When Mom and Dad are the Problem + Labeled Kids + Surviving Deployment

[amazon asin=1937134180&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest: 1: Vicki Hoefle, author of Duct Tape Parenting.
Topic: A less-is-more approach to raising respectful, responsible, resilient kids.
Issues: Why helicopter mothers and fathers are bad for kids; why it’s important for moms and dads to sit on their hands and stay on the sidelines so that children can step up, solve their own problems, and develop life-long confidence.

[amazon asin=030739543X&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Barbara Probst, author of When the Labels Don’t Fit/
Topic: A new approach to raising a challenging child.
Issues: Discovering your child’s essential nature and temperament; respecting your child’s inner world; changing the way you think, talk, and respond; knowing when and how to help; taking care of yourself.

[amazon asin=0965748375&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 3: Karen Pavlicin, author of Life After Deployment.
Topic: How military families prepare for, cope with, and survive deployment.
Issues: Types of deployment; emotional and psychological stages of deployment; ways to keep in touch across time and distance; the effects of deployment on the soldier, spouse, and children; keeping reasonable expectations when coming home.

Megapixels are Not Everything when Choosing a Digital Camera

I’ve been looking at digital cameras lately–I want something that will handle both still and video and that I’ll be able to use for business and as a plain old dad. There are, oh, only about 1200 brands, each with 755 models and 2900 features. It’s enough to make me want to skip the whole thing. But even after the screaming, I still need the camera. In this guest post, Ken McDonald takes us through the must-haves, nice-to-haves, and the totally-useless. It’s saved me quite a bit of frustration–and may be able to do the same for you.

Many have the misconception that choosing a digital camera is all about getting the most megapixels possible and you’ll have a great camera.  The truth is that megapixels actually only make up only a small part of the consideration that should be taken for picking out a camera.

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Parents leave 2 kids bound, blindfolded in Wal-Mart lot

It was a quiet week for those of us who are constantly on the prowl for stories about the nutsy things parents do with their kids. But then along comes this one, which restores my faith in humanity. Or, rather, my faith in humanity’s never-ending ability to outdo itself in the “are-they-out-of-their-freakin’-minds?” department.

A customer at a Wal-Mart in Lawrence Kansas, alerted the police to a young boy, tied up and blindfolded, outside a Chevy Suburban in the parking lot. When the cops got there, they found not just one, but two kids bound and blindfolded–the boy and a 7-year old girl. Oh, and there were three other kids, ages 12, 13, and 15, inside the car as well.

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Kinds underage? Well, that shouldn’t stop parents from buying booze for them

The parents of a Brooklyn prep school lacrosse player are facing legal action after being caught throwing an alcohol-fueled bash for their son and some 40 underage friends as they celebrated a big win, police said.

More than 40 minors were at the raucous party on Saturday and at least two were taken to a hospital via ambulance, a source said.

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Parents Used Kids As Hood Ornaments

Just when you think that parents couldn’t do anything stupider with their children, along comes a story that confirms that  there really is no end to the idiotic (and usually dangerous) things people will come up with.

MAY 8–Two Indiana parents are facing felony child neglect charges after they allegedly drove around with their respective children tied to the hood of a car with a yellow tow strap, police report.

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Okay, it’s 10pm. Do you know where your kids are? Bet you don’t…

Wonderful study done in the UK. I know the results apply just as well in the U.S.

“Conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research’s Understanding Society, the study asked more than 2,000 10- to 15-year-olds in the United Kingdom how frequently they stayed out past 9 p.m. without their parents knowing where they were. According to the data, among 15-year-olds, 36 percent of boys and nearly a quarter of girls said their parents — at least once a month — do not know where they are. Moreover, 64 percent of 15-year-old girls who stay out frequently past 9 p.m. without their parents’ knowledge said they had consumed alcohol more than once in the last month, compared with only 25 percent of girls who had not stayed out in the past month. In addition, 18 percent of girls who said they had not stayed out past 9 p.m. reported smoking, and the number climbed to 51 percent among girls who stay out frequently.” (from an article by Teddi Dineley Johnson in The Nation’s Health.
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