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  • The Challenge: Pornography Pandemic

    10/09/2014 2:30:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 43 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Pornography is everywhere. It’s an evil with far-reaching affects that damage many layers of society. But no one is hurt more by the overwhelming presence of pornography in our society than children.According to a study by the London School of Economics, nine out of ten children who go online (by the way, many of them just doing their homework) will view pornography. Even when kids are acting responsibly and innocently, adults in the pornography business are so fixated on creating new porn addicts that they have made it virtually impossible for children to escape their grasp. Think about it—90 percent...
  • I Dont Want to Marry a Man Who Will Feed Our Kid McDonalds

    10/02/2014 8:29:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 1, 2014 | Sandria M. Washington
    Ideas. Am I cursing my future children to a life of being social outcasts because mommy wants to feed them green smoothies? Right now, there are at least a handful of people who I KNOW will never babysit my imaginary, yet-to-be born child. As far as theyre concerned, my baby will be more under wraps than Blanket Jackson was. Yes, I want nothing more than to have a full stock of potential babysitters, but sometimes these peoplemy friendssay things that make me get the Scooby Doo face. Your kids aint gon have any friends! Im going to feed your kids...
  • Is It Ever Okay to Spank?

    09/23/2014 6:28:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/22/2014 | Mona Charen
    The image of Adrian Petersons sons legs has ignited a welcome cultural conversation. This is unusual. Most of these contrived conversations are efforts to take one headline and shoehorn it into a narrative that liberals want to advance, usually about race and racism. Those conversations are never truthful. But the discussion of a four-year-old boys wounds has elicited some brutally honest commentary. Writing on CNN.com, Steven Holmes blasted what he regards as excessive tolerance for spanking and child abuse in the black community. He dispatches the I was whipped and I turned out all right excuse. Holmes cites the abundant...
  • How Much Does It Cost To Be a Parent?

    09/23/2014 6:26:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    RCM ^ | 09/22/2014 | Isabel Sawhill
    Children can be a great source of satisfaction but also stressful. As Jennifer Senior puts it in the title of her excellent book on the topic, being a parent is "all joy and no fun." Quite apart from the daily aggravations from arguing with a belligerent toddler or cleaning up after a messy teenager, I wonder how many people think ahead about what it's going to cost in both time and money. According to the Department of Agriculture, raising one child from birth to college age cost an average of $241,080 in 2012. That doesn't even include the two really...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: Parent....or Friend?

    09/05/2014 5:15:10 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    As my daughter, Kristin, and I recently browsed through my last book, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, we came across a chapter entitled, Vow To Be The Parent (Not Your Childs Best Friend). I had to laugh to myself because Kristinmy third and youngest childis now 22 and married, and I know my days of "active parenting" are more or less over. She is now first and foremost a friend. As long as there is breath in me I will be her mother - ready to provide counsel and advice as I am invited to share...
  • Same-sex Adoption: Not as Harmless as Portrayed

    08/28/2014 12:44:46 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 3 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 28 August 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Published on American ThinkerBy Enza Ferreri You may often see articles in the media claiming that "research has shown" that children of same-sex couples are thriving, in fact are physically and psychologically doing just as well as, or even better than, children of couples who are - let me use this currently underused word - normal. Are these works reliable? In July such a study, carried out in Australia, was much trumpeted by that pillar of "progressive" thinking, The Washington Post, under the headline "Children of same-sex couples are happier and healthier than peers, research shows". Researcher Simon Crouch...
  • 9 incredible lessons in parenting from around the world

    08/12/2014 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Theoria · 23 replies
    Global Post ^ | 11 Aug 2014 | Emily Lodish
    Every culture has kids. Some just raise them better than others. If there's one thing Tiger Moms have in common with those bringing upBb, it's that they both show us just how varied parenting styles can be.Argentinian parents let their kids stay up until all hours, Japanese parents let 7-year-olds ride the subway by themselves and Danish parents leave their kids sleeping in a stroller on the curb while they go inside to shop or eat.Some global parenting styles might make American parents cringe, but others sure could use a close study. Vietnamese mothers, for instance, get their kids out...
  • 25-Year-Old Planning to Marry Charles Manson Says Its What I Was Born For

