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Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?

Posted by on Saturday, 25 April, 2015

Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?
News from CBS Local:

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — Two Maryland parents are in the fight of their lives, trying to raise their children the way they want. The government claims what they’re doing is dangerous—but is it?

Jessica Kartalija with an in-depth look at a small, but growing movement called “free-range” parenting.

On a recent afternoon, two Maryland children are doing what they typically do–walking by speeding cars, crossing busy streets.

And while they’re only six and ten-years-old, Dvora and Rafi Meitiv are frequently alone with no adult supervision.

It’s something their mother actually encourages.

“They’re urban kids growing up in an urban area, and one of the most important skills that we taught them–how to cross busy streets,” their mother, Danielle Meitiv, said.

Dvora and Rafi not only walk home alone, they go to the park alone and to the store alone.

“As they show more maturity, we gave them more responsibility,” their mother said.

Reporter: “What have you done to prepare your kids to be more independent?”

Mother: “They started playing in the yard, then, you know, they were allowed in front of the house, then around the corner. They know the boundaries.”

This controversial parenting style–quietly going on for years–unnoticed– until a passerby calls the police.

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‘Adult Onset’: the joys and terrors of single parenting
News from The Seattle Times (registration):

Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald’s new novel “Adult Onset” is a pitch-perfect account of solo parenting, as seen through the eyes of one mother of two young children whose partner leaves town to direct a play.

‘Adult Onset’

by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Tin House Books, 381 pp., $ 25.95

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, “Adult Onset,” tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon.

A famous author of young adult novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care of her two young children while her partner, who is focusing on her career, is directing a play out of town.

To that end, it’s the most accurate description of solo parenting I’ve ever read, not so much juggling a number of tasks from the seemingly simple (answering one email) to crucial (keeping scissors away from a toddler) as trying to keep from drowning under them. MacDonald, an acclaimed Canadian author, nails both the hilarity and the crippling anxiety of day-to-day life, revealing they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive, as well as the internal struggle between needing help and believing one should be capable of handling all this without it.

The novel starts with an email from Mary Rose’s father, which triggers the memory of a c…………… continues on The Seattle Times (registration)

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I do not own DBZ. Clips taken from Alternate Reality Dragon Ball Z done by SSJGozar, Vegeta’s such an awesome father.

‘Free-range parenting’ vs. child neglect: Your Say

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

‘Free-range parenting’ vs. child neglect: Your Say
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See 19 of the best inspirational parenting tips to brighten your day
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It’s always nice to learn practical solutions for parenting dilemmas. Kid won’t take yucky medicine? Give him a couple of chocolate chips to melt in his mouth and disguise the taste. Boom! Medicine down the hatch.

But sometimes, parenting challenges can’t be solved with a clever hack. Sometimes you need to take a deep breath and recharge your soul. We mined this month’s contributions from the TODAY Parenting Team to come up with this stellar compilation of 19 nuggets of wisdom that just may help thwart some parenting stre…………… continues on Today.com

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The ugly truths of parenting: The TODAY Parenting team opens up about child …

Posted by on Thursday, 26 March, 2015

The ugly truths of parenting: The TODAY Parenting team opens up about child …
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The Free-Range Parenting Quandary
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To the Editor:

Re ???The Case for Free-Range Parenting,??? by Clemens Wergin (Op-Ed, March 20):

Yes, I, too, had a free-range childhood, able to bike and explore all over town and come home just when the streetlights turned on. And yes, I had some experiences that were frightening and from which I learned judgment and resourcefulness.

Yet the argument made by Mr. Wergin and others who share his view is too glib. The fact that everybody used to do something with abandon is absolutely no proof that it is the correc…………… continues on New York Times

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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 Inspire52.com, 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
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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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Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parenting Advice From a Child

Posted by on Sunday, 22 June, 2014

Jimmy Kimmel Gets Parenting Advice From a Child
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Saritha Prabhu: Modern parenting is tough
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Parenting: “Us vs. them” mentality and Child Protective Services

Posted by on Saturday, 31 May, 2014

Parenting: “Us vs. them” mentality and Child Protective Services
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Child Protective Services is not exactly the popular kid at the lunch table, at least not among the circles that comprise the marijuana community. I get it — innocent lives are unnecessarily disrupted; many happy families have been needlessly ripped apart. Some children have been exploited for money by greedy foster parents while others died tragically at the hands of their temporary caregivers. None of those things are OK and especially not under sanction of the government. Those that are not neutral on the subject are typically anti-CPS to extremely anti-CPS.

