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Monday, April 21, 2014

Building A Better Student Series: Leveraging Curiosity


Were all curious about different things. You may be fascinated by the way colors combine to create unique shades, while I might gaze for twenty minutes at the way ants go about their business, crawling in and out of their colony. Whos to say what grabs our attention, right?

Now imagine a classroom of twenty-five students, with twenty-five different interests and twenty-five separate styles of learning. Every day teachers are asked to inspire each of those students to learn and develop at the same pace.


So how can a parent help? (And make no mistake, parents should be partners in this process.)

At the very least its important to understand that getting a child interested in learning is one of the earliest and most important components of education. Once you engage a young persons mind - when you leverage their natural curiosity - you find that theyre actually hungry to learn. Its the act of engaging that is paramount to success, using real-world applications.

One of the best Ive ever seen at this process is Steve Spangler, an educator who today inspires the teachers who work with your kids.

Steve has found that fun, entertaining experiments bring the sometimes-challenging concepts of science down to an a-halevel for both adults and kids. His lessons are brimming with ordinary household items that suddenly produce extraordinary results. You can find many of these in his wildly-entertaining books, and you can even see them in action during one of Steves frequent appearances on the Ellen DeGenerous show.

What hes doing is teaching adults how to reach into a students mind and tap into their inherent curiosity. Sure, you can show a child a formula for acceleration, and thats fine; but strap a two-liter bottle of soda onto a skateboard - which Steve does - then drop in some Mentos mints and . . . well, suddenly you have created a rocket car which does more to explain the process than any textbook would ever do.

The world is actually one big laboratory. I recently walked around a small lake with a ten-year-old, and in that one forty-minute stroll managed to show examples of erosion, the life-cycle of trees, and duck propulsion. It was a walking classroom. And, best of all, I found out later that the student went back out on her own the next day.

Her natural curiosity was leveraged through practical - and interesting - observation and conversation. Teachers would love it if youd spend a little bit of time engaging your child away from an electronic screen.

Find the elements of math, science, history - anything educational - that grabs her interest and use it to connect the dots. Honestly, nobody will know what triggers your young student better than you do, right?

And once you leverage that innate curiosity, the classroom will begin to not only make more sense to her, but will also become less intimidating.


Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-three years. Hes also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student development foundation. His new book, Smart is Cool, will be published in August, 2014. More info at www.DomTesta.com.

Find out more about Steve Spangler and his fantastic experiments at SteveSpanglerScience.com .


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday :Easter Cutie Pie

Caption This Little Easter Cutie___________________________

Photo credit- dress found on cassiesclosetinc.com via Pinterest

What kind of Easter dresses or Easter attire do you remember your parents making you wear on Easter morning? 
Fond memories or not?
Tell us in the comments or on Facebook

Friday, April 11, 2014

Thank You To Our Awesome TMN Volunteers!

The Mommies Network wants to extent a shout out and huge Thank You to each and every TMN volunteer that makes our organization so great.
Our volunteers give from the heart, daily, nightly, some 24/7. From our local chapter level leadership teams, chapter managers and advisors, all the way to our senior leadership team, these ladies live and breath the mission of TMN.

For this we say Thank You!

This week we have been celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week, if you are one of our TMN volunteers make sure you stop by the TMN staff forums to see all the fun activities that Kathy,our Sr Advisor of Volunteer Relations, has planned.

The Mommies Network is always seeking moms who want to join our volunteer team... each day volunteers at TMN work together to assist our chapters and their members and we encourage our volunteers to add us to their resumes and reference lists. If you're looking to keep up or beef up your professional skills, consider volunteering with us!

To volunteer, simply complete the Volunteer Application and let us know what type of help you can give us -- we will be in touch once we receive your application to let you know what positions are available and what our current needs are and we'll go from there!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Managing Stress In Those Very Hard Times

As mother's we lead busy daily lives , no matter what you do in life there seems to be some sort of stress related to it anymore. I have a hard time saying no, thus increasing my stress level even more. I have learned that my body starts to send me signals when my stress is getting out of control. Learning to recognize these signals has helped me overcome some very stressful events in my life.

