4-8-2009 News This Week


Blog Tour Stop

We are a stop on MommaSaid, Jen Singer’s virtual blog tour today. For parents of youngens!

“Stop Second Guessing Yourself – The Toddler Years” (HCI, April 2009)

The Major Meltdown:  “The best way to deal with a tantruming toddler is to get the heck out of wherever you are and don’t look back…It’s the only way your toddler will learn that his manipulative superpowers have no effect on you.”

How to Host a Playdate/Playgroup without Ticking Anyone Off: “Here’s the dirty little secret about playdates:  it’s more about the mommies than anyone else.  Don’t be fooled into thinking you can sink into a comfy chair with your coffee and dish for an hour or two.  Your parenting skills are on display and under scrutiny.”

Beyond Blue’s Clues–Entertaining Your Toddler: “As a full-time stay-at-home mom, I learned how to fill upward of 100 hours a week, some of it with entertaining and even educational activities, yet some of it with letting my toddlers pull all of the tissues out of the box and then stuff them back in.  Did I mention it was 100 hours a week?”

Video of the Week

This video will change the world.

*Pictures of my sisters and I at Disneyland this week! I did not win at Buzzlightyear’s Shooting Game

Teen Trends and News

Adam Lambert’s Mad World gets a standing ovation from Simon Adam Lambert closes down American Idol, born in 1982; says he loved playing dress-up, being a performer, gettting attention. Singing “Mad World.” I thought this was pretty amazing and cannot believe that Simon gave Adam Lambert a standing ovation when he sung Mar World.  Kris Allen, is a crowd favorite contestant on this season of American Idol and did his own rendition of All She Wants to do is Dance.
Matthew McConaughey appeared at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with Camila Alves who is the mother of his baby.  Teens love that Matthew McConaughey is dating a real world woman, and one as beautiful as Camila Alves.
Nambu is a New Twitter Trend: The Nambu Network is creating the best possible social messaging experience: seemlessly integrated with a superior look and feel.” It can also be used with the iPhone.

Vanessa’s Faves

Great Cyberbullying Research by Seattle School District

  • EternityMessage: A great way to securely message your kids and loved ones in the future.  Send advice to your kids only when age-appropriate and capture the way you feel and think today.


Have you come to feel that your kids had too much
before (for example, brand name clothes, electronics, big allowances)? Or
perhaps you¹d like to curb your childrens¹ spending or change those of your
family as a whole? A national financial publication is looking to speak with
families that are grappling with these family money issues due to a
financial change‹say a lost job‹or just a reassessment of what¹s important
amid this crisis.

We’d especially love to talk to couples who:

€are in their 40s
€have pre-teen or teenage kids
€have professional careers
€have household income over $100,000 (and are willing to share this, as well
as some numbers about what they spend on kids)

Please send a photograph; and let us know what you do for a living, how you
spent on your kids before, and how you¹d like to change that.

In return, you will get personally directed financial advice from a financial planner.

Interested couples can reply to emma_haak@moneymail.com. Thank you!


Book of the Week

Stop Negotiating With Your Teen by Janet Sasson Edgette

Tears for Fears Mad World Lyrics

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places, worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere, going nowhere
And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression, no expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow, no tomorrow
And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying
Are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cos I find it hard to take
When people run in circles
It’s a very, very
Mad World
Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen, sit and listen
Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me, no one knew me
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
Look right through me, look right through me

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