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Dr. Wilda Reviews children’s book: Sir Silly

29 Sep

Moi received a complimentary copy of Sir Silly. Here is information about the book:

Title: Sir Silly

Author: David Dayan Fisher

Illustrator: Patricia Krebs

Publisher: Sunnyfields Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-484962-14-5

Here is information about the author and illustrator:

DAVID DAYAN FISHER AUTHOR

David (Sir Silly) is an actor, author, artist, and poet. From a young age he always wanted to play for a living and never grow up. He plays with characters and his voice in movies and on TV as an actor, with words in poems and stories in books, and with color and texture in his art.

Previous children’s books by David Dayan Fisher: Puppy School and Oakley and the Grump.

Patricia Krebs grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she obtained degrees in Fine Arts Education and in Contemporary Visual Arts.

Her works have been exhibited in galleries and cultural centers in South and North America and have been featured on books covers, CDs, in educational magazines, and in several award winning children’s picture books.

To know more about her, please visit www.patriciakrebs.com.ar

Here is a video:

http://www.sirsilly.com/#!video/chl0

http://www.sirsilly.com/#!bio/c1ktj

books4yourkids.com has great information about how to judge if a book is appropriate for the reading age of your child:

What to Look for When Determining the Reading Level of a Book:

1) What the Publisher Says: On the back of the book, in the lower left or right corner, you will sometimes find a reading level indicator that will look something like this – RL2.2, most helpful, or this – RL ages 7 – 10, somewhat helpful.  RL 2.2 means that the reading level of the book is appropriate for children in the second month of their second grade school year.  Most of the books in the beginning reader series section are marked this way. However, these numbers and age ranges can be misleading.

*A note about reading levels: When I write reviews and assign reading levels to books, I am using my own experience as a parent, bookseller and reading tutor to determine what I think is the actual reading level of the book, despite what the publisher prints on the back. After writing several reviews I decided I should do a little fact checking. I came across an interesting article titled, Reading Levels of Children’s Books:  How Can You Tell? which lists, with links, several different academic ways to determine the reading level of a text. I was curious, so I checked out three different methods myself using a book from The Lighthouse Family Series by Cynthia Rylant that I considered to be a high first grade reading level. For the Flesch-Kincaid Index I typed 30 sentences from three different parts of the book into my computer and relied on Microsoft Word to tell me the RL using this index. The book was deemed a 6.4 RL. Next, I used the SMOG Readability Formula, which also involves a sample of 30 sentences and a count of three syllable words within the sentences and then a little multiplying, dividing and adding to come up with a RL. This time I came up with a 7th grade RL.  For my third experiment, I went to the AR Bookfinder website run by Renaissance Learning, a for-profit company that makes and sells comprehension tests to schools based on almost every kid’s book published. Renaissance Learning says that Rylant’s book is a 3.8 reading level. Lexile, which, as best I can tell is a non-profit company, gives the book a 700L, which translates to a third grade reading level as well. Lexile levels start at 0 and go up to 2000. Just to give you a sense of their system, Hamlet is a 1390, Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy is 1620 and Dr Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is 260. Not really sure how helpful it is to know all this, especially when I ranked the book as a 1.5 RL, which leads me to this thought –

However you look at it, the RL of a book is only truly important when you have a new reader. Once your child is reading above a fourth grade level you need to worry more about content than RL – provided your children continue to choose books that are at or above their reading level. With new readers, you want to make sure your kids will be able to read what you give them. Books that are too challenging will cause them to loose interest in the book and possibly reading altogether. The best guideline I have found for determining if a book is the right reading level for your reader, besides page count, is the 5 Word method listed below.

2) Page Number:  For emerging chapter book readers, this is also a very useful indicator.  Most books written for a 2nd and 3rd grade reading level tend to be around 70 – 90 pages long. My article on Reading Levels, mentioned above, has a good breakdown of page counts and reading levels as well as links to reviews of books that are good examples of various reading levels.

3)  FIVE FINGER RULE: Have your child read a page from a book you are considering buying.  If there are more than five words on a page that your child struggles to read, the book is probably too difficult.  If your child really wants to read the book, you might consider reading it out loud together, taking turns with the chapters. Kids do need to be challenged to improve their skills, but you also don’t want to discourage them with something too difficult. It’s a very fine line to walk, which is why, for the first year or so of reading chapter books, it’s a good idea to have your child read a little bit of every book out loud to you. Also, when your children finish reading a book, ask them to tell you a little bit about the plot. Retention and comprehension are as important as decoding the words for beginning readers and you don’t want to overlook this.

4) Third Grade Reading Level Books: For some reason, this is the hardest reading level to match books and readers. The reading abilities and maturity levels of third graders vary greatly, which adds to the difficulty of finding the right book. By my own methods, I have about 70 books that I have reviewed that I consider to be a 3rd Grade Reading Level. I use page number and content as my guide, sticking with books in the 150 – 200 page range with subjects that are more playful than serious. Many graphic novels are rated “3rd Grade RL” on my site. Then there are other standout titles, remarkable both for their stories and short page number, like the Nathaniel Fludd series by RL LaFevers, the wonderful dog story, SHEEP by Valerie Hobbs, Susan Schade and Jon Buller’s superb Fog Mound Trilogy and Megan McDonald’s delightful Sisters Club series, to name a few.

Once you head into the realm of 4th, 5th and 6th grade reading level books, the page number continues to be a good indicator of reading level. 4th grade books will be around 200 pages, 5th and up, over 250 pages.  JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books have changed the world of children’s books in so many ways, including the standard number of pages in a young adult book. 300 pages used to be considered long for a YA book fifteen years ago.  Now no one thinks twice about publishing a 500 page book for 10 year olds. The kids who tend to read the longer books are the ones who are already bookworms.  However, as JK Rowling proved, there are lots of 10 year olds willing to read 500+ pages.   http://www.books4yourkids.com/2008/08/how-to-tell-real-reading-level-of-book.html

One of the concerns moi had was whether the reading level for some children might be appropriate, so there is a caution whether it is appropriate for some four-year-olds.

The biggest concern was about the values espoused in some of the poems. Although, the book is promoted as silly, there is a underlying theme that some parents might find inconsistent with their family values. There are some poems that are fairly dark for many children like Greedy Dan and Morality Tale. The poem about the Fat Cat seemed almost cruel and the Croc That Eats Bad Kids could be problematic for some children. Other poems were crude at points with Being a Child and the line “my farting bum.”  Some of the poems should be screened by parents of children who espouse values like those outlined by Kathryn Hatter in How to Teach Children About Obeying Rules:

Step 1

Provide a framework of basic rules for your child to follow. Basic rules might include listening when Mom and Dad talk, speaking respectfully, telling the truth, no running in the house and no hurting anyone else physically or emotionally. Present these rules in a kid-friendly manner so your children understand them. Invite questions as well and provide any necessary clarification.

