Archive for August, 2014

How You Play With Dolls Predicts Your Parenting

Posted by on Tuesday, 26 August, 2014

How You Play With Dolls Predicts Your Parenting
News from Discovery News:

Wondering how your relationship will change when you have kids? Pick up a doll, a new study suggests.

Researchers watched 182 couples in the third trimester of pregnancy playing with a infant-sized doll, and then examined the couples’ interactions with their babies nine months after birth.

Couples who were supportive of each other with the doll tended to be equally positive in their real-life parenting relationship. Those who criticized each other with the doll kept criticizing each other with their babies.

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“Some of the couples were very positive, saying nice things to each other about their parenting. With the doll they might say ‘You’re going to be such a great dad.’ After the birth of the baby, their talk would be very similar: ‘You’re such a natural,’” said Sarah Schoppe-Sullivan, co-author of the study and professor of human sciences at The Ohio State University in a press release.

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Parenting: ‘The talk’ arrives a little early … for mom
News from The News-Press:

Pamela Hayford, pamela@swflparentchild.com 12:25 p.m. EDT August 25, 2014

Thank you, peer pressure.

I thought I could handle “the talk.” I pictured myself sitting on the edge of my daughter’s bed, a well-written book in hand to give her as a resource, lovingly explaining the menstrual cycle. She’d be 11 or so.

I forgot a couple of things.

This summer, my 9-year-old daughter’s chest started developing. At first, I thought I was seeing things. She’s too young, and I didn’t develop until I was like 25. As summer wore on, the tiny buds grew more noticeable. Then my husband mentioned them. Maybe it’s time for a training bra, he said.

At first, I wanted to ignore them until she brought it up. It’s not like she needs the support of a bra yet.

But I kept seeing them. Is this how men feel? They don’t mean to look at your breasts but, dang, th…………… continues on The News-Press

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‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ May Be Putting Child Abuse On Display (VIDEO)

Posted by on Saturday, 23 August, 2014

‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ May Be Putting Child Abuse On Display (VIDEO)
News from The Stir:

It wasn’t me who said it — I’m just repeating it! LOL. Seriously, I had dropped Bravo’s Extreme Guide to Parenting after episode 1 because it horrified me so much, but it’s back on The Real Deal by request. Also today, Don’t Be TardyLeAnn & Eddie and some juicy naked gossip. Dating Naked, that is.

Kim Zolciak is a flip-flopper at the moment, but it’s not her fault, it’s her network. Is she on Sundays? Thursdays? Both? Very confusing. Nevertheless, once I finally found the episode on my DVR and watched it, I realized what she has in common with Will Ferrell. Or Melissa McCarthy. Or both. Confused? In today’s exclusive video below I explain it all.

Next, Marisa Silver Eisenberg‘s reaction to a child psychologist telling her she is guilty of child abuse, is to discount and dismiss him. Yes, it’s Extreme Guide to Parenting time. I noticed a pattern with each set of parents, the Eisenbergs included, and break down in today’s episode what leads people to do a show such as this, what the editors have in mind, and what makes a Tiger Mom.

LeAnn Rimes has two problems. One is her show, and the other is her husband. Oh wait, three problems……………. continues on The Stir

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Psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg lashes out against ‘crappy parenting’ in …
News from Herald Sun:

Mum Caryn Braude with kids Jazmyn, 8, Charlie, 3, Brandon, 10, Scarlett, 5. Picture: Norm Oorloff Source: News Corp Australia

ONE of Australia’s leading psychologists has issued a damning assessment of Australian parents: you are doing a crap job.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg’s new book, Strictly Parenting, includes a chapter titled “The Unfortunate Rise of Crap Parenting”. In it he details some of the “dysfunctional, over-involved parenting styles that have emerged in the past two decades”.

As Dr Carr-Gregg notes in the book, some people “may be offended by the term ‘crap’, arguing that parenting is hard enough without psychologists slagging them off for being incompetent”.

“But the truth is that they are crappy,” he said.

The problem, he told the Herald Sun, is a “vitamin ‘N’ deficiency in Australian parenting”.

“Learn to say no,” he said.

In the book he notes the rise of children with compliant parents who are totally indulged.

