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Parenting Tips: Here Are Five ‘Secret’ Tips That You’ll Love To Hear

Posted by on Monday, 1 December, 2014

Parenting Tips: Here Are Five ‘Secret’ Tips That You’ll Love To Hear
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Even though you may have read many blogs, magazines, and books that are overloaded with parenting tips and advice, here are five parenting tips that you more than likely did not see or fully understand at first glance.

Studies have proven that later school start times can effectively boost performance most teenage students. However, elementary school students need to have the same provision as well.

One study from the University of Kentucky shows that later elementary sch…………… continues on The Inquisitr

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Bad parenting could give zebra finches the evolutionary edge – Phys.Org
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5 parenting tips you’ve never heard before

Posted by on Sunday, 30 November, 2014

5 parenting tips you’ve never heard before
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5 parenting tips you’ve never heard before

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Woman honored for parenting special-needs children
News from Billings Gazette:

A Billings woman will be honored Sunday for her extraordinary work as a parent.

Cheryl Degges, who has adopted 13 special-needs children, will be awarded the Robert and Beverly McRae Service to Humanity Award in a ceremony at First Congregational Church, 310 N. 27th St., where Degges is a member.

The event, which begins at 12:30 p.m., will include a luncheon. Four of Degges’ children also will be baptized on Sunday.

The award is named after the McRaes, who adopted 11 children of diverse ethnic backgrounds, according to Walt Gulick, one of the award’s originators. The couple also had two biological children and cared for 30 foster children over the years.

Robert McRae was a physics instructor at Montana State University Billings, where Gulick also taught.

“They were really a model of the biracial family, and they were very loving parents,” Gulick said.

He and Russ Lord established the award in 1992. And since then, it has been awarded on occasion to deserving recipients.

“We wait to give it to exceptional families,” Gulick said. “We think it’s so important to recognize those people who go above and beyond in supporting foster kids and adopting kids.” 

Four full-time helpers assist Degges in caring for her children. As part of the award, she will receive $ 2,000, Gulick said.

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Parenting tips could be printed on diapers encouraging parents to talk more – Daily Mail

Posted by on Saturday, 22 November, 2014

Parenting tips could be printed on diapers encouraging parents to talk more – Daily Mail
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  • Suggestion that parenting tips could be printed on babies’ nappies 
  • Prompts would remind mothers and fathers to talk to their children 
  • Thought that the plan could help aid children’s language development 
  • Proposal is being discussed by the UK-based Behavioural Insights Team 

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Ain’t No Scandal Like an Online Parenting Forum Scandal
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JPMoms, the 11-year-old online forum for moms with questions about nannies, summer camp, schools, vaccines, yeast infections, repairmen, orthodontists, post partum depression, nursing bras, and everything in between, announced a decision to trim its 3,229 members to a significantly smaller group.

The site’s moderators posted a statement that indicated plans to limit membership to Jamaica Plain and a small set of surrounding neighborhoods:

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“JP Moms has grown to over 3000 members … Due to members who have moved away and out-of-area parents joining JP Moms, we have found that the community connection is being lost. Therefore, the moderators will be ensuring that JPMoms members are residents of these areas, and are active posters (posting topics or responses several times yearly)to maintain a smaller, active, community group. Out of area memberships will no longer be available as o…………… continues on Boston.com

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Countryside Parenting Tips: Ordinary genius

Posted by on Wednesday, 2 July, 2014

Countryside Parenting Tips: Ordinary genius
News from Northbrook Star:

A genius possesses rare talents of the mind and heart.  They are usually awkward introverts, strange, muttering fellows who boil vast quantities of complex information down to one useful truth.  Stephen Hawking nestled the universe into a nutshell.  Charles Darwin explained the evolution of all life through the wizened smile of a tortoise.  Jonas Salk pondered millions of polio cells and created the tiny vaccination that rescued humanity.

Parenting is not a competitive field, though it often feels like it is. Parents can set a good example, influence, guide, challenge and care, but the control we exercise over our children and the choices they make is finite and limited.  A parent’s success cannot be measured by a child’s accomplishments.

