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Keith Inman: We like being #1 in most ways — but not (as we are) for being first in nation for child abuse

Everyone likes to be ranked number one – especially here in Kentucky with our prized horses, bourbon, and basketball. But this? This is not a number one ranking Kentuckians should be proud of: Kentucky has the highest rate of child victims of abuse and is double the national rate. Since 1923, Kosair Charities has helped children reach their potential while overcoming their obstacles. Now in our...

Beth Underwood: Sometimes, somebody has to take charge, but do I have to do everything…

It happened during a routine rerun of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” I was sitting innocently enough in my favorite chair, winding down before bedtime, watching Ray’s mom Marie have a spell. She’d had it up to here (raises hands and draws line above head) with the household state of affairs. With complete exasperation, she asks rhetorically, “Why must I do everything?!?” And that’s when it...

Commentary: When parents engage with schools, children and their communities prosper

By Helen Carroll Special to KyForward There is no greater influence in a child’s life than parenting. The people we become rests on the foundation of our parents’ love, care and choices they make about how we grow, learn and prosper. Parents’ involvement in school is critical to that foundation and has lasting impacts on the parents themselves, their children and their communities. For 280,000...

Getting enough exercise is important for everyone, but particularly for parents with young children

By Christina Studts Special to KyForward For many parents, it’s understandably difficult to find time to exercise. This can be especially true for parents with young children, all of whom have behavior problems from time to time. At the beginning or end of a long day, exercising often feels like the last thing we want to do. But, as parents, taking care of ourselves is necessary in order to...

Gena Bigler: With parenting, how about a little more Aristotle, a little less Machiavelli

Parenting is a tough job, but there is no shortage of advice on the subject. Magazines and other periodicals are devoted to parenting, as are countless books.   A friend recently sent me a newspaper article about parenting that appeared in an unlikely source – The Wall Street Journal. The article was promoting a new parenting book based on Machiavelli’s The Prince. Knowing I studied...