Parenting

3:02pm

Sun June 23, 2013
Author Interviews

A Mother Rescues Her Daughter From War-Torn Syria

Originally published on Sun June 23, 2013 4:51 pm

Louise Monaghan was previously a senior travel consultant. She's currently a full-time mother.
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Louise Monaghan's journey to Syria to rescue her kidnapped daughter begins years ago at a club in Cyprus. It was there she met a Syrian man named Mostafa, whom she would marry.

"I was smitten from the first second," she tells NPR's Jacki Lyden. "I felt he was what I needed. He made me feel safe."

But Monaghan was not safe. Mostafa was verbally abusive and beat her. They married, and the couple had a daughter named May. When they divorced, Mostafa was given visitation rights, but he wanted more.

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12:31pm

Mon June 17, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Sibling Fights Go Beyond Harmless Kid Stuff

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:45 am

Beheading Barbie is the kind of aggression that can cause sibling distress.
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I'll never forget the time my big brother sank his fork in the back of my hand after I snitched food off his plate.

But all siblings fight, right? So I was more than a little skeptical of a study saying that sibling aggression can cause serious mental health problems like depression and anxiety.

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2:27am

Thu June 13, 2013
Monkey See

How To Introduce Kids To Tough Topics? Art And TV Can Help

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:31 am

Sue Glader wrote Nowhere Hair after finding many children's books about cancer that were too depressing or scary.
Courtesy Sue Glader

Parents steer their kids to media for all kinds of things: as a distraction so they can make dinner, to teach letters and numbers, and for pure entertainment. There are also times when parents rely on books, TV, museums and other media when they aren't quite sure how to approach a difficult topic by themselves.

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7:55am

Tue May 21, 2013
Shots - Health News

Less Sleep For Teens Means Higher Risk For Car Crashes

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 6:06 am

Sleep-deprived teenagers face the greatest risk of accidents while driving at night.
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Parents who want to keep their teenagers safe while they're driving might want to tuck them in bed early the night before.

Drowsiness is a well-known risk for adult drivers, but teenage drivers are more impaired than adults when facing an equivalent lack of sleep, an Australian study finds.

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4:19am

Wed May 15, 2013
THE CHANGING LIVES OF WOMEN

Stay-At-Home Dads, Breadwinner Moms And Making It All Work

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 7:21 pm

Dawn Heisey-Grove hands off Zane to Jonathan after a midday feeding. The couple were both working full time when Jonathan lost his job as a graphic designer two years ago.
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The next time you see a father out shopping with his kids, you might need to check your assumptions.

"I'll get the, 'Oh, look, it's a dad! That's so sweet!' "says Jonathan Heisey-Grove, a stay-at-home father of two young boys in Alexandria, Va., who is pretty sure the other person assumes he's just giving Mom a break for the day. In fact, he's part of a growing number of fathers who are minding the kids full time while their wives support the family and who say societal expectations are not keeping up with their reality.

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