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On Parenting: April, 2012

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012

‘The Conflict’ attacks progressive parenting as anti-feminist

“The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women” arrives with a loud buzz thanks to its aggressive attack on “natural” parenting, including breast-feeding.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Breast-feeding

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Survey: Majority of working moms feel guilty about their homes’ cleanliness

A new survey by Working Mother magazine reveals that the vast majority of working mothers feel guilty about the cleanliness of their homes.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Should D.C. public schools do away with the lottery?

The decreasing number of seats available at the “best” schools and the increasing number of families who want them has created a welling anger. Does the lottery create an “illusion of choice”?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012

‘Next Stop’ chronicles family’s autism journey

Glen Finland, author of “Next Stop,” discusses how a child’s autism diagnosis effects an entire family, and why the term “differently-abled” should replace “special needs.”

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Needs, Books

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Vogue essay about 7-year-old’s diet is lambasted

Dara-Lynn Weiss catches heat for Vogue essay about her daughter’s diet.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:35 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development, Nutrition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Survey: Half of women say they don’t have enough free time

Real Simple magazine released a new survey of more than 3,000 women that examined how they spend their time:

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Pet death a double burden for parents

How can a parent best help a child through the process of grieving?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Education

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012

D.C. Public Schools lottery reveals more demand than ever

DCPS plans to release the exact numbers later today, but officials have said there were more applications for the Pre-school, Pre-K and Out of Boundary Lottery than last year — a year that was itself record-breaking.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Santorum, Obama and any other candidate who uses kids to woo supporters

Should kids hit the campaign trail with their parents? Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant says no.

By On Parenting  |  08:54 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/26/2012

Mad Men names as dated as the characters

A new analysis of baby names shows that of all the names that have fallen from favor, Donald and Betty have fallen the furthest.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Babies

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Enjoying the cherry blossoms without the crowd

One mom learns the value of visiting the cherry blossoms early in the morning: less tourists.

By On Parenting  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Outdoor Activities

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Springfield Challenger Baseball opens 20th season

With the Springfield Challenger Baseball, the focus is less on runs and hits, and more on personal milestones and camaraderie, both for the players and their parents.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Needs

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 03/22/2012

‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Bully’ create dilemma for parents

Both movies have value to young adult audiences but the films can also be considered inappropriate.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:14 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Is Parisian parenting better, or is vacation parenting more fun?

Are we American parents more burdened than other cultures? And are mothers on what seem to be extended vacations qualified to make that call?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Trayvon Martin’s shooting: The ‘rules’ African American parents follow

Trayvon Martin’s death has triggered some wrenching commentary from parents who say that to raise a minority in this country, particularly an African American boy, is to live with the understanding that the child will be arbitrarily mistreated.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:47 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012

More adult kids living with parents and in no rush to depart

A new study finds that young adults are not only moving back home at higher rates than ever before, they also don’t seem in a rush to move out.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 03/20/2012

The teen brain: Is it ready for adult accountability? Adult punishment?

Several prominent child advocates have pointed to recent evidence in neuroscience to argue that teenagers should not be considered slighter versions of adults — not in prison, or anywhere else.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:11 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Anne Lamott pens new book about grandparenting: “Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son”

Lamott’s son, the subject of 1993’s “Operating Instructions,” had a child when he was 19. The result was a baby boy named Jax and the book, “Some Assembly Required:A Journal of My Son’s First Son”.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 03/19/2012

‘Next Stop’: Aging out of special-needs network and navigating the future

“Next Stop” tracks the travails of a mother and her “differently-abled” son as they try to navigate the frustrating years after a child ages out of special-needs support typically provided in schools.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:00 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Special Needs

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Wage gap for mothers of autistic children, study shows

On average, mothers of children diagnosed with autism earned 35 percent less than the mothers of children with another health limitation, and 56 percent less than the mothers of children with no health issues.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Needs, Work-Life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Are we asking enough of our kids? Anthropologists don’t think so

Anthropologists don’t think so. They have found that U.S. parents are far less demanding of their children than parents in other cultures.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Get your kids on board with going meatless once a week

Adopting the Meatless Monday routine is a relaxed and fun way to introduce vegetarian meals to your family.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, Nutrition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Cherry Blossom Festival: Parents weigh the joy vs. the hassle

How do we take advantage of all the family-friendly offerings this season without getting stuck in a tourist-jam that would ruin the experience?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Holidays, Outdoor Activities

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Ways to involve kids in gardening

In this week’s Local Living, Barbara Damrosch relays strategies she and other farmers have used for getting their kids involved in the garden.

