July Newsletter

28 Jul

Mom

 

Hello Everyone!

We hope everyone is enjoying this great summer weather!

This month has been an exciting one for us. We have had the opportunity to travel to many great places and explore. We had a great time in the Berkshires, Hudson Valley, the New Jersey and Delaware shore, the Connecticut coastline. We hope to get down to the Chesapeake area before the summer is over, and are planning a trip to the Cape in the fall. We have been busy!

With that said, let me tell you about how we have grown! We continue to increase our visibility in our newest markets of Richmond, Virginia Beach, North Carolina, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. Our reach is around 90,000 moms at this point, and growing. As a new feature of our site, I have renewed my blog and have added it. We are constantly adding new listings to our Events as well as our Places to Visit pages. We are constantly adding new recipes and mom topics as well. If there is something you would like to see, please let us know!

Finally, as a promotion, we are offering a Buy One, Get One Free offer for sponsorship through August. Please email us if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

We wish everyone a happy and safe rest of the summer!

Best Regards,

Heather Schlichting

Publisher

The Mom Connection

http://www.mymomconnection.com 

A Mom’s Guide to Surviving Summer Camp

7 Jul

I am sure we have all been there. There are some kids that enjoy going to summer camp, and then, there are those who would much rather sit in the AC all day in bed, on their I Pad and watch TV. Mine falls into that category……

This morning we started summer camp for the first time in two years. I decided to give my then 12 year old a break last year and let her do her thing, which was a tennis league, which worked out well. That wasn’t an option this year, so camp it was. I decided to make it easy on her; 1/2 days, with mostly swimming in the morning. How could that NOT be fun, especially when it’s hot outside? Boy, was I mistaken!

Mom to Child: 8:00 AM-time to get up.

Child: NO! NOT GETTING UP! LEAVE ME ALONE!

This went on for about 10 minutes before I had to call my husband and he tried to convince the sleepy lazy child she would INDEED have FUN if she went to camp. Finally, after much pleading which eventually turned to bribery, the child was dressed, packed and ready to go.

Upon arrival at the camp, we greeted other parents with their children, and before I knew it, I was told to “get lost”. Later in the day, I arrived to pick her up. I got there a little early to spy on her and asked the counselors how she was doing. “She’s having a blast! She’s very funny!”  

Eventually she saw me and at first gave me the “I’m so mortified you’re here” look, but admitted that she was glad she came. She will be going for a few weeks here and there in between mini-trips, and I am sure she will have a great time!

The moral of the story is stick with your guns. Sometimes kids are afraid of the unknown, especially if they are going to a camp where they won’t know anyone. Tell them to try-if they are really miserable, by all means maybe give in, but tell them to give new adventures a chance. They might find out they like it!

 

 

 

 

The Blog is Back!

7 Jul

I know….. it’s been awhile. But we are starting up the blog feature of my site again, just to keep things interesting! Keep checking back here for interesting articles!

Triaminic and Theraflu Product Recall

1 Feb

triaminic

 

Per CNN:

Triaminic Syrups and Theraflu Warming Relief Syrups for cough, colds and fevers were voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer, Novartis Consumer Health, because the cap could still be removed by a child even with the tamper-resistant seal in place.

Affected bottles were distributed between May 24, 2010 and December 21, 2011. For more information please click below:

http://www.novartisotc.com/recall_theraflu_triaminic.html#recall-info-how-to

A New (Fun!) Way to Help Your Kids Study!

1 Feb

child study

I think everyone has a teacher they remember who really had an impact on them in life. Mine was Mr. Klein, my 6th grade teacher. He always found ways that were fun to get us to think, whether it was a debate, or game we would play in class.

I can remember he would divide our class into two teams. We would go to the back of the class and he would ask each person from each team a question. If we answered correctly, we got to stay standing. If we got it wrong, we had to go back to our desk. Whichever team had the last person standing won, and would get some reward.

I applied that tactic last night with a twist. My daughter had a quiz on Ancient India on Friday. She had been studying but I wasn’t sure if it was really seeping in. So, I enlisted the help of my husband and had a plan. Both of them were sitting on the bed and I gave them buttons that they could push and they would make noise. My husband got the Staples “That Was Easy” button, my daughter got the Party Animal “I Wanna Rock & Roll All Night” Kiss button (thank you Hallmark!) So we were all set.

I stood in front of them and asked questions, and whoever buzzed in first got to answer the question. I felt a little like a game show host, but I think it worked, and it was fun! It ended up being a tie so they both got ice cream as a prize!

I know it’s tough out there for parents now with all the work kids have to do in school, but if you take the time to try to make it fun and tap into your creative side, it can be really beneficial to all involved.  Thank you Mr. Klein for the inspiration! I’d love to hear if anyone else has tried tactics similar. Please feel free to comment!

Remembering Jessica Ridgeway: Happy 11th Birthday in Heaven, Sweet Angel!

