Sunday, January 1, 2017


This site is set out in categories with chapters (in alphabetical order) under each chapter. Supplemental material is posted in the way of videos and articles. Most of the supplemental material is linked from the individual chapters. Please let me know by making a comment if any of the supplemental materials are no longer available.

Section 1: Beginnings
Who I Am?
Critical Thinking: How can I tell the difference between good research and garbage?
Safety First
Section 1: BEGINNINGS: Overview
Chapter 1: Adoption
Chapter 2: Association vs Isolation
Chapter 3: Boundaries and Expectations
Chapter 3: Boundaries and Expections: Curfews
Chapter 4: Brain Development
Chapter 5: Child Care
Chapter 6: Consistency in Parenting
Chapter 7: Creativity and Parenting
Chapter 8: Parenting and Culture
Chapter 9: Curiosity and Exploration
Chapter 10: Depression and Parenting
Chapter 11: Early Years - Child Development
Chapter 12: Family Councils/Meetings
Chapter 13: Fatherhood 
Chapter  14:  Friendship
Chapter 15: The Importance of: Fun and Play
Chapter 16: Gardens/Plants, and Children
Chapter 17: Happiness and Joy (Children and Family)
Chapter 18: Health: Prenatal, Child, Family
Chapter 19: Holidays and Traditions: A Pile of Junk do not Great Memories Make
Chapter 20: Hugs and other good touch
Chapter 21: Meal Time
Chapter 22: Medical
Chapter 23: Mental Health: Prenatal, Child, Family
Chapter 24: Motherhood
Chapter 25: Names, What’s in a Name
Chapter 26: Natural Learning Environments
Chapter 27: Nutrition: Prnatal, Child, Family
Chapter 28: Parental Education
Chapter 29: Parents - Marriage
Chapter 30: Parents Agree, When Parent’s Agree
Chapter 30b: Grandparents
Chapter 31: Pets
Chapter 32: The Power of “Yes”
Chapter 33: Quality vs. Quantity
Chapter 34: Reading
Chapter 35: Religion
Chapter 36: Resources
Chapter 37: Sleep: During pregnancy, For Child, For Family
Chapter 38: Spanking
Chapter 39: Speech
Chapter 40: Stability: Prenatal, Child, Family
Chapter 42: Support
Chapter 43: Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol
Chapter 44: Typical Development
Section 2: TEACHING/EDUCATION A few of the things you need to teach your children: Overview.
Chapter 1: Academic
Chapter 2: Accountability
Chapter 3: Art and Music
Chapter 4: Cars
Chapter 5: Children as Reflection
Chapter 6: The Classics
Chapter 7: Citizenship
Chapter 8: Common Courtesy
Chapter 9: Communication/Speech
Chapter 10: Dating
Chapter 11: Empowerment
Chapter 12: Forgiveness
Chapter 13: Funny Now? Is it Funny Now? Will it be Funny When?
Chapter 14: Goals, Setting and Achieving
Chapter 15: Good Touch/Bad Touch
Chapter 16: Honesty
Chapter 17: Internet
Chapter 18: Jewelry
Chapter 19: Leadership
Chapter 20: Love/Relationships
Chapter 21: Makeup
Chapter 22: Reading
Chapter 23: Religion
Chapter 24: Respect/Reverence
Chapter 25: Self-Efficacy (Is Self-Esteem Overrated?)
Chapter 26: Self-Respect (Not Self-Indulgence)
Chapter 27: Service
Chapter 28: Sex and Morality
Chapter 29: Stress Management and Reduction
Chapter 30: Telephones
Chapter 31: Work
Chapter 32: Violence
Section 3: RELATIONSHIPS: Overview
Chapter 1: Apologize
Chapter 2: Carefrontation Sandwich
Chapter 3: Celebrate Success
Chapter 4: Cherish, Value, and Honor
