Report finds fathers feel closer to children during pandemic

first_img Smartphones, teens, and unhappiness A big coronavirus mystery: What about the children? Chan School’s Lipsitch says that and other key questions remain over China’s status, how bad the outbreak eventually will be in the U.S. and elsewhere, and most effective countermeasures Spike in depression led psychologist to find a link “We found that they’re discovering new shared interests; they’re appreciating their kids more; they feel appreciated by their kids more; they’re talking more about things that are important to them, and important to their kids,” said Weissbourd, a child and family psychologist and senior lecturer at HGSE. “They feel like they’re understanding their kids’ perspectives and feelings better and that their kids understand their perspectives and feelings better. So a lot of encouraging things.”One respondent wrote that “staying and working from home has greatly helped in improving my bond with my little girl. It has brought us together closer than before. She freely shares her thoughts with me, what interests her, and what she wants from me.” Another dad said he felt “closer to all family because we seem to be communicating more often and on a deeper level,” while another said he has “found things to do with my kids that I might not have done otherwise if life was still normal.”Respondents reported going for walks, playing, and developing new activities and rituals with their children, said Weissbourd, who encourages parents to “keep these things going.”Richard Weissbourd and his colleagues developed a set of questions about the interactions fathers were having with their children during the lockdown. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photo“Part of what we’re trying to underscore in the report is to ensure it doesn’t all evaporate once the pandemic is over, that people don’t just go back to their regular lives. I think if these activities, which can be important to a child’s development, don’t become part of routines, they’re very likely to vanish.”While some of the reports’ findings are positive, others point to how emotionally challenging the past several months have been, particularly for younger Americans. “There are a broad range of experiences,” said Weissbourd. “Some are positive, but some are really tough, including parents who said they had concerns about their kids’ mental health.” In the surveys, 14 percent of parents reported the pandemic has been harmful to their children’s mental health, 4 percent reported “very harmful,” and 43 percent reported a “little harmful.” Those responses echo findings from a June Gallup poll involving emotional challenges faced by children during COVID-19.center_img Amid the many tragic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for individuals and families, recent Harvard research has uncovered one significant — if potentially fleeting — silver lining for fathers and children. Dads across the U.S., many of whom now work at home due to coronavirus lockdowns, are feeling closer to their kids.In the first of two online surveys conducted in June by Making Caring Common, an initiative based at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), researchers asked 1,319 American adults, including 284 fathers, about their relationships with their children amid stay-at-home orders. Sixty-eight percent of surveyed fathers reported feeling either “closer” or “much closer” to their children since the pandemic began, and only 1.4 percent reported feeling less close.“In our first survey we were trying to understand the nature of relationships during this time and how they’re evolving in response to the pandemic,” said Richard Weissbourd, faculty director for Making Caring Common, who noted the findings were consistent across race, class, educational attainment, and political affiliation. “We weren’t looking for data about fathers specifically, but the data around fathers turned out to be striking. And we know from other data that a lot of fathers have been less involved than mothers in their kids’ lives. And many fathers have been emotionally remote. So this trend seemed important.”Eager for more insight into their initial findings, Weissbourd and his colleagues developed a second set of questions about the interactions fathers were having with their children. The responses to the survey of 1,297 parents ­­— including 534 dads — suggest that fathers have been engaging more with their families during the pandemic in important ways. “We know from other data that a lot of fathers have been less involved than mothers in their kids’ lives. So this trend seemed important.” — Richard Weissbourd, faculty director for Making Caring Common Related Moving forward, researchers plan to study the responses further to better understand how families are “processing what is going on in the world right now involving the pandemic and the fight for racial justice,” said Weissbourd.While the most recent work was focused on fathers, the report also notes that “parents in families that are widely varying in terms of structure, gender identity, sexual orientation, and many other characteristics may also be more closely involved with children during the pandemic given that they are more likely to be spending time at home.”“These variations will be another focus of our work as we continue to study family experiences in these challenging times,” said Weissbourd.last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Javier Munoz & Lexi Lawson Talk ‘Sexy Hamilton’ & More

