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Intelligence And IQ Scores Of Children Are Not Influenced By Parenting Style …

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 December, 2014

Intelligence And IQ Scores Of Children Are Not Influenced By Parenting Style …
News from Medical Daily:

The results of a new study may provide great relief to many parents… or simply add to their confusion about what is the best way to nurture their children. Turns out, researchers found the way parents raise their child will not affect how smart the child is. On a personal level, your IQ has been virtually unaffected by your parents’ attempts (or failures) to read with you, talk with you, or generally interact with you.

Seriously? What happened to all the recent (and old) neuroscientific evidence about the brain’s plasticity and its general ability to develop and maintain synaptical connections based on experience? How can frequent and positive experiences with parents not have a beneficial impact on a child’s general intelligence?

“The way you parent a child is not going to have a detectable effect on their IQ as long as that parenting is within normal bounds,” Dr. Kevin M. Beaver recently told Tallahassee Democrat.  B…………… continues on Medical Daily

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The Underparented Child Flies Again: End ‘Go-Right-Ahead’ Parenting
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I’ll take snakes on a plane. Snakes are quiet.

Last Saturday, I woke up at 4 a.m. to fly to an event across the country. “I’ll sleep on the plane,” I told myself. And no, I wasn’t being naive.

I came prepared: I had my “asshole-canceling headphones” (big Bose over-the-ear “cans”), industrial-grade earplugs to wear underneath, and an iPhone with selections of white noise.

The cute blonde 3-year-old seated in front of me wasn’t a screamer. She was a talker — in a tone and volume appropriate for auditioning for the lead in “Annie.”

I figured she would quiet down after takeoff. She did not. And, sadly, even $ 300 worth of Bose technology was no match for this kid’s pipes. After about 20 sleep-free, “SUN’LL COME OUT TOMORROW!!” minutes into the flight, I leaned forward and whispered to the child’s mother, “Excuse me, could you please ask your little girl to be a little quieter?”

“No,” the woman said.

No?

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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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The Key To Successful Parenting: Ignore Your Children – The Federalist

Posted by on Saturday, 11 October, 2014

The Key To Successful Parenting: Ignore Your Children – The Federalist
News from The Key To Successful Parenting: Ignore Your Children – The Federalist:

Children are truly a frightening proposition. They’re expensive. They’re a source of joy. But they’re also little demons. Regardless, many of us still choose to have them, sometimes even on purpose. Kudos all around. Learning to let go of our illusions of control and to embrace the unpredictability that is life with kids was a tough step, but we made it. Now we move on to managing that unpredictability, to maintaining our homes with those destructive little balls of chaos running around, wrecking up the joint. Fortunately, it’s easy to love our progeny, even if we don’t particularly like them at any given moment. This is an important evolutionary adaptation. If our love for them were conditional, we wouldn’t be here right now. We would have left the Garden and promptly embraced extinction. But we didn’t embrace extinction, we do love them, and thus we find ourselves with a new challenge: ignoring those tiny terrors and focusing our energy on our wives.

If we truly want to build a solid home for the littlest members of our little platoons, if we want to teach them invaluable lessons they can carry into their own relationships, then ignoring them is the only choice we have. For if we are to provide an example of how they should properly love their future partners, we must be aloof fathers; our priority is the women, our women, their mothers. The…………… continues on The Key To Successful Parenting: Ignore Your Children – The Federalist

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‘It’s Like They Know Us’ Tumblr totally nails ‘perfect’ parenting
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Oct. 8, 2014 at 9:48 AM ET

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21 Questionable Parenting Moments: Think of the Children! – The Hollywood Gossip

Posted by on Saturday, 22 March, 2014

21 Questionable Parenting Moments: Think of the Children! – The Hollywood Gossip
News from 21 Questionable Parenting Moments: Think of the Children! – The Hollywood Gossip:

Admittedly, that’s pretty bad, like super bad, but many of the 21 questionable parenting moments below are worse. WAY worse.

Dangling your kid into a pit of raccoons? Smoking with your toddler and taking pictures?

And then there’s that mom in the car burned into our brains…

These 21 questionable parenting moments make even Kate Gosselin look like Mother Theresa.

21 Questionable Parenting Moments

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Death by irresponsible parenting, bureaucratic inaction
News from Bradenton Herald:

Just after the sun set, the family and closest friends of Ashton-Lynette Arnold gathered in an otherwise abandoned parking lot to mark the first anniversary of her death.

The 5-year-old had swallowed pills at the home of her mother’s friends. Soon, she complained of stomach pains, dizziness and wobbly legs. For hours, nothing was done.

On the evening of October 22, 2013, in Inglis, Fla., Donovan Shelton, 17, helps his mother Stacy Molinelli launch a heart-shaped paper lantern during a small memorial service to remember 5-year-old Ashton-Lynette Arnold on the one-year anniversary of the her death.

Ashton’s heart stopped beating at 4:56 p.m. that Monday as her mother, Elizabeth Rydbom, and Rydbom’s partner huddled in a hospital waiting room, trying to figure out which pill or pills she might have ingested.

