Archive | January, 2013

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.

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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/

 

 

Bugaboo Cameleon and Donkey Stroller Recall

16 Jan

 

bugaboo stroller

 

RECALL

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a voluntary recall of 46,300 Bugaboo Cameleon and Donkey Strollers. They have the following serial numbers:

Bugaboo Cameleon:

Serial Number 04011090900001 to 04031101009999
Serial Number 08011090900001 to 08021100800386
Serial Number 140100093600531 to 140103123350418

Bugaboo Donkey:

Serial Number 170101105300001 to 170104130900500

Sold Between:

Cameleon: September 2009-June 2012

Donkey: January 2011-December 2012

Reason for Recall:

The button on the seat carry handle can malfunction causing the handle to dislodge causing a choking hazard. There have been 58 reports of this happening with no injuries.

Who to Contact:

Bugaboo International; at (800) 460-2922, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at www.bugaboo.com and click on “Important Quality Initiative” for more information.

 

Fisher Price Rock N’ Play Recall

9 Jan

FP rock  play

Please click on the link below for more information:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13087.html#.UO2HsFkW9n8.email

To Cry or Not to Cry:Should You Let Your Baby “Cry it Out” at Night?

6 Jan

 

crying baby

Let me begin by saying I am a worrier. I am your typical “helicopter parent” that now drives my daughter crazy. When she was a baby, and would cry at night, my  maternal instinct would always be to see what was wrong. Is it gas? Does she have a dirty diaper? Is she hungry? Is something else wrong, or does she just want us and want to be held? We would always get up to check up on her. My husband and I did not get very much sleep the first six months!

Most of the time in our situation, there was something that required us to assist (usually a dirty diaper or REALLY bad gas) but many times it was something a little more serious, like an ear infection we’d find out about the next day at the doctor.

My suggestion would be to listen to the type of cries you hear. After awhile, you will begin to learn when your baby really needs you, and when you could potentially let them “cry it out”. It took us awhile (and many sleepless nights) to figure it out; but we did.

Here is an article from ModernMom.com that also offers some  advice.

http://www.modernmom.com/hottopic/2013/jan/4/study-parents-should-let-babies-cry-it-out

Also, answer my poll: What do you think? Comfort or Cry it Out?

Finding the Right Preschool

2 Jan

preschool

One of my hardest jobs as a parent I have experienced so far by far had to be picking the right preschool for my child. Every child is different with their own set of personality traits and skill set. The trick is finding the right setting for your child where they will blossom as they prepare for the rough and tough world of kindergarten and beyond.

I remember going to about six different places, asking the same questions, seeing six classrooms, six teachers; but what it really comes down to is gut instinct. Always go with your gut. If something doesn’t feel right, trust it. I ended up being very happy with my choice and the school helped her prepare for the rigors of her current school.

I suggest doing your homework. Ask questions. No question is stupid. Ask for references. Ask your friends, co workers if they have any feedback on any of the preschools you are considering. Most importantly, do not make a rash choice. This is your child’s future you are planning.

I have listed some additional sites below that should provide useful information as well. Happy hunting and good luck!

http://www.parenting.com/article/pick-the-right-preschool

http://school.familyeducation.com/preschool/school-selection/38290.html

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