Ignore your children and everyone wins
Catherine Pearlman - The Huffington Post, 6 January 2015.
Here’s the best parenting advice you’ll ever receive: Ignore your kids. That’s right -- turn the other way and ignore them completely. Wanna know why?
A letter to my children whom I never wanted
Toni Hammer - The Huffington Post, 5 January 2015.
The author never wanted kids and she started off her journey to motherhood without a map. But then it turned out that they have given her a greater purpose to get up every morning than any other job could ever give. And the most important lesson, they have taught her to love herself.
It’s never too late to mend
Ellen Huerta - The Huffington Post, 4 January 2015.
I often talk about the romantic breakups that inspired my website ‘Mend’, but my parents’ divorce was really the most influential breakup in my life. The breakup of my family taught me more about mending and resilience and forgiveness than any loss of a romantic partner ever has. Until very recently, it felt too raw and painful to write about.
How to get a good night’s sleep
Fiona Duffy - Daily Express, 4 January 2015.
We all know that having a baby plays havoc with your sleep – never was there such a silly phrase as “sleeping like a baby”. But according to a recent study, parents lose an average of 16 nights of sleep a month in the first three years of their child’s life, and new research shows that sleep deprivation can continue well into the school years.
Now, what about children’s health?
Aaron E. Carroll - The New York Times, 29 December 2014.
With the Affordable Care Act seemingly off to a good start in its first year, increasing access to insurance coverage for adults, attention is likely to turn to an older program for children that will come to an end in 2015 if it is not reauthorized: the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP.
Parents are being too protective of their children
Laura Clark - Daily Mail, 1 January 2015.
Professor Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, an expert in cognitive neuroscience at University College London, said it was important for children to embrace a degree of risk and learn from mistakes, because parents who deny their children independence are creating a generation incapable of dealing with failure.
Mothers take time out from work to retirement
Amelia Hill - The Guardian, 1 January 2015.
Working mothers face almost constant disruption to their careers which can continue up to retirement, with many women still choosing to go part-time or stop work altogether to accommodate the needs of their children, a survey by the Guardian and Netmums has found.
1/3 of older children have suffered physical violence
Ben Glaze - Daily Mirror, 1 January 2015.
Nearly half a million older children have been assaulted in the past year as youngsters see being a victim of crime as part of growing up, a study has found. A third of 11-to-17-year-olds, equivalent to 445,000 kids, have suffered physical violence in the past 12 months - and accept attacks, robberies and even rapes as things that happen in childhood, researchers said.
8 New Year’s resolutions for a family
The Huffington Post, 31 December 2014.
What do you wish for your family in 2015? Less yelling? More time together? A chaos-free home? Dr. Phil shares eight resolutions that every family should consider making.
Parental suicide increases same risk in children
Kathleen Lees - Science World Report, 30 December 2014.
Children often mimic what their parents do. Unfortunately, for parents who attempt suicide, their children are also more likely to do so. Recent studies have found a potential link between family and suicidal behavior.