Katie Holmes Talks About Parenting

People have long admired Katie Holmes’ ability to juggle her professional and personal life. Katie’s daughter, Suri, has grown in the spotlight. She is now 10-years-old and will appear on the April 2017 edition of “Town And Country.” She talks about parenting in the magazine.


Katie stated that even though she enjoys acting, raising her daughter is her top priority. She wants to make sure that her daughter grows up happy and innocent. Katie also wants to do everything that she can to help her daughter succeed in life.


Katie talked about how kids grow up fast. She is excited to see her daughter become more independent and try new things, but it is also scary. She wants her daughter to stay with her forever, but she knows that she will eventually have to let go. She stated that it is going to be a sad day when her daughter leaves the house.


Kate also talked about how when she is not acting, she is spending time with her daughter. She stated that she tries to leave events by 10 p.m. so that she can get home to her daughter. She stated that it is important to be a dependable mom to her daughter.


Katie is active on Instagram and regularly posts photos of her daughter. She has a photo of her daughter baking with her friend. The photo has the caption “Strong little girls become strong women. Let’s keep fighting to make the world a better place for children.”


Harsh Parenting Can Hurt Children Academically

There is a study that recently revealed how parenting methods can affect children’s performance in school. The results of the study showed that children who are exposed to harsh parenting are more likely to perform poorly in the classroom. Harsh parenting includes behaviors such as yelling, hitting and making threats.


The study involved 1,482 students who were between the ages of 12 and 18 who were followed for nine years. Students from different socioeconomic and racial backgrounds were included in the study. The subjects were asked about their parents verbal and physical aggression. They were also asked about their grades in school and interaction with peers.


Students who were subjected to harsh parenting reported that hanging out with their peers was more important than school work. They also reported engaging in early sexual behavior. All of these behaviors lead to low academic achievement. Subjects who had harsh parents were also more likely to drop out of high school after three years.


Ming Te-Wang is an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh. He was also one of the co-authors of the study. He stated that students who had low academic achievement were targeted for intervention. They were encouraged to enroll in programs that encouraged educational attainment. The programs also focused on helping people develop healthy relationships.


Programs that focus on individual goals can help people who have been parented harshly learn better. This will ultimately help them increase their educational attainment, which will increase their chances of getting the career that they want.


Clowns Chasing Children In New Jersey Terrifies Parents

Across the country, we have seen a ridiculous trend of people dressing up like clowns to scare strangers. The stories are endless. Some are harmless, while others are terrifying. Joggers on a run are confronted with a creepy clown on their path. A man spots a clown standing in his yard. These stories are scary, but when you add children into the mix, things get even scarier. It seems as New Jersey parents now have one more thing to worry about. The local media reported at least four clown sightings and explained a possible threat to children.

At least two children from central New Jersey have reported being confronted by a person dressed as a clown. And, it gets worse. These clowns were carrying weapons. One of these children’s stories is truly horrifying. Tyler Carpenter explains that he was walking home through an alley when he spotted a person dressed as a clown. The clown begin walking towards him and that’s when he noticed the person was carrying a sword. The child alleges that the clown muttered a threat before chasing him. Fortunately, Carpenter was able to get home safely and call authorities.

In the same town of Phillipsburg, another child came forth with their own clown encounter. The child alleges that he and two other children were walking home from school when a group of clowns emerged from the woods and began to chase them,

So far, authorities have made no arrests in these cases and do not have any suspects, As clown sightings around the country have began to wind down, parents are hoping this means incidents like this will stop happening, Fortunately, in all of these situations, the children were able to get to safety and were not harmed in any way.

Babies Don’t Stay In The Nursery Any Longer

If you’ve ever had a baby or you know someone who has had a baby, then you know that there is a nursery in the hospital where the baby is often kept at night or where nurses provide care when the mother needs to rest. There are some hospitals that are electing to get rid of nurseries. It’s a baby friendly initiative that staff members are looking at so that parents can spend as much time as possible with the newborn.

Most mothers want to have their baby close by them while in the room. They can spend those precious first few hours and days with the baby, learning how to breastfeed, change the diaper and simply provide the care that the baby needs while bonding. Hospitals across the country are now making the suggestion that unless there is an emergency or medical care is needed, then the baby should stay in the room with the mother. This maneuver is to encourage mothers to bond with the baby and to learn to breastfeed, which is sometimes a healthier option than giving formula.

There are 355 hospitals in the country that have started this practice, and the initiative is taking off to a good start. There are plans to be over 500 in the United States by the end of next year. Keeping the baby with the mother is the ideal environment as it’s healthier for both the mother and the baby. The mother is able to get into a routine of caring for the baby like she would at home and possibly get the baby on a sleep schedule before leaving the hospital. There are many parents who think highly of this new idea, and there are some who feel that the mother needs privacy to rest, especially at night. Some women do go through several hours of labor with no sleep, and it’s understandable that they want to rest before going home. Mothers should have the option of keeping the baby in the room around the clock or not.

