May 3, 2019
The Week in Early Learning
This week’s best reads about early learning and parenting from around the web — May 2, 2019 edition.
With so many news sources and new research, it’s hard to stay in the loop. But we’ve got you covered! Each week we will comb through the web and find the most interesting reads in the topics of parenthood and early childhood.
It’s time to go outside and play! Indiana’s state parks are ready for visitors to return this weekend and they’ll be hosting special events Saturday and Sunday. Admission will be free to all parks on Sunday as a part of Visit Indiana Week!
In this article, dad Kevin Shaffer discusses society’s expectations and treatment of fathers. And how these attitudes can shape parent involvement, including how much fathers contribute with household responsibilities and child care decision making.
“Messages suggesting dads are lesser parents are occasionally reinforced by institutions where moms and dads interact — which can negatively affect how fathers engage with their children and families. For example, many fathers report feeling excluded, ignored and unwelcomed by obstetricians and nurses during prenatal care.”
Measles is an extremely contagious virus that killed 110,000 people around the world in 2017. Most of them young children. Children typically do not receive their first dose of measles vaccine until after their first birthday, and many parents feel trapped in a dangerous limbo: isolating themselves or putting their children at risk by spending time outside.
For families of children with special needs, finding people to share the struggles of parenting can be a real challenge. Many families get help from parenting Facebook groups, but there are many more resources out there. This article takes a look at just a few online support groups that may be helpful. If you are looking for special needs support groups, this article will give you an idea of just how many parents are out there ready to help.
Did you know that in Indiana 8.2% of households are headed by grandparents? If this sounds like you, you are not alone! All families are special and different. While this story features a family raising an older child, the attitudes and resources shared in this piece are great for grandparents raising little learners.
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