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).



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.

Are you a bystander?

November 10, 2011

Photo taken from the British Red Cross campaign "Don't be a bystander. Be someone. Learn first aid."

Have you ever been one?

The following article talks about the Penn State scandal and how Joe Paterno “didn’t act, wrongly”.

I’m guilty on one occasion for  being a bystander: we were in a study group at a friend’s apartment and we could hear the neighbor being violent with his wife, throwing pans and glass bottles at her. We could hear her screaming and yet, the five of us looked at each other without saying a word. It seemed as if we were frozen, no one knew what number to call. I still feel guilty about not being able to react and having had done nothing that day. All I can say is that it’s easy to say “I would’ve had reported it”, yet when you’re in the situation, the bystander effect is contagious.

On another occasion, I overheard a co-worker saying sexually harassing comments in public to some ladies. And it happened again, everyone around him was quiet and didn’t say a thing. I decided to talk to my boss about it and I was asked to literally say what the harasser had said (which was something very uncomfortable to do because there were words that would never come out of my mouth). He thanked me for “reporting” it. Unfortunately, as far as the other women and I are aware, no action was taken.

Is it possible that there are so many bystanders around us? Do you think not acting is wrong? It seems even worse when it’s a football coach committing sex crimes against boys, right?

What would you have done if you had been in any of these situations?

How have you taught your kids that no one should touch their private parts?

A very emotional opinion column from a dragon mom: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/16/opinion/sunday/notes-from-a-dragon-mom.html?_r=2