Archive for December, 2014

Carolyn Hax: Readers dish on parenting, divorce, treatment of the disabled

Posted by on Monday, 29 December, 2014

Carolyn Hax: Readers dish on parenting, divorce, treatment of the disabled
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Parenting: A SWFL parent’s New Year’s resolutions
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Parenting Voices: Setting goals for the new year

Posted by on Saturday, 27 December, 2014

Parenting Voices: Setting goals for the new year
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I teach my boys to set goals, then I help them develop a strategy to accomplish those goals. It could be to get better grades in school or to do better in sports. I would like them to announc…………… continues on OCRegister

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Parenting classes set
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Sign-ups for “Strong Families” winter classes are now being taken.

“Strong Families” classes are free and open to all parents, grandparents and foster parents. Classes include a parent manual and free child care.

Each training class runs 12 evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Pioneer Elementary School in Sunnyside will hold classes in English and Spanish beginning Jan. 13, 2015. Grandview Middle School will also hold English and Spanish classes beginning Feb. 2, 2015.

For more information about all classes and to register, call Maria at 509-576-4319.

“Strong Families” is a parent education program of Comprehensive Mental Health, providing classes throughout the Yakima Valley for the past 14 years.

Parents learn how to communicate better with their children, understand their children’s developmental stages and improve their discipline efforts.

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Parenting and pigskin: Oregon coach Erik Chinander juggles family and football …

Posted by on Thursday, 25 December, 2014

Parenting and pigskin: Oregon coach Erik Chinander juggles family and football …
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EUGENE — Penelope James Chinander arrived healthy and happy last August, one week after she was supposed to and two days before kickoff, smack dab in the middle of the two dates her parents watched anxiously all summer.

For Erik Chinander and wife Megan, their daughter’s birth marked the merger of personal and pigskin, the day their lives changed forever followed by the most unforgettable season in Ducks football history. And to ask even a simple question is to be shown how tightly the twin, and often competing, ideals of family and football are intertwined in a coaching household.

Her birthday, Megan said, is Aug. 28.

“South Dakota week,” Erik reminded.

It’s an unshakeable habit in football coaching to remember each fall week by the opponent on the schedule, a custom Chinander himself, UO’s first-year outside linebackers coach, learned early as the son of a high school football coach in Allison, Iowa.

Even Penelope won’t break that — but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t altered, at just four months old, how this and future seasons will be defined forever for the Chinanders, whose reference points for fall 2014 will include big victories against Stanford and Arizona and when Penelope began…………… continues on OregonLive.com

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Trying not to let parenting frustrations blind me to the blessings that are my …

Posted by on Wednesday, 24 December, 2014

Trying not to let parenting frustrations blind me to the blessings that are my …
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The Sun News columnist Issac Bailey holds his daughter Lyric as Bailey and his wife Tracy Bailey are honored by the Carolina African American Foundation on June 7. Tracy Bailey, who recently received her doctorate in language and literacy from University of South Carolina, founded Freedom Readers. The nonprofit literacy program has one location in Myrtle Beach, two in Conway and one in Georgetown.

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I keep telling myself to replace the aging photo of my kids in my wallet.

But I can’t.

My son, Kyle, is now a 13-year-old seventh grader almost as tall as I am; my 10-year-old daughter Lyric isn’t far behind.

The photo of them I carry everywhere is probably 7 years old.

In it, Lyric has pony tails and a tear-stained smile. Kyle is simply beaming despite having to wear “fancy clothes.”

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Northwest Parenting to begin Strengthening Families class

Posted by on Wednesday, 24 December, 2014

Northwest Parenting to begin Strengthening Families class
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Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District to host Northwest Parenting for seven-week parenting class open to local families.

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Parents and caregivers have an opportunity to strengthen communication and learn strategies for dealing with new situations that might arise as their children approach their pre- and early teen years.

Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District has contracted with Northwest Parenting to put on a seven-week program called Strengthening Families…………… continues on Daily Astorian

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The ultimate in helicopter parenting? The folks move with the kids to college
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Lori Osterberg and her husband are lifelong Denver folk, but they got restless and intended to relocate for adventure’s sake once their only child left home for college.

Well, long story short, they did that. Sort of.

Rather than following the sun down to Mexico, they followed their daughter to Portland, Oregon, where she is a sophomore. While still taking long weekends and other trips to Canada and California, the couple bought an apartment near campus that all three share.

