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September 2012

Earning his keep

09/28/12

Earning his keep

Mom blogger Stephanie Glover's son Ethan, 4, enjoys doing household chores. So she and Ethan used the iPad Chore Pad app to organize their family's tasks.

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Preventing and treating head lice

09/26/12

Preventing and treating head lice

Have you received the dreaded "Dear parents, it has come to our attention" letter about lice? Mom blogger Hillary Chybinski offers advice on what to do.

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Where Do I Recycle My…

09/24/12

Where Do I Recycle My…

Professional organizer and mom blogger Darla DeMorrow tells where in the Philadelphia area to recycle everything from Beanie Babies to wire hangers.

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No more 'Little Hooker' clothing lines

09/21/12

No more 'Little Hooker' clothing lines

The permission slip specifically noted “no thong bikinis” for the annual field day.  A friend asked me if we received the same letter at my son’s school in the same district which, amazingly, we didn’t.  A few other heads turned in the social skills class, prompting a mass cry of abject horror over who would dress their elementary school age daughter in a thong. What purpose did a thong serve a young girl? It wasn’t to smooth out unsightly panty lines from showing in a snug, sheer skirt or tight pair of pants. As a child, I thought Jeannie from I Dream of Jeannie embodied glamour. Both she and Cher wore midriff-baring, outrageous outfits. I pretended to be them, wearing conservative two-piece swimsuits paired with furry winter boots. In...

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Go Gold: things teachers should know about kids with cancer

09/19/12

Go Gold: things teachers should know about kids with cancer

As school starts, mom blogger Trish Adkins offers advice to teachers of cancer survivors. Her post is in support of the Go Gold campaign for childhood cancer research.

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Mainstream mommas nurse toddlers too

09/17/12

Mainstream mommas nurse toddlers too

Guest blogger Ellie C. nurses her 2½-year-old and feels good about it. She says women who nurse toddlers often don't fit the hyped media image.

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Cultivating friendships in the community

09/14/12

Cultivating friendships in the community

This post is an excerpt from MomSpeak blogger Erin Flynn Jay's new book, Mastering the Mommy Track: Juggling Career and Kids In Uncertain Times.  I believe it’s important to cultivate friendships within your neighborhood or community. We have lived in our area for five years, so we have developed friendships with some of the neighbors. One of my neighbors has a young son close in age to Emma; we try to go out once every five weeks or so for a few hours. We check out different restaurants in the city, places we can walk to, and talk about our hectic schedules. Emma is in daycare only three days a week, so I needed to find additional care for her to prospect for new clients and complete my work assignments. A neighbor has been watching her the other two days in...

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Call me crazy: why I'm trying for number two

09/12/12

Call me crazy: why I'm trying for number two

Mom blogger Paige Wolf and her husband set aside their fears and decide to try to have a second child.

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'They'll ruin you'

09/10/12

'They'll ruin you'

Recalling the traumantic impact when she learned as a child that her grandmother had once been attacked, mom blogger Rachée Fagg takes control of how the story will be told to her own daughter.

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Hurry up and wait

09/07/12

Hurry up and wait

Mom blogger Marion Kase resolves to enjoy more moments with her kids, rather than rushing through their childhood.

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Fear and self-loathing

09/05/12

Fear and self-loathing

Mom blogger Jeanne McCullough recalls her teen self-esteem issues and says women should stop expressing self-loathing in front of young girls.

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About This Blog

Outstanding Delaware Valley mom and dad bloggers share insights about their kids or themselves, family experiences or ways they handled parenting situations. Their items — often reposted from their blogs — reflect everyday experiences that anyone can relate to rather than political viewpoints or belief systems.

MomSpeak Contributors

Trish Adkins, Yoke
Jennifer Auer, Jersey Family Fun
Chris Bernholdt, DadNCharge
Stacy Heenan Biscardi, Wifty & Shifty
Hillary Chybinski, My Scraps
EJ Curran, Four Little Monsters
Darla DeMorrow, The Pregnant Entrepreneur
Rachée Fagg, Say It Rah-Shay
Raya Fagg, And Starring As Herself…MRSRFKJ
Stephanie Glover, A Grande Life
Erin Flynn Jay, Mastering the Mommy Track
Jean Ladden, Jean's Book Reviews
Brie Latini, ( . . . a breezy life)
Toni Langdon, Tickles and Time Outs
Lisa Lightner, A Day in Our Shoes
Jeanine Ludwikowski, Mommy Entourage
Jeanne McCullough, Mom Hearts Pinot
Trina O'Boyle, O’Boy! Organic
Kelly Raudenbush, My Overthinking
Lindsey Schuster, Sisters to Sons
Sandra Telep, West Philly Mama
Marissa Kiepert Truong, Land of Once Upon a Time
Lisa Weinstein, The Mixed Up Brains of Lisa Weinstein
Shivaun Williams, Dar Liomsa (In My Opinion)
Paige Wolf, Spit That Out!

If you are a Philadelphia-area parenting blogger and would like to contribute to MomSpeak, please e-mail editor@metrokids.com.

 

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Here's a look at activities, closures and background information parents should know about for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia.

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CHOP's New Digs

CHOP's New Digs

Take a photo tour of CHOP's new Buerger Center for Advanced Pediatric Care.

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Art Splash: Summer at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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What parents can expect at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art Splash kids' summer program.

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Babies & Zoo Animals: July Preview

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Preview of the July 2015 edition of MetroKids, including baby products, VBAC and baby care class info, as well as an introduction to the animals who live at zoos and aquariums.

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The Marvel Experience: What Should Parents Expect?

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A parent's guide to The Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field through July 5

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