Reenie O'Brien King

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The Teacher-Mom Struggle Is Real

To all of the other teacher/moms out there,<p>I hear you. I am feeling the same guilt that you are feeling. We work long hours at school to feel …

Parenting

Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Hat Designer on the Late Singer: ‘She Was Classy All the Way’

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, died on Thursday at the age 76 of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type. And ever since the news …

Aretha Franklin

Carolyn Hax: To have another child or not? Either way, you’ll have regrets and joys.

Adapted from a recent online discussion.<p><i>Dear Carolyn: My husband and I have a 5-year-old girl and are not planning more children — primarily because we are easily stressed, don’t do well when sleep-deprived and aren’t really baby/toddler people. Our daughter was NOT an easy baby.</i><p><i>Yet, I always feel</i> …

Parenting

First-Born Children Really Are Treated Differently by Mom

But it's not because she likes you better.<p>The U.S. National Institutes of Health has dedicated its considerable resources to investigating one of the …

Parenting

This is what work-life balance looks like at a company with 100% retention of moms

When Phil Graves, a father of three young girls, worked for Deloitte, his days looked a lot like those of many working professionals. He left before the kids were up to commute to work in San Francisco. He raced through his day, and dashed home to make the bedtime crush: bath, bedtime stories, a …

Parenting

'Tricky People' Is A Better Approach Than 'Stranger Danger,' And Here's Why

We all grew up hearing about “stranger danger.” When we were finally allowed to ride our bikes to the corner store, or walk home from school, our …

Parenting

States With The Best Public School Systems

There are many factors that contribute to a great public school system: performance, funding, safety, class size and instructor credentials, to name a few. Although the quality of public schools can vary greatly within a state, personal finance site WalletHub recently set out to determine which …

College & University

Secrets Of A Maya Supermom: What Parenting Books Don't Tell You

There's no other way to put it: Maria de los Angeles Tun Burgos is a supermom.<p>She's raising five children, does housework and chores — we're talking about fresh tortillas every day made from stone-ground corn — and she helps with the family's business in their small village about 2 1/2 hours west …

Parenting

Your Best Parenting Advice: From Meddling Parents To Poop Management

What do you wish you'd known before becoming a parent?<p>In May, we asked our audience this question at the start of How To Raise A Human, our month-long special series on how to make parenting easier.<p>More than 1,000 moms and dads opened up about the struggles and joys of raising children of all ages, …

Parenting

Why Toddlers Deserve More Respect

Young kids might be smarter and more empathetic than adults think.<p>In <i>The Emotional Life of the Toddler</i><i>,</i> the child-psychology and psychotherapy expert Alicia F. Lieberman details the dramatic triumphs and tribulations of kids ages 1 to 3. Some of her anecdotes make the most commonplace of experiences …

Parenting

I Rushed Through All of My Son's Firsts, and Missed So Many of His Lasts

There was a final bottle. One last chance to hold my sweet baby, rub his head, and watch his eyes close as the tiniest drop of milk dribbled down his chin. I missed that moment. I was too caught up hoping and praying he would use a sippy cup the next time because it was easier for me if he satiated …

Parenting

The 'Overparenting' Crisis In School And At Home

<i>A version of this interview ran in 2015.</i><p>Have you ever paid your kid for good grades? Have you driven to school to drop off a forgotten assignment? Have you done a college student's laundry? What about coming along to Junior's first job interview?<p>These examples are drawn from two bestselling books —</i> …

Parenting

Raising Brilliant Kids — With Research To Back You Up

<i>An earlier version of this piece ran in 2016.</i><p>"Why are traffic lights red, yellow and green?"<p>When a child asks you a question like this, you have a few options. You can shut her down with a "Just because." You can explain: "Red is for stop and green is for go." Or, you can turn the question back to …

