“Politics of Parenting” archives

Nov 06 2013

Politics of Parenting: Far from the Tree – Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

A New Jersey couple is suing their mayor Chris Christie over a ban on so-called “gay conversion” therapy because they claim it violates their first amendment right to try to “cure” their 15 year old son of being homosexual. New Jersey is one of several states, including California, which banned the therapy that is today widely viewed as abusive and coercive. …

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Oct 07 2013

Politics of Parenting: Why Girls Halloween Costumes Are So Sexualized And What You Can Do About It

There was a time when Halloween costumes were supposed to resemble the thing you were actually attempting to imitate. But these days, if you’re a woman, you’re expected to don a lacy, cleavage-revealing bodice and a short skirt with only the most minimal accessories to invoke an actual costume. What’s worse is that costumes for little girls as young as …

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Oct 04 2013

Politics of Parenting: How Children Learn Through Play

One of the most important issues in society is how children are educated. And yet, it is the one thing that parents, teachers, and policy makers can rarely agree on. While most would agree that today’s public educational system is “broken,” prescriptions for improvement vary wildly. Today’s educational model has succumbed to the desire for testing every imaginable variable in …

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Sep 20 2013

Politics of Parenting: Bottled Up – How the Way We Feed Babies has come to Define Motherhood, and Why It Shouldn’t

As part of our on-going series on Parenting and Child Development, we turn to an issue which has become the focus of heated debate among new parents, particularly mothers – it is the debate over breastfeeding. Currently that debate is relegated to whether women have the right to do so in public rather than whether breastfeeding is the best thing …

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Aug 01 2013

Politics of Parenting: Diaper Availability Found to Be Better Predictor of Maternal Mental Health Than Food

Single mothers who form one of the poorest demographics in the nation often suffer depression linked to poverty. But rather than obvious factors like food insecurity, it is, surprisingly, access to diapers for their babies that was one of best indicators of maternal mental health.

In a new study by the Yale School of Medicine, researchers interviewed hundreds of mothers …

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Jul 16 2013

Politics of Parenting: Boys With Sisters More Likely To Become Republicans As Adults

Launching our brand new series on Parenting and Child Development today is a new study with surprising results on how political tendencies may begin brewing during childhood.

A survey that was begun more than 25 years ago, followed more than 3000 people from childhood into adulthood and found that boys who were raised with sisters were more likely to grow …

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