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Split parenting 50-50, mothers, fathers say at rally

Posted by on Saturday, 26 April, 2014

Split parenting 50-50, mothers, fathers say at rally
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Nurture or Nazi — the perils of extreme parenting techniques
News from Los Angeles Times:

I’m nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants?

“I’m going to be such a Nazi,” the daughter of a co-worker announces.

“I’m going to be the perfect compromise of the two,” predicts my older daughter, lovely and patient and — at 30 — eager to start a family of her own.

Not even a mother yet, and you can spot my daughter’s maternal instincts starting to kick in, softening her feisty, bossy-pants exterior.

She starts conversations in the giddy-up cadence of an overly techy young adult. Then, as if lecturing a golden retriever that gnawed a favorite shoe, she sees the confusion in my eyes and slows down so that I can maybe comprehend her. I respond by tilting my head and dropping my chin to my paws, feigning sleep. I don’t fear for her future children, I rejoice in them. She will be a magnificent mom — eventually.

As most older parents know, time brings clarity and wisdom and little lines in the face where — as Twain once noted — smiles used to land. And that’s why, to my mind, no one should have children until age 30. Even then, there should be a psychological exam. Nothing is so life-changing. You can marry, you can unmarry. But you can never un-parent. And the s…………… continues on Los Angeles Times

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Parenting class offers hope to mothers in DeKalb County Jail

Posted by on Saturday, 28 December, 2013

Parenting class offers hope to mothers in DeKalb County Jail
News from Dekalb Daily Chronicle:

SYCAMORE – Every Tuesday, Rhonda Keller drives from her teaching job in Huntley to the DeKalb County Jail in Sycamore to teach a special group of students: incarcerated mothers.

Keller is the instructor of a weekly parenting class for women jailed on pending charges. The class is part of Companions Journeying Together, an organization which works with incarcerated men and women and offers a variety of programs designed to build healthy relationships.

“I teach to an invisible audience of children who I never get to meet,” Keller said. “I want them to have a successful and fair chance at life.”

That starts with working with the parents. Inmates may choose to participate in the 10-week program and receive a certificate once they finish. Some of the students in the class have attended for more than 10 weeks.

Keller teaches the women values such as honesty, generosity and appropriate discipline.

For the holidays, six inmates in the class made Christmas cards for their children with poems inside that included messages of love. The inmates also took turns around the table to share their appreciations and regrets of the week.

“Even though these are your circumstances today, this is only temporary,” Keller told the class. “You have the majority of your life ahead of you.

“It’s a big world. There are so many good things in it. Be p…………… continues on Dekalb Daily Chronicle

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Strict parenting may reduce teen smoking
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NEW YORK Fri Dec 27, 2013 12:24pm EST

Cigarette butts fill an ashtray outside a construction site in Central, a business district in Hong Kong, October 18, 2006.

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Parents who set limits are less likely to have kids who smoke, regardless of their ethnic and racial backgrounds, according to a new U.S. study.

Researchers surveyed middle schoolers from diverse backgrounds and found those whose parents had an “authoritative” and “structured” parenting style were also more likely to be discouraged from smoking by their parents and less likely to become smokers.

“Many past studies have examined broad parenting styles, however this study looked at how specific parenting strategies may help protect youth from cigarette smoking initiation,” said Cassandra Stanton, an assistant professor in th…………… continues on Reuters

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Children whose mothers go out to work do not suffer academically

Posted by on Tuesday, 11 June, 2013

Children whose mothers go out to work do not suffer academically
News from The Independent:

Children’s academic performance is not harmed if their mothers work during the first years of their lives, comprehensive research seen by The Independent shows.

A new analysis of six studies looking at 40,000 children over the past four decades has provided conclusive evidence that there is no link between mothers continuing their careers and children going on to achieve less at school, debunking a common parenting myth.

Those born in the 1970s, 80s and early 90s whose mothers worked during their early years had, on average, slightly lower literacy and numeracy scores than those whose mothers did not. However, analysis of three successive studies of children born since the mid-90s shows this disadvantage has disappeared for younger generations.

