Archive for June, 2014

Apple’s ‘Parenthood’ ad features iOS-connected smart home hardware …

Posted by on Monday, 30 June, 2014

Apple’s ‘Parenthood’ ad features iOS-connected smart home hardware …
News from Apple Insider:

Apple on Sunday aired a new iPhone commercial focusing on the handset’s ability to help parents teach, interact and connect with their children through various apps, some of which include connected smart home solutions.

The television spot continues Apple’s “Powerful” series of ads touting the capabilities of its iOS platform, specifically how hardware and software can come together to augment everyday activities. According to reports, the latest run of commercials has been created by Apple’s own in-house ad team, not TBWA’s Media Arts Lab, which usually handles iOS product advertisements.

Set to “Life of Dreams” by Julie Doiron, Apple’s “Parenthood” spot illustrates how the iPhone serves as a platform through which parents can teach, play and communicate with their children. Apps highlighted include teeth-brushing tutor

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Maggie Modjeski: The only parenting expert is a parent
News from Winona Daily News:

The other morning on the “Today Show,” an expert shared that it is OK to let children have some junk food now and then.

The revelation did not startle me nor change any of our household habits, but just once again proved true that experts in parenting are the parents themselves and no two children are alike. I often look at my three and find it hard to believe they all came from me, as they are as different as night and day.

My children eat junk food of some sort every day; we have had one cavity and no obesity in our home. I don’t think they bounce off the walls too bad when they have sugary treats; however, caffeinated pop is banned from our house, and I don’t even want to go there. I have always been a firm believer in moderation, and sometimes it is my own laziness that the starch in our meal may resemble a potato chip, only with hot dogs and hamburgers, of course.

Summer vacation is the prime time to see if experts’ theories are really true, with children home more often during the day with more time on their hands to be bored.

As for the rule of screen time — I have touched on this before — experts recommend no more than one or two hours a day. I would like to invite these experts to my home during a rainy summer week; I may even offer them a black-and-white shirt so they can take my place as a referee.

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Issac Bailey | Parenting is no walk in the park, or countryside

Posted by on Saturday, 28 June, 2014

Issac Bailey | Parenting is no walk in the park, or countryside
News from MyrtleBeachOnline.com:

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STEVE JESSMORE

She asked if I had tried taking my son on a walk in the countryside instead.

I was taken aback and didn’t know quite how to respond and blurted out that my wife and I had tried just about everything.

It was early on a Saturday morning. I was leading my son through Harvard Square to serve his parent-supervised community service – picking up trash – for chronic discouraging behavior he’s persisted in despite our countless attempts to convince him otherwise.

I won’t detail just what my 12-year-old has been doing because I don’t want to embarrass him. He’s a good, conscientious, beyond-his-years-wise 12-year-old of whom I’m proud and love, but who also has more maturing to do, which is why he was picking up trash.

He has made no mistake I didn’t make when I was his age, which gives me hope he can make it to the other side like I did, as well as having me cross my fingers, wanting him to benefit from the dumb luck I did until his maturity kicks in.

Frankly, I don’t know if this particular discipline will be the thing that gets through to him. We’ve tried a ton of things. We’ve tried the soft route and the hard route and the parenting-expert approved route and even the more traditional…………… continues on MyrtleBeachOnline.com

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‘Super Run’ brings out the heroes as they champion foster parenting
News from The Grand Rapids Press – MLive.com:

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, MI — The superheroes came out in force.

And they were on the run….literally.

Runners dressed in superhero costumes took part in the Super Run on Saturday, June 28 to help raise awareness for foster parenting.

The event was sponsored by Lutheran Social Services of Michigan and held at Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery at Four Mile Road and East Beltline.

Statistics show that more than 13,000 children are in foster care in Michigan and they often face a tough future.

According to Lutheran Social Services, only about half of high-school aged children in foster care graduate.

The Super Run featured five-kilometer and one-kilometer runs.

E-mail John Tunison: jtunison@mlive.com and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/johntunison

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Grant to help with parenting education

Posted by on Friday, 27 June, 2014

Grant to help with parenting education
News from KTVZ:

BEND, Ore. –

The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, a multiyear grant program partnership among four of Oregon’s largest foundations (The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation) and Oregon State University awarded more than $ 1.6 million in grants to organizations around the state to support the delivery of high-quality parenting education programs.

