Archive for September, 2012

XL Foods loses operating licence over E. coli link

Posted by on Friday, 28 September, 2012

XL Foods loses operating licence over E. coli link
News from Examiner.com:

CBC news reported that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has suspended the operating licence of XL Foods at the Alberta-based plant in Brooks which has been linked to several recalls of more than 250 beef products for fear of E. coli contamination.

Products at the plant are being held by the CFIA to be tested for the bacteria, the agency announced late Thursday night.

The plant will not be able to resume operations until corrective measures imposed by the CFIA have been undertaken.

“The company took initial steps to ensure the safety of food being produced and at the time committed to additional steps to deal with all issues and prevent recurrence. However, based on information provided by XL Foods Inc. on Sept. 26, as well as through CFIA inspector oversight, the CFIA has determined that these deficiencies have not been completely corrected. To date, the company has not adequately implemented agreed upon corrective actions and has not presented acceptable plans to address longer-term issues.” the agency said in a release.

XL Foods also expanded its voluntary recall –of more than 250 meat products which have already been pulled from Canadian stores-to all raw meat produced on Aug. 24, 27, 28, 29 and…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Banning the Word ‘Penis?’ Parenting Fail
News from Huffington Post:

Every now and then I get so completely aggravated by a “news” item that I feel compelled to write about it immediately. And that’s what happened when I read Lisa Belkin’s piece about a mother trying to shield her son from the word “penis.” That’s okay. Read that sentence again. I’m sure it sounds somewhat insane.

I am the first to admit that I am the language police. I encourage (no, I insist) that my children use anatomically correct language when describing body parts. I challenge their use of slang and always talk to them about what words (even profanity) means and why we should (or should not) use certain terms. Language is important; words are powerful.

So back to the original story. Carinn Jade of Mommyish became upset when her 3-year-old son came home from preschool hearing the words: win, penis and girlfriend.

Jade’s reaction to the word penis:

I don’t understand why little kids find the word “penis” so funny, but it’s undisputed that they do. Which is one of the reasons we never introduced the word at home; it just becomes maddening ammunition to get a rise out of mommy and daddy. I…………… continues on Huffington Post

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St. Paul School District hires almost 200 new teachers

Posted by on Wednesday, 26 September, 2012

St. Paul School District hires almost 200 new teachers
News from Examiner.com:

In a world in which cuts in education funding have become the norm and school districts are not looking for new educators or are even cutting positions, there is some refreshing news in St. Paul. In an effort to further its goal of raising student achievement, the St. Paul school district has recently hired around 200 new educators. The district filled 193 vacant teaching slots, 110 of which were newly created, and now employs around 3,500 educators.

What makes this hiring spree exceptional is that while most school districts are cutting budgets, the St. Paul School District added more than $ 17 million to its budget with most of that allocated to the funding needed to hire the teachers. One of the main areas of hiring was elementary science teachers. This is because the district also put in an initiative to allow teachers more time to collaboratively review students work. While the teachers are doing this, the students will receive science education, 100 additional hours per week, and thus the need for more science teachers. The district had concerns about being able to fill all…………… continues on Examiner.com

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‘Routines and Rhythms of Parenting’ offered at Cohen Hillel
News from Wicked Local:

Jewish Federation of the North Shore and Cohen Hillel Academy are partnering to offer to the North Shore for the first time “Routines and Rhythms of Parenting,” a program designed to address the practical challenges of the daily parenting routine, and the possibilities that Jewish structures can offer for creating a life of purpose. The course is a program of Parenting through a Jewish Lens, developed by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies.

“Routines provide our children with comfort and a sense of order, and Jewish rhythms provide meaning,” explained Alanna Cooper, JFNS director of adult Jewish education, cultural anthropologist and program designer. “I work on creating both sorts of structure for my own daughters, and am passionate about exploring these aspects of parenting in my teaching.”

