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  • 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 […]
  • But I WANT to do Your Homework

    By Stephanie Azzarone on June 25, 2014
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      Read it and weep, helicopter parents: “Helping” (ahem) with your children’s homework could actually drive down their test scores and grades. In a New York Times Opinion piece, Judith Newman writes “How I found myself justifying my career to a 12-year old was this: I wanted him to ace his ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ essay, and I was nervous…I […]
  • Making the Journey A Smooth One this Summer

    By Stephanie Azzarone on June 23, 2014
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    Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Any parent who has undertaken a road trip or start-of-vacation drive has endured this unending, oft times maddening chant from their children. In a Wall Street Journal article, Dan Neill, with sufficient parental angst, ponders the question “Is it wrong to sedate the children with electronics – games, […]
  • From ‘Mister Mom’ to ‘Stay-at-Home Dad’

    By Stephanie Azzarone on June 11, 2014
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    Are more men staying at home in order to raise their kids? Yes, happily, but not as many as some may assume. A recent Pew Research Center report looked at stay-at-home dads and their reasons for being home. Nearly 2 million fathers stayed at home in 2012, according to the most recent Census data — close to double the 1.1 […]

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