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Parenting in a Nutshell: Give the gift of picture books this holiday season

Posted by on Saturday, 7 December, 2013

Parenting in a Nutshell: Give the gift of picture books this holiday season
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Making a point to point out the good
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If a waitress accidentally spilled a glass of water on me during a meal, I imagine I’d be a little annoyed. Even if I knew it was a mistake, I may sigh with exasperation and likely let my impatience show in some way.

Recently, I saw a teenager handle this situation in a remarkable way.

She was sitting with her sister and father at a sushi restaurant, and the server was placing water glasses on the table. One of the glasses knocked over, and the water spilled on the girl’s lap.

It was late on a Saturday afternoon, and the small restaurant was empty except their group and me and my daughter sitting across the way.

Of course, the waitress immediately began apologizing and tried to wipe the girl’s pants. The young lady stood up, patted herself with some napkins and said: “Don’t worry about it. It’s water. It will dry.” She went back to enjoying her lunch with her family. When the server came by later and asked how she was doing, the girl smiled and said: “It’s pretty much dry now.”

Varisa Tsau, 45, moved to the St. Louis area a year and a half ago from Thailand. She’s been working as a waitress and speaks limited English.

“I felt sorry she was so wet,” Tsau told me later. She said that she appreciated that the girl was not angry.

“She said sorry to me, too,” Tsau said.

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CHKD Parenting: Holiday eating

Posted by on Thursday, 5 December, 2013

CHKD Parenting: Holiday eating
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by 13News Now and CHKD

WVEC.com

Posted on December 5, 2013 at 10:53 AM

Updated today at 1:00 PM

NORFOLK-The holiday season is here and for most of us that means Holiday dinners, parties, New Year’s celebrations.  That means food, food, and more food.    

Keeping up with healthy habits has benefits for your whole body – like helping to avoid holiday weight gain, helping to fend off holiday stress and fatigue, and helping to keep your immune system strong.

Here with some tips on teaching your family to stay healthy during this busy time of year.

Tip 1: Plan Ahead.
The holiday season can be stressful but to help combat stress and to avoid Holiday weight gain, plan ahead as best as you can.
-The holiday season does not justify throwing out portion control and to overstuff ourselves. If you are attending a family gathering or party, offer to bring a healthy; low calorie dish. Maybe a fruit or veggie tray, turkey pinwheel wraps, salad, turkey meatballs. At least…………… continues on WVEC.com (subscription)


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PRINCIPLES of good parenting
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November was recognised as National Parent Month, with various activities across the island held to commemorate the month.

Below are some tips on principles of good parenting provided by the National Parenting Support Commission.

1. What you do matters

Be careful what you do and how you act. Children live what they learn.

2. You cannot be too loving

Spoil your children with love, praise them when they do good, hug them and love them unconditionally.

3. Be involved in your child’s life

Spend time with them. Play with them. Watch TV with them. Talk with them. Visit their school and ask about them.

4. Adapt your parenting to fit your child

Adjust your parenting style based on your children’s personality and needs. Have patience during each phase. Be their friend when they need you.

5. Establish rules and set limits

Children need rules and limits. Be firm but fair. Know your children’s whereabouts. Relax limits as your children get older.

6. Help foster independence

Give your children space. Teach them to make their own decisions. Protect when you must, permit when you can.

7. Be consistent

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Holiday Parenting Schedule: Make a List and Check It Twice

Posted by on Friday, 25 October, 2013

Holiday Parenting Schedule: Make a List and Check It Twice
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School’s back in session. Halloween and its tricks and treats are coming up fast. Next up: the highly anticipated holiday season! When many of us think of the holidays, images of a big turkey dinner with all of the fixings, or a family sitting around the fireplace opening presents, come to mind. However, for parents who are considering separation, have gone through a custody battle or who may be in the midst of one, holidays can conjure feelings of anxiety, resentment, and confusion. The same holidays that were celebrated as an intact family unit can now be spent fighting over the holiday schedule and losing focus on what really matters: the happiness and well-being of your children.

For a family law attorney, the holidays are one of the busiest times of the year. Clients often wait until the last minute to read the holiday schedule in their parenting agreement or custody order, and then need to request changes to it. For those with no agreement or court order, clients begin frantically trying to determine how and where the holidays will be spent. Can you fly to visit your folks? Ho…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Knoala, A New Parenting App From Ex-Slide Employees, Aims To Make …
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A team of ex-Slide employees (and later Google employees following the acquisition) based out of Shanghai, have launched a new parenting app called Knoala, which offers a large catalog of development-boosting activities for parents with young children. The idea, explains co-founder Cathy Hsu, who started the company along with husband Tony Hsieh, came to them after becoming new parents themselves back in 2011.

