2020年4月25日 星期六

Marry Someone Nicer Than You

And more guidance from NYT Parenting.
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.

The No. 1 piece of marriage advice I give to my friends is: Marry someone who is nicer than you are. In an ideal world, it means that over time, your natural edges will be sanded down by their kindness.

For Priyanka Mattoo, it took a pandemic to get her to be nicer to her husband, because as she put it: Criticism is her love language, and the quarantine has forced her to express all the warmness she truly feels toward him. It’s not easy for her — she’s “like a freshman stuttering through my first conjugations” when she gives compliments — but she’s working on it, and needless to say I found this essay relatable.

Ramadan started this week, and we have a lovely essay from Asiya Shakir, a pediatric gastroenterologist in Atlanta, about why she’s allowing her 7-year-old to fast, while also making sure her nutritional needs are met.

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Additionally, we have the first of a series of pieces about autism — this week’s entry is about what we know about the causes.

Finally, we wanted to show you our new section for handy bookmarking! The NYT Parenting site has migrated here, and you can find everything we’ve ever run.

We’re also collecting stories about the experiences of pregnant essential workers. If you’re pregnant and still working outside your home, drop us a line here.

Thanks for reading!

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

P.S. Today’s One Thing comes from our friends in Styles. Art recreation challenges are proliferating across Instagram while museums are closed; you and your kids can riff on famous paintings (and take a virtual tour of New York’s museums).

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Ping Zhu

Criticism Is My Love Language

What I mean to say is “Thanks for making dinner, it smells wonderful!” What I actually say, watching him season the chard, is “Ugh, you and the fish sauce!”

Read Priyanka’s essay

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Asiya Shakir

Why I’m Letting My 7-Year-Old Fast During Ramadan

I’m choosing to nurture her nascent spirituality, but will monitor her closely.

A mother shares her story

Roberts Rurans

How to Get Your Kids to Treat You Like Their Teacher

Here’s how to create a space and habits that keep kids engaged with schoolwork at home.

What parents can do

Kim Raff for The New York Times

What Causes Autism?

From genes to environment, experts have identified several factors that influence a child’s chance of having autism. But risk is not destiny, they say.

The experts weigh in

Julian Glander

If Camp Is Canceled, Will I Get My Money Back?

Policies are all over the map.

Parents scramble for answers

Tiny Victories

Parenting can be a grind. Let’s celebrate the tiny victories.
I got my 2-year-old to play with old toys by giving them new, elaborate names. That’s not your bunny, that’s Marcus Fillmore.— Igor German, Chicago

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