Woman Pens Beautiful Op Ed Piece Regarding Loss and Parenting

Maggie Kneip, a mother of two and the author of the memoir, “Now Everyone Will Know: The Perfect Husband, His Shattering Secret, My Rediscovered Life,” recently penned a moving article for the New York Times in which she relayed her message of hope in parenting following the death of husband in 1990. The Hoboken, New Jersey native bravely recounted her journey to the alter with her best friend and lover, followed by his diagnoses, loss, and her struggle to raise her children with the light of his memory.

 

Kneip was a struggling waitress when she met and fell in love with John Andrew. Andrew had a background in theatre and was working as an editor for the Wall Street Journal when the pair married. Kneip recounts in her editorial for the New York Times being unconditionally in love with the man who rescued her from the despair she felt following the end of a major relationship. The two married a little after a year of dating and had a son and daughter within two years of their new marriage. In 1990, John was diagnosed with AIDS and began to succumb to his disease very quickly. Nine short months after his diagnoses he had died, leaving his wife and two very young children to learn to live life without him.

 

Kneip relayed her fear of having contracted the disease from her husband following his diagnoses. After doctors gave her and her children a clean bill of health, Kneip spent several years attempting to ignore the fact that her husband died of AIDS by avoiding discussions of him with her children and suppressing the memories. After her children graduated from college, Kneip began to discover a great deal of peace by talking about her husband’s circumstances and sharing her love for him with her children. This ultimately turned into the publication of her memoir, a book which remained on the New York Times best seller list for an entire year and helped her children heal. Good things can come from tragedy.

 

What New Jersey Parents Can Do This Summer to Keep Their Kids Active

For any parent living in New Jersey, you know how frustrating it can be to keep your kids busy when they’re not in school. One of the most unfortunate aspects of summer break is that most kids lose a lot of what they learned during the past school year. This is incredibly problematic for parents who want to see their kids succeed, so it’s crucial that you keep them active and engaged even when they’re not going to class every day. In New Jersey, there are quite a lot of things you and your children can do in the hot summer sun.

 

For one, getting your child involved in a summer camp program is ideal because it helps to keep them active and their brained engaged. There are tons of summer camp programs available in central Jersey, so it should be pretty effortless to find the one that’s right for you and your child. You have two options available to you when it comes to summer camp. Day camps are great for children who still want to come home each and every day. Day camps are similar to a schooling program, since they’ll only be gone for a few hours each day before returning home. You can also choose a regular summer camp program that has your children go to the camp and stay there exclusively for several weeks before getting out.

 

The price you pay for summer camp is totally dependent on what you’re looking for in terms of your child’s education and what you can afford. Certain summer camps are free or low cost for families who are considered low income. It is a good idea for all parents to keep their children as active as possible despite the fact that they are no longer in school. If summer camps aren’t your forte, you might want to consider starting an educational program in the comfort of your own home or spending more time outdoors.

 

Parenting After Divorce: The Bird Nesting Method

In a recently published New York Times article, writer Beth Behrendt discussed the benefits of a relatively new parenting option for divorced families called the bird nesting method. Behrendt and her ex husband have successfully used the nesting method for the past three years to coparent their three children. In the nesting method, the divorced parents each purchase or rent a separate living space from the family’s previously established home. They then choose alternate days or weeks to come and live in the family home with the children while the alternate spouse returns to the separately assigned living space. In this arrangement, children are thought to feel less jostled and displaced by a divorce because they remain in their home with their own belongings.

Behrendt described the living situation as one that appealed to both she and her ex-husband because they desired to place the needs of their boys before their own needs. During a recent speaking event in New Jersey where Behrendt gave a talk about the nesting method, she described her reaction when she first read about the arrangement in a book about simplified divorces. Behrendt stated that she breathed a sigh of relief at the idea that her boys could maintain as much of their original lives as possible throughout the divorce.

