Archive for May, 2014

Parenting: “Us vs. them” mentality and Child Protective Services

Posted by on Saturday, 31 May, 2014

Parenting: “Us vs. them” mentality and Child Protective Services
News from The Cannabist:

Child Protective Services is not exactly the popular kid at the lunch table, at least not among the circles that comprise the marijuana community. I get it — innocent lives are unnecessarily disrupted; many happy families have been needlessly ripped apart. Some children have been exploited for money by greedy foster parents while others died tragically at the hands of their temporary caregivers. None of those things are OK and especially not under sanction of the government. Those that are not neutral on the subject are typically anti-CPS to extremely anti-CPS.

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Countryside Parenting Tips: A Bedtime Story for Parents
News from Northbrook Star:

“Education is not usually spoken of in terms of compassion and beauty, but it should be.”

Several years ago, in the hurried hour before young families leave for school, a parent accidentally tipped her large, scalding mug of green tea down her four-year-old daughter’s back. They spent the next two days in the hospital, treating a painful third degree burn that would eventually heal without scarring.

When she returned to school after her stay in the hospital, Mary proudly displayed the bandages wrapped around her torso. She told her friends how funny it was to see her mom driving to the emergency room in her PJs, and how much it hurt to have her burn washed with the pretty pink soap. The kids responded as the always do: they listened attentively, expressed their amazement and concern, then returned to the business of childhood.

We hemmed and hawed through the morning, wondering how to manage playground time. It was a beautiful spring day, too pretty to keep Mary indoors. The sandbox (her favorite) seemed out of the question. Playground equipment seemed too risky. Katie volunteered to have…………… continues on Northbrook Star

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Parenting advice from Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly

Posted by on Friday, 30 May, 2014

Parenting advice from Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly
News from Washington Post:

Marguerite Kelly offered advice on helping your toddler sleep through the night. (Bigstock Photo)

Wondering how to get your toddler to stop waking up at night?  Trying to persuade a 6-year-old to pick up after himself? Marguerite Kelly, who writes the weekly Family Almanac advice column in Local Living, was here to take questions about parenting. Here are some of the questions she answered.

Night-waking toddler.

Q: Over the last few months my soon to be 2-year-old has developed a habit of waking up at various points in the night and incessantly calling out for Mom or Dad. We would respond by going in, picking her up to soothe her cries (but not actual crying) and make sure she wasn’t sick/hurt/etc., and putting her back in bed. When this happened last night (twice), we did not go in to her. The first time either she stopped calling out or I fell back asleep. The second time, we got up for the day. Which approach will best serve us by allowing my toddler to get herself back to sleep and not keep us up at all hours of the night? And, is it co…………… continues on Washington Post

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Camp counselor job nearly as tough as parenting

Posted by on Thursday, 29 May, 2014

Camp counselor job nearly as tough as parenting
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Read this: six parenting links you must check out
News from Washington Post:

Common Sense Media has tips about how to raise a reader. (Amy Joyce)

Looking for something to do between coffee/meeting/kid pick-up? Oh come on, we know you want to.

Who’s in charge in your house?

It’s hard to read, but important. Traffic laws could save lives.

Stella Bugbee writes about shielding her daughter from knowledge about the Nigeria Boko Haram Kidnappings.

John Dickerson writes about why you should …………… continues on Washington Post

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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Posted by on Wednesday, 28 May, 2014

Parenting Rewires the Male Brain
News from Science Now:

A parenting circuit? Hands-on parenting rewires fathers’ brains to look more like mothers’’.

Cultures around the world have long assumed that women are hardwired to be mothers. But a new study suggests that caring for children awakens a parenting network in the brain—even turning on some of the same circuits in men as it does in women. The research implies that the neural underpinnings of the so-called maternal instinct aren’t unique to women, or activated solely by hormones, but can be developed by anyone who chooses to be a parent.

“This is the first study to look at the way dads’ brains change with child care experience,” says Kevin Pelphrey, a neuroscientist at Yale University who was not involved with the study. “What we thought of as a purely maternal circuit can also be turned on just by being a parent—which is neat, given the way our culture is changing with respect to shared responsibility and marriage equality.”

The findings come from an investigation of two types of households in Israel: traditional families consisting of a biological mother and father, in which the mother assumed most of the caregiving duties, though the fathers were very involved; and homosexual male couples, one of whom was the biological father, who’d had the child with the help of surrogate mothers. The two-father couples had taken the babies home sh…………… continues on Science Now

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After parenting in Middle East, author Nathan Deuel returns to New Orleans to …
News from The Times-Picayune:

‘We take America for granted. But it’s a great place.’ – Nathan Deuel.

