Friday, September 18, 2009

Overcoming School Anxiety by Diane Peters Mayer


 I think is an important book to read through if you have children in school.  Even if they are in pre-school, even if you don't think they are having anxiety. At some point, over the course of the 12+ years of school, your child will most likely experience anxiety over something.  This book is a great resource of knowledge on ways of tackling this!

Every year, more than 68 million students of every age find themselves worrying excessively about their first day of school, even before it begins. Their hearts race, their stomachs turn, and their palms sweat just thinking about getting on the school bus for the first time, that first pop quiz, or that notoriously strict teacher. For parents of these children, nothing can be more upsetting than dropping their kids off on the first day of school, wondering how they will cope. Now, they can stop worrying and start helping. As a seasoned psychotherapist, Diane Peters Mayer has successfully treated hundreds of elementary school students suffering from this common disorder. In Overcoming School Anxiety, she shows parents how to deal with a wide variety of problems, from test and homework anxiety, to bullying, and fear of speaking up in class. Mayer also offers easy-to-learn techniques for children including breathing and relaxation exercises, focusing techniques, and tips on proper diet and exercise that help relieve stress. Filled with real-life examples as well as proven advice for working with teachers, principals, and counselors, this is the only comprehensive guide that will enable every parent to help a child cope, build confidence, and succeed in school.

Overcoming School Anxiety: How to Help Your Child Deal With Separation, Tests, Homework, Bullies, Math Phobia, and Other Worries is a very easy to read book. For one thing, this is not the kind of book you have to read from cover to cover.  You can check out the table of contents, flip to the section you need help in.  Now of course, I'd recommend when you have the time to read the book from front to back, it is great to have the knowledge to handle this.

When I was first asked to review this book, I was really excited about it.  I actually wished I had had it about 4 years ago, maybe even longer.  My oldest, currently in 7th grade always struggled with academics.  Especially reading, which led to test taking issues as well.  4 years ago though, she started getting bullied by a group of boys.  It caused major anxiety for her.  It wasn't a typical bullying if you think about it.  It wasn't some nasty girls being mean to her.  She dealth with that kind of stuff, no problem. She had a group of boys, that were bigger then pick on her for 3 straight years.  It was awful!  I think we handled it well, she ended up being a stronger person for it.  She also, luckily has extremely high self esteem.  However, we did go through a good 2 years of her throwing up at least 3 times a week, and her begging not to school.  The last year of the bullying, wasn't as bad thankfully.  The school had been working on taking actions over the years, and we finally had some solutions by 5th grade.  For 6th grade, they were able to get the ring leader into a special school for troubled kids. Once he was out of the picture, the other kids don't bother her any more, so 6th grade was one of the first years without major anxiety.

Now my 3rd grader is very shy.  I'm starting to see that we might be having issues with anxiety.  I'm hoping it doesn't happen, but I'm keeping an eye on things to help her out if it does.

Right before the first chapter starts, there is a page that tells you how to use the book.  The author recommends, reading through the table of contents first, get to know what is inside the book.  Then zero in on your childs problem and read that specific chapter.

It is also recommended to keep a Overcoming School Anxiety Journal to keep track of the steps you take.  One thing I really love is that she mentions you can show your child their progress.  Such a great tool to have!

I really love this book.  Like I said, if you have kids in school, think about reading this book.  You can of course buy it Amazon, but if it isn't something you want to purchase, check it out from the library.  A lot of times, books like this I can get for free from the library.  If I just really love the book and think it will be a valuable resource over years, then I pick it up from Amazon. 

A to Z Challenge 2009

I started this last year and never finished completing out my post. I need to go back because I may have actually completed it, I know I read enough books. Just not sure if they will all fit the letters. Anyways, joining again and going to try to actually follow through with it. Such a fun challenge! You can sign up here until June 30th. There are several different options of reading either 26 books or 52 like the original challenge. You can find all the new rules here.


