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Spanking isn’t parenting; it’s child abuse Is corporal punishment acceptable?

Posted by on Friday, 19 September, 2014

Spanking isn’t parenting; it’s child abuse Is corporal punishment acceptable?
News from CNN:

  • Mel Robbins: It’s time to realize that spanking isn’t an acceptable form of parenting
  • Robbins: New research suggests typical 4-year-old is hit more than 900 times a year
  • She says the fact that spanking is a tradition doesn’t mean it should continue
  • Robbins says society has an obligation to protect children

Editor’s note: Mel Robbins, a CNN commentator and legal analyst, is the founder of, a news and entertainment site for women, and author of “Stop Saying You’re Fine,” about managing change. She speaks on leadership around the world and in 2014 was named outstanding news talk radio host by the Gracie Awards. Follow her on Twitter @melrobbins. The opinions expressed in this commentary a…………… continues on CNN

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Don’t Let Social Media’s Obsession With Parenting Advice Get You Down
News from Big Think:

If you’ve let Facebook know that you’re a mom or dad, chances are you’ve seen a lot more parenting articles pop up in your news feed lately. As Parade’s Kate Rope explains, a lot of those articles offer information that’s neither life-changing nor particularly apt. But since the algorithm has targeted you for a steady stream of “relevant” content, you’re going to see a whole lot more parent-focused clickbait than the rest of your social network. That’s why you need to develop a filter for sifting through the wide range of stuff that enters your virtual space. Know what’s useful and know what’s just there to sell ads.

Some background: Rope is Parade’s new parenting and pregnancy columnist, so she makes sure to note just how meta it is that she’s making this argument.* She also emphasizes that her point isn’t to ignore parenting advice articles altogether, as some really are quite useful and insightful (shameless plug). But being bombard…………… continues on Big Think

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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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Parenting classes hope to end cycle of child abuse

Posted by on Thursday, 3 April, 2014

Parenting classes hope to end cycle of child abuse
News from KLAS-TV:

LAS VEGAS — Sometimes, the most dangerous person to a child can be their own parents. Several high profile cases of alleged abuse and neglect have come to light just in the last month.

One, where police say a mother, Christine Allen, drowned her 3-year-old son in a bathtub.

Last week, two adoptive parents and their adult daughter were charged with numerous counts of child abuse, neglect and sexual assault.

The cases leave people asking how parents could hurt their own children. In many cases of abuse and neglect, experts say the parents were abused themselves.

Many have no idea how to keep their own kids safe, but one group of advocates say in some cases abuse can be prevented.

They are helping one parent at a time at East Valley Family Services. Single dad Bryan, who did not want to give his last name, is doing anything he can to get his little girl back.

“It is not about me anymore. It is about my daughter,” Bryan said.

Protective services took her away, and now Bryan can understand why.

“Not having a job, not having a stable place to put her,” he said.

When she was born, Bryan says he simply wasn’t prepared to be a good dad, but now, he is ready.

Bryan now heads to parenting classes every week, where he, along with other moms and dads, learn how to listen and tal…………… continues on KLAS-TV

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Free parenting workshops
News from Utica Observer Dispatch:

Free workshops will be available in the Utica area through Parenting for the Next Generation, for Spring into Parenting Week.

Workshop dates are as follows:

* 4 to 5 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Community Center.

* 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Waterville Public Library with a Children’s Story Time.

* 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Jewish Community Center, and 7 to 8 p.m. at the Kirkland Town Library.

* 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Dunham Public Library with a Children’s Story Time.

Discipline workshops will take place for parents of children of all ages, to help revolutionize parenting with simple and effective tools to make parenting more enjoyable and parents’ lives easier.

Enjoy supportive time with other parents in a fun, relaxing hour of parent empowerment.

