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As California lawmakers attempt to tighten the rules on childhood vaccinations, they’re getting pushback from unexpected quarters: high-profile officials who support vaccines.

In the past few weeks, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and the members of the Medical Board of California have questioned a bill that would give the California Department of Public Health authority to decide whether a child can skip routine vaccinations.

Anti-vaccine activists have capitalized on these moments, plastering Facebook pages and social media with praise for the officials’ statements.

But those officials are not against vaccinations. In fact, they have made clear they’re committed to vaccines, and to dealing with the problem the bill is supposed to fix — doctors providing kids with medical exemptions for reasons that don’t meet federal standards.

“Having been in public health for a long time, I am a huge supporter of vaccines,” said Dr. Michelle Bholat, a family medicine physician in Santa Monica and until recently a member of the medical board, which has oversight over physicians and their licenses.

What concerns her, she said at a late-May meeting of the board, was the measure’s potential effect on doctor-patient relationships and the particulars of who would qualify for a medical exemption.

Pediatrician and state Sen. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) introduced the bill to address a spike in the number of children who have been granted what he calls “fake” medical exemptions from vaccinations; more than five times as many kids have medical exemptions this past school year than in 2015-16.

SB 276 would give the final say on medical exemption applications to the state public health department, which would be required to follow guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any exemptions provided by doctors would be subject to approval — or denial — by the department.

The only other state that gives control of vaccine exemptions to a public health agency is West Virginia.

The measure passed the state Senate in May and is awaiting consideration in the state Assembly.

The debate over the measure comes as new state data shows that the percentage of kindergartners who had all their recommended shots fell for the second straight year, largely due to an increase in medical exemptions written by doctors.

During the past school year, the share of fully vaccinated kindergartners dropped to 94.8%, down from 95.6% in 2016-17, putting the state in potentially dangerous territory — officials recommend 90-95% coverage for community immunity.

And as vaccination rates dip, measles is spreading nationwide. In the largest outbreak since 1992, more than 1,000 people have been infected across the country this year through June 5, including 51 in California.

Nearly three years ago, California enacted a law by Pan that bars parents from citing personal or religious beliefs to avoid vaccinating their children. Children could be exempted only on medical grounds if the shots were harmful to their health.

That ban improved vaccination rates, though progress has been slipping.

Today, many of the schools that had the highest rates of unvaccinated students before the law took effect still do. Doctors have broad authority to grant medical exemptions from vaccination; some wield that power liberally and sometimes for cash, signing dozens or hundreds of exemptions for children, sometimes in far-off communities.

Pan’s bill would crack down on this practice and has the strong support of the medical establishment. It was co-sponsored by two powerful doctor associations, the American Academy of Pediatrics, California, and the California Medical Association.

“We want to make sure unscrupulous physicians aren’t making medical exemptions for money,” said Dr. David Aizuss, the president of the California Medical Association. “The idea of the bill is to protect a real personal medical exemption, where kids are on chemotherapy or have an immunological response.” 

But it has its critics — and this time, they extend beyond the small but fervent group of people who continue to question the extensive scientific evidence that shows vaccines are safe. And although raising concerns is typical in the legislative process, their criticisms take on outsize importance with a subject as explosive as vaccines.

The biggest name among the new critics is Newsom, who said he’s worried about interfering with the doctor-patient relationship. “I like doctor-patient relationships. Bureaucratic relationships are more challenging for me,” he said at the state Democratic Party convention in early June.

“I’m a parent; I don’t want someone that the governor of California appointed to make a decision for my family.”

State Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), a co-sponsor of Pan’s previous legislation, abstained from voting on the new measure last month, saying he’d made commitments during the previous fight to leave medical exemptions to the discretion of doctors.

Last month, the Medical Board of California offered just lukewarm support, and only to portions of the bill, after listening to 200 members of the public speak against it for more than two hours.

The board members called on Pan to address a variety of concerns, from the potential oversight role the state public health department might play, to the proposed guidelines for medical exemptions.

They agreed on one thing: It should be easier for the board to investigate complaints of questionable medical exemptions. To look into complaints, the board needs to see medical records. To get those records, it generally needs permission from patients or their guardians, something parents who have sought medical exemptions are often unwilling to provide. The bill would give the board access to these records.

One physician, Dr. Bob Sears in Orange County, a well-known opponent to vaccine mandates, was put on probation in 2018 for writing an exemption for a 2-year-old without taking any medical history. Since 2016, at least 173 complaints against physicians for inappropriate exemptions have been filed with the state medical board, with more than 100 currently under investigation, the board said.

Medical exemptions for California kids are clustered in certain communities and schools. In Humboldt County, 5.8% of kindergartners have medical exemptions from shots, according to the new state data. In Nevada County, the rate is 10.6%. All told, nearly one-third of the state’s counties have fallen below 95% immunity from measles. 

Aizuss of the California Medical Association said the organization is working with Newsom’s office and the medical board, among others, to update the bill so that it will be “workable, effective and supported by the governor.”

