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Can mindfulness practices strengthen your parenting skills?

Posted by on Saturday, 28 February, 2015

Can mindfulness practices strengthen your parenting skills?
News from Michigan State University Extension:

Parenting adolescents can be challenging due to the rapid changes happening for young people cognitively, emotionally, physically and socially. Intense emotions for both child and parent are common during this stage of life — and research shows that parental practices and adult mental health play important roles in how young people learn to navigate emotions and develop overall mental health and wellbeing.

One approach to strengthening parenting practices and promoting positive youth development is the development of skills in mindfulness. Mindfulness is commonly defined as paying attention in the present moment with openness, curiosity, flexibility and kindness f…………… continues on Michigan State University Extension

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Apodaca: Free-range parenting style is another simplistic fad
News from Daily Pilot:

When I was a kid I had very little in the way of organized, adult-supervised activities outside of school, and my parents certainly did not obsess over my every move.

After homework was done, I played in the street with other local kids until dinner time. During long, lazy summers, I spent most days running and bicycling around the neighborhood and sometimes across town. I could have been on my way to Timbuktu for all my parents knew.

Mom and Dad would be tickled to know that their style of parenting is now a fad. It even has a name, “free-range parenting,” which is meant to foster “free-range kids.”

This is not to be confused with the supposedly healthier and happier chickens that are liberated from tightly packed coops only to end up in your supermarket’s refrigerated aisle.

Rather, this type of free ranging is an attempt to harken back to the nostalgic days of yore when parents couldn’t stand having their kids underfoot. But today there’s a decidedly modern twist in that parents who engage in free-ranging do it in a very deliberate and occasionally self-righteous way.

Free-ranging, you might have guessed, is seen as the antidote to the much-maligned helicopter parents who constantly hover over their children. The free-range movement’s leader is Lenore Skenazy, who rocketed to national attention when she wrote…………… continues on Daily Pilot

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Don’t criticize the parenting skills of a mother with teenage daughters

Posted by on Wednesday, 14 January, 2015

Don’t criticize the parenting skills of a mother with teenage daughters
News from Joplin Globe:

I don’t want Mike Huckabee to take this the wrong way, but I don’t think he should be president of the United States.

It’s not just that I disagree with Mike on just about everything, it’s that I question his judgment.

Mike, who is thinking about running for president, has been doing interviews and the other day he said something that convinced me that he shouldn’t be president.

What Mike did was question the parenting skills of Barack and Michelle Obama.

I know!

Look, questioning a dad’s parenting skills is one thing, but questioning a mom’s parenting skills? Two words: UH. OH.

I’m pretty sure that when the Obamas heard that Mike criticized them for letting their two daughters — 16-year-old Malia and 13-year-old Sasha — listen to Beyonc?’s music, Barack probably said something like, “Oh well, what are you going to do?” and Michelle probably said something like, “HE SAID WHAT? ABOUT THE WAY I RAISE MY CHILDREN? BARACK, YOU GET OUT OF MY WAY, I’M GOING TO KICK HIM BACK TO ARKANSAS. DON’T YOU TELL ME TO CALM DOWN. HE SAID I DON’T KNOW HOW TO RAISE MY GIRLS. I WILL RIP HIM APART”

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On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting
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Oh dear.


20 months. NOT EVEN TWO. Right?

I have red flags waving all over the place on this one…and so do you.

Your instincts are dead-on.

First flag. “Following directions.” A toddler doesn’t really follow directions. They move from one activity to the next. They are literally living in real time. They are experiencing waves of emotions, and not as thoughts, but as true MOVEMENTS of emotions. There is no following directions.

What does a toddler do?

MOVE. Some toddlers move a ton, some move less, but they all MOVE.

PLAY. All learning is play and all play is learning. Experiencing the world with all of their senses is a FULL TIME JOB, so…

TODDLERS SLEEP. They need it like fish need water. Toddlers don’t know their fatigue and hunger cues so they….

THROW TANTRUMS. All of the time. They don’t often know WHY they are crying, but they do.

And eating. A toddler will begin to prefer and love certain foods. This is fun and powerful for them. And frustrating for us.

SO! Playing in the sink? NORMAL.

Not helping clean up toys? NORMAL.

Tiring and exhausting for caregivers? NORMAL.

How angry and frustrated they are with him? NOT NORMAL.

Call some meetings, STAT.

If you sense that they “don’t get” toddlers, you have some hasty decisions to make.

