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On Parenting: May, 2012

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 05/03/2012

Socks that stay on your baby’s feet

Three snippets of sock expertise from a new mom.

By Rachel Saslow  |  01:49 PM ET, 05/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Anna Quindlen: Why parents should take a Picasso-like approach to raising kids

The expert at introspection and mother of three shares which parenting trend from the past should be most embraced now and in the future.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:45 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012

Anna Quindlen delves into parenting assumptions, egos in new memoir ‘Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake’

In Anna Quindlen’s new memoir, “Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake,” she tackles some of the Big Truths of parenting using her trademark ability to express thoughts that many of us have entertained but never fully formed or articulated quite as well.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 05/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2012

D.C. couple launches ‘A Mighty Girl’ Web site, gives girls non-traditional princesses to admire

Web site featuring empowering books and movies has an “Independent Princesses” guide.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/30/2012

Mom Congress convenes in D.C.: What do you call an activist who happens to be a mother?

Parenting Magazine sponsors the event which brings together moms from around the country for a few days of networking and advocacy training.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education, Politics, Special Needs

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 04/26/2012

In an age of mad cow disease and pink slime, are young kids ready to read about veganism?

From the outside, “Vegan Is Love” looks like a natural fit for a child’s bookshelf. Inside, it “explores complex themes of animal cruelty, big agriculture, world hunger, and environmental degradation.”

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:59 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/26/2012

Should parents who use a surrogate get paid leave?

An English mother’s fight for paid maternity leave after her twins’ birth through surrogacy highlights parental-leave issues in the U.S.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pregnancy

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 04/25/2012

World Immunization Week: The vaccine debate looks different abroad

Medical experts and many parents ardently support efforts to get all children the recommended vaccinations. A vocal minority remain skeptical. Though in many parts of the world, vaccines are not an option at all.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:50 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Health

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012

‘Conflict’ and the condemnation of ‘modern’ parenting: Elisabeth Badinter elaborates

This week is the U.S. publication of Elisabeth Badinter’s controversial book “The Conflict: How Modern Motherhood Undermines the Status of Women” (Metropolitan Books). Now, a new question is circulating among moms: What is this French philosopher saying about American parents?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 01:14 PM ET, 04/24/2012

Danish filmmaker’s time-lapse video captures the truth in a classic cliche of parenting

A Danish filmmaker

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:14 PM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development, Electronic Media

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Is full-day school best for all kids?

Peter Orszag, former Office of Management and Budget director for the Obama administration, suggests we extend the school day until 5 or 6 p.m. Would a longer day work for your child?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012

Sioux City Journal editorial shines a light on bullying same weekend “Bully” comes out

An front-page editorial in the Sioux City Journal was published in response to the recent suicide of a 14-year-old local boy who had been bullied. It ran just as “Bully” opened in theaters, a movie which happens to feature Sioux City.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety, Media, Electronic Media

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Gender identity and children who struggle with it

Diane Ehrensaft, author of “Gender Born, Gender Made: Raising Healthy Gender-nonconforming Children,” describes how parents better support kids with gender non-conformity issues, whether at home or in the community.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 04/20/2012

6 ways to help kids have a healthy relationship with food

Many children grow up with eating disorders and unhealthy associations to food. So how do we help our kids have a healthy relationship to food?

By Casey Seidenberg  |  11:15 AM ET, 04/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nutrition

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 04/19/2012

Young women surpass men in prioritizing career — and still want family

Sixty-six percent of young women said a high-paying career or profession is “one of the most important things” or “very important” in their lives according to a Pew report.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:56 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work Life Balance

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/19/2012

Sentence Builder, iWriteWords and other apps for helping a special-needs child

The iPad makes a special-needs, 7-year-old boy a more willing participant in practicing math, handwriting and listening skills. For his mom, that is success.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Special Needs

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/18/2012

Salecia Johnson, 6, handcuffed after tantrum: What’s wrong with this picture?

