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OK. So I back the google calendar too - but mainly because I use it to coordinate the 20 different committees on my Parent's Association and the car share program I have with my mom and sister and it works great. The big bonus is that you can export the calendar into ical and other programs so anyone can use it and then download to their calendar app. Also, for moms it has a great nagging feature. You can set up alerts for events and appointments and make sure your kids or husband get zapped, emailed, texted whatever so they can't conveniently forget to be there. Also, I would suggest setting up a private family blog on wordpress.com. You can have a master calendar there and also upload pics to share and even write if the feeling strikes. If your kids travel they can post there for you guys to see them while abroad too. The blog can grow with you through time so it will be like a family journal and source of communication. And, get your daughter a smart phone. A cheap one is fine. David Pogue just did a big review of them in the NY Times. The extra ways you will be able to nag and boss her around are worth it!
I use a google calendar to schedule all of the crazy committees on our Parents Association. (all 20 of them) and it works great. We also use it for our car which we share with my sister and my mom. What's great about google is that you can see as many or as few of the calendars at one time, and it exports to ical and other calendar apps really easily so that's not a prob. But, the best feature for you as a mom may be that you can put email reminders attached to events so when you really want to nag -er, gently remind - your kids and husband of an appt or event they will get zinged, texted, whatever you want, when you want. The other suggestion I have is to set up a family blog, password protected and private on wordpress.com. It's free and you can easily put a master calendar on there. But it has the added advantage of everyone adding pics and even writing if they want and then you have one centralized place for your family online that can grow with time. If everyone subscribes to the blog they will get emails when it's updated and you can make sure you stay up to date and in touch that way too. And, yeah, you just might have to get your daughter a smart phone! It's worth it for the uber-nagging features.
i tweeted it too! http://twitter.com/beccasara
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2010 on Back-to-School 2.0 - Enter to Win! at Life Scoop
A netbook for my other daughter since we finally have to admit our twins each need their own computer. Sharing doesn't cut it when you want to play together in virtual worlds. and now that they may be taking online classes they need their own computers so they're not cheating off each other!
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2010 on Back-to-School 2.0 - Enter to Win! at Life Scoop
Seriously, hire a pro. I know that's a terrible, not very creative suggestion, but a professional organizer will help your son figure out how he likes to study, where he dumps his phone, camera, etc. and how he keeps track of homework and school supplies. My niece and nephew have huge desks they never use. They do their homework on their laptops on their beds or in the kitchen. You can build the nicest thing imaginable but if it doesn't work with how he studies it will be a waste of space and money.
Hi Ladies, I have the same concerns as Meagan, which I emailed you. I do think adding this FAQ as a rider would go a long way. You can never be too detailed or too specific in a contract. Any vague wording just opens the door to the possibility of litigation later. I've seen it happen and it's not pretty, but easily avoidable. Thanks, Rebecca
So funny. I just wrote about this and it went up yesterday on nycmoms. and on my personal blog too! like minds!
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that's hilarious! I never thought of creating a list like that, I just go around hiding everyone I want to block. I am totally going to create some filter lists now. wish i could do that on my blog!
Toggle Commented May 31, 2010 on Don't Get Mad. Get A Blog? at NYC Moms
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The other day I went on to my Facebook account and changed a privacy setting on just one "friend." I clicked the option to NOT let that person see any links or updates that I post on my wall. Why?... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at NYC Moms
I never thought to do that with rhubarb, now I'm inspired to buy it up this weekend at the farmer's market. of course, i'm always inspired after reading your blog! We are a crazy jam family - at least 4 kinds in the fridge at all times. Except grape, we don't like grape. I love it on challah with butter smeared first. But for one daughter it's got to be with peanut butter and the other with cream cheese. and one of my all time favorite children's books is of course, Bread and Jam for Frances.
Toggle Commented May 28, 2010 on roasted rhubarb jam at In Jennie's Kitchen
LOVE it! First of all a pole dancing class without a mirror is genius - but to live it up on your bday is even better. Besides, there's nothing sexier than being funny and witty, and you've got that in spades...
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Holly, you're so fab, don't sweat it. Women tend to be each others' harshest critics, and when you combine that with the strange derision aimed at "mommy" blogging you get a pretty snarky result. You're a great writer with a fun niche and a unique point of view. And if all else fails tell that "friend" if she's not nice you'll write about her. :)
Toggle Commented May 11, 2010 on Tongue Tied at NYC Moms
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OK. Here's the permalink: http://www.pearltrees.com/beccarama/ But, I have to say this is NOT very intuitive - and their graphics seems very dated. I get what they're trying to do so I'm going to spend the next week playing with it - but it looks really old skool web 1.0 to me. kind go strange. I'll post about it when I get my bearings better. Can't wait to hear your thoughts on actually using it. (and how jealous am I that you were in Paris!!!) Rebecca beccarama.com
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Amy, I defer to you in all things involving "angles!" :) You get me on one of those renovation shows I will become the president of the Selfish Mom fan club and recruit many nutty followers...
