Archive for September, 2010

Summer’s really over…..

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Speed and Whiz have been in school for a few weeks now but it’s only just starting to sink in for me that summer is really and truly over.  Every afternoon I’m surprised that my kids really have homework to do.  I’m disappointed every evening when I realize ice cream for dinner really isn’t an option anymore.  And I’m crushed every night after the kids are in bed that instead of sitting by the pool with my husband and a glass of red wine, I’m packing lunches, processing endless papers in backpacks, and creating the next day’s “battle plan” for how to get everyone where they need to be, when they need to be there, with the gear they need to have.  Summer is really, and truly, and sadly – over.

And with the end of summer came the end of our 2010 Summer Activities Challenge.  What a great summer we had with all of you!  Almost 3,500 families participated.  That’s a lot of kids moving their bodies and using their brains instead of spending their summer vacation on the couch watching tv or playing video games.

We’d like to send out a huge “Thank You” to all the parents, grandparents, nannies, day care providers, camp counselors, and other grown-ups in charge of kids who signed up to take the Challenge.  We know time in the summer is precious and we appreciate your spending some of it with us. (more…)

Highlights From A Radio Interview On Bullying

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

I was interviewed today by Florida radio station WDBO.  Last week, two different parents in that state reached the boiling point about their kids’ experience being bullied and responded in inappropriate and ineffective ways.  In both cases the parents indicated that they felt the school wasn’t doing enough to protect their children.  So WDBO asked to comment on what works and what doesn’t work in terms of school bullying policies.  Here are some insights I shared on the show – all of which can be found in our Special Edition on Bullying.

School bullying policies:  What doesn’t work -


Want to win a box of goodies for your kids (while you help out other parents)? Here’s your chance!

Friday, September 10th, 2010

I bet you’d be surprised if you really stopped to think about what an “expert” you are as a parent. Remember the time you “cured” your toddler of her nightly bad dreams, helped your 8-year-old (finally) eat veggies, or got your 4th grader to do his homework without (too much) grumbling? Believe it or not, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of parents out there who are dealing with a parenting riddle that you’ve already solved!

Come share your expert experience by answering a question in the JustAsk forum. We think you’ll love how it feels to help out another mom or dad, but just in case you need a little extra incentive, how’d you like to win a box of handpicked, age-appropriate games and books for your kiddos? Now’s your chance!

All you have to do is share your parenting expertise by answering one or more questions in JustAsk,’s community question and answer forum! has tons of prizes to give away, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be hosting several competitions. There’s no need to be a doctor or educational expert—we’re just looking for helpful input from members. Whether you’re a parent, teacher, big brother or sister, nanny, or grandparent, our community wants to hear from you! (more…)