Archive for May, 2013

South Florida mompreneurs turn their parenting solutions into businesses

Posted by on Monday, 27 May, 2013

South Florida mompreneurs turn their parenting solutions into businesses
News from MiamiHerald.com:

Talk about multi-tasking. These days, many modern moms are juggling running a household with managing their own business. They are taking problems they encounter with their own families, finding unique solutions, and turning them into business models.

Mompreneurs, the term coined in the late 1990s by Ellen Parlapiano and Pat Cobe, co-authors of Mompreneurs: A Mother’s Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Work-at-Home Success and founders of www.mompreneursonline.com, are a growing group.

According to the National Women’s Business Council, about 30 percent of U.S. companies are owned by women, and a third of the trademarks granted to individuals and sole proprietorships went to women.

“The engine that has been driving the mompreneur movement is the societal change that now says it’s OK for women to be a mother and a wife and a powerful businesswoman,” said Liliana Paez of Miami, author of Female Power: A Women’s Guide to Becoming a Millionaire. “Technology has made it possible for women to manage their families and work life, while being a mompreneur has made it possible for them to be the owners of their own time.”

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From the editor: Parenting columnist opens the ‘conversation’
News from STLtoday.com:

As a working mom, wife and mother of two children, Aisha Sultan has written a parenting and family life column that has resonated with Post-Dispatch readers since 2008.

Her column, “Dirty Laundry,” connects with parents balancing work and home life while trying to communicate with kids who might be more conversant using an electronic screen than their own voices. She lives a lifestyle that imbues her weekly column, which appears Sundays in Home & Away.

Now Sultan is reaching new readers with what she describes as “conversations.” She has begun hosting online chats in which readers can directly engage with her to discuss family relationships, and she will start a video presentation that begins next month on STLtoday.com.

In the fall, her audience will grow even more as her column will become nationally syndicated by Universal Uclick (formerly Universal Press Syndicate). A familiar local face and voice in St. Louis will expand to the rest of the country.

She chronicles our most intimate relationships, those in which we often have our most intense feelings, battles, victories and defeats. It’s in the endless daily decisions and juggling that we look for someone with whom we can connect. This relationship and trust with another parent,…………… continues on STLtoday.com

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

Posted by on Saturday, 25 May, 2013

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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There is certainly no shortage of confusing parenting advice to follow at every stage of your children’s lives. But this week on Twitter, parents reminded us that it’s acceptable to break the rules, in the name of nostalgia, fun and your sanity.

Click through the gallery below to see all our favorite tweets from moms and dads this week, an…………… continues on Huffington Post

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US gay-parenting capital: by one count, Salt Lake City
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LOS ANGELES — Salt Lake City: the gay-parenting capital of the United States?

Unexpected as it may sound, a new study finds that the Utah capital and its outskirts have the nation’s highest percentage of gay or lesbian couples raising children.

Among couples of the same sex in the Salt Lake City area, more than one in four are rearing children, the analysis of census data reveals.

That fact may seem at odds with perceptions that San Francisco and New York are the centers of gay and lesbian life. Pop culture depicts gays and lesbians turning to adoption, sperm banks or surrogacy to form families in decidedly liberal cities such as Los Angeles.

But the reality for gay parents can be very different, said Gary J. Gates, the researcher behind the new estimates from the Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law.

For instance, “a big chunk of them are people who had children young, with opposite-sex partners, before they came out,” Gates said. After coming out, they raised those children with a partner of the same sex, he said.

That may be one reason that in some more conservative places not known for celebrating gays and lesbians, a striking percentage of same-sex couples are rearing children, Gates said. Among states, Mississippi has the highest percentage of gay or lesbian couples raising children — 26 percent — his analysis of…………… continues on The Seattle Times

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Scary Mommy Confessions: Share Your Secrets With The Stress-Less Parenting …

Posted by on Friday, 24 May, 2013

Scary Mommy Confessions: Share Your Secrets With The Stress-Less Parenting …
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This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club’s new workshop.”Scary Mommy” Jill Smokler is offering her advice on cutting ourselves some slack, and getting over the notion of perfect parenting.