“I think that our goal is the same,” he said. “The idea of the bill is to protect … the sanctity of the true physician-patient relationship, as opposed to a relationship where physicians were granting the medical exemption for a fee, which is not a true physician-patient relationship.”

California Healthline reporter Ana B. Ibarra contributed to this report.


This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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WHAT IS BULLYING?

Bullying can take many forms, but it’s generally considered to be any behavior that is unwelcome, offensive, unsolicited, or objectionable. Bullying is characterized by:

  • Repetition (occurs regularly)
  • Duration (is enduring)
  • Escalation (increasing aggression)
  • Power disparity (the target lacks the power to successfully defend themselves)
  • Attributed intent

 WHAT ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES OF BULLYING?

There are 6 main types of bullying:

  • Physical
  • Verbal
  • Sexual
  • Cyber
  • Prejudicial
  • Relational Aggression (Psychological)

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SIGNS  YOUR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED?

Some common signs that your child is being bullied are:

  • Your child seems afraid of going to school, walking to and from school, riding the school bus, or taking part in organized activities (ie. sports teams) with peers
  • Your child comes home with torn, damaged, or missing pieces of clothing, books, or other belongings
  • Has unexplained cuts, bruises, and scratches
  • Has few, if any friends, with whom he or she spends time
  • Finds or makes up excuses as to why they can’t go to school
  • Takes a long or out-of-the-way route when walking to or from school
  • Has lost interest in schoolwork or suddenly begins to do poorly in school
  • Appears sad, moody, teary, or depressed when he or she comes home
  • Complains frequently of headaches, stomachaches or other physical ailments
  • Has trouble sleeping or has frequent bad dreams
  • Experiences a loss of appetite
  • Appears anxious and suffers from low self-esteem

 WHY DON’T SOME CHILDREN TELL THEIR PARENTS THEY’RE BEING BULLIED?

  • They feel ashamed and embarrassed
  • They worry about being viewed as a snitch or a tattletale
  • They fear that the bully may retaliate
  • They are afraid they will get into trouble by their family for not “standing up” or for “lacking confidence”
  • They feel pressured to be “quiet” in order to belong or be accepted by their peers
  • They feel like they deserve it

Note: Children with disabilities may be at a higher risk of being bullied.

WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD A PARENT ASK TO FIND OUT IF THEIR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED OR BEING A BULLY?

When talking with your child, don’t just ask if they’re being bullied.

A direct way to approach it is to say:

  • “I’ve heard a lot about bullying on the radio and in the news. Is that going on at your school?”
  • “I’m worried about you. Are there any kids who may be picking on you or bullying you?”
  • “Are there any kids at school who tease you in a mean way?”
  • “Are there any kids at school who you believe, leave you out or exclude you on purpose?”

Some subtle questions you can ask:

  • “Do you have any special friends at school this year? Who are they? Who do you hang out with?”
  • “Who do you sit with at lunch and on the bus?”
  • “Are there any kids at school who you really don’t like? Why don’t you like them? Do they ever pick on you or leave you out of things?”

If your child is the bully, there are 3 questions you can ask:

  • “Help me to understand…
    1. what happened today.”
    2. your relationship with ______.”
    3. why the school called me today.”

OR: There’s a lot about your story that I believe, but is there anything about the other side of the story (referencing the moral belief or other child) that has merit?” This question shows that you are open to listening and supporting your child. It also gives your child a chance to see the other person’s side.

“How are we going to move forward together to help you to change this behavior?”

Showing children what acceptable behavior looks like is one way to help them learn. (i.e. role-playing can be helpful.) It shows actions and words that a child can use moving forward. It can be helpful to invite the child to make amends. Be sure to outline clear, consistent consequences and follow through. Children need to be supported with words and action that show they are loved and that they can have a positive way of belonging.

 WHAT SHOULD PARENTS DO IF THEIR CHILD IS BEING BULLIED?

  1. Contact your child’s teacher
  2. Make your child aware it’s unacceptable behavior.
  3. Teach your child to avoid bullies/stay connected with others
  4. Re-define tattle-telling with your child
  5. Be Quick to Respond
  6. Teach your child to respond with confidence
  7. Teach your child how to use unemotional language
  8. Teach your child how to use body language to reinforce his/her words

You can also refer to Dr. Dawn’s FB Live broadcast for explanations on the above recommendations: Help! My Child is Being Bullied!)

WHAT KINDS OF INTERACTION BETWEEN ADULTS CAN BE CLASSIFIED AS BULLYING?

Adult bullying is a serious problem and may require legal action if not managed appropriately.

