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iParenting: Rationed screen time isn’t only for the kids
Adam O. Thomas is ‘‘guilty,’’ and he’d be the first to tell you so. He’s the guy pushing his daughter, Sylvie, on the swing at their local park in Vancouver with one hand and texting his buddies with the other. The ‘‘ping!’’ of a new message will almost always halt a very “serious dance party,” much to the four-and-a-half year-old’s chagrin.
Sometimes, Mr. Thomas will be admonished by that sweet little girl voice: “Daddy, you come home and you’re always on your phone!”
“She’s frustrated, because she’s watched her shows, she’s done her drawings and she wants to show me those drawings,” says Mr. Thomas, the co-creator of the forthcoming web TV series Parked, about a group of 30-something guy friends. “I sort of had to take a position where it’s like ‘I need to take some time when I get home to participate in that moment with her because that moment, for her, does not exist a half an hour later.”
As families scramble to keep up with the rapid advancements of technology (both Apple and BlackBerry released new touch-screen smartphones this week), children are not the only ones whose screen time has come under scrutiny. British schools this month distributed brochures scolding parents for ignoring their children in favour of their smartphones, and advised them to switch off the phones before bedtime and chat with their kids or read a story instead. (Photo: Ben Nelms For National Post)

iParenting: Rationed screen time isn’t only for the kids

Adam O. Thomas is ‘‘guilty,’’ and he’d be the first to tell you so. He’s the guy pushing his daughter, Sylvie, on the swing at their local park in Vancouver with one hand and texting his buddies with the other. The ‘‘ping!’’ of a new message will almost always halt a very “serious dance party,” much to the four-and-a-half year-old’s chagrin.

Sometimes, Mr. Thomas will be admonished by that sweet little girl voice: “Daddy, you come home and you’re always on your phone!”

“She’s frustrated, because she’s watched her shows, she’s done her drawings and she wants to show me those drawings,” says Mr. Thomas, the co-creator of the forthcoming web TV series Parked, about a group of 30-something guy friends. “I sort of had to take a position where it’s like ‘I need to take some time when I get home to participate in that moment with her because that moment, for her, does not exist a half an hour later.”

As families scramble to keep up with the rapid advancements of technology (both Apple and BlackBerry released new touch-screen smartphones this week), children are not the only ones whose screen time has come under scrutiny. British schools this month distributed brochures scolding parents for ignoring their children in favour of their smartphones, and advised them to switch off the phones before bedtime and chat with their kids or read a story instead. (Photo: Ben Nelms For National Post)

Tagged with:  #parenting  #children  #technology
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Parents’ TV-watching binges linked to children getting too much screen time: U.S. studyThat six hours you spent catching up on Game of Thrones? It may be a lot worse for your children’s viewing habits than them having a TV in their bedrooms. A new study says when it comes to viewing habits, it’s all about setting an example — good or bad.[Getty Images]

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Parents’ TV-watching binges linked to children getting too much screen time: U.S. study
That six hours you spent catching up on Game of Thrones? It may be a lot worse for your children’s viewing habits than them having a TV in their bedrooms. A new study says when it comes to viewing habits, it’s all about setting an example — good or bad.
[Getty Images]

Tagged with:  #health  #parenting  #TV  #pediatrics  #children

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Review: How New Super Luigi U turned me into a bad gamer dad

By Chad Sapieha

I’ve always prided myself on my ability to let go of whatever competitive drive I may have while playing games with my daughter. I bear her zero resentment when she repeatedly falls off cliffs in games in which we share a pool of lives and I don’t give it a second thought when we race as a team and her last place finish drags us off the podium.

But when we reached the Soda Pop Jungle levels of New Super Luigi U and I watched my stockpile of more than 50 lives cut in half on a single level and then dip down to one on the next, I just couldn’t bear it. I snapped, all but yanking the controller out of her wee hands so I could concentrate on beating these infernal levels without distraction.

And the worst part was that I was the one to blame.

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Split but together: Divorced couples finding novel ways to live under the same roof for their children’s sake
Monica McGrath and Kent Kirkland are divorced parents of two young children. They live in one house with their children, call themselves friends and borrow sugar from one another.

