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Family Estate Planning: Why the Holidays are an Ideal Time to Get it DONE.

From Special Guest Contributor: Elise Rodriguez, a South Florida attorney who focuses on helping families preserve their legacies through estate and family planning.

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The holidays have arrived! Festivities are already in full swing, trips to the toy store will start to happen as often as visits to the grocery store and family trips are booked! You might even be considering looking into title loans Orlando with how many “Very Mickey” Disney World trips you have on the calendar.

But in the midst of all the merry chaos, it’s important to take a step back and reflect on where you are as a parent and how your family has evolved throughout the year. As we gear up to embark on another year of life changes, reflection can help us better prepare for the future of our families- both in the short term, and the long term, like family estate planning.

Certainly, the near-future is at the forefront of our minds: How will our finances look next year? How will the kids do in school? How will life be different after the baby arrives?

These concerns are all valid, and naturally a part of being a parent and caregiver. But what about the long-term?

Who do you want to be as a parent?

How will you transfer all of your important values and lessons to your children?

If something happens to you, who will ensure that your children are taken care of and your values passed on?

So before the festivities begin, take a moment to sit down and reflect on your values as a parent. Notice how your values have changed or developed this year. From disciplinary methods to financial values to education and community- what impression would you like to make on your children?

Then ask yourself how you plan on infusing your family unit with these values.  Will you go on family trips or have a weekly game night? And if for any reason you can’t pass these values on yourself, who will?

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One of the greatest advantages of reflecting during the holidays is that everyone comes together.  This is a prime opportunity to take a look around and see where your loved ones are in their own lives- notice who is most like you when it comes to parenting and who you could trust with the task of passing on your values if you couldn’t be there for your kids. On the other hand, is there someone in particular you wouldn’t want to raise your kids?

Once you’ve taken the time to reflect, put your intention into action.

For the short term, start planning your family trip for the year and schedule quality time together. For the long term, make sure your estate plan is up to date, that you have considered planning for college and retirement, and most importantly, nominate legal guardians for your children.

Even though you’ll also be planning for the distant future or an eventuality that may never happen, you’re parenting readiness will be immediately strengthened. When you clarify the way you want your children raised and the beliefs you want them to carry into the world, you naturally become more conscious about your relationship with your children now.

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Embark on the New Year with the right mindset and intention of practicing, preserving, and passing on your values as a parent in your family estate planning! Your family will benefit greatly.


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Elise Rodriguez is a South Florida attorney who focuses on helping families preserve their legacies through estate and family planning. To learn more about planning for your family’s future, call (305) 860-8338 and mention Modern Boca Mom to schedule a FREE Family Wealth Planning Session with Elise (worth $750).

For more about family planning visit www.lifelonglaw.com.

Seriously, WTF is Common Core Math?

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Heads up MBMoms! You may or may not have kids in school yet, but my least favorite subject (cough, cough MATH) is now NOTHING like the math we used to do years ago. Oh joy.

It’s now called: Common Core Math.

You might have seen this recent photo on Facebook— you know, the funny dad from Ohio who wrote a check using Common Core?

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According to tutoring experts Cender Scholars, “Common Core Math is essentially a foreign language to most parents and almost virtually impossible to help children with  their math homework/studying at night. When a parent tries to get involved to help, they often mistakenly get them even more confused.”

Ok now. The last thing I want to do is teach #dailybocaavery the incorrect way to do her (future) math homework and bring her 10 steps backward. If your child is struggling with math, you might want to consider bringing in an expert.

Cender Scholars math tutors connect with the student’s teachers to see and evaluate the areas that they are struggling with and bridge the gap to help the student make gains.

They are very different from your cookie cutter tutoring company because Cender Scholars realize that every child learns in a different way. So, they make every effort to teach each student in the way that works best for them. Having the tutors collaborate with teachers and parents helps to create an individualized education plan for the child.

Libby Nelson of Vox released a terrific video that helps anyone over the age of 20 understand the new way Common Core does math. I highly recommend you watch it.

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Now that you’ve watched the video, it’s time for a Pop Quiz!

Q. Will your kids learn traditional math on top of Common Core in school?

The answer is: YES! Your kids will still learn to use traditional algorithms to solve math problems in addition to Common Core’s “number sense.”

Q. What should you do if you find yourself unable to help your child with their new-fangled math homework?

Easy. Don’t get frustrated! Call Cender Scholars (561-212-6926) or visit them online to find out more information regarding their professional math tutoring: http://www.cenderscholars.com/

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MOMpreneur Monday: JLM Communications

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured entrepreneur is…Jennifer Martinez, president and owner of JLM Communications, a full service public relations, event planning and marketing firm.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you started JLM Communications…

I love being an independent public relations professional. It gives me the time I need to enjoy my family (and all the activities my children have! Whew!). I am a naturally “busy” person so having lots of projects and activities works for me.

What challenges did you face when starting your business?

I had just had my second daughter and was working a full time job. I wanted to have more flexible hours so I could spend more time with my family…and to make sure I didn’t have to miss any of my children’s activities.

I decided to freelance a bit and test the waters. It turned out to be a great move. Now, as I celebrate the 4th anniversary of JLM Communications, I realize it was the best decision!

I have wonderful clients, many of who have grown to be friends, and am able to work around my family’s schedule.

What is unique about your agency?

No two days are the same. I can be running from a gala to a photo shoot (in dead sea salt) to walking a construction site. You never know what to expect next!

