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Parenting and pigskin: Oregon coach Erik Chinander juggles family and football …

Posted by on Thursday, 25 December, 2014

Parenting and pigskin: Oregon coach Erik Chinander juggles family and football …
News from OregonLive.com:

EUGENE — Penelope James Chinander arrived healthy and happy last August, one week after she was supposed to and two days before kickoff, smack dab in the middle of the two dates her parents watched anxiously all summer.

For Erik Chinander and wife Megan, their daughter’s birth marked the merger of personal and pigskin, the day their lives changed forever followed by the most unforgettable season in Ducks football history. And to ask even a simple question is to be shown how tightly the twin, and often competing, ideals of family and football are intertwined in a coaching household.

Her birthday, Megan said, is Aug. 28.

“South Dakota week,” Erik reminded.

It’s an unshakeable habit in football coaching to remember each fall week by the opponent on the schedule, a custom Chinander himself, UO’s first-year outside linebackers coach, learned early as the son of a high school football coach in Allison, Iowa.

Even Penelope won’t break that — but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t altered, at just four months old, how this and future seasons will be defined forever for the Chinanders, whose reference points for fall 2014 will include big victories against Stanford and Arizona and when Penelope began…………… continues on OregonLive.com

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Parenting advice from Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly

Posted by on Friday, 30 May, 2014

Parenting advice from Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly
News from Washington Post:

Marguerite Kelly offered advice on helping your toddler sleep through the night. (Bigstock Photo)

Wondering how to get your toddler to stop waking up at night?  Trying to persuade a 6-year-old to pick up after himself? Marguerite Kelly, who writes the weekly Family Almanac advice column in Local Living, was here to take questions about parenting. Here are some of the questions she answered.

Night-waking toddler.

Q: Over the last few months my soon to be 2-year-old has developed a habit of waking up at various points in the night and incessantly calling out for Mom or Dad. We would respond by going in, picking her up to soothe her cries (but not actual crying) and make sure she wasn’t sick/hurt/etc., and putting her back in bed. When this happened last night (twice), we did not go in to her. The first time either she stopped calling out or I fell back asleep. The second time, we got up for the day. Which approach will best serve us by allowing my toddler to get herself back to sleep and not keep us up at all hours of the night? And, is it co…………… continues on Washington Post

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Parenting Fair offers fun for the whole family

Posted by on Monday, 21 April, 2014

Parenting Fair offers fun for the whole family
News from nwitimes.com:

2014-04-21T00:00:00Z Parenting Fair offers fun for the whole familyTimes Staff nwitimes.com

GARY | Indiana Parenting Institute and Community & Faith Outreach Initiative will celebrate people raising children in Northwest Indiana from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Baber Youth Center at First AME Church, 2005 Massachusetts St. Admission is free and open to the community.

This year’s Parenting Fair, held in conjunction with the Parenting Awareness Month Indiana, features games and giveaways for both parents and children. Community family services providers will also be available with information and help on how to access needed family resources in the Calumet Region, such as food, utilities, housing, activities for youth, bullying strategies and solutions, counseling, and health care.

Entertainment includes magic, face painting and music, with some special guests expected. There’s even a Scavenger Hunt for the family, leading to some great opportunities.

IPI will be honoring three families and two organizations in the community who have shown a determination and dedication to improving the quality of life of their families and the families they serve…………… continues on nwitimes.com

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Expo to highlight holistic parenting
News from Knoxville News Sentinel:

Does your baby grow green?

If you’re looking to increase your knowledge of natural parenting or trying to find businesses that match your holistic needs, check out the Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo, which runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on April 26 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Started as a grassroots event by local mothers, the expo is sponsored this year by the Bohemian Baby boutique and includes more than 70 vendors with local resources for green living, holistic health and wellness, children’s arts, natural parenting and nutrition.

Speakers will include Margarita McClure of Blueberry Diapers, who will discuss how she took her home business from a hobby to a multimillion-dollar business.

Dr. Leonard Brabson of St. Mary’s Birth and Midwifery Center will speak about the latest studies on pregnancy and prenatal care, as well as his practice, which includes midwives, physicians and nurse practitioners.

Other speakers will be offered as well.

The 4th Annual Great Cloth Diaper Change aims to be a record-breaking event. Hundreds of local families will attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the most simultaneous cloth diaper changes.

The annual event is held worldwide to raise awareness of the benefits of cloth diapering.

Vendors and host Bohemian Baby will provide prizes and giveaways, and a vendor scavenger hunt w…………… continues on Knoxville News Sentinel

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National Study: Mobile Devices Are Changing Parenting, Childhood, And Family …

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 June, 2013

National Study: Mobile Devices Are Changing Parenting, Childhood, And Family …
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National Study: Mobile Devices Are Changing Parenting, Childhood, And Family Values – Forbes

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A User’s Guide to Neglectful Parenting, by Guy Delisle
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Make Your Family Happier

Posted by on Sunday, 3 March, 2013

Make Your Family Happier
News from Daily Beast:

It’s time to free parents from the grip of the family improvement industry.