The study’s findings will be discussed today – at the same time as Parliament debates controversial proposals to cut the ratio of childcare workers to children, a move which Labour says could reverse the progress made. Children born in 2000 or 2001 showed no significant difference in cognitive ability or behaviour at the age of five whether their mothers had gone out to work or not in their first year. Studies of previous decades showed children’s literacy and numeracy levels were around two percentage points lower when mothers worked.

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Mothers, and fathers, across nation have devilishly humorous parenting tips

Posted by on Sunday, 12 May, 2013

Mothers, and fathers, across nation have devilishly humorous parenting tips
News from NOLA.com:

“People have really found ways to be more authentic about who they are and how it affects us as parents.” – Nicole Knepper

NEW YORK (AP) — These moms curse a lot, drink to excess, reveal scary truths and draw twisted little stick figures of their kids pooping and whining relentlessly. And this Mother’s Day, they’re bringing their derelict parenting to you.

The authors behind a fresh round of parenting books love their munchkins, to be sure, but there’s something about the scorched earth narrative that sells memoirish parenting books these days.

Is the goal an instructional one? Inspirational? How about some advice?

“No, there isn’t any. I don’t have anything. No advice. Nobody has any advice,” laughed Amber Dusick, a Los Angeles mother of two who brings us “Parenting: Illustrated with Crappy Pictures.”

Scarymommy.com is Jill Smokler’s popular blog. Smokler recently released the book “Motherhood Comes Naturally (and other vicious lies).” Her first book was “Confessions of a Scary Mommy.” continues on NOLA.com

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Parenting: Best done in moderation
News from Denver Post:

Tiffany Tyau-Zamora, center, looks on as her 3-year-old daughter, Isabella Zamora, decorates her treat on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Tooley Hall in Denver with her husband, Julio Pinedo, beside her. The family services program at Denver’s Community Education Centers organized a Mother’s Day celebration for its residents and their children. (Denver Post file photo)

Mother’s Day is a day when moms get a break from their typical parenting responsibilities and are pampered. A mother may be served breakfast in bed, get a pedicure, and find the chores get done without her. We hope that all mothers reading this are enjoying such luxuries today.

However, we also want to take this opportunity to reflect on the other 364 days of the year and how to make them less of a contrast to the peace and joy of today. One way to decrease the stress associated with parenting is to think of parenting as something best done in moderation.

People often think that when so…………… continues on Denver Post

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Parenting Expert Offers Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

Posted by on Sunday, 5 May, 2013

Parenting Expert Offers Mother’s Day Gift Ideas
News from CBS Local:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mother’s Day is just one week away.

If you haven’t found the perfect gift for your mom just yet, “Savvy Mommy” Victoria Pericon has some great tips.

For the work-at-home mom, the See Jane Work collection offers stylish ways to keep clutter-free.

A wireless keyboard that can be used for an array of web-enabled devices is a great idea for a tech-savvy mom, Pericon told CBS 2?s Cindy Hsu.

Moms on the go can put foldable ballet flats to good use.

And Dry Bar has a special package available if you’re looking to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day.

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The ‘STEPS’ for effective parenting
News from Danbury News Times:

According to licensed professional counselor Lauren Wolfe, there’s a big difference between giving children encouragement and giving them praise. It’s important parents know this difference, she said. From 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, and again on May 18, Wolfe will be discussing this topic and more in an interactive STEPS workshop for parents of children from birth to age 5.

In a recent interview at Wolfe’s Ridgefield practice, she talked about her upcoming workshop, shared parenting tips, and spoke about issues facing today’s kids.

Q: Lauren, what exactly is the STEPS program?

A: STEPS, which stands for “Systematic Training for Effective Parenting,” was founded in 1976 by best-selling authors Dr. Don Dinkmeyer and Dr. Gary McKay. It’s based on the premise that all behavior is purposeful and children look to belong…………… continues on Danbury News Times

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A beautiful lecture by sajid umar on parenting. How should we be parenting our children in a Islamic family? Who’s Responsibility is it to nurture the childr…

‘Mothers of Bedford’ documents challenges of parenting from prison

Posted by on Saturday, 3 November, 2012

‘Mothers of Bedford’ documents challenges of parenting from prison
News from Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

As filmmaker Jennifer McShane spent more than four years following the lives of five incarcerated women and their children, documenting the abundant challenges of parenting from prison, she ultimately realized that love could triumph over tribulations.

