Tag: Children and Childhood

The 8-Year-Old Homeless Refugee Chess Champion

In a homeless shelter in Manhattan, an 8-year-old boy is walking to his room, carrying an awkward load in his arms, unfazed by screams from a troubled resident. The boy is a Nigerian refugee with an uncertain future, but he is beaming. He can’t stop grinning because the awkward load is a huge trophy, almost […]

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Loose Ends: How to Save for College Bribery

Get Started A 529 savings plan offers a tax-sheltered investment vehicle with compound interest to help offset the cost of higher education. But that’s just an excuse for timid parents lacking the guts to navigate the lawless wasteland of the college application process. Are you and your spouse rule-followers or […]

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One More Time, With Big Data: Measles Vaccine Doesn’t Cause Autism

At a time when measles outbreaks are mounting among clusters of unvaccinated children, notably in Washington State, New York and Texas, a new large study published this week found no association between the measles vaccine and autism — a reason often given by parents for rejecting inoculation. The new research […]

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2 American Children May Be Trapped in the Last ISIS Village

BEIRUT, Lebanon — As American-backed forces assault the final bastion of the Islamic State in Syria, two American children may be stuck inside, their father fears. “I am praying to my God that they will return to me,” said the father, Bashirul Shikder. “They are innocent. I am just hoping.” […]

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The Checkup: Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

In “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” Betty Smith’s 1943 autobiographical novel about growing up poor in the early 20th century, the public school that the heroine attends is a pretty bleak place. But “there was a great golden glory lasting a half-hour each week when Mr. Morton came to Francie’s […]

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Who Are Online, Recruited by Advertisers and 4 Years Old? Kidfluencers

Samia was an influencer before she could talk. Her parents, Adam and LaToya Ali, are influencers themselves and began chronicling Samia’s impending arrival on YouTube and Instagram in 2014, once Ms. Ali learned she was pregnant. “Samia’s birth video is on YouTube, so she’s pretty much been born into social […]

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Amid Afghan Peace Talks, U.N. Reports Record Civilian Deaths in 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even with peace talks underway, the war in Afghanistan killed almost 4,000 civilians last year, including a record number of children, officials said Sunday, as both sides pursued aggressive combat operations. It made 2018 the single deadliest year for Afghan civilians since the United Nations began documenting […]

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In China, This Video Game Lets You Be a Tiger Mom or a Driven Dad

SHANGHAI — You want your children to do well in school. You want them to have nice friends and interesting hobbies and to not go out with creeps. You may even want them to be happy. But in this computer game, you can always start over with a new digital […]

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Fixes: The Art of Humanizing Social Systems

Second of two articles. When a filmmaker pulls back the camera lens to capture the widest possible image, it’s called a full frame. Can social service agencies adopt a similar frame? Can they shift from a focus on isolated needs — safety, housing, health or employment — in favor of […]

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The Checkup: Helping Children Conquer Chronic Pain

Acute pain that calls out to warn you — “Hey, don’t walk on this broken leg!” — may be unpleasant, but it’s also protective. That acute pain is letting you know that a part of your body needs to heal, or in some other way needs extra attention, said Dr. […]

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Is the President Making Middle School Worse?

Immediately after Donald Trump’s election, alarming stories appeared of school bullies who seemed to be inspired by the new president. In York County, Pa., two students marched through their high school hallways holding a Trump sign while a third shouted, “White power!” A teacher in Kansas reported students taunting classmates […]

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