Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation

Who are your kids friending on Facebook? What are they really texting to their classmates? How much online time is too much?

Too often, parents who are misinformed about the social web (willfully or otherwise) will shut their kids out of it completely, only to find they are logging in anyway. If you’re not taking an active role in your child’s online life, you may be missing important opportunities to ensure they are on the path toward “digital citizenship,” and protected from inappropriate content and people.

To help shrink the tech-culture divide between parents and their kids, read more at

Social Media Parenting: Raising the Digital Generation.

A Huge Hat Tip To Pacifica’s Community

A Few of Pacifica's Amazing Teachers

With all the distractions surrounding the closing of Pacifica and the chartering of Tides, not much was said about Pacifica’s test scores for our last year when they came out in August.  In case you didn’t hear, our API went up a whopping 54 points.

If you’re like me, that number might not mean much to you, but I’m currently knee deep in looking at and learning about information like this for our Tides charter petition, and my jaw literally dropped as I learned what a big deal our improvement was.  This is the first time the new data has been available since we started the chartering process.

I’m a lay person and my research is far from scientific, but I wanted to share with our community that out of approximately 528 elementary schools, only 14 schools improved their scores by a wider margin than Pacifica (two others tied us).  To my lay eye, that is amazing.

Please join me in extending a great big hat tip to Gary, our teachers, our staff and our families for doing Pacifica proud last year!!!

If there is an educator in the audience who would like to do a more scientific slice and dice of the data, I’d love to get your input.  We can write something up to share with Pacifica families and we could definitely use the data as we proceed with our Tides chartering.

The Pitter-Patter of Little Features

The Pitter-Patter of Little Features | Tech Crunch

Insert the word “lawyer” and you’ll understand me perfectly.  Of course, I jumped in on the last down cycle instead of the current cycle to find “the one” and start my family.

Yeah right.  My life has not been as intentional as that described in the story, but the patterns certainly resonate.  Not sure how I missed the chapter on “make millions, ” however.

Charter for Compassion

Charter for Compassion. Please join me in supporting this important movement.

From their website:

A call to bring the world together…

The principle of compassion lies at the heart of all religious, ethical and spiritual traditions, calling us always to treat all others as we wish to be treated ourselves. Compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the centre of our world and put another there, and to honour the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity and respect.

It is also necessary in both public and private life to refrain consistently and empathically from inflicting pain. To act or speak violently out of spite, chauvinism, or self-interest, to impoverish, exploit or deny basic rights to anybody, and to incite hatred by denigrating others—even our enemies—is a denial of our common humanity. We acknowledge that we have failed to live compassionately and that some have even increased the sum of human misery in the name of religion.

We therefore call upon all men and women ~ to restore compassion to the centre of morality and religion ~ to return to the ancient principle that any interpretation of scripture that breeds violence, hatred or disdain is illegitimate ~ to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures ~ to encourage a positive appreciation of cultural and religious diversity ~ to cultivate an informed empathy with the suffering of all human beings—even those regarded as enemies.

We urgently need to make compassion a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarized world. Rooted in a principled determination to transcend selfishness, compassion can break down political, dogmatic, ideological and religious boundaries. Born of our deep interdependence, compassion is essential to human relationships and to a fulfilled humanity. It is the path to enlightenment, and indispensible to the creation of a just economy and a peaceful global community.

Tupperware Anybody?

This article was originally written in March 2008 for Living90045.com, a community blog featuring news, views, tips & chatter from Westchester, CA.

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Ever since our daughter was born, I have been fortunate enough to work a flexible schedule, close to home. This has been important to us because Zoe was a premature baby, born 13 weeks early, and had many special needs, especially in her early days. I’m a big fan of entrepreneurs any day of the week (especially women entrepreneurs), but I have a special soft spot for women who take the entrepreneurial leap to support a family-oriented lifestyle.

So the other day, I was sitting at the therapist’s office waiting for Zoe to finish her occupational therapy session, and I saw a stack of Tupperware brochures. Being an organizational nut, I naturally gravitate toward these kinds of things. My husband calls me “The Containerizer.” I think he means it affectionately….

Anyway, I was leafing through the materials and I was impressed with the package. It was neat, organized and branded well to the consultant who left the brochures. Anybody who knows me knows that I am a branding and internet marketing nut, so I carted the package home and looked up the consultant’s Tupperware website.

I don’t think I’ve ever met this woman, but I wanted to give her a shout out to support her as an entrepreneur, as a mom and as somebody with a great sense of humor. I love the fact that she found her way to an entrepreneurial opportunity that gives her a creative outlet. If you check out her website, you’ll see what I mean (hint, it has to do with acting, parties and drag queens). Sound a little risque for a mom? Not at all, but you’ll have to go find out for yourself.

If you’re in the mood to organize, order yourself some Tupperware. You’ll get some great products and you can support Maggie at the same time.  Now that’s a deal!

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Our Preemie Success Story — Our 27-Week Baby Has Grown Into A Happy, Thriving 7 Year Old

This article was originally written in March 2008 for Living90045.com, a community blog featuring news, views, tips & chatter from Westchester, CA.

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For reasons that have never been fully explained to us, our daughter, Zoe, was born 13 weeks early.

Many people along the way have said to us some variation of “gee, that must have been really hard [or scary].” The truth is, we were first time parents and didn’t know any different. Didn’t all parents give birth to babies as small as their hand, only to see the baby whisked off to the Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (“NICU”) to be laid out like a dead chicken under a heat lamp and plugged into a ventilator??? What did we know?

Fortunately, our naiveté knew no bounds and we give it much credit for our happy ending. We didn’t focus on how things “should have” looked, because we didn’t know what that looked like. We focused on our blessings. Maybe mind-numbing exhaustion helped.

We set out immediately to do everything in our power to support this little Continue reading “Our Preemie Success Story — Our 27-Week Baby Has Grown Into A Happy, Thriving 7 Year Old”