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  • 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 […]
  • Crib Tech: Wearables for Infants

    By Stephanie Azzarone on June 9, 2014
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    Wearables intrigue me. Whether in the form of wristbands or head-mounted displays, they’ve been big news at recent Consumer Electronics Shows, particularly for those who like to track their vital signs during exercise. But the most fascinating category – and most relevant to our target audience, moms — is wearables for babies: apparel and devices that track babies’ sleeping patterns, […]
  • Summertime Blues? More like Green(s) – with Envy

    By Stephanie Azzarone on May 29, 2014
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    I went back to work when my son was 6 weeks old. Then, like now, I would take a week or two here and there for vacation, and be grateful for it. But there were some women among my New York City circle who were stay-at-home moms – well-off stay-at-home moms — and able to spend entire summers on the […]
  • Stock those Toy Shelves: Here Come the Millennial Moms

    By Stephanie Azzarone on May 27, 2014
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    Millennial moms are becoming an increasing force behind toy purchases – no surprise, really, given that the older members of this generation, born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s, are now at a point where they are starting families. A new study by research firm NPD indicates that millennial women are the most powerful buying segment for the […]

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