January 20, 2009

Obamas set parenting guidelines

Seven-year-old Ava Childers will soon be responsible for making her own bed every day.

And she can thank the Obamas for that.

Ava’s mother, Danita, got the idea after hearing that the soon-to-be first daughters, Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, are required to make their own beds in the morning.

“I hadn’t given her any chores … and I just mentioned it to my husband,” says Danita Childers, recalling their recent parenting discussion. “Maybe she’s old enough to do something like that.”

Like others across the country who are looking to the Obamas as parental role models, the Childers family of Chicago’s South Side are eating up stories about the Obama family’s values — from the girls’ 8 p.m. bedtime to the president-elect’s “Harry Potter” reading nights to the task of selecting a pet dog.

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January 15, 2009

Teach Your Child How To Lose Gracefully

How many times have you heard, “It’s a tie!”, “Everyone wins!”, and “You’re all winners!”? We have good intentions of not wanting to hurt children’s feelings, but are we really helping them in the long run?

This is the second in a series, “C’mon Parents!”, which tackles tough issues that parents are griping about. Some of my ‘mom friends’ and I were recently talking about this issue and wondering how it will impact our kids in the future. We basically have 5 major gripes with telling all kids they are winners.

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January 14, 2009

Parenting and Presidential Advice

Bush reportedly has this advice for the Obamas:

“Tell them you love them daily. I have no doubt that the president-elect and Michelle Obama will have a fabulous experience with their little girls here in the White House. And I believe their little girls are going to have the time of their life. They will find that the White House is a fabulous place to live. They will find that it is full of people who work hard to make their family comfortable.”

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January 12, 2009

Know where your child is via GPS

For years, parents have been limited to traditional methods of keeping track of their children’s movements: standing in the playground, watching from the window, or asking them to phone home when they visit a friend’s house. But now anxious mothers and fathers are being offered a distinctly hi-tech method of monitoring their child’s every movement – tracking them by satellite.

Launched this week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Num8 watch from British company Lok8u is said to be the first tracking device specifically designed to help parents keep tabs on wayward offspring.

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January 8, 2009

Parenting doesn’t get easier just because you’re rich

Guess what? If you are rich, you could probably afford to hire more household help. But at the end of the day, unless you are a terrible parent who will let your nannies raise your kids, you still have to deal with them.

“The marriage is experiencing frustrations because of the added stress of the twins (11-month-old Max and Emme),” a close source revealed. “But they will work things out. They love each other, and that will dictate what happens. I don’t think divorce is in the picture.”

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