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  • Rejection of common law, history and tradition (Law that redefines fatherhood clears CA state leg)

    07/18/2011 1:51:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    CalCatholic ^ | July 18, 2011
    Yet another bill opposed by the state’s Catholic bishops is on its way to the governor for his signature – this one co-sponsored by homosexual advocacy groups that seek to redefine fatherhood in a way that favors children with same-sex parents. The bill, AB 1349, sponsored by Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, passed the state Senate by a vote of 23-14 on July 14. It cleared the Assembly 52-22 in May. The measure was co-sponsored by Equality California and the National Center for Lesbian Rights. “AB 1349 is a bill that is intended to redefine fatherhood for children born to...
  • Scalia wrong, Thomas right on violent video games

    06/30/2011 4:39:19 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 293 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 30, 2011 | Ken Klukowski
    Those who paint U.S. Supreme Court justices with a broad brush only prove they don't really understand the court. Justice Antonin Scalia was dead wrong in striking down California's restriction on selling horribly violent video games to children. And Justice Clarence Thomas did a spectacular job of showing why the Founders would uphold this law. California enacted a law restricting the sale of graphically violent video games to children, requiring an adult to make the purchase. One such graphic game involves the player torturing a girl as she pleads for mercy, urinating on her, dousing her with gasoline and setting...
  • Minn. parents who pleaded guilty to chaining son, 5, to bed are denied visitation rights.

    05/28/2011 11:01:04 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 4 replies
    StarTribune.com ^ | 5/28/11 | AP
    DEXTER, Minn. - The Dexter parents who pleaded guilty to chaining one of their sons to his bed have been denied visitation rights. Thirty-three-year-old Brian Dale Miller and 26-year-old Charity Lynn Miller requested visitation with the younger of their two sons Friday. They both pleaded guilty earlier this month to gross misdemeanor false imprisonment. They were accused of chaining their 5-year-old son to his crib and withholding food and access to the bathroom from him and his 8-year-old brother.
  • Are these the most PC parents in the world?

    05/25/2011 12:13:08 PM PDT · by Immerito · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | May 25, 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Meet Storm. With those big blue eyes, fair hair and chubby cheeks, the four-month-old is certainly adorable. But whether this baby is a bruising boy or a blushing girl is, the parents say, a secret. In fact, they’re leaving the decision up to him – or her. The bizarre move has led to Kathy Witterick, 38, and husband David Stocker, 39, being labelled the most politically correct family in the world.
  • Parents keep child’s gender under wraps (barf alert)

    05/24/2011 3:26:20 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 136 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/24/2011 | Zachary Roth
    When many couples have a baby, they send out an email to family and friends that fills them in on the key details: name, gender, birth weight, that sort of thing. (You know the drill: "Both Mom and little Ethan are doing great!") But the email sent recently by Kathy Witterick and David Stocker of Toronto, Canada to announce the birth of their baby, Storm, was missing one important piece of information. "We've decided not to share Storm's sex for now--a tribute to freedom and choice in place of limitation, a stand up to what the world could become in...
  • UW study: Teens don't need parents as 'drinking buddies'

    04/29/2011 8:53:38 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 15 replies · 2+ views
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | April 27, 2011 | VANESSA HO
    Parents who let their kids drink when supervised – because they think it's safer than an outright ban on underage drinking – may want to rethink their approach due to a new study in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Co-authored by University of Washington professor Richard Catalano, the study (PDF) found that teens who drank with adult supervision had more drinking-related problems than teens raised with a zero-tolerance attitude. "Kids need parents to be parents and not drinking buddies," Barbara McMorris, the study's lead researcher, said in a statement. McMorris is a senior research associate at the...
  • One in FOUR children in the U.S. is raised by a single parent

    04/28/2011 8:58:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | April 27, 2011
    One in four children in the U.S. is being raised by a single parent - a percentage that has been on the rise and is higher than other developed countries, according to a report released today. Researchers found that the U.S. had 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries.
  • McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit

    04/19/2011 10:03:07 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 42 replies · 1+ views
    McDonald's grimaces at Happy Meal lawsuit Photo 12:20pm EDT By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A lawsuit seeking to stop McDonald's Corp from offering toys with Happy Meals must be dismissed because parents can always choose not to buy the meals for their children, the hamburger giant said in a court filing late on Monday. The lawsuit accuses McDonald's of unfairly using toys to lure children into its restaurants. The plaintiff, Monet Parham, a Sacramento, California mother of two, charges that the company's advertising violates California consumer protection laws. The Happy Meal has been a huge hit for McDonald's...
  • The 7 Biggest Mistakes Newbie Baby Namers Make