Back in the beginning of 2011, I noticed a trend on my blog: The people who left comments linking back to their own blogs or Facebook pages tended to be tame and reserved, while the people who commented anonymously were heartfelt and honest, sometimes brutall…………… continues on Huffington Post

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How to Avoid the Most Common Parenting Mistake
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Last week, I discussed the problem of frequent criticism in families. In my experience, this is the most common cause of unhappiness in parent-child relationships — and of unhealthy outcomes for children.

When parents are often critical of their children, children, in turn, become angry and argumentative, stubborn and defiant. When we argue frequently with our children, children become good at arguing.

Of course, there is a paradox. We know that criticism is hurtful and that harsh or persistent criticism damages our relationships with our children. For all of us, however, the ability to accept and learn from criticism is a hallmark of emotional maturity.

What can we do? How can we avoid frequent criticism and still provide children with the guidance and instruction they need? Here are some recommendations that have been helpful to many families.

• Set aside time, every day, to listen to your child’s concerns.

There is no better alternative to frequent criticism and argument than patient and respectful listening. Listening does not mean agreement or giving in to unreasonab…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Christine Gross-Loh, Author Of ‘Parenting Without Borders,’ Says American …

Posted by on Thursday, 23 May, 2013

Christine Gross-Loh, Author Of ‘Parenting Without Borders,’ Says American …
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American parents usually have a stockpile of snacks for whenever their children get hungry. But are they really necessary?

Christine Gross-Loh, author of “Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around The World Can Teach Us,” recently challenged that assumption during a segment on HuffPost Live. Gross-Loh said that an experience in Japan taught her that it’s fine for children to go hungry from time to time.

“When I moved to Japan and my children went into a preschool in Japan, I found that the 3 year olds were having no snacks at all,” Gross-Loh

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Parenting with Pete: Parental rules of engagement
News from The Jersey Journal – NJ.com:

“Mom, Amanda ruined the game!” “He was cheating. It’s his fault!”

Sound familiar? Siblings fight and then yell for Mom or Dad to intervene. Brothers and sisters argue and quarrel over all kinds of things – games (“I won!”), chores (You didn’t help me!”), cake (“His piece is bigger!”), parents (You always agree with her!”), clothes (“That’s my sweater!”), space (“You’re touching me!”), or body language (“Stop looking at me!”). What’s a parent to do?

It is helpful when parents resist the urge to be the referee or judge. Children frequently fight with their sibling precisely to get their parents’ attention. When this happens, parents need to ignore this and teach their children more positive ways of getting attention. For example, parents could say, “When you need me to pay attention to you, please tell me. You don’t need to fight.”

Also, when parents intervene to resolve arguments, they deny their children the opportunity to stick up for themselves and learn important conflict resolution skills. Children typically “practice” these skills at home, in a safe environment, before utilizing them outside the home.

It is more helpful to let children resolve their arguments on their own, provided that their physical or emotional safety are not at risk. When confronted with a plea to intervene, here are some helpful responses for Mom or Dad:

“I’…………… continues on The Jersey Journal – NJ.com

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What My Nana Taught Me About Living and Parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

What My Nana Taught Me About Living and Parenting
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My Nana, Elsie May Meacham, passed away in Southport, England on May 10 at the age of 92, exactly one week shy of her 93rd birthday. In her final week she was surrounded by her three children, three of her 13 grandchildren and also met her 17th great grandchild. I was very fortunate to be able to visit her over Christmas, on Boxing Day, a tradition we had started while my family and I were living in the UK. I knew that would be the last time that I saw her because in all of the years we had been visiting, Nana she always came outside and waved us off until she couldn’t see our car or train anymore. This last visit was the only time that physically, she just wasn’t able to do that. Over the months since then, I have found myself thinking of Elsie May often and realizing what an impact she has had on my life. It made me realize that we are not just parenting our children, we are raising future parents, and the example that we set in the way that we live and parent today will have a lasting impact on future generations. So, in honor of a life well-lived and a parenting legacy to be very proud of, here are some of my fa…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Katonah couple featured in parenting documentary
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Bully Punished With Bad Clothing. Unusual Yes, But Cruel?

Posted by on Wednesday, 22 May, 2013

Bully Punished With Bad Clothing. Unusual Yes, But Cruel?
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Kaylee, wearing her outfit as punishment (Photo by Fox13/KSTU-TV)School bullying is a national crisis, but one woman thinks she found the solution—give the bully a taste of her own medicine.

