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Language Learning at Home

Is your toddler learning to piece together two and three words to form sentences? Is your four-year-old expanding her vocabulary daily? Has your rising kindergartener started to recognize the alphabet and spell her name? Now is the time to consider introducing a foreign language to your eager learners. Beyond the ability to communicate and engage with a broader, more diverse population, there is great value in teaching your children a second language sooner rather than later. Research ...

Single, 54, and a new dad: Why some start families late

BY ABBY ELLIN (New York Times) Sparky Campanella never heard the thrumming of a biological clock. But his “sociological clock” — his sense that he was missing out on something important in life — boomed mightily. At the age of 54, he decided to do something about it. He became a father. He was single, but so what? “I decided I could either do it myself, or wait for the right partner to come along,” said Campanella, a Los Angeles fine arts photographer whose ...

Frantic and fearful, one mother’s ordeal to stave off a tragedy

BY BURGETTA EPLIN WHEELER  The last time Donna Smith’s son disappeared, a police officer in Oklahoma found him incoherent in his truck in May, unable to give his name but adamant that he was an agent sent by Israel to investigate fracking irregularities. On the seat beside him was a collection of kitchen knives; behind him, a samurai sword; beneath him, a pellet gun. “Don’t hurt my son. Don’t hurt my son,” Smith remembers pleading with the officer, who had gone ...

Birth dads still fighting for bigger role in adoption process

BY LESLIE MANN Chicago Tribune You don't venture far into the world of adoption before you hear the word "triad." Picture a triangle with the adoptee at one corner, adoptive parents at another and the biological, or birth, mother at the third. But, wait - someone's missing ... The birth father. Too often, the birth father dangles from the birth mother's corner. Sometimes he doesn't even know she's pregnant. Adoption has evolved from the pre-WWI "taking in" of ...

A chimney’s surprise: poignant letters to Santa, written a century ago

BY COREY KILGANNON New York Times  Last week, Peter Mattaliano, 66, an acting coach and screenwriter, put up Christmas decorations in his Hell’s Kitchen apartment and laid out presents for the children: Mary and Alfred. Photo: NEW YORK TIMES These are not Mattaliano’s children, and they are no longer living. But a century ago they lived in what is now Mattaliano’s home. He has honored Mary and Alfred every December for the past 15 ...