Archive for January, 2012

Halle Berry advised to take parenting classes

Posted by on Tuesday, 31 January, 2012

Halle Berry advised to take parenting classes
News from Times of India:

Halle Berry and ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry have reportedly been advised to take parenting classes together.

The pair – who have three-year-old daughter Nahla – were in court today (30.01.12) and they are said to have been advised to go on a course by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services for the sake of their little one.

The organisation is currently investigating claims by the child’s nanny Alliance Kamden that Gabriel pushed her while she was holding Nahla.

A source told RadarOnline: “The report recommends that Halle and Gabriel attend parenting classes together, so that they can co-parent Nahla together. The classes will give them the tools to work through their issues, and hopefully become better parents for it.”

Gabriel – who is being investigated for child endangerment following the alleged incident – vehemently denies pushing or even touching the nanny. continues on Times of India

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PARENTING: Promotion of rewards, high self-esteem discredited long ago
News from Muncie Star Press:

The media recently reported “new” research findings to the effect that rewards often backfire and self-esteem is not the wonderful, uplifting personal attribute once thought. As a result, schools are rethinking their teaching and classroom management philosophies.

Wrong again! Research showing that rewards often backfire and revealing the dark side of self-esteem has been available for quite some time. Furthermore, the Internet permits anyone who is interested to access this information. This supposedly “new” stuff simply illustrates the disconnect between research and practice in American education. More directly put, educational methodology is more driven by fad than fact. In effect, the classroom is in many ways a laboratory within which experiments are conducted using children as guinea pigs.

Was objective research done to verify the efficacy of the so-called “Open Classroom” before that particular philosophy captured America’s schools in the early 1970s? No. Somebody sold an idea to a bunch of education bureaucrats and millions of dollars of the taxpayers’ money was wasted as a consequence. How about Outcome-Based Education? Again, the research done to validate that particular flop was of the sort my experimental methods professor would have used to illustrate sloppy research methods. And again, millions of dollars, etc., etc. That’s been…………… continues on Muncie Star Press

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Nagley: Parenting together after divorce

Posted by on Monday, 30 January, 2012

Nagley: Parenting together after divorce
News from Midland Daily News:

The goal for parents is to raise a child who is happy and healthy. During divorce or separation, raising a child can become difficult. Your role as a partner in raising your child has changed to that of a co-parent. As you try to deal with the pain of ending a relationship, you are also trying to make sure your child is happy and well cared for. Did you know that the way a child deals with divorce or separation is affected by the amount of conflict their parents have? Below are some tips to help reduce the stress of co-parenting and to make sure that your child remains happy and healthy.

Focus on the child

Your child should be able to love both parents, no matter what has been done in the past. It is often hard to view the person that hurt you as being the same person that would never hurt your child. Remember, every child has one mother and one father. The relationship your child has with both their parents affects their future relationships. Sometimes you might try to keep your child away from the other parent by not allowing them to visit or saying hateful things about the other person. This can cause your child to dislike their other parent. As much as it may hurt you when your child sees the other parent, children who have a positive relationship with both parents have their needs met, are not in the…………… continues on Midland Daily News

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On Parenting
News from My Beginning of Term Frustrations – AllAfrica.com:

On Monday my children resume school after about 6weeks of holiday. They have grown so much; even I who sees them on a daily find it hard to believe. The girl is chasing at me like her whole life depends on it and am not certain the shoe still fits in her ‘interestingly’ long foot.

She is a true Luo girl that one. Sometimes the speed she is growing threatens to scare me but am holding steady, after all I remember my aunts used to continuously exclaim at how quickly I was growing.

I will never forget that I used to wear the very same shoe size I wear now back in the day when I was in primary six at Nakasero primary school. So like the Baganda say, ‘Bugubugu si muliro!’ now I hope I spelt that right, not with all my Baganda relatives out there.

