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Raising Healthy Eaters

August 2, 2010
Sometimes the hardest part about getting your children to eat healthy food and fight child obesity is getting them to choose the healthy food option. Here's the behavior methods that show you the way to guide them to healthy food choices
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1 Million young kids are left alone after school.

July 30, 2010
Dust off the backpacks and dig out the lunch sacks – back to school time is just weeks away. And, working parents across this country are spending these last few weeks arranging, searching, and confirming afterschool care. Unfortunately, many parents don’t succeed in finding afterschool care for their kids . More than 1 million children in grades K to 5 are on their own after school. This huge and heartbreaking number isn’t because of parent neglect, rather it reflects a simple fact: Afterschool programs are unavailable or too expensive for millions of families across this country. And it...
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Emotionally Healthy Children

July 28, 2010
A method for parents to balance empowering their children and still set firm boundaries so children become psychologically strong, healthy and respectful of others.
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It Simply Just Isn't Right

July 27, 2010
It simply isn't right to take advantage of new parents when they're vulnerable. But baby formula companies are doing just that. And this is especially wrong because empty infant formula advertising claims undermine evidence-based messages like "breastfeeding is best for babies." This has got to be fixed, and we have a chance right now to change the way these infant formula companies and other food manufacturers do business so that parents get the facts, and not just empty hype on labels. “All parents want what's best for their babies, and we want them to feel empowered to make an informed...
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The End of Our Broadcasting Day

July 24, 2010
Back in the day, when I was small, I remember waking up too early for TV to be on. I woke up too early for TV to be on. If you are under 20, you have no idea what I just said. My brothers and sisters would run downstairs in our jammies on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons, but TV didn’t come on until 6 am, so it was possible to wake up too early.
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Blogging for Children at Netroots Nation

July 23, 2010
There is a universal measure. When faced with a problem, do what’s right for children. If you do what’s right for children, it’s the right solution.
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Good-bye to World Cup, But Not the Teachable Moments - Global Girl Media

July 13, 2010
The euphoria of the final World Cup match is over and so many people around the world don't know what to do with themselves. Summer 2010 has been marked by one nation after another facing off in the stunning World Cup, with the entire world (especially the Americans, more than ever before in the game’s history) tuning in, and the continent of Africa proudly and ably starring as host. I’ve been fascinated to stumble on so many learning opportunities afforded by South Africa’s role and the fact that soccer, known as the beautiful game, is also the world’s game, inciting the passions of people...
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There's something crazy with the way we approach food

June 25, 2010
You know there’s something really crazy with the way we approach food in this country when 1 in 4 U.S. children stand on the brink of hunger AND 1 in 3 children are obese or overweight . We finally have a chance to change this! This month the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would make historic improvements in school and child care nutrition to address both childhood hunger and obesity. But there’s a problem: Between disastrous oil spills and the upcoming elections, Congress has a lot on its mind, and child nutrition...
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April showers bring May flowers, June brings…Early Learning Advocacy Day

June 21, 2010
I always look forward to June—it’s the month to celebrate Father’s Day, the arrival of summer and Early Learning Advocacy Day. This June, California’s Early Learning Advocacy Day convened more than 350 early learning advocates from across the state—including teachers and providers, parents, business leaders and others—to the state Capitol to advocate for high-quality early care and education programs. Participants met with more than 100 state legislators and staff members to share their stories about how high-quality early learning programs have benefited California’s children, families and...

Questions the Media Should Be Asking About Education

June 21, 2010
I knew what was coming. I knew from the pre-show questions the producer asked me off camera how “balanced” the Friends would be. Q. Wouldn’t you say that the key to reform is to fire bad teachers, which is now impossible? A. Well, I’m so glad you asked the question because a lot of people out there don’t understand that all teachers have is a fair way for a good teacher to defend herself if she is treated unfairly and that process is develo... Q. Excuse me, but wouldn’t you say that it’s impossible to reform schools because unions protect bad teachers from being fired? A. Again, there’s a lot...
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