Parenting http://nhpr.org en Summer Camp: An Antidote To 'Helicopter Parenting?' http://nhpr.org/post/summer-camp-antidote-helicopter-parenting <p>We talk with author Michael Thompson, who argues in his new book that kids need summer camp more than ever.&nbsp; With today’s over-scheduled and over-protected children, Thompson says summer camp remains one of the few places where kids have to rough it, stretch their boundaries, and conquer the challenges of the great-outdoors.</p><p></p><p></p><p><strong><u>GUESTS: </u></strong></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:00:46 +0000 The Exchange 51290 at http://nhpr.org Summer Camp: An Antidote To 'Helicopter Parenting?' Effects Of Spanking Kids Can Linger Into Adulthood, UNH Researcher Says http://nhpr.org/post/effects-spanking-kids-can-linger-adulthood-unh-researcher-says <p><a href="http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mas2" target="_blank"><strong>Dr. Murray Straus</strong></a> has studied the use of spanking and corporal punishment with children for decades, as a professor of sociology and founder and co-director of the <a href="http://cola.unh.edu/frl" target="_blank">Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire</a>.</p><p>He compares the research on spanking to studies on cigarettes – people use it because it seems right at the time, but that’s because they can’t see the long-term dangers.</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 22:17:47 +0000 Brady Carlson 41349 at http://nhpr.org Effects Of Spanking Kids Can Linger Into Adulthood, UNH Researcher Says Why Your Mother Will Love 'Bubbe's Law' http://nhpr.org/post/why-your-mother-will-love-bubbes-law <p>On July 1<sup>st</sup>, the Chinese government enacted a new law called the <a href="http://On July 1st, the Chinese government enacted a new law called the “Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People”. It is, in effect, a state-sponsored guilt trip for the adult children of older parents…stipulating the need for frequent visits, phone calls, etc.">&ldquo;Protection of the Rights and Interests of Elderly People&rdquo;</a>.&nbsp; It is, in effect, a state-sponsored guilt trip for the adult children of older parents&hellip;stipulating the need for frequent visits, phone calls, etc.</p><p>Retired teacher and computer consultant Barry Davis read about the new law in the <em>New York Times...</em>&nbsp;then <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/08/opinion/visit-mom-its-the-law.html">wrote an op-ed </a>suggesting America follow suit with its own &ldquo;Bubbe&rsquo;s Law&rdquo;, as he calls it.&nbsp; We tracked Barry down at his home in Connecticut for more.</p><p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 13:53:08 +0000 Virginia Prescott 31100 at http://nhpr.org Why Your Mother Will Love 'Bubbe's Law' Paula Poundstone Hates Sex... http://nhpr.org/post/paula-poundstone-hates-sex <p>...but she loves her kids, political comedy, and being a panelist on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:05:39 +0000 Virginia Prescott 1851 at http://nhpr.org Paula Poundstone Hates Sex... The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books http://nhpr.org/post/lack-diversity-childrens-books <p>Children’s books are delightful, colorful, and whimsical ways to introduce children to reading. Although parents may find it a wee bit annoying to repeat the same stories night after night, reading to kids is crucial to healthy childhood development and helps form their vision of a world outside of their own. A study released last year found that <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/illustrated-guide-to-the-diversity-problem-in-kids-books_b74771">children’s books are woefully under-representative of cultural diversity</a>.&nbsp; <strong>Jason Boog</strong> is editor of the publishing website GalleyCat – he’s working on a book about reading to kids, and has been keeping an eye on content for kids.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 12:53:44 +0000 Virginia Prescott 32277 at http://nhpr.org The Lack Of Diversity In Children's Books Handwriting Is Not A Lost Art Thanks To A Computerized Pen http://nhpr.org/post/handwriting-not-lost-art-thanks-computerized-pen <p>People often lament that handwriting is a lost art. But if the creators of a new educational tool have their way, calligraphy will never die out completely. <a href="http://www.lernstift.com/index_en.html">The Lernstift </a>– or “learning pen”– is a working computerized pen which uses vibration to help improve handwriting, and is <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lernstift/lernstift-the-first-pen-that-vibrates-when-u-make">projected to go into production this fall. &nbsp;&nbsp;</a>Word of Mouth’s Molly Donahue spoke with <strong>Daniel Kaesmacher </strong>who helped develop the Lernstift, to learn a little bit more about it.