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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

New York Times


Hong Kong election landslide signals more frictions with Beijing
Tue, Nov 26, 2019

The election landslide puts China’s ruling Communist Party under even greater pressure to respond to the protest movement. To the pro-democracy camp, that means addressing the broader Hong Kong public’s calls for more official accountability.

Trump order to open Arctic Ocean to drilling was unlawful, judge rules
Sun, Mar 31, 2019

The decision concluded that President Barack Obama’s 2015 and 2016 withdrawal from drilling of about 120 million acres of Arctic Ocean and about 3.8 million acres in the Atlantic “will remain in full force and effect unless and until revoked by Congress.”

Toy bomb game Cut the Wire discontinued after criticism
Wed, Jan 16, 2019

Parents expressed concern about the game, which comes packaged in a box with a background that looks like flames in an explosion. Critics said it was difficult to imagine promoting the game when there was so much real-life violence in the world involving bombs.

At the border and in Washington, the White House digs in on the Wall
Fri, Jan 11, 2019

The White House has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to examine emergency supplemental funds allocated last year after devastating hurricanes and wildfires that could instead be used to pay for the wall.

The stress, exhaustion and guilt of intensive parenting
Tue, Dec 25, 2018

The time parents spend in the presence of their children has not changed much, but parents today spend more of it doing hands-on child care. Time spent on activities like reading to children, taking them to lessons and helping with homework has increased the most. Today, mothers spend nearly five hours a week on that, compared with 1 hour 45 minutes hours in 1975 — and they worry it’s not enough.

From puppies to concert tickets, kids are using PowerPoint to get what they want from parents
Sat, Dec 22, 2018

The children say that their polished presentations serve a few purposes. They convey to parents that what is being asked for really matters. They also let them make an entire case without being interrupted by a parent’s quick “no.”

The kids are alright: The Octomom proves everyone wrong
Fri, Dec 21, 2018

There are 14 siblings in all, so many that they eat in shifts. Some sleep on a couch. The octuplets are small for their age, but they’re polite, they cook, they’re vegan, they read two books a month, and they do their homework without being prompted. Despite all of the horror stories in the tabloids since the birth, they’re model fourth-graders. How did she do it?

What’s the controversy over using Johnson’s baby talc?
Thu, Dec 20, 2018

Pediatricians have been warning parents for decades not to use powder on babies because of the risk a child will inhale or aspirate talc, which can cause choking and coughing and lead to respiratory illness or chronic disease and lung damage. This has nothing to do with asbestos. Cases of babies dying from choking on powder were reported as early as the 1960s, and since 1981, the American Academy of Pediatrics has taken a strong position against the use of talc on babies and children, saying it is hazardous and has no medicinal value.

Talk about masturbation with kids to normalise it
Mon, Jan 06, 2020

“Young children, older children, adolescents and adults touching their genitals is perfectly normal, there are actually images of fetuses where you can see they’re touching the penis or touching the vulva,” said Leslie M. Kantor, a professor at Rutgers School of Public Health. “Where we culturally get confused is that when younger children are touching their genitals they’re doing it because it feels good,” just as other sensual experiences feel good, like stripping down and running through the sprinkler, but parents interpret it as overtly sexual.

Does screen time addiction rewire kids’ brains?
Thu, Dec 13, 2018

The adolescent brain continually changes, or “rewires” itself, in response to daily experience and that adaptation continues into the early to mid-20s. What scientists want to learn is whether screen time, at some threshold, causes any measurable differences in adolescent brain structure or function, and whether those differences are meaningful.

Popeye, the sailor, is turning 90 and grows his own spinach in new videos
Mon, Dec 03, 2018

“People know and love characters like Nancy, Alley Oop and Popeye,” said Andrew Farago, curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. “Their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents know these characters.”

‘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.”

Exam stress can be a healthy and normal part of your child’s life
Mon, Jan 07, 2019

Students should be taxed by school. And they should have enough time to restore themselves so that they can make the most of the academic workouts that will keep coming their way. It’s not a problem for teenagers to feel stretched by all that we ask of them, and even better if they can view stress as a healthy, if often uncomfortable, sign of growth.

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.”