    08/11/2014 12:27:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    WTKR ^ | AUGUST 10, 2014 | MATT KNIGHT
    Afton Burton was 16 and living with her parents in Illinois when she discovered Charles Manson. Now, nine years later, her name is Star, shes 25 years old, and she considers herself Charles Mansons wife, even though it isnt official yet. He filed for the first round of paperwork, says Star, who says shes in love with the 79-year-old convicted murderer. Im completely with him, and hes completely with me. Its what I was born for, you know. I dont know what else to say. Star says she was first attracted to Manson after reading about ATWA, Mansons environmental philosophy...
  • Man Buys 23 Burger King Apple Pies to Spite a Small (Spoiled Rotten, Bratty) Child

    08/07/2014 7:24:09 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 128 replies
    Eater.com ^ | Eater.com
    <p>Apparently, after waiting in line in front of a careless mother and her screaming small child, a man who was having a bad day (and had a headache) decided to ruin that family's day: The child was screaming "I want fucking pie!" so the man bought up every last pie all 23 of them and walked out of the Burger King location, turning only to see the enraged mother and child, helpless as the cashier told them that the restaurant had just sold out of pie.</p>
  • "Is Religion Good for Children?" (Slate)

    07/29/2014 3:48:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Slate ^ | 7/29/14 | Mark Joseph Stern
    I n the United States, conventional wisdom holds that you should raise your child to be religious. Taking the kids to church is the default; leaving them home requires justification. Push parents to explain why they should pass on their religionapart from a principled urge to keep the faithand theyre likely to tell you studies prove that kids do better with religion than without it. Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues. But is religion really good for kids? That might depend on what kind...
  • Culture Challenge of the Week: No Time for the Family?

    07/24/2014 4:42:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 24, 2014 | Rebecca Hagelin
    Do you know your family? You may think thats a silly question. Of course we know each other, many parents would reply. We live under the same roof. We see each other daily. We go on vacations together. How could we not know each other? Yet, in an important sense, many parents and their children are almost strangers. The time many families spend together is crammed with wall-to-wall activities. Mothers and fathers ferry their kids feverishly abouta play date here, a practice there, not a moment to sparetethered by cell phones and sustained by meals on the run. You cant...
  • DEBATE: Is Spanking a Reasonable Use of Force? (Keith Ablow says never)

    07/22/2014 1:48:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Jul 22, 2014 10:44AM
    Nine out of 10 parents admit that spanking their children is sometimes appropriate. This week, a New York court ruled in favor of a father charged with child abuse, saying that it was a reasonable use of force. On Fox and Friends this morning, psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow said its never a good idea to spank kids. The bottom line is its always the end of the discussionhitting your kids. Its never the beginning of a discussion. It teaches them nothing, he said.
  • New Toyota minivan lets parents use built-in microphone to scream at unruly kids in back seats

    07/19/2014 2:42:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    ap ^ | Jul 18, 2014 | Tom Krisher,
    The latest version of the companys Sienna minivan has a feature called Driver Easy Speak. It uses a built-in microphone to amplify a parents voice through speakers in the back seats. Toyota says it added Easy Speak so parents dont have to shout to passengers in the back. But chances are many parents will yell into the microphone anyway. And the feature only works one way, so the kids cant talk back. At least not with amplified voices. The feature is an option on the 2015 Sienna, which is being refreshed with a totally new interior. It also has an...
  • Analysis: New Study Did Not Prove That Gay Parents Are Better

    07/09/2014 9:41:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/09/2014 | Melissa Barnhart
    Valeria Tanco (L), and Sophy Jesty pose with their new baby girl, Emilia, at their home in Knoxville, Tennessee April 7, 2014.Several liberal media organizations are reporting the results of a new same-sex parenting study which suggests that gay parents do a better job of raising children than the general population. There are four imporant points to understand about that study, however.Here are a few of the headlines:CBS News: "Children of same-sex couples healthy, well-adjusted, study finds"NBC News: "Children of Same-Sex Parents Are Healthier: Study"The Huffington Post: "Children Of Gay Parents Are Happier And Healthier Than Their Peers, New Study...
  • Top 10 Ways to Give Your Kid a 1970s Summer