The first time Nathan Deuel set out to visit New Orleans, he abruptly quit his job as a deputy editor at Rolling Stone magazine in New York, trekked down the East Coast to Florida, crossed the Gulf Coast and gone straight to the French Quarter. It was a five-month-long trip, he said, because he walked the entire way.

“I went to Molly’s at the Market and ordered a beer and a shot,” Deuel said of the Decatur Street bar he first visited in 2007. “I literally walked into New Orleans, and that’s the first place I went, on the advice of friends.”

Seven years later, tempered by age and transformed by fatherhood and living abroad, Deuel, 34, returns to New Orleans this weekend, to read from his first book, “Friday was the Bomb: Five Years in the Middle East.” Amazon named it the best book for May.

During his brief stay in New Orleans in 2007, Deuel lived Uptown and then, after his wife joined him, across from Liuzza’s by the Track, near the Fair Grounds. It was there, he said, that they decided to move to Saudi Arabia. They tended to loose ends in New Yo…………… continues on The Times-Picayune

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Parenting Tips in Hindi - Pinky Madaan

This parenting tip in Hindi is definitely going to benefit all parents esp. parents of infants and adolescents. This motivational and inspirational video of …
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My summer parenting bucket list

Posted by on Tuesday, 20 May, 2014

My summer parenting bucket list
News from Washington Post:

One of the things on our summer to-do list: Hit the pool. Any pool, any time. Many times, in fact. Here, Splashdown Water Park. (2012 photo by Sarah Lane/The Washington Post)

Sure, my kids spend most of their summer vacation in camp while we are at work. But one week in July is set aside for Camp Mommy: Them, me and the GPS. Here’s some of what might be in store for them that week or on the soccer-free weekends that lie ahead.

1. Kick it old school (also known as devices begone). I’m going to declare at least one day of Let’s Pretend It’s 1976. We will roll down a hill, catch fireflies, chase the ice cream truck and devour red-white-and-blue treats before the juice stains our shirts. I’m going to drag out the hula hoop and roller skates and cross my fingers that there will be minimal whining. And if that fails, we’ll head to a matinee, because there’s nothing like emerging from a cool, dark theater on a hot, sunny day. “Bad News Bears,” anyone?

2. Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I scored deeply…………… continues on Washington Post

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Sign-ups for parenting classes in Salinas under way – The Salinas Californian
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Sign-ups for parenting classes in Salinas under way

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Magic Wings Butterfly Garden opens at St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Parenting …

Posted by on Saturday, 17 May, 2014

Magic Wings Butterfly Garden opens at St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Parenting …
News from The Times-Picayune:

St. Tammany Parish Hospital’s Parenting Center has been busy. Their new Magic Wings Butterfly Garden was completed and is now another educational facet added to the abundant list of resources that they provide to educate the community in Covington.

The Parenting Center also has an upcoming workshop series that could teach the community tools to prolong or save a life. Both St. Tammany Parish Hospital and the St. Tammany Master Gardeners Association-LSU Ag Center supported the undertaking as the Magic Wings Butterfly Garden was dedicated at the STPH Parenting Center on April 29.   

The Master Gardeners donated their time throughout April to prepare and plant the garden, which Parenting Center members added to at the dedication. Master Gardeners members will continue to visit the Parenting Center monthly for educational opportunities such as explaining the life-cycle of a caterpillar and butterfly by reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and explaining different types of plants and gardening techniques to the children and their parents. 

St. Tammany Master Gardeners Association-LSU Ag Center member Marie Porche and St. Tammany Parish Hospital Parenti…………… continues on The Times-Picayune

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Marty Cobb’s mother and suspect’s mother took parenting classes
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Posted on: 9:50 pm, May 16, 2014, by Melissa Hipolit, updated on: 10:26am, May 17, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)- Two mothers connected to the death of 8-year-old Marty Cobb have a criminal history involving child abuse, and both were ordered to take parenting classes at Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now or SCAN.

On Wednesday, CBS 6 reported the mother of the 16-year-old boy accused of killing Cobb, has a criminal past.

Faith Turner was arrested in 2008 for child abuse-neglect, and she was ordered to take parenting classes at SCAN.

Cobb’s mother, Sharain Spruill, was also ordered to the class after her arrest on domestic assault charges in 2011.

