Archive for September, 2013

How Congress kills time on a rare Washington weekend

Posted by on Monday, 30 September, 2013

How Congress kills time on a rare Washington weekend
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It’s an odd predicament for a modern-day member of Congress: How do you kill time during a weekend in Washington?

With precious hours remaining until the end of the fiscal year, there were no meetings between House and Senate leaders Sunday to break the logjam and avoid a government shutdown. Both sides dug in, leaving lawmakers with plenty of free time.

They rarely spend idle time in the nation’s capital, usually fleeing Capitol Hill quickly on Thursdays or Fridays to fly home to see their families and address political concerns. But on this rare weekend — with the House in session, the Senate returning earlier than usual on Monday and the immediate fate of th…………… continues on Washington Post

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Protecting a space for parenting in an age of expert advice
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In my behavioral pediatrics practice, it never ceases to amaze me how, given the space and time, parents come around to making sense of their child’s “difficult” behavior without my giving “advice” about “what to do.” They may recognize that they share a trait with their child that has troubled them their whole life. They may become tearful, thinking of how that child represents a lost loved one.  There are countless variations. The process of telling the story, of finding the meaning in the behavior, is often itself the treatment. Once parents have these insights, “what to do” follows naturally. In contrast, if I give advice without a full understanding of the story, things may not go well.

Recently in working on a new book, I have had the pleasure of returning to a close look at the work of D. W. Winnicott, pediatrician turned psychoanalyst and a kind of British Dr. Spock. In my review of his writings on the subject of advice, I came across a wonderful piece from this past spring in The Guardian: Mothers on the naughty step: the growth…………… continues on Boston.com

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

Posted by on Sunday, 29 September, 2013

Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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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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Rosemond: Biggest parenting mistake? Creating spoiled brats
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2013-09-29T01:00:00Z Rosemond: Biggest parenting mistake? Creating spoiled bratsBY JOHN ROSEMOND The Southern

A journalist recently asked, “What is the biggest mistake parents make?” I had to think about that. Which parents? The biggest mistake made by some parents is they pay entirely too much attention to and do entirely too much for their children. These children usually, but not always, end up as spoiled brats. Why not always? Because some children, by mysterious means, manage to do well in spite of less-than-optimal parenting. The notion that one is produced by the manner in which one is raised is belied by the many exceptions, including children who do well despite bad upbringings and children who do badly in spite of good upbringings.

On the other hand, some parents’ biggest mistake is that they pay entirely too little attention to their kids. Those folks are not generally found reading parenting columns, so I will not belabor their misdeeds. It would only serve the purpose of giving my regu-lar readers reason to celebrate themselves, which is an untoward thing to do under any circumstances.

The biggest mistake made by still other parents is that they t…………… continues on The Southern

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It’s about guns, not parenting

Posted by on Saturday, 28 September, 2013

It’s about guns, not parenting
News from Washington Post:

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Bill Hader’s Best Parenting Advice: Just Say Yes

Posted by on Friday, 27 September, 2013

Bill Hader’s Best Parenting Advice: Just Say Yes
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As a father to two daughters, funnyman Bill Hader has some sound advice for new fathers — don’t say no, whatever the task may be.

“Whatever your wife asks, say yes,” the former Saturday Night Live star, 35, told PEOPLE at a screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 hosted by Mamarazzi in New York City on Wednesday.

“Just say yes and your life will be so much easier. If your wife asks you to drive to LAX at 2 a.m. to pick up a piece of luggage, do it!”

Say yes, and don’t forget to take out the trash. It’s one of the secrets to Hader’s successful marriage to The To Do List wri…………… continues on People Magazine

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Parenting, both good and failing
News from Berkshire Eagle:

To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I was intrigued by two articles in the Sept. 24 Eagle, the editorial on the Stephentown, N.Y. “flash party” and the “Jar of hope: Two giving hearts” story on Page B1. Both involve parenting.

The 4-year-old twins who earned money to help a friend’s father who is battling cancer didn’t obtain their compassion from thin air. It’s obvious that their parents are doing an excellent job raising them. On the other hand, the parents of the “flash party” attendees have a long way to go on
parenting.

