Parenting Oklahoma

Parenting Oklahoma:

Know It: Parenting Oklahoma includes articles, advice, information, links and blogs about all aspects of parenting in Oklahoma.

Number of single parents raising children continues rise

News | Updated: Tue, Jan 17, 2012 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

As a single mother, Lavonda Jones faces a struggle that is becoming increasingly common in Oklahoma and across the country. More than 168,600 single parents — nearly 122,700 of them women — are raising their children alone in Oklahoma, up nearly 19 percent in the past decade, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. Nationally, married couples with children make up 20 percent of all households, compared with 40 percent in 1970. The rate of single-parent households led by black women is higher than that of other racial groups. Census data shows that in 2011, 3.68 million black children lived with both parents, while slightly more than 3.73 million black children lived in homes where never-married mothers were the head of households. Meanwhile, among whites, nearly 40 million children lived with both parents, while slightly more than 3.7 million lived with never-married mothers.

Jason Davey, left, won the diaper-changing contest for expectant dads at Integris Health Edmond during a “Babies, Bottles and Booties” event. Cory Reginger, right, was among the five men who competed. His winning time was 27 seconds. The next closest time was 31 seconds. Davey walked away with a $25 gift card from the Meat House in Edmond. PHOTOS BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Jason Davey, left, won the diaper-changing contest for expectant dads at Integris Health Edmond during a “Babies, Bottles and Booties” event. Cory Reginger, right, was among the five men who competed. His winning time was 27 seconds. The next closest time was 31 seconds. Davey walked away with a $25 gift card from the Meat House in Edmond. PHOTOS BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN

Daddies-to-be test their skills in Edmond diaper-changing

News | Published: Tue, Apr 3, 2012 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

EDMOND — Jason Davey beat out four other soon-to-be dads during a diaper-changing contest. His winning time was 27 seconds. Next closest time was 31 seconds. Davey won a $25 gift card from the Meat House in Edmond. The dads were attending Integris Health Edmond's “Babies, Bottles and Booties” event that introduced expectant parents to the hospital's women's center. About 50 people attended the event.

Make necessary vaccinations less stressful for children

Updated: Wed, Jan 9, 2013 | Comment on this article Leave a comment

Vaccines help protect babies and young children against 14 serious diseases. Even though you are keeping her safe from diseases, it's hard to see your child cry when she gets her shots. But you can take some steps before, during and after a vaccine visit to ease the pain and stress of getting shots. Read about the shots your child will get in advance. Bring your child's vaccine record to show the doctor. Pack a favorite toy, book, blanket or other comfort item. For older children, be honest -- shots can pinch or sting, but not for long. Remind them that shots help keep them healthy. Ask your child's doctor any questions you have about vaccines.

Multimedia

Videoview all videos

Children's Center Rehabilitation Center Prom thumbnail

Children's Center Rehabilitation Center Prom

May 15Prom at Children's Center Rehabilitation Center

Oklahoma kids answer questions about Santa thumbnail

Oklahoma kids answer questions about Santa

Dec 9We decided it'd be a good idea to ask a handful of kids random...

Poisoning Reports Rise with Popularity of e-cigarettes thumbnail

Poisoning Reports Rise with Popularity of e-cigarettes

Mar 26The nicotine-laced liquid used to refill electronic cigarettes is...

MORE VIDEOS



Oklahoman Articles

New FAFSA timeline: Applying early for financial aid may help secure the funds needed to pay for college
It’s only October, but if you plan to go to college next year, fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form now rather than in January for best chances to get the financial assistance you need. The FAFSA timeline has moved up, and the application process now opens Oct. 1,... Read More
Half a million young people in Japan barely leave their homes
More than half a million young people in Japan have shunned society and chosen to live isolated lives, according to a survey released by the government. The phenomenon, called “hikikomori”, is defined by the Japanese Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry as people who have stayed in their home for six... Read More
Why parents should practice positive reinforcement
A British children’s book author and illustrator found a creative way to exhibit positive reinforcement by illustrating Post-its and sneaking them into his daughter Poppy’s lunchbox. It's one of many ways parents can practice positive reinforc Read More
Top 10 college funding tips for parents
Paying for college worries a lot of parents. Having a plan can ease those worries. Read More
7 reasons why you need to read to your children
It is important for parents to read to their young children. There are valuable lessons to be learned not only from the stories but from the act of reading in itself. Here are seven reasons why you need to read to your children. Read More
8 thoughts every parent has when their child leaves for college
It's an emotional time! And you're not alone in thinking these 8 thoughts about your new college student. Read More
5 things you should never tell your child
A child’s mind is overly sensitive and malleable and gets affected pretty quickly by how their parents, siblings and close ones treat them. Also you should be really careful when talking to your child because words once said cannot be taken back. Read More
10 surprising things you should never do to a newborn
They seem normal, but for your sweet newborn babe they could be fatal. Read More
Mother gets 21 years to life for drowning toddler in custody dispute
An Oceanside woman was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for intentionally drowning her toddler son after learning she’d have to split custody of the boy with his father. Veronica Rivas, 30, pleaded guilty in Vista Superior Court last month — three weeks before trial — to second-degree murder and willful... Read More
5 ways you are raising a spoiled brat
Could it be your fault your child is a brat? Read More
Some Enid residents with mumps were vaccinated, health officials say
Health officials confirmed Thursday that some of the Garfield County residents who contracted or are suspected of having mumps were vaccinated against the disease, the Enid News & Eagle reports.  "I don’t have numbers on this just yet — but it does look as though some were fully vaccinated with MMR,"... Read More
Parents use old advice for child's concussion — just one way outdated advice sneaks into raising kids
Parents get a lot of competing, well-meaning advice when it comes raising kids. Often, it's a discussion of what Mom or Grandma did in a crisis. Sometimes — when a child has a concussion or it's time to put the baby to bed — it can be dangerous. Read More
Even babies know food is a cultural, social event
University of Chicago research says even babies recognize the social and cultural nature of dining. Infants expect people to like the same foods if they share social groups. If someone finds food disgusting, they expect everyone to agree. Read More
Boy, 2, found driving down street in battery-operated car early Sunday morning
SUMTER COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Sumter County Sheriff's Office says a 2-year-old child was found riding a battery-operated car in the middle of the night on Sunday. Deputies say the child, who was found wearing just jogging pants and a diaper, was driving down Rogers Avenue around 1:55 a.m. when he was spotted by a... Read More
5 things teachers really want kids to bring back to school
Tired of long and expensive lists of back-to-school supplies? Here is a list of five things you don't have to buy to get your child ready for another year of school. Read More
How cleaning your bathroom as a child can lead to success in adulthood
Want kids who can do math and read and handle the toughest assignments in their jobs when they grow up? Want to give kids a head start on flourishing in college? How about providing a self-esteem boost and a sense of calm and order? Think chores. Read More
Your kids are playing with digital fire, and they need your help
Kids everywhere are silently suffering. Because cyberspace is new terrain, many parents don't know how to protect their kids, or even what to protect them from. Here's what you need to know. Read More
Parents and teens disagree when it comes to online risks and rules
A survey by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Microsoft finds parents and their teens in two different worlds when it comes to online risks and rules — from secret online accounts to household rules. Read More
8 'selfish' things every mom should do for herself
Sometimes you have to put yourself first to maintain your sanity. Read More
How much would you want to know about your unborn child?
Gender ... hair color ... body type ... IQ ... Prenatal genetic testing is safer than ever, but the ethical line may be quickly approaching. Read More