This video comes from Ireland, but is relevant worldwide. Since children are– wait for it– actual people, they need to be included under the same laws that protect adults. Important children’s rights issues include: protection from bullying, access to recreational equipment, and relief for children living in poverty.
As a new college graduate, I printed my resume on a really pretty beige colored parchment paper. But that was 28 years ago when doing every resume was done on white paper and we were encouraged to think out side the box (purple paper! rice paper!). My resume paper was easy-to-read and printed on classy paper with an eye-soothing color.
Today, you aren’t advised to do that. Today you should print your resume on white paper – perhaps a little thicker than regular copier paper. You shouldn’t use the default Times New Roman font, but also don’t go with the clown font of Comic Sans (no one likes that except teachers!). NBC News.com offers some more advice to new graduates including this huge faux pas,
Checking your phone, or checking out
Thirty percent of the managers Adecco surveyed said a big faux pas young jobseekers make is to check their phone or send a text while interviewing.
“Going into an interview, it is so imperative: The phone is on silent, it’s put away and it’s not brought out,” Marx said.
Many also complained that young jobseekers don’t make eye contact while interviewing, which Marx said can show a lack of confidence.
I knew a lady who once answered not one, not two, but THREE phone calls during a job interview. She didn’t get it.
Tina Fey was recently interviewed by New Yorker magazine. Flavorwire links to some of her best quotes on being a working mom and this one struck a chord with me,
“‘How do you juggle it all?’ people constantly ask me, with an accusatory look in their eyes. ‘You’re screwing it all up, aren’t you?’ their eyes say. My standard answer is that I have the same struggle as any working parent but with the good fortune to be working at my dream job. Or sometimes I just hand them a juicy red apple I’ve poisoned in my working-mother witch cauldron and fly away.”
Read all her quotes, though some may contain language offensive to some people.
I have always been a working Mom, though the last seven years had been easier as a real estate agent. That I was missing so much of my daughters’ lives always shook my core. But when I would pick one up from day care and see the absolute joy on her face helped. Or I would come home to little arms wrapped around my neck. Even today, my youngest – at the age of 15 – still clearly needs her Momma. She thinks I’m a pushover. But we talk about her problems and worries. I give her boy advice. She gives me advice on how to wear my makeup.
I’ve always worked while both girls grew up. I regret not being able to spend more time with them, but I do believe they are still both well-balanced individuals.
A 13 year old girl committed suicide in 2006 after receiving a series of cruel messages through MySpace. Megan Meier thought she was talking to a teenage boy who had befriended her on the social networking site. After three weeks of friendly communications between the two, he turned on her and told her that the world would be a better place without her. Megan took her own life shortly after receiving that last message.
The horrible twist to this story is that there never was a teenage boy. The MySpace profile was created by a grown woman who wanted to keep tabs on what Megan might be saying about her daughter. This adult woman was responsible for fooling a young girl and making her think that these nasty messages were coming from a cute boy.
This woman, Lori Drew, was indicted yesterday for her role in the suicide. Apparently, Lori Drew even started a blog called "Megan Had It Coming". Wow! I truly hope this woman is put in prison for a very long time. Her actions were horribly disgusting and irresponsible. The video below is from CNN and contains a phone interview with Tina Meier, Megan’s mother. This story really makes me sad.
Two days before Mother’s Day, Michelle Duggar announced to her family that she is pregnant with her 18th child. The family of soon to be 20, has children ranging in age from 9 months to 20 years old. This famous family was on The Today Show and you can watch this video from the show. Wow, I cannot even imagine having so many children. The Duggar family seems to handle it with ease and is something really special.
Through Blog Catalog, I have met a blogger named Shirley. She is a very ambitious blogger with high ideals and goals to help children. Her blog is titled Proof Positivity and she sees it as "an opportunity for children of all ages to find their voice through positive news".
Shirley’s vision: "For every child to have an opportunity to write or report no matter what their grades are."
She explains why: "A child sometimes needs to develop a love for something before they are motivated enough to bring their grades up."
Shirley’s goal: "My goal is to put a studio in every school and for that, equipment is needed. I hope to eventually be able to go to my schools and discuss: Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How?"
Kudos to Shirley for her love of children and her strong desire to help them. Take a minute and check out Proof Positivity for yourself.
