Archive for March, 2013

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

Posted by on Saturday, 30 March, 2013

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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It’s always fun — and a little bit scary — to show off your former life as a non-parent to your children. Whether you’re sharing school pictures or the wedding album, it’s amazing to see what kids think of Mommy and Daddy before they were Mommy and Daddy. So what if one of piece of your history was appearing as the ultimate teen heroine in possibly the most classic 80s movie ever? Molly Ringwald answered that question for us this week when she tweeted, “Showing ‘Pretty in Pink’ to my nine year old for the first time. She’s ‘Team Duckie.'”

Clearly, we could stop right there and call our beloved brat-packer’s statement the parenting tweet of the week, but many moms and dads were in top for…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Parenting Memories: The Bubbles That Unite And Divide Us
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“It has been a long week,” my friend said, her tone full of a meaning I couldn’t put my finger on at first. She was waiting for me to ask … something?

Oh yes, college acceptances.

Last year at this time I could have told you the exact dates that every top tier school sent out their admissions decisions. I knew which used actual thin and thick envelopes and which sent their news online. I had a pretty good handle on the predicted acceptance rates of a dozen or more college, along with who in my extended circle were waiting to hear from each.

This year, I forgot about admissions entirely.

So much of parenting is like that — you are immersed, defined, all-encompassed … and then … you’re not. Every stage (every day) of raising children is its own isolated bubble. You can see others, but you are on your own. Sle…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Victoria’s Secret nationwide protest planned by parenting organization …

Posted by on Friday, 29 March, 2013

Victoria’s Secret nationwide protest planned by parenting organization …
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  • Models are featured in a video for the bright young things Victoria’s Secret campaign on YouTube.FNN

  • A bright young things ad is featured on the Victoria’s Secret Facebook page.FNN

  • A post on The Mommy Lobby’s website advertises an April 6 Victoria’s Secret protest.FNN

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No helicopter parenting for Prince William
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By  Colleen Wright

Compiled for The Columbus Dispatch Friday March 29, 2013 6:07 AM

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Prince William: departing his crew

With a baby on the way, Prince William is ready to hang up his helicopter days. Flight Lt. Wales, as he is known in the British Search and Rescue Force, has notified the Royal Air Force that he will conclude his service as a pilot when his tour wraps up in the summer, a military source told Us Weekly.

“William is ready to take on new challenges — as a royal and within the armed forces,” the insider explains.

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Evidence of Reed Claim About Same-Sex Parenting Proves Flimsy

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 March, 2013

Evidence of Reed Claim About Same-Sex Parenting Proves Flimsy
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The debate over marriage equality currently being staged before the U.S. Supreme Court may ultimately hinge on questions of legal standing, constitutional interpretation or even states’ rights.

But according to Ralph Reed, conservative activist and founder of the Faith & Freedom Coalition, the issue before the country is whether there’s a “compelling interest” in strengthening and supporting the union between man and woman.

In a round table discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press, Reed followed his family preservation analysis with a bold claim.

Reed told host David Gregory that two biological parents are empirically better for raising a child than any other arrangement, and science supports his content…………… continues on NBC Bay Area

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Dr. V Of ‘LA Shrinks’: Parenting Experts ‘Don’t Know Sh*t’ (VIDEO)
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Dr. Venus Nicolino — a.k.a “Dr. V” — has made a living out of dispensing guidance, on and off the small screen. But she’s not convinced parents should treat the counsel of “experts” as gospel, she said in a Monday appearance on HuffPost Live.

The “LA Shrinks” star and

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Bad Things Happen to Good Parents: Digital Parenting Tips

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 March, 2013

Bad Things Happen to Good Parents: Digital Parenting Tips
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Digital parenting is just plain hard. Tim Woda, co-founder of UknowKids.com, understands this and is trying to help parents in the Internet age.

“Answer me this — do you know who your child made friends with on Facebook yesterday?” Woda poses this question whenever he discusses Internet safety with concerned parents.

The common response is what you expect. Woda says most honest parents answer no, mostly because they are not that tuned in to the children’s Internet lives.

Woda should know. As a parent himself, he is dealing with these same struggles. Five years ago, Woda’s 14-year-old son accepted a friend-request from a friend-of-a-friend on Facebook. This new “friend” turned out to be an Internet sexual predator. Back then, Woda thought that he had taken a proactive measure toward Internet safety.

