Author Carol Cooke says that unskilled parents are the problem, not unmotivated kids.In "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Yale law professor Amy Chua declared her "Chinese mother" parenting skills superior to those of lazy, touchy-feely "Western parents" and seems to say that pushing children to succeed academically is the best way to guarantee their success later in life. Longtime educator Carol Cooke says that she agrees -- up to a point.
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"We all want our children to succeed academically because today, more than ever, education is the key to success. Holding high expectations and communicating those expectations to our children on a regular basis is a point on which Amy Chua and I absolutely agree," Cooke told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. "Our points of view diverge on what comes after that, and the differences are clearly cultural."
In her new book, "America's Answer to the Tiger Mother: How to Raise Successful, Happy Children" Cooke points out that unskilled parents are the problem, not
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 6:15 PM EST
Author Carol Cooke says that unskilled parents are the problem, not unmotivated kids.In "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," Yale law professor Amy Chua declared her "Chinese mother" parenting skills superior to those of lazy, touchy-feely "Western parents" and seems to say that pushing children to succeed academically is the best way to guarantee their success later in life. Longtime educator Carol Cooke says that she agrees -- up to a point.Read More »from Forget Tiger Mothers: Teach People How to Be Good Parents Instead
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting! (Photo: Getty Images)Now that the palace has confirmed that the Duchess formerly known as Kate Middleton is pregnant, questions abound. Does it matter whether the royal couple has a little prince or a little princess? Do members of the British royal family actually breastfeed? What will the royal birth announcement look like? We've gathered up a few of the frequently asked questions out there right now, and tracked down the answers.
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Will Kate have a baby shower? Baby showers are an American tradition, not a British one, though no doubt well-wishers will send the parents-to-be plenty of presents. As they did for their wedding, the royal couple may encourage friends to make a donation to charity instead.
Who will be the godparents? Traditionally, the couple's best man and maid of honor are later asked to stand as godparents for the couple's firstborn child, so Prince Harry and Pippa Middleton areRead More »from Kate Middleton: Royal Pregnancy Mysteries, Solved
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Shine Food – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 4:27 PM EST
This former men's bathroom on the Boston Common has been made into a restaurant. (Photo: David L. Ryan/Boston Globe/Getty Images)The location of Boston's new Earl of Sandwich restaurant can't be beat—it's right in the middle of one of the busiest and most-visible parts of the Boston Common, the oldest public park in America. But the building's history may give some diners pause: The stone kiosk where workers will be prepping sandwiches for the lunchtime crowd used to be a public bathroom.Read More »from New Boston Restaurant Located in Former Public Restroom
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Known locally as The Pink Palace (the stone blocks used to build it are rose-colored), the 660-square-foot octagonal structure was built in the 1920s and used as a "men's comfort station" for about 50 years. It was closed in the 1970s and has spent four decades locked up tight, filled with old urinals, decrepit toilets, and rusting pipes.
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When the Florida-based Earl of Sandwich company announced that it would be opening a restaurant in the former restroom, reactions were mixed.
"This is a great opportunity to
Twin toddlers can be a handful by themselves. But when you add in a couple of newborns, the potential for chaos—and happiness—is enormous.
Thirteen-month-old twins Grayson and Garin Martin welcomed identical baby sisters, Hayden and Harley, last week. And their parents, Jaclyn and Chad Martin of Weatherford, Texas, are still reeling from the reality of having two sets of twins in a row. (For now, the tired parents tell which baby is which by looking at their hospital bracelets, which are still around the newborns' tiny wrists.)
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"More than anything I was shocked to hear twins again," Chad Martin told CBS News. "I didn't believe it at first."
Having consecutive sets of twins without having undergone fertility treatments is very unusual. The odds "might be one in 10,000" says Jaclyn's OB/GYN, Dr. Stephen Stamatis, who delivered both sets of her twins at Weatherford Regional Medical Center. "It's pretty rare. It's the firstRead More »from Family Welcomes Second Set of Twins in a Row
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Shine – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 10:09 AM EST
For curious minds, the internet offers near-instant gratification. And, judging by the most-popular "how-to" searches of 2012, Yahoo! users are definitely a curious bunch. You wondered about everything from building a deck (in March!) to buying Facebook stock (before it went public), and plenty of people were looking for tips on tackling common cooking conundrums. Here are a look at the most-searched how-to questions, and the answers you were looking for.
