Archive for February, 2014


Posted by on Friday, 28 February, 2014


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Mayim Bialik‘s unconventional parenting tips have kept her in the headlines over the years.

The Big Bang Theory star hasn’t been afraid to publicize a range of controversial topics, including breastfeeding, attachment parenting and refusing to give her children antibiotics or medication, on the blog Kveller.

During an interview with HuffPost Live on Monday, the 38-year-old opened up about the criticism she’s faced when she revealed she nursed her then 3-year-old son Frederick on a New York City subway.

“I received a tremendous amount of backlash,” she said. “What I like to…………… continues on CHELSEA LATELY : MICHELLE DOCKERY – E! Online

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Online parenting resource offered to patrons of Parkland Community Library
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Patrons of the Parkland Community Library may now access parenting help through the online Parenting Resource Guide.

The guide is intended to round out titles and resources that are already available on the library’s bookshelves, according to the library’s website.

New materials in the parenting collection include books, audio and visual materials and are organized according to age groups, the website said. Online resources aim to connect families with useful digital resources for parenting concerns on the local and national level.

For more information, visit the online parenting resource link.

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Is Seinfeld right about the evolution of parenting?

Posted by on Sunday, 23 February, 2014

Is Seinfeld right about the evolution of parenting?
News from Fox News:

This is a rush transcript from “Hannity,” February 20, 2014. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

ANDREA TANTAROS, GUEST HOST: Comedian Jerry Seinfeld appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” on Tuesday. And in addition to his hilarious stand-up routine, he also had a few interesting words about the evolution of parenting and the elaborate bedtime routine children have today. Take a look.


JERRY SEINFELD, COMEDIAN: I am not a great believer in our style of parenting. What I mean is our generation, you, me, anybody that has kids now, I just think we’re too into it.


SEINFELD: We’re too into this thing. I don’t know how we got so into it. When we were kids our parents didn’t give a damn about us.


SEINFELD: They didn’t even know our names.

The bedtime routine for my kids is like this royal coronation, jubilee centennial of rinsing and plaque and dental ap…………… continues on Fox News

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Parenting advice: ‘All Joy and No Fun’ author
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Your approach sounds very reasonable. I agree that our teenagers are living in a world in which multiple screens are inevitable. We can wring our hands about it, but I’m not sure what good that does: People were wringing their hands about comic books when they first appeared – the Senate Judiciary Committee had a special hearing on them, even, because people were convinced they were going to turn our teenagers into monsters.

What’s confusing about today’s technology, I think, is that there’s an inverted order in the house: Your kid likely knows more about these devices than you do. They know how to get around controls you place on the Internet; you have to ask THEM to be your friend on facebook. But here’s the upside: When kids misbehave, they’re now doing it from their own bedrooms. They stay INSIDE and use these devices, often.

And look, you can spend all your time trying to monitor who they’re talking to and what they’re planning on doing, but the truth is, if you discover that your kid has plans to smoke pot on a Friday evening, you have to ask yourself: Is this any different from what I DID? Maybe it is; maybe it isn’t. But I suspect the real thing to manage, when it comes to technology, is our own feelings when we learn these things.

The final thing I’ll say about this: It’s true that a lot of what our kids do now is more mysterious. I didn’t…………… continues on Washington Post

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Book explains why parenting is ‘all joy,’ ‘no fun’

Posted by on Thursday, 20 February, 2014

Book explains why parenting is ‘all joy,’ ‘no fun’
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

“All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood” (Ecco), by Jennifer Senior

Parenting is a life-changing, meaning-infusing, deeply profound experience. It is also, day by day, a huge drag.

“All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood” by Jennifer Senior seeks to explain this contradiction — and mostly succeeds.

The book grew out of a much-discussed cover article that Senior wrote for

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In parenting, where is the line between freedom and neglect?
News from Deseret News:

How one parents — with an approach that is authoritarian, authoritative or permissive — stops being a matter of personal style when it becomes a legal issue.

That happened recently in the United Kingdom when a British High Court ruled that a mother’s “permissive” parenting style may be more neglectful than it is simply casual and hands-off.

The ruling has raised questions around the world about parenting styles and appropriate boundaries.

“A mother who let her sons play computer games for hours on end and was more like their ‘friend’ than a parent has had them removed from her care,” wrote The Telegraph’s John Bingham.

He said that the woman, 41, left her tween and teen, 11 and 14, to amuse themselves for “extended periods while she chatted on the telephone, used her iPad or took naps.”

The boys reportedly didn’t have regular bedtimes, were often late to school and generally lacked boundaries. Judge Laura Harris gave custody to the boys’ father, 43, saying that their mother had “significantly failed” to parent them correctly.

