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The case for a special Democratic climate debate | Kate Aronoff

Housing, immigration, health – there’s no policy area that won’t be touched by the climate crisis. The Democratic candidates should embrace the challenge

Twenty candidates – ten candidates per night – will take the stage during this week’s two-part Democratic primary debates. Each debate will last two hours, and, excluding introductions and interruptions, each candidate will have roughly 12 minutes of total speaking time. How much of that can we reasonably expect to be devoted to the climate crisis?

If past debates are any indication, not much. There were no direct questions about climate change posed in either the 2012 or 2016 debates. In refusing grassroots calls for a debate focused on climate change, Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez has promised this time would be different. In a Medium post composed after backlash to his decision, Perez wrote that he considers climate a top issue, and “made clear to our media partners that the issue of climate change must be featured prominently in our debates”. Given that network news spent more time covering the Royal Baby in one week than they’d spent in a year on climate change, that’s not exactly a convincing sell. If the DNC really did care about climate as much as Perez claims, it’d see the debate stage as a chance to offer a valuable counter-weight to the relative silence across television news about the climate crisis.

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How Can I Get My Kids to do Chores (in a Peaceful Parenting Way)?


How Can I Get My Kids to do Chores (in a Peaceful Parenting Way)

The Parenting Junkie shows us how to get kids to do chores in a peaceful parenting way. In this video you’ll see how I get my kids to do chores without bribing or punishing. Kids chores are important and it helps them feel like contributing members of the family. It is important that the chores for kids you choose be age appropriate. In order to get your child to do chores you need to work with them. By the end of this video you’ll know how to get kids to help with chores as well as some age appropriate chores for kids to do. If you’ve ever wondered how I get my child to help with chores checkout this video.

#1 Start them young [1:38]
#2 Find helpful things your child can do [4:26]
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Induced lactation: why a woman doesn’t need to bear a child in order to breastfeed it

A viral photograph of a couple breastfeeding their twin babies has highlighted the process that allows a woman to nurse a child she has not carried. So how does it work?

A photograph of Jaclyn and Kelly Pfeiffer breastfeeding their twin babies has gone viral, highlighting the fact that it is possible to nurse a baby you haven’t given birth to. Jaclyn didn’t carry the babies but has been able to breastfeed them thanks to a process known as induced lactation. It tends to be used by same-sex couples, as well as adoptive parents and women whose babies were carried by a surrogate.

The outcome can be variable, depending on the situation and what the goal is, says Helen Gray, from Lactation Consultants of Great Britain, an organisation that describes itself as the professional voice of breastfeeding. “They might want to try to bring in a full breast-milk supply and provide all of the baby’s milk, or, if they are co-parenting in a same sex relationship, they may be hoping that each mother will provide enough so they can share the breastfeeding.” Or they may want to provide a small amount to top up bottle feeds.

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Parenting guides teach us everything – except how to be parents | Eva Wiseman

From breast feeding to sleep training, there is a manual to help new parents. But how useful are they really? And don’t they just make us feel even more stressed?

Visiting a maternity ward last week I saw the oddest thing. A series of posters designed to promote breastfeeding, each one a disembodied white woman’s torso. The first featured her tits being groped by a variety of hands. “Bond with your baby,” said a slogan over the tit pictured stage left, a child’s hand covering the nipple. And above the second tit, this one enclosed by a pink male hand, the words, “Bond with your man.” OK. The next poster showed the tits in a leopard-print bra, a baby sucking on one nipple, and the slogan, “Designer mum. Designer milk.” An involuntary shudder. Not just at the suggestion that the reason so many women bottle-feed their babies is to protect their “designer” bosom, but at the memory of drowning in similarly delirious mothering advice, in finding myself bleeding on a battleground, its lines drawn in crayon.

Parenting advice is big business, despite appearing to consist of just two contrasting ideas: the first, control the kid; the second, control yourself. The many millions of books written, about feeding, sleeping, carrying, playing, inevitably extend into a variety of things to buy, whether tech-driven sleep aids or parenting coaches, or “mumpreneur” networking events. And yet, despite so many parents’ shaky investments (at a time when their earnings must be impacted) much of the advice is offered without much, if any, serious explanation why.

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My son’s sobby protests really get to me. Should I give in?

