Children 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?' Giving Matters: Giving Kids The Gift Of Opera http://nhpr.org/post/giving-matters-giving-kids-gift-opera <p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt"><span style="font-size:10.5pt; font-family:&quot;Georgia&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">Melanie Everard, was an opera-skeptic. “I was much more than a skeptic, I disliked opera intensely.” A surprising sentiment from a music teacher, and it made her an unlikely candidate to participate in an educator’s workshop conducted by the Metropolitan Opera.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin:0in;margin-bottom:.0001pt">&nbsp;</p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 04:51:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 51215 at http://nhpr.org Giving Matters: Giving Kids The Gift Of Opera Giving Matters: Kurn Hattin Provides Space For Kids http://nhpr.org/post/giving-matters-kurn-hattin-provides-space-kids <p><a href="https://kurnhattin.org/" target="_blank">Kurn Hattin Homes for Children</a>&nbsp;was established in 1894 for children whose families are not able to care for them. Lyssa Jackson was such a child, born to parents with mental illness. “I lived with my mother until I was about eight and at that point, I wasn’t going to school very often. My mother was keeping me out of school because she was not feeling secure with my teachers because of her own internal issues.”</p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 04:22:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 50853 at http://nhpr.org Giving Matters: Kurn Hattin Provides Space For Kids Empowering Kids At The Boys And Girls Club http://nhpr.org/post/empowering-kids-boys-and-girls-club <p><a href="https://www.concordkids.org/" target="_blank">The Boys and Girls Club</a> is more than a place to simply do homework or hang out with friends. Brittany Wheeler joined the Concord chapter four years ago, during her first year of high school. The club fosters a sense of community among the participants of its after-school program. As Wheeler says, it’s a place where kids “can feel safe after school and not get into trouble.”</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:43:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 48553 at http://nhpr.org Empowering Kids At The Boys And Girls Club Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense? http://nhpr.org/post/have-youth-sports-become-too-intense <p>There’s a lot of concern these days that an ethic of winning at all costs, promoted by over-zealous parents or coaches, is ruining youth athletics. And kids are paying the price, from sports injuries at ever-younger ages, to constant practice that cuts into family time. But now, some adults are crying “foul” and calling for change.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 13:00:07 +0000 The Exchange 48410 at http://nhpr.org Have Youth Sports Become Too Intense? Providing Dental Health Care To Uninsured Kids http://nhpr.org/post/providing-dental-health-care-uninsured-kids <p>The <a href="http://www.childrensdentalnetwork.org/index.html" target="_blank">Children’s Dental Network</a> offers preventive dental services in 27 schools in and around Derry, NH to children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to those services. Jeanne Carroll and her husband are both college grads, and considered themselves “middle class;” they never thought they would have difficulty providing dental health care for their three children.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 04:43:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 46204 at http://nhpr.org Providing Dental Health Care To Uninsured Kids Empowering Girls With Power Tools http://nhpr.org/post/empowering-girls-power-tools-0 <p><a href="http://www.girlswork.org/" target="_blank">Girls at Work</a> empowers girls by putting power tools in their hands, and teaching them how to use those tools. The girls build tables, sheds and bookshelves, but learn bigger lessons along the way. Hollie&nbsp;Brenton, 18, has worked with the program for ten years and says it has changed her life.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 05:34:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 43971 at http://nhpr.org Empowering Girls With Power Tools Kids Culinary Arts Equips Children With Life-Skill http://nhpr.org/post/kids-culinary-arts-equips-children-life-skill-0 <p><a href="http://www.kidsculinaryarts.com/" target="_blank">Kids Culinary Art</a>s teaches kids cooking and nutrition during after school programs, vacations and summer camps. The organization works in school districts and towns to get kids cooking and eating healthy foods. Matthew and Nicole Heiter, 11 and nine years old, have become experienced hands in the kitchen. Their mother, Lauren credits Kids Culinary Arts.