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Stearns makes parenting skills priority in health plan

Posted by on Tuesday, 23 September, 2014

Stearns makes parenting skills priority in health plan
News from St. Cloud Times:

Kirsti Marohn, 7:37 p.m. CDT September 22, 2014


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Parenting Tips: 3 important Little League lessons
News from Wilmette Life:

Little league coaches and parents are notorious blowhards.  The vast majority of young people who eagerly join youth sports leagues in kindergarten will quit before middle school.  Some discover their talents are not in athletics, but many kids are so beaten-down and discouraged by the elitist competition and the relentless barrage of criticism, they give up on sports all together.

It’s a dirty, crying shame.  Not all young people are athletically inclined, but they do all deserve a chance to establish healthy habits and a good exercise routine.  Young children look forward to and enjoy regular opportunities to play with friends.  Most importantly, well-designed youth football, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse leagues offers kids regular opportunities to learn priceless life lessons in settings that can be both challenging and affirming.

When you fall down, get up quickly

Most young children have a flair for the dramatic.  Long before he puts on his first uniform, every child begins to think of his parents and most other adults as members of his fan club.  When he is hungry or tired, col…………… continues on Wilmette Life

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Man, 23, lacks parenting skills

Posted by on Thursday, 24 April, 2014

Man, 23, lacks parenting skills
News from Arizona Republic:

5:28 p.m. MST April 23, 2014

Dear Abby: My 23-year-old son, “Wayne,” who is single, has a 3-year-old son. We didn’t learn about the child until he was more than a year old, when Wayne was asked to take a paternity test. Luckily, we have been able to form a good relationship with our grandson’s mother and see him often. However, our son has shown no interest. He pays child support but has little interaction.

Wayne is an only child. I love him, but I never wanted another one. I was never comfortable around or interested in young children except for my own son. Could he have gotten this from me?

Friends and family have commented on Wayne’s lack of interest in his son, and I’m tired of making excuses or telling people to mind their own business. Wayne says he feels resentment and doesn’t want to be around this child. I have tried to explain that he’ll regret it in years to come, but he won’t listen.

My husband is appalled that our son would act this way, but he seems to forget that I was th…………… continues on Arizona Republic

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FFSC offers new Parenting Class
News from Florida Times-Union:

Kings Bay Fleet and Family Support Center is offering a new and improved educational experience on parenting.  

This six-session class is facilitated by two licensed clinical social workers, Sallie Galyean, the child counselor and Mary Jenssen, a clinical counselor and FAP case manager.

Both of these facilitators have experience working with military families and the common struggles parents encounter.

The rotating class schedule allows participants to join at any time, choose a particular class topic to attend, make up a class or take a refresher class throughout the next session cycle. The interactive sessions promote an informal and stimulating educational experience.

The following is information regarding each of the class topics: 

1, Ages & Stages involves ages and stages of physical and sexual development from birth to age 18.  

2, Parenting Styles & Co-parenting discusses parenting styles and co-parenting, as well as struggles with divorce, blended and extended families.  

3, Child Abuse & Domestic Violence teaches parents about the effects of domestic violence and child abuse on children as well as how to cope and resources to assist families.  

4, Dealing with Misbe…………… continues on Florida Times-Union

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Mark Hohmeister: Shaking the rust off parenting skills

Posted by on Saturday, 4 January, 2014

Mark Hohmeister: Shaking the rust off parenting skills
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South Bay Parenting: Lesson in giving is a valuable gift to 4-year-old
News from Daily Breeze:

For our family, toy season kicks off in October with my son’s birthday and wraps up in January when we make our final trek to the mall to spend the last remaining dollars on the gift cards and to exchange unwanted presents.

For three months, my 4-year-old is hopped up on toys like a crazed drug addict, salivating over wrapping paper, crawling out of his skin at the sight of plastic Hot Wheels cases. Even after opening his birthday presents — half of which we stash away or return because the kid can’t possibly need another monster truck — he craves more.

More toys. More toys. More toys.

So this holiday season, I decided to teach him a lesson about giving, not just getting. My little experiment would involve taking him to kid mecca — the toy store — without buying anything for himself.

He’d get to roam the aisles, test out the toys and toss a few in the cart. But then he would need to donate these goodies to less fortunate children. No toys for him.