Book Titles ~

A ~ Accessory to Murder by Elaine Viets (5/09)
B ~ Body Count by PD Martin (2/09)
C ~ Cross Country by James Patterson (3/09)
D ~ Death Perception by Victoria Laurie
E ~ The (eighth) 8th Confession by James Patterson (9/09)
F ~ Freeze Frame by B David Warner
G ~ Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi (2/09)
H ~ Haunting on Hill House (10/09)
I ~ Ironside by Holly Black (1/09)
J ~ Just take my Heart by MHC (5/09)
K ~ Kitchen Witch by Annette Blair (4/09)
L ~ Love is Hell (05/09)
M ~ Murderers' Club by PD Martin (2/09)
N
O ~ Once upon a time in the North by Philip Pullman (5/09)
P ~ The Perfect Husband by Lisa Gardner
Q
R ~ Restless Dead ~ short stories
S ~ Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell (1/09)
T
U
V ~ Valiant by Holly Black (1/09)
W ~ Whispering Lake by Jessica Coulter Smith (2/09)
X
Y
Z

AUTHORS ~

A ~ Abrahams, Peter ~ Down the Rabbit Hole (9/09)
B ~ Black, Holly ~ The Good Neighbors
C ~ Connelly, Michael ~ Black Echo (5/09)
D ~ Deaver, Jeffery ~ The Bone Collector (4/09)
E ~ Evanovich, Janet ~ Plum Spooky (4/09)
F ~ Frost, Kimberly ~ Woul-be Witch (4/09)
G
H ~ Harrison, Kim ~ White Witch, Black Curse (The Hollows, Book 7) (4/09)
I
J ~ Johansen, Iris & Roy ~ Silent Thunder (5/09)
K
L ~ Lisa Lutz ~ The Spellman Files (10/09)
M
N
O
P ~ Preston, Douglas ~ Blasphemy (4/09)
Q
R
S ~ Spindler, Erica ~ Shocking Pink
T ~ Turcotte, Gary ~ Memoirs of a Fortune Teller (9/09)
U
V ~ Viets, Elaine ~ Clubbed to Death (5/09)
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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eating Right with Looney Tunes

Daffy Duck, as seen in the episode of the Duck...Image via Wikipedia
Safeway Inc. (NYSE:SWY) and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced a partnership today that will create a better-for-you line of food products for children, uniting flavor and nutrition. Through a licensing agreement with Safeway®, the Warner Bros. animated Looney Tunes characters will be featured on the new Eating Right Kids™ line of food and beverages, to be sold at Safeway.

Eating Right Kids, an extension of the successful Eating Right™ adult line, will launch later this year with select products arriving on store shelves this summer. The line will initially be carried at over 1,700 Safeway locations throughout the United States and Canada. In early 2009, Eating Right Kids will also be available nationally via the Better Living Brands™ Alliance. Each product in the multi-category, competitively priced line will feature such world-renowned Looney Tunes characters as Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Taz, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Roadrunner, Marvin the Martian and Daffy Duck.

Eating Right Kids is the first broad product line to feature entertainment characters and be dedicated solely to a healthier eating philosophy. Parents will now have an ally helping them show their kids that better-for-you foods can taste good and be fun at the same time.

“The Warner Bros. Consumer Products partnership will allow us to extend the Eating Right brand to a line of products that will appeal to children, and at the same time give parents the comfort that these products are healthier choices,” said Mike Minasi, Safeway President, Marketing. “Integrating such well-recognized characters into our brand architecture will make the line more attractive to our target audience and augment the line’s success.”

“This partnership with Safeway allows us to utilize the Looney Tunes characters’ enduring popularity with kids and teens to promote a lifestyle choice that’s healthier for them,” said Barry Meyer, Chairman & CEO, Warner Bros. “Using our iconic characters as ambassadors of health and fitness, the Eating Right Kids program helps simplify good nutrition for parents and their children.”

The broad product line will feature more than 100 items across 30 categories including breakfast foods, portable meals, dairy, snacks, and beverages. Products are formulated based on the most recent dietary recommendations and regulations from several federal and state agencies, including Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and the California School Nutritional Guidelines SB12.

The product packaging will retain the Eating Right design architecture while taking full advantage of the personalities associated with the beloved Looney Tunes characters. The Looney Tunes characters will serve as ‘Mother’s Helper,’ making it easy for moms to spot better-for-you food and beverage items for their kids that taste great. The characters will also be integrated into the Eating Right “Spot Your Needs™” easy-reference system, which helps customers quickly identify the nutritional benefits of each product.

Through Team Mom, I was sent a sampling of the new Looney Tunes line of food.  My daughter loved the apple juice and pasta rings with meatballs.  She wants to know when I can buy more :)
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Book Swim Re-launch 2 week sale

For 2 weeks only (ends September 30th) you can join BookSwim for only $9.95 for your first month, on any of the plans! This is a great savings if you read a lot.

If you haven't heard of Book Swim yet, it is basically like a Netflix for books. With the new launch, they are offering quicker shipping and having in stock new releases available to members!

