Archive for November, 2014

5 parenting tips you’ve never heard before

Posted by on Sunday, 30 November, 2014

5 parenting tips you’ve never heard before
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Woman honored for parenting special-needs children
News from Billings Gazette:

A Billings woman will be honored Sunday for her extraordinary work as a parent.

Cheryl Degges, who has adopted 13 special-needs children, will be awarded the Robert and Beverly McRae Service to Humanity Award in a ceremony at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St., where Degges is a member.

The event, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will include a luncheon. Four of Degges’ children also will be baptized on Sunday.

The award is named after the McRaes, who adopted 11 children of diverse ethnic backgrounds, according to Walt Gulick, one of the award’s originators. The couple also had two biological children and cared for 30 foster children over the years.

Robert McRae was a physics instructor at Montana State University Billings, where Gulick also taught.

“They were really a model of the biracial family, and they were very loving parents,” Gulick said.

He and Russ Lord established the award in 1992. And since then, it has been awarded on occasion to deserving recipients.

“We wait to give it to exceptional families,” Gulick said. “We think it’s so important to recognize those people who go above and beyond in supporting foster kids and adopting kids.” 

Four full-time helpers assist Degges in caring for her children. As part of the award, she will receive $ 2,000, Gulick said.

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Mayor claims youth plan targets all children, involves parenting centers

Posted by on Wednesday, 26 November, 2014

Mayor claims youth plan targets all children, involves parenting centers
News from wreg.com:

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Mayor A C Wharton unveiled Tuesday his plan to tackle and prevent youth violence.

He said the plan incorporates 24 programs, including some expanded versions of current plans and some new programs, too. The city held several meetings around town to get feedback from residents and youths about what should be done.

Wharton said most of the programs will be run out of one central office, unlike the current 57 city youth programs.

Wharton’s new plan incorporates two possible parenting centers to help parents raise children right. He said the city has already secured funding, but his office cannot yet disclose the proposed locations.

The centers would offer counseling and other help 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“We want to make sure that no parent will be able to say, truthfully, that I wanted to do a better job with my children but nobody would help me,” Wharton said.

Juvenile Court Judge Dan Michael said most kids he sees in court come from dysfunctional homes.

“I want programs in the community that put me out of business. I will support anything that works,” Michael said.

The centers would likely open in the spring.

Some other parts of the mayor’s plan include a Memphis Youth City Council, incorporating 13 high schoolers from different council districts to advise the mayor and City Cou…………… continues on wreg.com

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Parenting column: Go ahead and pass on your worldview to your kids …
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From the I’m Sorry to Have to Tell You Department: Parents who say they want to raise kids who “think for themselves” are not being exactly truthful. It’s a nice and very democratic thing to say, for sure, but let’s face it folks, you want your kids to think like you do. For example: If you’re a liberal, you want your kids to be liberals when they grow up. Right? Right! The same is true of conservatives, libertarians, people of faith, people of no faith, and people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars. Furthermore, that’s the way it should be. When you conceive a child, you pass along your genes. As you raise the child, you pass along your worldview. If you are not trying to pass along your worldview, then you must think your worldview isn’t worth passing along, and I’ve yet to meet such a person.

From the Can’t We All Just Get Along? Department: When I was a child, my parents repeatedly told me not to get into conversations about religion or politics. Those subjects were divisive, they said, and it is especially the case in America that people need to find common ground. My parents would not be pleased to know that their admonition fell on deaf ears. I would rather talk about matters of religion and politics than anything else (having a good deal to do with the fact that I am one of a small number of males who care nothin…………… continues on News Sentinel

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Parenting tips could be printed on diapers encouraging parents to talk more – Daily Mail

Posted by on Saturday, 22 November, 2014

Parenting tips could be printed on diapers encouraging parents to talk more – Daily Mail
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  • Suggestion that parenting tips could be printed on babies’ nappies 
  • Prompts would remind mothers and fathers to talk to their children 
  • Thought that the plan could help aid children’s language development 
  • Proposal is being discussed by the UK-based Behavioural Insights Team 

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Ain’t No Scandal Like an Online Parenting Forum Scandal
News from Boston.com:

JPMoms, the 11-year-old online forum for moms with questions about nannies, summer camp, schools, vaccines, yeast infections, repairmen, orthodontists, post partum depression, nursing bras, and everything in between, announced a decision to trim its 3,229 members to a significantly smaller group.

The site’s moderators posted a statement that indicated plans to limit membership to Jamaica Plain and a small set of surrounding neighborhoods:

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“JP Moms has grown to over 3000 members … Due to members who have moved away and out-of-area parents joining JP Moms, we have found that the community connection is being lost. Therefore, the moderators will be ensuring that JPMoms members are residents of these areas, and are active posters (posting topics or responses several times yearly)to maintain a smaller, active, community group. Out of area memberships will no longer be available as o…………… continues on Boston.com

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How baby boomers ruined parenting forever

Posted by on Saturday, 15 November, 2014

How baby boomers ruined parenting forever
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About 25 years ago, when the era of irrational exuberance allowed enough disposable income for irrational anxiety, the concept of “helicopter parenting” arose. A “helicopter parent” micromanages every aspect of his child’s routine and behavior. From educational products for infants to concerned calls to professors in adulthood, helicopter parents ensure their child is on a path to success by paving it for them.

The rise of the helicopter was the product of two social shifts. The first was the comparatively booming economy of the 1990s, with low unemployment and higher disposable income. The second was the public perception of increased child endangerment—a perception, as “Free Range Kids” guru Lenore Sk…………… continues on Quartz

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Parenting: Parents really want kids to think as they do
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Kelly Ripa Gives Some Unapologetic Parenting Advice That a Lot of Moms and …

Posted by on Sunday, 9 November, 2014

Kelly Ripa Gives Some Unapologetic Parenting Advice That a Lot of Moms and …
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Parenting is tough. Being a celebrity parent packs on unique responsibilities and headaches. Some handle it well and some don’t.

Kelly Ripa handles it well. The mother of 3 and television star believes that dealing with her teenage kids is all about tough love.

On The Wendy Williams Show, she talked about how she balances being hard on her kids and still earning their respect. When show host Wendy Williams asked Ripa if her daughter liked her for the tough love, she said:

“No, I don’t think she likes me, but I don’t care… I’m not your friend, I’m your mom.”

She added that being a celebrity mom doesn’t mean her daughter—and kids—should be deluded into thinking they’re above reproach:

“I just feel an obligation as her mom to keep her living in the real world.”

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Terrific Parenting: ‘It’s not my fault’ — Helping your child accept …
News from The Saratogian:

When working with struggling teenagers, I am often chatting with a slouched-over young man who doesn’t understand why life is not working for him. His academic performance is poor, he barely shows up for school and he spends most of time in front of a TV or computer screen. He stays up late, eats poorly and often battles with parents and teachers.

His parents have tried everything they can imagine to get through to him. They have pleaded, argued, cried and yelled. Nothing seems to motivate him, and his parents are frustrated and worried …and ready to give up.

How did this young man end up here?

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We could consider many complex theories to answer this question, and each might have some validity. We could discuss genetics, his ADHD and his parents’ divorce. We could also pick apart many of the parenting choices that shaped his life.

However, let me suggest one simple way to think about how this happens.

Without taking responsibility, there can be no real change

When children or adults deflect responsibility for their actions, they protect themselves from connecting choice with consequence. Without the connection between our choices and the consequences that life brings us, we can’t learn. We can’t grow. We simply never “get it.”

Projecting responsibility

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