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May 22, 2017

This week’s family-related news included challenges of being an involved father when your father was largely absent, a push to raise the age of marriage in 10 states, differing opinions on the newest craze called a “fidget spinner,” how to help your child navigate your shared traits, how napping pods can support high schoolers, a deep dive into the new legal definition of parent, and finally reader’s comments to last week’s article on “open marriage.”

Three Former Skater Boys Confront Fatherhood Sridhar Pappu, The New York Times, May 1, 2017 Nearly three decades after they became close friends while skateboarding in Indianapolis, three men who grew up without fathers in their daily lives are grappling with the idea of becoming dads themselves.

Lawmakers in 10 states Push to Raise Marriage Age Rebecca Peitsch, PBS, May 13, 2017 This year legislators in 10 states have introduced bills to raise the marriage age. Proponents say updating marriage laws, which in many states are more than a century old, will help protect children from being pushed into marriages by parents and predators…

Whirring, Purring Fidget Spinners Provide Entertainment, Not ADHD Help Lynne Davis, NPR, May 14, 2017 Many retailers market the devices as a tool to help people focus, and help with controlling things such as PTSD, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But according to Scott Kollins, a clinical psychologist and professor at Duke University, “there’s no evidence to support that claim.”

A Mother Finds Joy in Helping a Child Navigate Their Shared Traits Michelle Nijhuis, NPR, May 14, 2017 One of the unexpectedly rich rewards of motherhood, and of parenting of any kind, is the chance to show your child how to navigate your shared traits.

Stressed-Out High Schoolers Advised to Try a Nap Pod Patti Neighmond, NPR, May 15, 2017 Various studies indicate that chronically sleepy and stressed-out teenagers might be the new normal among U.S. adolescents who are competing for grades, colleges and, eventually, jobs. Enter “napping pods.” They’re essentially egg-shaped lounge chairs that recline, with a circular lid that can be pulled over the chest to shield against light.

What Makes a Parent Ian Parker, The New Yorker, May 22, 2017 An intense custody battle between two women raises questions about who has a right to rear a child, and could redefine the legal meaning of family.

We Choose Each Other Over and Over Because We Want to: Readers Share Their Open-Marriage Stories Jeannie Choi, The New York Times, May 18, 2017 Last week, The Times Magazine published a challenging and intriguing article by Susan Dominus that explored marriages that were no longer monogamous, with both spouses’ agreement. We asked people to share their stories of engaging in open marriages and relationships and received more than 300 submissions. A select group of their responses are below.

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