Step 2

Explain to your child that rules are important for keeping people safe and happy. When everyone follows rules, people often don’t get hurt and people treat each other with kindness and respect. Tell your child that parents have an important job to keep children safe and that rules are there to make sure that no one does anything unsafe, dangerous or unkind. Explain that obeying rules is how your child can show trust and respect for parents.

Step 3

Institute natural consequences for misbehavior to teach children lessons. Natural consequences are often the best way to teach obedience. The cause and effect lesson is so natural that kids understand what happened and why it happened. If dirty clothes aren’t put where they belong in the hamper, they don’t get washed. This means the child won’t have her favorite skirt to wear when she wants it — a natural cause and effect lesson.

Step 4

Utilize consistent expectations about the rules you’ve instituted. Enforce the rules consistently, every time, so your children learn what you expect. This eliminates any uncertainty or doubt in kids’ minds about what is acceptable and unacceptable. They always know that talking disrespectfully to Mom or Dad is not tolerated.

Step 5

Listen if your child needs to communicate feelings about obeying in a specific situation so your child feels heard and valued. After listening, empathize with your child, and then gently prod her toward obedience. You might tell your child to clean up her toys and she tells you she doesn’t want to clean up. In this situation, you might say, “I know — you were having fun with your blocks. We need to pick up now, though, so we can have dinner. We’ll play again later.” Listening and understanding often helps a child move through the resistance toward obedience.

Step 6

Praise your child when she obeys you. Positive reinforcement of the behavior you want will motivate your child to repeat this obedience. People usually love hearing praise, which has a powerful effect on motivation.

Step 7

Set a proper example about obeying rules for your children to see. Don’t execute rolling stops through stop signs and think that sooner or later your kids won’t notice. Parental example is powerfully effective for motivating the behaviors you want. When your children witness you following rules and laws, they will understand the importance of obedience.

http://everydaylife.globalpost.com/teach-children-obeying-rules-1185.html

This is an amusing little book, but there is an underlying value system which is being taught. Whether all parents are comfortable with those values will depend upon the message they want to have for their children.

Many of the poems moi thought were clever and amusing  like The Dog and the Cat Said Meow. These are more in the Dr. Suess tradition.

Overall, moi recommends the book for older children and for families who after reviewing the material, decide the underlying message is in line with their values.

See:

How to teach your child to share (ages 3 to 4)

http://www.babycentre.co.uk/a1021960/how-to-teach-your-child-to-share-ages-3-to-4#ixzz2gJvPZZbv

5 Values You Should Teach Your Child by Age Five

http://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/advice/5-values-you-should-teach-your-child-by-age-five/

Other reviews:

Book Review – Sir Silly: The World Where Words Play

http://dadofdivas-reviews.blogspot.com/2013/09/book-review-sir-silly-world-where-words.html

Meet Sir Silly and Enter a World Where Words Play

http://newagemama.blogspot.com/2013/09/book-review-sir-silly-world-where-words.html

Sir Silly – The World Where Words Play

http://connywithay.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/sir-silly-the-world-where-words-play/

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Dr. Wilda Reviews snacks: ‘Harvest Snacks’

22 Sep

Moi received a complimentary selection of the following Calbee Harvest products for a review:

Snapea Crisps Lightly Salted

Snapea Crisps Caesar

Snapea Crisps Black Pepper

Snapea Crisps Wasabi Ranch

Lentil Snaps Tomato Basil

Lentil Snaps Onion Thyme

Before proceeding, moi reviewed this product as a consumer since she does not have training in nutrition or dietary evaluation. The nutritional value of the product is beyond moi’s expertise.

Here is a bit about Calbee North America:

It Starts With Passion

Meet Calbee North America

You might think we’re a little pea-brained, but at Calbee North America, we don’t think great taste should be compromised. You see, our mission is as simple as our products: delicious, natural and good for you. Our passion is to offer you something wholesome and tasty, so you can enjoy snacking the way it should it be. Because to us, a snack is more than just a bag with a name. It’s a privilege you should celebrate every day, anywhere with anyone! So the next time you’re crunching at a soccer game, nervously munching during a thrilling movie, or opening up a bag “just because,” we want you know we think you’re snacking the right way, the Harvest Snaps way.

How We Got Here

We were one of the first Japanese food manufacturers in North America when we began selling our Saya and Shrimp Chip brands in the early 1970’s. We have a company culture that is built on new product development and our leadership is committed to innovation in everything we do.

We stand by our claim: “Harvest the Power of Nature.”

We build our brands and innovative snacks around taste, fun, and wholesome ingredients.

We recognized the need for wholesome snacking in North America and launched the Snapea Crisp brand in 1999. Since their inception, Snapea Crisps have had a loyal and growing fan base. We also recognized the opportunity to expand in North America would need local partners. In 2012, we agreed with RDO to create Calbee North America. Like every pea has its pod, we credit our snacking virtues to our parent companies, Calbee Inc. and RDO.

RDO already has a firm and steady relationship with Callbee and has been processing and supplying potatoes to Calbee for years. The relationship makes a lot of sense because RDO is one of the largest agricultural / farming companies in North America. RDO has vertically integrated its business model to include: growing, selling and processing potatoes; distributing farm equipment, dairy farming, and farming other agricultural products. They bring knowledge and trust to the business partnership and the two companies together are aiming for long term future growth in North America.

About Calbee Inc.

Headquartered in Tokyo Japan, Calbee Inc. has been committed to harnessing the great taste of nature and promoting healthy living for more than 63 years and is known for it’s global prowess. In fact, Calbee Inc. is the second-largest snack food company in the world. Calbee Inc. has strategic partnership with Pepsico Inc.

About RDO

Founded in the United States, RDO is now one of the biggest potato farm and farm equipment companies in the country. The company was founded by entrepreneur Ron Offutt who started his business from just a 40 acre farm to achieve an ultimate American Dream by his own hand in just one generation. RDO owns our sister company, Idahoan, a leading potato flake brand.

Other Great Calbee Products

Shrimp Chips

Accented by a mild taste of fresh shrimp and sprinkled with a delicate pinch of salt, our Shrimp Chips have an airy texture that’s as light as an ocean breeze but still satisfyingly crunchy. Dive into classic Original flavor, turn up the heat with Wasabi or go bold with Hot Garlic.

Saya

How does one describe Saya? Two words: Simply. Delectable. That delicate snow pea taste is perfectly infused with Japan’s traditional Dashi for Umami flavor, making for a crispy, guilt-free treat that’s sure to please any snack lover.

