2019年11月30日 星期六

A Parent's Guide to Holiday Survival

'Tis the season for feral children.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.

As we barrel through Thanksgiving weekend and deep into the holiday season, how do we keep small children, who thrive on consistency and routines, on track? “As long as you loosely maintain the three pillars of wellness — sleep, food and exercise — during the holidays, you can weather them with minimal meltdowns,” writer Jancee Dunn assured us in her latest: “Keep Your Kids from Going Feral During the Holidays.” (We also have a guide to taming tantrums for the moments when a crash is unavoidable.)

Two doctors interrogated common parenting misconceptions this week. For anyone who has ever been told to “just relax” while trying to conceive, Dr. Randi Hutter Epstein, M.D., reported on whether stress actually affects fertility; and Dr. Aaron Carroll, M.D., a pediatrician with decades of experience, brought up the trouble with growth charts — “they’re definitely not meant to be diagnostic tools” for children’s height and weight. Scroll down for more links and a Tiny Victory.

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— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

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Mojo Wang

Keep Your Kids from Going Feral Over the Holidays

Your routines need not be completely disrupted, experts say.

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Eleanor Davis

Does Stress Actually Affect Fertility?

Some experts say the key to conception is to “relax.” The evidence isn’t quite so tidy.

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Ana Galvañ

The Trouble With Growth Charts

While it’s understandable that most parents are consumed with whether their children are “falling off” their growth curves, they’re often worrying needlessly.

Tim Lahan

A Field Guide to Taming Tantrums in Toddlers

Stay as calm as possible, consider the root cause and consult your toolbox.

Brittainy Newman/The New York Times. Photographed at Books of Wonder in New York City.

7 Great Books for (and About) Babies

Babies love books — like these — that show them their own world.

Tiny Victories

Parenting can be a grind. Let’s celebrate the tiny victories.
“I was depleted after engaging in the multiple-times-per-day coat struggle. One morning I looked at my son and said plainly, ‘We don’t argue about coats in this house. We can argue about anything else, but we don’t argue about coats.’ I have no idea why this worked but it did. Fast forward to four years later and he now tells his little brother: ‘We don’t argue about coats.’”
— Claire Walker, Evanston, Ill.

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