The Edmonton family gained Canada-wide recognition this month after media attention turned to their family set-up and living arrangements. Part of this attention was due to their custom-built “transporter” house, with two separate sides and a hallway connecting them, but also because they’re doing what many separated couples say they want to do; put the kids first.

“I still consider us a family. We have kids together, we’re still connected,” says Ms. McGrath of her ex-husband. “We need to together raise our kids, no matter what our situation is. This home allows us to do that.”

Their family model is a version of a “bird’s nest” arrangement where children stay in the house, while separated or divorced parents come to them. Some see this as a model that helps minimize disruption for children. It means they don’t have to be uprooted, trekking from one parent’s house to another’s on a regular basis. Although this model is still rare, experts say it has become increasingly common over the last 10 years. (Photo: Walter Tychnowicz for National Post)

Children’s media use cuddly animals to reinforce ‘racist’ and ‘socially dominant norms,’ researcher says
Parents who read their kids stories about happy, human-like animals like Franklin the Turtle or Arthur at bedtime are exposing their kids to racism, materialism, homophobia and patriarchal norms, according to a paper presented at the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Most animals portrayed in children’s books, songs and on clothing send a bad message, according to academics Nora Timmerman and  Julia Ostertag: That animals only exist for human use, that humans are better than animals, that animals don’t have their own stories to tell, that it’s fine to “demean” them by cooing over their cuteness. Perhaps worst of all, they say, animals are anthropomorphized to reinforce “socially dominant norms” like nuclear families and gender stereotypes.

No heroes allowed: Calgary student, 13, reprimanded for defending his classmate against a knife-wielding bullyBriar MacLean was sitting in class during a study period Tuesday, the teacher was on the other side of the room and, as Grade 7 bullies are wont to do, one kid started harassing another.“I was in between two desks and he was poking and prodding the guy,” Briar, 13, said at the kitchen table of his Calgary home Friday.“He put him in a headlock, and I saw that.”He added he didn’t see the knife, but “I heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife.”The rest was just instinct. Briar stepped up to defend his classmate, pushing the knife-wielding bully away.The teacher took notice, the principal was summoned and Briar went about his day. It wasn’t until fourth period everything went haywire.“I got called to the office and I wasn’t able to leave until the end of the day,” he said.That’s when Leah O’Donnell, Briar’s mother, received a call from the vice-principal.Ms. O’Donnell was politely informed the school did not “condone heroics,” she said. Instead, Briar should have found a teacher to handle the situation.“I asked: ‘In the time it would have taken him to go get a teacher, could that kid’s throat have been slit?’ She said yes, but that’s beside the point. That we ‘don’t condone heroics in this school.’ ”Instead of getting a pat on the back for his bravery, Briar was made to feel as if he had done something terribly wrong. The police were called, the teen filed a statement and his locker was searched. Read more. (Mike Ridewood for National Post)

No heroes allowed: Calgary student, 13, reprimanded for defending his classmate against a knife-wielding bully
Briar MacLean was sitting in class during a study period Tuesday, the teacher was on the other side of the room and, as Grade 7 bullies are wont to do, one kid started harassing another.

“I was in between two desks and he was poking and prodding the guy,” Briar, 13, said at the kitchen table of his Calgary home Friday.

“He put him in a headlock, and I saw that.”

He added he didn’t see the knife, but “I heard the flick, and I heard them say there was a knife.”

The rest was just instinct. Briar stepped up to defend his classmate, pushing the knife-wielding bully away.

The teacher took notice, the principal was summoned and Briar went about his day. It wasn’t until fourth period everything went haywire.

“I got called to the office and I wasn’t able to leave until the end of the day,” he said.

That’s when Leah O’Donnell, Briar’s mother, received a call from the vice-principal.

Ms. O’Donnell was politely informed the school did not “condone heroics,” she said. Instead, Briar should have found a teacher to handle the situation.

