Helpful Tips For Successful Parenting

Whatever the personal choices involved in choosing to become a parent, the reasons are valid on many levels. With the choice comes wonderful uplifting moments and difficult down times. No matter what their age, your kids are unique individuals, and they won’t hesitate to remind you that they have their own minds. The below article provides a lot of parenting advice for dealing with all the things that parenting presents.

Take a break once in a while. Find a friend or relative who can care for your children for an hour or two. Parents that do not get personal or adult time away from children have higher levels of stress that magnify throughout the home.

Parents should focus on positive reinforcement when they need to deal with a child’s difficult or negative behaviors. Older children are just learning how to deal with new emotions and physical changes. Showing them how to express themselves properly is the best way to help them.

If you want your child to learn a new behavior, track his progress using a chart. Make a chart with many empty squares. Every time the child does his chores, he receives one sticker. When your child’s chart is full, give a reward. Using such a chart lets the child see his progress and accomplishments, which will motivate him to keep working towards his next reward.

When traveling with children, it is advisable to stop often to allow them time to expend some of their pent-up energy. Although it might seem like getting to your destination quickly is the best decision, taking things slow and recognizing the needs of everyone in the vehicle can really salvage the trip. Stopping to eat, or at a park to let the kids play will make the journey a little better.

Parenting is both a tough and rewarding job. Whether you are the parent of a newborn or already have several older children, there is an unending stream of questions and challenges when it comes to parenting. You can draw on the information and advice in this article, whether you’re in the middle of a parenting crisis or just looking forward to enjoying some family time.

Don’t rebrand feminism: reclaim it

Kristin has an article in The Scavenger:

Declared dead, irrelevant, unfashionable, yet simultaneously responsible for a host of social ills, feminism has a bad rep.In fact, feminism’s image in the mainstream media has been pretty awful over the last decade or so.

To give just a few British examples: ‘Bra-burning feminism has reached burn-out’, cried The Times in 2003, while the left-wing New Statesman bewailed ‘Where have all the feminists gone?’ (2006). This September, The Daily Mail declared: ‘It’s feminism we have to thank for the spread of fast-food chains and an epidemic of childhood obesity’.

These accusations affect how people see feminism. Research by Christina Scharff, Lecturer in Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London, seems to bear this out.

Based on interviews with 40 German and British women, Scharff investigated women’s perceptions of feminism. Three quarters didn’t see themselves as feminists, and the language they used to distance themselves from the F word revealed how media stereotypes have become ingrained in the vernacular.

The non-feminist women explained that they thought of feminists as: 1) unfeminine; 2) man-haters; and 3) lesbians. Stereotypes of dungarees, rugby shirts, hairy legs, short hair, a so-called ‘ugly’ appearance and, predictably, bra-burning (a long-held allusion to an event which never actually happened) accompanied their explanations.

And yet when asked to give examples of feminists they knew who fitted this description, no one could.