Potato Chips

Leave it to Calbee to put a new twist on an old favorite. Calbee Seaweed & Salt Potato Chips blend the essence of the sea with a super-crispy, thin-sliced chip….

http://harvestsnaps.com/calbee

Here is information about the history of Calbee http://www.calbee.co.jp/english/about/history.php

Here is Calbee’s profile:

Marunouchi Trust Tower Main, 22nd Floor

1-8-3 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005, JAPAN

Telephone : +81(0)3-5220-6222

April 30, 1949

Akira Matsumoto

Shuji Ito

11,586 million yen (As of Mar 31, 2013)

Consolidated sales 179.4billion yen (Ended March 2013)

3,352 on a consolidated basis and 1,519 on a parent basis (as of March 31, 2013)

Production and sale of snacks and other foods

Hokkaido, East Japan, Central Japan, West Japan

Chitose, Shin-Utsunomiya, kiyohara, R&D Group, Shimotsuma,

Kakamigahara, Ayabe, Konan, Hiroshima East Wing, Hiroshiima West Wing, Kagoshima

Calbee Potato, Hokkaido foods, Potato Foods,

Sapporo, Utsunomiya, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Fukuoka, etc.

Chitose, Utsunomiya, Higashi-Matsuyama, Kakamigahara, Shiga, Hiroshima, Kagoshima

Utsunomiya

http://www.calbee.co.jp/english/about/profile.php

The question consumers must decide for themselves is whether Harvest Snacks are healthy snacks?

The YMCA of Silicon Valley defines healthy snacks:

YMCA of Silicon Valley Healthy Snacks Definition and Implementation Practices

The guidelines below are compiled from YUSA and the Harvard Project, California Nutrition Network and the Center for Disease Control.

Please use these guidelines when planning snacks to meet our ‘healthy’ snacks requirement. Included in this document are best practices for implementing the healthy snack guidelines.

What is a ‘healthy’ snack?

      No trans fats

 No sugar sweetened beverages

 Fruit or vegetables daily – fresh preferred (as opposed to canned)

 Water is the primary drink available and is served at the snack table (not just at a water fountain)

 Low fat milk /100% fruit juice are served as alternatives to water

 Foods high in fats, salts and sugars are limited consistent with Harvard guidelines

 A balance of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and proteins is served….

http://www.banpac.org/toolkit_HFBPE/section4/4-YMCA_SV_Healthy_Snacks.pdf

Whether one views Harvest Snacks as a healthy alternative will, frankly depend on their personal lifestyle choices.

There are Factors Affecting Food Selection:

Social

The cultures or societies that people live in, along with the type of contact that individuals have with one another (social factors), influence food choices. The importance of beliefs, traditions and taboos was discussed earlier in this chapter and we have observed that the media, as part of everyday life, influence us to make certain food choices. The type of lifestyle, job and education, size of the family and the importance of hospitality within the social group are also important when we make food choices.

Culture and traditions

Traditions are customs that are repeated at specific times by members of a group or society. Many traditions relating to special occasions involve food. Festive and social occasions always involve food to some degree, and the meal is often the focus of the event. Family traditions often revolve around food, as do major social and cultural customs in most societies, for example:

• Easter — a time of giving and receiving painted hard­ boiled eggs, or confectionery and chocolate eggs

•Chinese New Year — celebration with displays of special foods such as rice cakes

Lifestyle

In general, lifestyle factors that influence food selection relate to:

•Employment- What you choose to eat may depend on the physical demands of your job. For example, construction work requires more energy than working in a video store does. Active jobs require the worker to eat more carbohydrate­ rich foods for energy, while people who do sedentary work (a task that requires little bodily movement) need to be careful not to overeat.

•Education- Obviously, wiser choices come from having more information about the options.People also become better informed about nutrition and food choices through government programs, reading magazines, watching various television shows, food store hand­ outs and fast food brochures. The better informed a person is about the nutrient content of foods, dietary requirements and food preparation, the greater the likelihood of wiser food selections.

•Geographic location-the staple food of a country will most likely depend on whether it can be grown given the geography and climatic conditions. If the climate is tropical, then growing sugar cane, pineapples, bananas and coconuts is perfect and these foods will be cheaper, more plentiful and often used in a variety of culinary ways.Climate affects not only the types of food grown in an area but also the food choices people make. Summer brings the desire for bright, fresh, light foods — fresh fruit salads, juices and smoothies, cold quiches and crispy salads, ice­ creams and barbecues. Winter is the season of porridge and thick soups, meat pies and lunchtime pastas, warm drinks and hot desserts.

•Travel and interests-Most countries are now open to tourists; the internet allows us to make purchases from faraway places; and trade agreements between nations have meant that major events in one part of the world can be felt throughout the rest of the world. When traveling, we experience a wide range of foods, some of which we like and seek out upon returning home. Personal interests and the interests of close personal friends can also influence food choices.

•Household structures and roles-The make­up of the family unit determines the variety, quality and quantity of food consumed in a meal. For example, young children who have very sensitive taste buds prefer less spicy foods, while elderly people may have a reduced sense of taste and often like more heavily flavored (especially salty and sweet) foods. Personal likes and dis­ likes are often the most important factor in food selection within a household.Catering to different dietary needs within the family may mean that more care needs to be taken to prepare food in an attractive and enjoyable way.

Social interaction

Food has long been a symbol of friendship and hospitality. When friends enter your home one of the first things you do is offer them something to eat and drink.Food helps to create a relaxed atmosphere in which even a shy person can be part of the group by busying themselves with preparing or serving food.

Media

In an affluent country like Australia, the media play a big role in the food selections we make. Advertising of food is everywhere, each day we are exposed to thousands of advertising text, images and sounds from magazines, bill­ boards, the radio, cinemas, the internet and television.Much of the food advertised through the media is lower in nutritional value than its unprocessed or less refined alternatives. However, these products are presented as if they are the very basis of a healthy and happy lifestyle.

Peer group

An individual’s peers are people in roughly the same age group with the same social status.The influence of the peer group is strongest during adolescence. The need for acceptance makes teenagers eat what and when their friends eat rather than what their parents think they should eat and what is nutritionally sound. Trying new things is safer in a peer group, and sharing food is a good way to get to know people and cement friendships.

Hospitality at home

Family entertaining in the home environment is becoming more informal and less frequent. People’s lives are busier and, with the increasing range of takeaway food outlets and restaurants, it is often easier to have others do the cooking. Working parents do not have the time to shop and cook for a dinner party; it is easier to use takeaway meals or go to a restaurant where the washing up is done by others. http://factorsaffectingfoodselection.weebly.com/social.html

There are some purists who will only eat locally sourced raw food or have vegan diets. The question is what is healthy for the average consumer who eats a product in moderation.

