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  • (August 31, 2011) The 1979 6-Year-Old: Less Reading, More Range (This first-grade readiness checklis

    03/22/2015 3:57:54 PM PDT · by bgill · 34 replies
    Slate ^ | August 31, 2011 | KJ Antonia, Slate
    Is your child ready for first grade? Earlier this month, Chicago Now blogger Christine Whitley reprinted a checklist from a 1979 child-rearing series designed to help a parent figure that one out. Ten out of 12 meant readiness.... "Can he travel alone in the neighborhood (four to eight blocks) to store, school, playground, or to a friend's home?" It's amazing what a difference 30 years have made.
  • USDA: Cost to raise child up slightly to $245,340

    08/18/2014 9:02:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 18, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
    A message for new parents: get ready for sticker shock. A child born in 2013 will cost a middle-income American family an average of $245,340 until he or she reaches the age of 18, with families living in the Northeast taking on a greater burden, according to a report out Monday. And that doesn’t include college—or expenses if a child lives at home after age 17. Those costs that are included—food, housing, childcare and education—rose 1.8 percent over the previous year, the Agriculture Department’s new “Expenditures on Children and Families” report said. …
  • Just Say No- For white working-class women, it makes sense to stay single mothers.

    04/23/2014 3:09:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Slate ^ | April 23, 2014 | Naomi Cahn and June Carbone
    ".......... Lily, just like better-off men and women, believes that marriage means an unqualified commitment to the other spouse. When you marry someone, you support him in hard times. You stick with him when he disappoints you. You visit him if he ends up in jail. And you encourage him to become an important part of your children’s lives. It’s just that Lily doesn’t believe that Carl is worth that commitment. Nor does she believe that she will meet someone who will meet her standards anytime soon, and the statistics back her up.The economy has changed. A higher percentage of...
  • Social conservatives’ enduring myth: Women just want to stay home

    10/31/2013 6:52:52 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Salon ^ | October 31, 2013 | Elizabeth Stoker and Matt Bruenig
    Women in the workplace isn't just about feminism, it's economic necessity with the GOP-shredded safety net During a HuffPost Live segment last week titled “Masculinity Now,” Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes aired a series of expletive-laden perspectives on modern femininity, none of them positive. While McInnes’ host and co-panelists maintained their calm, the blogger and publisher ranted that “feminism has made women less happy,” citing cultural pressure to “feign” toughness and inappropriate presence in the workforce as culprits. In short, McInnes’ claim is that the majority of women are naturally predisposed to derive satisfaction from “being domestic and shaping lives” rather...
  • Average cost to raise a kid: $241,080

    08/15/2013 7:31:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 08/14/2013 | Melanie Hicken
    <p>From day care to the monthly grocery bill, the cost of raising a child is climbing at a rate that many families can't keep up with.</p> <p>It will cost an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child born last year for 18 years, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Wednesday. That's up almost 3% from 2011 and doesn't even include the cost of college.</p>
  • Company president, 60, 'slaps 19-month-old toddler in the face on a plane......

    02/16/2013 1:19:01 PM PST · by Morgana · 97 replies
    mailonline ^ | STAFF
    FULL TITLE: Company president, 60, 'slaps 19-month-old toddler in the face on a plane and tells his mother to ''shut that n****r baby up''' A man has been accused of racially abusing then physically assaulting a 19-month-old child on a flight to Atlanta last Friday. Joe Rickey Hundley, 60, allegedly demanded that the mother of the crying toddler 'shut that n****r baby up' before slapping the infant in the face on the Delta flight on February 8. According to The Smoking Gun, Hundley has been charged with simple assault after the incident with Jessica Bennett, 33, and her son Jonah....
  • 'Mom, go upstairs. We're all liberals.'

