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What Parenting Really Looks Like

Posted by on Thursday, 18 December, 2014

What Parenting Really Looks Like
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Life’s not quite as picturesque as Instagram pictures make it look. Kids don’t smile when you ask them to, family rooms aren’t spotless and clutter-free, and moms don’t always have it all together. That’s why Danielle Guenther’s Best Case Scenario series of photographs speaks so well to parents. The Hoboken, NJ-based family photographer has taken to adding some real-life (though somewhat exaggerated) photos into her mix, and the results are hysterical.

“I have a regular client that I photograph, and I was over at her house,” Guenther explains. “It was at the end of the session, and the mom, [who] is always a total blast, just laid down on the couch, and I [said] we should do a funny one. She has a wonderful sense of humor, [and] she was all about it! And then it just spiraled out of control in a really great way.”

From that single “Parenting Is Exhausting . . .” photo, a series was born. There are currently 11 pictures in the series, most of which are inspired by Guenther’s 5-1/2-year-old son.

“A lot of these ideas you think back to when he was a baby,” she expla…………… continues on POPSUGAR

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Sensitive parenting may boost kids’ social skills, school performance
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THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The type of parenting children receive at an early age may have a long-term effect on their social skills and school success, a new study indicates.

The study included 243 people from poor families in Minnesota who were followed from birth until age 32. Those who received more sensitive parenting early in life had better social skills — including romantic and peer relationships — and higher levels of academic achievement into adulthood. However, the study did not prove that sensitive parenting causes social and academic success.

Sensitive parenting includes responding promptly and appropriately to a child’s signals, being positive in interactions with a child, and providing a secure base for a child to explore the environment, according to the study published in the journal Child Development.

“Altogether, the study suggests that children’s experiences with parents during the first few years of life have a unique role in promoting social and academic functioning — not merely during the first two decades of life, but also during adulthood,” study leader Lee Raby, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware, said in a journal news release.

“This suggests that investments in early parent-child relationships may result in long-term returns that accumulate across…………… continues on FOX6 WBRC – MyFoxAL.com

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What parenting REALLY looks like: Readers share their messiest moments

Posted by on Friday, 17 October, 2014

What parenting REALLY looks like: Readers share their messiest moments
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Pioneering Mt. Airy rabbi publishes guide to parenting
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Single mom and Rabbi Julie Greenberg, 57, has always lived a life characterized by passionate activism. (Photo by Mary Nearpass)

by Mary Nearpass

When Mt. Airy’s Julie Greenberg, 57, was in her mid-20s, studying to be a rabbi and living in a feminist world of non-traditional relationships, she wondered how she would create a family. As a single woman engaged in passionate activism, Greenberg had always planned on becoming a mother.

More than 30 years later, Julie, who says she is currently not living with a partner, has parented her five children within a web of connection that has included women lovers, a gay male parenting partner, birth parents, sperm donors, multiracial children and beloved friends. Pulsing through her non-traditional family life is a commitment to spirituality, justice work and mothering. Her children are Rosi, 27, Raffi, 24, Zoe, 23, Joey, 18, and Mozi, 14.

We recently discussed her new book, “Just Parenting: Building the World One Family at a Time,” which is packed with ideas for conscio…………… continues on Chestnut Hill Local

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http://www.familymatterstv.com/season-2/parenting-teens There’s nothing that can truly prepare you for the role of being a parent. And when your children rea…

Attachment Parenting Gone Wild! (Like Really, Really Wild)

Posted by on Saturday, 20 September, 2014

Attachment Parenting Gone Wild! (Like Really, Really Wild)
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The Bravo series Extreme Guide to Parenting has introduced us to some fascinating folks who parent in all different kinds of ways. Some people may think I’m one of those “extreme” types of parents, so when I heard about the family who practices attachment parenting like I do, I was very intrigued to see how they come across and in particular, how they are received.

Meet the Axness family — mama Christian, daddy Nate, and baby Ella. They practice “conscious attachment” which they feel strengthens the emotional and physical bond between parent and child, so they never let the kid out of their sight. Ever.