Chapter 5: Communication
Chapter 6: Consistency, Continuity, Dependability
Chapter 7: Evaluate - Feedback
Chapter 8: Fail forward
Chapter 9: Flexibility: Be flexible
Chapter 10: Fun
Chapter 11: Gratitude
Chapter 12: Humor
Chapter 13: Let Go, Forgive
Chapter 14: Love
Chapter 15: Motivate
Chapter 16: Purpose
Chapter 17: Respect/Reverence
Chapter 18: Self-Reliance
Chapter 19: Service
Chapter 20: Stick with it...Persevere. Work
Chapter 21: Take Responsibility, Give Credit
Chapter 22: Time
Chapter 23: Work
Section 4: RESILIENCE: Overview
Chapter 1: Resources and Assets
Chapter 2: Assets vs. Deficits
Chapter 3: Protective Factors vs. Risk Factors
Section 5: BEHAVIOR: Overview
Chapter 1: Behaviorism
Chapter 2: Active Children
Chapter 3: Activity
Chapter 4: Anger
Chapte 5: Biting
Chapter 6: Carefrontation
Chapter 7: Choices (3)
Chapter 8: Consistency
Chapter 9: Corporal Punishment (Spanking)
Chapter 10: Decisions Determine Destiny
Chapter 11: Eating
Chapter 12: Environment
Chapter 13: Eye contact
Chapter 14: Facial expression
Chapter 15: First Comply Then Ask Why
Chapter 16: Focus: What we focus on Increases
Chapter 17: General Concepts
Chapter 18: Health
Chapter 19: Intervention
Chapter 20: Listening, Look like you're listening and really listen.  Listen more than talk.
Chapter 21: Love vs. Fear
Chapter 22: Lying
Chapter 23: Manipulation
Chapter 24: Names: Sometimes the most beautiful, and sometimes the most awful word.
Chapter 25: Natural, Logical Consequences
Chapter 26: Nature Abhors a Vacuum: What does your child REALLY want?
Chapter 27: Nevertheless (A magic parenting word)
Chapter 28: Parent or Friend: much of the time you can be both; but when a choice has to be made, you're job is to be a parent.
Chapter 29: Positioning: allowing escape or containing
Chapter 30: Praise
Chapter 31: Problem solving
Chapter 32: Punishment
Chapter 33: Put Downs and Degradation: 0 tolerance from anyone, even in humor or jest.
Chapter 34: Redirection, Diversion, Distraction
Chapter 35: Relaxed vs aggressive or authoritative
Chapter 36: Reinforcement: Natural Reinforcement and Natural Consequences: Parenting that Lasts
Chapter 37: Responsibility vs blame
Chapter 38: Secondary Gain
Chapter 39: Setting Events
Chapter 40: Setting Limits
Chapter 41: Side or cross dialogue
Chapter 42: Sleep
Chapter 43: Space
Chapter 44: Stance and Positioning
Chapter 45: Stress
Chapter 46: Talking to vs. Talking about Pros and Cons
Chaper 47: Tantrums
Chapter 48: Transitions
Chapter 49: Tone, Cadence, Breath and Speed
Chapter 1: Addictions
Chapter 2: Attachment Disorders
Chapter 3: Attention Deficit (Hyperactive) Disorder
Chapter 4: Autism/Aspergers Syndrome
Chapter 4a:  What is Autism? Why is it on the rise? What can we do about it?
Chapter 5: Crying: What to do about a crying infant/babyChapter 6: Depression
Chapter 7: Downs Syndrome
Chapter 8: Eating Disorders
Chapter 9: Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
Chapter 10: Hiding
Chapter 11: Nightmares
Chapter 12: Other syndroms and disorders
Bonus Section: Free Samples, Free Stuff, for Parents, Kids, and Teens. Links to hundreds of freebies for the family on the Internet.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds | Fox News