I can count on one hand the peop…………… continues on The Cannabist

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Countryside Parenting Tips: A Bedtime Story for Parents
News from Northbrook Star:

“Education is not usually spoken of in terms of compassion and beauty, but it should be.”

Several years ago, in the hurried hour before young families leave for school, a parent accidentally tipped her large, scalding mug of green tea down her four-year-old daughter’s back. They spent the next two days in the hospital, treating a painful third degree burn that would eventually heal without scarring.

When she returned to school after her stay in the hospital, Mary proudly displayed the bandages wrapped around her torso. She told her friends how funny it was to see her mom driving to the emergency room in her PJs, and how much it hurt to have her burn washed with the pretty pink soap. The kids responded as the always do: they listened attentively, expressed their amazement and concern, then returned to the business of childhood.

We hemmed and hawed through the morning, wondering how to manage playground time. It was a beautiful spring day, too pretty to keep Mary indoors. The sandbox (her favorite) seemed out of the question. Playground equipment seemed too risky. Katie volunteered to have…………… continues on Northbrook Star

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Parenting the Whole Child

Posted by on Tuesday, 29 April, 2014

Parenting the Whole Child
News from PsychCentral.com:

The brain is a fascinating organ. It weighs about three pounds when fully grown and entails a plethora of complicated electrical and chemical processes that can stump the savviest of scientists. Encased in a jelly-like substance in the skull, it is thought to separate human beings from other animals, and allows for the sophisticated thought processes, emotions, and behaviors exhibited throughout our lives.

But although we have quite a complex, resilient brain, poor health, age, stress, abuse, neglect, trauma, substance abuse, and a host of other life circumstances can affect its functionality in negative ways. Different brains cope with trauma differently — some more able to withstand it, some less. Meanwhile, a child’s brain is especially complicated — and requires a host of positive experiences to remain healthy. 

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“Parenting Doctor” to speak in Corvallis
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CORVALLIS — The Parenting Success Network will host a free seminar “Pocketful of Feelings” with nationally recognized speaker Dr. Ann Corwin from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Linus Pauling Middle School, 1111 Cleveland Ave., Corvallis.

Known to many as “The Parenting Doctor,” Corwin uses decades of expe rience in parenting consulting and child development education to help thousands of families around the world.

Parenting questions on how to help children manage their feelings often arise. How do we teach a three year old they can’t hit another child? How do we respond to a preschooler’s tantrums? How do we handle teen sulking?

Free onsite childcare is available by calling 541-917-4899 by 5 p.m. Thursday, May 15. Sign-ups after that date will be first-come, first-serve.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Parenting Success Network, Mullins Charitable Funds, Linn-Benton Community College Parenting Education, the Corvallis School District, Corvallis Kiwanis Noon Club and additional organizations throughout the mid-valley.

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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 megan.barella@gmail.com, or visit www.meganbarella.weebly.com.

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Hug more, scold less: Strict parenting linked to child obesity

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 March, 2014

Hug more, scold less: Strict parenting linked to child obesity
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The Best Parenting Advice I Ever ReceivedSmile. A lot.
News from ChristianityToday.com:

People sometimes ask me what I’ve “done right” with Penny. They ask because Penny reads and goes to ballet class and practices piano and orders her own meal when we eat at a restaurant. They ask because she is “high functioning.” I suspect many people assume we’ve coached her well or stimulated her brain with special gizmos or put in hours of hours of extra therapy. We’ve certainly done our best, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the therapists and doctors who have helped and advised us along the course of her life. But I know plenty of parents who have done more for their kids and whose kids don’t appear, from the outside, as capable as Penny. The only thing I am willing to say that we have “done right” is to smile at her. To take great delight in who she is.

It started when Penny was three months old. Peter and I left her at home with my mother. I brought my breast pump with me to the conference, a one-day series of inspirational and informative talks for parents of children with Down syndrome. It was there—in that crowded auditorium, filled with eager and anxious parents scribbling notes—that I heard a lecture from Dr. Gerard Mahoney about something called “Responsive Teaching.”

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Adam's Top Five Parenting Tips

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