Have you checked the latest parenting news stories today? Here are some of the most exciting ones from hi-tech kids, new viruses to a certain “sick” parent! Read it here!
8. Survey: More kids choose iPad than dessert
“One of the real rewards of reactive screens, in addition to the bright colours and winning games, is the buzz of achievement of being able to control something at a very young age,” psychiatrist Dr Richard Graham told Express.
7. Brisbane mum ‘unschools’ children, saying she’s fed up with structured education system
A Brisbane mum thought Australian schools can’t pull it off with her four children, so she pulled her kids out of the school for good.
Rachael Clark said she’s had it with the school system of structured lessons, and “unschool” them, adding she will just let her kids experience the world however they want it. Three years ago, Rachael and husband George took out from school their eldest daughter Jemima, at the age of 11, as they say she is getting a hard time at traditional schooling.
Their daughter Milli, now 11, followed suit, while William, now 7, never attended school, and neither will they have plans for their two-and-a-half year-old son, Alexander. Rachael claims her three elder kids have become good readers.
Dr Kevin Donnelly, a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Catholic University and the co-author of the Review of the Australian Curriculum, says there should be diversity in the approach to schooling, but says when it comes to homeschooling and unschooling, “there must be accountability to ensure it’s in the best interest of the child.”
6. A Queensland restaurant sparks debate over social media after banning children under 7
A restaurant in Queensland has decided to create a policy banning children under 7 after an argument with a mum of a screaming 2-year old.
Liam Flynn, owner of Flynn’s, a French and Italian restaurant in Yungaburra, says on Sunday during lunch, he approached the mum with the screaming child and told her to calm her child or take him outside.
A few minutes later, the noise continued and Flynn saw the family packing up to leave, telling him they were upset by how they were asked to take the child outside. While the mum was in the restroom, Flynn got engaged in an argument with the child’s father, and when the mum returned, she reportedly told the owner to “fuck off.”
Frustrated, Flynn then banned children under 7 from the restaurant which sparked a discussion on social media, some applauding it, others outraged by it.
“Parents have to curb their child’s behaviour take them outside until they calm down or do something else, like go to another family friendly restaurant or get a babysitter,” he said.
While many bombarded Flynn for his decision, it apparently did not affect business as his restaurant was fully booked Tuesday night.
5. Queensland police issue warning to residents about grenade, ammunition
Queensland police warn residents to be cautious when dealing with explosives or ammunition after a bomb squad was called in to check the grenade brought home by a child in Cairns.
The child’s mum immediately called police after finding out the grenade at her home in Marti Street around 6pm on Tuesday.
When the police examined the device, it was just not an active grenade and was merely a casing.
“These items can become unstable with age and should not be handled under any circumstances,” a police spokesman said. “Any suspect devices should be left alone and please contact police on triple zero.”
4. Aussie Mum starts petition vs anti-smoking drug after son’s suicide
Phoebe Morwood-Oldham is convinced that her son, Timothy, died of an anti-smoking drug called Champix.
Phoebe says his son decided he had to quit smoking to get the new job. A doctor recommended him Champix, a drug that can make you quit smoking in just six weeks.
Eight days later, Timothy committed suicide.
Phoebe says her son had never suffered mental illness or suicidal ideation before. A report in Newscorp says she was aware that the drug was affecting Timothy. Because of this, Phoebe started a Change.org petition, trying to get a similar warning label on Champix in Australia, which has now almost 46,000 signatures.
She has also convinced the Queensland Coroner to reopen the investigation into her son’s death.
3. Search is on for the cause of an outbreak of paralysis among children in the United States
Doctors say it starts with a cold but eventually leads to weakness and ends in paralysis.
They say it has symptoms with that of polio.
12 months back, over 118 children across 34 US states, were reported to have been sick with a condition called “acute flaccid myelitis,” which starts as a common cold, until the child loses strength in their arms and legs, but is does not appear to be infectious.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have named enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) as the chief suspect, but new figures show it is not known if this virus is linked to the paralysis. Dr Ronald Turner of the University of Virginia has published a report on a six-year-old girl who was thought to had simply caught the common cold.
Last year she developed a fever, until her shoulders started to droop. After being taken to the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, doctors say she tested positive for a new virus “” C105, a newly discovered virus belonging to the same lineage as polio.
But magnetic resonance imaging of the girl showed “abnormal hyperintensity” in her spinal column. However, tests proved no presence of C105 in her spinal fluid.
“With these recent cases of paralysis in these children, they’ve never found a virus in the spinal fluid. So one thought has been could it be that the virus has caused an infection elsewhere in the body and the immune system has got excited about that and ended up causing some damage to the nerves.” Associate Professor Sanjaya Senanayake of the Australian National University says.
But doctors say the cause of this outbreak is not showing any signs of becoming a pandemic.
2. Study: Parents can pass depression and anxiety disorder on to their children
A new study reveals parents most like pass on the risk of depression and anxiety to their children.
In the findings published in the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,’ almost 600 young rhesus monkeys – supposed to be the cousins of humans – were studied.
The results showed around 35 per cent of variation in anxiety-like tendencies is explained by family history.
“Over-activity of three brain regions are inherited brain alterations that are directly linked to the later life risk to develop anxiety and depression,” Senior author Ned Kalin, chair of psychiatry at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health said in a statement. He also added:
“Basically, we think that to a certain extent, anxiety can provide an evolutionary advantage because it helps an individual recognize and avoid danger, but when the circuits are over-active, it becomes a problem and can result in anxiety and depressive disorders.”
1. US Mum pleads guilty to poisoning son with faeces for Facebook sympathy
Is Facebook really doing more harm than good? What happens when some people use social media to get sympathy from others?
Candida Fluty has been lengthily posting over Facebook the condition of her son diagnosed with a chronic disease and is confined at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital — from posting photos of her son going into an MRI scanner, lying in a hospital bed hooked up to machines to thanking people for their help.
This went on until mid-January, when she was charged with assault and child endangering.
In a CCTV camera, Candida was seen injecting faeces in her son’s IV. Because of this, a judge ordered her to stay away from her children.
Last Wednesday, Candida pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to six years in jail. The court found that she displayed behaviours of the controversial condition widely known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy a mental illness were a mother makes up fake symptoms to make a child look sick.
Now, that is one “sick” mother.