Archive for April, 2014

‘Positive Discipline’ teaches Campbell parents lessons in parenting –

Posted by on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

‘Positive Discipline’ teaches Campbell parents lessons in parenting –
News from and life – San Jose Mercury News:

CAMPBELL — Instructor Andres Perez kneeled on the classroom floor Tuesday, scrunched up his face and acted out a 5-year-old’s tantrum aimed at a frazzled mom at the mall.

The 27 parents looking on erupted in laughter and recognition. What parent hasn’t endured a similar episode?

The engaging role-playing, fast-paced lessons on child development and psychology and Perez’s self-deprecating humor together have made his Positive Discipline for Latino Parents hugely popular in two Campbell’s Union elementary schools and elsewhere.

What’s more, Perez and preschool Director Gina Phi said, the classes have helped with children’s behavior and made a big difference to couples and families.

For its effectiveness, Positive Discipline has won a coveted Glenn W. Hoffmann exemplary program award, to be presented Wednesday by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.

Perez insists that parents are the experts, and he simply offers tools to succeed. Campbell Union’s program meets parents where they are. “These classes do not judge them. They just provide the tools so they can be successful.”

He teaches being firm, respectful and kind. “We don’t believe in punishment, nor in being permissive,” he said.

Begun six years ago, the positive discipline programs, usually conducted in Spanish, have rea…………… continues on and life – San Jose Mercury News

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Letter: 50-50 Parenting
News from Valley News:

To the Editor:

I cannot get out of my mind the decision by the Vermont Supreme Court concerning pets (“Court: No Joint Custody of Pets,” front page, April 26). The decision to leave the dog with his current owner seems to me exactly right. In the words of Superior Court Judge Linda Levitt, as paraphrased by an attorney, “she was not going to consider a sharing arrangement or anything that would have the dog going back and forth between the parties.”

As a licensed psychologist practicing in Quechee and Claremont, I have so often wished that divorcing parents and the courts could understand this principle before they force children to race back and forth between two houses so that their time is split 50-50 between the parents. It is never the amount of time a parent spends with children, but the quality of time that is important, as well as maintaining a respectful co-parenting relationship. Research shows that conflict between parents in and out of marriage is decidedly detrimental to the children. By sharing 50 percent of their time with each parent, they absorb the assaults of each parent in their psyches.

I have long advocated a “school home” for children, so they live with one parent during the school year Sunday to Friday, and shared weekend time. Time…………… continues on Valley News

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Cleveland Natural Parenting premiere screening of breastfeeding documentary …

Posted by on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

Cleveland Natural Parenting premiere screening of breastfeeding documentary …
News from NewsNet5.com:

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Natural Parenting just received the go-ahead to premiere a documentary called “The Milky Way,” having to do with women wishing to breastfeed and willing to fight to make things right. 

The movie is based on the story of Jennifer Davidson, a lactation consultant who is frustrated by the ongoing struggle mothers face related to breastfeeding, the lack of information on the subject and failure to support the nursing practice.

With the help of her mentor, Chantal Molnar, they seek out answers and aspire to create change. They talk to experts and travel to Europe to learn more about successful practices overseas until they eventually uncover the conspiracy by formula companies to brainwash the public.

In the end, the women develop solutions and a movement to restore the nursing phenomenon of the nursing mother to the cultural landscape of America.

Ironically, Cleveland Natural Parenting ran into their own breastfeeding issue while trying to promote the movie.

Sadie Rivera, a member of Cleveland Natural Parenting, said when the group tried to…………… continues on NewsNet5.com

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Cuddly Neanderthals With Parenting Skills
News from Inside Science News Service:

A Neanderthal adult holding a Neanderthal child.

To learn about life as a Neanderthal look at children’s graves.

(ISNS)– Neanderthals, the now-extinct cousins of modern humans, have a reputation of living lives that were brutal, primitive and short. They were apparently superseded by a more sophisticated species that became us.