Parenting is now complicated in ways that are contrived, ridiculous and totally disorienting.  Kids are enrolled in violin lessons before they can tie their shoes. We expect our children to compete athletically before we give them permission to cross the street.  Middle school students are hustling to algebra class, but they have no idea where to look for red apples in the grocery store.  Adolescents spend their days in virtual w…………… continues on Northbrook Star

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‘The Myth Of The Spoiled Child’ Bucks Conventional Parenting Wisdom
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While most experts warn parents of the perils of spoiling their children, Alfie Kohn’s new book, “The Myth of the Spoiled Child,” takes a dramatically different approach to parenting. 

Read an excerpt from “The Myth of the Spoiled Child”:

Does Permissive Parenting
Create Spoiled Kids?

Even if a lot of parents were permissive and a lot of children were self-­centered, these phenomena are not necessarily related. Those who criticize what they see as an indulgent style of child-rearing are obliged to show, rather than merely assume, that it explains the characteristics in children they find troubling.

There’s nothing new about trying to link undesired outcomes to insufficiently traditional parenting. Indeed, the entire 1960s counterculture was attributed to parents—well, let’s just say “blamed on” parents, given the assessment of that counterculture by those who did the attributing. Specifically, the fault was said to lie with moms and dads who supposedly let their offspring have their way too often. This connection seems to have been sparked in the spring of 1968 by a New York Times Magazine essay called “Is It All Dr. Spock’s Fault?” written by a young sociologist named Chr…………… continues on WGBH NEWS

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Countryside Parenting Tips: Four Red Flags

Posted by on Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

Countryside Parenting Tips: Four Red Flags
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Some parents will immediately find the four red flags useful and funny, those for whom the habits of the naughty child are already familiar. We know when our family train has run off the rails.  Reading the short list brings a brief pause, a “yes, indeed” deep breath.  We think of the children we love. We recognize ourselves.

“Emergency!” we quietly scream.  “Mayday!  All hands on deck!”

When parents spot a red flag, it’s time to double-back and strategize.

1.  Silent defiance. Head turned slightly, chin almost touching shoulder, tongue pushing out on cheek.  This gesture is most common in girls, but can occur in both sexes.

2.  Slow blink.  This stony expression appears when a young person is given an undesirable direction from an adult.  The loved child stares impassively, blinking with exaggerated slowness.

3.  Failure to respond.  If the child does not have the amateur poker player’s “tell” (averted eyes, slight shift in position, brief hesita…………… continues on Northbrook Star

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(Im)perfect Parenting: When moving is unexpectedly sad
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When I was seven months pregnant with my daughter, we moved into our first two-bedroom apartment. I remember standing in each empty room, looking around and trying to picture all the “firsts” my unborn daughter would experience in our new home. I was filled with excitement, anxious to create memories with my family.

This week, almost five years after moving into that apartment, we packed our things and moved into a new townhome. When we began stripping our photos from the walls and sticking our belongings in boxes, I began to feel something I didn’t expect: sadness. I was thrilled to be moving into bigger and better digs, but I still found myself feeling very emotional. This goodbye was harder than other goodbyes.

I’ve done my fair share of moving. In the past, after everything was packed and the spaces empty, I’d take a final look around and bid a confident farewell to the place I had called home. But when we moved from this last apartment, my goodbye didn’t come as easily. I found mysef glancing around the empty rooms and catching flickers of the past, memories of my daughter and everything we had experienced as a family within its walls.

