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The 6 best parenting lessons in Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Posted by on Friday, 4 July, 2014

The 6 best parenting lessons in Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
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The 6 best parenting lessons in Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld’s endearingly self-explanatory web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is a pleasure to watch. The editors don’t cut out all the awkward moments in the conversations between Seinfeld and his guest comedians — Larry David should be proud — and you get to watch two funny people drive some flavor of iconic car and chat over coffee.

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, just entering its fourth season, also has some interesting insights about parenting — a topic Seinfeld, a father of three, brings up with some of his guests. Here are the six best moments about raising kids, having parents, and dealing with various bodily fluids:

Alec Baldwin

Baldwin: “What’s it like being a dad for you?”

Seinfeld: “Being a dad is, you know, it’s a surfboard on a rainbow: You’re getting all you can handle of life. What I like about having kids is when they’re on the toilet and you knock on the door, they just go, ‘Come in.’ Nobody else does that — nobody just invites you in when they’re on the t…………… continues on The Week Magazine

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Carolyn Hax: Readers give advice on relationships, parenting
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‘Positive Discipline’ teaches Campbell parents lessons in parenting –

Posted by on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014

‘Positive Discipline’ teaches Campbell parents lessons in parenting –
News from and life – San Jose Mercury News:

CAMPBELL — Instructor Andres Perez kneeled on the classroom floor Tuesday, scrunched up his face and acted out a 5-year-old’s tantrum aimed at a frazzled mom at the mall.

The 27 parents looking on erupted in laughter and recognition. What parent hasn’t endured a similar episode?

The engaging role-playing, fast-paced lessons on child development and psychology and Perez’s self-deprecating humor together have made his Positive Discipline for Latino Parents hugely popular in two Campbell’s Union elementary schools and elsewhere.

What’s more, Perez and preschool Director Gina Phi said, the classes have helped with children’s behavior and made a big difference to couples and families.

For its effectiveness, Positive Discipline has won a coveted Glenn W. Hoffmann exemplary program award, to be presented Wednesday by the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.

Perez insists that parents are the experts, and he simply offers tools to succeed. Campbell Union’s program meets parents where they are. “These classes do not judge them. They just provide the tools so they can be successful.”

He teaches being firm, respectful and kind. “We don’t believe in punishment, nor in being permissive,” he said.

Begun six years ago, the positive discipline programs, usually conducted in Spanish, have rea…………… continues on and life – San Jose Mercury News

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Letter: 50-50 Parenting
News from Valley News:

To the Editor:

I cannot get out of my mind the decision by the Vermont Supreme Court concerning pets (“Court: No Joint Custody of Pets,” front page, April 26). The decision to leave the dog with his current owner seems to me exactly right. In the words of Superior Court Judge Linda Levitt, as paraphrased by an attorney, “she was not going to consider a sharing arrangement or anything that would have the dog going back and forth between the parties.”

As a licensed psychologist practicing in Quechee and Claremont, I have so often wished that divorcing parents and the courts could understand this principle before they force children to race back and forth between two houses so that their time is split 50-50 between the parents. It is never the amount of time a parent spends with children, but the quality of time that is important, as well as maintaining a respectful co-parenting relationship. Research shows that conflict between parents in and out of marriage is decidedly detrimental to the children. By sharing 50 percent of their time with each parent, they absorb the assaults of each parent in their psyches.

I have long advocated a “school home” for children, so they live with one parent during the school year Sunday to Friday, and shared weekend time. Time…………… continues on Valley News

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Parenting lessons from ‘Bridget Jones’

Posted by on Saturday, 19 October, 2013

Parenting lessons from ‘Bridget Jones’
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  • In Helen Fielding’s latest “Bridget Jones” novel, Jones is now a single mom of two young kids
  • SPOILER ALERT: Jones is a widow; her beloved Mark Darcy has been killed
  • Fielding, also a mom of two, says the “Bridget Jones” books are based a little bit on her life
  • Jones, even in fiction, can offer moms a break from pressure to be perfect, says Fielding

Editor’s note: Kelly Wallace is CNN’s digital correspondent and editor-at-large covering family, career and life. Read her other columns and her reports at CNN Parents and follow her @Ke…………… continues on CNN

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BatDad Continues His Crusade For Parenting Justice (VIDEO)
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Da-na-na-na-na-na-na… BatDaaaad is back!

