families http://wnpr.org en Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! http://wnpr.org/post/please-dont-take-my-stuffed-animal-away <p>Take a few seconds to reminisce about your childhood "best friend." Maybe it was a boy, a girl, an imaginary friend, or perhaps a stuffed toy. This stuffed toy was your childhood confidant that you dragged everywhere, from the local supermarket to the preschool sandbox, a transitional object that temporarily stood between you and your relationship with your parents.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:18:00 +0000 Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan & Chion Wolf & Katherine Peikes 25700 at http://wnpr.org Please Don't Take My Stuffed Animal Away! EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers http://wnpr.org/post/eeoc-announces-tougher-rules-protecting-pregnant-workers Discrimination against female workers who might get pregnant in the future, or have been pregnant in the past, is against the law, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said this week. Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:14:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 25380 at http://wnpr.org EEOC Announces Tougher Rules Protecting Pregnant Workers When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home http://wnpr.org/post/when-work-becomes-haven-stress-home In the land that came up with the phrase "Thank God it's Friday," and a restaurant chain to capitalize on the sense of relief many feel as the work week ends, researchers made an unusual finding in 2012.<p>Moms who worked full time reported significantly better physical and mental health than moms who worked part time, research involving more than 2,500 mothers found. And mothers who worked part time reported better health than moms who didn't work at all.<p>Working and juggling family responsibilities can be stressful. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Shankar Vedantam 25301 at http://wnpr.org When Work Becomes A Haven From Stress At Home Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story http://wnpr.org/post/tell-us-your-stuffed-animal-story <p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Colin </span>McEnroe</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em> Show</em> is working on a show all about stuffed animals: the history of being attached, or developing a sentiment towards an object that comforts; the business of building them, and the awesome stories people have about their precious squishy toys.</span></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:31:30 +0000 Chion Wolf 24358 at http://wnpr.org Tell Us Your Stuffed Animal Story To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along http://wnpr.org/post/break-cycle-child-poverty-teaching-mom-and-dad-get-along After a half-century of the War on Poverty, an anti-poverty agency in Ohio has concluded that decades of assistance alone just hasn't changed lives. Instead, it says, the ongoing breakdown of the family is to blame.<p>"You're seeing the same people come year after year, and in some cases generation to generation. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 24962 at http://wnpr.org To Break Cycle Of Child Poverty, Teaching Mom And Dad To Get Along The Evolution of Game Shows http://wnpr.org/post/evolution-game-shows <p>What's become of game shows in America? Since their television debut in 1938 we've seen everything from microwave ovens to million dollar payouts awarded to lucky contestants. Now, in a television culture increasingly captivated by reality T.V., we see traditional game shows being crowded out by reality competition shows at an alarming rate. What will become of the time-honored genre? Are we witnessing the end of an era or will a new generation of Trebeks and Sajaks emerge to save the day? Thu, 26 Jun 2014 15:56:22 +0000 Betsy Kaplan, Chion Wolf & Colin McEnroe & Josh Nilaya 24324 at http://wnpr.org The Evolution of Game Shows How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut-0 <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 24107 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut? Recent Homicides Lead Advocates to Discuss Prevention http://wnpr.org/post/recent-homicides-lead-advocates-discuss-prevention <p>The recent murders of two Connecticut women spurred a roundtable discussion Thursday organized by <span style="line-height: 1.5;">the state child advocate and the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:25:18 +0000 Lucy Nalpathanchil 23991 at http://wnpr.org Recent Homicides Lead Advocates to Discuss Prevention Blumenthal Proposal Aims to Fix Loophole in Restraining Order Law http://wnpr.org/post/blumenthal-proposal-aims-fix-loophole-restraining-order-law <p>U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal has introduced legislation aimed at protecting victims of domestic violence who obtain a temporary restraining order against their abuser.</p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:12:49 +0000 Ray Hardman 23983 at http://wnpr.org Blumenthal Proposal Aims to Fix Loophole in Restraining Order Law Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits http://wnpr.org/post/married-same-sex-couples-receive-more-federal-benefits <strong>This post was updated at 5:20 p.m. ET.</strong><p>The Family Medical Leave Act's benefits will be extend to married same-sex couples in all of the U.S., under a White House announced today. The change comes as the Obama administration alters federal policies to fit the Supreme Court's <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/06/26/195857796/supreme-court-strikes-down-defense-of-marriage-act">repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act</a> last June.<p>The newly expanded benefits allow people in a same-sex marriage to take time off from work to care for their spouses. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 11:20:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 23972 at http://wnpr.org Married Same-Sex Couples To Receive More Federal Benefits Malloy Says He'll Sign Adoption Rights Bill http://wnpr.org/post/malloy-says-hell-sign-adoption-rights-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Dannel Malloy said he'll sign a bill that could allow adoptees access to their birth records. Under the proposal, anyone 18 or older would be able to request a copy of their original birth certificate if they were adopted after October 1, 1983.</span></p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 21:01:49 +0000 Patrick Skahill 23204 at http://wnpr.org Malloy Says He'll Sign Adoption Rights Bill Saying Goodbye at the Nursing Home http://wnpr.org/post/saying-goodbye-nursing-home <p>My meeting can’t wait<br />so I’ve kissed the top of your head,<br />both cheeks<br />and like the Eskimos do.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:19:44 +0000 Elizabeth Thomas 22972 at http://wnpr.org Saying Goodbye at the Nursing Home Isla Providencia http://wnpr.org/post/isla-providencia <p>From his final trip to Providencia<br />I asked my grandfather to bring back<br />a piece of the island, so he wrapped</p><p>a conch shell with three towels, deep<br />in his suitcase among plastic jars<br />jammed with stewed plums and orange rinds.</p><p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:05:52 +0000 Sean Frederick Forbes 22979 at http://wnpr.org Isla Providencia Captain Rich Evans: a Legacy of Fight and Defend http://wnpr.org/post/captain-rich-evans-legacy-fight-and-defend <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">"I joined the Army the day after September&nbsp;11," said Captain Rich Evans, sharing his long legacy in fighting for the United States. He admits freely his changing emotion towards Afghanistan.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:48:06 +0000 Jake Warga 24991 at http://wnpr.org Captain Rich Evans: a Legacy of Fight and Defend How Healthy Is Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/how-healthy-connecticut <p>Our third Health Equity Forum is a project we’ve been working on for a few years now with our partners at Connecticut Health Foundation, exploring the idea of health equity in Connecticut. How do we make sure that everyone has the best possible health outcomes regardless of race, regardless of how much money you have?</p><p>It’s a tricky issue for policy makers, which is why we’re so glad to have as the basis for our conversation a new set of information called the <a href="http://www.fchealth.org/index.php/publications_media/ct_healthcare_survey" target="_blank">Connecticut Health Care Survey</a>. Six organizations came together to put out this report, which is drawn from some 5400 households interviewed.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 22404 at http://wnpr.org How Healthy Is Connecticut? Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out http://wnpr.org/post/frustrated-affordable-care-act-one-family-opts-out The Robinson family of Dallas started out pretty excited about their new insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act.<p>Nick Robinson had turned to Obamacare after he lost his job last summer. He had been working as a youth pastor, and the job included benefits that covered him, his two young daughters, and his wife, Rachel, a wedding photographer.<p>Nick says he wasn't too nervous at first, because everyone was healthy. Tue, 27 May 2014 07:27:00 +0000 editor 22552 at http://wnpr.org Frustrated By The Affordable Care Act, One Family Opts Out Middletown Forum Focuses On the Needs of the Mentally Ill http://wnpr.org/post/middletown-forum-focuses-needs-mentally-ill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A forum taking place on Thursday afternoon in Middletown will bring together mental health providers and advocates to discuss the many challenges facing people with mental illness.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:45:34 +0000 Ray Hardman 21876 at http://wnpr.org Middletown Forum Focuses On the Needs of the Mentally Ill Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It http://wnpr.org/post/doctors-debate-whether-screening-domestic-abuse-helps-stop-it Domestic violence affects a third of women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In many cases nobody knows of the suffering, and victims aren't able to get help in time.<p>That's why in many countries, including the U.S., there's been a push to make screening for domestic violence a routine part of doctor visits. Last year, the influential U.S. Wed, 14 May 2014 13:54:00 +0000 Maanvi Singh 21816 at http://wnpr.org Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It Three Missing Vernon Boys Found After Amber Alert Issued http://wnpr.org/post/three-missing-vernon-boys-found-after-amber-alert-issued <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police have found three missing boys in Bangor, Maine after issuing a multi-state Amber Alert.</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:56:03 +0000 Tucker Ives 21754 at http://wnpr.org Three Missing Vernon Boys Found After Amber Alert Issued Corporal Dan Elenhof as a Medic in Afghanistan http://wnpr.org/post/corporal-dan-elenhof-medic-afghanistan <p>In addition to the physical objects Corporal Elenhof carries on his person, he also says he brings with him a sense of hospitality. "You know, just working every day with a foreign culture," he said, "definitely that culture rubs off on you. In Afghan culture, hospitality is a huge part of it. I'm definitely going to be carrying home a lot of that."