    06/13/2014 9:42:55 AM PDT · by grundle · 87 replies
    blogspot.com ^ | May 29, 2014 | 4 Boys' mother
    Thursday, May 29, 2014                Top 10 Ways to Give Your Kid a 1970’s Summer It is officially the end of May. The Pinterest pages, Facebook feeds, and family magazine features are loaded up with all the activities you should do with your kids summer. AS. IF.   As if we need more activities. MORE I say!  As if I am sitting here, ok, really lying here in my end of school year coma,  thinking, "OMG! I CANNOT wait to tackle that homemade moon sand recipe  we will dye ourselves with the skin of...
  • 40 Hilarious Kids Images That Put the Eternal Joys of Parenting in Perspective

    05/11/2014 11:40:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    IJReview ^ | 5/11/14 | Kyle Becker
    Here are 40 images that put parenting in perspective for all of us. 1. The moment theyre born, kids are instantly skeptical.
  • Mother's Day

    05/08/2014 4:22:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 8, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich cushman
    Mother, Mom or Mommy, the name matters not to me; it's the person who matters. My earliest memories of my mother were of her holding me in her lap, tight against her ample chest and soothing me when I was upset. She was my comforter, even when she was the one who had just disciplined me. In her lap, with her arms around me, I felt loved, safe and secure. When I was a teenager, she played the role of the heavy. "I have broad shoulders," she once told me. "Blame me, instead of yourself, if you don't want to...
  • My Granny's Advice for America (Part 1)

    04/29/2014 4:41:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Chuck Norris
    A year ago, I wrote a two-part series titled "My Mom's Advice for America." Those columns became two of my most read pieces. With both my mother's 93rd birthday (May 4) and Mother's Day (May 11) on the horizon, I decided to write a two-part series this year on her mother's advice for America. Grandmother Scarberry, whom I affectionately always called "Granny" until the day she died, was an inspirational matriarch in the family, especially in my life. Outside of God and my wife, Gena, my mom and Granny were the two bedrocks and influences in my life. There are...
  • Rescued sailboat family returns safely to California aboard Navy ship

    04/09/2014 3:32:32 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 77 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/9/14 | Marty Graham
    (Reuters) - A family of four rescued from their sailboat after their infant daughter became seriously ill at sea returned safely to San Diego on Wednesday aboard a U.S. warship that picked them up in the Pacific over the weekend, a Navy spokeswoman said. The parents, Eric and Charlotte Kaufman, and their two daughters, 3-year-old Cora and 1-year-old Lyra, left the Navy frigate Vandegrift after the ship arrived in port around 10 a.m. local time and proceeded to their family doctor, according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein of the Third Fleet. Rotklein declined to give any further information about the arrival...
  • Nature, Nurture, Talents

    03/27/2014 4:29:18 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    As a mother, I often dwell on my role and that of my husband in influencing our children. I also think about the roles their peers and their environment play in affecting their growth. Are our children being challenged enough? Are they being taught responsibility, gratitude and manners? Should they be focusing on one activity or many? Are they over- or under-scheduled? The list goes on and on. Recently our 14-year-old daughter Maggie has been questioning me about her talents. Specifically, she has been wondering what those talents might be. My response most often has been to tell her that...
  • THE EVOLUTION OF PARENTING..

    03/26/2014 6:10:11 AM PDT · by carlo3b · 13 replies
    CookingWithChefCarlo ^ | March 26, 2014 | Carlo3b DAD/CHEF/AUTHOR
    THE EVOLUTION OF PARENTING.. The 40s.. THE EYES.. If an adult looked at you, you froze.. The 50s.. THE SILENT TREATMENT.. If they stopped talking, you stopped asking, or else.. The 60s.. THE COMMAND.. Sit down and Shut up, and that was the last straw.. The 70s.. THE DISCUSSION.. Lets talk about this. The compromise.. The 80s.. THE PAY-OFF.. If you stop, Ill buy you.. The 90s.. THE THREATS.. You told the school councilor WHAT? 2000s.. .. THE END.. You could do time Behind Bars for placing your kid in TIME OUT! YIKESDoes anyone have the number to a Bail...
  • Missing boy found after five days on his own in New York City

    03/12/2014 4:58:53 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    UPI ^ | 3/11/14
    A New York City boy was reunited with his family, after leaving home for five days because he refused to clean up after his dog, a family member said. Kareem Granton, 11, disappeared with a friend Wednesday in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, and his return came after he was spotted by a stranger on a subway train, the New York Daily News reported Tuesday...
  • Modern Family?