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fighter Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More By Bruce Feiler 304 pages. William Morrow. $ 25.99.

A few years ago, just as my children emerged from the slog of diaper caddies and sippy cups, my wife and I grew incredibly frustrated. Our home was chaotic. Our voices were hoarse from yelling. Our endless cycle of threats and bribes were increasingly being ignored. Worse, we didn’t know where to turn. Our parents’ experience was so outdated as to be quaint; our friends were just as clueless as we were.

So I did what we’re all told to do in such moments; I turned to the experts. Here’s what I got:  30-year-old advice, delivered with warmed-over homilies, retold endlessly. Eat family…………… continues on Daily Beast

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Parents in Action: Playful parenting
News from ABC Action News:

As busy parents we can sometimes get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of paying bills, going to work and making sure dinner is on the table every night. But with all of these duties some parents find that they’re missing the most important part of parenting; spending time with the kids. As difficult as it may seem, separating yourself from the job of parenting and immersing yourself in the joy of parenting can not only trigger stress relief but it can also help your kids explore imagination, learn new things and help build a stronger relationship with the family. And isn’t that what all families want?

Get Outside:
Devote 30-minutes every day to getting outside with the kids. You can do anything you want. Play a game of catch, go on a bike ride, walk around the block or just sit outside and talk about the day. Outdoor activities have two great advantages. First, it’s a great way for you kids to blow off some of that extra energy they come home with and secondly, its great to substitute for mom and dad’s workout. Outdoor activity will also help your kids develop physical strength, hand-eye coordination and decrease the temptation of sitting in front of the computer or T.V.

Teach the Grown Up Games:
Sitting down and playing a 5 year old’s game after a while can get a little boring for parents. So as your kids get older instead of playing their games teac…………… continues on ABC Action News

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Holiday parenting: How the holiday liturgy of light creates a global family

Posted by on Monday, 24 December, 2012

Holiday parenting: How the holiday liturgy of light creates a global family
News from Christian Science Monitor:

A school principal knows how the holiday liturgy of light can create a global family among diversely religious and irreligious communities.

As a school principal, I’ve wrestled for years to find a satisfying expression of seasonal joy and inspiration while working in a diverse religious or irreligious community. What tradition can we all embrace at this time of year without making the moment fraught with conflict or overlap or over-sensitivity regarding individual religious tradition?

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Education Notebook: Parenting program could be cut
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American parenting: My family is OK, yours is not

Posted by on Wednesday, 19 December, 2012

American parenting: My family is OK, yours is not
News from Christian Science Monitor:

A new study suggests American parenting is full of culturally inflated views of our own families. Most parents in the US think their own kids and family are doing just fine, thanks. It’s the other families out there that are the problem.

Even before the heartbreaking shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, American parents were anxious about child rearing. 

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Make $ 1.50 a Word at Parenting Early and School Years
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On Parenting: Knowing When Your Family Is Complete

Posted by on Sunday, 16 December, 2012

On Parenting: Knowing When Your Family Is Complete
News from Kirkland, WA Patch – Patch.com:

There are people who are awesome at pregnancy.

My sister-in-law has had three babies—including one set of twins—none of which was small. She glowed during each pregnancy, was almost always happy and cheerful, and remained a skinny little stick figure that just happened to swallow a basketball. Four years later, her body looks like she’s never met an infant, except maybe at her babysitting job, before she heads out to meet her other flat-stomached friends at the mall.

I was not that.

I was fat. I mean, seriously fat. I had swelling in my toes. My butt was bigger than my belly. And the hormone roller coaster that would end in horrific post-partum depression meant that I spent half of each day hysterically crying for no reason, and the other half raging and throwing things.

It was not fun. For anyone.

In my seventh month, when my husband and I were planning out the birth, I finally said out loud, “Well, however this goes, I hope we enjoy it, cause this will be the only one we do.”

I never flinched from that position.

My mother begged me not to make permanent decisions while still on the hormone roller coaster. She asked us to wait a year after the birth and see how we felt.

So, on my daughter’s first birthday, my husband went in to get fixed. Happy Birthday, honey! You’re an only child now!

We knew. We felt l…………… continues on Kirkland, WA Patch – Patch.com

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Adventures in Parenting: Childlike innocence never really goes away
News from Suburbanite:

Yes, Maggie, there is a Santa Claus, an Easter Bunny and a Tooth Fairy.         

My daughter, Maggie, stopped believing in Santa Claus when she was 8 years old. I knew she had become a “nonbeliever,” but she wouldn’t admit to it. I suspect she was concerned the disclosure might result in less-than-astounding gifts, such as packages of underwear or math workbooks.

