New York Times


‘I wish you were my mother,’ she wrote
Mon, Nov 05, 2018

"Yet now I loved a flesh-and-blood child, and I had a decision to make. And I had to be happy with that decision. Because if I chose to be her mother, I needed to want to be her mother."

‘To train my husband to be a good Dad, I pretended to be helpless’
Fri, Nov 02, 2018

"There were nights when I pretended to be deeply asleep — so asleep that I couldn’t hear Charlie crying — so Nick would have to be the first one to get up."

The challenges of gay fathers, going it alone
Wed, Oct 31, 2018

Most single gay men pursue what is known as gestational surrogacy: the surrogate is implanted with a fertilized embryo taken from a separate egg donor. The surrogate is not genetically related to the child.

No tech for kids: Silicon Valley nannies turn phone police
Tue, Oct 30, 2018

“If the mom does call and the nanny picks up, it’s, ‘Well what are you doing that you can be on your phone?'” Swales said. “Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.”

For Silicon Valley parents, ‘the devil lives in our phones’
Mon, Oct 29, 2018

“We thought we could control it,” Anderson said. “And this is beyond our power to control. This is going straight to the pleasure centers of the developing brain. This is beyond our capacity as regular parents to understand.”

‘Implants can help nearly all hearing impaired kids to listen and speak’
Wed, Oct 10, 2018

“Technology is so much better that virtually every child with hearing loss will be able to hear with the right devices — hearing aids and cochlear implants.”

A little stress can be healthy for your teen’s growth
Tue, Oct 02, 2018

Instead of trying to vanquish academic pressure, we should turn our attention to making sure students can rebound between bouts of intense intellectual activity, just as athletes rest between hard workouts.

Decoding Dyslexia: ‘A child can be both intelligent and dyslexic’
Mon, Oct 01, 2018

Among those questions: What are some of the specific factors that might ameliorate or exacerbate the effects of dyslexia over a lifetime? What are the specific adult outcomes of early reading difficulties? What do the participants wish they had known about dyslexia early on?

Adults smoking can cause children physical harm
Tue, Sep 18, 2018

Children who breathe secondhand smoke have an elevated risk of developing ear infections, coughs and colds, bronchitis and pneumonia, and tooth decay, the pediatric association has reported.

Boys must be strong and girls can be anything they want, but looks matter
Mon, Sep 17, 2018

This contributes to the feeling among girls that they’re undervalued and objectified by boys, researchers said. Pressures on boys can also leave them with low self-esteem and more likely to be victims of violence or accidents.

GTramp: The next big sport for tweens and teens, fuelled by social media
Fri, Sep 14, 2018

Trampoline parks are in the game, too. Last year, trampoline parks were a $1.4 billion industry in the United States; by 2023, that’s expected to grow to $3.25 billion.

How game apps collect data on children
Thu, Sep 13, 2018

The review of 20 children’s apps — 10 each on Google Android and Apple iOS — found examples on both platforms that sent data to tracking companies, potentially violating children’s privacy law; the iOS apps sent less data overall.

For a healthy baby, lose extra weight before pregnancy
Wed, Sep 12, 2018

"If the goal is to try to improve pregnancy outcomes for both the mother and her offspring, then we need to start early.”

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern: More than just ‘the woman who gave birth’
Tue, Sep 11, 2018

“…even if I only create that sentiment or that environment or even create a little bit of solidarity for other women, that is something.”

Can women drink while pregnant? Poster sparks debate
Fri, Sep 07, 2018

Indeed, health organizations are virtually unanimous on the issue: Women should not drink while pregnant. Doing so can cause an array of physical and mental impairments in the child.

Moms may want to work, but are struck by the costs of motherhood
Wed, Sep 05, 2018

Even though highly educated mothers were less likely to quit working than less educated mothers, they were more likely to express anti-work beliefs, and to say that being a parent was harder than they expected.

Should you use a spy cam when your child is home alone?
Tue, Sep 04, 2018

Sure, he could pick up the phone and call me to let me know he has arrived home, but why rely on such an archaic option when I could instead turn my front door into Big Mother?

At 36, he found his birth parents, but didn’t know it would lead them to the altar!
Mon, Sep 03, 2018

Standing safely under the big tent while the rain poured, Schmidt grinned and began the ceremony. “For those of you who haven’t met me, I’m Martin Schmidt; I’m their son,” he said to loud cheers. “And related or not, this is the group of people we call family.”

The Baby Decision: Are you scared to be a parent?
Sat, Sep 01, 2018

The period of adulthood, usually in one’s 30s, when the childbearing decision becomes unavoidable, is a kind of existential rite of passage for many urban professionals.

How an Archbishop went from Vatican loyalist to demanding the Pope’s resignation
Wed, Aug 29, 2018

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò's letter that was published on Sunday has challenged Francis’ papacy, and shaken the Roman Catholic Church to its core.