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August 15, 2016

Last week’s family related news coverage included discussions of younger grandparents and the role they play in childrearing, the benefits of reading to your kids, allowing your child to plan a family vacation, the divorce diet, and tips for empty nesters on the return from college drop off.

Need a Babysitter? Don’t Count on Grandma Sharon Jayson, The New York Times, August 5, 2016 Meet today’s grandparents, a combination of younger baby boomers and older Generation X’ers who are under 65 and not yet retired. This cohort, estimated to represent about half of all grandparents, is healthier and more physically active than grandparents of the past. They’re also finding themselves caught balancing their own plans and those of their adult children — who may need a babysitter.

The Merits of Reading Real Books to Your Children Perri Klass, M.D., The New York Times, August 8, 2016 In a 2014 review of studies on electronic storybooks, researchers outlined some of the ways that such stories could help young children learn, and some of the ways that they could hurt.

When Your Child Is the Travel Agent Seth Kugel, The New York Times, August 9, 2016 It makes sense. Trip planning, these days, takes place mostly online, and children know a thing or two about the internet.

The Divorce Diet? Lousing a Spouse and Some Pounds, Too Hilary Howard, The New York Times, August 10, 2016 Wedding season is here, and many brides and grooms will find themselves in the best shape of their lives. Through a combination of adrenaline, dieting and hard-core exercise, they will walk the aisle as slim and buff as they will most likely ever be. That is, some say, unless they get divorced.

8 Things to Remember on the Lonely Return to Your Empty Nest Grown & Flown, August 2016 After the boxes are unpacked and twin bed neatly made, there is nothing more to do than say goodbye. Nothing more to do than take a deep breath, walk away, and return home to an empty nest.

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