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10 ridiculously useful parenting tips for the holidays

Posted by on Saturday, 30 November, 2013

10 ridiculously useful parenting tips for the holidays
News from Salon:

1. Traveling with children can be a challenge, especially in this season of chilly weather and crowded airports. To make it easier, assemble an arts and crafts kit – crayons, paper, felt, markers, stickers, pipe cleaners, glitter-glue – in a sturdy box. Use the box to knock yourself unconscious.

2. Children crave routine, and find listening to the same stories over and over again soothing.  If you’ve grown weary of the holiday books you’ve read your kid 7,883 times, try adding “dude” to the end of every line of dialogue.

3. Religious traditions are easy to lose sight of in today’s marketing frenzy.  Make sure you take time to gently usher your little ones into the rituals that have special meaning for you. In our household, we’ve made a point of teaching our daughter all the parts in our annual holiday pageant. There’s nothing more heartwarming than watching your child chime in on time-honored favorites like “I’m Jewish Enough Not to Want a Fucking Christmas Tree, Victoria.” “Talk to Me When You Own a Menorah that Isn’t Made of Tinfoil” and “Can We at Least Call It a Holiday Bush or Something?”

4. If you love the idea of attributing all your hard work to some ruddy-faced, morbidly obese imp from an enchanted, snow-covered land, consider telling the children that their Christmas gifts were delivered by beleagu…………… continues on Salon

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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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The links between education, marriage and parenting

Posted by on Thursday, 28 November, 2013

The links between education, marriage and parenting
News from Pew Research Center:

November 27, 2013

New data released this week from the U.S. Census Bureau reaffirm the strong linkage between educational attainment and the marital status and living arrangements of parents of minor children.

Among parents who live with a child under the age of 18, 89% of college graduates are married, compared with 64% of parents with less than a high school degree and 70% of those with just a high school degree.

Marriage has been on the decline for decades, particularly

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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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Parenting expert talks about how to communicate with children about body safety

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 November, 2013

Parenting expert talks about how to communicate with children about body safety
News from KTRE:

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –

We told you yesterday about a former Pineywoods Community Academy counselor who is charged with attempted possession of child pornography. That counselor is John Carter, 42, of Huntington. 

Police started looking into Carter after he reportedly engaged in inappropriate conversations with a student, prompting a concerned parent to go to police, where they say they discovered searches for child porn on Carter’s computer.

The attempted possession of child pornography and conversation between Carter and the student are not related.

KTRE talked with a parenting expert at Harold’s House who explains how parents can communicate and educate their children about these type of situations.

In the 14-page affidavit that accompanied former Pineywoods Community Academy counselor, John Carter’s arrest, police say they believe Carter was grooming a young girl for abuse.

A tactic that community education director at Harold’s House, Ashley Cook says is very well-known in these type of situations.

“It can start with small touches or asking a child to sit on their lap or buying them gifts or talking to them and using sexual words and they’re kind of testing to see a child’s reaction so as a parent you can teach your child that any kind of things like that you should never that a…………… continues on KTRE

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Tip for Living: ‘Bringing Up Our Children in Light and Truth’ offers model for …
News from Deseret News:

Most people want to be good parents. They want to raise happy, healthy children and maintain close, loving relationships with them. They want their homes to be filled with peace and love. They begin their journey through parenthood with the highest ideals and the best of intentions.

These “noble aspirations” are often thwarted when parents are confronted with the trials and struggles of daily life, H. Wallace Goddard says, adding that “parents get tired, distracted, frustrated, and overwhelmed.” In his recent book “Bringing Up Our Children in Light and Truth” (Walnut Springs Press, $ 14.99), he suggests the use of basic gospel principles to make the goal of being a good parent a little easier to accomplish.

Goddard believes that parenting “is, above all else, an apprenticeship for godliness” and we cannot be successful without divine help. He likens the process to building a house and offers the following as a “Model for Godly Parenting.”

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Whitaker, Hudson talk faith, parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 November, 2013

Whitaker, Hudson talk faith, parenting
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Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson, stars of ‘Black Nativity,’ reveal their favorite holiday movies.

Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY 4:28 p.m. EST November 26, 2013

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Sparrows provide larger picture of parenting behavior – Phys.Org
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Nature, Nurture, & the Power of Love - Conscious Parenting (part 2 of 2)

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What Today’s Parenting Shift Means to Educators and Employers

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 November, 2013

What Today’s Parenting Shift Means to Educators and Employers
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I’ve been writing for years about the shift in parent-styles that’s taken place over the last few decades. Growing up today looks very different than it did when I was a kid. It began in the 1980s with the Tylenol scare, and photos of missing children on milk cartons. Since then we’ve watched reports of school accidents and shootings. This all led to fearful parents who changed policies and playground equipment to insure greater security for their kids. Later we made the decision to give trophies and ribbons to every little league baseball player and post bumper stickers about our offspring on our cars. Each has led to all sorts of related changes that scream to our children that they’re the center of our world. Parents have become consumed with the safety and self-esteem of their kids. As a father, I adore my children. I too want my kids to be safe and to enjoy healthy self-esteem. Those are noble desires. Our problem is they make poor goals. They should be a means to an end, not the end.

Yet, we pursued them with a vengeance.

Today, the numbers are in. These kids who’ve become teens and 20-somethings are often narcissistic (thanks to our constant rewards) and risk-averse (thanks to our sheltering them). This has caused millions of them to stall as they enter adulthood, with

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HitFix First Look: On ‘Parks and Recreation,’ Chris and Ron talk parenting
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Rob Lowe and Nick Offerman in “Parks and Recreation.”

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“Parks and Recreation” presents its second double-feature in a row this week before taking the rest of 2013 off. (New episodes will resume on January 2 at 8:30 p.m.; most network shows are either pre-empted or in repeats for much of December.) 

Here’s a clip (exclusive to HitFix for the next few hours) from the first of those two episodes, “Fluoride,” in which expectant fathers Chris and Ron bond — or, rather, Chris tries to bond with a typically terse and unemotional Ron — while constructing their own cribs in Ron’s beloved woodshop.

Enjoy. “Fluoride” and “The Cones of Dunshire” air Thursday at 8 & 8:30 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.

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How often do you share your parenting struggles with a friend?

Posted by on Tuesday, 19 November, 2013

How often do you share your parenting struggles with a friend?
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5 Shows that reinforce (rather than derail) your parenting
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Michael J. Fox Show

It makes sense that the guy who made his mark in entertainment as Family Ties‘ smart, conservative bookworm, Alex P. Keaton, would start a family television series of his own. Michael J. Fox revealed he had Parkinson’s in 1998 (though he was diagnosed in 1991) and shifted his focus to Parkinson’s research and awareness. In his new family sitcom, art imitates life. Fox plays news anchor Mike Henry who returns to work after a five-year sabbatical spent with his family and taking care of his health after he’s diagnosed with Parkinson’s. This show has a lot to say when it comes to a family banding together to face adversity through humor and heart.

Modern Family

Not everyone will align with the families of Modern Family, but this show teaches us a lot about how the love of family, regardless of how that family is structured, can overcome challenging family dynamics. That’s a really pretty way of saying that Modern Family shows us that families come in all shapes and sizes, we’re all wildly dysfunctional in our own special way and yet loving each other in spite of our shortcomings is what makes a family. Regardless of where you sta…………… continues on SheKnows.com

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Parenting infants with a smartphone is a bad idea—and not just for the kids

Posted by on Monday, 18 November, 2013

Parenting infants with a smartphone is a bad idea—and not just for the kids
News from Quartz:

Japan’s pediatricians would like to remind mothers and fathers that using smartphones as babysitters really isn’t such a great idea. In order to raise awareness about the supposed perils of handing over the phone to infants to stop them from crying or keep them entertained in their strollers, the Japan Pediatric Association is launching an ad campaign, including posters in children’s hospitals.

In technophilic Japan, smartphone apps for babies and young children have become wildly popular; even without kiddie apps, smartphones’ bright displays and interactive graphics make them a tempting digital pacifier. “When my child cries while we’re outside, I automatically hand my smartphone to my baby,” the mother of a one-year-old in Tokyo told the Yomiuri Shimbun.

