Mar

10

2017

My Grandmother’s Story Is Ending as Mine Begins

March 10, 2017 By SHANNON LUDERS-MANUEL My grandmother knew she’d succumb to dementia long before she began to lose her memory, as her two older sisters had shared the same fate before they died. She fought against time to write her life story, but she will never see her dream realized. My grandfather, who died before I was born, knew there was something special about…

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Mar

10

2017
States Wrestle With Legalizing Payments For Gestational Surrogates

States Wrestle With Legalizing Payments For Gestational Surrogates

Enlarge this image A gestational surrogate is a woman who carries a fetus but is not genetically related to it, in order to help other people become parents. Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption toggle caption Getty Images/iStockphoto The battle over womb rights is brewing in Minnesota. Last month, state legislators proposed a bill that would regulate gestational surrogacy — potentially adding legal oversight to fertility clinics…

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Mar

10

2017

When Mothers Bully Back

A good mother does bad things on behalf of her bullied son. Should she feel triumphant or ashamed?


Mar

09

2017
Poor sleep in early childhood may lead to cognitive, behavioral problems in later years

Poor sleep in early childhood may lead to cognitive, behavioral problems in later years

A study led by a Massachusetts General Hospital pediatrician finds that children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control and peer relationships in mid-childhood. Reported online in the journal Academic Pediatrics, the study found significant differences in the responses of parents and teachers to surveys regarding executive function — which includes attention, working…

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Mar

09

2017

Making Child Care Affordable for All

March 9, 2017 To the Editor: Re “An Unlikely Champion of Affordable Child Care” (news article, March 3): President Trump’s proposed child care plan, promoted by his daughter Ivanka, would serve to put the Trump brand on an important social policy reform but do little to help the low-income families who most need help paying for services. According to a recent Tax Policy Center report,…

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Mar

08

2017

Teenagers Do Dumb Things, but There Are Ways to Limit Recklessness

March 8, 2017 Adolescence By LISA DAMOUR By now parents are familiar with the worrisome finding that the thrill-seeking centers of the adolescent brain can readily outmatch the teenage brain’s emerging rational control systems. I count myself among the adults who find this neurological account of adolescent recklessness to be both clarifying and confounding. It helpfully explains why really thoughtful teenagers sometimes do really dumb…

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Mar

07

2017

Valerie June: The First Time I Lost a Parent

By VALERIE JUNE March 7, 2017 Although my dad was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever known, his life seemed to be fully focused on his family and his businesses. My father had two companies: Music Makers Productions, where he promoted the likes of Prince and Bobby Womack, and Hockett Construction and Demolition Company, where he made the bulk of his living for his wife and…

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Mar

07

2017
Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year

Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year

Enlarge this image A family in Nepal prepares a meal. The use of organic fuels like wood or animal dung for cooking contributes to indoor air pollution. JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption JTB Photo/UIG via Getty Images According to two new World Health Organization reports, about 1.7 million children under the age of 5 die each year because of environmental hazards….

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