As School Closures Near First Anniversary, a Diverse Parent Movement Demands Action

Frustrated with remote learning, parents in the Philadelphia area are running for office, suing, relocating and retreating to private school.

#bucks-county-pa, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #norristown-pa, #parenting, #philadelphia-pa, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teachers-and-school-employees

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My 6 Months as a Solo Parent

After my wife was deployed, I found myself caring for four kids on my own — something my mother did for my whole childhood.

#parenting

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How to Help a Teen Out of a Homework Hole

The more students fall behind in the pandemic, the less likely they are to feel that they can catch up.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #homework, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #teenagers-and-adolescence

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Why Common Colds Might Spike When Kids Return to School

Hong Kong schools reported a surge in colds when students resumed in-person learning. Here’s what it means for kids in the U.S., and what parents can do to prepare.

#colds, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #immune-system, #parenting, #shutdowns-institutional, #viruses

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We Want to Hear From Teen Parents

The Times would love to hear from you about your experience parenting as a teenager during the pandemic.

#parenting, #teenage-pregnancy, #teenagers-and-adolescence

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Navigating My Son’s A.D.H.D. Made Me Realize I Had It, Too

Experts say some symptoms, especially in women, are mistaken for other conditions such as mood disorders or depression.

#anxiety-and-stress, #attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #parenting

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How Food Traditions Nourish New Moms

Parents still turn to old recipes and customs for postpartum recovery.

#cooking-and-cookbooks, #diet-and-nutrition, #families-and-family-life, #midwives-and-doulas, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #women-and-girls

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This Website Puts Boisterous Children and Noisy Neighbors on the Map

The crowdsourced guide collects anonymous gripes and pins every grievance on an interactive map, creating a record of the irritating sounds and sights of Japan.

#children-and-childhood, #japan, #maps, #noise, #parenting, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Why Your Brain Feels Broken

Pandemic stress and multitasking can affect memory in a real way.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #memory, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Why Your Brain Feels Broken

Pandemic stress and multitasking can affect memory in a real way.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #memory, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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For Some Teens, It’s Been a Year of Anxiety and Trips to the E.R.

During the pandemic, suicidal thinking is up. And families find that hospitals can’t handle adolescents in crisis.

#asheville-nc, #columbus-ohio, #emergency-medical-treatment, #emotions, #grief-emotion, #habits-and-routines-behavior, #hendersonville-nc, #hospitals, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Why Do So Many Mothers Feel Like Failures Right Now?

Pandemic life has made us feel more insecure about the aspects of our parenting we were already most insecure about.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #work-life-balance

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Got a Pandemic Puppy? Learn How to Prevent Dog Bites

With new puppies and kids at home, doctors are worried about treating more children for dog bites.

#animal-behavior, #animals, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #dogs, #emergency-medical-treatment, #parenting, #veterinary-medicine

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Should I Get a Covid-19 Vaccine When Others Need It More?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on what should determine eligibility for the Covid-19 vaccine and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ethics-personal, #parenting, #privacy, #restaurants, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Oakley School Board Resigns After Mocking Parents on Livestream

Unaware their conversation was public, district trustees in Oakley, Calif., suggested that parents eager for schools to reopen merely wanted “their babysitters back.”

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #oakland-calif, #parenting

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Is the Group Chat Sacred?

Heidi Cruz learned the hard way that text chains can be leaked.

#appiah-kwame-anthony, #cruz-ted, #parenting, #writing-and-writers

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How To Get Your Family Through An Extreme Weather Event

Take these steps when critical services are affected by freezing temperatures.

#austin-tex, #carbon-monoxide, #content-type-service, #electric-light-and-power, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #texas, #weather

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Biden Says He’s Pro-Science. Why Is His Schools Plan Based on Fear?

The administration’s guidance for sending kids back to the classroom is far too restrictive.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Covid Vaccines for Kids Are Coming, but Not for Many Months

Pfizer and Moderna are testing their vaccines on children 12 and older and hope to have results by the summer.

