Are your kids drinking enough water? – One of the best things we can do for our children is to help them develop a love for water, and the only way that is really possible is for them to see their parents having a love for water. If this sounds like an impossible task, start off slow. Start by diluting juices, and work your way up to making fruit infused water, and then hopefully a glass of ice water will begin to feel appealing. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it is possible. [Today Moms]
Kinect and your kids: what works, what won’t – When I first unpacked the Kinect, the new controller-free motion-capture system for Xbox 360, I thought how awesome it would be to play with my daughter. She’s 2 1/2 (going on 14), so I figured Kinect Sports’ rudimentary bowling and ball kicking would be easy. And it was, when it worked. The sad fact was that though my kid was definitely ready for Kinect, Kinect wasn’t ready for her. [MSNBC]
Fighting bullying with babies - More important, we are beginning to understand how to nurture this biological potential. It seems that it’s not only possible to make people kinder, it’s possible to do it systematically at scale – at least with school children. That’s what one organization based in Toronto called Roots of Empathy has done. [The New York Times]
With love and fear, Alzheimer’s youngest caretakers watch over parents One Saturday morning, Austin Mobley noticed his mother staring at him blankly.
“Who are you?” Tracy Mobley asked, he recalled.
“Mom, are you joking with me or what?”
“No,” she replied. She was adamant. “Who are you?”
It’s a gnawing fear that one fateful day, the memories of aging parents will fade and they won’t be able to recognize their own children. For Austin, it started early. He was 6. Austin is in an emerging generation of young caretakers of parents who have dementia. [CNN]
In the wake of the devastating series of suicides – all rooted in bullying – that has swept the nation over the past few months, ‘tween singing duo MICHAEL AND MARISA are speaking up.
The Boston-based siblings wrote their song “The Same” after reading about Phoebe Prince, a 15-year-old Massachusetts teen, who, as result of bullying, committed suicide. Michael and Marisa released an acoustic version of the song ,off the recent EP It’s Like This, on YouTube to encourage their peers (the pair is 12 and 13, respectively) to put an end to this mean streak.
Their message: If you see something, do something. This month, the duo will spread this message further in support of the Pacer Center’s National Center for Bullying Prevention by donating funds to the organization. The Build-A-Bear Workshop Website is also playing their song during October, Internet Safety Month.
“We feel that being 12 and 13 and being in middle school, we understand kids can be kids,” Marisa explains in the video. “For kids to tell kids to stop bullying is much more powerful than for grownups to say “stop bullying,” because it feels like a lecture – like a “clean your room” kind of thing. But for kids to tell kids is just…we just feel like that can change everything.”
Check out the clip below, and let us know what you think in the comments!
For resources on bullying from Parents, click here.
If you’re a parent who has ever wished there was a spam folder for unwanted and unauthorized mobile phone texts and photos, a new mobile application (app) called My Mobile Watchdog is here to help screen your children’s calls and stop unwanted cyberbullying. Robert Lotter, CEO of eAgency Mobile Solutions, developed My Mobile Watchdog (MMWD) as a way for parents to monitor what apps, sites, and communication their children is having with the outside world in order. We interviewed Lotter for his thoughts on cyberbullying and how My Mobile Watchdog can combat it.
How would you describe cyberbullying? How is it different from regular bullying?
Bullying can be defined as an act of intimidation against a weaker person to make them do something. In the past, the bully was usually physically or mentally stronger than the one being bullied. However, in this world of computers and modern technology, cyberbullying means intimidating another person online through emails, mobile phone text messages, digital pictures, and social media sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Cyberbullying can make a child feel overwhelmed, as if the entire world is against them when, in reality, it is only the universe of school. (more…)
Back-to-school and bullying seem to go hand-in-hand now that summer is over and children are grouped together at big schools. These days, bullying—especially cyberbullying—is on everyone’s mind, especially with the string of national tragedies (college freshman Tyler Clementi and high school freshman Phoebe Prince come to mind) that have made the news as a result of mean kid tactics.
Bullying can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age, but most bullying starts—and is experienced—at a young age in the hallways, on the playground, on the bus, and wherever kids are more susceptible to misbehave and to be mistreated when there is no closely monitored adult supervision.
If your child is being bullied or you suspect bullying may be happening to your child, we hope the Parents.com resources below will help your family understand, cope with, and end the cycle of bullying.
Here’s something we bet you don’t know: Today marks the start of Bullying Prevention Awareness Week. Not exactly a Hallmark holiday, but still worth noting. An organization called The Pacer Center, which advocates on behalf of kids with disabilities, along with a number of school groups, have designated October 21 to 27 as a time to draw attention to the issue. “Childhood bullying is a significant problem nationwide,” said Paula F. Goldberg, Pacer’s executive director. “It can cause school absenteeism, mental and physical stress, poor school performance, poor self-esteem, and, in some cases, school violence." Wanna do your bit to stop bullying? Have your kids check out the fun activities on the organization’s website and take a few minutes this week to talk to them about why it’s wrong for anyone to be a bully.