The judge said in her ruling, “I am satisfied that there is a failure to provide pr…………… continues on Deseret News

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Mother loses custody battle over ‘permissive’ parenting style

Posted by on Monday, 17 February, 2014

Mother loses custody battle over ‘permissive’ parenting style
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She ruled that the women, who appeared to be blinded by an “almost pathological” hatred of her former husband, had also denied the boys exposure to and experience of their extended family on their father’s side.

The judgment, published by the High Court, explains that the couple separated around the time when the second boy was born in 2002.

The mother, who is from abroad, was given residence and the father had to struggle to maintain his right to contact with his sons.

He told the court that she had set out to alienate them from him, something the judge said in itself could constitute a “form of emotional abuse”.

But granting the father’s application to residency transferred to him, the judge singled out concerns about the mother’s relaxed parenting style.

She said that the evidence showed that the boys’ behaviour towards adults showed a “lack of discipline and structure”.

“I consider the mother’s parenting has been permissive, and, although the court must be tolerant of different standards of parenting, I consider the permissive parenting in this case has caused the children harm,” she said.

The father told the court that he understood that when the boys came home from school their mother would often go back to bed for the next three hours, before getting up to feed them and then leaving them alone again.

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Early parenting routines may harm breastfeeding – Medical Xpress
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Parenting expert to speak at LSC-Kingwood

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 February, 2014

Parenting expert to speak at LSC-Kingwood
News from Your Houston News:

International parenting expert, Barbara Coloroso will be the guest speaker at LSC-Kingwood, March 8 at 2 p.m. at the CLA Teaching Theater.

Sponsored by LSC-Kingwood’s Associates of Arts in Teaching program and Pines Montessori, Coloroso will speak on developing character and fostering ethics in children and young adults.

Coloroso, whose topic is entitled, “Just because it’s not wrong doesn’t make it right: Teaching kids to think and act ethically” will discuss the messages children receive where the ‘ends justify the means.’”

Moreover, she will discuss the harmful, even violent behavior in families and in communities that goes unnoticed and unmitigated and where rigid moral absolutism or moral relativism has replaced ethical thinking.

Coloroso is an international bestselling author and for the past 38 years an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, bullying, grieving, nonviolent conflict resolution and restorative justice.

She has appeared on Oprah, CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and NPR and has been featured in the New York Times, Time, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national and international publications.

The lecture is open to faculty, students, parents, childcare professiona…………… continues on Your Houston News

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‘Teen Mom’ Stars at War, Attacking One Another’s Parenting Skills
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Common Sense Parenting class coming to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 February, 2014

Common Sense Parenting class coming to Avera St. Mary’s Hospital
News from The Capital Journal:

Growing Up Together will offer a Common Sense Parenting program starting on March 4. The program will be held on Tuesdays for six consecutive weeks at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital (cafeteria conference room), 800 E. Dakota Ave. The dates of each class are March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 and 8, 6-8 p.m.

“Common Sense Parenting is an effective and empowering parent education tool,” a press release said. “This program is ideal for parents, grandparents or caregivers with children ages three to adolescence who would like to enhance their parenting skills. The program is a proven, step-by-step guide for raising responsible children and provides skills to help parents build strong, healthy families. Common Sense Parenting also helps to reduce family stress, diminish yelling and fighting, reduce problem behavior, teaches calming techniques for both parent and child along with many other techniques. The skills learned can be used with any parenting style and with any single-parent, two-parent, or multi-parent set of rules.”

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Parenting: How to stop sibling squabbling over chores
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Q: I have three kids ages 8, 6 and 4. I need help solving the “pick up the playroom” dilemma. When an area in which they’ve been playing needs to be picked up and straightened, the 8-year-old always ends up doing all the work. The other two continue to play or just pretend to be helping. The oldest complains that it’s not fair, and he’s right. What can I do to ensure that they all do their share?

A: This very common problem is the result of parents who think children are adults. One aspect of emotional adulthood (not to be confused with chronological adulthood), is the understanding that cooperation with others is usually necessary to accomplishing anything of value and, furthermore, that cooperation results in short- and long-term benefit to all concerned.

Children are not adults, which may seem self-evident but obviously is not. When siblings are assigned to the same task, it’s typical that one or two siblings will do as little as possible while one – usually the oldest – does all the work. That’s human nature, which is fundamentally irresponsible and always looking for the easy way out.

The solution is to rotate tasks among the kids. Picking up the playroom is a good example. The first time it needs to be picked up, assign it to the oldest child. Send the other t…………… continues on News & Observer

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Posted by on Saturday, 8 February, 2014

Volunteer of the week: Teresa Barba an advocate for Parenting Network
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Parenting Columnist’s 3-Year-Old Son Shoots 17-Month-Old Sister
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A 17-month-old North Carolina girl is expected to recover after being shot by her 3-year-old brother on Thursday morning.

The weapon used was a .9-millimeter handgun, which belongs the children’s father, Justin Carper, who writes a parenting column for the Shelby Star.

