Archive for December, 2012

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week

Posted by on Sunday, 30 December, 2012

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
News from Huffington Post:

It finally happened. After weeks of shopping and decorating and cooking and wrapping, Christmas came and went, leaving only a trail of new toys in its wake — and parents on Twitter grappling with the aftermath. Kristen Chase summed up the phenomenon of doting nanas and papas gifting toys that kids like and parents hate, tweeting: “‘Oh look, no ‘off’ button and it takes 400 watch batteries, PERFECT!’ -All Grandparents everywhere.” And Tanis Miller warned of the dangers of asking kids to name their favorite presents, explaining, “You’ll taste the bitterness of defeat when you realize it wasn’t a…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Daughter challenges mother, a parenting expert, to keep New Year’s resolution
News from NJ.com:

Hillsborough parenting expert Jackie P. Taylor discusses goal-setting with children on the CBS local affiliate WLNY on Wednesday.  

HILLSBOROUGH — For most, setting New Year’s resolutions is the easy part.

Sticking to it, however, is another story.

Hillsborough resident and author Jackie P. Taylor, who appeared on CBS local affiliate WLNY Wednesday, was challenged by her daughter to pick a New Year’s resolution and stick to it in 2013 after she discussed some revealing statistics about the number of people who actually complete their goals.

About half of all New Year’s resolution-makers drop their goals before the end of January, and just 8 percent of adults actually reach their goals, according to Taylor.

After Wednesday’s show, Taylor, a parenting expert, youth coach and Web-TV show host — who discussed setting goals with children on WLNY — was challenged by her daughter Kennedy, who questioned the purpose of setting goals if such a small number stick to it.

So now Taylor has a challenge of her own: Pick a resolution and stick to it in 2013.

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The top parenting controversies of 2012

Posted by on Friday, 28 December, 2012

The top parenting controversies of 2012
News from The Week Magazine:

Sexy photos, ugly babies, free condoms at middle school — parents had plenty to argue about this year

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o to Amazon, do a search for “parenting” books, and you’ll get about 118,039 results. Desperate moms and dads can find advice on raising healthy, happy, successful kids with a well-timed spank… or an avalanche of hugs. There are books on Grace-based Parenting, and som…………… continues on The Week Magazine

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QUIZ: PARENTING HOT TOPICS IN 2012
News from Boston.com:

Since Boston.com Moms launched its parenting blog Parent Buzz in June, we’ve tackled many hot topics. Do you remember when Big Bird made the news? Do you know why the Duchess of Cambridge was hospitalized? Why is Tom Brady so happy this holiday season?

Take our quiz to see what you can remember about some of these hot topics in parenting in 2012.

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New Arizona law encourages more joint parenting

Posted by on Thursday, 27 December, 2012

New Arizona law encourages more joint parenting
News from Fox News:

An Arizona law that goes into effect Tuesday encourages divorced parents to do more joint parenting.

The law requires courts to adopt plans that increase as much as possible both parents’ time with a child and forbids judges from giving one parent preference based on the parent’s or child’s gender.

The Arizona Republic reports that, under the new law, judges now must fine any parent who lies to the court or tries to delay court proceedings. Such fines were previously optional.

Physical custody will now be called parenting time and legal custody will now be called legal decision-making authority. 

Parents with decision-making authority have power over decisions of a child’s health and education and over personal-care matters such as haircuts and ear piercing.

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The Most Talked-About Celebrity Parenting Moments Of 2012 (PHOTOS)
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In 2012, it became more clear than ever that celebrity parents are nothing like us. When you announced your baby’s name, for example, Twitter probably didn’t explode with opinions on the chosen moniker. Your baby most likely won’t call Gwyenth Paltrow “Aunt Gwenie” and we’re willing to bet his or her first boat ride won’t make

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Parvarish - Episode 190 - 29th August 2012

‘Parvarrish — Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi’ is a beautiful narration of parent-child relationship — a story of nurturing, supporting and guiding the child and most importantly the different roles parents play while bringing up their children. The different thoughts and beliefs of parenting come alive in the strong role-play of different sets of parents and their varied approach towards upbringing of the kids. Paravrrish unfurls these diverse roles that parents play in development of their children. It is the story of real people, real emotions of parenting set in present day times.Parvarrish is an interestingly woven family drama about two sisters, Sweety Ahluwalia and Pinky Ahuja, who are caught up in a hearty sibling rivalry in their attempt to be a better parent. Each has a different set of beliefs and a different take on how one needs to bring up their children and like all the parents in today’s world, both the sisters and their husbands play different roles at different points and in their children’s lives. Pinky believes that one needs to be a friend to one’s children, whereas Sweety believes in being a stricter and disciplinarian mother. The show explores the universal concept of parenting with two mothers and their different approaches towards it.Parvarish is not just about the varied roles that parents play in the journey of bringing up their children … it is about a different world altogether — a world filled with the pangs and the joys of being parents.
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New Arizona law encourages more joint parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 26 December, 2012

New Arizona law encourages more joint parenting
News from Seattle Post Intelligencer:

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona law that goes into effect Tuesday encourages divorced parents to do more joint parenting.

