What’s Your Plans For The Summer?

Okay, it’s that time of year again. The weather has just about broken; the kids are asking if they can wear lighter jackets to school as well as lighter outfits, the sun is actually out and sticking around. What does that mean?

It means this is the perfect time to put together those awesome activities that will make our children amazing people. If you’re the working mom like the best of us; we all know just because the kids get that long gracious summer break we as parents DON’T! Therefore we need to make sure our children’s summers are educational, safe, and fun while we’re still at work. Of course there may be summer vacations planned but is vacationing June through August realistic? That brings us to the other most wonderful time of the year, which is getting it together for our young ones during the summer!!!

The absolute most important goal for the summer must be to keep those kid’s minds stimulated. While a break is great in every aspect of the word, we don’t want to slow down the minds of our children. We want to increase the strength in their minds so they can hit the next school year with more of an academic punch than they did last year. We compiled a list of suggestions for what to do for your children to benefit them over the summer and continue working towards the ultimate goal of a successful human being. Take a look below.

 

  1. Summer Camp

While hot dogs and the lake are fun that’s not all the summer camp should offer. Look for a place with recreation that’s going to again, stimulate your child’s mind. There are themed summer camps that offer more than mediocre food and a dvd to keep your child busy. Perhaps your child has a very special talent and the two of you are on the same page about blossoming that talent, I guarantee there are summer camps/summer programs geared towards the talent to assist with it flourishing. Here are a few examples below, just to get you started in the direction but research your area.

  • Sports Camps
  • Dance/Theater camps
  • Music summer camps
  1. There are children, who take their education very serious which brings in educational camps that are generally provided by establishments such as college campuses. This is clearly a perfect match in preparation for their future if college is of interest. There’s a list below of schools that offer these programs in the NY/NJ area: (research your area)
  • Rutgers
  • Elizabeth College
  • NYU

 

  1. Last but certainly not least, one of the best places to send your child during the summer is your local YMCA. The YMCA or The Y, is a great example of the type of establishment that is well rounded in offering your child an array of activities to keep them occupied while stimulating their minds. What’s also great about a program like The Y, is it offers awesome activities while kid’s are young but when they reach a certain age some are provided with the opportunity of their first summer jobs. Being a camp counselor, or whatever unique title the position is given, opens a whole new door of teaching responsibility and just becoming a rounded person which of course leads to a successful human being with is what? The ultimate goal.

Pregnant Mom Fired after Robbed at Gunpoint takes her Job back

 

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Pregnant woman, Marissa Holcomb, fired from her manager position at Popeyes in Channelview, Texas after she refused to pay back money that had been stolen in a robbery on March 31, 2015

A pregnant woman fired for refusing to reimburse nearly $400 in cash stolen by an armed robber at a Texas Popeyes joint in Texas can have her job back, local reports said.

Shortly after Marissa Holcomb went public with what she believed was a wrongful termination, the owner of the Channelview franchise called and said sorry.

“He just apologized and pretty much offered me if I wanted to go back to his business and work there again,”

he Georgia-based Popeyes chain does not operate the indepently-run Channelview locale, but the company’s CEO, Cheryl Bachelder, offered her own apologies to Holcomb in a statement released on Wednesday.

“We have spoken to the local franchise owner of the restaurant, and he has taken immediate action to reach out to the employee to apologize and rectify the situation. While the facts are

gathered, we will closely monitor this until it is appropriately resolved. We deeply regret the distress this situation has caused,” Bachelder wrote.

“Everybody loves Raymond” child star dies from Apparent Suicide

The Everybody Loves Raymond actor, who played Geoffrey Barone on the show, killed himself while visiting family in Texas.

Madylin Sweeten sister said, “This morning a terrible family tragedy occurred. We are devastated to report that our beloved brother, son, and friend took his own life.”

Madylin posted on Facebook on Thursday afternoon … “At this time I would like to encourage everyone to reach out to the ones you love. Let them have no doubt of what they mean to you.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at

1 (800) 273-8255.

