As parents of two young daughters, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama know what it's like to want to protect their children and others from bullying. Mr. Obama also knows first-hand what it's like to be bullied as a child, which he says didn't leave him unscathed.
So as a victim of bullying who persevered in life, Mr. Obama, alongside Mrs. Obama called for a united effort to address bullying at the White House Conference on Bullying Prevention today.
The attendees included 150 students, parents, teachers, non-profit leaders, advocates, and policymakers, who discussed how they can work together to make our schools and communities safe for all students.Continue »
So what's the best pet for your family?
According to CBS News Correspondent and "Early Show" resident veterinarian Dr. Debbye Turner Bell, there are many things to consider before you choose a pet, such as your lifestyle and expectations.
Does your family have high-energy kids?
Well, according to Bell, a golden retriever might be a great fit. However, a delicate-boned rabbit might not be.
She shared her expertise in a photo gallery on "Family-friendly pets." Check it out -- she may make your decision a little easier, with tips on the unique traits of various common -- and not-so-common -- pets.
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From conventional backpacks to messenger-style bags and sleepover satchels, our gallery of "Adorable kids backpacks" has some of the best designs available for kids of all ages and needs.Continue »
However, few mommy bloggers are more influential than Heather Armstrong, the subject of a fascinating article in this week's New York Times Magazine called "Queen of the Mommy Bloggers." Author Lisa Belkin takes a look into the world of Mommy Blogging through the blogging success of Armstrong, the famous writer of Dooce.com.
The article notes blogging for moms has turned into big business for some like Armstrong. At one point in the piece, it's speculated that Armstrong may gross up to $1 million for her blog ads.
But at the core of the anecdotes about Armstrong's life, history and business is a more difficult topic: Should parents be blogging about their kids at all?
What's a grown-up child, for instance, going to think about their mom's descriptions of their stool 10 or 15 years after the post was published? The child could not consent to the publication of these very private details. And the blogs out there online -- forever -- for the entire world to see.
What do you think about mommy bloggers? Do any go too far for comfort? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.
(CBS) In New York, a group of educators is trying to get a charter high school for pregnant girls and teenage parents off the ground.
The New York Post reports that, if approved, the New Directions Charter HS would open in 2012 and eventually enroll more than 300 boys and girls. The school would provide free, on-site daycare and would serve the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn. The school would be run by the Faith Assemblies of God Church.Continue »
(CBS) In a recent candid interview in GQ Magazine, Billy Ray Cyrus says his daughter Miley Cyrus' Disney show "Hannah Montana" "destroyed" his family.
In addition to his regrets about doing the show, Cyrus says he also wonders about his parenting. He told the magazine he was never capable of disciplining his six children.Continue »
But he also admitted that, like any father, his prayers sometimes hit closer to home. His remarks surely struck a chord with fathers who have teenage daughters.Continue »
From babies with dancing feet to adorable toddlers with unintentional potty mouths, "Eye on Parenting" has collected the best viral videos that feature everything you love about kids. You can watch them all below.Continue »
As a result, 34-year-old Nicole Kovacic is now being charged with child endangerment.
According to The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Kovacic, authorities say, knew 34-year-old Scott Kochis was a sex offender and permitted him to live with her kids.
Kochis, who was wanted for not registering as a sex offender, was found by police hiding behind a pile of laundry at Kovacic's Carnegie, Pa. home Wednesday night.
Kochis pleaded guilty in September to molesting a 9-year-old girl and was ordered to register as a sex offender. But authorities say he violated his probation by listing his home address as a residence his parents had moved from months before.
"Eye on Parenting" has tracked down the family-oriented movies in this year's awards in our "Oscar-Nominated Family Films" gallery to help you gauge whether you want your family to see some of the nominated films.
We've split the gallery into two categories: "For Kids" and "About Kids." The movies in the "For Kids" category feature films with a Motion Picture Association of America rating of PG-13, PG or G. The "About Kids" category shows nominated movies, such as "The Social Network," that are PG-13 or R-rated with predominantly adult themes.
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NEW YORK (CBS) Writer Amy Chua has had a lot to answer for this month. Critics of her provocative essay, "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior," and book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," have let her know what they really think about her extreme parenting style. Since the article and book's release, Chua has retreated on some of her statements, saying that she meant the essay and book to be ironic - not a parenting how-to.
But now, with outrage still swirling around her work - mostly from people who say they can't see her supposed self-mockery in it - Chua's daughter has responded, standing up for her mother - who once called her "garbage" - in a letter posted recently online.Continue »
(CBS) Being a parent, we've always said at "Eye on Parenting," isn't easy -- especially when faced with difficult questions by our kids. You may be getting some of those difficult questions as your children learn about the shooting tragedy in Tucson.
First lady Michelle Obama today offered her thoughts on the tragedy from a parent's perspective.Continue »