“Many of the parenting practices I have observed over the last decade fly in the face of a mountain of sound research,” he said.</…………… continues on Herald Sun

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Top Parenting Trends Of 2014

Posted by on Friday, 22 August, 2014

Top Parenting Trends Of 2014
News from The Onion (satire):

Between questions of breastfeeding, circumcision, vaccinations, and must-have accessories, moms and dads are confronted with a wealth of options when it comes to raising their children. Here are the top parenting trends of 2014:

  • Many couples are waiting to announce their pregnancy until after their child has graduated college and become a partner in a successful law firm.
  • Mothers are increasingly allowing their newborns to starve to death due to their paralyzing inability to decide between formula and breast milk.
  • Many parents are choosing not to learn the gender of their obstetrician.
  • More and more parents are using so-called long-term surrogates to not only carry their child to term, but also to raise, care for, and eventually send him or her to college.
  • Including a piece of umbilical cord with birth announcements.
  • Birthday-themed parties are a fast-growing trend, with parents throwing a party roughly once a year for their child around the time of his or her birth, complete with cake, party hats, and presents.
  • A growing contingent of new mothers are choosing to read about the many health benefits of eating placenta before ultimately chickening out.
  • As part of the new Infinity Womb trend, women are using a wide range of Lamaze, yoga, and strength-training techniques to forceful…………… continues on The Onion (satire)

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Extreme Guide to Parenting Recap 8/21/14: Season 1 Episode 3 “The Smartest …
News from Celebrity Dirty Laundry:

Extreme Guide to Parenting airs a new episode on Bravo tonight. On tonight’s episode called, “The Smartest, Most Handsome, Best Kid Ever”, Marisa wants her only child, Austen, to be the best at everything, even if it means pushing him to the limit.

On the last episode, three years ago, Wendy and Tyler got rid of everything they owned and became nomads living out of their SUV. Now that their kids are older, life on the road has lost its charm. While Wendy and the kids longed for a place to call home, Tyler feared any change could lead straight back his greatest fear. . .a “normal life.” Did you watch the last episode? We recapped it all right here for you.

On tonight’s episode Marisa wants her only child, Austen, to be the best at everything, even if it means pushing him to the limit. At four years old, he plays five sports, knows the U.S. Presidents and can write his name. But that’…………… continues on Celebrity Dirty Laundry

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Monthly classes emphasize different parenting approaches

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 August, 2014

Monthly classes emphasize different parenting approaches
News from Appeal-Democrat:

Children don’t come with instructions — no matter how much parents sometimes wished they did.

“I just thought my daughter just didn’t like to listen,” Jessica Raj of Colusa County said.

Even though children aren’t born with care labels sewn onto their sides, there are many resources available to help parents figure out what to do. Raj, the mother of a 7 year-old girl, was one of seven parents at the Arbuckle Family Action Center learning new ways to communicate with children at a free parent training course on Thursday.

Each month, Yuba College’s Foster Kinship Care Education hosts a free parenting class at the family action centers in Arbuckle on 812 King St. and in Williams at 602 12th St. Classes are taught in both English and Spanish, and free childcare is available on site.

“Maybe it’s just the way I’m saying things,” Jacqueline Mobley, another mother at the training course, said in regard to her 2-year-old son, Roman, who was having a difficult time listening as well.

The most recent class was based on the curriculum of Parenting with Dignity, a nonprofit educational organization. Founded by educator and father Mac Bledsoe, the program emphasizes using effective parenting skills to teach children to make their own good decisions.

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Science Journal Has Special Issue on Parenting
News from Guardian Liberty Voice:

Science, the journal, has published a special issue on parenting. Over 10 articles on parenting are included in the issue that cover a diverse range of topics from genetics, to assisted reproduction, to gestation effects, to breast milk and beneficial gut bacteria. The special issue on parenting is meant to help provide insights on how parenting equips offspring to thrive, grow and eventually become parents themselves.

One of the articles in this special issue deals with what an expectant mother eat…………… continues on Guardian Liberty Voice

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Four types of parenting styles

In this video, we will discuss the four different parenting styles and the effects these styles have on your child. References: Bee, Helen (1997) The develop…

Parenting: 12 going on 52

Posted by on Monday, 18 August, 2014

Parenting: 12 going on 52
News from The News-Press:

Pamela Hayford, pamela@swflparentchild.com 9:24 p.m. EDT August 17, 2014

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Len Anthony: On Parenting
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FULFILLING OUR DUTY OFTEN MEANS MAKING OUR KIDS NOT LIKE US …

By Len Anthony  ||  In my recent article regarding teenage use of alcohol, drugs and “hooking up,” I concluded that parents are primarily responsible for this behavior.  This conclusion was reached based upon a friend of mine’s philosophy that: “People behave the way they do because they can.”  Being a parent of a 20-year-old young man and 24-year-old young woman, I have struggled with how to be a good parent.