Maybe not. Researchers from the University of York in England, studying burial practices of Neanderthals, particularly the bones of children and adolescents, say Neanderthal society was close-knit, caring and complex. Neanderthals made fine parents.

“Children may have been significant in Neanderthal society,” said Penny Spikins, senior lecturer in the archaeology of human origins at York and lead author of a paper in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology.

The York findings fly against the stereotype partly because most archaeologists ignored the bones of children found in Neanderthal graves. They pored over the bones of adults and stored the bones of children and infants in boxes in the basements of museums, never looking at them, Spikins said. But those bones and the graves in which they were found tell a story.

It’s now well kn…………… continues on Inside Science News Service

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Parenting 101

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Parenting the Whole Child

Posted by on Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

Parenting the Whole Child
News from PsychCentral.com:

The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like substance in the skull, it is thought to separate human beings from other animals, and allows for the sophisticated thought processes, emotions, and behaviors exhibited throughout our lives.

But although we have quite a complex, resilient brain, poor health, age, stress, abuse, neglect, trauma, substance abuse, and a host of other life circumstances can affect its functionality in negative ways. Different brains cope with trauma differently — some more able to withstand it, some less. Meanwhile, a child’s brain is especially complicated — and requires a host of positive experiences to remain healthy. 

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“Parenting Doctor” to speak in Corvallis
News from Albany Democrat Herald:

2014-04-28T14:00:00Z “Parenting Doctor” to speak in Corvallis Albany Democrat Herald

CORVALLIS — The Parenting Success Network will host a free seminar “Pocketful of Feelings” with nationally recognized speaker Dr. Ann Corwin from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 Cleveland Ave., Corvallis.

Known to many as “The Parenting Doctor,” Corwin uses decades of expe rience in parenting consulting and child development education to help thousands of families around the world.

Parenting questions on how to help children manage their feelings often arise. How do we teach a three year old they can’t hit another child? How do we respond to a preschooler’s tantrums? How do we handle teen sulking?

Free onsite childcare is available by calling 541-917-4899 by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15. Sign-ups after that date will be first-come, first-serve.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Parenting Success Network, Mullins Charitable Funds, Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education, the Corvallis School District, Corvallis Kiwanis Noon Club and additional organizations throughout the mid-valley.

For more information about the event, c…………… continues on Albany Democrat Herald

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Parenting: Who’s birthday is this anyway?

Posted by on Monday, 28 April, 2014

Parenting: Who’s birthday is this anyway?
News from The News-Press:

Pamela Hayford, phayford@swflparentchild.com 10:57 p.m. EDT April 27, 2014

My birthday dinner was hijacked.

At 4:38 p.m., my husband calls me at work. “When are you leaving?” he says. He sounds frantic. He explains that his sister is ready to go and his mother was expecting us at 5:15. It’s news to me — did I not pay attention at some point? I say I can be out of the office in 10 minutes and be home a half hour after that.

I start to shut down my computer. Some colleagues ask a couple of questions and I don’t get out of there in 10 minutes. It’s more like 20.

I start to feel frantic. Then I remember it’s my birthday. They can wait on me.

I realize, too, that the restaurant we’re going to is not my first choice. My mom had sent us gift cards to the chain of restaurants that includes Outback Steakhouse, and somehow everyone assumed we’d go to Outback.

I would prefer to have a plate of steaming crab legs for my…………… continues on The News-Press

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How to save Wall Street: Start with better parenting and more Canadians
News from Quartz:

This past February, I retired from finance. Although I intend to continue to study the markets and write about them, I have no intention of ever working in the securities industry again. This makes it easy for me to talk to you about what I think is going on and what needs to be done.

