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Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Why Social Emotional Skills Rule the World! My College Roommate Will Fix Obamacare

Sylvia Mathews BurwellI am so proud of my freshman college roommate, Sylvia Mathews Burwell. She will be the next Health Secretary  on Obama’s Cabinet.

“President Barack Obama announced Friday that he will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently directs the White House budget office, to be the next health secretary, the Cabinet official who’s ultimately responsible for overseeing Obamacare. During the ceremony, Obama touted Burwell skills as someone who can handle tough challenges.

‘Sylvia is a proven manager, and she knows how to deliver results,” he said. “And she’ll need to be a proven manager because these are tough tasks, big challenges.’

She also has a history in Washington circles that extends beyond her current position.” From CNN Read more…

10 Books to Help Kids Become More Responsible

10 Books to Help Kids Become More Responsible

Mamoo Kids asked me for a list of books to help kids become more independent. That got me thinking … can books for kids teach kids about responsibility? Why not? It will help start the discussion and that might lead to better remembering which might lead to being more responsible!

Mamoo Kids ‏@mamookids

@pragmaticmom great site! love your recommendations. do you have suggestions for books on helping kids become more independent? responsible?

 

re·spon·si·ble
riˈspänsəbəl/
adjective
  1. having an obligation to do something, or having control over or care for someone, as part of one’s job or role.

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5 Thoughtful and Creative Baby Shower Gifts to Show You Care

Baby shower gifts can really put the pressure on. You want to get your friend or family member just the right thing, but you’re not sure what’s going to do justice for the occasion. With that in mind, many people turn to creative, do-it-yourself inspired gifts if they’re too late to snag something useful from the registry. These gifts are all great ideas, and vary between the practical to the decorative. When you’re pressed for time and need to get something for a baby shower now, you can turn to these. Read more…

Kids Yoga Stories, PIcture Book of the Day, Good Night Animal World, yoga picture book for kids

Yoga for Kids Bedtime Picture Book of the Day GIVEAWAY

I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Giselle today. Giselle blogs at Kids Yoga Stories and recently moved to my neck of the woods from Northern California so we are actually able to meet in person! Such a rare and unusual treat for bloggers! You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that she is a yoga instructor, a teacher and a mom!  She was inspired to bring yoga to kids through picture books and hence the Kids Yoga Stories was born!

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You Were The First picture book and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

‘You Were The First’ and the Kid Lit Blog Hop

I don’t blog much about my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei. It’s not because she’s a teenager (8th grade!) though that would be reason enough. One reason is that she hates being photographed.

you were my first

The elusive Grasshopper and Sensei.

She’s never wanted to in the spotlight. She hates that. She’s a pretty wonderful kid though. Very kind (doesn’t get that from me or my husband!). Emotionally atuned to the collective vibe in any room and highly motivated to make sure that everyone gets along.

you were my first

They don’t intentionally dress alike any more but what do you know?! Read more…

Healthy Essentials Johnson and Johnson twitter party and coupons

Lots of Ways to Save: Healthy Essentials Twitter Party with Prizes

In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to offer you a few ways to save:

  • Save money — over $55 — on HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® products with special coupons
  • Donate a photo to give $1 to a non profit partner of Johnson and Johnson
  • Save the earth by recycling packing for bathroom products
  • Join me for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Twitter party for prizes

HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® is offering amazing printable coupons on products you and your family probably use. Save over $55 by visiting their website in April and signing up for HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® program coupons.

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Boxing and Bonding for Middle School Girls (and supermodels)

This is the first year that PickyKidPix doesn’t see her closest friends since Kindergarten on a daily basis. She’s in middle school now and she and her friends are on different teams,  different school buses, and doing different activities. They had no common activity, so I suggested boxing.

middle school girls learn to box

PickyKidPix started boxing with me during the summer weeks when she had a free week and she loved it. I had to give up my Thursday Mother/Daughter boxing slot since our boxing trainer had no more time to add in new sessions but it was worth it. Her two friends joined her and have been boxing all winter; a great way to get exercise in cold New England!


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how I got 55,000 followers, twitter tips, how to use twitter

Twitter Tips and how I got 55,000 followers

Last month, I went to a small blogger retreat for Multicultural Kids Blogs and part of the presentations were on using social media. MaryAnne from Mama Smiles taught us about Google +. Kim from The Educators’ Spin on It did a really helpful presentation on Pinterest. My contribution was on how to use Twitter.

Multicultural Kids Blog retreat

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dear 16 year old me

Dear 16 Year Old Me: My Letter to Myself

Dear 16 year old me,

Just a few quick things as I pop back in time.

Dear 16 Year Old Me, Pragmatic Mom, PragmaticMom

1) Swimming is not your sport

I know that you love this swim team. Your coach and teammates are amazingly supportive, kind and smart. They celebrate your personal best as enthusiastically as you do their blue ribbons.

It’s just that– you’re just not that fast.

You’ve learned to push yourself three hours a day in the pool even though you hate that first entry into a cold pool. And now you know your way around a weight room.

Learning to work hard for results is not a bad lesson for you. This will be your mantra from which success will come. Eventually. But that struggle to improve is what will drive you and that’s the part of the journey you will relish more than the final destination.

I think the biggest attraction for swimming was ditching the Nerd-dom label that plagued you in Junior High. Honestly, you will one day embrace your inner nerd. It will take you a few decades but it will serve you well.  Read more…