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Get Organized and Give Back

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Check out our interview with organizing expert and author, Lorie Marrero. Professional organizer and author Lorie Marrero told us about the new donation tool from Goodwill, Give Back Box, that makes donation super easy and simple. “You add whatever is going to be in a box,” Marrero said. “Your typical items for donation are perfect for this program.” Marrero went on to describe it as "online shopping in
Minding the Age Gap

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By: Carolina Pichardo Now with two kids, life has become—interesting. For many moms, this is the case when they choose to “start over” with raising young children all over again, after having done so years, sometimes decades, ago. How can parents nurture both younger and older children as individuals, and also foster their relationship as siblings? Earlier this week, reality television star Evelyn Lozada announced she’s
Ouch! Time for another shot?

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By: Carolina Pichardo Recently, New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced that all children under the age of 5 who attend a licensed day care or preschool must receive the flu shot. While some parents welcomed the news, others were less pleased. Why is the administration mandating this new law, and why are many parents and several organizations protesting this requirement? No fun is
A Note to the Cheerios Ad Haters

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By Mary Targia Almonte I am Biracial. Much like the child displayed in that Cheerios ad that you all ripped to shreds - only my mother is Black and my father is White.  Being biracial was not so comfortable while growing up in the 1980s/1990s in a place as racially monolithic as Staten Island, NY was at the time.  Allow me to describe… Being
To Dads, From a Daughter

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By Mary Targia Almonte There’s no doubt about it – my father made me the woman that I am today.  I think that John Mayer sang it best with the lyrics “Fathers be good to your daughters.  They learn to love like you do.  Girls become lovers, who turn into mothers...”  Every YUM is a daughter, and our first relationship with a man is with our
Mother’s Day For a Young Mom

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By: Carolina Pichardo Now that Mother's Day is complete, have you thought about how you celebrate the holiday—particularly as a young mom? I don't know about you, but Mother's Day for me has never really been about the great presents or brunches/dinners. From my first Mother's Day, where my daughter's father was only able to afford a nice dinner, to now, where my girl comes home with
A Boy Likes My Daughter (Gasp)!

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By: Mary Targia Almonte A boy likes my (soon- to- be) ten year old daughter. Not only does a boy like my fourth-grader daughter, but he is becoming more and more vocal about it by the day. But wait, there’s more…she likes him back! Now, while I’m honored and grateful (not to mention relieved) that she trusts me enough to confide in
Net10 For My Tween

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By Mary Targia Almonte My 9-year old daughter has been bugging me for a phone for years now.  Up until now, I was able to ignore her constant nagging citing security concerns but, recently, that all changed.  More and more of her friends have begun flaunting their new phones.  Of course, I don’t want my daughter to be an outcast in that regard, however, the real
A Mother, Sandy, and Staten Island

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By: Mary Targia Almonte A Staten Island Young Urban Mom recounts her experience of dealing with Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath with her family We all heard the warnings from the weatherman and our local officials loud and clear.  However, we just assumed that, like most recent instances (namely Irene), they were crying wolf and we were all getting a day off from school and work for
My Daughter’s Posse

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By: Amy Gentry Our YUM Contributor explains her family arrangement after divorce, and how it's worked for her - and most importantly - for her daughter In 2005, I became a divorcee. Not something I ever thought I’d be, but the papers had been signed and agreements on how to raise a daughter in separate homes had been made. The divorce had been my doing and was