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Grant to help with parenting education

Posted by on Friday, 27 June, 2014

Grant to help with parenting education
News from KTVZ:

BEND, Ore. –

The Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative, a multiyear grant program partnership among four of Oregon’s largest foundations (The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Meyer Memorial Trust and The Collins Foundation) and Oregon State University awarded more than $ 1.6 million in grants to organizations around the state to support the delivery of high-quality parenting education programs.

Grants will also help develop and strengthen collaborations among providers through regional parenting education “Hubs.”

Study after study has found that healthy and effective parenting ensures that children have a strong foundation for success in school and in life. Oregon has many excellent programs for parents, but the field is frequently fragmented and funding can be inconsistent: Thus, the need for strategies that encourage collaboration, planning and more effective use of resources.

“Investment in strong parenting is a critical strategy for ensuring that all children are ready to learn,” said Mary Louise McClintock, Director of Education Programs at OCF. “Through OPEC, we are excited to be able to offer support to a large part of the state to ensure these parenting education programs are strong and effective.”

In 2014, an OPEC expansion increased the number of parenting education Hubs…………… continues on KTVZ

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Stamford’s St. Joseph Parenting Center Educates Adults, Protects Kids
News from The Daily Voice:

STAMFORD, Conn. — The St. Joseph Parenting Center in Stamford offers free parent education classes in Spanish and English to families at risk of child neglect and child abuse.

Its motto, “Educate the Parent, Protect the Child” describes exactly what this center does for families in the area who need assistance.

“SJPC is a great resource available to anyone with a child up to the age of 12 and it would be great to let people in our community know this resource exists. “ said Jeanette Christian, a volunteer at SJPC, which is located on the second floor at 566 Elm St.

Measi O’Rourke, the Executive Director of the center, was born in Ireland and was raised in White Plains. She is married and resides in Ridgefield. As a registered nurse, she worked for several years in the maternal child care areas of nursing, then took 10 years off to raise her five children. The combination of her education and parenting, plus her volunteer work with children in her church, is what attracted O’Rourke to SJPC.

“I’m passionate about children being treated properly,’’ O’Rouke said. “The goal is to really be there in a long term relationship with these parents so they have the support to get them through and hopes of not abusing and neglecting their children.”

SJPC opened its doors in 2010 with the help of individual donors. Si…………… continues on The Daily Voice

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Parenting: Do time-outs help or hurt?

Posted by on Monday, 5 May, 2014

Parenting: Do time-outs help or hurt?
News from WTOP:

Do time-outs work? The experts share their opinions. (Thinkstock)

Are time-outs effective parenting?

WTOP’s Randi Martin reports

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WASHINGTON — What’s the best way to deal with a misbehaving or out-of-control child? It’s an issue with which plenty of parents struggle. A “time-out” is a common consequence for disobedient little ones, but is it…………… continues on WTOP

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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
News from The Columbian:

 

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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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
News from The American:

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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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
News from ABC Local:

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
News from Stuff.co.nz:

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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.

MB23’s nesting is especially significant be…………… continues on Stuff.co.nz

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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 Boston.com.

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
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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.

Also o…………… continues on Daily Beast

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President Barack Obama’s parenting advice to Jay-Z: Help Beyonce out with …

Posted by on Monday, 22 October, 2012

President Barack Obama’s parenting advice to Jay-Z: Help Beyonce out with …
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President Obama once joked that he and Jay-Z had two big things in common: They both had daughters and their wives were more popular than them.

President Barack Obama’s duties on the campaign trail are manifold, but one responsibility he’s taken upon himself recently is a little more unusual.

“I made sure Jay-Z was helping Beyonce out and not just leaving it all to mom and the mother-in-law,” Obama told Cleveland radio station Z107.9 of…………… continues on New York Daily News

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Parenting: Warning to sexy costume makers –
News from beware of werewolves – Belleville News Democrat:

— Oct. 22, 2012

Yikes. It’s that time of year when the Halloween costumes are out on the shelves again in all their sexy, skimpy glory.

I know I’ve harped on the costumes companies are creating for kids in the past. But it seems to be getting worse, not better.

Over the years I’ve watched as witch or princess or nurse costumes for pre-teens and teens seem to shrink. Literally. It’s no longer a costume for a scary, wicked witch. It’s a sexy witch costume consisting of about the same amount of material found in women’s lingerie. Nurses are just as bad, if not worse.

And when you get into adult-sized women’s costumes? I don’t even want to go there. The manufacturers might as well preface each costume description with ‘Hooker’ or ‘Prostitute.’ Heck, most of them are already described as a ‘sexy’ this or a ‘sexy’ that. Ugh.

What happened to dressing up for Halloween as something scary or funny or creative? Do we need 12-year-old girls running around in Sexy Nurse, Sexy Witch or Sexy Vampire costumes?