How to make a diaper cake. This baby shower gift/decoration became trendy after Carrie and Samantha lugged one to Miranda's baby shower on "Sex and the City" back in 2002. But apparently they're still popular, and if you want to make one they don't require any Martha-Stewart level decorating skills. All you need are disposable diapers (lots of diapers), wide ribbon, a baby bottle, and a handful of tiny baby toys. For each tier of the cake, wrap folded diapers around a baby bottleRead More »from The Top How-To Searches of 2012
Red ribbon for HIV/AIDS awareness. World AIDS Day is Dec. 1, 2012. (Photo: Thinkstock)It has been 31 years since AIDS was first discovered, and organizations the world over are marking World AIDS Day on December 1 by urging people to learn the facts about HIV and show their commitment to raising awareness by wearing a curl of red ribbon.Read More »from World AIDS Day: Why Safer Sex is Still Important
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"Only 25 percent of the 1/1 million people in the United States infected with HIV have optimal treatment to where their viral load is undetectable," said Dr. Ronald O. Valdiserri, the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health and the Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy. "We know we have a ways to go."
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According to data from the U.K. National AIDS Trust, more than 90 percent of people contract HIV through vaginal or anal sex without a condom, and the majority of infections are passed on by people who don't even realize that they have the virus that causes AIDS. Approximately a quarter of
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Fri, Nov 30, 2012 11:59 AM EST
Dr. Jill Biden visits wounded Marines and their families at the Warrior Hope and Care Center, at Camp Pendleton, California, January 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann) A loved one's absence is always difficult, but when you're part of a military family, the holidays can bring a special kind of stress.
"I know what it was like during the holidays, when I looked down our Christmas table and I saw that my son was not sitting there because he was in Iraq," Dr. Jill Biden told Yahoo! Shine in an interview. Vice President Joe Biden's and her son, Beau, was deployed with the Army National Guard for a year in 2008; their son Hunter joined the Navy Reserves in November.
Dr. Biden's experience as a military mom drives her work with Joining Forces, the national initiative she launched with First Lady Michelle Obama to urge Americans to support servicemen, servicewomen, veterans, and their families. She describes how her own military family coped during the holidays in an essay for This I Believe, a non-profit organization that asks people from all walks of life to share essays about their coreRead More »from Dr. Jill Biden on Being a Military Mom During the Holidays
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Thu, Nov 29, 2012 3:16 PM EST
Dolly Parton in New York this week. (Photo: Donna Svennevik/Getty)She's a mega star and a country music icon, but Dolly Parton still has a few secrets up her sleeve -- and she's finally ready to share them. In her new memoir, "Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You," which came out this week, she takes on the rumors, talks about her famous style, and says she has no regrets about what she's done with her life.Read More »from Dolly Parton on Love, Her Looks, and Why She Never Had Kids
Parton, 66, says that her signature look -- big blonde hair, big breasts, and plenty f makeup -- was inspired by a certain woman in her town with a bad reputation.
"That is an absolute truth," Parton said in an interview with Nightline." "There was this woman, we won't call her names, but she was beautiful. I had never seen anybody, you know, with the yellow hair all piled up and the red lipstick and the rouge and the high heeled shoes, and I thought, 'This is what I want to look like.'"
Though she's been married for 46 years (to Carl Dean, who stays well out of the spotlight), Parton has always had to deal with questions about her love
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Fashion – Wed, Nov 28, 2012 1:35 PM EST
on election night, the entire world was watching—and fashion copy-cats were taking note. Last week, British retailer Asda unveiled their new line of George brand holiday dresses and "The Michelle"—a $32 metallic red-and-black floral number inspired by the first lady's pricey Michael Kors creation—sold out within 48 hours.When First Lady Michelle Obama stepped on stage Read More »from Knockoff of Michelle Obama Election Night Dress Sells Out in 2 Days
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"Our Michelle Obama inspired flower jacquard dress was an instant hit amongst shoppers," George brand director Fiona Lambert told The Daily Mail.
The party dress's popularity was no accident: It was designed and named after George and Asda shoppers chose Michelle Obama as the most-impressive female dresser, ranking her ahead of Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. The entire fashion-icon inspired line—the big box retailer's new Moda "Impress Dresses" collection—launched on November 21, and sales have been brisk.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, Nov 27, 2012 5:05 PM EST
Welcome to the world, baby Hashtag! (Photo: Mashable via Facebook)Crazy baby names are nothing new. In fact, in recent years they've become endemic in our culture, with entire websites devoted to bad baby names, deliberate misspellings masquerading as parental "creativity," and celebrities who go way way past "unusual" and into "Wait. What?" territory (like actor Jason Lee, who named his child Pilot Inspektor in 2003).Read More »from Hello, Hashtag? Parents Give Baby Girl a Twitter-Inspired Name
But Hashtag? As in, well, #hashtag? Really? Really.
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"Hashtag Jameson was born at 10 o'clock last nite," the proud parent announced on Facebook Saturday night. "She weys 8pounds and i luv her so much!!!!!!"
Spelling-challenged friends started leaving equally creative congratulations in the comments.
"Aww babes you finally had youre Tweetybird xxx," one wrote.
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Some internet commenters have questioned whether the announcement is just a poorly executed viral marketing campaign for a certain brand of whiskey -- #Jameson? (Though we