Moi really loved the Harvest Snack products. Generally, she favored the varieties with a strong definite taste like Black Pepper and Onion Thyme. The Wasabi Ranch needed more of the Wasabi influence. Since moi tends to eat in moderation, the question of whether Harvest Snacks are a healthy choice is not an issue. She liked the product better than potato chips.

The principal critic seems to be Carole Bartolotto, MA, RD who posts in the article, Update on Snapea Crisps: Are They Healthy Yet?

Last year I published a post about Snapea Crisps entitled, Food Labeling Lies: Are Snapea Crisps Healthy?  Interestingly, it has been one of my most popular posts. Since Calbee—the company that created Snapea Crisps—has made some changes, I wanted to post an update on the product.

Calbee has changed their packaging, their website, and the amount of fat, carbohydrate, and sodium their product contains. They also came out with different flavors for Snapea Crisps such as Caesar, Black Pepper, and Wasabi Ranch. And they now have Lentil Snaps.

But does that make Snapea Crisps healthier? The short answer is no. Here’s why.

Snapea Crisps now have:

  • 120 calories per ounce instead of 150
  • 6 grams of fat instead of 8
  • 80 mg of sodium instead of 125
  • 15 grams of carbohydrate instead of 14

But, they are still ground up peas, ground up white rice, corn oil, and salt formed into a pea shape and baked and not puffed peas. The bottom line is this product is still a highly processed food!

http://healthyeatingrocks.com/2013/06/11/update-on-snapea-crisps-are-they-healthy-yet/

As a very tasty snack, moi gives Harvest Snacks a thumbs up and highly recommend.

Other Reviews:

Harvest Snaps Healthy Snacks Review

http://www.allbeautifulmommies.com/blog/entry/3696633/harvest-snaps-healthy-snacks-review

Update on Snapea Crisps: Are They Healthy Yet?

http://healthyeatingrocks.com/2013/06/11/update-on-snapea-crisps-are-they-healthy-yet/

Food Labeling Lies: Are Snapea Crisps Healthy?

http://healthyeatingrocks.com/2012/08/15/food-labeling-lies/

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Dr. Wilda Reviews movie: ‘Camp’

16 Sep

Moi received a complimentary DVD of the movie, CAMP.  Here is information about the movie:

Camp (I) (2013)

111 min  –  Drama  –  22 February 2013 (USA)

8.5 Your rating:

10 -/10 X  Ratings: 8.5/10 from 77 users

Reviews: 9 user

12-year-old Eli finds himself at summer CAMP.

Director: Jacob Roebuck

Writers:Johnston Moore (additional writer), Johnston H. Moore (additional writer), 2 more credits »

Stars:Michael Mattera, Miles Elliot, Asante Jones | See full cast and crew   http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2371287/fullcredits?ref_=tt_ov_st_sm

There are actually two Camp movies in the marketplace. The other Camp movie was reviewed by Common Sense Media at http://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/camp and  is not as family-friendly.  “Family- Friendly is defined:

family friendly

Web definitions

Entertainment or information is called “family friendly” if it is considered suitable for all members of the average family. …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family-friendly

See, Promoting Family-Friendly Policies in Business and Government    http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1296.aspx#.UiunoCXDt20.email  and  What Does “Family Friendly” Mean?  http://www.creators.com/opinion/brent-bozell/what-does-family-friendly-mean.html

Moi viewed all the material on the DVD including the commentary. This Camp was an independent movie produced in just over two weeks. Family, friends, and passerbys were presses into service to complete the movie. Given the limited budget, the movie turned out quite well. This was a stereotypical story with characters which were, frankly stereotypes. The key to the movie was the message of the story. It helped to view the additional material on the DVD because that gave a context and texture to the movie that with always there, but was always just under the surface.

Here is an excerpt from the Roebuck Media promotional material:

The Camp Movie

Thank you for your interest in “Camp” – by Roebuck Media!

THE STORY: Eli’s life is nightmare. His mother is a drug addict who neglects his care, and his transient father floats in and out of his life. Eli is filled with rage from the physical abuse he has received from his father but he longs for his love and approval. On his 10th birthday Eli is taken to the hospital by police who respond to a domestic disturbance call. Eli is removed from his home and is placed in Locustwood, a facility little better than a youth prison. In this environment Eli spirals downward, becoming an angry and scared creature.

Meanwhile, to impress a potential new client, investment advisor Ken Matthews signs up to be a camp counselor and gets paired with Eli. When the kids arrive at camp, the chaos begins. Ken and Eli bunk in a cabin with counselor Samuel, back from his second tour of duty in the army, and Redford, a kid who thinks he is an alien. Determined to hate camp, Eli is way more than Ken can handle.

Over the course of camp, Ken’s heart is broken as he learns about Eli’s dark past. Eli slowly opens up to Ken as he starts to love Eli unconditionally. Eli begins to have hope.

An unauthorized visit from Eli’s father to camp sends everything spiraling out of control. Now Ken must decide what he is willing to sacrifice so Eli will understand the meaning of unconditional love….

HOW “CAMP” INSPIRED A MOVIE

A half dozen years ago, while on a church staff, I was “required” to join a summer missions trip. I noticed in the bulletin an opportunity to help abused and neglected kids ages 9-12 through a program called Royal Family Kids Camp. I thought to myself, “The last time I spent time with a 9-year-old is when I was nine.” I NEVER went to the part of the building labeled “children’s ministry” even when there weren’t kids there.

Then, in my heart, I felt the call to go help these kids. The call went against my wiring. I did not work with kids. But I also knew better than to ignore what could be a divine prompting. I still resisted interaction with children, many orphaned, who desperately need contact with loving, caring adults. Because I was on church staff, I was considered a “leader” and was given a role as support staff. I was relieved I wouldn’t be responsible for any campers.

However, when we arrived at camp, more boys showed up that we anticipated. We needed more men counselors or some boys would have to go home. Reluctantly, I was made a counselor.

I had two campers, Brandon and Angel. That week became the hardest and yet the best week of my life. I learned what it meant to love kids that no one else wanted.

The camp experience, learning to care for the fatherless, has become the heart of the story we want to tell with our film. Why was it so hard for me to connect with kids? Where did the wall come from? Why is it so hard for men to step into the place of father? “Father” is a very difficult idea for many men. For me, divorce separated my father from me for much of my childhood. My father never knew his father and sometimes felt ill equipped to be one, but he always told me he loved me.

Of course these kids, having never heard these words, become hard, angry and difficult. At camp we get an opportunity to give unconditional love to those who are seemingly unlovable. And, in return, we learn we have the capacity to love at a depth we never experienced before.

It is our hope this film will inspire people to open their hearts to forgotten children who need adults in their lives.