    04/16/2011 11:46:10 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 208 replies
    Parent Dish ^ | Apr 7, 2011 | Pamela Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz
    There are few things more thrilling in life than having your first baby. But newbie baby namers are prone to making some mistakes that more experienced name choosers are able to avoid. If you're choosing a baby name for the first time, don't make one of these seven common mistakes: 1. Believing that the names that were popular -- and creative -- when you were a kid still have the same status. Name tastes have changed radically over the last decade or two. Goodbye, Jessica and Josh, hello Layla and Serenity, Landon and Tristan -- all top 100 names. 2....
  • Tucson Parents Rights Review of Educational Material Law Enacted

    04/16/2011 8:27:48 AM PDT · by usalady · 7 replies
    AllVoices ^ | Martha
    Tucson and Arizona parents have been given a say over what education materials are used in public schools.
  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Ariz. religious schools

    04/05/2011 9:49:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2011 | Marianne Medlin
    The U.S. Supreme Court building in D.C. Washington D.C., Apr 5, 2011 / 05:56 am (CNA).- In what's being lauded as a major victory for parental choice in education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona residents have a right to claim tax credit for donations to non-profit groups that provide scholarships to religious schools.“Parents should be able to choose what’s best for their own children,” attorney David Cortman of the Alliance Defense Fund said. “This ruling empowers parents to do just that.”On April 4, the high court ruled 5 – 4 to dismiss a lawsuit backed by the...
  • Marine Corps Resource for Parents and Mentors

    03/29/2011 3:39:30 PM PDT · by lifeasamarine1 · 1 replies
    Militaryspot.com ^ | 7/21/2010 | Lance Cpl. Jolene Cooper
    7/21/2010 By Lance Cpl. Jolene Cooper, Marine Corps Recruiting Command MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.- Marine Corps Recruiting Command launched a new web page www.lifeasamarine.com on Monday. The Web page allows parents, teachers, coaches and others to communicate about their experiences with the Marine Corps. The site may be especially useful for parents who have concerns about their son or daughter joining the Marine Corps. Anyone is able to access and browse this Web site, but those who sign up on the site will have the opportunity to upload photos, videos and stories about how the Marine Corps has impacted...
  • College's Harsh Reality (Stop Sending Your Kids--They're Too Dumb)

    03/24/2011 4:30:16 AM PDT · by suspects · 63 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | Marsh 24, 2011 | Michael Graham
    It’s college admissions season, when parents will open their mailbox and find out the bad news: Their kids were accepted to an elite, big-name college. That’s right: bad news. Higher education is one of those topics — like the current state of Islam, illegitimacy rates in the black community or Bill Belichick’s overrated reputation — that people in polite society are not allowed to discuss honestly. And the obvious, glaring truth is that too many parents are sending kids to college, kids who don’t have the academic firepower to make it through a round of “Jeopardy,” much less four years...
  • 'Becoming a grandmother at 29 is my worst nightmare' says mum

    02/27/2011 1:36:00 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 5:40 PM on 27th February 2011 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    "'Becoming a grandmother at 29 is my worst nightmare' says mum after discovering her 14-year-old daughter is pregnant" A woman who is set to become Britain's youngest grandmother at 29 said it was 'her worst nightmare' when she discovered her 14-year-old daughter was pregnant. Kelly John said she always hoped Tia would not repeat her mistake and become pregnant at 14. But after getting over the shock, the grandmother-to-be has vowed to do 'everything' to bring up the new baby.
  • When Teachers Strike: A Memoir

    02/19/2011 3:20:38 AM PST · by Scanian · 25 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2011 | Beverly Gunn
    In the early fall of 1980, our family was stationed at an Army Post named Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. The town next to the base was Sierra Vista, Arizona. The teachers of Sierra Vista schools became a testing ground for collective bargaining by the NEA, in one of their early excursions into union control vs taxpayers. But a strange turn of events happened that fall that bear revisiting, since the strikes in Wisconsin center around collective bargaining, and as a consequence, local taxes. In 1980, teachers at all the schools in the town of Sierra Vista decided to go on strike....
  • Cultural vandalism