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Cooking with Kids

Our home is a great place to launch a child’s cooking education, but when it’s obviously more than a passing fascination, maybe it’s time to investigate a more formal cooking education for your child.  Its never too early to get them started at one of a myriad of kids cooking programs across the country.

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Former Food Network chef, George Stella, lost over 250 pounds through healthy eating, and now serves as the programs national spokesman.  His Kids In The Kitchen message of healthy lifestyle choices is widely distributed throughout the media, especially during the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month.

New Jersey

Love Your Fruits And Vegetables
This program focuses on healthy alternatives and the importance of fruits and vegetables.
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Young Chefs Academy
This school offers a structured program promoting learning and creativity. (see above)

 

 


KitchenKapers

This hands-on, supervised program teaches children to make multiple course meals and conveys food appreciation. Nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables are stressed alongside proper technique.

 

Arizona

Les Petites Gourmettes
This school offers four-day cooking classes for students aged 8-12.  The program runs for five weeks in the summer and relies on cooking demonstrations to teach kids kitchen basics.  There are lots of opportunities for tasting the kids’ culinary output when adults are invited to join the feast at the end of class.  Older teens can take the 5-day course offering for 11-17 year olds.  Making soups, pasta, cupcakes and all manners of kitchen creation is addressed in a way that is easily understood by the younger set.

Young Chefs Academy
This program encourages discovery and creativity (see more, above).

California

Stir Crazy Kidz
The classes at the school are offered for students aged 5-14 in the regular program and ages 17-21 in their “BigKidz” college crash course curriculum.  Culinary preparation comes to your home or their kitchen for group or private lessons.  Safety, process and nutrition are key components of the classes for children, while college survival skills are laid out for newbies in the adult track.

Young Chefs Academy
This program offers classes for children in a safe and structured environment. (see above)

Florida

Foodies
This program is for students aged 4-11. Also offered at this school are weeklong classes during summer and holiday breaks.

Young Chefs Academy
This school has several locations across America. The program is geared towards creativity and expression. (see above)

Massachusettes

Kids Can Cook
This school offers an afterschool cooking program for middle school aged children.

Create-A-Cook
The program offered at this school focuses on fun and excitement in the kitchen, and promotes the creation of great food.

Minnesota

Way-Cool Cooking School
This program imparts valuable life long skills for kids and teens, and encourages fun in the kitchen during weekly classes and summer ‘camps’.   The staff also specializes in hosting private events and celebrations.  A new branch is on the way for 2012.

Young Chefs Academy
This program is offered by a nationally known school which focuses on discovery and learning in a safe environment. (see above)


KitchenKapers

This hands-on, supervised program teaches children to make multiple course meals and conveys food appreciation. Nutrition and the importance of fruits and vegetables are stressed alongside proper technique.

North Carolina

Classy Kids Cook
The program offered at this school combines important life skills classes with etiquette and culinary arts.

Lil’ Chef
This structured culinary experience is combined with plenty of fun. Camps, parties and classes utilize creative themes to keep students focused on food.  Harry Potter and Star Wars themed night are appealing to wide age-ranges and levels of culinary interest.  Cakes, eggs and other familiar foods are tasted after class to help kids build their young palates.

Pennsylvania

Love Your Fruits And Vegetables
This program offers “green” cooking classes for children and encourages healthy cooking and eating habits.

Texas

Le Petite Gourmet Cooking Store
A cooking shop that instructs kids during the summertime for only $10 per session.

Kids Cooking Company
This program encourages creativity and curiousity in an exciting hand-on environment.

Young Chefs Academy
Great national program that has a standardized approach to passing fundamental cooking skills on to the next generation of great cooks. (see above)

Did you know March National Nutrition Month. oppps if you just missed it. Tune in Next month Mommy District is Hosting COOKING Class for the entire Family.

Melissa McCarthy ::: SPY

Melissa McCarthy is so adorable and funny with all that she does, but her next movie is especially great. Mommy District went to movie screening hosted by @50cent in the AMC in times square an we couldnt stop laughing. 50 cent has small role in the film and was kind enough to host a screening. Let’s just say the kids have to stay home for this one. The Spy, pairs with director Paul Feig, the two are fantastic duo here, she takes on the character of Susan. Susan is witty and cool CIA agent who volunteers to get out from behind her desk and take on a dangerous mission.

