Archive for January, 2013

Parenting with purpose

Posted by on Thursday, 31 January, 2013

Parenting with purpose
News from Portland Tribune:

New classes are offered through West Linn Parks and Recreation

April Holt-Geiger and India de Kanter were typical mothers. They worried. They read parenting books. They took parenting classes and, to the best of their abilities, they put all that they had learned to good use. It wasn’t working.

“I took a lot of classes and read a lot of books,” said de Kanter, a mother of two. “The theory was great but I didn’t know how to apply it at home and I didn’t like doing it at home. … The timeouts, yelling, threatening, bribing and rewards were not working.”

Holt-Geiger, a fellow parent with de Kanter at SunGarden Montessori in West Linn, shared a similar story.

“I didn’t want to parent with an authoritarian top-down model of parenting,” said Holt-Geiger, a mother of two. “It wasn’t working and just repeating the same kind of parenting style wasn’t getting me anywhere. I wasn’t happy and my kids weren’t happy.”

Then the mothers came across a Positive Discipline parenting class — an international program created by Dr. Jane Nelsen based on the work of Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. The parenting model is designed to teach young people to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.

The classes were transformative for both Holt-Geiger and de Kanter’s families. In 2011, both women became certi…………… continues on Portland Tribune

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NYT: Why aren’t dads helping more at home? Blame moms
News from Salon:

KJ Dell’Antonia, lead writer for the New York Times’ Motherlode, wants to know why moms are so much more likely than dads to know all the nitty-gritty details of their children’s lives.

And Bruce Feiler, another Times scribe, has the answer: It’s because mean mommies won’t relinquish control to their poor husbands! “The most significant predictor of dad involvement is the mom’s willingness to give up control and allow the father to do things a slightly different way,” Feiler writes.

Here’s how Feiler knows: Dell’Antonia recently went on a business trip, and rather than trying to micromanage her husband’s week of single parenthood with a master list of kid-related reminders, she left him to do his thing. But he called her anyway, and she had to walk him through hockey practice drop offs and the basics of what kid goes where and when.

But according to Feiler, that was very controlling of her! ”Were you just being a loving spouse, helping your husband through a pinch? Or were you subtly reinforcing (er, protecting?) your role as the dominant parent? Maybe the idea of the bumbling dad is just too valuable for moms to let go of.”

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Epworth Village offering parenting classes

Posted by on Wednesday, 30 January, 2013

Epworth Village offering parenting classes
News from York News-Times:

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:26 am, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

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Valentine Literacy and Lullabies and other Parenting Center programs
News from NOLA.com:

Valentine Literacy and Lullabies: Pajama Storytime for Preschoolers and their Parents will be presented Feb. 1 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Slidell Memorial Hospital Parenting Center, located on the second floor of the SMH Wellness Pavilion, 501 Robert Blvd.

Valentine Literacy and Lullabies will be presented Feb. 1 at Slidell Memorial Hospital Parenting Center.  

Led by SMH Parent Educator Angie Dick, the fun will include stories, songs and activities geared toward preschoolers with a love for learning. This Valentine-themed evening of fun and imagination will help nurture a child’s literacy development. Wear pajamas and fuzzy slippers and bring along a favorite stuffed animal and blanket.

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Communication: A key to co-parenting an adolescent

Posted by on Monday, 28 January, 2013

Communication: A key to co-parenting an adolescent
News from The Hour:

Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a series of articles from the staff at the Child Guidance Center of Mid-Fairfield County. The series focused on methods that can aide parents of school aged children. For past columns visit www.thehour.com and search for “Parenting Toolbox”.

There is a stranger in your home. His eyes remain trained on the screen of his smartphone as he gives a disinterested one word response to the question you just asked. Who is this person and from where did he come? He is your adolescent son and he has been living with you a dozen years or more. Dealing with this “stranger” can be all at once frustrating, alarming and saddening.

The reality is, he is just “doing his job.” Developmentally, he is expected to disengage himself from his parents and the family unit. He seeks physical, social and emotional independence. In short, he may push boundaries, challenge your authority, and attempt to pit parent against parent. Could this scenario get any more challenging? Imagine this scenario unfolding in two separate households, as opposed to one intact household. Co-parents, people who share children and are divorced or were never married, deal with this challenge…………… continues on The Hour

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Digital tools for the first few months of parenting
News from Denver Post:

Digital tools offer new mothers help with a range of tasks, including writing thank-you notes, getting back to the pre-baby weight, ordering diapers and other necessities, and calming the little one. (Minh Uong, The New York Times)

Everyone tells you that having a new baby at home is hard, but I did not understand what they meant until ours arrived. The sleep deprivation. The constant nursing. The endless laundry. Did I mention the sleep deprivation?