24 Jan

Jessica #4

On January 23, Jessica Ridgeway would have turned 11. That was not to be….Her story touched the hearts of a nation, and the world in October 2012, when she was kidnapped and murdered 3 blocks from her home on the way to school.

Jessica loved the color purple, her dog, and loved cheerleading. She wanted to be a cheerleader. The thing that struck me the most about Jessica however was her kindness. She was a friend to everyone. That is why this has become so emotional and personal to me.

In the months since her passing, the people of Colorado have come together as a community to honor this special little girl. It has brought out the best of people. The City of Westminster has renamed the park near Jessica’s house Jessica Ridgeway Park. There is a campaign to redesign the park in a way to honor Jessica.

The Brookfield Commuinty Foundation has also worked with the family to set up The Jessica Ridgeway Legacy Fund, which will fund different programs that Jessica would have liked. One initiative is to provide funds for underprivileged children to attend cheerleading camp, one of Jessica’s loves.

My family wore purple yesterday in Jessica’s honor. Even though I am 2,000 miles away, I could not help but cry and wish she were still here. Every time I get sad, I play “Call Me Maybe” on my daughter’s i touch. Jessica liked this song.

I have included some links to sites if you would like to help or if you would just like to know more about Jessica:

Community Marks Jessica’s 11th Birthday:

http://www.9news.com/video/2114849166001/1/Community-marks-Jessica-Ridgeways-11th-birthday

Remembering Jessica:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/01/21/1180247/-The-Grieving-Room-Jessica-is-a-cheerleader-out-there-somewhere

http://www.postindependent.com/article/20130123/VALLEYNEWS/130129965/1045&parentprofile=1079

How you can help:

Donations may be made to the Jessica Ridgeway Legacy Foundation to give other
little girls opportunities in dance and cheerleading, at the Broomfield
Community Foundation, 26 Garden Center, Suite 4D, Broomfield, Colo., 80020, www.broomfieldfoundation.org in Jessica’s name, or to the City
of Westminster for the Jessica Ridgeway Memorial Park, at City of Westminster
Parks and Recreation, 4800 W. 92nd Avenue, Westminster, Colo. 80031 (303)
658-2400.

10 Rules for Children With Cell Phones

24 Jan

We all face this dilemma as parents; when do we decide to give our child a cell phone? How old is old enough? What type of phone do we get? Do we just get a basic phone or do we get something more elaborate that offers more features such as texting and web surfing?

I just got my child their first cell phone, a Tracfone. I feel she is mature enough to handle having the phone. She has it just for emergencies and only occasionally uses the text feature, with permission. I feel pre-paid phones are good beginner phones for kids. This way they feel they are gaining some independence but also learning about responsibility. When the minutes are gone, they’re gone. If more are wanted, it comes out of allowance.

I found this article by All Pro Dad that lists Cell Ph10 Rules for Children with cell phones. It is worth a read. Here is the link:

http://www.allprodad.com/top10/parenting/10-rules-for-children-and-cell-phones/

 

 

How to Help Your Child Break Annoying Habits

21 Jan

nose pick

I am sure we all can relate to this. Nose picking, thumb sucking, nail biting, hair twirling……We all hope it’s just a phase and our kids “will grow out of it”. I found this article by Kidshealth.org that will hopefully offer some advice on how to ween our kids away from these habits. Here is the link:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/five_habits.html

When should I talk to my child about puberty?

21 Jan

family

As parents, this is a subject we all dread talking to our children about. It’s probably one of the toughest conversations we will have with our children, but it is one we need to have.

I have listed some good articles below that provide good information on how to approach this sensitive subject with your child. I hope this provides some useful information!

Here are the links:

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/growing/talk_about_puberty.html

http://www.everydayhealth.com/kids-health/talking-about-puberty.aspx

http://www.ehow.com/how_2203734_discuss-puberty-child.html

http://www.sharecare.com/question/how-talk-child-autism-puberty

 

 

The Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award

18 Jan

charlotte

Charlotte Bacon was a beautiful little girl who loved the color pink, wanted to become a veterinarian, and loved Philip Phillips hit song.

Charlotte was one of the angels taken from us on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. In memory of their daughter, the Bacon Family has created the Charlotte Bacon Act of Kindness Award to honor their daughter. They have started an Act of Kindness Contest for children to participate in. Here is the mission from Charlotte’s father Joel:

“My family has appreciated so much, the many amazing acts of kindness, encouragement, love, support, and generosity (in so many different ways) that have and continue to be extended to us these recent and most difficult of days. We have heard from so many friends (old and new), neighbors, community members, and even strangers from not just our nation but from around the world. It is our hope to continue this mission to encourage others, be kind to others, spread love and hope to one another. The habits of good deeds, especially developed in children, will have an immensely powerful and positive influence in our future generations.”

The contest is open to children ages 18 and under. Here is the link to their site:

http://www.newtownkindness.org/

 

 

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