</p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 15:45:57 +0000 Jake Warga 24983 at http://wnpr.org Corporal Dan Elenhof as a Medic in Afghanistan Specialist Lackey on What He Carries in Afghanistan http://wnpr.org/post/specialist-lackey-what-he-carries-afghanistan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Specialist Lackey carries with him the remains of his father in a small urn around his neck.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:31:21 +0000 Jake Warga 24982 at http://wnpr.org Specialist Lackey on What He Carries in Afghanistan Advocates Hope DCF Fallout Leads To Better Child Protections http://wnpr.org/post/advocates-hope-dcf-fallout-leads-better-child-protections The commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families has resigned following the deaths of three children on her watch.&#160; Child welfare advocates say the focus now needs to shift to fixing problems at the state agency and preventing child abuse.<img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="The Children&#039;s Memorial Flag seen here depicts paper-doll-like figures of children in blue with a white outline of a missing child." data-attribution="Credit CHD" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wamc/files/styles/card_280/public/2014 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:46:32 +0000 Paul Tuthill 21047 at http://wnpr.org Advocates Hope DCF Fallout Leads To Better Child Protections Training Connecticut Police in Mental Health 101 http://wnpr.org/post/training-connecticut-police-mental-health-101 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? That’s a big concern in Connecticut, where the intersection of law enforcement and mental health has been a huge issue since the Newtown shootings of 2012.&nbsp;</span></p><p>WNPR spent time with police officers to learn about their training in mental health.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:45:00 +0000 Jeff Cohen 20318 at http://wnpr.org Training Connecticut Police in Mental Health 101 Father-Son Team To Run One Last Boston Marathon http://wnpr.org/post/father-son-team-run-one-last-boston-marathon Later this month is the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, and this year&#8217;s race is especially significant because it&#8217;s the first time it&#8217;s being run since last year&#8217;s bombing at the finish line. Because of that attack, two people will be taking part in this year&#8217;s Boston Marathon who hadn&#8217;t intended to be there: Dick and Rick Hoyt.<p>For years, some spectators have come out just to see them &#8212; the compact, muscular man and his quadriplegic son, the father running while pushing a wheelchair all 26.2 miles. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:52:22 +0000 editor 20004 at http://wnpr.org Father-Son Team To Run One Last Boston Marathon Sizing Up Your Children Is A Tricky Business http://wnpr.org/post/sizing-your-children-tricky-business When I had a second baby earlier this year, my three-year-old suddenly seemed <em>enormous</em>. "Check out the size of those feet!" I marveled. She seemed so heavy, so tall, so substantial.<p>She even seemed more capable, more robust. Images of airborne cookware and toppling bookshelves faded. The staircase didn't seem quite so treacherous. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:36:55 +0000 Tania Lombrozo 19721 at http://wnpr.org Sizing Up Your Children Is A Tricky Business Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? http://wnpr.org/post/are-there-better-ways-handling-child-custody-cases-connecticut <p><font size="2">There's growing tension in Connecticut between parents and guardian ad litem lawyers or GALs, who are appointed to represent minor children in child custody cases.</font></p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Alan Yu 19005 at http://wnpr.org Are There Better Ways of Handling Child Custody Cases in Connecticut? A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System http://wnpr.org/post/look-inside-connecticuts-family-court-system <p>Earlier this month, <em>The Connecticut Law Tribune</em> reported that a number of the state’s guardian ad litem lawyers had withdrawn from their child custody cases.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their actions came in response to growing tension within the family courts, where parents and advocates have criticized the system -- and the lawyers in it -- for high fees and lack of oversight.</span></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Lydia Brown, Tucker Ives & Catie Talarski 18987 at http://wnpr.org A Look Inside Connecticut's Family Court System Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There http://wnpr.org/post/advice-eating-well-tight-budget-mom-whos-been-there JuJu Harris didn't set out to write a cookbook, but then again, she didn't set out to accept public assistance to feed her son, either. Harris always wanted to work with nature.<p>"My dream job was, I was going to grow up and be a national park ranger," she says. It didn't quite work out that way. She drifted from job to job in Oakland, Calif., where she was born. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 14:47:00 +0000 editor 18370 at http://wnpr.org Advice For Eating Well On A Tight Budget, From A Mom Who's Been There 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 Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates http://wnpr.org/post/proposal-could-allow-adoptees-access-birth-certificates <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A proposal that went before the Public Health Committee could allow adopted children access to their birth certificate if they are age 21 or older.</span></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Patrick Skahill 17731 at http://wnpr.org Proposal Could Allow Adoptees to Access Birth Certificates