    02/28/2014 6:37:51 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The traditional family is dead, so we've been informed. It's been replaced by blended families, cohabitation, single-parent families, and, if the latest scientific controversy regarding mitochondrial DNA pans out, multiple biological parents for a single child. It's not wrong to declare that the face of the American family is changing (even if most of the changes have been for the worse), but it may be overwrought. The only way to sing a dirge for the "traditional" family is to define it exceedingly narrowly -- and even then, it's not dead, just diminished. If you define "traditional" as a father working...
  • Newborn babys smell is as addictive as drugs or food: study

    02/24/2014 8:47:51 PM PST · by Altariel · 30 replies
    TORONTO For women, smelling a newborn baby feels as good as drugs are to addicts or cheeseburgers to those just breaking a fast, new Montreal research suggests. A University of Montreal scientist says a newborn babys odour lights up the reward centres in our brain in a way other scents cant. And for women specifically moms the experience, a rush of dopamine to the brain, is heightened. The reaction is so strong, it exists even if the baby isnt in front of you. Its chemistry between mom and baby. What weve shown for the first time is...
  • Coming soon to New York: Mandatory state-run parenting classes?

    02/21/2014 2:20:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/21/2014 | AllahPundit
    Via Ace. “Not only would parents have to attend” if they want their kid to pass sixth grade, notes Walter Olson at Cato, “but for good measure the bill would require employers to bestow a paid day off each year for employees who are parents to do so.” Sounds good to some New Yorkers, as you’re about to see.Here’s the bill, which you can read in 30 seconds. The state would put together workshops on 12 different subjects with parents required to attend four, one of which must be a workshop on sexual abuse. That’s the bill’s saving grace potentially;...
  • Parents raise their son as a boy AND a girl so he won't 'grow up aggressive'

    02/14/2014 9:30:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 47 replies
    UK Mail Online ^ | Feb 14, 2014 | Guy Adams and Andy Dolan
    Max Price's parents Lisa and Martin are raising their son according to the technique known as 'gender-neutral parenting' Toddler is happy playing with his collection of toy cars and revels in wearing his favourite dresses and tutu Mother Lisa said: 'Gender stereotypes can be so damaging' The couple say they hope their decision will help boost Max's confidence Max Price is a happy, healthy one-year-old boy who spent yesterday morning playing with his vast collection of toy cars, planes, tractors, and dinosaurs. Max scampered upstairs to his bedroom with his 23-year-old mother, Lisa, and re-emerged several minutes later wearing a...
  • Exposed: Obama Blocks White House Council on Boys and Men

    02/03/2014 6:28:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 3, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    A White House Council on Women and Girls was formed in 2009 under the Obama administration to ensure that government agencies were taking into account the needs of women and girls. Warren Farrell, who has served on the board of NOW in New York City and writes books about mens and womens issues, was asked to be an adviser to the Council. He agreed, but suggested the need for a White House Council on Boys and Men. He was invited to submit a proposal to create one. Farrell got to work, and over the next 18 months put together a...
  • Woman Kidnapped as Baby by Own Mom Now Tells Her Side of the Story

    01/29/2014 9:19:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Shine Yahoo!.com ^ | January 28, 2014 | Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff
    YouTube Video Today Tonight : World Exclusive: The story of Savanna Todd At age 20, Samantha Geldenhuys learned some shocking news. And "shocking" is probably an understatement for describing the discovery: The beloved mother who'd raised her was also her kidnapper and had been wanted by authorities for nearly two decades. Shortly after losing custody of the little girl in a South Carolina court, Dorothy Barnett kidnapped her daughter in 1994, taking her on a journey across four continents, and sparking a case that soon became one of the biggest child-abduction mysteries in U.S. history. The story was back in...
  • Parents criticized online for bringing crying baby to restaurant

    01/15/2014 4:05:37 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 135 replies
    upi ^ | Jan. 14, 2014
    CHICAGO, A couple dining at an upscale Chicago restaurant were sharply criticized online when their infant spent the evening crying at the eatery. Chef Grant Achatz of the Alinea restaurant took to Twitter with a question about crying baby etiquette after the infant cried though the dinner service Saturday night at the three-star restaurant, where meals can cost hundreds of dollars, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Tuesday. "Tbl brings 8mo.Old. It cries. Diners mad. Tell ppl no kids? Subject diners 2crying? Ppl take infants 2 plays? Concerts? Hate saying no, but ...," Achatz tweeted. The tweet sparked sharp criticism online for...
  • New Study On Homosexual Parents Tops All Previous Research (Must Have for Files)

