Archive for February, 2015

Can mindfulness practices strengthen your parenting skills?

Posted by on Saturday, 28 February, 2015

Can mindfulness practices strengthen your parenting skills?
News from Michigan State University Extension:

Parenting adolescents can be challenging due to the rapid changes happening for young people cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially. Intense emotions for both child and parent are common during this stage of life — and research shows that parental practices and adult mental health play important roles in how young people learn to navigate emotions and develop overall mental health and wellbeing.

One approach to strengthening parenting practices and promoting positive youth development is the development of skills in mindfulness. Mindfulness is commonly defined as paying attention in the present moment with openness, curiosity, flexibility and kindness f…………… continues on Michigan State University Extension

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Apodaca: Free-range parenting style is another simplistic fad
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When I was a kid I had very little in the way of organized, adult-supervised activities outside of school, and my parents certainly did not obsess over my every move.

After homework was done, I played in the street with other local kids until dinner time. During long, lazy summers, I spent most days running and bicycling around the neighborhood and sometimes across town. I could have been on my way to Timbuktu for all my parents knew.

Mom and Dad would be tickled to know that their style of parenting is now a fad. It even has a name, “free-range parenting,” which is meant to foster “free-range kids.”

This is not to be confused with the supposedly healthier and happier chickens that are liberated from tightly packed coops only to end up in your supermarket’s refrigerated aisle.

Rather, this type of free ranging is an attempt to harken back to the nostalgic days of yore when parents couldn’t stand having their kids underfoot. But today there’s a decidedly modern twist in that parents who engage in free-ranging do it in a very deliberate and occasionally self-righteous way.

Free-ranging, you might have guessed, is seen as the antidote to the much-maligned helicopter parents who constantly hover over their children. The free-range movement’s leader is Lenore Skenazy, who rocketed to national attention when she wrote…………… continues on Daily Pilot

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Free-range parenting: How much freedom should kids have?

Posted by on Friday, 27 February, 2015

Free-range parenting: How much freedom should kids have?
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The Challenges of Parenting an Openly Gay Orthodox Teen
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By Elana Altzman

The conversation over Shavuout lunch at a friend’s house three years ago started innocently enough—we were talking about the Israeli Rabbinate’s reluctance to provide kosher supervision to food served at non-Orthodox events in Israeli hotels. One of the guests at the meal responded with, “The rabbis have to control who comes in. What if homosexuals come in?”

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Like me, this guest was a mother of four sons, an immigrant who came here as a young girl, a woman who did not grow up observant, but became observant as a young adult. Our kids were close in age. Perhaps these similarities made her comment even more shocking to me. Like…………… continues on Yahoo Parenting

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Life Notes: Parenting in an over-sexualized world – Richmond.com

Posted by on Sunday, 15 February, 2015

Life Notes: Parenting in an over-sexualized world – Richmond.com
News from Life Notes: Parenting in an over-sexualized world – Richmond.com:

During February, most things related to love become best-sellers; but in our “anything goes” culture, sex sells well year-round.

As much as they may try, experts say parents can’t effectively shield their children from the advertisements, music, clothing and social media that seek to normalize attitudes and actions that should be reserved for adulthood.

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Mission Family: Parenting app for military families
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Carolyn Hax: Parenting is a sacred responsibility

Posted by on Friday, 13 February, 2015

Carolyn Hax: Parenting is a sacred responsibility
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Columnist February 12 at 11:15 PM

Dear Carolyn:

I’m getting ready to pick a donor f…………… continues on Washington Post

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Healthier Me: Hold the Phone! Are You Guilty of Distracted Parenting?
News from Valley News Live:

Is your Candy Crush addiction crushing your child’s spirit?

Kids often get a bad rap for being addicted to their cell phones, but studies show parents are big offenders too. Putting your phone down could be beneficial to your child’s mental health.

It’s not hard to find offenders. Parents can be spotted all over with their phone in hand, while their children are playing around them. In most situations, it doesn’t seem like it would do any harm, but the experts disagree.

Sanford Health Child Adolescent Psychiatrist Dr. Rachel Fleissner says it’s obvious that not watching your child can be dangerous. If they are swimming – they could drown. If they are at the park — they could wander off. But, device distraction can also put a child’s emotional and social development at risk.

Dr. Fleissner says, “when we are parenting, we are teaching our children to read social cues.” She says, “we do that with eye contact, facial recognition and monitoring their safety.”

Dr. Fleissner says most parents don’t intentionally ignore their children, but they often get caught up i…………… continues on Valley News Live

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The most important parenting lesson from Oscar nominee ‘Boyhood’

Posted by on Thursday, 12 February, 2015

The most important parenting lesson from Oscar nominee ‘Boyhood’
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February 12 at 12:00 PM

This image released by IFC Films shows Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in a scene from the film,”Boyhood.” (AP Photo/IFC Films)

It’s no surprise that Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Boyhood has an important lesson for parents. What’s unexpected is that the lesson comes from the production process, not the plot.

The film follows a boy, Mason, from age 6 to age 18, but in a radical casting and movie-making decision, director Richard Linklater shot the scenes with the same actors over the full 12 year period depicted in the storyline. As a result, the characters age naturally on screen in a way that even the best makeup artist could never accomplish, and the entire project has a rich, documentary feel.

