Oprah on Working Parents

September 28, 2012

“A good majority of kids think that their parents’ jobs are more important than they are. Which is ironic, because every parent will say that their kids are the most important things in their lives. But the question is…Do you live your life as though your kids are your top priority? It’s not enough just to know it, feel it, believe it…Do you show it?

Many a parent comes in to my office complaining about how demanding their kids are when they come home from work. All these parents want to do is come in and relax. In this day and age, there are so many stress factors on working parents that it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important. And it’s easy to use up all your energy before even walking in the door at night, knowing there is still dinner to cook, homework to supervise, baths to give and bedtime to nail down. But attached to those mundane tasks are the precious children you are in charge of raising.

The good news is that children with working parents want more time with their parents. The sad news comes when they stop asking for your time and attention. So, if your kids are bugging you to play with them, tuck them in or help them with their homework…recognize that they want you. And that’s a good thing.

Take a few minutes either before you go home, or once inside the door, to unwind. Perhaps read the newspaper, take a refreshing shower, spend private time in the bathroom, do some yoga stretches or a few minutes of deep breathing/meditation or go for a quick run. A few minutes to shed the stress of the day and regroup for some time with your family will help you “unplug, tune in and be present” for the most important people in your world.”

 

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Visit to Oprah!

Cambridge Nanny Group’s founder, Ingrid Kellaghan,  visited Harpo Studios for a special screening of Iyanla Vanzant’s new show on  OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network with and a taping of Oprah’s Lifeclass.   What a dream come true!  Here’s a sneak peek clip:

Preview: Terrible Things Women Do to Each Other

Oprah and Iyanla Vanzant are getting to the root of why women do terrible things to one another. Learn the true intention behind gossip and find out how to shift your behavior to create more positive, constructive relationships. It’s a powerful lesson to share with young girls – particularly tweens and teenagers.

 

 

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Hiring the Best and Brightest

September 27, 2012

We’re hiring! Whether it’s folks in our office or those in the field, we  hire people based on our company Core Values. At Cambridge Nanny Group, we hire people who genuinely care about people. They delight in making someone’s day. They love learning new things. They are always on the look out for ways to do things better.  They WOW people.

Everyone knows the story of Nordstrom returning a set of tires — even though they don’t sell tires — for the sake of customer service. We’ve heard how Morton’s Steakhouse met someone at the airport, piping hot porterhouse in hand, simply because they jokingly tweeted how nice it would be. These are WOW moments.

Why? These stories get shared. Customers can’t stop talking about it and want all their friends to know. Even better, others are WOWed, too, spurring imitators and encouraging increasingly creative WOW-worthy moments.


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Poetry and Poemtime!

September 25, 2012

Cambridge Nanny Group is excited to introduce you to our groovy new community partner the Poetry Foundation Library.  They offer fabulous and free weekly programming for children ages three to five.  So if you’re looking for a cultural activity that is free, be sure to check out their free children’s programming.

Poemtime

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m.
FREE!
Poetry Foundation

61 West Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Poetryfoundation.org
Follow them on Facebook and Twitter
POETRY magazine is celebrating 100 years in 2012! Follow the centennial celebration on Tumblr!
 

Why is poetry important?

“There are several important areas of learning which form a foundation for becoming literate and this is where poetry plays a significant part. These areas are phonological awareness, letter learning, phonics, concepts about print and fluency.Phonological awareness encompasses the sounds of a language. When a child hears, chants or sings poems, he/she becomes more aware of sound patterns and how they are connected (for example, words that rhyme or start the same). Gradually, a child is able to identify the individual sounds or phonemes in words, called ‘phonemic awareness.’ The ability for a child to identify individual sounds in words is essential when he/she is learning to connect sounds and letters. A young child needs to learn to play with language and manipulate sounds. Using specific poetry can:

  • Listen for and identify rhyming words
  • Listen for and indentify syllables within words.
  • Listen for individual sounds in words.
  • Identify similar sounds in words.
  • Divide words into sounds.
  • Blend sounds to form words.
  • Match sounds and letters.

