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Olympic women’s gymnastics: Gabby Douglas and parenting gold

Posted by on Tuesday, 31 July, 2012

Olympic women’s gymnastics: Gabby Douglas and parenting gold
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Gabby Douglas and the US Olympic women’s gymnastics successes make a mom ponder going for parenting gold – and the extreme sport it is to raise an Olympian.

Every four years we get to see how different parents go for the gold. Not just parents, but Olympic parents whose families are tight-knit and who themselves are self-sacrificing, with tearful post-medal stand hugs and commercials praising them for their dogged efforts to support dreams of gold. This year we even have a mom-to-be, eight months gone, competing.

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Even Bruce Springsteen Struggles With Parenting
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“Bruce is very smart. He wanted a family, he wanted a relationship, and he worked really, really, really hard at it — as hard as he works at his music.”

That is how Bruce Springsteen’s wife, Patti Scialfa, described her husband and his role as a father of three all-but-grown children in David Remnick’s illuminative story in the New Yorker last week.

I’m thinking it could apply — or should apply — to many of us.

The particulars of Springsteen’s “really, really, really hard” work are far from typical, of course. Raised by an abusive, likely bipolar father and suffering from bouts of severe depression, he channeled much of that pain into four decades of legendary music.

But the journey that Scialfa describes is universal. Doesn’t every parent, in his or her own way, have to adjust from being the lone wolf into part of a pack, putting others ahead of ourselves. Isn’t that exactly what becoming a parent is?

Some say the experience is natural, instinctive. The moment a child is born, everything shifts and new priorities and roles make themselves clear. More common is a version of Springsteen’s transformation — maybe we haven’t all worked “really, really, really hard,” but w…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Parenting classes offered in Scott Co. starting in September

Posted by on Monday, 30 July, 2012

Parenting classes offered in Scott Co. starting in September
News from Quad City Times:

Parenting classes offered in Scott Co. starting in September

Iowa State University Extension of Scott County will sponsor the program Parenting All Children Together for an eight-week series beginning Sept. 7. The program is designed to educate and offer support to parents and caregivers of children from birth through

5 years old in Scott County.

The series is in its second year. Members receive a free meal at every session, free child care while adults are learning, a gift at each session, transportation to get to the sessions if needed, $ 40 worth of items chosen by the participant if they attend at least six of the eight sessions, fun and friendship with other families and information to help parents and caregivers.

The program is financially supported by Scott County Kids Early Childhood Iowa.

To register, contact Marisa at the Iowa State University Extension office at 563-359-7577 or mbloom@iastate.edu.

Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging plans trip to Branson

The Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging is planning a motorcoach trip to Branson, Mo., Oct. 8-12. The trip will include admission to seven Branson shows (three morning, three evening and the Showboat Branson Bell), four nights of lodging, four breakfasts and four dinners and transport…………… continues on Quad City Times

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Lexington psychiatrist writes book on parenting kids with autism
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Lexington resident Dr. Blaise Aguirre has seen firsthand the impact an autism spectrum diagnosis can have, not just on the child but on the child’s family.

An expert in child, adolescent and adult psychotherapy, Aguirre is the medical director of 3East at McLean Hospital in Belmont and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard University. His recent book, “Parenting Your Child with Autism: Practical Solutions, Strategies, and Advice for Helping Your Family,” which he co-wrote with M. Anjali Sastry, PhD, serves as a guidebook for parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Aguirre spoke with the Lexington Minuteman about his new book and the rise in autism diagnoses in children.

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Many parents learn that their child has autism at a time when life is hectic for even the most typical of families. We asked ourselves the question: How can parents educate themselves about what the diagnosis means, navigate the medical and educational systems, and deal with d…………… continues on Wicked Local

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Auditor Calls ‘Gay Parenting’ Study ‘Bullshit’

Posted by on Saturday, 28 July, 2012

Auditor Calls ‘Gay Parenting’ Study ‘Bullshit’
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The much-maligned study of parenting by controversy-stoking sociologist Mark Regnerus, which has become both ammunition and target in political battles over marriage equality, is taking another hit. The Chronicle of Higher Education is reporting that an audit of the study and the way it was handled by the journal Social Science Research is highly critical of the study and the peer reviewers on which the journal editor relied.

According to Tom Bartlett’s Chronicle article, audit author Darren Sherkat describes the Regnerus study as “bullshit,” which could serve as a concise summary of the conclusion of the study’s critics, including more than 200 researchers and scholars who signed a long open letter.  (A much smaller group has defended Regnerus).

