By Presidential proclamation in 1983 April was declared Child Abuse Prevention month. It is a time to reflect and take action to prevent this ever-growing issue impacting our society. The 2011 publication Child Maltreatment reported in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, approximately 676,596 children experienced child abuse and another 1,545 children died as a result of neglect or abuse. In the State of Texas in 2011 there were 65,948 confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect (Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Data Book 2011).
To spank or not to spank continues to be a controversial issue. Many believe that the lack of “spare the rod, spoil the child” is the reason children are running amok in our world today. I grew up with and understand their beliefs. Like so many other people who got spankings I grew up to be a competent, responsible adult, which is part of the rationale for believing that spankings work. Yet, the down side of the ‘spankings’ many receive is that they learn to fear authority and fear their own decisions and abilities.
The decision to divorce is never easy, but that decision is only more complicated when your kids are involved. Do you stick together and try to work it out for the sake of the kids? Or is it better to divide the family if you can't keep life at home happy and healthy for them?
Many of you are sending your kids off to college soon, and maybe for the first time. I've been there, twice. And now my daughter lives overseas! Most of the time I'm okay with it... you get used to it, you know? But sometimes when she sends me little notes, or we chat on Skype, I miss her again.
Along with Don't Be Tardy's Kim Zolciak and Flipping Out's Jenni Pulos, another Bravolebrity is expecting a baby. Currently starring on two shows on the cable channel, this mom-to-be married five years ago in a wedding featured in Martha Stewart's Real Weddings magazine. Her little bundle of joy will arrive this winter. Care to guess yet? Here's another hint: She's also been known to dabble in writing. Okay one more clue: Her husband popped the question in NYC.
Tamera Mowry-Housley and twin sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict have been inseparable since birth, but teasers for the upcoming third season of their Style reality show Tia & Tamera show the sisters struggling to connect as easily as we're accustomed. "You'll see we're in two completely different moments of our lives and usually we're always in sync since we're twins and we aren't anymore," Tamera said regarding her relationship with sister Tia.
As a parent, you want your kids to have a happy, healthy childhood — so what do you do when your kids are being bullied? What if they themselves are the bullies at school? Is bullying the epidemic that the media is making it out to be? How do we, as parents, put a stop to it?
In addition to starring on another season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jacqueline Laurita has transformed into a public advocate for autism. Since the diagnosis of her youngest son Nicholas, the mom of three has been vocal about how her perspective—and behavior on RHONJ—has changed. "There comes a point where we all just got tired of fighting all the time," Jacqueline notes. "We are all in a good place now with one another. We all have tried our best to let things go."
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Scotland's Andy Murray won the men's singles division in a heart-stopping final match, making him the first British man to win Wimbledon in 77 years. On the women's side of the court, French player Marion Bartoli won the final championship against Sabine Lisicki. So what do athletics have to do with parenting? More than you would imagine, as our expert explains.
Children need to be listened to. Do not assume that you know what they are feeling. The fact that they may not have words for their feelings makes it easier to dismiss them, and when they start crying inconsolably it can be equally challenging as a parent to be supportive, because a crying child moves many things inside the parents from our own childhoods. We often reflexively react to our children the way we were reacted to by our own parents.
I was out with my wife and son (and dog) last night visiting a friend. We left at around 8pm and my son was hungry and my wife was tired so my son and I walked to our favorite local Mexican on 104th and Lex, El Paso Taqueria. We sat down and of course, he asked for my phone. I said no and that I wanted to know how his first couple of weeks of school have been. He gave the standard one-word responses and told me he’d rather talk about Legends, the new App he downloaded on my iPhone.