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Archive for the ‘Kids’ Category

Erica Diamond Named Canada’s ‘Chief Inspiration Officer’ For Entrepreneur Barbie

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

I am beyond proud, excited and honored to make this announcement today. It is truly humbling and if I am to be honest, probably one of the most momentous milestones of my career.

As Canada’s only Chief Inspiration Officer for Entrepreneur Barbie®, I join the company of some remarkable trailblazing women representing Entrepreneur Barbie in the US – read this As an entrepreneur since the age of 24 (now starting my fourth entrepreneurial venture), having written a book on female entrepreneurship, as a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, a life and business coach for female entrepreneurs, and having made it my life’s mission to inspire others to take the dive into passion, this feels like my calling.


What I am most excited about, is the first-ever Barbie Business Bursary program – the search for Canada’s Next Young Entrepreneur, with Mattel funding girls’ big dreams. I will sit on a panel of judges helping award the Mattel bursary money to 3 fabulous, young entrepreneurial girls with great vision and spirit.


Embrace Your Child For Who They Are

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

By Guest Blogger Lisa Brookman

The other day, I found my son Ethan in my closet. When I asked him what he was doing, he looked at me and said, ”Mom it’s time to clean up in here. You have such nice things but it’s so messy that you can’t find anything.”

I’m embarrassed to admit he was right. For the next two hours Ethan diligently organized my mess. The end result was breathtaking.

Ethan is my 10 year-old middle child. He was born on a cold spring day in 2003. From the minute I looked into his eyes, I knew he was special.


Ethan’s not a “man’s man.” He’s soft-spoken, creative, warm, demonstrative and sensitive.



Friday, June 27th, 2014

Yesterday, with a steady flow of tears and an abundance of nervous energy, we sent my 10 year old son off to sleep away camp for one month.


For the second summer… for his second time.

Here was last year’s post, exactly a year ago… the first time.


If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, then you might have read my new favorite word: Godspeed. An expression of good wishes to a person starting a journey.


The Studies Are In: Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Yes, that was the headline from a fascinating recently published article in The Atlantic.


“One of the central tenets of raising kids in America is that parents should be actively involved in their children’s education: meeting with teachers, volunteering at school, helping with homework, and doing a hundred other things that few working parents have time for. These obligations are so baked into American values that few parents stop to ask whether they’re worth the effort.

Until this January, few researchers did, either. In the largest-ever study of how parental involvement affects academic achievement, Keith Robinson, a sociology professor at the University of Texas at Austin, and Angel L. Harris, a sociology professor at Duke, mostly found that it doesn’t. The researchers combed through nearly three decades’ worth of longitudinal surveys of American parents and tracked 63 different measures of parental participation in kids’ academic lives, from helping them with homework, to talking with them about college plans, to volunteering at their schools. In an attempt to show whether the kids of more-involved parents improved over time, the researchers indexed these measures to children’s academic performance, including test scores in reading and math.


Summer Camp Madness

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Happy Monday, Chiquitas! Hoping everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable Father’s Day yesterday.

I have a cute (maybe not so cute) story to share. Our wonderful Bubby Sarah turns 95 next week and the whole family came in from Toronto to share in the festivities. You should know, Bubby is in better shape than me, and as sharp as a razor blade. The 95th birthday luncheon was all planned. The only issue? Bubby was a no-show. When we called her in the morning to confirm pickup time, she uttered, “I’m an old lady, and I just don’t feel like going today…”

So guess what? We figured, at 95, you definitely earn the right to skip your own party! So, we partied without her.


Bubby last week with her grandson (hubby) and great grandsons (the boys)


23 Life Lessons I Learned From My Dad

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Sunday is Father’s Day– a very special day for Dads everywhere. I have had the great fortune of growing up with a father that girls dream of. I say this with tremendous love and pride. His initials are G.E.M., and that is just what he is.

When I left the nest, I chose another amazing father.  I am blessed to have these two dads in my life.


Lunch with these two dads this week

So today I wanted to pay tribute to them. If you’re a new reader, this will be new. If you’re an old reader, this will be a re-run… kinda like a tv show. ;)

It’s age before beauty, so let’s start with Dad #1. Dad, this one’s for you, and for my thousands of women readers around the world. Here are 23 life lessons I have learned from my dad. They are for everyone.


The Age Of Aloneness

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Calling all moms, aunties, and grandmothers! Today’s post is actually why I started blogging in the first place– to provide a safe and inclusive community to share and learn from likeminded women all working toward the same goal –  to be the best and happiest woman that they can be.

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The idea behind today’s blog post stems from a conversation that took place a few weeks back. Girls night, actually! I think most of my readers know I need my girls like I need oxygen. While my husband provides a lot of stimulation (get your mind out of the gutter), ;) it’s not the same kind of stimulation that my girls provide. And when this particular group of girls get together, we’re usually stared at for being LOUD. We just can’t help ourselves– it’s two hours of pure LOUD laughter and LOUD talking! And we love every minute of it.

Now stay with me here — all of our eldest children are all age 10 / 11. And I don’t remember who started the conversation, but it went something to the tune of — at what age do you start to leave the kids alone in the house?  Or at what age do you let your kids walk or bike to the park alone or with a friend? What is the age of aloneness – when do you leave them alone, unsupervised, either at home, or out in the real world?