The young man has been looking forward to going to school and has continuously asked if he will be going to school tomorrow and then another tomorrow until it’s finally here. We have been busy the whole week preparing for the new term, the final one for this academic year.

We have been quickly going over the holiday work, have bought the scholastic requirements and made a hearty attempt to pay the school fees before the long queues…………… continues on My Beginning of Term Frustrations – AllAfrica.com

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Five Things for Sunday in Ankeny: Church, Parenting Class, Super Bowl Recipes …

Posted by on Sunday, 29 January, 2012

Five Things for Sunday in Ankeny: Church, Parenting Class, Super Bowl Recipes …
News from Patch.com:

1) Looking for a Church Service?

We’ve got you covered. Check out Ankeny Patch’s complete business and places directory to find a list of all Ankeny churches in one convenient place. Each listing includes a phone number a a link to each church’s website so you can find a roundup of service times.

2) Parenting 101

For parents who attend Prairie Ridge Church in Ankeny and need a little direction toward the best ways to raise their family, the church will hold a parenting class tonight from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Call 515-965-1737 for more information.

3) Sunday Funday

Not quite ready to bid adieu to the weekend? Gather up your friends and head to Benchwarmer’s tonight for some drinks, pizza and a little karaoke courtesy of The Voice Box. Who says you can’t have a little more fun before heading back to work Monday?

4) Calling All Super Bowl Chefs!

With Super Bowl Sunday just a week away, it’s time to trade secrets. Specifically, your best Super Bowl snack recipes. Patch is asking you to share your favorite Super Bowl recipe, w…………… continues on Patch.com

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Lessons in parenting
News from Eagle Tribune:

Just about two hours.

That’s all you figured it would take to do the few errands you had, maybe less. So you packed the car accordingly: car seat, stroller, diaper bag with extra nappies, a change of clothes, burp cloths, bottles, pacifiers, box of wipes, two toys, tissues, an extra blanket … oh, and the baby, to whom all this belongs.

Packing the car took almost as long as the errand.

What if you didn’t have all these things available? How do other mothers do it? In the new book “How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm” by Mei-Ling Hopgood, you’ll be delighted to find out.

Mei-Ling Hopgood, an Asian-American living abroad, noticed early-on that children seem to be everywhere in Argentina — even well after midnight. The hands on the clock didn’t matter; family-time was what was important and children never missed the fun. Sleepy babies might nap in restaurants, on a host’s bed, or in the midst of chaos, and they were always a welcome part of the party.

This revelation — and the fact that she was a new mother — led Hopgood to wonder about parenting in other cultures. Is it necessary to put your baby “on a schedule?” How do other cultures deal with picky eaters or sibling arguments? And how do Eskimos keep their infants from becoming babysicles?…………… continues on Eagle Tribune

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Parenting Autism and Time For Yourself

Posted by on Saturday, 28 January, 2012

Parenting Autism and Time For Yourself
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Monster Jam brings racing, monster trucks, and motocross fun tonight [Family …
News from Louisville.com:

Monster Truck Jam at Broadbent Arena was a hit with fans on February 27. The show wouldn’t be complete without some sort of destruction, and the show didn’t disappoint. 

The first thing I have to say is that Monster fans seem to want to get in on the action at least  a little. Walking through the parking lot was an experience. Trucks everywhere were parked haphazardly. It’s as if the white lines marking parking spots didn’t exist. One car sat propped half in a parking spot, half on a curb. 

Next, it was on to the “Will call” lines to pick up our passes. I loved the amusing door guy outside who answered “DO you know where ‘will call’ is?” with “I guess the same place Bob calls”.  The lines outside the “will call” were pretty long. Most people flocked to the crowd standing outside the lines, just accepting their place and the long wait ahead. What they didn’t notice like some smart folks were the “will call” windows inside the doors right next to the outward facing windows. The lines inside were shorter. Here’s a tip, though. THere’s a SECRET “will call”. If you walk through the door on the other side of the indoor “will call” windows, there is o…………… continues on Louisville.com

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Family Service Agency of Marin schedules next ‘Parenting Apart’ class

Posted by on Friday, 27 January, 2012

Family Service Agency of Marin schedules next ‘Parenting Apart’ class
News from Marin Independent-Journal:

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The Family Service Agency of Marin is again offering “Parenting Apart: Education and Support for Co-Parenting After Separation or Divorce,” a series of six meetings for parents who are separated or divorced.