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2010 on The Seven-Year Redecorating Itch at NYC Moms
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I couldn't agree with you more. It makes me crazy when they say how do you know who's a good teacher? I always say, well look at the teachers that every parent wants every year. Parents know exactly who they covet for their kids and there's a reason. Now this is not a scientific method they can implement, but shouldn't a performance evaluation take into account this feedback? I don't think there should be first in first out, and I don't think there should be an assumption that 20 years on the job burns you out. My daughter has a teacher going on her 22nd year who is truly one of the best teachers she will ever have in her life. There is no doubt about that. But, I think if there were a path for teachers to gracefully exit a classroom, maybe as coaches in their specialties, or as mentors to younger teachers, even at a pay cut for reduced hours, that would be better for everyone. It might not lead to the immense budget savings they're looking for, but teacher lay offs are never the answer for budget problems anyway. Not with the system we have in place now. Plus, if we could effectively get rid of the truly bad teachers it wouldn't require so many lay offs to begin with.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2010 on Sometimes Parents Do Know Best at NYC Moms
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I hope I can make it but our auction is that Saturday and I will be baking for that! Desserts are still OK for parents and teachers apparently. What is so upsetting about this ridiculous bakesale ban is that it does nothing but distract from the true nutritional horror that is school lunch. If they were truly concerned about the fat and calories that our children take in they would revamp the cafeterias so that real food could be cooked instead of frozen farm subsidy leftovers that get reheated in mass "ovens." In one swoop the DOE has succeeded in both cutting off a source of pretty decent fundraising money and avoiding any real headway on providing healthy food for a million or so children. I think we should call for a school version of "Supersize Me" and demand that the chancellor eat only school food breakfast and lunch every day for a month and then see the results. (and I certainly wouldn't allow him to eat your fabulous muffins! Only Doritos for him!) Rebecca Levey www.beccarama.com
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What's weird about this whole story is that it is not Dept.of Ed policy to arrest someone for doodling on a desk. (God knows I only got through Latin thanks to all of the "doodlings" left behind on my desk) I think the bigger problem is that there is a tendency for school officials to see kids as the enemy and use the presence of school safety officers as a means of policing the students rather than as protecting them. In this case the bad judgment came from the teachers and the principal not from a blanket policy. I also think parents need to advocate for their children and yes there is a fine line between advocating and being a pain in the self-entitled ass, but most parents don't get involved in their schools until something goes wrong or until the schools are marked for closure. So bad teachers and administrators get away with all sorts of punitive measures. And unfortunately it's the kids that pay the price for all of this nonsense. Also, I wish the Daily News would run stories about the great teachers and principals that fill our schools too and not just the nut jobs.
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This is the case even in cities and states with supposed gifted education like NYC. Within segregated gifted programs there are a huge range of true enrichments and teaching abilities. There is no real money put behind the idea of gifted education because more policy makers, and parents, feel that those kids will always turn out just fine, or that their parents can supplement on the side. And, parents who advocate for a "gifted" child (as your administrator so subtly demonstrated) are seen as obnoxious and entitled. It's a continual struggle, I hope that if more and more parents speak out about the need to give all kids the chance to reach full potential that there can be some sort of uniform agreement on what to do with a child who is ready for more challenging work and a system in place that gives teachers the tools to truly differentiate either within a classroom or within the school itself. This is the work that needs to done on a Federal scale so that standards and expectations can be in place, and then of course actual funding to make it happen is the most important of all.
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I think Jet Blue should listen up to what the parents are saying and start branding themselves as the family friendly airline!
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Not as great as I had hoped. I'm just not sure what it's for other than a much cooler kindle. otherwise i would need the dock and the keyboard all the time because writing is my main purpose. Seems like a great thing for gamers. A friend commented that she would've gotten it for her husband who travels all the time but it doesn't have a camera for Skype or ichat, a must to talk to his kids at home. For students it doesn't add anything to the learning experience book wise since you can't take notes on the books as far as I can tell, and again you'd still need a laptop. so even though its very, very pretty, and i've been an Apple girl since I was 12 and got my Apple 2C, I think I'll be holding off to see what they build on from here. (though quote of the day - will they call the $1000 one the maxipad?)
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Those are both great stories. I love the image of infants rolling giant carry-ons through security. I think as flying has become more stressful for everyone parents with kids have become a safe target for people to channel their frustration. I had one woman tell me they should have family only planes at Christmas so the other passengers wouldnt have to deal with screaming kids. Trust me, I told her families would LOVE that more than anyone.
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I feel for you! My daughter went through this at about 3 1/2. It was just awful and draining. I can tell you that putting a clock in their room made a huge difference. Basically once she had some control over knowing what time it was she calmed down. What time does your husband leave for work? Maybe plan so that he comes in at a set time to say goodbye, but only if your son is quiet. Also, a little book light might be good too so he can turn on a small light and feel safe. And I know it doesn't help to hear, but everything - good and bad - is a phase. Just think, in 8 years you'll have to drag his teenage butt out of bed in the morning! (at least that's what I tell myself when I'm ready to lose it on my daughter for waking me at 2 am) Good Luck! Rebecca Levey www.beccarama.com
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Hi Beth I'm still working on my CES post too! Just the pile of biz cards is daunting enough. Or maybe the lack of sunlight for 4 days and all that second hand cigarette smoke in the brain is the real reason why what happens in vegas stays in vegas. Think I still have visions of the Samsung area in my dreams. Great to see you there. Look forward to your round up! Rebecca Levey www.beccarama.com
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I will be out of the country for the month of July. I will have email access, but not immediate access. Feel free to follow our family adventure on www.beccarama.com! Have a great summer, Rebecca
Toggle Commented Jul 2, 2009 on Living La Dolce Vita at NYC Moms
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