Four people, including Rydbom, were charged in the death of Ashton, whose short childhood was chronicled in the files of the Florida Department of Children & Families. The department investigated multiple claims of her mother’s drug use and of inadequate supervision.

“DCF has been in Ashton’s life almost since she was born. They investigated, but they never followed up,” said Ashton’s grandmother, Stacy Molinelli. “They simply suggested a drug addict not to take drugs and take a parenting class. Had they followed up, had they spen…………… continues on Bradenton Herald

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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders

Posted by on Thursday, 16 January, 2014

7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders
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7 Crippling Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Growing Into Leaders – Forbes

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Isis Parenting Stuns Families, Announces It’s Closing
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BOSTON (CBS) – Isis Parenting, a popular baby store that also offers prenatal classes and toddler development groups in Massachusetts, has announced it’s closing unexpectedly.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030?s Doug Cope reports

The business, which began in 2003 as Isis Maternity in Brookline, expanded to four centers in Boston, Needham, Arlington and Hanover and nine outlets in the Atlanta and Dallas/Fort Worth areas.

“With heavy hearts, we announce the extremely sad news that Isis Parenting must close. Effective immediately, no classes or phone consults will take place,” the company posted on its Facebook page late Tuesday night.

“We are taking steps to communicate with all affected class participants over the coming days and we thank the Isis community in advance for your patience and understanding during this very difficult time.”

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Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages

Posted by on Friday, 20 December, 2013

Parenting advice: Help for raising children of all ages
News from Washington Post:

When educators didn’t know what to do with 7th and 8th graders they said, “I know!  We’ll put them in a special place called Middle School–and we’ll throw the key away”. 

Transitions are hard on most children, especially at this age because some are growing so fast, and others are growing so slow.  Moreover, they’re growing four ways at once– physically, mentally, emotionally and morally–and they often walk these paths at different speeds so they’re as out of whack with themselves as they are with their families.

Make some simple rules first and for each of your children: 

no TV at night from Monday through Thursday, which also means no TV in his bedroom

No cell phone use during homework hour and no cell phone use at night, which means that he checks it with you. 

No Internet use unless it’s in an open space, which means that you can see his sites while you’re cooking dinner.

These may sound strict but these three rules will wipe out most of the quarrels.

To avoid the backchat, ask your boy for his opinion on anything and everything–the war in the mid-east; abortion; poverty.  If he were in any of these situations, what would he do?  This tells a child that you respect his mind and if he feels intellectually respected, he will respect you and respect your rules much better.

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Detached dads mostly a myth, parenting survey says
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CHICAGO — The detached dad, turning up his nose at diapering and too busy to bathe, dress and play with his kids, is mostly a myth, a big government survey suggests. Most American fathers say they are heavily involved in hands-on parenting, the researchers found.

The nationally representative survey shows fathers’ involvement has increased slightly since the government first asked in 2002, coinciding with research since then that bolsters the benefits of hands-on fathering.

The results are encouraging and important “because others have found the more involved dads are, the better the outcomes for their children,” said researcher Jo Jones of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control Prevention. She co-authored the report released today.

More academic success, fewer behavior problems and healthier eating habits are just some of the ways fathers’ involvement has been linked with children’s well-being.

“Times have changed,” said Robert Loftus, 34, of Yonkers, N.Y. He quit a six-figure sales job a year ago to care for his two young children while his wife works full time. “We’re trying to rethi…………… continues on The Columbian

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Parenting expert talks about how to communicate with children about body safety

Posted by on Wednesday, 27 November, 2013

Parenting expert talks about how to communicate with children about body safety
News from KTRE:

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) –

We told you yesterday about a former Pineywoods Community Academy counselor who is charged with attempted possession of child pornography. That counselor is John Carter, 42, of Huntington. 

Police started looking into Carter after he reportedly engaged in inappropriate conversations with a student, prompting a concerned parent to go to police, where they say they discovered searches for child porn on Carter’s computer.

The attempted possession of child pornography and conversation between Carter and the student are not related.

KTRE talked with a parenting expert at Harold’s House who explains how parents can communicate and educate their children about these type of situations.

In the 14-page affidavit that accompanied former Pineywoods Community Academy counselor, John Carter’s arrest, police say they believe Carter was grooming a young girl for abuse.

A tactic that community education director at Harold’s House, Ashley Cook says is very well-known in these type of situations.

“It can start with small touches or asking a child to sit on their lap or buying them gifts or talking to them and using sexual words and they’re kind of testing to see a child’s reaction so as a parent you can teach your child that any kind of things like that you should never that a…………… continues on KTRE

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Tip for Living: ‘Bringing Up Our Children in Light and Truth’ offers model for …
News from Deseret News:

Most people want to be good parents. They want to raise happy, healthy children and maintain close, loving relationships with them. They want their homes to be filled with peace and love. They begin their journey through parenthood with the highest ideals and the best of intentions.

These “noble aspirations” are often thwarted when parents are confronted with the trials and struggles of daily life, H. Wallace Goddard says, adding that “parents get tired, distracted, frustrated, and overwhelmed.” In his recent book “Bringing Up Our Children in Light and Truth” (Walnut Springs Press, $ 14.99), he suggests the use of basic gospel principles to make the goal of being a good parent a little easier to accomplish.

