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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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By Katherine Lacaze

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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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‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ chronicles outlandish families

Posted by on Saturday, 2 August, 2014

‘Extreme Guide to Parenting’ chronicles outlandish families
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Waiting impatiently for his exotic entr?e at a tony Long Island steakhouse, 4-year-old Austen Eisenberg wriggles in his seat and wails: “Why can’t I just have pasta?”

His tiger mother, Marisa Silver-Eisenberg, a Type A chiropractor based in Jericho, who doesn’t believe in kids’ menus, tells him to shush.

“It’s important for you to try new things in life,” she snaps.

All too predictably, when Austen’s broiled lobster finally arrives, the mop-haired preschooler takes one bite, gets a pained expression like he’s about to die and refuses to eat another morsel.

It’s a typical occurrence in the everyday life of the Eisenberg family, one of nine eccentric households that agreed to parade their off-the-wall child-rearing techniques in front of the cameras for Bravo’s upcoming docu-series, “Extreme Guide to Parenting,” which premieres Aug. 7.

Other wacky subjects include Jewish earth mother Shira Adler of Westchester; overbearing Los Angeles gay dads Scout and Bill Masterson-Horn, who won’t leave their toddler’s side for a second; and anti-vaccine proponent Christian Axness of Sarasota, Fla.

Whether they’re subscribers to the “attachment,” “helicopter” or “push-parent” trains of thought, all insist that their techniques are the best — and that everyone else has got it wrong.

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Warmer Parenting Makes Antisocial Toddlers More Empathetic
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Loving care may be the best antidote to callous behavior in young children.

When parents act warmly and responsively toward young children who exhibit antisocial behavior, the children begin acting more warmly too.

That’s according to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, in which researchers examined whether there are differences in response to parental harshness and warmth among three-year-olds who exhibit “callously unemotional” behavior.

These findings “highlight the toddler years as a key intervention period to reduce the likelihood that children with callously unemotional behavior will develop more entrenched and severe conduct problems.”

To parents of little ones, this outcome might seem obvious, but the study’s results contradicted the prevailing thinking on the matter. Until now, it has been widely believed that children whose behavior problems include high levels of “callous-unemotional” behavior, characterized by a “lack of empathic concern, punishment insensitivity, and lack of emotional responsivity,” are that way regardless of parenting sty…………… continues on Pacific Standard

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Charity offers at-home parenting help for at-risk East End families

Posted by on Wednesday, 18 December, 2013

Charity offers at-home parenting help for at-risk East End families
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Photo credit: Randee Daddona | Home visitors of CAST are shown from left to right, Miriam Sostre of Greenport, Amy Burns of Southold, Amanda Davidson of Center Moriches, Amy McGrath of Southold, Kerry Ward of Southold, Abigail Hansen Corrigan of Mattituck and Sarah Benjamin of Geenport. The coordinator of CAST holds items that will go in home visit bags. (Dec. 6, 2013)

A Southold charity is recruiting families for an in-home te…………… continues on Newsday

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Scientific Groupthink and Gay Parenting
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University of Texas sociology professor Mark Regnerus’s study, “How Different Are the Adult Children of Parents Who Have Same-Sex Relationships? Findings from the New Family Structures Study,” published in the academic journal Social Science Research last year, caused a firestorm in the scientific community. Unlike most previous studies, Regnerus found that children of parents who had experienced a same-sex relationship fared worse than children of heterosexual parents on measures of social, emotional, and psychological adjustment as well as educational attainment, employment history, need for public assistance, substance abuse, and criminal justice system involvement.

The reaction to the Regnerus study was swift and harsh. Many of his academic colleagues said it was fatally flawed. Many questioned the motives of the author, reviewers, and journal editor. Did they have an anti-gay political agenda?

