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Parenting center has new leader

Posted by on Friday, 31 January, 2014

Parenting center has new leader
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Stop Trying to Make Your Kid Happy (and Other Radical Insights)

Posted by on Wednesday, 29 January, 2014

Stop Trying to Make Your Kid Happy (and Other Radical Insights)
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Finally, a parenting book that’s not all about kids: Jennifer Senior discusses ‘All Joy and No Fun’

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So, What Is RIE Parenting?
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Imagine this scenario: Your baby cries, but instead of grabbing the diaper and performing a uniform change, you talk them through it. “I’m going to change you now, because your diaper is wet.”

That’s one of the main ideas behind the RIE parenting method, that by speaking to your baby, you’ll slow down. Brought to the U.S. by infant-development expert Magda Gerber in 1973, Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Los Angeles, coined the term that refers to giving babies more…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Adventures in Abandonment Parenting

Posted by on Sunday, 26 January, 2014

Adventures in Abandonment Parenting
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Attachment Parenting wrinkles your clothes and afflicts you with scoliosis. Helicopter Parenting is tiresome, not to mention irritating to others at the playground. Co-parenting lives in a far away land with unicorns and men who like brunch. Authoritarian Parenting. Permissive Parenting. Democratic Parenting. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Parenting. Old trends, people. These are the Ugg boots of parenting; You may pull them out on an ugly day, but you mustn’t admit to using them.

Each way is meant to sound unique and distinct from that which preceded it, but truly, they’re all the same because they’re all exhausting. Before I became a denizen of the land of Single Parenting, I was a prescriber of the only mode of parenting I really knew.

Abandonment.

The pillars of Abandonment Parenting are simple. The mother stays at home. The father works not just out of the home but out of the state. Extra Abandonment credits accrued for those who need a passport and a malaria vaccine before they punch in. The parents have more children than the nanny could fit in a naughty chair or a naughty 747. And it is winter. All year long.

The advantages to Abandonment Parenting are numerous. There’s the most obvious benefit of being the queen of your castle with power over your entire dominion. I employ the word queen loosely as there are absolutely no servants…………… continues on Bangor Daily News

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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. Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

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A Parenting Paradox: How Kids Manage To Be ‘All Joy And No Fun’

Posted by on Saturday, 25 January, 2014

A Parenting Paradox: How Kids Manage To Be ‘All Joy And No Fun’
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As a parent, how would you rate this moment on a scale of 1 to 5? In her new book All Joy and No Fun, Jennifer Senior says parenting research sometimes fails…………… continues on NPR

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Parenting Around The World, Through The Eyes Of The WorldPost’s Staffers
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In Tokyo, a single mother who works as an editor for HuffPost Japan rises at 5 a.m. each workday to pack a lunch for her teenage son before leaving for her office an hour later.

In British Columbia, a news editor for HuffPost Canada nurses her baby, while her husband makes breakfast for their toddler.

In Madrid, a HuffPost Spain editor and father of two school-aged girls says he has “chaotic” mornings. “We have to be relatively organized so that the girls, who must be at school by 9 a.m., are not late, but we don’t have a routine.”

In London, a blog editor for HuffPost UK is awoken before sunrise by the “a-goooooo” calls of his 5-month-old, who is “bored stiff of being in his cot and ready to start his day.” After about 15 minutes, “we buckle and bring him into the bed,” his father says.

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Making cooperative parenting work

Posted by on Wednesday, 22 January, 2014

Making cooperative parenting work
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Remember spending time with your significant other before you had children and thinking, “Wow, this person is going to make a really wonderful parent! I want to have babies with this person!” You envisioned your life together, sharing special moments and sharing the joy of parenting your children. Well, now you are parents and maybe you’re still crazy in love with each other, or maybe there’s some distance now—either way, you may have found that combining your parenting skills isn’t necessarily a piece of cake.

It can be difficult to maintain a healthy marriage and do what’s best for your children at the same time.

Some of you don’t need any help with this. Somehow, for some couples, parenting cooperation seems to happen naturally and easily, but for many of us it takes more practice to get to a harmonious parenting plane.

