Monday, December 31st, 2012
As we turn our calendars to 2013, it’s only natural to look back at the year we’re leaving behind. To that end, Parents.com has published our picks for the top parenting stories of 2012.
Because the piece was written by your very own Parents News Now blogger, I can share with you that the original list contained 11 stories, on topics ranging from autism to to politics to vaccinations and food safety. As the year drew to a close, though, the scandal that led to the resignation of Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, and the unspeakable tragedy of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, necessitated last-minute additions to the feature.
Click here to see the full list of the top 13 parenting news stories of 2012.
Wishing you all a peaceful, joyful 2013, and looking forward to continuing to provide you with the news that affects you, your children, and your families.
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Monday, September 10th, 2012
First and foremost, big thanks to Erin O’Donnell for the terrific job she did guest-blogging while I was in blissful away-land these past 2 weeks. I enjoyed visiting PNN as a reader, and I certainly learned a lot from what I read.
It was an eventful two weeks in the world of parenting news. Stories ranged from the controversial new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics concerning circumcision to the births of celebrity babies toreality TV stars Snooki and Giuliana and Bill Rancic.
We were alerted to new warnings as well, including the dangers of colored laundry detergent gel-packs and the deceptiveness of products that claim to teach babies to read.
Perhaps the most interesting and intriguing story, though, was about the parents of twin newborns who were making their first airplane flight with babes in tow. The parents passed out candy to all the other passengers on the plane, apologizing in advance for any crying or disruption their babies might cause, and offered earplugs to anyone who was bothered. The debate that ensued was fascinating!
So again, thank you Erin for such smart coverage of such a wide spectrum of parenting news stories.
Oh, and thank YOU, readers, for taking the Parents News Now Facebook page to a thrilling milestone – we’ve surpassed the 1,000-follower mark! If you don’t follow us yet, “like” PNN on Facebook by clicking here.
Image: Thank you note, via Shutterstock
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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
Parents.com has named the 7 parenting news stories that were the most discussed, debated, and controversial this past year. Written by your very own intrepid parenting news blogger (ie me!), the feature details the main thrust of each story, why it was controversial, and how it affected your lives as parents and families.
Click to read the entire feature, The 7 Parenting Controversies that Changed the Way We Raised Our Kids in 2011. To get you started, below is the most controversial story, the “Tiger Mom” debate that erupted early this year and is still on the minds of many parents:
“Tiger Mother” Calls Parental Expectations into Question
What happened: Amy Chua, mother of two and author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” started a debate about how much pressure parents should put on their children to succeed. Her book, which was excerpted in January in the Wall Street Journal, attempt to explain why Chinese children are stereotypically such high achievers in math, music, and more. Chua’s description of strict discipline and unyielding standards sparked fierce debate over whether American parenting culture is too permissive. “What Chinese parents understand is that nothing is fun until you’re good at it,” Chua wrote, “To get good at anything you have to work, and children on their own never want to work, which is why it is crucial to override their preferences.”
Why it’s controversial: The debate was fierce in the media and in moms’ groups across the country. Some said Chua was a “mean mom” whose sky-high expectations were unhealthy and damaging to her children, who could never hope to please her. Others countered that Chua’s technique was a refreshing change of pace from the self-esteem-first, “everybody’s a winner” paradigm of modern American parenting.
How it impacted your life: The “Tiger Mother” discussions — in the media and at playgrounds alike — opened the door to self-reflection over where your parenting style falls on the “Tiger” spectrum. For some of you, Chua’s argument was permission to be “harder” on your kids without feeling like you’re scarring them for life. For others, Chua’s perspective only increased your commitment to giving your kids a broad definition of “success.”
More controversial parenting stories of 2011
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