And that’s where I differ. I’m all for date nights without baby. And yet I’m still all about co-sleeping, breastfeeding, and babywearing. As with all parents, the way you do things even if it’s the same general philosophy is going to be different. One of the things that Christian says in the episode is that life changes when you have a baby — very true. But she adds that she and her husband adjust their life to meet the child’s needs. This is true for me, somewhat, but not all of the time. And yet I still believe that the Axness family is doin…………… continues on The Stir

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‘Cosby Show’ turns 30, here’s show’s best parenting advice
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Farrah Abraham’s Parenting Book Sounds Like a Joke … But It Isn’t

Posted by on Saturday, 11 January, 2014

Farrah Abraham’s Parenting Book Sounds Like a Joke … But It Isn’t
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Are you ready for a good laugh? Hold onto your bellies, reality TV fans, because this one is going to be a gutbuster! Teen Mom and porn star Farrah Abraham announced on Couples Therapy that she is writing … a Christian parenting book!

Will hold as you clean whatever was in your mouth off your computer screen … OK, done? So according to Farrah, this book is actually part of a “trilogy” that also includes an erotic sex novel.

Confused?

So was Couples Therapy co-star Sada Bettencourt who said those two topics in the same sentence actually “violate the law of physics!”

But let’s be honest: 50 Shades knock-off in the works or not, I’m not seeing a huge market for a parenting book written by Farrah Abraham.

This is the mom who left her baby in the bath and walked out of the room on national television! This is the mom who placed a sleeping infant in the hallway of an apartment complex, then walked inside and shut the door!

Not to mention this is the mom whose 4-year-old still uses a pacifer on the regular, who

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‘RIE Parenting’: The Latest Kooky Trend Among Hollywood Stars
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Forget attachment parenting, helicopter parenting, natural parenting, and everything in between — because the celeb-types have a brand new style of raising kids that’s apparently all the rage.

It’s called “RIE Parenting,” which is an acronym for Resources for Infant Educarers. It’s pronounced “wry,” and the basic gyst of it is treating babies like individuals … not like tiny little bundles of joy. Why on earth should kids be treated like kids? (That just isn’t right.)

Some of RIE’s famous fans include Helen Hunt, Tobey Maguire, Penelope Cruz, and Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy, to name a few.

And apparently this style of parenting is oh so appealing to A-listers because duh — they’re raising their babies without “disrespecting” them.

Ok, so I know this probably sounds a little confusing — so let me provide you with a few examples of what RIE parents simply do not allow.

No bouncy seats — They’re the devil. Or something. Putting your baby in a bouncer m…………… continues on The Stir

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Does RIE Parenting Work? The Pros and Cons of Treating Your Child Like an …

Posted by on Friday, 10 January, 2014

Does RIE Parenting Work? The Pros and Cons of Treating Your Child Like an …
News from Vanity Fair:

Out with the sippy cups, bouncers, and pacifiers! L.A., which loves any new parenting trend, has latched onto RIE (Resources for Infant Educarers) and its message of respect for a baby’s true nature. Some scoff, but—funny thing—it seems to work.

On a recent afternoon in the heart of Hollywood, on Melrose Avenue, a small group of one-year-olds gather around a table. Not a normal-size table, mind you, but a teeny-tiny one, with teeny-tiny stools that they sit on for lunch. They wear clean bibs. Their food remains on plates and not on the floor. They drink juice out of real glasses, not plastic baby bottles or weirdly shaped sippy cups. “If you set limits around mealtime,” says the adult acting as master of ceremonies, “it is possible for babies to eat in a dignified way.”

Dignity is what the esoteric parenting style being practiced here, called RIE—an acronym for Resources for Infant Educarers, and pronounced “wry”—promises both its wee charges and their parents. It’s a funny thing to have grown in Hollywood, which generally deserves its reputation as the land of spoiled children, with six-figure Bar Mitzvahs, Ivy League tutors for pre-K students, and Sweet 16s celebrated with German sports cars. But, more than anything else, L.A. loves a good parenting trend. When the tiger-mom frenzy exploded, a few years ago, making ki…………… continues on Vanity Fair

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Fake ‘Parenting’ Magazine Cover Goes Viral: Look & See Why (PHOTO)
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When I first saw the new parody cover of Parenting magazine, I laughed. Hard for eight in the morning. Because, although hyperbolic, it’s true. Parents, let’s be honest. We can be annoying sometimes. Of course we don’t think we’re being annoying, because, who thinks they’re being annoying? But, since having my daughter, I’ve definitely caught myself doing things I rolled by eyes at when I was childless. (Of course, it’s much easier to roll your eyes at parents when you’re childless.) I’ve force-fed photos of my toddler to my co-workers, truly believing that their coos were as genuine as my own (appreciate it, ladies). I’ve exclaimed “good job!” at my daughter after she tried something at a restaurant, as if she went in the back to the kitchen and whipped it up herself. And I’ve been whole-heartedly convinced (maybe still am) that my child is “advanced.”