The law requires courts to adopt plans that increase as much as possible both parents’ time with a child and forbids judges from giving one parent preference based on the parent’s or child’s gender.

The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/W4NR7W) that, under the new law, judges now must fine any parent who lies to the court or tries to delay court proceedi…………… continues on Seattle Post Intelligencer

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GPS Guide: Carla Naumburg’s Guide To Mindful Parenting
News from Huffington Post:

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life — and your well-being — off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.

GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others’ stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing “secret weapons” that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that create a feeling of harmony, or meditative exercises that help us find a sense of silence and calm. We encourage you to look at the GPS Guide below, visit our oth…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Reader advice on envy, bigotry, parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 26 December, 2012

Reader advice on envy, bigotry, parenting
News from The Seattle Times:

Dear Carolyn

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

On wanting what everyone else has:

I admit I occasionally wish I had someone else’s income, legs, job, etc., but the feeling is momentary. When I was 11, I was desperate to change places with Mary K., a beautiful blonde in my class. She had everything I wanted: a big brother, a big house on the lake, a father who was a doctor and thus didn’t change jobs and force us to move every year, a bubbly personality. Her 11th birthday party was a sophisticated trip to dinner and the movies; mine was a-run-of-the-mill slumber party.

I don’t remember my 12th birthday party. Mary K. never had one: There wasn’t much they could do for leukemia in those days. So I learned that you never know what sadness lies beneath the surface or what the future holds for those who seem to have it all. I still have her photo on my wall, smiling and looking forward to the rest of her wonderful life.

– Wiser Too Young

On a loved one’s bigotry:

Instead of trying to encourage tolerance and understanding via what accidentally may come across as our own, if you’ll forgive me, “bigotry against bigotry” — what if we were to demonstrate the very behavior we hope to inspire?

Ever notice real-life examples of the adage, “There’s no zealot like a conver…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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White Knuckle Parenting: Xmas Gifting—Learn From My Mistakes
News from Patch.com:

Christmas is my favorite holiday of all the holidays. I love the lights and the family time and the cookies. I love getting cards with photos of happy families and I love decorating Christmas trees by reliving the history behind each ornament. If I’m being honest here, I have to admit that I love the presents too.

It used to be that I loved getting presents—and don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy unwrapping thoughtful gifts—but now that I’m a parent, most of my excitement about presents involves sitting back and watching my kids’ joy on Christmas morning.

I’ve worked hard to teach my kids about gratitude and looking at gifts as an expression of love from the giver. I’ve also worked to help my kids understand how to give gifts themselves by thinking about who they love and what those people like.

I think I’ve done pretty well. My kids are still learning, but they are turning into generous, grateful, sweet children, and I am so happy to be able to reward their wonderful spirits with gifts that they want.

That said, I’ve learned some valuable lessons about Christmas gift giving over the years that I would like to share them with you. 

Don’t buy the gifts your kids are going to ask Santa for until they have actually spoken to Santa. There is nothing like having a wrapped LEGO City Gold Mine stowed away in a closet because y…………… continues on Patch.com

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Parenting perspectives: Language breakthroughs at every age

Posted by on Tuesday, 25 December, 2012

Parenting perspectives: Language breakthroughs at every age
News from In-Forum:

My house is on the verge of a language explosion.

Little Owen, now 16 months, babbles from morning to night, forming every consonant sound along the way. But he has yet to meld these syllables into many words beyond “mama” and “dada.”

Honestly, I’d been a bit worried about his language development. Big sister Eve started talking before a year, and I don’t think she’s stopped to take a breath since.

At one of Eve’s toddler check-ups, the pediatrician asked how many words she knew. I had no clue. She was stringing together sentences as long as eight words by then.

Logically, I know boys tend to pick up verbal skills later than girls, and Owen is well within the range of normal. A developmental screening showed me so.

He communicates, the ch…………… continues on In-Forum

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Parenting briefs
News from Tribune-Review:

By Karen Motosicky

Published: Monday, December 24, 2012, 7:16 p.m.
Updated 10 hours ago

Leechburg Elks set poster contest

Leechburg Elks invites all Alle-Kiski children in third through sixth grades to enter the 2012-13 Drug Awareness Poster Contest.

The theme is ???The Choice 4 Me Is Drug Free.???

Poster paper must be no larger than 12 inches by 24 inches. Draw a picture related to the theme using as many colors as you wish. No trademark characters are allowed.

