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Articles by Jamie Kenney | Romper Journalist

Writer @Romper . Feminist. Mom. All four Golden Girls at once. She/her [email protected]

Cat Deeley’s New Children’s Book ‘The Joy In You’ Teaches Kids They Can Do Anything

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Even though Cat Deeley has the summer off for the first time in years, the veteran presenter of So You Think You Can Dance is still in host mode. When Romper calls to interview her at her home in London, it’s Deeley who starts asking questions straight away. Where are you calling from? Are you OK? How are you doing? Could you ever have imagined living like this a year ago? How’s New York City? You get the impression that the warm repartee is more than mere professional habit.

The First Day Of School In 2020 Wasn't As Bad As You Thought, According To 17 Kids

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Approximately 947 years ago — give or take — schools around the world shut their doors in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, discussion of the 2020-2021 academic year has been fraught with emotional debate. In-person or virtual learning? What about working parents? What about special services? How do we keep everyone safe? Yet even as many districts continue to plan, others have already had their first day of in-person learning.

Alyssa Milano Calls On Moms To Vote Because That's How "We Protect Each Other"

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As the 2020 presidential election nears, Alyssa Milano wants people to remember that political engagement can, and should, be joyful. "We’ve been so bogged down for the past few years, and rightfully so, " the actress and activist says. "But we have to find joy...

What You Really Need To Know About 'Cuties' On Netflix, According To A Mom Who Watched

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If you haven’t seen Netflix’s original promotional art for Cuties, imagine if WAP were a movie poster. Skimpy outfits, popped booties, spread legs, and suggestive kneeling... but instead of grown women, you're looking at four 11-year-old girls. The image is jarring and deeply uncomfortable, and prompted an immediate flurry of petitions for Netflix to cancel this MA-rated film’s September 9th release. But here’s why I watched Cuties, and why I’ll be recommending it to everyone I know.

Tips From Polyamorous Moms On Being In A Learning Pod With Other Families

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One set of parents, in a committed relationship with their school — that is just one possible arrangement among many, in a year that has seen the rise of learning pods; multiple families banding together to hire a tutor to teach their children at home. Those attempting to form a microschool with friends are drawing up legal contracts, and working out alternating schedules, but it’s anyone’s guess how the experiment will go. How will friendships fare?

What 10 Families Are Paying For Learning Pod Tutors

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Ongoing uncertainty around school reopenings has given rise to a new trend: learning pods. Also called "micro-schools, " pods are formed when families arrange to educate their children together in the home usually with a paid tutor, and the cost ranges from lower than many daycare settings, to as much as $13, 000 for a "semester" for a pod reported on recently by the New York Times.

Why Toddlers Love To "Help, " According To An Expert On Altruism

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We take for granted the idea that toddlers are self-centered little monsters (whom we love), becausetoddlers are naturally selfish until we teach them otherwise... right? Not according to Felix Warneken, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan. On the contrary, Warneken's research has found that toddlers are helpful... and it looks like they're wired to be. As a Ph.D. student, Warneken was interested in how children's thinking develops.

Mayim Bialik Has Done Home Schooling. This Is Much Harder.

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Quarantine offers a glimpse into the private lives of the rich and famous, the bookshelves behind their desks and the growth patterns of their gray hair. Or at least this is the premise of Celebrity Show-Off, a charity competition in which celebrities like Diplo and Tori Spelling compete to “produce the most compelling content, ” as TBS puts it, from their mansion living rooms, conscripting spouses, children and in-laws into their productions.

9 Teachers Talk Working & Parenting At Home, As “Reopenings” Loom

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The mid-March shutdown of businesses and schools meant that our homes weren't just our homes anymore — they were our playgrounds, schools, and offices. Shifting the metaphorical walls around inside the house depending on what you need it to be at a given moment remains a challenge, especially for parents. But teachers, whose "offices" are classrooms for dozens of students, had a unique challenge: perform their job remotely while parenting their own children.

If You Wonder How Police & Teacher Funding Stack Up, These Numbers Paint A Picture

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When you think of “community” you probably think not just of your friends and neighbors but the services and organizations that allow your community to function. Firefighters, local government, and, of course, schools and police. Yet in recent weeks, calls to defund the police have grown louder and more numerous. (For the moment, nevermind the nuances and distinctions between “abolish” and “defund.”) But what, exactly, would be defunded? What do police budgets even look like?

Molly Sims Is Handling Things The Only Way She Knows How

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“They’re needy. They’re funny. They’re sweet. They’re crazy. And they eat a lot more sugar than they did pre-pandemic.” This is Molly Sims talking about parenting her three children — Brooks, 7; Scarlett, 5; and Grey, 3 — 24/7 as she shelters at home with her husband, producer Scott Stuber. It’s a lot. The pandemic had already changed the terrain of everyday life when, in late April, Sims lost her mother, Dorothy “Dottie” Bone Sims, after an extended illness. She found herself in a void.

Gabrielle Union Has The Quarantine Dream-Team

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Gabrielle Union chose the best quarantine house. It comes with a pool, a basketball star husband, an adorably shady toddler, a tween, an adult sister, and one family friend. The dress code is bathing suit casual; pajamas if it’s time for free throws into a 3-foot-tall hoop. “I lucked out with the combination of people, ” Union says from her Los Angeles home, two months into social distancing.