But, even though this bogus magazine cover makes me laugh in that funny-…………… continues on The Stir

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If Parenting Were Like Fantasy Football – Huffington Post (satire)

Posted by on Tuesday, 17 September, 2013

If Parenting Were Like Fantasy Football – Huffington Post (satire)
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It’s football season! And you know what that means: it’s Fantasy Football season!

Bore everyone to tears with game recaps! Enrage wives and girlfriends by spending too much time doing research! Turn leisurely Sundays into stress-filled angerscapes of regret and frustration. I can’t wait!

I’ve written about my relationship with Fantasy Football before, even going so far as to consider skipping the birth of my child to attend my draft. That was a choice I didn’t end up having to make, thankfully, and it resulted in one of the best days of my life: the day I won my league!

These days, almost everyone I play Fantasy with has kids, and since everyone with kids wishes they had better kid…………… continues on If Parenting Were Like Fantasy Football – Huffington Post (satire)

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A Russian Lawmaker Is Misusing My Gay Parenting Study
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Editor’s note: Earlier this month, we wrote about how a Russian lawmaker had cited University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus’s study on gay parenting as reason to strip custody rights from gay parents. Below, Regnerus, who has discussed his work and its critics at Slate last year, responds to those who would twist his findings for political and ideological purposes. 

Policing the uses to which my Social Science Research article on same-sex parenting has been put would be a challenge. Groups from across the political spectrum have struggled over the meaning of its analyses, which documented a variety of differences between those young adults who grew up in a stable, b…………… continues on The Atlantic Wire

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Kids like being kids, study finds, perhaps thanks to parenting

Posted by on Monday, 22 July, 2013

Kids like being kids, study finds, perhaps thanks to parenting
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Seven-year-old Hannah Thome munched on a chocolate cookie after getting home from cheerleading camp last week and mulled the question, brow furrowing over her wide blue eyes. Did she want to be older?

“No,” the Tustin youngster concluded. “I like being a kid. You get to do more things.”

Her mother remembers Tom Hanks wishing for adulthood in the 1988 film “Big” and remembers wishing for the same. But childhood has changed a lot since then. And that might be changing how kids think about it.

Kids today are increasingly likely to say they like being kids, a survey shows. A whopping 85% of children ages 8 to 14 agreed that “I like being my age,” television network

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Kentucky Orders End to Parenting Column, Says Columnist Not State-Licensed …
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A parenting advice columnist is suing the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology, alleging that the board is trying to censor his writing.

“I hold very heretical views when it comes to my profession,” John Kirk Rosemond, 65, of Gastonia, N.C., told ABC News. “I think it has caused a lot of problems in child-rearing. But I’m very open about it. I talk about it. That doesn’t sit well with some people.”

Rosemond is the author of a popular parenting advice column that is syndicated nationwide. A psychologist licensed to practice in North Carolina, Rosemond answers questions about child-rearing from parents who submit their questions online. His column appears in more than 200 newspapers across the country, according to a lawsuit he filed on Tuesday.

On May 7, 2013, the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology sent Rosemond a letter asking him to cease and desist his columns because the advice he gave a parent on how to handle a teenager constituted the “practice of psychology,” which he is not licensed to practice in Kentucky.

“The article … was a psychological service to the general public, which constituted the practice of psychology. … No person may engage in the practice of psychology unless licensed by the Board…” read the letter, obtained by ABC News.

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Bill O’Reilly’s Parenting Advice: Punish Boys Who Like The Color Pink

Posted by on Wednesday, 5 June, 2013

Bill O’Reilly’s Parenting Advice: Punish Boys Who Like The Color Pink
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Fox News host Bill O’Reilly reinforced bogus stereotypes about gender and masculinity, telling a guest on his show that, if his son likes the color pink, “you might have to send him to camp.”

During the June 3 edition of The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly discussed a Wisconsin elementary school that offered its students the chance to voluntarily dress up as the opposite gender as a part of the school’s Spirit Week celebrations. O’Reilly and his guest, comedian Adam Carolla, criticized the event, calling the school’s teachers “pinheads”:

O’REILLY: You know why they’re doing this, though, right?

CAROLLA: Why?

O’REILLY: Well, it’s all about anti-bullying and putting the children in other people’s positions so they don’t make fun of girls and boys. It’s a politically correct tactic that’s far too sophisticated for the children to understand and that’s why it’s stupid, and that’s why these educators are pinheads.

CAROLLA: It’s interesting.

