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On Parenting: October, 2011

Posted at 02:22 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Running the Marine Corps Marathon to keep a parent’s memory alive

Five-year-old Mary Webb was one of the youngest runners in Sunday’s race. She and her mom ran in honor of Mary’s dad, Army Staff Sergeant Christopher Webb.

By On Parenting  |  02:22 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Military families

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Company coming to Va.

Fred Garbo, co-founder of Fred Garbo’s Inflatable Theater Company, takes his show to the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday.

By On Parenting  |  01:39 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weekend activities

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Halloween may boost the economy

With 1,719 people renting costumes in 2009, Halloween spending may help the country’s financial standing.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011

Anthrax vaccine for children: A real fright in time for Halloween

Medical experts debate the risks of testing the vaccine on children before a possible attack or waiting for an attack and then experimenting.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vaccines

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Have you done estate planning for your family?

Because of lower wealth rates compared to whites, black families aren’t always prone to plan for the future.

By On Parenting  |  12:14 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Estate planning

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011

Preparing a child with sensory issues for Halloween

Practicing trick-or-treating at home and trying on costumes before Halloween are some ways a child with sensory processing disorders can prepare for the scary day.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween, Sensory processing disorder

Posted at 01:12 PM ET, 10/27/2011

The best places for trick-or-treating in Washington

The West End was named the best neighborhood in Washington for trick-or-treating by real estate Web site Zillow. Sound strange to you?

By Janice D’Arcy  |  01:12 PM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Neighborhood rankings, Halloween

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Helping an unemployed college grad organize his life

When a college graduate struggles to find a job and shuts his family out of his life, his parent asks Marguerite Kelly for help.

By On Parenting  |  10:30 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac, Marguerite Kelly

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011

Halloween: The most sexist children’s holiday?

Many of us parents spend the rest of the year working to offset cultural stereotypes. But in October we dress our girls as princesses, fairies and ballerinas, and our boys as soldiers, construction workers and superheroes.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 10/26/2011

‘Goodnight iPad’: The parody of our techno times

The children’s book parody by Ann Droyd is a perfectly-timed takeoff of the classic “Goodnight Moon.”

By Janice D’Arcy  |  12:08 PM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic media and kids

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011

‘Daddy’s Home’ explains a military parent’s PTSD to kids

Carolina Nadel’s book tackles the often overlooked subject of what happens to families reunited with a military parent who has post-traumatic stress disorder.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  PTSD, Military families

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Giving the anthrax vaccine to kids? Health experts weigh the pros and cons of this decision

Scientists have no data on how well the anthrax vaccine would work if it were administered to kids and are considering giving healthy children the shot to start finding out.

By On Parenting  |  04:51 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Vaccines

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 10/25/2011

Pregnant women’s exposure to BPA linked to behavior of toddler girls, study says

Women with high levels of bisphenol A in their urine were more likely to report that their young girls were hyperactive, aggressive, anxious and depressed in a government-funded study published online in the journal Pediatrics.

By On Parenting  |  02:39 PM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  BPA, Toddler behavior

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Expert Advice: How to handle Halloween candy

Karen Schachter, a local health counselor, says treating candy like forbidden fruit can make kids desire it even more. She offers advice on helping children learn to use portion control with sweets.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween, Holidays

Posted at 01:09 AM ET, 10/25/2011

Infants and toddlers spending twice as much time with TV, DVDs as they are with books, new report says

Common Sense Media released a study that says children are using electronic media at staggering levels. Among the research, infants and toddlers were found to spend twice as much time with screen media (TV and DVDs) as books.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  01:09 AM ET, 10/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology, screen time, children and electronic media

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Homemade Halloween costumes from KidsPost readers

KidsPost readers show how they created costumes that represent Barbie, the Titanic, a baseball bobblehead and other things.

By On Parenting  |  01:28 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Halloween

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/24/2011

Waldorf School vs. electronic classroom: The new parental debate

The computer-less classrooms of Waldorf schools has parents talking.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Technology, screen time

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Teens’ soda consumption tied to violent behavior, study finds

Teenagers who drank large amounts of carbonated non-diet soft drinks were found to be more likely to act violently towards their peers, families and partners, says new research published in the journal Injury Protection.