By On Parenting  |  02:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Outdoor Activities

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Karen Murphy’s punishment for hot-car death won’t prevent more parents from making this mistake

Charging for hot-car deaths threaten punishments that pale next to what the deaths have already bestowed. A better way to curtail hot-care death is to embrace the widespread use of new technology.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Death of baby at Virginia in-home day care not as isolated as it seems

Childcare advocates gathered in Washington to get legislators to recognize that children are far too vulnerable in dangerously under-regulated in-home day care.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childcare, Safety

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

Huggies revamps ‘Dad Test’ campaign after complaints

Huggies will release a revamped ad that shows a group of confident fathers carrying their babies in carriers. The company caught heat for a campaign that featured an exasperated father wearing a suit.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:02 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Products

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012

The Intel Science Talent Search and unleashing a love of discovery

Wendy Hawkins, director of the Intel Foundation, discusses this year’s finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search and how a parent can encourage a love of math, science or engineering.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/09/2012

‘Friends With Kids’: A comedy that makes marriage post-kids look tragic

The movie is hilarious for viewers who have already survived the harrowing first years of parenthood. For those married folk who haven’t had kids and plan to some day, it might be better considered as a horror flick.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  10:58 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marriage

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Huggies makes a mess with its new ‘Dad Test’ campaign

At a time when dads are routinely on diaper duty and national surveys show they are taking on more childcare and child-rearing stress, the antiquated Huggies stereotype is inspiring protests

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childcare, Marriage, Products

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Technology’s benefits for teens vs. YouTube fights, cyber-harassment, webcam spying

A new survey by the Pew Research Center and Elon University says the Web-savvy teens of tomorrow will both benefit and struggle because of their connectiviity.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media, Teens

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

D.C. public schools: Lottery results reveal a new set of popular kids

A handful of elementary schools that had been traditionally accepting of out-of-boundary applicants for the pre-kindergarten programs are no longer.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Maclaren files for bankruptcy and a stereotype goes down with it

The U.S. division of the company has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Products, Recalls

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 03/05/2012

What parents can learn when a child is rejected from school

In D.C., the public school lottery results have been released, leaving many out-of-boundary and pre-kindergarten parents with dashed hopes. But these rejection letters could be blessings in disguise.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:05 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development, Education

Posted at 09:36 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Generation Collaboration: Consulting your kids on where to shop, what to buy

A new marketing study suggests parents include children in a wide range of purchasing decisions.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:36 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Products

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 03/02/2012

What to do with a child who’s happy hanging out at home: Advice from Marguerite Kelly

A 7-year-old boy isn’t as active as his parent would like, prompting a letter to Family Almanac columnist Marguerite Kelly.

By On Parenting  |  04:25 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 03/01/2012

High school shootings: Should we focus on gun ownership or gun safety?

The tangled story of T.J. Lane may have less to do with the rights of gun ownership and more to do with gun safety. Especially, when that gun is in a home where a child or teen lives.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:40 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety, Teens

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012

‘The Lorax’ movie and the kids who protected Dr. Seuss’ message

A group of fourth graders created an online petition asking Universal Studios to revamp the movie’s Web site by including information on environmentalism. The petition drew more than 50,000 signatures.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Media

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 02/24/2012

Designing rooms for children with special needs

An Alexandria designer puts her experience to use in creating a room tailored to her son’s medical needs.

By On Parenting  |  01:37 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Needs

 

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