In the third compilation video of his hilarious Vines, Blake Wilson must continue fighting the good fight raise well-behaved kids with an excellent sense of humor. Why? Because much like Gotham City, kids have a tendency not to go to sleep.

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Parenting lessons from Brad Pitt and other celebrity moms and dads

Posted by on Wednesday, 10 July, 2013

Parenting lessons from Brad Pitt and other celebrity moms and dads
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From left, Brad Pitt is Gerry Lane, Abigail Hargrove is Rachel Lane and Mireille Enos is Karin Lane in “World War Z.”

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Recently, TV personality and new mom Kim Kardashian’s image has been splashed across the covers of gossip magazines and websites, criticized for everything from her body weight to Twitter activity to the unique name she and partner Kanye West gave their daughter: North West.

Society’s relationship with celebrity parents could be described as love-hate at best. But do we learn a thing or two…………… continues on Deseret News

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I Measure Every Single Thing My Child Does
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Let’s add this to the spreadsheet

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My obsession with quantifying my kid started while I was still pregnant. I was giving birth for the first time at age 35, and modern medicine had invented a new category for women like me: “advanced maternal age.” At the doctor’s office, I received a yellow pamphlet with a list of instructions for women in my condition. Exercise, but not too much, else I could wind up with placental problems. Watch my sugar intake, or I might contract gestational diabetes, and give birth to a gigantic baby. Consume enough DHA in my prenatal vitamins, or my baby’s brain might not develop properly.

So at 16 weeks, I gave birth to a pregnancy tracker. I made a spreadsheet with every piece of data I could wrangle out of my doctor, along with all of the personal notes I’…………… continues on The Slatest

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Cambridge author draws parenting lessons from around world

Posted by on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013

Cambridge author draws parenting lessons from around world
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The mommy wars are far from over — but a local author is calling for a truce in the battle over the best way to raise children.

Cambridge writer Christine Gross-Loh offers “Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us” (Avery, $ 26), a global study that aims to illuminate the best (and worst) parenting habits here, in Europe and in Asia.

“I’d like to bring the discussion back to a really reasonable place,” said Gross-Loh, a mother of four. “I’m not trying to make parents feel bad at all — just showing the other way.”

First of all, American parents get high marks from Gross-Loh for their warmth and tolerance.

“I’m struck how passionate we are about social justice, we are raising a tolerant generation,” she said. “I like how warm American parents are with their children. I don’t think other parents in other countries are warm.”

But the crossover from affectionate mom to over-praising “marshmallow” is dangerous, she wrote.

“What a lot of parents don’t see is what happens when we boost our kids too much. If we let ‘making kids feel good’ be our guiding principle, we are buying short-term goodwill at the expense of their future resilience.”

Gross-Loh, who lived in Japan for several years with her young family and still spends several weeks a year in that country, praised parents there fo…………… continues on Boston Herald

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Biracial Parenting: My Daughter Thinks She’s White
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My daughter, Princess, and I were having a conversation about her grandma one day. When I asked which grandma she was referring to she responded, “The white one.” This was the first time I’ve ever heard her mention a person’s race.

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Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: Some People Don’t Deserve a Second …

Posted by on Wednesday, 12 December, 2012

Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: Some People Don’t Deserve a Second …
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When I turned on Teen Mom 2 last night, I wasn’t sure I was watching the right show. There were some very responsible choices being made, which fits with the theme of this week’s episode, second chances. But don’t be fooled, these girls still provided us with plenty of drama. You didn’t expect them all to grow up since last week did ya?

It doesn’t seem like Kailyn’s second chance with boyfriend, Jordan, is working out. He can’t seem to trust her again after she cheated on him with baby daddy, Jo. Chelsea’s relationship isn’t fairing much better. She and Adam are over again much to her dismay. On a more positive note, Jenelle had a personality transplant this week and is fighting for her second (or millionth) chance. Plus, Leah seems sticking to her plan of attending nursing school

KAILYN

DON’T: Be with someone for the wrong reasons

Kailyn seemed to be all about getting Jordan back, after cheating on him with Jo. But now it appears as if she’s changed her mind again. In a conversation she had with a friend, we learn that Kailyn is what one might call a serial monogamist. In other words she goes from relationship to relationship most likely because she doesn’t want to be alon…………… continues on Crushable

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Doc Talk: Consistency, patience are keys in parenting toddlers
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For 20 years, I have had the privilege of caring for Wichita families and watching many children I delivered become well-adjusted, responsible adults. One thing that has not changed in those 20 years is that parents still feel overwhelmed with the responsibility of turning completely dependent babies into independent adults who leave home and become productive members of society.

