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News Roundup: Cutting the Screen Time Cord

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

– 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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Molly TolskyMolly Tolsky is the editor of She holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her work has appeared in various literary magazines including Lumina, MAKE, and The Collagist, and her non-fiction has appeared in The Jewish Daily Forward. She isn't a parent, but a very proud aunt. Follow her @mollytolsky.

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