Posts Tagged ‘ drunk driving ’

Parents Daily News Roundup

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Kate Middleton Baby Bump Photos Published — Royal Family Is Not Pleased
The first photos of Kate Middleton’s bare baby bump have been published by the same Italian gossip magazine that printed pictures of the Duchess sunbathing topless in September, and according to Gawker, the royal family is irate. (via Time)

Texas Dad Accused of Murdering Drunk Driver Who Killed Kids
A Texas father, who watched a drunk driver strike and kill his two young sons, has been charged with murder after allegedly shooting the driver in the head moments after the accident. (via ABC News)

Helping Kids Through Mom’s Deployment
The Pentagon recently announced that women soon will be able to serve in virtually all combat roles. Subsequent reports seemed to create a flurry of confusion — were female soldiers to occupy new positions, or were they finally getting recognition for positions long occupied? (via Time)

Study: ADHD Symptoms Persist Despite Medication in 9 Out of 10 Kids
The current debate over ADHD medication focuses on whether the benefits — improved concentration, better behavior, better performance in school — outweigh the potential risks of medicating young children. Complicating all the abuse potential of ADHD drugs, with students using them off-label to get ahead in school and incidences of addiction, sometimes borne to tragic ends. (via The Atlantic)

Africa ‘Must Think Big for Its Children’
Africa has always been a continent of contrasts. And the latest findings from an amazing team of international researchers show that when it comes to providing our children with the best chances in life, Africa once more presents a very mixed picture. (via CNN)

Add a Comment

Meeting Debbie Phelps, Amazing Mom of Olympian Michael Phelps

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Yesterday, I found myself a little awestruck when I met Debbie Phelps (mom of Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps), who is a warm, effusive, and gregarious woman — someone I could see myself talking to and with for hours, over endless cups of coffee and warm pastries.

Debbie was in New York City with her daughter, Hilary, on behalf of The Century Council, a non-profit with the mission to fight underage drinking and drunk driving through their Ask. Listen. Learn. program.  Debbie had appeared on the Today Show before sitting down for an intimate lunch with some mom bloggers and online media folk to talk about her involvement in the program and to share some parenting stories from her 2009 memoir, “A Mother for All Seasons.”

She discussed her son’s own arrest for a DUI at age 19.  Even though he had been taught that it was wrong and dangerous to drink and drive, he still made the mistake.  “We all fall on our faces,” she said, but the key was to continue teaching values. “We need to instill what’s already known to [our kids] and to enforce and enhance it.”  According to The Century Council, parents are the leading provider of alcohol to underage kids and the average drinking age is 11.  As a result, it’s important for “parents to model good and bad behavior through what they do and don’t do.”

Even after Debbie and her husband divorced, she didn’t stop or slow down her busy schedule.  Before relocating to Baltimore to be closer to a better swim facility, she drove her three kids (Hilary, the second daughter Whitney, and Michael) two hours each way, at different hours and on different days, to various swim practices and competitions.  Both her daughters trained at Olympic levels before Michael became the youngest swimmer (at 15) to make the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  In the midst of kinetic and emotional moments, known as “DP moments,” Debbie and her family relied on having “calmness and composure,” always taking time to release tension and address big issues with quiet steadiness.  To remind herself and her children to always maintain an even-keeled manner, she cups her hand into a “C” and holds it up as a sign.

As Michael heads to the London Olympics (which is being touted as his last Olympics), Debbie is looking forward to taking a real vacation with her family (after having put off a trip to Disney for years).  Even though she is a principal at a middle school in Baltimore, she is thinking about heading back to school herself and getting a post doctorate degree. She aims to live life to the fullest.

When asked about the best parenting advice she received, Debbie shared two.  For swimming it was, “Never pack or carry [your child's] swim bags” (translation: let your child be independent and self-sufficient!). For raising kids it was, “Let them think for themselves” (translation: let them be individuals!).

Follow Debbie Phelps on Twitter at @mamaphelpsH20 | Read blog posts by Hilary Phelps at hilary-phelps.com

More Parents.com features on the Olympics:

Add a Comment