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PJ Parenting Roundtable: What’s the Best (and Worst) Parenting Advice You’ve …

Posted by on Thursday, 13 August, 2015

PJ Parenting Roundtable: What’s the Best (and Worst) Parenting Advice You’ve …
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Every week PJ Parenting writers weigh in on parenting issues large and small and you have the opportunity to share your insights in the comments section below. We’d love it if you’d join us for a cup of coffee and some great conversation!

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What is the best (and worst) parenting advice you’ve ever received? 

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Megan Fox: The best parenting advice was whoever (and I have no memory of who it was because I haven’t slept in nine years) said “no one knows better than you what your kids need.” That has proven over and over again to be a true statement. It is especially important to trust yourself when you go up against those who are supposed to wield superior knowledge over you, like doctors and teachers. No one loves or has my children’s best interest at heart more than their parents. There have been many times when advice I was given by autho…………… continues on PJ Media

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The pseudoscientific war on parenting
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Proliferating “studies” seem to indicate social scientists are out to prove one thing: Children ultimately make their parents unhappy.

There was the study out of Princeton University and Stonybrook University in June 2013, which found that in areas of the world with higher fertility, i.e. more children, there was a marked decrease in happiness.

The November 2013 study out of Open University in the United Kingdom found that both childless married and unmarried people, as well as unmarried parents, were happier than married parents. Being mom and dad, while married, is just the lamest.

The latest, last week in the journal Demography, looked at the lives of 2,000 Germans and measured their happiness level from before the time they had children until two years afterward. They found that 70 percent of the respondents experienced a drop in happiness.

A Washington Post story on the study notes: “On average, new parenthood led to a 1.4 unit drop in happiness. That’s considered very severe.

“To put things in perspective, previous studies have quantified the impact of other major life events on the same happiness scale in this way: divorce, the equivalent of a 0.6 ‘happiness unit’ drop; unemployment, a one-unit drop; and the death of a partner a one-unit drop.”

So having children makes you more unhappy than divorce, death of a spouse or…………… continues on New York Post

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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
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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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What to Watch (if You’ve Seen the Rest) – New York Times

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 August, 2014

What to Watch (if You’ve Seen the Rest) – New York Times
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Is this the future of parenting?
News from KSAT San Antonio:

Babies are unpredictable, messy and constantly changing. Sleep-deprived parents struggling to make sense of their tiny humans’ behaviors are starting to take a scientific approach, collecting data in the hopes of solving problems like not sleeping through the night.

Ankle monitors are typically associated with criminals on house arrest, but the latest gadget for this generation of tech-saturated parents mimics the shackles of old — in much friendlier colors.

Sproutling’s baby ankle monitor tracks vitals such as heart rate and body temperature, and can tell if a baby is moving or in a dangerous face-down sleeping position. The environmental sensor picks up on the humidity, noise levels and temperature of the baby’s room. Best of all, it learns about each child’s behaviors over time and adjusts accordingly.

For example, it might deduce the optimal room temperature for sleeping based on a child’s nap patterns and point out that lowering the temperature two degrees will help the baby sleep 20 minutes longer. Or if it senses elevated noise levels, it could warn parents that their child is going to wake up unless it’s quieter.

But are there are concerns about introducing yet another gadget into parenting. Children are already glued to their iPads, parents to their smartphones. Instead of relying on first-person observations or their own instinc…………… continues on KSAT San Antonio

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