Another important element when it comes to using poetry is letter learning. When it comes to a child learning his/her letters, he/she needs to be able to distinguish the features that make one different from every other letter. The difference between letters is actually quite small and this task requires close attention. Learning how to look at letters is essential if a child is expected to connect letters and sounds and learn letter names. Through repeated exposure to letters in the poems a child begins to notice letters that are embedded in print. Learning this skill helps a child to:

  • Notice and locate letters in words.
  • Learn to find the beginning letter of a word.
  • Connect words by beginning or ending letters.
  • Connect words in poems to letters in their names. “

– Sharon Oberne, Literacy Specialist


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Bringing Up Bébé

September 24, 2012

Cambridge Nanny Group has discovered an interesting book we’d like to share with our readers. It’s called Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting. According to it’s Author Pamela Druckeman, while Americans fret over modern parenthood, the French are raising happy, well-behaved children without all the anxiety. Pamela Druckerman on the Gallic secrets for avoiding tantrums, teaching patience and saying ‘non’ with authority.   Remember the prescription for Chinese motherhood laid out in Amy Chua’s Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother?  This is basically its opposite.

“When American journalist Pamela Druckerman has a baby in Paris, she doesn’t aspire to become a “French parent.” French parenting isn’t a known thing, like French fashion or French cheese. Even French parents themselves insist they aren’t doing anything special.

Yet, the French children Druckerman knows sleep through the night at two or three months old while those of her American friends take a year or more. French kids eat well-rounded meals that are more likely to include braised leeks than chicken nuggets. And while her American friends spend their visits resolving spats between their kids, her French friends sip coffee while the kids play.

Motherhood itself is a whole different experience in France. There’s no role model, as there is in America, for the harried new mom with no life of her own. French mothers assume that even good parents aren’t at the constant service of their children and that there’s no need to feel guilty about this. They have an easy, calm authority with their kids that Druckerman can only envy.

Of course, French parenting wouldn’t be worth talking about if it produced robotic, joyless children. In fact, French kids are just as boisterous, curious, and creative as Americans. They’re just far better behaved and more in command of themselves. While some American toddlers are getting Mandarin tutors and preliteracy training, French kids are- by design-toddling around and discovering the world at their own pace.

With a notebook stashed in her diaper bag, Druckerman-a former reporter for The Wall Street Journal-sets out to learn the secrets to raising a society of good little sleepers, gourmet eaters, and reasonably relaxed parents. She discovers that French parents are extremely strict about some things and strikingly permissive about others. And she realizes that to be a different kind of parent, you don’t just need a different parenting philosophy. You need a very different view of what a child actually is.

While finding her own firm non, Druckerman discovers that children-including her own-are capable of feats she’d never imagined.”  – Amazon.com

Happy Reading!


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Children’s Books Ideas

September 20, 2012

Junie B. Jones

by Barbara Park

Barbara Park is a genius – she has completely crawled inside the mind of a very special, kind of demanding, kindergarten girl and continues her adventures in an amazing series of books. It is a wonderful series for beginning readers.



Some of the best memories I have with my children are lying in bed reading stories.  I can remember way back when any book by Dr. Seuss and Goodnight Moon were appropriate,  but now that they have entered preschool and kindergarten they have their own unique interests and tastes on what sparks their imagination.  I’m always looking for great books I may not know about to read to my kids.  Here are a few new discoveries I’d like to share with you.   Cheers!

Andrew Henry’s Meadow

by Doris Burn

Andrew Henry is a super creative kid who builds elaborate machines, creating havoc in a household indifferent to his creative charms. He runs away and quickly finds like-minded kids who construct a kind of creative misfit utopia. This was my husband’s favorite as a child and now our son asks to read it almost every night.

An Awesome Book – by Dallas Clayton

 
Artist Dallas Clayton published this hardcover book himself and sold out his first run immediately. The title is true! The book reminds you to dream bigger and let your imagination grow. Instead of dreaming about “matching silverware”, dream about “rocket powered unicorns.” Dallas has set up a foundation to promote children’s literacy. For every book sold, he donates a book to a school, hospital, library, camp or shelter.

