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August 1, 2016

Last week’s family-related news coverage included a reflections on having an underprotective parent, company sponsored coaches for new parents, bribing children to do summer reading, helping school aged children sleep better, and an economist’s view of guerrilla parenting.

Learning to Scale Peaks From My Underprotective Mother Devi Lockwood, The New York Times, July 22, 2016 “A parent’s job is often to keep their children safe, to teach them to respect authority and stay out of trouble.” Not my mom.

Why Companies Have Started to Coach New Parents Tara Siegel Bernard, The New York Times, July 22, 2016 At a time when new parents may find themselves overwhelmed — even sobbing late at night as they deal with their new at-home responsibilities while trying to hold down a full-time job — a growing number of companies are making efforts to soften the blow.”

The Right Way to Bribe Your Kids to Read KJ Dell’Antonia, The New York Times, July 23, 2016 Kids who read over the summer lose fewer skills than kids who don’t. This is especially important for children from low-income families and those with language problems. But how can you get your children to spend time reading during their summer?

Helping Our School Aged Children Sleep Better Perri Klass, M.D., The New York Times, July 25, 2016 As we ask children to function in school, academically and socially, fatigue can affect their achievement and behavior. Australian research on sleep problems in children has included work aimed at the ‘school transition’ year in which children adjust to a school schedule.

A Guide to Guerrilla Parenting Amy Davidson, The New Yorker, August 1, 2016 End the sibling bickering…by holding an auction?

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