Late last week I gave my daughter a bath, and as I shampooed and rinsed her hair, it hit me like a ton of bricks: it was the last bath she’d have in that tub. Bittersweet nostalgia crept over me as I remembered…………… continues on Nooga.com

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Mom Convo: Tips to make parenting a little easier

Posted by on Sunday, 8 June, 2014

Mom Convo: Tips to make parenting a little easier
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Rochelle Riley: Academy for pregnant, parenting teens aims to break cycle of …
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Catherine Ferguson Academy, a public charter school of choice for pregnant and parenting teens, is slated to close at the end of the school year. A new school with a similar mission, called Pathways Academy, is scheduled to open in a former retail store on Detroit’s east side. / Ryan Garza/Detroit Free Press

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Perspective on Parenting: Tips for finding a good summer sitter

Posted by on Sunday, 1 June, 2014

Perspective on Parenting: Tips for finding a good summer sitter
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Warmer weather, longer days and a more carefree attitude have many of us singing: ?It?s summer time, and the living is easy.? Truthfully speaking, though, parents don?t always consider children home from school and requiring daily supervision an easy venture.

Working and stay-at-home parents alike juggle childcare in the summer months, when young children are on summer break. This is when some families, like ours, choose to hire either a part- or full-time caregiver to help lighten the load.

With so many college and high school students looking for summer employment, there?s usually no shortage of people willing to fill this role. But when it comes to our children, we obviously want a candidate who?s responsible, caring and trustworthy.

Here?s a true story ripped from the pages of my life as a parent. A few years ago, I ventured into the world of hiring summertime sitters. Despite feeling a little guilty about this because I?m primarily a stay-at-home mom, I was looking for some occasional relief. I had a 6-, 4- and 2-year-old who kept me on my toes constantly, so the opportunity to have a ?date night? with my husband or a reliable set of hands to help me out on a busy afternoon was appealing.

After screening applicants, I found a sweet, young lady via one of the well-known caregiving web sites popularly advertised. On what I…………… continues on Daily Local News

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Mom allowing fear to interfere with parenting decisions
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For the first five years of her life, it was just me and my now 13-year-old daughter. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing. I wasn’t consistent; I didn’t hold her accountable; I was an enabler. Her behavior toward me became increasingly disrespectful. My second husband tried to open my eyes, but I was in complete denial. Finally, in her pre-teen years, I started to hold her accountable and tried my best to be more consistent. Now, when she disrespects me I take privileges away, assign her extra chores, and send her to her room for the rest of the day. That seems to work, but only for a few days. Then it’s back to square one.

Things are especially awful after she spends time with her dad. Lately she’s been yelling that I don’t love her and she’s going to live with her dad once she turns 14. I recently went to take away her iPod for a day for defiant behavior. She threw the iPod down, causing it to break, which she blamed me for. Considering I can’t take her iPod away anymore, should I come up with a different consequence or is not allowing her to replace the broken one enough? I’m tempted to empty her room of everything she owns, but I wonder if that’s going too far, if it will completely destroy any chance of a relationship with her. HELP!

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5 Tips for Powering Up Your Parenting in the New Year

Posted by on Wednesday, 1 January, 2014

5 Tips for Powering Up Your Parenting in the New Year
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As the big hand creeps its way toward midnight on December 31, most people give at least a fleeting thought to New Year’s resolutions. Those usually have to do with eating or exercise or a nagging behavior ripe for modification. And we all know how long those last: Not very. Instead, let’s talk about resolving to make some changes in your parenting — small adjustments that you can do and keep up, that will make a big difference in your life with your child.

Even the best (whatever that means) of parents, has a list of things she thinks she could do better as a parent — not yell so much, get home earlier at night, be more patient. I’ll bet you have at least one of those on your own list, right?

Here are 5 parenting tips for the coming year — ones that you can easily put into practice — that you might want to add to your resolutions.

1. Listen to your kids. Sounds obvious, even ridiculous, doesn’t it? There is a reason we are given one mouth and two ears. Children want and need air time. And when they get it from you, the unspoken message is: You matter. I care about…………… continues on Huffington Post

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What Your Kids Call You Says a Lot About Your Parenting Style
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Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY! Come on, you know exactly what I’m talking about, don’t you? When your kids want something, they want it now, and Mom is the one they go to to get it.

