A mystery illness among kids |


Happy Thanksgiving to all the families out there,

Folks, the struggle is real. At least that's what a little boy seemed to think on the subway this frosty morning, when he attempted to wriggle out of his stroller so he could run around the train car WITHOUT SHOES. His quick-thinking parent, in this case a dad, scooped him up just before touchdown and held the little squirmer with one arm while keeping his sister in the stroller with the other. I feared the jolts and lurches of the NYC train cars would send them all flying, but no! He, squirmboy and stroller sister all made it safely onto the platform at the next stop where he made a beeline for a bench and reunited the child with his rain boots. I half thought of suggesting to him that socks make rainboots more fun and harder to kick off, but where's the fun in that? Also 99 out 100 people don't like to be given parental advice by strangers. Unless it comes in the form of a newsletter. I hope.

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Sleep! It's many new parents' dearest wish. Just. One. Night. of. Uninterrupted. Sleep. Babies' sleep patterns can be alarming to grownups. But while they're vexing, they're not necessarily dangerous. A new study out of Canada has found that it's not unusual for infants as old as one to not  get a full night's sleep. How do grownups with daylight responsibilities deal with that? Take it in turns to be the parent who gets up. Sleep when you can during the day, especially on weekends. Sleep train if you can bear it. And marvel at  humans' capacity to operate even when they haven't got their full eight hours rest. McGill University

Regular readers of this newsletter will be familiar with my deep and abiding hatred for companies, such as juul, which sell those vapes and the nicotine-heavy, fruit-and-candy-flavored pods that go with them. I will repeat that: a company started selling fruit and candy flavored delivery systems for nicotine and was shocked—SHOCKED, I tell you—that teenagers took to them. Having made their money and hooked an unhealthy percentage of underage customers, the founders of juul (does the spelling alone not make you seethe with loathing?) are currently back-pedaling. With a little help from the FDA. Kid-friendly flavored vape pods will no longer be available and juuls (rhymes with fools) will be harder to buy.  TIME

Psychologists have known for sometime that Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs, can affect people well into adulthood.  Some children do better than others, but it's difficult to know which kids need the most help, because they can't always articulate how they feel. Here's a deep dive into what refugee children are dealing with, and what can be done to help, illustrated with drawings that children have done to try and articulate the traumas they have endured. TIME

In yet another study on the effect of all those screens on childhood, a new study has found that young women who look at peers on social media feel worse about their bodies afterwards. In an experiment, a group of participants logged into Facebook and Instagram for about five minutes and found one person of the same age whom they felt was more attractive than they were and left a comment. Another group did the same for a family member. Before and after the activity the young women logged their feelings about their bodies. Those who had interacted with attractive peers more often marked their own bodies lower after they being on social media. "We really need to educate young people on how social media use could be making them feel about themselves and how this could even be linked to stringent dieting, eating disorders or excessive exercise," said Jennifer Mills, associate Psychology professor and the study's author. York University

There's a very scary paralyzing illness that's affecting kids, and the CDC has been confounded by it. TIME

The dad struggling to stop his son from padding barefoot around the subway reminded me of this mom of two, who went viral this week, when, upon returning from what looks like a lovely morning walk, looked away from her daughter for about 12 seconds and, well, stuff went down. Or rather, up. reddit

PFFT: Parenting from Famous Types

Heidi Klum,  model and mother of three

“When we have breakfast in the morning, food gets all over their hands. You can tell them a thousand times “Do not wipe it on your pants,” and sure enough they wipe it on their pants. But that’s when you roll with it. My house is not like a museum. You can see that children live there. It’s their house as much as mine."

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