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Why your child should learn to code

Why your child should learn how to code

Child coding

 

Why your child should learn to code

As parents, the one thing we can all probably agree on is how difficult it is to find healthy, productive, yet fun, pastimes for our children, especially in that phase where they are no longer toddlers but also not adults yet. While it’s hard getting them to pay attention if they feel our approach is too pedantic, we may risk losing them along the way! It’s a very confusing situation to be in for us parents, until we find that elusive project that will involve our child, while also teaching them learned skills that will be valuable to them in the near future. For me and my kids, that turned out to be coding.

What is coding?

The coding I’m talking about is the process of using computer ‘languages’ to write ‘codes’, which are the building blocks of pretty much everything software based – apps, operating systems, websites, and games, etc. To be able to write this code, one needs to learn these ‘languages’ and then understand how it is pieced together, much the same way we would learn grammar and sentence structure when learning a new spoken language. With everything today moving to computer (or mobile) forums, with Continue reading

10 Helpful tips on how to raise green kids

10 helpful tips for raising green kids

Raising green Kids

Most of the news you can find on different information mediums are abjectly depressing nowadays, and some of the worst, and most hopeless, is the perpetual damage that human kind is causing to the earth and our environment. ‘Green’ has become a buzzword, right up there with ‘social entrepreneurship’, with a lot of companies, organizations and individuals talking about what ‘going green’ means to them, and why it’s important. Recently, at a climate change conversation at Stanford University, moderated by Lesley Stahl and attended by industry bigwigs such as JB Straubel, CTO of Tesla, and George P. Shultz, former States Secretary, I realized that, as a
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The frugal fashionistas guide to shopping in Palo Alto

frugal fashionista guide to shopping in palo alto

Frugal fashionista

Although there are no true discount stores in Palo Alto, one can occasionally find a steal or sale going on at the many shops spread out at the very well appointed Stanford Shopping Center (yes there is a mall on the Stanford campus), downtown Palo Alto, in the vicinity of University Avenue or Town and Country Shopping Center. Venturing out into neighboring towns like Mountain View, Redwood City, San Carlos, Santa Clara or Sunnyvale to chain designer discount stores can often give that instant frugalistic relief of finding designer dabs at a fraction of their usual price. Continue reading

The top 8 grocery delivery service in Palo Alto

Grocery delivery service in Palo Alto

Grocery delivery service in Palo Alto

As life, in general, gets faster, carving out time for chores such as laundry and grocery shopping has gotten increasingly harder, especially for working professionals and busy parents. It is no wonder, then, that a number of companies have sprung up, across the Silicon Valley, to try and fill this need gap and provide services such as groceries delivered to your doorstep. Can you imagine there are 8 great options for grocery delivery service in Palo Alto? While it is not surprising to see such an offering from companies like Safeway, North America’s second largest supermarket chain, it is interesting to note newer players like Google, Amazon and even Walmart, are now providing grocery delivery services under Google Express Shopping, Amazon Fresh, and Walmart Grocery respectively. Continue reading

5 Things I did to help my son become a better reader

I help my son become a better reader

my 9 year old son

 

5 things I did to help my son become a better reader

Here are five things I did to help my sone become a better reader: Those of you who are blessed with sons who embrace reading from a very young age, a glass of wine to you! But for many of us it is an ongoing battle. When my son was younger I was faced with the great challenge of how to help nurture in him a love of reading. It was always a struggle, especially when it came to having him read books that were at his level. At his previous school in New York, Hackley School, he was not the worst reader at all, but I always felt that he needed to build his reading stamina, and be encouraged to pick up a book on his own without me directing him to do so. His school had an excellent reading program and there was a reading specialist on the staff to guide the reading curriculum in the classroom, as well as to identify where every child was on the reading spectrum.

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5 Date night restaurants in Palo Alto we love

Date night restaurants in Palo Alto

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5 Date night restaurants in Palo Alto we love

I truly enjoy spending quality time with my husband, and raising 3 children makes it even more challenging to do so. The person who invented date night may have had us on mind as this is just the fix that helps sustain our relationship and makes us realize that among all the chaos, we need to make time for us.

Our key to choosing a winner date is great food, great atmosphere, ability to connect. Here are our top 5 date night restaurants in Palo Alto that fulfills our date night craves

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Online Dating: How I found love online

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Love Online

 

How I found love online

This is a personal story very close to my heart! It’s about a time, way back when we knew very little about the vast black-hole that was the internet. People still used super slow dial-up connections, and we were kind of wary about sharing any information online. It was in this climate of skepticism and resistance that chatrooms on various interests began to appear. Chatting started to become popular, and was considered exciting, if slightly risqué, and provided a mechanism for the internet to start connecting people from around the world. Out of this medium instant message was born. Fifteen years ago, I met my husband online, on AOL. He sent me an instant message by searching the AOL communities. This was back when you needed to purchase a monthly subscription to be able to connect to the internet, and thinking up unique usernames was almost as much fun as finding all kinds of different people to befriend in the AOL communities. Sending photos, however, was definitely not feasible, and everyone banked on the anonymity the internet gave us to be more comfortable with this new mode of communication. I was not looking for love online, but it found me.

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