    12/26/2013 5:35:23 AM PST · by xzins · 98 replies
    New Study On Homosexual Parents Tops All Previous Research By Peter Sprigg Senior Fellow for Policy Studies In a historic study of children raised by homosexual parents, sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin has overturned the conventional academic wisdom that such children suffer no disadvantages when compared to children raised by their married mother and father. Just published in the journal Social Science Research,[1] the most careful, rigorous, and methodologically sound study ever conducted on this issue found numerous and significant differences between these groups--with the outcomes for children of homosexuals rated "suboptimal" (Regnerus' word)...
  • Daughters and Sex

    12/20/2013 5:21:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 78 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 20, 2013 | Mona Charen
    Columnist Ross Douthat has stirred up a hornet's nest by commenting on a new study suggesting that being the parent of a girl may nudge people toward the Republican Party. Douthat speculated that watching daughters cope with a "social landscape in which sex has been decoupled from marriage" and in which young men cruise through the sexual marketplace, leaving broken hearts in their wake, may cause mothers and fathers to embrace more conservative mores regarding love and sex. Well, based on the sulfuric response, Douthat has transgressed gravely. Ann Friedman, writing in New York magazine, thunders: "Are we supposed to...
  • Fox Buys Comedy TV Show Based on Dwyane Wades Life

    11/20/2013 3:05:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 4 replies
    Time ^ | 11/19/13 | Eliana Dockterman
    National Basketball Association All-Star Dwyane Wade has just sold a semi-autobiographical TV show to Fox based on his New York Times best-selling book, A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger Than Basketball, THR reports. Burn Notice writer Ben Watkins is set to pen the half-hour comedy loosely based on the life story of the Miami Heat guard titled Three the Hard Way.
  • Hoiw to Raise a Pagan Kid in a Christian Home

    11/19/2013 5:55:50 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    I.N.F.O ^ | 13 November 2013 | Barrett Johnson
    *Authors note: This post has gotten quite a lot of traffic. Several people (mainly practicing pagans) have pointed out that I used the word "pagan" in a way that doesn't fit the official definition. For my purposes here, I used that word to broadly define someone who rejects a biblical world view, fails to place God at the highest place in their lives, and is depending on something other than the cross for salvation. In hindsight, I probably could have gone with a different word. If you are a practicing pagan, please accept my apologies. Every Imperfect and Normal Family...
  • Boca Raton Toys 'R' Us theft: Video shows family stealing from store [Children Taught to Steal]

    11/15/2013 6:39:19 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    wptv.com ^ | 11/14/13 | Mollie Reynolds
    Surveillance video...shows a family of nine reportedly stealing from the Toys "R" Us..... young kids were instructed by their parents to undo security devices as the family walked out of the store....
  • The Kids Are Amazing

    11/09/2013 4:41:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 55 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 9, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    For many American children, the floor has become their closet. This drives me crazy. I walk into a room where an urchin resides, and there are clothes scattered everywhere. Believe me, I know the passive-aggressive tactics that kids use to torture their parents, but something else is going on here. More than a few times, I've heard parents describe their offspring as "amazing." If you look up that word, you will see this meaning: "To cause great wonder or astonishment." That's what "amazing" means. So occasionally, I will ask the parent of an "amazing" child to tell me exactly...
  • Baby Weighing Less Than a Can of Soda Heads Home From Hospital Soon

    11/08/2013 7:02:39 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    Life News.com ^ | 11/7/13 | Steven Ertelt
    Alexis Clarke weighed just 11 ounces at birth — smaller than a can of soda. That was six months ago, when she was delivered at UCSD Medical Center at just 25 weeks. The smallest baby ever born at the medical center, Alexis is only now finally able to head home.After months of medical care, Alexis is now bigger and healthier — and her family has supported her each and every day.The U.S. Senate saw the introduction of a bill today that will protect babies like Aleixs from abortions. It would ban abortions on unborn children starting at 20 weeks –...
  • Mom stunned by act of kindness at Pizza Hut