See you at the Movies,
Jacob Roebuck
Writer/Director
CAMP

http://royalfamilykids.org/campmovie/

YouTube trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5comUgeW0Ew (Preview)

In order to fully understand the message of Camp, one needs to know a bit about Royal Family Kids:

Royal Family KIDS is the nation’s leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children…

  • Annually, 3.6 million cases of child abuse*, neglect or abandonment are reported in America.
  • One of these victims dies every six hours due to that abuse*. But you can make a difference — through your support of Royal Family KIDS.
  • Royal Family KIDS, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity. Donations and gifts are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Our Federal Taxpayer I.D. Number is 33-0380021.

GIVE NOW to enable the National Office to plant new camps so that more children of abuse, abandonment and neglect can experience positive memories!

Meet the Founders, Wayne and Diane Tesch

In 1990 Wayne left the church position to launch Royal Family Kids’ Camp, Inc. fulltime. In 2008, the organization expanded to include a school year Club and Mentoring program and changed its name to Royal Family KIDS®. In 2012 Royal Family KIDS served over 6,000 children in 160 camps in 35 states and 11 international countries. Eighty thousand children have been enrolled in the camps since 1985.

Wayne and his wife, Diane, have coauthored three books: Unlocking the Secret World, by Tyndale House Publishers (1995); Moments Matter — The Stories of Royal Family Kids’ Camps (2000); and From Despair to an Heir—Healing the Heart of a Child (2008). They wrote a Special Edition 20th Anniversary book—A Week of Memories—A Life of Hope (2010), consisting of testimonials from 20 former campers who have all returned to serve at the camps.

Wayne and Diane feel a profound sense of joy and urgency to reach out to the battered, abused and neglected children of this country. They want to see every foster child, age 6-12, experience a life changing camp, club and mentor. Wayne and Diane have seen thousands of volunteers and dozens of supporting churches all over America have help out… but we still have a long way to go.

You can help!

  • Encourage your church to launch a Royal Family KIDS Camp
  • Volunteer at your local camp
  • Become a faithful supporter
  • Pray for the work and the volunteers of Royal Family KIDS Camp

http://royalfamilykids.org/about/our-history/

Camp is based upon real camp experiences involving abused and neglected kids.

Overall, Camp is the little movie that could. It tells a good story and delivers a hopeful message. If one focuses on the story and the message, one will have a good experience for the entire family.

Dr. Wilda highly recommends Camp.     Dr. Wilda also recommends Season of a Lifetime    https://drwildareviews.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/dr-wilda-reviews-movie-seasons-of-a-lifetime/

Other Reviews:

Review: ‘Camp’ follows a familiar script

http://articles.latimes.com/2013/feb/21/entertainment/la-et-mn-camp-capsule-20130222

Camp

http://www.caring4orphans.com/2013/03/25/camp-movie-review/

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Dr. Wilda Reviews movie: ’Season of a lifetime’

15 Sep

Members of the artistic community who have entered into the commercial sphere have to learn about and understand marketing their movie, book, play, or piece of art. Some want to wash their hands completely of the marketing of their “product” because they cannot come to grips with the idea that they and their work are a “product.” There is a real dilemma for producers of high quality “family-friendly” entertainment. “Family- Friendly is defined:

family friendly

Web definitions

Entertainment or information is called “family friendly” if it is considered suitable for all members of the average family. …

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family-friendly

See, Promoting Family-Friendly Policies in Business and Government     http://ctb.ku.edu/en/tablecontents/sub_section_main_1296.aspx#.UiunoCXDt20.email  and  What Does “Family Friendly” Mean?   http://www.creators.com/opinion/brent-bozell/what-does-family-friendly-mean.html

Season of a Lifetime is a “family-friendly” documentary about the 2010 high school football season of the Greenville Patriots and their coach, who was living with ALS. Here is information about the movie:

The inspiring story of head football coach, Jeremy Williams, who, terminally ill with the ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) refuses to retire, deciding instead to coach for one last … See full summary »

Director:

Richard A. Cohen

Writer:

Richard A. Cohen

Stars:

Jeremy Williams | See full cast and crew

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1958016/

Moi received a complimentary copy for review. Before discussing the documentary further, here is a bit about Greenville:

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 946 people, 354 households, and 236 families residing in the city. The population density was 520.8 people per square mile (200.7/km²). There were 432 housing units at an average density of 237.8 per square mile (91.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 26.43% White, 73.15% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.11% Pacific Islander, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 354 households out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.5% were married couples living together, 29.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 18.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,114, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $28,750 versus $21,346 for females. The per capita income for the city was $12,997. About 21.9% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.2% of those under age 18 and 28.7% of those age 65 or over.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_Georgia

A small town with good folk, but really nothing to write home about.

This is a great story about the heart of a champion and how this champion inspired, not only his players, but his whole town. Here is a bit about Jeremy Williams from Maggie Hull’s article Passionate Warrior:

Fighting as a Warrior
“I’m a warrior,” Coach Williams said in his 2010 video testimony, Faith Through Adversity, which was played at the Jeremy Williams Tribute event. “I was a warrior on the field when I played college ball. As a coach, I’m a warrior on the field. And wherever warriors are, there’s a war.”

Coach Williams has approached not just the game of football, but his entire life, with a warrior’s mentality. He always had something to fight for, whether it was a few points on the scoreboard, or for one of his players to start a personal relationship with Jesus.

Psalm 89:19 says, “I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have exalted a young man from among the people” (NIV).

While this psalmist is quoting the Lord and referencing the great warrior David, God has given Coach Williams the strength to fight on and off the field throughout his career. Even during recent years when he cannot physically fight for himself, the Lord bestows him strength, and he remains a warrior regardless of his muscle mobility. As the community honors Coach Williams, he has never ceased to raise even higher the name of Jesus.

Unlike most, Coach Williams has had to truly face the question: what does it mean to give the Lord control over every aspect of your life? From his own body, mind and soul to his family, Williams answers this question very humbly.

In Coach Williams’ video testimony, he references Romans 8:28, which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good for those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose” (NIV).

Coach Williams does not see ALS as, “that big of a deal.” To him, his diagnosis only meant that he is going to die in a few years, but he asks if that’s any different than any one else. Rather than focusing on the adversity, he focuses on God’s glory.

