There have been many studies on parenting styles and their impact on children. In the 60s, psychologist Diana Baumrind conducted a study that identified two important parenting factors: "demandingness" and "responsiveness." Based on these two aspects, Baumrind came up with three parental styles: authoritarian, permissive (or indulgent) and authoritative. Latinas like me tend to be raised by authoritarian parents while gringas are more likely to be raised by permissive parents. According to most studies, both extremes have negative effects on children.
Kelly Rose Bradford insists that she loves her 4-year-old West Highland terrier Matilda more than she does her 11-year-old son William. In fact, she wrote a lengthy and heartfelt editorial--which reads like a love note to her canine companion--for the Daily Mail on the nurturing instincts Matilda inspires in her, how the dog's love is unconditional and her loyalty undying. At first, I questioned whether Bradford's first-person testimonial was strategically designed to create outrage among readers, leading to more online shares of the controversial article, which would, in turn, boost her journalistic profile. So I decided to do some research of my own and, as it turns out, her Twitter feed is brimming with photos of shaggy-haired Matilda while images of William are a rare find. My conclusion: this lady is nuttier than a Payday bar.
Have you ever watched a movie and thought, "Man, this is the story of my life!"? Probably. But chances are you're not going to launch a multimillion dollar lawsuit against the production company. Because that would be ridiculous, right? Yeah, someone should tell Isabella Tanikumi this, because the Peruvian author just launched a $250 million lawsuit against Disney claiming Frozen plagiarized an autobiography she wrote about, get this, growing up in Peru. Te. Lo. Juro.
Despite the perpetual image of so-called soccer moms carting their over-scheduled kids from soccer to ballet to basketball and back, most children live a rather sedentary life--spending all day in the classroom, followed by hours sitting at a table doing homework and then parked in front of the televison or computer munching on chips and soda. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2010 more than one third of children and adolescents in the United States were classified as either overweight or obese. But there are steps you can take to make sure you keep your kids' health on track!Continue Reading >
A recent study revealed that Latino kids are "half as likely to have family members read to them, and a third less likely to be sung to or have stories told to" compared to their white, non-Latino peers. This basically means that Latino kids are starting kindergarten with a clear disadvantage over non-Latino kids who are also more likely to attend preschool!
When my son was diagnosed deaf, his speech therapist gave me three tips that I credit for my son's success. He is now 17. He is profoundly deaf but uses a cochlear implant to "hear" and he ranks among the top 5% in his high school. I promise you that if you and your family implement these tips from birth through Kindergarten, it will pay off for the rest of their lives!
Regular exercise is good for everybody and the earlier you get into the habit, the better. That's why it's important to motivate your kids to stay active. The best way to do that? Sports!
Though most children may be able to get their endorphins by running around with their friends, getting them involved in a sport will do much more for them to keep them active. In fact, organizations like the Women's Sports Foundation have found that playing on a team can provide a myriad of advantages for young female athletes. Below, check out four surprising benefits of sports for girls:
There are some things that are worth paying top dollar for when you have kids--lice removal, car wash after leaving a milk bottle in the hot car over the weekend, and potty training. Yes, I said it: potty training. NYC Potty Training Inc. will train your kid to do his business--and it's not cheap. But for some people it's oh so worth it. Why didn't anyone think of this sooner!?
Holding an infant for the first time ever is scary and anxiety inducing, no matter what age you are when it happens. Actually, holding an infant for the 10thtime, even as an adult is nerve-wracking. I refused to move at all while holding my two-day-old cousin in my arms for the first time a year ago. He was just so small and fragile!
Well, never has that feeling been more accurately captured than in a photo recently uploaded to Reddit by user sho3. In the hilarious snapshot, sho3's nephew holds his baby sister in his arms for the first time ever--and let's just say, the priceless look on his face is worth more than a thousand words. Check it out after the jump!
In a story that is pretty much every parent's worst nightmare, a 2-year-old Missouri girl began to drown in her sleep--hours after leaving a hotel pool.
Thankfully, Aliycea Sanders' parents were nearby when water began coming out of the young girl's nose and mouth. Even more luckily? Her mom had just seen a news segment on the phenomenon known as "secondary drowning" and knew just what to do. She rushed her to the hospital, where doctors were able to save her life, after confirming that the little Aliycea had been drowning even hours after getting out of the pool. It's a terrifying ordeal and a huge wake-up call for parents.
While secondary or "dry" drowning--as it's sometimes called--is rare, it is possible and a real danger, particularly during these hot summer months when a trip to the pool is a frequent occurrence. Here's what every parent needs to know about it:
Every dad has a hard time seeing his daughter grow up, especially when they start--gasp--actually dating. Thankfully, my father has always been really cool and laid-back with any of my boyfriends or my older sister's, but I know lots of dads are super strict about that kind of thing (particularly Latino dads, who are quick-tempered and aren't afraid to throw down a threat or six at the poor guys that dare to show up at their house). But one great dad recently definitely got it right when it came to his views on the subject.
As can be seen in this awesome photo, the dad wears a black T-shirt with a list called "Rules for Dating My Daughter." The list only contains four bullet points, but it's totally on point. Check out the picture after the jump!