    10/25/2012 9:53:17 PM PDT · by Altariel · 60 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | October 24, 2012 | Annie Lake
    Ouch. Monday night was the first time I heard my daughter apply that label to herself, and the word didn't please me. She and six friends/coworkers were about to watch the final Obama-Romney debate on the large-screen TV in our suburban basement. These twenty-something kiddies were enjoying our hospitality because it was free. They're a company (founder, partners, contractors, trainee), part of the start-up trend whereby young persons hang out at coffee shops, staring into laptops, trying to start the next Foursquare or Fab and make a billion dollars. Until that happens, they can't afford things like airfare or hotels....
  • Male Texas school official spanks teen girl, setting off corporal punishment gender debate

    09/24/2012 11:18:55 PM PDT · by Altariel · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 24, 2012 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A Texas mother says a local school district is covering its own rear end by considering a policy change regarding corporal punishment after a male vice principal paddled her daughter so hard it left a nasty mark. The district in Springtown, just outside of Fort Worth, allows corporal punishment, but only when doled out by a teacher or administrator of the same sex as the student. But when Taylor Santos, 15, allegedly let a classmate copy her homework, Vice Principal Kirt Shaw disciplined the girl with a large wooden paddle, which he swung with a violent, upward motion, according to...
  • “Hunter,” a Deaf 3-Year-Old, Told Signing His Name Violates School’s Gun Policy

    08/31/2012 8:37:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Free Range Kids ^ | August 28, 2012 | Lenore Skenazy
    Hi Folks!  This is perhaps the most absurd story ever reported here — and that’s saying a lot! A reader named Rachel writes:A Deaf child named Hunter is not allowed to use his name sign because the sign for “Hunter” (a dictionary word) uses the thumb and first two fingers in a gun shape and suggests a shooting motion. Here’s the story.These school officials have lost their ability to reason if they believe stripping a child of his name is necessary for safety under a weapons policy. Educators who are unable to use logic and critical thinking have no business...
  • When is A Bumbo Seat Safe Enough?

    08/23/2012 8:07:53 AM PDT · by Altariel · 12 replies
    Free Range Kids ^ | August 20, 2012 | Lenore Skenazy
    Hi Folks! Just read about this warning regarding Bumbo Seats — little seats that look even safer than normal seats because there’s a big, hmmm, I guess “bumbo” in front of the crotch, wedging the child in. (See below.) About 4 million — that’s 4,000,000 — have been sold. And now they are being recalled for retooling — basically adding a safety belt — after reports of 2 baby skull fractures. (Two, that is, while the seat was on the ground. Another 19 occurred when the seat was on a raised surface and presumably the child fell out or off.)Now,...
  • Outrage of the Week: Mom Arrested for Letting Her Kids, 11 & 7, Walk to Pizza Shop

    08/06/2012 9:45:49 AM PDT · by Altariel · 69 replies
    Free Range Kids ^ | July 17, 2012 | Lenore Skenazy
    Yes, readers, it’s another case of child protective craziness. According to the Manchester, Conn. Patch, a local  mom was charged with “risk of injury to a minor and failure to appear after police say she allowed her seven-year and 11-year old children to walk down to Spruce Street to buy pizza unsupervised.” And according to reader Bob who sent this to us, Google Maps shows that we are talking about a half-mile walk! In addition to the solidarity of outrage, please post your ideas for how to protest the idea that kids are in danger every time they do something...
  • Baby death from shopping cart accident serves as warning

    04/01/2012 4:50:49 PM PDT · by Altariel · 114 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | September 28, 2011 | The_Stir Parenting
    aybe it's the culture in Los Angeles, but every time I go to a different grocery store, there are so many options for children in the grocery cart, I wonder what's next: A teenager cart equipped with an Xbox? I've seen infant seats, booster seats, plastic cars that fit two toddlers or big kids attached to the front of the cart, and carts that have a traditional seat that fits two kids instead of one. But even with all of these options, we can never be too safe when it comes to putting our children on top of a shopping...
  • A Field Guide to the Middle-Class U.S. Family