    01/21/2011 2:29:14 AM PST · by Scanian · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 21, 2011 | MICHAEL A. WALSH
    Lost in the wake of the horrific shootings in Tuc son was a modest battle in the culture war: The State Department quietly decreed that some passport applications would henceforth be gender neutral. No more "mother" and "father"; such terms were apparently too retro, too judgmental for the Foggy Bottom bonzes. Instead, Parent One and Parent Two would do just fine. O Brave New World, that has such bureaucrats in it. A backlash quickly ensued, so Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backed away (some), ordering that the terms "mother" and "father" could peacefully coexist with the new "parent" designations on...
  • What Chinese-American Mothers Do Wrong (and Right)

    01/18/2011 6:44:06 AM PST · by Tom Carter · 8 replies
    Opinion Forum ^ | January 18, 2011 | Dr. Jim Taylor
    Have you read the article on wsj.com by Amy Chua, a Chinese-American mother (and law professor at Yale)? If not, you probably don’t have children. It is a must-read! I was both mesmerized and appalled by the article; like driving past a horrific car accident and wondering whether anyone survived. I realize that her article has lit up the blogosphere, but, as the author of three parenting books and the father of two girls myself, I just couldn’t resist tossing my two cents into the cyber-well.
  • Wrestling Coach Put on Leave for Challenging Obama

    01/14/2011 8:53:54 AM PST · by Candor7 · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 13, 2011 | Todd Starnes
    An Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter (Kruggmann)has been placed on administrative leave from his job at a Minnesota high school after he insulted President Obama’s intelligence and challenged the commander in chief to a fight.
  • APNewsBreak: More warning signs on day of shooting

    01/11/2011 5:47:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 11, 2011 | Amanda Lee Myers and Justin Pritchard, Associated Press
    <p>TUCSON, Ariz. – The 22-year-old man accused of trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a deadly shooting rampage wrote "Die, bitch" in a note found at his home, a sheriff's official told The Associated Press on Tuesday.</p> <p>Investigators believe Jared Loughner's handwritten message was a reference to Giffords, Pima County Chief Rick Kastigar said. It was found in a safe alongside other ones, including "I planned ahead," "My assassination" and the name "Giffords."</p>
  • Parents of Jared Loughner Say They 'Don't Understand' What Prompted Rampage

    01/11/2011 5:00:40 PM PST · by kristinn · 63 replies
    ABC News ^ | Tuesday, January 11, 2011 | Devin Dwyer, Tonya Kerr, Josey Crews, and Emily Friedman
    The devastated parents of accused Tucson shooter Jared Loughner released a statement today saying they "don't understand" what prompted their son to allegedly go on a "heinous" shooting rampage that killed six and injured 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. It was the first word from Loughner's family since the carnage on Saturday. "This is a very difficult time for us. We ask the media to respect our privacy. There are no words that can possibly express how we feel. We wish that there were so we could make you feel better. We don't understand why this happened. It may...
  • Neighbor: Suspect parents blame selves (Louchner)

    01/11/2011 8:49:50 AM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies
    ABC 15 ^ | 1/11/2011
    A neighbor says the parents of the suspect in Saturday's shooting spree in Tucson are devastated and guilt-ridden. Jared Loughnerappeared in court Monday on federal charges that he tried to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed a federal judge. He is also accused of killing five others and wounding or injuring 13 others. Wayne Smith, who lives across the street from the family, said Randy and Amy Loughner blame themselves.
  • Teen kicked off basketball team for hairstyle(stupid parents sues school district)

    01/07/2011 12:47:20 PM PST · by greatdefender · 78 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | Janurary 7, 2011 | Cameron Smith
    George Steinbrenner famously refused to let Yankees players compete with any facial hair, or "unruly" haircuts. While those relatively manic standards were applied to professionals (extremely highly compensated professionals, at that), a similar measure is now being used to keep an eighth grader off his junior high basketball team. According to a number of sources, the Indianapolis Star and Associated Press chief among them, the parents of a Greensburg (Ind.) Community Junior High School student have filed a lawsuit against the district citing discrimination against their son, who was kicked off the team because his hairstyle violated a code of...
  • To the Left, Children Are Compensation