Physical or emotional tension are often signs of stress. They can be reactions to a situation that causes you to feel threatened or anxious. Stress can be positive (such as planning for new baby's arrival) or negative (such as dealing with the death of a parent or other loved one).

Symptoms of Stress

Common reactions to a stressful event include:

  • --Disbelief and shock
  • Tension and irritability
  • Fear and anxiety about the future
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Being numb to one’s feelings
  • Loss of interest in normal activities
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nightmares and recurring thoughts about the event
  • Anger
  • Increased use of alcohol and drugs
  • Sadness and other symptoms of depression
  • Feeling powerless
  • Crying
  • Sleep problems
  • Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
  • Trouble concentrating

Tips for Self-Care

The best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care:

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress—instead of take it away.
  • Find support. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.
  • Connect socially. After a stressful event, it is easy isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with loved ones. Consider planning fun activities with your partner, children, or friends.
  • Take care of yourself.
    • Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
    • Exercise regularly-- even just taking a walk everyday will do wonders
    • Get plenty of sleep-- take naps
    • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out—for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage
    • Maintain a normal routine
  • Stay active. You can take your mind off your problems by giving—volunteer, help others that are needy, focus your energies toward something positive, staying positive helps your mind focus on the positive in life instead of the negatives. Get outside and smell the flowers, the crisp fall air or the stillness of winter.


Friday, March 28, 2014

Five Surprising Alternative Uses for Breast Milk #breastfeeding

Guest Writer/Blogger: Umm Lyla
You've heard of Blood and even sperm banks, but have what about a milk bank?
Lactating women across the U.S and Canada are bottling and donating their breast milk to local milk banks, who sell it to hospitals and anyone with a physician’s prescription. From there it is given to premature infants in the NICU, providing high quality nutrition. It’s easy for their little tummies to digest and gives them immunities milk-based formula lacks. In order to donate women must have given birth in the last six months, be non-smokers, and drug-free.

Skin Moisturizer-
If you suffer from pesky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis or acne you could use a steroid cream to take care of it but that’s no fun. Instead, try rubbing a little breast milk on the troubled areas and let air dry. Antibodies found in breast milk keep your skin clean and destroy bacteria. Don’t limit yourself to just skin care though because this liquid gold also helps heal and soothe diaper rash, cradle cap, nasal congestion and pink eye. If you prefer using lotions, simply make your own using breast milk! Plenty of recipes for these homemade creams can be found with a simple Google search.

Sentimental mothers are taking baby keepsakes go the next level and forever immortalizing their nursing days into fashionable jewelry. Several Online shops offer this off-beat service, taking a few precious drops of your breast milk and returning it back to you in petrified, bead form. The milk beads are highly customizable and are offered in a variety of designs. Several shops will even inscribe your child's name on the adornments, or include a personalized message. Whether you're wearing your petrified body fluid on your neck or next to some gems as a bracelet, it will never go bad.

Birth control-
Women that are exclusively breastfeeding may not need to worry about birth control. Countless medical studies have shown that a lactating woman's menstruation is delayed for the first six months after childbirth, making pregnancy highly unlikely. Sound too good to be true? It's not. When a woman is breastfeeding, she does not release the hormones that signal her body to ovulate. Of course, nothing is fool proof and safe sex should always be practiced. Using a secondary form of birth control such as condoms is recommended.

Cancer patients-
It's widely known that breast milk is best for infant nutrition, but did you know cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy consume this miracle milk to alleviate harsh side effects like nausea and irritable bowel?  Though not endorsed by medical professionals and considered an alternative treatment, breast milk is also highly effective in boosting the immune system and has been given to patients undergoing major life-threatening surgeries like organ transplants. As if soothing upset stomachs and strengthening immunities weren't enough, researchers in Sweden believe they have found a compound in breast milk that may kill cancerous cells and reduce tumors.