There are several different types of adult bullies, and it helps to know how they operate:

  1. Narcissistic Adult Bully:  This type of adult bully is self-centered and does not share empathy with others. He or she seems to feel good about him or herself, but in reality, has low self-esteem and belittles others.
  2. Impulsive Adult Bully:  Adult bullies in this category are more spontaneous (do not plan their bullying tactics.) Even if consequences are likely, they have a challenging time restraining their behaviors. In some cases, this type of bullying may be unintentional, resulting in periods of stress, or when the bully is upset or concerned about something unconnected with their victim.
  3. Physical Bully:  While adult bullying rarely turns to physical confrontation, there are, nonetheless, bullies that use physicality. In some cases, the adult bully may not actually physically harm the victim, but may use the threat of harm, or physical domination through their approach. Additionally, a physical bully may damage or steal a victim’s property, rather than physically confronting the victim.
  4. Verbal Adult Bully:  Words can be quite damaging. Adult bullies who use this type of tactic may start rumors about the victim or use sarcastic or demeaning language to dominate or humiliate another person. This subtle type of bullying also has the advantage – to the bully – of being difficult to document. However, the emotional and psychological impacts of verbal bullying can be felt quite deeply and can result in reduced job performance and even depression.
  5. Secondary Adult Bully:  This is someone who does not initiate the bullying but joins in so that he or she does not actually become a victim down the road. Secondary bullies may feel bad about what they are doing but are more concerned about protecting themselves.

 WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON FORMS OF WORKPLACE BULLYING?

Research shows that many people experience workplace bullying. Approximately two out of every five people have been bullied at work. Almost half of those targeted at work suffer stress related health problems and can cause serious effects on an individual’s physical health, mental health, and relationships.

]Workplace bullying is abusive conduct that takes the form of verbal, psychological, physical, or online abuse that includes threats, humiliation, or intimidation; or interference that prevents the target from getting work done (sabotage). It can include blacklisting from future employment opportunities. The workplace bully may be a manager, coworker, vendor, or even a customer.

Common forms of workplace bullying can take the form of:

  1. Personal attacks that seem to have little to do with your job or the workplace environment.
  2. It can involve spreading rumors about someone, or hurtful gossip or innuendo about a coworker.
  3. It can include yelling, name-calling, mocking, insulting, or ridicule in face-to-face confrontations.

HOW SHOULD ADULTS DEAL WITH BULLYING IN THE WORKPLACE?

  1. START by Standing Your Ground
  2. Document the behavior
  3. Talk to Your boss/supervisor
  4. If your supervisor is the Problem, talk to his/her boss
  5. If your boss is the Owner/CEO, then speak with a lawyer about possibly filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Individuals who have grounds to do this, must report the incidents before a lawsuit is filed. They then have only six months to act after notifying their employer of the problem or asking their boss to stop his/her abusive behavior.

 There’s no specific law against bullying in the workplace unless it occurs due to discriminatory factors (“harassment”), so it’s important that you know your rights. Many bullying behaviors mirror the definition of a hostile work environment or workplace discrimination. If they’re directed at you by a superior, this might be considered harassment and if your superior’s actions are based on discriminatory factors, you might have grounds for legal action.

 WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GO THROUGH THE PROPER PROCEDURES WHEN BEING BULLIED IN THE WORKPLACE AND NOTHING IS RESOLVED, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?

To date, neither federal law nor the law of any state prohibits workplace bullying outright. Although several states have considered anti-bullying legislation, none has yet to pass such a law. That doesn’t necessarily mean bullying is legal in every situation, however.

In the absence of federal legislation prohibiting generic workplace bullying, several states are considering legislation that would provide severely bullied employees with a claim for damages if they can prove that they suffered mental or physical harm as a result of the bullying: Legislatures in 29 states have introduced workplace anti-bullying bills in recent years, according to the “Healthy Workplace Campaign.”

Bullying is illegal when it violates federal or state laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment in the workplace. These laws protect employees from harassment based on protected characteristics, such as race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, or disability.

If a workplace bully is targeting an employee based on a protected characteristic, that could qualify as illegal harassment. The employee would have a hostile work environment claim, if the unwelcome conduct is severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would find it to be offensive, hostile, or abusive.

IF A PERSON IS CYBER-BULLIED WHAT STEPS SHOULD THEY TAKE AND WHO SHOULD THEY REPORT IT TO?

Tips for dealing with cyberbullies:

  • Don’t respond. Don’t retaliate. If you are a child/teenager, tell a trusted adult.
  • Never delete any communications. Be sure to keep electronic copies and printouts in case things escalate. Keep records of ISP and law enforcement contacts. Do not alter the electronic communications.
  • If the person who is harassing you continues this behavior, contact their Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  • Save all information that contains even a hint of a threat and contact law enforcement. Ask what steps are taken when cyberbullying is reported.
  • Block the harasser after you have made copies of all communication.
  • Research your state’s cyberbullying laws. One excellent online resource is the National Conference of State Legislatures website’s comparison of cyberbullying and cyber harassment laws, but you should also be able to find this on your state’s website or request this information by emailing one of your elected officials.

 WHAT IS A CHILD TO DO IF THEIR PARENTS/FAMILY MEMBERS ARE BULLYING THEM INTO PLAYING SPORTS THEY HAVE NO INTEREST IN?

Dealing with a parent bully can be difficult. The first thing you should try is to talk to the parent. Try and work out differences. If that doesn’t work, it is a good idea to talk to some sort of authority at the school, or even with law enforcement. It is important that parent bullying be stopped, especially since it can be damaging to the long-term psyche of the child.

