Archive for December, 2011

Positive Discipline for 2012: 52 parenting tools in 52 weeks

Posted by on Saturday, 31 December, 2011

Positive Discipline for 2012: 52 parenting tools in 52 weeks
News from Examiner:

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Book Review: ‘Simplicity Parenting’
News from The Epoch Times:

By Barbara Danza
Epoch Times Staff
Created: December 31, 2011 Last Updated: December 31, 2011

(Courtesy of Ballantine Books)

As holiday time winds down and the calendar beckons a fresh, new year, many will resolve to do things better this time around, consulting a plethora of books to guide them in their pursuits of less weight, more money, reduced stress, increased joy, or any number of personal goals.

If it’s calmer, happier children and a harmonious family life you’re aiming for this year, Simplicity Parenting, Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and Mor…………… continues on The Epoch Times

… Read the full article


Top 10 parenting fails of 2011

Posted by on Friday, 30 December, 2011

Top 10 parenting fails of 2011
News from CNN:

Parents made headlines in 2011 by putting their children through ridiculous situations.
  • Parents were caught misbehaving in the news all throughout 2011
  • One mom used hot sauce to punish her child, and was convicted of child abuse for it
  • A dad tossed his 7-year-old son off a cruise ship to “toughen him up”

(Parenting.com) — Parenting’s a hard job, we admit. But take heart; no matter how much you’re struggling, you’re probably doing better than these sorry moms and dads making headl…………… continues on CNN

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Effective Teen Parenting: Focus on What You Can Do, Not on What You Can’t
News from Examiner:

Being a parent is hard! In so many ways as your kids get older however, the job does get easier. Perhaps this is why the shelves of your local bookstore are teaming with selections on parenting tots but the pickings are slim regarding advice for parenting teens.

When your kids are younger you are in control of almost every aspect of their lives.  Aren’t temper tantrums just a reflection of the frustration they can sometimes experience because they possess full awareness of this fact? As they get older, the control dynamic changes. You may find yourself working harder to find out what they are doing with this control (i.e. where they are going, what they are doing, and with whom). At times it can be quite frustrating trying to get this information out of them.

Technology has certainly helpe…………… continues on Examiner

… Read the full article


Parenting 2012

Posted by on Thursday, 29 December, 2011

Parenting 2012
News from Examiner:

I always tell the parents with whom I work that it is easy for me to sit in my office chair and offer them advice. I insist however, that it is a different story when I am in my own house wearing the hat of a parent.  It is with this in mind that I try to offer consultation to these families. Parenting is not easy! I imagine there are few parents out there who can honestly say they were the ‘perfect’ parents. I know I can’t!  While my friends often tell me they assume I have it easier as a parent because I supposedly ‘know what to do’ (their words believe me, not mine!)  Sometimes I think it is harder to be both a parent and a child psychologist. You see when I make missteps (I can assure you I make many) I always have a little voice in my head reminding me how I could have done it better.

Would…………… continues on Examiner

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

The top 8 parenting controversies of 2011
News from YAHOO!:

Crotchless thongs, ADHD medication, chicken-pox lollipops, tiger moms — parents had plenty to argue about this year

Moms and dads can all agree that parenting is no easy job. But ask them what’s the best way to raise a kid, and get ready for an argument. Here, a list of eight parenting controversies that heated up talk at the dinner table in 2011:

1. Crotchless thongs… for 7-year-olds
A Colorado mom alerted the media when she visited a clothing store called Kid N Teen and found leopard-print, crotchless thong panties sized to fit girls as young as 7. The store’s owner defended herself by saying that particular garment was meant for teens. But her critics — and there were many — said nobody should be urging teenage girls…………… continues on YAHOO!

… Read the full article


Top 5 parenting books for the new year

Posted by on Wednesday, 28 December, 2011

Top 5 parenting books for the new year
News from Examiner:

Making resolutions for the new year is a tradition that is symbollic of making our lives, our relationships, and our world better.  Being a better parent is one of the areas in which many people struggle.