    12/30/2010 1:10:44 PM PST · by Rhonda Robinson · 16 replies · 16+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | Suzanne Venker
    What makes a good parent? Many things, of course. But an obvious prerequisite is someone whose parenting goals have less to do with what he or she wants and more to do with what children need. Sadly, this attitude no longer prevails in mainstream American society. Elton John and Eva Longoria (Neil Patrick Harris, too) are the latest to jump on the Me first, Child last bandwagon. Longoria is in the process of divorcing husband Tony Parker (like most women in Hollywood eventually do), but she has no intention of letting a small thing like that stop her from being...
  • At California School, Parents Force an Overhaul

    12/13/2010 6:47:29 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 19 replies
    NYT ^ | 12-12-10 | Jennifer Medina
    By Marlene Romero’s count, her son has had just one effective teacher in his five years at McKinley Elementary School here. Most of the time, she said, he has merely shuffled through classrooms, struggling in math without ever getting extra help. So when an organizer came knocking at her door promising that if she signed a petition, her son’s school could radically improve, Ms. Romero immediately pledged her support. Now, she is one of more than 250 parents in Compton who are using a new state law to force the failing school to be taken over by a charter school...
  • AP Buys Education Clue

    12/13/2010 10:57:25 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academiat ^ | December 13, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The Associated Press might actually be onto something in its education coverage. “An Associated Press-Stanford University Poll on education found that 68 percent of adults believe parents deserve heavy blame for what’s wrong with the U.S. education system — more than teachers, school administrators, the government or teachers unions,” Donna Gordon Blankenship wrote in an AP story that went out on December 12, 2010. “Only 35 percent of those surveyed agreed that teachers deserve a great deal or a lot of the blame.” “Moms were more likely than dads — 72 percent versus 61 percent — to say parents are...
  • Facebook: Should parents 'friend' their children?

    12/11/2010 10:28:22 PM PST · by Cardhu · 37 replies
    BBC ^ | December 10th 2010 | Jimmy Smallwood
    When Facebook was entirely dominated by people under the age of 25, things were simple. But now an important social question has arisen - should you "friend" your child, or accept a parent as a "friend"? For a generation brought up on social networks, your "friends" can range from closest confidants to someone you met at a conference. People you've "friended" for networking purposes are afforded equal status to your sister. Your friends on social networks might also be your 20-something son who's travelling round Thailand or your 13-year-old daughter. These are tricky waters for a parent to navigate, unsure...
  • Teens are getting pregnant to get on MTV’s ‘Teen Mom’ show

    12/07/2010 4:23:28 PM PST · by Niuhuru · 25 replies
    Popeater ^ | December 7 2010 | Popeater
    If you’ve ever seen Teen Mom, you know that it in no way glorifies teen parenthood. Those young moms and dads are struggling, and despite the rumors that MTV pays them around $60,000 a season, (which MTV refuses to comment on) many of them are shown relying on government assistance to get by. The young women on the show, as much as their lives are put under the microscope, do get famous in their way.
  • Son Stabs Parents, Is Killed By Father, Police Say(CT)

    12/06/2010 4:01:29 AM PST · by marktwain · 51 replies
    ctnow.com ^ | 5 December, 2010 | MARK SPENCER
    GRISWOLD —A father shot and killed his 24-year-old son, after the son had repeatedly stabbed him and his wife while they were in bed Saturday night, state police said. At about 7:40 p.m., David Gemeasky Jr. entered the bedroom of a home at 655 Bethel Road and stabbed David Gemeasky Sr., his father, police said. Gemeasky Jr. then stabbed Tamara Brennan, who is his biological mother, as she was trying to flee the attack, state police said. Gemeasky Sr., although suffering from serious stab wounds, was able to get his shotgun and shoot Gemeasky Jr., police said Gemeasky Jr. was...
  • Are you a wimpy parent? Check for these 7 signs

    11/08/2010 3:00:31 PM PST · by Stand Watch Listen · 77 replies · 1+ views
    Dayton Daily NEws ^ | Nov 8, 2010 | Gregory Ramey, Ph.D., The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton
    I have evaluated numerous children whose only problems are that they live with loving and dedicated parents who are wimps. There is no psychological test yet to diagnose this disorder, but here is how you can assess yourself and perhaps avoid a visit to a therapist’s office. 1. Are you more concerned about your children’s feelings than their behaviors? Wimpy parents care excessively about making their children feel comfortable. While feelings are important, the real world judges us all on actions. Wimpy parents are reluctant to require their youngsters to do anything that may feel uncomfortable. One parent told me...
  • 85% of College Grads Move Back Home