If you wanted to avoid parenting conflict entirely, you could have chosen to marry essentially yourself. You would have found someone who was raised in an identical home environment, by parents who were just exactly like yours, who had the same rules, same problems, same traditions and the same successes. You’d agree on everything about parenting, because you’d be so similar in the first place, and in all of your years on earth, the two of you would have independently developed…………… continues on Charlotte Observer

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5 parenting trends to watch in 2014
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Get the inside scoop on all things kids and parenting on Long Island.

Photo credit: iStock | BabyCenter.com reveals parenting trends to watch for in 2014.

Breast milk jewelry and birth wreaths were among the top parenting trends last year. Take a look at what moms are buzzing about this year on Babycenter.com:

Postpartum corsets: Celebrity post-baby body stories seem to be fueling a new trend — mom corsets. New moms are very interested in these old-school body shapers to shrink hips and tummies after a baby, even if some of them come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Baby teeth jewelry: Discussions are popping up among Baby Center’s community about commemorating the big moment when their grade-schoolers lose their first tooth by turning it into jewelry, such as a rings, pendants, charm br…………… continues on Newsday

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presidential order The Obamas’ parenting philosophy in one word

Posted by on Wednesday, 22 January, 2014

presidential order The Obamas’ parenting philosophy in one word
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Say what you will about Barack Obama’s temperament for politics but his parenting chops are less impeachable. Since he took office, he’s been a visibly involved father who forgoes currying congressional favor for nightly family dinners. As parents, Barack and Michelle Obama clearly impose normalcy through a single principle: structure.

David Remnick’s recent profile in the New Yorker offers some insights on what guided the president’s parenting philosophy. He says:

“Precisely because I didn’t have a father in the home and moved around a lot as a kid and had a wonderfully loving mom and grandparents, but not a lot of structure growing up, I emerged on the other side of that with an appreciation for family and marriage and structure for the kids. I’m sure that’s part of why Michelle and her family held such appeal to me in the first place, because she did grow up with that kind of structure. And now, as parents, I don’t think we’re being particularly conservative—we’re actually not prudes. . . . But, as parents, what we have seen, both in our own family and among our friends, is that kids with structure have an easier time of it.”

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Proactive parenting builds stronger kids and families
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Most parents say their children are their highest priority and that parenting is among the most important things they do. Yet, they often approach parenting in a reactionary and defensive way. Instead, all of us need a proactive offense!

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Most parents say their children are their highest priority and that parenting is among the most important things they do.

Yet they often approach parenting in a reactionary and defensive way.

In fact, during our 30 years of writing and speaking to parents and families…………… continues on Deseret News

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Isis Parenting, the antidote to isolation

Posted by on Friday, 17 January, 2014

Isis Parenting, the antidote to isolation
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Like many Boston-area women of a certain age, I reacted to the news that Isis Parenting was closing with a flood of nostalgia for a time in my life that I didn’t especially love. In the summer of 2004, shortly after my first child was born, I stumbled into a room with a group of sleep-deprived new mothers who were equally awestruck and terrified — and equally unschooled in the strange ways of infant carseats and lactation.

We had signed up for a class called “Great Beginnings,” which provided all sorts of useful technical assistance. I learned to hog-tie my daughter with a blanket, in a maneuver known as the “Super Swaddle,” and, miraculously, she slept. But the biggest gift Isis gave me was an abstract revelation. One day, at some point between the infant-massage session and the ritual airing of grievances, it occurred to me that what we were doing, together in a room, was reproducing our anthropological past.

Through most of human history, new motherhood was a collective enterprise, practiced in the company of mothers and sisters and aunts, a built-in community available, at all times, for advice, support, companionship, and complaints. (At least, that’s how it seemed after reading “

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Parenting style linked to kids’ Internet addiction
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Recollections of strict, unaffectionate parents were more common among young adults with an unhealthy attachment to Internet use, compared to their peers, in a new Greek study.

Young adults who recall their parents being tough or demanding without showing affection tend to be sad or to have trouble making friends, and those personality traits raise their risk of Internet addiction, the researchers say.

“In short, good parenting, including parental warmth and affection, that is caring and protective parents, has been associated with lower risk for Internet addiction,” said lead author Argyroula E. Kalaitzaki of the Technological Education Institute (TEI) of Crete in Heraklion, “whereas bad parenting, including parental control and intrusion, that is authoritarian and neglectful parents, has been associated with higher risk for addiction.”

