2019年11月23日 星期六

Why Do Kids Love Terrible Music?

Also: Confronting kids’ phobias, cleaning with Marie Kondo and more from NYT Parenting.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.

My Tiny Victory this week: hearing my 6-year-old quietly singing a Liz Phair song to herself. Because, as Paul Underwood wrote, there are evidence-based reasons why kids can listen to “Baby Shark” on repeat, yet wince when you play something … good. Paul consulted experts to understand why this happens, and he asked musicians with kids (like singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten and Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney) for tips to improve a child’s appreciation of said good music. My personal tip: Wait until they are distracted by crafting and put on your own music in the background.

We also dig deep on what to do with unused embryos, how to help scared kids overcome phobias and whether Marie Kondo’s new children’s book is an effective way to teach kids about cleaning. Finally, food writer Alex Van Buren said she owes parents an apology for perpetuating the lie of the 30-minute meal. Scroll down to read more, and have a great weekend.

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

P.S. The song was “Strange Loop” from Exile in Guyville, and you can submit your Tiny Victory for a chance to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.

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Aart-Jan Venema

Why Do Kids Love Terrible Music?

There’s a reason children request songs that are repetitive, silly and lowbrow. Paul Underwood is trying to get onboard.

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Armando Veve

What Should I Do with My Unused Embryos?

“My husband and I have three fertilized eggs on ice, and we’re paralyzed.”

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Maddy Price

Help Your Child Overcome Their Fears

Children can develop phobias about bees, dogs, needles, bridges, vomit, darkness and more.

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This Food Writer Owes Parents an Apology

Before she had a baby, Alex Van Buren would breezily tell people to make a three-course meal in 30-minutes.

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For Kids, Marie Kondo’s Magic Falls Flat

The KonMari method may not be the most effective way to teach children to clean up after themselves — and it could even spark an inferiority complex.

Tiny Victories

Parenting can be a grind. Let’s celebrate the tiny victories.
“I successfully steered my daughter away from drinking her bath water, which she was guzzling nonstop, by convincing her that her bath water was strictly for her rubber duckies and other animal bath toys to drink. Now she happily hydrates her duckies, whales, crabs and sharks while taking a bath (and saving me from nagging).” — Michelle Clark, San Jose, CA

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