I predicted a meltdown, though in fairness my son is a pretty generous kid to start. He’s been good at sharing since birth, always one to offer a lick of his ice cream cone or a bite of his sandwich. I’ve never had to intervene in toy tug-of-wars. And when there are other children waiting for the swings, he gets off without complaint.

His easygoing generosity has made u…………… continues on Daily Breeze

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Kim Kardashian blasts Twitter critics of her parenting skills

Posted by on Monday, 2 December, 2013

Kim Kardashian blasts Twitter critics of her parenting skills
News from New York Daily News:

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Kim Kardashian and her man, Kanye West, have several photos together, but only a few featuring their daughter North. The mother-of-one blasted a critic who may have suggested she’s a bad parent.

Kim Kardashian is standing up for working moms and dads.

The reality starlet blasted a Twitter critic who apparently implied she and fianc? Kanye West are bad parents to their 5-month-old daughter North.


@KimKardashian via via Twitter

Kim Kardashian addressed an apparent Twitter critic in response to words exchanged about her parenting skills.

“@jlmcbryde u sound so ignorant…………… continues on New York Daily News

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The Pitfalls of Parenting
News from The Root:

Corporal punishment is a no-go. So is yelling. What exactly can you do to raise your kids right?

Hitting your child is bad. (But don’t yell at me for writing it. Yell at science. Multiple studies say so.)

Most school districts have moved away from corporal punishment entirely, and even though you will find some very staunch pro-“whoopings” enthusiasts, they remain greatly outnumbered by the multitudes who think that any hitting of a child is abuse.

But you have to do something as a parent to get your kids to behave. Some parents have simply traded one technique (hitting) for another (yelling).

Instead of “Spare the rod, spoil the child,” these parents are of the “Spare the mout…………… continues on The Root

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Kim Kardashian Defends Her Parenting Skills, Slams Critics On Twitter

Posted by on Sunday, 1 December, 2013

Kim Kardashian Defends Her Parenting Skills, Slams Critics On Twitter
News from Huffington Post:

Kim Kardashian is sick and tired of people accusing her of being a bad mother.

The 33-year-old reality star took to Twitter to address claims that she and Kanye West don’t spend enough time with their 5-month-old daughter North West, saying, they’re allowed to “have fun.”

After a Twitter user reportedly pointed out that Kardashian and West are never with North, Kardashian commended their parenting skills, responding:

@jlmcbryde u sound so ignorant. Bc I don’t tweet or instagram my every move w my daughter means I am not with her 247? We share what we want. Or is it bc I go support…………… continues on Huffington Post

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40 signs you are on the wrong parenting track
News from The Star-Ledger –

We can all benefit from reminders on healthy parenting.  

Before parenthood, I had visions of a brood of little Von Trapp’s singing away before bedtime. I assumed that if I selflessly put the time and energy into sitting down and selecting a story to read, that my children would calmly sit mesmerized by my every alliteration. Then I had children.

I’m a sing-songy Julie Andrews once a year. I’m more of a Miss Hannigan once a week.

I try not to let work, pressure, and life itself nudge its way into the chasm between the parent I aspire to be and who I am in action. Parenting is an unequal formula of patience, consistency, humor, gut-trusting, thinking-outside-the-box, and occasional bribery.

We all have days littered with tantrums, mismatched socks, uncombed hair, and bribery. The right path is a wide and wild road with more than one-way to get there. Its bumpy roads, however, are filled with tight turns and low bridges. Sometimes we all need those flashing, bright indicators to let us know we’re off track.

Here is my own* list of warning signs:

1. You spend more time texting others than t…………… continues on The Star-Ledger –

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ANNIE: Father needs brushing up on parenting skills

Posted by on Monday, 6 May, 2013

ANNIE: Father needs brushing up on parenting skills
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DEAR ANNIE: I’m a 20-year-old woman in love with a 25-year-old divorced man who has a 4-year-old son, “Mikey.”

Lately, Mikey’s mother has been letting us have the child more often because she has to go out of state on business. The problem is, this boy is very stubborn. He’s not a bad child. He just doesn’t like to listen. And for the most part, he always gets his way. When he doesn’t get his way, he throws a fit.

I care deeply for Mikey and don’t agree with this type of upbringing. I wasn’t raised this way, and neither was my boyfriend. I am not harsh, but I do want Mikey to listen to me. The other day, we took him with us when we shopped for a new TV, and he kept running around the furniture. At one point, I couldn’t find him, and he didn’t come when I called his name. My boyfriend said, “That’s normal. Let him be.”