Her documentary, “Mothers of Bedford,” will be shown today at 2 p.m. at Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., Oakland.

It will be presented by Pennsylvania Women Work and the Three Rivers Film Festival and will conclude with a Q&A session with Ms. McShane and one of the women featured in the film.

Ms. McShane, originally from New York City, wanted to tell a story that was unreported. She became inspired by The Children’s Center at Bedford Hills prison, which provides mothers a nursery, parenting workshops and weekend visiting programs — something most prisons are unwilling or unable to fund.

She also learned that 80 percent of women in U.S. prisons are mothers of school-aged children.

“I was really surprised that, as a mother myself, I didn’t really know that much about what was happening in prison in terms of parenting,” she said.

While “Mothers of Bedford” does not claim to solve complicated issues within the criminal justice system, it does reveal the importance of incarcerated women maintaining a positive mother-child relationship.

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News from the Crib: Ivan’s Parenting Tip #77 – Housebound in a Storm
News from Stage Time Magazine:

My wife and I have a 15-month old son named Ivan. Ivan is very concerned that parents do right by their children (he is especially worried about my parenting skills). Ivan has decided to help out new parents by issuing a regular newsletter called: #TeamIvan’s: News From The Crib (#76) — Housebound in a Storm.

1. My wife and I are housebound with our 15-month old son during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath. Is it okay to watch TV with our son? Yeah, but just remember that reality TV is not “educational television.”

2. Is it okay to watch the news with our son? Sure. He knows that no matter how bad the news, the news that you’re his parents is much worse.

3. What sort of snacks are okay? Avoid anything that causes gas (that goes for you and your wife as well). Also, if anyone besides your son gains weight while you’re housebound, that’s bad.

4. How do we keep our son entertained while we’re housebound? Just act like yourselves. You’re both clowns, so he should be rolling.

5. Is it safe to go outside? Well, after someone farts, I’d suggest that it’s safer outside than inside.

6. What should we have in our “go-bag?” I suggest a lot of “go, get out of town.” I guarantee that when you’re gone, your son will be very excited.

7. No, seriously, what should be in the “go-bag?” Well, I’d start…………… continues on Stage Time Magazine

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Are we drowning mothers in parenting advice?

Posted by on Saturday, 9 June, 2012

Are we drowning mothers in parenting advice?
News from Brattleboro Reformer:

Friday June 8, 2012

To say that parenting advice is as old as time itself would be an understatement. Take, for example, the advice provided in 1894 by American pediatrician Luther Emmett Holt. In his book, “The Care and Feeding of Children,” Holt suggests that young infants “… should never be played with; and the less of it at any time the better ….”

Most recently, we have all witnessed the debate over parenting styles unfold during the “Tiger Mom” debacle. Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, debuted in 2011, had many parents raising the question of how to parent in order to yield successful children. While much controversy arose in response to Chua’s work, there have been many contributors to the storyline of good parenting. The 1940s ushered in the era of Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care” which advocated everything from letting babies cry it out, encouraging parents to place their babies on their stomach to sleep and, in a later edition, suggesting that parents place their toddlers on vegan diets.

The post-Dr. Spock era saw the reversal such parenting advice. The man responsible for much of this change is pediatrician Dr. William Sears and author of many books in which he promotes the style of attachment parenting. Many of you may be familiar with this style of parenting especially as it s…………… continues on Brattleboro Reformer

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Parenting quiz
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Parenting quiz

By Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times
Our children watch us to learn about life. We watch TV so we can learn the finer points of parenting. Everyone wins ? right? Right? Please take the following quiz so we’ll know whether to alert the proper authorities.
Credit: Top to bottom- “The Huxtables” ( NBC), “The Simpsons” (Matt Groening / 20th Century Fox), “The Bundys” (FOX television)

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Two in five new mothers struggle to cope with the demands of parenting and …

Posted by on Thursday, 10 May, 2012

Two in five new mothers struggle to cope with the demands of parenting and …
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Two in five new mothers have struggled to cope with the demands of parenting during the first few weeks after birth, with a similar amount admitting getting ‘angry’ with their baby, according to a poll.

