Archive for December, 2013

Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking

Posted by on Tuesday, 31 December, 2013

Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking
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Parents who set limits are less likely to have kids who smoke, regardless of their ethnic and racial backgrounds, according to a new U.S. study.

Researchers surveyed middle schoolers from diverse backgrounds and found those whose parents had an “authoritative” and “structured” parenting style were also more likely to be discouraged from smoking by their parents and less likely to become smokers.

“Many past studies have examined broad parenting styles, however this study looked at how specific parenting strategies may help protect youth from cigarette smoking initiation,” said Cassandra Stanton, an assistant professor in the oncology department at Georgetown University, who led the study.

“We also note that unlike many studies in the area that are conducted in largely white middle class samples, this study was conducted in an urban multi-ethnic low-income school district,” Stanton told Reuters Health.

It’s important to identify ways of helping parents prevent kids from starting to smoke, Stanton’s team writes in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, because the majority of lifetime smokers begin before the age of 18.

Although the number of teenage smokers has declined significantly, one in three young adults reports smoking at least once in the past 30 days, according to a 2012 report by the U.S. Surgeon General.<…………… continues on Fox News

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The Most Talked–About Celebrity Parenting Moments of 2013
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With heirs being born to both the British throne and the pop culture kingdom, 2013 has been a big year for celebrity parents. Still, babies weren’t the only thing to consume the parenting conversations you’ve had over the last 12 months. Diet fads, parenting styles, and baby weight have all come under close criticism as celebrities have opened their doors — and social media accounts — to let us into their family’s lives.

Here’s what you’ve been talking about:

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    The Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, had the world waiting this summer as they had their first ch…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Defining Attachment Parenting: part 4

Posted by on Monday, 30 December, 2013

Defining Attachment Parenting: part 4
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Written by Attachment Parenting International
Maybe you never knew there was a name for it—the unique way you raise your child—but it’s in tune with your child’s needs and with your own needs, and your family lives it out daily. Or, perhaps, you do know there is a name for it, with many synonyms and variations, but you live it out without being defined.

…It’s hit the news, blogs, social media and forums where parenting approaches are more contentious than politics or religion.

Some may know what they know about it from a critique or a comment, but every day, growing numbers of parents find the name and the communities that come with it—and breathe a sigh of relief to find welcome, encouragement, information and freedom from judgment.

…From professionals to media, it’s not just parents who are discussing Attachment Parenting.

In this four-part series, we’ll explore just what this approach to parenting is all about, show how it’s not so much the specific parenting practices that define Attachment Parenting as much as the attitude behind them, dispel common myths and offer ideas to incorporate the spirit of Attachment Parenting in your home.

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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. Read the latest batch below and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

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Parenting class offers hope to mothers in DeKalb County Jail

Posted by on Saturday, 28 December, 2013

Parenting class offers hope to mothers in DeKalb County Jail
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SYCAMORE – Every Tuesday, Rhonda Keller drives from her teaching job in Huntley to the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore to teach a special group of students: incarcerated mothers.

Keller is the instructor of a weekly parenting class for women jailed on pending charges. The class is part of Companions Journeying Together, an organization which works with incarcerated men and women and offers a variety of programs designed to build healthy relationships.

“I teach to an invisible audience of children who I never get to meet,” Keller said. “I want them to have a successful and fair chance at life.”

That starts with working with the parents. Inmates may choose to participate in the 10-week program and receive a certificate once they finish. Some of the students in the class have attended for more than 10 weeks.

Keller teaches the women values such as honesty, generosity and appropriate discipline.

For the holidays, six inmates in the class made Christmas cards for their children with poems inside that included messages of love. The inmates also took turns around the table to share their appreciations and regrets of the week.

“Even though these are your circumstances today, this is only temporary,” Keller told the class. “You have the majority of your life ahead of you.

“It’s a big world. There are so many good things in it. Be p…………… continues on Dekalb Daily Chronicle

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Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking
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NEW YORK Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:24pm EST

Cigarette butts fill an ashtray outside a construction site in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, October 18, 2006.

Credit: Reuters/Paul Yeung

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents who set limits are less likely to have kids who smoke, regardless of their ethnic and racial backgrounds, according to a new U.S. study.

Researchers surveyed middle schoolers from diverse backgrounds and found those whose parents had an “authoritative” and “structured” parenting style were also more likely to be discouraged from smoking by their parents and less likely to become smokers.