If I had behaved like this growing up, my mother would have smacked my behind in front of everyone in the store. My boyfriend insists we leave him alone because he’s only with us for a short while. But my boyfriend often is at work when Mikey is here, which means I am the one who deals with this behavior. The least he could do is make it easier for me. Am I wrong to feel this way? — Young but Learning

DEAR YOUNG: You aren’t wrong, but you must remember that it is perfectly normal for 4-year-old boys to run around in a store an…………… continues on

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Grand Thoughts: Matured perspective about parenting benefits grandkids
News from Chattanooga Times Free Press:

I learned something about myself last week. I realized that I’ve been a grandmother-in-training for nearly four decades.

Unlike how I was with my children, I no longer freak when my granddaughters, Tilleigh, 6, and Evie, 3, don’t pick up their toys immediately after playing. I don’t get upset when they spill or break things, and I don’t get a headache when they argue.

In other words, my children trained me to become a better person.

I was sort of a clean freak in the old days. My children used to draw pictures of me vacuuming, because they saw me doing it a lot. I used to vacuum my way out the front door. Seriously.

Today, I’ve got a portion of my living room dedicated to toys, as well as two child-size recliners, a round wooden table and two chairs. When my kids were growing up, my living room was toy-free by bedtime.

I know now that toys get picked up (with or without my help), spills and breaks are accidents, and arguing is human nature.

I don’t sweat the small stuff. Life is too short.

I discipline them when necessary (No spanking, though. Hitting my granddaughters would break my heart.) If either of the girls get in trouble, and I dish out a threat of a time-out, I most definitely follow up.

Evie, 3, tested my following-up skills last week when, during bath time, she relentlessly aggravated her sister. I told…………… continues on Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Good Parenting Skills Needed For Raising Children

Posted by on Tuesday, 9 October, 2012

Good Parenting Skills Needed For Raising Children
News from Bernama:

October 09, 2012 16:16 PM

Good Parenting Skills Needed For Raising Children

By Melati Mohd Ariff

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) — The challenges and obstacles involved in raising children continue to rise for modern parents.

Many children become defiant, disobedient, ill-disciplined and to a certain extent, turn into offending and delinquent individuals.

Parents try their best to work things out but some simply give up and ‘throw in the towel’ as they feel that their children’s behaviour is beyond the mend.


Some parents may try to ‘communicate’ with their children, gathering tips and advice by reading books on parenting.

However, the contents of these books, many which came from the West, may not be suitable and applicable for the culture and religion of the East, particularly Islamic countries.

Aware of this issue, the Malaysian Institute of Is…………… continues on Bernama

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15 hard-learned parenting lessons I would pass on to new moms and dads
News from The Star-Ledger –

#7. Always have wipes on hand. Most meals will end like this.

Two different co-workers recently became first-time dads, bringing me back to when my first child was born over eight years ago. People said things would move very fast and they were right. I can’t believe how quickly my kids have grown up. What have I learned in that time? A recent Yahoo! Shine article offered some of the important lessons parents learn. A few of them are self-explanatory. For instance, I never have to check inside my oven for toys before turning it on. I have trained my kids to think the oven is surface-of-the-sun hot at all times. And doesn’t every parent know to always have a stash of crackers, lollipops or candy on hand? Most of this list is spot on, though, and if I were to choose a few lessons to pass on to my co-workers I would start with these:

#2. Sharpie markers have no place in a house with children.
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Santorum Questions Obama’s Parenting Skills Amid Mexico Media Rumpus

Posted by on Wednesday, 21 March, 2012

Santorum Questions Obama’s Parenting Skills Amid Mexico Media Rumpus
News from National Journal:

Maybe Rick Santorum and his team shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss advisers and teleprompters. 

In the past few days, the Republican presidential candidate has lectured Puerto Ricans on their need to learn English and said he doesn’t care about the unemployment rate. On Tuesday, he said President Obama should not have allowed his daughter, Malia, 13, to go on a school trip to Mexico.

“The president’s actions should reflect what his administration is saying,” Santorum said on conservative Glenn Beck’s radio show. “If the administration is saying that it’s not safe to have people down there, then just because you can send 25 Secret Service agents doesn’t mean you should do it. You should set an example. I think that’s what presidents do. They set an example. And when the government is saying this is not safe, then you don’t set the example by sending your kids down there.”

The State Department issued…………… continues on National Journal

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