For more information contact Megan Barella at 503-369-5753, email, or visit

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Conservatives’ New Smear Campaign: Same-Sex Parenting Is ‘Child Abuse’

Posted by on Saturday, 13 July, 2013

Conservatives’ New Smear Campaign: Same-Sex Parenting Is ‘Child Abuse’
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Robert Oscar Lopez testifying against marriage equality in Minnesota. (Credit: Terry Gydesen/MinnPost)

Opponents of marriage equality regularly claim that marriage should be reserved for heterosexuals for the sake of children, but they then have nothing to say when asked about the many children already being raised by same-sex couples. This week, the National Organization for Marriage and others demonstrated their intention to bypass this reality by smearing all same-sex parents as child abusers.

Conservatives have championed the writing of activist Robert Oscar Lopez, who is essentially an “ex-gay” bisexual who blames his adult social dysfunction…………… continues on ThinkProgress

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Parenting in a Nutshell: Family bed
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Parenting tips to help prevent child sexual abuse

Posted by on Monday, 17 December, 2012

Parenting tips to help prevent child sexual abuse
News from Boston Globe:

Excerpted from the MD Mama blog on

In the wake of the news that a known sexual offender raped and molested children for years, many of them in a day care north of Boston, it’s hard not to be scared as a parent. You can’t help thinking: Could this happen to my child?

It certainly brings home the fact that if your child is in day care you should be asking lots of questions — not just when you choose the day care, but on a regular basis. You should be sure that the day care is licensed; the Department of Early Education and Childcare has an online database and you can also call if you want more information. You should ask lots of questions about how and with whom your child spends his or her day, get references and have ongoing conversations with other parents, and be alert for anything that doesn’t seem right to you.

But there are other things that parents can do to help prevent sexual abuse — and make it more likely that you will know if something does happen:

Talk to your kids. Many parents don’t spend that much time each day talking to their children. It takes patience, and time. It takes building a culture within your family of daily sharing and listening. It’s worth the effort; not only will it make you closer as a family, but it will make it easier and more natural for your child…………… continues on Boston Globe

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Nancy Lanza’s Questionable Parenting
News from Daily Beast:

Obviously, one must feel badly for Nancy Lanza on two bases–first, that raising a troubled child like that has to be impossibly difficult in ways I can’t imagine; second, of course, that her last thoughts on this earth were something like, “My God, my own son is killing me.” I certainly can’t imagine that by a long shot.

But these reports that she often took Adam to a firing range…like, what the f—. I guess no mother is capable of looking at her son and seeing a future mass murderer, but for God’s sakes, he met the classic definition of a future shootist to a tee. A loner full of resentments. And she reportedly spoke regularly to friends of her concern for and about him. Teaching a young man like that to be a marksman, of all things–a fly fisherman, a numismatist, anything, sure–but teaching a young man like that to be a marksman strikes me as pretty questionable parenting, I am sorry to say it.

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‘Inexperience in parenting does not constitute abuse’

Posted by on Tuesday, 29 May, 2012

‘Inexperience in parenting does not constitute abuse’
News from Malta Independent Online:

A 29-year-old Mosta man was acquitted by Magistrate Antonio Mizzi of ill-treating his three-month old baby boy, and injuring him.

Magistrate Mizzi said there was no doubt that Jonathan Calleja’s treatment of his baby son was not correct and showed inexperience in upbringing children, but this could not lead to finding him guilty of the charges brought against him.

Prosecuting inspector Anthony Cassar arraigned Mr Calleja on causing a most serious injury which could lead to permanent weakness on Cleaven Busuttil; on cruelty, lack of care for his son, causing slight injuries, and relapsing.

The evidence showed that Mr Calleja’s partner, Isabelle Busuttil, told Mr Calleja on 27 April, 2007 at about 5pm that she was going out to return some DVDs she had rented. She told Mr Calleja to leave their son, Cleaven, in bed, though the baby was crying, because she was not going to be long.

Mr Calleja testified that when the child’s mother left, the baby kept crying and this had irritated him. He had lifted the baby out of the bed and started hoisting it into the air, thinking that would end the crying. This went on for some minutes but at one time the child slipped out of his hands.