“We’re calling it our gap year. We’re here for now, with the possibility of extending throughout her college career,” Osterberg said. “We’re taking it one year at a time.”

Sometimes scoffed at as the ultimate in helicopter parenting, Osterberg and others see only benefits in relocating or buying a second home to be close to their college kids.

Osterberg feels lucky. She and her husband work mainly online rather than grind it out 9-to-5 the old-fashioned way to pay college bills.

For Dianne Sikel in Phoenix, it’s all about football for her two boys, ages 18 and 15. She plans to rearrange her schedule as an auctioneer, part-time real estate agent and actress when her oldest starts college next year near Anaheim, California, so she can attend the games of both.

That, she said, means she’l…………… continues on Fox News

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Parenting Perspectives: Parenting a struggle between savoring season …

Posted by on Tuesday, 23 December, 2014

Parenting Perspectives: Parenting a struggle between savoring season …
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My voice rose with my frustration level as 6-year-old Eve refused to settle down and focus.

“Sit down already so we can read the Bible!” I finally yelled.

Amid the hubbub and commercialization of Christmas, I wanted to make sure my daughter understood the true meaning of the holiday.

Obviously I needed the lesson as much as, or more than, she did.

This year more than others, I’ve felt like we’re both getting lost in the season. She’s focused more on getting than giving. I’ve struggled to slow down, to quiet myself for that Silent Night.

I want her to feel that anticipation and awe that I remember as a child. I want that for me, too. But so far our Advent has been more of a frenzied countdown than thoughtful preparation.

Not long after Thanksgiving, Eve and I sat down to make a list of the things we really wanted to do to celebrate Christmas. Put up the tree. Bake cookies. Watch “Elf.” Visit Santa.

It was a suggestion I’d read in a parenting magazine. The idea is to prioritize – to focus on the activities we truly love and cut the clutter from our Christmas calendar.

But I ended up treating those priorities as another to-do list, items that just needed to be crossed off. Things I needed to do to get through the holidays, not savor them.

Where was the wonder in that?

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Study links certain parenting tactics to increased materialism later in life
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If you want to raise appreciative and grateful children, here’s what NOT to do.

The temptation to use holiday gifts as bribery to ensure kids’ good behaviour is hard to resist. It’s a time of year when emotions run high. Stressed parents are busy shopping and wrapping gifts, and many kids come up with absurdly detailed lists of items they’d like (or even expect) to receive. Decent behaviour would seem a logical trade for all the effort parents put in to make the holidays good for their kids.

A new study, however, urges parents to avoid this temptation. The manipulation of material objects as a parenting tactic can lead to kids having certain issues later on in life. The researchers, who surveyed more than 700 adults about their childhood circumstances, relationships with parents, and types of punishments, concluded that three parenting strategies in particular lead to increased materialism:

1) Using gifts as a reward when children have accomplished something, such as good grades or making a team
2) Giving gifts as a way of showing affection
3) Taking away gifts or favourite toys as a way to punish children

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Emily Blunt: Parenting ‘Is Such A Fear-Based Industry’ –

Posted by on Sunday, 21 December, 2014

Emily Blunt: Parenting ‘Is Such A Fear-Based Industry’ –
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Actress Emily Blunt recently opened up about her views on parenting during an interview with online magazine, The Edit.

The 31-year-old award-winning actress, and married mother of one explained her laid back approach to parenting and the reasons for it.

“[Raising children] is such a fear-based industry. There used to be one book that everyone read, now there’s How to Raise a Gluten-Free Baby, How to Raise a Scientific Baby… It’s insanity! So I haven’t read anything. I’m just letting her do her own thing!”

Emily Blunt and husband John Krasinski welcomed their first child together, Hazel, into the world back in February of this year.

It did not take very long for The Office actor, John Krasinski, to formally announce his newborn daughter’s arrival into the world through his

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Thoughtful Parenting: Ready to read
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A child cuddles with a parent while listening to the words and seeing the images in a storybook. This activity is one of the most important to introduce a child to the world of reading. It can begin as soon as your child is born. Most avid readers have fond memories of reading with their caregivers when they were young.

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This weekly column about parenting issues is written by local early childhood experts. It publishes on Mondays in the Steamboat Today. Read more columns here.

Before children enter kindergarten, they are developing the skills to be ready to learn to read. Here are several simple activities to do with young children to build the foundation for reading.