Parents will learn skills that promote the healthy development of their children and help manage conflict with the other parent. The class focuses on positive actions parents can take for the benefit of the children.

Only one parent from a couple attends the series at a time. An in-person interview is required before admission to the class; interviews are scheduled no later than one week before the class begins.

The next class is set to begin Feb. 29, and classes are both in the evenings, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and during the day, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free child care is offered during the evening slot.

Fees are on a sliding scale based on family income; rates vary from $ 15 to $ 40 per meeting. The agency is at 555 Northgate Drive in Terra Linda.

For information or to schedule an interview, call 491-5723.

Send us your news: We want more news items from Marin’s cities and towns. Email them to our City…………… continues on Marin Independent-Journal

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Parenting skills need to be taught
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Published: January 27, 2012

“Single-parent homes climb” (State, Jan. 18) properly notes that “Numerous social problems are more common in single parent households,” but fails to mention that the vast majority of our prison inmates haven’t been raised by their mother and father simultaneously under one roof.

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Parenting tips for newly retired players

Posted by on Thursday, 26 January, 2012

Parenting tips for newly retired players
News from ESPN:

My 3?-year-old son woke up roughly a dozen times the other night between midnight and 4:29 a.m. This woke up my 2-year-old daughter, who managed to get her entire body on a pillow without a blanket, a hair’s breadth away from falling into a bin full of creepy stuffed animals. Meanwhile, my younger daughter miraculously soothed herself to sleep as a 1-month-old in part because she had no other choice as I was too busy trying to help my son. I should have been looking for a glass of red wine.

I had the chance to be in the same uniform with Jorge Posada for a spring training and he was a pleasure to be around. Class act, always warm and welcoming, he was one of the reasons I was so pleasantly surprised that my Yankees experience after being a lifelong outsider was so positive.

His commitment to children is clear, with his foundation and the challenges his son has faced with a condition called craniosynostosis. So I heard him loud and clear when he spoke about “spending more time with his family” after his retirement.

Even so, his quote reminded me of a bone I want to pick with the most overused retiring athlete quote in history: “I want to spend more time with the family.” What does that mean exactly?

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Crib notes: Can most dads handle a few days of solo parenting?
News from msnbc.com:

The best in parenting news and blogs from around the Web.

By Dana Macario

For one dad, the thought of being left home alone with his kids for a week instilled pure, unadulterated fear. He worried about everything from what he would feed the kids, since he can only cook four things, and how he would do his daughters’ hair. In short, he didn’t want his wife to leave town. Not because he didn’t want to spend more time with his kids, but because his wife was an “amazing mother,” who kept everything running so smoothly. How would he cope without her? While there are those out there who likely have sympathy for his plight (mainly dads, we’re guessing), others have called him to task for his fretting about solo parenting. They believe that in this day and age, dads should be able to pull their parenting weight and be every bit as capable of taking care of the kids as a mom. What’s it like your household? Is childcare split 50/50 or would your husband also be terrified of flying solo for a couple of days?

Does your sitter record their shows on your DVR?
Today’s digital age raises a whole new set of etiquette questions. For instance, is it rude for a babysitter to record a show on your

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Co-Parenting Advice for Heidi Klum & Seal: Develop Right Mind-Set After Divoce

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 January, 2012

Co-Parenting Advice for Heidi Klum & Seal: Develop Right Mind-Set After Divoce
News from Examiner.com:

By Rosalind Sedacca, CCT

Heidi Klum and Seal, just like thousands of others on the verge of divorce, are facing many decisions and choices related to co-parenting ahead. Sharing parental responsibilities after divorce is usually of great value for the children. But it can also be enormously complex and challenging for parents. Here are six good reasons why:.

