Category Archives: NY Times


Oct

23

2019
The Lasting Trauma of Infertility

The Lasting Trauma of Infertility

I’m handing over the newsletter this week to Regina Townsend, the founder of The Broken Brown Egg, an infertility website and community centered on the experiences of women of color. She’s writing about the intersection of infertility and mental health. Here’s a link to our infertility section for more on I.V.F., I.U.I. and other treatments and issues. —Jessica Grose ImageCreditAntoine Maillard I recently came across…

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Oct

23

2019
How to Break Out of the Children’s Menu Trap

How to Break Out of the Children’s Menu Trap

In most restaurants in America, the children’s menu is where you’ll find the least nutritious foods: Chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, pizza and French fries are the standard “kid friendly” offerings. But that wasn’t always the case. In the 1920s and ’30s, restaurants offered their youngest patrons their healthiest meals. Back then children’s menus were designed to promote healthy eating habits: They featured meals like poached…

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Oct

22

2019
After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’

After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’

In the early days of last fall, my daughter was projecting confidence about the college application process. She’d make a spreadsheet, things would be checked off, it’ll all come together, Mom. But right around this point, with classes and sports in full swing, college mutated from something exciting to that-which-shall-not-be-named. To inquire about, say, a 150-word supplemental essay was to provoke a fit of unholy…

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Oct

22

2019
What Do I Owe My Free-Spending, Hard-Luck Parents?

What Do I Owe My Free-Spending, Hard-Luck Parents?

My parents are a few years away from retirement. They are entirely ill prepared financially for this life change and frankly have made — and continue to make — countless poor economic decisions. I am married and the mother of two young children. While I am not wealthy, my husband and I earn more than my parents do now, and far more than they will…

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Oct

21

2019
When Teen Drinking Becomes a Disorder

When Teen Drinking Becomes a Disorder

It’s a pretty safe bet that most of our children, in high school and in college, will be in social situations in which people drink in unwise and sometimes downright dangerous ways. Even if they don’t drink, they will at least be exposed to friends and classmates and roommates who do. What makes alcohol more problematic for some kids — and some adults? There’s been…

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Oct

19

2019
Postpartum Peeing, The Microbiome!? and Daylight Saving Strategies

Postpartum Peeing, The Microbiome!? and Daylight Saving Strategies

Peeing every time you sneeze is not O.K. And yet, incontinence after pregnancy is considered a punch line, not a problem. “Only about 25 percent of women affected by incontinence seek care,” wrote Katherine Hobson in our guide to post-pregnancy peeing, which includes how to understand the issue, the kinds of doctors who can help and what to expect if you seek treatment. Also new…

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Oct

18

2019
Celebrate Your Kid’s Transition. Don’t Grieve It.

Celebrate Your Kid’s Transition. Don’t Grieve It.

Shortly before my gender assignment surgery in 2002, my father told me that he was grieving the loss of his first-born son. My first impulse was to comfort him. We talked about his feelings one afternoon and I reassured him that he wasn’t losing me. I thought this was my duty; after all, he had supported my transition, defending me against bigoted relatives (even as…

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Oct

18

2019
Who’s in Charge of Your Child’s Décor?

Who’s in Charge of Your Child’s Décor?

Adrian Wise spent weeks designing and decorating her daughter’s room after the family moved from Michigan to Florida last year. She wanted to create a cheerful, fun space to help Emillie, now 12, settle into life in a new state. She bought a multicolored, hand-knotted rug, a blue nightstand and a colorful swivel chair. For the bed, she chose a teal comforter, striped sheets and…

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Oct

18

2019
Raising a Twinless Twin

Raising a Twinless Twin

The ultrasound technician places the wand on my daughter’s lower abdomen and moves it slowly across taut skin glistening with gel. I’ve been holding my breath since being ushered into the dimly lit cubicle to witness a sonogram that will determine if my daughter is carrying one or more babies. She is a twin, a survivor who beat the odds after my harrowing pregnancy left…

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Oct

18

2019
At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization

At a School for Suicide Bombers’ Children, Dancing, Drawing and Deradicalization

MEDAN, Indonesia — Ais likes to dance. She knows the words to “I’m a Little Teapot.” Her dimples are disarming. Her parents didn’t want their daughter to dance. They didn’t want her to sing. They wanted her to die with them for their cause. Last year, when she was 7, Ais squeezed onto a motorcycle with her mother and brother. They carried a packet that…

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