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Parenting Taboos – Great TED talk!

1 publishers Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman, in a lively tag-team, expose 4 facts that parents never, ever admit — and why they should. Funny and honest, for parents and nonparents alike.

Bullying Stops With Parents


Bullying Stops With Parents

Having been a victim of some serious bullying growing up — I am ultra sensitive to it and work very hard to instill in both my kids how important it is to reach out to kids that are new or different.  When I was younger –the schools did close to nothing about it. It was ‘a part of growing up’.  I truly believe that it does stop with the Parents.  It should never be something Parents are ok with if they find out their kid is not treating others well —

Here are some horrifying statistics. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death for young people ages 15 to 24, and fourth for children ages 10 to 14. A 2008 survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that one-third of high-school students had seriously considered suicide, created a plan or actually tried to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey. Furthermore, boys have a higher rate of suicides, yet girls are also more prone to report their own attempts. And gay kids, according to other surveys, are at least twice as likely to make suicide attempts.

These are our sons and daughters — tweens and teens grappling with who they are in the romantic world, so many of whom are bullied at school for being different, so many of whom remain silent about their struggles and pain.

This needs to stop. Both the bullying and the silent shame. Every one of us has the capacity to be the catalyst to end this misery. Take personal responsibility by reaching out to the children around you and making sure they are all safe, no matter who they are.

Start with your own dinner table and ask your child, “Who’s being bullied at school?” Statistics dictate that teenage suicide will touch us all at some point, but those numbers don’t have to stay that way.Talk to your kids and figure out where the bullying is going on, then use the resources below to empower yourself to make a difference.

Teach your child to believe in himself as well as standing up for those around him. And if your child is the bully, end that behavior immediately. Parents, check your own bullying tendencies as well. Answer this question honestly: What am I doing that’s contributing to this situation? Chances are, there’s something you can change in your own behavior and attitudes that will have a major impact on your kids and the world around them.

Don’t wait until another child suicide story hits the front page before making this a priority in your family … because that could be one day too late.

Aol. a great working mom company


My first job out of college was at Aol. — and as many of you know, I met my husband there, had my 2 wonderful kids while working there (not actually working — but you know what I mean) — it really does have wonderful Parenting benefits —

So I completely agree with its spot in the 100 Best Working Mother Companies

They offer great resources including private and comfy nursing/pumping rooms, a lactation consultant, and paid leave available and the child care center is seriously amazing.  Both my kids have been there since they were babies and are still attending after school care there. I have never ever had a doubt about the love and care they have received there. Some of the staff are like family to me —

Childhood Obesity in AZ


Here & Now: Childhood Obesity in AZ

Here and Now talked to Janet Foote and Beth Jacobs, both from the College of Public health at the University of Arizona, about the increase of childhood obesity and what can be to to improve the health of kids in Arizona. KJZZ listeners offer their personal solutions to the problem.

First Day of School Photos


Hard to believe how fast time goes by. HB heads into 3rd grade and my baby – Nate is now in 1st grade! When I stop and think about it — I just don’t know how they got to be this old already. I swear I just held them in my arms — bringing them home from the hospital.

Too Fat For 15 Documentary


Too Fat For 15? – iVillage.

Have you seen this documentary Too Fat for 15? Some friends at lunch today were telling me they watched the first episode and how disturbing it was to see these kids struggle. It follows kids at a weight loss boarding school  — so they get educated in proper health habits while they are getting their traditional education. Complete immersion. As this article says: these kids are so brave to let cameras follow them as they struggle to live their lives and learn about balance. It’s a hard battle to grow up in general and then add the extra challenge of being overweight in a weight/looks conscience world…I am going to check it out.

The much-hyped Too Fat for 15: Fighting Back debuts tonight, August 9, 2010, at 8/7 p.m. CT on the Style Network. This comes at a time when new research shows children as young as 7 years old are showing signs of puberty, a result of the staggering increases in childhood obesity.

At first glance, the image chosen to represent the new 8-part docu-series Too Fat For 15 bears a shocking resemblance to ABC Family’s dramedy HUGE. It turns out, the shows are quite similar: Too Fat chronicles five obese teens enrolled at Wellspring Academy, a weight-loss boarding school in North Carolina. (Wellspring helps students continue their education while losing weight.) The star students — the youngest is 11; the heaviest, Tanisha a 17-year-old girl weighs 510 pounds and was in such need of help that she had to be driven to the cafeteria which at the top of a hill. She wound up losing 150 pounds in four months. The two of them shed a combined 500 pounds during filming. ‘

Viewers will watch the emotional ups and downs of these kids as they are pushed through grueling fitness routines, regular weigh-ins, and learn about food, from how to eat to why they eat. The kids’ parents are also involved, with the show helping them explore their own issues with food and the role they’ve played in their children’s pain.

I give these kids all the credit in the world for allowing cameras to document their experiences. Weight Watchers doesn’t even make you weigh in in front of your fellow members to help protect privacy, and yet these teenagers are putting it all out there for the whole world to see. Kids can be incredibly cruel, and being an overweight teenager is probably one of the worst things in the world in terms of getting teased and ostracized. But 14-year-old Scotty, who starts the show at 366 pounds after being told by doctors that he could die if he fails to lose weight, and 17-year-old Tanisha ultimately prove their haters wrong.

Notable News about Kids


Top 10 Brain Foods for Children.

Want your child to do better in school? Take a close look at diet. Certain “brain foods” may help boost a child”s brain growth — plus improve brain function, memory, and concentration.

In fact, the brain is a very hungry organ — the first of the body's organs to absorb nutrients from the food we eat, explains Bethany Thayer, MS, RD, a Detroit nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

“Give the body junk food, and the brain is certainly going to suffer,” she tells WebMD.

Growing bodies need many types of nutrients — but these 10 superfoods will help kids get the most from school.

It’s Not About Nutrition – Home – Slackers Rule..

There’s an easier – and more effective — way than nutrition to feed kids: Just get the ratios right.

But it’s not the ratio of protein to carbs, of fats to fibers, or of processed to refined grains that you need to track. (That’s too taxing.)

You only have to consider one thing: Do your kids eat real food more often than they eat:

* Processed food-like substances (to borrow a phrase from Michael Pollan)

* Junk

Can Food Make Kids Smarter? A Free Event for those in Loudoun


A Free Event for those in Loudoun County or for those that want to drive there!  (thanks to my friend Patty for sending me this info)

Food for Thought: Can Food Make Kids Smarter?

Tuesday, May 4, 6:30-8:00
Curiosity Zone

By popular demand, Beverly Seng will return to the C-Zone to talk about nutrition and how it can affect our kids’ brain health, behavior, and school performance. Her talk covers:

  • How common food additives affect children’s ability to learn.
  • How refined carbohydrates can affect children’s brain function and how parents can begin to make positive changes in their children’s diets.
  • Various types of fats and how they affect children’s brain function. Distinctions between saturated, unsaturated, and trans fats.
  • Why certain fats, such as DHA and arachidonic acid, are essential for brain health, whereas others, such as polyunsaturated vegetable oils and trans fats, are damaging to the brain.
  • The importance of saturated fats and cholesterol in children’s diets.
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