Visit www.themommiesnetwork.org for Breastfeeding Support and more information about breastfeeding, milk donation and other topics of interest.

Thank you to our guest blogger Umm Lyla for an informative article about alternative uses for breast milk.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

5 Fashionable Must-Haves for Mommies #fashion #moms

As a mommy myself, I understand that our wardrobe may not be the priority anymore.
We want to make sure that our children have cute clothes to wear and are taken care of first, and sometimes may forget to do the same for ourselves.
However, we have to make ourselves and our appearance a priority too.
When you do get a chance to do some shopping for mommy, consider picking up these pieces  that will be sure to step up your style.

Crossbody bags are huge these days, so there are plenty of them in stores now.
Whether it is a fab messenger-style bag, clutch-style or fringed boho style crossbody, these are a great stylish option for a mommy.
You can sling these kinds of bags across your body for hands-free fashion and put you and your child's on-the-go essentials in them. Be sure to pick one that is durable and comfy.
*If you want to carry a small crossbody bag, just bring another small bag for the kids' stuff.
*If you want to carry a large crossbody bag for both you and the kids' stuff, choose a bag with lots of pockets and organize items with baggies and small pouches.

Sunglasses are definitely a must-have!
They are one of the easiest ways to bump you up in style status and are super helpful for those days when you have tired eyes from a rough night with the little one.
No makeup? Not feeling friendly? No problem. Bust out the sunnies! 

Flats (shoes without height for our purposes) are a fabulous, functional item for a mommy's wardrobe.
I'm talking anything from ballet flats to mocassins and even some suave styles of sneakers.
You can chase after a toddler at the playground or do grocery shopping with a good pair of these types of shoes.
Get yourself one, two or even three go-to pairs of cute, quality, comfortable flat shoes that will go with your outfits. 

Trench coats are amazing because you could be wearing the craziest clothing under them, but once you button that jacket up and tie that belt, you are automatically pretty put-together.
If you are in a hurry to get the kids to school and you don't have time to put on a real outfit, just make sure you throw on this trusty piece with real shoes, like a pair of the flats described in #3 (please, no slippers).

I'm sure you have had those days where your hair or headscarf was just not cooperating.
Throwing on a stylish headband and brushing the rest of your hair down or doing a quick bird's nest style bun is quick and easy.
Or, if you are just not in the mood or don't have time for doing your hair or doing up your headscarf at all, just throw a cute hat on (hat on top of the headscarf).
There are lots of options out there for hats and hair accessories.
Pick one that you love, that is relatively versatile, and rock it!

-Hanifah Ashry
Fashion Consultant, Emerald Brocade Consulting

*Check out her misadventures, memories and more as a Mommy on her
 That Mommy Life Facebook page:

*Find out about her fashion consulting business Emerald Brocade Consulting at: http://emeraldbrocadeconsulting.blogspot.com
Hanifah Ashry is a  Muslim mother of one, originally from New York.
She spends her time caring for her son, building her fashion consulting business Emerald Brocade Consulting and enjoys food, teaching, music, dancing, travel and nature.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Building A Better Student Series : The Textured Life

A good friend of mine is all about texture. Where my eye is blind to the subtle shades within designs, she’s able to spot an interesting layer or pattern that adds depth and fullness. It’s a talent that I envy.

But it occurs to me that texture shouldn’t be confined to clothes or wall furnishings. We’re all guilty of falling into routines that essentially sand down our lives, eliminating the textural surfaces. We take shortcuts and remove the odd things that stand out at weird angles; the weird angles, I suppose, create delays and detours.

But the detours bring us discoveries.

Have you ever driven to work - for the thousandth time - and realized along the way that you’d zoned out and couldn't recall anything about the last few minutes of your drive? I've had this strange experience and wondered if I’d maybe even run a red light without being aware.

Take a different route, though, and you’re fully alert to your surroundings. You notice everything: the various buildings and businesses, the other cars, the interesting people along the way. A change of routine adds texture to your commute, and opens your eyes to things you never knew existed.

