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Special Ideas for a Happy Mother’s Day

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Love-Filled Flowers CraftWho says a Mother’s Day gift has to be expensive? There are other sweet, thoughtful, and heartfelt ideas moms will surely love.  If it’s your family’s first time celebrating, here is a dad’s guide to making her Mother’s Day special. Below are some ideas that will make this year extra memorable.

Brunch Recipes

Homemade Gifts

Beauty & Makeup Gifts

More Amazing Gifts to Buy

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Best Mother’s Gift: Maid Brigade Cleaning Service

Friday, May 6th, 2011

Maid Brigade LogoTreat mom to some maid service by hiring Maid Brigade to help clean the home.  Maid Brigade has 25 years of experience and is Green Clean Certified®, which means they use safe, environmentally-friendly cleaning products that won’t be harsh for the home or for your family’s health.

Made Brigade also has services in over 30 states and in Canada.  Go to Parents Deals to find a location near your mom and spend $25 to buy a $50-value service.

Prop mom’s feet up and let someone else dote on her for a day!

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‘The Great Remember’: One-of-a-Kind Mother’s Day Gifts

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Before you toss your child’s overflowing pile of artworks and clothes, consider turning them into one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork and jewelry through The Great Remember.

A mother of three kids, an MFA graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and an artist based in Brooklyn, NY, Lisa Waltuch started The Great Remember to help parents preserve memories by integrating them into the home.  Stretched canvas mosaics, textured appliqués, and personalized locket necklaces are three specific ways parents can turn their children’s creations into unforgettable mementos. 

The Great Remember will dispatch photographers to a customer’s home to take high-resolution photos of artwork for mosaics.  For textured appliqués, customers will need to send clothes by mail while for lockets, customers will need to send digital photos.  Customers can also email their child’s favorite quote or saying to have it stitched into a handcrafted heart grid to be mounted on a mahogany shadowbox.

Prices for these truly unique gifts start at $99.  Place orders by Monday, April 25 to ensure delivery by Mother’s Day.

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Mother Jailed for Lying to Send Kids to Better School

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Should a parent be locked up for lying to enroll her children in a better school system? The Ohio jury who found Kelly Williams-Bolar guilty of doing just that certainly thinks so. After listing her father’s ritzy Copely-Fairlawn address instead of her own in Akron on school registration and free lunch forms, the single mom was sentenced to 10 days in jail, reports the Akron Beacon-Journal. She was convicted on January 18 of two felony counts of tampering with records and given two years probation and 80 hours of community service, states her hometown newspaper.

Williams-Bolar, a teaching assistant for special-needs children, was released this week  after serving all but one day of her sentence. According to Beacon Journal columnist, Bob Dyer, she is currently a few credits short of her teaching degree— a dream that will now go unrealized as she’s considered a felon in the state (and thereby prohibited from gaining employment within a school district).

Dyer, a resident of Copely-Fairlawn, elaborates: ”Williams-Bolar had no criminal record. She was working in a city school as a teacher’s assistant — helping special-ed kids…and when she wasn’t at work, she was working to better herself, taking education courses at UA…Still, do we really want to employ teachers who steal tax dollars from schools? Some folks have questioned whether she truly set out to deceive…What is indisputable is that she knowingly ripped off taxpayers for two years.”

While many argue that Williams-Bolar simply wanted what was best for her two daughters and was willing to do whatever it took to ensure them a good education, others see her as a plain and simple felon who tried to beat the system. Regardless, this case has sparked a heated debate nationwide.

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Poll: Would You Follow the ‘Tiger Mother’ Parenting Style?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

As a parent, what parenting style would you follow to raise your kids? Since Amy Chua’s memoir, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” has come out there has been a lot of discussion about which parenting style was more effective: eastern (stereotypically strict and no-nonsense) vs. western (stereotypically easygoing and laid-back).  Take our poll below to share your opinion.

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A ‘Tiger Mother’ Media News Roundup

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

chua-battlehymnchinesemotherWell, it’s been two weeks and the controversy surrounding Amy Chua’s ”Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”  is still beating on.  

Just about every major media outlet has covered this so-called “mean mom” and (no surprise here), the “Battle Hymn” memoir is ranked #4 on the Amazon.com Top 100 list and #1 on the memoir and biography lists.

After scouring the Internet, here is a roundup of the best coverage on the Tiger Mother some parents love to hate.  You can also watch an interview between Amy Chua and Meredith Vieira on the TODAY Show.

From Parents.com

From the Wall Street Journal

From the New York Times

From the Huffington Post

From Parenting Websites

From Other Media Outlets

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Do Chinese Mothers Raise Successful Children?

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

This past weekend, a friend (who is Chinese) sent me a link and I read, with a mixture of horror, amusement, disbelief, and slight agreement, the Wall Street Journal article by Amy Chua, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior.”

Being Chinese myself (and not even an American-Born Chinese or ABC), I wish I could tell you scary stories of what it was like growing up with an exacting, overbearing, and terrifying Chinese mother who would verbally beat me into submission.  Except, believe it or not, I don’t have any.  Growing up, I attended sleepovers and had play dates, watched TV, chose my own extracurriculars (including theater, but I didn’t act), rarely got grades less an an A (until college), and never played the violin (piano, yes, though I was far from being Lang Lang).

However, I did have Chinese friends with mothers like Amy Chua – and, those friends did excel better than me and also went on to Ivy Leagues, but some of those friends also grew up crying, feeling inadequate, and believing parental love and approval came with straight As.  They extinguished their creative and artistic sides and prepared for life-long careers in medicine, engineering, and law.  Over 147, 718 people (presumably Asians), including some of my friends, have shared Chua’s story on Facebook—and most of the comments have been the same: they remember what it was like growing up feeling criticized, never good enough, and uncertain whether the paths they chose was what they really wanted.

Amy Chua would probably say my parents became too Westernized when they moved to America and didn’t try hard enough. My own parents would probably be considered hippie Chinese parents even though they aren’t familiar with the term “hippie.”  My parents never once yelled at me or called me “stupid, “worthless,” or “garbage.”  They let me pull out of Chinese school when I refused to go and they encouraged my love for reading, art, and writing.  As Patty Chang wrote on Huffington Post, not all children are the same so they can’t all be force-fed the same parenting style.

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