parenting http://michiganradio.org en The U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more couples choose to remain child-free http://michiganradio.org/post/us-birth-rate-record-low-more-couples-choose-remain-child-free <p>It seems the Great Recession--the lingering economic worries, the slow-poke recovery--all of that seems to have made people more hesitant than ever to take "the baby plunge."</p><p>U.S. births are at a record low. Last year saw 63 births per 1000 women. Put that into context. Around a century ago, that figure was 127 births per 1000 women.</p><p>So we are at the lowest birth rate since the government started tracking America's fertility.</p><p>And our next guest is not surprised.</p><p>Laura Scott is a life coach, she's the author of "Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless By Choice." And she's the director of the "Childless by Choice Project."</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:07:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 15710 at http://michiganradio.org The U.S. birth rate is at a record low as more couples choose to remain child-free 'The People's Campaign' offers a helping hand http://michiganradio.org/post/peoples-campaign-offers-helping-hand <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In rural America of the 1800s, it was common for neighbors to pull together to help each other. Harvest time - barn-raisings - there was a sense of "you help me, I help you."<br><br>It's that old-fashioned image of the community barn-raising that comes to mind when you hear about The People's Campaign which launched over the weekend on Detroit's East Side.<br><br>The People's Campaign is headed-up by Sharlonda Buckman who is the executive director of the Detroit Parent Network.</p><p>She joined us to tell us more.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:03:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 12434 at http://michiganradio.org Grief, healing and one photographer's final family portraits http://michiganradio.org/post/grief-healing-and-one-photographers-final-family-portraits <p></p><p><em>Parents love pictures of their baby.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">That’s why we don’t complain, at least not to their faces, when they take over Facebook and fill up our email.</span></em></p><p><em>But when your baby’s life is cut short, those photographs can take on a whole new significance.</em></p><p><em>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the story of two moms, and how these final family portraits are helping them heal after the loss of a child.</span></em></p><p> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:44:36 +0000 Kate Wells 12304 at http://michiganradio.org Grief, healing and one photographer's final family portraits Author shares insights for parenting in difficult circumstances http://michiganradio.org/post/author-shares-insights-parenting-difficult-circumstances <p>When you are a parent, you’re making choices for your kids day-in and day-out.</p><p>Life can throws plenty of curve balls to a family, whether health, financial, or emotional. So how do families weather life’s challenges and make the right choices?<br><br>Michigan writer Robert Omilian tackles those key questions in his book, <em>No Fear, No Doubt, No Regret: Investing In Life’s Challenges Like A Warrior</em>.</p><p>The book was published by Ferne Press of Northville.</p><p>It recently won the 2013 Pinnacle Award for Parenting Books.</p><p>His insights were hard-won as he walked alongside his son Alan, who was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. The disease unfortunately, claimed his life in July of 2010.</p><p>You can listen to the full interview above. Wed, 24 Apr 2013 20:31:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 12276 at http://michiganradio.org Author shares insights for parenting in difficult circumstances Stateside: LGBT Parenting http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-lgbt-parenting <p>A child's decision to discuss his or her sexuality with a parent is a defining moment.</p><p>A parent's reaction can have critical effects on the confidence and health of their child.</p><p>Author Anne Dohrenwend addressed the ways one should communicate with a homosexual child.</p><p>Her new book, “<a href="http://www.newhorizonpressbooks.com/new/comingaround.php">Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Kids</a>,” assesses healthy relationships between parents and their gay children.</p><p>Mike Neubecker of <a href="http://community.pflag.org/Page.aspx?pid=194&amp;srcid=-2">PFLAG</a> (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) also spoke with Cyndy.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 21:11:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9979 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: LGBT Parenting What it takes to raise successful kids http://michiganradio.org/post/what-it-takes-raise-successful-kids <p></p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:36:45 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 8779 at http://michiganradio.org What it takes to raise successful kids Do we really need foam and lycra baby helmets? http://michiganradio.org/post/do-we-really-need-foam-and-lycra-baby-helmets <p>These helmets are not for kids with medical conditions, but for your run-of-the-mill little snappers who take a dive every now and again.</p><p>Sue Toms on MLive asks whether these helmets are necessary on their &quot;<a href="http://www.mlive.com/opinion/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/04/question_of_the_day_baby_helme.html">Question of the day</a>.&quot;</p><blockquote><p>I can&rsquo;t help but feel sorry for parents of small children trying to figure out how much to protect and how much to let go in a world where their fears are fodder for profit-making marketing campaigns.</p><p>Do infants need 3.2 ounces of foam and Lycra, with little bunny ears, strapped on their heads as they crawl or walk in their living room? The doctors, paramedics and psychiatrists endorsing the product on the website say they do.</p><p>But watching a YouTube video of a toddler cruising along a coffee table wearing a Thudguard on his head is a little unnerving...</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s the video... complete with a close call with a sandal.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54XC693XLcw&amp;feature=player_embedded</p><p>Too much? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:44:19 +0000 Mark Brush 7050 at http://michiganradio.org Do we really need foam and lycra baby helmets? Parents Making a Difference http://michiganradio.org/post/parents-making-difference <p>Just over a month ago, I talked about an interesting controversy in the Plymouth-Canton Community School district, a middle-to-upper-middle area of western Wayne County.