Salecia Johnson had what sounds to be a torrential tantrum at school. She apparently threw books and toys and threw a shelf that hit her principal in the leg, says the Associated Press. A school official called the police. Yes, the police.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety, Education

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012

Television isn’t the only form of screen time

These days there are many more media options than television, and some parents live in denial about what counts as screen time.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/17/2012

Child injury and teen pregnancies way down; baby suffocations and teen overdoses way up, CDC says

In the last decade, almost double the number of teens died from poisonings, and

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 09:35 AM ET, 04/17/2012

Discovery Shuttle: Best family-friendly viewing options

It’s expected to fly over the National Mall, Gravelly Point and Alexandria Waterfront at about 1,500 feet.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:35 AM ET, 04/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Outdoor Activities

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 04/16/2012

What’s your parenting secret? Scary Mommy may have heard it

In the just-released “Confessions of a Scary Mommy,” Baltimore mom Jill Smokler prints dozens of parenting confessions and several self-deprecating personal essays.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:20 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Hilary Rosen vs. Ann Romney reaction: Mothers are not so easily divided

Motherhood is a job, but possibly not the hardest in the world.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Are we overestimating the benefits of marriage to child development ?

Focus on married parents overshadows need to promote young men’s education, study finds.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:42 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development, Marriage

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Politicians slow to embrace Pinterest miss connections with mothers

PunditMom blogger Joanne Bamberger says politicians should leave the soccer field and get on Pinterest to connect with moms.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media, Politics

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Opening the door to outdoor play

A new study found that half of almost 9,000 children, ages 1 to 4, studied were not taken outside by a parent on a daily basis. What prevents their outdoor play?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:51 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Development

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012

Are parents’ donations to schools used fairly?

School-based PTAs are increasingly supplementing school budgets, especially in the District. But when every school has a “need” list, who gets to decide how and when those needs are met?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Education

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012

Instagram: What parents need to know

The folks at Yoursphere For Parents, a group that provides Internet safety information, recently gathered some helpful tips to better supervise this digital playground.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:06 PM ET, 04/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Electronic Media

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 04/06/2012

Leaving work at 5:30: Readers weigh in

We received several thoughtful responses to the post about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, who makes a point of leaving the office at 5:30 every day to have dinner with her children.

By On Parenting  |  12:08 PM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Events for kids in the D.C. area

“Rapunzel” continues its run at Imagination Stage, and the National Zoo hosts an Easter Monday celebration.

By On parenting  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Outdoor Activities

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012

Domestic thrillers: Real-life parenting dilemmas in a novel

Parenting columnist Tracy Grant gets hooked on this genre of fiction because she feels like she’s reading her own story on the pages of a novel.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Study of preschoolers finds need for more outdoor play

Jennifer LaRue Huget reports on a new study that found most young children’s parents don’t spend enough time outdoors with them.

By On Parenting  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Obesity, Outdoor Activities, Childhood Development

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/05/2012

How to get kids to eat green vegetables

How do we help our kids enjoy all things green? Here are a few ideas.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, Nutrition

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012

The new science of self-compassion

A D.C. therapist argues that if we want to be good parents, we need to be good to ourselves.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 04/04/2012

Books that teach kids about diversity

The Trayvon Martin shooting and racist “Hunger Games” tweets may have you looking for ways to talk to your kids about diversity. Here are some children’s books that could be a great starting point for discussion.

By Vibha Sazawal  |  12:49 PM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

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

If the Facebook COO can leave the office at 5:30, maybe you can too

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg leaves work by 5:30 every day. Can you?

By Amy Joyce  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Tips for a child flying alone

How parents can prepare their kids to fly solo.

By On Parenting  |  11:05 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Almanac

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Why some women choose to eat their placentas

Seeking nutritional benefits, some moms ingest pills, lasagna, even smoothies made from the placenta.

By On Parenting  |  10:52 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Nutrition, Pregnancy

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Bumbo review: What to know before placing your infant in it

Despite warnings about its safety, some parents continue to love the contoured plastic infant seat and let their kids use it.

By Rachel Saslow  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Dealing with an always-angry teen: Advice from Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly

Advice from Marguerite Kelly’s latest Web chat.

By On Parenting  |  12:15 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marguerite Kelly, Family Almanac

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Add extra nutrition to your kids’ food with homemade stock

How to add extra nutrition to your kids’ food with homemade stock.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  07:00 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, Nutrition

 

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