All posters must be completed and given to your teacher or delivered after 4 p.m. to the Elks, 228 Market St., no later than Jan. 13.

On the back of the poster, place the following information: Leechburg Elks Lodge 377, your name, address, phone number, grade, age and school name.

A winner from each grade will receive $ 50 and be forwarded to the District competition. For more information, email rmshea@cnosolidated.net or call 724 8…………… continues on Tribune-Review

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Holiday parenting: How the holiday liturgy of light creates a global family

Posted by on Monday, 24 December, 2012

Holiday parenting: How the holiday liturgy of light creates a global family
News from Christian Science Monitor:

A school principal knows how the holiday liturgy of light can create a global family among diversely religious and irreligious communities.

As a school principal, I’ve wrestled for years to find a satisfying expression of seasonal joy and inspiration while working in a diverse religious or irreligious community. What tradition can we all embrace at this time of year without making the moment fraught with conflict or overlap or over-sensitivity regarding individual religious tradition?

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Education Notebook: Parenting program could be cut
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On Parenting: Gender-Neutral Toys?

Posted by on Sunday, 23 December, 2012

On Parenting: Gender-Neutral Toys?
News from Patch.com:

I really needed a feel good story about kids this week. I think a lot of us did. McKenna Pope delivered.

McKenna took to the website Change.org after her little brother asked for an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas. When they shopped for one, McKenna was appalled to see that the ovens are available in the wide variety of “girl” colors that run from pink to purple. Also, there were no boys on the packaging, in the advertising, or anywhere to be found involved in the product.

Kind of shocking in the age of Gordon Ramsey and Bobby Flay.

Bobby Flay apparently thought so too, and got involved in the campaign, along with many other male chefs. 

And now Hasboro has responded, bringing McKenna and her family to their offices this past Monday to show her the new prototype in black, silver, and blue. McKenna even did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.

I love her initiative. I love…………… continues on Patch.com

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A Jeopardy Nerd’s Parenting Tips

Posted by on Saturday, 22 December, 2012

A Jeopardy Nerd’s Parenting Tips
News from Daily Beast:

It took becoming a father for endlessly affable quizmaster Ken Jennings, who leapt into the hearts of grandmothers everywhere when he racked up a record number of Jeopardy! wins in 2004, to find out that there were still some things he did not know. That discovery has resulted in Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids. In the book, Jenning’s fourth, he takes apart the rumors and hearsay that get passed on with the same cheerful nerdiness that earned him 74 Jeopardy! wins.

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What made you want to write a book about the tall tales parents tell their children?

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Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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It’s been seventeen years since Andrea Barber played Kimmy Gibler, aka the world’s most annoying next-door neighbor, on “Full House.” But it seems the actress will never escape her past — not even at home. This week she tweeted, “Out of the blue my 5yo just said, “Mom you know you were the weirdest person on Full House, right?” Thanks for keeping it real, kid. : )”

That anecdote will certainly go down in history as one of our favorite parental tweets, but it wasn’t the only 140-character quip to make us smile this week. Click through the gallery below to read more great quotes from moms and dads this week.

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Autism Parents Guide
A Parent’s Guide To Living With Asd – Helping Parents With Kids Who Have Autism. Apply Kerri’s “real-life Therapy” In Your Own Family’s Life.
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Remembering Newtown: Celebrating every parenting moment

Posted by on Friday, 21 December, 2012

Remembering Newtown: Celebrating every parenting moment
News from WRAL.com:

Posted: 10:23 a.m. today

This past week, I am so thankful for the nagging; the crying; the whining; the “listening ears” that aren’t turned on; the piles of laundry; the before dawn wake-ups; the leaves tracked in on the just cleaned floor; the last-minute, hectic holiday rush; the endless dirty dishes; the tussles over toys.

And I’m blessed for the hugs and kisses; big smiles; shouts of “Mommy!” when I return; evening holiday light trips; that wide-eyed Christmas excitement; bedtime stories; snuggles on the couch; and all those little I love yous sprinkled in most days.

I feel so lucky to have all of this – the good and the bad – this last week. They all are little moments those parents in Newtown will never have again. And my heart breaks.

My thoughts and prayers are with them today and always.

Copyright 2012 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Parenting After Divorce: 10 Ways To Make Talking To Your Ex About The Kids …
News from Huffington Post:

As any co-parent will tell you, it’s not easy to keep it strictly about the kids when you call up your ex. All too often, the same communication problems that brought down the marriage creep into co-parenting conversations.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. To help make parenting talks with your ex a little less stressful, we’ve compiled a handy guide featuring 10 of our best post-divorce parenting blogs. From establishing boundaries, to accepting your ex’s particular style of parenting, click through the slideshow below to read our experts’ tips, then share your best co-parenting advice in the comments!

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