parenting http://wnpr.org en When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices http://wnpr.org/post/when-parents-are-ones-too-distracted-devices Having a teenager lost in his or her cellphone — texting friends and communicating with parents in monosyllabic grunts — has become a trope of the Internet age. But teens are not the only ones distracted by their devices.<p>Many parents have the same problem. As much as I hate to admit it, I'm one of them.<p>A couple weeks ago, my 12-year-daughter, Ella, staged an intervention. She and my wife basically threatened to take my phone and break it.<p>"Sometimes at night you'll just stand around and ... Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 20269 at http://wnpr.org When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices State Issues Alert on Infant Sleep-Related Risks http://wnpr.org/post/state-issues-alert-infant-sleep-related-risks <p>An eight-week-old baby boy slips out of his sleeping grandmother’s arms and suffocates in the folds of a couch.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">A seven-week-old girl is found dead lying on her stomach in her mother’s bed, where she had been placed to sleep, as a nearby crib sat unused.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These are two of 23 infants who died in Connecticut last year of “sudden infant death syndrome,” or undetermined causes.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Of those cases, 18 were found to have risk factors associated with the sleep environment, including co-sleeping in an adult bed with parents, sleeping with a heavy blanket or pillows, or being placed on their stomachs.</span></p><p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:35:33 +0000 Lisa Chedekel 19724 at http://wnpr.org State Issues Alert on Infant Sleep-Related Risks What's In A Name? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-name-0 <p><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Just last week, a Tennessee judge ruled that&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0819-abcarian-messiah-20130819,0,6232746.story" style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; color: black; font-weight: bold;" title=":http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0819-abcarian-messiah-20130819,0,6232746.story">the parents of a baby boy they named “Messiah,”</a><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;mu Thu, 06 Mar 2014 14:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Heather Brandon 17980 at http://wnpr.org What's In A Name? How Not To Name Your Baby http://wnpr.org/post/how-not-name-your-baby Six weeks ago today, I gave birth to a baby girl. Like her older sister, she spent the first few days of life without a name.<p>You see, my husband and I wanted to get our children's names just right, and that meant taking some time to consider the options and get a feel for how well they fit each new baby. But we also happen to be cognitive scientists of an evidence-based persuasion so, for us, it also meant gathering and analyzing some <em>data</em>.<p>The first round of data collection was of the usual, informal sort, and it happened long before our first baby was due. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 13:48:49 +0000 Tania Lombrozo 17979 at http://wnpr.org How Not To Name Your Baby Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain http://wnpr.org/post/orphans-lonely-beginnings-reveal-how-parents-shape-childs-brain Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.<p>More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that "neglect is awful for the brain," says <a href="http://dms.hms.harvard.edu/neuroscience/fac/Nelson.php">Charles Nelson</a>, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children's Hospital. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 08:35:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 17438 at http://wnpr.org Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain Forum Focuses on Challenges for Youth In State Care http://wnpr.org/post/forum-focuses-challenges-youth-state-care <p>Connecticut Voices for Children held a forum on Thursday called, "Raising the Grade: Improving Educational Opportunities for Youth in State Care." State lawmakers, child advocates, and community leaders gathered at the capitol to hear sometimes emotional testimony from members of the DCF Youth advisory panel, teenagers who have been in the care of the state for most of their lives.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 16:44:27 +0000 Ray Hardman 15574 at http://wnpr.org Forum Focuses on Challenges for Youth In State Care DCF Behavioral Health Plan Will Focus on Early Identification http://wnpr.org/post/dcf-behavioral-health-plan-will-focus-early-identification <p>The state of Connecticut will begin developing a plan to meet the behavioral health needs of all the children in the state. The plan is required under legislation passed last year by the General Assembly in response to the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Ray Hardman 15454 at http://wnpr.org DCF Behavioral Health Plan Will Focus on Early Identification Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor http://wnpr.org/post/closing-word-gap-between-rich-and-poor In the early 1990s, a team of researchers decided to follow about 40 volunteer families — some poor, some middle class, some rich — during the first three years of their new children's lives. Every month, the researchers recorded an hour of sound from the families' homes. Sun, 29 Dec 2013 10:09:00 +0000 editor 14642 at http://wnpr.org Closing The 'Word Gap' Between Rich And Poor Movies Rated PG-13 Feature The Most Gun Violence http://wnpr.org/post/movies-rated-pg-13-feature-most-gun-violence Parents who rely on movie ratings to decide what their children can watch may think that PG-13 films have fewer villains flashing guns than R-rated movies.<p>But they're wrong.<p>The PG-13 movies actually show more gun violence, a study finds.