Archive for August, 2012

Wade parenting book also packs basketball punch

Posted by on Friday, 31 August, 2012

Wade parenting book also packs basketball punch
News from Sun-Sentinel:

MIAMI —    The whirlwind starts next week for Dwyane Wade, with Tuesday appearances on “The View” and Letterman. It continues with a book tour that opens that day in New York with the release of his parenting treatise, “A Father First: How my life became bigger than basketball,” and continues with three stops later in the week in South Florida.

   While the griping, heartfelt first-person account of emerging from a contentious divorce with primary custody of his two young sons is the tome’s focus, it also tells the parallel story of Wade’s basketball arc, including his championship seasons with the Miami Heat.

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‘Teen Mom’ Maci Bookout offers parenting advice to Snooki
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August 31, MTV announced in honor of Snooki’s baby Lorenzo which she gave birth to on August 25, that they are putting together a video from her MTV family with tips and tricks that MTV stars have learned about Parenting. ‘Teen Mom’ star Maci Bookout was among the parents to leave Snooki a message on parenting. This is Maci’s advice.

  1. Get sleep whenever you can- “When the baby’s sleeping, make sure you sleep, because that’s what you’re going to need the most.”
  2. Get the baby used to noise: “Make sure that you keep loud noises on when the baby’s sleeping, and make sure that you take him to the mall and out all the time right when he’s born so he’s used to it.”
  3. Enjoy the ride: “It’s a trip, have fun!”

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‘Octomom’ Is Dispensing Parenting Advice?

Posted by on Thursday, 30 August, 2012

‘Octomom’ Is Dispensing Parenting Advice?
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What do you make of parenting advice from Nadya Suleman?

You probably know her better as Octomom, and her latest incarnation (after trying her hand at stripping, and singing and porn videos and reality TV and dating for cash) is blogging over on mamapedia.com about discipline.

In a post that is both more revealing and less persuasive than she intends, Suleman describes her own childhood, raised by parents who were overly permissive. Among the “unhealthy repercussions” of that, she writes, is it left her “always wanting more and more.” Such as a total of 14 children, perhaps?

She vowed to do…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Teen Mom series finale recap
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After four seasons on Teen Mom, plus a year on 16 and Pregnant, the four original teen moms said their final goodbyes in the series finale, which aired August 28 on MTV.

After five years of ups and downs involving parenting, relationships and more, the series finished on a positive note about growing up in the face of teen parenting. If you didn’t catch the end, here’s a recap.

Maci Bookout. Teen mom, Maci, who was 17 when her son, Bentley, was born, continued to deal with custody battles with ex, Ryan Edwards. Throughout the season, Ryan continued to say he wanted to opt for 50/50 custody. He finally made it official when he went to see his lawyer to discuss the matter. Ryan also discussed wanting to stop Maci from being allowed to live with her boyfriend, Kyle, even though they have already lived together for the past two years. Ryan was put in his place by his girlfriend, Dalis, who stated: “What if we want to live together? We’ve talked about it. It’s the same thing.” When speaking with her mother, Maci insisted that she hoped Ryan would finally take her to court so Ryan would “Stop talking about it.”

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Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom: The Series Finale Ends With Birthdays, Not …

Posted by on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom: The Series Finale Ends With Birthdays, Not …
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It’s finally over. You might be tearing up that last night’s Teen Mom series finale was your last chance to look in on Amber, Maci, Catelynn, and Farrah as they negotiate single motherhood, but I’m just glad I don’t have to deal with these girls’ baggage and recap this show anymore. The series ended on a high note by celebrating all of the kids’ birthdays; even though they were born months apart, the footage was edited so that each plotline (minus Catelynn/Tyler) closed by focusing on the children. It was a smart move.

For some of the girls, the finale was less exciting than earlier episodes this season; while Amber and Tyler screamed at people/dogs, Maci and Farrah didn’t do much of anything. In some ways it’s comforting that MTV didn’t orchestrate some outlandish conflict to amp up the tension. Plus, I’m sure it’s meant to show that even the most mundane plotlines are part of these girls’ lives as they try to raise their kids right.

MACI

DO: Keep your conflicts out of your kid’s birthday

While it’s clear that Maci and Ryan are fighting over the mechanics of Bentley‘s birthday, I have to give them props for focusing on Bentley in the momen…………… continues on Crushable

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Parenting means supporting your child, not pleasing their teacher
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Kathryn Naftzger and her son, Sam.

