Posts Tagged ‘teens’

Why Reading About Parenting is Bad for You

By Daddy Clay Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Reading parenting columns is a dangerous business. You should go back to playing Fruit Ninja.

In my most recent experience, a quick read of a piece in a major national newspaper nearly resulted in: one car crash, one house fire, and several lacerations.

The column in question was of the kind that makes you feel inadequate. (There are only two kinds. The other kind is usually written by a bumbler about his or her parenting misadventures, inducing the reader to feel smug and superior. Sorry for making you feel so inadequate all these years.) The author opined that she was sick of her kids just doing all the dishes, she wanted them to graduate to preparing entire meals for the family. Read the rest of this entry »

An Augury

By Daddy Clay Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Somehow, I’m on the track an hour before dawn, a thick neoprene sleeve on my lower left leg, a bulky knee brace on my right. My gate is somewhere between shambling and wince-inducing. I feel like a newbie, like I did almost three years and three thousand miles ago when I took up running again, heavy and puffing in my sweatband and grey hoodie.

About a month ago, my athletic legacy reappeared with a deep plastic-y crunch in my knee. At the time, I thought that was it, the Big One, the one I compulsively imagine over and over in graphic detail. The end of the line for me.

It was bad, but not the end. Since the re-injury, I’ve rehabbed in the pool and on the exercise bike on the brink of panic. With all else going on in my life, I need to run. I am almost driven to distraction with worry because it feels like nothing else will do. (Who’s got two grand for a bike? And I abhor the pool.) Read the rest of this entry »

Parenting News: Sex, Playground Safety, Pets, Co-Sleeping, Grandparents, Harry Potter

By Dad News Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Who Are Teens’ Sexual Role Models?: Parents may think their teens aren’t listening to them about anything, let alone sex, but new research shows that 45% of teens consider their parents — not their friends or celebrities — their sexual role models. (

Are Safety-Obsession Playgrounds Spoiling Our Children?: In a recent paper published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, Norwegian psychologists Ellen Sandseter of Queen Maud University in Norway and Leif Kennair of the Norwegian University for Science and Technology write that “risky play” among young children is a necessary experience that helps children learn to master their environments. Protecting children from any risks in their playtime could breed children that are more likely to be anxious and afraid of danger. (ABC News)

Water Frogs Linked to Illness in Young Kids: Frogs might be cute to look at but they might be hazardous to your children’s health, which is why The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  is warning parents to keep young kids away from water frogs and their habitats. (

Bed Sharing With Toddler – No Harm, No Benefit For Kids Over 1:
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s not advised for parents to ever sleep with infants before the age of 6 months.  That’s the time when babies are most at risk for sudden infant death syndrome.   But the study authors and the AAP agree that once a child is 12 months old , co-sleeping or bed-sharing with parents is really up to the preference of the family.  (

Are Kids Safer With Grandparents Driving?: When children are involved in a car accident, they are less likely to be injured if grandma or grandpa are driving rather than mom or dad, a new study suggests. (Reuters)

Harry Potter Turned a Generation of Kids Into Readers, Data Shows: It’s powerful to hear children and adults talk about how the Harry Potter series has affected their lives — how it taught them about the importance of friendship and love, and how heroes are not always the biggest and the strongest, and how failure and adversity can make us stronger. (Scholastic)