Pedagogy

Taking Away the Phones Won’t Solve Our Teenagers’ Problems

Apple has introduced new software designed to help users restrict the time they spend on their phones — just change your settings and your favorite app will lock you out after a certain number of hours. It’s been especially welcomed by parents who fret about the habits of their “screenagers” — …

Mobile Devices

Empowering Kids In An Anxious World

Rates of anxiety and depression among teens in the U.S. have been rising for years. According to one study, nearly one in three adolescents (ages 13-18) now meets the criteria for an anxiety disorder, and in the latest results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk …

Parenting

When detaching from someone you love is the only option

“I tried everything to help my brother, until I realized I had to save myself.”<p>It happens a few times a month at random, unexpected moments. I’ll …

20 Once-in-a-Lifetime Trips Worth Flying For

How far would you travel for a once-in-a-lifetime experience?<p><i>Travel + Leisure</i>'s Worth Flying For series explores the most singular experiences …

Travel

EPA rollbacks already touching Americans' lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — For 37 mostly female farm-workers in California's Central Valley, U.S. policy under Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt became personal not long after sunup one day in May 2017.<p>Picking cabbage that morning, the workers noticed a tarry smell drifting from a nearby …

Pesticides

How America Treats Its Own Children

Child poverty, homelessness, violence, obesity, illness: The United States is already an outlier.<p>How could the United States do this? How could it separate 2,000 children from their parents, perhaps never to be reunited? How could it lose track of thousands more? How could it keep children in …

Income Inequality

Mom Reflects On Her Children's '18th Summer' And It Will Break You

Here’s what it’s like when you’re on your 18th summer with your college-bound kids<p>It seems like the second our children are born, we’re constantly …

What Detention And Separation Mean For Kids' Mental Health

Psychologists say that for migrant kids already in government facilities, a short separation from parents may be enough to cause lasting damage.<p>Transcript<p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST:<p>The executive order that President Trump signed this week ended the practice of separating migrant children from their parents, …

The $11 Nanobébé bottle may be the smartest baby bottle ever made — here's why parents like me love it

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon<p>The medical community overwhelmingly considers breastfeeding the best way to feed an infant up until about six months of age, but …

What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’

By William Wan<p>, Reporter<p>This is what happens inside children when they are forcibly separated from their parents.<p>Their heart rate goes up. Their body releases a flood of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Those stress hormones can start killing off dendrites — the little branches in …

Romania

Our schools will get rid of AP courses. Here’s why.

By Eight Heads of Washington-Area Private Schools<p>In an era when the quality and nature of American secondary school education are subjects of vigorous debate, it is time to rethink our curricula. Together, we lead eight Washington-area independent schools, and we have been meeting regularly over …

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

A Guide To Parental Controls For Kids' Tech Use

Ben Zimmerman lives in a suburb of Chicago. Like a lot of 9-year-olds, he's fond of YouTube, Roblox, and Minecraft.<p>And, like a lot of parents, his mom and dad wanted to make sure Ben wasn't spending too much time on those activities. They tried to use Google's "Family Link" parental control …

Mobile Devices

Lush Sold 12,000 Shampoo Bars in 48 Hours — Find Out Why

Lush beauty products have always had a cult following — but this past week, that following was kicked into high gear. Following an informative video …

Being an 'Elephant Mom' in the Time of the Tiger Mother

It's okay for parents to nurture, protect, and encourage their children, especially when they're very young.<p>I still remember the first time someone spoke to me about grit. It wasn’t when I lost my dad and saw my mother fall apart.<p>It wasn’t when my mother died, and I felt like I was falling apart.<p>It …

Pregnancy Discrimination Is Rampant Inside America’s Biggest Companies

Many pregnant women have been systematically sidelined in the workplace. They’re passed over for promotions and raises. They’re fired when they complain.

Have You Taken the Specialized High Schools Exam?

There are eight specialized high schools in New York City that admit students based on their performance on a single, one-day test. While the number of students they serve is relatively small, they take on outsize importance because they are among the most prestigious schools in the city — like …