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Getting a degree used to be a stepping stone to limitless career opportunities. Now it's more of a hiatus from living under your parents' roof. Stubbornly high unemployment -- nearly 15% for those ages 20-24 -- has made finding a job nearly impossible. And without a job, there's nowhere for these young adults to go but back to their old bedrooms, curfews and chore charts. Meet the boomerangers.
  • Private School Parents Arrested for Hosting Wild Homecoming Party

    10/12/2010 3:52:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 2+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Tue, Oct 12, 2010 | Todd Wright
    Private school homecoming party gets way out of hand. Parents arrestedBeing the cool parents at a ritzy private high school has come at a cost for one South Florida couple. Shlomo “Steve” and Jeannie Rasabi were arrested over the weekend for throwing the homecoming party of the decade for their teenage sons and about 500 of their closest Facebook and Myspace friends. According to the Palm Beach Post, the Rasabis stayed in their room in their Boca Raton estate as the kids went wild with the liquor cabinet. When police arrived after receiving phone calls about a loud party, they...
  • New Policies Exterminating Teen Mall Rats

    09/27/2010 1:32:31 PM PDT · by MissTed · 34 replies
    ABC News ^ | 9/23/10 | Kathleen Schaefer
    On Friday and Saturday nights, at an increasing number of malls across the country, teenagers are being forced to bring along the one person they'd most likely rather leave behind: a parent. Dozens of malls now have what they call a "parental escort policy," meaning teens under the age of 18 have to be with a parent or guardian who is 21 or over to enter. Most shopping centers have these restrictions only on weekend evenings, but some keep them in place seven days a week. The Mid Rivers Mall in St. Louis, Mo., started sending away teens at the...
  • ‘Superman’ strikes

    09/26/2010 3:23:28 AM PDT · by Scanian · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | September 26, 2010 | Editorial
    It’s the film the teachers unions don’t want you to see. The revelatory documentary “Waiting for ‘Superman’ ” opened Friday to parents’ cheers — and union howls. The film follows five families trying desperately to escape failing traditional public schools in favor of charter schools — and it profiles education reformers rebuilding a national school system that’s in ruins. The unions panned the flick, naturally: It exposes how they drag kids down into the swamp, spotlighting how bad teachers are passed from school to school and how all-but-automatic tenure allows even the worst teachers to stay on the job. But...
  • A Generational Perfect Storm - Boomerang Kids Meet the Homeless Baby Boomers

    09/20/2010 9:16:27 PM PDT · by jerry557 · 47 replies
    The Dollar Vigilante ^ | 09/20/10 | Jeff Berwick
    When times are good, or at least relatively good, unsustainable trends can appear sustainable. The now-aging baby boomers who had a lot of their wealth tied up in their home and the stock market were feeling great. They had just come off of a 20 year super-bull market in equities and up until 2007 they were seeing the value of their home increase by leaps and bounds every year. Sure, their kids were scraping by on credit card and student loan debt. But there were jobs to be found and even if they couldn't scrape by they could always count...
  • ACTION REQUEST - BABY DNA (MN)

    09/15/2010 12:56:24 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 7 replies
    Citizens' Council on Health Care ^ | 9-15-10 | Twila Brase
    As a result of our request, more than 160 individual requests from parentshave been sent to the Minnesota Department of Health seeking information on how their child's newborn bloodspots (DNA) was used. That's a great start, but we need many more parents to act. OUR GOAL - There are 73,000 children born every year in Minnesota. We want at least 3,650 parent requests sent to the health department. That's just 5% of the number of baby DNA specimens collected and retained in ONE year. Child Health Profiles: We expect to find one or more of the nearly 59,000 children used...
  • Call Me Irresponsible?

    08/17/2010 11:01:47 AM PDT · by AccuracyAcademia · 38 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 17, 2010 | Deborah Lambert
    While baby boomers are still the driving force that controls America’s cultural and spending habits, when it comes to preferred methods of communication, they are pathetically out of the loop. These days, phone calls are “out” and texting is “in,” which can create another area of tension between parents and their 18 to 34 year old millennial offspring, according to the Washington Post. Young people say it’s a control thing – but it’s more likely a new media thing. The view among those 18 to 34-year-olds in the Facebook and Twitter set is that making a phone call is invading...
  • Taking Back The Schools--What Are The Best Tactics???