By On Parenting  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nutrition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011

Backlash against AAP guidelines on screen time for kids

Parents use Slate, Huffpost Parents and other media outlets to say why they disagree with banning screen time for kids younger than 2.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  babies and screen time, children and electronic media

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 10/20/2011

Expert Advice: Sports injury prevention

Dr. James Kinderknecht, a sports medicine physician from New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, shared the top questions he fields every year from parents and — better — his answers.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  01:31 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Expert Advice, sports injury

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/20/2011

New “Gossip Girl” book too gruesome for teens

Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant says “Gossip Girl, Psycho Killer” exceeds many M-rated video games.

By On Parenting  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak, Tracy Grant

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Chat with Marguerite Kelly

The Family Almanac columnist will be online Thursday at noon to take questions on parenting.

By On Parenting  |  10:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marguerite Kelly, Family Almanac

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011

Sick kid? How to assess how sick

The Symptom Checker on the Healthy Children Web site allows users to explore what various symptoms could mean and explains when a child can return to school.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sick child

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 10/19/2011

The World Series: Missing sleep for good reason

The kids may be drowsy the next day, but their memories of bonding with a parent will make it worthwhile.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:24 PM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  The World Series, kids and bedtime

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011

Sarah Wu: Fed up with school lunch and with being anonymous

Wu, the once-anonymous blogger on “Fed Up With Lunch,” discusses her decision to reveal her identity, the reaction to her blog and what happens next in her quest to overhaul school lunch.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  school lunch, Fed Up With Lunch, Sarah Wu

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 10/18/2011

As more parents refuse vaccines for kids, old-school diseases make a comeback

One in 10 parents are avoiding or delaying getting their children vaccinated because of safety concerns, says a new report in the journal Pediatrics. As a result, says columnist Petula Dvorak, there has been a disease outbreak in states such as California and Minnesota not seen in years.

By On Parenting  |  12:47 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Petula Dvorak, vaccines

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 10/18/2011

Expanding a teen’s circle of friends

When a 13-year-old hangs out with her best friend almost exclusively, her parent asks Marguerite Kelly for advice.

By On Parenting  |  12:02 PM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marguerite Kelly, Family Almanac

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011

KaBOOM!’s challenge to find ‘scary’ playgrounds

KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that works to increase the number of playgrounds across the country, is having a contest to find the most run-down and dangerous, a.k.a. scary, playgrounds. The “winners” will be announced on Halloween.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Play advocacy, Playgrounds

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 10/17/2011

A ‘dragon mom’ on living in the moment

“Notes From a Dragon Mom” discusses raising a child who is not expected to live past age 3.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:05 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 10/17/2011

Keller Williams to host kids matinee at 9:30 Club

The Virginia native will perform songs from “Kids” Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

By On Parenting  |  12:13 PM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Weekend activities

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Sesame Street videos replaced with porn

The YouTube channel of Sesame Street appears to have been hacked Sunday night.

By On Parenting  |  11:45 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Media

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Why Washington parents don’t ‘ask their mothers’ for advice on raising kids

Many local parents have difficulty asking their parents for advice on raising kids.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Medical advice

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 10/14/2011

Carolyn Hax: New rules at home for an adult stepchild

When a 26-year-old decides to move home after finishing graduate school, her step-parent worries about about the new living arrangement.

By On Parenting  |  10:59 AM ET, 10/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carolyn Hax

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 10/13/2011

The Kid’s Room Contest: Meet the winner

Ashburn mom Krista Salmon won The Post’s Kid’s Room Contest.

By On Parenting  |  04:46 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kid's Room Contest

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Expert advice: Pregnancy and exercise

Jennifer Middleton, owner of the D.C. franchise of Stroller Strides, lists five things pregnant women should keep in mind when working out.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  02:48 PM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  expert advice, pregnancy and exercise, Stroller Strides, pregnancy and marathon

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011

Pregnancy and Infant Remembrance Day: Marking lives lost too early

Oct. 15 marks Pregnancy and Infant Remembrance Day, a time for families that grieve over miscarriage, stillbirth and newborn death to find company and solace.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  miscarriages, stillbirths, infant death

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 10/12/2011

Condom use among adolescents has increased, survey shows

A federal survey shows since 2002 there was a 9 percentage point increase in the proportion of male teenagers who used a condom during their first sexual encounter.

By On Parenting  |  01:17 PM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sex, Teens, Contraception

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Peg Tyre: Five books for selecting the best school for your child

Tyre spoke with Eve Gerber from The Browser about books she thinks will help parents “get smarter about education.”

