Archive for August, 2013

What Princess Diana Can Teach Prince William About Parenting (VIDEO …

Posted by on Saturday, 31 August, 2013

What Princess Diana Can Teach Prince William About Parenting (VIDEO …
News from Huffington Post:

Princess Diana died 16 years ago on August 31 — but instead of focusing on the loss, we’re focusing on her legacy. The so-called People’s Princess was just 36 years old when her life was tragically cut short, meaning she didn’t get to see her sons Prince William and

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Tooth Fairy pay-outs on the rise, as inflation meets poor parenting
News from Washington Times:

So much for the days of a dollar a tooth — or a quarter. Inflation has driven the costs of a Tooth Fairy visit sky-high, and kids nowadays are bragging on the playground about night-time exchanges that leaves them $ 5 richer.

Or more, as The New York Post reported.

The national average per tooth is $ 3.70 – up 23 percent in just a year, and 42 percent in two years, the credit card company, Visa, reported in a just-completed study. That’s a heck of an inflation figure.

But that’s just the average. Oone 39-year-old mother from South Orange, N.J., reports that her children – daughter Oona and sonJacques – say their playground friends are getting even bigger bucks: $ 5 a tooth, even $ 10 a tooth, in some instances, The New York Post reported.

Six percent of tooth payments hit more than $ 20 a pop, however. And 2 percent actually get $ 50 or more — per tooth, Visa found.

“A dollar still seems reasonable to me,” the shocked mom said, in the report.

Blame inflation — and poor parenting, said

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Terri Horman agrees to limited evaluation for parenting time with daughter

Posted by on Wednesday, 28 August, 2013

Terri Horman agrees to limited evaluation for parenting time with daughter
News from OregonLive.com:

Terri Moulton Horman agrees with her estranged husband’s request that an expert should evaluate whether she should have any parenting time with the couple’s 4-year-old daughter, Kiara, court papers say.

But Horman, who has been a focus of the criminal investigation into the June 2010 disappearance of her stepson, Kyron, would seek limits on such an evaluation, her attorney Peter Bunch wrote in a filing earlier this month in the Hormans’ divorce case.

Police have not provided Terri Horman with information about their investigation, Bunch wrote, and she should not have to answer questions that could affect her constitutional rights.

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Still, she supports the idea of reviewing possible ways she could see her daughter, the filing states. Kiara has been living exclusively with her father, Kaine Horman, for the past three years.

“Husband took it upon himself to essentially terminate Wife’s primary parental role with Kiara Horman,” the filing states. “Wife anticipates that an evaluation will support her contention that Husband’s actions were not in Kiara’s best interests.”

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Classes on parenting teens attract attention
News from Arizona Republic:

A Gilbert woman’s 10-year effort to help mothers better relate to their teen children through a biblically influenced program is poised for possible national attention.

Jana Morrison created her MomProps classes in 2000, starting with one program developed by Family Life Ministries for “Family Life Today,” a national radio program aired locally on KPXQ-AM (1360) at 8 a.m. daily — by Arkansas couple and former Sunday school teachers Dennis and Barbara Rainey.

Family Life Ministries is so impressed by the way Morrison developed her classes that it is working with her to develop a kit comprising her teaching materials for possible nationwide distribution to parents.

“I took a resource and made it bigger and broader,” Morrison said in an e-mail interview. “I would say I took a resource and created a dynamic experience with it. The radio program becomes more than just a listening experience in the design of MomProps. It becomes a vehicle for parents to use to explore their own convictions and make decisions about how to handle that topic/issue, all the while hearing solid biblical wisdom.”

Meanwhile, Morrison and the facilitators she trained are launching two eight-week series of two-hour MomProps classes, supported by an expanded website with teaching videos. One class, East Gilbert MomProps, just began. Morrison’s Central Gilb…………… continues on Arizona Republic

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Amy Poehler’s Parenting Questioned By Will Arnett’s New GF!

Posted by on Tuesday, 27 August, 2013

Amy Poehler’s Parenting Questioned By Will Arnett’s New GF!
News from PerezHilton.com:

Amy Poehler and Will Arnett may have both moved on since their split last year, but it doesn’t sound like the drama is over just yet!

The Arrested Development star recently got back in the dating game and sparked things up with Billy Joel‘s ex-wifey Katie Lee Joel!

Will’s new ladylove is apparently loving all of the time she’s been getting to spend with his kiddies, but according to sources, she thinks mama Amy needs to back off a bit!

An insider reveals:

“Katie Lee’s been telling her fri…………… continues on PerezHilton.com

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Hurdles still high for foster parenting
News from The Japan News:

Ikuko Higuchi / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterWho should raise children whose biological parents are unable to take care of them from birth, and where should they be raised?

More than 80 percent of the newborn babies entrusted to child consultation centers across the nation last fiscal year were accommodated in infant homes.

