Predicting Success in Children

October 28, 2017

Helen Pearson

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It’s the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it’s produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about childhood,  life and good parenting.

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by TED editors.


Khan Academy Changing Education

September 27, 2017




In 2015, Khan Academy, which pioneered free, online video tutorials and lectures that have reached millions of students around the world, sought new ways of reaching new people.

It had already partnered with everyone from NASA to the Museum of Modern Art, and this past year Khan joined forces with the SAT’s overlord, the College Board. The goal, in the parlance of our times, is to disrupt the billion-dollar test prep industry.

Students  anywhere now can get free SAT test prep both online and in person at some Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The move may help level the playing field by improving test prep for less-affluent students to get them ready for the newly revamped SAT, which remains a pillar of college admissions despite the growth in 2015 in “test optional” schools.

New data show studying for the SAT® for 20 hours on free Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy is associated with an average score gain of 115 points, nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don’t use Khan Academy. Out of nearly 250,000 test takers studied, more than 16,000 gained 200 points or more between the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT.

Khan Academy and the College Board announced the new findings today based on data from the first full year of the new SAT.

In addition to the 115-point average score increase associated with 20 hours of practice, shorter practice periods also correlate with meaningful score gains. For example, 6–8 hours of practice on Official SAT Practice is associated with an average 90-point increase.

The College Board waited for a large enough sample size and a full year of data to analyze and release these results. Researchers confirmed that practice advanced students regardless of gender, race, income, and high school GPA. The College Board will further explore the role of motivation in producing these results as well as how best to encourage more students to practice productively.

Since its launch in June 2015, more than 3.7 million students have used Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Nearly 40 percent of all test takers reported using Official SAT Practice, making it the number one tool for SAT preparation.

Khan Academy and the College Board developed Official SAT Practice to create free, personalized tools so students, regardless of their income level or background, can prepare for the SAT and college-level courses.

Each student accesses a plan built just for them. By linking their College Board and Khan Academy accounts, students can use their scores from the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT™ 10, and PSAT™ 8/9 to determine what areas to focus on.

Through Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy, students access video lessons, test-taking tips and strategies, and over 10,000 interactive practice questions. And they get eight full-length, free practice tests written by the College Board test design team.

Official SAT Practice reinforces what students learn in school by letting them focus on the knowledge and skills most essential for college. Behind every story of a student succeeding is a teacher, counselor, adviser, coach, parent, or other caring adult. Approximately 28 percent of usage on Official SAT Practice happens during school hours. In the next year, Khan Academy and the College Board will continue to work with educators to support students’ SAT practice.

The redesigned SAT, first administered in March 2016, makes it easy for students to show their best work. There’s no penalty for guessing, gone are “SAT words” that no one has seen before or will likely see again, and only relevant math concepts are tested.

The class of 2017 is the largest in history to take the SAT, with nearly 1.7 million students taking the redesigned test as of April 2017.


Check out all Khan Academy has to offer by visiting their website


Conscientiousness Predicts Future Success

September 22, 2017


Family Caregiver Alliance launch CareJourney

September 17, 2017



For the first time, family caregivers can get support and information tailored for their situation—free, secure, and accessible 24/7.

Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) announces the launch of FCA CareJourney™, a dynamic online service, mobile-ready that delivers specialized information directly to family caregivers. Based on FCA’s 40 years of service and research experience and insights from families, CareJourney™ responds to the complicated needs of caregiving.

Forty-four million people in the U.S. care for ill, frail, or elderly adults—usually without compensation—and frequently juggle the demands of work and parenting. CareJourney™ helps caregivers manage complex care responsibilities that cross over topics such as: legal and financial issues, health conditions, locating in-home assistance or out-of-home resources, self-care, communication with health practitioners, and training on care tasks.

