Aug

15

2017
Child’s home learning environment predicts 5th grade academic skills

Child’s home learning environment predicts 5th grade academic skills

Children whose parents provide them with learning materials like books and toys and engage them in learning activities and meaningful conversations in infancy and toddlerhood are likely to develop early cognitive skills that can cascade into later academic success.


Aug

15

2017
Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children’s gender identity

Same-sex couples do not influence their adoptive children’s gender identity

There is no major difference in the gender identity development of children raised by same-sex parents compared to those adopted by heterosexual couples. The toys that children prefer to play with in their preschool years are much more tell-tale about whether they will grow up to conform to typical gender norms.


Aug

14

2017
Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

Enlarge this image In her book The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics And Feebleminded, poet Molly McCully Brown explores themes of disability, eugenics and faith. Kristin Teston/Persea hide caption toggle caption Kristin Teston/Persea Growing up in southwestern Virginia in recent decades, poet Molly McCully Brown often passed by a state institution in Amherst County that was once known as the “Virginia State Colony for Epileptics…

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Aug

14

2017
A Mother’s Challenges

A Mother’s Challenges

August 14, 2017 To the Editor: Re “The Selfishness of Motherhood,” by Karen Rinaldi (Sunday Review, Aug. 6): I agree with the rejection of motherhood as martyrdom and that there are harder jobs than parenting. But the writer confuses her personal experiences and aspirations with reality. Parenting would be less of a sacrifice if we all had living wages, paid parental leave, affordable child care…

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Aug

14

2017

On the Beach, the Once and Future Me

August 14, 2017 The Checkup By PERRI KLASS, M.D. All the world’s a beach, and the men and women merely sunbathers, as Shakespeare put it, in that famous speech about remembering to use sunscreen with a high enough SPF, and to reapply regularly after swimming. The currents of family life hit me hard on the beach every summer. Watching people with their babies, their toddlers,…

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Aug

12

2017
Is Motherhood a Sacrifice or a Privilege?

Is Motherhood a Sacrifice or a Privilege?

Op-Ed Contributor By KAREN RINALDI August 12, 2017 In my recent Sunday Review piece, I addressed the question of whether motherhood is a sacrifice or a privilege, whether it is selfless or selfish. I made the argument that we would go a long way to empowering women and mothers by reframing the way we think and talk about mothers by refusing the badge of martyrdom and by…

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Aug

11

2017
New Books About Parenting

New Books About Parenting

August 11, 2017 The Book Review Podcast Subscribe: iTunes | Google Play Music Interactive Feature | New Books About Parenting In The New York Times Book Review, Judith Newman reviews a recent crop of books about parenting, including a revised edition of Thomas Armstrong’s “The Myth of the A.D.H.D. Child.” Newman writes: While hyperactivity does exist, Armstrong says, educators and parents expect too much calm…

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Aug

11

2017
Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

Linda Cliatt-Wayman: What Can We Do To Empower Students Living In Poverty?

[embedded content] Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Rethinking School. About Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s TED Talk As principal of a low-performing high school, Linda Cliatt-Wayman’s students faced huge challenges. She describes how she transformed her school while providing unwavering love and support for her students. About Linda Cliatt-Wayman Linda Cliatt-Wayman spent 20 years as a special education teacher, and served as principal to three…

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