About 8.2 million kids under five in the United States spend at least part of their week in the care of someone other than a parent. And that number is even higher in the summer. Of those child care operations, the majority are rated “fair” or “poor” quality according to a 2007 study by the National Institute of Child Health Development.
Washington state however is one of the all-stars. The state was ranked number three in the nation for quality of child care center requirements and oversight in a 2013 study by the non-profit resource organization Child Care Aware. Ross Reynolds talks to Elizabeth Bonbright, the director of Child Care Aware of Washington, about why she says that’s still nothing to write home about.
There are long held stereotypes that children who grow up without siblings are selfish, lonely and spoiled — and they stay that way their entire lives. It is a stereotype that has existed for decades, penetrated many generations and has not only held in America but in other countries as well.
Lauren Sandler looked at the stereotypes and researched the experiences of only children while writing her book, “One and Only: The Freedom of Having Only One Child and the Joy of Being One.” Throughout her research she came across the belief held by many that you are a bad person if you are an only child and you are a bad person if you choose to have only one child. But what does that look like inside the family? Sandler tells Jeannie Yandel about what it really means to be an only child.
When Monica Wesolowska’s newborn child wouldn’t stop crying, he was taken in for observation. Soon Wesolowska and her husband had to make a tough decision about their son’s life. She shares her experiences and insight with David Hyde.
Forty-nine states now have laws on bullying. Schools have policies and punishments. But Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon says there’s a risk that searching for solutions to bullying can do more harm than good.
Ross Reynolds sits down with Bazelon to talk about Washington policies and her new book, "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering The Power of Character and Empathy."
In Washington state there are no requirements to include financial education in school curriculum. As a result, most kids graduate high school financially illiterate.
While parents often give their children an allowance to teach financial responsibility, there is little emphasis on what to do with that allowance. Should it be school’s responsibility to teach financial education? What should parents be doing?
Regulation exits for television marketing aimed at children that mixes entertainment with advertising. That regulation does not exist for advergaming, a form of online entertainment that integrates advertising into a video game format.
These advergames are often targeted to children who at their age, have difficulty differentiating between advertising and other content.
According to a 2012 study by the CDC, Washington had the seventh highest rate of home births in the country. Overall, home births have been on the rise since 2004. But as of 2009 they still represented less than 1 percent of total births in the United States.
According to the most recent census, there are more than 1.7 million single fathers in the US and more than 175,000 stay-at-home dads, and their numbers are on the rise. David Hyde spoke to single and stay-at-home dads to ask them what it's like: the highs, the lows, parenting styles, the trials and tribulations of combing a little girl's hair, and even the dating perks.
A long-standing state law in Washington gives working mothers up to 24 weeks off when they have babies. If you didn’t know, you must not have read the poster in your break room at work. You know, the one everyone is always leaning over and squinting at to find out what their rights are.
Poet Suzanne Edison knows the ups and downs of chronic illness too well. Her daughter has juvenile myositis, a rare autoimmune disorder. Today she reads two poems about the way her child’s illness affects her parenting: “Betrayal” and “Bloodwork.”
Marijuana is now legal in Washington state and many parents are wondering how to explain this to their children. Ross Reynolds speaks with one of the proponents of Initiative 502, Alison Holcomb, as well as Roger Roffman, professor emeritus in the school of social work at the University of Washington, and chief of adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Dr. Leslie Walker, about discussing marijuana legalization with children.
Parents tell their children a lot of things, but how much of it is actually true? Jeopardy! champ and author Ken Jennings peels back the curtain on parental warnings and advice in his new book, "Because I Said So! The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to its Kids." Join us, and wait at least 30 minutes after listening before going swimming.