    03/13/2012 5:49:56 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 12, 2012 | Shirley S. Wang
    Los Angeles Anthropologist Elinor Ochs and her colleagues at the University of California, Los Angeles have studied family life as far away as Samoa and the Peruvian Amazon region, but for the last decade they have focused on a society closer to home: the American middle class. ... In 22 of 30 families, children frequently ignored or resisted appeals to help, according to a study published in the journal Ethos in 2009. In the remaining eight families, the children weren't asked to do much. In some cases, the children routinely asked the parents to do tasks, like getting them silverware....
  • Islamic Child Rearing(Graphic)

    12/23/2011 8:26:12 AM PST · by massmike · 13 replies ^ | 12/23/2011 | n/a
    Muslims are just like Christians, except they are trendily exotic, and of course infinitely more politically correct. Christians have Christmas; Muslims have quaint rituals like Ashura, during which they please the demon Allah by slicing open children.
  • Luciano: 'Wicked' Munchkins spoil the experience

    10/20/2011 10:55:11 PM PDT · by Immerito · 10 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | October 18, 2011 | PHIL LUCIANO
    In "The Wizard of Oz," the Scarecrow has no brains - but at "Wicked," certain parents suffer the same shortcoming. The wildly popular musical, pulling them in at the Civic Center through Oct. 30, is the prequel to the Dorothy-led shenanigans through Oz. Crowds are wowed by the theatrics and singing, and I was also blown away - by the irritating children behind me. I think it was a trio of kids, but - for all the racket they made - it might've been three dozen. They were young and small; one seemed preschool age. And they whined and kicked...
  • UK riots: 'Being liberal is fine, but we need to be given the right to parent'

    08/11/2011 2:28:13 AM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 24 replies
    Guardian ^ | August 10, 2011 | Amelia Gentleman
    Amelia Gentleman asks Tottenham residents and community leaders if bad parenting is at the root of the lawlessness "Parents are fearful about how they chastise their children," Clasford Stirling, a veteran youth worker, who runs the football club at Broadwater Farm community centre in Tottenham, said. "There's been an erosion of authority for a long time. Parents move very gingerly not to upset their own kids – that's the reality." Broadwater Farm estate is again at the centre of the unrest in London. Mark Duggan, whose death last week sparked London's riots, was brought up here, and sent one of...
  • The no-kids-allowed movement is spreading

    07/27/2011 12:00:44 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 156 replies
    Shine via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | Piper Weiss
    What's the matter with kids today and why doesn't anyone want them around? In June, Malaysia Airlines banned babies from many of their first class cabins, prompting other major airlines to consider similar policies. -snip- Earlier this month, McDain's, a Pittsburgh area restaurant that banned kids under 6 became a mascot for the no-kids-zone movement. According to a Pittsburgh local news poll, more than half of area residents were in favor of the ban. And now big business is paying attention. "Brat bans could well be the next frontier in destination and leisure-product marketing," writes Robert Klara in an article...
  • Permissive parents: Curb your brats

    07/23/2011 10:13:44 AM PDT · by Immerito · 100 replies
    CNN ^ | July 5, 2011 | LZ Granderson
    Grand Rapids, Michigan (CNN) -- If you're the kind of parent who allows your 5-year-old to run rampant in public places like restaurants, I have what could be some rather disturbing news for you. I do not love your child. The rest of the country does not love your child either. And the reason why we're staring at you every other bite is not because we're acknowledging some sort of mutual understanding that kids will be kids but rather we want to kill you for letting your brat ruin our dinner. Or our plane ride. Or trip to the grocery...
  • Tiger Mother, Burning Bright (Is the Chinese approach to child-rearing superior ?)

    05/23/2011 6:28:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/22/2011 | John Barnett
    Americans have always been anxious about how their kids are turning out.  But at this moment in history -- when that traditional source of anxiety has been joined by growing nervousness about the rise of China -- any writer who hit upon the idea of connecting the two by arguing, essentially, that Chinese parentage is just better would have been guaranteed to strike a nerve.  Just ask Amy Chua, whose recent Wall Street Journal piece, provocatively entitled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior," became an overnight internet smash. Indeed, "strike a nerve" is not really an adequate metaphor to describe the...
  • Economist Bryan Caplan: Kids Can Be Cheaper Than You Think...

