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How to avoid helicopter parenting

James Lynch - Seven Days, 23 September 2015.
24-09-2015
The term ‘helicopter parenting’ represents fear to some and a punch line to others. Over-involved parents are everywhere, from the mom who yells at a mortified second-grader playing shortstop to wear his athletic cup to the dad who calls up his 24-year-old offspring’s boss to demand a raise. It's easy to laugh — until it becomes your reality.
 

Why Americans need to rethink family time

Susan Spencer - The Huffington Post, 22 September 2015.
23-09-2015
While it’s terrific that moms have gotten the message about the importance of eating together, the exercise part is suffering. With so many demands on families’ time, fitness has dropped off the list. But it needs to be prioritized, and here’s why: Being active can help lower the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.
 

How to defuse conflict in a family business

David Steinberg - Forbes, 23 September 2015.
23-09-2015
In a family business, conflict is inevitable. If it’s not managed well, it can destroy the foundation of the business and lead to emotionally charged conflict that can greatly impact everyone involved. Those who develop effective ways of managing conflict are those most likely to survive — and thrive. While not all conflict is unhealthy, there are strategies family business owners can implement to help keep the peace.
 

Preparing for caring for our ageing relatives

Sheila Wayman - The Irish Times, 22 September 2015.
21-09-2015
New research highlights urgent need for legislation to ensure safety and stop exploitation. Families need to know what they can and can’t ask of their employee and that way they will get the best relationship between themselves, the parent and the worker. Alternatively, if you are using a homecare agency, you should be asking about how their employees are treated: what they are paid, the shift patterns etc.
 

Ireland’s welfare rates ‘not generous’

Andrea Burns - The West Australian, 22 September 2015.
21-09-2015
An economic think-tank has sought to challenge the perception that social welfare rates are “generous” when measured against the remuneration the person would receive if they chose to work. The Nevin Economic Research Institute was responding to the OECD’s Economic Survey of Ireland, published last week.
 

How can I expect my kids not to lie when I do?

Meredith Carroll - ABC News, 20 September 2015.
20-09-2015
“During Back-to-School Night for my newly minted second-grade daughter, her teacher gave a 30-minute slideshow presentation to parents as we perched awkwardly at our kids’ desks. But despite the uncomfortable seating arrangements, it was something else entirely that made me uneasy while the teacher spoke.”
 

Four experts give their top tips for parenting

Helen O’Callaghan - The Irish Examiner, 19 September 2015.
20-09-2015
The author speaks to parenting experts about being less than perfect with their own children and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
 

How far is too far when advertising to children?

Martin Wright - The Guardian, 16 September 2015.
16-09-2015
Does advertising to children infringe their rights? On the surface, it sounds rather an extreme proposition. But there is a growing consensus from parents, regulators, civil society as well as businesses themselves, that children are particularly vulnerable to an evolving range of modern marketing techniques that can compromise both their physical and mental health.
 

Parents’ behavior affects children during a divorce

Sara Au - The Huffington Post, 16 September 2015.
16-09-2015
If you’re divorcing, it’s very likely that your world is being rocked like no other time in your life. You may feel shell-shocked, unmoored, enraged or depressed. All of those feelings -and more- are completely normal, and you need to deal with them or find help if you cannot. It’s natural for you to want to lash out at the world, or withdraw from it, or otherwise act on your feelings, but when you’re a parent you need to consider how your actions will affect your children and their behavior.
 

Parents with four or more children are most satisfied

Julie Sabino HNGN, 15 September 2015.
15-09-2015
A new study found that parents who have four or more children have the greatest satisfaction in life despite the expenses and time pressure of raising them. Researchers at Perth’s Edith Cowan University in Australia asked parents from different family types to complete a questionnaire about resilience, social support and self-esteem.
 
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