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  • 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 […]
  • Entrepreneurial Moms

    By Stephanie Azzarone on April 1, 2014
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    I was pregnant when I founded Child’s Play – at a time when there were no PR firms specializing in moms and moms-to-be. I’ve always felt that becoming a parent was great preparation for running a company. Both demand similar skills: Dealing with a crying child is not dissimilar to handling an unhappy client, and organization is key both for […]
  • Are Selfies Helping or Hurting our Self-Image?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on March 18, 2014
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    There’s no doubt that snapping a “selfie” is the latest craze among  teenage girls and young women on social media. However, studies show that this obsession with self-portraits can sometimes result in lower confidence and a fixation on one’s looks. This selfie trend certainly hits home for us at Child’s Play, because we work with mom consumers who want to […]
  • Has Facebook Changed The Way We Relate?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on January 17, 2013
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    If you’re older than 25, you probably remember a time when people met up with friends in person—or at least called to chat on the phone. Social media, and Facebook in particular, has not only changed the way we connect with friends and family, but it’s changed the way we relate to them too. In some ways, we have become […]
  • The Empty Nest: Are You Ready?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on October 4, 2012
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    As the mother of a grown son who lives on another continent, my nest is definitely empty. Yet even though I mostly see him via Skype these days, he is still a focal point of my life. That said, with him long out of the house, my husband and I now have time to pursue our professional and recreational interests […]
  • Allowance: Do You Give It?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on September 25, 2012
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    Along with many other areas of parenting that were simpler in the “old days,” allowance has become a trickier issue. Among the questions modern parents have to ask are: 1) Should you give kids allowance? 2) At what age should you begin giving kids allowance? 3) How much money should you give for allowance? 3) Should allowance be tied to […]
  • How Much School Involvement Is Too Much?

    By Stephanie Azzarone on September 7, 2012
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    As the school year begins, parents are asked to sign up to become class parents, to help organize bake sales, and even to direct the school play or to edit the school newspaper. Of course, parent involvement in schools is a good thing. But when does a good thing become too much of a good thing? The New York Times […]
  • When They Grow Up

    By Stephanie Azzarone on August 31, 2011
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    After a much needed week of vacation (interrupted, of course, by the need to evacuate for Hurricane Irene), I feel the urge to continue my “break” and talk not about business for this post, but about CollegeBoy. Frequent followers know of whom I speak.  My just-about-to-start-senior-year-of-college son spent the last year in China, studying and working. Three weeks before the […]