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What do feminists have to say on #COVID19. A thread on Resources from (mostly) Global South thinkers.
Why Nigeria knows better how to fight corona than the US By @crystalsimeoni (Crystal Simeoni) #Afrifem…
How the COVID-19 pandemic will affect informal workers. Insights from Kenya by Mary Njeri Kinyanjui #Afrifem…
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Sometimes it's hard to be the parent my #autistic son needs me to be, & I’m always learning about best & better practices. But I wish the research that could help him was better, too.

This is going to be a thread based on a recent @AutismOAR post:…

@AutismOAR How is it that my #autistic son is nineteen years old? How is he not still the cute little dude who used to fit on my lap; how is it that he is now so much bigger than me that I am now wearing his hand-me-downs? #parenting #autism #Neurodiversity

@AutismOAR Time flies just as fast when parenting an autistic child as with any child, which is a truism I wish I’d been told when my son was diagnosed as autistic almost sixteen years ago. What else have I discovered about raising an autistic child? 3/
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Today I want to talk about how ‘Autism Warrior Parents’ Harm Autistic Kids. These thoughts are from an evergreen article I wrote for the dearly departed Establishment:…

This is going to be a thread.

#autism #parenting #Neurodiversity 1/
Parenting approaches differ, but mostly, everything we consider “good parenting” fulfills two basic needs: It makes children feel safe, and it makes them feel loved. Parents and non-parents alike tend to scorn any parenting approach that doesn’t meet these goals. #autism 2/
…That is, unless the kids in question are #autistic—in which case parents are too often encouraged to pursue approaches that traumatize & alienate their kids. I call these types “Autism Warrior Parents,” & people caring for autistic kids can learn a lot from their mistakes. 3/
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1/So there was lots of talk at @AACNursing #AACNdoc20 re: #Nursing #PhD pipeline, getting folx esp prelicensure students ‘excited’ about #nursingscience & the #BStoPhD

I totally revamped our #nursingresearch & #innovation course @UMassAmherst last fall to do just that

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2/ I told the Asst Dean when I took it on that regardless of the learning objectives for the course I had only 1 GOAL:

That by the end of the semester, these students would be EXCITED!-or at very least, just a little bit CURIOUS-about a career in #nursingscience & #innovation
3/ A note about context: This was a course of ~85 Accel BS students, taught in an urban campus that is geographically ~40mins drive from main @UMassAmherst campus, in the . The classroom assigned had no windows. Class ran 8am-1030am Weds, before more courses. I say this b/c....
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In Paw patrol tower alarms sound the tower shakes. Ryder looks out to the sea where the reason for the emergency call goes out.
"No job is too big, no pup is too small..." he mumbles through numb lips as the shadow of Godzilla falls over him.
As the tower crumbles around them he calls for the only help that may be able to save them. The ruins of the tower behind him Godzilla plods toward the city but his cry is met by the thunder of a bark as a red mass rises over the city. 2/3
Clifford the big red dog, once outcast from the patrol, returns when needed most to do battle with his kaiju brethren. #DadLife #WeirdWednesday #parenting 3/3
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పిల్లలపై అత్యంత ప్రభావం చూపేది కుటుంబం, కుటుంబ వాతావరణం, తల్లిదండ్రుల ప్రవర్తన, వారి పెంపకం. కానీ ఈ వాస్తవాన్ని అంగీకరించేందుకు, ఆ బాధ్యతను అంగీకరించేందుకు మనం సిద్ధంగా లేము. ఎందుకంటే... మన పిల్లలు తప్పుదారి పట్టడానికి మనమే కారణమని అంగీకరించలేము.
తల్లిదండ్రులందరూ తప్పు చేశారనను, చేస్తున్నారనను. పెళ్లయ్యాక పిల్లలు పుట్టడం సహజంగా జరిగే చర్య. కానీ పిల్లల పెంపకం అంత సులువుగా, సహజంగా జరిగే చర్య కాదు. అదో సైన్స్, ఆర్ట్. ఏ వయసులో పిల్లలు ఎలా పెరుగుతారో, ఎలా ఆలోచిస్తారో, ఎలా స్పందిస్తారో తెలియకుండానే, తెలుసుకోకుండానే
పిల్లల్ని పెంచేస్తున్నాం. ఫలితమే ఇలాంటి సమస్యలు.

❓ఉదయం లేచింది మొదలు మొబైల్ లేదా ల్యాప్ టాప్ పై గడిపే తండ్రి తన కూతురు మొబైల్ ఫోన్ కు అడిక్ట్ అయ్యొందంటూ కౌన్సెలింగ్ కు తీసుకువచ్చారు. ఆ మొబైల్ కొనిచ్చిందెవరు? ఎవర్ని చూసి ఆమె మొబైల్ వాడకం నేర్చుకుంది?
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I want to talk about the perils of “new age parenting”. Some of the new “trends” are detrimental to children’s development.