To prevent the baby falling to the floor he grabbed it by the left arm and as the partner was coming in, he replaced the child on the bed, where it…………… continues on Malta Independent Online

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Parenting Magazines Are Only for One Kind of Parent
News from Jezebel:

So Wired Magazine comes out with a cover featuring Geek Dads, those kooky, awesome dudes who like to build robots with the kids or touch up the weekend submersible for the Maker Faire, and suddenly all the womens are up in tattooed arms.

“What about moms?” they protest, “Moms can be geeks, too!”

This is what dads feel like pretty much all the time, every day — at least when it comes to the world of parenting media. In that world, if you don’t have a vagina, you don’t exist.

As former Rebel Dad-turned-Forbes columnist Brian Reid points out, lists a moms section on its header, but doesn’t bother with dads. Parents Magazine has a MomBuzz section but no dads. (To be fair, Parents plays to geeks of all genders just right, calling Leticia Barr’s great blog simply Tech Savvy Parents — was that so difficult? Still, I’d call it an anomaly when it comes to pare…………… continues on Jezebel

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Parenting support groups help prevent abuse

Posted by on Thursday, 17 May, 2012

Parenting support groups help prevent abuse
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It’s not uncommon to see news reports about parents being charged with child abuse or neglect. 

In North Carolina alone, about 126,000 cases of child neglect or abuse are reported to departments of Social Services each year. Many experts believe that even more cases of abuse go unreported. 

Although child abuse cases can be difficult to read or hear about, there is help for parents that can prevent abuse or neglect from ever happening. 

For many single parents who deal with extra stress when taking care of children alone, support groups are one way to help kids stay safe. 

Rosie Allen Ryan, president of Prevent Child Abuse, says parental support groups can provide invaluable education for single parents and families struggling with raising children. 

“If you don’t know better, you can’t do better,” Ryan said.

Michael Bellizzi, a divorced father of two sons, said he joined a support group at his church to help keep his stress low and education level high when he has questions about parenting. 

“My situation was made even more difficult by being divorced, but I’ve participated in a single-parenting (workshop) through a church organization,” Bellizzi said. “I realized I wasn’t the only person. All of that has ena…………… continues on

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Yes, I am Mom Enough
News from Thank, TIME Magazine – Huffington Post:

What a year it’s been for parenting to be in the spotlight. With What to Expect When You’re Expecting about to debut, the ‘Mommy Wars’ surrounding Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney being a SAHM, and now TIME magazine’s provocative cover. For me, it’s not the image but the headline. The article inside is pretty tame — facts and ideas about attachment parenting that surfaced 20 years ago and have always caused judgement and quibbles in the nicest of mommy groups.

“Are you mom enough?” Seriously? TIME magazine should be ashamed. There are gimmicks to get people in grocery store lines to snag a magazine but this headline is in seriously poor taste. As if Moms aren’t hard enough on themselves. The reason I run UrbanMommies and UrbanDaddies is that when I had young kids I felt isolated, judged and condescended to. I was so immersed in the ‘shoulds’ of attachment parenting that I neglected the needs of myself as a woman and human being. I am thrilled that more parents are nursing and wearing their babies. But mothers and fathers are also losing sight of their own needs. Dr. Sears is a brilliant…………… continues on Thank, TIME Magazine – Huffington Post

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Bill: Blame single parenting for child abuse

Posted by on Tuesday, 6 March, 2012

Bill: Blame single parenting for child abuse
News from La Crosse Tribune:

The legislative session may be winding down, but state Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, is still pushing the envelope when it comes to legislating social mores.

Grothman recently introduced a bill to force the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize single parenting as a risk factor for child abuse and neglect.

Grothman says statistics show that children from “broken families” are up to nine times more likely to be abused or neglected than children from “old-fashioned” families.

