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Aug 19 2013

News Roundup: Cutting the Screen Time Cord

By at 4:26 pm

All the parenting news you probably didn’t have time to read this week.

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– Afraid your kids’ screentime is getting out of control? Dwight Garner reviews three books that offer different ways for parents to “cut the cord,” if only briefly. (NYT)

– I bring this to you with no comment: a piece in the Times’ Style section highlights a new trend in motherhood–letting your husband or extended family take care of your kids for a summer so Mom can get some time to herself. (NYT)

– Scientists researching how to better fight Alzheimer’s are studying people like Gabby Williams, who, at 8-years-old, has the body of a newborn and may be “biologically immortal.” (Yahoo)

– Here’s a bunch of different responses to that viral bar mitzvah video we posted: Rabbi David Wolpe is not a fan of the “egregious, licentious and thoroughly awful video;” Eliyahu Federman writes for The Forward that “We should be commending this young man for celebrating his religious right-of-passage, not condemning;” PopChassid wonders why so many Jewish commentators publicly attacked the 13-year-old boy and his family; JTA points out the Horowitz bash was nothing compared to the $10 million bat mitzvah thrown by David Brooks for his daughter in 2005.

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