20    Jan 20140 comments

Baby naming: Trends from 2013

Choosing a name for your child is one of the hardest tasks for new soon-to-be parents.

You approach this with trepidation and fear. How will the name be received by friends and family? How will it serve your child as they journey through life? The decision can be overwhelming.

As 2014 begins, we look back at 2013 and discover how parents chose baby names.

Many notable events effected how parents named their children. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge named the Royal baby George, bumping that name and other British names up on the list of popular boys names for the year.

Today’s Parent reveals how this year’s pop culture has influenced baby naming. The name Aria, from "Game of Thrones" got a spot on many top baby name lists for the first time. The name Finn (made popular by "Glee" character Cory Monteith), appeared on the charts after the actor's untimely death. Continue reading "Baby naming: Trends from 2013" »

18    Jul 201324 comments

New Chinese law: Children must visit parents

In China, a new law makes it mandatory for children to visit their parents (over age 60), with a fine for those who don’t comply.

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According to the law, children are required to visit their parents “frequently” and make sure their financial and spiritual needs are met.

The new law would be a major reform in safeguarding the rights of Chinese elderly. Coupled with an aging population and a one-child policy, the number of those over 60 is projected to increase. In 2011, some 185 million people were over 60. By 2050, a third of China’s population will be classed as elderly. Continue reading "New Chinese law: Children must visit parents" »

10    Sep 20124 comments

Family: 10 things never to tell your kids

In Denise Schipani's article, 10 things you should never say to your kids, she lists common phrases that parents may say to their children in the heat of the moment.

Although these comments might not sound bad, they can actually be harmful and upsetting.

The list:

  1. "I know you can try harder."
  2. "Are you sure you need that second cupcake?"
  3. "You always…" or "You never…"
  4. "Why can’t you be more like your sister/brother?"
  5. "I told you waiting until the last minute was a mistake!"
  6. "You’re the best at soccer!"
  7. "Don’t worry—the first day of school will be fine."
  8. "Because I said so!"
  9. "I wish you didn’t hang out with Jack; I don’t like that kid."
  10. "That’s not how you do it! Here, let me."

What's interesting about the list is that no phrase is actually that bad, objectively. However, the sentiment could upset or potentially damage the child.

Parenting advice has changed over time. The old Victorian adage - "children should be seen and not heard" - is clearly no longer relevant. Our parents were brought up differently than their own parents. And the way they brought us up, and how we bring up our own children, is likely also different.

Continue reading "Family: 10 things never to tell your kids" »

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