One of the most famous daddy’s of all is admitting that he made a mistake. On January 5th, Dr. Phil made a visit to Britney Spears while she was in the hospital. His visit was prompted by a request from her family to intervene.
The real controversy is the statement that Dr. Phil made to Entertainment Tonight. He told them that Britney is in "dire need of both medical and psychological intervention." This has landed Dr. Phil in a little bit of hot water According to MTV.com:
"A complaint was filed against McGraw earlier this week that accused him of violating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. The complaint alleges Dr. Phil practiced clinical psychology without a license and further violated doctor-patient privilege by discussing the pop star’s case with the media."
The Dr. Phil episode where he apologizes is scheduled to air today. He has concluded that his "visit was not helpful to the situation".
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As a parent, I am in shock and dismay at all of the toy recalls lately. It leaves me wondering if there is anything safe out there for my children. All of us are going to have to be choosier and do more research before buying anything for our kids. It might take some extra time to investigate before we buy, but it will be time well spent.
With the holidays quickly approaching, I decided to start looking up safer toy choices. I found several resources for toys that claim to be safe and lead free. Of course I cannot vouch 100% for their safety (as none of us can), but the companies that sell them do.
Back To Basics Toys issued this statement about their toys:
"While none of our products have been involved in the recent recalls, we realize that the impression is that products made in China are not safe. Back To Basics Toys utilizes independent laboratories for safety testing, and we feel strongly in the integrity, value, and safety of our entire collection – regardless of origin. We remain focused on making sure that products are made to conform to safety standards, and that our items provide the quality and play value that you expect.
For more information about general toy safety please see the Toy Industry Association web site at www.toy-tia.org. While we feel that our entire collection is safe and family-friendly, we realize that you may only feel comfortable buying an item if it is made in North America or Europe. For your convenience, we have compiled a list of best sellers made outside of Asia."
Here is my list so far of what I hope are safe toy choices:
CambiumLair- Made In The USA": Offers a variety of wooden toys made in USA
Maple Landmark- Made in USA: Offers a variety of wooden toys made in USA
American Plastic Toy Deluxe Housekeeping Set Made in USA: Offers a great variety of plastic toys made in the USA
To sling or not to sling. That is the question. You see woman every day with their children strapped to their chest, back or hip. Steph is the blogosphere go to lady for anything pertaining to babywearing. You may have read her blog, Adventures in Babywearing, before. I had a chance to ask Steph a few questions about babywearing. Here is what she had to say.
Me: For anyone unfamiliar with the term, can you please explain babywearing.
Steph: Baby wearing is the act of carrying or wearing your baby close to you in a carrier or sling – there are so many benefits for mom and baby when you hold them close.
What made you decide that babywearing was for you?
When pregnant with my third child and having two little ones already, I joked that I’d have to wear this next baby to keep him safe. Then I attended a La Leche League meeting before giving birth and saw moms wearing their babies in beautiful slings- the babies were happy and the moms were able to go about their business… I was hooked! I bought a sling and have worn Gray since the day he was born. He still loves it (he’ll be 2 in October!)
Have you received and negative feedback because of your decision?
Fortunately my family and friends are supportive of our gentle parenting style. They have seen the positive results. Many babywearers (but certainly not all) will co-sleep and breastfeed into the toddler years as we do- that is probably what I see the most "unsure" feedback about.
Of course people that have never seen a baby in a sling have stopped me and asked "Is he breathing in there?" or "Is that a baby or an animal?" or weird things like that! He’ll be content or fast asleep and I’ll get asked if he likes it. Of course he likes it! He loves it!
Do you have any tips for someone who is interested in the babywearing lifestyle, such as what products to use?
I’d recommend checking out TheBabywearer.com for a vast array of tips and articles about babywearing. It can be overwhelming at first, so if you have friends that wear their babies, try their slings out or check out your local LLL. And I am also happy to offer any tips or advice!
And, what we all really want to know: Do you wear Gray to the bathroom, too?
Uh, yes actually! I’ve worn baby in the bathroom and even tried on jeans at the Gap while wearing Gray.
Thanks, Steph, for the great information! If you have any questions for Steph, you can reach her firstname.lastname@example.org.