? Get familiar with letter shapes and names. Begin with the letters in your child’s name; these have true personal importance. Play letter identification games while around town or in the house, looking for certain letters on signs and in other printed material. Re…………… continues on Steamboat Pilot & Today

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What Parenting Really Looks Like

Posted by on Thursday, 18 December, 2014

What Parenting Really Looks Like
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Life’s not quite as picturesque as Instagram pictures make it look. Kids don’t smile when you ask them to, family rooms aren’t spotless and clutter-free, and moms don’t always have it all together. That’s why Danielle Guenther’s Best Case Scenario series of photographs speaks so well to parents. The Hoboken, NJ-based family photographer has taken to adding some real-life (though somewhat exaggerated) photos into her mix, and the results are hysterical.

“I have a regular client that I photograph, and I was over at her house,” Guenther explains. “It was at the end of the session, and the mom, [who] is always a total blast, just laid down on the couch, and I [said] we should do a funny one. She has a wonderful sense of humor, [and] she was all about it! And then it just spiraled out of control in a really great way.”

From that single “Parenting Is Exhausting . . .” photo, a series was born. There are currently 11 pictures in the series, most of which are inspired by Guenther’s 5-1/2-year-old son.

“A lot of these ideas you think back to when he was a baby,” she expla…………… continues on POPSUGAR

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Sensitive parenting may boost kids’ social skills, school performance
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THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates.

The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills — including romantic and peer relationships — and higher levels of academic achievement into adulthood. However, the study did not prove that sensitive parenting causes social and academic success.

Sensitive parenting includes responding promptly and appropriately to a child’s signals, being positive in interactions with a child, and providing a secure base for a child to explore the environment, according to the study published in the journal Child Development.

“Altogether, the study suggests that children’s experiences with parents during the first few years of life have a unique role in promoting social and academic functioning — not merely during the first two decades of life, but also during adulthood,” study leader Lee Raby, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware, said in a journal news release.

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Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood – Medical Xpress

Posted by on Wednesday, 17 December, 2014

Certain parenting tactics could lead to materialistic attitudes in adulthood – Medical Xpress
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Parenting: Should you be naked in front of your kids?
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Written by Kelly Wallace,  CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. She is a mom of two girls.  

Let me say at the start that there is no way around the topic of nakedness in front of your children without getting personal and slightly uncomfortable. I’m already feeling somewhat tense as I type this.

I joke that the only person who should have to see me naked is my husband. He signed up for it, right? My kids certainly didn’t.

A lifetime of body image issues means I’m not one to walk around naked at home. But I don’t cover up around my daughters, 7 and 8, when I’m getting dressed or in the bathroom, either. I don’t want them to think there is anything wrong with my body or theirs.

And when they ask hilarious questions such as “Mom, why do your boobs hang?,” I can’t help but laugh and use the opportunity as a chance to tell them my body has changed over time and theirs will, too.

In conversations over email with mothers and fathers across the country and in Canada, it’s clear there is no “one size fits all’” approach to the questions of whether it’s OK to be naked in front of your kids and if there’s an age when it’s no longer OK.

Rhonda Woods, a mother of three, says ever since her children, now 20, 13 and 13, were little, she and her husband have been teaching…………… continues on fox13now.com

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Takeaways from the worst parenting behaviors of 2014

Posted by on Saturday, 13 December, 2014

Takeaways from the worst parenting behaviors of 2014
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I’m struggling to name another parent more different from myself and my peers than Adrian Peterson, Mama June and Kim Kardashian.

It’s not because they are a famous athlete and a pair of questionable reality TV stars.

It’s because each of them behaved in ways this year that seemed far outside what’s considered normal by conventional parenting standards. For parents who question themselves nearly as often as they feel judged by others, the misdeeds of celebrity parents seem to push the rest of us up the bell curve.

Public parenting mistakes may seem like the safest way to pass judgment on a person everyone knows but no one knows personally. Yet even when they remind of us of which lines we would not cross, they reveal something about our culture and about ourselves. The attempt to distance ourselves from the most egregious parenting behaviors is to miss the opportunity to see the big picture.

NFL running back Adrian Peterson has not played for the Minnesota Vikings since he was charged in September with abusing his 4-year-old son. He pleaded no contest in November to misdemeanor reckless assault for hitting his son with a wooden switch, which caused welts and bleeding on the child’s back, legs, buttocks, genitals and ankles.

If America had watched a video of a 6-foot, 217-pound man whipping a 4-year-old boy’s bare body, would there be…………… continues on STLtoday.com

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