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 13, 2009

Selling daughter for cash and beer

Police have arrested a Greenfield man for allegedly arranging to sell his 14-year-old daughter into marriage in exchange for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of meat.

Police said they only learned of the deal after the 36-year-old man went to them to get his daughter back because payment wasn’t made as promised. The man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of human trafficking.

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January 12, 2009

Experiencing a litter of 2-year-olds

As anybody who has ever had a 2-year-old knows, these miniature Dr. Jekylls and Mr. Hydes can alternately be the most sweet, cooperative angel on the planet and then without warning — without apparent provocation — morph into the mini-widget from HECK!

While my family had seven widgets hit the terrible 2s, there was always a breather between each season of rage and calamity.

My dear bride, the saintly Susan and I, recently experienced what a full-on litter of 2-year-olds would be like.

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