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When God Whispers Loudly

When God Whispers Loudly

When God Whispers Loudly
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When God whispers, the wise listen. In this short story, a busy husband and father fails to heed the quiet voice of the Lord. I doing so, he experiences the loving admonition of God whispering loudly. 2750 words, available without charge at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords ebook sites.

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Linda P. Campbell: Some parenting lessons don’t get old

Posted by on Friday, 27 July, 2012

Linda P. Campbell: Some parenting lessons don’t get old
News from Sacramento Bee:

During a recent cellphone conversation, a new-father friend tried to stay on the line while tending to one of his month-old twins, whose neediness was evident in the background. I said he’d know he could handle anything when he could talk on the phone while holding a baby in each arm.

That was easier to do, of course, in the old days of receivers you could easily anchor between ear and shoulder.

Being much younger, my friend probably will Skype or set the cell on speaker and prove my parenting experience obsolete.

But as my two aged out of their teens Wednesday, I knew that some things they’ve taught me on our journey the past 20 years won’t grow outdated.

Author Robert Fulghum very sagely wrote in 1988 that all he really needed to know he learned in kindergarten.

I didn’t go to kindergarten, which might be why I’ve had to learn so much from my kids.

You’ll never forget the first day you saw their faces.

If there’s a joy that compares to finally meeting the little miracles who’ve been kicking you from the inside, getting to count their tiny toes and marveling at their teensily perfect fingernails, I haven’t come across it.

A clean house is overrated, and the laundry will wait.

Remember that time your kids hugged you for scrubbing the toilets and vacuuming pet hair off the rug? Me neither. B…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Parenting severely disabled kids can be a great source of happiness
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In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2009, Dawn Tosado, right reads a passage from the Bible as husband Eddie holds their 12-day-old daughter, Eliesse Myosotis in their home in Waterbury, Conn. Eliesse was diagnosed with a deadly genetic disorder, Trisomy 18, while still in her mother’s womb.

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Regardless of the length of their lives, children with trisomy 13 or trisomy 18 — a chromosomal abnormality that can cause shortened lifespans and severe disabilities — not only led happy lives, but enriched the lives of their families, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics July 23.

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London 2012 Olympics: Behind the Scenes – Examiner.com

Posted by on Thursday, 26 July, 2012

London 2012 Olympics: Behind the Scenes – Examiner.com
News from London 2012 Olympics: Behind the Scenes – Examiner.com:

A different view of the Olympics, from behind the scenes:

“As an attorney and responsible for the safety of the delegation ;( I drafted the crisis communication and evacuation plans). I am pretty careful about what I post but if you find anything of interest, feel free to use. Hope all is well.”

Atty Steve Levine at the London 2012 Olympic Games

July 16

For those thinking of the glamour of the Olympics – landed 4 hours ago — still on a shuttle van loaded to the top with luggage and 8 team members with no permission to leave even though we are at the campus. All are tired, hungry but the mood remains positive. There are more questions than answers at the moment. Organized chaos I believe.

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At the USOC, they prepare us to operate in what is referred to as ‘Games mode’ a sort of all hands on deck mentality. In preparation for the Games we were advised of the 3 necessities for surviving 30 – 40 days with no break; eat sleep and exercise. They said you will only be able to meet 2 of these…………… continues on London 2012 Olympics: Behind the Scenes – Examiner.com

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Parenting in a nutshell: Tubby time brings out the ‘squirmies’
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Published: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9:47 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 9:47 a.m.

Bath time is an opportunity to bond with baby, as well as get your child clean. But for children who have gotten to the wiggly stage, sitting still as they get washed might be difficult. Infants and toddlers who squirm around in a slippery, water-filled tub need vigilance on the part of the adult giving the bath while making the experience fun for all.

— First up, gather everything you need before you fill the tub and bring your child into the bathroom. Towels, soap, shampoo, diapers, jammies, slippers, etc. This will save you the distraction of fishing around for these items while your child is in the tub, squirming.

— Fill the tub with just an inch or so of water. That’s plenty to get clean and have fun in.

— Add some child-friendly bubble bath. Read labels before purchasing.

— Place a towel over your shoulder so you are easily able to grasp a slippery child by employing some friction (the towel) vs. your slippery hand on her slippery arm.

— If you have to turn away for a moment to pick something up off the floor, etc., first place a firm grip on your child’s upper arm or shoulder to make sure they don’t slip under the water. It only takes a few seconds for that to happen.