Limiting Your Child’s Cell Phone Use

Most teenagers display information on Facebook and many appear on multiple social media webpages. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram allow users to play games online, chat, and share photos and personal information. They can purchase almost anything they want online.


Limiting your child’s cell phone use is difficult when you, the parent, model smartphone, landline, social media, and Internet use seven to nine hours each day. Your computers, televisions, and e-readers become family values. Your toddler plays with and talks on the phone before he or she knows the alphabet.


The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recommends “screen-free times and places” to “reclaim conversation.” Your children need prosocial bonds, and the ability to express their ideas and communicate their feelings is an important part of communication skills. Common Sense Media stresses the importance putting digital devices aside. Family rules should apply to all members of the family. If dinner is a no phone time and the dinner table is a no phone zone, then mom and dad should not walk away from the table to take “important calls” in the midst of discussions of what’s new at school.


Reading with your children increases their skills, but it also helps you develop their interests. Your children are expected to recognize, understand, and use 1000s of words at an early age. They can toggle back and forth, switch screens, and cut and paste, but can they read and process the information in books and articles? The word hippo does not help them organize thoughts. You can use time gained from turning off the phones to develop your children’s interests in more depth or to discuss current events, family matters, or youth organizations.


The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that families develop a “family media plan” for young children and teenagers. Children and teenagers need to acquire knowledge through “exposure to new ideas,” but they also need “social contact and support.” You should know who your child talks to online and which websites they visit to restrict inappropriate or potentially harmful contacts. The Academy of Pediatrics recommends developing family boundaries for sharing personal information online and willingness to share time spent online together.





Spying On Teens On The Computer

Most teenagers get on the computer or on a phone at some point during the day to go on social media sites or to look at other sites that are online. There are also more parents who are paying close attention to what their teens are doing when they are on the internet. This is something every parent of a teen should do until the child turns 18. The parent is responsible for what the teen does, and if the teen does something to get in trouble online, then the parent should be responsible for not making sure better choices were made. There is such a thing as blocking a website so that teens are not allowed to visit it until they are older or show that they are mature enough to handle the content that is presented. If teens are unable to follow the rules set forth by the parent, then the device should be taken away.

There are many parents who might feel guilty about spying on their children, but if it means making sure the children are safe, then it’s worth spying. Over 60% of parents have admitted to spying on their teens while they are online. They will go to social media sites to look at pictures and read posts or look through the history on the device to see what websites have been visited. Some parents have grounded their children from a cellphone or computer after finding inappropriate content. About 40% of parents know the password to their child’s phone or computer. This is an important safety aspect as parents need to know how to unlock the device to make sure there is nothing hidden.

If more parents take the time to check in on their children while they are online, then a lot of the activity that takes place might not happen. There might not be as many kidnappings or teen pregnancies. Parents might not see an increase in violence among teens or bullying that occurs with some teens if parents would pay attention to what teens do online.

Family Leaves after a New Born

According to a new report, the number of the new mothers that are opting for the maternity leave remain stagnant even though there has been economic growth. This has gone against the expert’s expectations since the ease on the family finances would enable more mothers to take time off from their jobs after they have given birth to a child. Though more than half of the maternity leave that is taken by the American mothers are not paid the figure has is slow to change. On the other hand, the number of leaves taken by men has increased at a high rate during this time, shows the report by the Center for Human Resource of the Ohio State University.



According to the report, there is no fluctuation of the number of the mothers taking leaves whether paid or unpaid. For instance, there has been an average of 273,000 women who took maternity leave between 1994 and 2015. This translate to constant maternity leaves per 10,000 birth remained constant. These figures defy logic because the country experienced 66% growth in the economy in the same period. According to Jay Zagorsky a contributor to the report he said that he expected the number of women taking maternity leaves to increase considering the growth of the economy.



Three states that include New Jersey, Rhode Island as well as California have also passed legislation on maternity leaves. For example, the New Jersey’s family policy that was passed in 2009, enables mothers to take leave for six weeks at reduced pay, that has an annual cap, for the care of the infant or the ailing member of the family. The number of people taking leaves is about 3000 each year, this is according to the report that was released last year.



The state of New Jersey was the second state after California to enact family leave after a new born. According to officials, this was one of the most vital steps toward investing in the future of the young children as well as their families. After passing of the reforms most parents and other stake holders believed that New Jersey needed to make some minimalist law reforms so that to make the law work efficiently for that parent who is in the low-income bracket.


Imposing Vegan Diet on Children Could Mean a Jail Term For Italian Parents

A new draft legislation proposed by Italian parliamentarian Elvira Savino could mean trouble for parents who force their children to stick to a vegetarian diet. The bill proposes that parents responsible for children under the age of 16 years who show signs of malnutrition as a result of a restrictive diet should serve up to four years in Italian jails.