  •        Both parents are bringing the raw emotions resulting from the divorce into a new stage in their lives
  •        Heidi and Seal, or any Mom and Dad,  are also bringing previous baggage from the marriage – ongoing conflicts,  major disputes, differing styles of communication, unresolved issues and other frustrations —  into the mix as they negotiate a co-parenting plan
  •        Both parents are vying for the respect and love of the children – and are easily tempted to slant their parenting decisions in the direction that wins them popularity with the kids
  •        Anger and resentment resulting from the divorce settlement can impact and influence levels of cooperation in the years to come
  •        Parents may disagree about major issues ahead that weren’t part of the parenting dynamic in the past including: visits and sleepovers with friends, scheduling after-school activities as well as vacation-time, handling curfews and new behavior problems. W…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Parenting Seminar Coming to Town
News from KIMT:

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Sometimes children push parents buttons.

But dealing with that in a calm way is the aim of a parenting seminar coming to our area.

“Stop defiance, yelling and sibling fights” is designed to improve relationships between parents and their children.

Kirk martin and his son, Casey, will be the speakers.

Officials say they offer several tips to help parents deal with everyday struggles.

“He helps these everyday struggles, the morning routines, the homework, the going to bed, that’s what he helps people with the most,” Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Jill Johnson said. “And he has practical ideas to help with those everyday battles.”

The seminar will be held Thursday morning at the Brookside Education Center in Albert Lea from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 and is free of charge.

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Louis CK – Why? (on parenting, kids, and questions) [explicit language, although that should be assumed with Louis CK clips…]
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PARENTING: Children should be taught to control, not be controlled by feelings

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 January, 2012

PARENTING: Children should be taught to control, not be controlled by feelings
News from Muncie Star Press:

Margaret Thatcher, former prime minister of England, once said, “One of the great problems of our age is that we’re governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas.”

Quite so, and it is equally accurate to say that “one of the great problems of our age is that children are being raised and educated by people who care more about their feelings than they do their thoughts and ideas.”

The child’s feelings have been the paramount consideration in both spheres since the late 1960s, when parents became persuaded that they should no longer take their cues from their own upbringing, but from psychologists and other mental health professionals. As a consequence, the focus of American parenting veered sharply away from training the child’s character and mind toward that of protecting his feelings from insult (i.e. disappointment, failure, embarrassment and other basic facts of life) and elevating his opinion of himself.

Proper parenting, the new experts said, was a matter of being sensitive to and acting in accord with the feelings that issued from one’s child. Psychologist Thomas Gordon, author of Parent Effectiveness Training, the best-selling parenting book of the 1970s, said that because children do not like being told what to do, adults should not tell them what to do. Children who submit to the…………… continues on Muncie Star Press

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On Mitt Romney and Parenting
News from Huffington Post:

It is to my great dismay that I have realized that Mitt Romney and I have something in common. It is not the 15 percent tax rate or the $ 374,000.00 speaking fees; nor, for that matter, do we wear the same brand of jeans or sport the same haircut. Neither is it the issue of flip-flopping — though my kids could make a strong case for my flip-flopping tendencies when it comes to domestic policies regarding soft drinks or video games. No, what I am referring to is that though Mitt and I are at different ends of the economic and political spectrum, when it comes to getting the job done (he, running for president; me, raising kids) we are nearly equal in our use of empty meaningless statements.

It goes without saying that the same could be said for the other Republican candidates, but let’s stick with Mitt for now. In order to illustrate my point, let me use an example from his much-praised New Hampshire speech and one from my not very original home talk.

Romney (to America):
“Our campaign is about more than replacing a President; it is about saving the soul of America.”

Me (to my sons):
“So, how was school?”