What partly clinched the deal was the presence of Santa everywhere. We spotted him serving pizza at Little Caesar’s, at countless malls, in front of a tire store and at pretty much every conceivable public place. I tried to use the old “Those are stand-ins since the real Santa is busy at the North Pole getting ready for Christmas Eve” line. She didn’t seem skeptical.

In Maggie’s mind, Santa’s fate was sealed when we rode on the popular Polar Express train ride through the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

At one point in the journey, the train pulls into the station in Peninsula, and children are encouraged to look out the windows at the “North Pole,” a decorated area populated with elves and, of course, a waving Santa. Glowing behind Santa was the neon sign for The Winking Lizard bar and restaurant. Maggie and I had eaten there many times. Maggie peered out the window and said, “There’s a Winking Lizard in the North Pole?”

And that was it. The truth was out in the open — with the st…………… continues on Suburbanite

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Orlando Sentinel Family Fund: Boys Town parenting class helps father, family …

Posted by on Sunday, 25 November, 2012

Orlando Sentinel Family Fund: Boys Town parenting class helps father, family …
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Arun Raval, who owns Winter Park’s Daily Express deli,… (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda,…)

7:11 p.m. EST, November 24, 2012|

By Stephen Hudak, Orlando Sentinel

Arun Raval was fed up with lies.

“It was building up in me a long time,” said Raval, a father of three, explaining why he finally lost his temper during a quarrel with his teenage daughter about pictures he found on her cellphone. “I would never hurt my child or anyone.”

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Parenting: Dancing makes you smarter
News from OCRegister:

Jenny has always been a dancer. She has been doing high kicks since she could walk and can shake it with the girls twice her age. At any given time, you’ll find her doing an arabesque on top of the play house at the mall, doing the splits on top of the steps at Bagel Shack, or busting a move at church.

Inappropriate? Perhaps. But I recently learned that dance has so much more to offer than the obvious physical benefits, I roll with it.

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Dance can make you smarter — a lot smarter.

Better test scores. FamilyTalk Magazine states that students who have a background in dance tend to achieve significantly higher SAT scores and do better in math and science competitions. 

Better problem solving. Any physical exercise, including dance, can increase your problem solving skills. At the University of Illinois, Dr. Charles Hillman’s research shows that after a 30-minute stint on the treadmill, students actually do up to 10 percent better at problem solving.

Better cognitive abilities. In a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists found in a 21-year longitudinal study that there were only a few activities that could protect people from dementia. They were readin…………… continues on OCRegister

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When Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka first brought home their newborn twins, Neil says, David took on a more maternal role, while he struggled to bond with his children. Watch as Neil opens up about his early struggles and shares his strengths as a dad. Plus, does this modern family want more children? Find out now! For more on Oprah’s Next Chapter visit www.oprah.com Find OWN on TV at www.oprah.com

Parenting: Is your family prepared for the worst?

Posted by on Monday, 24 September, 2012

Parenting: Is your family prepared for the worst?
News from Belleville News Democrat:

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Do your kids know what to do in case a disaster strikes?

I don’t mean the Mayan-predicted end of the world or the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse kind of disaster, but a natural disaster, like a fire, tornado, earthquake, terrorist attack or anything else that would send their lives into turmoil.

I get more than a few emails from the Red Cross and various cities and towns reminding people to prepare their families for a possible disaster. While we’ve talked about what to do in case of a disaster, I wasn’t sure anything was sticking in Boogie’s little brain.

I like to be prepared for anything. I’m constantly looking for things to add to my disaster preparedness stores and ways to increase our preparedness. She knows this. She has helped put up some of the supplies and we’ve talked about what to do in a worst-case scenario. You can never be too prepared, and your kids should be part of the whole process.

I’ve tried to make sure she wouldn’t just collapse into a pile of blabbering, useless flesh if disaster strikes. Families need everyone who is old enough and physically capable to be ready to help survive in less-than-ideal situations.

Little did I know how very seriously she has been taking our chats about disasters and the zombie…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Politics, Parenting, and Pediatrics
News from Sequestration – About – News & Issues:

Unless you actually enjoy politics, it is a topic that many of us try to avoid.

Unfortunately, it affects all of us in more ways than we like to believe.

Take the current budget sequestration issue that many people are talking about, a set of forced budget cuts in defense and non-defense spending to help cut the deficit.

Although many programs are exempt from sequestration cuts, including Social Security, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, child nutrition programs, Supplemental Security Income, refundable tax credits such as the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax credit, veterans’ compensation and benefits, and federal retirement, the American Academy of Pediatrics states that “sequestration will significantly reduce funding for many programs important to children and pediatricians,” including the:

  • Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant – “has provided a foundation for ensuring the health of the Nation’s mothers, women, children and youth, including children and youth with special health care needs, and their families” for over 75 years.
  • Section 317 Immunization Program – “provides funding for immunization operations and infrastructure necessary to implement a comprehensive immunization program at…………… continues on Sequestration – About – News & Issues

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