The controversy illustrates how tougher standards for assessing scientific worth are applied if a study produces results that are inconsistent with the scientists’ own political views. Suppose Regnerus had conducted an identical study, with the same methodological flaws, that had produced results consistent with previous studies, finding no differences between the children of gay or lesbian (“lesbigay”) versus heterosexual parents. Would this one study (among t…………… continues on The American

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Speakers laud role of families at parenting conference

Posted by on Sunday, 27 October, 2013

Speakers laud role of families at parenting conference
News from Deseret News:

PROVO — After living through a plane crash with her husband, Stephanie Nielson spent months in a medically induced coma recovering from her injuries, which included burns to 80 percent of her body.

After waking from her coma, Nielson said she struggled with discouragement during her painful recovery while also working to re-enter the lives of her children. Despite ongoing challenges and physical pain, she said Saturday she is back to being a mother, which was her dream for as long as she can remember.

“My family is my greatest accomplishment,” Nielson said. “The sole reason I came back from the dead was because I know that I’m their mother and I am irreplaceable.”

Nielson’s remarks came during a parenting conference held Saturday at the Utah Valley Convention Center. The event was organized by Uplift Families, a nonprofit initiative helmed by Utah first lady Jeanette Herbert that provides resources and information for parents.

The conference consisted of a dinner for guests and a series of brief presentations on the subject of parenting. Presenters included Herbert and her husband, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, as well as former NFL player Chad Lewis and authors Richard and Linda Eyre.

In her opening remarks, Jeanette Herbert said the goal of Uplift Families is to help parents turn “the job of parent…………… continues on Deseret News

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John Rosemond: Pin teen’s behavior on parenting, not biology
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The “their biology makes them do it!” hypothesis concerning the oft-horrid behavior of today’s teens keeps on rolling along, charming parents of said teens into the comforting belief that said behavior has absolutely nothing to do with their parenting.

The most recent example appeared as an Oct. 16 Wall Street Journal article that reviewed a study recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology. It’s now clear, says said article, that “the brain regions that support social cognition” — those that support the development of empathy — “continue to change dramatically” during the teen years. That means they aren’t fully developed.

Given that there are plenty of children who enter the teen years with well-developed empathy, do not bully other children, are not petulant, moody, disrespectful of authority and otherwise horrid, the study in question is nothing but the latest exercise in academic mumbo-jumbo by the folks who want you to believe the deterministic myth that bad behavior is the result of things like hormones, biochemical imbalances and inadequate blood supply to the left frontal lobe, all, of course, the result of genes (which were inherited from the child’s father).

I recently spoke with an individual who has spent a good amount of time working with youths in African villages, where one teacher is often found tea…………… continues on La Crosse Tribune

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Parenting classes aim to strengthen families

Posted by on Saturday, 3 August, 2013

Parenting classes aim to strengthen families
News from Carlsbad Current Argus:

Being a parent for most is a joy, although sometimes stressful. It also involves unconditional love, tough love and an open line of communication with your child. For some, parenting is harder than for others and they want help in developing good parenting skills.

Eddy County Extension Service Home Economist Veronica Steiner said she has received requests from a number of parents in the community for parenting classes, and today begins the first of four Saturday sessions.

The free classes will be held at the Extension Service office located at 1305 W. Stevens St., from 9 a.m. to noon.

“New Mexico State University developed the Strengthening Families Initiative several years ago. It’s taught all over the state,” Steiner said. “It’s a program designed to strengthen parent-child relationships, encourage healthy behaviors and improve the lives of our children.”

Steiner said the class is not limited to biological parents. Foster parents, adoptive parents, social workers with the state’s Children, Youth and Family Services, grandparents raising grandchildren and single parents are encouraged to attend.

“Ideally, it would be better to attend all four sessions. At the end of the four weeks, participants will receive a certificate of completion that could help some people with continuing education credit they may need,” Steiner said. “</…………… continues on Carlsbad Current Argus

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Kingdom parenting: Don’t let children lead self-centered lives
News from Newnan Times-Herald:

Pastor’s Corner

by Daniel Ausbun

School starts on Tuesday.

