Newborn drug withdrawal

Newborns suffering drug withdrawal.  It is a sad picture.  The concern has grown in the past years.  The good news is that babies have a good chance to lead a normal life when doctors and mother work together.  Mother quits the drugs and doctors manage the baby’s recovery.  My recommendation is take care of you and you will automatically take care of others.

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I love this. How true is this?! How many adults need therapy from scars from Their childhood!

Yes, I am reminded everyday.  When I hear certain words or see certain actions, I stop, think and sometimes remember that they bring up feelings from my childhood.  It does take time to process them and then to revisit them as an adult.  When I do revisit the feelings, I learn to cope, deal or embrace them and maybe grow a bit.  Great photo! 




I love this. How true is this?! How many adults need therapy from scars from Their childhood!

Yes, I am reminded everyday.  When I hear certain words or see certain actions, I stop, think and sometimes remember that they bring up feelings from my childhood.  It does take time to process them and then to revisit them as an adult.  When I do revisit the feelings, I learn to cope, deal or embrace them and maybe grow a bit.  Great photo! 

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It is a sad video to watch.  His father took some of the responsibility.  The boy was not sorry and at this moment he must be able to be aware of what he has done.  The boys must be under a tremendous amount of pressure to do something.  It is enforces my belief that they are calling for help in their own way.  It is an opportunity for growth and how both boys can learn to ask for help.  It seems that they may not know how to ask for help or not know who to ask for help.  I do not have an answer and I find myself thinking when I was in need of help and did not know where to turn.

(Source: cfc18)

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The confusion in the terms "Hispanic" and "Latino".

I have often been confused about the term Hispanic and Latino.  One can use them in a broad sense and some rather not.  Some wish to use the country of origin that can specifically identify them.  I get confused when others label me.  Why do the media label people in racial and/or ethnicity?  Is it necessary?  I am not sure of the purpose of media’s constant labeling.

Hispanics spell out why labels don't fit

April 4th, 2012
12:01 AM ET

By Mariano Castillo and Moni Basu, CNN

(CNN) - Public debate is raging over how to describe George Zimmerman, the man who admitted shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin. Is he Hispanic? Or white? Or both? Should his identity even be raised in the news?

Amid the whirlwind of controversy comes a new survey about why the label “Hispanic” doesn’t always fit those it attempts to describe.

A majority of Hispanics or Latinos don’t fully embrace those terms; instead, they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin, said a Pew Hispanic Center study released Wednesday.

The report used the two terms Hispanic and Latino interchangeably, but Latino is often preferred by many because it is more inclusive, said Allert Brown-Gort, associate director of the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame University. Latino includes everyone from Latin America while Hispanic - descended from a Spanish-speaking land or culture - may not.

It has been almost four decades since Hispanic and Latino surfaced in the cultural language of the United States. The federal government mandated them to categorize Americans who traced their roots to Spanish-speaking countries.

But the Pew survey found that only 24% of Hispanics prefer a pan-ethnic label like Hispanic or Latino. A majority - 51% - said they use national identity.

Carmen George, a business owner in Marietta, Georgia, who emigrated from Mexico 26 years ago, accepts the usage of “Hispanic.” But she doesn’t like it.

"I do not consider myself Hispanic," she said, explaining that the term does not exist where she’s from.

"In Mexico, there are no Hispanics. In the Dominican Republic, there are no Hispanics. In Chile, there are no Hispanics. In Mexico, there are Mexicans; in the Dominican Republic, Dominicans; and in Chile, Chileans," she said.

George is among the 51% of Latinos who, when filling out official forms that ask about race, answer “other.”

She has almost lived equal amounts of time in Mexico and the United States and feels a strong loyalty to both, she said.

The Pew survey found that 95% of Hispanics found it very important or somewhat important for future generations to be able to speak Spanish.

George’s business, De Colors Spanish Bookstore, offers Spanish classes to all ages, though she has a different reason for advocating Spanish. She teaches Spanish for the intellectual benefits of speaking two languages more than for cultural purposes, she said.

Of the 1,220 Latino adults surveyed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., 82% said they speak Spanish. Language was one of their strong shared connections.

Culture, on the other hand, was not.

By a ratio of more than two-to-one (69% versus 29%), those surveyed said Latinos in the United States have many different cultures rather than a common culture.

"It took me 10 years to understand that I was Hispanic," said Brown-Gort, who grew up in Mexico and didn’t understand the U.S. categorization.

"The reality is we as human beings have multiple identities," he said.

Sometimes Brown-Gort identifies himself as Latino. Other times, the native Mexican who has lived in Indiana for 13 years says he’s a Hoosier. When he travels abroad, he might call himself an American.

The U.S. Census Bureau introduced the question about Hispanic origin in 1970. A version of it has been asked ever since, and the responses are based on an individual’s self-identification.

