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What have we gotten ourselves into

 

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Oh boy, what have we gotten ourselves into

My daughter recently had her bridging and rededication ceremony into her school’s Brownie troop.  Last year, she was a Daisy and enjoyed it so much, that she wanted to continue with the group. After numerous gatherings, badges, pins and a few official and social events, her days as a Daisy are over and now the real work begins (well for the parents). Life as a Brownie.  Continue reading

Camp decisions keeping you up at night? Here are some cool camp ideas for kids in Palo Alto

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Palo Alto Summer camps

As parents, we are always on the lookout for new learning experiences and activities for our children, things that will not only keep them happily occupied, but also boost personal growth and character building. One such experience is camp. There is a huge variety of options available to parents in Palo Alto: we can choose summer camps, day camps or sleep-away camps, theme or activity based camps, etc. All of these have a basic function: developing new skill-sets in our children, such as team-playing, negotiations, and other crucial interpersonal skills.  Continue reading

Blacks in Silicon Valley: changing the statistics

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Blacks in Silicon Valley

 

Today, on Martin Luther King’s birthday, I reflect on how far we have come and what the future holds for Blacks in Silicon Valley. There has been a very sad history of Blacks in The Bay Area, that started way before this area was known as Silicon Valley. Blacks were denied the right to own houses or rent here in Palo Alto and even armed with degrees from Stanford University, the welcome mats were not easily rolled out.

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Life is giving me lemons and I am busy making lemonade

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Yesterday, I needed to clear my head as there seems to be so many significant changes going on right now in my life. In times like this, I often miss my mother. She would always lend a supporting ear, provide dead on advice, and reassure me to have faith. Being the mother of three wonderful children, I feel that it is so important to be able to connect with them everyday, so I am there for them when they are feeling down, overwhelmed or need a shoulder to lean on.  Moms do have that sense of calmness about them when it comes to our kids, but when we are confronted with “stuff”, we need to find that creature comfort. Continue reading

Transportation options for kids in Palo Alto

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Transportation options for kids in Palo Alto

 

Quite often Palo Alto parents find it challenging to be at more than one place at the same time, and with the realities of many households where most parents work, kid’s transportation to and from school and after-school activities can become a huge issue.  Fortunately, there are quite a few options for the time constrained parents, for getting their children to and from school, as well as their various activities around town.  Continue reading

Our top 10 resolutions for 2015

Our top 10 resolutions for 2015

 

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Every year many of us pay homage to the idea that we need to make a resolution to have a fruitful start of the year. Quite a few of us stick to our resolutions, however, there are a majority that still find it very challenging to commit.  Nevertheless, we have come up with our top 10 resolutions for 2015 (mainly for mine). Continue reading

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