Viva Canada

I worked at Merrill Lynch as a computer consultant in the mid-1980s, and from 1986 through 1992 I was an employee—first doing research and later creating and running trading desks in New York and Japan. After a brief stint at Credit Suisse First Boston in Tokyo, I returned to the US in 1993 to work as a consultant to a couple of large Wall Street firms. In 1995, I built and ran a statistical arbitrage trading desk for the US branch of a medium-sized Canadian securities firm.

In February, at age 61, I retired from that job of 18 years. I can honestly say my time at that Canadian firm was the best of my entire working career and unlike anything I experienced at any other Wall Street firm. At first I could not put my finger on the difference, but at a Christmas party an elderly co-worker from Argentina named Rolando told me he’d been wondering about the same thing. “I have figured it out,” he said, “The word is ‘decen…………… continues on Quartz

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Alicia Silverstone’s new book sparks controversy

Posted by on Sunday, 27 April, 2014

Alicia Silverstone’s new book sparks controversy
News from New York Daily News:

Trisha Leeper/WireImage Alicia Silverstone’s new book has sparked outrage over the actress’ approach to parenting, which she labels a ‘kind’ method. Silverstone has long been an advocate for vegan eating and eco-friendly living.

Alicia Silverstone has penned another book on how to live the ‘kind’ life. But her advice — compiled in a self-helper called “The Kind Mama: A Simple Guide to Supercharged Fertility, a Radiant Pregnancy, a Sweeter Birth, and a Healthier, More Beautiful Beginning” — is being slammed as a compilation of cluelessness.

In her guidebook, Silverstone, 37, suggests things like postpartum depression is “less common” among women who adopt a vegan or plant-based diet.

The “Clueless” actress also suggests veganism can cure fertility problems, illnesses such as lupus and…………… continues on New York Daily News

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Seminar Offers Tips for Parenting in the Digital Age
News from OzarksFirst.com:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Local parents gather to talk about the hidden dangers of raising a child in the digital age.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Local parents gather to talk about the hidden dangers of raising a child in the digital age.

Parents met at the Library Center in Springfield to discuss the hidden dangers children face through texting, social networking, cyber-bullying, and more.

This was an educational seminar held by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office

Attendees received a complimentary copy of ComputerCop, a computer monitoring software purchased with confiscated drug money.

Future offerings of this seminar are scheduled for April 28 and May 19 at 7 pm at the Republic Library Branch and the Library Station in Springfield.

For more information contact the library at 417-616-0566.

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Split parenting 50-50, mothers, fathers say at rally

Posted by on Saturday, 26 April, 2014

Split parenting 50-50, mothers, fathers say at rally
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Jon Walker 12:43 a.m. CDT April 26, 2014

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Nurture or Nazi — the perils of extreme parenting techniques
News from Los Angeles Times:

I’m nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants?

“I’m going to be such a Nazi,” the daughter of a co-worker announces.

“I’m going to be the perfect compromise of the two,” predicts my older daughter, lovely and patient and — at 30 — eager to start a family of her own.

Not even a mother yet, and you can spot my daughter’s maternal instincts starting to kick in, softening her feisty, bossy-pants exterior.

She starts conversations in the giddy-up cadence of an overly techy young adult. Then, as if lecturing a golden retriever that gnawed a favorite shoe, she sees the confusion in my eyes and slows down so that I can maybe comprehend her. I respond by tilting my head and dropping my chin to my paws, feigning sleep. I don’t fear for her future children, I rejoice in them. She will be a magnificent mom — eventually.

As most older parents know, time brings clarity and wisdom and little lines in the face where — as Twain once noted — smiles used to land. And that’s why, to my mind, no one should have children until age 30. Even then, there should be a psychological exam. Nothing is so life-changing. You can marry, you can unmarry. But you can never un-parent. And the s…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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Mayim Bialik defends her attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding

Posted by on Friday, 25 April, 2014

Mayim Bialik defends her attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding
News from UPI.com:

LOS ANGELES, April 25 (UPI) — Mayim Bialik has spoken out again in defense of attachment parenting and extended breastfeeding.