    04/07/2011 7:34:39 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 4 replies ^ | April 7, 2011 | Brian Doherty maybe you want more of them than you think you want. He makes the case for this controversial proposition at length in his fascinating and well-argued new book Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids: Why Being a Great Parent is Less Work and More Fun Than You Think. He makes a much shorter version of the case over at the New York Times's "Economix" blog today. One of his central contentions is, roughly, that since research shows that the effect of upbringing specificially as opposed to genes on how kids turn out in the long run is very small,...
  • Should Toddlers Wear a Leash for Safety?

    10/10/2010 2:14:38 PM PDT · by Immerito · 160 replies
    Twins ^ | Unknown | Lisa A. Goldstein
    Using a leash with a toddler is a controversial issue about which many parents have strong opinions. We asked two moms and an expert to share their thoughts on this topic. Yes! "I think leashes are excellent for the safety they provide those toddlers who have the tendency to run," says Karen Black, a mom from Rochester, N.Y. For Black, the impetus to purchase a leash occurred after two incidents. The first one occurred in a mall; she lost her son four times because he pulled his hand from hers and ran full force. The second time he managed to...
  • Today’s kids can’t tie shoes, do laundry

    10/03/2010 7:23:17 PM PDT · by Immerito · 126 replies
    The Chronicle Herald (CA) ^ | October 2, 2010 | BETH J. HARPAZ
    NEW YORK — Second-graders who can’t tie shoes or zip jackets. Four-year-olds in Pull-Ups diapers. Five-year-olds in strollers. Teens and preteens befuddled by can openers and ice-cube trays. College kids who have never done laundry, taken a bus alone or addressed an envelope. Are we raising a generation of nincompoops? And do we have only ourselves to blame? Or are some of these things simply the result of kids growing up with push-button technology in an era when mechanical devices are gradually being replaced by electronics? Susan Maushart, a mother of three, says her teenage daughter "literally does not know...
  • Atheist child indoctrination, “child abuse,” and “brain washing”

    07/10/2010 8:29:54 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 25 replies
    Examiner ^ | May 15, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    Albuquerque’s local all things liberal publication “The Weekly Alibi” reported on a local “workshop on thoughtful ways to raise intellectually curious children outside of a religious faith” via the atheist catechism in the form of the book “Parenting Beyond Belief: On Raising Children Without Religion” which was an “event, sponsored by the Humanist Society of New Mexico.” As much research as uncovered, “raise intellectually curious children…” is a way for atheist parents to hide the fact that they want to raise their children to be atheists. Of course, research has also uncovered that some atheist parents are not at all...
  • The price of perpetual adolescence

    06/15/2010 2:00:10 PM PDT · by Rummyfan · 10 replies · 393+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 15 June 2010 | Michael Barone
    An article in the New York Times examines the trend toward prolonged adolescence. It notes that an increasing percentage of people in their twenties are living with their parents, and that’s with pre-recession data; presumably it’s higher today. Also, “Adults between 18 and 34 received an average of $38,000 in cash and two years’ worth of full-time labor from their parents, or about 10 percent of their income,” with a link to this study. All of which got me thinking about the much ballyhooed provision of the Obamacare bill that allows parents to include “children” up to age 26 in...
  • For Some Parents, Shouting Is the New Spanking

    10/22/2009 5:21:44 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 54 replies · 1,780+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 22, 2009 | Hilary Stout
    JACKIE KLEIN is a devoted mother of two little boys in the suburbs of Portland, Ore. She spends hours ferrying them to soccer and Cub Scouts. She reads child-development books. She can emulate one of those pitch-perfect calm maternal tones to warn, “You’re making bad choices” when, say, someone doesn’t want to brush his teeth. That is 90 percent of the time. Then there is the other 10 percent, when, she admits, “I have become totally frustrated and lost control of myself.” It can happen during weeks and weeks and weeks of no camp in the summer, or at the...
  • In Italy, a Mamma Accused of Doting Too Much