Ok, maybe your kids call you something other than “mommy.” Are you Mom, or maybe even Mother? Actually, I’m willing to bet that what your kids call you says a lot about your parenting style.

7 Things Kids Call Their Moms That Says a Lot About Their Relationships

Ma’am: You are old fashioned, and a stickler for rules and regulations. You raise your kids military style. Their beds are made first thing in the morning. Their clothes are pressed.

Mama: You are the crunchy type. You never turn down an opportunity to cuddle, and are likely to have co-slept or tandem nursed your toddler.

Mother: You are kind of scary (sorry, but this is how Norman Bates referred to his mom). You are a tiger mom, raising your kids to be overachievers. They are already taking mandarin, violin … before their first birthdays.

Mom: You’re casual and generally laid back. Maybe your kids are getting a little bit older, and too cool to keep up with the mama or mommy references.

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7 Practical Tips for Parenting Digital Natives

Posted by on Tuesday, 17 December, 2013

7 Practical Tips for Parenting Digital Natives
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“What are your recommendations for balancing technology use with socializing face-to-face?” This question was directed to a panel of psychologists at our recent high school PTA meeting. A universal parenting dilemma in our social media landscape, if ever one existed post-1999.

The evening’s discussion began with adolescent brain development and ended with Facebook, Instagram and chat rooms. Nervous nods and sighs of relief were exchanged as parents volunteered one teen antic after another. I shared how my son asked for an iPhone upon starting middle school. He got a bells-and whistle-less flip phone instead.

Call me old-school, but the last thing I need is a data plan to add to the hormonal mix.

As a mental health professional, I noted the anxiety in the room around being a teen back in the day mixed with parenting a teen now. An old high school classmate’s voiced surfaced: “You know Linda, high school makes or breaks you.”

’80s big hair and shoulder pads aside, common sense parenting prevails.

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5 effective parenting programs to reduce problem behaviors in children
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All parents want what’s best for their children. But not every parent knows how to provide their child with the tools to be successful, or how to help them avoid the biggest adolescent behavior problems: substance use, delinquency, school dropout, pregnancy and violence.

These problems can affect children for the rest of their lives. University of Washington researchers evaluated about 20 parenting programs and found five that are especially effective at helping parents and children at all risk levels avoid adolescent behavior problems that affect not only individuals, but entire communities.

“With these programs, you see marked decreases in drug use, reduced aggression, reduced depression and anxiety, and better mental health,” said Kevin Haggerty, assistant director of the UW’s Social Development Research Group in the School of Social Work.

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10 ridiculously useful parenting tips for the holidays

Posted by on Saturday, 30 November, 2013

10 ridiculously useful parenting tips for the holidays
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1. Traveling with children can be a challenge, especially in this season of chilly weather and crowded airports. To make it easier, assemble an arts and crafts kit – crayons, paper, felt, markers, stickers, pipe cleaners, glitter-glue – in a sturdy box. Use the box to knock yourself unconscious.

2. Children crave routine, and find listening to the same stories over and over again soothing.  If you’ve grown weary of the holiday books you’ve read your kid 7,883 times, try adding “dude” to the end of every line of dialogue.

3. Religious traditions are easy to lose sight of in today’s marketing frenzy.  Make sure you take time to gently usher your little ones into the rituals that have special meaning for you. In our household, we’ve made a point of teaching our daughter all the parts in our annual holiday pageant. There’s nothing more heartwarming than watching your child chime in on time-honored favorites like “I’m Jewish Enough Not to Want a Fucking Christmas Tree, Victoria.” “Talk to Me When You Own a Menorah that Isn’t Made of Tinfoil” and “Can We at Least Call It a Holiday Bush or Something?”

4. If you love the idea of attributing all your hard work to some ruddy-faced, morbidly obese imp from an enchanted, snow-covered land, consider telling the children that their Christmas gifts were delivered by beleagu…………… continues on Salon

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Best Parenting Tweets: What Moms And Dads Said On Twitter This Week
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Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 140-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy. Click through the slideshow below to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents on Twitter for more!

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