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 17:21:23 +0000 Molly Donahue 32293 at http://nhpr.org Handwriting Is Not A Lost Art Thanks To A Computerized Pen The Baby Wait http://nhpr.org/post/baby-wait <P>Since 1970, the average age of first-time parents has increased markedly, from twenty-one years-old to twenty-five. Now, many parents wait even longer to conceive,&nbsp;and science makes it possible with advances in fertility treatments. A new era of freedom for women and men looking to have children later in life is now more a reality than a possibility, and the <A href="http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/magazine/110861/how-older-parenthood-will-upend-american-society">consequences are becoming more apparent</A>.</P> <P></P> <P> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 19:10:48 +0000 Virginia Prescott 18616 at http://nhpr.org The Baby Wait Free-Range Kids! http://nhpr.org/post/free-range-kids <p>We talk to the author of a new book who says that today’s hovering, hyper-safety-conscious parents are doing their children no favors and that overprotective adults have created a generation of fragile kids who fall apart once they hit the real world.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 13780 at http://nhpr.org Free-Range Kids! Beating the Lunchbox Blues http://nhpr.org/post/beating-lunchbox-blues <p>Back-to-school season means new notebooks, pencils, and pens, and for at least one very lucky kid – a brand-spanking new lunchbox.&nbsp; J.M. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:45:40 +0000 Virginia Prescott 12266 at http://nhpr.org Beating the Lunchbox Blues When Young Girls Grow Up Too Fast, Keep Them in Ballet Class http://nhpr.org/post/when-young-girls-grow-too-fast-keep-them-ballet-class <p>Parents of girls dread the moment when freckles and flats first make way for lipstick and heels - when soon-to-be-teen girls start flirting with adult styles and sensibilities.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.psmag.com/culture-society/too-sexy-too-soon-not-if-you-hang-out-at-the-barre-43407/">A new study </a>reveals there&rsquo;s one activity that might help shelter young girls from the cultural rite of sexualization for a few more years&hellip; ballet.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:19:50 +0000 Virginia Prescott 9386 at http://nhpr.org When Young Girls Grow Up Too Fast, Keep Them in Ballet Class Ballet is for Boys too! http://nhpr.org/post/ballet-boys-too <p>We&rsquo;ve recently noticed a trend of all-boys ballet classes popping up in dance schools, including the <a href="http://www.snhdt.org/">Southern New Hampshire Dance Theater </a>in Bedford. <em>Word of Mouth</em> Senior Producer Rebecca Lavoie, herself the mother of two boys, wanted to find out more about all-boys ballet, so she reached out to that school&rsquo;s artistic director, Patricia Lavoie (just coincidence&hellip;no relation)&nbsp;for more on their all-boys ballet program, and the trend of these classes popping up all over the country.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:07:46 +0000 Rebecca Lavoie 9385 at http://nhpr.org Ballet is for Boys too! You Can't Bully the Pounds Away http://nhpr.org/post/you-cant-bully-pounds-away <p>A writer and mother weighs in on the worst way to encourage a kid to get healthy.</p> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 15:13:45 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7771 at http://nhpr.org You Can't Bully the Pounds Away How a Preemie Changes Everything http://nhpr.org/post/how-preemie-changes-everything <p><strong>Kasey Mathews </strong>seemed to have a perfect life. Terrific husband, a place in the suburbs, an adorable son with another baby on the way. Her nicely placed plans for a second child went awry when her daughter, Andie, was born at just 25 weeks, weighing under just under 2 pounds. The traumatic birth launched her family into an emotional and logistical wringer through surgeries and scares that did not end when her tiny baby came home. Thu, 28 Jun 2012 14:56:13 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7770 at http://nhpr.org How a Preemie Changes Everything The Spanking Hypocrisy http://nhpr.org/post/spanking-hypocrisy <p>Parents who choose to spank their children are also choosing to remain undercover.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:45:47 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7516 at http://nhpr.org The Spanking Hypocrisy Pre-Camp Preening http://nhpr.org/post/pre-camp-preening <p>Before heading to the great outdoors of summer camp, young girls embark on a pre-camp preening regiment</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 13:34:27 +0000 Virginia Prescott 7515 at http://nhpr.org Pre-Camp Preening