No matter how cute the baby’s dimples or squeezable his thighs, keeping the little creature alive and settling into life with a new family member is grueling. But with today’s digital tools, we have some benefits that our parents and grandparents did not.

Here are a few apps, devices and websites to make life a bit easier during those first few months of sleepless nights and days spent cooped up at home.

Read e-books

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Parenting and pot: Colorado divorce lawyers’ perspective on marijuana …

Posted by on Sunday, 27 January, 2013

Parenting and pot: Colorado divorce lawyers’ perspective on marijuana …
News from Denver Post:

It might be legal to smoke marijuana in Colorado, but how does that affect custody issues and other family disputes? (Getty Images file)

Jake and Emily Smith have three children: Kristin, age 9, Austin, age 7, and Olivia, age 4. The Smiths (a hypothetical family for the sake of this commentary) appear to be the perfect family — happily married for 12 years, a stay-at-home mom, a lovely suburban home, two shiny new cars, and cute kids.

There’s only one problem: Three to four nights a week, Jake quietly steps into the backyard or the basement to smoke a joint. Emily has never approved of his marijuana use, and as the children get older, she has increasing concerns about their exposure to Jake.

Jake says: “What’s the big deal, honey? It’s legal in Colorado now. You don’t hear me complaining when you have a few glasses of wine after dinner.”

The final straw comes when Jake decides to make some extra money to pay down credit card bill…………… continues on Denver Post

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Shannon Nickinson: The new perils of parenting
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Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week

Posted by on Saturday, 26 January, 2013

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

This week, we fell in love with a little boy (in a Spider-Man costume, obv.) dancing to the ’80s classic, “Sara.” But as many of us know, most kids think so-called classic hits come from a more recent era. Melissa Sher tweeted, “I remember when I was younger and this song was really popular. –My 7 yo when “Call Me Maybe” came on the radio.”

Our other favorite tweets from parents this week reminded us how much

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Parenting After Divorce: 10 Ways To Make Your Custody Arrangement Less …
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It’s not always easy to see eye-to-eye with your ex after divorce. But most co-parents agree that they must help their kids adjust to the split, and life under two different roofs.

To help you make sure your child’s life is as stress-free as possible, we’ve gathered together 10 of our best blogs on custody arrangements and co-parenting. From the importance of always arriving on time for weekend pickups to the need for a good backpack, click through the slides…………… continues on Huffington Post

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My Proudest Parenting Moment

Posted by on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013

My Proudest Parenting Moment
News from Huffington Post:

My video camera was charged and I was 15 minutes early for my 3-year old daughter’s first dance recital. As I milled outside the studio, I could see her practicing with the other students. I saw her execute her signature move: raising the roof. Her cheeks were flushed and her sweaty hair was already sticking to her temples.

She knew that I was going to come and watch her class perform the dances they had been learning. When I dropped her off at school, she gave me a kiss and said, “See you later, at my recital!”

When the teacher opened the door for the parents to come in, I scanned the room for my daughter. I spotted her lying face down on the ground, her head buried in her hands. The other parents were filling in around me, and Sadie was refusing to budge.

I approached her and put my hand on her back, and I felt her trembling.

“Sadie, are you OK?” I was worried that she was sick. She kept her hands glued to her face as I asked her a battery of questions. I determined she wasn’t sick; she was scared.

And Sadie is the very last child I would suspect would suffer from stage fright. She’s my child who thinks our coffee table is her personal stage. She’s the child most likely to yell to crowds of strangers, “Watch me!”

But not now. She was refusing to sit up or lift her hea…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Online parenting classes bring personalized knowledge home
News from Deseret News:

SEATTLE — When she was young, Kathy Slattengren took care of abused kids, nurturing an interest in the amazing impact parenting has. Throughout college, she studied counseling and worked with runaway teens. And somewhere, in the back of her mind, she was sure that when she had kids, she’d know exactly what to do.

Her children were a surprise, because she figured out pretty fast that this thing called parenting was not as easy as it looked. So she did what she had always done when she wanted to know about a topic: She took classes, read books and talked to other parents.

Heather Ouida had a similar dose of reality when her children were born: “I promised myself that when I had children, my kids would never watch TV, stay up too late, eat junk food, scream in the supermarket, be fresh or throw sand in the sandbox,” said the New York City mom. “I was so judgmental that I didn’t realize I was even being so — until I had my first child.”

These days, Slattengren and Ouida teach the classes. Slattengren conducts both in-person and online seminars on parenting through the business she founded, continues on Deseret News

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

Posted by on Saturday, 19 January, 2013

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

Earlier this week, we discovered a dad with a bizarre approach to doing his daughter’s hair. Instead of wrestling with brushes and ponytail holders, he just… well, see for yourself here. We don’t recommend trying his trick at home, but imagine that more than a few moms and dads would like to. And mom of seven, Chris Jordan, expressed the reason why in one of our favorite tweets this week: “It is entirely possible I may go to my deathbed shouting,’There are no bumps in your ponytail!'”