My father referred to me as “boy.”  When he told me to do something I was expected to do it immediately, no questions asked.  In the rare case when I summed the courage to ask “why,” the answer was “because I said so.”  He made it clear that I was not to lie, cheat, steal, curse, ever drink alcohol or “back talk.”  It was equally clear that if I did any of these things something really bad would happen to me.  I never tested him for two reasons: I was afraid of him and he left when I was 12 years old.  Thus, he was not there during my teenage years to mete out punishment when I broke a few of these rules.

I was never close to my father.  When he died I felt neither sorrow nor pain.

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Unprepared for parenting and teaching BBQ

Posted by on Saturday, 16 August, 2014

Unprepared for parenting and teaching BBQ
News from DesMoinesRegister.com:

By Graham Gillette 11:11 p.m. CDT August 15, 2014

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Disconnect between parenting and certain jobs a source of stress, study finds – Phys.Org
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Disconnect between parenting and certain jobs a source of stress, study finds

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With New Parenting Apps, More Dads Are Phoning It In

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

With New Parenting Apps, More Dads Are Phoning It In
News from NPR:

Move over, parenting books: Apps are one of the newest ways that dads can learn how to be dads. Dave Burton, creator of the app Quick Tips for New Dads, explains.

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Support for new dads comes in many forms – family, friends, books and oh, yes, there’s an app for that – several actually. One of the latest is designed by a clueless dad for other dads – could be…

DAVE BURTON: Prince William, future King of England, or David Beckham, international footballer, or a bald bloke called Dave.

BLOCK: That’s Dave Burton. Yes, he is bald. He’s also the creator of Quick Tips for New Dads. And since he’s British, the app he refers to nappies, not diapers. His app also covers feeding, bathing, crying – we assume he’s talking about the baby – sleep deprivation – that would be yours – and bonding. It’s something Burton wishes he’d had at his fingertips a couple of years ago when he was a brand-new dad.

BURTON: We’re all stripped-back to that raw basic human nature of we’ve got children in there’s poo and there’s pee and there’s weird stuff going on. An we’re all on a level playing field.

BLOCK: Handy as the app may be, Dave Burton will be the first admi…………… continues on NPR

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Is this the future of parenting?
News from CNN:

The Sproutling baby monitor system includes an ankle bracelet, environmental sensor and mobile app.
  • The Sproutling baby monitor tracks heart rate, position and body temperature using an ankle bracelet
  • Parents get insights and tips into their child through a mobile app
  • The $ 250 device will be available in 2015

(CNN) — Babies are unpredictable, messy and constantly changing. Sleep-deprived parents struggling to make sense of their tiny humans’ behaviors are starting to take a scientific approach, collecting data in the hopes of solving problems like not sleeping through the night.

Ankle monitors are typically associated with criminals on house arrest, but the latest gadget for this generation of tech-saturated parents mimics the shackles of old — in much friendlier colors.

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What to Watch (if You’ve Seen the Rest) – New York Times

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

What to Watch (if You’ve Seen the Rest) – New York Times
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Is this the future of parenting?
News from KSAT San Antonio:

Babies are unpredictable, messy and constantly changing. Sleep-deprived parents struggling to make sense of their tiny humans’ behaviors are starting to take a scientific approach, collecting data in the hopes of solving problems like not sleeping through the night.

Ankle monitors are typically associated with criminals on house arrest, but the latest gadget for this generation of tech-saturated parents mimics the shackles of old — in much friendlier colors.

Sproutling’s baby ankle monitor tracks vitals such as heart rate and body temperature, and can tell if a baby is moving or in a dangerous face-down sleeping position. The environmental sensor picks up on the humidity, noise levels and temperature of the baby’s room. Best of all, it learns about each child’s behaviors over time and adjusts accordingly.

For example, it might deduce the optimal room temperature for sleeping based on a child’s nap patterns and point out that lowering the temperature two degrees will help the baby sleep 20 minutes longer. Or if it senses elevated noise levels, it could warn parents that their child is going to wake up unless it’s quieter.

But are there are concerns about introducing yet another gadget into parenting. Children are already glued to their iPads, parents to their smartphones. Instead of relying on first-person observations or their own instinc…………… continues on KSAT San Antonio

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Bravo’s ‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’: Why do we love to judge bad parents?

