Friday, November 2, 2007

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23 comments:

Brenda said...

I,m looking forward to checking out News Anchor Mom regularly. As a teacher, I see your site as a place where I can refer some of my parents as well as a place to get more info on topics that come up in the classroom and in parent/teacher conferences. Just a comment on spanking: often the students with whom I have the most discipline issues are those who are spanked at home. They know they will not be spanked at school and tend to stretch the limits most often. They often haven't developed self-discipline so I spend more time disciplining than teaching those students.

Anonymous said...

I would like to post a comment to Brenda above. My son is in 6th grade. I don't spank and I can't say that I remember the last time it has crossed my mind to even consider it. He certainly has issues that many children face with stretching limits, but I worry about teachers generalizing and labeling based on their opinions. I support my son's teachers, but I support my child first. In all grade school and the two years prior of pre-school I had never been told my child had a "problem". In third grade a teacher that was new to the district made a decision that he had a self discipline problem. My ex husband and I received a note every week for a month before we requested a conference. I also asked that the principal be present for the conference and brought past report cards and comments from teachers. I needed to understand when the problem had developed so that it could be addressed. I am not challenging teachers and how they do the job, but I do encourage parents to know and stand behind their children. So, I guess if you are working through discipline issues with your children and communicating spanking may not need to be an option in most situations. However, I believe there has to be a certain amount of fear of consequence or parents will not be able to control their kids. My 6th grader knows that if he talked back to me the way i see a lot of the kids in his class speak to their mother I would KNOCK HIM OUT! :)

Anonymous said...

Just read your website. I heard about it on the radio. Your info about VBAC is interesting. I had a c-section with my first. My second pregnancy was a miscarriage. The third pregnancy was a VBAC. I am so glad I did. It was a much, much quicker recovery and I felt so much better. I look forward to reading articles on your site in the future.

chelsea said...

I love your site. You are an intelligent and successful mom and career woman. You inspire me, but also leave me feeling like a complete failure. How do you find the time to post all these blogs, do your job, and take care of your family? I feel like there are never enough hours in the day. I go to my job (I don't get to be the career mom I planned...i just have a job that pays some of the bills) then run from one kid related activity to the next. How do you do it Jen? You never seem to get worn out! Do you have tips for the over exhausted and over stressed?

newsanchormom.com said...

Chelsea,
You are not a failure. I just tend to get really involved in things. I am one of those people who always has a big project they're working on. That is just how I operate. I really felt like I was doing all these projects for work and then "Poof" they were gone forever. That's partly why I created this site. I am informing parents, saving my work in a great little compact website and making a journal of funny things that happen with my kids. This site meets all those needs. I AM really busy right now, but I just do what I can. Sometimes the kids only get a bath every other night. Sometimes my car is filthy (like right now.) It's all about making "life" work for you. Staying busy and being productive makes me happy. For others, focusing on one thing a day might be better.
Thanks for the comment! Jen

Chelsea said...

Thanks Jen,

I would love to hear how other working moms are "doing it all" as well. How about a blog with tips and ideas from your readers. I read the Veggie Tales story and am glad because that was kind of on our "Must See" list and now I can skip it. Family time on the weekends is so important. But when do you find time for couple time? My husband and I haven't had a date alone in years! Literally years. We love the kids and are a great team as parents....but at the end of the day I have no game left as a wife. I would love to get some tips on how to keep my marriage and my family alive. I'm afraid when the kids leave I will be left home with a stranger. I also worry that he is going to trade me in for a younger skinnier version sooner or later. Am I just crazy?

Anonymous said...

As a parent of a child with disabilities Penguin Project does wonders. It allows all kids to be accepted for who they are and not be looked down on. It allows them to be who they are. The penguin project allows these kids to participate in activities just like other kids by allowing them to have a mentor to help them and become artists and enjoy doing it.
Thanks to Dr. Morgan this program is growing by leaps and bounds and allowing so many kids to be just like everyone else.

Thanks to Penguins everywhere and keep your heads up

Anonymous said...

The Penguin Project is Fantastic!. My daughter is autistic and was an artist in this years production. As her little sister has gotten older and started participating in things like soccer, choir, and camp, she has felt very left out. Opening night she GLOWED from the special attention and sense of accomplishment the performance gave her.

Jillane said...

HI Jen. Thank you for the great website that is loaded with useful information for all of us Moms! I have a question about the safety of booster seats. We now have a baby who turned one and is currently under 20lbs. She is finally ready to get out of her carrier car seat into and into a regular rear facing one (she is petite). Our son who is 4 is still in his 3 in 1 car seat using the 5 point harness. I thought we would just get him a booster and put the baby into his car seat. But after doing research on booster seats, I am less eager to take our 40 lb 4 year out and into a booster. I have read about the booster seats not being as safe using the car's seat belt and to keep children in the 5 point harness as long as possible. So, I did find a booster that uses a 5 point harness, but it is pricey. So should we spend the extra money on the 5 point booster or buy a new car seat for our baby and just leave our 4 year old in the one he has now? I am confused. I just want to do what is best safety wise and be smart with our spending as well.