“I have the peace that He is in control,” Williams said. “He’s going to take care of me and my family….”

http://www.fca.org/2013/03/28/passionate-warrior/

So, how does one market a great story about a man of faith, strength, and character who lives and breathes football, faith, and family outside the “Bible Belt” and make it the story of the universal struggle that many face, perhaps with less grace than Coach Williams? The challenges of marketing even a very good film like Season of a Lifetime are difficult. This Huffington Post article describes the challenge, Church-Goers Now a Minority in America   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-shook-phd/churchgoers-now-a-minorit_b_1537108.html

One markets and analyzes Season of a Lifetime by telling the truth and focusing on the story. Even if one is not a person of faith, the sports angle and the character displayed by Coach Williams will make this an interesting movie. This is a documentary which is a very good chronicle of the remarkable year in the life of Coach Williams and his team who come from difficult circumstances and who had challenges to overcome before they enter the school building. Many are from fractured families and Coach Williams is the only father they have ever known. The lessons he is teaching them are not only about hard work, focus, and persistence, but the motto, “We do What We Do” sums up the movie theme.

The film builds slowly on the year long quest to get to the state finals and the “Holy Grail” of Georgia high school football, the Georgia Dome. The viewer is introduced to the players, assistant coaches, Coach Williams’ wife and children as well as others in his life. The viewer is shown the challenges of mentally and physically living with the terminal disease, ALS. No person has been cured of ALS. Even for the viewer, this is a hard dose of reality. The real strength of this documentary is simply the camera opens the door and lets the viewer see what is inside.

Moi would sum-up her impressions by using three words, character, concrete, and courage. First, Coach Williams is an example of true faith and grace on pressure. This is a man who from his earliest days displayed the honesty and perseverance which would get him through the challenges of not only coaching young people, but mentoring them as well. The movie is also concrete in that it shows how small town high school football brings many disparate elements of a community together to root for their team. The Greenville Patriots brought the different races together as they cheered Coach and the team on. Finally, the Coach showed courage by choosing to lead by example for his players, many of whom had few urging them on. Every day, Coach put his game face on and expected to win. The way to market Seasons of a Lifetime is the description of the three Cs, character, concrete, and courage. This is not only a remarkable sports story, it is a remarkable story.

Dr. Wilda highly recommends Season of a Lifetime.     Dr. Wilda also recommends Camp  https://drwildareviews.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=107&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

Resources:

Season of a Lifetime Official Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVXlnsGNrX8

Inspirational football coach resigns

http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2011/07/09/als-coach-jeremy-williams-resigns-as-greenville-high-school-football-coach/

“Season of a Lifetime” Q&A with Coach Jeremy Williams

http://www.christiancinema.com/catalog/newsdesk_info.php?newsdesk_id=2614

Other Reviews:

Season of a Lifetime…Movie Review: Published on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 18:33.

http://www.ourfullhouse.com/33-movie-reviews/1040-season-of-a-lifetime-movie-review.html

Season of a Lifetime: family friendly review and giveaway

http://www.joyinourjourney.com/1/post/2013/09/season-of-a-lifetime-family-friendly-review-and-giveaway.html#sthash.Nd4ZkIHF.dpbs

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Dr. Wilda Reviews art exhibit: ‘Hometown Boy: Liu Xiaodong’ at Seattle Art Museum

12 Sep

“You can’t go home again”

Thomas Wolfe

Moi was invited to a press briefing to preview the exhibit “Hometown Boy” at Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Here are the details:

Hometown Boy

Liu Xiaodong

Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park

August 31, 2013–June 29, 2014

SAAM Foster Galleries

Mr. Xiadong was present to answer questions with  translation provided by the curator, Josh Yiu. If moi had to characterize the exhibit, aside from intense paintings done in a commanding style with sure brush strokes and a piercing eye, she would say that Mr. Xiadong’s work presents two questions. The first, is can one really go home again? The second question which is probably more relevant in the current political and social climate, can an accomplished artist walk that tightrope between artistic expression and political acceptance?

Here is a bit about Mr. Xiaodong from Financial Times columnist Barnaby Martin in the article, Liu Xiaodong: life as he knows it:

When anyone mentions Chinese contemporary art, we have come to expect the wilder shores of conceptualism, performance or installation. But there is also another rich vein alive in Chinese art today: realism. Liu Xiaodong is a figurative Chinese artist based in Beijing, where he is also a professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), and for the next four weeks he will be working at a series of locations in and around the unglamorous setting of London’s Edgware Road. Last week he was in The Perseverance, a pub in Marylebone, where in the midst of the comings and goings of customers he painted the landlord and landlady and the chef. It had taken him two weeks to choose the location before he found what he was looking for: an emotional connection with the staff….

For more than three decades, Liu has been painting people. His canvases are large, often upwards of two metres square, and more often than not he paints people he knows in their homes or their place of work, or standing around in their neighbourhood. Sometimes he paints people he doesn’t know – as he is doing in London – but he first spends time getting to know them. He has been invited into the homes of the staff at the The Perseverance, has had dinner with them, smoked with them and walked their dogs.

This strong documentary urge reflects his interest in documentary cinema. Liu’s involvement in film extends to several credits as producer, a starring role in the 1993 Chinese indie hit The Days and the job of artistic director on Beijing Bastards the same year. Liu does not paint from his imagination, or from photographs, preferring to carve out “a set” from the corner of a pub, or a busy restaurant, or a side street in his hometown, and then direct his subjects….

Critics have compared his work to Lucian Freud’s, although Liu’s brushwork is, if anything, broader and more apparently casual than the late British master’s. Liu himself is quick to cite Cézanne as a major western influence. But his work, which is so often about his old friends, many of whom have been left behind by the post-Mao boom, overflows with poignancy in a way that is reminiscent of Arshile Gorky’s “The Artist and his Mother”. When I mention Gorky’s painting, Liu is voluble in his admiration for Gorky’s work….http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/2f27e5bc-facd-11e2-87b9-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2eiGj2eH5

See, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liu_Xiaodong

Although, Mr. Xiaodong went back to the town of his birth, he really did not go home again. He remained an observer, looking from a distance at the scenes that he might have one time been a participant long ago. This is a review written on the emotional level because the paintings provoke one emotionally as well as intellectually. There are layers of meaning.

So, far Mr. Xiaodong seems to be walking the tightrope between art and expression in a way that artists like Dmitri Dmitriyevich Shostakovich had difficulty navigating. During the press briefing Mr. Xiaodong was careful to emphasis that he was an observer and chronicler of events rather than a commentator. The work is intriguing and well done as far as artistic craftsmanship is concerned. The real story is perhaps the meaning the artist has inserted in subtle ways and the nuance that he hints at about how he feels about the world he survives in.

This is a strong recommend from Dr. Wilda Reviews.

