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Parenting 2.0 Announces Their International Conference on August 16 – 18 …

Posted by on Saturday, 30 June, 2012

Parenting 2.0 Announces Their International Conference on August 16 – 18 …
News from Albany Times Union:

Life Skills Educators from four continents will be coming together August 16-18 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice to expand the narrative for Raising Humanity. Parents, educators, and child welfare professionals are encouraged to participate in this international call to update our collective paradigm on parenting with cutting edge tools and concepts.

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) June 30, 2012

Parenting 2.0 will hold their International Conference on Parenting, Parenting 2.0 – Raising Humanity Collaboratively and Consciously on August 16-18 at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. More than fifty human development experts from four continents are expected to join in to create an updated, inclusive dynamic paradigm for raising humanity. 

Parenting 2.0 founder, Marlaine Cover, said, “The Parenting 2.0 conference is framed around the concept of The Life Skills Repor…………… continues on Albany Times Union

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Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes ‘clashed on parenting’
News from Digital Spy:

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’s differing ideas on how to parent daughter Suri Cruise may have been a catalyst for their pending divorce, reports suggest.

The Dawson’s Creek star has filed for divorce from Cruise in New York after five years of marriage and is seeking sole custody of Suri.

Sources say that Cruise’s ties to the Church of Scientology and his subsequent approach to raising Suri were difficult for Holmes to handle.

A friend of the actress told Radar Online: “Katie wants Suri to go to school with other children and have a grounded routine whereas Tom doesn’t.

“Tom is nowhere near as strict as Katie is and doesn’t believe in disciplining Suri, whereas Katie believes that’s important. Tom basically treats Suri as a little adult, and that causes some major clashes over parenting style.”

Holmes has apparently opted to file for divorce in New York instead of California because laws in New York will give her a better chance of gaining primary custody of the 6-year-old.

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Gay Parents Face Same Sexual And Relationship Challenges As Straight …

Posted by on Friday, 29 June, 2012

Gay Parents Face Same Sexual And Relationship Challenges As Straight …
News from Huffington Post:

Whether it’s finding time for sex or ensuring a monogamous relationship, the trials and tribulations of same-sex couples’ parenting aren’t much different than their heterosexual counterparts after all, a new study has found.

More specifically, the new San Francisco State University (SFSU) study took a closer look at sexual relationships and physical intimacy between 48 gay male couples who are raising child…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Katie Holmes LEFT Tom Cruise! Wants Freedom & Suri To Herself!
News from PerezHilton.com:

Many, many, MANY more details to share!

That didn’t take long, did it? (Also, we were afraid of this…)

Amidst their bizarre and shocking break-up, a close source has come forward to spill the dirty deets behind Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise‘s divorce!!

It all boils down to two words: Baby Suri

We knew something was up when it was reported that Katie asked for sole custody in her divorce filing, but now it’s come to light that the main issue that brought TomKat’s marriage to a close was their opposing views on how to raise their daughter.

The insider reveals:

“Katie and Tom have very different parenting views. Katie wants Suri to go to school with other children and have a grounded routine whereas Tom doesn’…………… continues on PerezHilton.com

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Kids on leashes: effective parenting or terribly misguided?

Posted by on Thursday, 28 June, 2012

Kids on leashes: effective parenting or terribly misguided?
News from Globe and Mail:

Over its three-season run, the show Modern Family has been lauded for addressing hot-button topics like blended families, diversity and particularly gay parenting. But all of that TV torch-bearing felt like small potatoes recently, when spouses Mitchell and Cameron, the first gay couple to occupy leading roles during prime time, took adopted daughter Lily to Disneyland … on a leash.

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(Or, as the PC police would have us call it, the child safety tether.)

Since then, the debate over whether it’s okay to put one’s child on a leash-like device has set the mommy blogs ablaze, so much so that you would think parents were using these straps to lash their kids rather than rein them in.

It’s far from the first ti…………… continues on Globe and Mail

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Brian Thompson: Picking a parenting style
News from St. Augustine Record:

I must be a damn fool. A DAMN fool!

Never, in my wildest dreams, in my foolhardy notions, did I realize there were styles — actual styles! — of parenting. Did you know this? Do you have one?

It’s apparently just like clothing … plaid, skinny jeans, 70s post-hippie chic, drank two 12-packs and woke up in a kilt three days later. All styles.