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Social science struggles for data on effects of same-sex parenting on children
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Amid the legal arguments at Tuesday’s Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage, there loomed a social science question: How well do children turn out when they are raised by gay parents?

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who is widely considered the swing vote, called the topic “uncharted waters.” Conservative Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. wryly asked, “You want us to step in and render a decision based on an assessment of the effects of this institution which is newer than cellphones or the Internet?”

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The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on Proposition 8, the law voters passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in California. Listen to the complete arguments in the case known as H…………… continues on Washington Post

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Parenting: Thou shalt not date –

Posted by on Monday, 25 March, 2013

Parenting: Thou shalt not date –
News from until age 35 – Belleville News Democrat:

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In Boogie’s world, boys still have cooties.

At least, that’s the impression she gives me. Who knows what she and her friends giggle about during lunch or homeroom?

I’m not ready for my daughter to start dating. Heck, she is only 12, but I know that soon enough (and probably way too soon for me!) she’ll want to go to the movies with a boy and her friends, a “double date” or just hang out with a boy she likes.

We haven’t really had to talk about dating rules yet, but if I had my way, she wouldn’t be alone with a boy while out of sight of a responsible adult until she’s at least 35. OK, maybe that’s ridiculous, but I don’t see the point of teens dating until they are at least 16, preferably not until they are in college.

Being a teenager is tough enough without throwing all those mixed-up emotions, confusing feelings and social pressures of dating into the whacked-out hormone mix. While they are teens, they are full of raging hormones being directed by a brain going through some pretty significant changes.

Teenage brains seem to turn off at times, leading them to riskier activity and not recognizing the potential dangerous consequences of such behavior. Thus, the “live forever” attitude and the idea that bad things can’t happen to them…………… continues on until age 35 – Belleville News Democrat

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Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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Here on HuffPost Parents, we talk often about the challenges associated with raising kids in a high-tech world. (We have a whole page dedicated to the subject.) And while the intersection of family and tech certainly warrants serious discussion, sometimes we also have to laugh at what it means to grow up in a world where there’s an app for everything. Rhiana Maidenberg did a good job pointing out the funny this week on Twitter. “While reading the 3 yo a book this morning, ‘Mommy, press pause. I need to go pee pee. #DigitalToddlers,” she wrote. Another…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Ben Bromley: Parenting advice from Lake Wobegon

Posted by on Saturday, 23 March, 2013

Ben Bromley: Parenting advice from Lake Wobegon
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Good thing I tuned in to National Public Radio the other day: Otherwise I wouldn’t have learned that every other parent is perfect.

Well, I didn’t tune in, exactly. My friend Jessica Leichsenring sent me a link to a podcast of her appearance on “All Things Considered” a few weeks ago. The piece was about the demise of the family dinner, featuring the Leichsenrings as a family that is more Homer Simpson than Norman Rockwell.

The piece noted that an NPR poll found one in four kids doesn’t eat dinner with family, and showcased the Leichsenrings — mom, dad, three kids, two cats and grandpa — taking turns wolfing down a pot pie while playing with electronic gadgets and refusing to drink their milk. Except for the cats, of course. They love milk and lack the opposable thumbs required to operate an iPad Touch.

Listeners were appalled, and stopped polishing their Parent of the Year trophies long enough to sound off via NPR’s website. Jessica and her husband were castigated — NPR fans live to use big words — for their failings as parents. “Why are electronics allowed at the table?” they asked. “Everyone should be required to sit at the dinner table” they harrumphed. They asked why a lawyer father and a mother who works part-time couldn’t do better.

Just when the Mensa mob was about to call for the Leichsenrings to be beaten with Pottery Barn catalogs…………… continues on 77Square.com

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Pinning Easter: Popular Parenting Pinterest Pin Picks
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Welcome to Week 1 of Popular Parenting Pinterest Pin Picks! Each week, I will present you with my top Pinterest pins among parenting bloggers. With Easter approaching next Sunday, Easter pins have been trending across the mommy blogger boards this past week. Here are my top picks for Easter-themed pins.

Popular Easter Wreath Pin

Handmade wreaths are a popular topic for pins among parenting bloggers. This week, I have seen a number of Easter egg wreaths being pinned. My top pick is a fun Googly Eye Easter Egg Wreath from No.2 Pencil.