A further one in five were frequently very upset at their child’s crying during the first eight weeks, a survey by the NSPCC has found.

Almost three-quarters (72 per cent) of new mothers wanted more professional advice before their baby was born, on subjects such as how to deal with anxiety, fear and depression, the effects of their own sleep deprivation and how to cope with their baby’s crying and sleeplessness.

Struggle: Two in five new mothers have struggled to cope in the weeks following their child’s birth, with a similar amount admitting getting ‘angry’ with their baby (picture posed by model)

Two in five of the mothers polled by YouGov on behalf of the charity either find it fairly difficult or very diffic…………… continues on Daily Mail

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How to Put Parenting First and Tame the To-Do List
News from PsychCentral.com:

The mom I was talking with the other day (let’s call her Lillian) was very, very frustrated. With two children ages 5 and 3, a full-time job, and a husband who travels for work, her life is very full.

“Why can’t I get anything done?” she asked. “Other moms seem to have a clean house, serve good meals every night, and still find time to be on the preschool’s board of directors. It’s all I can do to throw stuff in baskets, make mac and cheese or hotdogs for dinner and get through the day. What’s their magic? I want to know.”

So do I. I certainly have felt that way. I imagine most moms, regardless of whether they work outside the home, have felt that way as well. To read the various ladies’ magazines you find at the grocery checkout counter, most women spend their time rearranging closets, crafting up a storm, and trying out four new recipes using the fruit of the month. The result? Many of us are in danger of developing a major inferiority complex.

Here’s what’s real. Once there are kids in the equation, it’s really hard to get anything on our internal to-do list done and still be the kind of parent we’d all like to be. Often it comes down to a choice of spending time being a parent or spending the time on chores or…………… continues on PsychCentral.com

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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
News from Christian Science Monitor:

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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White Knuckle Parenting: Thank You to the Mothers

Posted by on Wednesday, 9 May, 2012

White Knuckle Parenting: Thank You to the Mothers
News from Patch.com:

Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday. If—and I know this only applies to a few of you—you have a mother or know a mother, consider this your fair warning to put a note on your calendar to say something nice to her this weekend.

If you are a mother, prepare to put your feet up and be doted on. That’s how it works, right?

My family doesn’t usually do a lot for Mother’s Day. Generally they let me sleep in—without guilt—and I get some lovely handmade gifts, which are the best kind, in my opinion. I know that I feel like I get a wonderful Mother’s Day gift every single day—and that is having the privilege to parent my three beautiful munchkins.

That said, it’s not all ceramic hand prints and relaxing mornings around here. I’m betting it’s not all smiles and sunshine out your way either. In light of that and the fact that the thing that mothers don’t always get enough of is thanks, I have some gratitude to send your way—just in case your loved ones forget.

First, thank you for working so hard to raise your children. Every mother I know beats herself up because she thinks she is doing it wrong, she isn’t good enough, or everyone else is doing it better. You should know how much your effort means to your kids. Keep striving to be the best mom you can be, but try to really understand that you are such a good mom. Thank you for taking care o…………… continues on Patch.com

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Terrell Owens tackles accusations of bad parenting on ‘Dr. Phil’
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Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens made his appearance on the “Dr. Phil” show as anticipated Tuesday, and the mothers of his children didn’t hold back in recounting what they see as his shortcomings as a father.

One woman, named Kimber, said Owens “doesn’t call, he doesn’t send Christmas gifts,” according to USA Today. Another woman, named Monique, accused Owens, 38, of “trying to exploit” their son by using him to better his image through public appearances.

Owens, who now plays for the Indoor Football League’s Allen Wranglers, blamed his parenting struggles on a hectic life.

“The thing is, with me traveling back and forth, I don’t have a set schedule,” Owens said, according to the newspaper, claiming he has a difficult time getting in touch with his children.

Owens, who last played in the NFL in 2010 with the Cincinnati Bengals, told Dr. Phil that he has to pay almost $ 50,000 per month in child support. He said he’s working to lower those payments, though he also said he chose to in…………… continues on NFL News

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