    10/21/2009 12:51:41 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 24 replies · 1,131+ views ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Jeff Israely
    According to the evidence presented by prosecutors, Luca was not allowed to play with other children, go to church, participate in sports or leave the house before or after school. The boy's teachers said he was sent to school with his snacks already cut into bite-size portions for him. Investigators say the teachers noticed that he was both physically and psychologically stunted from such around-the-clock doting. "He didn't know how to run. He had the motor skills of a 3-year-old child," Andrew Marzola, the lawyer representing the boy, told the Milan newspaper Corriere della Sera.
  • 'Gay' family kids 7 times more likely to be homosexual (Gay is biological? NOT!)

    06/09/2009 11:56:57 AM PDT · by American in Israel · 54 replies · 3,012+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | June 08, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    practice outreaches is warning that it appears children of homosexual couples are seven times more likely to develop "non-heterosexual preferences" than other children, but lawmakers establishing policy often don't know that because the researchers have concealed their discoveries. "Research … although not definitive, suggests that children reared by openly homosexual parents are far more likely to engage in homosexual behavior than children raised by others," said the online report by Trayce L. Hansen. Studies she reviewed suggest children raised by homosexual or bisexual parents "are approximately seven times more likely than the general population to develop a non-heterosexual sexual preference."...
  • Do You Really Want to Rear Your Child in a Socialist Society?

    07/18/2008 12:17:24 AM PDT · by DakotaRed · 6 replies · 629+ views
    email, Right In A Left World ^ | July 11, 2008 | Lily Cuc White
    The following is a Term paper written by a young Vietnamese woman now married to one of the Pilot's I served in Viet Nam with. Lily was born after American involvement ended in Viet Nam and the Communist takeover. She is enrolled in a Business Law Course and the Term paper was for that class. Her effort was awarded with a 100% Posted with the permission of Lily. Do You Really Want to Rear Your Child in a Socialist Society?By Lily Cuc WhiteI was born and reared in a Socialist Society. Here is my personal testimony as to how good,...
  • Raising that '07 baby will cost $204,060 in U.S. (doesn't include video games and text messaging)

    03/25/2008 6:27:48 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies · 505+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/25/08 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters Life!) - Middle-income families can expect to spend $204,060 on feeding, housing and schooling a child born in 2007 until his or her 18th birthday, the U.S. government reported on Monday. Child care and education costs will represent a larger share of costs for raising the '07 baby through adulthood than they have in the past, the Agriculture Department said in an annual study on child-rearing costs. "The cost of providing food decreased from 24 percent to 17 percent of total child-rearing costs, while child care and education expenses increased from 2 percent to 12 percent," the department...
  • Blame It on Mr. Rogers: Why Young Adults Feel So Entitled

    07/05/2007 4:05:03 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 20 replies · 1,276+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 5, 2007 | JEFF ZASLOW
    Fred Rogers, the late TV icon, told several generations of children that they were "special" just for being whoever they were. He meant well, and he was a sterling role model in many ways. But what often got lost in his self-esteem-building patter was the idea that being special comes from working hard and having high expectations for yourself. Now Mr. Rogers, like Dr. Spock before him, has been targeted for re-evaluation. And he's not the only one. As educators and researchers struggle to define the new parameters of parenting, circa 2007, some are revisiting the language of child ego-boosting....
  • Competitive Parenting 1-A

    05/25/2007 7:24:42 AM PDT · by fgoodwin · 380+ views
    Sacramento Union ^ | May 18, 2007 | KATY GRIMES
    Competitive Parenting 1-A By KATY GRIMES, Sacramento Union Columnist Thursday, May 24, 2007 (online) Friday, May 18, 2007 (paper edition) (Sacramento Union) When did parenting become America's most competitive adult sport? Outrageous stories from parents all around Sacramento abound, from parents behaving badly at kids competitive sports events to academic competitiveness. Competitive parenting is out-of-control. Once upon a time in a land far, far away, there was a world where children could play at being children. …playing fields for games of soccer, baseball and capture-the-flag; and tight-knit neighborhoods where kids played hide-and-go-seek and red-rover until it was dark…...
  • A Nation of Wimps

