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  • We Are Here: Alicia Keys

    By Stephanie Azzarone on September 29, 2014
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    I have long been a fan of Alicia Keys. She’s a gen-yoo-wine Noo Yawker, she’s smart and oh What a Voice! A recent New York Times Op-Ed column reports that the singer wants to “gather an army” for her just launched We Are Here movement to channel her music and her fans to social justice causes, including a number focused […]
  • Easy as ABC

    By Stephanie Azzarone on September 15, 2014
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    Motherhood necessitates invention, and a visit last week to the ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas offered a chance to experience the newest creations the juvenile products industry has to offer. Some highlights: Combi’s Go and Grow 3-in-1 product grows with your child – from a stationery activity center to a walker to a play table and chairs. Very practical. […]
  • ‘Worst Career Mistake’: Having Children

    By Stephanie Azzarone on September 8, 2014
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    “One of the worst career mistakes a woman can make is to have children.” So began an article in this Sundays New York Times based largely on a recent study by Michelle Budig, a sociology professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Needless to say, the story caught my attention. It went on to say that mothers are the least likely […]
  • Am I Pretty?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on August 18, 2014
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    Some months ago, the Mom 2.0 conference presented a series of videos showing how young girls were using YouTube to ask for feedback on their looks. It was heartbreaking, not only because people’s perceptions were so important to these girls, but that they voluntarily opened themselves up to all sorts of devastating feedback from the public via online social networks. […]
  • My Son Is Coming Home

    By Stephanie Azzarone on August 15, 2014
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    My son is coming home. Just for a visit – 2 weeks – but, still. He lives and works in Shanghai these days – for the past two years in fact, since the summer after college graduation. I remember the day we visited him at school, not long before then, and he was frantic. “Mom, Dad, I have to go […]
  • BlogHer: 10 Years Later

    By Stephanie Azzarone on August 4, 2014
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    In late July, I attended the 10th anniversary celebration of BlogHer, the world’s largest conference for women bloggers. This marked my seventh BlogHer event:  Twice, I have been a panelist, the rest of the time an avid listener as both a blogger and marketer. Even after all these years, the women there never cease to amaze me, with their back […]
  • Less about ME

    By Stephanie Azzarone on July 15, 2014
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    It’s less about ME – a refreshing trend — for a small but growing group of children and teenagers who are engaging in charitable giving at a time when most kids are focused on sports, music or just themselves, according to a recent New York Times Personal Business column. Instead of that lavish birthday party, bar mitzvah or star-studded Quinceañera, […]
  • When Kids Lie

    By Stephanie Azzarone on July 11, 2014
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    Who’s your child’s role model when it comes to truth-telling? George Washington or Pinocchio? A recent Wall Street Journal article explored some clues to teaching youngsters to tell the truth, based on research by Kang Lee, professor of human development and applied psychology at the University of Toronto. His 10-year study was published in June in the journal Psychological Science. The […]
  • Surrogacy, Foreigners and the U.S.

    By Stephanie Azzarone on July 8, 2014
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    From my view of Broadway on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, I see many Chinese daughters of non-Asian parents and in my apartment building I know of one family who adopted a daughter from South America. Other parents I know have traveled to Russia to bring home children and create their family. But in this era of globalization, where the desire […]
  • For Women in Midlife, Career Gains Slip Away

    By Stephanie Azzarone on July 1, 2014
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    Caring for family can affect women professionally at any age, not just when they are the parents of young children. Middle-aged women who opt to leave the workforce to take care of an aging parent may not realize that their sacrifices can affect their own long-term well-being and future job prospects.  A recent New York Times article tells of a […]

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