  IS IT TRUE, THAT MOST PEOPLE WHO BULLY OTHERS HAVE TROUBLES AT HOME?

Yes, according to research studies, children and teens who are exposed to violence in the home are likely to engage in higher levels of physical bullying than youngsters who were not witnesses to such behavior. Bullies (no matter their age) are about four times more likely to have been hurt by someone in their families than those who are neither bullies nor victims of bullying.

Studies also show that kids who are involved in bullying are also involved in substance abuse and have a family history of violence. Programs that are comprehensive and involve families and communities working in partnership with schools are needed to stop bullying.

WHERE CAN LISTENERS FIND YOU? DO YOU HAVE A PODCAST OR UPCOMING SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS?

A: I offer 1:1 mental health consultations and can be found on my website: www.DrDawnPsychMD.com. I am also located on all social media platforms, using the tag @DrDawnPsychMD. (FB, IG, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube) I have two private practice locations in Houston, TX and offer virtual appointments to families who live in Texas and Illinois. You can locate more information on my practice website: www.adhdwellnesscenter.com

 My Podcast show, “From ADHD to Amaze-Ability” is now available on Pandora! It is also accessible on iTunes, Google Play and Spotify. Subscribe today! “From ADHD to Amaze-Ability” Podcast Show

 Register for the 2019 Parenting ADHD Summit June 17th-21st! On June 18th, I’ll be speaking on The ADHD Lifestyle Optimization Method: creating realistic and successful strategies for caregivers who parent children with ADHD. With this method, I help parents find solutions on everything from home routines to school essentials and friendships. 💜 IT’S FREE!!! Click here to get your ticket to this online experience today ▶ https://bit.ly/2EE8U1o

 I also have scheduled weekly FB LIVE sessions every Tuesday at 7 pm CST, where I encourage my viewers to discuss various mental health topics that impact our families and communities. Last week and this week, I featured the topics, “Bullying in Children” and “Bullying in the Workplace.” You can join the discussion every Tuesday evening here: www.LivewithDrDawn.com.

 Resources:

www.stopbullying.gov

www.understood.com

www.mentalhealthamerica.net


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Keeping children on a course for healthy eating is a challenge, and convincing a crabby youngster to chomp on some broccoli is often an exercise in futility. If you’re a parent who knows what it’s like to try to get a kid to eat vegetables, Kraft wants you to know that they sympathize.

In fact, the company is apparently so sympathetic that it wants to help parents of picky kids lie about the food that hits the dinner table. Kraft will be disguising its ranch salad dressing as “frosting” to give parents a new weapon in the war over nutrition.

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Goalsetter is a new financial literacy platform for kids. The platform lets the whole family get in on the savings action. Family members can use birthdays and holidays to send kids GoalCards instead of gift cards so kids receive real money towards real dreams.

Parents can also set up round-ups or auto-save to help kids save for big goals over time, and children can earn money via a Goalsetter Allowance.

“Goalsetter is a goal-based FDIC-insured savings, gifting and allowance platform made just for kids and powered by those who love them,” explained Tanya Van Court, founder of Goalsetter. “Goalsetter lets kids save in three big categories: saving for their future, sharing with others, and spending on things or experiences that matter to them.”

As an African American mother, Van Court understands the importance of teaching kids about money and saving early on. As per the company’s website, “The seed for Goalsetter was planted by Gabrielle, who told her mom, Tanya that she only wanted two things for her 9th birthday: a bike and enough money to start an investment account.”

“Kids who have savings accounts in their names are not only six times more likely to go to college; they’re also four times more likely to own stocks by the time they are young adults,” said Van Court. “Goalsetter’s mission is to get every household in America saving, one kid at a time.”

Forging relationships with national non-profits, school systems, and corporations — Goalsetter helps create the next generation of savers, investors, and wealth-creators. The company’s partners include Morgan Stanley, New York City, and Boston public schools, as well as the Center for Changing Lives.

Before creating Goalsetter, Van Court served as senior vice president of partner marketing at Discovery Education, where she launched digital textbooks to schools across the country. She also led Nickelodeon’s digital preschool and parenting businesses, including NickJr.com. Prior to Nickelodeon, Van Court served as vice president of new media products for ESPN, where she led the launch of ESPN3.


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Has baby No. 4 arrived? Kim Kardashian’s latest tweet is raising eyebrows! On Monday, May 6, the reality star, 38, shared a screenshot of a text message from husband Kanye West on Twitter. She captioned the photo, “Morning texts.”

The text read: “This is your life. Married with four kids, get people out of jail, cover of Vogue, go to church every week with your family. Dreams come true.”

Many fans on Twitter wondered if the rapper’s “married with four kids” statement meant that the couple welcomed their fourth child. However, a source confirms to Us Weekly that the baby has not arrived just yet. West, 41, and Kardashian are the parents of North, 5, Saint, 3, and Chicago, 15, months, and are expecting their latest arrival sometime this month.