Grants will also help develop and strengthen collaborations among providers through regional parenting education “Hubs.”

Study after study has found that healthy and effective parenting ensures that children have a strong foundation for success in school and in life. Oregon has many excellent programs for parents, but the field is frequently fragmented and funding can be inconsistent: Thus, the need for strategies that encourage collaboration, planning and more effective use of resources.

“Investment in strong parenting is a critical strategy for ensuring that all children are ready to learn,” said Mary Louise McClintock, Director of Education Programs at OCF. “Through OPEC, we are excited to be able to offer support to a large part of the state to ensure these parenting education programs are strong and effective.”

In 2014, an OPEC expansion increased the number of parenting education Hubs…………… continues on KTVZ

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Stamford’s St. Joseph Parenting Center Educates Adults, Protects Kids
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STAMFORD, Conn. — The St. Joseph Parenting Center in Stamford offers free parent education classes in Spanish and English to families at risk of child neglect and child abuse.

Its motto, “Educate the Parent, Protect the Child” describes exactly what this center does for families in the area who need assistance.

“SJPC is a great resource available to anyone with a child up to the age of 12 and it would be great to let people in our community know this resource exists. “ said Jeanette Christian, a volunteer at SJPC, which is located on the second floor at 566 Elm St.

Measi O’Rourke, the Executive Director of the center, was born in Ireland and was raised in White Plains. She is married and resides in Ridgefield. As a registered nurse, she worked for several years in the maternal child care areas of nursing, then took 10 years off to raise her five children. The combination of her education and parenting, plus her volunteer work with children in her church, is what attracted O’Rourke to SJPC.

“I’m passionate about children being treated properly,’’ O’Rouke said. “The goal is to really be there in a long term relationship with these parents so they have the support to get them through and hopes of not abusing and neglecting their children.”

SJPC opened its doors in 2010 with the help of individual donors. Si…………… continues on The Daily Voice

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How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain

Posted by on Thursday, 26 June, 2014

How Supportive Parenting Protects the Brain
News from The Atlantic:

Pediatricians are trying to gently shape child-rearing styles so that kids living in poverty have a chance to succeed.

The other day, a mother of a 15-month-old walked into Andrew Garner’s office, oozing frustration.

“Is it normal for them to never sit still?” she asked.

Garner, a pediatrician in Westlake, Ohio, leapt on the remark as a teachable moment.

“He doesn’t sit still?!” he said, “That’s a compliment to you! You want him to do that.”

At 15 months, he explained, children are itching to explore, and then toddle back, and then wander off again. It’s a sign the baby is developing apace.

The goal is to make the woman feel confident in her mothering abilities. If he builds up her self-esteem, Garner hopes, she’ll be more invested and engaged as a mom, and the child will grow up smarter and healthier as a result. Garner b…………… continues on The Atlantic

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Tips for living: ‘Reality Parenting’ encourages, prepares parents
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Parenting is no easy task, and real life is not like TV families. Author and parent Treion Muller shares a realistic view of parenting in his latest book “Reality Parenting: As Not Seen on TV” (Cedar Fort, $ 12.99). continues on Deseret News

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Bravo’s ‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ Sets Premiere Date, Unveils Preview …

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

Bravo’s ‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ Sets Premiere Date, Unveils Preview …
News from Hollywood Reporter:

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Bravo has scheduled a premiere date for its upcoming docuseries Extreme Guide to Parenting.

The show, which aims to give a “candid and unfiltered look into some of the unique and unconventional styles of raising children,” will premiere at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Thursday, Aug. 7.

PHOTOS Summer TV Preview: 33 New Series on Cable and Broadcast

The series will center on moms and dads who believe that their extreme parenting techniques are the best and everyone else is doing it wrong. E…………… continues on Hollywood Reporter

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Parenting a teenager takes letting go
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June 25 at 11:07 AM

Question: I had an extraordinarily good relationship with my 15-year-old son until a year ago.

I’ve always believed that parents should respect their children, talk with them and listen to their thoughts and feelings, which is what I did with my boy, but he turned into a monster anyway. He can be sweet and thoughtful — adults often tell me what a nice kid he is — but he can also be abusive when he doesn’t get his way. When that happens, he follows me around the house, arguing with me as relentlessly as an ACLU lawyer.