What’s even more exciting than school beginning next week is that God has a plan for your child’s life. The great temptation today for parents is to allow children to live “self-centered” lives. Social media, phones, computers, video games and the attitude, “anything I want or need is in the palm of my hand” establishes an upbringing for a child that neglects the purpose of God.

Children shouldn’t decide where a family attends church, where they’ll eat, where they’ll go on summer vacation, and what Santa Claus will bring every Christmas.

Parents, don’t mislead your children into thinking all activities and decisions revolve around the child’s wishes. The best parenting is Kingdom-focused parenting. Proverbs 13:24 states, “The one who will not use the rod hates his son, but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently.”

Discipline and grace are foundations of Kingdom parenting. Here are five steps to help your child live a Christ-centered life.

First, you never want to cut off communication with your child. Looking your child in the eye, putting your hand on their shoulder and telling them you love them and are praying for them is a powerful form of communication. continues on Newnan Times-Herald

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New parenting program to help families of people with a disability cope

Posted by on Tuesday, 30 July, 2013

New parenting program to help families of people with a disability cope
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ELEANOR HALL: Now to a parenting support program for parents of children with disabilities which is being trialled along Australia’s east coast.

The Stepping Stones Triple P Project is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

But it is separate from the Federal Government? National Disability Insurance Scheme, which is focussed on the needs of the person with a disability.

As Nance Haxton reports.

NANCE HAXTON: Louise Kelly lives in inner city Brisbane with her husband and two children – four-year-old Trixie and six-year-old Freddie, who has autism, ADHD and epilepsy. Freddie cannot speak and has difficulty communicating, leading to him expressing his frustration in many ways.

Louise has a range of therapists who help with Freddie’s needs, but says parents and siblings often need support too.

LOUISE KELLY: I guess our major difficulty was overcoming our grief and understanding that we were working with our beautiful son to help him achieve the best he possibly can. Some of those difficult behaviours still persist that we’re working on: such as running away from us; inability to be able to see danger, his constant need for supervision, one-on-one, 24 hours a day.

Anything to keep us from feeling isolated and being able to join groups of other people having fun – or have people to our…………… continues on ABC Local

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kiwi steps up to parenting
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BIG SQUEEZE: A kiwi egg being cared for. The eggs are one of the largest laid by any bird in the world, relative to body size.

A young male kiwi is winning fans with his caring attitude and baby-rearing skills.

With spring approaching kiwi are incubating eggs laid 10 to 15 days ago at Pukaha-Mt Bruce National Wildlife Centre, 15 minutes drive north of Masterton.

Leading the way is the un-romantically named but domestically-gifted MB23, a male North Island brown kiwi, who is incubating at least one egg laid by his partner.

The female’s identity is unknown at this stage; but although the two will probably mate for life, according to Pukaha general manager Helen Tickner, she is leaving the child rearing to her mate.

“She’s done a runner… that’s her bit done, those boys are well-trained.”

North Island brown kiwi males always incubate the eggs, Ms Tickner said, which was only fair as the females laid one of the largest eggs relative to bodyweight of any bird species in the world.

The Centre’s 40 volunteers and three staff from the Department of Conservation’s captive breeding programme were excited about the development, she said.

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Parenting education the foundation for healthy families

Posted by on Monday, 20 May, 2013

Parenting education the foundation for healthy families
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Parenting education is one of the building blocks of a strong community.

In observance of the positive impact of parenting education, Gov. John Kitzhaber signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 19-25 as Oregon Parenting Education Week.

This is a good moment to look at the impact of learning to parent effectively:

Much data shows that parenting education works.

Readiness for kindergarten is enhanced when parents learn how they can support their child’s healthy development.

Parenting education helps prevent child abuse and neglect and associated concerns such as teen pregnancy, delinquency and substance abuse.

In 35 years of providing parenting groups, Parenting Now!, formerly Birth To Three, regularly hears comments such as:

“It has been wonderful to hear new ideas and advice.”