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Co-Parenting Win: I Lived With My Stepson’s Mom
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Dave, Ariel Rivera, Sarah, and Ethan. Photo courtesy of Ariel Rivera.

To my stepson’s mother,

I was even more terrified to meet you than I was to meet the two-year-old son that you and my then-boyfriend Dave, had conceived while you were dating. Dave was nervous about us meeting too, so he suggested that I wait inside a coffee shop while he picked up Ethan by himself, but I told him that was crazy. If I was going to meet Ethan, I wanted to meet you, too.

Your name was Sarah and you were beautiful and taller than me. There was a fierceness behind your eyes that was intimidating, but I now recognize it as motherhood. Ethan was gorgeous and chubby in that way toddlers are when all of their joints present themselves as dimples. I was 26, lived in downtown New York, had little responsibility, traveled a ton, and had nothing to anchor me.

Per the agreement, Dave spent every other weekend with Ethan. After I met you, we took Ethan to the beach and I fell in love with your son. We ran into the ocean and we shrieked and jumped through waves. I told him the name for airplane banners and he ate mussels for the first time.

At that point, I was already living with Dave because like Billy Crystal’s character says in When Harry Met Sally, “When you know you want to sp…………… continues on Yahoo Parenting

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MommyTech TV – Introducing Parenting Bytes, a Podcast About Parenting and …

Posted by on Friday, 6 February, 2015

MommyTech TV – Introducing Parenting Bytes, a Podcast About Parenting and …
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CES—it’s so big, it’s hard to make sense of it all! But, MommyTech TV’s Andrea Smith and Rebecca Levey are here to do just that, breaking down the good and bad of CES, while saving up a little announcement of their own for the end.

Rebecca and Andrea hit on all the major trends of CES, including smart home devices, TVs, and wearables. Frustrated that the vaunted Internet of Things tends to be a little disconnected? So are those two, but there’s good news on the horizon with initiatives like Works With Nest, a way for new smart home devices to integrate Nest’s range of smart home devices into their own functionality.

In televisions, Rebecca is liking the new trend of television makers using existing smart TV interfaces like Roku’s, instead of trying to make their own. Using Roku’s expertise in set top boxes and connected TVs has led to a lot of new smart TVs that work better, with Roku’s search functionality that can find content across all services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

And, thankfully, just about everyone in wearables this year showed off a focus on fashion, which was expressed in about as many ways as there are companies making wearables. One of the partnerships that shone brightest was the collaboration between Swarovski and Misfit, with a new wristband for the Misfit Shine fitness tracker covered in crystals. With more and more fitness…………… continues on Chip Chick

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Holyoke Public Schools offer literacy and parenting classes to city parents
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HOLYOKE — In an attempt to help support parents, Holyoke Public Schools is now offering several new programs to city residents.

Holyoke is offering new literacy and parenting classes at Kelly Full Service Community School for parents, as well as support services for those that recently relocated within the district.

“The Kelly School is working hard to create a family-friendly atmosphere that is conducive to learning for parents and caregivers as well as their children,” states a HPS press release.

One of the classes, Kelly’s kindergarten parent academy, is focused on improving early literacy in children by creating home environments conducive to learning. For five weeks, parents in the program meet semiweekly and go over parenting advice.

“The basics of early literacy are included, as well as parenting tips such as limiting screen time, cutting down on processed foods with high sugar levels (to increase children’s focus and improve their mood), and enforcing a bedtime routine,” the press release states.

A district-sponsored parent support group brings together recently relocated parents. “Whether from Connecticut or Puerto Rico, moving to a new place can be overwhelming,” the release states. “Not only is it hel…………… continues on MassLive.com

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‘Multirole’ parenting increases depression, especially for stepfathers

Posted by on Thursday, 5 February, 2015

‘Multirole’ parenting increases depression, especially for stepfathers
News from Deseret News:

A study by BYU and Princeton researchers says parenting is complex, and the more roles an individual has in a “mine, yours and ours” family, the more likely depression is. Multirole stepfathers are especially vulnerable.

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Parenting and stress often go together, and stepfathers who fill multiple roles are among the most affected, according to a study by Brigham Young University and Princeton researchers.

Data from more than 6,000 nationally representative parents showed the more roles a person fills — biological parent, stepparent, noncustodial parent, often all at once — the greater the likelihood of depression.

While that was true for both genders, it particularly impacted multirole stepdads, according to the study by Kevin Shafer, a professor of social work at Brig…………… continues on Deseret News

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CHKD Parenting: Protecting children from burns – 13newsnow.com
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Free-range parenting discussion misses the bigger picture

Posted by on Sunday, 1 February, 2015

Free-range parenting discussion misses the bigger picture
News from Washington Post:

January 30

Child welfare rarely gets covered by the news media unless there is a tragedy.

But the case of a Silver Spring family under investigation by Montgomery County’s Child Protective Services for allowing their 10- and 6-year-old children to walk home alone from a park has spurred a roiling debate that pits so-called free-range parents against those with a less permissive attitude.

It’s a debate over parenting styles, akin to talking about whether co-sleeping or giving kids juice will help or hurt them in the long run.

This debate misses the larger point. What we should…………… continues on Washington Post

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Free-Range Parenting Debate: Should Kids Be Allowed to Roam Unsupervised?
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Rafi and Dvora Meitiv were walking home from the park recently in Silver Spring, Maryland, when they were suddenly confronted by strangers.

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