    11/01/2013 2:05:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    WTVD-TV ^ | October 30, 2013
    DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- A single mother wrote to ABC11 to share a story of what happened to her family at a Pizza Hut in Durham. The Raleigh woman said the past few years have been very trying for her family. She is going through a messy divorce, has had to move several times, and had to take a year off from attending college. She said recently she found out that her 4-year-old daughter has bullying tendencies, and her 6-year-old son is living with Asperger's and ADHD. Every Friday night, the woman takes her family on a dinner tour where...
  • Pro-Abortion Measure EU Rejected Would Have Also Taught Sex Ed to 4-Year-Olds

    11/01/2013 11:51:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Life News.com ^ | 10/28/13 | Dr. Peter Saunders
    Pro-Abortion Measure EU Rejected Would Have Also Taught Sex Ed to 4-Year-Olds by Dr. Peter Saunders | LifeNews.com | 10/28/13 5:58 PM The European Union voted last week to deny acceptance of a draft report which would have established abortion as a human right, and simultaneously squelched conscientious objection as well as established a perversion of sexual education for children.In a resounding victory for common sense, following a short but lively debate in the European Parliament, a majority of MEPs voted to refer the highly controversial resolution on the Estrela report back to the Committee on Women’s Rights and...
  • Scientists say babies remember lullabies played for them in the womb

    11/01/2013 11:30:31 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Thu Oct 31, 2013 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Scientists say babies remember lullabies played for them in the womb by Kirsten Andersen Thu Oct 31 11:52 AM EST HELSINKI, Finland, October 31, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – There’s no shortage of products on the market designed to help parents expose their unborn babies to music. Experts and savvy marketers alike have long speculated that prenatal musical exposure might make babies smarter, or at least help them develop similar tastes to Mom and Dad. Others dismiss the “Mozart Effect” as a myth and a sales gimmick. A new study out of Finland, however, may send sales of belly-mounted headphones skyrocketing,...
  • A Halloween Treat, Without the Sugar Coating

    10/31/2013 4:21:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 31, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    Last night, my husband Jimmy and I were talking about how fast time, at least as it pertains to our children, has flown. Our 14-year-old daughter, Maggie, is planning her first Halloween trick-or-treating adventure away from home and out with friends. She spent her first Halloween dressed as a pumpkin when she was less than a month old, too small to even hold her head up by herself. The next year, she was an angel, and we pulled her around in a little red wagon to gather treats. Our younger child, Robert, who is 12, arrived 22 months after...
  • Parents send American teenage girl to live in Novosibirsk as punishment

    10/27/2013 6:36:14 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 50 replies
    sib.fm ^ | October 24, 2013
    An immigrant living in America sent her daughter home to Novosbirsk in 2011 because she allegedly misbehaved. She tried to commit suicide in Siberia, according to reports from American television company WUSA 9 and publication USA Today that Sib.fms correspondent examined. 17-year-old Sofia Roberts was born in Russia, but left to live in America when she was two years old with mother Natalia. According to the broadcaster, in 2011 the mother sent her daughter, then 15, from the town of Chantilly, Virginia to Novosibirsk to meet her biological father. But after Sofia arrived in Russia, her mother changed her plans...
  • Mother jailed after leaving children home alone to go eat dinner

    10/03/2013 8:06:56 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies
    valleycentral.com ^ | 10.02.2013 | Action 4 News Staff
    A Brownsville mother is facing criminal charges after she left her five children home alone while she went to go eat dinner. Brownsville police arrested 23-year-old Janerit Velez on child abandonment charges early Wednesday morning. Investigators told Action 4 News that officers were called to a home on the 3600 block of Ramirez Lane around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Neighbors told police that five children, ranging in ages 2 to 8 years old, were left home alone. Officers reported that they waited an hour before Velez showed up. Velez allegedly told officers that she had only been gone for an hour...
  • Mom uses unconventional tactic to discipline children

    09/30/2013 1:42:52 PM PDT · by ConvictionsofFaith · 15 replies
    Convictions of Faith ^ | 9/23/13 | Convictions of Faith
    On my daily commute home from work I passed a small shopping center in Chichester, PA where I saw a young boy and girl holding signs in front of the Family Dollar store. I initially thought they were raising money for something but as I slowed down I read the words "I STOLE" on the boy's sign. I turned around and drove by again to get a closer look at what the signs actually said. photo 2.jpg I STOLE CANDY FROM FAMILY DOLLAR. MY MOTHER DID NOT RAISE ME THAT WAY. photo 1.jpg I STOLE A $100 CELL PHONE FROM...
  • Real-life Parent Trap: Reality star splitting twins between dads

