Posts Tagged ‘Perspectives’

Overwhelmed as a Mom of Multiples

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My babies were three days old when my husband offered to get take-out from one of our favorite restaurants. I said, “Yes,” just as I would have before the girls were born. But as soon as he left, I realized this was my first time alone with my twins. In the small, silent room, I […]

DIY Estate Planning: Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney

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Having a new baby ranks right up there with the world’s most disruptive personal transitions. There’s just nothing like major new responsibilities, sleeplessness, arguing with your spouse, placating your other children (and pets) and dealing with caring for someone 24 hours a day who can’t even hold up her head.

The Whys of Multiples

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Multiples attract attention, there’s no getting around it. People approach you in public, sometimes just to look at your babies and say “Aw,” sometimes to tell you about twins they know, sometimes to tell you they are a twin! Once a woman came up to me and, touching my amazing double stroller, said, “I wish they […]

Learning to Code at Age 5?

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Technology is changing our world, and today kids as young as five years of age are learning to program computers. Learning to code is not only helpful in promoting qualities that are important to nurture in kids — perseverance, creativity and confidence — but it is also helpful in gaining invaluable critical thinking and STEM skills that […]

Does Physical Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

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The stereotypical smart kid prefers reading to playing sports. The stereotypical below average kid prefers sports to learning in the classroom. The fact is these perceptions are flawed. Focus on academic achievement and lower budget levels has led many schools in the U.S. to diminish

Keys to Building Character

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With the loss of community in the past two generations (now “the village it takes to raise a child” looks more like a ghost town), an increasingly “look out for yourself” economy and a vulgar and self-absorbed culture penetrating every corner of our lives – including children’s television and advertisements – we really have to […]

What Inspires You to Get Fit?

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Where do you find your fitness inspiration? What keeps you lacing up you putting on your workout clothes? My own fitness dream inspiration has shifted over the years. Family can be your fitness inspiration. One of my own favorite inspirations is to realize how your own fitness can improve your

Member Musings: I LOVE My FitBit!

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Do you have out-of-shape mom friends who complain constantly about their post-baby bods and their inability to find anytime to exercise? Do these same moms sip four margaritas on Moms Night Out while quietly inhaling the whole plate of French fries? Do these moms also love to post photos of themselves (pre-baby, of course) on […]

How the Three C’s Can Protect Your Family Now

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Most parents of young children in Palo Alto and neighboring communities have attempted to take every factor into consideration with regard to living here so that our kids can attend the highly rated schools in our outrageously expensive neighborhoods. However, we may question our decision to live here when the news reports that multiple local […]

Member Musings: Partners in Storytime

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I love reading to my kid. Since he was a little guy, we would read stories together before naps, before bed, at night and at random periods throughout the day. It’s always fun to snuggle up with a little one and a book. There were times early on that I found I was able to recite […]

Pumping and Working – Notes from the Field

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Five years ago, when my first child was four months old, I went back to work at a small pre-IPO high-tech firm, determined to keep providing milk for my baby. At the time, the company had very few women, much less moms. I was fortunate to have one co-worker who showed me the ropes, and […]

Member Musings: Meditating in the Target Parking Lot

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My son is obsessed with a few things, and it goes in cycles. Bey Blades, these little fancy spinning tops, Pokemon cards which he stores carefully in binders to show and trade with his friends, those rubber band bracelets, making origami cranes and paper airplanes

Who Do You Trust?

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If you’re anywhere along the pregnant/postpartum journey, you will doubtless have been inundated with advice and opinions on how you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing it. Given that parenting wisdom and know-how changes on a monthly basis, how does a new mom begin to discern what choices she wants to make for her baby and herself? […]

Member Musings: Why Hire a Doula?

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When our son was born I didn’t know much about birth or postpartum doulas. Both were probably mentioned during our childbirth preparation class, but I didn’t look into either service. I didn’t know how painful/long labor could be, how hard it would be

44 Fitness Hashtags to Achieve Your Goals

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Fitness dreams can get sticky if you are online 24/7. The amount of information available from fitness experts can be overwhelming. Being online 24/7 can be a benefit or curse to your fitness goals. There are a ton of fitness experts and trainers