Valley Breeze

The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 16 of 35

©2018 BREEZE PUBLICATIONS INC. Living THE VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER JULY 11-17, 2018 QUICK INDEX Calendar 6 Entertainment 2 Movies 4 @ Traditional Parenting JOHN ROSEMOND Psychologists have overly complicated toilet training Strolling through my go-to gro- cery store the other day, I hap- pened down the baby products aisle where I spied packages of toilet-training pants featuring pic- tures of happy children who looked at least 3, some as old as 5. The first question that came to mind: Why would a 5-year-old who is continuing to eliminate on himself be happy? Perhaps a spokesperson for the unnamed manufacturer of said diabolical apparel will answer that question for me. In the mid-1950s, a study done by researchers from Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Princeton deter- mined that close to 90 percent of 24-month-old American children were accident-free and had been for at least one month. That means 9 out of 10 children were complete- ly toilet trained by no later than 23 months. And then, in the 1960s, along came the Mr. Rogers of pedi- atrics, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, who claimed, without a shred of scien- tifically-obtained evidence, that the attempt to toilet train a child under age 24 months requires "force" and is therefore psychologically damag- ing. In addition, Brazelton fabricated a wholly fictitious set of 10 or so See PARENTING, Page 7 CUMBERLAND – For many fami- lies, competitive sports take up much of the family time but can bring chil- dren and their parents closer together. While many youngsters stay active with popular sports such as baseball, soccer or football, the Parmentier family of Cumberland is heavily involved with a sport that's not quite as familiar: competitive jump roping. "It's a cool way to get the kids to do exercise," said Bill Parmentier. As with other sports, competi- tive jump roping is organized with scheduled practices, matches, tour- naments, and regional and national competitions. The season runs with the school year, ending with nationals in June. The Parmentiers' twin daughters, Rachel and Emily, age 13, have been participating in the sport for five years. Gail and Bill Parmentier have both been coaching their children's teams since 2015 and 2016, respec- tively. They say they really appreciate how the sport helps their home- schooled children stay active and socialize while taking part in a sport that they love. "The cool part about (the sport) is getting to see them learning new tricks and seeing the looks on Locals leap into jump roping By COLIN FROMENT Valley Breeze Intern See JUMP ROPE, Page 5 A JUMP ROPER from USA Jump Rope demonstrates the sport. PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBERT SCOTT AND USA JUMP ROPE. K & R Auto Salvage, Inc. JUNK CARS WANTED! Get the Maximum Dollar for your Car!!! Go right to the source. Pickup Available. Wholesaler for Used Auto Parts Parts for All Makes and Models Foreign & Domestic! 90-Day Standard Warranty Extended Available 950 Smithfield Road, North Providence, RI 02904 (401) 353-9200 or 1-800-638-8089 Open Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Saturdys July & August View our inventory at

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Valley Breeze - The North Providence Breeze 07-11-2018