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Disney On Ice ~ Discount Codes for Families

We have actually been to a couple Disney on Ice shows over the years.  My daughters have loved them!  It is some of the best "kids" shows we have been to.  I'm excited, because on the 30th, we are supposed to be going to one of the show!

The excitement, drama, and thrill of Disney On Ice sweeps in this fall along with the new school year! Feld Entertainment's Disney On Ice live spectaculars feature iconic Disney stories, characters, music, and world-class skating; providing families with a unique entertainment experience to which they can look forward to this fall and winter.

Your kids will be wowed by the opportunity to locally experience their favorite Disney characters live, right in front of their eyes.  With spectacular ice shows featuring the magical Disney characters: such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Tinker Bell to favorites from Disney's Toy Story, The Little Mermaid, and the new film, The Princess and The Frog; there is a performance to delight everyone—big and small alike.  These action-packed shows will certainly be a family treat, and will create childhood memories of special times together.


Mom Central has once again come through with the savings for us moms.  They have extend the following special family offers; look for the box marked "MC Promotion" when purchasing tickets:

  • *Offer #1: Get 4 tickets for just $44 by entering the code "MOM" at select ticketing channels. Offer good on all weekday performances, which includes all weekday evening and Friday matinee performances; minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each.
  • *Offer #2: All weekend performance tickets will be $4 off the original price
  • Offer #3: Get the best Front Row and VIP seats available – We have reserved seats in the Front Row and VIP sections just for you! No discounts available on these seats. Use the code MOM.
*Not valid on Front Row or VIP seats or combinable with other offers including opening night offers. Other fees may apply.
The above offers are good in the following cities:
  • St. Louis: September 3-6, 2009
  • Chicago: September 8-13, 2009
  • Sunrise: September 17-20, 2009
  • Dayton/Cincinnati: September 17-27, 2009
  • Miami: September 23-27, 2009
  • Auburn Hills: September 30 – October 4, 2009
  • Charlotte: October 8-11, 2009
  • Philadelphia: October 14-18, 2009
  • Atlanta: October 14-18, 2009
  • Oakland/San Jose: October 14-25, 2009
  • Fairfax: October 21-25, 2009
  • Sacramento: October 28 – November 1, 2009
  • Baltimore: October 28 – November 1, 2009
  • Uniondale: November 10-15, 2009
  • Houston: November 11-15, 2009
  • NYC: November 17-22, 2009
  • East Rutherford: November 24-29, 2009
  • Denver/Broomfield: December 3-13, 2009 *available for purchase on 9/12/09
  • St. Paul: December 9-13, 2009
  • Los Angeles: December 17-20, 2009
  • Toronto: December 18-27, 2009
  • Anaheim: December 22-27, 2009
  • Philadelphia: December 23 – January 3, 2010 *available for purchase on 10/12/09
  • Boston: December 26-29, 2009 *available for purchase on 9/3/09
  • Ontario: December 30 – January 3, 2010
  • Cleveland: January 8 -18, 2009 *available for presale on 10/2/09
Shows coming this fall & winter:
Disney On Ice presents Celebrations! It's one colossal party on ice, with all your favorite Disney friends!  Enjoy a winter wonderland with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains, a Very Merry Unbirthday Party, a Royal Ball with the Disney Princesses and more in a magical medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Come join the party when this spectacular ice show visits your hometown!
Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy: Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy.  Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixar's CARS race across the ice.  Dive into The Little Mermaid's enchanting undersea kingdom and experience the 'Circle of Life' with The Lion King.  Then enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! From wheels to waves, Pride Lands to pixie dust, your family's favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories. 
Special Bonus!  Come see a Disney princess and a dazzling display of gorgeous gowns at the Disney Princess Pre-Show starting one hour before show time!  Complimentary to all ticket holders.
Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic: Join the celebration as 65 of Disney's unforgettable characters from 18 beloved stories come to life in Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!  You'll be captivated by the one and only Mickey Mouse, the irresistible Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and all the Disney Princesses. Be thrilled by exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films; in a skating spectacular filled with magical Disney moments you'll remember forever as Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic!
Disney On Ice presents Princess Classics: Dreams really do come true! Disney On Ice is proud to bring you a dazzling tale of hope, heart, heroism and hilarity as Disney On Ice presents Princess Classics. This stunning spectacle is an awe-inspiring and fun-filled journey to the magical lands of Disney's classic fairy tales. Travel to a kingdom under the sea, an enchanted palace in France, an Arabian castle and more! Enter the fantasy worlds of your favorite Disney princesses – Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan and Snow White – as they bring magic to your city in this royal skating extravaganza. 