Behrends stated that she is frequently asked about her peculiar nesting arrangement by other well meaning parents in PTA groups or school conferences. She advised for parents considering the method to answer a few questions regarding the method. The parents should ask if they can work together to maintain their previously established home, if they can both reasonably find a home to live in during the times when they are not occupying the home, and if they can come to an agreement about the circumstance. If the answer to any of these questions is no, the nesting method may not be suitable. Those open to the nesting method, however, may find it a reasonable solution to their divorce.

New York Times Investigates Results of Saying “No” to Children

In a recent opinion editorial published by the New York Times, a New Jersey author, Scott Sonenshein, discussed some positive effectives of saying, “no,” to a child. Despite the frequent attempts to vilify negative affirmations from parents to children, several new studies show what common sense already tells most parents. To build character in children, they must be refused on a regular and consistent basis.

Soneshein points out in his article that most parents, throughout the history of the world, have understood children as a group of individuals who are growing and learning. Because of the immature nature of a child, it is important to correct behavior on a consistent basis if the child is to develop into a responsible, productive member of society. Saying no to a child does not have to be a negative experience. By teaching children that all humans are eventually given negative answers in life, parents enforce the idea that challenges can be overcome and that negative answers can actually be positive and beneficial. If a toddler asks for cake for every meal of the day, for instance, the parents answer should explain why this is a poor choice that will ultimately lead to illness in the child. In this case, a negative answer is the loving answer and a positive one would be considered neglectful.

Soneshein also sites a study where children are asked to construct a new object from the ones they are given. In this study, younger children were shown to be more resilient than older ones and more adaptable to negative answers. Soneshein relayed the message that parents should not always be in the habit of purchasing every item children ask for. Not only does this create spoiled and entitled children, but it limits a child’s ability to become resourceful when they lack something they believe they need. We have all heard the stories about how our grandparents didn’t have fancy toys so they got creative with dirt and a box. Much like this example, children learn extremely resourcefulness when they are given negative answers.

Mindfulness in Parents May Cause a More Peaceful Birth Experience, According to New Jersey Physician

New research from New Jersey’s Center for Pregnancy Research has recently revealed that mindfulness among parents may lead to a peaceful and less painful birthing experience. The study was recently mentioned in an article from the New York Times and consisted of a trial of 30 pregnant mothers were monitored before, during, and after their deliveries in an effort to control the anxiety that they felt. The results of the study make researchers hopeful that non-chemical methods of pain relief during childbirth can be on the horizon for expectant moms.

At the beginning of the trial, new parents were asked about their fears regarding childbirth. Most of the new mothers, not surprisingly, stated that they feared the pain of childbirth in a very real way, having not ever experienced it before. Researchers then attempted to educate the expectant mothers in mindfulness to prepare them for childbirth. In the mindfulness education classes, certified midwives would attempt to teach mothers to remain alert and focused on the present moment during labor. Midwives stated, during the course, that the key to mindfulness was that new mothers must learn not to focus on events before or after the most current contraction. They were taught that they could overcome their fears about the labor by implementing a moment by moment thought process.

Following their education in the ways of labor and delivery mindfulness, the confidence levels of the new parents were measured according to a survey. By the end of the research experience, mothers were much more confident in their ability to have a peaceful and controlled labor and delivery. According to one midwife, mindfulness creates opportunities for the expectant mothers to discover new levels of inner strength and resources. The mindfulness studies were shown to significantly impact the pain of childbirth for the mothers who attended the classes. More than half of the mothers believe they had a controlled and peaceful birth because of the preparation they received prior to delivery.

Real Estate in New Jersey

There are a lot of places around the country where the real estate market is appreciating rapidly. New Jersey is leading the pack in this area. Over the years, the number of people who have moved to New Jersey has increased dramatically. This is an area that a lot of people are excited about. Now is the time to try and figure out a plan for the future for people who are investing in real estate in the area.

