Daily News Roundup

Role for Teachers Is Seen in Solving Schools’ Crises

DENVER — Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, convening a two-day labor-management conference here on Tuesday, argued that teachers’ unions can help solve many of the challenges facing public schools.

But as the conference opened, that view was under challenge in a number of state capitals.

Republicans in several states have proposed legislation in recent weeks that would bar teachers’ unions from all policy discussions, except when the time comes to negotiate compensation. In Tennessee and Wisconsin, Republicans have proposed stripping teachers’ unions of collective bargaining rights altogether. (New York Times)

Calories on Menus Don’t Change Kids’ Choices

Feb. 15, 2011 — Listing calories on the menus at fast-food restaurants doesn’t seem to affect kids’ choices or those that their parents make for them, finds a small study in the International Journal of Obesity. (Web MD)

Chores are Good for Kids

I began this post as a response to Daniel Lancy’s discussion of chores from an anthropological perspective.  I don’t believe he mentions it, but my reading of the literature suggests that among many groups of hunter/gatherers, where women provide most of the food for their families (meat being a special treat, not daily sustenance), children as young as three essentially find enough food to support themselves.  Inefficiently, probably interfering with their mothers’ work every step of the way, but a net gain to the family.  (Psychology Today)

Being a Parentless Parent: The Effect on Your, Your Children and Your Marriage

Both of my parents have passed away, and little has shaped the way I raise my children or affected the relationship I have with my husband and in-laws more than the fact that my mom and dad aren’t here to be grandparents to my children. I am a parentless parent.

Because women are having babies later and later, the number of parentless parents in America is skyrocketing. While life expectancy is also on the rise, it isn’t growing fast enough to guarantee the children born to these parents will have more time with their grandparents. What this means is that all of our assumptions about grandparents being around longer than ever before — because they’re living longer, after all — are simply inaccurate. (Huffington Post)

You Don’t Have to Be The Huxtables to Parent Well on the Autism Spectrum

I don’t know if you remember the Cosby Show from the 80′s. Cliff and Claire Huxtable are witty, playful, and always seem to have the answers to the various antics and challengse their five children present.

And if you’re as old as I am, you may even remember the Cleaver family and the Brady Bunch! They never seemed to lose their tempers, have any messy problems, or even have their hair out of place! (Psychology Today)

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