The latest census in 2010 counted 50 million of America’s 300 million people as Hispanic. Mexicans are the largest group, at almost 21 million people, followed by Puerto Ricans with nearly 5 million and Cubans with more than 1 million.

About half of those in the Pew poll considered themselves to be very different from the typical American. Only 21% said they use the term American most often to describe their identity.

U.S.-born Hispanics expressed a stronger sense of affinity with other Americans than with immigrant Hispanics, a trait that is perhaps true of all ethnic groups.

Questions of identity are most salient in regions near the U.S.-Mexico border, where two cultures, languages and customs blend.

In the border city of Laredo, Texas, a passerby or drive-thru operator is more likely to greet a stranger in Spanish than English.

Border residents here don’t equivocate when it comes to how they identify themselves, said Xochitl Mora, a Laredo resident who works for the city.

She didn’t grow up in Laredo and prefers to identify as a Mexican-American, “but most around here say just Mexican.”

"Here it’s different, because people identify absolutely with their Mexican roots," she said.

But most are very proud to be American, too.

The city holds one of the largest and most festive Washington’s Birthday celebrations in the country.

"It’s a very interesting dynamic because people here almost have two psyches - their Mexican half and their American half," Mora said.

As for Zimmerman’s identity, many Americans said that his race was raised simply to frame the story of Trayvon Martin’s shooting in racial terms. Zimmerman’s mother is from Peru, and he identifies himself as Hispanic, which says nothing about a person’s race, but he was at first labeled a white Hispanic by some media outlets, including CNN.

Most Hispanics in the Pew survey did not see themselves fitting into the standard racial categories used by the U.S. Census Bureau. Just more than half - 51% - of Latinos identified themselves as “some other race” or volunteered “Hispanic/Latino.” Another 36% said they were white, and 3% said they were black.

"I’ve written about the thorny subjects of race and ethnicity for nearly a quarter century, and I rarely hear this term," columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr. wrote on about referring to Zimmerman as a white Hispanic.

"We might have been able to see this coming given that there is no Hispanic race and Hispanics come in all colors."

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Kids zone on airlines?

Malaysia Airlines may soon designate the lower deck as the kid friendly zone on their larger planes.  It will be targeted to families.  It actually sounds like a great idea.  I may be able to talk to other fathers about family issues and can do some socializing.  I wonder if we can do some advertising or show a learning video on parenting on the plane.

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Societal Pressure of Breast Feeding

I came across this article and admire Kelly Preston’s commitment to her family.  I am a big fan of her and her husband, John Travolta.  I am impressed that she is breastfeeding and further impressed that she is extending it to over a year.  She seems to be confident in her decision to extend nursing to over a year and it brings her and her son personally closer.  Overall, I see it benefitting the family.  What are your thoughts about breastfeeding, the benefits and how long to breastfeed?   

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Emancipation day

On April 16, 2012, Washington DC recognizes Emancipation Day.  It was on this date that Lincoln freed slaves in Washington, DC.  As we discuss racial socialization, would this be an event that marks a turning point in the lives of every United States citizen?  It changed the face of our country and could be a starting point for racial discussions between parents and children.

Personally, I did not even know of this recognized day until I read instructions of the due date of the 2012 personal tax return, April 17.  Since April 15 fell on a Sunday and Emancipation Day was on April 16, it was extended to April 17.

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Interracial Marriage

This was an interesting article.  It is amazing that interracial Marriage stills get much attention.  Could it be that it is more about ethnicity, culture, actions and behaviors?  Can we find common cultural values that will lead us to acculturation?

Have a great Emancipation Holiday and remember that personal tax returns are due tomorrow.

(Source: transitioningthroughlife)

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European Fertility treatment bans

Europe has many strict laws concerning fertility treatment.  Many couples wanting children especially for homosexual couples can be tricky.  Children born out of the country from a surrogate can be banned from obtaining a passport from the parent’s country.  It was a bit confusing and sad.  It mentioned that different have different laws concerning the type of relationship that wants a child.  European laws are more traditional in their definition of family and having children.

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Tumblr Page- Hannah Mills: Parents' Speech/Messages and Children's Gender Role Development- April 12th, 2012 Post- Hannah Mills



As the literature has indicated, parents are likely to utilize different comments or speech patterns towards their children, based upon their genders (Friedman, Leaper, & Bigler, 2007). As a result, various speech patterns may indeed shape children’s gender role development. An article related to…

I think parents sometimes intentionally speak with infant boys and girls differently. However, those infants can learn and gender categories and gender-appropriate behavior from their parents.

I believe that social socialization directly shapes children and their cognitive development.

I appreciate the article.  The articles note mostly European American mothers.  It does peak my curiosity if the same is true for other ethnicities and for fathers.

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