To learn more about Disney On Ice shows touring the country this year and to find shows in your area, visit the Disney On Ice site.  And don't forget to use the special discount code when purchasing tickets online!


I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Feld Entertainment. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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Review ~ Right to Know by Jacqueline Klosek

The Right to Know: Your Guide to Using and Defending Freedom of Information Law in the United States
is a resource book for citizens seeking to understand, use, and defend their right to know their rights under the freedom of information laws in the United States.

It sets out in plain language freedom-of-information best practices for ordinary citizens, activist organizations, journalists, bloggers, and lawyers. It educes practical lessons from dozens of case studies of how the reader can use our freedom of information laws in order to protect the environment, public health and safety and to expose governmental and corporate crime, waste, and corruption. Finally, it shows American readers how their right to know is being progressively curtailed, why the trend is so dangerous to American democracy, and what they can do to help reverse the alarming trend.


Freedom of information is the bedrock of democracy and a leitmotif of the history of American democracy. Freedom of information laws were first passed in Sweden (1766) and the United States (1966). Over the course of the past decade, scores of democracies around the world have followed suit by enacting national legislation enshrining their citizens' right of access to government information. Yet, since even before 9/11, the United States has been going in the opposite direction, as the federal government has aggressively expanded exemptions from the protections of public access to government information guaranteed by the Freedom of Information Act of 1966 and the post-Watergate sunshine laws.

My thoughts ~ This is such an important book for us Americans to read.  Knowledge is power, that is something I will always stand by.  Jacqueline Klosek gives us information we should have in an easy to read format that is also enjoyable.  If you live in the Unites States, you should read through this book!  You can read her guest post on my blog here

About the author ~ Jacqueline Klosek is a Senior Counsel in Business Law Department of Goodwin Procter LLP,
where she practices in the Intellectual Property Practice Area. Her practice focuses on advising clients on various issues related to data privacy and security. She also drafts and negotiates various technology agreements and advises on different aspects of the law related to intellectual property and technology.

Jacqueline is a frequent writer and lecturer. Her most recent book is The Right to Know: Your Guide to Using and Defending Freedom of Information Law in the United States. Her prior books include: War on Privacy (Praeger, 2006); The Legal Guide to e-Business (Greenwood Publishing, 2003) and Data Privacy in the Information Age (Greenwood Publishing, 2000).
Jacqueline (along with James R. Silkenat and Jeffrey M. Aresty) is also an editor of the recently released 3rd edition of the ABA Guide to International Business Negotiations: A Comparison of Cross-Cultural Issues and Successful Approaches.

Jacqueline is a Certified Information Privacy Professional, Ms. Klosek is on the Advisory Board for The Privacy Advisor of the International Association of Privacy Professionals , and is the co-chair of the International Working Group of that organization. She is also an active member of American Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the International Association of Young Lawyers.
 
Jacqueline has been recognized for her professional expertise. In 2004, Ms. Klosek received NJBiz magazine’s “40 Under 40” award, given annually to the top 40 achievers in New Jersey with an established record of leadership who have taken on key decision-making roles at an earlier-than-usual stage in their lives. She was also the recipient of the Telford-Taylor Fellowship in Public International Law.
She is a graduate of the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels (LLM, European and International Law); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD, Law) and New York University (BA, Psychology)

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey

What kid doesn't love the magic of the circus?  Once again, Feld Entertainment's Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey® live performances provide edge-of-your-seat entertainment for the young and young at heart.  Great news, Feld Entertainment has created savings offers available by using customer codes for the Mom Central community.  These offers enable us to create lifetime memories experiencing the excitement of Ringling Bros. ® with our families!

While each touring edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is different, all feature amazing Asian elephants, fascinating tigers, family fun and so many thrills that you will be on the edge of your seat all night!
To enhance your night at the circus, you get two experiences in one.  The All Access Pre-Show begins an hour before show time, live on the circus floor.  The Pre-Show provides the opportunity for kids to interact with performers, try on costumes, and get up close and personal at The Greatest Show On Earth.   It's free for all ticketholders and not to be missed!  I can guarantee, kids would love this part. 
 