Four Sunday-morning sessions will take place at Cohen Hillel Academy on Oct. 14, 21 and 28 and Nov. 8 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free babysitting will be offered. Topics include:

  • “The Daily Parenting Routine: Mornings and Evenings” — how finding meaning in the daily rhythm can provide security and a sense of purpose in our homes.
  • “Marking the Weeks and Months” — how Jewish tradition provides ways to mark the moments as children grow and to be mindful of the incremental changes in our family lives.
  • “The Life Cycle” — how Jewish tr…………… continues on Wicked Local

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Parenting: Is your family prepared for the worst?

Posted by on Monday, 24 September, 2012

Parenting: Is your family prepared for the worst?
News from Belleville News Democrat:

— News-Democrat

Do your kids know what to do in case a disaster strikes?

I don’t mean the Mayan-predicted end of the world or the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse kind of disaster, but a natural disaster, like a fire, tornado, earthquake, terrorist attack or anything else that would send their lives into turmoil.

I get more than a few emails from the Red Cross and various cities and towns reminding people to prepare their families for a possible disaster. While we’ve talked about what to do in case of a disaster, I wasn’t sure anything was sticking in Boogie’s little brain.

I like to be prepared for anything. I’m constantly looking for things to add to my disaster preparedness stores and ways to increase our preparedness. She knows this. She has helped put up some of the supplies and we’ve talked about what to do in a worst-case scenario. You can never be too prepared, and your kids should be part of the whole process.

I’ve tried to make sure she wouldn’t just collapse into a pile of blabbering, useless flesh if disaster strikes. Families need everyone who is old enough and physically capable to be ready to help survive in less-than-ideal situations.

Little did I know how very seriously she has been taking our chats about disasters and the zombie…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Politics, Parenting, and Pediatrics
News from Sequestration – About – News & Issues:

Unless you actually enjoy politics, it is a topic that many of us try to avoid.

Unfortunately, it affects all of us in more ways than we like to believe.

Take the current budget sequestration issue that many people are talking about, a set of forced budget cuts in defense and non-defense spending to help cut the deficit.

Although many programs are exempt from sequestration cuts, including Social Security, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, child nutrition programs, Supplemental Security Income, refundable tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax credit, veterans’ compensation and benefits, and federal retirement, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that “sequestration will significantly reduce funding for many programs important to children and pediatricians,” including the:

  • Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant – “has provided a foundation for ensuring the health of the Nation’s mothers, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families” for over 75 years.
  • Section 317 Immunization Program – “provides funding for immunization operations and infrastructure necessary to implement a comprehensive immunization program at…………… continues on Sequestration – About – News & Issues

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Rupert Everett backpedals on gay parenting comments

Posted by on Friday, 21 September, 2012

Rupert Everett backpedals on gay parenting comments
News from Examiner.com:

Last week-end, gay actor Rupert Everett shared his LGBT parenting views with the U.K’s Sunday Times, expressing that “I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”

However, it appears that Everett recognized his “foot in mouth” words and how he has disappointed the gay community.

“I’m very out of kilter with the rest of the world I realize, but you know, I’m just an individual,” Everett told “This Morning,” a U.K talk show, this past week. “I’m not trying to sell anything and I don’t want to upset anyone and I’m not trying to have an official opinion about anything.”

Impact on Gay Community

It does not look like Everett will be battling with competitors for LGBT spokesperson any time soon. Hernon Graddick, GLAAD’s president, expresses how the actor’s comments have disappointed…………… continues on Examiner.com

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Parenting for the Perplexed: Children should know that everything is not …

Posted by on Thursday, 20 September, 2012

Parenting for the Perplexed: Children should know that everything is not …
News from Jweekly.com:

