Gay Parents Influence on Children

Gay Parents Influence on Children

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The Huffington Post is no stranger to controversy, and no stranger to good writers. A. Chris Gajilan has written an eye opening piece concerning the normality of children being raised by Gay Parents. She is a journalist, television producer and screenwriter, and now she brings us an answer to Gay Parents Influence on Children.

Where do you stand?

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Gay Parents Influence on Children

“Just moments after our last guests departed, my wife and I basked in the post-party glow of a successfully thrown one-year-old birthday party.”

“In that moment, our chests puffed up with pride for making it through the first year of parenting without breaking our first-born, driving ourselves nuts or becoming a family of recluses who yearned for an affordable and trustworthy babysitter.”

“So, it was during this self-congratulatory mental victory lap, that my mom busted out with a question that hit the room like an anvil/headache/roadside bomb all wrapped up into one.”

“”Aren’t you worried that your daughter (her only grandchild) won’t realize that it’s normal to have a mother and father? How is she going to learn what normal is?” my mother asked in alleged innocence. I must have been looking at her incredulously when she followed up with, “I’m just asking… trust me, I’m not the only one who is wondering.””

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Define ‘normal.’ Of course, Gay Parents Influence on Children can be clearly seen, just as the influence of straight parents can be seen in grammar school age and younger children. As a child reaches and exceeds the age of 12, there are other more powerful influences on their behavior choices. Being Gay is not a choice. The child of Gay parents is not necessarily destined to be Gay or Democrat.

The debate of gay parents having a negative effect on their own children will continue. The parent-child relationship can be a tricky one, even more so with any complicating factor such as terminal illness.

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Beverly D’Angelo, Al Pacino, and Chevy Chase

Beverly D’Angelo, Al Pacino, and Chevy Chase: Check out the new film

Just below is the Link to this video short on YouTube for Beverly D’Angelo’s new film,
“I Heart Shakey”  She is working again with Chevy Chase. Find out how…

It looks to be an enjoyable film. Humor is good.

More about an interview with Beverly about co-parenting in an update tomorrow.

Bye for now…

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Kissing Your Children on the Lips in Public Places Debate

LaurelLee Loftsgard from the Dickinson Press out of no other than Dickinson, North Dakota writes about the Kissing Your Children on the Lips in Public Places Debate. Actually, I have never run into this as being a blogable issue. Nevertheless, anything goes these days, I guess. This piece stops short of giving some definitive answers, either sociologically or psychologically. So it is up to parents to decide. I would like to hear your thoughts on this debate. Read the excerpt; go to the source; write a comment below.

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Kissing Your Children on the Lips in Public Places Debate

Kissing Your Children on the Lips in Public Places Debate

“Sealed with a controversy: Public debates whether parents should kiss their children on the lips”

“FARGO — In the past few months, the media and blogosphere have been abuzz with stories of parent-child affection.”

“From celebrities mouth-feeding their babies or a Time magazine cover featuring a photo of a mother breast-feeding a 3-year-old …”

“But one less extreme display of affection has been around for many years, and is still questionable in some families: Should parents kiss their children on the lips?”

“Parents kissing their children on the lips is a touchy subject that brings up a wide variety of opinions.”

“Dr. Charlotte Reznick, a child and educational psychologist at UCLA, told “The Stir” blog that she sees the downside of kissing your kids on the lips all too frequently.”

““The answer is in your question,” Reznick told the blog when asked for the perfect age. “ If you start kissing your kids on the lips, when do you stop? It gets very confusing.””

“Shannon Terry, a sociology instructor at Minnesota State University-Moorhead shares why parents and children kissing has become such a social stigma.”

““I think it’s because it’s seen as a prelude to sexual behavior in a way,” Terry says. “ And just from movies and the media, I think has really tied it to sex instead of just affection.””

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There is an open space right here for you to enter your thoughts…

What are your feeling about Kissing Your Children on the Lips in Public Places Debate?

Let’s continue the debate.

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Parenting Children with Common Sense

Parenting Children with Common SenseAn Episcopal minister, David Code, is featured in the Huffington Post (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/). He has written about Parenting Children with Common Sense, or at least thinking about our parenting more intentionally. He talks about sullen and moody children, anxiety, cultural and marital changes negatively affecting our tactics and style of parenting. He has presented an idea to focus our parental thinking and acting.
This is a quick read, but valuable. Take a look…

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Parenting Children with Common Sense

“Parenting Lessons From Your Dog”

“…so many parents are thinking: how did my kid become so sullen and demanding? Where did I go wrong?”

“After interviewing families in 20 countries around the world, I concluded the reality of parenting is something quite different: Humans have forgotten we are animals, and children are like dogs — either you train them or they train you.”

“…today’s parents spend more time with their kids, and yet today’s kids don’t see happier, more independent or successful.”

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His take on parenting children is out there, but is it wrong? We are mammals after all; we are in the animal kingdom. The first church I ever attended as a child was an Episcopal Church, St. Paul, in Niles, Illinois. To this day, I have never forgotten those first positive messages taught to me in Sunday school. I still have the Bible that I was given there, which is now a million years ago. Perhaps some of our first lesson could be reviewed. If this Episcopal minister has used this focus to stir our moral thinking, that is a good thing.