Goddard believes that parenting “is, above all else, an apprenticeship for godliness” and we cannot be successful without divine help. He likens the process to building a house and offers the following as a “Model for Godly Parenting.”

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Children whose mothers go out to work do not suffer academically

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 June, 2013

Children whose mothers go out to work do not suffer academically
News from The Independent:

Children’s academic performance is not harmed if their mothers work during the first years of their lives, comprehensive research seen by The Independent shows.

A new analysis of six studies looking at 40,000 children over the past four decades has provided conclusive evidence that there is no link between mothers continuing their careers and children going on to achieve less at school, debunking a common parenting myth.

Those born in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s whose mothers worked during their early years had, on average, slightly lower literacy and numeracy scores than those whose mothers did not. However, analysis of three successive studies of children born since the mid-90s shows this disadvantage has disappeared for younger generations.

The study’s findings will be discussed today – at the same time as Parliament debates controversial proposals to cut the ratio of childcare workers to children, a move which Labour says could reverse the progress made. Children born in 2000 or 2001 showed no significant difference in cognitive ability or behaviour at the age of five whether their mothers had gone out to work or not in their first year. Studies of previous decades showed children’s literacy and numeracy levels were around two percentage points lower when mothers worked.

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Rosemond: ’50s-style parenting is better for children

Posted by on Tuesday, 14 May, 2013

Rosemond: ’50s-style parenting is better for children
News from News & Observer:

When I was a child, back in the Parenting Stone Age, your parents were the most important people in the family. They acted like they were bigger than you were too, like they knew what they were doing and didn’t need your help making decisions. They spoke in no uncertain terms, and they thought you were smart, so they said anything only once. The rule was very simple: They told you what to do, and you did it because they said so.

Your mom and dad paid more attention to one another than to you. You didn’t think about that at all. But looking back, you are glad you weren’t the center of the family universe. You were a satellite, orbiting around their solid presence.

They bought you very little, so you appreciated everything you had. And you took care of it. When your bike broke, you figured out how to fix it. Or your dad fixed it. In either case, you understood you weren’t getting a new one, not any time soon. You loved your mom and dad, but you left home as early as possible because you were absolutely certain you could make a better life for yourself than they were willing to make for you.

Back then, elementary school classes often held more than 40 children, most of whom came to first grade not knowing their ABCs. Your mother didn’t give you much, if any, help with your homework. Yet at the end of first grade, and every subsequent grade in fact, th…………… continues on News & Observer

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Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class set May 20
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May 13, 2013

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class set May 20

Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during this difficult time for the entire family.  Although their marriage is ending, their role as parents continues through their lives. To help make this transition easier, Northwest Family Services Inc. staff member Nicole Martens, M.S., LPC w…………… continues on Enid News & Eagle

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Op-ed: Blame violent children on failed parenting

Posted by on Wednesday, 2 January, 2013

Op-ed: Blame violent children on failed parenting
News from PennLive.com:

By Douglas R. Fleck

Another tragic shooting and another tragic replay of the same disproven measures to prevent them. How many more useless candlelight vigils, gun free zones, and ineffective weapon bans will it take to prove they have statistically accomplished nothing? Why try repeated failures again?

Crimes like this were nearly unheard of, but after half a century of countless, poorly thought out measures based on raw emotions and political showboating we now see them on a recurring basis. This should be all the evidence one needs to thoroughly discredit these disproven measures. Likewise, years of having educators drill into young minds that it is best to hide and cower in the hope the perpetrator shoots someone else is not an effective strategy.

No politician will address the real problem for fear of alienating constituents. What needs corrected is the obvious breakdown of parenting in this country. It is painless to blame inanimate objects, video games, the police, or the schools.

One of the greatest myths I have heard in my life is the recent “it takes a village” nonsense. What it takes are parents with a developed sense of decency and the ability to tell right from wrong. It takes parents who realize there is something bigger in life than their own self-i…………… continues on PennLive.com

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Ruben Navarrette Jr.: The balancing act of parenting
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2013-01-01T18:00:00Z Ruben Navarrette Jr.: The balancing act of parentingRuben Navarrette Jr. North County Times

I often describe it as my most important job. It’s the one that is the most difficult, and yet the most fulfilling. It consumes the most time, and it’s the one where I most often feel as if I’m in over my head. It’s also the one where the stakes are highest.

The job is being a parent to my three young children – ages 3, 5 and 7. And this New Year, my resolution is to do it better.

There are no raises, promotions or awards for good parents. In fact, if you earn the title, most people won’t even notice. The only evaluations that matter will come from your children, and the jury could be out for years.

But if you’re a bad parent, the effects will be obvious and felt long after you’re gone. As your children go through life, they’ll be like a human billboard that announces your parenting “score” to the world.

There are countless ways to be a bad parent. Abandoning or failing to provide for your kids tops my list. Yet you can also get there by abusing, neglecting, smothering, bullying or belittling.

Yet what has me worried lately – both with my own kid…………… continues on North County Times

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