The 38-year-old Big Bang Theory star is mother to two sons, Miles and Fred, and is a vocal proponent of attachment parenting. The actress made headlines in 2011 when she posted a picture of herself breastfeeding Fred when he was 3 years old. She attributed the subsequent backlash to U.S. culture’s “very, very bizarre relationship with breasts.”

Attachment theory forms the basis of attachment parenting, and states that children feel most secure when another person is physically present. A strong emotional bond is said to be formed if caregivers consistently give sensitive and emotional care to the child in addition to constant physical presence. For parents, this can mean bed-sharing — allowing children to sleep in bed with them from infancy — or extended breastfeedin…………… continues on UPI.com

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Kim Kardashian Offers Parenting Advice Because Now She’s an Expert on That …
News from The Stir:

Kim Kardashian is apparently just full of helpful advice these days. First she gave some relationship advice to her sister Khloe over her rumored relationship with rapper French Montana, because obviously she’s an expert on dating rappers. Now a very pregnant Ciara has shared that the reality star has shared a ton of parenting advice with her, because Kim’s obviously an expert on that now too.

And apparently Kim’s all set to let her daughter North West be anything she wants to be, but with one particular, very Kardashian-esque requirement.

The close personal friend of Kim K’s (remember when their significant others wrote a song about dipping their asses in gold?) shared that in addit…………… continues on The Stir

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Man, 23, lacks parenting skills

Posted by on Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Man, 23, lacks parenting skills
News from Arizona Republic:

5:28 p.m. MST April 23, 2014

Dear Abby: My 23-year-old son, “Wayne,” who is single, has a 3-year-old son. We didn’t learn about the child until he was more than a year old, when Wayne was asked to take a paternity test. Luckily, we have been able to form a good relationship with our grandson’s mother and see him often. However, our son has shown no interest. He pays child support but has little interaction.

Wayne is an only child. I love him, but I never wanted another one. I was never comfortable around or interested in young children except for my own son. Could he have gotten this from me?

Friends and family have commented on Wayne’s lack of interest in his son, and I’m tired of making excuses or telling people to mind their own business. Wayne says he feels resentment and doesn’t want to be around this child. I have tried to explain that he’ll regret it in years to come, but he won’t listen.

My husband is appalled that our son would act this way, but he seems to forget that I was th…………… continues on Arizona Republic

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FFSC offers new Parenting Class
News from Florida Times-Union:

Kings Bay Fleet and Family Support Center is offering a new and improved educational experience on parenting.  

This six-session class is facilitated by two licensed clinical social workers, Sallie Galyean, the child counselor and Mary Jenssen, a clinical counselor and FAP case manager.

Both of these facilitators have experience working with military families and the common struggles parents encounter.

The rotating class schedule allows participants to join at any time, choose a particular class topic to attend, make up a class or take a refresher class throughout the next session cycle. The interactive sessions promote an informal and stimulating educational experience.

The following is information regarding each of the class topics: 

1, Ages & Stages involves ages and stages of physical and sexual development from birth to age 18.  

2, Parenting Styles & Co-parenting discusses parenting styles and co-parenting, as well as struggles with divorce, blended and extended families.  

3, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence teaches parents about the effects of domestic violence and child abuse on children as well as how to cope and resources to assist families.  

4, Dealing with Misbe…………… continues on Florida Times-Union

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‘Gay Parenting’ Is Just Parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 23 April, 2014

‘Gay Parenting’ Is Just Parenting
News from Advocate.com:

One of the things that drives me crazy is the distinction we gay people insist on having. Lighten up, everybody — no need to make everything about you. Especially when it comes to raising a child.

Before I dive into what the title of this story means, let me just say, I am a proud gay man. I actually love being gay, and if I had the ability to change things, I would not. This does not mean that I love being a gay stereotype (I’m not), but rather that I love being a man who is intimate with another man. Wouldn’t give it up for the world.