</p><p>The superintendent suddenly banned a popular novel, Graham Swift&rsquo;s &quot;Waterland&quot;, from the Advanced Placement, or AP English curriculum. &quot;Waterland&quot;, first published almost 30 years ago, is a highly acclaimed book which has to do with storytelling and history, and which shows how everything is influenced by what came before.</p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 16:08:03 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6282 at http://michiganradio.org Parents Making a Difference Life Before Technology, with essay by Susan Hutton http://michiganradio.org/post/life-technology-essay-susan-hutton <p>We&#39;ve been asking Michigan writers to share their thoughts on life before technology, the internet and social media.</p><p>Susan Hutton is a Michigan writer and poet. Before having twins, she had some idea of what parenting would be like -- along with the fears and struggles that come with it.</p><p>In her essay, Hutton tells us about parenting in the age of cell phones.</p><p><em>Michigan Radio wants to hear from you. If you are a writer and have something to say about life before technology, send us an email with your idea to storyideas@michiganradio.org</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 21:58:05 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 5445 at http://michiganradio.org Life Before Technology, with essay by Susan Hutton Dems want to give parents unpaid leave for their kids http://michiganradio.org/post/dems-want-give-parents-unpaid-leave-their-kids <p>Democratic lawmakers in the state Legislature say businesses should be required to give parents unpaid leave to attend parent-teacher conferences and other education related appointments with their kids.</p><p>State Representative Lisa Brown is a mother of three. She says business owners should understand the importance of active parental involvement in education.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Juggling work and getting kids to a parent-teacher conference is not easy, and I&rsquo;ve been fortunate enough to have that my kids have had teachers that make special time for me, because I work far from home.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The bill introduced this week would require businesses to give employees eight hours of unpaid leave per child, per school year. A spokesman for the House Republicans says he has not seen the bill, but he does not anticipate support for any mandates on businesses. Thu, 25 Aug 2011 20:48:01 +0000 Laura Weber 3919 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers address parental involvement, education http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-address-parental-involvement-education <p>Michigan lawmakers want legislation in place to improve parental involvement in schools. The lack of involvement is seen as one cause of Michigan&rsquo;s low education scores.</p><p>Representative <a href="http://www.gophouse.com/welcome.asp?District=88">Bob Genetski </a>of Saugatuck is a Republican. He says welfare reform is necessary for education reform.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I believe much more in workfare than in welfare,&rdquo; Genetski said. &ldquo;I think that we need to instill in our kids that nothing comes free and that you earn everything you get.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Representative <a href="http://www.timmelton.com/">Tim Melton</a> of Auburn Hills is a Democrat. He says <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5452_7119---,00.html">Child Protective Services</a> should be involved if younger children don&rsquo;t come to school every day.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;These kids are going to end up in the system either way,&rdquo; Melton said. &ldquo;If they&rsquo;re not showing up at school, that&rsquo;s an early warning sign of child neglect.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Melton says Child Protective Services has said they don&rsquo;t have the resources to take this project on.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:52:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3737 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers address parental involvement, education Courts say same-sex partners do not have custody rights http://michiganradio.org/post/courts-say-same-sex-partners-do-not-have-custody-rights <p>The state Supreme Court has refused to take the case of a lesbian woman who wants the right to visit the children she helped raise with her ex-partner.</p><p>The court&rsquo;s decision lets stand a lower court ruling that same-sex partners do not have custody rights in Michigan.</p><p>Renee Harmon and Tammy Davis were together for 19 years, and during that time started a family together. Davis served as the biological mother via artificial insemination to their three children. After the relationship broke up, Harmon was denied visitation and sued for parenting time.</p><p>Michigan does not recognize same-sex relationships - nor does it allow unmarried couples to adopt.</p><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled Harmon lacked the legal standing to sue.</p><p>The state Supreme Court allowed that decision to stand by refusing to take the case.</p><p>The court divided on party lines in its decision. Republican majority voted not to take the case. Democrats said the court should.</p><p>In her dissent to the order, Justice Marilyn Kelly wrote the case raises so many questions regarding the state constitution and parents&rsquo; rights that it &ldquo;cries out for a ruling from the state&rsquo;s highest court.&rdquo; Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:04:35 +0000 Rick Pluta 3462 at http://michiganradio.org One Mother + Two Fathers = A growing number of American families http://michiganradio.org/post/one-mother-two-fathers-growing-number-american-families <p>New University of Michigan research finds more women are having more children by more than one father. The U of M study shows 28% of women with two or more children had those children by more than one man. Among African-American women that number goes up to 59%.</p><p>Cassandra Dorius is a demographer at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s just that families are changing. That families have been changing for a long time and that this is just one more indication that they are new and different today.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Dorius says families with multiple fathers face higher stress levels, as children and parents try to balance emotional and financial pressures.&nbsp;</p><p>She&nbsp;says the growing remarriage trend , as well as single parenthood, is increasing &lsquo;Multiple Partner Fertility&rsquo; in the U.S. Sat, 02 Apr 2011 21:22:31 +0000 Steve Carmody 1890 at http://michiganradio.org