Gina said...

Hello, this site is so great i am so happy i found it. just signed up for email feeds.

I just started a social network DIABETIC AND PREGNANT, for people that have diabetes and want to have children or people who are pregnant and have diabetes. If you would like to pass it along.

http://momswithdiabetes.ning.com

also another site you may find useful is a my other website i created www.diabetestalkfest.com the first site dedicated to scheduling live chats with medical professionals and leaders in the diabetes field.

I will add your website to my diabetic and pregnant site i hope you check it out!

Gina Capone

Jennifer said...

I wasn't sure how to email you a question, so here goes:

I work really hard to feed my family healthy meals and try to rely as little as possible on convenience foods. However, working full time and having two kids, I do rely on a few products to make my life easier, things like tortilla shells, frozen vegetables, rice mixes, etc. I always look at the labels but find myself questioning which data is the most relevant. Calories? Fat grams per serving? Sodium? For example, one product may be lower in fat, but higher in calories and salt. How do you know which is really the healthier option? (BTW, we don't have any health issues, so it's more about prevention than, for example, avoiding salt due to high blood pressure).

newsanchormom.com said...

Jennifer,

I am sure I can get you more information on how to read the labels. I have that problem too with my kids. I can't cook a fresh meal every night. I'm not even home every night.

Jen

Mom said...

I am looking for ideas on ways to help the Spoon River College Child Development Center. In short, parents were advised the current situation would be changed 7/1/08 due to the program being funded by "auxillary funds". As a parent, one of the hardest decisions I have made is to choose a good day care facility. Now they want to change that. It is very upsetting. We have tried to address the SRC President and Board but it seems to no avail. No input from the parents, staff or program was enlisted by the SRC President prior to this decision. We are running out of time and it is very important to the parents who utilize this service. Any ideas?

newsanchormom.com said...

We are interested in doing the Spoon River Daycare story HOI. Please email me at newsanchormom {at} gmail {dot} com.
Thanks!
Jen

Nisbet309 said...

What do you do when you do not have the educational support from your child's school? I'm very involved in my son's education. I believe parents should be involved but when the school sets rules that they say is to help parents and teachers work together and then they do not follow those rules, what do you do? I've tried everything. Talking to principal, talking to super intendent of the district and I'm not getting anywhere. My son isn't perfect by no means but when I count on the school to follow the rules that they themselves have issued and then don't how is that helping my son or me. I'm finding other parents in our district with the same issue. They have also done what I have done and we are not getting anywhere. It's almsot like the teachers are just pushing the kids through to get rid of them. If a child doesn't follow a rule that child is disciplined harshly (some that even the superintendent has told me he would not enforce) but when the school will not follow its own rules then shouldn't they also be punished. Teachers and pricipal are not working with the parents. They don't care.

Daniel Faiella said...

A new way to treat everyone with Autism, who didnt respond to other treatments is Adult Stem Cell. My son Matthew is recovering and in few weeks we are going back to Costa Rica to do another round of Adult Stem Cell.
Daniel Faiella
www.recoveringmatthew.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I wanted to comment on early puberty. I am a 37 years old woman and I was 9 when I started my period. This is of course very young. I was not overweight and at the time both of parents lived with me. I now have three daughters and the two who have started were 11 & 12 when their periods began. I do not know the cause but I just think we talk about more issues now. I believe early puberty has been just a fact of life for some, it is just being talked about now.

tinaperhay said...

Hello I live in the Bloomington/Normal area there are these bright billboards up that have Work at home Mom Expo posted on it with the site www.wahmjobfair.com I went to the site it sounds interesting does anyone know anything else about it? There seems to be some great comapnies there. I was looking for someone who may of attended before? Just more info I guess. Thanks.

newsanchormom.com said...

Hi Tina,

I don't know of hand, but I can find for you and post it on the blog. Jen

Gina said...

Hi, I,m from Bloomington too. I have seen the billboards and heard about the expo on the radio also. It sounds like a very informative and fun event. I would like to learn more about it also.

Sarah said...

I am a Work at Home Mom, I run a Virtual Assistant business from my home, I have a booth at the Expo. I am hoping to expand my business over the next year and thought this wiould be a great opportunity to recruit.
The speakers at the Conference are amazing, the founder of Work It Mom.com (a fantastic site) is going to be there, I can't wait to attend. The event organizers seem to know what they are doing, I have heard it advertisied all over the place. The site has lots of info and I'm sure if you email them they would give you more info.

Stephanie LH Calahan said...

Hi! I'm one of the speakers at the WAHM Conference. I have been working with Holly (the owner of the event production company H Jones Productions) for a while now. I am really excited about the event because there are companies from all over the country that are coming. While the main stage presenters have been lined up for a while it seems like a new mini-workshop is being added every day. You can learn more about the event at www.WAHMJobFair.com.

Amy said...

Hey Jen. I don't know if you have posted this before, but www.safemama.com is a great resource for parents. Another mom passed it along to me and I thought other parents should know about it.

 
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