In other industrialized countries, it is standard practice to put them with foster parents, but there are many serious obstacles in Japan to promoting the foster parent system or special adoption, which has been done in only limited cases.

The 52-year-old chief of a child consultation center in the Kanto region said bitterly: “If the child we protect is a newborn, I know it’s much better to give the child to foster parents. But that option is very difficult.”

In a survey on where such newborn babies were raised, this center and all the other child consultation centers in the same municipality said none of their children were given to foster parents.

The chief of the center said that homelike circumstances are desirable for infants’ development. However, “There won’t be progress unless there is a system supported fully by the entire local government,” he said.

The center was informed two years ago that a middle school girl had gotten pregnant. The g…………… continues on The Japan News

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Parenting fail: Teaching my daughter to drive

Posted by on Monday, 26 August, 2013

Parenting fail: Teaching my daughter to drive
News from Greensboro News & Record:

I try to be a good parent. I really do.

But I admit I have failed at one particular parenting task — at least the initial phase.

It’s a rite of passage every parent dreads, fraught with risk, responsibility and life-altering potential.

I’m talking, of course, about learning to drive.

I took Abby, my oldest daughter, to get her learner permit after she successfully passed the drivers ed course this summer. And I was actually excited to see her behind the wheel.

I was going to be the good, patient parent who coached positively and instilled confidence in my daughter.

When I interviewed a longtime drivers ed instructor recently, he said the biggest problem with teens learning to drive was that after the first ride, many parents refuse to get back in the car with them.

“That’s terrible,” I said. “Then they have no experience and no confidence.”

Those scaredy cat parents. What were they thinking?

So I had Abby drive us downtown to meet her father for a celebratory lunch.

Understand, I’m a nervous passenger anyway.

After a bad car accident put me in a cast and then a leg brace for the better part of six months, I was left with the paralyzing certainty that other drivers were going to do the most illogical, unpredictable things imagina…………… continues on Greensboro News & Record

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Gary Stein: Bad parenting runs amok in South Florida
News from Sun-Sentinel:

My first experience with parents gone nuts came when Little Stein was in Little League.

He was no great ballplayer. I had no visions of him landing a $ 100 million contract and paying back his parents for the incredible sacrifice they put into his upbringing.

But, even without much success, he tried to enjoy the experience. He liked playing baseball. For a while.

But then the parents really got involved. Berating coaches. Yelling vile stuff at umpires. Hollering at other parents. Embarrassing their own kids with their actions. And pushing their kids beyond the point where the whole experience was fun.

Coaches — most of them coaching their own children — could be even worse. Some coaches were good, many weren’t. They would have a bunch of 8-, 9- and 10-year-old kids, and treat them like they were in Marine boot camp. Nothing like trying to prove your manhood.

These were adults who managed youth teams like they were on television and in the World Series. Everything was dead serious. You want fun, kid, then go play video games at an arcade.

Little Stein eventually outgrew youth baseball and found other interests. He went to practices and never quit a team, but I wouldn’t have blamed him if he did. The pressure, the pushing, the actions of overzealous parents and coaches had taken a lot of the joy out of it. Tr…………… continues on Sun-Sentinel

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

Posted by on Sunday, 25 August, 2013

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

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Click through the slideshow below to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

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Alleged Disney Vacation Scam Cheats Kids Out of More Than $ 60000
News from Yahoo! Canada Shine On:

Melanie Swoap of Blue Sky Journeys. Photo: FacebookA Disney World dream vacation turned into a financial nightmare for a group of 120 dance students from Tennessee.

More on Shine: Disney World Scheme: Entitled Families Hire Disabled Guide to Bypass Lines, Says Report

Blue Sky Journeys, a travel agency which claims to be Disney-authorized, has been accused of scamming the group out of more than $ 60,000 by accepting payments and then failing to make the agreed-upon travel arrangements, according to a Fox 17 WZTV report. Earlier this month, agency owner Melanie Swoap and her husband John Swoap were indicted on the charge—of stealing between $ 60,000 and $ 250,000, according to

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Positive Parenting: How much is too much?

Posted by on Saturday, 24 August, 2013

Positive Parenting: How much is too much?
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Back to school isn’t just homeroom and homework.  It’s also football, music, dance, gymnastics, you name it.  So how do you know if your child is getting a little too involved in those extra-curricular activities? Robyn Greene offers some advice in this edition of Positive Parenting.

Greene says, “We certainly live in a culture where our kids are expected to succeed, be the best, and try new things.  But before my daughter starts school, I wanted to know how much is too much for our children?  I found an interesting article on CNN that featured a clinical psychologist. She says, while it’s important for kids to experiment and try new things, parents need to make sure they know that they are not defined by what they do.  Instead, students should use all those activities to figure out who they are.  Instead of worrying too much about whether you’re doing enough for your kids, enrolling them in enough classes after school, experts say we should instead be focusing on building their confidence, and supporting them in whatever they choose to do.