According to FCA Executive Director Kathleen Kelly, “CareJourney™ enables families and caregivers to gain access to the specific information they need, and when they need it. It’s one of the first secure, online delivery systems specifically designed for long-term caregivers, who have little time, limited resources, and are under great stress. At the same time, we are able to access data, look at outcomes and set benchmarks for additional services. This is an invaluable program.”

Joining CareJourney™ is easy. Just visit, enter an email address, password, and zip code. Upon membership confirmation, a 10-minute questionnaire follows and when completed, caregivers are presented with a personalized dashboard loaded with information and resources. Tailored information is accessible 24/7 and is HIPAA-compliant. FCA will never sell or share personal information.

Information and resources offered include fact and tip sheets, webinars, and videos within the categories of planning for care, direct care, and self-care. Members also have access to the Resource Locator for state and national resources, an online Caregiver Peer Support (in partnership with Smart Patients), and a live feed of FCA’s Facebook page providing articles and current information of value to caregivers.

Join the Crew at Stuck On You!

September 10, 2017




Looking for a way to earn extra income? You can earn money and help your friends, family and local community buy labels and personalized gifts! Just in time for back to school, Stuck On You announces “Join the Crew at Stuck On You”, an affiliate marketing program.


Program Information

Stuck On You crew members will receive up to 20% commission* on all orders and 5% on all sale and promotional products ordered. Not only will the commission based program offer a great way for you to earn extra money you’ll also be helping out family, friends, and the local community with Stuck On You’s personalized products essential for daily life…all in the name of organization.

Carrie Felton started Stuck on You more than 20 years ago when she needed to label her first child’s belongings for day care. Today Stuck on You is a globally recognized trusted and treasured brand available in more than 15 countries. The Stuck On You collection has grown and expanded to include personalized backpacks, water bottles, lunch bags, bento boxes, bag tags, hats, stationery, gifts, puzzles, onesies, bibs and so much more.


Signing up

Sign up is quick and easy and you can find details here (

It’s simple to promote your Crew Member’s page on social media and in emails to friends and family using your unique URL and affiliate code

There’s no mucking around with order forms – orders are all placed online. No distribution is required – all orders are shipped directly from the Stuck On You warehouse to the customers.

Sign-up yourself and/or share details of this great opportunity with your friends!




National Baby Safety Momth

September 1, 2017

September is Baby Safety Month, sponsored annually by the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). This month-long event increases consumer awareness of safety issues and the safe selection and use of baby products. Whether you are a retailer, manufacturer, industry partner, doctor’s office, or playgroup, you are in a wonderful position to spread the word to parents and caregivers about baby safety throughout Baby Safety Month and all year long.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is a non-profit association representing approximately 250 manufacturers who make 95 percent of the prenatal to preschool products in the U.S. market. Member companies are located around the world and manufacturer products in specific  categories.

JPMA initiated Baby Safety Month to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of the safe use and selection of juvenile products. The campaign started in 1983 when JPMA initiated “Expectant Mother’s Day.” In 1986, it was extended to a week-long celebration, until 1991, when JPMA sponsored the first “Baby Safety Awareness Month.” Since then, every September has been designated as Baby Safety Month.

INA Town Hall

March 1, 2017

International Nanny Association (INA) Annual Conference

February 25, 2017

Don’t Miss the Opportunity to Attend INA’s 32nd Annual Conference, May 18-21, 2017 Chicago, Illinois

Exciting locations. Dynamic speakers. Content rich workshops.

The International Nanny Association (INA)Annual Conference offers educational and networking opportunities for business owners and in-home child care providers. The annual conference is held in a different city each year and is typically scheduled for April or May.

Top Reasons to Attend

  • Enrich Your Knowledge. The many educational workshops will enhance your professional and personal development.
  • Two tracks of workshops for care professionals: Nannies and Newborn Care Specialists
  • Gain Insider Tips. Industry veterans and educators will share their experience and knowledge.
  • Planned Networking Opportunities. Network with nanny agency owners and staff, professional nannies, Newborn Care Specialists, industry educators and industry service providers, all in one location.
  • Connect with old friends and make new friends. Socializing starts at the welcome reception.
  • Exciting Locations. Every year, the INA Annual Conference is held in a different city within the United States.

