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March 20, 2017

This week’s family-related news included a story of a creative connection between granddaughter and grandmother, research on the question of whether extended use of social media by teens is decreasing their use of recreational drugs, a personal account of parents traveling abroad with their three adult children, concern over whether the legalization of marijuana will lead to teen addiction, an article about the surprisingly high incidence of child marriage in the United States and efforts to eradicate it, the continuing story of a foster’s mother’s love, a personal account of how the practice of yoga deeply connected one daughter to her deceased mother.

My Grandmother’s Story Is Ending as Mine Begins Shannon Luders-Manuel, The New York Times, March 10, 2017 “When you first told me you wanted to be a writer, I thought, Oh Lord, I don’t wish that insecure fate on my grandchild,” she said. “But you really did it.”

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smart Phones? Matt Richtel, The New York Times, March 13, 2017 Use of marijuana is down over the past decade for eighth and 10th graders even as social acceptability is up…researchers are starting to ponder an intriguing question: Are teenagers using drugs less in part because they are constantly stimulated and entertained by their computers and phones?

Traveling With Adult Children Perry Klass, MD, The New York Times, March 13, 2017 There is nothing like traveling with your adult children to make you feel dazzled and impressed that they are truly all grown up, competent citizens of the world. And there is nothing like traveling with your adult children to remind you that they are still your children and sometimes you need to take care of them.

As Marijuana Becomes Legal, Doctors Worry About Teen Addiction Christine Vestal, Stateline, PBS NewsHour, March 13, 2017 As marijuana legalization sweeps the nation, physicians and public health officials are sounding alarms about its potentially harmful effects on young people.

New Jersey Just Became the First State to Completely Ban Child Marriage Alison Thoet, PBS NewsHour, March 14, 2017 Thousands of women in the U.S. are forced into marriage every year… Child marriage can result in mental and physical health problems according to a 2011 Journal of Pediatrics study.

Starting Over With a New Foster Child Meghan Moravcik Walbert, The New York Times, March 16, 2017 Like all parents who think they couldn’t possibly love the next one as much as the one that came before, all I had to do was see his face to know what a fool I had been to worry about such a thing.

Not My Mother’s Yoga Sasha Brown-Worsham,The New York Times, March 17, 2017 My mother used to chant in Sanskrit in her study before sunrise every morning. Though she died when I was 16 — 22 years ago — I always hear her voice that way.

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