books for kids

Everything can be fixed with a little Hydrogen Peroxide

Okay, not everything, but almost everything to hear my mother tell it anyway. My mom is a legendary neat freak (hmm…doesn’t that skip a generation or something?) and she is almost, but not quite, as committed to hydrogen peroxide as a fix-all as the mother in My Big Fat Greek Wedding was to Windex. Really.

Turns out that she is kind of right. I met with pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana at Blogher. She was giving interviews at the Lysol Recharge station (such an awesome idea – lots of outlets and comfortable seating), and I went with Pragmatic Mom to chat with her. Predictably, Pragmatic Mom had her own set of questions and we ended up chatting well past out allotted time.

Anyway, we talked about how to get your kids to help around the house and Dr. Jana had great suggestions (no surprise here – she’s written more than a few books – I’ll list them – and even give them away – below) that her family instituted with great success. Here’s Pragmatic Mom’s post about chores building self esteem.

How did I get from hydrogen peroxide to chores? Lysol sent me a box full of products to sample – all of them using hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach, so Mom was right. Thanks, Mom.

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Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad from Jumpstart and Read for the Record

jumpstart read for the record ladybug girl and the bug squadYou know I love to read so this is an easy ask for me… What? You have to do something? Relax. You have to read. A children’s book. To a child (or two or three). I think you can handle it.

Join me in reading to a child tomorrow with Jumpstart’s Read for the Record®, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation. It is one day of the year when millions of individuals come together to celebrate literacy in an effort to jump start a child’s future.

It’s super easy, fun and for a good reason – childhood literacy.

On October 4, 2012, (tomorrow) adults and children across the country will be encouraged to read Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in support of Jumpstart’s mission: to work toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Thanks to Jumpstart, we are giving away two (2)  of theses lovely books. Join this wonderful program and read to a child tomorrow. Reading this book is the idea – Don’t have it? Not a problem – You can find a free digital version at  – Can’t do it? Not to worry. Read another book but go to the site – lots of great resources and links on the site.

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Learn more at About Jumpstart: Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at

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