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Parenting advice: Author Vicki Hoefle says to stop micromanaging

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 July, 2012

Parenting advice: Author Vicki Hoefle says to stop micromanaging
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Vicki Hoefle, creator of the ‘Parenting on Track’ program, discusses the parenting strategies in her new book, ‘Duct Tape Parenting.’ The key takeaway: Stop trying to micromanage your kids and focus on building real relationships.

Whether it’s Tiger Mom, Bringing up Bebe, or Dr. Sears (not to mention the slippery slope of mommy/daddy web forums), American parents are awash in advice, criticisms, and suggestions for how to raise their kids.

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More spaying for West Nile Virus in Dallas

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 July, 2012

More spaying for West Nile Virus in Dallas
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So far, there have been twenty-two human cases and fifty-four mosquito pools that have tested positive for West Nile Virus in Dallas. Families all over Dallas can be assured that the city of Dallas is aggressively addressing the situation. Just released today, July 23rd, 2012, areas in Southeast Dallas, Northwest Dallas and Southwest Dallas are scheduled for spraying on Wednesday night, July 25th, 2012 at 10 p.m. and concluding July 26th, 2012 at 3 a.m. Here are the specific areas of concern.

  • Control Area; Southeast Dallas: The area to be sprayed is within an area bounded on the north by Interstate 20 on the west by Seagoville Road, on the south by Stark Road, and on the east by Lasater Road.
  • Control Area; Northwest Dallas: The area to be sprayed is bounded on the north by Calculus Drive and Rickover Drive, on the west by Cox Lane, on the south by Alta Vista Lane and on the east by Crestline Avenue.
  • Control Area; Southwest Dallas: The area to be sprayed is bounded on the north by Lindaloe Lane and West Camp Wisdom Road, on the west by F.M. 1382, on the south by Foxhaven Nature Center and on the east by Eagle Ford Dri…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Parenting Perspectives: Having odd children is a good thing
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There’s a phrase I use to describe my 8-year-old twin daughters: “delightfully strange.” You may sometimes hear me say “delightfully weird.” Quirky. Offbeat. Different. They’re just odd little humans.

And I love it.

To illustrate, let’s talk about the Maybuddy. Ariana described the Maybuddy as a “ship that can turn into any vehicle.” It looks like a “half rocket, half box,” Talia added.

Their “buddies” ride around in the Maybuddy, a word that is a combination of “buddy” and “Mayflower” (yeah, like the Pilgrims sailed in). Their buddies are their stuffed animals of various kinds who ride around to different adventures in the Maybuddy. These adventures can be more concrete (as when they’re using a cardboard box loaded up wit…………… continues on In-Forum

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Heroes amongst the massacre: Colorado shooting

Posted by on Monday, 23 July, 2012

Heroes amongst the massacre: Colorado shooting
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Heroes disarmed a booby trapped apartment at their own peril; others used their own bodies as shields, taking bullets for friends; others ordered those around them to the ground and coached them through the mayhem; others helped the wounded and terrified to safety, and all the while the movie played.

The blame externalizing social scientists have not yet raised their voices to proclaim it is “our” fault, or the fault of some 14 year old who teased him for being too “brainy” or “skinny” that made James Holmes take 3 loaded weapons into a movie theater. There he shot 70, killing 12, blowing the hearts and hopes out of countless families in the process.

The anti-fantasy game voices have been raised, the anti-violence in movies rants have begun and Mayor Bloomberg and Arianna Huffington, among others, demand gun control discussions.

Who was the red haired joker of death? As his profile comes into focus there are hints Holmes may have a fragile grip on reality. As an 18 year old he researched “temporal illusions”. He said it is “an illusion that allows you to change the past. “ He was studying “what takes place inside the mind, as opposed to the external world”.

A common illusion when we are in danger is that time appears to elongate, this is called “time dilation”. While time elongating is an illusion medical scanners and computers allow scient…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Two plus two equals ?
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In the wake of President Barack Obama’s announcement of the creation of a new Master Teacher Corps to promote better education for students in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields, it has just been learned that thousands of Minnesota high school graduates would not have graduated without waivers from the state. The reason for this is simple: they did not pass Minnesota’s mathematics graduation test.