Popular Easter Kid’s Craft Pin

Handprint and footprint crafts are always popular among parenting bloggers. I personally love making print keepsakes with my daughter for each holiday. My top kid’s craft for this week is

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Dr. Brene Brown’s Parenting Advice Makes Oprah Cry (VIDEO)

Posted by on Friday, 22 March, 2013

Dr. Brene Brown’s Parenting Advice Makes Oprah Cry (VIDEO)
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In addition to being a researcher, TEDx speaker, professor and author of Daring Greatly, Dr. Bren? Brown is also a parent. In her book, Dr. Brown included a parenting manifesto that she shared with Oprah on “Super Soul Sunday.”

“Every home should have a manifesto,” Oprah says this clip. “If you don’t, then your home is operating under confusion and chaos.” She asks continues on Huffington Post

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‘Duct Tape Parenting’ proving popular
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The Queen Bee’s Guide to Parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

The Queen Bee’s Guide to Parenting
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In the popular imagination, the formidable “tiger mom” (as immortalized in Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, a memoir of her efforts to raise her daughters “the Chinese way”) pushes her children mercilessly, robbing them of their childhoods. These offspring, in turn, grow up to steal jobs from the unmotivated products of laissez-faire Western-style parenting.

The reality, as with most stereotypes, falls short of the legend. A new study in the Asian American Journal of Psychology found that tiger parenting is both uncommon in Chinese American families and downright ineffectual: children of tiger mothers have lower GPAs than kids raised by parents categorized as “supportive” [1].

But what about actual tiger moms, they of stripes and claws and deadly sharp incisors? Researchers, alas, haven’t gotten close enough to find out. Still, we can’t help but wonder: What parenting advice might be gleaned from other members of the animal kingdom?

Siblings Make Good Surrogates. When older sisters contribute to child care, providing ex…………… continues on The Atlantic

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Parenting information session to be held in Charlottesville on Saturday
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Posted: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:12 pm | Updated: 11:59 pm, Wed Mar 20, 2013.

There will be an information session on “Parenting POWER” from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Charlottesville High School.

Therapist David Waters will make remarks, and then there will be information sessions. In addition, there will be free food and door prizes.

Assistance with childcare and transportation is available from Safe Schools/Healthy Students at 872-4568. Registration for the information sessions is requested by calling 872-4568 or at www.safeschoolscville.org.

The program is a collaboration of community agencies.

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Minimalist Parenting: Getting Things Done meets childrearing

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

Minimalist Parenting: Getting Things Done meets childrearing
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Columnists Call George Will’s Anti–Gay Parenting Article Homophobic
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Conservative columnist George Will’s op-ed in Friday’s Washington Post essentially claims that social science research is irrelevant — and too new to be useful — in the debate about same-sex marriage in this country. With the nation’s highest court due to take up two cases relating to marriage equality next week, Will advises the justices to “tread cautiously, if at all, on this dark and bloody ground.” Will contends that “same-sex marriage is a matter about which intelligent people reasonably disagree, partly because so little is known about its consequences.”

But Nathaniel Frank, an author and LGBT advocate, isn’t shy about his assessment of Will’s argument. “It’s intellectually dishonest, scientifically ignorant, and — I’ll say it — anti-gay,” writes Frank in a scathing op-ed for Slate. By dismissing the value that social science research offers to the marriage equality debate, Frank contends that Will is “wildly off-base,” and doesn’t understand the basic tenets of the scientific method. 

 

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Dara O’Briain on Nativity plays and “Bloody Jesus Christ”.

Minimalist Parenting: Getting Things Done meets childrearing

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 March, 2013

Minimalist Parenting: Getting Things Done meets childrearing
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Columnists Call George Will’s Anti–Gay Parenting Article Homophobic
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Conservative columnist George Will’s op-ed in Friday’s Washington Post essentially claims that social science research is irrelevant — and too new to be useful — in the debate about same-sex marriage in this country. With the nation’s highest court due to take up two cases relating to marriage equality next week, Will advises the justices to “tread cautiously, if at all, on this dark and bloody ground.” Will contends that “same-sex marriage is a matter about which intelligent people reasonably disagree, partly because so little is known about its consequences.”

But Nathaniel Frank, an author and LGBT advocate, isn’t shy about his assessment of Will’s argument. “It’s intellectually dishonest, scientifically ignorant, and — I’ll say it — anti-gay,” writes Frank in a scathing op-ed for Slate. By dismissing the value that social science research offers to the marriage equality debate, Frank contends that Will is “wildly off-base,” and doesn’t understand the basic tenets of the scientific method. 

 

Zack Ford at

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