Erin Hyman is a writer, editor and rebbetzin in San Francisco. She reflects on many dimensions of health and healing through a Jewish lens at http://www.bmatzav.blogspot.com. Reach her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Rachel Biale’s regular “Parenting for the Perplexed” will return Oct. 5. Send questions to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, as the Book of Life and Death lies open, I am honored to have Erin Hyman as a guest columnist. She has been battling breast cancer as a young mother. I could not begin to imagine, let alone dare to write about, the valley of shadows she is traversing. To her, the blessing “May you be inscribed in the Book of Life” is no clich?. Yet, out of that narrow place of fear and uncertainty, she can look her children in the eye and be reassuring without disguising the truth, supportive with neither false promises nor a make-believe invulnerability. — Rachel Biale

“I came prepared to cry,” a mother in our support group (BAYS: Bay Area Young Survivors) said as we began our meeting. “Because I haven’t let myself do that at home, not wanting my kids t…………… continues on Jweekly.com

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Parenting workshop offered at Women’s Resource Center
News from Petoskey News-Review:

Joann Townsend (September 20, 2012)

A six-session parenting workshop is being offered by the Women’s Resource Center of Northern Michigan, led by Joann F. Townsend, a licensed therapist with the center.

Sessions will take place 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesdays, Oct. 10, 17, 24, Nov. 7, 14, 28, at the center’s administrative offices, 423 Porter St., Petoskey.

The workshop will offer parents simple and effective techniques to help build self-esteem in children and open the avenues for communication between parent and child.

“Parents will learn skills on how to set limits while maintaining good will, cope with their child’s negative feelings, express anger without hurting, engage their child’s willing cooperation and create a family atmosphere of love and respect,” said Townsend in a prepared release.

The workshop is based on the best-selling book, “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk,”…………… continues on Petoskey News-Review

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Family Matters: What’s your parenting style?

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

Family Matters: What’s your parenting style?
News from Norwich Bulletin:

Recently a mom contacted the media to report she would be punishing her children for stealing by having them stand on a city street corner in Canton, Ohio, for five days, carrying signs stating they had been thieves. She also assigned her son 100 hours of community service and her daughter 50 hours of service. She declined to report what they had stolen, or from whom.

I was asked my views on teaching by means of public humiliation. I reached out to a variety of educators and mental health professionals to discuss the current research on the effects of public humiliation.

When interviewed, I said there are many positive ways to teach a lesson without humiliation. Humiliation can lead to anger, resentment and loss of self-respect. When messages become mixed, the true lesson may be lost in the anger and resentment.

The best practice in raising children is always a controversial subject, no matter where we live. Different cultures have different beliefs and practices. Many believe in punishing, while others follow the research of effective discipline. Mistakes made by our children offer us an opportunity to hold them accountable and teach them who we want them to grow up to become.

Life lessons are learned when a child is held accountable through natural consequences. Natural consequences help children grow up feeling good about themselves, while le…………… continues on Norwich Bulletin

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Update: GLAAD slams Rupert Everett for negative views on gay parenting
News from Examiner.com:

This past Sunday actor Rupert Everett outraged many making negative comments about same-sex parenting. The 53-year-old actor who came out as gay in 1989 further alienated himself from the LGBT community by publicly stating his opinion in The Sunday Times that he couldn’t “think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.”

Everett was agreeing with his mother when making the comments. The 77-year-old Sara Rupert said in an interview that she wished still wishes her son “was straight” and said:

“I’d like him to have a pretty wife. I’d like him to have children. He’s so good with children. He’d make a wonderful father. But I also think a child needs a mummy and a daddy. I’ve told him that and he takes it very well. He doesn’t get angry with me. He just smiles.”

Everett’s agreement with his mother over the issue of gay parenting has drawn criticism from LGBT organiza…………… continues on Examiner.com

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TIME: Attachment parenting mom slams magazine for its ‘confrontational and …

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 September, 2012

TIME: Attachment parenting mom slams magazine for its ‘confrontational and …
News from Daily Mail:

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Jamie Lynne Grumet, who posed on the cover of TIME breastfeeding her three-and-a-half-year-old son has slammed the magazine for its portrayal of her, and attachment parenting.