Universal Standard's New Book Teaches Kids That They Deserve All The Flair

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Left to their own devices, kids will naturally wear what makes them the happiest. (Tutu and a Batman mask to go to the grocery store?

Dr. Harvey Karp's Tips On Parenting, Kids, & Coronavirus

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On a good day, parenting is a step into the unknown, but during a pandemic, there are infinitely more questions about the business of raising children. Perhaps no one knows kids and parenting better than Dr. Harvey Karp, pediatrician, founder of Happiest Baby, creator of the SNOO, and author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block.

Pregnant Women Have Concerns About Coronavirus. A Birthing Expert Offers Answers.

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For expectant parents, the uncertainty of the novel coronavirus brings a particular set of challenges. There are many questions around best practices for labor and how to adapt once crystal-clear birth plans to this “new normal, ” as the pregnant women interviewed by Romper for a segment on concerns about giving birth during coronavirus can attest.

"Me Saying Hi From Six Feet Away”: Children's Art During The Pandemic

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Many parents are wondering how the pandemic is affecting their child, especially if their child is not easily able to verbalize their feelings. Enter the crayon box. Art can be used as a "communication bridge" for parents and children, says Nadia Paredes, a California-based registered art therapist, and may be especially useful in starting difficult conversations. Following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California, pediatrician W.

11 Doulas On How The Pandemic Has Changed Birth

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You can cancel a sporting event. You can postpone a vacation. But babies can't wait during a pandemic. So birthing people are adapting to new hospital policies (many limit patients to one support person during birth), without knowing exactly how things will play out, and doulas have a front-line view. They are still there, working in person in birthing centers and at home births, and available to offer virtual support during hospital births they can't be present for.

Homeschooling With An IEP? Now You're A Parent, Teacher & Therapist All At Once

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School is in session for parents across the world, and for those trying to carry out homeschooling for children with individualized learning programs (IEPs), it's a particularly challenging time. Melissa Gräf, a mother of two in Massachusetts, says the interruption in her 7-year-old’s intensive autism program at his local public school has been insurmountable. "I feel like we’ve been hung out to dry, ” she says.

The Emotional Labor During Quarantine Is Exponentially Greater

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For a recent school assignment, my 5-year-old was asked to draw a picture of life at home during the pandemic. She drew a family picnic. I’m holding my daughter, and we’re all smiling. I laughed when I saw it, because life is hardly a picnic right now. But it illustrates the way I have managed to hold the world up for my kids. It is a product of my emotional labor.

Which Mom On Zoom Are You?

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In the age of social distancing, the video conferencing app Zoom has become the UV lamp keeping our social lives from blanching into sadness. At 9:30 a.m., your toddler has a date with his friends to sing Where The Watermelons Grow, at 11 a.m., it's an important business meeting, and 8 p.m. (aka the finish line), it's time for virtual happy hour. Which raises the question: what kind of Zoom mom are you?

PSA: Ignore All Advice From Your Childfree Friends Right Now

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As a pandemic keeps many of us homebound, there's a lot of advice. From the family and friends you're FaceTiming in a desperate attempt to remain connected to the outside world, to your meme-sharing acquaintances on social media, to every online retailer with access to your email address ("What the hell is SpatulaWarehouse.org and why do I need to know about their COVID-19 response?"), everyone, it seems, has an opinion on what you should be doing in These Unprecedented Times.

What We Can Learn From Postpartum Confinement Traditions

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The idea of staying home after birth, doing little but caring for your baby and healing while others tend to your wellbeing may sound like an unimaginable dream. But postpartum confinement traditions can be found around the world. While the specific rules about confinement vary from culture to culture, the fundamental premise is largely the same: female family members swoop in to care for a new mother, her home, and, when necessary, her baby.

Chemicals To Crunchy Moms Everywhere: Hey Gurl

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Well, well, well. Look who's back to slum it with her chemical pals. Her Royal Highness, The Queen of Crunchy. The Right Honorable Lady "If I Can't Pronounce It I Don't Eat It." Little Miss "This Is Nothing Sunshine Won't Cure." I always knew you'd be back. Lucky for you, the old gang is still here — drugstore medicines, vaccines, sodium hypochlorite* in disposable wipe form. Welcome home, your majesty. Not too good for us now that you're scared of the novel coronavirus, are you?

As Women Prepare To Birth Alone, We Speak To 9 Women Who've Done It

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As the COVID-19 pandemic crescendos in the United States, pregnant women find themselves facing a level of uncertainty that didn't exist even a few weeks ago. In an attempt to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, a growing number of hospitals, including New York City's New York-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai systems, have banned all visitors from their facilities, including birth partners.

Don't Bring Elf On The Shelf Out Of Retirement Yet — Ideas To Make Long Days Magical

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It's been approximately 94, 592 days — give or take — since many parents across America have taken to social distancing, as a means to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. In order to continue to survive these stressful, uncertain, and frequently maddening times, I've found it to be useful to add a little whimsy to quarantine with some imaginative ways to make being-at-home fun for kids (#QuarantineWhimsy, I'm trademarking it).