Monday, October 25, 2010

Inspiring Foster Kids Through Performance Arts

Hey Atlanta!  Have you heard of Curtains Up, the non-profit performing arts company that mentors at-risk children to become confident and successful performers?  This phenomenal organization's mission is to build character and confidence in foster children through performance arts.   
All of the Curtains Up programs are funded by contributions from families, friends, foundations and businesses. With your support, they can continue to help the dreams come true and for deserving foster kids. Jennifer Salberg, founder of Curtains Up, and her team of Atlanta’s most talented choreographers and vocal coaches have dedicated their talents and time to inspire kids in foster care to beat the odds.

Curtains Up invites the community to see their production of Annie at Onstage Atlanta on November 8 through November 13, 2010. Mary Stewart Sullivan, a child Broadway performer, will star as the title role opposite Salberg who plays Miss Hannigan in this heart-warming story that proves to every child that “the sun will come out tomorrow!”

Adult advance online tickets are $15 with a $1.50 service fee.
Children 12 years and younger online tickets are $10 with a $1.50 service fee.
All tickets are $18 at the door

For tickets and more information please call 404-459-0409 or visit
For Calendar Listings:
Monday, November 8th @ 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 10th @ 6:30pm
Saturday, November 13th @ 2:00 and 6:30pm

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Friday, October 22, 2010

What's The Big "Gleeking" Problem

You have to be from Mars if you have not heard of the hit tv show called Glee. It follows a group of teen students in glee club, and each episode features musical performances. This hit show has won numerous awards as well as the hearts of millions of viewers...young and old. 

Enter drama.... A couple of days ago, GQ magazine published a series of provocative pictures of several stars of the show. "So what's the big deal?" you might say.  This is certainly not the first time starlets have posed in next to nothing.  The problems is that these 20-something-year-old actors are portraying underage students on the show, and they posed in "naughty schoolgirl" outfits, or panties and ripped shirts.

The ladies of ABCs The View debated this issue this morning, and boy was it heated!  Barbara and Sherri went back and forth (Babs said that the actors were of age so it's not a big deal, while Sherri stressed how inappropriate it is for kids to see these images).  Of course I am on Team Sherri.  However, I believe that both hosts missed a really...really...really big point. 

The major issue is that GQ is a publication that targets men, and they sexualized  actresses who play high school-aged characters.  The clothing and provocative poses definitely have overtones of child pornography.  There are millions of sick and twisted people out there who do not need any additional help sexualizing children.  Yet, with the click of the shutter, GQ was able to do just that.  There are so many other artistic photos that push the envelop that could have been taken.  Having the star of the show popular with children posing spread eagle in tiny white panties should not have been an option! Sadly, these young actresses allowed themselves to be used by the magazine so that the publication could make a buck....that's the bottom line.

Since I view everything as a teachable moment...I encourage parents of "gleeks" and "nongleeks" to address this issue with their tweens.  Trust me, they'll see the images and hear about it from their peers anyway!  Talk to them about having pride in themselves, and not needing to dress provocatively to be pretty or cool.  Also, please speak to them today about the dangers of predators who prey on young girls and boys, and how they can keep themselves safe. 

 Please watch the clip below and tell me if you're on Team Sherri or Team Barbara:)

Happy Parenting,

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SmartKnitKIDS: Seamless Socks For Kids

This week, I received a pair of socks to review. They were not just any old socks! They are seamless socks made by SmartKnitKIDS.  I was eager to receive them so that I could have my 5-year-old try them on because she often complains that the seam in her socks bothers her big toe.

My daughter acted like it was Christmas morning when she opened the package.  More importantly...she did not immediately take her shoes and socks off when she got home from  school after wearing them!  So for us.... SmartKnitKids seamless socks are a winner!  If you have a child who is particularly sensitive to textures, these socks may be the answer you've been waiting for. 

Here's what their website says about the socks:

After several requests for seamless socks from "desperate" parents, SmartKnitKIDS socks were created. Knit the same way a caterpillar spins its cocoon, SmartKnitKIDS socks are started at the toe and worked up toward the ankle. This process insures a 100% seamless sock, so there are no seams to bug ya! A form-fitting design also keeps those annoying lumps and bumps out of the socks.

Since its launch in 2003, SmartKnitKIDS continues to find new markets and grow every year. Super soft material and a seam free design make it the most comfortable kid’s sock on the market.

SmartKnitKIDS come in a color for every personality: white, black, pink, purple, and navy. Ankle, crew and knee-high styles are available up to a youth size 8

Happy Parenting,
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Halloween Isn't All Fun and Games

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It's that time of year again when kids and parents are gearing up for Halloween! Your kids have probably already selected their costumes and are looking forward to getting pounds of chocolate. But...Halloween is not all fun and games.

Here's a quick Vlog about 5 crucial safety tips that will help keep your little goblins safe!

 Happy Halloween,

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Monday, October 11, 2010

A Sober Pregnancy

Being pregnant can be really stressful with all the changes your body goes through, and with the constant worrying that the baby will be healthy. So why not take some of the edge off with a few glasses of wine. Heck…it could help dull the back pain you get in the latter months. Sounds crazy you say! Not according to a group of British researchers.

In a recent study, they found that "Light drinking is fine, but heavy and binge drinking should be avoided." (Note to self….avoid binge drinking when pregnant. Oh yeah...and any other time!!!) Reports indicate that “pregnant women who drank one or two units of alcohol a week didn't harm their children. By age 5, children were still doing well -- able to walk straight lines and touch their noses with the tips of their fingers.” I can’t make this stuff up if I tried (sigh). Listen up people (said in my best School Psychologist voice), I encourage you to set the bar higher for your children. Yeah, the kids in the research study were able to touch their noses and walk a straight line…but could they, say…read and comprehend….recite the alphabet…..hmmmmm or ……speak coherently? I’m just saying...

The researchers did appear to play both sides of the discussion because they ultimately indicate that they cannot say for certain that drinking will not harm the unborn fetus. Therefore, they recommend that preggos not consume alcohol while pregnant. So now we’re back at square one (lol).

Ladies, puh-leeze put down the wine glass (and crack pipe). The nine months will fly by before you know it. Though you may crave a nice glass of Ch√Ęteauneuf du Pape, resist that temptation until after the baby is born. Trust me…I work everyday with kids whose moms did not heed this counsel, and for those kids being able to touch their noses would, indeed, be a milestone. You might hear contradictory arguments about this issue. Some will swear that a glass here and there is nothing to get worked up about. But would you really want to chance it? Not this mom!

Happy (Sober) Pregnancy Parenting,

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