Why not make a resolution to read one of these parenting books in the new year?  Each title deals with creating a more peaceful, gentle relationship with your kids based on trust and repect.

1. How We Love Our Kids: The Five Love Styles of Parenting

As any discouraged parent can tell you, trying to change your kids is hard.  The easiest thing you can do as a parent is to learn what you can do to change yourself for the better.  And, ironically, this is the only thing that creates the peaceful home you’ve been longing for.

This book begi…………… continues on Examiner

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Top parenting stories of the year
News from Washington Post:

There were quite a few stories in 2011 that shed light on modern parenting. Some illuminating, others infuriating, some sad and others inspiring.

What follows is a wholly personal list of stories about parenting from the past year that I consider my top 10 (plus a bonus 11th). Let me know which ones I missed.

Imagine a drumroll here…


(Courtesy of The Parenting Group)
1) D.C. as best city to raise kids

Hands down, my personal favorite story of the year was when Parenting Magazine rated Washington, D.C. the top city to raise kids. Washington won out because the magazine introduced a new “charm and culture” index in the calculations. Free museums and ample green space boosted the District’s rank.

Many rea…………… continues on Washington Post

… Read the full article


A Mom’s Life: Children mean work, big expense and pure joy

Posted by on Wednesday, 28 December, 2011

A Mom’s Life: Children mean work, big expense and pure joy
News from Des Moines Register:

Often I write about the difficulties of parenting, such as overcoming restless nights, managing children’s behavior and keeping kids safe.

Parenting is tough, and there are plenty of challenges to tackle in this column. But I thought I’d wrap up the year by exploring the joy of parenting. After all, we wouldn’t all be doing it if there wasn’t a return on the stretch marks, sleepless nights and stained carpets.

I asked parents to send me their thoughts on what makes parenting worth the life-altering effort it requires.

Many moms and dads answered that it’s all about their child showing affection for their family, or being able to share in special experiences as their little one learns something new. One parent said a favorite part is rediscovering what brought her joy as a child, such as watching Disney movies or trick-or-treating for the first time.

Parenting really pulls at our heartstrings, but it also can strain our bodies, relationships and empt…………… continues on Des Moines Register

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Words of wisdom for a new year of parenting
News from Chicago Tribune:

Q: What should parents resolve to do in the new year? These parenting experts offer a few suggestions:

“Put down the smartphone/tablet, even for just a couple hours a day, and talk to your kids. Studies show that the greatest predictor of kids’ school success is their having a rich vocabulary; that the greatest predictor of a child obtaining a rich vocabulary is parent/child interaction and immersion with ample and varied language; that parents provide this key developmental support less when watching TV than when engaged in almost any other activity; and that parents provide this key developmental support even less when attending to their mobile devices.”

— Brett Berk, early childhood expert and author of “The Gay Uncle’s Guide to Parenting” (Three Rivers Press)

“Acknowledge, accommodate and accept. Acknowledge the things that our kids do. Even if these are things we expect, such as completing chores or doing well in school — a little validation…………… continues on Chicago Tribune

… Read the full article


Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

Screamfree Parenting: The Revolutionary Approach to Raising Your Kids by Keeping Your Cool

You Can Start a Revolution in Your Family . . . Tonight

ScreamFree Parenting is not just about lowering your voice. It’s about learning to calm your emotional reactions and learning to focus on your own behavior more than your kids’ behavior . . . for their benefit. Our biggest enemy as parents is not the TV, the Internet, or even drugs. Our biggest enemy is our own emotional reactivity. When we say we “lost it” with our kids, the “it” in that sentence is our own adulthood. An

List Price: $ 13.99

Price: $ 6.89

A Mom’s Life: Children mean work, big expense and pure joy

Posted by on Tuesday, 27 December, 2011

A Mom’s Life: Children mean work, big expense and pure joy
News from Des Moines Register:

Often I write about the difficulties of parenting, such as overcoming restless nights, managing children’s behavior and keeping kids safe.