<p>That's troubling, and not only because parents might feel they've been hoodwinked by the industry's rating system. There's lots of research showing that watching violence in movies makes people more aggressive and less compassionate. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:50:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 11904 at http://wnpr.org Movies Rated PG-13 Feature The Most Gun Violence Rob Ford, Gawker, and My Kids http://wnpr.org/post/rob-ford-gawker-and-my-kids <p>We normally write about other people -- because other people are the news. Not us.</p><p>And then, sometimes, really strange things happen.</p><p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:06:16 +0000 Jeff Cohen 10814 at http://wnpr.org Rob Ford, Gawker, and My Kids Best Friends, Sharing 'Two Sides Of The Same Heart' http://wnpr.org/post/best-friends-sharing-two-sides-same-heart Starr Cookman and Kylee Moreland Fenton have been inseparable since childhood. They live on the same street. Kylee, a nurse, was present for the delivery of Starr's son, Rowan. And when Rowan came home from the hospital breathing rapidly and spitting up his food, both friends were alarmed — even when the pediatrician said he was doing fine.<p>"Then I said, 'I'm concerned. Why would he just for no reason be breathing a hundred times a minute?' " Kylee recalls asking. With that, the doctor sent them to the children's hospital. That visit saved Rowan's life. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:25:00 +0000 editor 9743 at http://wnpr.org Best Friends, Sharing 'Two Sides Of The Same Heart' Random Bedtimes Breed Bad Behavior In Kids http://wnpr.org/post/random-bedtimes-breed-bad-behavior-kids Parents learn the hard way that late bedtimes make for cranky kids the next day. But inconsistent bedtimes may have a greater effect on children's behavior, a study says.<p>Kids who didn't go to bed on a regular schedule had more behavior problems at home and at school. When those children were put to bed at the same time each night, their behavior improved.<p>That data came from an ongoing study of 10,230 British schoolchildren. Mothers were asked if their child had a regular bedtime during the school week. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:06:00 +0000 editor 9577 at http://wnpr.org Random Bedtimes Breed Bad Behavior In Kids How A Pregnant Woman's Choices Could Shape A Child's Health http://wnpr.org/post/how-pregnant-womans-choices-could-shape-childs-health Pregnant women hear a lot about things they should avoid: alcohol, tobacco, chemical exposures, stress. All of those have the potential to affect a developing fetus. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 07:37:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 5377 at http://wnpr.org How A Pregnant Woman's Choices Could Shape A Child's Health Dads Matter Too! Aims To Strengthen Families http://wnpr.org/post/dads-matter-too-aims-strengthen-families <p></p><p></p><p>Connecticut's Department of Children and Families has organized an event this Sunday in Waterbury called Dads Matter Too!, an opportunity for fathers to enjoy a fun day with their children, and a chance to celebrate the role dads play in their child's life.</p><p>The day starts with a 5k road race at 9:10 am, followed by a fun run for the kids, and at 11:00 am, a one mile father/child walk.</p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 14:02:17 +0000 Ray Hardman 5278 at http://wnpr.org Dads Matter Too! Aims To Strengthen Families What's In A Name? http://wnpr.org/post/whats-name <p><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">Just last week, a Tennessee judge ruled that&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0819-abcarian-messiah-20130819,0,6232746.story" style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; color: black; font-weight: bold;" title=":http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0819-abcarian-messiah-20130819,0,6232746.story">the parents of a baby boy they named “Messiah,”</a><span style="font-family: verdana, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;mu Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:42:50 +0000 Catie Talarski, John Dankosky, Tucker Ives & Heather Brandon 2563 at http://wnpr.org What's In A Name? A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line http://wnpr.org/post/college-kid-single-mom-and-problem-poverty-line <strong>The College Kid</strong><p>Rico Saccoccio is a junior at Fordham University in the Bronx. He's from a middle-class family in Connecticut and he spent the summer living at home with his parents, who cover about $15,000 a year in his college costs.<p>According to the U.S. government, Saccoccio is living in poverty. The $8,000 he earns doing odd jobs puts him well below the $11,945 poverty threshold for an individual. In fact, the U.S. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 04:16:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 2970 at http://wnpr.org A College Kid, A Single Mom, And The Problem With The Poverty Line The Changing Face of Fathers http://wnpr.org/post/changing-face-fathers <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Betsy/Where%20We%20Live%2007-23-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p dir="ltr">Today, we&rsquo;re talking about the changing face of fatherhood.</p><p>While the birth of most children don&rsquo;t get as much attention as the arrival of the royal baby, many of us already know what Prince William has yet to learn, this is just the start.</p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 17:53:07 +0000 John Dankosky 3987 at http://wnpr.org The Changing Face of Fathers Fast-Forward Family http://wnpr.org/post/fast-forward-family-0 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/mcnicolpants/fms%2020130408.mp3</p><p></p> Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:52:14 +0000 Faith Middleton 3993 at http://wnpr.org Fast-Forward Family A CT Family Waits For DOMA Decision http://wnpr.org/post/ct-family-waits-doma-decision <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Tucker/do130620DOMA.mp3</p><p></p><p>The US Supreme Court still has to rule on several major cases before the end of the term. Same-sex couples across the country are waiting for a decision on The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA. &nbsp;A report now on how the DOMA ruling may affect one Connecticut family.