    09/21/2013 7:00:22 PM PDT · by madprof98 · 23 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 9/19/13 | Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
    My Fair Wedding reality-show host David Tutera announced last week that he and estranged partner Ryan Jurica would split their infant twins when in their custody agreement. The explanation is that each man is the biological father of only one of the twins. (They are heteropaternal superfecundation, or twins who share a mom but have different dads.) Jurica lives in Connecticut and Tutera lives in California. Jurica has said this is not the arrangement he hoped for, and he wants the twins to be in each others lives. Many experts, and people on social media, agree that this is a...
  • Truth from Parents of Children Who Died

    09/20/2013 7:19:30 AM PDT · by republicangel · 15 replies
    A couple weeks ago, I was out to lunch with an old friend of mine. This friend lost his young son in a car accident a couple years ago, and we got to talking about parenting and how life has been for him as a dad ever since. As a dad, I can only tell you that my heart was ripped in two as he told me not just how he has had to find his own peace with it, but how he wished that there was a place he could share some of the things hes learned from it...
  • Chinese Mum Lied to Daughter That She Was Adopted to 'Encourage her Independence'

    09/15/2013 12:35:45 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Mirror ^ | 9/14 | David Raven
    When Shen feared her daughter Cheng Cheng was becoming 'spoilt and arrogant' she tried a controversial parenting techniqueA Chinese mother lied to her daughter for 13 years saying that she was adopted to give her 'more independence'. The mum, known only as Shen, married into a wealthy family and had a child called Cheng Cheng. But Shen struggled while bringing her daughter up and thought she was becoming spoilt and arrogant, Chinese media claim. So instead of disciplining her, Shen thought it would be a good idea to try a new parenting technique. She told Cheng Cheng when she was...
  • Utah Dad Wears Short Shorts To Teach Daughter About Modesty

    09/13/2013 12:56:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Sep 13, 2013 | An Phung
    A Utah dad made a "small" change to teach his daughter a big lesson about modesty. Fed up with his daughter's love for short denim shorts, Scott Mackintosh, a father of seven from Salt Lake City, left the house for a family outing in a pair of very short shorts after the teenager refused to change into something more modest. "I heard my wife ask our daughter if she would please change into some longer shorts before leaving. She said 'NO!'" MacKintosh wrote on his wife's blog. "Instead of turning her response and disrespectful attitude into a major battle, I...
  • The Content of Character

    08/31/2013 12:06:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 31, 2013 | Bill O'Reilly
    The singer Billy Ray Cyrus was supposed to be interviewed on television this week, but he canceled. And who could blame him? His daughter, Miley, embarrassed herself and her family on worldwide TV. Her narcissism on full display, the 20-year-old pop star simulated sexual activity with an older male singer while singing some kind of suggestive song. With millions of young people watching, the scene was as degrading as it was unnecessary. As her father, Mr. Cyrus should be mortified by Miley's behavior. He's made no direct comment about it, but he should. Generally speaking, there is an epidemic of...
  • Children and Smartphones: Whats the Right Age?

    08/19/2013 3:15:57 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 27 replies
    Laptop Magazine ^ | August 15, 2013 | Daniel P. Howley
    One of the biggest and most divisive debates among parents of young children and preteens deals with the age at which children should be allowed to have their own smartphone. The advent of kid-friendly apps and the ability to watch streaming videos in the palm of your hand have made the decision even more difficult for parents. A recent survey conducted by mobile service provider Zact found that 56 percent of children ages 10 to 13 have a smartphone, while a shockingly high 25 percent of children ages 2 to 5 have a smartphone. But should children so young have...
  • The rise of 'co-parenting': Broody, single women advertising for men to help them have babies

    08/18/2013 6:44:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/18/2013 | EMMA ELMS
    With their biological clocks ticking, time poor and cash rich 40-something singletons are turning to the internet to find their man. But these broody women are not looking for a relationship - instead they are looking for someone to father their child. More and more people across the U.S and UK are opting for the so-called 'co-parenting relationships biological parents who have an otherwise platonic relationship, but who both contribute to raising the child. Emma Elms reports on the rise of the unconventional trend. WANTED Male co-parent to father at least one child with an attractive, financially independent 42-year-old...