There was a whole lot more venting going on in…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Crisis Parenting: Raising a child with special health needs
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China pollution: Airpocalypse and the expat parenting dilemma

Posted by on Thursday, 17 January, 2013

China pollution: Airpocalypse and the expat parenting dilemma
News from Christian Science Monitor:

China pollution – aka airpocalypse – creates an expat parenting a dilemma: Do the pluses (a language and cultural education) outweigh the minuses (not being able to breathe) for kids?

Much of the world has heard about China’s recent run of horrendous air pollution levels. Some reports listed the PM 2.5 – the measure of the finest particulates in the air – at a whopping 993 milligrams per cubic meter. After ABC anchor Diane Sawyer called it “air-pocalypse” on the evening news, the worried emails from home started popping up in my inbox.

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CHKD Parenting: Preventing scald burns
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Posted on January 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

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NORFOLK – Today’s CHKD parenting segment is about scald burns, an all-too-common problem for children. Most of these burns are preventable accidents that happen in the kitchen or bathroom.

Here’s information on the burns, how you can prevent them and treat them if your child is hurt. 

Tip 1: The kitchen can be especially dangerous
Microwave soups have become a huge culprit in childhood burns. Because microwaves are on counter tops, elementary school children can easily tip piping hot liquids onto themselves. Make your microwave – and stove – off limit to children until they are taller than the counter. Younger children are not ready to hold, carry and transfer hot foods and liquids without risking dangerous spills.
Overheated baby bottles pose another significant microwave risk. Never use the microwave to heat baby bottles. Because microwaves heat from the core out, bottles will f…………… continues on WVEC.com (subscription)


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When it comes to parenting, are you a Rizzo or a Shanahan?

Posted by on Wednesday, 16 January, 2013

When it comes to parenting, are you a Rizzo or a Shanahan?
News from Washington Post:

We start today with a bit of a parenting Rorschach test.

Your son, who is recovering from a nasty bout with the flu, is out playing with his friends. You had agreed that he would come in at a set time to allow for a good dinner and sufficient rest. When you go to call him in, this is what you hear:

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“C’mon, Dad. I’m having so much fun playing with my friends. Don’t make me stop. I feel fine. Let me play just a little while longer. PUH-LEEEEEEESE.”

What is your response?

A. “Sorry, son, we’re not going to discuss this. Come in now. I know what’s best for you.”

B. “Oh gosh, I can see you’re having so much fun and you haven’t had a chance to play with your friends because you’ve been sick. Stay out, but if you start feeling bad, you come straight in, ok…………… continues on Washington Post

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Extreme Guide To Parenting Headed To Bravo
News from Cinema Blend:

published: 2013-01-16 17:40:46

Regular parenting and extreme parenting could be defined and redefined over and over again, depending on what sort of person you were talking to. However, a new reality series from Bravo hopes to look into some different types of parenting that may seem more eccentric than others with a new reality series currently rolling with the working title Extreme Guide To Parenting.

Craig D’Entrone and Amelia D’Entrone will executive produce the series, which Bravo is stating will give a “candid look” into all kinds of parenting options. As the title implies, Extreme Guide to Parenting may get into some of the more extreme case scenarios. These scenarios include mothers breastfeeding children older than the age of four, parents who consider their children’s auras when raising their kids, and parents who wear disguises to stalk their children in different situations. Additionally, the show may look into parents who teach their children multiple languages before they even learn to read.

While some of these parenting ideas are clearly more extreme than others, the show as a whole kind of seems geared to give viewers who are parents the chance to pat themselves on the back for a job well done when compared to their more extreme TV counterparts. At least, that’s what I do when I watc…………… continues on Cinema Blend

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Coming Home

Posted by on Monday, 14 January, 2013

Coming Home
News from Slate Magazine:

The author: “Back home. Reading The Hobbit.”

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During the presidential campaign I kept a list of questions for the candidates. “Are you wearing underwear?” was not on it. But this was the question I yelled into the street as my 8-year-old daughter vaulted into the car before the drive to school. The election was over and I was on assignment. As part of Slate’s Reader Takeover, I asked readers which of the things that I’d neglected during my 16 months on the campaign trail I should return to, and write about. Slate readers, wise creatures, told me to reconnect with my children.

Of course, I was planning to do this anyway. My wife carried the load while I was out on the trail and I wanted to rebalance things. But I thought there might be advantages to making a f…………… continues on Slate Magazine

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