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Respect RX Rally

Book a Respect Rally or Get Trained! from Respect Rx on Vimeo. The Respect Rally is a four-hour conference—followed by a 24-session curriculum (The Respect Keep It Going! Kit)—that empowers teens and young adults to boost self-respect and…
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Born Mother

What I've noticed about Ainsley, her 7-year-old self, is that she's a leader, teacher, nurturer, caretaker. She's a born mother.  (She takes after me.) Zack wouldn't take swim lessons alone (though he's scarily unafraid of the water), so…

It's A Boy!

Ainsley and Zack got a new cousin - Court Conrad. Isn't he just precious!
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Fit Girl Series: Ainsley Won 5K!

WE DID IT! Ainsley and I ran a 5K. Our time was 47 minutes. She WON 2nd place. (Only 2 children ran the 5K instead of the kids' mile.) Run - walk - run - walk - run - walk. Come on Ains, we can do this, let's run to that cone and then…

How We Party!

Everyone needs a little adventure. A little adrenaline rush increases your life span and happiness. This was my grandmother, Viola's, 86th Birthday Party - in the mountains with yummy food (leftover wedding cake) and a zip line. Zack…

Packaging Girlhood Review

Review written by Leola Dublin Packaging Girlhood: Rescuing Our Daughters from Marketers' Schemes should actually be subtitled A Blueprint for Deprogramming Your Daughters. The authors are academics, - developmental psychologists, actually…
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Role Model Wedding

Did you miss me? I miss you. I went off to Utah for my sister's wedding. My 7-year-old daughter, Ainsley, was wedding crazed. Just looney over the whole wedding thing. Weddings are like crack for girls. It's all that romance marketing.…

Bright Side of Swine Flu

Guess what a general panic about a potential Swine Flu epidemic and an order from the President of the United States "to stay home if you have symptoms" brought to light? That 40% of workers in the private sector don't have a single paid sick…

Summer of Link Love

You now what I hate? I hate that bloggers spend hours of time doing research and writing great posts and after a day or a week it drifts off into the ether. Think of all that great content out there just . . . not being read. It's a shame. I…
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Tell FCC to Ban BusRadio

From Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood: Three years ago, a newly formed company called BusRadio brazenly announced their intention to "take student-targeted marketing to the next level." Their plan? Install "free" radio equipment on…
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Dear Pres. - Make the Media Stop Sexualizing Kids

Dear Mr. President: As the nation celebrates the first Mother’s and Father’s Days since your inauguration, we appeal to you as a fellow parent to help us protect our children from an onslaught of marketing that undermines good parenting and…

Sex & Violence in Advertising

This story ran last week without photographs (sorry BB Mama). The photographs are imperative to the story, so I'm rerunning it. Visit Black Belt Mama's Blog. I need to first make something very clear. I've never burned a bra (they cost too…