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Parenting in a Nutshell: Enjoy last days of summer outside
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Baby Born After 19 Years as an Embryo

Posted by on Friday, 23 August, 2013

Baby Born After 19 Years as an Embryo
News from Yahoo! Canada Shine On:

Kelly Burke and Liam James. Photo courtesy of the Reproductive Science Center.Kelly Burke of Virginia is grateful to be a new mom at 45. She gave birth to son Liam James nine months ago, but it’s not her age, these days, that’s the amazing part. What’s noteworthy here is that her baby was the result of a donated embryo—the second oldest cryopreserved human embryo in history, her doctors believe.

More on Shine: Egg Freezing: Can Women Really Have It All?

“He’s my little miracle,” Burke, a single mom and research scientist with NASA, told Yahoo! Shine.

Even doctors at the Reproductive Science Center of the San Francisco Bay Area, which oversaw the transfer of the donated embryos, were a bit amazed at the viability of the 19-year-old embryos.

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Mindful Parenting: The Myths And Truths
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This post is part of Stress-Less Parenting Club’s new workshop. Our leader Carla Naumburg is showing us how we can make our family life calmer and happier through mindful parenting.

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Mayim Bialik: Attachment Parenting Is Not To Blame For My Divorce

Posted by on Wednesday, 21 August, 2013

Mayim Bialik: Attachment Parenting Is Not To Blame For My Divorce
News from Huffington Post:

Despite speculation that Mayim Bialik’s divorce was caused by attachment parenting — the controversial style of parenting she and estranged Michael Stone practice — the actress confirmed on Tuesday that her parenting style had nothing to do with the split.

“There’s all sorts of marriages, people break up for all sorts of reasons. We don’t need to blame attachment parenting for this one,” Bialik told

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Co-Parenting: 5 Steps to Avoiding Conflict Escalation
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It goes without saying that we all want what’s best for our children. Unfortunately, trouble arises when what’s best for our children has multiple meanings. Conflicts often escalate between divorced co-parents, when one parent wants to rear the child one way, and the other parent wants to rear the child a different way… often a diametrically opposed way. Since these differences in child-rearing were likely also contributing factors to the demise of the marriage in the first place, it’s not surprising to see them continue post-divorce. So, what are divorced parents to do? How can they co-parent and co-raise their children, when they don’t see eye-to-eye? Is a trip to the local courthouse the answer, when Mom wants Billy to play soccer and Dad wants Billy to play piano? Is it really necessary to run up attorney…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

Posted by on Monday, 19 August, 2013

Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week
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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

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I Need Help Parenting
News from Bangor Daily News:

I don’t know how many kids I have. I’ve never sat down and counted them all. My poor wife has conceded that I may symbolically adopt as many 16-24 year old as I care to, as long as she doesn’t have to do their laundry or get her heart broken over their struggles.

It’s not that I mind being their “dad.” It’s that an hour a week and maybe an email here and there is a lousy substitute for a father.

My job is largely to help people find their own truth, but whenever I’m asked, I don’t pull punches. I’ll tell you how I see it regardless of how it makes you feel. Incredibly, what most often happens is that my truth seems far too good to believe.

I keep meeting young people who have no idea how amazing they are. They do not know their worth because they were not taught it. More importantly, they were not made to feel secure enough in being unconditionally loved and accepted. They are inhibited – afraid to explore themselves and  their potential in healthy ways. Feigned apathy in generation Y is an unfortunate but understandable defense.

Every summer I get to work with young people who are preparing to go out “into the world” and are scared shitless. We get a handful of sessions to shore up the foundation they’re building on before they begin a new chapter of their lives. These kids have a lot of guts and they’re looking for someone to tel…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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Dating, divorce, and different parenting styles

Posted by on Sunday, 18 August, 2013

Dating, divorce, and different parenting styles
News from Boston Globe:

Q. I have been dating my boyfriend for almost nine months. We have a great time when we are together. He’s funny, smart, educated, successful, handsome . . . all the things I always wanted in a partner. We have many things in common, except we have drastically different parenting styles. We both have children and it is here where we clash.

Well, “clash” might be the wrong word since I don’t often get the opportunity to interact with his children. I have been divorced for over five years and my kids and I are very well adjusted in our lives. My boyfriend, however, has been divorced for only two years and it was a bitter, nasty divorce. He continues to fight constantly with his ex and his kids seem to be very volatile and unsettled. Add to that his very unstructured parenting style (which is 180 degrees from my parenting style) and we have some fundamental issues. He admits to compartmentalizing me in his life and feeling uncomfortable parenting in his style while I am around. I have tried very hard to be supportive while not offering too much (unwanted) advice. But whatever we are doing is not working. I don’t see how we could ever blend our families, as they are just too different, and I honestly wouldn’t do that to my children (i.e. upset the harmony we currently have).

My boyfriend and I have great love and respect for each other, and like I said, when…………… continues on Boston Globe

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

Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Click through the slideshow below to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

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