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On Parenting: February, 2012

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Leap Year: Is Feb. 29 a good day to give birth or not worth the hassle?

Unlike other holidays there’s some debate about whether parents are more or less likely to request leap year deliveries.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:38 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Babies, Holidays, Pregnancy

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 02/29/2012

The Ohio school shootings: Why we keep repeating the past

Katherine Newman, author of “Rampage: The Social Roots Of School Shootings,” discusses how parents can help prevent such tragedies from happening.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:41 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media, Safety

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 02/28/2012

New report suggests a woman’s reproductive span may some day be far less limited

A new report in the journal Nature Medicine suggests that a woman’s reproductive span may some day be far less limited.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:10 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ethics, Politics, Pregnancy

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 02/28/2012

Gifted and talented programs: Should students be identified at 4 years old?

A proposal by the Maryland State Board of Education for a gifted and talented program suggests that schools consider implementing a curriculum for pre-kindergartners.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  08:51 AM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Special Education

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 02/27/2012

The Ohio school shooting and missed warning signs on Twitter

The shooter, reportedly an outsider who had complained of being bullied, had apparently tweeted that morning that he would bring a gun to school. No one, apparently, took the tweet seriously.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  04:44 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media, Safety

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Jan Berenstain, co-creator of The Berenstain Bears book series, dies

Jan Berenstain, who created the popular children’s book series The Berenstain Bears with her husband Stan, died after suffering from a severe stroke.

By On Parenting  |  02:51 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012

Montgomery County teen fight video: The real online danger to kids

For years, many of us have concentrated on protecting kids from predators, bullies and harassers online. We may have forgotten that kids also need cyber protection from themselves.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media, Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/25/2012

Becoming a mother (or father) to our parents

Tracy Grant writes about caring for children and your parents at the same time.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak

Posted at 02:08 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Breaking a toddler’s habits: Advice from Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly

Edited excerpts from Marguerite Kelly’s Web chat.

By On Parenting  |  02:08 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marguerite Kelly

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Measles outbreak after Super Bowl ignites vaccine debate

Cases of measles in Indiana raises public health questions about vaccinating children.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Healthcare, Ethics

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Migraines and colic linked in new study

It seems women who suffer migraines are more than two and half times likely to have a baby with colic, or frequent, prolonged crying.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Babies, Healthcare

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Healthy fats to feed your kids

Olive oil, flaxseed oil and other oils are among healthy fats to feed your kids.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, Nutrition

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Author Adam Mansbach tries to get kids to sleep, yet again

Adam Mansbach, the author of last year’s best-selling satire “Go The [Expletive] to Sleep,” is releasing a G-version of his book for kids in April.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:47 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Rick Santorum on prenatal tests: Can the future of pregnancy health care be stopped?

Santorum criticized the President Obama-backed health-care program for requiring insurance coverage of certain prenatal tests because they “encourage abortions.” But Santorum’s and the public’s focus might be more useful on the conditions the tests discover.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Disability, Down Syndrome, Ethics, Politics, Pregnancy

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Jeremy Lin, CityDance and the courage of parental support

There were so many reasons for Lin’s parents to steer him clear of basketball. Some of the parents of the CityDance ensemble may share a similar story.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  03:35 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sports, Childhood Development

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012

Justice Scalia steps into the middle of work-life balance debate

Speaking to law students at the University of Chicago, Scalia urged the future lawyers to look to join firms with a more relaxed attitude, especially those in out of the way locales.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012

When outsourcing childcare isn’t the right choice

Paying someone to cook, clean and help with kids seems ideal, but inside the daily drudgery of family life we sometimes find the sublime.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childcare, Work-Life Balance

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 02/16/2012

How to choose a school for your child

Class Struggle columnist Jay Mathews gives parents nine things to consider when trying to distinguish one school from the next.

