September 26, 2012

Our Favorite Parenting Stories Of The Week


A new HBO documentary on divorce. Pacifiers may hinder boys’ emotional development. Is your child on track for a middle-class lifestyle?

By Angela Bunt, Jill Feigelman, Sarah Torretta Klock, Ginger McKnight-Chavers & Erin Shea


TIME’s Healthland discusses survey results surrounding the benefits–or lack thereof–of letting your little one take a sip of mommy’s little helper. (TIME)

While it may be easier said than done, Fed Up With Frenzy author Susan Sachs Lipman thinks that in order for parents to keep up with their hectic lives, they might have to slow down. (Washington Post)

A new HBO documentary examines the DOs and DON’Ts of divorce from a unique and untapped perspective: that of the child. (USA Today)

It’s no surprise that even a small amount of daily exercise can help reduce your child’s risk of diabetes and obesity. But did you know it can also improve their performance in school? (Yahoo! News)

A new study shows that if children are able to reach certain life stage benchmarks, then they’ll be on track for a middle class lifestyle. Is your kid on track? (The Atlantic)

Pacifiers may hinder baby boys’ emotional development by physically blocking their ability to copy expressions from people around them, according to a new study. Interestingly, the problem with pacifiers wasn’t found in girls. (Huffington Post)

The internet can be a tough place for parents—especially moms—according to accumulated data from BuzzFeed. The word “bad” was the fourth most paired word with “mom” on the internet, when it didn’t even crack the top 10 list for words paired with “dad.” (BuzzFeed)

Now that the Chicago teachers strike has ended, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has sent a letter home with 350,000 children explaining the implications of the contract. (Chicago Tribune)

The hormone Oxytocin, which enables mother-child bonding and feelings of sociability and trust, may contribute to group conformity, according to a new study. (The Atlantic)

Is your pre-schooler is a racist? Parents receive advice on talking to young kids about race and prejudice. (Huffington Post)

Mayor Bloomberg’s soft drink ban caused some controversy. But a new study shows significant slowing of weight gain in kids who avoid sugary drinks. (New York Times)

Experts urge schools and parents to consider cultivating creativity in our kids as an important component of learning and success in the classroom. (Psychology Today).

Forget fashion week. Some of our best fashion cues can come from our kids. Check out what we can learn from our children about style. (Wall Street Journal)

Cell phones in the subway? Please say it ain’t so… (Brokelyn.com)

Possibly the most fun photos we’ve ever seen, two sisters and a dad stage one-of-a-kind photographs. If you haven’t seen Jason Lee’s work yet, you’re in for a treat. (Bored Panda)

One mom speaks out: how the safety net of social welfare allowed her the opportunity to become a productive and valued citizen. Are you reading, Romney? (New York Times)

Love…and war. There are no words to explain the bravery and devotion in this story. Luckily the photos tell all. (BuzzFeed)

He might be George Lucas’ littlest fan. Watch this video of the “Star Wars” theme instantly calm a four-month-old. (Huffington Post)

New Dorp High School on Staten Island was one of the worst in the nation, but following a school developed Writing Revolution program, students learned how to write more persuasively. Now, more New Dorp students are graduating with high school diplomas then ever before. (The Atlantic)

 

 

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