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Posted January 11th, 2011 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

Gadgets For Busy Moms: MyFoxNY.com

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“Turn Off TV Week?”

Posted October 7th, 2010 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

I guess I’m finding out a bit late that this week is officially, “National Turn Off TV Week” but better late than never. The phrase itself is unimaginable to many of our children, and if we’re being honest, to us grown-ups, too. Read the rest of this entry »

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Send Your Kid Back to School with the KidKupz Contest!

Posted August 6th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

Want to try out KidKupz BEFORE flu season kicks in? KidKupz and Barefoot Mommies is hosting a Back to School contest featuring a KidKupz gift pack as well as other goodies that will make going back to school easier for parents and fun for kids! There a bunch of ways to win, so check out Barefoot Mommies for details. Open to US & Canada residents. Contest ends 8/23 at 11:59 pm CST . Enter today!

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A Speech That Changed the Way I “Mommy”

Posted July 9th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

I am one of those riddled-with-guilt moms who thinks that no matter what parenting route I choose, I could be doing better or should be doing differently. My tendency is always to over-protect because, after all, you can never keep your kids too safe…or can you?

The headmistress at my children’s school gave a talk to the parent body recently. She spoke about how the parents of the 21st century express love for their children in a way that is different from how our parents expressed love and parented us. We love our children so much that our primary goal is to protect them from any and all pain, harm or suffering. This sounds ideal, but is it? If children don’t get a chance to experience some of the disappointments and challenges in life, how will they ever learn to cope when we are no longer there to protect them? This includes even the little things in life such as using the toaster or crossing the street. I woke up one day recently and realized that my 10 year old son couldn’t toast a bagel himself…not because he is incapable, but because I forbid him to ever use the toaster for fear of his getting burned.  Ironically, a metaphor for much weightier situations.

In her address, the headmistress referenced a speech given by Gever Tulley, founder of the Tinkering School. Tulley spells out “5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do. “  A provocative title, yes, but it’s really all about teaching our children how to safely navigate their environments and be in control. I urge you to watch the video, but here are his Top 5:

  • Play with fire
  • Own a pocketknife
  • Throw a spear
  • Deconstruct appliances
  • Break international copyright laws/Drive a car

From the moment I heard this list, something clicked for me as a mom and it has guided many of my parenting choices since. When I told my husband that I wanted to give our son a pocketknife for his birthday, he was surprised. I explained to him the thought behind it, the fact that it is the ultimate universal tool and that it can empower a child provided you teach them the proper way to use it, and even that a child can tap into his or her creativity and confidence. The truth is that my husband had had different pocketknives throughout his own childhood and yet it had never even occurred to him to give one to our son. It is one of the many simple things that has just drifted out of our social consciousness.

So, take a look at the video when you have a chance. In the meantime, tonight’s seminar at my house will be, “Avoiding Steam-burns When Making Mircowave Popcorn.”

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KidKupz Joins Super Saturday 12 for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

Posted June 30th, 2009 by Jill Addeo | No Comments »

The mission of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund is to fund research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer.

In support of their mission, they help patients and their loved ones understand the disease and its treatment, and provide outreach programs to raise public awareness.

On August 1, 2009, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund’s 12th annual Super Saturday will take place at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill. Hosted again by Donna Karan, Ariel Foxman, InStyle, Kelly Ripa and Blake Lively, Super Saturday 12 will feature its famous one-of-a-kind designer garage sale, kids’ carnival, gourmet dining and exciting activities galore.

This year, KidKupz has donated product to be included in the goodie bags at this very special fundraising event. For those of us who can’t make it out to the Hamptons to shop til we drop, tune in to QVC on August 1st to take part in the action on QVC Presents Super Saturday Live where you will be able to shop right along with the celebs and support an amazing cause!

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