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October 31, 2016

This week’s family-re­­lated news coverage included a call for teachers to be provided with training on mental health disorders in children, a beautiful video journal of a day in the life of a dozen New York City kids, statistics reflecting parents’ struggle to pay for child care, a look at single motherhood and the acknowledgement that raising a baby is hard and asking for help may be a positive thing, a current look at the benefits and drawbacks of the use of “nesting” for divorced families, an examination into the ethical considerations involved in a parents’ online posting of pictures of their children and finally an inspirational story about love and redemption of a family once wracked by drugs.

Why Don’t Teachers Get Training on Mental Health Disorders? Katrina Schwartz, WQED News, October 19, 2016 Ms. Schwarz links us to an article published by The Atlantic, The Failing First Line of Defense, in which Jessica Lahey combines her personal experience dealing with mental health issues in the classroom with research on how teachers might be better prepared to handle this prevalent and pressing issue.

Kids of New York City Yousur Al-Hlou, New York Times, October 20, 2016 The Times asked a dozen young New Yorkers to share moments of their lives in a typical week. The following is a video journey into their world.

U.S. Parents Are Sweating and Hustling to Pay for Child Care Maureen Pao, NPR, October 22, 2016 A new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that nearly one-third of parents who have a fee for child care say the cost has caused a financial problem for their household — and of those, more than 70 percent said it is a somewhat or very serious problem.

Single Moms by Choice Don’t Need to Do it Alone All Things Considered, NPR, October 25, 2016 For a lot of single moms, we are independent women and we can handle our own business. But then this little baby comes and sometimes you just can’t do it all. So you have to know how to ask for support — or when people offer — to take it.

When Parents Divorce, the Children Get the House Nina Sovich, Wall Street Journal, October 26, 2016 This article explores the pros and cons of nesting — a scenario where divorced couples shuttle back and forth while the children stay in the family home instead of having the kids move back and forth.

Do Parents Invade Children’s Privacy When They Post Photos Online? Tara Haelle, NPR, October 28, 2016 The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines to parents on monitoring their children’s social media use, but not the other way around, something David Hill, chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media, expects will become an important part of AAP’s messaging. Although its current media guidelines do recommend that parents model appropriate social media use for their children, it does not explicitly discuss oversharing by parents.

Out of the “Wreckage Of The Past,” a Family Salvaged by Love NPR Staff, October 28, 2016 A painful and inspiring story about a family torn apart by drugs comes back together and thrives in recovery.

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