Posts Tagged ‘Today Show’

Today’s the Day! Parent Talk Today & Positive Parenting Solutions Free Webinar

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling

I’m excited to partner with Amy McCready from Positive Parenting Solutions to offer a free, live parenting-training webinar TONIGHT from 9:30-10:30 PM EDT / 6:30-7:30 PM PDT. You’ve seen Amy on The Rachel Ray Show and The Today Show, sharing her wonderful parenting advice.

Get Kids to Listen without Nagging, Reminding or Yelling is for frustrated parents of toddlers through teens and delivers concrete strategies you can use right away and begin to see results.

(I’m especially interested in learning the 5 R’s of fair and effective consequences…)

The webinar will be fun and interactive.  You can type your questions into the chat box and Amy will make them part of the webinar.  All you have to do is RSVP and then kick back and learn her proven strategies to get toddlers, and even bigger kids, to listen the first time without nagging, reminding or yelling!

Webinar reservations will be limited so click here to learn more and RSVP RIGHT NOW!

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Guest Post: Junior High Redux — Bounced From a Mom’s Group

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

I’m so excited to share this terrific guest post from Irene S. Levine, Ph.D., author of the just-released Best Friends Forever — Surviving a Breakup With Your Best Friend. Dr. Levine appeared recently on the Today Show to talk about women’s friendships.

explores the nature, meaning and depth of female friendships. In reading this Q&A guest post, I felt a bit like I was back in junior high. Does any of this sound familiar? (more…)

Texting and Driving: Public Service Announcement in England Shows it Like it Is

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

If you were watching the Today Show this morning, you may have seen parts of this public service announcement from England showing a group of teen girls in a car as they get into a horrific crash due to inattentive driving (texting, in this case). It’s shocking, really, compared with similar PSAs in the U.S. It’s graphic and upsetting and not something young children should see.

However… It should be required viewing in all high schools, in my opinion. It should be required viewing for all adults, too, in fact. I see so many people — not just teens — driving while talking on a cell phone, texting, applying mascara. Do they not realize they are driving a couple of tons of fast-moving metal? A potentially lethal weapon?

As a parent I feel so strongly about this. I worry for my son, his friends — all of us — when I see what’s going on on the roads today.

Being sorry later isn’t good enough. We need to get kids’ attention now. Today.

Show your teens this video. Talk with them about inattentive driving. We parents need to step up to the plate here and not only set form guidelines but also teach by example.

Our kids’ lives are at stake.

Hey Kids (and Parents)! Cancel a Catalog and Help Save the Earth

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

What’s better for the Earth than recycling unwanted catalogs? Not getting a mailbox full of them in the first place. This morning on the Today Show, I learned about a new website that is making it easy to just say no to unwanted catalogs.

In an effort to help the environment, elementary-school kids at The Park School in Brookline, Mass. — with the help of — canceled 4,175 unwanted catalog subscriptions in a single month. That’s a lot of trees and energy saved!

My 12-year-old son, Matt, just saw the movie An Inconvenient Truth in his 6th-grade science class, and it made a real impression on him — and sparked some interesting dinner-table conversation. It’s so easy for kids — and adults — to think that there’s not much one person can do. Well, the individual kids at The Park School certainly did their part, and it added up to something meaningful.

I’m going to start collecting our catalogs and asking Matt to go to this website to request that they stop coming. (You are asked to type in the catalog code when making your request, for easier identification.) That’s one small thing our family can do to help.

“Made in China” — Time for a Toy Boycott?

Friday, November 9th, 2007

Like a whole bunch of steaming parents today, I’m angry.

Aqua Dots, a craft-bead kit for kids, has been yanked from U.S. stores because the coating on the beads, which causes the beads to stick to each other when
water is added, contains a chemical that can turn toxic. Children who swallow the beads can become comatose, develop
respiratory depression or have seizures. A number of kids have been hospitalized after playing with the beads.

Apparently the company in China that makes Aqua Dots decided to switch out the glue on the product, substituting a (less-expensive, of course) substance that can kill when ingested. Gotta love their concern for kids.

The parade of Chinese-made toys that have been recalled due to safety issues has become a huge, scary issue for parents of young kids. And with the holidays on the way, I have to agree with Meredith Vieira, who, on the Today Show yesterday, suggested that parents might want to just stop buying toys made in China. In fact, Vieira’s off-hand suggestion, at the end of a news piece on the recall, seemed more helpful than that from a Bush-administration rep who said something to the effect of "We recommend buying toys from someone you trust."

How is a parent supposed to know which major toy manufacturers to trust when even Mattel, whom parents have trusted for years, has ended up on the wrong end of the stick, more than once lately, when it comes to inadvertently selling toys that contain dangerous amounts of lead?

I guess President Bush is telling us we’re on our own on this one. So who can blame the woman who came into a Southern California store yesterday and told the clerk, "I just want to look at toys that aren’t made in China."

Good idea. If our leaders can’t protect us any more than they have been from toys containing lead and other toxic substances, I guess we’ll just have to look out for our own families — and vote with our wallet this holiday season.