Posted by on Saturday, 9 August, 2014

Bravo’s ‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’: Why do we love to judge bad parents?
News from Entertainment Weekly:

There are two things that reality TV fans love more than anything else. One is judging people who behave badly. (Think: Real Housewives.) The other is anything “extreme.” (Think: Extreme Makeover.) So it was only a matter of time before Bravo used the word “extreme” to target what might be the most judgmental audience alive: people with kids.

Get ready: The Extreme Guide to Parenting premieres on Bravo tonight.

Has there ever been a more perfect cultural moment for a show like this to exist? Extreme Parenting arrives at a time when many people—especially women—get a certain masochistic thrill from hearing that we’re doing things the wrong way. Eating? We’re doing it wrong. Breathing? We’re doing it wrong. So why not parenting? As Jill Lepore wrote in the New Yorker a few years ago, we’re living in an age tha…………… continues on Entertainment Weekly

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Parenting by fear is problem for kids
News from Glens Falls Post-Star:

I was thinking about parenting and protecting your kids recently after reading the stories about Debra Harrell, the woman in South Carolina who left her 9-year-old daughter in a neighborhood park to play while she worked a shift at McDonald’s.

Harrell was arrested, charged with child abandonment and put in jail. Her child was taken away from her for two and a half weeks.

A lot of people have reacted with astonishment to Harrell’s case, and a fund set up for her has raised more than $ 40,000. Still, the charge against her stands.

What kind of strange, fearful place have we reached when we describe leaving a 9-year-old at a neighborhood park as “abandonment”?

This park was less than a mile from the Harrells’ home.

I have felt panic, imagining terrible things, as my child walked two blocks home from a friend’s house, along streets so safe that toddlers could live in tents on the sidewalk and nothing would happen.

But we should not allow irrational fears to guide the actions we take as communities — in charging people with crimes, for example.

Regina Harrell was probably much safer in that park than she would have been in the car, driving back and forth to the McDonald’s where her mother worked.

The leading causes of deaths for children 5-14 in the U.S. are: 1) accidents; 2) cancer; and 3) congenital…………… continues on Glens Falls Post-Star

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‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ chronicles outlandish families

Posted by on Saturday, 2 August, 2014

‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ chronicles outlandish families
News from New York Post:

Waiting impatiently for his exotic entr?e at a tony Long Island steakhouse, 4-year-old Austen Eisenberg wriggles in his seat and wails: “Why can’t I just have pasta?”

His tiger mother, Marisa Silver-Eisenberg, a Type A chiropractor based in Jericho, who doesn’t believe in kids’ menus, tells him to shush.

“It’s important for you to try new things in life,” she snaps.

All too predictably, when Austen’s broiled lobster finally arrives, the mop-haired preschooler takes one bite, gets a pained expression like he’s about to die and refuses to eat another morsel.

It’s a typical occurrence in the everyday life of the Eisenberg family, one of nine eccentric households that agreed to parade their off-the-wall child-rearing techniques in front of the cameras for Bravo’s upcoming docu-series, “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” which premieres Aug. 7.

Other wacky subjects include Jewish earth mother Shira Adler of Westchester; overbearing Los Angeles gay dads Scout and Bill Masterson-Horn, who won’t leave their toddler’s side for a second; and anti-vaccine proponent Christian Axness of Sarasota, Fla.

Whether they’re subscribers to the “attachment,” “helicopter” or “push-parent” trains of thought, all insist that their techniques are the best — and that everyone else has got it wrong.

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Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic
News from Pacific Standard:

Loving care may be the best antidote to callous behavior in young children.

When parents act warmly and responsively toward young children who exhibit antisocial behavior, the children begin acting more warmly too.

That’s according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, in which researchers examined whether there are differences in response to parental harshness and warmth among three-year-olds who exhibit “callously unemotional” behavior.

These findings “highlight the toddler years as a key intervention period to reduce the likelihood that children with callously unemotional behavior will develop more entrenched and severe conduct problems.”

To parents of little ones, this outcome might seem obvious, but the study’s results contradicted the prevailing thinking on the matter. Until now, it has been widely believed that children whose behavior problems include high levels of “callous-unemotional” behavior, characterized by a “lack of empathic concern, punishment insensitivity, and lack of emotional responsivity,” are that way regardless of parenting sty…………… continues on Pacific Standard

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