Jude Law and Jason Statham play James Bond-type agents, Allison Janney is their team’s director, and Rose Byrne is a sexy villains.

The movie opens on May 22, and you should definitely take a peek at the new trailer below.

 

 

Is Disney Bad for Children ?

A forum on  http://www.debate.org posted interesting forum for Parents. There are so many underlaying  topics in these stories but do kids pick up these “lessons” ? Here is what some parents had to say on debate.org

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Effectively: stereotypes are generalizations and generalizations is the high school equivalent of a cardiologist. The latter you get around age 17 after finishing high school and the latter at 27 after specialization and med school. If I ever have a heart condition I will see my cardiologist, not my high school friend.

In the end, however, the person/parents decides what to watch, because Disney exists to make money not to raise your kids. So since Disney is no place to raise your kids, take more walks and enjoy your neighbors, etc. Disney is not good, and it’s bad, but it’s not the company’s responsibility to be GOOD/MORAL. It’s like alcohol, too much is bad, just the right amount takes you away from all the crap of human society.

It Always Comes To Parenting

No, Disney is not bad for children, and there are plenty of other entertainments that would be more questionable. Disney’s content can be rather tame, and it has been that way for decades now. Still, the choice of what is or isn’t bad for children should always rest with the children’s parents.

Irresponsible and childish parents are bad for children. Not Disney.

It’s up to the parents to parent their children. Disney is just harmless entertainment. Your children watch you a lot closer than they do Disney shows. They look up to you not the cartoon characters. So if your children are misbehaving then maybe you should be a better role model.

Disney teaches “Girls are fragile, they need men!”

In every movie, the princess gets rescued by a man. In the disney world, No One is ever gay, women always need some sort of a man to come and save them. It gives girls an unrealistic expectation of perfection. They have to be beautiful, and if they are, life will be easy and perfect.

The shows are just completely without moral or purpose whatsoever. (Except gravity falls)

Disney’s older films are racist and sexist

While yes, recently Disney has made advancements in both categories with films like the Princess and The Frog and Frozen but the older films do have offensive messages. For example the work scene in Dumbo all of the workers are African Americans. While some may argue that during the time it was made that was how society was it is not okay to still be showing our children these movies today. Not to mention the unachievable body shape of every Disney princess and their relation to men. When you evaluate all these things one should come to the conclusion that showing young children these kinds of images is harmful.

Yes, Disney does tend to apply stereotypical ideas of gender roles int their movies,

But its an entire different statement when asking if Disney is bad for children. I say Disney is not bad for children because they use ideas of gender roles but somewhat breaks them to teach a moral lesson to children. Although princesses like Cinderella, Snow White, and Aurora live in somewhat harsh conditions thus waiting for their prince to come along more recent movies have rebellious princesses that goes against these. Movies with recent princesses shows life lessons for kids to use on in life in a fun way. And lets not forget its a FAIRY TALE.

It gives misleading messages.

In the Little Mermaid we are told to change for your man. In other fairytales we are told that beautiful people are virtuous and will be rewarded but ugly people are evil. (like Cinderella) Also,in fairytales we are told that good girls are passive and don’t have to lift a finger to improve their life, but if you are a bad girl you are assertive. Surely it’s better to be a good, assertive girl?

Why would it be?

Is telling your son to treat every girl like a princess a bad thing, is teaching your daughter that she deserves a man who will fight for her and that she can be anything she wants to be, wrong? Why? Why not teach children that it’s not the outside that counts, but the inside.

It’s okay girls, a prince will save you – if you’re pretty enough!

The Disney films I watched growing up consisted of:
-Beautiful princess gets fooled/trapped/kidnapped by evil witch (you can tell she’s evil because she’s ugly and old.)
-Handsome prince saves day.
-They get married and live forever in their perfect world where no one is black, disabled or gay (unless they’re evil of course.)