Mom Central is super excited to extend the following special family offers; look for the box marked "MC Promotion" when purchasing tickets:
  • *Offer #1: Get 4 tickets for just $44 by entering the code "MOM" at select ticketing channels. Offer good on all weekday performances, which includes all weekday evening and Friday matinee performances; minimum purchase of 4 tickets required; additional tickets above 4 can be purchased at $11 each.
  • *Offer #2: All weekend performance tickets will be $4 off the original price.
  • Offer #3: Get the best Circus Celebrity, Front Row and VIP seats available – We have  reserved seats in these sections just for you! Enter the code MOM. No discounts available on these sections.
* Not valid on Circus CelebritySM, Front Row or VIP seats and may not be combined with other offers including special Opening Night pricing.  Other fees may apply.
The above offers are good in the following cities:
  • Denver: September 30 – October 11, 2009
  • Boston: October 14-18, 2009
  • St. Louis: October 15-18, 2009
  • Cleveland: October 21-26, 2009
  • Rosemont/Chicago: November 5 – 29, 2009 *available for purchase on Sept. 8. 2009
  • Auburn Hills: November 18-22, 2009
  • Charlotte: January 27-31, 2010 *available for purchase on Sept. 12, 2009
  • Atlanta: February 12-21, 2010 *available for purchase on Sept. 12, 2009
  • Cincinnati: March 10-14, 2010 *available for purchase on Sept. 21, 2009
  • Dayton: April 29 – May 2, 2010 *available for purchase on Sept. 21, 2009
Shows coming this fall & winter:
 
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Over The Top, an all-new live entertainment extravaganza featuring the ultimate tug of war between Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty over a magical top hat that controls the circus. When the Ringmaster dons the hat he conjures stupendous spectacles for his circus, like the stunt riding Royal Cossack Cavalry while the clown uses the hat to summon silly and whimsical acts for his circus, such as a cavalry of goats riding on ponies in a Barnyard Bonanza.  They continue to top one another until the Ringmaster and clown realize that the magic of the circus is not in the hat but in the hearts of everyone. The show culminates in an amazing display of gigantic glowing rainforest flowers surrounding Chinese acrobats swinging on vines and propelling through the air. Over the Top is two circuses in one providing excitement for the whole family. 
Audiences will see nearly 100 animals including flying dogs, Asian elephants that skip, hop, and groove, miniature horses, llamas, pigs, and even a performing porcupine. In a daring feat, the courageous Daniel Raffo stands eye to eye with a pack of powerful Bengal tigers. Circus celebrities help rev-up the motorcycle madness featuring one cycle on a high wire and seven speeding riders in a Globe of Steel. Extraordinary aerial acts fill the arena sky with a rare double-decker trapeze and the Bombastic Bouncers who combine gigantic inner tubes and awe-inspiring acrobatics in a high-energy performance never before seen in America. And with the audience's participation, this circus really goes Over The Top!
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING ZANG ZOOM®: Through the mystery of magic and the mastery of skill, audiences will be spellbound as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING ZANG ZOOM®, a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where family fun is no illusion. 
Magical Zingmaster Alex and his assistant, the alluring Levitytia, lead audiences through a kaleidoscope of color and imagery revealing extraordinary worlds of fantasy, flight and phenomena that celebrates the uplifting spirit of the circus and wards off a cynical Mr. Gravity and his team of "heavies" who try to bring everyone down.
Be mesmerized when a four-ton elephant disappears before your eyes, and a gravity-inducing nemesis transforms across species into a ferocious tiger.  Stand in awe as a dazzling trapeze artist performs a perilous, anatomically unimaginable one-arm speed-spin high atop the arena floor, and two formidable, female human cannonballs are blasted through the air in a daring, awe-inspiring display of bravery.  Become electrified as the dangerous double wheel of steel, the gasp-inducing high wire and soaring gigantic swings defy both gravity and logic.
Fun-filled magic merges with traditional circus arts to create a world of infinite possibilities where apprentice illusionists levitate their parents with a wave of a wand, and audience spirits keep rising as the high flying circus is (literally) turned upside down.  Perhaps the most magical of all, watch in amazement as an incomparable array of exotic animals including a herd of majestic Asian elephants, magnificent Bengal tigers and elegant Arabian and Friesian horses join forces with our human performers to create an experience that will surprise and delight Children of All Ages, rendering us speechless and reminding us that the magic of The Greatest Show On Earth® lives forever in our hearts and imaginations.
To learn more about Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey shows touring the country this year and to find shows in your area, visit the Ringling site.  And don't forget to use the special discount code when purchasing tickets online!
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Feld Entertainment. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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