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:40 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  School choice, educationa reform

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 10/12/2011

A busy mother struggles to be a good wife

A working mother of two children younger than 3 asks advice columnist Marguerite Kelly how to be less short-tempered and unpleasant with her husband.

By On Parenting  |  10:35 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac, Marguerite Kelly

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011

Is spanking a race issue?

Root DC contributor Nikki Peele says blacks and whites may view corporal punishment differently, and there are statistics to back up her claim.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  discipline, spanking

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 10/11/2011

Mother runs marathon and delivers baby in same day

Amber Miller completed the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon, then gave birth later that day. But how much exercise is healthy in later stages of a pregnancy?

By Janice D’Arcy  |  12:35 PM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  exercise and pregnancy

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011

Children and fear: What neuroscience is teaching us

Daniel Pine, a National Institute of Mental Health researcher, will be one of the experts at “The science of fear: Is it all in your head?” The public event takes place Wednesday at the Koshland Science Museum.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Children and fear, teens and anxiety neuroscience and fear

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/10/2011

Healthy smoothie recipes that are good

These easy recipes make a delicious snack any time of year.

By Casey Seidenberg, Guest blogger Casey Seidenberg is founder, with Katherine Sumner and of Nourish Schools.  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011

Thank you, Steve Jobs

The iPhone, MacBook Air and iMac desktop has helped at least one stay-at-home mom combine her love of parenting and journalism.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parenting and technology, Steve Jobs, parenting and iPhone

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Learning culinary skills, and mistakes, from mom

Food columnist, David Hagedorn, describes his mom’s influence on his cooking style.

By On Parenting  |  11:59 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  cooking with kids

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Carolyn Hax: Helping a child adjust to dad’s new partner

After a widowed father starts dating two months after his wife’s death, his child learns to cope with the new woman in his life.

By On Parenting  |  11:15 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Carolyn Hax, dating after a spouse dies

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/06/2011

Spying on kids: Not yes or no, but how much?

Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant believes moms and dads should spy on their children, but is spying a form of helicopter parenting?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  spying, kids and technology, free-range kids, helicoptering

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011

Alexis and Martha Stewart: Memoirs are not always a ‘good thing’

New book by Martha Stewart’s only child may be largely satire but it dishes on her famous mother.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Martha Stewart, Alexis Stewart, Whateverland

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011

“Swagger Wagon,” “Younger Skin” top list of commercials targeting parents

Advertising executives considered Toyota’s “Swagger Wagon” and Olay’s “Younger Skin” two of the best commercials targeting parents.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marketing, media

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Jif, National Geographic sponsor contests for kids

Kids can win a $25,000 college fund or other prizes by entering contests happening this month and later on during the school year.

By On Parenting  |  01:14 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, college scholarships

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Teaching a 4-year-old how to respond in an emergency

Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly says parents shouldn’t worry if young children think fairies will save them from a fire.

By On Parenting  |  12:49 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 10/04/2011

Pew Research Center says more extended families living together to survive financial gloom

The report focuses on how the trend has helped adults and their parents get through relentless financial gloom. The flip side is that the solution is causing its own relentless test of family bonds.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  12:15 PM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Multi-generational living, recession, unemployment

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 10/04/2011

Is bad parenting a friendship killer?

It’s harder to befriend fellow moms and dads who raise their children in a way that you don’t like.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:44 AM ET, 10/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parenting and friendship, bad parenting, parenting and judgement

Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 10/03/2011

When kids go away to college, siblings left behind adjust to a new household

Skype, e-mail, text messages and even programs for siblings at student orientation help younger siblings live at home without an older brother or sister,

By On Parenting  |  06:13 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sibling relationships

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 10/03/2011

Resources and support for new and expecting moms

The Internet can have too much advice, but a good friend or good doctor knows just what to say to guide you through pregnancy.

By On Parenting  |  03:39 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 10/03/2011

‘Lil Poundcake’ injects new controversy in the HPV vaccine debate

In the show’s fake ad for a cute doll named Lil Poundcake, the message was simple: “The only thing you’ll get infected with is fun!”

By Janice D’Arcy  |  12:48 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  HPV, children's health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Kid’s Room Contest: Vote for your favorite room

Judges have selected the top five entries, and readers are invited to select their favorite among the group.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  kid's room contest

 

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