#children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #immune-system, #johnsonjohnson, #moderna-inc, #novavax-inc, #parenting, #pfizer-inc, #research, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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The Romney Family Plan Sees the True Value of Parenting

There is dignity in work, but we should support more than just work done for wages.

#babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #lee-michael-s-1971, #parenting, #romney-mitt, #rubio-marco, #senate

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Would Americans Have More Babies if the Government Paid Them?

One policy goal of a child allowance is to reverse declines in fertility, but some experts say improving families’ well-being is more important.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-rates, #families-and-family-life, #parenting, #research, #romney-mitt, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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My Teens Are Coronavirus Vaccine Guinea Pigs

A health journalist is getting a front-row seat to one of the most-anticipated pediatric trials in history.

#children-and-childhood, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #moderna-inc, #parenting, #placebos, #research, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Meet the Women Who Become Surrogates in NY

New York State will now allow gestational surrogates to carry babies for other parents. Here’s why they do it.

#babies-and-infants, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #infertility, #parenting, #politics-and-government, #surrogate-motherhood, #women-and-girls

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New York Was the 1st Big School District to Reopen. Here’s What Happened.

Elementary schools have been open for months. As the city prepares to reopen middle schools, problems remain, but there is also cause for optimism.

#chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #elementary-school, #new-york-city, #parenting, #teachers-and-school-employees

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Connecting My Children to Their Heritage in Mandarin

Although my parents’ English is serviceable, it is only in Mandarin that they’re at ease, that they can inhabit their own skins.

#children-and-childhood, #chinese-language, #grandparents, #immigration-and-emigration, #language-and-languages, #lunar-new-year, #parenting

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Emptying the Dishwasher Can Enrich Kids’ Mental Health

Guiding children toward mastery of new skills can help them thrive — and get some household chores done at the same time.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting

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Neglecting Yourself Doesn’t Make You a Better Mother

Showering and eating regularly can be a form of self-care.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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Ashley Audrain’s Best Seller Goes to a Place Most Parents Have Never Gone Before

What would you do if you had an evil kid? In “The Push,” readers see one (fictional) answer to this question.

#audrain-ashley, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #parenting, #the-push-book, #women-and-girls

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An Unofficial Ranking of the 10 Most Annoying Kids’ Toys

“A barn? A keyboard? A phone? What are you?”

#parenting, #toys

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How We Decided to Send Our Daughter Back to School

I thought I would have until our first grader went off to college before I would feel such anxiety.

#baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #parenting

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Is My Kid a Hypochondriac?

Or is she just living in a pandemic?

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #parenting

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A Utah School Made Black History Month Optional. Then It Reversed Itself.

The Maria Montessori Academy, a charter school in North Ogden, allowed parents to opt their students out. But after an outcry and discussions with the parents, it changed course.

#black-people, #charter-schools, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #montessori-schools, #north-ogden-utah, #parenting, #utah

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Yes, and … Clean Your Room

Improv comedy can help us be more patient and attentive with our kids, and help them be more resilient and open with us.

#comedy-and-humor, #content-type-service, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #scovel-rory-1983, #second-city, #theater

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To Hear America’s Mothers, We Let Them Scream

In a special report, Times journalists ventured into the homes of three working parents as they navigated the daily grind of the pandemic. They also gave mothers an outlet to vent.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kenneally-brenda-ann, #new-york-times, #parenting, #women-and-girls

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How to Help When Adolescents Have Suicidal Thoughts

Even when rates of suicidal ideation increase, there are ways to keep kids safe.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #depression-mental, #jama-psychiatry-journal, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #pediatrics-journal, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #teenagers-and-adolescence

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Will the Stimulus Plan Help Working Mothers?

How President Biden’s proposed stimulus package might affect women and families.