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Us broke the news in January that the couple are expecting their fourth child, a son, via surrogate. They welcomed Chicago via gestational carrier as well, as the Selfish author suffered from a life-threatening condition, placenta accreta, during her first two pregnancies.

The model has been anxiously awaiting the arrival and celebrated with a calming baby shower on April 27.

“Because I am freaking out so much, I just want a zen-like CBD-themed baby shower,” she told E! News before the celebration. “I just want massages, I want to do like a tea ceremony with crystals and we’re going to have a drink at this baby shower — we’re not pregnant … Massages for all, like, just meditation, calm before the storm baby shower.”

The pair have also not decided on a name yet for their son. “We all weigh in,” Kardashian told Jimmy Kimmel in April. “I definitely take a family survey, but it’s usually after the baby’s born and we’re trying to figure out what the baby looks like. I usually go about three or four days nameless until I feel that it really connects with me.”

The KKW Beauty founder then noted she’s hoping for a family name: “I was truthfully thinking about just naming him Rob, [after] my brother. But then it’s like, North, Saint, Chicago, Rob. It doesn’t really go. I really was feeling like that, or Robert. And my brother approved it, so that’s, like, our one kind of name. I like Rob West.”

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The singer looked stunning in a bright pink Siriano dress and smiled brightly as she posed for pics alongside her young ones – Savannah, 17, Seth, 12, River, 4 and 3-year-old Remington – and her hubby.

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But Kelly also revealed that her daughter River was overjoyed to be in the spotlight at the event.

‘This was the greatest thing. We said to her, ‘When we get on the red carpet, they are gonna be yelling mommy’s name. Do not get freaked out. Just keep smiling. And what she got from all that was, ‘Why are they screaming only your name?’… she was like, ‘Why are they not screaming my name?’’

‘I thought, ‘Oh my god, the foreshadowing is scary,’’ she laughed, suggesting that she may grow up to have celebrity aspirations.

But that is Okay since Clarkson has been getting ready for the young ones to start making names for themselves already.

‘River and our 12-year-old boy just love doing stuff like this. Our oldest and youngest are kinda like, ‘We’re good,’ but our middle two, they love it,’ the celebrity went on to also dish.

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4 Ways To Spend Quality Time With Your Kids Without Electronics

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These days we are all glued to our electronics, cell phones, televisions, video games, fitness watches, tablets, and more. More and more we are becoming virtually connected and less actually connected. This is especially the case for our children, who are part of the generation known as “digital natives.”

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I‘m not anti-electronics; I live on my devices as much as anyone. However, I am about electronics in moderation and quality time with our children in abundance. Like anything in life, technology is about balance and it’s important for us and our children to understand how to make and nurture relationships without the intervention of electronics.

Here are four ways to spend quality time with your kids without electronics.

1.) Eat Dinner Together: Eating dinner together or at least one meal per day together creates the opportunity to talk to one another. During the meal make sure electronics are banned for everyone. Focus on the conversation, ask questions and answer the questions your children ask you. Mealtime conversation is one of the best ways to find out about your child’s day and to keep the connection going.

2.) Do Something Active: Our collective attention spans are getting shorter, which means a good way to engage with your child is by doing something active that requires movement. For example, I often exercise at home and my kids “help” me by joining in.

We stretch, do crunches, squats and more together because they love to watch me struggle and I love to have their company. In the end, we both get a work out in, have some laughs, and make some memories. Other examples of active things you can do are go outside and play catch, go bike riding, take a walk, go to the park or on a hike or create a scavenger hunt for them that requires them to go out.

3.) Work on a Project Together: Depending on your child’s age, the project can vary from putting together a jigsaw puzzle to having them help you paint a room. Find something engaging and age-appropriate. Spending time together engrossed in a project is the perfect opportunity to have conversation and spend quality time together.

Listen to your child’s favorite music while you do the project if it isn’t disruptive and introduce them to music that you love. My kids and I have put together puzzles, built marble mazes, done science experiments, and planted and took care of a garden.

4.) Have a Family Night: Set aside time for a family night and make it a tradition. Whether you watch a movie, play board games, go out to dinner, or take in a show, make sure the entire family is involved and make sure you do it consistently. Spending time together as a family, without electronics, is important towards building quality relationships with your children.

The key to all of this is making real connections in real-time. We are all busy, so don’t focus on how much time you spend together, focus on the quality of the time you’re together. But no matter what you do, remember to turn the electronics off.


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Giving your kids vitamins can be tricky because the ingredients, particularly sugar, can be suspect AF. The last thing any parent wants is for their children to be bouncing off the walls from something that was essentially supposed to be healthy. The other tricky part is getting your child, especially as a toddler, to actually swallow the pill or liquid or chew the gummy.