 

 

Financing

 

Many people who invest in real estate have to finance the property they are buying. Financing is getting easier than in previous years, and some people are concerned that this could cause a bubble to form in the market. However, many seasoned investors believe that the market still has many years to continue to grow before that happens. This is always something that investors need to consider before buying a property that is leveraged.

 

 

Real Estate Investing

 

One of the most important things that anyone can do for their finances is to invest for the future. Investing in real estate has a lot of advantages to other forms of investing. Not only can you earn monthly cash flow by renting out properties, but you can also grow your net worth by experiencing equity appreciation over time. New Jersey investors have experienced a lot of equity growth through real estate price appreciation. Investors are making money, and they are out looking for new properties to buy. This is only going to continue to drive up prices in many areas.

 

 

Future Changes

 

Many real estate experts believe that New Jersey is going to continue to see an increase in real estate prices in the future. With all of the changes that are going on in the economy, more people than ever are looking to buy their first home. This is causing a huge shortage in the supply of homes, and this shortage is only going to continue to increase prices in the future.

 

Kids Are At Risk Online So Parenting Tools Must Include Internet Security Skills

Parents in Central New Jersey, as well as parents all over the country, are discovering that the most dangerous threat to children’s security is the Internet. Children live in an online world parents don’t understand. Every day kids could experience online threats, and most parents don’t realize it. Parents are quick to act, when it comes to fastening seat belts, making sure children wear a bicycle helmet. But when it comes to minimizing children’s exposure to social media sites and other online sites, parents drop the ball, big time.

 

 

The Internet is a wonderful tool for research projects, school reports, and communicating with teachers and other kids, but the freedom to access the Internet poses a safety hazard. An online search for a basic word like Legos may be mistyped, and a website about legs pops up instead. That site might contain other parts of the body that are x-rated. Parents must talk to their kids about Internet use. And parents should be aware of what the kids see and hear when they are online. That means extra work for some parents, but most parents accept the responsibility.

 

 

There is a federal law called the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), and that law stops anyone from getting a child’s information without a parent’s approval. The COPPA law helps protect kids under the age of 13. But even though the law helps, the best way to protect children is to be a parent and lovingly monitor online use.

 

 

Being a 21st-century parent is a huge responsibility. Children today experience a plethora of situations, that could jeopardize their safety. Even though kids are more aware, and they try to do the right thing, children will be children. They are naturally inquisitive, and they are unaware of the sophisticated tricks that are part of the Internet world.

 

 

Parents must protect kids from themselves. Being a parent is a job. A full-time job. Some parents like to use the helicopter approach to parenting, but that doesn’t usually end well for the kids or the parents. The best way to keep children safe is to allocate a time to use the Internet. A time when a parent is available to help them understand what is good Internet interaction, and dangerous Internet interaction.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Is Ranked Number One In Pediatric Specialties

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey is named after one of the founders of Johnson and Johnson, the consumer-driven healthcare company. Johnson and Johnson’s headquarters are in New Brunswick. The Johnson family has been an integral part of the city’s rebuilding process for the last forty years. In fact, Johnson and Johnson is one of the reasons New Brunswick has the title “Healthcare City.”

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is part of Rutgers University. It is a 610-bed general medical and surgical facility. More than 8,100 inpatient and more than 10,500 outpatient surgeries were performed there in 2016, and the emergency room had more than 96,400 visits. The Hospital is also a teaching hospital. The U.S. News analysis of hospitals gave the hospital top ranking in children’s specialties. Plus, the hospital also has the highest rating in nine other procedures.

 

 

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is also a premier cancer hospital. The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is part of the hospital, and the hospital is the principal hospital used by Rutgers University’s Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The hospital excels in cardiovascular care. Hospital doctors specialize in minimally invasive heart surgery and heart transplantation, as well as cancer treatments, and women’s and children’s care. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is also part of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital has expertise in several areas of pediatric care. It is a pediatric Level 1 trauma center.