#child-care, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #income, #labor-and-jobs, #minimum-wage, #parenting, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #women-and-girls

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Getting to Know You, Again

The pandemic has sent many people back to their parents’ homes, giving both generations new insight and a chance at a different kind of relationship.

#brooklyn-nyc, #children-and-childhood, #glaser-nikki, #hudson-river-valley-ny, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #st-louis-mo, #stratford-conn, #vermont

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At a Heavy Metal Concert, Balancing Independence With Boundaries

My mother, a freewheeling feminist, gave me freedom, while her mother gave me a nest of safety. Both shaped how I’m raising my own daughter.

#families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #parenting, #pop-and-rock-music, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #vans-warped-tour-music-event

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Modern Love: The Day His Journal Went Blank

A daughter races to collect her father’s memories before Alzheimer’s can steal them away.

#alzheimers-disease, #love-emotion, #parenting

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How Society Has Turned Its Back on Mothers

This isn’t just about burnout, it’s about betrayal.

#anxiety-and-stress, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #women-and-girls, #work-life-balance

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America’s Mothers Are in Crisis

Is anyone listening to them?

#anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mental-health-and-disorders, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #women-and-girls

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Places and Policies That Aim to Help Working Parents

How some employers and governments are supporting working parents.

#child-care, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #employee-fringe-benefits, #paid-time-off, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sabbaticals-and-career-breaks, #tutors-and-tutoring, #work-life-balance

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Some Baby Food May Contain Toxic Metals, U.S. Reports

Testing found high levels of arsenic, lead and cadmium in some ingredients, congressional investigators said.

#arsenic, #baby-foods, #food, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #infant-formulas, #krishnamoorthi-raja, #lead, #parenting, #product-tests, #rice, #united-states, #your-feed-science

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An Invisible Cost of College: Parental Guilt

Is it any wonder that plenty of people are tempted to borrow a whole lot of money to send their kids to college?

#budgets-and-budgeting, #children-and-childhood, #colleges-and-universities, #content-type-service, #financial-aid-education, #grandparents, #parenting, #personal-finances, #the-price-you-pay-for-college-an-entirely-new-road-map-for-the-biggest-financial-decision-your-family-will-ever-make-book, #tuition

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Why Your Kid Wears Shorts in Winter

While you freeze in cold weather, they have a secret weapon.

#birthdays, #content-type-service, #hibernation, #parenting

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I Miss a Lot of Things About the Office. My Breast Pump Isn’t One.

Working from home has made breastfeeding easier. Let’s hope the flexibility lasts even after the pandemic ends.

#breastfeeding, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #telecommuting, #workplace-environment

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I’m a Disabled Parent. It Took a Pandemic to Let Me Join the P.T.A.

My chronic illness made it hard to volunteer at my kids’ school. Now I can serve on the executive board of the P.T.A. without leaving my bed.

#chronic-fatigue-syndrome, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #parent-teacher-associations, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #volunteers-and-community-service

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Three Women Who Helped Their Sons Become Civil Rights Icons

In “The Three Mothers,” Anna Malaika Tubbs considers the seismic impact of the women who raised Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin.

#baldwin-james-1924-87, #black-people, #books-and-literature, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #king-martin-luther-jr, #malcolm-x, #parenting, #the-three-mothers-how-the-mothers-of-martin-luther-king-jr-malcolm-x-and-james-baldwin-shaped-a-nation-book, #tubbs-anna-malaika, #united-states, #women-and-girls

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My Father Died Young. His Sisters Kept Me From Losing Him Entirely.

Aunts straddle a line between authority figure and anarchist: As our elders, they inspire deference, but they’re partners in transgression too.

#families-and-family-life, #parenting, #surrogate-motherhood

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The Case of the Serial Sperm Donor

One man, hundreds of children and a burning question: Why?

#artificial-insemination, #children-and-childhood, #families-and-family-life, #in-vitro-fertilization, #infertility, #meijer-jonathan-jacob, #netherlands, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #sperm, #your-feed-science

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