While the validity of the test can be questioned as is the case with all standardized tests, this is still an alarming announcement. It is almost impossible to come up with an exact number since the Minnesota Department of Education does not track the number of waivers issued but it is a substantial number. Approximately 57 percent of students fail the test on the first attempt and there is no record of how many pass on subsequent attempts. A waiver is issued after a student has failed to pass the test on three attempts and then receives remedial education in the topic. There is no alternative form of testing or follow-up to ensure that the student reaches a certain level of proficiency. Some districts chose to track the number of students who need a waiver to graduate. Anoka-Hennepin, for instance, reports that 17% or graduates needed waivers. That number was 36% for M…………… continues on Examiner.com

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The psychological impact of single parenting

Posted by on Sunday, 22 July, 2012

The psychological impact of single parenting
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A new focus of psychiatry and psychology should be dedicated to understanding the impact of single parenthood on children—and trying to minimize the damage.  About 41 percent of births in the United States now occur outside the context of marriage.  That’s up from 17 percent three decades ago.

I don’t think that trend is going to change.  I believe it will accelerate.  For lots of reasons, including the fact that we haven’t come up with a structure for marriage that pays heed to each spouse’s need for independence (never mind sexual fulfillment), divorce rates will continue to rise, and marriage will continue to fall out of favor.

While the economic toll of living with one parent—far more frequently a mother than a father—is known to be negative (with childhood poverty much more likely), too little is known and even less published about the psychological effects.  Depression and behavioral disturbances occur at higher rates, but that may be the tip of the iceberg.

Having talked to children and adults in my practice of psychiatry over the past twenty years, I know that there are unresolved and, often, unaddressed concerns that children harbor when they are raised largely by one parent, and even when parenting is shared by divorced spouses.  These include:

• Core psychological questions (which are, of course, not rational) about whether, as th…………… continues on Fox News

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A new way of teaching the teachers
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St. Paul and Minneapolis will be trying a new approach to teacher training this upcoming school year. The Twin Cities Teacher Collaborative STEM Urban Teacher Residency program, or TC2, is a residency program similar to that of a doctor in which a student in a teacher preparation program will be paired with a mentor teacher for the entire school year and the two will work together in the classroom for the entire school day and co-teach the classes. This gives the student a type of immersion training similar to what doctors and lawyers receive but that has not been the norm in the past. The first teacher residency program was introduced eleven years ago and several states are trying this new method of teacher training.

The residency approach is being used as a way to replace student teaching for preparing students with non-education backgrounds for teaching. The immersion element of the program is the key in that both the mentor and the student will be present in the classroom at all times and working collaboratively to educate the students. Traditional student teaching often started with the experienced teacher watching the student at the beginning of the year but then leaving the student along to te…………… continues on Examiner.com

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The Master Teacher Corps

Posted by on Saturday, 21 July, 2012

The Master Teacher Corps
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On Wednesday, President Barack Obama unveiled plans to create a Master Teacher Corps in an attempt to improve student’s performance in math and science classes. This Corps, which would initially include 2,500 teachers split amongst the 50 states, would give the teachers selected a $ 20,000 per year stipend for a multi-year commitment to participate in the program. Obama has repeatedly touted his commitment to put federal spending into education as an investment in making the nation stronger and this is another initiative in that direction.

The idea behind the Master Teacher Corps is to identify the top performing teachers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) and reward them for their mastery. In addition, these teachers would then be expected to work with their peers and share their knowledge and teaching techniques so that the overall level of education will increase for all students. How this would happen, exactly, was not revealed. Math and science were targeted due to being identified as key areas for the country’s future economic growth as well as to close the well-publicized gap in achievement that exists in these areas when compared to other countries.

As is to be expected, the plan is not without its detractors. While Republicans are quick to voice…………… continues on Examiner.com

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The Boy Scouts stick with anti-gay policy
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This past Tuesday, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made their final decision on whether to overturn the organization’s 102-year old ban on LGBT individuals serving in the BSA. The organization has decided to retain its policy of denying the LGBT community to serve as members or leaders, re-stating that it is “not granting membership to open or avowed homosexuals.”

JENNIFER TYRRELL

The final BSA policy outcome has evoked strong reactions in people throughout the country, including former den mother Jennifer Tyrrell. With the goal of overturning the BSA’s long-standing gay ban, Tyrrell collected about 275,000 signatures for her groundbreaking petition this past June.

Kicked out of her son Cruz’s Cub Scout troop in April of this year for being gay, Tyrrell tried to change the BSA’s old policy, her petition having a dual purpose:

  • To include LGBT people in the organization
  • Reinstate Tyrrell and son Cruz back into their Cub Scout troop.

Tuesday’s news has not discouraged Tyrrell. She has remained…………… continues on Examiner.com

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