first_img Javier Muñoz Lexi Lawson Laura Osnes & Will Swenson Set for Blueprint SpecialsTony nominees Laura Osnes and Will Swenson will star in a revival of the Blueprint Specials, a series of lost WWII-era musicals composed principally by Broadway legend Frank Loesser. Helmed by Tom Ridgely and brought to us courtesy of Waterwell, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, additional casting will be a combination of civilian artists and U.S. Military Veterans. The production is scheduled to play six performances on the hangar deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum from January 6, 2017 through January 11.Release Date Set for Alexandra Silber’s Fiddler NovelWe now know that Alexandra Silber’s After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by Fiddler on the Roof, will be released on July 4, 2017. Described as “a sweeping historical novel in the grand tradition of Russian literature that imagines what happens to the characters of Fiddler on the Roof after the curtain falls,” it sounds like a massive undertaking that we can’t wait to get our hands on! The actress is currently playing Tzeitel in the Main Stem revival of the classic tuner, which is scheduled to close at the Broadway Theatre on December 31.Emma Rice to Exit From Shakespeare’s GlobeEyebrows were raised around London’s “Theatreland” today with the announcement that Emma Rice would be departing her position as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, which she only assumed this past April. According to a statement, this is because the Globe’s board want to go in a different direction with “designed sound and light rigging.” Rice will remain with the venue through April 2018; her summer 2017 season is set to include productions of Romeo and Juliet, Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn, Twelfth Night, Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica.P.S. Netflix’s Gilmore girls: A Year in the Life will begin streaming on November 25; check out the below trailer, which includes a blink and you miss it shot of Sutton Foster and Christian Borle… Star Files View Comments Hamilton Javier Muñoz & Lexi Lawson from $149.00 Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Javier Muñoz & Lexi Lawson Talk ‘Sexy Hamilton’Javier Muñoz and Lexi Lawson recently assumed the roles of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton, respectively, in Hamilton, and the pair sat down with MetroFocus on October 24 to discuss taking center stage on Broadway. “I was excited. I wasn’t nervous at all,” said Muñoz, which segued into a chat about how he became known as the “sexy Hamilton.” Lawson added: “Just being with everyone night after night is really, really something phenomenal.” Check out the interview below; as you definitely know by now, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner is playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Laura Osnes Related Showslast_img read more

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Above Average Snowfall in Northeast This Winter, Farmer’s Almanac Predicts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This coming winter will bring above-normal snowfall to the Northeast, but is not expected to be worse than last winter when a string of snow storms kept Long Island blanketed in white stuff.That’s according to the long-range weather forecast published Wednesday in the 2015 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the 223-year-old New Hampshire-based annual guide to gardening tips, recipes, fun facts and astronomical data.“Think of it as a refriger-nation,” Janice Stillman, the Almanac’s editor, told The Associated Press.The Almanac also forecasts that this winter will be colder than normal, with temperatures 1-to-4 degrees below average. The snowiest part of the season the season will be the later half of December, mid-January and the first half of February, according to the Almanac.The publication touts that its storied prognostication is derived from a “secret formula” concocted by its 18th century founders that now also incorporates modern advances in meteorology and climate science. It says it is accurate in 80-percent of forecasts, although the 2014 edition’s forecast that this summer would be “oppressively” hot and humid in the Northeast hasn’t come true.The National Weather Service, which generally sticks to short-term forecasts, predicted Thursday above-average temps and an equal chance of above or below average precipitation in its three-month outlook for September through November, according to the agency’s Climate Prediction Center.The Almanac’s above-average snowfall prediction for this winter will likely prompt groans from Long Islanders still shivering at the thought of the polar vortex and the seemingly nonstop snow it brought after the New Year—or the record-breaking February 2013 blizzard that blanketed part of Suffolk County in nearly three feet of white stuff.Looking beyond next winter, the Almanac also forecasts above-normal spring and summer temps on the East Coast with below-average precipitation. It also predicts that the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season “will not be particularly active,” with a major tropical cyclone most likely to strike the Gulf region in late August.The Almanac was released a month early this year due to reader demand, AP reported.last_img read more

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Froggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership role | News

first_imgOldereasyJet makes further capacity cuts as Covid-19 restrictions hit Europe Froggatt takes up Abercrombie & Kent leadership roleAbercrombie & Kent has appointed Martin Froggatt to the role of executive vice president, destination management and as a member of the global management board.He will take up the role on Monday, November 9th.- Advertisement – The job encompasses global leadership across Abercrombie & Kent’s destination management companies; of over 55 offices in more than 30 countries, and its luxury riverboat and lodges brand, Sanctuary Retreats.Froggatt joins the business with over 25 years’ experience in the travel industry with leading brands such as Walt Disney Attractions, TUI and Travelopia in both the UK and the USA. While at Travelopia, he managed the education, events and expeditions portfolios delivering record customer satisfaction scores, revenue growth and profitability. – Advertisement – “As a renowned travel industry executive with a strong people focus, it’s great to have him on our global leadership team who continue to innovate exceptional travel experiences for our clients.”center_img – Advertisement – Under his leadership, the expeditions portfolio that included Quark Expeditions and TCS World Travel became market leaders through an unwavering focus on delivering the best customer experience. He was also instrumental in the delivery of several mergers and acquisitions, including the sale of Travelopia into private equity.Michael Wale, chief executive, Abercrombie & Kent, commented: “During these incredibly challenging times for the industry, I’m delighted to have Martin join us. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Excellent cooperation and synergy: New Bolt service launched in Zagreb: Bolt Rikša