In my case, my 2.5-year-old’s pediatrician instructed me to start her on iron supplements so I went on the hunt for what I felt were good vitamins. First, I settled on a liquid brand. I figured that liquid would hit her system quickly and would be easy for her to take so that was a plus. We started out really well. I’d deliver the dose with a syringe and she would happily swallow the iron. But after a couple of weeks, in true toddler fashion, she started spitting the liquid out –not because she didn’t like it (I don’t think), but because she got fascinated by the concept of spitting liquid out (she starting doing this with water and milk too). As a toddler parent, I know there’s no point in questioning or trying to reason with her. The only other thing I could do was try to find a solution.

After doing some research I stumbled across Renzo’s Dissolvable Vitamins. The brand describes itself as being geared toward picky eaters and “making healthy easy.” The vitamins come in four different formulas: Multivitamin, Iron, B6 and D3. Each formulation is plant-based, non-GMO, and without animal products and added sugar. The website even breaks down what some of the more complicated sounding ingredients actually are and explains that its vitamins are easier to digest than most on the market. I was also intrigued by the fact that the vitamins are dissolvable.  

I thought they would be an instant hit with my daughter but I was wrong. She was freaked out at first by the texture and I thought all hope was lost, but I offered her the vitamins for about three days straight before she finally decided to try one and she liked it. She asked for more, which I obviously declined because the dosing says to give them one, but now she’s excited about taking her iron and actually requests them herself if I don’t remember.

I tested the vitamin myself and, as promised, it’s small, dissolves quickly, and actually tastes as good as an iron supplement can. I know that last part sounds suspect, but iron supplements all tend to have a hint of metal taste for obvious reasons. That can be off-putting for kids but with these, while there is that metallic hint, it’s not too strong and, again, the pills dissolve quickly so the taste can be washed away with water though my daughter never needs to wash it down. My daughter, who is a picky eater, consumes them like a champ and I plan to purchase more items from the range. I actually hope this brand considers creating adult vitamins because taking supplements never really gets easier, but more people would be more likely to comply if doing so could be as quick and painless as Renzo’s makes the process for kids.

 

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The Kid Question: Have You Ever Felt Like You Needed to Choose Between Kids and Career?

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An older friend was reminiscing recently about the ’70s and ’80s, when a woman who had a career generally had to either decide NOT to have kids or, if they were determined to become a mom, find a way to make it work somehow. I suppose it doesn’t sound so strange to write it out here — sure, everyone makes choices — but there was a darkness to her tone that struck me, an underlayer of “If you really need to have kids, you can, but your career will suffer and you’ll never see your kids anyway — so if you were a ‘working woman’ first or someone who wanted a big career, you wouldn’t have kids back then.” (She never had kids, but had several long and successful careers.) I thought we’d talk about it today, decades away from the time she was talking about… what messages have you received about kids and career, and have you ever felt like you needed to choose between the two? If you’ve ever pondered motherhood, did you feel like your career would be constrained to any extent by having kids? 

Here are some things to discuss regarding the The Kid Question for working women:

  • For everyone: What messaging have you received about The Kid Question? What have you felt is “expected of you” (by your family/friends/education/office culture)? Which doors have you left open, which have you gone through, and which have you shut, whether mentally or physically?
  • For younger women: How much do you think the message “Make a choice: motherhood OR your career” is still an issue for women today? 
  • For working moms: What has surprised you about the sacrifices that working mothers have to make? What have been your best strategies or tools for juggling motherhood and a career (flexible work arrangements, long maternity leaves, options to lean out/on-ramp)? (Coincidentally, over at CorporetteMoms today I’m sharing my top tips on how to find balance as a working mom…)
  • For women without kids, either by choice or circumstance: How has the lack of kids affected your career? What would you advise younger women?

As for me, I think the messaging around career and motherhood has changed significantly — I saw a lot of working mothers in both the magazine world and the legal world, and I never really questioned whether I could have both a career and kids. I did think life would be crazy… but like Finals Week crazy. Intense periods of stress, but mostly doable. That said, I do know of at least one friend my age who did make career choices based on her desire to be a mother — she went for her MBA in her late 20s and was considering becoming an investment banker, but was steered away from that track because she told her advisers she also wanted to have kids a year or two after graduating. (If memory serves she had her son right after graduation, so she may have even been pregnant when these discussions were happening.)

Now, as a mom of two kids, I’ll say that it’s way crazier and that the crazy is more prolonged than I had expected. (There was a whole “Mommy Effect” study that found that a lot of moms-to-be have an unrealistic view of what life as a working mom will be like.) I also feel like the decision to have kids means you step away from what is plannable or even knowable to a certain extent — you step away from clear goalposts and milestones in a career sense and move at your own pace, which may be faster or slower depending on your family situation. (As I write this, the question of equity comes to mind — do men who want or expect to be fathers have to step away from clear goalposts and milestones? Do they walk into parenthood expecting to make any sacrifices, and even with equal parenting, do male parents make equal sacrifices? Might be an interesting discussion to have with the guys in your life.)

Let’s hear from you, ladies — what does The Kid Question look like to you now? Do you feel like you have to sacrifice kids for career, to any extent in 2019? If you’re a working mom, what choices and sacrifices have you made? If you don’t have kids yet but plan to, what choices and sacrifices do you expect to make?