 

 

The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is best known for treating children who can’t be treated by other healthcare facilities. Bristol-Myers Squibb provides comprehensive specialties and subspecialties to children in New Jersey. Hospital neonatal units also serve several regions of the state.

 

 

The mission of the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital is to be the preferred patient-centered, pediatric care hospital in New Jersey. And, the mission of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is to improve the health and well-being of people living in the state. The freestanding 105-bed, pediatric acute care Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital sits adjacent to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. On any day, parents from all over the state come to New Brunswick with children who need special care. The hospital never turns a child or parent away.

 

New Brunswick New Jersey Is A Healthcare City And A Parents Dream

New Brunswick, New Jersey is one of those Jersey towns that has it all. The city has been around for more than three hundred years in one form or another, and its rich history has given East Coast parents something to cheer about. New Brunswick is not only the home of one the greatest entertainment and education venues in the United States, the State Theater in New Brunswick, but it is also the home of Rutgers University. Rutgers is the State University of New Jersey, and it is the eighth-oldest college in the United States. Rutgers started as the old Queen’s College in 1766.

 

 

The purpose of Queen’s College was to educate the youth in religious language, so they could become ministers of the Dutch Reform Church. The first students came in 1771, and there was one instructor. Even though the college was immersed in religious teachings, the first classes were held in a tavern called the Sign of the Red Lion. When the war broke out, the British thought the tavern was a hotbed of rebel activity, so the college stopped holding classes there. During the war, classes were in private homes.

 

 

Rutgers became the State University of New Jersey in 1945, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. In 1946, the University of Newark merged with Rutgers, and the College of South Jersey and the South Jersey Law School became part of the college in 1950. Those two institutions became Rutgers University–Newark and Rutgers University–Camden. In 1970, the Board of Governors voted to admit women, and that was a game-changer for the parents of New Jersey,

Trying to help kids find a college that meets their needs is one of the most important jobs parents have. Rutgers gives parents in New Jersey an option that is hard to beat in terms of cost and education. Even though Rutgers started as a religious school, the university promotes diversity and religious freedom.

 

 

Parents dream of sending their kids to a college that educates them for their future role in society. The parents that send their kids to Rutgers live that dream. Rutgers may not be an Ivy League school, but parents think the university is as good as, or better than, any university in the country.

Parenting in Central New Jersey–Baby Sleeping Boxes

Parenting is the ultimate eventual long-term investment any parent can have in this world. While parenting may sound fun and exciting before an individual gives life to a baby, many challenges have been associated with raising infants. Given the current economic hardships across the world, parenting has taken a new toll with more advanced techniques being implemented to make it easier for the parents. According to scientific reports, most kids experience sleep-related incidences that lead to death. Also abbreviated as SIDS, sleep-related infant deaths have led to massive loss of baby lives. That is why the parents of Central New Jersey were excited to receive baby boxes.

 

 

Baby Box

 

 

It is approximated that the United States of America registers a higher infant rate of mortality. Reports specifically indicate that there are 6.5 instances of infant deaths in every 1000 births. This statistic ranks the United States of America the 23rd across the world. According to the same reports, 93% of infant deaths in 2016 were caused by SIDS. Towards these statistics, the baby box program was initiated to reduce the high infant mortality rates. Baby Box Company was elated to announce its partnership with Child’s Fatality as well as Fatality Review Board.

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

The partnership was geared towards the distribution of durable cardboard boxes together will essential basic items for the babies. The sizes of the boxes were large enough to serve as a bed for every infant. This box would be useful in the first few months of the baby’s life. It is projected that New Jersey will be the leading state in America to provide the universal baby box initiative for the parents. The baby boxes are fitted with mattresses for comfort. With the Centre for Disease Control being the initiator of the baby box project, it is approximated that over 105,000 families will have the boxes for the safety of newborn. The initiative of the project originated from Finland over eighty years ago. Currently, the infant’s mortality rates in Finland are the lowest across the world with 1.3 deaths being registered in 1000 births.