“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.

Baby Boot Camp

Baby Boot Camp is an innovative stroller fitness program designed to balance the fitness needs of new moms while spending time with their children. Delivered by nationally certified fitness professionals throughout the United States, Baby Boot Camp stroller-fitness classes include STROLLFIT, STROLLGA, 5K Training Program, and Nutrition Solutions. Created in 2001 by Kristen Horler, Baby Boot Camp strives to help moms regain or enhance their pre-pregnancy fitness levels and meet the physical challenges of parenting by emphasizing strength training in a supportive environment.

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Our good fried Karlene is onto something good. You can find Baby Boot Camp all across the country we were able to send one of moms to her location in hoboken and try out the camp.

Few tips on the FIT MOM

Karlene lives in Hoboken with her Husband and her 3 year old son, Hudson and her newborn, Niall.

Her passion for fitness stemmed from her youth successes as a track athlete for Great Britain. Having trained and competed for 12 years which motivated her to try all types of fitness, expecially during her second pregnancy.

After achieving her Bsc in Sports Science at Loughborough University (UK) she moved to the states and pursued a career in marketing.

Having a strong desire to balance family and fitness togetherness, Karlene was pleased to join the Baby Boot Camp family.

She is an ACE certified fitness instructor and is excited to help Mommies accomplish their fitness goals. Baby Boot Camp is a great way for moms to get fit, bond with their children, and make friends. Karlene is proud to offer Baby Boot Camp to Mommies to be and Mommies in Hoboken, Jersey City and The Heights!

Father Given Choice btwn Newborn w/ Down syndrome or his Wife

January 21st everything changed for Samuel Forrest. “She told me if I kept him, then we would get a divorce.” said Samuel.

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Samuel found himself with divorce papers, he was also a far away from home and any support. He needed to return to New Zealand. He went on to Gofundme.com hoping to raise 60k to relocate. The world fell in love with his story and he went on to raise over 220k in nine days. He is now on his way home to New Zealand with more than he had planned . —.

Missouri Kidnapping to teach son a lesson:

A Missouri family goes to jail for staging kidnapping to teach son a lesson. The news of the incident surfaced when the son went to school and told administrators. The charges filed against the family felony kidnapping and child abuse and are being held without bail. At the moment the boy is staying with another relative.

Family member  allegedly lured the child to his truck.. He went on to tell  the boy he’d never see his mom again and would be “nailed to the wall of a shed” . They also  binded the boy’s hands and feet with plastic bags and covered his face with a jacket. The boy was then taken to the basement of his home, where “his aunt allegedly removed the child’s pants and told him he could be sold into ‘sex slavery,'”  The sheriffs office says. In the end the boy was taken upstairs,  his family lectured him about talking to strangers. Lesson learned ??? Trauma for life???

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Beyonce Brings Vegan to you #momlife

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Beyoncé Just Launched Her Own Start-Up, and It’s Probably Not What You Think

Named after the idea that it takes 21 days to make or break a habit, the website lets you choose from different meal plans, and all dishes will be completely plant-based, non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free. Now you can be Vegan too and you wont have to figure it out Beyonce and her trainer figured out a system that bring meals to our door step.

At what age will your baby have a cell phone?

It’s a question parents have debated for over a decade: At what age should their kids be allowed to have their own cell phones?

The reality is that most kids have mobile cellular devices well before high school.

Experts recommend that before allowing their children to have cell phones, parents should have a conversation with them about “digital hygiene” practices: staying within data limits, avoiding inappropriate content, and steering clear of privacy risks and cyber-bullying.

Ciara Post Video of Baby Future’s First Swimming Lesson

Baby Future had his first swimming lesson and mom Ciara, captured and shared on Instagram.  The mom stated:

“Something Ive Learned That All Moms Should Know….The First Step Is Your Baby Knowing What To Do If They Fall In The Water… Baby Futures 1st Phase Of Being In The Water Is Called #InfantAquaticSurvival It’s So Hard To Watch Sometimes Because He Gets Challenged By The Water, But It’s The Best Feeling To See Him Accomplish It! #ProudMamma”

 

 

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United Airlines Humiliates Special Needs Mom

When New Jersey mom of four Elit Kirschenbaum boarded a December 30 flight home after her family vacation in the Dominican Republic, she seated her youngest daughter Ivy on her lap as usual, she told ABC News.