Parenting is tough, and there are plenty of challenges to tackle in this column. But I thought I’d wrap up the year by exploring the joy of parenting. After all, we wouldn’t all be doing it if there wasn’t a return on the stretch marks, sleepless nights and stained carpets.

I asked parents to send me their thoughts on what makes parenting worth the life-altering effort it requires.

Many moms and dads answered that it’s all about their child showing affection for their family, or being able to share in special experiences as their little one learns something new. One parent said a favorite part is rediscovering what brought her joy as a child, such as watching Disney movies or trick-or-treating for the first time.

Parenting really pulls at our heartstrings, but it also can strain our bodies, relationships and empt…………… continues on Des Moines Register

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Parenting troubles? Call your child’s school for tips
News from Daily News and Analysis:

Worried your child is getting out of control? Afraid he/she is falling in the wrong company? His/her school can help you with such problems.

With a rise in the number of cases about youngsters involved in accidents, caused by rash driving, bullying and abusing, accessing obscene content on the internet, and other such problems, city schools are feeling the need for an intervention between parents and children. Many schools are conducting ‘good parenting’ workshops, issuing circulars, discussing effective parenting in meetings, open houses, etc.

Swami Vivekanand International School, in Borivli and Kandivli, has issued circulars to parents of all its students advising them to keep their children away from reality shows, like Bigg Boss, computer games, cars and expensive gadgets, monitor their internet activity and pull them off social networking sites.

“Today, the equation between a parent and child has changed a lot. We find that chil…………… continues on Daily News and Analysis

… Read the full article


Parenting in a Nutshell: Hanukkah celebrates tradition

Posted by on Sunday, 25 December, 2011

Parenting in a Nutshell: Hanukkah celebrates tradition
News from USA Today:

Whether you spell it Hanukkah or Chanukah, pronounce it with or without a throaty sound, this minor winter holiday, celebrated by Jewish people the world over, is a commemoration of events that took place more than 2300 years ago. Celebrate it with family and friends this year from sundown Dec. 20 through Dec. 28 (unlike the Dec. 25 Christmas holiday, Hanukkah’s start date varies in November or December each year):

  • Ray Kugler, AP

    The center candle (candleholder) is generally ta…………… continues on USA Today

… Read the full article
.


Related News:


Rejoice in parenting’s unexpected twists

Posted by on Saturday, 24 December, 2011

Rejoice in parenting’s unexpected twists
News from Kansas City Star:

Each year we send out a holiday card with a picture of the kids. Because there have been no changes in my husband or me since the day we were married, it is not necessary to include us in the photo.

Some years ago I had each picture blown up to eight by 10 inches, bought a bunch of matching wall frames, and hung them above our computer desk. It was wonderful to see the progression from one lone dimpled infant to a gaggle of four smiling boys.

The idea was that yearly we’d add another picture and the collection would grow.

And it has. But not exactly in the way I’d expected.

Six years ago I went to pick up the same frame, and the store no longer carried it.

Gone.

OK, I can deal with unexpected twists: I bought a bunch of another, different-colored frames and interspersed them so it looked like that had been the plan all along.

This year: same problem. The second frame is no longer carried. Once again I have to readjust my vision…………… continues on Kansas City Star

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Over-Gifting? Welcome To the Age of Competitive Grandparenting
News from Huffington Post:

At one of my parenting groups recently, I asked people to share a memory of their grandparents from when they were growing up. Among the responses were: baking cookies, working in the garage, sleeping at Grandma’s house, and going to London. How telling that not one, not one person shared a memory of receiving a particular gift from a grandparent.