When I returned to find my son crying in a heartbreaking way, he quickly detected that a weak link had entered the equation

I returned home from a gig the other night and everyone in the house was asleep, bar our four-year-old son, who was crying in a heartbreakingly sad way. Like all parents, I am immune to many types of crying. There is the high-pitched cry when you refuse to buy something in a shop; there is the “I’ve fallen over and you looked shocked and that made me cry” cry; and, of course, the “I’m really tired so I’m going to cry without prompting and without cessation at a level that suggests recordings of this should be used at Guantánamo” cry. Our youngest, however, was doing the heartbroken “I want you to love me” cry, and I have to confess that this particular one really gets me.

I felt devastated for the poor guy. This is a potential minefield, however. In the past, I have been guilty of returning from work with some parenting words of wisdom, ignoring the fact that my wife has been dealing with the situation for a while. The correct strategy at these times is to wind my mansplaining neck in.

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Why I am Not Supermom // Let Go of Supermom Syndrome!


Why I am Not Supermom // Let Go of Supermom Syndrome!

The Parenting Junkie is not supermom. In fact, supermom is a term she wishes would just drop from our vocabulary. Too many mothers suffer from supermom syndrome, trying to be everything to everyone and still not feeling good enough. This video shows why it’s okay to not be super mom. I am not super mom and you should let go of supermom syndrome as well. This video will highlight why I am not supermom (and why I would not want to be considered supermom) and will help you realize that you too can drop your super mom syndrome.

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Dr. Laura Markham Shows Us How to Help Kids Resolve Conflict // Peaceful Parenting in Action!


Dr. Laura Markham Shows Us How to Help Kids Resolve Conflict // Peaceful Parenting in Action!

The Parenting Junkie and Dr. Laura Markham from aha parenting and author of Peaceful Parent Happy Kids and Peaceful Parent Happy Siblings, team up in this series to show you peaceful parenting in action! In this video you’ll learn how to peacefully handle a situation when another child hits your child. When another child hits my child it can be difficult to know how to help the children resolve the conflict peacefully. In this scenario of another child hurt my child, you’ll see the children arguing in the sandbox and some toy taking. You’ll then see Dr. Laura put peaceful parenting into action to help kids resolve conflict. Through this role play you’ll learn how to help kids resolve conflict.

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6:28 – Don’t focus on the hitting
6:39 – Focus on the hurt child
6:51 – Look for something to trade
7:11 – How to handle it if the other parent intervenes as well
7:47 – Sometimes we need to set social limits
8:09 – How to help your child give a turn
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What to do When My Child Hits?! (Dr. Laura Markham Role Play)


What to do When My Child Hits?! (Dr. Laura Markham Role Play)

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Dr. Laura Markham on Helping Kids Resolve Conflict


Dr. Laura Markham on Peaceful Parenting

The Parenting Junkie and Dr. Laura Markham from aha parenting and author of Peaceful Parent Happy Kids and Peaceful Parent Happy Siblings, team up in this series to show you peaceful parenting in action!

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Escaping my messy childhood: ‘There were apple cores down the sofa and slugs in the sink’

Growing up, my parents’ home was filthy. Could I ever learn to love housework?

Last Christmas, while I was visiting my parents at the house where I grew up, I watched Mum throw away some spice mix. Much of it missed the bin and the seeds, spices and herbs scattered about the kitchen floor. Mum didn’t notice, or didn’t care, so I grabbed a dustpan and brush. As I swept, I found plenty more down there: breadcrumbs, cheese, ham, porridge, dog hair, something sticky. Later, Mum mixed cocktails. I had come prepared, so, before taking a sip, I whipped a baby wipe from my pocket and gave my glass a surreptitious clean. Mum and my stepdad started talking about their plans to become Airbnb hosts, at which point I nearly choked on a cashew nut. They simply can’t see mess, I thought, and then I remembered that, until quite recently, neither could I.

When I was growing up, the house was always untidy. There were piles of clothes on the landing, toys all over the living room, black marks on the hall tiles where coal had fallen from the scuttle we lugged in from the shed, dust on the surfaces, apple cores stuffed down the back of the sofa, discarded crisp packets, breakfast bowls on the coffee table, yellow gunge on the kitchen radio, and entire rooms we couldn’t enter because the doors were blocked shut by stacks of furniture, sculpture, paintings. I didn’t care: mess was all I knew, although there were hair-raising moments, such as when I was washing the dishes and saw something orange working its way up through the plughole. It turned out to be two slugs that had somehow got into the overflow. One Christmas, I accused the dog of having nibbled a bar of chocolate under the tree: “It was probably a rat,” said Mum, casually.

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