</p><div dir="ltr"><p>Under Connecticut law, same-sex couples can marry and adopt children.&nbsp; But under DOMA and in the eyes of the federal government same sex marriage is not valid.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:36:50 +0000 Diane Orson 587 at http://wnpr.org A CT Family Waits For DOMA Decision Advocates Look to Increase Foster Care Age from 18 to 21 http://wnpr.org/post/advocates-look-increase-foster-care-age-18-21 <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Heather/Morning%20Edition%2005-06-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p>May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and as WNPR's Ray Hardman reports, advocates are pushing to extend foster care from 18 to 21 years old.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 18:37:40 +0000 Ray Hardman 745 at http://wnpr.org Real Lives Of Foster Families http://wnpr.org/post/real-lives-foster-families <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/Coling%20McEnroe%20Show%2004-02-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:24:59 +0000 Colin McEnroe 887 at http://wnpr.org Real Lives Of Foster Families Slate's Matthew Yglesias On Why 'The Rent Is Too Damn High' http://wnpr.org/post/slates-matthew-yglesias-why-rent-too-damn-high <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Commodore%20Skahill/Colin%20McEnroe%20Show%2003-28-2012.mp3</p><p></p><p>Let's say you're married. You have a dog. Your first child is on the way, but it's 2012 and the economy's not doing so hot and you're living in your parent's basement.</p><p>You have to get out, that's for sure. So what do you do? Do you buy a house or do you buy a rental?</p> Wed, 28 Mar 2012 19:54:28 +0000 Mark Oppenheimer 6026 at http://wnpr.org Slate's Matthew Yglesias On Why 'The Rent Is Too Damn High' Media Fast: Day Three http://wnpr.org/post/media-fast-day-three <p><em>WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of</em>&nbsp;Where We Live.&nbsp;<em>&nbsp;No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.</em><img alt="&lt;--break-&gt;" height="1" src="file:///C:\Users\hbrandon\AppData\Local\Temp\msohtmlclip1\01\clip_image001.gif" width="1" /></p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:14:57 +0000 Heather Brandon 8824 at http://wnpr.org Media Fast: Day Three Media Fast: Day Two http://wnpr.org/post/media-fast-day-two <p><em>WNPR and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of </em>Where We Live<em>. &nbsp;No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.</em></p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:14:06 +0000 Heather Brandon 8825 at http://wnpr.org Media Fast: Day Two Media Fast: Day One http://wnpr.org/post/media-fast-day-one <p><em>WNPR&nbsp;and Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live."&nbsp; No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.</em></p><p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 14:46:09 +0000 Heather Brandon 8832 at http://wnpr.org Media Fast: Day One Do Children Get the Short End of the Stick? http://wnpr.org/post/do-children-get-short-end-stick <p><em>WNPR &amp; Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live." &nbsp;No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.</em></p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 12:08:59 +0000 Heather Brandon 8855 at http://wnpr.org Do Children Get the Short End of the Stick? Saying Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter http://wnpr.org/post/saying-goodbye-facebook-twitter <p><em>WNPR &amp; Your Public Media contributor Heather Brandon has accepted our challenge to complete a media fast. She'll be abstaining from all media Monday, August 1 - Thursday, August 4 and will be interviewed, along with Tom Cooper, author of Fast Media, Media Fast: How to Clear Your Mind and Invigorate Your Life In an Age of Media Overload about her fast on the Thursday, August 4 edition of "Where We Live." &nbsp;No internet surfing, no television, no video games. This is her diary.</em></p><p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 11:53:50 +0000 Heather Brandon 8865 at http://wnpr.org Saying Goodbye to Facebook, Twitter Training Program Helps Low-Income Parents Help Kids http://wnpr.org/post/training-program-helps-low-income-parents-help-kids <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20110715%20parent%20training.mp3</p><p></p><p>A special summer program has just wrapped up at a New Haven elementary school.&nbsp; But &nbsp;in this&nbsp;class the students are parents.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Jul 2011 17:46:37 +0000 Diane Orson 8940 at http://wnpr.org Training Program Helps Low-Income Parents Help Kids The Making of Americans http://wnpr.org/post/making-americans <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/mackattack/Making%20of%20Americans%201%2011%2011%20.mp3</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the bestselling author of&nbsp;</span><i style="line-height: 1.5; margin: 0px; padding: 0px;">Cultural Literacy</i><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a passionate and cogent argument for reforming the way we teach our children.</span></p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:39:29 +0000 Faith Middleton 4508 at http://wnpr.org The Making of Americans Teenagers are Stuck in Adolescence http://wnpr.org/post/teenagers-are-stuck-adolescence <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/FMS%200819%20ab.mp3</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:08:43 +0000 Faith Middleton 4511 at http://wnpr.org Teenagers are Stuck in Adolescence