More on Yahoo! Shine:
Public Shaming is the New Spanking and It’s Not OK

On Wednesday, a Murry, Utah-based woman named Ally Olsen, 41, discovered that her fianc?’s 10-year-old daughter, Kaylee, was bullying a classmate. Kaylee’s teacher had emailed Olsen, explaining that the girl had been teasing a student for the past three weeks because of how she dressed. As a result, the victim no longer wanted to come to school.

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Parenting: Missteps on the Path of …
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I wish someone had told me that it is OK for a father to say “I’m sorry” to his children.

Especially before I lost my temper with my 14-year-old son.

I very rarely get angry. But for some unknown reason to me, I just lost it on a Friday afternoon with Amichai. And over a completely ridiculous issue at that. One of my sparkling parental moments.

It was Friday just before Shabbat and we were leaving to eat at the home of friends. Amichai came down the steps wearing sneakers. I said to him, “Amichai, you can’t wear sneakers on Shabbat. Put on your Shabbat shoes.”

Amichai said, “But these are so much more comfortable to walk in.”

I replied, “Shabbat shoes, and quickly, it’s almost sundown.”

Well, Amichai started to dawdle and dillydally and take tiny steps to change. Maybe they were his small steps of self-assertion and independence, but they completely infuriated me. And I lost it. I raised my voice. I yelled at him. I could feel the color of my face changing and my blood boiling. I felt like a monster and must have looked incredibly frightening to him……………. continues on Huffington Post

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Cricket Prank Bans Seniors From Graduation

Posted by on Tuesday, 21 May, 2013

Cricket Prank Bans Seniors From Graduation
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Students protest graduation ban

Seven kids at East Carter High School in Grayson, Kentucky thought it would be funny to release 10,000 crickets in their school last Thursday morning as a senior prank. Unfortunately, school administrators didn’t get the humor. According to local WSAZ News, the seniors were not allowed to walk in their graduation ceremony on Saturday morning and will not receive their diplomas until they each pay a $ 600 fine.

More on Yahoo!: Obama Delivers Morehouse Commencement

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Father and Daughter’s Amazing Appalachian Trek to Save Lives
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Kylie and her dad Bob on the trail. Photo: Courtesy of the Trawick family.In an effort to fight hunger, 13-year-old Kylie Trawick and her dad Bob are going the extra mile in a major way—hiking more than 2,180 miles from Georgia to Maine, at a clip of about 20 miles per day since setting off in late March. And, at 723 miles in, they’ve already surpassed their goal of raising one pound of food for every mile completed. About 4,000 pounds have already been donated in Kylie’s honor to food pantries across the country.

More on Shine: 6 Ways to Create a Father-Daughter Bond That Will Last Forever

The biggest challenge, as it turns out, has been for Bob, a 50-year-old registered nurse, to keep apace with his daughter. “Kylie is a phenomenal hiker, and she’s never quit anything in her life,” he told Yahoo! Shine by phone from Daleville, Virginia, whe…………… continues on Yahoo! News

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Parenting education the foundation for healthy families

Posted by on Monday, 20 May, 2013

Parenting education the foundation for healthy families
News from The Register-Guard:

Parenting education is one of the building blocks of a strong community.

In observance of the positive impact of parenting education, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 19-25 as Oregon Parenting Education Week.

This is a good moment to look at the impact of learning to parent effectively:

Much data shows that parenting education works.

Readiness for kindergarten is enhanced when parents learn how they can support their child’s healthy development.

Parenting education helps prevent child abuse and neglect and associated concerns such as teen pregnancy, delinquency and substance abuse.

In 35 years of providing parenting groups, Parenting Now!, formerly Birth To Three, regularly hears comments such as:

“It has been wonderful to hear new ideas and advice.”

“We got so much useful information from our parent educator and other parents. It gave me a lot of tools to help raise my son.”

“A highlight was sharing with other parents and talking abou…………… continues on The Register-Guard

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Call to ‘tun up parenting’ at Glad Tidings career day
News from Jamaica Observer:

EXCITEMENT and intrigue were not lost on the more than 260 children who stood looking wide-eyed as smiling police officers mounted horses, adjusted hats, straightened tiny replica police uniforms, or stopped to pick up a child from time to time in a comforting manner.