If I was 70 years younger, I could probably earn a doctorate degree on parenting if I investigated, gathered data, and wrote a thesis on these two events. My congratulations go to the parents of the 4-year-old children. RALPH W. BROMLEY

Pittsfield

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How Technology Has Made Parenting Harder

Posted by on Thursday, 26 September, 2013

How Technology Has Made Parenting Harder
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By: By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer
Published: 09/25/2013 07:59 AM EDT on LiveScience

Cellphones, tablets, video games and computers — the average youngster has logged thousands of hours on digital technologies by the time they leave home.

And all these technologies have changed the way parents do their jobs.

Though digital technology allows parents to entertain or keep tabs on their youngsters, for the most part, all of these apps and websites have created more decisions, more research (to figure out what’s kid-friendly and what’s not) and more rules to negotiate with their children, often on the fly, media researchers say.

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Poway school district offers parenting courses
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— The Poway Unified School District’s Caring Connections Center has announced its 2013-14 parent education courses.

Topics for multi-class series are “How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” “Active Parenting of Teens” and “Positive Parenting.”

An additional 11 one-time workshops are scheduled on a range of topics such as co-parenting, bullying, academic pressure, the teenage brain, peaceful homework time and understanding behavior.

For more information on classes, dates and costs, go to powayusd.com/depts/student_support/ and click on “Caring Connections Center” in the right column.

michelle.breier@utsandiego.com • (760) 529-4957 • @UTSDbreier

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How the con artist cuckoo finch begs off parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 September, 2013

How the con artist cuckoo finch begs off parenting
News from Christian Science Monitor:

The cuckoo finch has evolved to dupe other birds into raising its young. A team of researchers have discovered another adaptive strategy that the cuckoo finch has employed.

When a cuckoo finch lays its eggs, it does so in another bird’s nest. And not just one egg, quickly atoned for with an apologetic, “Oops, I didn’t mean to put that there.” No, the cuckoo finch plops multiple eggs into another bird’s nest, bedding them with the put-upon bird’s own eggs.

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Cuckoo Finches Use Multiple Tricks to ‘Pass the Beak’ on Parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 September, 2013

Cuckoo Finches Use Multiple Tricks to ‘Pass the Beak’ on Parenting
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When you think of parasites, visions of worms and blood-sucking bugs might come to mind. But there are many ways to parasitize a host.

Brood parasites are birds that have figured out how to play the system and avoid the costs of raising babies. They lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, leaving all the parental care of their young to the tricked host parent.

Since raising someone else’s young does nothing for one’s own evolutionary fitness (and it may, in fact, take resources away from one’s own young) a coevolutionary battleground develops. The host birds learn to recognize and reject foreign eggs in their nests, and the parasitic birds respond by evolving egg mimicry.

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NSBA opposing Parenting Act changes
News from Scottsbluff Star Herald:

The Nebraska Legislature may be telling parents involved in divorce or child custody cases how to parent, if some people have their way.

In a carry-over issue from last year, the Nebraska Legislature will likely be weighing a bill that will change the Nebraska Parenting Act, representatives of the Nebraska Bar Association said during a media tour in Scottsbluff on Monday.

Initially, the Nebraska Bar Association Legislative Committee and House of Delegates didn’t take a position as proponents for LB 22, a bill that proposes that courts must award both parents the maximum parenting time possible, lobbied for change last year. However, NSBA President Marsha E. Fangmeyer said, the Nebraska State Bar took a position in May as it became clear that one proposed change — a requirement that courts must presume shared custody among parents in cases — remained in the bill.

Under the Nebraska Parenting Act, enacted in 2007, judges in divorce and child custody cases consider the best interests of the child, weighing options for custody, schooling and decision making. Parents are required to take statute-ordered sessions and mediation and establish a parenting plan.

Under LB 22, Fangmeyer said, courts would veer away from the best interest model to “treating children as property” in child…………… continues on Scottsbluff Star Herald

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Digital Parenting: More Technology Means More Work

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 September, 2013

Digital Parenting: More Technology Means More Work
News from LiveScience.com:

Parenting has gotten harder in the digital age, experts say
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Cellphones, tablets, video games and computers — the average youngster has logged thousands of hours on digital technologies by the time they leave home.

And all these technologies have changed the way parents do their jobs.

Though digital technology allows parents to entertain or keep tabs on their youngsters, for the most part, all of these apps and websites have created more decisions, more research (to figure out what’s kid-friendly and what’s not) and more rules to negotiate with their children, often on the fly, media researchers say.

In many ways, digital technologies have made parenting harder, experts say. [continues on LiveScience.com

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