However, I don’t shove my sexuality down anyone’s throat. I don’t think it’s right, and I don’t consider myself as someone who uses “gay” as my identity. I started my Twitter account “@GayAtHomeDad” to mock the whole damn thing. Most people don’t realize that, but I’m actually a gay guy making fun of gay guys. Not exactly original, but it’s what I do best. Honey, if we can’t laugh at ourselves, how the hell are we gonna laugh at someone else? Can I get an amen?

Now that I’m a dad, I hear and read about other gay parents who revolve their entire lives around being gay. Still. Even after having kids, they have to eat, breathe, and sleep gay. Everything has to be a gay issue to them, and they have to make it known to the world that they are gay gay gay gay gay. Normally I would ignore this type (or have fun blas…………… continues on Advocate.com

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Michelle Obama’s parenting secret
News from The Week Magazine:

All parents have quirky strategies for getting their kids to behave, and the president and first lady are no exception. In an interview with Michael Strahan, co-host of Live with Kelly and Michael, Michelle Obama shared her secret for keeping daughters, Malia (15) and Sasha (12), on their best behavior. The first lady joked, “If they’re like looking a little, you know, uninvolved in an event, I’ll just lean over and be like, “If you don’t smile, I’m gonna start dancin’… And Barack is like, I’m gonna sing, I’m gonna start singin’. Here I go. Here I go.'”

It just goes to show that not even the first daughters can escape embarrassing parents.

In the interview, Michelle Obama also discussed the White House’s annual Easter Egg Roll, how the family spends time together, and who will eventually teach Malia and Sasha how to drive. —Kaitlin Roberts

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Parenting Fair offers fun for the whole family

Posted by on Monday, 21 April, 2014

Parenting Fair offers fun for the whole family
News from nwitimes.com:

2014-04-21T00:00:00Z Parenting Fair offers fun for the whole familyTimes Staff nwitimes.com

GARY | Indiana Parenting Institute and Community & Faith Outreach Initiative will celebrate people raising children in Northwest Indiana from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Baber Youth Center at First AME Church, 2005 Massachusetts St. Admission is free and open to the community.

This year’s Parenting Fair, held in conjunction with the Parenting Awareness Month Indiana, features games and giveaways for both parents and children. Community family services providers will also be available with information and help on how to access needed family resources in the Calumet Region, such as food, utilities, housing, activities for youth, bullying strategies and solutions, counseling, and health care.

Entertainment includes magic, face painting and music, with some special guests expected. There’s even a Scavenger Hunt for the family, leading to some great opportunities.

IPI will be honoring three families and two organizations in the community who have shown a determination and dedication to improving the quality of life of their families and the families they serve…………… continues on nwitimes.com

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Expo to highlight holistic parenting
News from Knoxville News Sentinel:

Does your baby grow green?

If you’re looking to increase your knowledge of natural parenting or trying to find businesses that match your holistic needs, check out the Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo, which runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 26 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Started as a grassroots event by local mothers, the expo is sponsored this year by the Bohemian Baby boutique and includes more than 70 vendors with local resources for green living, holistic health and wellness, children’s arts, natural parenting and nutrition.

Speakers will include Margarita McClure of Blueberry Diapers, who will discuss how she took her home business from a hobby to a multimillion-dollar business.

Dr. Leonard Brabson of St. Mary’s Birth and Midwifery Center will speak about the latest studies on pregnancy and prenatal care, as well as his practice, which includes midwives, physicians and nurse practitioners.

Other speakers will be offered as well.

The 4th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change aims to be a record-breaking event. Hundreds of local families will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous cloth diaper changes.

The annual event is held worldwide to raise awareness of the benefits of cloth diapering.

Vendors and host Bohemian Baby will provide prizes and giveaways, and a vendor scavenger hunt w…………… continues on Knoxville News Sentinel

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