While much of the well-child check is spent examining the physical health of a child and ensuring he is current on immunizations, an equally important part of the visit is spent on anticipatory guidance for the parents — giving them the tools and advice to survive (even thrive) during the next stage of their child’s development.

In the early months, these conversations focus on treating fevers, getting the baby to sleep through the night and transitioning to solid foods. At about 18 to 24 months there is a major transition when the child learns to say that word most dreaded by parents — “NO!” None of us is ever quite prepared to parent a toddler. I have found there are several distinct developmental phases in these preschool years, each with a different strategy, and parents can successfully manage them.

•  The “How far?” phase. This happens as soon as a child becomes mobile and has the ability to speak. Typically described as the terrible twos, the child i…………… continues on Kansas.com

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Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: You Can’t Blame Your Baby Daddy For …

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 November, 2012

Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom 2: You Can’t Blame Your Baby Daddy For …
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One episode into Teen Mom 2, and I’m already so frustrated with these girls. The main changes from where we left off last season is the girls’ relationships: As far as I can tell, while filming they were all single. But what was annoying is watching Kailyn Lowry and Leah Messer blame their respective baby daddys for bailing… when they were the ones who cheated.

And if you’re talking about relationships, Jenelle Evans still hasn’t hit upon a healthy way of communicating with her mom Barbara, and Jace continues to suffer from her neglect. Then you have Chelsea Houska, who keeps letting Adam back into her life even when it’s clear that she’s not emotionally stable.

Let’s jump right into the parenting lessons we learned from 3?01 “Walk the Line”!

JENELLE

DO: Make a living

Jenelle interviews for a part-time daycare job, which is kind of laughable if you consider how she’s basically ignored Jace for the past f…………… continues on Crushable

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Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class Monday night
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November 13, 2012

Parenting Through Separation and Divorce class Monday night

ENID, Okla. — Divorcing parents often are faced with many new problems during this difficult time for the entire family.

Although their marriage is ending, their role as parents continues through their lives. To help make this transition easier, Northwest Family Services Inc. staff mem…………… continues on Enid News & Eagle

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Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom: The Series Finale Ends With Birthdays, Not …

Posted by on Wednesday, 29 August, 2012

Parenting Lessons From Teen Mom: The Series Finale Ends With Birthdays, Not …
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It’s finally over. You might be tearing up that last night’s Teen Mom series finale was your last chance to look in on Amber, Maci, Catelynn, and Farrah as they negotiate single motherhood, but I’m just glad I don’t have to deal with these girls’ baggage and recap this show anymore. The series ended on a high note by celebrating all of the kids’ birthdays; even though they were born months apart, the footage was edited so that each plotline (minus Catelynn/Tyler) closed by focusing on the children. It was a smart move.

For some of the girls, the finale was less exciting than earlier episodes this season; while Amber and Tyler screamed at people/dogs, Maci and Farrah didn’t do much of anything. In some ways it’s comforting that MTV didn’t orchestrate some outlandish conflict to amp up the tension. Plus, I’m sure it’s meant to show that even the most mundane plotlines are part of these girls’ lives as they try to raise their kids right.

MACI

DO: Keep your conflicts out of your kid’s birthday

While it’s clear that Maci and Ryan are fighting over the mechanics of Bentley‘s birthday, I have to give them props for focusing on Bentley in the momen…………… continues on Crushable

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Parenting means supporting your child, not pleasing their teacher
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It was the third week of kindergarten when we got the first call. Our son, Sam, was having trouble “not being silly” and his teacher was not happy.

Sam was testing limits, wise-cracking for a laugh, acting out for attention. Here we go again, I thought. The same old mischief in a brand new class. We’d been down this road before, as my enthusiastic son has a talent for exasperating those supervising him.