My son is a bright boy, goes to a magnet school, has many friends and takes part in the drama program every day after school. He comes home after that, walk…………… continues on Washington Post

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Countryside Parenting Tips: Four Red Flags

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

Countryside Parenting Tips: Four Red Flags
News from Northbrook Star:

Some parents will immediately find the four red flags useful and funny, those for whom the habits of the naughty child are already familiar. We know when our family train has run off the rails.  Reading the short list brings a brief pause, a “yes, indeed” deep breath.  We think of the children we love. We recognize ourselves.

“Emergency!” we quietly scream.  “Mayday!  All hands on deck!”

When parents spot a red flag, it’s time to double-back and strategize.

1.  Silent defiance. Head turned slightly, chin almost touching shoulder, tongue pushing out on cheek.  This gesture is most common in girls, but can occur in both sexes.

2.  Slow blink.  This stony expression appears when a young person is given an undesirable direction from an adult.  The loved child stares impassively, blinking with exaggerated slowness.

3.  Failure to respond.  If the child does not have the amateur poker player’s “tell” (averted eyes, slight shift in position, brief hesita…………… continues on Northbrook Star

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(Im)perfect Parenting: When moving is unexpectedly sad
News from Nooga.com:

When I was seven months pregnant with my daughter, we moved into our first two-bedroom apartment. I remember standing in each empty room, looking around and trying to picture all the “firsts” my unborn daughter would experience in our new home. I was filled with excitement, anxious to create memories with my family.

This week, almost five years after moving into that apartment, we packed our things and moved into a new townhome. When we began stripping our photos from the walls and sticking our belongings in boxes, I began to feel something I didn’t expect: sadness. I was thrilled to be moving into bigger and better digs, but I still found myself feeling very emotional. This goodbye was harder than other goodbyes.

I’ve done my fair share of moving. In the past, after everything was packed and the spaces empty, I’d take a final look around and bid a confident farewell to the place I had called home. But when we moved from this last apartment, my goodbye didn’t come as easily. I found mysef glancing around the empty rooms and catching flickers of the past, memories of my daughter and everything we had experienced as a family within its walls.

Late last week I gave my daughter a bath, and as I shampooed and rinsed her hair, it hit me like a ton of bricks: it was the last bath she’d have in that tub. Bittersweet nostalgia crept over me as I remembered…………… continues on Nooga.com

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Where: First Baptist Church, 200 E. Main St., Murfreesboro

Posted by on Tuesday, 24 June, 2014

Where: First Baptist Church, 200 E. Main St., Murfreesboro
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Parenting: Beat the heat with free movies

Posted by on Monday, 23 June, 2014

Parenting: Beat the heat with free movies
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Boston updates pregnant, parenting teens policy
News from Wicked Local Roslindale:

When she became pregnant at 16, Ciara Mejia said her family thought she would eventually drop out of high school because the pressure of schoolwork and being a parent would be too much. They were wrong.

“It (having a baby) made me want to finish ? it motivated me more,” said Mejia, who commuted from her home in Roslindale to attend Norwood High School, where she graduated in 2013. Her son, Jayden Pena, was born the summer before her senior year. She and Jayden?s father, Juan Pena, recently moved into their own apartment in Dorchester.

Inspired to help other pregnant and parenting teens after her experience, Mejia, now 18, is working as an advocate with the Massachusetts Alliance on Teen Pregnancy (MATP). Through MATP, she recently testified in support of the Expectant and Parenting Students Policy in the Boston Public Schools. The Boston Public School Committee voted in favor of the measure, which had not been updated since 1987, on June 4.

Boston City Councilor-at-Large Ayanna Pressley partnered with MATP and other advocates, expectant and parenting youth, as well as officials from Boston Public Schools, to make recommendations and push the policy forward.

According to a press release from Pressley?s offi…………… continues on Wicked Local Roslindale

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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parenting Advice From a Child

Posted by on Sunday, 22 June, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parenting Advice From a Child
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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parenting Advice from Child – TIME

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Saritha Prabhu: Modern parenting is tough
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Posted by on Monday, 16 June, 2014

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