“Many past studies have examined broad parenting styles, however this study looked at how specific parenting strategies may help protect youth from cigarette smoking initiation,” said Cassandra Stanton, an assistant professor in th…………… continues on Reuters

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Carolyn Hax: Readers share wisdom on parenting, parents and asking questions

Posted by on Thursday, 26 December, 2013

Carolyn Hax: Readers share wisdom on parenting, parents and asking questions
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While I’m away, readers give the advice.

Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997 as a weekly feature for The Washington Post, accompanied by the work of “relationship cartoonist” Nick Galifianakis. She is the author of “Tell Me About It” (Miramax, 2001), and the host of a live online discussion on Fridays at noon.

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Sarah Coyne: Books help build parenting skills
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JOPLIN, Mo. — I know families who thrive during Christmas vacation, getting crafty, making memories, and hanging out in their pajamas all day. I always plan on being that family.

Somewhere in the middle of the planning, though, I forget the angry truth: bickering is about to ensue. My kids will be at each other’s throats before breakfast, and I will have accidentally yelled more in one day than I have in the entire past semester.

I end up feeling like all of my best parenting moves only happen because my kids are packed off to school for large portions of the day. It’s not a fun realization.

I hope the truth is also tempered with grace: a general lack of structure combined with too many late nights and treats are harmful to our flow. Still, it can be an emotional struggle to navigate these two winter weeks without feeling like a failure as a parent.

If Christmas break is about to break you, here are some of my favorite books on how to relate to your kids. A little bit of expert advice might be just the thing we all need.

“How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, and Listen So Kids Will Talk,” by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish: I reference this book on what seems like a monthly basis here, so please forgive me for being a broken record.

It really is that good, though.  

If you struggle with finding the right words when…………… continues on Joplin Globe

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Parenting Matters: Anxiety disorders most common mental health problem

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 December, 2013

Parenting Matters: Anxiety disorders most common mental health problem
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The Collaborative Youth Team is a partnership of 24 youth and family service organizations and agencies. Each month, a different partner will offer practical tips for restoring balance within our families and for building resiliency in our youth. This month’s column is shared by Amit Thaker, director of marketing and business development for Linden Oaks at Edward.

Has this ever happened to you? Wake up in the morning, it’s a perfectly good day but you have a small worry. That small worry turns into something larger, and like a cancer that worry multiplies until forming an all-out anxiety warlord in your brain.

“Anxiety lives in all of us, there should be no stigma,” says Joann Wright, a consulting psychologist at Linden Oaks at Edward. “But if anxiety stops you from doing the things you want, or if you’re constantly seeking answers to unanswerable questions, you might benefit from professional help.”

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health problem. Among U.S. adults 18 and older, there are 40 million people suffering from an anxiety disorder in any given year, more than 18 percent of people in that age group.

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Police & Fire: Fights break out over multiple boyfriends, parenting advice
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Stop Judging My Parenting Decisions! – Care2.com

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 December, 2013

Stop Judging My Parenting Decisions! – Care2.com
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(Im)perfect Parenting: The one where I get all mushy
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This is my last column of 2013, and I debated for a really long time about what I wanted to write. I thought about current events and how to make them relevant to the topic of parenting. Surely the “Duck Dynasty” fiasco could be a teaching opportunity for my kid, right? Didn’t feel authentic. Felt like a traffic-grabber. I thought of silly ideas, one of them being a “12 Days of Christmas” parody (because WHO DOESN’T LOVE THOSE). I considered writing a ranty Elf on the Shelf column (because I didn’t crap on enough Christmas traditions when I basically said STFU, Santa). Nothing really felt right, until it finally dawned on me: I should write about this column. This a column about my column. It’s like “Inception,” except on the Internet, and it has nothing to do with dreaming, so really, it’s not anything like “Inception” at all. 

I turned 29 this past January, and my best friend inspired me to make the most of the last year of my 20s. I wrote a bucket list of things I wanted to accomplish before turning 30. There are a lot of things on that list that I’m…………… continues on Nooga.com

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13 stories we can’t forget: The year of the personal essay – CNN

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 December, 2013

13 stories we can’t forget: The year of the personal essay – CNN
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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. Read the latest batch below and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

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Emergency C-Section Turns Up … No Baby

Posted by on Sunday, 22 December, 2013

Emergency C-Section Turns Up … No Baby
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(Newser) – A bizarre story out of Brazil, where doctors performed an emergency C-section on an apparently expectant mother only to find … no baby at all. When the woman, 37, arrived at Cabo Frio’s Woman’s Hospital saying she was 41 weeks pregnant and in pain-with a protruding belly and some kind of proof of prenatal care-doctors assumed she was in labor, officials revealed this week.