How to Maximize Your INA Conference Experience

INA would like to help you make the most of your time at our Annual Conference.

Conference Facebook Group

Over the last few years we have discovered that those that are active in our Conference Facebook group have a richer and more connected experience once they get to conference.  They build connections before they arrive and those connections continue after conference.  This years Facebook group will be open to only those attending conference to provide for a more intimate experience.  A link to the group is provided in your conference registration confirmation email. If you have not, please contact for assistance. Only those with confirmed registrations will receive the link to the private group.

Group Dinners

While dinner is not part of the Conference Program, the INA coordinates several restaurant locations near our Conference Hotel. Sign-ups for these will be available on the first day of conference at the registration table.


The INA wants you to be able to make the most of the your experience at conference in the location we choose. We work to arrange some events either evenings after the conference program is complete or on the Sunday following conference. You can sign up for these excursion when registering for conference.

Is this your first time attending INA’s annual conference?

Conference Guides

One of the services we have found helpful to first time attendees is providing you with a Conference Guide. When matched with a Guide you can utilize their experience at past INA conferences by asking them questions and connecting with them when you first arrive on site.  There is a place to mark that you would like a Conference Guide on your registration form, or email for more information.

Conference Orientation

Another tool for the first time attender to an INA Conference is our Orientation that is held Thursday evening before the Welcome Reception. This is your chance to meet some of the INA Staff and Board of Directors.  They will walk you though the basics of what to expect and answer any further questions you have.

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January 1, 2017


The American Academy of Pediatrics is adjusting its less-is-more approach to screen time for kids. When it comes to screen time for kids, less is more. That’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics has maintained for years, warning that exposing young children to any kind of digital platform, from junk TV to educational apps, could lead to delayed or stunted language development and poorer reading skills. Whether or not people agreed with the AAP guidelines—and many did not—they were nonetheless impactful, driving pediatricians to advise the parents and kids in their care to stay away from screens. Now, however, the AAP is changing its tune. Whereas the old guidelines offered blanket limits—say, no screen time of any kind before age 2—the new ones, released Oct. 21, are far more nuanced. “You’ll notice a move away from the idea that you can lump all screen time together and label it fun or educational or harmful,” says Dr. David Hill, chair of the group’s Council on Communications and Media. “The ways we interact with screens today are so varied that it doesn’t make sense anymore to start a stopwatch and say, ‘At this point you’re done.’ ” At the same time, kids’ having access to so many screens is a relatively new phenomenon, and much of the research surrounding it is in-conclusive. That makes it hard for the AAP to say definitively, for example, that playing smartphone games is badand using educational tablets is good.

What its new guidelines make clear,though, is that there are many ways—beyond strict limits—to help your kids have a happy, healthy relationship with technology. Read More

Source:  Time Magazine, October 27, 2016


How to Raise Successful Kids

December 1, 2016

How to Raise Successful Kids … Without Over -Parenting

“By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren’t actually helping. At least, that’s how Julie Lythcott-Haims sees it. With passion and wry humor, the former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford makes the case for parents to stop defining their children’s success via grades and test scores. Instead, she says, they should focus on providing the oldest idea of all: unconditional love.”

Why you should listen

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she was known for her fierce advocacy for young adults and received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience. She was also known for her fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Toward the end of her tenure as dean, she began speaking and writing widely on the harm of helicopter parenting. How to Raise an Adult is being published in over two dozen countries and gave rise to her TED Talk and a sequel which will be out in 2018. In the meantime, Lythcott-Haims’s memoir on race, Real American, will be out in Fall 2017.

Lythcott-Haims is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and California College of the Arts. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty-five years, their two teenagers and her moth