 

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It was the third week of kindergarten when we got the first call. Our son, Sam, was having trouble “not being silly” and his teacher was not happy.

Sam was testing limits, wise-cracking for a laugh, acting out for attention. Here we go again, I thought. The same old mischief in a brand new class. We’d been down this road before, as my enthusiastic son has a talent for exasperating those supervising him.

As I listened to Sam’s teacher, I had the same old reaction: a lurch in my gut and a quickening of my pulse as I scrambled for the “right” response-something empathetic, something helpful. Then, as always, I reflexively directed our chat toward all the ways I…………… continues on Chicago Parent

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Mom of missing SC boy told police she needed break from parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Mom of missing SC boy told police she needed break from parenting
News from The Augusta Chronicle:

Mom of missing S.C. boy told police she needed break from parenting

Prosecutors played a lengthy interview in which Zinah Jennings told police she was stressed from parenting, criticism from her mother and being unemployed and needed some time to herself. Sgt. Arthur Thomas is heard repeatedly telling Jennings that he understands her situation and just needs to see the boy to know that he’s OK.

“We’ll deal with you still having a break,” Thomas says, also telling Jennings she needs to pray for help. “You don’t have to feel like you’re being forced to take the child back.”

Jennings still refused to give details about her son, becoming defensive when talking about caring for him and saying she had known the people with whom she left him for a long time.

“It’s very frustrating,” said Jennings, referring to pressure she felt from her mother. “All eyes are on me. … I know why I’m here, and I don’t care what she has to say about it.”

Jennings, 23, is on trial for unlawful conduct toward a child. Her son, Amir, was 18 months old when he was last seen around Thanksgiving. Jen­nings has said her son is safe but won’t say where he is.

Earlier Tuesday, prosecutors began laying out their case against Jennings. In an opening statement, Assis­tant Solicitor Dolly Justice Gar­field said Amir is the crux of the case.

Defense attorney Hem…………… continues on The Augusta Chronicle

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Connecticut toughens an underage drinking law

Posted by on Tuesday, 28 August, 2012

Connecticut toughens an underage drinking law
News from Examiner.com:

As parents send their children back to school, Connecticut parents of teens have something new and scary to study: a significant revision of an underage drinking law that may have thousands of residents paying big fines and facing jail time.

In the last few minutes of Connecticut’s state legislative session in May, several high-profile bills were passed which received a great deal of media attention, including those affecting education, the death penalty, access to palliative marijuana and voter registration. However, one bill, expected to affect every family in the state, slipped in under the radar and that bill becomes law on October 1, 2012.

Passage of Public Act 12-199 officially revised the state’s existing Social Host Law, impacting Connecticut residents who willfully or accidentally permit anyone under 21 to drink alcohol on their residential or business property. While that may sound like a great idea, the broadened scope of the amended law – Section 30-89a of the general statutes common…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Why I didn’t circumcise my sons

Posted by on Monday, 27 August, 2012

Why I didn’t circumcise my sons
News from CNN:

Will Robertson says he has no problem with circumcision, but wanted to “leave well enough alone” for his sons.
  • Dad Will Robertson is circumcised, but chose not to circumcise his sons
  • He says he and his wife decided to let their children “live as they were born”
  • Robertson recalls a friend who underwent circumcision as an eighth-grader
  • He says he could not subject his infant sons to excruciating pain

(Parenting.com) — I am a 38-year-old father of two little boys living in Portland, Oregon, and I like my circumcised penis.

However, when it came time to decide the fate of my sons’ own genitalia, my wife and I bucked the trend and let them live as they were born.

First, to be clear: I’m no “intactivist.” I do n…………… continues on CNN

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Parenting: Technology can get out of hand fast
News from Belleville News Democrat:

Recently I read about a Missouri middle school that is requiring all students to purchase an iPad to use in class.

It’s a private school, so requiring such a pricey device of all students is probably easier than instituting such a requirement in a public school. At Boogie’s school, all the students have netbooks, but those netbooks belong to the school and are assigned to students throughout the year. They were purchased with a technology grant.