The mother of two, 26, from Los Angeles, told ABC News: ‘My intentions were to help relieve the stigma attached to breast feeding past infancy, but the photo I saw wasn’t the one that we were trying to pose for. It made me really, really sad’.

Mrs Grumet explained that the cover image was an ‘outtake’ from the shoot, which when placed alongside the words ‘Are You Mom Enough?’ looked ‘confrontational and detached.’ 

Blind sided: Jamie Lynne…………… continues on Daily Mail

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Local Parenting Expert Releases First Book: ‘Your Family Compass’ Provides …
News from TippNews DAILY:

STILLWATER, Minn., Sept. 18, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Stillwater-based parenting consultant Jenny Hanlon is releasing her first book, “Your Family Compass: A Parenting Guide for the Journey” (ISBN: 978-1-59298-489-3), a terrific resource for people raising children from birth through the early teens. Parenting is hard work and it is easy for families to get off track. To help them find a healthier course, Hanlon’s book provides a guide for adults to empower the children in their lives, offering workbook pages and case studies for direction.

Hanlon has been working with families for more than 15 years, has her B.S. in Child Psychology, M.Ed. in Family Education, and is licensed in Early Childhood and Parent Education. She runs Jenny Hanlon Consulting, formerly Parent & Teacher Support Services, where she offers support and guidance for professionals who work with children, and for parents with children in the early teens and younger. Hanlon decided to finally write her own book after numerous parents encouraged her to publish a parenting guide.

A sought after teacher and speaker, Hanlon has also been tapped to provide parenting advice on Twin Cities Live and for the Star Tribune. She regularly offers parenting workshops on topics such as “Praise Versus Encouragement: The Truth About Motiv…………… continues on TippNews DAILY

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Malaysia: Parenting Guidelines on How to Spot Gays and Lesbians

Posted by on Sunday, 16 September, 2012

Malaysia: Parenting Guidelines on How to Spot Gays and Lesbians
News from Global Voices Online:

A parenting seminar in Penang, Malaysia organized by Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd and Putrajaya Consultative Council of Parents and Teachers Association drew controversy after it issued guidelines for parents on how to detect symptoms of homosexuality. The guidelines were allegedly endorsed by the Ministry of Education.

According to the guidelines, the symptoms for gays are the following:

– Muscular body and a fondness for showing off the body by wearing clothing, such as by wearing V-necks and sleeveless tops
– A preference for tight and bright coloured clothes
– An inclination to be attracted to men
– A tendency to carry big handbags, similar to the kinds used by women

An anti-LGBT rally in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo by ahmadluqman Ismail, copyright Demotix (4/21/2012).

Meanwhile, the symptoms for lesbians are below:

– Showing attraction to women
– Distancing themselves from women ot…………… continues on Global Voices Online

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10 commandments of healthy parenting
News from Nashua Telegraph:

We all know too well that each school year is ushered in by a flood of school supply sales, a deluge of fall fashion commercials and a glut of “Buy me!” advertisements in every medium for every digital gadget imaginable.

Clothing stores switch out bathing suits, T-shirts and flip-flops for pre-torn jeans and – well, actually – T-shirts and flip-flops.

Bookstores spend months preparing for the onslaught of September textbook sales and – you may not be aware – for the annual October spike in parenting book sales.

For most of us, parenting in summer is relatively easy. The schedule is relaxed. The pressure is off. Bedtimes and curfews matter less. Homework hassles are nearly forgotten.

September, of course, is consumed with back-to-school preparations, the kids’ back-to-school promises (“I’ll get straight A’s this year, Mom!” “No detentions this year, Dad, I promise!”) and our own deluded wishes to believe them. The kids’ promises are as real as they are unrealistic and our delusions are a necessary defense.

Some call it optimism. Others call it denial.

By the time October arrives, our delusions have been eroded away. Reality strik…………… continues on Nashua Telegraph

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Does Linda Harvey’s latest brochure encourage gay discrimination?