In our personal lives we gradually phase out the ‘new’ and settle into a routine. We create perfect butt-shaped indentations on the couch where we watch the same shows on television, while we eat basically the same foods again and again. We stick with a favorite genre of books and rarely stray. An entire world of texture goes unnoticed.

So what does this have to do with students? Well, we pass along more than genes to our children. Perhaps it’s unintentional, but through example we teach our kids to fall into predictable, untextured lives. The same schedule every weekday, every weekend, the same sports activities, the same vacation spot, the same experiences.

There’s a world bursting with texture that does more than simply expose young people to new things. It stimulates their minds - physically, emotionally, and creatively. It allows them to explore, which eliminates the popular ‘comfort zone’ that we seem to embrace with a bit too much zeal, and forces an elastic young mind to stretch in ways that opens new pathways for discovery and growth.

I’m convinced that one positive side-effect of this textured life is an increased emphasis on curiosity - and a curious student is often a successful one in all phases of life, not only in school, but for years to come.

The world of schedules and shortcuts obviously provides convenience and ease, and it usually takes more than simple encouragement to shove us out of a rut. But we can do better; we can help our kids avoid a slick, polished, marble-smooth life that’s devoid of rough edges. It’s those rough edges, after all, that provide layers and shading.

And those, in turn, add texture and discovery to life.

Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-three years. He’s also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student-development foundation. His latest book, Smart Is Cool, will be published in August, 2014. More info at www.DomTesta.com.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Do Well Balanced Moms Have More Fun?

Or should I say "Well Balanced Moms Are More Fun"? Let me ask you, When was the last time you had lunch with some girl friends, or went on a girl's night out, took a bath alone? When was the last time you went on a romantic weekend getaway with your spouse? If you can't remember, we definitely have to talk.

It's so easy to fall into the mommy guilt trap. We feel guilty if we take time for ourselves, so we end up taking care of everyone in the family but us. It's easy to lose ourselves in the quest to become Super Mom. Along the way we get stressed out and aggravated. It's important to do something just for us to stay balanced moms. Here are some ways for you to get started on your journey to rediscover YOU.
1. Get together with some girlfriends. One of the best ways to rediscover yourself is to spend some time with your girlfriends each week. Have lunch together, go to the movies to watch the latest chick flick, or plan a girl's night out every once in a while.
2. If you are having a bad day, call one of your girlfriends to vent, or just chat. You'll be surprised how much better you feel and how it puts things back in perspective that seemed like the end of the world a few minutes ago.

3. Spend a romantic weekend with your spouse anywhere but at home. Go away for a romantic weekend with your spouse a few times a year. Rekindle your passion for each other and feel in love again, instead just partners in dealing with the everyday stuff involved in raising kids.

4. Go on a date every week. Get a sitter once a week and go on a date with your significant other. Spend some time reconnecting with each other. If you have an activity that you both enjoy, take a class together.

5. Pamper Yourself. Do something every week to pamper yourself. Go get a new haircut. Visit your favorite nail salon for a manicure, pedicure or to get your nails done. Call your favorite day spa and schedule a facial. Get a massage.
If you are on a budget, pamper yourself at home. Send Dad and the kids to the park. Take a hot bubble bath and paint you toenails. Honey makes a quick facial. Place a cloth in warm water and apply to your face to open the pores. Smear on honey, and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Don't feel guilty about taking time for yourself a few times a week. Your kids will appreciate it when they get a balanced and fun mom in return. You will be more relaxed, happier and actually be able to enjoy your family. After all, that's why you had kids in the first place, didn't you?


Monday, March 10, 2014

The Dangers Of Sleep Deprivation: Late Night Aftermath #sleep #health

How are your sleep habits? As moms we tend to not get enough sleep don't we? What can happen if you reduce your sleep for just 90 minutes for just one night? Find out here in this infographic about the dangers of sleep deprivation.

The Waking Dead: Dangers of Sleep Deprivation