Osotimehin says in the UN report, "The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl's control. It is a consequence of little or no access to school, employment,Read More »from U.N. Report States 2 Million Girls Ages 14 and Younger Give Birth Annually
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 11:01 AM ESTteen pregnancyAccording to a UN report released Wednesday, "more than 7 million girls under the age of 18 are still giving birth each year" and 2 million of them are 14 or younger, worldwide. The UN Population Fund says "this group faces the gravest long-term social and health consequences from giving birth as teens, including higher rates for death during childbirth and the complication obstetric fistula, the development of a hole in the birth canal that can obstruct labor," CBS News notes. They quote the fund's executive director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, as saying, "A girl who is pregnant at 14 is a girl whose rights have been violated and whose future is derailed."
- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:40 AM EST
When I gave up my corporate career two years ago to work from home in pursuit of a personal passion, I had obvious concerns - the first and largest being money. I was making a good salary that afforded my family a very comfortable life, not to mention health benefits. Subsequent concerns involved matters of personal identity. Who was I if not an equal contributor to my household? Sure, my husband worked a successful career, but earning and contributing to my household was something I took tremendous pride in. And why should my happiness matter, I was providing financial security for my family. What could be more important than that? Actually, a lot of things. Of all the practical lessons I work so hard to instill in my children - the importance of hard work, sucking it up, thinking outside the box - the decision to leave my job for pennies on the dollar with little more than faith and a prayer may have taught them the most valuable lessons of all. -By Lori Garcia
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- Babble.com | Parenting – Mon, Nov 4, 2013 10:35 AM EST
There was recognition for those who made an effort, and nobody was disappointed or felt left out. As in life, if you tried hard, you were rewarded.
A school in Calgary, Alberta, however, is making headlines for totally removing the Honor Roll, and while educators are defending the move, it has parents shaking their heads.
"Awards eventually lose their lustre to students who get them, while often hurting the self-esteem and pride of those who do not receive a certificate," reads a letter sent by school officials to parents.
I've been out of high school for 25 years, and I still know I was on the Honor Roll and achieved a Junior Varsity letter in athletics. It's no longer on my resume, but for a while it was there to prove that I was active, had a variety of influence, and was committed to working hard and setting goals.
"We're not saying not to set high goals," school principal Craig Kittelson told TheRead More »from Canadian School Bans Honor Roll, Calls it Unfair to Those Who Don't Make It
- If you're a fan of The Artist's Way, the bestselling guide to living a more creative life, you're in for a treat! Author Julia Cameron is back with The Artist's Way for Parents, a follow-up book that's packed with fun tips and activities for encouraging creativity and imagination in children. Lesson number one? Just like those airplane emergency instructions that tell you to put on your own air mask first, the same is true with creativity. To raise a creative child, you need to first foster your own creative spirit. Not quite sure how to find the whimsical side of life? Here are some tips to get you started. -By Jacqueline Tourville Read More »from 4 Tips for Becoming a More Creative Parent
- Jenny Isenman from TheSuburbanJungle | Parenting – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 1:32 PM EDT
Oh, they'll sell you down the river first chance they get!
I was just writing a piece on things our parents do that embarrass us even though we're grown up, when it dawned on me that my kids do things that embarrass me even more. My children have blurted out some very personal secrets to teachers, doctors, the person who gives you shoes at the bowling alley, and I'm sure unbeknownst to me - to other people's parents as well.
The first time I recall being outed by one of my children was when my son was about 3. While in the checkout line at the grocery store, he looked at cashier and nonchalantly said, "My mommy walks around naked." As if it made perfect sense in the context of buying juice boxes.
I've also been privy to other people's juicy secrets, unsolicited mind you. (It's not like I drill little children that innocently come over to play or hook them to lie detectors while we enjoy cookies and then I ask if their mom has had any work done.)
Here are some of the reasons we should never share anything privateRead More »from 10 Secrets Our Kids Have Spilled - Oh, They'll Totally Sell You Down the River
Pregnancy and your growing baby bump… it's a strange time. You watch your shape change almost daily and while you know it's for good reasons, sometimes it can catch you off guard. You wake up and out of nowhere, you have a large bump in front of you and suddenly none of your clothes fit. You try to eat something, but quickly find out there's little room for any food and you end up having a food baby on top of your real baby. The growing bump can also cause a whole slew of aches and pains. From the baby kicking you in the ribs to trying to tie your shoes, it can be inconvenient, no matter how much you know it's amazing, wonderful, and you want it. There are some unexpected benefits you can get from a growing baby bump though too-good things that can be a direct result of your new pregnant shape. You may even miss some of them when the baby is in your arms and out of your mid-section. Check out these 7 unexpected benefits of a growing baby bump (I'm realizing all over again!). -ByRead More »from 7 Unexpected Benefits of Growing a Baby Bump
- Babble.com | Parenting – Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:26 PM EDT
Every thirty minutes during church the other week, I poked my head into my toddler Vivi's class and said "Potty?" We visited the church bathroom at least seven times before having success, a satisfying pee complete with a sturdy wipe, flush and wash. Of all the parenting activities that have tested my resolve, potty training is at the tippy top of that list. Now that I've survived it once, I realize that it's not the end of the world, it's just a somewhat difficult part of the world that will someday resolve itself. Heck, I've been potty trained for 30 years and there's still times (thanks to two kids!) that waiting for a potty seems impossible. As I venture down potty road with Vivi, the milestones involved in potty training are coming back to me, some of them funny, some of them a little messy, but all of them necessary in order to send a toilet trained human out into the world. Whether you're in the thick of training, well past it, or just beginning, I think you'll relate to someRead More »from 10 Potty Training Milestones Every Child Goes Through
When you know better, you do better. It's just that the process of how, exactly, to know better can be a tough one. Especially when you're a mom, and what you know, and how you do it, affects not just you, but your child. Joan Wickersham wrote on The Huffington Post about seven truths that women have to learn the hard way, which got us to thinking about truths that moms have to learn the hard way. It's a nice idea to think it's our kids who learn lessons the hard way, and that by the time we're old enough to have kids, we know better and will take the path of least resistance. Yeah, it's a nice idea. Here are seven truths that moms have to learn the hard way. Quite unfortunately. -By Meredith CarrollRead More »from 7 Truths Moms Have to Learn the Hard Way
Parenting books claim "spirited" to be an adjective of girls that are difficult to parent, but I object. My spirited girl is adventurous, loving and destined to be an amazing woman. As long as I stay focused on my end game as a parent, my girl's innate character will suit her beautifully into adulthood. Here are the great joys of raising a spirited baby girl. - By Vanessa Bell
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(Newser) - Baby boy or baby girl? As of today, parents in Germany have the option of choosing neither, leaving the gender spot on their newborn's birth certificate blank if the baby's sex can't be determined. As many as one in 2,000 people are born with ambiguous genitalia, and the new law basically creates a third gender category for "indeterminate" or "intersex" people, the BBC reports.
Currently, passport holders in the country are listed as either M (male) or F (female); with this change, a third option will be added: X (intersex). Individuals whose gender is left blank at birth can choose later to become male or female, or can remain intersex, Der Spiegel reports.
Newborn BabyGermany, the first European country to make such an allowance, reviewed cases of intersex babies and found that many who were subjected to sex assignment surgery at a young age ended up unhappy. The law is an attempt to relax the pressure on parents, who may feel forced to make a quick decision about gender andRead More »from Germany Creates 3rd Gender
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