You know it’s out of control when even the 11-year-old goes through the costumes and turns her nose up at all the girlie ones with the comment: “They are all so … inappropriate.”

Inappropriate indeed. She nailed that one.

Obviously people are…………… continues on beware of werewolves – Belleville News Democrat

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How do I get my kids to help with chores?

Posted by on Sunday, 5 August, 2012

How do I get my kids to help with chores?
News from Allentown Morning Call:

Q: I am a single father of three children, ages 15, 13 and 12. I work full time and sometimes get home from work late in the evening. I’ve asked my kids to help with some chores during the summer but when I get home nothing is done and my children tell me they “forgot.” What can I do to get them to help out more around the house?

A: Your kids have learned that the chores still will get done if they don’t help, the Help for Families panel says.

You need to sit down with your children at a neutral time, perhaps on a weekend, and explain why their help is important, says panelist Denise Continenza.

“Build in incentives,” she says. “If they help, let them pick dinner on Friday. That way they feel they have a say.”


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It is important to clearly communicate with your kids, agrees panelist Suzanne Mulhern.

“Have a family meeting and discuss what keeps the house clean,” she says. “Make a list and let them pick which tasks they prefer. Give your kids a choice rather than command.”

If you get home and things aren’t done, make your children stop doing what they are doing and finish the chores, Continenza says. If you get home late and ha…………… continues on Allentown Morning Call

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SMART PARENTING: Inspiration of Olympic proportions
News from New Straits Times:

Nur Suriyani’s determination makes her a winner

With the world watching, these athletes strive to achieve incredible feats. There are indeed plenty of stories from the Olympics that we can derive life lessons from, especially for our kids.

FINDING NEW MOTIVATIONS
How do you motivate yourself when you have broken so many world records? Break some more! This was a lesson learnt from Michael Phelps, an American swimmer, who was already on top when going into this year’s Olympic Games. It would have been difficult for the man dubbed as “the greatest swimmer in history” to achieve more successes.

After a slow start in the competitions, he still managed to grab the headlines by winning yet another gold medal, creating history as the most successful Olympian — with 19 medals.

Many people would have been happy with one or two major achievements in their lives. But true champions are always hungry for…………… continues on New Straits Times

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Parenting support groups help prevent abuse

Posted by on Thursday, 17 May, 2012

Parenting support groups help prevent abuse
News from WRAL.com:

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 WRAL.com

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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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Parenting Again In Southern Illinois providing help for families

Posted by on Friday, 27 April, 2012

Parenting Again In Southern Illinois providing help for families
News from Murphysboro American:

Parenting Again in Southern Illinois is in its 4th year of providing resources, counsel, and community assistance to grandparents or relatives who find themselves in the position of primary caregiver of a minor child. When the non-for profit organization founder Cathy Small suddenly found herself caring for her two oldest grandchildren, she was faced with the responsibility of seeing to all of their needs, without the legal release to do so.
“Coming from a social work/ community organizer background, I knew a lot of avenues to get help from WIC and childhood shots, to daycare and medical attention. But my husband and I didn’t have legal guardianship, so we were prevented from taking care of the girls. Both of them were sick when they came to us, one had pneumonia and a double ear infection, and they had head lice. We knew they needed immediate medical attention, and were frustrated when the doctor refused to see them.”
Not one to take no for an answer, Cathy insisted that the girls get the medical care they so desperately needed, and she and her husband proceeded to get legal guardianship of the girls. They were able to complete the adoption process a week before Easter.
“We attended a workshop at John A. Logan College each year through the Egyptian Area Agency on Aging, ‘Grandparents Raising Grandchildren.’ I knew that we were not the only people dealing w…………… continues on Murphysboro American

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Exploring Attachment Parenting
News from any book recommendations – Mothering:

Not necessarily attachment parenting focused, but falls in line with many simpler ideals for children “Einstein never used Flashcards” Great for when you are surrounded by people with kids enrolled in everything under the sun, and trying to teach them to read by 1, and you’re starting to wonder if there is another way for them to “learn”. Totally eased my anxiety about if I was doing “enough” as a parent to teach my son.

Also loved “Hold on to your Kids” Some reviews have been harsh b/c some people have interpreted it as never let your kids leave you. It actually doesn’t give that message at all , more along the lines of how important it is to reconnect and stay the most important person in your child’s life (so they don’t start looking at their friends as their moral compass etc) It’s more relevant for kids who are getting older and away from mom/dad more, but building the foundation from birth is discussed and viewed as very important obviously.

Another one is “Our babies Ourselves” by Meredith Small. She looks at different cultures and compares them to ours in regards to breastfeeding, co-sleeping etc. It’s quite fascinating, and again reinforces how so many attachment parenting ideas are just the way people live in other cultures. I loved reading how little African babies actually cry – like never! 

Dr SEars is a great…………… continues on any book recommendations – Mothering

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