    07/29/2006 8:43:38 PM PDT · by tbird5 · 72 replies · 2,813+ views
    psychology today. ^ | 5 Jul 2006 | Hara Estroff Marano
    Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle. Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching. Few take it half-easy on the perimeter benches, as parents used to do, letting the kids figure things out for themselves. Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their...
  • In the name of the father

    07/15/2006 7:09:34 PM PDT · by fgoodwin · 4 replies · 558+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | Sun 16 Jul 2006 | DANI GARAVELLI
    In the name of the father DANI GARAVELLI Sun 16 Jul 2006 ONCE upon a time, I believed it didn't matter a whit whether a baby was born into a family with one parent or two. Or with two mothers or two fathers rather than a mother and a father. Why should it? What was important was not the number or gender of the parents, but whether or not they were loving and attentive. That was, of course, before I had any of my own. Now I realise that bringing up children is a challenge even for two well-meaning...
  • Parents turn to tech toys to track teens

    07/10/2006 1:47:07 PM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 196 replies · 2,199+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 9, 2006 | Janine DeFao
    Paige White was surprised when her parents figured out soon after she started driving last year that she'd gone 9 miles to a party, not 4 miles to the friend's house she'd told them she was visiting. It seemed to her almost as if her car was bugged. It was. Paige's parents had installed a device in their daughter's SUV that can tell them not only how far she's driven, but how fast and whether she's made any sudden stops or hard turns. "I was kind of mad because I felt it was an invasion of my privacy," said the...
  • The Parent Trap

    05/17/2006 7:04:57 AM PDT · by Jane2005 · 13 replies · 432+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 5/17/2006 | Glenn Harlan Reynolds
    Not long ago we worried about baby booms and overpopulation. Now some people are worrying about a "Global Baby Bust." Writing in Foreign Affairs, Phillip Longman says it's mostly because of economics: "In nations rich and poor, under all forms of government, as more and more of the world's population moves to urban areas in which children offer little or no economic reward to their parents, and as women acquire economic opportunities and reproductive control, the social and financial costs of childbearing continue to rise.
  • Nine Financial Shocks for New Parents

    05/16/2006 5:58:35 PM PDT · by Flavius · 39 replies · 1,103+ views
    yahoo ^ | 5/15/06 | Lynne Ticknor
    According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs a middle-income family $250,000 to raise a child from birth to age 17. And that doesn't include the cost of a college education. In the first year alone, the costs of a baby can reach between $9,000 and $11,000, and most new and expectant parents don't realize the size of the financial burden they are taking on. "Most people are more focused on the schedule disruptions and the exhaustion they will be facing," says Brette McWhorter Sember, a retired lawyer and author of "Your Practical Pregnancy Planner:...
  • PLEASE WATCH YOUR KIDS!!!! Or this could happen to them (See Video)

    11/08/2005 3:32:27 PM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 8 replies · 464+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 11/08/2005 | Craig DeLuz
    This is a Warning: to all of you parents (and I use the term loosely) who let their children run amok in public. If you don't watch out this could happen to them! Click Here to go to the Video Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense...
  • A Fast Track to Toilet Training for Those at the Crawling Stage

    10/09/2005 2:17:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 544+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 9, 2005 | TINA KELLEY
    Hannah Rothstein, 7 months old, has double thighs and a dimpled bottom, but very svelte German underwear. She can still fit into her birth-to-3-month-old clothes because she lacks her peers' familiar bulge in the rear. She can sleep all night without a diaper. And during the day, every so often, after her mother, Melinda, of Newton, Mass., places her on a plastic potty and makes a little "pss-wss-wss" sound like the one used to call a cat, Hannah uses the toilet. For many parents in the United States, the idea of potty training before a baby is able to walk,...
  • Academic who helped create Head Start dies