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Proposed Law Would Require YouTube and Netflix to Do More to Protect Kids Online

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has introduced new legislation that would require YouTube and Netflix to do more to protect children from viewing sex, violence, and drugs on their streaming services.

The proposed law, called the Kids Internet Design and Safety Act, aims to update children’s media regulations, which date back to 1990 and are focused on television broadcast services. The new rules would require all streaming services to better protect children from seeing harmful content, limit the kinds of ads they see, and include ratings on videos much like T.V. already does.

“The current policies are completely out of date, and the tech industry has forged ahead without regulation,” said Jim Steyer, CEO of Common Sense Media, a children’s advocacy nonprofit that supports the legislation. “This is long past due, and it is an incredibly important advance.”

If the bill gets enough bipartisan support, it could be considered during the current legislative session and take effect in 2020. Markey announced the proposed KIDS Act at the Truth About Tech Conference hosted by Common Sense Media in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

The KIDS Act would mark the second piece of legislation Markey has led in support of children. He also authored the Children’s Television Act, which required broadcasters to create educational programming for children and limited their exposure to commercials.

“While kids’ technology use and media consumption have exploded in recent years our laws have failed to keep pace,” Markey said in a statement. “Children and parents deserve new online rules of the road to ensure that children are able to thrive in our increasingly digital world.”

The proposed law stemmed from incidents in which children and families were unexpectedly exposed to inappropriate online content. For example, some of YouTube’s children’s videos reportedly have been doctored to include violent imagery and drug references.

Last month, YouTube and Facebook live streamed the mass shooting of people at two New Zealand mosques. Both services struggled to prevent the spread of the the recorded video.

In response to concerns about videos on its service, YouTube launched YouTube Kids in 2015. The service was meant to serve as a destination for children, offering kid-friendly videos and programming.

“Nobody is on YouTube Kids,” Steyer said. “Everyone is on YouTube. So this is going to apply to all of the platforms.”

The bill is also aimed at protecting children online addiction. It would require streaming service to eliminate built-in features that promote binge watching, like auto playing videos in succession.

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Laila Ali On Lessons From Her Dad, Her Kids in the Ring, and Her Latest Partnership [VIDEO]

In addition to her undefeated boxing record and being the daughter of the legendary Muhammad Ali, Laila Ali is a chef, author, entrepreneur, and television host. On top of that, she’s a health-conscious wife and mother dedicated to empowering people through healthy lifestyle options. That’s why it comes with little surprise that she signed on to be the face of Home Made Simple’s new eco-friendly cleaning product line.

Many know Home Made Simple as an Emmy-award winning docuseries Ali hosts on the OWN network. On the show, Ali and a team of experts help real people transform their homes and lives by using creative solutions to everyday home challenges and design dilemmas. On March 27, the lifestyle brand announced the next phase of its budding empire: a line of plant-based household products that include a hand soap, dish soap, multi-purpose cleaner, laundry detergent, and fabric softener. The collection is free of gluten, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, and dyes. Plus, the bottles are 100% recyclable, and both the laundry detergent and fabric softener bottles are made from 25% or more post-consumer recycled plastic. Ali says she signed on to promote the product line because it is in line with her values.

“I am someone who is all about having products in my home that are safe for my family. I live for the environment,” she told BLACK ENTERPRISE. “There are a lot of products that actually work, but they are not good for you or the environment.”

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Fighting for What’s Right

Much like her father, Ali stands firm in her beliefs and does not sanction anything that conflicts with her core values, even if that means turning down an endorsement deal or lucrative opportunity. “I haven’t been the face of many brands because, first of all, they have to be something that really resonates with me and feels true to me,” said the four-time boxing world champion. “It has to be something that I would use, something that I can stand behind, something that I believe in.”

Ali has not veered far from her father’s footsteps. Outside of the ring, Muhammad Ali held steadfast beliefs in justice and equality and infamously refused to fight in the Vietnam War. He also used his platform as the world heavyweight champion to stand up for civil rights and even forfeit his heavyweight belt. The 41-year-old retired boxer said one of the biggest lessons she learned from her dad was having a “fighting mindset,” both in and out of the ring. “He really taught me to figure out how I can fight through anything that’s going on and have the best outcome. So, I kind of pretty much apply that to everything I’m doing. I don’t expect everything to be easy or go my way,“ she told BE. “Don’t look at failures as [just] failures; look at them as opportunities to grow or do something differently next time.”

Just like her father initially disapproved of Ali’s decision to step into the ring, likewise, Ali says she would caution her own 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter about competing in the combat sport. “I definitely don’t want them to do that because it’s a dangerous sport and I think my dad felt the same way when I started boxing, but it didn’t prevent me from doing it.” Nonetheless, she said she would support her children if they did decide to carry her family’s legacy.

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Kim Kardashian shared a sweet selfie with her husband, Kanye West, and their three kids on Saturday, March 30.

“Morning,” the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 38, captioned the Instagram photo that showed her eldest daughter, North, 5, in her lap, while son Saint, 3, grabbed onto her arm and youngest daughter Chicago, 14 months, snuggled with her daddy.