    06/25/2010 11:36:31 AM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 53 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | May 14, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    Anyone who has ever tried to sue a school, change a PTA, join a school board, or in any way to manipulate what a public school was doing, please share your experiences and suggestions. To start the discussion, here are a few options: YAHOO GROUPS: anybody can form a group on Yahoo. I know of a group in Jersey City where parents share notes about teachers, courses, and candidates. This is an easy way to mobilize 100 or 200 people so they’re all on the same page when they deal with the school. PARENT-TEACHER ASSOCIATION: Martin Gross, in his book...
  • Activist Group Threatens Lawsuit Unless Happy Meal Toys Banned

    06/22/2010 12:29:56 PM PDT · by HandsOffMyFreedom · 35 replies · 1+ views
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | June 22, 2010 | NSLF
    Taking the Santa Clara County, Calif. Happy Meal toy ban to the national level, a radical consumer activist group is threatening to sue McDonald’s if it continues to include toys in kids meals. “McDonald’s is the stranger in the playground handing out candy to children,” said Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI) litigation director Stephen Gardner. “McDonald’s use of toys undercuts parental authority and exploits young children’s developmental immaturity—all this to induce children to prefer foods that may harm their health. It’s a creepy and predatory practice that warrants an injunction.” Gardner couldn’t be more wrong in his...
  • Deployed Parents Can View Defense Schools’ Graduations

    06/04/2010 7:11:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 182+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 4, 2010 – Deployed servicemembers with children graduating from Department of Defense Education Activity-managed schools in Europe this month will be able to view a live broadcast of the ceremonies. An estimated 125 servicemembers deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations have children taking part in 14 graduation ceremonies, DoDEA officials in Wiesbaden, Germany, said. For the seventh consecutive year, DoDEA will provide a webcast of the graduation ceremonies to include congratulations videos from the U.S. European Command commander and each service component commander, as well as student messages and graduation announcements. The webcast will feature the graduation...
  • Nanny-State UK to Inspect Homes of Parents with Children Under 5 years

    05/18/2010 7:57:22 AM PDT · by peachykeene · 18 replies · 590+ views
    Mail Online ^ | May 17, 2010 | Jenny Hope and Steve Doughty
    Parents of children under five are to get home checks to ensure they are keeping their youngsters safe. Inspectors will check whether families have installed smoke alarms, stair gates, locks on medicine cupboards, windows and ovens, and fitted temperature controls to stop bath water getting too hot. Guidelines for inspections have been drawn up on the instructions of the Department of Health in a bid to prevent injuries among under-15s in the home. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279182/Parents-5s-face-nanny-state-home-inspections-children-safe.html#ixzz0oHvruAX3
  • Principal to Parent: "Eat (Expletive) and Die"

    05/14/2010 4:42:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 768+ views
    NBC Miami ^ | Fri, May 14, 2010 | Todd Wright
    PTA wants Coconut Grove Elementary principal firedA Miami elementary school principal might be in store for a paddling after she mistakenly sent an e-mail telling a parent what she really thinks of her. The e-mail, which told the parent to "eat s--- and die," was actually meant for the assistant principal of the school, not that that makes it any better. Honestly, how many teachers or principals have wanted to send this type of e-mail to an annoying parent, but never had the guts (or stupidity) to hit the "send" button? We'd guess every single one of them. Now the...
  • The Federal Fat Police

    05/14/2010 1:59:29 AM PDT · by verklaring · 23 replies · 725+ views
    CNS news ^ | Penny Starr,
    ...The grant-receiving states would be required to mandate that all health care providers in the state determine the Body Mass Index of all their patients in the 2-to-18 age bracket and then report that information to the state government. The state government, in turn, would be required to report the information to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for analysis....
  • When the Ties That Bind Unravel (Parents Estranged from Adult Children)

    05/05/2010 8:16:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies · 950+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/3/2010 | TARA PARKER-POPE
    Therapists for years have listened to patients blame parents for their problems. Now there is growing interest in the other side of the story: What about the suffering of parents who are estranged from their adult children? While there are no official tallies of parents whose adult children have cut them off, there is no shortage of headlines. The Olympic gold medal skier Lindsey Vonn reportedly hasn’t spoken to her father in at least four years. The actor Jon Voight and his daughter, Angelina Jolie, were photographed together in February for the first time since they were estranged in 2002....
  • Engineer Brigade to present memorial sign to parents of fallen Soldier

