September 19, 2011 |
This is what the revolution looks like: It's a rally in Lynwood where parents demand the right to exercise their power to shape their children's future; it's a dozen residents in a South-Central apartment gathering to compare notes on the failing elementary school a few blocks away; it's parents comparing notes at a Pasadena community center and discovering that not a single one of that city's high schools scored a desired goal of 800 on California's Academic...
April 12, 2013 |
The Jackie Robinson biopic "42," which opened in theaters nationwide Friday, presents an opportune moment for adults to have meaningful conversations with their kids about the history of racism in the United States. But with that opportunity comes an array of challenges, especially for younger audiences keen on seeing a story of an iconic sports hero. It really comes down to language. Given a PG-13 rating for "thematic elements including language" from the Motion Picture Assn.
October 10, 2013 |
California has become one of the first states to legally recognize more than two parents per child. But who's in charge? ALSO: On letters from climate-change deniers Video: Cyclists and drivers can be road pals Olympia Snowe: This is no way to run a country Follow Ted Rall on Twitter @TedRall
August 12, 2010
Raising kids can occasionally be tough on a parent's mental health -- and the anguish may not ease when the kids become adults. Poorer emotional health and well-being are found among parents of grown children when those children have troubled lives, according to new research. Researchers questioned 633 middle-aged parents of a total of 1,251 adult children. They found that having even one problem-ridden child -- such as someone who is unemployed, incarcerated, addicted, ill, or in financial straits -- increased the risk of low psychological well-being in the parent.
HOME & GARDEN
November 21, 2009
How to hold peace talks Mediator and parenting coach Susie North offers these suggestions for parents mediating disputes between siblings: Embrace neutrality and acknowledge bias. Reflect honestly upon your biases (gender, birth order, temperament -- anything). Take them into account when you approach conflict between the kids. You will mediate more effectively if you admit to your biases than if you pretend they don't exist.
April 3, 2012 |
The latest setback for the parent-trigger reform -- when the Adelanto School District last week rejected a petition to ... well, it's not exactly clear what the parents sought, but more on that later -- will surely be appealed in court. Parent Revolution, the group behind the trigger movement, might well have a valid challenge, since it looks like school administrators were far more careful about checking the validity of the parent signatures in favor of the trigger than they were about those rescinding their previous signatures.
July 16, 2013 |
Maybe it's time for “screen time” for parents, too. To limit kids' television watching, the ubiquitous rule restricting the time they're allowed to spend in front of a TV or computer screen isn't as helpful as something more basic: how much time parents spend watching TV, scientists say in an article out Monday in the journal Pediatrics. "Do as I say, not as I do" might be a foundation for Homer Simpson's style of parenting, but it's not so effective, the scientists say. “Parent television viewing is a stronger predictor of child television viewing than traditional media 'access' and 'rules' variables regardless of child age,” the scientists wrote.
July 30, 2012 |
Aly Raisman is like many teenagers in that she can drive her parents crazy. Only Raisman is a U.S. gymnast who qualified for the all-around competition at the London Olympics. And her parents are really, really crazy. Or so it seemed to the millions of people watching the qualifying round Sunday on NBC, which had a camera and microphone isolated on Ricky and Lynn Raisman as their daughter competed on the uneven bars Sunday night. OK, so the Raismans really aren't crazy -- they were justifiably stressed out during a 40-second routine their daughter had been working toward for many years.
December 29, 2010 |
Trying to track recalled products and foods that might be harmful to children is a nightmare for parents because there's no single place to look. Until now. The new site http://www.ClickCheckandProtect.org, a Consumer Reports companion site, is the product of a newly formed National School Safety Coalition convened by Consumer Reports, the National Parent Teacher Assn. and the National School Boards Assn. "The whole idea is to get the information into the homes of school-aged children," said Don Mays, senior director of safety for Consumer Reports.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 |
Teachers at an embattled Watts campus where the principal was recently ousted under the state parent trigger law are pledging to join forces with other schools to defend themselves from privately led overhaul efforts. Teachers at Weigand Avenue Elementary will push for public notifications and meetings to inform parents about trigger campaigns involving their schools, a staff member there said Friday. Monica Platas, the school's categorical programs coordinator, said Weigand staff was not allowed to respond to several parent questions about the trigger campaign, which succeeded in removing Principal Irma Cobian this month.