Same thing with parenting. There are dozens, maybe even hundreds, of styles to choose from. I was bumbling about the Internet the other night when I learned this. I came across an article that talked about the most controversial ones. I thought it was about clothes that embarrass your kids so bad that they run off to join the circus. I had to click on it.

What I found blew my mind! All of these methods for raising children — in this case wild, far-out ones that are now in vogue. Like something called “Permissive Parenting.” This is when the parent doesn’t set any expectations or lay out any hard and fast rules. It has also been referred to as the, “Gee, officer, I don’t know why Timmy would have burned down the house” style.

The more I looked into it, the more I found.

I had no idea. I’ve gone more than 6 years without a parenting style, and I was alarmed. How could I be so foolish?!? I have to catch-up. I have to find one of my own … quick.

I am DESPERATELY out of style!

So…………… continues on St. Augustine Record

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Man sentenced to prison for parenting interference

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012

Man sentenced to prison for parenting interference
News from MiamiHerald.com:

A man who set off a months-long search when he took his children to the Bahamas on a sailboat rather than returning them to their mother in Montana has been sentenced to four years in prison for parenting interference.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/OtVgyi) 44-year-old James Bryant was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge John Brown in Bozeman.

Bryant was arrested in March when the U.S. Coast Guard found him and his children – ages 15, 13, and 12 – on a sailboat about 30 miles off the Florida coast.

The children were reported missing by Kelly Bryant of Belgrade when her ex-husband did not return them after they visited him in Florida last August.

James Bryant’s current wife, Angela, faces sentencing on July 19 for parenting interference. She was arrested in Hawaii.

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Nora Ephron On Parenting: Quotes About Motherhood And Raising …

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 June, 2012

Nora Ephron On Parenting: Quotes About Motherhood And Raising …
News from Huffington Post:

Along with legions of fans and friends and family, Nora Ephron leaves behind her two sons: Jacob and Max. In her 2006 essay collection “I Feel Bad About My Neck,” she wrote about the experience of being their mother. The piece was called “Parenting in Three Stages.” Like everything Nora wrote, it was personal, but it was a statement that resonated with all of us. She recounted what it was like to raise children from babies to adulthood, but she also pointed out that the notion of “parenting” as a thing was entirely new. She said:

“Suddenly, one day, there w…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Parenting is Like Building a DIY Time Capsule
News from Huffington Post:

I had a really terrific speech prepared for the keynote I was asked to give at last Saturday’s library dedication in North Bend, Nebraska. Actually, I was quite proud of it. But I never gave it.

Instead, I followed my typical pattern of belaboring over a speech, rehearsing it, tape recording it, listening to it over and over again to make sure I’ve locked down the talking points, and then — after being inspired by some unanticipated event — nix it all in favor of speaking from my heart.

I spent the first thousand days of my life, give or take, in North Bend, Nebraska. It was a town of about 1,200 of the finest folks you’d ever want to meet. And it still is today. Located about 40 miles west of Omaha, just north of the Platte River, it’s a town — like so many small, Midwestern towns — that’s grounded in family, friendships and for many, faith.

My parents lived there during the first dozen or so years of their married life, back in the fifties and early sixties. This was the town they saw the birth of their five sons. This was the town where they made lifelong friendships. It was the place where my father’s career actually took root — thanks to the fatherly support of…………… continues on Huffington Post

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‘Parenting ref’ ordered for Christie & ex-hubby

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 June, 2012

‘Parenting ref’ ordered for Christie & ex-hubby
News from New York Post:

The Hamptons’ most annoying crybabies are getting a nanny.

In a ruling that treats Christie Brinkley and ex-hubby Peter Cook like bickering second-graders, a Long Island judge signed off on a unique deal: The two will never again speak to each other and will get a “parenting coordinator” to supervise their dealings with their two teens.

The former model and the East End architect should have no problem with the first part of the settlement. They haven’t had any contact — apart from venomous courtroom glares — for the past two years.

The pact, approved by fed-up Suffolk Supreme Court Justice Mark Cohen, was formally signed Sunday by the couple.

PMc – Patrick McMullan

Peter Cook and Christie Brinkley

The second part may be harder for the brawling pair.

Their co-parenting of Sailor, 14, and Jack, 17, has been nothing short of a disaster with each side accusing the other of failing to adhere to preset schedules and stiffing them on the childrens’ expenses.

The parenting coordinator will mediate disputes over the teens’ visitations and expenses and make sure Brinkley and Cook carry out whatever deals they make.

