Parental burnout is real. A Belgium study of more than 2,000 moms and dads, published in 2017 in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, found that 12.9% of mothers and 11.6% of fathers in the group had what the authors labeled as "high burnout." At least once a week, these parents experienced feelings of exhaustion, were less productive and competent, and emotionally withdrawn -- symptoms the researchers equated to what professionals feel when they hit the wall at their jobs. While her book may be titled Mommy Burnout: How to Reclaim Your Life and Raise Healthier Children in the … [Read more...]
The United States is the only industrialized nation without a federal paid family leave law, but that might be changing -- albeit slowly and only at the state level. Four states, mostly recently New York, have added laws to make sure private employers allow workers to take time off with at least partial pay so they may care for a new child in the family or for a sick loved one. Washington state passed a law years ago but never enacted it because of funding issues. Connecticut's legislature introduced bills in 2017 that only received symbolic debate in the state's capital, though Democrats … [Read more...]
Catering to a needy baby or toddler can turn any parent into a sleep-deprived, stressed out zombie. Maybe that's all part of their evil plan? Husband-and-wife team Mike and Heather Spohr try to help moms and dads stave off an invasion of the heart, mind and body by going through the funny bone with their new book, The Toddler Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Whiny Unfed. The couple discusses their book and their own parenting experiences when they join City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea for chat on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. The Toddler Survival … [Read more...]
Screen time -- how much is too much for children when everywhere you go -- including the classroom -- you find a television, computer, gaming system, tablet or smartphones?
NPR Digital Education Correspondent Anya Kamenetz thinks she has the answer for you beleaguered fathers and mothers.
The award-winning journalist and author appears on the latest edition of the Modern Dads Podcast to offer practical advice and research findings from her new book, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media & Real Life.
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What's it like being a best-selling children's picture book author? Drew Daywalt, who has topped The New York Times' charts with The Day the Crayons Quit, lets you into his world when he is interviewed by guest host and City Dads Group columnist Whit Honea on the latest edition of The Modern Dads Podcast. Daywalt discusses the origin of that book, how a librarian first interested him in writing, and lets you into to his creative process. He also shares some behind-the-scenes insight into the upcoming film version of that book. He also talks about the impact of his success on … [Read more...]