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- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:43 PM ESTWe all love The Very Hungry Caterpillar. And it's not just fun for reading; a fun theme for birthdays, showers and more, here are 15 inspirational bits for you to chew on.
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- BabyZone | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:42 PM ESTKristen BellKristen Bell and Dax Shepard, new parents of a baby girl, are leading a fight to protect the children of celebrities against photographers who ambush them in quiet family moments the rest of us take for granted. They're calling this group "pedorazzi," which specifically targets paparazzi who sell unauthorized photos of children.
In order to spread the word, they've teamed up with Entertainment Tonight, and Bell has been very vocal about which outlets she'll refuse to work with from now on should they buy unauthorized photos (versus pictures taken of celebrities who attend premieres with their children or schedule photo shoots with a magazine). As it turns out, her campaign is paying off: People Magazine has joined the cause, and with the threat of a boycott, E! Online has just issued a letter saying they will adopt a "no kids" policy on unsanctioned photos as well.
I have to applaud Kristen and Dax, and many other celebrityRead More »from Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Fight to Protect Kids from Paparazzi... And Us
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Feb 28, 2014 12:29 PM EST
individual rights against kids' safety, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Thursday that it was appropriate for school officials to ban students at a San Jose, California, area high school from wearing American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. The May 5th holiday, popular in the United States but largely unrecognized in Mexico, commemorates the 1862 Battle of Puebla and celebrates Mexican culture, heritage, and pride.In a case that pits
The ruling stems from a controversial incident in 2010 when five students were told by administrators at Live Oak High School (which has a history of racial tension and gang violence) to either turn their American flag T-shirts inside out or go home. In a unanimous decision, the court cited two instances where students had been threatened with violence for wearing the flag. In 2009, some students of Mexican descent told an assistant principal theyRead More »from Court OK's High School Ban on American Flag T-Shirts
Call it the biggest Facebook mistake ever. A daughter’s snarky status update has cost her father the $80,000 settlement he won in an age-discrimination lawsuit.Read More »from Daughter's Facebook Brag Costs Her Family $80,000
According to the Miami Herald, Patrick Snay, 69, was the headmaster at Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for several years, but in 2010, the school didn’t renew his contract. Snay sued his former employer for age discrimination and won a settlement of $80,000 in November 2011. The agreement contained a standard confidentiality clause, prohibiting Snay or the school from talking about the case.
However, Snay’s daughter, Dana, now at Boston College and a part-time Starbucks barista, couldn’t resist bragging about the case on Facebook. “Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver,” she wrote. “Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT.”
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- Elizabeth Street | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 8:49 PM ESTAn open letter from a special needs mom.Dear Mr. Principal,
My son, Aden, is coming into your school as a ninth grader. I'd like you to know who Aden is, so that he is more than a number on your special-ed roster. His trouble with school started early. He cried every day in kindergarten until nearly Thanksgiving. His teacher lamented his high energy. The diagnosis of ADHD came as third grade started. We gave him the meds, but homework was still torture. And the rubber-stamp homework "success tips" did nothing to address the elephant in the room: A kid who can't read even close to grade level is not going to be able to do homework, which involves reading.
As junior high loomed, we convinced the special education committee that if a child has never been able to complete a single summer reading assignment, there's a big problem. He was slotted into a sixth grade inclusion class.
On July 4, 2010, we were watching fireworks when his head started twitching. We chalked it up to the late hour and the excitement. The next dayRead More »from An Open Letter to the Principal, from a Special Needs Mom
(Newser) - Are older dads more likely to have troubled children? A wide-ranging new study suggests yes, linking older fathers to an increased risk of a wide range of mental disorders as well as lower grades in school and a higher risk of drug problems. Children born to 45-year-old fathers were more than three times as likely to be diagnosed with autism compared to children born to 24-year-olds, 13 times as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, and 25 times more likely to be diagnosed with bipolar disorder, reports the BBC.
Child with autismThe increased risk remained even when researchers working with the medical and public records of millions of Swedish people controlled for every other factor they could think of. "We spent months trying to make the findings go away, looking at the mother's age, at psychiatric history, doing sub-analyses," the lead researcher says. "They wouldn't go away."
The researchers believe the problems are linked to mutated sperm, though experts not involved with the studyRead More »from Older Dad? Mental Illness Risk Goes Up
- Babble.com | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 6:33 PM EST8 things parents should never share about their kids online
In 2013, the word of the year was "selfie," but I believe the word of the decade, of this social era, is share. We are always sharing -- be it recipes, fashion tips, reviews, or vacation highlights. You name it, and my bet is someone has shared it! That's especially true for parents. It's part of the job description, after all. Parents share the good, the silly, and the tragic. However, despite our instincts to be open books, it's actually true there are things parents should never share about their kids online.
Last month, Wendy Williams went on national TV and said her 13-year-old teenage son doesn't like her. She was clearly in pain, and the confession was emotional for her and her audience. But as much as Wendy may have felt like the victim in her situation, by doing what she did, she made a victim of her son with her own words and her grief. If Wendy Williams had come to my house and cried on my shoulder, I would have poured her a glass of wine and commiserated with her overRead More »from 8 Things Parents Should Never Share About Their Kids Online
fertility procedure that combines the genes of three people to create a defect-free baby, and a study on existing prenatal DNA testing that has the method poised to replace other less-reliable ones, bringing prospective parents more information about their child-to-be than they’d ever imagined possible. The bits of news are just part of an expanding prenatal landscape — which now regularly includes everything from in vitro fertilization to gestational surrogacy — that’s changing our approach to having kids.The concept of baby-making as something inherently simple — get pregnant, wait, hope for the best — is long outdated. But this week the act is feeling downright futuristic, thanks to news of two advances in reproductive technology: the FDA’s examination of a Read More »from The Ethics of Having Children Today
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- Lauren Tuck, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Feb 27, 2014 3:48 PM EST
“Let It Go” has been dubbed the kids anthem of 2014, with children around the world obsessed with the hit from the animated flick “Frozen.” But the song has resonated with another group as well: Moms. (You know, those selfless women who have to listen to Idina Menzel’s ballad on repeat regardless of their own musical preferences.)Read More »from Mom Encourages Other Parents to 'Let It Go' in Amazing Song Spoof
Deva Dalporto is one of those women and, at some point — possibly around 1,000 plays — the words started to take on a different meaning. From there, the blogger and mother of two from California morphed the Disney lyrics into a mom-approved anthem.
Wearing some brand-spankin’ new yoga pants, a teal shirt to match protagonist Princess Elsa’s gown, yellow rubber gloves, pink goulashes, her 7-year-old daughter’s princess crown, and her 4-year-old son’s Spiderman cape, Dalporto sings (mostly off-tune) about the unglamorous actualities of parenting. “My whole thing is not sugar-coating. I talk about the reality of being a parent," she tells Yahoo Shine. " It’s
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