Celebrity divorce attorney Raoul Felder said the no-speaking clause and coordinator measures are un…………… continues on New York Post

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All my parenting mistakes
News from Salon:

It’s a clear night in June, and I’m sitting in the bleachers at the high school, watching my daughter march onto the field, when I begin to cry.

It comes on fiercely, like the moon-pulled surf; and once I start I can’t stop. But I’m not crying for her, my beautiful, black-robed girl. She has a brilliant life ahead of her, starting with the out-of-state university that wooed her with scholarships and where I encouraged her to go.

I’m weeping for myself, for the woman I am now and the one I was when my first child was born. For the naive man who became my ex-husband and now sits across the field, on the opposing team’s side. For my older son who was lying in a hospital bed — as close to dead as a living person can be — when he should have been a senior. And for my younger son who carried his brother’s pain and was, secretly, soothing it with drugs when he graduated from this very same school.

The sadness that settles in is deep and profound and as immovable as time. Because my opportunity to change what once seemed like an endless childhood is over. I am done “raising” children. Countless women before me have had this realization, but we never quite believe it will arrive until it is right in front of us — the point at which you can no longer try harder. And this comes so much sooner than you think.

At 46 — an age when many of my friends still…………… continues on Salon

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When overprotective moms and dads need to back off. Dr. Robyn Silverman offers advice. Then, CNET’s Kara Tsuboi on how staying organized can keep your inner-helicopter grounded.
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Dr. Karp On Parenting And The Science Of Sleep

Posted by on Monday, 25 June, 2012

Dr. Karp On Parenting And The Science Of Sleep
News from NPR:

The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep

Simple Solutions for Kids from Birth to 5 Years

by Harvey Karp

Hardcover, 367 pages | purchase

  • Parenting & Families
  • Nonfiction

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Active parenting workshop offered
News from Coshocton Tribune:

COSHOCTON — The Mentoring Center of Coshocton County will offer the new Active Parenting Now workshop for parents of children ages 5 through 12. The six-session video-discussion program will be from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesdays from July 11 through Aug. 15 at The Mentoring Center, 410 Main St., second floor.

The program combines videos and discussion to help parents learn how to raise children who are cooperative, responsible and able to resist peer pressure. It also guides parents in dealing with sensitive issues such as drugs, sexuality and violence.

The program will be led by Sheila Mayse, a certified Active Parenting leader and Trainer of Trainers. Mayse is a licensed independent social worker with more than 18 years of experience working with children and families.

The cost for the course, including all program materials, is $ 25.

To register or for more information, call (740) 623-8110 or email mentoringcenter@ mentoringcentercc.org. Deadline for registration is July 3.

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Parenting program helps men become better dads

Posted by on Sunday, 24 June, 2012

Parenting program helps men become better dads
News from GoErie.com:

When John Stallworth learned his 5-year-old daughter wanted to spend more time with him, he got scared.

The young dad was having a difficult time figuring out how to love and care for his two girls equally. He admitted that he needed help communicating with his children.

Stallworth, 22, was referred to Parenting Matters, a program coordinated through the Family Guidance Center of Alabama that has two fatherhood-specific groups: 24/7 Dads and Quenching the Father Thirst. Participants voluntarily sign up for the programs; they are not court-ordered.

And in the month Stallworth has attended, his life has changed.

“I decided to come because I needed help on how to be a father,” said Stallworth, who is married and also has a 10-month-old daughter (his 5-year-old is from a previous relationship).

“I knew it was something I could get better at,” he said. “I’ve learned to quench my two daughters’ thirst – to be there for them emotionally, financially, and to support them in every decision they make.”

The fatherhood group meets once a week, shifting between the 24/7 Dads and Quenching the Father Thirst curriculum depending on needs. It serves to build on general healthy relationships, fatherhood relationships and economic stability.

“The biggest thing I see is communication,” said William Lazare, the FGC’s case manager superv…………… continues on GoErie.com

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Parenting advice
News from HollandSentinel.com:

Dear Rich: I have two kids and my youngest, who is almost three, is what people call a “strong-willed child”.  My other child is much more cooperative.  “Jacob” just seems to want to be in control of every situation.  He knows what he wants and it is difficult to change his mind once he has made it up.  I’m emailing you because I’m worried about what kind of person he will grow up to be.  Will he test authority all of the time?  Get in trouble?  Have trouble with relationships?  I could use some reassurance that things will turn out okay for him. 
— Jacob’s Mom