“Because the doctors couldn’t pick up the [baby’s] heartbeat, they decided there wasn’t time to request an ultrasound,” the site’s director told the Daily Mail. “They did the surgery then had the great shock of not finding any baby at all.”

a pregnant womanIt turns out the woman was suffering from a false pregnancy (known as pseudocyesis) and “was so convinced she was pregnant, that she altered her prenatal tests that showed otherwise because she was convinced the results were wrong,” a city Health Department rep said per CBS News.

And her husband says it wasn’t the first time. Last year, she sai…………… continues on Yahoo News

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Texas Father Barred from Taking Pregnant Wife Off Life Support
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Erick and Marlise Munoz with their first child/photo: WFAA

On Nov. 26, Erick Munoz woke to the sound of his year-old son crying and found his 14-weeks-pregnant wife, Marlise, lying on the kitchen floor, blue in the face and without a pulse. A firefighter and paramedic, Munoz called 911 and performed CPR, to no avail. When they arrived at the John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS) in Fort Worth, Texas, he thought he would have to make an agonizing decision: refuse life support even though that meant losing both his wife and his future child. Munoz said in a WFAA News report that four years ago, when Marlise’s brother was killed in an accident, she told him that she would never want to be on life support — something they had discussed many times since.

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This is not a drill: Parenting in the age of school shootings

Posted by on Saturday, 21 December, 2013

This is not a drill: Parenting in the age of school shootings
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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. – “Attention all students and staff! This is not a drill! We are in lockout. Repeat: We are in lockout!” the intercom screeched at my kids’ high school early Friday afternoon.

My daughter was in chemistry class at the time, slogging through a lab report. Her teacher immediately closed and locked the classroom door, telling concerned students to continue with their work. But a minute later, a classmate jumped up, held up his phone and cried out, “There’s a shooting at Arapahoe High School! Right now!” Everyone scrambled for their phones and tablets to watch the live stream of events happening about 20 miles north of them, the chemistry lab completely forgotten.

Students returning to Castle View High School from off-campus lunch reported having their backpacks searched before they could enter the building. Officials escorted students in groups of 20 to attend class in the mobile classrooms located on the school’s front lawn. Meanwhile at Castle Rock Middle School, also in a lockout, students were instructed to turn off all cell phones and electronic devices.

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17 Things No One Tells You About Single Parenting
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When you’re a new single parent, the thought of going it alone is more than a little frightening.

But the more you know, the more manageable raising your kids solo will be. The best source on what to expect comes from single moms and dads themselves.

Below, HuffPost Divorce readers share with us the one thing no one told them about single parenting. Scroll down to see what they have to say, then head to the comments and tell us what you wish someone had told you about single parenthood after your split.

1. “In a lot of ways, it can be easier. Your attention isn’t divided between your kids and your spouse anymore. It’s just your kids and you. In…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages

Posted by on Friday, 20 December, 2013

Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages
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When educators didn’t know what to do with 7th and 8th graders they said, “I know!  We’ll put them in a special place called Middle School–and we’ll throw the key away”. 

Transitions are hard on most children, especially at this age because some are growing so fast, and others are growing so slow.  Moreover, they’re growing four ways at once– physically, mentally, emotionally and morally–and they often walk these paths at different speeds so they’re as out of whack with themselves as they are with their families.

Make some simple rules first and for each of your children: 

no TV at night from Monday through Thursday, which also means no TV in his bedroom

No cell phone use during homework hour and no cell phone use at night, which means that he checks it with you. 

No Internet use unless it’s in an open space, which means that you can see his sites while you’re cooking dinner.

These may sound strict but these three rules will wipe out most of the quarrels.

To avoid the backchat, ask your boy for his opinion on anything and everything–the war in the mid-east; abortion; poverty.  If he were in any of these situations, what would he do?  This tells a child that you respect his mind and if he feels intellectually respected, he will respect you and respect your rules much better.

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Detached dads mostly a myth, parenting survey says
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CHICAGO — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

The nationally representative survey shows fathers’ involvement has increased slightly since the government first asked in 2002, coinciding with research since then that bolsters the benefits of hands-on fathering.

The results are encouraging and important “because others have found the more involved dads are, the better the outcomes for their children,” said researcher Jo Jones of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. She co-authored the report released today.

More academic success, fewer behavior problems and healthier eating habits are just some of the ways fathers’ involvement has been linked with children’s well-being.

“Times have changed,” said Robert Loftus, 34, of Yonkers, N.Y. He quit a six-figure sales job a year ago to care for his two young children while his wife works full time. “We’re trying to rethi…………… continues on The Columbian

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