Meet My Staff

by Patricia Marx (illustrations by Roz Chast)

I don’t remember how my family acquired this book –it just appeared one day, probably at a birthday party , but we are so grateful – it never fails to make us laugh out loud. A little boy describes all the imaginary characters who work for him – the people who eat his vegetables, make his bed, and do his homework.

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Nurturme Product Partner

September 19, 2012

Cambridge Nanny Group is excited to introduce you to our new product  Nurturme.

Unlike other baby foods, Nurturme‘s quick-dried fruits and veggies give you the flexibility to make it the way your baby likes it. Simply add breast milk, whole milk, formula or water in any amount and combination — there is no right or wrong. As your baby’s tastes’ mature, try adding to foods like grains, homemade purees, yogurt and even macaroni and cheese to boost their nutritional value.

You have to check out their recipes for toddlers and preschoolers. Toddlers can be your toughest critics in the kitchen. That’s why NurturMe is the “secret” ingredient for your child’s favorite dishes. You can mix in the nutrients so every bite is filled with natural goodness. Try one of our yummy recipes or create your own — it’s all about making eating fun and nutritious.

We love it and think you will too.  Take a look at the packaging below so you can recognize it the next time you go shopping.  Of course you can always order it online but we recommend that if your local grocer isn’t stocking Nurturme yet, simply ask the store manager to stock it for you.

 

 


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Motherhood After 40

September 18, 2012

Have you checked out Mommy in Chief! In this episode they travel to the home of eco-friendly interior designer Robin Wilson and speak with her as she preps for the arrival of her very first baby and tells us how she will manage her thriving business as a new mom.
ABOUT ROBIN WILSON

Robin Wilson is a nationally recognized eco-friendly and healthy space interior designer. Ms. Wilson serves as an ambassador for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America since June 2011 where she works to increase awareness of indoor air quality issues that affect wellness in residential and commercial spaces. Robin Wilson Home has worked as a design advocate for clean construction methods with clients including the Harlem office of President Clinton, the White House Fellows office, private homes and consultation with leading international hotels. She authored Kennedy Green House (Greenleaf, 2010) with the foreword written by environmentalist, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The book was the Bronze Award recipient in the Home & Garden category from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
For more information on Robin Wilson Home, log onto http://robinwilsonhome.com/

ABOUT KARYN PARSONS
Karyn Parsons is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Today she is a wife and mother of two. Parsons is also the Founder and President of the Sweet Blackberry foundation after being inspired by the true tale of a determined slave and the remarkable lengths he travelled to find his freedom. While growing up, Parsons’ mother, a librarian in the Black Resource Center of a library in South Central Los Angeles, would share stories of African-American accomplishment with her daughter. A mother and activist, Karyn created Sweet Blackberry to use the power of stories to inspire youth. Follow her on Twitter @Karyn_Parsons.


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Are You a Good Enough Mother?

Have you checked out Mommy In Chief! They’re talking to those super moms who have found ways to be the best in balancing their lives as mothers and leaders.
In this episode their talking with Rene Syler, founder of GoodEnoughMother.com.

ABOUT RENE SYLER
Rene Syler knew she wanted a career in television. Unfortunately she did not come to that realization until after she had spent thousands of dollars on a degree in psychology. She forged ahead and after reporter/anchor jobs in Reno, Birmingham and Dallas, landed a plum assignment as one of the anchors of The Early Show on CBS. In March 2007, Rene’s first book Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting was published by Simon Spotlight Entertainment. From that her website, www.goodenoughmother.com was born. Rene lives in Westchester, New York with her husband, Buff Parham, children Casey and Cole and their yellow Lab Olivia.

ABOUT KARYN PARSONS
Karyn Parsons is best known as the character “Hilary Banks” on the long-running television show, “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” Today she is a wife and mother of two. Parsons is also the Founder and President of the Sweet Blackberry foundation after being inspired by the true tale of a determined slave and the remarkable lengths he travelled to find his freedom. While growing up, Parsons’ mother, a librarian in the Black Resource Center of a library in South Central Los Angeles, would share stories of African-American accomplishment with her daughter. A mother and activist, Karyn created Sweet Blackberry to use the power of stories to inspire youth. Follow her on Twitter @Karyn_Parsons.


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
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