Resources:

Artnet.com

http://www.artnet.com/artists/liu%20xiaodong/

Artists at the MFA: Liu Xiaodong

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGOTOsOHubY

Here is the press release:

 CONTACT: Wendy Malloy, Seattle Art Museum P.R., 206-654-3158/ wendym@seattlearmuseum.org

Cara Egan, Seattle Art Museum P.R., 206-748-9285 / carae@seattleartmuseum.org

SEATTLE ASIAN ART MUSEUM CELEBRATES SAM’S 80TH ANNIVERSARY AND ITS FOUNDING DIRECTOR WITH EXHIBITION OF ASIAN MASTERPIECES

A Fuller View of China, Japan and Korea

August 10, 2013-April 13, 2014, at the Seattle Asian Art Museum, Volunteer Park

SEATTLE – August, 2013 –In celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum’s (SAM) founding by Dr. Richard Fuller (1897-1976), the museum has organized an exhibition of 150 Chinese, Japanese and Korean masterpieces from the museum’s renowned Asian art collection. The exhibition, A Fuller View of China, Japan and Korea, opens August 10 and will run until April 13, 2014 at the Seattle Asian Art Museum. Dr. Fuller acquired important works of Asian art during his 40 years as SAM’s founder and director, many of which will be on display for the first time in decades.

In this special exhibition, visitors will discover the stories behind Dr. Fuller’s Asian collection and learn how he inherited his keen eye for acquiring rare Asian art from his mother, Margaret MacTavish Fuller, and his means to buy art from his father Eugene Fuller, a surgeon and investor. As a young woman, Mrs. Fuller accompanied her own father on a trip around the world, an experience which instilled in her a lifelong passion for travelling and for Asian art in particular.

Dr. Fuller’s mother began collecting jades, snuff bottles, and ceramics through dealers in New York, where the family lived, and Europe. When Dr. Fuller was 22, the entire family traveled in Asia; his father paid for the trip and supplied each family member with a line of credit so that they could buy art. Like his mother, Dr. Fuller was particularly drawn to small collectibles; however, when he and his mother founded the Seattle Art Museum in 1933, he sought out monumental Chinese tomb sculpture to provide a grand entrance to the new museum building in Volunteer Park. At that time they donated works from their private collections to the new museum, and despite his avowal that the new institution should house a general collection, Dr. Fuller continued to collect more avidly in Chinese art than in any other area. The exhibition will also feature a Who Collected What and When section, highlighting the avid collectors and art patrons who have been key to the growth of the Seattle Art Museum from its beginning to today.

The Chinese gallery includes selections from the museum’s extensive collection. A geologist by training, Dr. Fuller had exceptional taste in Chinese jade and ceramics. The Fuller era also saw the formation of a small but choice collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy, in particular, the Buffalo and Herder Boy donated by Mrs. Thomas Stimson and the Hawk Pursuing a Pheasant donated by Mrs. Donald E. Frederick.

The Japanese section showcases many of Dr. Fuller’s major acquisitions of Japanese art. Notably, the rare fourth-century wheel-shaped jasper purchased in 1956 and donated by Dr. Fuller’s sister, Mrs. John Atwood. The Haniwa warrior sculpture—which Dr. Fuller called “the brother” of the one designated as a National Treasure in Japan—was acquired on his 1960 trip. Many of SAM’s exquisite Japanese works, such as the Poem Scroll with Deer, are also included in this section.

From the inception of the museum’s history, Dr. Fuller collected Korean art. Featured in this gallery is the magnificent 17th-century Buddhist painting, Preaching Buddha, flanked by two folding screens of the literati painting tradition: Plum Blossoms and Grapevines and Chipmunks. The cluster of metalware and ceramics—from bronze vases, to jade-like celadon ware, to striking Buncheong ware with iron-painted decoration—exemplify the fine craftsmanship and unique aesthetics of Korean art.

A Fuller View of China, Japan and Korea is curated by Josh Yiu, former Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum and Xiaojin Wu, Associate Curator for Japanese and Korean Art at the Seattle Art Museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Seattle Art Museum. The Presenting Sponsor is The Boeing Company. Patron Support provided by iCulture and the Katherine Agen Baillargeon Endowment. Additional Support from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Mary Ann and Henry James Asian Art Endowment, the Pendleton & Elisabeth Carey Miller Charitable Foundation and contributors to SAM’s Annual Fund. Official Airline Sponsor is Delta Air Lines.

ABOUT SEATTLE ART MUSEUM

Seattle Art Museum (SAM) provides a welcoming place for people to connect with art and to consider its relationship to their lives. SAM is one museum in three locations: SAM Downtown, Seattle Asian Art Museum at Volunteer Park, and the Olympic Sculpture Park on the downtown waterfront. SAM collects, preserves and exhibits objects from across time and across cultures, exploring the dynamic connections between past and present.

IMAGE CREDITS

Dr. Richard Fuller and his mother, Margaret Fuller, at the Museum entrance, 1933, Leonid Fink

Buffalo and Herder Boy, late 12th century, Chinese, artist unknown, album leaf, ink and color on silk, 9 7/8 x 11 1/8 in.. Thomas D. Stimson Memorial Collection, 48.208.

Poem Scroll with Deer,1610s, painting by Tawaraya Sotatsu, Japanese, 1576–1643, calligraphy by Hon’ami Koetsu, Japanese, 1558–1637, handscroll, ink, gold and silver on paper, 13 7/16 x 366 3/16 in., Seattle Art Museum, Gift of Mrs. Donald E. Frederick, 51.127. Photo: Seiji Shirono, National Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo.

Preaching Buddha, 17th century, Korean. hanging scroll, ink, color on hemp, 136 x 117 1/2 in., Eugene Fuller Memorial Collection, 45.45.

Plum Blossoms in Moonlight, 19th century, Yi Gong U, Korean, eight-panel screen, ink and color on paper,43 x 10 15/16 in., Asian Art Council of the Seattle Art Museum, 90.1.

Here is an image of Mr. Xiaodong’s work:

http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibit/exhibitDetail.asp?eventID=26342

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Dr. Wilda Reviews Book: ‘Super Baby Food’

11 Sep

Moi received a complimentary signed copy of Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron. Here are the book details:

Product Details

Author: Ruth Yaron

ISBN-13: 9780965260329

Publisher: F. J. Roberts Publishing

Publication date: 9/9/2013

Edition description: Updated

Edition number: 3

Here is a bit about Ruth Yaron from WebMD:

Ruth Yaron

Ruth Yaron is married with three children and lives near the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. When her twins were born 18 years ago, they were ten weeks premature and very sick. This is what prompted years of research on pediatric nutrition. When her third son was born in 1994, she was able to quit her job as a professor at a local university and become a stay-at-home mom. During the next two years, she wrote the Super Baby Food Book, which became a best seller and is still the best-selling book on the subject of feeding babies solid foods.

http://www.webmd.com/ruth-yaron

So, why would anyone need to buy Super Baby Food?

