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Thursday, March 12, 2015

When Combating the Bully, Our Hands Aren’t Tied

The Huffington Post – Lain Hensley

“As a part of growing up, most of us have experienced bullying either directly or indirectly. And despite our efforts to build awareness, today bullying still persists. As a society, we have to not only work to eradicate bullying, but also to prepare children for it. Like animals in the jungle, if somebody is weak, they get picked on so another can assert dominance. And the sad truth is, the behavior kids face today is at a new high, or low, depending how you measure it. Thanks to the Internet, cyber bullying is a whole new outlet for kids to attack the weakest members of the social herd outside the classroom. So how can we, as adults, combat this critical issue? As it turns out, we’re not as powerless as we might at times feel. Here are a few steps we can take.”(more)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Effective parenting leads to success

News Herald – Juliann Talkington


According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, children who are not raised in a proper environment are likely to have learning and developmental difficulties.


If this statement isn’t enough to make parents neurotic, the barrage of information might. Today there are diagnoses to explain almost every behavior problem — from attention deficit disorder to depression. As a result, it is easy to believe a child needs medication or counseling rather than parental guidance.


Then our busy lives create another challenge. Many parents feel guilty about the amount of time they spend with their kids. To compensate, parents give their children almost anything they want.


And some parents want to be “best friends” with their youngsters. These adults make their children “equals” in an effort to maintain approval.


Are we on the right track? According to research by Stanford University psychology professor Eleanor Maccoby, Harvard trained psychologist John Martin and University of California psychology professor Diane Baumrind, probably not. These researchers say there are four types of parents.


Uninvolved parents are not responsive to the child’s emotional needs or demanding about behavior.


Indulgent (permissive or nondirective) parents are more responsive than they are demanding. They tend to be nontraditional and lenient and generally do not require mature behavior, allow considerable self-regulation and avoid confrontation.


Authoritarian parents are highly demanding and directive, but are not responsive. According to Dr. Baumrind “They are obedience- and status-oriented, and expect their orders to be obeyed without explanation”.


Authoritative parents are both demanding and responsive and balance clear, high parental demands with emotional responsiveness and recognition of childhood autonomy.


These researchers also suggest indulgent parenting, like that highlighted in the examples above, is far from ideal. Instead they say authoritative parenting, a blend of authoritarian and indulgent parenting, is the most effective way to guide children. They use studies to demonstrate that this type of parenting produces well-adjusted, high-achieving kids.


Authoritative parents make a child feel accepted, loved, valued and supported and are also firm about expectations and limits. Unlike parents who have few rules or standards for their child’s behavior, authoritative parents establish limits for how their child acts. However, they also allow their child autonomy. And even though it is sometimes unnerving, they tolerate, support and encourage their child’s sense of individuality.


Authoritative parenting is really common sense. Give kids limits, establish consequences for poor behavior and allow them the freedom to grow into unique individuals. You should be pleased with the results.


Monday, March 2, 2015

Mums should back off their boys and let dads be more involved in their upbringing, says parenting expert

The Daily Mail – Naomi Greenway

“A top parenting expert has warned mothers that being too possessive of their sons and not letting men be strong father figures can be detrimental to their boys’ upbringing. The frank advice comes from parenting expert Noël Janis-Norton in her new book Calmer, Easier, Happier Boys. According to the parenting and behavioural specialist and former teacher, fathers have much greater influence than mothers in shaping boys into well-adjusted young men – but too often mothers find it hard to back off and let dad take control.”(more)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

How Can Schools Address America’s Marriage Crisis?

Education Next – Michael J. Petrilli

“This may seem like a ridiculous question. How can schools possibly persuade more adults to marry? And not have children out of wedlock? Fifty years ago, Daniel Patrick Moynihan himself decided it was inadvisable to offer solutions to problems afflicting the “Negro family.” Since then, our familial challenges have only grown deeper and wider, with 4 in 10 American babies now born to unwed mothers, including a majority of all children born to women in their 20s, and almost one-third of white babies. There are no obvious or easy prescriptions for reversing these trends. And why put this on the schools? One could argue that reducing teenage pregnancy is a reasonable job for our education system—and that if we could encourage girls to wait until they were in their 20s, and educated, to have babies, they might also wait for marriage. Well, teenage pregnancy rates are down 50 percent from their peak in 1990. High-school graduation rates are up, from 65 percent in the early 1990s to 80 percent today. Yet out-of-wedlock birth rates are as high as ever—we merely pushed early childbearing from the late teens to the early 20s. Now, the young adults who are having babies before marriage haven’t had any contact with the K–12 system for two years or more. Yet for educators and education policymakers to ignore the issue of marriage seems irresponsible. We tell ourselves that one of the great purposes of education reform is to lift poor children out of poverty. Today’s main strategy is to prepare many more low-income youngsters for college. According to the Pew Economic Mobility Project, 90 percent of low-income children who attain a four-year college degree escape the lowest income quintile as adults, versus just 53 percent of the non–degree holders. Put another way, individuals who grow up in low-income families are almost five times as likely to become low-income adults if they fail to complete a four-year college degree.”(more)

Friday, February 27, 2015

As Part of March “Sing With Your Child Month,” Leading Authority on Early Childhood Music Education Asks What Songs Get Your Family Singing and Dancing Together?