While data is scant, childhood development experts say that real-world interactions that teach babies and toddlers about cause and effect are the best way for kids to spend their time. And aside from the potential neurological effects of playing Candy Crush at an early age, Japan’s pediatricians argue that smartphones are a crutch that keep parents from learning how to soothe their kids the old-fashioned, analog way.

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Judge Hatchett addresses Ala. parenting workshop
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Published: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 18, 2013 at 2:31 a.m.

Former juvenile court judge and television star Glenda Hatchett told parents gathered at a workshop in Tuscaloosa that concern, consistency and cheering are the three “C” of successful parenting.

Hatchett, star of “Judge Hatchett” spoke Saturday at Central High School and said parents have to take an active role in raising their children.

The Tuscaloosa News ( http://bit.ly/1bGHym9) reported that Hatchett told participants to write a note to each of their children’s teachers to establish relationships and open lines of communication.

Hatchett was the keynote speaker at the Tuscaloosa City School System’s Parents+Partners in Learning United for Success program.

Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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

Posted by on Sunday, 17 November, 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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More Parenting Words I Want Added to the Dictionary – Huffington Post
News from More Parenting Words I Want Added to the Dictionary – Huffington Post:

When I was a new mother, I felt really alone. Not always. But often. Because trying to navigate the new, new world that I had entered — the world of parenting — felt difficult and so damn exhausting.

But here’s the thing: it wasn’t a new, new world at all. Parenting had been around for a long time. It even predated the iPad.

Of course, I didn’t have this epiphany right away. It took me until after having my second child to make this incredibly astute observation. But, once I did, I started noticing similarities between things I experienced as a first-time and as a second-time mother. I started noticing more and more similarities between things my first son and second son did. I started to write them down. And, when there wasn’t a word to describe them, I started to make them up.

Eventually, I started blogging about the parenting words I made up and called my blog, Mammalingo. My readers made up words too. Fantastic ones. I added those to the blog as well and soon we…………… continues on More Parenting Words I Want Added to the Dictionary – Huffington Post

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Submit your parenting questions now for noon chat with Dr. Berchelmann

Posted by on Friday, 15 November, 2013

Submit your parenting questions now for noon chat with Dr. Berchelmann
News from STLtoday.com:

We had a great chat today at noon with pediatrician Dr. Kathleen Berchelmann with St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

We discussed new school and medical guidelines on handling head lice and tackled many questions about how much milk children should be drinking at various ages and food allergies. 

You can read the chat transcript here.

Email your own questions to parentchat@post-dispatch.com.

See you next Wednesday at noon. 

Aisha is the Home and Family editor at the Post-Dispatch. Follow her on Twitter @AishaS or on Facebook at facebook.com/aishasultan.

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Ruling aids challenge to ‘gay’-parenting study

Posted by on Thursday, 14 November, 2013

Ruling aids challenge to ‘gay’-parenting study
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(WASHINGTON TIMES) A gay-parenting study condemned by gay activists is about to undergo more scrutiny: A Florida judge this week said internal emails related to the study must be turned over to a gay activist who is looking for evidence to have the study officially discredited and retracted.

Circuit Court Judge Donald E. Grincewicz in Orange County, Fla., ruled Tuesday that internal emails and other materials of editor James Wright are public records and should be turned over to John M. Becker, a gay writer and activist.

Mr. Wright is editor-in-chief of the prestigious journal Social Science Research, which in June 2012 published a gay-parenting study by 

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Newtown parents launch group to create national parenting network
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Mark Barden holds up a photo of his son Daniel after a Sandy Hook Promise news conference in San Francisco, Thursday, March 14, 2013. The latest group is an offshoot effort for parents to work together and prevent a similar school shooting.

Mark Barden liked to call his son Daniel the “custodian of all living creatures,” the sort of 7-year-old who would comfort someone sitting alone or looking sad or who would help another child with a stuck jacket zipper.

Daniel was shot to death last December 14 along with 19 of his classmates and six adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. After the massacre, his relatives started a Facebook group, “What Would Daniel Do”, to encourage people to show kindness to others.

RELATED: TO STOP MASS SHOOTINGS, FAMILY AND FRIENDS MUST NOTICE SIGNS AND TAKE ACTION

“Daniel had just a wonderful little way about him. He just was wired for compassion and empathy,” said Mark Barden.

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