Posted by on Saturday, 15 September, 2012

Does Linda Harvey’s latest brochure encourage gay discrimination?
News from Examiner.com:

In her recent guide about discussing the LGBT orientation with today’s youth, Linda Harvey of anti-gay group Mission: America pegs homosexuality as wrong.

INSIDE THE GUIDE

While Harvey says that she disagrees with LGBT bullying, she also writes in her brochure:

“It’s not right to tell someone that being homosexual is okay. The person may feel sad because of being bullied, but never try to make him or [sic] feel better by saying “gay” is okay. “

Is Harvey’s public stance on the gay orientation, what she describes as an alternate point of view, discrimination?

Reflecting on Harvey’s gay guide, GLAAD president Herndon Graddick told abcnews.go.com that “Encouraging young people to reject or speak out against a peer because of something they can’t change is bullying at its worst.”

GAY BULLYING: THE FACTS

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The ‘First Family of Pregnancy’ Is Expecting
News from Sacramento Bee:

/PRNewswire/ — Heidi Murkoff, founder of WhatToExpect.com and author of the bestselling What to Expect® series of pregnancy and parenting books, announced today on WhatToExpect.com, the leading pregnancy and parenting website, that there will be a new member to join her immediate, and digital, family.

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Emma Bing, Heidi’s daughter with husband Erik Murkoff, and the inspiration for the bestselling book series and website, “What To Expect When You’re Expecting,” is having a baby with husband Russell Ali.  Starting this week, she will join her mother on WhatToExpect.com sharing parenting and pregnancy advice to over 4 million women monthly. Now 17 weeks pregnant, Emma, 29, is expecting her first child in February and will speak to fellow millennials on the site about her first-hand experiences with pregnancy, balancing it with savvy and sassy beauty and fashion advice for women.  The site,…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Co-Parenting Until Death Do You Part

Posted by on Thursday, 13 September, 2012

Co-Parenting Until Death Do You Part
News from Huffington Post:

For divorcing couples with young children, resolving immediate critical issues — from custody and time-share arrangements to education and religious involvement — is just the beginning of their long-term work as co-parents.

The reality is that while the martial bonds may be broken, divorced parents will be connected to each other as co-parents for the rest of their lives and through each stage of their kids’ lives — from pre-school, the turbulent teens, college and beyond. And while the marriage ended in divorce, it’s very possible for exes to be successful as co-parents. In fact, if you’re involved in a contentious divorce, it’s in your best interest to demonstrate to the court that you can be a good co-parent and are willing to facilitate a relationship between the children and the other parent, which is certainly not easy to do when you want your ex to disappear from the face of the earth.

As a divorced parent and a family law attorney, the best piece of advice I can offer is to be congenial to your ex. You’re in the co-parenting business for the long haul. You can choose to make it a painful experience or one that actually strengthens the relationship between you and your children.

How do you co-parent with someone who you may at this moment despise? For the benefit of your child, you have to set aside your…………… continues on Huffington Post

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My parents ignore and dismiss my parenting choices
News from Seattle Post Intelligencer:

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My parents frequently ignore or dismiss my parenting choices. I’ve discussed it with them many times, with no changes. The “last straw” involved their not calling when my child got sick while overnighting with them.

I’m so furious that I’d prefer to send a letter outlining the boundaries and the consequences for crossing them. I’m afraid another in-person conversation will be unproductive, and that I will say something they won’t forgive. Am I wimping out or being responsible?

— Letter vs. In-Person

Depends on how important these boundaries are to enforce. If they involve using car seats or observing health-based dietary restrictions, then you’re being responsible — and in fact I suggest you decline their next invitation to have your child overnight. If they can’t provide responsible care, then they lose the privilege.

If instead you’re clamping down on things better written off as grandparental privilege — junk food for breakfast or staying up past bedtime — then you need to think carefully about the merits of involved grandparents versus the merits of to-the-letter adherence to standards.

I realize this isn’t always an easy call, since the blown bedtime can lead to a ruined next day for you, for example. Howe…………… continues on Seattle Post Intelligencer

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