The term "helicopter parent" was first coined in 1969 when it was used to describe parents who, well, hover over their kids. Almost 50 years later, the term has earned a place in common vernacular, code for parents who govern every aspect of their kids' lives. It's more than a bad habit with a catchy name: parents who always look over their kids' shoulders may be unwittingly preventing them from practicing emotional and behavioral control on their own.
While they meant well, whoever said "It's not what you say, it's what you do that matters most" never had kids. Massachusetts kids learn a lot about how communication is supposed to work from observing you and your spouse interact with one another. If you're caustic? They'll be caustic. If you're angry? They'll probably be angry. If you use bad words, they'll use bad words. Of course, this also applies to less obvious territory: toss-away phrases you might say.
Growing national consternation about the health effects of tackle football - the head trauma, the concussions, the CTE - has pushed legislators in at least five states to introduce bills creating a minimum age for kids to participate. With HD 2501, "An Act for No Organized Head Impacts to Schoolchildren," a bipartisan group of Massachusetts legislators joins them.
Discipline and punishment are usually conflated so that in the mouths and minds of many Massachusetts parents, they've become interchangeable. They're not. Because, in fact, discipline is a very useful system for parenting, while punishment is one tactic (of many) which can be used to support the discipline system. So while the two are complementary, they are neither interchangeable or opposed.
Countries that ban corporal punishment boast lower rates of youth violence,according to a new study. The results, culled from an analysis of violent behavior in 88 countries, suggests that overall rates of physical fighting among young men and women are up to 69 percent lower when national laws forbid parents from slapping or spanking their children.
It's official: hugs are good for you, physically and emotionally. Recent scientific research has found that getting your full cuddle quota every day has significant benefits, including a healthy heart rate, a sense of calm, better sleep and more energy.
Each year, more Massachusetts parents send their young child to elementary school equipped with a smartphone.
In a perfect world, your Massachusetts children would only know that life is more peaceful with two homes, and that they miss the parent they are not with.
We've all heard again and again warnings for parents to not bad mouth their former spouse to the children following their Massachusetts divorce. Clearly, while it's tempting to put Mom or Dad down for the way they've hurt you in the marriaage, venting to the kids puts them in a very uncomfortable position. They love both of their parents and don't want to hear about the ways your ex misbehaved or initiated your divorce.