Skye Thomas

Skye Thomas
Writer, Rebel, and Soapbox Ranter

Friday, April 15, 2005

Except for the Psychos it's all about Family

Most of today's articles are about parenting, marriage, and the pursuit of mentally healthy families....

Forget fairy tales
So, ladies, you spent your teens looking for the party and your 20s finding yourself. But what are you looking for now? If census numbers are any indication, you might be hunting for a husband.

Seeing my grandchildren is the very best medicine
The 56-year-old told his emotional story in the Evening Post to help highlight awareness of the wonderful work carried out by St Catherine's Hospice and to urge people to support the Love Jeanette Appeal to raise £200,000 for the charity. After months of chemotherapy, David, who lives at Bay Tree Farm, Lea, Preston, with wife Joan, made the decision to end the treatment and enjoy a better quality of life. He says he could not cope without the support of the hospice. David has agreed to write a weekly diary for the Evening Post to share his emotional rollercoaster with readers. Here is this week's instalment:

Song brings solace, but single moms need more
If I didn't realize how many single mothers find solace in Fantasia Barrino's Baby Mama before writing about it in a recent column, I certainly realize it now after receiving a barrage of e-mails. Barrino's song, with lyrics like It's a badge of honor, to be a baby mama , has drawn criticism for sending the wrong message to young teens who haven't become mothers. Certainly, I'm a part of that chorus. But when I wrote that single mothers need to be supported, not saluted, I really meant it. What the e-mails made me realize is just how ostracized single mothers feel. Even with Barrino crooning support and single parents becoming more common, it's apparent the scarlet letter still exists.

Coping with workplace psychos
Do you like psycho movies? Here's something really scary: You might work with one. You're thinking, "Hmmm, maybe that quiet new co-worker with the piercings or the brooding swing shift janitor?" Perhaps, but chances are just as good, and maybe better, that the psycho in your workplace is your boss, his boss, perhaps even your CEO.

Children of stolen generation still suffering
The children of Australia's stolen generation are at greater risk of emotional, behavioural and substance abuse problems, a major report shows. The sons and daughters of indigenous Australians forcibly removed from their families until the 1970s are suffering the fallout, the West Australian Aboriginal Child Health Survey shows.,10117,12842923-1245,00.html

Disney Publishing to Bring Fairies to Life with New Illustrated Children's Novel Featuring Home of Tinker Bell and Her Fairy Friends
From tales of hobbits, trolls and wizards to...fairies! At the opening of the Bologna International Children's Book Fair, Disney Publishing Worldwide announced its plans to introduce an illustrated children's novel, Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg, which takes readers into the world of one the most famous fairies of all time, Tinker Bell. This modern fairy tale is being penned by Newbery Honor winner and the best-selling author of Ella Enchanted, Gail Carson Levine, and has taken inspiration from J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg will introduce readers to Tinker Bell's home, Fairy Haven, and her fairy friends. Disney Publishing Worldwide states that the book will serve as the literary cornerstone for Disney Fairies, a new collection of stories aimed at young girls, supported by a one million dollar marketing budget. This is the Publisher's largest simultaneous global book launch, with the novel expected to hit stores this Autumn in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Young adults searching spiritually, but in new ways
They are often tarnished with labels like "self-absorbed" and "materialistic." But young adults are actively engaged with spiritual questions, two new surveys suggest, even if they are not necessarily exploring them through traditional religious practice.

Equine Assisted Mental Health
"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of man." The observation, attributed to Winston Churchill, has actually been put into practice with the recent development of equine assisted psychotherapy. The term might conjure up images of a cartoon horse reclining on a couch telling the therapist his or her troubles with humans. Or it may evoke images of psychiatrists helping humans with their "crazy" horses. But it is an emerging field of therapy in which horses are specifically used as a tool for human emotional growth and learning.

Stay-at-home dad tackles parenting duties
The bumper sticker says it all: “I am not a bum. My wife works.” When Sean Pittelko is seen toting his two young boys around town in the middle of the day, he doesn’t have to offer an explanation. He can simply point to his bumper. Pittelko has taken on the non-traditional role of a stay-at-home dad. While most dads spend their days behind an office desk or by swinging a hammer Sean spends his days taking bike rides to the park and playing with his two boys Will, 3, and Luke, 1 while mom, Ulrika Wigert, tends to her job as a family doctor at Lakeview Medical Clinic.

Parents 'to blame for truancy'
Too many families "condone" truancy and must take more responsibility if the problem is to be tackled, a head teachers' union leader has warned.

Bullying Among Sixth Graders A Daily Occurrence, UCLA Study Finds
The UCLA researchers studied 192 students in two ethnically diverse, urban schools. In one school, 47 percent of the sixth graders reported being bullied on at least one of these days; at the other school, 46 percent reported being bullied at least once. The study, published March 25 in the March/April issue of the journal Child Development, found that the most common types of harassment were name-calling and physical aggression such as kicking and shoving.

Dating After Divorce
The rate of divorce in America remains high, leaving many adult men and women alone, available and wondering how to maneuver on the playing field. After years of being in a relationship, putting yourself back in the singles market can be a daunting endeavor. Here, David A. Anderson, Ph.D., offers advice gleaned from his own research and that of other experts to help you get back into dating mode.

Psychological Therapy Can Help Maltreated Children
Psychological counseling does seem to help heal the scars of child abuse and neglect, though the extent to which family therapy prevents future abuse is unclear, according to a research review.

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