“I asked: ‘In the time it would have taken him to go get a teacher, could that kid’s throat have been slit?’ She said yes, but that’s beside the point. That we ‘don’t condone heroics in this school.’ ”

Instead of getting a pat on the back for his bravery, Briar was made to feel as if he had done something terribly wrong. The police were called, the teen filed a statement and his locker was searched.

Read more. (Mike Ridewood for National Post)

Don’t tell your daughter she is beautiful, parents told: Minister says children should avoid a fixation with looksParents should stop telling their children they look beautiful because it places too much emphasis on appearance and can lead to body confidence issues later in life, Jo Swinson, the U.K. women’s minister, has claimed.Mothers and fathers who praise their sons and daughters for wearing a nice outfit or having nice hair risk sending a message to children that looks are the most important thing to succeed in life, the minister said.Instead, she said, children should be praised for completing tasks or their ability to be inquisitive.In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ms Swinson, 33, who does not have any children, also suggested that mothers should be careful about speaking about their own bodies in front of children. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Don’t tell your daughter she is beautiful, parents told: Minister says children should avoid a fixation with looks
Parents should stop telling their children they look beautiful because it places too much emphasis on appearance and can lead to body confidence issues later in life, Jo Swinson, the U.K. women’s minister, has claimed.

Mothers and fathers who praise their sons and daughters for wearing a nice outfit or having nice hair risk sending a message to children that looks are the most important thing to succeed in life, the minister said.

Instead, she said, children should be praised for completing tasks or their ability to be inquisitive.

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, Ms Swinson, 33, who does not have any children, also suggested that mothers should be careful about speaking about their own bodies in front of children. (Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

Tagged with:  #news  #body image  #self-esteem  #parenting
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Children raised on ‘diet of pornography’ exhibit casual attitudes about sex, risky behaviours: U.K. studyCan exposure to explicit sexual imagery on the Internet lead to bad outcomes for children’s sexual health and development? A new study suggests that for many young people, sex has become disconnected from affection, and that leads to unhealthy and risky practices.[Fotolia]

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Children raised on ‘diet of pornography’ exhibit casual attitudes about sex, risky behaviours: U.K. study
Can exposure to explicit sexual imagery on the Internet lead to bad outcomes for children’s sexual health and development? A new study suggests that for many young people, sex has become disconnected from affection, and that leads to unhealthy and risky practices.
[Fotolia]

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Emptying the nest in an age when so many 20-34-year-olds are moving home can be trickyBut if you’re having trouble motivating that university grad who moved back home to get a job, there are some things you can try. Assigning chores, setting social responsibilities, and even charging rent: It may sound harsh, but it works.[Paramount Pictures]

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Emptying the nest in an age when so many 20-34-year-olds are moving home can be tricky
But if you’re having trouble motivating that university grad who moved back home to get a job, there are some things you can try. Assigning chores, setting social responsibilities, and even charging rent: It may sound harsh, but it works.
[Paramount Pictures]

‘For the love of God do something’: Rehtaeh Parsons’ father issues emotional call to action after daughter killed by ‘disappointment’Rehtaeh Parsons’s heart was so big, sometimes it scared her dad.A defender of the downtrodden, Parsons was quick to hand out spare change and stand up for neglected animals.Glen Canning prepared for the worst for his daughter after she was allegedly raped, but hoped he’d never have to face it.Amid the angry noise generated by thousands of people around the world seeking justice for a Nova Scotia teenager, who was removed from life support on Sunday after attempting suicide a few days earlier, is the voice of a father in agony over the loss of his child.In a heartbreaking entry posted to his personal website, Canning remembers his daughter and lambasts the justice system he says failed to help her.“The worst nightmare of my life has just begun. I loved my beautiful baby with all my heart,” Canning writes. “She meant everything to me. I felt her heart beating in my soul from the moment she was born until the moment she died. We were a team. We were best pals.”Canning explains how he watched his daughter suffer from repeated disappointment.“My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police,” he writes. (GlenCanning.com)

‘For the love of God do something’: Rehtaeh Parsons’ father issues emotional call to action after daughter killed by ‘disappointment’
Rehtaeh Parsons’s heart was so big, sometimes it scared her dad.

A defender of the downtrodden, Parsons was quick to hand out spare change and stand up for neglected animals.

