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‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state

Posted by on Wednesday, 15 April, 2015

‘Free-range’ kids and our parenting police state
News from Washington Post:

Earlier this year Danielle and Alexander Meitiv were investigated by Montgomery County after letting their children, 10 and 6, walk home alone from a park a mile away from their house. (Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post)

Columnist April 13

They were coming home from a park, on this gorgeous, blossoming weekend, after playing.

And for this, a 10-year-old and his 6-year-old sister ended up in the back of a squad car……………. continues on Washington Post

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Couple’s “free-range” parenting style raises concerns
News from WFSB:

Rachel Wickware likes to keep her children close.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) – For the second time in four months, police in Maryland picked up two children as they walked home alone from a park that is about a mile from their house.

Instead of taking them home this time, police took the children, ages 6 and 10, to child protective services.

The parents believe in “free-range” parenting, which includes letting their children play and walk alone in the neighborhood to teach them self-reliance and responsibility.

Rachel Wickware, a parent in Cape Girardeau, would likely disagree.

She keeps a tight rein on her kids.

“They don’t get out of my sight to often,” Wickware said. “They are always close by. They don’t go too far without mommy.”

Wickware says the days of staying out until the street lights come on are long gone.

“Someone is always out looking to prowl with your kids or take them,” Wickware said. “You can’t trust no body now days. And I don’t trust no body.”

Licensed counselor Bob Dale, a therapist for the Dale and Hancock Center, blames technology.

“We’re concerned about what they are doing with their smartphones, what they are doing with their tablets, what they are doing with their computers, what other people are transmitting to them via internet a…………… continues on WFSB

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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
News from Opposing Views:

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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Parenting classes ‘are not sign of nanny state’ in Britain

Posted by on Friday, 18 May, 2012

Parenting classes ‘are not sign of nanny state’ in Britain
News from Mother Nature Network:

Photo: Didier Pallages/AFP

LONDON — David Cameron said free parenting classes are not a “nanny state” policy as he defended a raft of new initiatives targeting families this week.

The prime minister said it was ludicrous that people had to train before they were allowed to drive a car, but could bring up a baby with no practice at all.

He spoke as vouchers for ?100-worth ($ 158) of parenting classes went on offer to parents of children aged up to 5 in three trial areas around the U.K.: Middlesbrough, Camden in north London, and High Peak, Derbyshire.

The National Health Service is also launching a new video and text advice service for parents, while subsidized relationship sessions will be piloted from July.

The initiatives were launched nine months after riots swept across England last summer. Ministers blamed the violence on a breakdown of family discipline.

Cameron called parents “nation-builders,” saying: “It’s through love and sheer hard work that we raise the next generation with the righ…………… continues on Mother Nature Network

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Are we ready for a cease-fire in the Mommy Wars?
News from Seattle Post Intelligencer:

NEW YORK (AP) — You could call Elisabeth Badinter a very lucky woman. It’s not just that she’s wealthy, successful, a respected scholar and a best-selling writer in her home country, France (yep, she gets to live in Paris, too.)

It’s also that Badinter, who specializes in provocative books about feminism and motherhood — including “The Conflict,” just released in the United States — has never heard the expression “Mommy Wars.”

“Ah, quelle horreur!” is her succinct response upon hearing the term (Translation: “How awful!”) In France, she explains in a telephone interview, mothers don’t judge each other’s parenting choices quite so much — at least not publicly. The unspoken corollary: the Mommy Wars are a very American phenomenon.

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YOUTUBE PARENTING PREP!!

Introducing Presley!! The newest member of the Ellegiance was born August 5th and we could are so in LOVE with her 🙂 During the first few weeks, I couldn’t help but notice some similarities between early parenthood and Youtube-ing…ha, Thanks for watching!! Facebook: (& weekly photoshoot): www.facebook.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5

State Senator’s Bill On Single Parenting Stirs Up Controversy

Posted by on Thursday, 8 March, 2012

State Senator’s Bill On Single Parenting Stirs Up Controversy
News from WISN Milwaukee:

POSTED: 5:06 pm CST March 8, 2012
UPDATED: 5:50 pm CST March 8, 2012

A Wisconsin senator is making national headlines for sponsoring a bill that says single parenting is a contributing factor to child abuse, but he told 12 News on Thursday that his intentions are being misunderstood.Republican state Sen. Glenn Grothman said he’s not trying to make state law consider single parenting child abuse, but critics say the wording in the bill is a slippery slope that brings criticism on single parents.Grothman, of West Bend, said the bill he’s sponsoring would force a state education board to emphasize “non-marital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect.””The vast majority of single mothers and fathers in our society do a good job,” Grothman said.Grothman said the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board is failing to teach a traditional family with a mother and father at home is a better way of ra…………… continues on WISN Milwaukee

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‘Friends With Kids’: Trying to avoid the parenting trap
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