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Wednesday, April 9th, 2014
Our writer Sarah Schmelling offers a funny perspective in her new Parents magazine column, ”Just Kidding!”
Q: Lately, I’m being “unfriended” by other moms on Facebook on a daily basis. I don’t understand it because it seems that, unlike most of them, I have a really good handle on being a mom to my three kids. In fact, I actually find it easy! So I’m always sharing tips and my two cents on what’s worked really well for me. Not to mention all the photos I post of my amazing food, like the mozzarella I made by hand from milk delivered to my door by Amish buggy. Why wouldn’t they want to learn to be more like me?
A: Sorry, I didn’t finish reading your letter—I was too busy unfriending you.
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Thursday, December 5th, 2013
…and with family and friends, of course! Canon’s new, interactive Facebook app, North Pole PIXMA, lets children write letters and electronically draw pictures to send to Santa’s workshop (and to your Canon printer using Cloud Technology) through December 24th. Once your child sends her creation to Santa through the app, she’ll be shown a video of the crew, including Santa, Ms. Claus, the workshop elves and Abominable Snowman, receiving her wish list at the North Pole. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit. Plus, you can save the printed copy as a keepsake or share the list with all your little one’s prospective gift givers this year.
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Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
Somewhere out there last night a mom (or perhaps a dad) became Parents magazine’s one millionth Facebook fan. I wish I could meet you, #1,000,000, but instead I must be content imagining you: You care deeply, so deeply, about your child(ren). You strive to stay on top of the latest news for families, whether it’s on serious issues like gun control and kids’ health or lighter fare like birthday cupcakes and the latest royal baby buzz. You speak your mind. You support your friends. You fight for what’s right. You poke holes in what’s wrong. And you celebrate the joys of being a parent, even as you’re cleaning up the messes. Now that I think about it, that probably applies to all of you, whether you’re fan #1 or #150,000 or the mysterious millionth.
If only George Hecht, the children’s advocate who started Parents 86 years ago could see all the many ways our community of families connects and communicates today. He would be so awed by you. Those of us who bring you Parents—on Parents.com, in print, in our tablet edition and yes, on Facebook—are awed by you too.
There’s a little treat posted now, a sample of some of our more popular posts for our fans. But we at Parents are really the fortunate ones because we get to hear from you in a way Mr. Hecht never dreamed would be possible. Whether you’re ranting, raving, supporting one another, sending us the love (or, yes, sometimes skewering us!) we value your opinions, your humor, your stories, your shares.
Keep ‘em coming! And click here to get your thank-you treat.
Dana Points is the editor-in-chief of Parents.
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Thursday, May 9th, 2013
What’s the biggest gift your mother gave you? Is it your strong independent streak? Your insane sense of humor? Or was it post-soccer-practice Taco Tuesday that she somehow pulled together every week?
With Mother’s Day coming up this weekend, we’re thinking a lot about the beautiful gifts that mothers give—and about how we can pass along similar gifts to the children in our lives. (It’s no surprise that 89 percent of moms say they’re happy to be turning into their own mother when it comes to parenting—our moms are incredible!)
Maria Shriver lost her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, more than three years ago—but that doesn’t mean the incredible gifts her mom gave her have faded in any way. In fact, Maria has made a short (and holy-wow, seriously emotional—get out the tissue box!) film celebrating the gifts her mother, founder of the Special Olympics, left her with.
Beyond being super moving—it WILL make you want to call your mom!—Maria’s film, “The Gift My Mother Gave Me,” is available to watch and share with other parents right on Facebook. And one of the most touching things about it is that, thanks to the people over at P & G, each time you share the film with a Facebook friend, they’ll donate a dollar to the Special Olympics—up to $50,000 that will help to promote the basic tenants of acceptance, encouragement, and community—three things I think almost any mom hopes to instill in their children.
Have you seen the video? Did you go through two tissues like I did? What’s the biggest gift your mother gave you? Tell us in the comments!
Image of mother and daughter via Shutterstock.
