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Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?

Posted by on Saturday, 25 April, 2015

Free-Range Parenting: Teaching Independence, Or Child Neglect?
News from CBS Local:

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJZ) — Two Maryland parents are in the fight of their lives, trying to raise their children the way they want. The government claims what they’re doing is dangerous—but is it?

Jessica Kartalija with an in-depth look at a small, but growing movement called “free-range” parenting.

On a recent afternoon, two Maryland children are doing what they typically do–walking by speeding cars, crossing busy streets.

And while they’re only six and ten-years-old, Dvora and Rafi Meitiv are frequently alone with no adult supervision.

It’s something their mother actually encourages.

“They’re urban kids growing up in an urban area, and one of the most important skills that we taught them–how to cross busy streets,” their mother, Danielle Meitiv, said.

Dvora and Rafi not only walk home alone, they go to the park alone and to the store alone.

“As they show more maturity, we gave them more responsibility,” their mother said.

Reporter: “What have you done to prepare your kids to be more independent?”

Mother: “They started playing in the yard, then, you know, they were allowed in front of the house, then around the corner. They know the boundaries.”

This controversial parenting style–quietly going on for years–unnoticed– until a passerby calls the police.

Someone saw the kids wal…………… continues on CBS Local

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‘Adult Onset’: the joys and terrors of single parenting
News from The Seattle Times (registration):

Canadian author Ann-Marie MacDonald’s new novel “Adult Onset” is a pitch-perfect account of solo parenting, as seen through the eyes of one mother of two young children whose partner leaves town to direct a play.

‘Adult Onset’

by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Tin House Books, 381 pp., $ 25.95

Ann-Marie MacDonald’s latest novel, “Adult Onset,” tracks a week in the life of Mary Rose MacKinnon.

A famous author of young adult novels, Mary Rose is stalled on starting the last book of a popular trilogy and taking care of her two young children while her partner, who is focusing on her career, is directing a play out of town.

To that end, it’s the most accurate description of solo parenting I’ve ever read, not so much juggling a number of tasks from the seemingly simple (answering one email) to crucial (keeping scissors away from a toddler) as trying to keep from drowning under them. MacDonald, an acclaimed Canadian author, nails both the hilarity and the crippling anxiety of day-to-day life, revealing they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive, as well as the internal struggle between needing help and believing one should be capable of handling all this without it.

The novel starts with an email from Mary Rose’s father, which triggers the memory of a c…………… continues on The Seattle Times (registration)

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I do not own DBZ. Clips taken from Alternate Reality Dragon Ball Z done by SSJGozar, Vegeta’s such an awesome father.

Unprepared for parenting and teaching BBQ

Posted by on Saturday, 16 August, 2014

Unprepared for parenting and teaching BBQ
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By Graham Gillette 11:11 p.m. CDT August 15, 2014


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Disconnect between parenting and certain jobs a source of stress, study finds – Phys.Org
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Disconnect between parenting and certain jobs a source of stress, study finds

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Parenting fail: Teaching my daughter to drive

Posted by on Monday, 26 August, 2013

Parenting fail: Teaching my daughter to drive
News from Greensboro News & Record:

I try to be a good parent. I really do.

But I admit I have failed at one particular parenting task — at least the initial phase.

It’s a rite of passage every parent dreads, fraught with risk, responsibility and life-altering potential.

I’m talking, of course, about learning to drive.

I took Abby, my oldest daughter, to get her learner permit after she successfully passed the drivers ed course this summer. And I was actually excited to see her behind the wheel.

I was going to be the good, patient parent who coached positively and instilled confidence in my daughter.

When I interviewed a longtime drivers ed instructor recently, he said the biggest problem with teens learning to drive was that after the first ride, many parents refuse to get back in the car with them.

“That’s terrible,” I said. “Then they have no experience and no confidence.”

Those scaredy cat parents. What were they thinking?

So I had Abby drive us downtown to meet her father for a celebratory lunch.

Understand, I’m a nervous passenger anyway.

After a bad car accident put me in a cast and then a leg brace for the better part of six months, I was left with the paralyzing certainty that other drivers were going to do the most illogical, unpredictable things imagina…………… continues on Greensboro News & Record

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Gary Stein: Bad parenting runs amok in South Florida
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My first experience with parents gone nuts came when Little Stein was in Little League.

He was no great ballplayer. I had no visions of him landing a $ 100 million contract and paying back his parents for the incredible sacrifice they put into his upbringing.

But, even without much success, he tried to enjoy the experience. He liked playing baseball. For a while.

But then the parents really got involved. Berating coaches. Yelling vile stuff at umpires. Hollering at other parents. Embarrassing their own kids with their actions. And pushing their kids beyond the point where the whole experience was fun.

Coaches — most of them coaching their own children — could be even worse. Some coaches were good, many weren’t. They would have a bunch of 8-, 9- and 10-year-old kids, and treat them like they were in Marine boot camp. Nothing like trying to prove your manhood.

These were adults who managed youth teams like they were on television and in the World Series. Everything was dead serious. You want fun, kid, then go play video games at an arcade.

Little Stein eventually outgrew youth baseball and found other interests. He went to practices and never quit a team, but I wouldn’t have blamed him if he did. The pressure, the pushing, the actions of overzealous parents and coaches had taken a lot of the joy out of it. Tr…………… continues on Sun-Sentinel

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Parenting for the Perplexed: Teaching 3-year-old how to act in shul takes time …

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012

Parenting for the Perplexed: Teaching 3-year-old how to act in shul takes time …
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Rachel Biale, MSW, is a Berkeley-based parenting consultant who has been working with parents of very young children for more than 25 years. Send questions through her Facebook page: Parenting Counseling by Rachel Biale or via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Our 3-year-old loves going to shul, but over the past months we have realized this love does not flow from his deeply religious nature but from the chance to run wild with “The Gang of Four” — a small group of 4-year-old boys.

Our shul is very kid-friendly and has a kids’ program for part of the service, but recently we (along with the other parents of this group) have been asked to keep our kids quietly at our side. When we tell our son he has to stay with us, he throws a huge tantrum. We are on the verge of a moratorium on Shabbat at shul, but A) we don’t want to miss it (we love shul too!), and B) we don’t want to give him that kind of power. What shall we do? L.D. in San Jose

Dear L.D.: As you have seen, neither parents nor God will trump a group of 4-year-old boys in the heart of a 3-year-old. That said, you want to harness his passion in the service of fostering a lifelong love for shul and Shabbat. The question is how to allow…………… continues on

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Parenting other parents has become a day at the beach
News from San Diego CityBEAT:

Aaryn Belfer

Before I let my daughter go to the home of a school friend whose a) parents I’ve never met or b) house I’ve never visited, there are a couple of things I do. First, I say no way in hell is she going over there. Then I calmly reconsider and ask the parents if they’re gun owners, and regardless of the answer, I generally say no way in hell is she going over there. Unless I’ve visited and white-gloved to my satisfaction (I recently invited myself to dinner before deciding whether Ruby could go for a sleepover), it’s more likely I’ll open my doors for the play date / sleepover / glorified babysitting stint.

And I don’t particularly care if other parents think it’s weird or over the top, just like many of them apparently don’t care if I think their laissez-faire method of child rearing is under it. And calling it laid-back is an overstated description. I never fail to be amazed by the actions of other parents.

While I’m busy bubble-wrapping my child and packing her securely in a Styrofoam box with peanuts—along with explicit instructions on how to ki…………… continues on San Diego CityBEAT

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Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens

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