Right on the heels of Thanksgiving, the holiday of gratitude and sharing, come Christmas and Hannukah, the holidays of gimme gimme. Parents know how much excess is wrapped up in these holidays and are giving serious thought to reigning in their kids’ insatiable hunger for stuff. Everyone in my parenting groups wants to talk about greed vs. need, spoiled children, and those two little words: I want. And, even though they get it and want to get the gift-giving under control, they inevitably ask: But how do I get my parents (my in-laws) to stop flooding my kids with gifts?”

When it…………… continues on Huffington Post

… Read the full article


Parenting On Track™ eBook Reviews are Coming In

Posted by on Friday, 23 December, 2011

Parenting On Track™ eBook Reviews are Coming In
News from PRWeb:

Middlebury, VT (PRWEB) December 23, 2011

After more than 20 years of live classes and workshops, national speaking tours, and distribution of a popular multi-media “parenting program in box,” Parent educator Vicki Hoefle brings the insight, advice and humor of her Parenting On Track™ program exclusively to the booming ebook format.

“Real Parents, Real Progress, Inside the lives of Parenting On Track™ Families” is a compilation of true stories from real Parenting On Track™ families, filled with trials, triumphs, humor, frustration and insight.

Hoefle uses these stories as teaching tools to illuminate the principals of the Parenting On Track™ Program, in a portable, read-anywhere format.

“Parenting and the inspiration for the ebook is ba…………… continues on PRWeb

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

Thandie Newton
News from Thandie Newton Doesn’t Believe In Parenting Rules – Contactmusic.com:

Thandie Newton has revealed she doesn’t follow parenting rules but tries to be a ”mirror” for her kids.

Thandie Newton believes there are no rules to parenting.

The busy actress has two daughters Ripley, 11, and Nico, seven, with her director spouse Ol Parker and Thandie – who admits when her husband is away working she allows the girls to stay up late so they can all spend time together – tries not to follow the conventional rules of being a mother.

She explained: “I try to be a mirror instead of impressing myself on them all the time. I take responsibility for my actions, explain to them, ‘The reason I’m rushing is’ or ‘It’s not you fault I’m upset.’

“But if I come across even remotely annoyed with t…………… continues on Thandie Newton Doesn’t Believe In Parenting Rules – Contactmusic.com

… Read the full article


Parenting Points

Posted by on Friday, 23 December, 2011

Parenting Points
News from Preparing for the holiday letdown – Brandon Sun:

Every year, Christmas involves a tremendous amount of planning and preparation.

By the time Halloween is over, Christmas displays are popping up in the stores. Once December begins, the frenzy is in full swing.

For adults who have a long list of shopping, baking, social events and other assorted Christmas chores to attend to, the days seem to fly by and there is never enough time to get it all done. But for young children, it is a long wait, while the excitement builds and builds.

From a preschooler’s perspective, the month of December is one big party, complete with music, lots of food, visits with family and of course, gifts.

However, children can’t understand that this is not a new way of life, and it will eventually come to an end. This hard reality usually hits when the last gift under the tree has been opened. After all the anticipation, it only takes a few minutes of ripping paper and it is over.

Young children may appear ungrateful wh…………… continues on Preparing for the holiday letdown – Brandon Sun

… Read the full article
.


Related News:

A chat with … actress Mayim Bialik
News from USA TODAY:

There are many things to love about The Big Bang Theory — Sheldon’s quips, Howard’s belt buckles — but in 2011 actress Mayim Bialik really shone in her growing role as Sheldon’s special someone, Amy Farrah Fowler.

In real life, Bialik is a busy mother with a neuroscience degree who also writes (in fact, she has a parenting book out in March). I caught up with her to talk about the future of Amy and how Big Bang has changed her life:

Hi, Mayim. You know, for a lot of people I talk to, this would be too early.

Oh, I have little kids — I’ve been up since, like, 5:30! (Laughs)

Your role on Big Bang Theory really grew this year. It was great seeing Amy Farrah Fowler come into her own.

I think, professionally, some of the fun has co…………… continues on USA TODAY

… Read the full article