    09/26/2005 1:11:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 692+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/26/05 | AP
    ITHACA, N.Y. - Urie Bronfenbrenner, a Cornell University psychologist who pioneered an interdisciplinary approach to the study of child development and helped create the federal Head Start program, has died. He was 88. Bronfenbrenner, a member of the Cornell faculty since 1948, died at his home Sunday from complications from diabetes, the school announced Monday. The Russian-born Bronfenbrenner was credited with creating the interdisciplinary field of human ecology and was widely regarded as one of the world's leading scholars in developmental psychology and child-rearing. Before Bronfenbrenner, child psychologists studied the child, sociologists examined the family, anthropologists the society, economists the...
  • Elementary schools shouldn't be teaching homosexuality

    08/17/2005 1:16:17 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 133 replies · 1,834+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | August 17, 2005 | Al Kinght
    The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has been busy for 10 years ... creating gay student groups at hundreds of high schools and passing laws or regulations that limit or eliminate harassment aimed at homosexuals....The organization has also used part of its $4.3 million budget to promote a reading list for students as young as those in kindergarten.... At the high school level, some of this indoctrination might be excused on the grounds that students are old enough to make personal choices and maybe some of them can define terms like "sexuality" and "gender." No such excuse can...
  • Preparing Children for the "Real World"

    06/07/2005 10:02:08 PM PDT · by murphE · 10 replies · 557+ views
    Catholic Educator's Resource ^ | 2005 | RAY GUARENDI
    Dear Dr. Ray, I try hard to keep my kids innocent and to raise them more slowly than their peers. Regularly, I hear, “You can’t protect them forever. That’s a real world out there. They have to learn to deal with life.” — Cautious Mom -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, you can’t protect them forever. Yes, that is a real world out there. And yes, they do have to learn to deal with life. What does any of this have to do with raising your children at your pace, and not the world’s? What you are hearing makes my top ten list of...
  • Kids who have everything lack for something

    02/15/2005 5:02:05 AM PST · by FlyLow · 35 replies · 1,253+ views
    JWR ^ | 2-15-05 | Ruben Navarrette Jr.
    I recently asked a handful of community college instructors if they could identify the No. 1 problem they encounter with the students they teach. I've asked this question of other college and university professors before, and the answers I get back are usually academic: not enough preparation in high school, too much reliance on remedial courses, poor writing skills or a tendency to avoid classes that require lots of reading. Not this time. Academic concerns have been replaced by personal ones, the kind that can't be fixed with private tutors and more homework. Without hesitation, the professors agreed, the biggest...
  • Brats! Why Are So Many Parents Afraid To Say "No?"

    08/02/2004 5:49:37 AM PDT · by BluegrassScholar · 439 replies · 7,666+ views
    LA Times, via Memphis Flyer ^ | July 30, 2004 | Martin Booe
    <p>Carrie is 2 years old, with curly brown hair and Windex-blue eyes. In a still-life portrait, she would be adorable. In three dimensions, she's a cross between a Gerber baby and the Tasmanian devil. Bang. Bang, bang, bang, and bang and bang.</p>
  • Parenting a Second Generation: Drug Use, Mental Health Problems Force Grandparents to Step In

    04/05/2004 5:32:48 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 10 replies · 562+ views
    Cheyenne Wyoming Tribune-Eagle ^ | 04-05-03 | Olson, Ilene
    Parenting a second generation Drug use, mental health problems often force grandparents to step in By Ilene Olson Published in the Wyoming Tribune-Eagle CHEYENNE - Terry Kenny's days have been full since the children came. She spends much of her time doing laundry, feeding the baby, picking up toys, reading stories, trying to keep up with the kids and driving them to and from school and appointments. That was something she expected when her own children were small. But it came as a big surprise the second time around, when she and her husband Tim became the foster parents...
  • Half of Grade 6 students have seen R-rated movie

