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On Parenting: July, 2012

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/31/2012

Does tracking kids relieve anxiety or fuel it?

New back-to-school devices are pushing the boundaries on how we keep track of our kids.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety, Technology

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 07/30/2012

‘Dark Knight’ shootings and the curse of unrealistic worry

Coverage of the James Holmes shootings and trial is stoking unrealistic fears among parents and fueling up our parental helicopters.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:30 PM ET, 07/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

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

The battle of the sexes, parenting edition

Two new studies suggest that the constant battle over household division of labor is not about the work, it’s about expectations

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

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 07/26/2012

Olympics: Bring on the screen time

A surprise turn in expert advice to parents: Watch the Olympics with abandon, just try to use all that screen time as a three-week-long teachable moment.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:41 AM ET, 07/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Sports, Screen Time

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

The Olympics, child athletes and the line between support and pressure

A former child athlete and Olympian talks about when parents can help, or hinder, a young athlete’s progress.

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

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

‘Dark Knight’ shootings: Why we can’t answer ‘Why?’

An expert on school shootings explains why the triggers for mass shootings are more complicated than they seem

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

Posted at 01:36 PM ET, 07/24/2012

Parent less, play more

The author who first sounded the alarm on over-parenting continues a conversation about how parents can reshape their approach in an age of anxiety.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:36 PM ET, 07/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books, Childhood Development

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

The psychologist who predicted over-parenting’s consequences is back with a new book

The author of the ground-breaking “Price of Privilege” is out with a new book that picks up where her predictions of over-parenting’s consequences left off.

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

Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 07/23/2012

‘Ice cream’ with a peel

Commercial ice creams can be full of fat, sugar and chemicals. So why not gather your kids and make your own frozen treat?

By Casey Seidenberg  |  05:07 PM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, nutrition

Posted at 10:05 AM ET, 07/23/2012

Colorado movie theater shootings: No time to blame a victim

In the wake of the “Dark Night Rising” massacre, too many are questioning why a mother brought a 6-year-old, the youngest victim, to the movie at all.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  10:05 AM ET, 07/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Medicate a child? A former teen patient’s perspective

A former medicated teen explores the pros and cons of prescribing mood-altering drugs to the young.

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

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 07/20/2012

Colorado shootings: Parents need to talk to their kids about it

Child communication expert says parents have a responsibility to talk about the movie theater massacre with their kids, and provides advice on how to do so.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:31 PM ET, 07/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Safety

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Is Marissa Mayer doing parents any favors?

Is the new Yahoo CEO, doing a disservice to working parents by taking only a minimal maternity leave?

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:15 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life balance

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/19/2012

A derecho debt ditty

Imagination Stage sends out a plea for help after derecho damage cuts into its budget just before crunch time

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Do you have a future Olympian in the house?

Take the poll and tell us which Olympic sport your child might like to try.

By Washington Post editors  |  03:58 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parenting, Olympics

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 07/18/2012

Will the real Boy Scouts please stand up?

The Boy Scouts are too much a part of the American fabric to be beholden to a secret committee's antiquated ideas.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:09 PM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Gay parenting

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

Is Marissa Mayer ‘having it all’?

The news that Yahoo’s new CEO Marissa Mayer is seven months pregnant ignites a new debate about what it means to ‘have it all.’

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-life balance

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 07/17/2012

My ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ secret

Remembering sneaking books and clinging to childish things like Encyclopedia Brown: why and how author Donald J. Sobol affected so many.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:59 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Books

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012

Parents can meditate, too

Mindfulness has been shown to improve physical and mental health. Here are some parent-friendly ways to incorporate mindfulness into a daily routine.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parenting, Jennifer Kogan, meditation

Posted at 05:45 PM ET, 07/16/2012

Why fresh is better than frozen

Sure, a frozen dinner might be more convenient, but here’s why a fresh-made dinner is better for you.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  05:45 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Casey Seidenberg, nutrition

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 07/16/2012

How D.C. and Arlington ranked as a top ‘city’ for families

Ana Connery, a Parenting editor who oversaw the ranking project, talks about the new formula and why our region ranked where it did.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:35 PM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012

D.C. no longer #1, but with Arlington, ranked as one of the top ‘cities’ for families

After last year’s uproar over ranking D.C. as the top city for families, Parenting magazine’s new rankings say that D.C. and Arlington together are not the best, but still a top choice for families.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  09:00 AM ET, 07/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 07/13/2012

How to handle a controlling husband: Advice from Family Almanac’s Marguerite Kelly

A stay-at-home mom with possible postpartum depression and her out-of-control, controlling husband.