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 05:15:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 43205 at http://nhpr.org Kids Culinary Arts Equips Children With Life-Skill Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay http://nhpr.org/post/children-learn-be-good-stewards-great-bay-0 <p><a href="http://www.greatbaystewards.org/" target="_blank">The Great Bay Stewards</a> work to preserve and protect the Great Bay estuary through education, land protection and research. Sharon Musselman, one of the educators, is recently a retired teacher who often brought her own classes here to explore this ecosystem.</p><p></p> Sat, 01 Feb 2014 05:14:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 42305 at http://nhpr.org Children Learn To Be Good Stewards Of The Great Bay 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 A Culture Of Coddling? http://nhpr.org/post/culture-coddling <p>School decisions banning dodge ball and tag have re-ignited a broader debate on whether we are over-protecting kids. We discuss the need for letting go and letting children grow.&nbsp; But others say the world has changed, and parental involvement is needed today.</p><p> <strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:43:47 +0000 Laura Knoy 37915 at http://nhpr.org A Culture Of Coddling? Lakes Region Community Services Draws Up Blueprints For Families Coping With Autism http://nhpr.org/post/lakes-region-community-services-draws-blueprints-families-coping-autism-0 <p></p><p><a href="http://www.lrcsc.org/index.php" target="_blank">Lakes Region Community Services</a> helps children with autism and their families through their early intervention program and autism center. Christian Lapierre was 15 months old when his mom, Denise, realized something was wrong and called Lakes Region Community Services.</p> Sat, 05 Oct 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter, Lois Shea & Andrew Parrella 36191 at http://nhpr.org Lakes Region Community Services Draws Up Blueprints For Families Coping With Autism Returning Adopted Children http://nhpr.org/post/returning-adopted-children <p>Adopting a child is for many people the culmination of a dream. But it takes work, and money – international adoptions can run from $15,000 to $40,000, and involve years of vetting and paperwork. Still, things don’t always work out. &nbsp;A network of internet groups has become an underground market for advertising and discarding unwanted children – most of them adopted from abroad.&nbsp; The process is called “private re-homing,” and it involves little or no government oversight. It’s the topic of an 18-month investigation by Reuters. <strong>Megan Twohey </strong>is investigative reporter at Thomson Reuters, and among those who worked on the 5-part series and multimedia presentation called, <a href="http://www.reuters.com/investigates/adoption/#article/part1" target="_blank">“The Child Exchange.”</a></p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 17:42:35 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35464 at http://nhpr.org Returning Adopted Children Empowering Girls With Power Tools http://nhpr.org/post/empowering-girls-power-tools <p><a href="http://www.girlswork.org/" target="_blank">Girls at Work</a> empowers girls by putting power tools in their hands, and teaching them how to use those tools. The girls build tables, sheds and bookshelves, but learn bigger lessons along the way. Hollie&nbsp;Brenton, 18, has worked with the program for ten years and says it has changed her life.</p><p></p> Sat, 07 Sep 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Deborah Schachter 32282 at http://nhpr.org Empowering Girls With Power Tools Are Foster Kids Better Off Without Families? http://nhpr.org/post/are-foster-kids-better-without-families <p>Statistically speaking, American foster children face a steep uphill battle. A 2010 study showed nearly 25 percent of foster care children end up homeless at some point after exiting the system, and teen girls in foster care were more likely to become pregnant than to get adopted. One fledgling foster care experiment has done away with the foster family system in favor of a mutually supportive group-home. The <a href="http://www.sanpasqualacademy.org/">San Pasqual Academy </a>is a $14 million dollar nonprofit based in San Diego that houses 180 foster kids. <strong>Natasha Vargas-Cooper </strong>is a freelance journalist who<a href="http://www.psmag.com/pacific-standard-septemberoctober-2013/"> wrote about</a> San Pasqual for <em><a href="http://www.psmag.com/">Pacific Standard.</a></em></p><p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 13:28:07 +0000 Virginia Prescott 34403 at http://nhpr.org Are Foster Kids Better Off Without Families?