Dear Jacob’s Mom: There are plenty of reasons to be assured that your son is going to be just fine! 
Many parents describe their children as “strong-willed.”  The next time you are at work, a store, or at church, look around you; there are very well adjusted adults everywhere you look who were once considered “strong-willed” by their parents.
Since the dawn of time there have been some children who are naturally more head-strong than others.  Yes, children can be born that way.  Even children in the same family, as you have observed, can be amazingly different with respect to their penchant for being cooperative with others.
The key to developing your head strong son into a well adjusted adult is not to eliminate his opinionated nature, but to channel it into an acceptable form. With the ri…………… continues on HollandSentinel.com

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Pixar ‘Brave’ for tackling mother-daughter themes

Posted by on Saturday, 23 June, 2012

Pixar ‘Brave’ for tackling mother-daughter themes
News from Examiner.com:

Pixar’s latest movie to hit theaters — ‘Brave’ — is bound to strike a chord with mothers and daughters and may remind them of the conflicts they often face, particularly when daughters are navigating the difficult teen years.

Fans of the Disney princess franchise will find Merida unconventional, and the most outspoken princess to date. She is not merely free spirited. She is rebellious, particularly against her mother, which is at the heart of the film’s conflict. She has flaws, and this makes her a believable, dimensional character, the polar opposite of the goody two-shoes portrayal of a princess like Snow White in the classic Disney film.

The Disney princess that comes closest to Merida’s free spirit is Repunzel of “Tangled.” Both princesses share the desire to explore the world, but it would seem their mothers are standing in their way. Due to Merida’s attitude and belligerence against her mother, some viewers may not…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Simple parenting tips can change your home
News from San Antonio Express:

When Deborah Fry was a little girl, she would shut her eyes and dream of rescuing babies. They would be at one end of a rope, she’d be at the other, and she would creep along until she could grab the children and pull them to safety.

“That’s what I do today,” Fry says quietly. “Helping children, helping families is my passion.”

Fry is a parenting coach, and by definition, she spends more time working with adults than children. Sometimes she doesn’t even meet the kids, though she quickly learns all about them.

“My parents know they’ve taken on the biggest, most important job of their lives, but kids don’t come with instruction manuals,” Fry says. “The question on their minds is, ‘How can I be the best parent possible?’?”

Fry has lots of ideas, whether she’s coaching one-on-one at a client’s home, teaching after-hours parenting classes in private schools, offering information on her website, www.deborah-fry.com, or working as a part-time teacher at a Houston church school……………. continues on San Antonio Express

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Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel sits down with Parenting magazine’s AnaMary Connery to talk about her favorite role: being mom to daughter Bryn. www.parenting.com
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New Volleys in the Gay Parenting Wars

Posted by on Friday, 22 June, 2012

New Volleys in the Gay Parenting Wars
News from TIME:

Is the discussion over gay parenting becoming the abortion debate of the new era?

In the days since the release of a controversial study finding that children of gay parents fare worse than those of straight, married parents, the discussion over the results has reached ear-piercing levels. Intemperate words have been spoken. Accusations have been flung. And — in the roundhouse of academic fisticuffs — a competing study has been released.

The initial New Families Structure Study (NFSS), conducted by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus, found that the adult children of parents who have had same-sex relationships did worse socially, economically and psychologically than children raised in intact biological families. Based on the results, Regnerus concluded that the widely held notion that gay parenting is no different from straight parenting when it comes to children’s well-being was wrong.

It wasn’t long, however, before the NFSS, which was conducted very differently than the research that came before, was

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Bullied grandma: May have been a blessing in disguise
News from Examiner.com:

Before this week, not many people heard of Karen Klein. Now this sweet grandmother has become America’s sweetheart.

If you’re one of the few who don’t listen to the news or read a newspaper, you haven’t heard about this 68 year-old grandmother from Greece, NY who has become the poster child for being a victim of bullying.

Karen Klein is the bus monitor of Bus 784 in Greece, NY. This past Monday Karen Klein who is a school bus monitor for the Greece Athena Middle School in Greece, NY sat in the back of the bus while four middle school boys verbally abused her, taunted her about her weight, attacked her family and laughed at her as they made violent and graphic threats which reduced her to tears.

Luckily one of the seventh graders who was on the bus posted a video of the bullying on YouTube which went viral. By Wednesday, the school and the police were interviewing Klein and her bullies. At the same time Karen Klein became a celebrity. America and its neighbors became outraged and have donated over $ 525,000 to Mrs. Klein.

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