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As much as I have resisted over the last few years, I have finally succumbed to every woman's nightmare: I have become my mother. It all started when my nine-year-old son came home last week and told me that he was going to download Instagram
on his iPod Touch. Personally, I love Instagram and use it often. But I don't think that at age nine, my son is mature enough to send photos or write comments online. I explained, as logically as I possibly could, the perils of kids using social media. Fueled by visions of my own youthful transgressions (imagine the photos that could have been shared from the Limelight or Dorrian's, circa 1988?), I presented an assortment of precarious situations that could put my son at risk, physically, emotionally and socially. Without going into the ugly details of his reaction, let's just say I must not have sounded quite as reasonable to my "misunderstood" son who, apparently, is still not over it.
Such is the irony of life. We can't appreciate our parents' perspective until it becomes our own. So JABBERS, if you have any thoughts to share
on this issue, I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, check out some sites below that provide information about children and social media.
-Victoria Assa, Managing Editor, JAB NYC
Looking for After-School Activities
From Sahra Diament: REPLY
My daughter will be entering kindergarten at PS 158 on the Upper East Side this September. As I work full-time, I need to find an arrangement for after-school (from 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm). If you have any suggestions for a five day per week after-school program in the area, please reply above. Thank you!
The Perfect Trifecta: Food, Wine and 50 Shades of Grey
|Photo: Heidi Green Photography|
Join us for what is sure to be the "hottest" luncheon in town. Diva Moms
is hosting two "FABULYSS" luncheons celebrating the 50 Shades trilogy that has made its way to the bookshelves and kindles of women all over the world. Don't miss this incredible (and rare) opportunity for a Q & A with author E.L. James, and to talk with famous sexologist Logan Levkoff while enjoying lunch, wine and amazing desserts. Gifts bags, signed books, photos by Heidi Green Photography
and other fun surprises are sure to make this a truly spectacular event! Monday May 7th, 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Carlyle On The Green (Long Island) and Friday, May 11, 1:00 pm-3:00 pm at the Willow Ridge Country Club (Westchester). The cost for the luncheon is $85.00 per mom (pre-paid) and $100.00 at the door. The events will be sold out so click HERE
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Food, Glorious Food!
From Jackie Milanes: REPLY
My daughter is getting married in NY in June of 2013. Can anyone recommend a good caterer in the New York area? Thank you very much.
Taking a Bite Out of the Big Apple
From Melissa Wurtenberger: REPLY
We are taking our family (with two young children) to New York City. While we've been to the city many times, we've never done a trip with our kids. We're looking for recommendations on where to stay (we were thinking an apartment rental might be easier then hotel), what to do, and just tips on navigating the City in general with little ones (for instance, do you ride in cabs without car seats?!). Thanks!
Place Your Bids
There's something for everyone at the Children's Museum of the Arts' Spring Benefit auction including sports tickets, fashion packages, dining certificates, private tours of cultural NYC landmarks and a guest judgeship for the annual Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest. Feel great knowing that proceeds support expanding capacity at the museum, which provides quality, authentic and accessible arts programs to NYC families. Online bidding runs through May 9th HERE
. We hope you'll also join us on May 6th for CMA's Spring Benefit
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My husband and I are going on Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas Western Mediterranean cruise this summer. Some of the stops we will be making are in Provence (Toulon), France Villafranche (Nice), France Livorno (Florence/Pisa), Italy Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy and Naples (Capri), Italy. Recommendations on excursions we should take and sights we should not miss out on are greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Do You Know the Best of Gatlinburg?
From Andrea Levine: REPLY
We are considering a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with our pre-teen children this summer. Can anyone recommend their favorite places for lodging, restaurants and activities? Thanks.
|Not Your Mother's Cyberspace|
Although navigating cyberspace is now second-nature to most of us, our lack of exposure to social media when we were kids, leaves us at a slight disadvantage when trying to relate to our children on this issue. It's not that we weren't social, but if anyone wants to find the evidence of our adolescent indiscretions, they'd have to dig through notes, journals, and blurry photos stored in dusty boxes in our parents' garage. Our children, however, live in a different world - one through which we have to help guide them. If you want to learn more about how children today can connect safely (and how to prevent them from documenting their occasional lapse of judgment), check out the resources below.
- a non-profit forum for parents, teens, educators to have a voice in the public discussion about youth online safety.
- public service created through a partnership between Internet industry corporations and public interest organizations.
Internet Keep Safe Coalition
(iKeepSafe) - a non-profit alliance of industry leaders, law enforcement members, educators, and technology experts who research and keep track of global trends surrounding digitally connected products and their effect on children.
|The Mother of All Advice|
From Team JAB
Mother's Day is fast approaching and what better way to celebrate your mother than by sharing the fact that "mom was right." Please share
with us the best advice your mother ever gave you and we'll post it in our May 10th, Mother's Day edition.
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