O’REILLY: Because while they may have a noble intent, they have no idea how children process things. You don’t dress up like a little girl when you’re five and you’re a boy. Th…………… continues on Media Matters for America

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World’s Largest Study Of Same-Sex Parenting Finds That Children Are Thriving
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Australian family Kate Coghlan, Susan Rennie, Hannah, Anouk, and Xavier (Credit: Joe Armao)

The Australian Study of Child Health in Same-Sex Families is the world’s largest attempt to study how children raised by same-sex couples compare to children raised by heterosexual couples. According to a preliminary report on the study of 500 children across the country of Australia, these young people are not only thriving, but also have higher rates of family cohesion than other families:

An interim report found there was no statistical difference between children of same-sex couples and the rest of the population on indicators including self-esteem, emotional behaviour and the amount of time spent with parents.

However, children of same-sex couples scored higher than the national average for overall health and family cohesion, measuring how well a family gets along.

According to Dr. Simon Crouch, lead researcher on the study at Melbourne University, the way same-sex families have to cope with bullying and homophobia could impact how they relate…………… continues on ThinkProgress

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Mother’s Day: Parenting teenagers is like a personal action movie

Posted by on Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Mother’s Day: Parenting teenagers is like a personal action movie
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Mother’s Day 2012 is just around the corner, and parents of teenagers may be feeling like the parenting experience is becoming far too much like living inside an action adventure film, complete with action, romance and a lot of angst.

Being a parent of a teen is in some ways like watching an action adventure flick. There is never a dull moment; just when you think you’ve got the plot figured out there is another twist.

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Of course there’s also all that drama, seemingly at some moments simply for the sake of drama itself.

Like any true adventure movie, there is a bit of romance. As a mother, this represents your unwavering devotion to your teen despite the sometimes dumb or even disastrous situations in which your teen gets entangled.

Then there’s all the emotion they seem to experience; one moment they are ranting and raving and the next they…………… continues on Christian Science Monitor

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O’Neal’s son defends parenting skills
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Ryan O’Neal’s son Patrick has jumped to his father’s defense after the actor condemned his own parenting skills by saying he’s “proud” to call the Love Story star his dad.

The screen veteran has received much public backlash for his hands-off relationship with his kids as three of his four children – Tatum, Redmond and Griffin – have struggled with drug and legal issues over the last several years.

O’Neal recently opened up about his guilt and failure as a dad during an interview with the Today show earlier this month, but his sports broadcaster son Patrick O’Neal disagrees – and has come forward in a bid to help repair his dad’s public persona.

During an appearance on Access Hollywood on Wednesday, the 44-year-old said, “I’m real proud of my family… I’m real proud to say that Ryan O’Neal is my father and I’m real proud of my childhood and growing up how I grew up. The perception of my father as a bad parent (is something)… I have to argue…

“I have never stepped forward (to talk about this), I am a pretty busy guy… (but) I’m not on the payroll of my father so I’m here on my own volition to support my father and tell him that I love him.”

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How Parenting Is Like Groundhog Day And Mad Libs

Posted by on Thursday, 5 April, 2012

How Parenting Is Like Groundhog Day And Mad Libs
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The big story in the New York Times Magazine last Sunday — and, as a result, on all the morning shows by Monday — was titled “Puberty Before Age 10: A New ‘Normal’?” Its author, Elizabeth Weil, went on to quote many of the same science and scientists that I’d quoted 12 years earlier, in another New York Times Magazine piece titled “The Making of an ‘8-Year-Old Woman.'”

Also on Sunday, the much talked about story on parenting websites was “No Joke, Some Schools Now Ban Best Friends.” The “no joke” qualifier was necessary because it was April Fool’s Day, and the concept did sound ridiculous. Unless, of course, you had read Hillary Stout’s article in the New York Times Style section nearly two years ago, titled “A Best Friend? You Must Be Kidding” about how schools (and summer camps — Stout’s piece was written in June, when the summer-camp pieces always run) were discouraging BFFships because they led t…………… continues on Huffington Post

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Child Abuse Pediatricians Recommend Basic Parenting Classes to Reduce …
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A new sub-specialty of doctors — child abuse pediatricians — are certified as experts in determining whether a broken bone or a bruise is accidental or intentional.

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Child abuse is a persistent problem in this country. Research published in February in Pediatrics found that child abuse kills 300 kids under 18 each year and accounts for 58.2 hospitalizations of babies per 100,000 births — more than the annual rate of SIDS. Another recent study made the case that child abuse sets…………… continues on TIME

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