first_imgZAGREB RICHS AS STORIES OF TOURIST STORIES AND AMBASSADORS OF CROATIAN TOURISM Photo Bolt Thanks to Bolt Rickshaw this year, citizens and tourists can visit the most attractive locations of Advent in a short time without spending time breaking through the crowds and walking at low temperatures. Each rickshaw is equipped with soft blankets that will ensure the warmth and comfort of the users during the city tour. Excellent cooperation and synergy between Emil Kirbiš and Filip Pribilović – Zagreb of PEDICAB and Bolt. With the synergy of brands to new added value for both the destination and the tourists. Find out more about the story of how they created the idea for Zagreb rickshaws in the attachment.   Bolt Rikša is available in the center of Zagreb from 14 pm to 23 pm during Advent, ie until 1.1.2020. All existing and new users can order their rickshaw via the Bolt app. That is how Zagreb became the first city in Europe in which users of the application will be able to try a completely new dimension of Bolt driving.  Bolt is a platform through which millions of rides are made around the world every month, and now some of them will be done on 3 wheels as well. The company always puts the emphasis on solving the problems of pollution, transport and city congestion, and this time the emphasis is on a new experience, good fun and a completely different experience of Zagreb’s Advent with Bolt. RELATED NEWS: Bolt, the leading European on-demand transport platform, has introduced a new service that will surely attract great interest from Zagreb residents and tourists during this year’s Advent – Bolt Rickshaw. last_img read more

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Presidential debate reflects a quest for greater democracy

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WHO experts visit Chinese virus epicenter

first_imgThe international group of experts led by the WHO inspected two hospitals during their visit, including a makeshift one at a sports center, the National Health Commission said on Monday.They also met with top officials at the center for disease control for Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital.China has quarantined Wuhan and other cities in Hubei, blocking tens of millions of residents from traveling, since late January, to try and contain the virus.Most of the deaths have been in Wuhan. Experts from the World Health Organization have visited the locked-down central Chinese city at the epicenter of the deadly global coronavirus outbreak, Chinese authorities said Monday.The trip over the weekend is the first reported visit to Wuhan by the WHO since the virus emerged from the city of 11 million people late last year.The virus, which is suspected to have crossed from animals to humans at a market in Wuhan, has killed more than 2,500 people across China and spread around the world. The WHO team arrived in China more than a week ago to observe research and testing efforts, so they could then help with recommendations for fighting the epidemic, the National Health Council said previously.The WHO has praised Beijing for its handling of the epidemic.But China has been criticized at home for silencing early warnings from a whistleblower doctor who later died from the virus.China’s numbers of daily new infections have been on a downward trend, but health authorities have sowed confusion about the data by repeatedly changing counting methods.There have been more than 77,000 confirmed infections in China.Topics :last_img read more

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How to freshen up your Gold Coast house: Style it in a sea of blue and white

first_imgMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North3 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours ago8 Wallaby Place was designed for a big family “It was basically a white wash throughout to freshen everything up,” Mrs Sly said. “We changed all the dark kitchen cabinets to white.” New carpet and a fresh lick of paint were also part of the “white wash”.“The first thing we changed when we moved in was the gardens,” Mrs Sly said. The outdoor entertaining area seats up to 20 people around the long timber table. 8 Wallaby Place, Sorrento.AWASH in coastal style this home has had its own sea change. Homeowners Gina and Tony Sly spent the past 12 months renovating the house to channel a coastal style. A wave of coastal style is washed throughoutcenter_img The entertaining area is perfect for Christmas lunch“We always host Christmas lunch so when we were renovating the entertaining space was high priority,” the mother-of-two said.“My husband is a builder and I love decorating, so it works out well for us.” last_img read more

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Nexus Starts Borkum Riffgrund 2 Cable Installation

first_imgVan Oord’s cable-laying vessel Nexus has started the installation of cables at Ørsted’s offshore wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2, in the German North Sea.A total of 110 kilometers of cable will be laid in the wind farm to later connect the 56 wind turbines with the offshore substation.Furthermore, a cable will be laid to the nearby Borkum Riffgrund 1 wind farm, also owned by Ørsted.The installation work is expected to be completed in July. The connection to the converter platform DolWin3 will follow about one month later, the company noted.The cables for Borkum Riffgrund 2 were manufactured by Nexans in Hanover.After construction is completed, Borkum Riffgrund 2 will have an export capacity of around 450 megawatts and will be able to supply green electricity for the equivalent of around 460,000 German households.Full commissioning of the offshore wind farm is planned for 2019.last_img read more

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Donald Trump won’t take on the PC police

first_imgLast week a key difference between Cruz and Trump emerged over the issue of allowing men to use intimate facilities like restrooms and showers that are reserved for girls and women, simply by claiming a female “gender identity.” Trump displayed his New York values when he announced his opposition to efforts in North Carolina and elsewhere to protect the privacy and safety of girls and women, and said that Bruce (“Caitlyn”) Jenner would be welcome to use the women’s restrooms in Trump Tower.In response, Senator Cruz not only affirmed his support for state efforts to ward off this dangerous gender ideology that is being pushed by LGBT extremists, but produced an online ad highlighting his difference with Trump.last_img

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