“We got so much useful information from our parent educator and other parents. It gave me a lot of tools to help raise my son.”

“A highlight was sharing with other parents and talking abou…………… continues on The Register-Guard

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Call to ‘tun up parenting’ at Glad Tidings career day
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EXCITEMENT and intrigue were not lost on the more than 260 children who stood looking wide-eyed as smiling police officers mounted horses, adjusted hats, straightened tiny replica police uniforms, or stopped to pick up a child from time to time in a comforting manner.

And as security personnel, students, teachers and parents marched from Glad Tidings Early Childhood Development Centre on Brunswick Avenue in Spanish Town, through the community of Hampton Green — some 15 minutes away — in celebration of their career day and propelled by the beating of drums from the Troupers band, they did so embracing the theme, “National Security: Our Future is Bright”.

The recent celebration was a joint effort by Glad Tidings Early Childhood Development Centre and the Jamaica Constabulary Force, which headed the march with mounted troops, much to the excitement of the children who were all dressed in ‘police’ and ‘military’ gear.

“It’s our career day and we wanted it with a difference,” Dianne White, principal of the school, said. “And so we chose this theme because a lot of times we see the security forces being bashed, but we wanted to show that with national security, our future is bright.”

Sergeant Ian Purrier from the police Community Safety and Security Division said he saw it f…………… continues on Jamaica Observer

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Parenting Tip: Families should reconnect at day’s end to make for smoother …

Posted by on Wednesday, 6 March, 2013

Parenting Tip: Families should reconnect at day’s end to make for smoother …
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Posted: 8:50 p.m. yesterday

Nancy Spencer, a long-time parent educator and founder of Confident Parenting, returns with a great reminder about easing the transition from work and school to home in the evenings for families.

“I would venture to say it is the hardest time in the day,” she says.

And I would agree with her. To make a happier evening for all, families need to figure out the best way to reconnect. Spencer says it doesn’t need to take a long time – just 15 minutes or so.

Watch my video interview to hear more about it. Check out Spencer’s website for more about the services she offers families in the Triangle. And see the box above for links to other posts from Spencer.

Spencer will return next Wednesday for another parenting tip.

Copyright 2013 by Capitol Broadcasting Company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Parenting styles differ with age
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So, I’ve been at this parenting thing about 30 years. You’d think I’d have it down by now. That’s the same number of years I’ve been adjusting the combine. And I’m pretty good at that: green stems, small cobs, whatever.

But parenting? That’s another story. Remember the old saying, “Raising kids will humble you quicker than the stink goes off a pig.” Well, OK, that’s not really an old saying. We need some new sayings anyway. That one might need a little work.

It’s been a while since I published my book of parenting advice. “Bribes and Threats, Surviving Parenthood” was a brutally honest look at getting your kids to do what you want them to do. Like behave for once. Or quit hitting their brother with a stick. “Bribes and Threats” didn’t get a lot of good reviews by child development experts. It did rank briefly in Amazon’s top fifty of “Parenting guides by slightly overweight Midwestern guys.”

When we began parenting, there was a lot of confusion. Back then, new parents all had a copy of “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care.” It was a bestseller and changed the way children were raised. Apparently parents had been messing up the previous couple of million years so it was good to get that fixed.

The problem came for Star Trek fans like me. It was easy to get our Dr. Spocks mixed up. I’m still not sure they weren’t the same guy. We ke…………… continues on NUjournal