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Thursday, February 14th, 2013
The massacre in Newtown, Conn., shook us all and sparked a renewed national discussion about how to protect innocent Americans, especially our children, from the horrors of gun violence. Parents is honored to be holding a Facebook town hall on Tuesday with one of the leaders of that national debate, Vice President Joe Biden. The Vice President will be answering questions submitted in advance by you, our readers and Facebook fans.
Whatever your politics, this is a chance to engage in discussion with one of the leaders who is shaping the Administration’s policies on guns. We may all have different opinions on how to reduce violence, but let’s keep the discussion thoughtful, civil, and focused on the question of how best to prevent more senseless deaths. Submit your questions now on our Facebook page or in the comment section below, and we will ask the Vice President as many we can on Tuesday.
And, of course, watch the virtual town hall event live at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to hear Vice President Biden’s answers to your questions.
Photo:Vice President Joe Biden meets with sportsmen and rural group representatives as part of the Administration’s effort to develop policy proposals in response to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., Jan. 10, 2013. Pictured at the table, from left, are: Steve Williams, President of the Wildlife Management Institute; the Vice President; Ron Regan, Executive Director of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar; and Kirk Bailey, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Outdoor Industry Association. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
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Friday, December 14th, 2012
Nation’s First Sex-Ed Standardized Testing Shows Students’ Gaps
Results from the first-ever standardized test about sex-education shows that fifth- and eighth-graders have a lot to learn about their bodies. (via ABC News)
Confirmation That Studying and Child Labor Are Incompatible, Study Finds
Labor conditions, the amount of hours and working during the morning are the factors that most negatively affect the academic development of children who work, researchers find. (via ScienceDaily)
What Parents Need to Know About Facebook’s New Privacy Controls
Facebook changed its privacy settings on Wednesday and it’s important to know what the new changes mean for users, especially your digitally-connected children. (via Mashable)
Less Post-Partum Depression Among Married Women, Study Finds
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Women who are married suffer less partner abuse, substance abuse or post-partum depression around the time of pregnancy than women who are cohabitating or do not have a partner, a new study has found. (via ScienceDaily)
Friday, December 7th, 2012
Fit Kids Finish First in the Classroom
New research shows middle school students in the best physical shape outscore their classmates on standardized tests and take home better report cards. (via ScienceDaily)
Parents Live Longer than Couples Without Children
Researchers calculated that women who gave birth to a child were four times more likely to be alive at the end of the study period compared with women who remain childless. (via Los Angeles Times)
How Parents, Kids Interact on Facebook
The world’s largest social network released new data about how parents and their children interact online. But the findings also illustrate how personal interactions on Facebook can mirror those in the so-called real world. (via CNN)
Kids’ Sleep-Related Breathing Problems
Children with sleep-related breathing problems frequently have concurrent behavioral sleep problems, new research finds. But children with one type of sleep problem are not routinely evaluated and treated for the other. (via ScienceDaily)
New Study Reveals The 7 Best Ways to Keep Your Kids From Drinking
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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released new details about drug and alcohol use by 12 to 17-year-olds, and found that alcohol use by middle and high school students is at an all-time low. (via Examiner)
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
Pregnant Women Most Vulnerable to Flu
The World Health Organization says pregnant women should be given top priority for flu vaccinations this season, putting them above the elderly, children, and people with chronic health conditions. (via ABC News)
Predicting Obesity at Birth
Researchers say they have a formula for divining which newborns are at the highest risk of becoming obese during childhood. (via Time)
For Children, a Lie on Facebook Has Consequences, Study Finds
A federal law intended to protect children’s privacy may unwittingly lead them to reveal too much on Facebook, a provocative new academic study shows. (via New York Times)
Experts Call for Mental Illness Screening for Children
Leading mental health experts are calling for school children to be screened for risk of mental illnesses such as depression and have devised a test that reliably identifies those at high risk. (via MSNBC)
Online Tool Creates Catch-Up Immunization Schedules
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A new online tool takes the guesswork out of developing individualized catch-up immunization schedules by allowing parents and health care providers to easily create a schedule that ensures missed vaccines and future vaccines are administered according to approved guidelines. (via ScienceDaily)