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Family Issues

Information regarding families and parenting

Single Mom’s Hostility Can Cause Problems

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Children living with single mothers are at greater risk for social, academic and psychiatric problems than their peers who live in two-parent families. But according to Canadian researchers, factors such as family income, a mother’s depression or a hostile parenting style–not single status by itself–accounts for at least part of this risk. “The results suggest that children from single-mother families develop difficulties for the same reasons as children from two-parent families,” conclude Dr. Ellen L. Lipman from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and colleagues. High levels of stress associated with low family income can undermine attempts to provide supportive and consistent parenting. Likewise, depressed mothers may be emotionally unavailable to their children, which can lead to low self-esteem and social problems. These problems, which can occur in any family, are more likely to occur in single-mother families, the researchers explain. Their study is published in the January issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The researchers reviewed information on more than 9,000 children aged 6 to 11 who took part in a national youth survey in Canada. Children living with single mothers were found to be at greater risk of developing a number of problems than their peers living with two parents, including low math scores and psychiatric difficulties. Higher household income decreased the risk of social and psychiatric problems, however, and was associated with higher math scores. A higher level of maternal education was also linked with higher math scores and fewer psychiatric problems while maternal depression and, in particular, hostile parenting were closely tied to the...

Children’s time: the real issue in grandparents’ rights case

by Dahlia Lithwick FindLaw Contributor Special to CNN Interactive June 23, 2000 Web posted at: 12:20 p.m. EST (1620 GMT) (FindLaw) — Much of the commentary about Troxel v. Granville — the so-called grandparents’ rights case decided in the Supreme Court in June — has focused on what the modern “family” means, both practically and as a matter of constitutional law. This question has become more difficult as non-traditional households boom, and two-parent-heterosexual-stain-removing-mom households decline. In the 1950s, grandparents who sought visitation would have been looked upon as odd — perhaps even a bit tetched. Now, however, it’s common for non-parents to seek visitation and even custody. (Indeed, under the first lady’s theory, even an entire village might have the right to visitation.) This sea change is partly due to the expansion of our definition of family. Which is why the holding in Troxel — that grandparents cannot visit their grandchildren over their mother’s objection — has had national resonance. But it’s not the only reason. Troxel was not just about redefining family. It was also about our society’s increasing obsession with time, and our lack of it. As time with children becomes more rare and more precious, it’s no surprise that adults have started battling over it – and taking their fights all the way the Supreme Court. Splitting the baby’s time At its heart, Troxel was a fight over a unique commodity: children’s time. The precise amount of time at issue was 1,200 hours per year — the difference between the amount of visitation the girls’ paternal grandparents sought, and the amount their mother was willing to...

Aggression Relates to Time in Child Care

Children who spent more time in child care were rated by caregivers, mothers, and kindergarten teachers as having more behavior problems than did children of the same age who spent less time in child care.

Discipline Disputes

Continued behavior problems often indicate that a child’s program is not appropriate. If parents suspect that behavior problems are preventing their child from succeeding at school, they should write to the principal and request an IEP Team Meeting or “Pre-Hearing Conference.”

AD/HD under IDEA

What You Need To Know About AD/HD Under The Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (By Matthew Cohen, JD)

Diabetes Issues in the School and Classroom

Insulin pumps and classroom finger stick testing have improved treatment, yet schools often are hesitant or have concerns regarding their use. These documents go a long way toward addressing school issues and allowing student’s independence.

Shared Parenting: The New Frontier

A shared parenting arrangement is defined as involving at least 30 percent of the time with each parent, the incidence of shared care among divorced couples increased from 2.2 percent to 14.2 percent between 1980 and 1992. By 2001, it had reached 32 percent.

Divorce Effects on Children

Divorce is an intensely stressful experience for all children, regardless of age or developmental level; many children are inadequately prepared for the impending divorce by their parents based on 1980 and 1990 studies.

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