As I listened to Sam’s teacher, I had the same old reaction: a lurch in my gut and a quickening of my pulse as I scrambled for the “right” response-something empathetic, something helpful. Then, as always, I reflexively directed our chat toward all the ways I…………… continues on Chicago Parent

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Linda P. Campbell: Some parenting lessons don’t get old

Posted by on Friday, 27 July, 2012

Linda P. Campbell: Some parenting lessons don’t get old
News from Sacramento Bee:

During a recent cellphone conversation, a new-father friend tried to stay on the line while tending to one of his month-old twins, whose neediness was evident in the background. I said he’d know he could handle anything when he could talk on the phone while holding a baby in each arm.

That was easier to do, of course, in the old days of receivers you could easily anchor between ear and shoulder.

Being much younger, my friend probably will Skype or set the cell on speaker and prove my parenting experience obsolete.

But as my two aged out of their teens Wednesday, I knew that some things they’ve taught me on our journey the past 20 years won’t grow outdated.

Author Robert Fulghum very sagely wrote in 1988 that all he really needed to know he learned in kindergarten.

I didn’t go to kindergarten, which might be why I’ve had to learn so much from my kids.

You’ll never forget the first day you saw their faces.

If there’s a joy that compares to finally meeting the little miracles who’ve been kicking you from the inside, getting to count their tiny toes and marveling at their teensily perfect fingernails, I haven’t come across it.

A clean house is overrated, and the laundry will wait.

Remember that time your kids hugged you for scrubbing the toilets and vacuuming pet hair off the rug? Me neither. B…………… continues on Sacramento Bee

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Parenting severely disabled kids can be a great source of happiness
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In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2009, Dawn Tosado, right reads a passage from the Bible as husband Eddie holds their 12-day-old daughter, Eliesse Myosotis in their home in Waterbury, Conn. Eliesse was diagnosed with a deadly genetic disorder, Trisomy 18, while still in her mother’s womb.

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Regardless of the length of their lives, children with trisomy 13 or trisomy 18 — a chromosomal abnormality that can cause shortened lifespans and severe disabilities — not only led happy lives, but enriched the lives of their families, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics July 23.

“Despite the fact that often these children live less than a year an…………… continues on Deseret News

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Penn State Parenting Lessons

Posted by on Saturday, 14 July, 2012

Penn State Parenting Lessons
News from The Moderate Voice:

A Casablanca moment leaves Americans “shocked, shocked” about gambling in the casino, even as Joe Paterno, in his last interview, claims to have been “shocked and saddened” by revelations of child abuse and cover-ups at Penn State.

At the same time, a scathing report details the university’s “slavish devotion” to its own needs that overrode “everything, including the law, basic human decency and the bedrock obligation we all have to protect defenseless children from harm.”

We can turn the page now on the Sandusky mess, cathartically comforted by the sight of all those guilty others to be flogged on the media square and forgotten. But a few questions about our own complicity may be in order.

Nowhere in the recriminations is any serious deba…………… continues on The Moderate Voice

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5 Christian Parenting Techniques We Should End
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I was asked to write a piece on Christian parenting, and more specifically, how that looks different today than maybe in the past. When I started thinking back to scripture, my mind first wandered to several “what not to do” stories, which abound in the Bible. For example:

  • Don’t pass out drunk before securing your loincloth first (See: Noah)
  • Don’t hand over your virgin daughters to an angry mob to be gang-raped (See” Lot)
  • Don’t lay your son out on top of a big rock and attempt to sacrifice him to God (See: Abraham)

I could go on, but you get the idea. There’s plenty of fodder for sub-par parenting in the Good Book if we want to find it. But based on the examples of Christian parenting I see in more contemporary culture, the things we’d be best to move beyond are a little subtler (sometimes anyway) than the examples above.

Consider James Dobson’s (former head of Focus on the Family) writing on raising children. He advocates corporal punishment, placing the male as the “head of the household,” and other advice that makes a guy like me cringe. And interestingly, a lot of the differences I have with traditional (some might say “evangelical”) Christian parenting parallel my differences in how to approach Christian community all together.

In that light, here are five habits, often attributed to “Christian parenting” va…………… continues on Opposing Views

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