    11/20/2003 11:46:34 AM PST · by LiberalSlayer99 · 22 replies · 493+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 11/19/2003 | ALLISON DUNFIELD
    Efforts to keep mature-themed movies and computer games out of the hands of children are failing, a new study suggests. The survey found that half of children had seen an inappropriate movie by the time they were in Grade 6. By the time these children were in Grades 7 and 8, three-quarters had seen such material. Most (76 per cent) of the Grade 7 students who had seen unsuitable videos watched them at home, where they had been obtained by parents or an older sibling. One-quarter of these said they had rented the videos or DVDs themselves. For the study,...
  • Paul Weyrich Examines Parents Right to Know Act of 2003

    06/21/2003 6:10:51 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 26 replies · 342+ views ^ | 06-21-03 | Weyrich, Paul
    Parent's Right to Know Act of 2003 Paul Weyrich Saturday, June 21, 2003 Paraphrasing an old political slogan: It's time to let parents start being parents again. My wife and I were parents first, friends second to our children when they were growing up. But in today's society, it is very clear that all too many parents are trying to be friends first and parents second – if at all – to their children. Many of today's parents need to start setting definite boundaries for their children, teaching them good, honest, traditional values. And these parents need to start making...
  • Ranks of stay-at-home mothers on the rise

    06/16/2003 11:12:09 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies · 2,258+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 17, 2003 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- Nearly 10.6 million children were being raised by full-time stay-at-home moms last year, up 13 percent in a little less than a decade. Experts credit the economic boom, the cultural influence of America's growing Hispanic population and the entry into parenthood of a generation of latchkey kids. Of the 41.8 million kids under 15 who lived with two parents last year, more than 25 percent had mothers who did not have a paying job, according to a Census Bureau report. That was up from 23 percent, or 9.4 million children, in such situations in 1994, a bureau analyst...
  • How does one define honor for women in combat? (Should mothers be marching to war as a norm)

    03/26/2003 9:46:23 PM PST · by TLBSHOW · 13 replies · 456+ views
    townhall ^ | March 27, 2003 | Maggie Gallagher
    How does one define honor for women in combat? Of course, it was bound to happen. Casualties of war are inevitable. And although we have not as a nation reached the point of actually sending women directly into combat, we now send them so close to the front that it is unavoidable that some of those captured or killed by the enemy will be young women. Women such as 19-year-old Jessica Lynch, missing in action, an Army supply clerk whose convoy made a wrong turn into an ambush, the same ambush that led to the capture of 30-year-old Shoshana Johnson....
  • Question for Current or Former US Marines or Anyone in a Similar Frame of Mind Re Raising Kids

    12/20/2002 1:04:39 PM PST · by ReveBM · 55 replies · 610+ views
    myself | 12/20/2002 | ReveBM
    I currently have two kids, a girl and a boy ages four and two, and would be interested in raising them as prospective US Marines. I realize this sounds crazy. Please let me elaborate. I see the war with Islam going on for a generation or more. Unfortunately, I do see this as a war with Islam as it currently exists. I feel that this war may require greater participation and manpower than is currently anticipated, draft or no draft. I have no interest in forcing my kids to become anything, but I would like to train them in such...
  • Evans: Time for 'intrusion'? (Hillary - It Does Take A Village)

    10/20/2002 9:02:54 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 7 replies · 206+ views
    Daily Camera ^ | 10/20/02 | Clay Evans
    Seeing photographs of 8-week-old Tanner Dowler before he was beaten, burned and broken — a tiny twist of silk-fine hair, unfocused blue infant eyes, a pursed red mouth — makes his horrific murder that much harder to bear. How could anyone deliberately assault such vulnerability? I remain an optimist, amazed and grateful that out of 6 billion of us, more people are not murderers, sadists or terrorists. Yet the vulnerable remain exposed to people like Charles Benoit of Liberty, Mo., charged in the torture of a kitten on a barbecue in July, or Lyle Reid French of Louisville, who sexually...