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Effectively Parenting Young Children

Effectively Parenting Young ChildrenI have located actual research regarding Effectively Parenting Young Children in the Harvard Family Research Project, which has printed a summarized version of this research in a Family Involvement Research Digests (Harvard Graduate School of Education). Susan Landry, Karen E. Smith, Paul R. Swank, Tricia Zucker, April D. Crawford, & Emily Solari are identified as having worked on this project.

There is a plethora of unusable information for parents, sometimes too theoretical, unreachable, and others too simplified. . This material has some interesting and thought provoking statements, which will help improve your stress free parenting skills.

I have place an excerpt from the Introduction to this summary below. This is easy to read material.

What’s your opinion?
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Effectively Parenting Young Children

“The Effects of a Responsive Parenting Intervention on Parent–Child Interactions during Shared Book Reading”

 “Introduction”

“Responsive parenting is the use of warm and accepting behaviors to respond to children’s needs and signals. This type of parenting is critically important to young children’s development: When parents use these behaviors, a child experiences acceptance of his or her uniqueness. In turn, this encourages a child to continue to communicate his or her needs and interests and to engage in learning interactions. The support associated with responsiveness helps children internalize what they learn in interactions with their caregivers and generalize it to new experiences.”

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Please go and read this material. You will be enlightened by the crisp clear fundamentals and concepts summarized.

Be assured that this material is easy to read. It supports many of the considerations for Successful Parenting Solutions that I have presented in other papers written from my professional experience. There were especially impressive results demonstrated with improved problem solving, language, and social skill of the children in this research study.

Don’t miss out on enhancing your cache of Successful Parenting Solutions, and skills.

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7 Easy Ways to Become Effective Parents

 So… How do you discover 7 Easy Ways to Become Effective Parents? Whoa… This title doesn’t match the news subject! Did you read them correctly? Sure did!

Melinda Wentzel (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/melinda-wentzel) of Huffington Post fame has written a piece with her own list of 7 irreverent Do’s in the form of sarcastic, if not cynical tips guiding the habits of defective parents.

Of course, Ms. Wentzel reports that these tips are to be followed in the mirror image. Do the opposite.

This is a rather fun piece, yet it gives you some excellent information.

Read the excerpt below and start working your highly effective parenting skills in opposition to the 7 habits listed there.
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7 Easy Ways to Become Effective Parents

“The Seven Habits of Highly Defective Parents”

“… Stephen Covey should have written a book with the above-mentioned title. Not that he failed spectacularly as a father, but because people tend to more readily grasp what doesn’t work, as opposed to what does.”

“Countless individuals, myself included, could’ve then avoided seven of the biggest pitfalls of child rearing — all of which… “

Get a sneak peak of the ‘8 Secrets to Successful Parenting’ just click the Link… (http://parenting101success.com/parenting-secrets/).

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“So in the true spirit of generosity and irreverence, I’ve compiled a list of that which you would do well to eschew.”

“… you’re well on your way to becoming a highly defective parent. However, you’ve truly arrived in said capacity when you scream at your brood, “Stop screaming!” and it actually works.”

“2) Do everything for your child/children, lest they become discouraged …”

4) Compare your child/children to others at every opportunity… “

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UPDATED: May 15, 2012
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You can use every tool and all the tools that you find to enhance your parenting skills. Should you go to Ms. Wentzel’s piece in the Huffington Post and smile and have a laugh, you will come away with a solid portrait of ‘what not do to.’

Take her (not so) subtle and humorous hints and use them to help you discover your Successful Parenting Solutions.

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How to Deal With Children in The Preschool Years

How to Deal With Children in The Preschool YearsUPDATED: May 16, 2012 (Title Changed) I discovered a Press Release about Roma Downey’s new video series for preschool children. It highlights How to Deal with Children in the Preschool Years by providing audiovisual stimulation. This Press Release was in the MarketWatch website (http://www.marketwatch.com).

The ‘Little Angels’ line of toys will include dolls, electronics, and children’s furniture. Some of the product lines will début in 2013.

Read the excerpt from the Press Release below and get all the market information.

I also found a video with the embed code on ABC News website (http://abcnews.go.com) featuring an interview of Roma Downey. Click on the video below to hear about this new preschool children’s product line.
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How to Deal With Children in the Preschool Years

“JAKKS Pacific’s Tollytots(R) Division Signs Master Toy Deal for Roma Downey’s LITTLE ANGELS”
“Created by executive producer Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”) and writer Phil Lollar (“Adventures in Odyssey”), LITTLE ANGELS is the critically-acclaimed, faith-based educational DVD series from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.”

“LITTLE ANGELS is an animated DVD series created for preschool-aged children to teach practical learning skills, like ABCs and 1,2,3s, but also to introduce them to the spiritual, moral and ethical principles of the Bible. LITTLE ANGELS books, CDs and …”

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While investigating How to Deal with Children that are at a preschool age, evaluate this new video product. If you are partial to instilling faith-based values in your preschool children, this is the product line for you.

