Wednesday, May 8, 2013
"It's hard to say," says author Peggy Drexler, "but our increasingly me-first world might have something to do with it."
Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, but not every mom is pleased to carry the mantle. Some are even walking off the job. In an opinion piece on CNN.com, parenting author Peggy Drexler writes that "reports would seem to indicate that the number of moms who ... run away -- or at least walk away -- is increasing." Drexler cites an increase in the number of single fathers, and several anecdotal examples of mothers who simply took off: There's Rahna Reiko Rizzuto, who wrote in an essay for Salon.com that she realized, when her sons were 3 and 5 that she didn't want to be a full-time mother anymore. There are even support groups now for women who decide to leave their children. Why do some moms leave? Here's what Rizzuto says in the Salon …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Is physical punishment effective? When and how should physical punishment be used?
A study by Canadian researchers suggests that physical punishment endured as a child may result in depression, anxiety and personality disorders later in life. According to an article posted on TheStar.com, Canada's largest online news site, researchers estimated between 2 and 7 percent of those mental disorders might be due to punishments inflicted in childhood — punishment that does not including more severe forms of abuse and maltreatment. The study team used data collected by United States Census interviewers in 2004 and 2005 in surveys of almost 35,000 adults across the country and found about 6 per cent of interview subjects had been punished beyond spanking “sometimes,” “fairly often” or “very often.” Those with a history of harsh …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
A Barrow County parent had expressed concern about an award given to her daughter and we want to know your thoughts.
A Barrow Patch story about a local parent's concern regarding an award her daughter received has lead to a discussion on school awards. Sherry Hatcher, the mother of a County Line Elementary School student, said her daughter was so embarrased by the award she received to mark the end of the school year that she cried and asked to go home. Hatcher's child received "The Bermuda Triangle Award" for "the desk where things go in but never come back out." County Line Elementary School Principal Chris McMichael met with Hatcher to discuss the award. "(I) expressed to her that neither the school nor the system condoned or approved the award, no matter what spirit it was given in," McMichael wrote in an e-mail to Barrow Patch. "I truly don’t …
Monday, June 4, 2012
A local mom calls the end-of-the-year award her daughter received from her kindergarten teacher "a shame."
Monday, June 4, 2012
The mother of a County Line Elementary School student says her daughter was so embarrased by the award she received to mark the end of the school year that she cried and asked to go home. Sherry Hatcher says the other students in her daughter's kindergarten class received awards for positive things, while her child received "The Bermuda Triangle Award" for "the desk where things go in but never come back out." "I reported it to the principal and he gave her a new reward for having a good year in kindergarten but the hurt was still there," Hatcher says. "I just wanted to get the word out that this is a shame and let other parents know that this is not right. "The teachers should be teaching her to be clean and neat as I do at home," …
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Is pre-mastication natural or disgusting?
Imagine a little wobbly bird sitting in a nest and lifting its beak up to be fed by its mother. The mama bird tilts her head gently to feed her hungry baby and they both chirp happily. What seems like a beautiful moment in nature doesn't look quite as sweet when a human mother attempts it. The actress Alicia Silverstone (none other than Cher from my favorite 90's film Clueless) recently posted a video on her blog called The Kind Life in which she transferred chewed up food open-mouth to her 11-month-old baby. She went on to describe how much her son Bear Blu enjoys being fed mouth to mouth. I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite...and mine. He literally crawls across the room …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
An Alabama mother and grandmother face murder charges after a 9-year-old child died after reportedly being forced to run three hours as punishment for lying about eating candy bars.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
A 9-year-old Alabama girl is dead after allegedly being forced to run for three hours as punishment, the Gadsden Times reports. Third-grader Savannah Hardin died Monday, Feb. 20, at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Authorities say the child suffered from severe dehydration and low sodium levels caused by running. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said Savannah obtained candy bars while on the school bus last week, ate them and then lied to her grandmother, 46-year-old Joyce Hardin Garrard. Garrard and Savannah's stepmother, Jessica Mae Hardin, 27, are accused of punishing Savannah by forcing her to run. A neighbor saw the child running but did not realize anything was wrong. "I saw her running down there, that's what I told the …
Monday, April 11, 2011
Moms columnist Amanda Vandeford helps parents prepare for summer travels with places to grab a quick bite with the kids.
With summer just around the corner it seems that my little one and I will be continually on the go for the next few months. When traveling with my little one I like to keep the car packed with healthy snacks and juice. This works for us the majority of the time and if she gets hungry she can snack on what we have with us, which will hold her over until we get home. Sometimes though, that doesn’t work and we must stop for a quick meal. To help you out this summer, here is my list of a few places to stop with a little one to eat a bite. Any place with an outdoor playground I know this sounds like common knowledge, but many moms overlook the simplicity of grabbing a sandwich and stopping at the local park. This will give your little one some…
Monday, March 28, 2011
Moms columnist Amanda Vandeford gives some tips on making parent-teacher conferences productive.
Monday, March 28, 2011
With the school year winding down many parents will be preparing for parent-teacher conferences with their child’s teacher to discuss how successful — or not so successful — their child was during the school year. Meeting with your child’s teacher can be somewhat intimidating, but keep in mind that both you and your child’s teacher want the same thing: what is best for your child To help make your parent-teacher conference go smoothly here are some things to keep in mind: With many conferences just around the corner how do you prepare to work with your child’s teacher? We would love to hear about it! Leave a comment in the comment section and let use know.