Everyone is Talking
About how it turns out parenting older children is more difficult than younger.
Why do I care?
If you’re in the trenches of diapers and sleepless nights, you’re likely holding out for easier days – like the days when your child can tell you what is wrong and feed themselves or put themselves to bed. However, according to a new paper published by the American Psychological Association – the middle school years are what really make us dig deep.
Tell me more.
The study surveyed 2,247 mothers at varying stages of their parenting life – infancy, preschool, elementary, middle and high school. In the study they shared details regarding their stress-life satisfaction, their child’s interactions with them, and their individual emotional experiences as a parent. What the data showed is varying patterns at each age and stage of parenting. When the kids were infants, the parents were often overwhelmed, but they also reported a positive rapport with their children. As children grew into adulthood, similar satisfaction was noted while their feelings of being overwhelmed were lightened. It was the stages in between that drew the most dissatisfaction with parenting, with the middle school years being the peak because of the negative feelings parents perceive from their children at this age. So, while the data suggests that mothering eventually gets easier, it’s apparently a much longer wait until that time.
Follow-up from Monday.
If you were wondering why the Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner’s booking photo wasn’t released right away, we found the answer for you. His initial arrest was done by the Stanford Department of Public Safety, and then later transferred to the Santa Clara Sheriff’s Department. Each thought the other was handling it – a classic case of the blame game.
Ashleigh Banfield read the victim’s now infamous statement to the court and her perpetrator on-air Monday. She then went on to discuss it’s impact with a panel of experts. Sobering, but a necessary conversation nonetheless. Other outlets are using this incident as a stepping stone to continue the rape conversation and bring to the forefront the reality of rape for the victims. You know, since the judge in this case didn’t see fit to make the victim the larger concern in this instance.
In the Trenches
The past week has been a flurry of discussion and outrage over the Stanford Rapist, Brock Allen Turner. It’s opened up discussions of affluent kids and how they are treated differently after the commission of a crime, and how we can teach our kids about consent.
Parenting has never been an easy feat, but it’s stories like this that bring fear and anxiety into the mix. We found the following tips insightful when it comes to teaching kids about consent.
Hack it Up
This summer is bound to include endless trips to the park. How else can you wear your kids out and do it for free?
We found 12 great hacks for making your regular trips to the park with young ones in tow seamless. Everything from an ouch kit to creating a go-bag for last minute outings. Why reinvent the wheel when you can simply use the ideas other parents have found helpful?
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill
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