Let’s start with demographics. Infoplease provides the following statistics about mothers in the U.S.:

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Info about mothers from the Census Bureau

How Many Mothers

4.1 million

Number of women between the ages of 15 and 50 who gave birth in the past 12 months.

53%

Percentage of 15- to 44-year-old women who were mothers in 2010.

81%

Percentage of women who had become mothers by age 40 to 44 as of 2010. In 1976, 90 percent of women in that age group had given birth.

2,449

The total fertility rate or estimated number of total births per 1,000 women in Utah in 2010 (based on current birth rates by age), which led the nation. At the other end of the spectrum is Rhode Island, with a total fertility rate of 1,630.5 births per 1,000 women.

20%

Percentage of all women age 15 to 44 who have had two children. About 47 percent had no children, 17 percent had one, 10 percent had three and about 5 percent had four or more.

89.7%

Percentage of all children who lived with their biological mothers in 2012. About 1.2 percent of all children lived with a stepmother.

Recent Births

3.954 million

Number of births registered in the United States in 2011. Of this number, 329,797 were to teens 15 to 19 and 7,651 to women age 45 to 49.

25.4

Average age of women in 2010 when they gave birth for the first time, up from 25.2 years in 2009. The increase in the mean age from 2009 to 2010 reflects, in part, the relatively large decline in births to women under age 25.

29.2%

The percentage of mothers who had given birth in the past 12 months who had a bachelor’s degree or higher and 84 percent of mothers have at least a high school diploma.

Jacob and Sophia

The most popular baby names for boys and girls, respectively, in 2011.

Stay-at-Home Moms

5 million

Number of stay-at-home moms in 2012 — statistically unchanged from 2009, 2010 and 2011– down from 5.3 million in 2008. In 2012, 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15 had a stay-at-home mother, up from 21 percent in 2000. In 2007, before the recession, stay-at-home mothers were found in 24 percent of married-couple family groups with children under 15, not statistically different from the percentage in 2012.

$236,500; 321,200; and 93,600

Median home value of owner-occupied units in Currituck, Dare and Hyde counties, respectively.

Compared with other moms, stay-at-home moms in 2007 were more likely:

  • Younger (44 percent were under age 35, compared with 38 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Hispanic (27 percent, compared with 16 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Foreign-born (34 percent, compared with 19 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Living with a child under age 5 (57 percent, compared with 43 percent of mothers in the labor force).
  • Without a high school diploma (19 percent versus 8 percent of mothers in the labor force).

Employed Moms

827,907

Number of child care centers across the country in 2010. These included 75,695 child day care services employing 859,416 workers and another 752,212 self-employed people or other businesses without paid employees. Many mothers turn to these centers to help juggle motherhood and careers.

62.1%

Percentage of women age 16 to 50 who had a birth in the past 12 months who were in the labor force.

Single Moms

10.3 million

The number of single mothers living with children younger than 18 in 2012, up from 3.4 million in 1970.

5.9 million

Number of custodial mothers who were owed child support in 2009.

36%

Percentage of births in the past 12 months that were to women age 15 to 50 who were unmarried (including divorced, widowed and never married women).

In 2011, 407,873 mothers who had a birth in the past 12 months were living with a cohabiting partner.

Mothers by the Numbers | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/spot/momcensus1.html#.UjC465J3Q5o.email#ixzz2ecJAMeon

Moi is not slighting dads, but mothers are the primary caretakers. We should all support dads, grandparents and those who are caretakers and have custody of children. One way of giving support is by sharing knowledge about what is healthy for children.

This is what Yaron says about Super Baby Food at her site:

Completely revised and updated edition: Coming September 2013!

Discover why Super Baby Food, with over half a million copies sold is the most complete and thoroughly researched infant nutrition resource available for feeding your baby the healthy, organic and money-saving way. Author Ruth Yaron, nationally recognized authority and media veteran shares her sound meticulous research to bring parents:

  • The most up-to-date, medically, nutritionally sound information on what to feed babies and toddlers at specific ages and how to prepare and store it safely.
  • Handy, alphabetical lists of fruits and vegetables with cooking instructions plus easy baby food storage and freezer tips.
  • Money-saving, easy recipes to enhance baby’s development through toddlerhood and beyond! See a sample of baby puree recipes and baby food recipes excerpted from the book right here!
  • Ideas for simply adding nutrition to an everyday meal by adding Healthy Extras like kelp, tahini, and nutritional yeast (among others) so that every bites counts.
  • Complete list of resources and tips to find organic foods and connect with others online in the Super Baby Food Community.

Excited to get started making your own nutritious baby food with a complete baby food system that is easy to use? Join parents around the world who have used Super Baby Food to feed their Super Baby. Sneak a peek preview inside the pages of the of Super Baby Food.

Enjoy this video of Ruth Yaron on the Martha Stewart Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s89EJO2dQNM

http://www.superbabyfood.com/

Moi gets approached to do reviews on all types of products. Although, she will review adult themed products, her focus is family friendly. Super Baby Foods is a system of support for families, especially during those crucial first years. The U.S. has a child obesity problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Child Obesity facts;

  • Childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years.1, 2

  • The percentage of children aged 6–11 years in the United States who were obese increased from 7% in 1980 to nearly 18% in 2010. Similarly, the percentage of adolescents aged 12–19 years who were obese increased from 5% to 18% over the same period.1, 2

  • In 2010, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese.1

  • Overweight is defined as having excess body weight for a particular height from fat, muscle, bone, water, or a combination of these factors.3 Obesity is defined as having excess body fat.4

  • Overweight and obesity are the result of “caloric imbalance”—too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed—and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors.5,6

http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/obesity/facts.htm

Super Baby Foods is a complete system to help parents make healthy choices for their children.

Yaron does not want to substitute her advice for the advice of your pediatrician regarding the needs a specific child and she makes this clear in the Disclaimer. Still, she states that her goal is “This book is designed to provide information on the care and feeding of babies and toddlers.” The book not only meets that goal but provides great recipes, a check list for the tools needed to prepare, store, and choose healthy foods for your child. The foundation of the book is “The Super Baby Food System” which she describes at pp. 5 – 10. Yaron makes the argument that home prepared organic food is better for children in the section where she answers myths about commercial baby food at page four:

The food that you make at home from fresh whole vegetables and fruits is nutritionally superior to any jarred commercial variety on your grocer’s shelf.

The book is well organized and easy to understand. The intended audience is anyone who has responsibility for caring for a baby or toddler. The recipes are clear and the “Super Baby Food System” is clearly explained along with the reasons why the system is a healthier choice for your child. This book can be classified as either an owner’s manual or toolkit for feeding your child.

This is a highly recommend from Dr. Wilda. If you are going to a baby shower or know parents with young children, you should give them this book. It is never too early to make healthy choices.

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