“We were new parents, and had absolutely no idea what to do,” says Hsu. “We had read that playing with babies was really important. And you would think that this kind of stuff would come to you intuitively, but it really doesn’t.” She says that after bringing the baby home, and getting the basic duties – diapers, feedings, etc. – under control, when it came to playing with the baby, they were a little lost…………… continues on TechCrunch

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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
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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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Parenting: No reason to have the holiday blues

Posted by on Monday, 19 November, 2012

Parenting: No reason to have the holiday blues
News from Belleville News Democrat:

I read quite a few “mommy blogs” to try to keep up with hot-button mom issues.

Turns out, I worry about many of the same things other moms worry about: bullying, technology, health, education, etc. And there is a whole list of things moms worry about that just aren’t on my radar.

Blog posts about the upcoming holidays all have the same general flavor: women who are absolutely dreading the upcoming holiday season. It makes me wonder why they even bother to celebrate this time of year if doing so makes them so miserable. Is it to maintain that perfect mom/wonderful wife image?

I don’t know, but it’s kind of sad to me that instead of being happy this time of year, there are so many who thrive on letting everyone else know how unhappy they are that it’s already Thanksgiving and very nearly Christmas.

Now, the hot topic is Thanksgiving. You wouldn’t believe the number of wives (and girlfriends) who resent being forced to spend time with much disliked in-laws and dealing with ill-behaved children. One post I read was titled “Tips to Survive Your Hellish Family This Thanksgiving.”

Seriously? If they are that hellish, the answer isn’t a blog post about tips to survive. It’s making the decision to not put yourself or your own family in that “hellish” situation. Problem solved…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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Peaks and pits: Parenting lessons from the Kardashians
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I’m not planning to enslave my kids to build a reality TV fortune, or to encourage them to hawk everything from shape-up shoes to pistachio nuts, but there is one parenting trick I’ve stolen from the E! Network’s hit show “Keeping up with the Kardashians.” It’s a longstanding tradition that the Armenian clan will go around the table at dinner and have members talk about the “peak” and “pit” of their day with each other.

At my house, we’ve used the same concept for a dinnertime conversation starter called “Best and Worst.” I started doing this after becoming increasingly frustrated that my 7- and 4-year-old couldn’t tell me what they had done at school on any given day.

For some reason, asking them to tell me their best and worst moments opens up a floodgate of dialogue. In fact, they can rarely make it to dinnertime and usually tell me “best and worst” in the car ride home from school.

I briefly considered only letting the kids tell me the best thing that happened at school — no worsts! I like the idea of teaching children gratitude and to have a positive attitude. But, truthfully, I’ve learned some important things from listening to the “worsts.”

For example, my older son, Josh, one day told me his “worst” was having to stay in at recess to redo his homework I’d failed to correct. I’d been initialing his homework each day, assuming only th…………… continues on Daily Herald

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Child Sense: Staying connected with your children during co-parenting holiday …

Posted by on Monday, 4 June, 2012

Child Sense: Staying connected with your children during co-parenting holiday …
News from Kansas City Star:

By PRISCILLA DUNSTAN

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Updated: 2012-06-04T10:10:16Z

Co-parenting during the summer holidays can bring more concentrated time with your children, but it can also mean less time overall. Parenting plans are often split, with a month with Mom and a month with Dad. This can be difficult for both you and your children as they are used to seeing you more regularly. Help stay connected by following a few tips specific to their dominant sense

Tactile children respond to physical memories. You might give your budding sportsman a new basketball, to play with while you’re apart, to help them feel close to you. A teddy bear they can cuddle is also a tactile way to “be there” when you can’t be. Just because you’re not there with them, doesn’t mean you still can’t put together Lego sets or play dress up, it just means you will need to be creative. Buy two Lego sets, one for you and one for your child and make it together via video chat. The same technology can be used for playing doll dress-ups or even drawing together.Make sure your visual child has a nice picture of the two of you, and a small photo album containing photos of their time at…………… continues on Kansas City Star

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Parenting: No better fun than a backyard tent
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The tent is up in the backyard, which means summer has officially begun at our house.

It will probably stay up until school starts in August and then have to be tossed due to sun rot and rips from rough-housing.

We put it up last week and, from all indications, Boogie expects that thing to be her personal playhouse and new outdoors bedroom all summer long.

I’m fine with that, and thrilled that she wants to be out there “camping” as much as she can. We’ve done this in the past, and the tent really does stay up all summer. The first time we left it up, I was surprised how much she used it. I thought for sure it would be used a couple of times, then abandoned for something else when the novelty of it wore off.

What better thing for a kid to have all summer than her very own outdoor bedroom? How fun! We tended toward building forts in the woods when I was a kid, but a tent is probably even better than a fort. It’s already made, it’s waterproof and has zippers and rooms and windows and mosquito netting, which makes it that much better than a boring old log, rock and mud fort waiting to topple over at any moment.

She wants to have a girlfriend over this weekend to sleep out in the tent and have a bonfire and the whole nine yards that is camping. It would be the first “real” sleepover she has ever had. Sure, she has had friends stay over, bu…………… continues on Belleville News Democrat

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