And as security personnel, students, teachers and parents marched from Glad Tidings Early Childhood Development Centre on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, through the community of Hampton Green — some 15 minutes away — in celebration of their career day and propelled by the beating of drums from the Troupers band, they did so embracing the theme, “National Security: Our Future is Bright”.

The recent celebration was a joint effort by Glad Tidings Early Childhood Development Centre and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, which headed the march with mounted troops, much to the excitement of the children who were all dressed in ‘police’ and ‘military’ gear.

“It’s our career day and we wanted it with a difference,” Dianne White, principal of the school, said. “And so we chose this theme because a lot of times we see the security forces being bashed, but we wanted to show that with national security, our future is bright.”

Sergeant Ian Purrier from the police Community Safety and Security Division said he saw it f…………… continues on Jamaica Observer

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

Posted by on Sunday, 19 May, 2013

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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Here’s one that falls into the category of “Things Nobody Tells You Before Kids” — Being a parent requires tremendous stamina. Seriously, if someone had informed us of how much chasing was involved, we might have at least done some extra cardio-training pre-pregnancy. And moms on Twitter this week were quick to point out how much running around they do, either after speedy children, in order to get kids to move faster or just to win a race (for once).

Other funny parents revealed more about the challenges involved in raising kids, including many that are most amusing to those who have been there. (Oh, hello tantrums over shoes and banana peels.) Click through the gallery below to see all our favorite tweets of the week, and don’t forget to

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The Big Parenting Mistake We All Make
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Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

I hold hands with my daughter Zoe, as she falls asleep each night. She is almost eleven, and her spirit, her soul and her being, are much brighter and stronger than her physical body. The other night, Zoe asked me why people always stare at her.

“When?” I wanted to know. “Where?”

“Every where, all the time” came her easy reply. “Kids”. She sighed. “They stare a lot.” Her words came slowly, slurred from fatigue.

“Hmm,” I began, “I suppose they stare at you because they are curious. You’re cute.” I add, tickling her. “And maybe, because they don’t know you, haven’t seen you before.” My voice fades as I search for the right words to have this same conversation we have had before, how to explain why kids react in public when they see her in her pink power wheelchair or walker.

“Do people ever stare at you?” Zoe asks this time.

“Yes!” I reply quickly, “Sometimes people are surprised that I am so tall, and they look at me longer when I stand up or wa…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Pinning Memorial Day: Popular Parenting Pinterest Pin Picks

Posted by on Saturday, 18 May, 2013

Pinning Memorial Day: Popular Parenting Pinterest Pin Picks
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Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States that occurs every year on the final Monday of May. The holiday is a day to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service. Memorial Day falls on May 27 this year. For my Popular Parenting Pinterest Pin Picks of the week, here are my top Memorial Day pins.

Popular Decoration Pin

For Memorial Day, I just put up two strands of red, white, and blue lights in my front living room window. Some parenting bloggers, however, get incredibly creative with decorations for the holiday. My top Memorial Day decoration pin is Memorial Day door decor from Cat’s Home and Holiday Decor.

Popular Creative Play Pin

Creative play is a great way to teach kids about the holidays. My top creative play pin of the week comes from Centers & Circle Time who offers some simple ideas for

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The Most Common Parenting Mistake
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I am often asked, “What is the most common problem you encounter in your work with children and families?” For many years, my answer has been simple and unequivocal: “As parents, we are unwittingly too critical of our children.

This statement has surprised some of my colleagues and is at odds with much of the conventional wisdom about modern parents — that we are over-protective or overly -ndulgent, too ready to be our child’s friend rather than an authority, and too afraid to say, “No.”

Research findings from many studies, however, provide ample evidence to support my personal experience. Although it is at times difficult to distinguish cause and effect, clinical research consistently finds high levels of criticism (and fewer positive statements) in the interactions of parents and troubled children. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, for example, found that criticism by mothers was a significant risk factor for depression in children.

Persistent criticism breeds resentment and defiance, and undermines a child’s initiative, self-confidence and sens…………… continues on Huffington Post

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