Her friend Jonathan Cheban commented on the photo, writing, “I’m ready to have kids..because of this pic!!” Model Winnie Harlow, meanwhile, volunteered to be the kids’ “designated babysitter.”

The photo showed the family enjoying some time together before they welcome a new baby via surrogate.

Us Weekly broke the news in January that the KKW Beauty founder and her rapper husband, 41, are expecting their fourth child — a boy — “in very early May.”

“Kim and Kanye have begun work on the nursery,” an insider told Us earlier this week. “North fully understands what’s going on and is so into it.”

“I’m frantically trying to get the room ready,” Kardashian told The New York Times in a story about the Kardashian-Jenner family’s multimillion-dollar businesses posted on Saturday. “It’s madness, but the best madness.”

Kardashian also talked about the products she endorses on social media, revealing that she turns down more offers than she accepts. She said that anyone who is in her position would also want to maximize their income.

“If there is work that is really easy that doesn’t take away from our kids, that’s like a huge priority,” she said. “If someone was faced with the same job opportunities, I think they would maybe consider.”

“You’re going to get backlash for almost everything,” she said of people who criticize her and her family for cashing in as they promote teeth-whitening kits and weight-loss teas, “so as long as you like it or believe in it or it’s worth it financially, whatever your decision may be, as long as you’re OK with that.”

Kardashian, who has used her fame to call for criminal justice reform and visited President Donald Trump at the White House, was also asked if she would consider running for office.

“No, I don’t think so,” she said. “It would be probably the most stressful job in the world, and I don’t think that’s for me.”

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‘Shazam!’ is a superhero movie for kids, and that’s a great thing

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It’s been a long time since superheroes could be dismissed as mere kid stuff, thanks to stories as intelligent as Black Panther or as disturbing as The Dark Knight or as gleefully inappropriate as Deadpool.

But lost in all the praise over how mature and thoughtful and boundary-pushing these films can be is the fact that, well, superheroes are kid stuff. Most of us first fell in love with these larger-than-life crusaders as children, over comic books or Saturday morning cartoons or family trips to the multiplex.

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Meet the Black Pilot Teaching Kids How To Fly

The fear of flying (aviophobia) keeps many people from experiencing traveling. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about 6.5% of the U.S. population has a fear of flying and 25% have flight anxiety.

Raymond Smith, founder of R.E.P. (Redefining, Empowering, and Preparing) U NYC, a non-profit agency that provides free educational programming for underprivileged youth in the New York area, was one of those people until an unpredictable career move forced him to step out of his comfort zone and into an aircraft as an in-flight crew member for a major airline, and ultimately overcome his fear of flying. It also sparked his interest to get into the cockpit and learn how to fly.

“After getting over my fear of flying and seeing pilots at work, I thought to myself ‘I can do this!’” Smith said. “I asked some of the pilots what should my first steps to becoming a pilot be. They said go on a discovery flight and get used to being in a small airplane. I went on two discovery flights and the first time I was scared sh*tless. But through it all, I started the process of looking for flight schools to start training,”

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Ambition can help you overcome fear

Months later, Smith dedicated 105 hours in the Poconos, at Moyer Aviation, where he received his pilot’s certificate also known as a private pilot license.

His inspiration was to teach black and brown kids how to fly and overcome any fear of flying.

“Once I started flight school, I knew that once I got my instructors license that I was going to take kids on flights and teach lessons at some point. But the actual idea of a full-fledged flight program came from one of my fraternity brothers who said my idea was bigger than I originally imagined it. He heard about all the hurdles of flight school and how expensive it is and because of my passion I should be the one to start something to make it easier for kids who don’t have any type of access to this,” said Smith.

Ever since that conversation, he has been able to take 10 kids to new heights, and now Smith is fundraising in efforts to expand his programming.



“We are currently fundraising to buy an aircraft to offset our operating expenses to ensure that our flight program will remain free for kids. We are also selling sponsorship packages for organizations to sponsor flying hours for the youth.”

The commitment to take kids to new heights 

Through social media marketing efforts, Smith has been able to garner support nationwide as the importance of creating unique opportunities for black and brown kids resonates with many.

“People in our communities often only go on a commercial flight a hand full of times. And very few think they can fly an airplane in their lifetime. Recreational flying is fun and it offers a different option than public transportation or driving. Flying on a bright sunny day is a euphoric feeling everyone should experience,” says Smith.

In addition to flying, Smith plans to continue to programming through R.E.P. U NYC and encourages black men to give back.

 

“Take time out of your day to show children the way. Often times we get caught up in lecturing about our experiences and pitfalls to avoid. As the age old adage goes ‘I’d rather see a sermon, than hear one any day’.”

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Has someone every threatened to “dog walk” you? No? Me neither.

In this edition of “Things Your Kids Know”, Skip Murphy tells us the meaning behind the phrase “dog walk”. To the average person, it means to take your fluffy friend on a walk around the block but in the world of social media it is something totally different.

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