What followed was an ordeal with a flight attendant that Kirschenbaum says left her family “humiliated.” The airline has since issued an apology for the incident, but the mom still thinks there’s a lesson to be learned about the way transit companies treat passengers with special needs.

Three-year-old Ivy has Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy as the result of a stroke she suffered in utero. Because of her condition, the little girl physically cannot sit up on her own and rests on her parents’ laps during flights.

On this particular United Airlines flight from Punta Cana to Newark, however, one flight attendant reportedly refused to allow the family’s seating arrangement. In a Tumblr post about the ordeal, Kirschenbaum claims that she explained to the employee that her daughter has special needs and cannot hold herself up in a chair. The flight attendant continued to insist that Ivy sit in her own seat alone, the mom recalls.

In the Tumblr post, Kirschenbaum explains that her family has flown with Ivy in their laps many times and have never had a problem, until this incident. She writes:

This flight attendant returned to her co-workers and began to argue with them. She returned to argue with us. She kept quoting FAA regulations. She brought up members of the staff from the airport, including several baggage handlers who spoke very limited English, to lecture us about seating despite the fact that we were clearly Americans and spoke little to no Spanish. She insisted on creating a scene. The remaining 3 flight attendants pleaded our case, in fact one was in tears, but this one attendant dug her heels in and wouldn’t budge.

The FAA regulation the flight attendant cited was a mandate that all passengers over the age of 24 months must sit in their own seats for taxi, takeoff, and landing. But as Kirschenbaum told ABC News, “Unfortunately, life doesn’t play by the rules sometimes.” In an interview with The Washington Post, the mom added that Ivy “developmentally, is at six months.”

Ultimately, Kirschenbaum’s husband reached a compromise with the pilot, who allowed Ivy to lay across her seat and place her head in her father’s lap for takeoff and landing.

Still, the damage was done. “My family was humiliated in front of a full flight of passengers,” the mom wrote on Tumblr, noting that the ordeal also caused the flight to take off almost an hour late.

After Kirschenbaum shared her story on her Tumblr page, people rallied around the family on Twitter with the hashtag #UnitedWithIvy. The mom had interviews with several media outlets, including ABC News, which also printed a statement from a United Airlines spokesperson. Part of the statement read, “The parents, who were ticketed in first class, wanted to hold the child in their lap rather than have the child take the seat they’d purchased for her in economy.”

This initial statement upset Kirschenbaum, who told The Washington Post that she subsequently faced backlash from social media commenters who accused her of using her daughter with special needs to “game the system” for first class seating. The mom added that she and her husband had purchased the tickets with frequent-flyer miles and were only later assigned the business class seats at the airport, at which point they decided to switch with other family members so that they could sit by their young children.

A spokesperson from United also reached out to apologize to the Kirschenbaums personally and has had “several nice phone conversations” with the family, the airline told The Huffington Post. In an interview with NBC New York, the parents stated that they weren’t aware that FAA “lap children” regulations don’t make exceptions for kids with special needs, but now that they are, they plan to purchase a safety seat with additional head support for Ivy to use on future flights.

While Kirschenbaum was glad to receive an apology from United and bears no ill-will toward the company, the mom thinks that airlines need to work on their procedures when it comes to people with special needs. “I want them to recognize that not everyone fits the same mold,” Kirschenbaum told The Washington Post. “You need to put humanity into your decision-making. You need to put compassion into your decision-making.”

And as for her family, the mom told NBC New York, “the lesson I hope my own children get out of it is that I will always stand beside them.”

Mother’s phone call : comforting as a hug

         Mother’s phone call as comforting as a hug

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Sometimes you just need your mom — no matter how old you are. Whether it’s calling her for a soothing phone conversation, turning to her advice on stress management, or enjoying a relaxing tradition that the two of you share, Mom can be that one person who reminds you that everything’s going to be okay. Her calming effect even has some science behind it:  Research has found that hearing your mother’s voice on the phone has the same tension-busting impact as a good cuddle.

Children know that mum’s got the words when life seems to be getting too much.

Now it seems her voice on the phone can work the same soothing magic as when she is there to give her offspring a comforting cuddle. US scientists believe hearing mother down the line produces the same stress-busting effect on her daughter as physical contact such as a hug or a loving arm round the shoulder.-www.huffingtonpost.com