Parenting

The Left’s War on Parenting

Photo credit Last month, the New York State Education Department made a crucial decision: Commissioner MaryEllen Elia handed authority to local school boards to veto the right for private schools to operate. Those school boards must now determine whether private schools provide an education “substantially equivalent to that received in district public schools.” According to […]

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New campaign uses ‘parenting hacks’ to help parents soothe crying babies

Photo credit A campaign has been launched to help new parents and carers cope with their baby’s crying. A new guide, launched by Suffolk County Council’s Public Health team, offers hints and ideas to help them settle their babies and think about their own wellbeing in the process. The booklet, which has been designed with […]

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This antenatal class is teaching dads how to master parenting

Photo credit Expectant fathers learn a lot about pregnancy, birth and childcare, but usually only in relation to their partner. The charity Working With Men offers dads the chance to learn practical skills and mental health advice that focuses on how they can be the best father possible It’s a Saturday morning at University Hospital […]

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One in 4 parents not prepared for ‘parenting hangovers’ this holiday season

Photo credit Parents may plan for transportation and childcare ahead of holiday gatherings but are they prepared for a potential, day-after “parenting hangover?” A quarter of parents of young children who drink alcohol on special occasions do not think about limiting how much they drink or whether they’ll be able to take care of their […]

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Dad Ditches ‘Traditional’ Christmas Cards To Show The ‘Chaos Of Parenting’

Photo credit A creative family has abandoned the seemingly perfect Christmas card to offer some humor during the holidays. For the last five years, Jonathan Stanley has had his family pose for photos that capture the “chaos of parenting.” And yes, he and his wife actually send the images out as their Christmas cards. It […]

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How imaginary friends could boost children’s development

Photo credit Psychologists first became interested in imaginary friends in the early 19th century because they feared they could be a sign of emotional unstability or psychological problems in children. But as scientists have learned more about these invisible playmates over the last two decades, it has become increasingly clear that they are actually quite […]

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Growing up, and parenting, as a refugee

Photo credit The length of time people are living as refugees is now longer than ever. Day-to-day life for families in displacement — poverty, fear, insecurity and discrimination — can put the psychological and emotional development of the youngest refugees at risk. The big picture: “There are structural problems in the system — policies around […]

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Violent video games make players NUMB to suffering: Gamers frequently exposed to graphic content become desensitised to disturbing images, say psychologists

Photo credit Playing violent video games regularly makes people less sensitive to disturbing images, warns a new study. Scientists found regular players were better at disregarding graphic content while viewing a rapid series of images. In the experiment, this meant they were better able to remember more of the images than non-players. Experts believe this […]

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Anxious teens gain confidence through improvisational theater training

Photo credit Improvisational theater training can reduce fearfulness and anxiety among teens struggling with social interactions, a new University of Michigan study suggests. School-based improv theater—performing without a script or preparation—may be effective for social phobias and anxiety disorders because it offers a low stigma, low cost and more accessible context for help in reducing […]

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I pay my children to get dressed and do their homework

Photo credit “Please get dressed – we have to leave in five minutes,” I pleaded for the 20th time, my patience waning. “You still need to brush your teeth. You haven’t packed your backpack! We’re going to be late for school, again.” This was a typical weekday morning in my home last year. Unfortunately, my […]

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