Parenting and politics are prime territories for the use of cliches and lofty or empty statements. Politicians tend to cater to the lowest common denominator to get el…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Parenting workshop in Garden Grove will focus on teen substance abuse

Posted by on Monday, 23 January, 2012

Parenting workshop in Garden Grove will focus on teen substance abuse
News from OCRegister:

News for parents from Garden Grove Unified:

The Garden Grove Unified School District is hosting a parenting seminar on Thursday, Jan. 26, on the latest trends in teen substance abuse and the effect of drugs on the adolescent brain. The free workshop takes place at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Santiago High School, 12342 Trask Ave., Garden Grove.

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The program features informative presentations by a drug and alcohol-abuse expert, a clinical psychologist, and a detective sergeant from the Garden Grove Police Dept. They will provide insights on substance abuse and how it impacts judgment, problem-solving, and emotions. There will be an opportunity for parents to view samples of drug paraphernalia on display and learn strategies in communicating with their teen about drugs.

All presentations are in English with interpretation in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. The community and all adult family members are invited.

Information and resources will be available from representatives of partner community agencies including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Community Service Programs, Stanton Family Resource Center, Magnolia Park Family Resource Center and treatment/rehabilitation agencies.

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Parenting program extends its reach
News from Prevention Action:

23 January 2012

Most interventions for children are designed to tackle single disorders. But in real life, disorders usually come in clusters. For instance, up to 83% of children with depression are also diagnosed with disruptive behaviors. High rates of “co-morbidity” – when multiple disorders occur simultaneously – are found in both clinical settings and in the community, and among all races and ethnic groups.

Co-morbidity presents a real challenge for interventions like the popular Incredible Years (IY) parenting program. Like most interventions, when IY was developed, it targeted only a single disorder: early onset conduct problems. However, some researchers have suggested that the pathways that create conduct problems are similar to those that create internalizing disorders such as depression. So can the program treat both childhood problems together?

A new study led by researchers at the University of Missouri, in collaboration with IY’s developer Carolyn Webster-Stratton, suggests this may be possible. Children were selected for the study because they had conduct problems, but nearly two-thirds of the children also had internalizing disorders, including 16% who had severe clinical anxiety and depression. The researchers found that IY reduced symptoms in about 40% of the children who began the study with internalizin…………… continues on Prevention Action

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Infiniti JX Named to “Smartest Family Cars of 2012? List by Parenting Magazine

Posted by on Sunday, 22 January, 2012

Infiniti JX Named to “Smartest Family Cars of 2012? List by Parenting Magazine
News from AutoGuide.com:

In Parenting Magazine‘s first “Genius” issue, a new magazine committed to helping parents find ways to best help their children unlock their “genius” potential, the all-new Infiniti JX SUV was chosen as one of the “Smartest Family Cars Of 2012.”

Editorial Director for the Parenting Group Ana Connery said, “By recognizing today’s smartest cars, Parenting hopes to make it easy for families to use technology on the road, whether it’s for quick run to the store or for an extended road trip vacation. Our editors’ top picks have thought of everything so that parents don’t have to.”

The Infiniti JX, available at Infiniti dealerships by spring 2012, was selected for its many smart, high tech, and family-friendly attributes, including 360-degree external cameras and collision sensors that engage the brakes, actively assisting in accident avoidance. The JX also provides a Google Calendar sync to its infotainment system, so that parents could better manage their busy schedules.

Infiniti America Vice President Ben Poore said, “The Infiniti JX’s features were inspired by families who told us they wanted a luxury vehicle with…………… continues on AutoGuide.com

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YES launches new parenting classes in Kirkland
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Youth Eastside Services (YES) has launched their first series of parenting classes in response to parent demand.

The classes, based on the positive discipline approach recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, will help parents create and sustain positive relationships with their children.

Several class times and locations are available, including several at Evergreen Hospital in Kirkland between February and June.

Each is targeted to parents…………… continues on Kirkland Reporter

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