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How to Invest in a Socially Conscious Kid

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By: Staff Report We sat with Liam Monaghan, the brains behind the cause platform, Swell Investing, and Khanh T. Tran of  Pacific Life, to discuss the best way young moms can invest in their child's future - and the rest of world as well. Pacific Life prides itself in cultivating a culture of innovation, giving back, and making it all easy, so when the idea of Swell
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
She’s Off to Middle School

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By: Carolina Pichardo With her daughter off to middle-school, this young mom reflects on what's she learned about parenting these first impressionable years. It just hit me like a ton of bricks this morning: today is my daughter’s last day as an elementary school student. Next school-year, she'll be going on to middle school and growing much quicker than I think I can take. I still remember
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
How To Run Your Household Like A Business

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By: Mary Targia Almonte With a tween, toddler, husband, and career all co-existing simultaneously, I don’t think that it should surprise you that I find it necessary to run my household like a business.  Just as in professional life, organization and teamwork are critical to getting through our hectic days and complete all of our tasks, and this “company” doesn’t close on the weekends (in fact,
The Not-So-Lovely Valentine’s Day Gift

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By: Carolina Pichardo When my tween got a necklace as a Valentine's Day gift, I didn't think she should keep it. She came home excited that day, as she usually does. There's always a little boy that tells her he has a crush on her, or friends that give her the sweetest of gifts on Valentine's Day. "Look what I got," she said, showing me a box
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
Why Moms Live Longer (Young Moms Take Note)

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By: Carolina Pichardo Being a young mom isn't only a beautiful thing, but a recent study by Dr. Esben Agerbo shows it helps us live longer too! People often ask me if I knew what I know now, if I would've waited to have my daughter—and I always reply, "No." Now, there's studies that show how my role has probably added a few good years to my