Here is that ABC News Video.

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“Ever since Roma Downey’s reputation has been associated with moral lessons full of integrity.”

I’m glad I ran across this Press Release. You may have seen it already, but it is worth viewing the video.

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Help for New Parents

Help for New ParentsKathleen Duff a Lifestyle Columnist at Coloradoan (http://www.coloradoan.com) has written an article that talks about Help for New Parents. She expresses an old concern of mine that seems to be continuing today. That is, Society and Parents alike expect New Parents to know magically ‘How to Parent’ correctly, perfectly right from the beginning.

Whoa… That just is not so! We are not born with the ability to be a perfect parent, or even a successful one.

Here is a current article talking about the same idea, Help for New Parents.
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Help for New Parents

“We train for our jobs. We train for marathons…”

“We train to deal with emergencies.”

“But do we train for parenthood?”

“Becoming a parent, in my opinion, is one of the most fulfilling and exciting experiences…”

“Still, some parents-in-waiting are reluctant to seek help. They feel society tells them they must already know the basics of caring for a baby. Far too often, an unspoken message is out there that parenting skills come naturally.”

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There is help in your community.

Some places to start to look are:Help for New Parents

  • Your neighborhood library
    • Reference librarian
    • Bulletin board
  • Your church or one close by
  • A school counselor
  • Your Yellow pages
  • Your family
  • Your friends and neighbors

Notice that I put family, friends, and neighbors last on this short list. It’s not that they do not have helpful and useful information; it is that they may not have helpful and useful information. Sometimes, families, etcetera, haven’t done such a good job of Parenting. No Offense Intended… I trust that none it taken. Just maybe some fresh ideas could be more helpful.

There are books, magazines, and websites online that have the latest and most politically correct information.

Look around, determine what you may need or want, and go get it.

PS: Your family, friends, and neighbors are your best source of physical, mental, and emotional support.

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Children and Media Influence

Children and Media Influence | Parenting 101 SuccessIs the media Parenting Your Child? I believe the answer is, YES. Children and Media Influence is an everyday issue, 24/7. The TV has become as common as breathing. While it is on, we hardly pay attention to all that appears across the screen.

One of the young teens (Teens are a especially susceptible age) a young man I had worked with (He was 14.) made an odd face several times in a conversation. It was as if he was punctuating, or emphasizing his words with his face. I was having a hard time understanding these facial expressions. Then one day I came across someone watching wrestling on the TV. Oh my… There was one of the top wrestling stars making that same facial expression. I had been trying to find a diplomatic way to approach these facial mannerisms to no avail. Adults can humiliate teens very easily with their words. Here was a young man in trouble, trying to fit in, using this very facial mannerism to ingratiate himself to others. All the while, he was not realizing that I had no idea what he was doing. The wonders of TV…
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Children and Media Influence

Imagine if there was an extra adult in your home parenting your child. Every day from dawn to dusk, this person would give your kids information on everything from school work to more personal issues, like dating and relationships.

Below you will find a short video from this article for which ABC Action News so graciously provided the embed code.

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Children and Media Influence | Parenting 101 SuccessWhat about your children? Children and Media Influence… Have you looked into what your child is watching on TV? Don’t leave the media un-chaperoned Parenting Your Child. There are parental controls for both the TV and the computer your child uses. If your child is more advance with electronics than you are, spend some time getting up to speed. Of course, if your child is a teen, their computer may be out of your reach. You’ll have to use other means to minimize the influence of the media via TV, can computer.

Does the media influence children? Is that influence ‘good’ or ‘bad?’

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Stay at Home Dad

Stay at Home DadJonathan Liu wrote a piece in Wired.com (http://www.wired.com) about the statistics of the Stay at Home Dad, and some of his experiences.

This is getting to be a larger portion of our American population every year. I’m sure there are a load of factors that lead to this post 1950’s phenomenon, one of which is the computer. More jobs are transferring to telecommuting rather than commuting on our clogged and polluted expressways.

Read this excerpt, and click through to the original article.
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Stay at Home Dad

“I remember taking the bus with my daughter… ”

“I thought about explaining that I was a stay-at-home dad, the primary caretaker of my daughter and had been since she was born.”

“…no, I was not babysitting.”

“I was surprised to find that my duties as a stay-at-home dad are considered “child care,” according to the Census Bureau. But that’s not all: “designated parent” is defined as the mother, unless the child lives with the father in a single-parent …”

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Stay at Home DadI have run into dads with small children in tow many times. This was not so when my kids were small. A dad looking after a child was the exception then. It was looked upon a miracle at which the woman should be thankful. Today, I am happy to report that this has all changed.

Be sure to read this piece; it gives some insight into the thinking and feeling of the Stay-at-Home-Dad.

Some of the information from the curated article comes from the New York Times. Here is a Link directly to that material…

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/08/the-census-bureau-counts-fathers-as-child-care/

On February 8, 2012, KJ DELL’ANTONIA wrote this article, “The Census Bureau Counts Fathers as ‘Child Care’.”

Are you part of this new phenomenon?

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