, testing rules, the new coronavirus variant and more: We answer your questions about traveling safely this holiday season.

#children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #cruises, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #disneyland-anaheim-calif, #norwegian-cruise-line, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #royal-caribbean-cruises-ltd, #travel-and-vacations

Pediatricians Find Children Need Much More Than Vaccines

At one clinic serving low-income children, treatment for health problems that have gone unchecked during the pandemic is more in demand than coronavirus shots.

#charlotte-nc, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #medicine-and-health, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Hollywood Loves a Monstrous Mommy. Can It Do Her Justice?

Cinema is finally capturing, with uncanny precision and furious energy, more honest and complex versions of the mother.

#chastain-jessica, #children-and-childhood, #colman-olivia, #great-performers-2021, #gyllenhaal-maggie, #hoffmann-gaby, #johnson-dakota, #labor-and-jobs, #maid-tv-program, #movies, #parenting, #qualley-margaret, #scenes-from-a-marriage-tv-program, #the-lost-daughter-movie, #women-and-girls

Should States Be Allowed to Spend Public Money on Religious Educations?

The Supreme Court is about to consider that question.

#black-people, #children-and-childhood, #discrimination, #education, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-religion, #maine, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #slavery-historical, #southern-states-us, #supreme-court-us

Instagram Parental Controls Are Set Arrive in March

Adam Mosseri, the head of the company, is expected to face questions from lawmakers this week about whether social media harms children.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

China Calls on ‘Little Inoculated Warriors’ in Its War on Covid-19

The country regards children as crucial in its quest for herd immunity, but some parents, worried about the vaccines’ safety, are pushing back.

#children-and-childhood, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #olympic-games-2022, #sinovac-biotech-ltd, #vaccination-and-immunization

In Africa, Dealing With Vaccine Challenges and the Omicron Variant

Vaccine shortages and skepticism, and rewarding countries for discovering variants. Also: Happiness and politics; unwanted children; beware of psychedelics.

#abortion, #africa, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #happiness, #liberalism-us-politics, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #psychedelic-and-hallucinogenic-drugs, #vaccination-and-immunization, #women-and-girls