Oh la la, Sophie!

March 9, 2012

The natural “pressure” of wanting to buy the “best” products for your baby is probably universal.

The following article explains how Sophie, a rubber teething giraffe, has become a “jet setter”. Did you pay $25 for a teething toy for your little one? If you’re a marketing sucker like moi, you’ll enjoy reading about her: her attributes and the attention to detail she’s “manufactured with”. She’s clearly made with love and parents apparently love that.

Happy teething!


Do you cook with your kids? Have you ever tried to?

Today, I want to share with you my dear friend’s article on how she cooks with her adorable daughter and sous chef, Maisie. Megan is the Food & Wine Editor of the C-VILLE Weekly. Reading her articles makes me want to close my eyes and appear in her kitchen in Charlottesville (one of the greatest places on earth). This one, makes me want to be a chef and get JD in the kitchen with me. Enjoy! (click on the photo to read her column).



Why sign if he has a voice?

February 20, 2012

Yes, my baby can speak, well, he can say several words.  He is 18 months old and like any toddler his age, he clearly has a voice of his own.
I decided to teach him a few words in sign language before he could even say several words.

According to this article on “Parents” magazine, “Parents are beginning to realize that children’s proficiency in using their hands comes well before using the more intricate muscles of their tongue and vocal cords. And both parents and experts agree that signing with your baby can relieve his frustration at not being able to communicate with you (and your frustration at not being able to understand him).”

My baby boy was able to communicate with us effectively when he was close to turning 1. There were no cries, screams, tantrums nor was there food or sippy cups thrown on the floor when he learned to tell me he wanted more food, more water or even more kisses that tickled him or more singing of a song he found entertaining. It worked like magic.

We were so proud when he signed his first word “más” (more in Spanish), then he went on by learning how to say “listo” (all done), “gracias” (thank you) and “por favor” (please).

Some people who have seen him communicate with sign language ask me if I don’t care that he signs those words rather than saying them (now that he can say several words verbally). My answer is no.
Just as he learned how to communicate through signing, he will have to learn to communicate verbally with his teacher and friends in pre-school once he realizes that they don’t understand what he is saying.

Besides, I think it’s totally awesome to teach your child the “magic words” very early in life, and of course, how to communicate with you.

My husband and I have to keep on reinforcing that he continues to say “thank you” and “please”, for example, when he is able to say these words verbally. I’m glad to say that my boy has taken the first steps towards having good social skills.

Cool stuff.

As women, we all have numerous complaints about our bodies. The number of complaints probably increase after giving birth to a baby. I loved my belly while I was pregnant, was amazed at how perfect the human body is, but constantly complain mentally and verbally about my post baby body.

Like the author of this article, I believe 100%  in girl power, self-esteem, internal beauty, you name it. But I also believe that the way you feel about yourself, including your looks, influence your self esteem and how you project yourself onto others. That this influences how you relate to people, make new friends, ace interviews and get jobs.

I cannot imagine how difficult it will be to not send mixed messages to my kids.

I do hope I will be able to communicate verbally and through example, that health includes mind, body and soul. That exercise is good for you and that it makes you happy and feel great about yourself. That being smart and having diverse interests as a girl is important in a society that links women almost always to looks and fashion. That fashion is very cool, that cooking is very cool and that debating is very cool too. I hope I’ll be able to teach my kids what my favorite new book I read to my son says: “Thank you for the skin I came in, it’s nice and tight, it fits exaclty right. Thank you for me.”(The title of the book is “Thank you for me”).

Being a parent is tough. Being a mother is tougher (I’m just slightly biased). I hear it’s tougher to raise girls than boys. Who knows…

I will definitely read and re-read this mother’s response, print it and bookmark it for when my nieces and unborn daughters tell me “I’m fat.”

Coolest stuff.

About work, women and MBAs

December 15, 2011

As you’ve also probably wondered, I have also given much thought to why there are few women who reach top executive positions. Biology most likely plays a role as do other reasons that are sometimes difficult to understand.

The following article titled “Of MBAs and motherhood” from The Economist explains:

“The reasons are complex, but a few stick out. First, work in most organisations is structured in ways that were established many decades ago, when married men were the breadwinners and most married women stayed at home. Yet even though the great majority of families no longer fit that pattern, most workplaces have failed to take the change on board. They think they are being egalitarian by treating women exactly the same as men, but women’s circumstances are often different… 

[T]hough biology need not be destiny, it would be silly to pretend that having babies has no effect on women’s careers. Although women now have children later and in smaller numbers, they often start thinking about having a family just at the time when career-oriented people are scrambling madly to get to the top of their particular tree.”

I invite you to read the article and if you are in a position to help your female  employees to better “balance” their work and the rest of their responsibilities, perhaps the few days you’ll take off during the Holidays are a wonderful moment to reflect, make some changes and make an impact on the people that matter to you – assuming your employees matter to you.

Cool stuff.

SIDS is something so scarry, so so so serious…If you’re expecting a baby (your 1st, 2nd, 3rd or more) you MUST read THIS.
BACK TO SLEEP stands for putting babies on their backs when put to sleep.

Better be safe than sorry.

Are you an involved parent?

November 21, 2011

If you have kids in school, you’ll be interested in the following article “How About Better Parents?” from the New York Times.
If your kids aren’t in school yet, you might want to start reading to them every day (book worms rock!).

If you are an “involved parent” read what the study found:

“The study found that getting parents involved with their children’s learning at home is a more powerful driver of achievement than parents attending P.T.A. and school board meetings, volunteering in classrooms, participating in fund-raising, and showing up at back-to-school nights.”