Renovations were being made to the family’s home and the gun was sitting on a dresser. The 3-year-old allegedly climbed the dresser to retrieve the gun and shot his sister.

Their mother called 911 around 11:30 a.m., but when first responders arrived they found she had already rushed the child to Cleveland Regional Medical Center in Shelby.

The girl was hit in the arm, and no major bones or organs were injured.

“She’s a tough little girl,” Carper told the Gaston Gazette. “My mind is pretty much blown.”

Carper was not arrested or charged with any crime on Thursday night, WSOC-TV reported.

The incident is still under investigation by the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said t…………… continues on Opposing Views

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Why Do Parents Make Parenting Sound So God-Awful?

Posted by on Friday, 7 February, 2014

Why Do Parents Make Parenting Sound So God-Awful?
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Recently, a listicle started proliferating on my Facebook page, as listicles are wont to do. It was titled “31 Things No One Told You About Being a Parent,” and it informed me that becoming a parent means gaining weight, living in filth, and never having time to read the news.

The listicle’s title was wrong, however. Thanks to the Internet, everyone tells me these things about being a parent, all the time. My Facebook feed is an endless stream of blog posts and status updates depicting the messy, tedious, nightmarishly life-destroying aspects of parenting. I’ve gawked at “15 Unbelievable Messes Made by Kids,” “

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I Complain About Parenting a Lot — Please Still Be My Friend
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Are you terrifying your child-free friends with your unabashedly honest parenting complaints? According to Slate‘s Ruth Graham, you very well could be.

Graham laments the fact that through blog posts and her friend’s own social media updates, she’s constantly exposed to the “nightmarishly life-destroying aspects of parenting.”

She knows some of the stuff out there is exaggerated for the sake of humor, but adds that “for me, a childless woman, the cumulative effect of all of this ‘honesty’ is a growing sense of dread” because she’d like to have kids someday.

As someone who shamelessly traffics in both honest and exaggerated depictions of the trials of parenting — mainly for the sake of cracking up fellow parents — I have to concede Graham makes valid points, especially when she notes that many of us tend to offer “disclaimers” such as “I wouldn’t trade it for the world” and “I’m blessed to have my children” before launching into epic whine-fests. (I’d say my best addition to the canon of parental grouses is this graphic,

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BleepBleeps Wants to Use Tech and Design to Make Parenting Easier

Posted by on Thursday, 6 February, 2014

BleepBleeps Wants to Use Tech and Design to Make Parenting Easier
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As someone who spent most of last night rocking a teething infant, I can tell you: parenting is hard. It will always be hard, but maybe technology and design can make it a little easier. That’s the goal of BleepBleeps. They’re a line of connected devices built to make parenting go a bit more smoothly.

BleepBleeps are the brainchild of designer Tom Evans, who wants to help parents keep their sanity with the help of his robot friends. (Robot roll call!)

I spoke with Evans a few weeks ago ahead of the launch of the Kickstarter campaign. Our conversation played out very similarly to his campaign video so it’s probably easiest for us all if I just embed that.

Parents clamber for things to make raising children easier, so it’s not surprising the first of the series of BleepBleeps “Sammy Screamer” has very nearly hit its Kickstarter goal of $ 20,000 in the first day of the campaign. I’ve been watching the counter on the page slowly tick up while I write this post. 100 backers snapped up the early bird price offering of Sammy Screamer at $ 55. There are still about 150 left at the price of $ 60.

While there are other motion alarms out there, Sammy Screamer does seem to be a useful new take on the idea. It’s versatile in where you can put it and what it can protect, and the smartphone integration is a brilliant touch.

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Mother Supports Shared Parenting
News from KELOLAND TV:


Shared parenting legislation has received a lot of support in the South Dakota Capitol this week. The bill passed the Senate unanimously yesterday.

The shared parenting legislation sets forth standards for judges to consider during custody disputes. If parents meet those standards the court can award an even split in custody.

Many of the people behind the push are dads without primary custody under South Dakota’s current system but some mothers are also glad the legislation is moving forward.

“They don’t allow me to see them at all. It’s all under his control. I don’t have anything right now,” Jamie Metcalfe said.

Jamie Metcalfe takes care of her teenage daughter from a previous relationship but yet has been denied custody of her three-year-old son Thomas and two-year-old girl Ferrah following her divorce in her most recent marriage.

“It doesn’t just affect fathers it affects the mothers too. The courts just decide by money and who has the better lawyer who gets the children,” Metcalfe said.

Right now South Dakota courts award primary custody to one parent and non-custodial status to the other parent instead of having the option to award shared parenting.

“They’re using children as pawns to hurt the other party and it’s not fair to the children or to the other parent who really loves them,” Metcalfe said……………. continues on KELOLAND TV

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