PR Web – Staff Writer

“March is Sing with Your Child Month, a time to focus on the importance of making music with children. This year the campaign…will focus on encouraging families to sing, dance, and move together…According to Kenneth K. Guilmartin, Founder/CEO of Music Together LLC, “The aim is to cultivate a larger conversation about making music together as a family; to create a public shared list of favorite songs; and to inspire all families to make music with their children in March—and all year long. When we sing and make music as a family, we form everlasting bonds and memories, which ultimately allow children to feel secure as they grow.” Research shows the impact of early music education and participating in music can have not only on musical growth, but also on overall development. Recent findings include: music instruction can promote key school readiness skills; music education in early childhood can have a profound impact on developing the areas of the brain integral to reading ability; and participation in music activities is associated with child and adolescent achievement outcomes in math and reading.”(more)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Has technology made your child vulnerable?

News Herald – Juliann Talkington


Does the rest of the world know more about your child than you do?


When Facebook first became popular, kids did not understand the permanence of social media posts or how a “private” post could be circulated to millions of people. Today most kids know the risks of posting inappropriate pictures, disclosing travel plans, and making caustic comments online.


Now parents are being forced to address a new set of challenges. The latest threats come from RFID (radio frequency identification) chips and search engine, social media, and credit card data collection.


RFID chips are used to track items at a distance. With recent prices drops, governments and private companies are embedding these chips into many things including driver licenses, credit cards, and clothing. In the right hands the information is helpful, since it can help curb credit card fraud and reduce shoplifting. However, the technology also makes it easy for criminals to track and take advantage of children.


One of the most concerning trends is information sharing between data collectors (driver license agencies and credit card companies) and police departments. Although information on police misconduct is not well publicized, some publications are suggesting that thousands of police officers are involved in criminal behavior including violence, drugs, theft, and forcible sex. As a result sharing detailed personal information with these agencies puts our kids at risk.


The second problem is equally troubling. Internet companies like Google and Facebook are collecting and selling personal information on their users at an alarming rate. The information is not only sold to companies who are interested in targeted marketing, but also to organizations that use the information for other purposes. This means criminals can get very detailed information on almost everyone, including children.


The challenge is we need to access and use information to function in the 21st Century. As a result, it is not realistic to prohibit our children from using the Internet. Instead we need to talk with our children about the issues, so they can minimize the information they release and are aware that criminals likely have all their personal information.


Then parents need to reduce the amount information they allow their children to place on the web and should demand the right to opt out of RFID programs. Most importantly, we need to support companies that allow us to protect our privacy.


We deserve to know more about our kids than Google, Cola Cola, and the government.


Friday, February 13, 2015

A healthier life for the whole family

Greenville Online – Liv Osby

“Where there’s a sedentary child with a poor diet, there’s a good chance there’s an unhealthy family too. Eating habits are learned at home. And physical activity can be too. So Greenville Health System’s Children’s Hospital decided that to improve a child’s health, the whole family needs to be treated…”It’s about helping the family learn to make healthy choices on a daily basis that will have a positive impact on their lives,” said Cara Reeves, a clinical psychologist with the program. “Everyone can benefit from eating healthier and being more active,” she added. “And it communicates to the child that we’re all doing this together.””(more)

Monday, February 2, 2015

What parents need to know about the measles vaccine

Today Health – Maggie Fox and Maren Shapiro

“Every parent knows the drill: the series of vaccines their kids start getting at birth, beginning with the hepatitis B vaccine. The outbreak of measles linked to Disneyland has millions of Americans looking at the vaccine schedule again — and wondering if their kids are protected. Here are some answers to your questions. Is my child protected? Any child born after 1999 should automatically have been given two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine starting at age 1. One dose makes 95 percent of patients immune to measles and the second dose, usually given at age 4 to 6, brings that up to 97-99 percent. Babies under the age of 1 probably haven’t had the vaccine because it doesn’t protect them very well. Older teens and young adults who are attending school, entering the military, or otherwise going into situations where they might be exposed to measles should check their immunization records to make sure they’ve had two doses.”(more)

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Bullying: anyone different can be a target

The Telegraph – Jenny Hulme

” Katherine Long can’t remember the actual moment when her wonder in her son’s ability and love of learning turned into a worry. Or when she started losing confidence in herself and her parenting, and faced every school meeting trying to hold it together, to stop the tears, when she sat down to discuss “how Josh was doing”. Josh was seven when he moved from a local primary school, where he had been happy but frustrated, into a carefully chosen school that promised small classes and the chance to thrive, says Katherine, a doctor from Sussex. “Josh had always been so articulate – he was reading by the age of three, conversing with adults like a child more than twice his age,” she says. “It was like he couldn’t switch his brain off. We could see he was longing to go a bit faster, learn a bit more. But after a year at the new school he seemed unsettled and was talking about boys hurting and taunting him.” When Katherine shared her concerns with Josh’s teachers, they treated her reports as Josh’s problem rather than the school’s, saying they saw no evidence of bullying in class and calling on her to challenge Josh’s “idiosyncrasies”, suggesting he was triggering problems by “always putting his hand up” or by being “oversensitive” to normal playground banter.”(more)

Friday, January 30, 2015

The Benefits of Play


“One of the most important gifts we can give our kids is time to play, both as a family and on their own. Finding time to play with kids can be a challenge if you are working, managing a household and meeting the many day-to-day challenges of getting things done. But play isn’t optional. It’s essential. Play is considered so important to child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Play — or free, unstructured time in the case of older children and adolescents — is essential to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play as a family weaves the ties of love and connection that bind family members together…Physical skills, emotional regulation, flexible thinking, the ability to get along with others and the confidence to try new things and think outside the box are all keys to being successful in life. So what can parents do to ensure their children develop these important skills?”(more)