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‘Parvarrish — Kuchh Khatti Kuchh Meethi’ is a beautiful narration of parent-child relationship — a story of nurturing, supporting and guiding the child and most importantly the different roles parents play while bringing up their children. The different thoughts and beliefs of parenting come alive in the strong role-play of different sets of parents and their varied approach towards upbringing of the kids. Paravrrish unfurls these diverse roles that parents play in development of their children. It is the story of real people, real emotions of parenting set in present day times.Parvarrish is an interestingly woven family drama about two sisters, Sweety Ahluwalia and Pinky Ahuja, who are caught up in a hearty sibling rivalry in their attempt to be a better parent. Each has a different set of beliefs and a different take on how one needs to bring up their children and like all the parents in today’s world, both the sisters and their husbands play different roles at different points and in their children’s lives. Pinky believes that one needs to be a friend to one’s children, whereas Sweety believes in being a stricter and disciplinarian mother. The show explores the universal concept of parenting with two mothers and their different approaches towards it.Parvarish is not just about the varied roles that parents play in the journey of bringing up their children … it is about a different world altogether — a world filled with the pangs and the joys of being parents.
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Parenting program helps Santa Cruz County families improve relationships

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 January, 2013

Parenting program helps Santa Cruz County families improve relationships
News from Santa Cruz Sentinel:

FELTON — For parents overwhelmed by the daily stresses of raising children, the county may have a way to provide some relief.

From Watsonville to Felton, dozens of families have benefitted from free counseling provided through the county’s Positive Parenting Program, or “Triple P.” By teaching families tools, even for something as basic as getting through a grocery store without a tantrum, practitioners say the program has demonstrated success.

“After going through the program, parents are coming out much more confident in their parenting abilities and feeling less stress about their parenting abilities,” said Nicole Young, who oversees the county’s program. “It tells us that the families that come in with the greatest level of need are really benefitting from the program.”

The Board of Supervisors designated January as Triple P month. A program of the county’s First Five Commission, it emphasizes positive communication — “walk, please” instead of “don’t run” — to improve relationships and head off family dysfunction.

“Parents are the experts on their families. I think I’m more of a guide,” said Romina Cervantes, a practitioner at Mountain Community Resources in Felton.

Tripel P offers everything from drop-in seminars to longer-term, one-on-one counseling. Subjects can cover the gamut, from gettin…………… continues on Santa Cruz Sentinel

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Is helicopter parenting a good thing after all? ‘Tough love’ approach leads to …
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Let ’em cry? Bad idea, according to a team of researchers that found hands-on parenting makes for happer kids in the long run.

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A group of researchers is calling on mothers and fathers to abandon parenting methods like letting babies “cry it out,” excessively structuring their children’s leisure time, and allowing strollers and car seats to do the babysitting –- all strategies that have led to worse life outcomes for American youth, they charge.

Presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Children and Families in the US state of Indiana, the findings run counter to commonly accepted, decades-old parenting practices which espouse a “tough love” philosophy, such as letting babies cry themselves back to sleep.

“Life outcomes for American youth are worsening, especially in comparison to 50 years ago,” said Darcia Narvaez…………… continues on New York Daily News

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Families pack Veterans Park to greet Barack Obama

Posted by on Friday, 19 October, 2012

Families pack Veterans Park to greet Barack Obama
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Addressing a crowd of 6,000 supporters in Manchester yesterday, President Obama said he will fight for the middle class and work to ensure post-secondary education is affordable for all children.

Obama called Mitt Romney’s economic plan a ‘sketchy deal,’ criticizing the Massachusetts governor for his failure to specify what loopholes and deductions he would eliminate so that his tax-cut plan doesn’t burden the middle class.

Romney maintains he will not increase taxes for the middle class.

I have a little tip for you, Obama told the crowd. When a politician tells you he’s going to wait until after the election to provide the details of their plan, it’s not because their plan is so good that they don’t want to spoil the secret.

Obama told the crowd yesterday Romney’s tax-cut plan will either increase the deficit, or burden the middle class and decrease education funding.

To continue growing the economy, Obama said he would hire more teachers, particularly in Math and Science; to ensure qualit…………… continues on

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Ohio University involved in parenting time project
News from San Francisco Chronicle:

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio University is taking part in a federally funded project aimed at boosting chances for children to spend time with both parents when the parents don’t live together.

The Athens Messenger reports ( ) that the school’s College of Health Sciences and Professions will be involved in the $ 400,000 project.

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