If her school required that I buy an iPad for her, I’d pretty much be up a creek trying to find the money to buy my 11-year-old a piece of technology I can’t even justify for myself. Heck, she doesn’t even have an email address or a Facebook page and I turned off the data package on her phone to prevent random, unsupervised surfing of that great big, sometimes scary, always information-packed world of the Internet. I see far too many kids her age with their noses buried in a computer or a phone, and I just don’t want that for her. Surprisingly, she doesn’t complain at all because I never gave her the chance to become a technology addict.

Don’t get me wrong, she needs to know the technology and how to use it. She won’t survive the modern world without that knowledge and skill base. She uses the computer at home under supervision after she finishes her chores and homework and uses one regularly at school, als…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Tropical Storm Isaac: Georgia alert

Posted by on Sunday, 26 August, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac: Georgia alert
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§ It is the 7th anniversary of Katrina and the 20th anniversary of Andrew. If these monsters taught us anything it is that we need to prepare. Tropical Storm Isaac will probably organize into a hurricane. Even though it seems to be swinging west its track could change quickly. On its present course the outer bands of the storm will bring rain and storms to parts of Georgia. The Weather Channel, FEMA, GEMA and the Red Cross urge households to prepare, to monitor its progress and leave enough time to evacuate if it heads your way.

Firstly limit projectiles, bring in outdoor furniture, barbeques, umbrellas, hanging plants, trash cans, bikes, toys and potted plants.

Fill the car with gas in case you are ordered to evacuate. Have enough cash to cover an unscheduled road trip as ATM’s may not be in working order. If you have animals prepare their crates for traveling. If you do not want to travel with them arrange for them to be boarded with friends or families along the evacuation route but out of harm’s way. Pet shelters are hard to come by and fill quickly. Depending on a shelter for your pets should be your last resort. Know alternate evacuati…………… continues on Examiner.com

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I am worried my daughter is a victim of domestic violence
News from Allentown Morning Call:

Q: My 28-year-old daughter has two children, ages 5 and 7. She is living with a man who I believe is hitting her. I have seen bruises on her face, but she makes excuses. I am very concerned about my grandchildren being exposed to this man’s violence. What can I do?

A: It is hard to get help for someone if they don’t want help, the Help for Families panel says. You probably feel helpless seeing your daughter in this situation.

“It is difficult to have a conversation with a loved one in that situation,” says panelist Lorna Locascio-Clause. “Don’t tell her to leave, that’s being controlling and that’s what she lives with.”

Ask her if you and she can talk about it, she says.

“Put it out there that you are open to having a conversation,” she says. “If she starts talking, don’t tell her she should leave. Listen to her non-judgmentally. Steer her toward domestic violence information online.”

You need to approach cautiously, agrees panelist Michael Daniels.

“Don’t be overprotective,” he says. “As parents we want to control our children and it’s too easy to jump into that role.”

Your role as grandparents needs to be supportive for both your daughter and grandchildren, says panelist Mary Lou Scarf.

Help your grandchildren by taking them places and getting the…………… continues on Allentown Morning Call

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The parenting guru

Posted by on Saturday, 25 August, 2012

The parenting guru
News from Hindustan Times:

Though aged 38, Shilpa Gupta often acts like a child: she yells, screams and throws tantrums. And she loves doing it.

Gupta is a certified parenting coach who plays a child in her classroom in front of a group of parents — her “students”. She runs a seven-week course called

Common Sense Parenting.

Before she became a full-time parenting coach in 2009, Gupta was a practising ENT surgeon.

“I have two daughters. My husband had to go abroad for a year to study, which threw up new parenting challenges for me. Whenever I asked my friends or relatives, they offered divergent solutions to parenting issues that I was faced with,” says Gupta.

“The absence of definitive answers convinced me about the need for parenting coaches,” she adds.

She decided to join the Responsible Child Care and Common Sense Parenting courses run by Love Humanity International, a Gujarat-based organisation, for parenting trainers.

Three years ago, she quit as an ENT surgeon to work as a parenting coach. Today, she holds parenting classes at the basement of a GK-II house.

“I am not a counsellor or a therapist. I teach practical skills that can be used daily by parents in dealing with changing behaviour of their children,” she says.

The former surgeon’s kit today comprises a laptop, a parenting manual, a textbook on parenting and ready-reference skill car…………… continues on Hindustan Times

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Reinventing Me Again
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The article, “Raising Successful Children,” by Madeline Levine recently published in the New York Times, addresses the danger of helicopter parenting and provocatively tees up the topic of what women’s roles are as parents.

