2020年4月18日 星期六

Why Your Kid Cuddles Her Toothbrush

Or tissues, or a tin of Band-Aids, or a pile of pennies …
A roundup of new guidance and stories from NYT Parenting.

When my older daughter was 2, she would not fall asleep unless she had a “fresh tissue” balled up in each of her tiny fists. If she lost either tissue in the bedclothes, she would mewl, plaintively, “Fresh tisssuueeeeeeee,” until someone brought her a new one.

I thought this was a unique weirdness, but it turns out that little kids fixate on inanimate objects fairly regularly. This week, Annie Gabillet explores why your preschooler wants to cuddle with a toothbrush and why we should pay attention to the objects our toddlers choose to nuzzle — it’s fascinating.

Also this week, Dr. Grace Farris, M.D., a New York City doctor treating Covid-19 patients in the E.R., has a beautiful, heart-rending essay about what it’s been like to be away from her two children for the past month. She and her husband sent their boys to live with their grandmother so they would not be infected. “I’m eager to know when I can scoop them up, sniff the tops of their heads and prepare snack plates that they won’t eat,” Grace wrote.

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There’s more: a comforting piece about why you shouldn’t agonize about screen time; silent signs your kid may be stressed that you should be looking out for; and a delightful look at how llamas became the new hot toy — they’re relatably quirky (llamas, they’re just like us!).

We want to hear from you: What’s the weirdest inanimate object your kid has brought to bed? So far on Twitter, readers have told me about their kids hoarding piles of pennies, a hammer and a piece of dental floss. Drop us a line here with your story.

We’re also introducing a new feature to the newsletter called One Thing: We ask experts for kid activities that will occupy your little ones while everyone is stuck at home.

Today’s One Thing comes from Heather Costanza, who teaches at Brooklyn Arbor Elementary. She recommends asking younger kids to sink a plastic water bottle (or container) without filling it with water. The challenge has kept her preschool class occupied for hours.

Thanks for reading!

— Jessica Grose, lead editor, NYT Parenting

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Ryan Snook

Agonizing Over Screen Time? Follow the Three C’s

Parents can let down their guard a bit. What matters is child, content and context.

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Dr. Grace Farris keeps in touch with her young sons via nightly FaceTime calls while she’s treating coronavirus patients.Grace Farris

Fighting Coronavirus Means I Haven’t Seen My Kids for a Month

A New York City doctor on sending her children away while she treats patients in the U.S. epicenter of the pandemic.

Llama toys, like this one from Kess’s Drop Dots line, dominated the landscape at February’s American International Toy Fair. Krista Schlueter for The New York Times

Move Over, Unicorns. Llamas Rule the Toy Business Now.

A less-than-magical creature has become the it animal for kids.

Maddy Price

Why Your Kid Wants to Cuddle With Her Toothbrush

Lampshades, plastic spoons, Band-Aids, oh my!

Keith Negley

Silent Signs Your Child Is Stressed

We asked experts which symptoms may indicate a kid is struggling — and how to treat them.

Tiny Victories

Parenting can be a grind. Let’s celebrate the tiny victories.
Our 1-year-old has recently started to whine during diaper changes, so I taped pictures of the cats on the underside of the shelf above his changing table. Worked like a charm — he giggles and laughs the entire time!— Anna Eppolito, Vermont

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