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Trichy parenting: How I learned to try to see the whole picture that is my …

Posted by on Thursday, 10 September, 2015

Trichy parenting: How I learned to try to see the whole picture that is my …
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September 10 at 11:18 AM


Trichotillomania. It doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, now does it?

When my daughter first started pulling she was 9 and it was like a tornado of energy had ripped though her. She ran in to see me, panicked and breathless, blurting, “I’ve pulled my eyelashes out and I can’t stop.” Lost and totally out of my depth, I simply said, “They’ll grow back, don’t worry.” I couldn’t see the rest of the glacier approaching. I did what I could, cheered her on, kept track of what looked like growth and even applied a Latisse-style eyelash serum to help nudge her eyelashes along a little faster.

Weeks later, her brows went missing. She’s a light blonde so it wasn’t terribly drastic at first. Then, at Thanksgiving a friend asked me in passing “what’s up with her eyes?” I chalked it up to stress. I blamed school. I thought, “it’ll pass.”

Until it didn’t. Soon enough, her face was bald of any hair;…………… continues on Washington Post

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Parenting Shouldn’t Be About Self-Sacrifice, Whatever Your Income
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Since becoming a mother five years ago, I’ve been careful about how I discuss parenting with my childless friends. I try to avoid clich?s. I try not to describe it as a more noble and sacred act that I’m experiencing it to be. I tell them it’s fun; it can be like reliving my own childhood, playing a new role in each familiar scene. It makes me cry—and laugh—far more than I used to. It’s terrifying and interminable. And yes, I can imagine my life without parenting. And yes, I probably would trade it for the world, if presented the opportunity on a particularly frustrating day. But there’s one concept I’m especially hesitant to associate with my parenting experience: sacrifice. Though it’s long been a societal buzzword when discussing what constitutes good parenting, to me, sacrifice has always connoted regret, solemnity, and even martyrdom. However reluctant or difficult, the choices I make in order to prioritize my daughter are a kind of pragmatic barter.

Last weekend, I stumbled upon a new Buzzfeed video called, “Children From Black Families Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made.” In it, six black millennials recount the difficu…………… continues on The New Republic

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All I Really Need to Know About Parenting I Learned in NFL Draft Prep

Posted by on Monday, 18 March, 2013

All I Really Need to Know About Parenting I Learned in NFL Draft Prep
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Between the last snap of the Senior Bowl and Roger Goodell’s opening of the NFL draft, small armies of coaches, nutritionists, agents, advisors and physical therapists spend long hours instructing, cajoling, encouraging and prodding athletically gifted 22-and 23-year-old college kids into flipping the switch to NFL adulthood. If all parents had their own personal NFL prep facility, the world would be a better place. Really.

The universal parenting goal is to develop children into responsible, functioning adults. The new NFL is trying to forge a more respectable league populated with more role model-worthy players. Perhaps if parents were backed by a $ 9 billion business, we’d have more tools going into life’s most important job. However, there’s nothing to say Mom and Dad can’t steal a few good ideas from the growing athletic performance industry.

Communication Decreases Conflict

While both Hillary Clinton and every parent of a teenager can attest to this being easier said than done, Lowell Wightman (Adjunct Professor-Master Coaching at Colorado State University) has made it a staple of his work with college players. “The NFL is demanding more out of their athletes in general and one of the things they are demanding is the ability to communicate verbally.”

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Parenting: Moms air their stupidity on the Internet
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I let my kid do some pretty crazy things.

Like, run around in the woods unsupervised or play in the mud, if she feels the need. Sometimes, I don’t hear a peep from her for hours.

Insane, I know. I even let her go to the restroom by herself if we are in a public place and have sent her off on her own in the grocery store with instructions to locate and bring back certain items. Crazier still. From time to time, she even stays home by herself for a little bit.

But, for some things, I have to draw the line.

Like getting a tattoo, smoking a bong or drinking booze. I must be a mean mom.

I regularly visit a few online parenting sites, follow the news and am aware of things that make their way around the Internet, especially viral videos involving kids.

Most recently, a video of a mom sharing a bong with her 3-year-old son has been making the rounds and raising hackles. It was enough to earn her an arrest and charges.

Earlier this year, there was a video of a mom holding her screaming infant down while a tattoo artist went to work. Still another woman was arrested for giving her 2-year-old son beer in his sippy cup, and a woman tried to sell her kids on Facebook to raise money so she could bail her boyfriend out of jail.

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Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Says Study

Posted by on Wednesday, 20 June, 2012

Persistence Is Learned from Fathers, Says Study
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Are you tenacious on the job front? Tireless on the playing field? Do you keep chipping away at a pursuit you believe in, even when everyone else seems to say “no”?

You may have your dear old dad to thank for that eternal persistence.

A new study published in the Journal of Early Adolescence found that dads are in a unique position to instill persistence and hope in their children, particularly in the pre-teen and teen years.

Researchers from Brigham Young University analyzed 325 families over a four-year period, when fathers responded to questionnaires regarding their parenting style, and children ages 11 to 14 responded to questions about school performance and attaining goals. Fathers who practiced authoritative parenting, defined as providing feelings of love, granting autonomy and emphasizing accountability to a child, were more likely to have kids who developed the art of persistence, which led to better outcomes in school and lower instances of misbehavior.

Dads who ruled with an iron fist and an authoritarian style (harsher and more punishment-based parenting) had less persistent children.

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Parenting class offered June 26
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Morning Sentinel Staff

WATERVILLE — A class, 1,2,3,4 Parents: Parenting young children is a challenge to all, will be available in Waterville, Augusta and Skowhegan. New information on parenting and child behavior will be available for parents and care providers of children ages 1-4.

In this series of three two-hour classes participants can learn discipline methods, how to prevent temper tantrums, the importance of establishing routines and more. Classes will consist of video vignettes, discussion, activities and more. Cost is $ 10 for the three-week session and $ 12 for the optional parent guidebook.

Waterville classes, presented by Deb Rich, will be 9:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 26 and July 3 and 10, in Waterville KVCAP’s Duncombe Room.

The Skowhegan class will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, July 16, 23 and 30, at Skowhegan KVCAP’s Marti Stevens Room. The classes will be presented by Ruth Lessard.

Augusta KVCAP will offer the parenting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 and Aug. 1 and 8, in the Board Room. These classes will be presented by Deb Rich.

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to pre-register, call Ruth Lessard at 859-1514 or Deb Rich at 859-1580.

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