By Erma Bombeck
"America's irrepressible doyenne of family satire."
THE BOSTON GLOBE
Madcap, bittersweet humor in vintage Erma Bombeck-style. You'll snigger till it hurts and like it! "Any mom with part a cranium is aware that once Daddy's little boy turns into Mommy's little boy, the child is so rainy, he's treading water. What do you suggest you're a participle within the institution play and also you want a gown? these rotten young children. If basically they'd enable me get up in my very own manner. Why have they got to line up alongside my mattress and stare at me like Moby Dick simply washed up onto a seashore somewhere?"
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A 6-month family intervention (n = 80) or usual CPS care (n = 100); 137 matched neighborhood controls. The Stress and Social Support Study (Chapel Hill, NC): 221 high-risk infants at birth including 74 referred to CPS by age 4 years and 147 not referred to CPS by 4 years. Follow-up of infant sample; age of first cohort: 4–5 years old. The Impact of Investigation Study (Seattle): 261 children judged to be at moderate risk following a report to CPS. Approximately 60% were later substantiated (n = 159), and 102 were not.
SAMPLE CU: Approximately 850 4-year-old children from diverse economic and ethnic backgrounds. UNM: 84 low-income, predominantly Hispanic, children participated in the study (53 in the experimental group and 31 in the control group). UNC: Approximately 200 predominantly African American 4-year-olds from Head Start programs. UO: 954 ethnically diverse children aged 3–4 from Head Start programs. VU: 850 3-year-old children from predominantly low-income African American backgrounds participated in the screening study; 90 at-risk children (45 intervention and 45 control) participated in the intervention study.
Parenting behavior (via observed child-parent teaching interaction): Includes ratings of parental sensitivity, responsiveness, social-emotional and cognitive growth fostering, and child’s clarity of cues and responsiveness to caregiver. CCDP services: Management of program staff and cultural appropriateness of early childhood services. DATA COLLECTION Between 1991 and 1998, children were assessed and parents interviewed when children reached 2, 3, 4, and 5 years of age. Some additional data were collected when children were 18 and 30 months old.
At Wit's End by Erma Bombeck