Research on Internet addiction is still relatively new, and there are no actual criteria for diagnosing the disorder, though there are many inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities in the U.S., Australia and Asia.

Some of the studies done to date suggest that kids who have trouble relating to others in person might be at higher risk for a problematically high level of Internet use. Those who are socially withdrawn or lonely might also be more likely to spend excessive time online……………. continues on Fox News

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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Posted by on Thursday, 16 January, 2014

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders
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Isis Parenting Stuns Families, Announces It’s Closing
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BOSTON (CBS) – Isis Parenting, a popular baby store that also offers prenatal classes and toddler development groups in Massachusetts, has announced it’s closing unexpectedly.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030?s Doug Cope reports

The business, which began in 2003 as Isis Maternity in Brookline, expanded to four centers in Boston, Needham, Arlington and Hanover and nine outlets in the Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth areas.

“With heavy hearts, we announce the extremely sad news that Isis Parenting must close. Effective immediately, no classes or phone consults will take place,” the company posted on its Facebook page late Tuesday night.

“We are taking steps to communicate with all affected class participants over the coming days and we thank the Isis community in advance for your patience and understanding during this very difficult time.”

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Amid ‘tough environment,’ parenting business Isis to close

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 January, 2014

Amid ‘tough environment,’ parenting business Isis to close
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Isis, the upscale maternity and early parenting business for expectant mothers with classes on prenatal education, breastfeeding and sleep support, abruptly announced Tuesday night it is closing all of its locations in Greater Boston, as well as Atlanta and Dallas.

“We are doing our very best — putting in 16 and 17 hour days to make sure we have a plan for as many clients as possible so their class experience doesn’t end even if it doesn’t take place [at an Isis center],” said Isis chief executive Heather Coughlin on Wednesday. “This is a tough environment for independent retailers. It’s no mystery. There are a lot of competitive forces – there’s diapers.com and Amazon.com.”

“I’ve been crying since last night. Isis is where I met all my friends,” Dawn Murray, a mother of two from Hingham, said of the company’s closure. “It’s the biggest support system for pregnant women and new moms.”

Details about why it is closing were unclear. But just this month Isis had announced a new partnership with MetroWest Medical Center. Then, with no warning, the business posted a message on its

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Isis Parenting Center closing
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NEEDHAM, Mass. (WHDH) — The Isis Parenting Center is closing its doors, leaving parents to look for other options.

The company’s CEO sent out an email announcing the closure, but offered no explanation.

“Please know that we are committed to making every effort to manage through this process with professionalism and respect for what you have lost as well. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work through this incredibly difficult process with a skeleton crew left on the team,” said the CEO in the email.

Isis is an upscale maternity chain that sells baby products. The company also offered prenatal and early parenting classes that built a support system for new mothers.

The company was founded in Brookline 11 years ago. It has stores in Needham, Hanover, Downtown Boston and other areas in Massachusetts. It had recently expanded to Atlanta and Dallas.

Young mothers poured in and out of the Isis store in Arlington expressing sadness for the sudden closing announcement.

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Almost Everything You Read About Parenting On The Internet Is Wrong

Posted by on Tuesday, 14 January, 2014

Almost Everything You Read About Parenting On The Internet Is Wrong
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How the Mindful Parenting Movement Is Setting Parents Up to Fail
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Many, many spiritual eras ago, before there were yoga studios on every third urban block, my friend took me to a yoga class in someone’s apartment. I had never done a single downward dog or said the word namaste with my eyes closed. It was all strange to me, but none of it stranger then when the class ended and we all lay down for shavasana (corpse pose, for all you holdout Western heathens). The Indian man teaching the class—there were mostly Indian men teaching in those days, not lithe young women—came over and looked at me like I was a rotten corpse. He adjusted my feet, arms, hips, and fingers and barked at me that I didn’t understand how to “relax correctly.”

Hanna Rosin is the founder of DoubleX and a writer for the Atlantic. She is also the author of The End of Men. Follow her on continues on Slate Magazine

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