One that’s very common is blending food for babies beyond 8-9months.

This is wrong &delays child’s development.

#Parenting #BabyFeeding #BustingMyths
You find kids at >12mnths still eating finely blended food. Introduction of solids is often between 4-6mo. Starting w finely blended foods.

Kids need to start eating more texturized foods frm 7-9mo. After this, it can be difficult as they have developed habit of not chewing.
This over blending can be due to many reasons.
I see the “parenting by fear” trend that is telling parents kids will choke on food.
Or maybe it’s just trendy to say I bought blender “xyz”;
Or that “you know my baby is so fussy/ is a lazy chewer”

Trends where parents don’t PARENT
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BBC Tells Kids 'People Can Go to Prison' For Disrespecting 'More Than 100' Gender Identities… #Parenting via @pjmedia_com
This month, the @BBC released a series of instructional videos for British teachers called "The Big Talk." The videos cover all sorts of sexual topics and gender identity.
One video claims there are more than 100 gender identities and another warns children that "people can go to prison" for being perceived as disrespectful.
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#elephant #attachment #parenting
The mother and son elephant don’t play or bathe with the others because the mother elephant is very protective and apparently the son causes trouble. FWIW. The stories of how these elephants were rescued were heartbreaking with implications for how sick Trump’s border policies r.
In elephants, the effects of child separation would bring tears to any decent person’s eyes. Consider people.
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#racism #influencer #abetterworld
#parenting #leadership

I had no choice of "color" I was born this is me. poverty was my upbringing. My Mom , Aunts, Grandparents taught me to respect, fo be thankful, say please ,thank you. Not to lie, not steal, not to tease or call names.
I got "woppins" lots of woppins..

I can say who I turned out to be today is from what I learned by age 10 ( the hard way) .

As poor as We were, Single Mom three kids. The biggest thing I learned from my family. Is to never take pitty, to always be proud of what we have.
To never place yourself below anyone because your shoes have holes. Or come from second time around store. Usually the school bus driver would have the school donate me cloths and shoes. To stop the teasing. It would make Momma cry. I never let that bother me.
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When my wife was pregnant with our older child, she remarked one day how ironic it is that the first picture of every newborn is on FB! We decided right there not to post any pictures of our children on social media and have kept at it! #parenting #smartphones #screentime
Then I saw this article today and it reminded me of another crucial parenting decision we had taken! #parenting #smartphones #screentime
When she was born, another aspect of parenting we noticed was the huge dependence on screen time of new age parents. We were based in the US at that point and someone challenged us to not do the same. Right there we make up our minds not to #parenting #smartphones #screentime
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This is Part 2 (Part 1 is in the link)
I will write about what parents can do to talk about sex and educate children in appropriate way.

If you are a regular Indian parent like me, you don't ever want to talk to your kids about sex. Even after their marriage.

That's how we grew up and we wish everything remained the same way even in 21st century.

But world has other plans for you.
While you were busy growing up on old Playboy, Penthouse and Debonair and getting cheap thrills from racy third rate novels written by now famous socialites, world changed!

Internet happened
Globalization happened
Economy opened up
Smartphones happened!
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Though we all want our kids to be safe, the moment someone mentions Sex Education, we shrink into a ball.

Conventional sex education limits itself to half baked scientific knowledge of anatomy, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
This is still a Victorian model where ultimate aim is to drive people away from notion of sex by making it as uninteresting and scary as possible.

But imparting of real knowledge, information about pleasure, eroticism etc to adolescents brings you in conflict with law.
And the biggest parental fear - if they know about all this, they WILL start using this knowledge.!

Fair enough.

So most kids end up learning about sex from friends and sex videos aka pornography.

There is almost nothing to stop them from their curiosity.
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I see many 13-14 year old boys and girls brought to clinic with a bunch of reports of hormonal levels.

In a free market like india it is possible to walk into a lab and have as many tests as you can pay for without any prescription from dr.
Parents (sometimes their family doctors) get these tests done in a quest to find explanation for these adolescents "changed" behavior.
These behaviours are -
1. Staying up late and struggle to get up in the morning.
2. Irritable mood
3. Desire to stay away from immediate and extended family
4. More connect with friends
5. Food dada
6. Laziness like their body is suddenly filled with lead.(they become Helium with phonecall from a friend)
7. General shabbiness of room and hygiene
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Thread. Please read if you have an #infant at home.

So this is a well-kept and potentially deadly secret about an industry that is growing exponentially and has spawned sexy, venture-funded #startups. The industry is #sleep. And the product is the #mattress. #parenting 1/n
Recently, we went #mattress shopping. After many trials (choosing a mattress is crazy stressful!) zeroed in on and placed an order at a prominent brand's store. It was a beautiful #memoryfoam mattress. I was drooling thinking of all the glorious #sleep I'd soon be getting. 2/n
I have had horrible body ache for years now thanks to our old #mattress that was handmade in Mumbai. I was so excited about buying this amazing new mattress that I did what anyone in my place would: obsessively Google memory-foam mattresses. 3/n
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Did my children greet me w Good Morning today?