Glen Canning prepared for the worst for his daughter after she was allegedly raped, but hoped he’d never have to face it.

Amid the angry noise generated by thousands of people around the world seeking justice for a Nova Scotia teenager, who was removed from life support on Sunday after attempting suicide a few days earlier, is the voice of a father in agony over the loss of his child.

In a heartbreaking entry posted to his personal website, Canning remembers his daughter and lambasts the justice system he says failed to help her.

“The worst nightmare of my life has just begun. I loved my beautiful baby with all my heart,” Canning writes. “She meant everything to me. I felt her heart beating in my soul from the moment she was born until the moment she died. We were a team. We were best pals.”

Canning explains how he watched his daughter suffer from repeated disappointment.

“My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police,” he writes. (GlenCanning.com)

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to name their son North. As in North West. Har har, Kimye. Read about the long tradition of oddly named celebrity babies the pair will be joining once they welcome their son later this year: natpo.st/13qOO47

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are going to name their son North. As in North West. Har har, Kimye. Read about the long tradition of oddly named celebrity babies the pair will be joining once they welcome their son later this year: natpo.st/13qOO47

Ontario schoolgirl uses secret code word to outwit potential abductor in ‘textbook example’ of street proofingA 10-year-old girl who outwitted two potential abductors by asking them for a secret code word has been praised by police for her quick thinking.The girl was approached on Monday outside Applecroft Public School in Ajax, Ont., by a strange man trying to lure her into his car. The man, who was accompanied by a woman sitting in the passenger seat, claimed the girl’s mother had sent him to pick her up.The girl and her family had established a secret password to be used as proof a person was really sent by her parents.“She asked this person what the code word was and obviously they got it wrong,” Dave Mason of Durham Regional Police told CTV. “She told them ‘You got the code word wrong’ and that person left.”

Ontario schoolgirl uses secret code word to outwit potential abductor in ‘textbook example’ of street proofing
A 10-year-old girl who outwitted two potential abductors by asking them for a secret code word has been praised by police for her quick thinking.

The girl was approached on Monday outside Applecroft Public School in Ajax, Ont., by a strange man trying to lure her into his car. The man, who was accompanied by a woman sitting in the passenger seat, claimed the girl’s mother had sent him to pick her up.

The girl and her family had established a secret password to be used as proof a person was really sent by her parents.

“She asked this person what the code word was and obviously they got it wrong,” Dave Mason of Durham Regional Police told CTV. “She told them ‘You got the code word wrong’ and that person left.”

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Are babies born bullies? Not exactly. But they may understand the conceptA new UBC study suggests that infants as young as nine months respond to a puppet they prefer teasing a puppet they don’t like. Does that make a baby a bully? Maybe not, but the implications for studying social development are myriad.[Photo credit: 20th Century Fox]

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Are babies born bullies? Not exactly. But they may understand the concept
A new UBC study suggests that infants as young as nine months respond to a puppet they prefer teasing a puppet they don’t like. Does that make a baby a bully? Maybe not, but the implications for studying social development are myriad.
[Photo credit: 20th Century Fox]

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Should children be wearing high heels to feel better about their height?Parents and doctors are swinging back at the trend towards high heels, as high as two inches, hidden in sneakers being marketed to kids as young as four years old. What’s your take?[Ted Rhodes/Postmedia News files]

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Should children be wearing high heels to feel better about their height?
Parents and doctors are swinging back at the trend towards high heels, as high as two inches, hidden in sneakers being marketed to kids as young as four years old. What’s your take?
[Ted Rhodes/Postmedia News files]

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Does not being breastfed set a child back in body or mind?What exactly is the role that breastfeeding plays in an infant’s psychological development: That’s the question our columnist started wondering about after she found out she wasn’t breastfed as a child. These are her findings …[Handout/Postmedia News files]

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Does not being breastfed set a child back in body or mind?
What exactly is the role that breastfeeding plays in an infant’s psychological development: That’s the question our columnist started wondering about after she found out she wasn’t breastfed as a child. These are her findings …
[Handout/Postmedia News files]