By On Parenting  |  12:44 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012

Underage drinking: When parents don’t agree with the law

Quite a few parents disagree with laws regarding kids and alcohol and privately circumvent them.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ethics, Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012

How to prevent TVs from falling on children

The Consumer Product Safety Commission plans a Twitter chat on #TVSafety.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety Issues

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2012

Rick Santorum on working mothers: He wasn’t all wrong

A new study finds that most working mothers say they would work even if they didn’t have to, research that coincides with Santorum’s claim that women find it more socially affirming to work outside the home.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance, Childcare

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 02/14/2012

Valentine’s Day: Parents should celebrate, no matter how busy their schedules

D.C. therapist Stacy Notaras Murphy says it is imperative for parents who tend to leave their relationship low on the priority list to make the effort to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:04 PM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage, Holidays

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012

Is the key to romance outsourcing household chores?

Two University of Pennsylvania economists believe paying others to do household chores, including the bulk of childcare duties, may be the secret to a stronger marriage.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childcare, Marriage, Work-Life Balance

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Parents late to school: Do we label them moral delinquents or something else?

A time management expert has seven categories for people who are chronically late.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  03:04 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/13/2012

School suspension for the youngest students

A Post analysis of suspensions in 13 of the region’s school districts highlights the frequency of students as young as age 4 facing the punishment.

By On Parenting  |  12:40 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012

The Huguely trial: A window into dating violence amid a month for prevention

The terrible revelations that are spilling out of a Charlottesville courtroom is a wretched backdrop to what’s been deemed Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abuse

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

When French parenting mixes with threesomes: A lesson on hiding indiscretions from the kids

In the Internet age, parents who experiment — and write about it — risk leaving a trail for their children to find later.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Making hygiene less of a hassle: Advice from Marguerite Kelly

When a parent can’t figure out how to get her stepdaughter to bathe more, she writes to Marguerite Kelly for advice.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012

How to calm your kids for a meaningful dinner

Nine ideas for ensuring a stress-free family dinner.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Photos by Post photographers offer a reality check on the lives of gay parents

Photos taken by Post photographers show that families with gay parents function much like heterosexual households.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:41 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay Parenting, Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012

Shopping for baby: The pressure to buy needless stuff

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Shopping, Babies, Toys

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Are French parents really superior?

French parents may have a handle on teaching kids how to eat healthfully, but American parents also pass along some important traits.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/07/2012

When a college student isn’t a phone call away: Advice from Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax advises the parent of college students to worry less about their abilities to make smart decisions.

By On Parenting  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Safety Issues

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Severe child abuse: Pediatrics releases a comprehensive report

An analysis, published in the journal Pediatrics, reports that 4,569 children were hospitalized due to serious abuse in 2006; 300 of these children died.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:00 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abuse

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Late to a Loudoun County school? See you in court.

A Loudoun County parent was arrested for habitually bringing her children to school late. The county’s reaction may have been ludicrous, but what is the best way to handle latecomers at school?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 02/03/2012

A grandmother with a drinking problem: Advice from Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly

How do you nurture kids’ relationship with an alcoholic grandmother? Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly shares her advice.

By On Parenting  |  12:57 PM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marguerite Kelly

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Princess debate part two: Peggy Orenstein on culture, gender and parenting

The author of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” discusses how certain gender stereotypes are seeping into the way children play and see themselves, and how parents can offer alternatives.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Childhood Development, Toys

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012

“Cinderella Ate My Daughter” released in paperback: A Q&A with author Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein, author of “Cinderella Ate My Daughter,” discusses how girls are being taught self-absorption is the same as self-confidence.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Toys, Childhood Development

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/01/2012

A homemaker’s real salary

If stay-at-home moms received a salary, how much would it be? A new report actually calculates the cost of all those chores, errands and child care duties.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage, Childcare, Work-life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Parenting an introvert in an extrovert’s world

A new book makes the case that our culture fails to recognize the value of those with introspective personalities.

By Janice D’Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Childhood Development

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Parents describe sex life as ‘Bored to Death’ in Web forum: Reasons to rethink Valentine’s Day

A D.C. blog asking parents to apply movie titles to their sex lives found more “The Departed” than “Heat.”

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012

Why college-bound kids shouldn’t worry about being rejected by their dream school

A University of Maryland junior writes about his many rejection letters and why he couldn’t be happier with where he ended up.

By On Parenting  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

 

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