    05/01/2010 10:54:34 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 246+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Spc. Heather Todd, USA
    BAGHDAD – In October 2005, Company B of the Ohio-based 612th Engineer Battalion lost one of its own when 20-year-old Sgt. Jeremy Hodge, from Rushylvania, Ohio, was killed in action when an IED detonated near his humvee during a mission here. "Soldiers with the 1434th Engineer Company build a border to protect the “Hodge Hall” sign on its trip back to the States to be presented to the family of Sgt. Jeremy Hodge, a member of the 612th Engineer Battalion killed in action here by an IED in October 2005. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dan George." Over the past...
  • NJ Principal Asks Parents To Ban Social Networking (Busybody Alert)

    04/28/2010 7:39:44 PM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 16 replies · 534+ views
    WCBSTV ^ | 4/28/10 | Lou Young
    controversial proposal has students horrified at a Bergen County middle school on Wednesday. The principal is asking parents to join a voluntary ban on social networking. Eighth grader Ali Feinberg told CBS 2 she uses her iPhone to check her Facebook account "a lot" and some of her friends said the same. Now all have to talk to their parents about getting off the popular social network. It won't be easy. "I am very addicted to Facebook," Feinberg's classmate Elizabeth Dolan told CBS 2. Anthony Orsini, the principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, sent out an e-mail Wednesday...
  • Money Management and Your Aging Parent

    04/22/2010 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 280+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 4/22/2010 | Candy Arrington
    Many of our depression-era parents are extremely frugal. They use duct tape to repair items or discontinue use of appliances rather than replacing them. On the other hand, some loosen their guarded nature regarding finances and spend without thinking of the consequences. Lonely widows and widowers and the hard-of-hearing are likely prey for telemarketers. And mail order catalogues, TV shopping networks, and mail or telephone solicitations for charities can also spell budget-busting problems for our aging parents. To protect your loved one, it is important to communicate concern without belittling their intelligence.
  • Parents Plan to Fight School Closings (Atlanta - should bankrupt schools remain open?)

    04/12/2010 5:01:34 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies · 393+ views
    4/11/10
    Two stories about Atlanta - Parents Plan to Fight School Closings How school closure impacted a community
  • Parents Deserve Louder Voice in Country's Education Debate

    04/12/2010 10:04:12 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 19 replies · 405+ views
    CATO ^ | 2010-03-23 | Gene Healy
    While Washington, D.C., focuses on the federal power grab in health care, there's another ongoing drive for regimentation that hasn't received the scrutiny it deserves. A panel of educators assembled by 48 state governors and school superintendents just released a uniform set of math and reading standards for the nation's students. If the Common Core State Standards Initiative were totally voluntary, there would be little to fear. But for too many education reformers, whatever is not forbidden is compulsory. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan has said that "if we accomplish one thing in the coming years, it should be...
  • Bullying and Harassing

    04/09/2010 1:41:13 PM PDT · by Patriot777 · 48 replies · 820+ views
    Denver Post.com ^ | April 9, 2010 | Patriot777
    DALLAS — A 13-year-old hangs himself in a Johnson County, Texas, barn. An 8-year-old jumps out of a two-story school building in Houston. Nine Massachusetts teenagers face jail time after allegedly harassing a girl so mercilessly that she killed herself. These incidents, all of which took place in one week, reframe the age-old phenomenon of the schoolyard bully. Students are turning to suicide, experts say, as an escape from taunts that now continue beyond the school day through cyberspace. Such drastic responses, they say, reveal how an action once considered a rite of passage has turned into a public health...
  • Parents have sixth-grader arrested

    04/09/2010 9:46:19 AM PDT · by rawhide · 18 replies · 1,014+ views
    newsherald.com ^ | 4-9-10 | SARAH OWEN / News Herald Writer
    CALLAWAY — Police arrested a sixth-grade student Monday at the request of the boy’s parents, after he said he stole and then gave away more than $7,000 worth of his mother’s jewelry. The boy told police he gave a classmate at Everett Middle School a white gold ring and a diamond ring, which he had taken from his mother’s jewelry box the previous week. When he asked the girl to return the jewelry, she gave back the white gold ring but said she “had lost” the diamond ring, according to a Bay County Sheriff’s Office report. The boy gave a...