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Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

Lead with Your Values: The Merida “Makeover” and Coronation #DisneySMMoms

“Lead with your values” is good advice for a well-lived life. As it turns out, it is a good practice for brands, too, according to Jackie Huba, author of Monster Loyalty: How Lady Gaga Turns Followers into Fanatics, and a speaker at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Throughout the Celebration / Conference, Disney took the opportunity to highlight the company’s values. As someone who has admitted ambivalence about the “princess culture,” and as a … Read entire article »

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Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Just Playing Princess?

Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Just Playing Princess?

Has Cinderella devoured the self-esteem of our daughters? Do young women today have more or fewer options in forging their own identity? I confess to a great ambivalence about the princess culture that has seized our young girls. For the most part, when I write a post about a current issue, I have strong opinions on the topic.  I’m open to convincing arguments, and reserve the right to change my mind, but I at least begin from … Read entire article »

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OMG! LOLing @ Study “Txt Msg Helps Kidz 2 Spell”

OMG! LOLing @ Study “Txt Msg Helps Kidz 2 Spell”

Can Txt Msgs Really Help Kidz 2 Spell? A new study says…”yes”. Honestly, I’m not terribly shocked. The level of engagement with language has gone down so far that any textual use is likely to increase fluency. What is sad to me is that text messaging is likely the only word play these tweens and teens are using on a regular basis. Saying that text messaging improves a teen’s spelling more so than, say, watching 5 … Read entire article »

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Your Baby Can’t Read

Your Baby Can’t Read

I originally posted this on my personal blog, Mama Saga, but now that I am keeping an education blog, I feel it belongs here, too.  I feel very strongly about avoiding too much screen time, not pushing academic skills on infants and toddlers, and not wasting money on expensive systems. Your Baby Can’t Read Okay, perhaps YOUR baby can. It is possible. Stranger things have happened. But most likely your baby cannot read. Anyone telling you that … Read entire article »

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