Savino, a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Froza party said that her decision to introduce the draft was provoked by an increase in high-profile cases of subjective diets that have resulted to long-term illnesses in children in the country. In 2015, doctors in Milan reported a case of a one-year-old boy who was taken to the hospital with a weight of a three-month baby. Further inquiries revealed that the boy was fed on a vegan diet only. In the same year, a mother of a 12-year-old boy was ordered by an Italian court to stop feeding her child on a raw vegetable diet after his father filed a case that the diet was affecting the boy’s normal growth.

According to Savino, many parents without proper scientific or medical knowledge have a strong believe that vegan diet can help prevent health problems. They depend on the diet to an extent of denying their children crucial nutritional elements for healthy growth, which are absent in vegetables.

A vegan diet is devoid of meat, fish and poultry. People who adhere to this diet do not eat meat, eggs, milk or any other product that comes from animals. While the diet is good for many, it can be detrimental to children who need a balanced nutrient supply to grow and enjoy a healthy life. Vegetables contain vitamins as the main nutrients with limited essential nutrients like minerals and high-quality proteins. Depending exclusively on a diet characterized by vegetables could increase the level of toxicity in the body because the diet tends to impair the detoxification pathways of the liver and decrease the amount of digestive juices in the gut. Nutritionists encourage parents to counterbalance between vegetables and other foods for their kids.

If enacted into law, parents found guilty will serve jail sentences starting from one year up to four years. The jail term will be extended to seven years if a child dies because of the strict vegan diet.

Sobering, Ocean County Incident Propels Senator Holzapfel to Propose Cameras on NJ School Buses

In 2008, US News and World Report recognized New Jersey’s Drivers as the worst in the country. NJ.com noted that an upsurge in distracted driving accounted for more than 10 million crashes in New Jersey between 2004 and 20013. Today, in 2017, it’s safe to say New Jersey’s drivers are still not regarded as the most law-abiding, a fact arguably underscored by a new state-sponsored bill, of particular relevance to the state’s school-age children, one which also bears testimony to a sobering incident, in the Ocean County district of Lakewood.


A 9 year old boy, dismounted a school bus, only to be struck by a passing motorist, who then went on to drag the child more than 13 yards down the street.


Public outcry, following the event, some spurred by social media posted by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s office, included complaints from area citizens, some of whom specifically detailed witnessed accounts of drivers illegally passing school buses.


It’s to stop this sort of defiant behavior, that state senator, James Holzapfel has sponsored a bill to create a program, wherein school districts can legally install cameras on their school buses, for the specific purpose of catching such illegal behavior. Holzapfel admits the legal retribution for such acts is often nonexistent, declaring; “We need to show drivers who think they can get away with passing a school bus that they are being watched…Sadly, this might be the only way we get them to stop.”


Tapes acquired by such legally installed equipment would become the property of the local police departments, which would in turn be mandated with issuing violations to any motorist caught on camera, passing a school bus. Fines accrued by those caught on tape would be steep, up to 500 and 5 driver’s points.


The bill, which passed by a wide margin, with bipartisan support, in the state senate, has yet to pass the state assembly. And while many applaud the law’s declared intent, there are naysayers, who suggest a monetary incentive, noting that the suggested equipment can only begin to pay for itself with the institution of fees that could be disproportionate for driver mistakes, which technically violate the law, yet fall significantly short of being hazardous.




Kraft Heinz Pays it Forward

The “Smunday” Holiday is nearing. In a recent press release, Nicole Kulwicki, head of the Heinz brand shared a cause that the company will support for this year’s Super Bowl. Yes, they will be promoting the “Smunday” Holiday revolution. This movement was highlighted in an online add that Heinz rolled out yesterday, January 25, in which they promoted a holiday for Monday, February 6, after the Super Bowl.


Instead of buying those expensive Super Bowl ads this year, they will be giving their salaried employees the day off for some rest and relaxation. Super Bowl ad time costs millions for companies that put their brand in front of the largest viewed event of the year. Kraft Heinz made the decision this year to give that back to their employees in the form of time off.


This gesture is actually bigger than just giving their employees a day off. It is a movement that Heinz is promoting. The company started a Change.org petition to make “Smunday”, or the Monday after the Super Bowl, a national holiday. If they get 100,000 people to sign the petition they have promised to send it to Congress. The hope is that this gesture will result in good public relations with their employees as well as consumers.


This movement will actually be a win win situation for the companies and employees. Companies lose billions of dollars due to a decline in productivity and absenteeism on this day. So, why not make it a national holiday so that everyone gets a little perk.


I realize that in a factory it is hard to shut down production, and I understand why this can’t logistically apply to the factory workers. But I think it would be a great gesture for Heinz to come up with a plan to include the factory workers in this “Smunday” holiday. Vouchers for comp time to be used on another day would be a great start, thus avoiding a complete shutdown of production.



Even with the above mentioned possible improvement, I say bravo to Heinz for thinking about their employees rather than their bottom line. It’s good to see companies think about their employees. Maybe we’ll see other big companies follow Heinz’s lead.