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Top 10 U.S. Children’s Hospitals Named by Parents Magazine

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Parents magazine has named its picks for the top 10 children’s hospitals in the nation, by gathering more than 1,000 pieces of information from members of the Children’s Hospital Association (formerly the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions).

Click here to read the full list of the 10 best children’s hospitals in America, the criteria that were used to determine the honorees, and special services and innovations that each offers. Here’s the top 10 list:

  1. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  2. Boston Children’s Hospital
  3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
  4. Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  5. Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora
  6. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
  7. Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston
  8. University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Ann Arbor
  9. Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  10. Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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The Top Parenting News Stories of 2012

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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The 7 Most Controversial Parenting News Stories of 2011

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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