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December 5, 2016

This week’s family-re­­lated news coverage included a story of how love can help people overcome prejudices, a look at how far a parent will go to comfort their child, a deep exploration into research on bilingualism, how a community can help a child learn the value of accountability, a detailed tale of offshore bank accounts and divorce among the mega-wealthy, a touching look into the life of the author of “The Snowy Day” and finally how “early attachment” has life long effects.

Once Unwelcome News, Her Daughter’s Outing Opened Door for a New Love NPR Staff, November 27, 2016 Sometimes people are resistant to accepting another, however this personal story celebrates the idea that “loves heals the past, the present and the future.”

My Son Left His Beloved Stuffed Cat on a Plane. Panic Ensued. Jeff Vrabel, The Washington Post, November 28, 2016 A holiday story with a happy ending of a perfect replacement toy or maybe even better, a child comforting himself and others by sharing that the lost toy is having an “… adventure of his own, probably seeing the world, making new friends.”

6 Potential Brain Benefits of Bilingual Education Anya Kamentz, NPR, November 29, 2016 This article provides a deep dive into research on bilingualism.

Why We Need to Give Our Kids the Gift of Accountability Lauren Knight, The Washington Post, November 30, 2016 Apology…is an important ritual, a way of showing respect and empathy for the wronged person… and can be a powerful tool…reminding us not to repeat the act. Sometimes it takes a community to help children learn the importance of apologizing.

How to Hide $400 Million Nicholas Confessore, The New York Times, November 30, 2016 When a wealthy businessman set out to divorce his wife, their fortune vanished. The quest to find it would reveal the depths of an offshore financial system bigger than the U.S. economy. A Poem For Peter Recalls One Unforgettable ‘Snowy Day’ Lynn Neary, NPR, December 1, 2016 More than 50 years ago, Peter — an African-American boy exploring his neighborhood after a snowstorm — broke the color barrier in mainstream children’s publishing. Pinkney pays homage to the author Keats and includes insights into how the famous story came about.

Could an Insecure Childhood Have a Big Impact on Your Career? Jordan E. Rosenfeld, The Washington Post, December 2, 2016 This article looks at attachment theory and finds “…adults with insecure attachments to their parents or caregivers as children tend to perform poorly in tasks and work when under stress or when negative emotions are present.” The article also discusses ways in which the “insecurely attached” can overcome a rocky start.

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