Opinion | My Favorite Parenting Stories of 2021

Opinion | My Favorite Parenting Stories of 2021
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What does child care look like when it works?, “By Chabeli Carrazana in Le 19ème

I reported on Ways Child Care Is Not Working For American Parents. However, I’m always looking for the bright spots and loved reading this report on a daycare center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Which has been around for 150 years. The Chambliss Children’s Center could be a model for other centers across the country, with an emphasis on economic sustainability: it operates two thrift stores whose proceeds help subsidize care, and parents are billed according to the income.

For black moms, childbirth is more dangerous and more expensive – but solutions exist», By Taayoo Murray in Parents

For a country that spends as much on health care as the United States, the maternal mortality rate for black women, which in 2019 was 2.5 times that of white women and 3.5 times that of Hispanic women , is unreasonable. Murray explains that consistent insurance coverage during pregnancy and comprehensive postpartum care are key to reducing this unreasonably high level of mortality.

I spent last Christmas with Carmela Soprano and I already miss her», Lydia Kiesling in Romper

Romper recently posted some great essays on parenting, and Kiesling is one of my favorite writers on just about anything. Here she writes about how she found “The Sopranos” dysfunction strangely heartwarming in the pandemic. “During the last, really bad fall and winter, this show was often the only truly grown-up thing I had to expect. Hearing the voices of Tony and Carmela, Dr Melfi, Christopher and Adriana was a sign that I had been through another day of online kindergarten monitoring, the horrific bedtime challenge of the kids under -stimulated, and everything I tried to knock out independently. watched over a glass of wine while the children were still screaming in their beds.

Who is Jellycat really for?”By Carla Ciccone in Romper

The first stuffed animal my eldest daughter took with her everywhere was an owl from the Jellycat brand, which was once the softest thing we’ve ever touched, but is now matted and stiff after nearly a decade of cuddles. This lovely article explains the appeal of Jellycat toys, not only to the pipsqueak set, but also to their parents. Ciccone thinks the company is deliberately appealing to the aesthetics of millennials like me: “It’s hard to imagine my 2 year old gravitating towards a pair of olives on a small branch, each with their own pair of tiny legs. and a satisfied smile; an espresso cup full of a daring brew sitting on sturdy little corduroy legs; or a smiling piece of sushi.

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