“I guess as long as this state is going to fund a group called the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, at least that group could use the money that they have to publicize something that’s politically incorrect, but I think has to be said in our society,” Grothman said at a public hearing on the bill last week.

Noting that 41 percent of children born in the U.S. last year were born to single parents, Grothman said: “It’s a very politically difficult thing to deal with because over time you’re having more and more families that are not old-fashioned families. There are even people who make fun of old-fashioned families.”

The bill was introduced only six days earlier, leaving some to wonder how much traction it would gain before the legislative session ends in two weeks. But a Republican insider said Monday the bill was n…………… continues on La Crosse Tribune

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PARENTING: Son who stole should suffer consequences
News from Muncie Star Press:

Q: Our 8-year-old son was caught stealing from the teacher’s prize box at school. He has done this in the past and was punished, but it seems he hasn’t gotten the picture yet. Do you have any suggestions for us?

A: Before I answer your question, I want to address the issue of classroom “prize boxes.”

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column concerning the disconnect between research and practice in America’s schools. This “prize box” foolishness is a prime example of just that.

Well-done research has all-but completely debunked the notion that rewards improve academic performance. If any improvement does take place, it is generally short-lived. Furthermore, some research has found that rewards can actually depress motivation and result in lowered performance.

In a school setting, this issue is complicated by what I call “educational correctness.” These days, a teacher who gives rewards must come up with excuses to give them to every child in the class. If she doesn’t, she runs the risk of dealing with outraged parents as well as disapproving administrators. In the final analysis, therefore, classroom rewards become meaningless, even counterproductive.

All of this has been known for quite some time. The question, therefore, becomes: Why are America’s schools still using rewards to “motivate” students when they are likely…………… continues on Muncie Star Press

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Parenting workshop in Garden Grove will focus on teen substance abuse

Posted by on Monday, 23 January, 2012

Parenting workshop in Garden Grove will focus on teen substance abuse
News from OCRegister:

News for parents from Garden Grove Unified:

The Garden Grove Unified School District is hosting a parenting seminar on Thursday, Jan. 26, on the latest trends in teen substance abuse and the effect of drugs on the adolescent brain. The free workshop takes place at 6 p.m. in the gymnasium at Santiago High School, 12342 Trask Ave., Garden Grove.


The program features informative presentations by a drug and alcohol-abuse expert, a clinical psychologist, and a detective sergeant from the Garden Grove Police Dept. They will provide insights on substance abuse and how it impacts judgment, problem-solving, and emotions. There will be an opportunity for parents to view samples of drug paraphernalia on display and learn strategies in communicating with their teen about drugs.

All presentations are in English with interpretation in Spanish, Vietnamese, and Korean. The community and all adult family members are invited.

Information and resources will be available from representatives of partner community agencies including the Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove, Community Service Programs, Stanton Family Resource Center, Magnolia Park Family Resource Center and treatment/rehabilitation agencies.

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Parenting program extends its reach
News from Prevention Action:

23 January 2012

Most interventions for children are designed to tackle single disorders. But in real life, disorders usually come in clusters. For instance, up to 83% of children with depression are also diagnosed with disruptive behaviors. High rates of “co-morbidity” – when multiple disorders occur simultaneously – are found in both clinical settings and in the community, and among all races and ethnic groups.

Co-morbidity presents a real challenge for interventions like the popular Incredible Years (IY) parenting program. Like most interventions, when IY was developed, it targeted only a single disorder: early onset conduct problems. However, some researchers have suggested that the pathways that create conduct problems are similar to those that create internalizing disorders such as depression. So can the program treat both childhood problems together?

A new study led by researchers at the University of Missouri, in collaboration with IY’s developer Carolyn Webster-Stratton, suggests this may be possible. Children were selected for the study because they had conduct problems, but nearly two-thirds of the children also had internalizing disorders, including 16% who had severe clinical anxiety and depression. The researchers found that IY reduced symptoms in about 40% of the children who began the study with internalizin…………… continues on Prevention Action

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