Archive for April, 2010

What Boys versus Girls Need to Get a Leg Up

What Boys and Girls Need to Succeed; It’s Different!

The following tips come from an  old issue of Family Circle Magazine.

A Leg Up for Boys… Read more…

Teacher Wedding Present: Lily’s Big Day (picture book)

Picture Book to Give Teacher Getting Married

Tomorrow my middle daughter’s teacher is getting married.  My daughter has had this teacher for two years and she’s awesome!  She invited the entire class to the ceremony and the kids are THRILLED!  The Room Parents went crazy to come up with a meaningful present and created the cutest video of the kids in the class reading and answering questions related to marriage.  How old do you think you need to be to get married?  Who is a better cook, the bride or groom?  How can you tell who you should marry?  What will be different about your teacher after she gets married?  The answers were hilarious and we watched our teacher crack up during the presentation of the gifts.  We also had the class write something in this book and gave this to her.  This was followed by “cocktails” in fancy plastic champagne glasses (sparkling cider and Orangina). Read more…

Girl Bullying: The Hundred Dresses by Estes (grades 3-5th)

Best Chapter Book on Girl Bullying Ever!

My oldest’s teacher recommended this book to me when my daughter was in 3rd grade. There had been a history of not-so-nice girl bullying since Kindergarten but by 3rd grade, it was totally out of hand. The teacher thought this would be an especially good book for my daughter’s book club, and we, the moms, talked about doing a Mother and Daughter book club to model discussion around this book but we never pulled it off. Read more…

Feed the Hungry: By Playing Games

Feed Hungry by Playing Games

I got an email from a Mom Friend of mine.  Her Socially Conscious Middle Schooler asked her to email her friends to get the word out that by playing this game, food will be donated to the hungry around the world.    I am so impressed that Middle Schoolers realize that they, too, can change the world.  And, in fact, the future lies in their hands.  So, please read her email below and play away! Read more…

50 Worst Job Interview Mistakes by Karen Burns

How to Blow a Job Interview

More great career advice by Karen Burns perfect for anyone looking for a summer job!  And check out her blog at

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Top 10: Tricky Interview Questions and How to Answer

Overcome Shyness During Your Job HuntI came across this post on tricky interview questions and how to answer them from Karen Burns.

Karen Burns is the author of the illustrated career advice book The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use, recently released by Running Press. She blogs at If you child is looking for a summer job, have him or her peruse this.

1. “Tell me about yourself.”

  • DO: Talk about the ways that what you know and what you can do are perfectly suited to this job.
  • DON’T: Tell the interviewer your life story.

2. “Tell me something bad you’ve heard about our company.”

  • DO: You wouldn’t apply for a job at a company you disapproved of, would you? So you should be able to honestly answer that you haven’t heard anything negative about this place.
  • DON’T: Repeat gossip you might have heard.

[See how to ace the phone interview.] 3. “Why should I hire you?”

  • DO: Impress your interviewer with how much you know about the company’s requirements and then describe how you are the best person to meet those requirements.
  • DON’T: Get tripped up by a lack of prior research.

4. “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

  • DO: Talk about how your specific abilities, training, and experience will enable you to smoothly integrate with this company.
  • DON’T: Say that you have no idea.

5. “How would you react if I told you your interview so far was terrible?”

  • DO: Recognize that this is a test to see if you get flustered. Say, mildly, that you would ask for reasons why.
  • DON’T: Freak out. Remember, the interviewer said “if.”

[See how to keep your thank-you note out of the trash.] 6. “What’s the last book you read?”

  • DO: Mention a book that reflects well on you. Choose something by a reputable author that your interviewer has probably heard of.
  • DON’T: Name a book you haven’t actually read.

7. “Can you work under pressure?”

  • DO: Say that of course you can, and then relate a brief story about a time you did.
  • DON’T: Just say, “Yes I can.” Provide a specific example.

8. “Who’s your hero?”

  • DO: Name a person who has inspired you and then describe specifically how this inspiration relates to your work.
  • DON’T: Get caught off-guard by what should really be a softball question. Come prepared with a good answer.

9. “Have you ever considered starting your own business?”

  • DO: Talk about how you are happiest and do your best work in a company that is amazingly similar to the one you’re applying at.
  • DON’T: Go on and on about how you’d love to be your own boss one day.

10. “If you won the lottery, would you still work?”

  • DO: Be honest and say you’d be thrilled to win the lottery; then add that even if you did you’d still seek out satisfying work, because work is what makes people happy.
  • DON’T: Say that you’d never work again (too honest) or that you’d just work for free (too BS-y).

[Video: How to Ace the Interview.] Bottom line: It pays to think through in advance how you would handle some of the more common trick questions. In general, remember never to badmouth or blame others, especially past employers. Be careful not to betray your nervousness with jittery body language. Don’t lie or babble, or show frustration, impatience, disappointment, or anger. The most important thing to remember is that hiring managers who ask these questions are far more interested in how you answer than what you answer. They just want to see how well you think on your feet. So even if a question completely flummoxes you, keep your cool, smile, and look ‘em in the eye.

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