After describing the benefits of a more hands-off approach to parenting as a formula for building confidence and success in children, Ms. Levine presents the big issue of parents taking care of their own needs. In her conclusion she says:

“Parents also have to make sure their own lives are fulfilling. There is no parent more vulnerable to the excesses of over parenting than an unhappy parent. One of the most important things we do for our children is to present them with a version of adult life that is appealing and worth striving for.”

So to make it easier to “let go” as parents, we’d better make sure we have our own lives we are attending to.

When I turned 50, I was in the midst of a period of self-questioning. How could I create a fulfilling day-to-day life now that my kids were leaving home? My friends were all beginning to ask the same question and the issue of finding something we loved to do was key.

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Parenting Tips from the Experts

Posted by on Friday, 24 August, 2012

Parenting Tips from the Experts
News from CBS News:

Ever wonder how a pediatrician keeps her own kids safe or what a nutritionist feeds her own child? Laura Kalehoff, Executive Editor for American Baby went straight to the source and asked the experts for their own personal tips.

The speech therapist says talk up your kids activities. If a baby is holding a cup and hands it to you, that’s communication. Respond with “cup” and then pretend to take a sip and say, “Mommy drinks from a cup and now it’s your turn to drink.” You’re teaching your child that her actions-and eventually her words-matter. She’ll also be motivated to keep talking to you.

The music teacher says establish a harmonious home. Whether you’re at home or in the car, play beats you can enjoy. This signals to your child that music is important and fun. Also, when you go to music class, don’t just sit and clap half heartedly. The teacher should inspire you to sing and dance because the energy of the class relies on the oomph the adults bring.

The pediatrician says to keep children safe. Wear helmets all the time. No exceptions ANY TIME even to a neighbor’s house down the block. Say no to walkers. A lot of pediatricians hate them. Most walkers are now only available secondhand, but never accept one from someone getting rid of baby gear. The wheels make them extremely dangerous because babies can all too quickly maneuver it…………… continues on CBS News

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Mormon Parenting: Relationships: continuing your courtship
News from Deseret News:

We were sitting on the lawn at Red Butte Garden last week listening to Diana Krall sing jazz.

The stars were coming out, the evening was balmy and calm — an equilibrium night. The music was magical, and the whole effect was magnificently romantic.

We were on our weekly date, and we were in love — more than ever.

Decades ago, sitting in a stake conference, we heard our Boston Stake President Elder L. Tom Perry advise all married couples to continue their courtship and go out on a date once each week. Then he promised us all that if we would do that one simple thing — take our wives out on a real date once a week — that our love and commitment to each other would continue to grow.

Quite a challenge, quite a commitment, quite a promise.

We have a friend who observes that most Mormons, in his opinion, work harder at being good parents than at being good husbands or wives. And this is a problem, because it is our spouses who are our eternal partners and who we are told to leave father and mother for and to “cleave” to.

It is analogous t…………… continues on Deseret News

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Parenting without violence

Posted by on Thursday, 23 August, 2012

Parenting without violence
News from DVIDS:

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. – Marine Corps Community Services will hold a Nurturing Parenting course. The course is a 15 week Celebrations and Consequences parenting group series beginning Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The series brings the dynamic philosophy and practices of nurturing parenting to the Tri-Command community starting Sept. 6, at the New Parent Support Program Conference Room located in the Marine Corps Exchange shopping center at Laurel Bay.

“The Nurturing Parenting Philosophy of non-violent parenting focuses on the development of empathy, self-worth, self–awareness, empowerment, and discipline with dignity, appropriate family roles and age-appropriate expectations of children’s development,” said Marcy Houston, a MCCS behavioral health clinical counselor. “The group features activities to foster positive parenting skills, self-nurturing and family nurturing time.”

Free childcare will be provided for those attending the series as well as light snacks and refreshments.

The topics that will be covered include developing morals and values in children, improving self worth, helping children handle stress and feelings, keeping children drug free and more.
“The program is for the benefit of Marines and their families,” said Houston. “It serves to teach parents non-violent techniques that are much more effe…………… continues on DVIDS

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Bill Shorten holds the line on parenting payments
News from The Australian:

EMPLOYMENT Minister Bill Shorten has vowed to press on with legislation that will force 100,000 single mothers off parenting payments and on to the dole, despite a Senate report dominated by Labor MPs suggesting it be delayed indefinitely.

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