Oh, no, their first words to me was a demand that I settle their argument.

The heated debate?

11yo daughtr: MOMMA! Would you tell him that if a woman gets sperm from a sperm bank, the man that gave the sperm is NOT the father?!!?!

All I was doing was trying to pee.

The 9yo son: *EYE* SAY he is the father! Of course there isn't love and he doesn't know the baby, but he gave the sperm, HIS sperm was used to make that life, so he IS THE FATHER!

The 11yo follows this up with, "WHAT??!? HAVE YOU READ THAT IN A JOURNAL SOMEWHERE?!"

Sis said,

(Low key, if you follow me u already know my nerd spirit rose like the phoenix in that moment;couldn't be more proud. LOL #ChipOffTheBrilliantBlock😭)
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4 yrs med school
3 yrs residency
3 yrs fellowship
To prepare to be a doctor
And I'm good at it.
Really good.
Then comes parenthood.

No training
No classes
No manuals
To prepare to be a parent
And I feel like I'm often failing at it.
Really failing.
With the 1st baby
It's exhausting and overwhelming
But we finally get the hang of it
Think, ok I can do this.

Time for another one.

Then the rules change.
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#1 I'd visited Chennai few weeks back, most of the elders are staying alone & managing life w/o their kids.
Prosperity pushed their kids away abroad.
I met an 80 yr old single grandpa who lives alone in T'vannamali, as his son is a US citizen.
#2 The elders just wait for their kids to call, & kill off loneliness watching serials.
The pattern of desertion is mostly seen from those who climbed from lower middle class to get a green card. The greed to make more money never ends, & the thought to return never comes.
#3 The ones who return home, that I have seen, are mostly from the upper middle class, who get disillusioned with the mechanical life abroad. They miss the home atmosphere & the emotional touch. They're okay to settle for lesser pay, put up with poor infrastructure.
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Hello, everyone! Let's start our #thread on #child #entrepreneurs, both in #Malaysia and abroad.

We'll talk about the success stories as well as how to foster their development 😊 Let's go! Feel free to add on to the thread with your own opinion and sharing.
Latest in Malaysia is the story of Ferris. Ferris merupakan usahawan cilik yang terpengaruh secara positif dengan siri Upin dan Ipin! It's good to see how entrepreneurship in an animated series can piqued children and their interest in entrepreneurship!

If you ask if there are more of such stories in #Malaysia, there are!

11 y.o Elisa Ahmad Sayuti and her friends got inspired by both their participation in Kelab Usahawan Cilik as well as seeing their parents who are also #entrepreneurs!…
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How to 'Christine Blasey Ford Proof' Your Son… #Parenting via @pjmedia_com
Mothers of sons everywhere should be terrified by the constant destruction of men by duplicitous, lying women and an overzealous and political Senate confirmation process.
All a scheming broad has to do these days is claim that your son touched her inappropriately more than two decades ago and she can derail his career.
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(1/11) When I say..."The people closest to the pain, should be the closest to the power, driving & informing the policymaking..." THIS is what I mean. (A) When I wanted to break cycles of #poverty by strengthening pathways to #graduation, preventing #dropout #MA7
(2/11) for expectant & #parenting #teens, (still the #1 reason girls drop out, even with unplanned pregnancies on the decline) I invited them to the table to share their stories, struggles & to inform the #BPS policy we developed to better support them.
(3/11) (B) When I wanted to better understand why we were seeing an increase in #bicyclist & motor vehicle collisions, I contacted @bostonbikeunion I invited them to share their stories & struggles, 4 hrgs later, we had a crash data report & the 1st sideguard ord. in the country
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10-20% of pregnant women experience depression and/or anxiety during the perinatal period. (peri=around, natal=birth). #MaternalMHMatters #PerinatalMentalHealth
Maternal prenatal stress has been associated with a range of negative outcomes in the baby.. such as obstetric outcomes (e.g. preterm birth, low birth weight), emotional outcomes, behavioural outcomes and cognitive outcomes. Review:…
The biological basis for this is still poorly understood. More research is needed in this area to help identify early markers (as well as protective factors) and to help inform early interventions to ensure the best possible outcome for the mother and the baby.
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Benefits of having three kids #1:
Absolutely noone (family & others) gives unprompted parenting advice anymore (probably because they gave up).
Benefits of having three kids #2:
Being able to say (in theory) things like: “well, *some* of my kids play Golf”
Benefits of having three kids #3:
Being able to switch from man to zone defense at home.
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