CityBeat Blogs - Parenting <![CDATA[Help Feed Kids through Public Radio]]>

With the unemployment rate at near-record highs, about 70 percent of Cincinnati Public School students either receive free or reduced-cost lunches, indicating the dire need of local families. To help ensure as many children as possible have enough food to eat when not at school, Cincinnati Public Radio has partnered with two organizations to make donations go farther.

Every pledge made Friday to WVXU (91.7 FM) or WGUC (90.9 FM) will feed four Cincinnati children through Childhood Food Solutions and Green B.E.A.N. Delivery.---

“We’re donating oranges for every CFS Food Sack to help supplement students’ nutrition through the holiday break,” said Matt Ewer, founder of Green B.E.A.N. Delivery. “The community of Cincinnati is lucky to have an organization like CFS working every day on creating solutions to address food insecurity and hunger relief.”

CFS Food Sacks are delivered to families living in poverty-stricken areas, where many children rely heavily on the meals they eat at school. Food Sacks will contain a variety of products to help ensure proper nutrition through winter break.

"We’re banding together because thousands of children in Cincinnati are faced with hunger insecurity,” said Tony Fairhead, director of CFS. “These kids receive Food Sacks for weekends and vacation breaks so they can come back to school and focus on learning, not that they are hungry.”

Donations may be made to WVXU by visiting or calling 513-419-7155, while donations may be made to WGUC by visiting or calling 513-241-5757.

For more information about Childhood Food Solutions and Food Sacks, visit

<![CDATA[It Takes a Village (or at Least a Good Online Community)]]>

It's rare to see modern folks coexisting in a supportive community, giving and gaining from a well-connected group of people with whom they share common values or goals. My family and I are fortunate to have such a rare and nurturing support network through our neighborhood church community.

For many Americans, however, meeting the needs of the immediate family is hard enough, so connecting with a larger community seems overwhelming or perhaps even a luxury.---

Taking the advice of a good friend, I became familiar with utilizing local online parenting and family resource discussion boards such as Mamasource or Momslikeme as a means of gaining support for one of the hardest jobs out there: being a good parent. These online resources are free and easy to join and provide advice and forums on parenting issues spanning from potty training to how to talk with your teen about sex, resources such as local playgroups or moms groups and general networking opportunities.

Stay-at-home and working parents alike glean advice and direction for their families using such communities. My personal favorite is Mamasource, which is useful for parents with young children and teens alike. I have consulted this discussion board for advice on how to get my 2-year-old to transition into a better sleep routine (good luck to me!) and other questions specific to his current stage and needs.

Branching out and seeking parenting support just makes since. After all, many people have either done it before or have similar questions and needs.

<![CDATA[Parenting: Lowering SIDS risk, Ohioans' Medical Records and more]]>

• Park Vine is hosting a discussion and workshop on cloth diapers with cloth diaper authority Elizabeth Whitton. Free. 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at Park Vine, 1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-721-7275. RSVPs requested before Oct. 11. ---

The New York Times reports that placing a fan in a baby's room might dramatically lower the risk of SIDS: "While the study wasn’t designed to identify why fans make a difference, the theory is that by circulating the air, fans lower the risk of 'rebreathing' by the baby. The rebreathing of exhaled carbon dioxide trapped near an infant’s airway has been suggested as a possible reason SIDS risk is higher when children sleep on their stomachs, in soft beds or without pacifiers."

• The Ohio Supreme court is considering a case that could make public the private medical records of Ohioans:

"The lawsuit involves a 14-year-old girl from St. Bernard, 'Jane Roe,' who got an abortion in March 2004. The father was her 21-year-old soccer coach.

The girl's parents are seeking punitive damages against Planned Parenthood of Southwest Ohio for failing to report suspected child abuse. The parents appealed their case to the state's highest court to obtain statistics and other patients' medical records that they think will support their complaint."