SCAN said their parenting classes are meant to be part of a larger solution, and say they try their best to help parents with a history of abuse become better parents.

“They still might be good candidates for a wide variety of intervention,” Ian Danielsen, Greater Richmond SCAN, said.

SCAN will not talk about specific clients, but Danielsen said the program teaches caretakers how to be better parents.

“Our facilitators focus specifically to help those caregivers grow those tools for nurtura…………… continues on wtvr.com

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On Parenting with Meghan Leahy – Washington Post

Posted by on Friday, 16 May, 2014

On Parenting with Meghan Leahy – Washington Post
News from On Parenting with Meghan Leahy – Washington Post:

About the topic

Parenting coach Meghan Leahy, of Positively Parenting, recently shared some advice with On Parenting readers: You are the parent your children were meant to have. With all of your imperfections, they don’t want anybody else. You are a good enough parent every morning when you wake up. Rather than always looking at improving the situation, improving your kids, fixing the situation, appreciate who you are. Let yourself feel like your kids were given to you for a reason, and move forward with that even in your failures. That’s how you earn your stripes. The mom of three was here to share her wisdom, calm you down and let you know you’re probably doing okay.

Amy Joyce :

Hi all! Thanks for joining us today. We’ve got the wonderful Meghan Leahy, a local parenting coach who has a lot of good insight into our worlds. Three kids, a sense of humor, and a dog. Looks like the questions are rolling in, so let’s go ahead and get started. Meghan? All yours!

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3 pieces of parenting advice from a parenting coach

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

3 pieces of parenting advice from a parenting coach
News from Washington Post:

Maybe your child’s not such a devil after all. Here’s how to deal. (BigStock)

Meaghan Leahy, a parenting coach with PositivelyParenting.com, recently chatted with us – and you — and offered her advice for many of the parenting questions that came rolling in. Here are some highlights from our chat:

3-year-old doesn’t want to participate in classes

Q: My 3.5 year old daughter has been taking ballet classes for about 3 months now and has loved it up until recently. The last two weeks she has refused to participate for no apparent reason. I keep asking her why and she just says she doesn’t like it anymore. I didn’t make her participate last week but did stay and watch the other kids participate. I know not to push it but seems odd that she would just all of a sudden not like it after loving it. What to do?

A. Meghan Leahy:

This is a 3.5 year old. They are not com…………… continues on Washington Post

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The Pains Of Parenting, And Other Life Lessons From Louis CK
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America’s favorite redheaded schlub is back for a fourth season of Louie.

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Louis C.K. has made a career in comedy by going places others won’t. He can be shockingly crude and deeply insightful in the same sentence.

In his Emmy-award winning TV show called Louie, the comedian basically plays himself — a divorced standup com…………… continues on NPR

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Which country shares your parenting values?

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 May, 2014

Which country shares your parenting values?
News from PBS NewsHour:

Not everyone agrees on the best methods for raising kids. That becomes apparent when you examine the results from the 2010-2014 World Values Survey — 82,000 adults across 54 countries were surveyed to gain a better understanding of what they consider most important when raising a child, whether or not they were parents themselves.

This interactive uses the survey data to show which country has values closest to yours.

The survey, which was first held in 1980, asks about 250 questions about personal values. One question set focuses on parenting children. The respondents were asked to select which of 11 qualities they considered to be especially important for children to learn.

Our interactive is slightly different than the survey. While we ask you to rank all 11, the survey asked respondents to indicate which ones they thought were especially important. So while not an apples-to-apples comparison, our interactive gives us a good approximation of the survey results. The ranking you choose is used to compute a coefficient, a number between -1 and 1, which determines how correlated your list is to another list in the data set. 1 means the two lists are perfectly correlated while a -1 means the two lists are perfectly negati…………… continues on PBS NewsHour

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WATCH: Louis CK Gives Parenting Advice to Jimmy Fallon
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Longing for the carefree parenting style of yesterday?

Posted by on Sunday, 11 May, 2014

Longing for the carefree parenting style of yesterday?
News from CNN:

  • Moms of all ages agree motherhood has changed over the decades
  • The Internet has given today’s moms more info, but also more criticism
  • Many moms lament the loss of autonomy children had in the ’60s and ’70s
  • Today’s parents too often refuse to let their kids fail, many moms say

Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She’s a mom of two girls and lives in Manhattan. Read her other columns and follow her reports at CNN Parents and on Twitter.

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A Case for Parenting the Dolphin–Not Tiger–Mom Way
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