By On Parenting  |  07:00 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

Editor Jennifer Byde Myers talks about ‘Thinking Person’s Guide to Autism’

The editor and mother talks about her book, about increasing public acceptance of autism and about her journey with her son Jack.

By Mari-Jane Williams  |  03:00 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  autism spectrum disorders, special needs

Posted at 01:51 PM ET, 07/13/2012

Family Filmgoer reviews ‘Ice Age: Continental Drift’ and more

Jane Horwitz gives advice on the best — and worst — movies to check out with the kids.

By On Parenting  |  01:51 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Family Filmgoer, parenting

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/13/2012

Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant: Is the Internet killing kids’ manners?

Momspeak columnist Tracy Grant reacts to several e-mails from children addressing her as "Tracy."

By On Parenting  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Momspeak

Posted at 02:31 PM ET, 07/12/2012

Penn State report: Are they glad they tried to protect their reputations now?

The Freeh report on Penn State is an indictment of all involved, revealing that at every level self-interest trumped child protection

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:31 PM ET, 07/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Abuse

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

The Penn State scandal: Former Olympian speaks out against the culture of youth athletics

Former Oympian Kathy Johnson Clarke is speaking out about sex abuse in youth athletics in light of Penn State and her own brushes with abusive coaches.

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

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

Family downtime trumps family vacations

Staying close to home for the summer has its benefits.

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

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 07/10/2012

Teach kids to eat a full spectrum of good food

It’s never too early for kids to learn why it is important to eat a rainbow of foods.

By Casey Seidenberg  |  01:01 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  nutrition, kids and nutrition, Casey Seidenberg

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012

How parents make homesickness worse

When parents show their anxiety about summer camp, kids are more likely to be homesick.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:33 PM ET, 07/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

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

The downside of delaying childbirth

What is lost when parents choose to wait to have children? A recent Post piece raised some essential issues.

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

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 07/09/2012

What ‘having it all’ really means

As a group of advocates for more family-friendly workplace policies gather this week in D.C., the idea of ‘having it all’ takes on a more expansive meaning.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  02:03 PM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Work-Life Balance, Politics

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

Becoming the taxi parent

My self-image is as walker and transit user. Increasingly, though, I am finding myself becoming what my younger, more smug self thought impossible: a taxi parent.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood Obesity

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 07/06/2012

Mothers need to let go and embrace the new ‘perfect’

A new book sheds light on the question of how mothers can get less stress and enough time to do meaningful work and be with their families.

By Jennifer Kogan  |  01:00 PM ET, 07/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  parenting, work-life balance, mothers

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 07/05/2012

Are kids better off if they (sometimes) hate us? (Video)

One the subjects tackled at the Aspen Ideas Festival was the notion of over-parenting. Several experts have said they are seeing a young generation that has been too coddled, that doesn’t understand, let alone have, the skills to become self-sufficient.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  11:34 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Childhood development, Discipline

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

Family dinners: How satisfying are they, really?

While many of us are still digesting barbecue from Wednesday, it might be a good time to re-examine the worth of family meals.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  07:00 AM ET, 07/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Teens, Work-Life Balance

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 07/03/2012

When power’s out, what’s gained is sometimes more than what’s lost

By Janice D'Arcy  |  01:33 PM ET, 07/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Breast feeding

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

Physical discipline increases chances a child will develop mental illness, report finds

Physically disciplining a child increases the chances the child could develop a mental disorder or drug dependence, a new study on the subject says.

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

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 07/02/2012

Heat and storm damage translate into parental power outages

Some advice on how to cope.

By Janice D'Arcy  |  12:08 PM ET, 07/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Discipline

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

Why did TomKat divorce? Religion and parenting may be a reason.

TMZ has quoted individuals who say the Holmes divorce filing was triggered by the fact that Cruise wanted to introduce their daughter more fully to his religion, famously Scientology.

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

 

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