Casual marijuana use linked with brain abnormalities, study finds | Fox News: For the first time, researchers at Northwestern University have analyzed the relationship between casual use of marijuana and brain changes – and found that young adults who used cannabis just once or twice a week showed significant abnormalities in two important brain structures.


The study’s findings, to be published Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, are similar to those of past research linking chronic, long-term marijuana use with mental illness and changes in brain development.

Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain - US News

Study Links Casual Marijuana Use to Changes in Brain - US News: Recreational pot use by a small group of young adults caused significant changes to the shape and density of both the nucleus accumbens, a region of the brain involved in reward and addiction, and the amygdala, which helps process emotion and form long-term memories, the study authors reported.

These changes show that pot users' brains adapt to even low-level marijuana exposure, potentially making a person more vulnerable to drug addiction or changing their thought processes and emotions in unknown ways, the researchers said.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Stay-at-Home Moms Rise in Reversal of Modern Family Trend (1) - Businessweek

Stay-at-Home Moms Rise in Reversal of Modern Family Trend (1) - Businessweek: The share of mothers with children under age 18 who don’twork “outside the home” rose to 29 percent in 2012, up from amodern-era low of 23 percent in 1999, according to a reportreleased today by the Pew Research Center.

The trend follows a decline in stay-at-home moms recordedin most years from 1970 to 1999, as more women entered theworkplace, spurred both by a sense of empowerment and familyfinancial demands.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

13 rules for working out while pregnant | Fox News

13 rules for working out while pregnant | Fox News: Working out during pregnancy is not only beneficial for you (and baby!) now, the benefits pay off after you give birth, too. While The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends 30 minutes of exercise on most or all days of the week, that may not be the best for you. Your body is changing constantly, which means you have to reevaluate what’s safe and your effort level as your baby grows.

Here, find out the answers to your fitness questions so you stay safe as you work out.

In our opinion: A mom and a dad | Deseret News

In our opinion: A mom and a dad | Deseret News: “Research clearly demonstrates that family structure matters for children, and the family structure that helps children the most is a family structure headed by two biological parents in a low-conflict marriage,” wrote Kristen Anderson Moore, Susan Jekielek and Carol Emig in a research summary for ChildTrends. “(I)t is not simply the presence of two parents, as some have assumed, but the presence of two biological parents that seems to support children’s development.”

There is widespread agreement about this fact when looking at traditional marriage. Now, as courts, legislators and social scientists turn to the hotly contested issue of same-sex marriage, should this wealth of existing evidence about family structure be ignored? No. In fact, family structure research is more relevant than ever before.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems - SFGate

Study: Married folks have fewer heart problems - SFGate: —Married people had a 5 percent lower risk of any cardiovascular disease compared to single people. Widowed people had a 3 percent greater risk of it and divorced people, a 5 percent greater risk, compared to married folks.

—Marriage seemed to do the most good for those under age 50; they had a 12 percent lower risk of heart-related disease than single people their age.

—Smoking, a major heart risk, was highest among divorced people and lowest in widowed ones. Obesity was most common in those single and divorced. Widowed people had the highest rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and inadequate exercise.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How raising kids within routines boosts social and emotional health | Deseret News

How raising kids within routines boosts social and emotional health | Deseret News: A study just published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics shows that certain routines also enhance the social and emotional health of young children. Children who sing, play, read, tell stories and have dinner with their families are twice as likely to have good social-emotional health (SEH), and for every routine a parent and child do together, the social-emotional benefit grows.

The measure of SEH used by researchers from The Children's Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University is based on a child's ability to understand emotions, empathize, show self-control and form positive relationships, both with other kids and with adults.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Cuddlers soothe babies too sick, tiny to go home - Newsday

Cuddlers soothe babies too sick, tiny to go home - Newsday: CHICAGO - A volunteer slips her arms into a gauzy yellow hospital gown and approaches a medical crib holding a tiny newborn hooked up to noisy machines.

"OK," she says, with a smile. "Baby time."

That means cuddle time in the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of Chicago's Comer Children's Hospital. Here, as at several other hospitals around the country, strangers offer a simple yet powerful service for newborns too tiny or sick to go home

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Smartphone not so smart for parenting | WPRI 12

The Buzz: Smartphone not so smart for parenting | WPRI 12: A new study reveals that smartphones may not be such a “smart” choice when it comes to parenting. This study observed parents in several different fast food restaurants. And the people who were engrossed in their smartphones responded less, and more harshly than those who used their phone only for phone calls.