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Monday – From the Archives – Interview with Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein: What was (and was not) in Cinderella Ate My Daughter Posted on March 9, 2011 by MARY ROTHSCHILD3 Comments Transcript of interview with Peggy Orenstein January 26, 2011 (Parenthesis are used for clarification where there is a cut-off sentence or cross-talk) M. R.: Thank you for taking time for this conversation this morning about Cinderella Ate My Daughter: … Continue reading

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Monday- From the Archives: Interview with Lillian Firestone on The Forgotten Language of Children

Welcome to Monday from the Archives: each Monday, something from the archives of Mary Rothschild: interviews, articles, insights. Today, the audio and transcript of an interview with author Lillian Firestone about her book The Forgotten Language of Children: A Journey in Living Authentically, originally aired on Brattleboro Community Radio in Vermont on October 18, 2011. … Continue reading

children and media / children and television / Early Childhood / Healthy Media Choices / Media / New Parents / Parents

Addressing Parental Anger: A Way In to Re-Wiring Habits

  In the US, psychologists like Steven Stosny point to a link between anger and parental feelings of inadequacy. While the situations he cites will ring true to many of us as parents: the end of a bad day is likely to set off reactions, etc., I would advocate for a nuts-and-bolts, practical review of … Continue reading

Possible Marriage: “Medical” and Media Literacy Approaches to Technology in Early Childhood
Early Childhood / family media literacy / Healthy Media Choices / Media Literacy Education / Parents / Teachers

Possible Marriage: “Medical” and Media Literacy Approaches to Technology in Early Childhood

Reading “Media Literacy In Early Childhood: Inquiry-Based Technology Integration” by Faith Rogow sharpened my understanding of the different paradigms that govern thinking about technology in early childhood education. First, the fundamental difference between what Rogow calls the “medical model” based on the recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Media Literacy Educators model … Continue reading

Four Steps to Intentional Media Use with Young Children
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Four Steps to Intentional Media Use with Young Children

There are four foundational steps toward an intentional relationship with media in the home when you have young children. 1: Get the information you need: Here are a couple of places to start American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Recommendations for   Parents The AAP discourages media use by children younger than 2 years. The AAP … Continue reading

Supporting Sensory Health in Young Children
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Supporting Sensory Health in Young Children

Link to YouTube recording of conversation with Cynthia Jaggi of Gatherwell: Grow for Good http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyGTBcR-518 In Last Child in the Woods, his seminal work on children and nature, Richard Louv quotes Paul Gorman, Founding Executive Director of the Religious Partnership for the Environment: Kids have to feel that this connection (with nature) is vital and … Continue reading

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Gender Identification Begins…

This was originally posted on February 28. I’m updating because I want to add JeongMee Yoon’s work: “Pink is For Girls….” from Slate.com “The consumer embryo begins to develop in the first year of existence…Children begin their consumer journey in infancy…and they certainly deserve consideration as consumers at that time.”   James U. McNeal, Pioneering Youth … Continue reading

How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:
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How to assess on-line resources about media and young children:

Some questions to ask: Does the site Assume that recreation and family time equals screen-time? Provide suggestions for other forms of family time? Look like an advertisement for movies and video games? Point to recommendations of pediatricians and psychologists and help us work with them?  Give tools that can be adapted to your situation or … Continue reading

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Just Before the Family Meal

Family meal times are getting a lot of press right now, and high time. Recent articles in The Christian Science Monitor by Mary Beth McCauley and the New York Times by Susan Dominus as well as the Huffington Post’s on-going series “Family Dinner Table Talk” extoll the virtues of this time-honored (but oft neglected) family … Continue reading

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Video Games: Whence Do they Lead?

This is one of those posts that address pieces that have appeared in the media and I didn’t address at the time. July 2, 2011:  Virginia Heffernan’s piece How Games Steer Us Through Life appeared in the Opinionator section of the New York Times. I’d  like to bring a few things to light about this … Continue reading