It’s exciting and fun though. It helps me stay creative and each project inspires me. That is what I love about my job. I am able to be creative, create partnerships, and help to find those “fun” stories and angles that help to create memorable events for clients as well as getting them media coverage.

Why should MBMom readers become your clients/customers?

I would LOVE MBMom readers to follow me on social media! I’m always posting about great client events and I’d love for them to take advantage.

I’d also like to learn more about your readers. There may be some great partnerships we can create together!

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What exciting things are coming up for you and your business?

I am excited to be assisting with the communications for the upcoming Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk (Oct 17th at the Meyer Amphitheater at 9:00 a.m.) and equally excited to be named a 2016 Warrior in Pink for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

I am proud to be a breast cancer survivor and want to work to help others in their fight.
What do you LOVE about living in South Florida?

What’s not to love? We’ve got amazing weather year-round and there is always something to do.

It is a wonderful place to raise my children and we are lucky enough to have many friends and family here to enjoy life with!

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Visit their website: http://jlmcommunications.net/


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Rejoice MBMoms! It’s National Coffee Day 2015!

If there’s one thing I know…it’s that MBMoms run on COFFEE! And Monday, September 29th, is National Coffee Day!

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Sweet nectar of the mommy gods…

To celebrate, Dunkin’ Donuts is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its premium Dark Roast with a special free offer: guests can walk into any participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant across the country and receive a free medium cup of Dunkin’ Donuts hot or iced Dark Roast Coffee (limit to one per guest).

I am an especially BIG FAN of Dunkin Donuts coffee.

I give you Exhibit A:

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Yep, I was the DD Fan of the Week back in 2012 and even got my picture up in lights in Times Square.  NBD.

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I also had my first pumpkin donut of the season yesterday. YUM.

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Hey, the leaves may not be changing here in Boca Raton, but at least you can experience the flavors of fall at DD!

Happy National Coffee Day MBMoms!

MOMpreneur Monday: COOL KIDS Buckle Covers

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Rosalie Farnsworth, creator of COOL KIDS buckle covers.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rosalie, and why you launched COOL KIDS™

As an veteran “MOMpreneur” with a marketing background, my passions for parenting (I have an 18-year-old and a preschooler), health education and hands-on problem solving can be seen in my everyday life. I try to find fun ways to teach my children that innovation can be found hiding in plain sight.

Building a business around something you love brings challenges in line with being a parent – the rewards are immeasurable as you watch it grow.

Living in sunny South Florida can be brutal sometimes – not just in summer. It can truly feel like your insides are baking. In a rush one suffocatingly hot day, I moved the buckles out of the way so I could put my young daughter in her car seat and immediately burnt my fingertips – I am usually careful about this, but was glad it wasn’t her tender skin.

I had previously tried full-cover sunshades, but quickly found them to be cumbersome – I wanted one less thing to juggle when exiting a car with my arms and mind full. Florida children wear short clothing with their legs exposed almost year-round – I was tired of worrying about that scalding metal buckle.

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I began thinking: What other options existed?

I began searching for a solution that tackled the problem at its source, the actual buckle. Unable to find a practical product in the car seat aftermarket (accessories), I sketched out a pattern for what I envisioned: A type of cover that would stay in place to protect the entire car seat buckle without interfering with its restraint function, or the bustle of my day.

Determined to bring my idea to life, I retrieved the brand-new sewing machine I had bought years before from a high shelf in a closet, searched YouTube tutorials on how to sew, cut up an old t-shirt and stitched the very first pair of COOL KIDS Buckle Covers – the only ones I ever wanted to make!

The design features a pocket with a small collar and snap that fastens to the strap right above the two buckles. It stays securely in place for constant use but can be easily removed by an adult when necessary. To use, a parent simply pulls the pocket over the buckles while the restraint is disconnected.

To unshield the buckles, just pinch the bottom of the pocket with two fingers and pull up – the buckles pop out ready for use (you can watch the video above for a complete demo).

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I fastened what became our prototype to my daughter’s car seat harness and began “testing and telling.” Soon, other parents wanted me to make a set for their kiddos.

So I did…

Suddenly, I imagined there could be a marketable interest in the design.

What challenges did you face when starting your business?

When I decided to put them for sale online – they did well! I couldn’t keep up. Months later, we took a few more serious steps: we have a patent pending, hired a manufacturer, showcase 20 stylish patterns, and continue to sell our functional, fashionable car seat safety accessory online.

Our new website, www.coolkidsusa.com, will be launched in November 2015.

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What is unique about your product and why should MBMoms purchase it?

COOL KIDS™ fit practically all domestic car seat brands and are, of course, machine washable.

You can match them with other accessories: strap covers, seat covers or pads, head supports, a favorite dangly toy, bibs, blankets…virtually anything! Give them as part of a baby shower gift or newborn starter pack.

Really, any child who uses a car seat could benefit from COOL KIDS™. Car seat buckle covers are a straightforward product like non-skid baby socks and many other children’s safety items.

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What exciting things are coming up for you and your business?

We’ve begun to garner interest from baby product retailers. COOL KIDS™ buckle covers are a contemporary product that will certainly perform best at point of purchase while the market becomes familiar with them.

The future is open. We’ll continue to build the business and product line, form partnerships and collaborate with other baby gear MOMpreneurs. One day, we hope to be in a position to donate a portion of our proceeds to medical facilities that aid burn victims.

For instant access to updates and promotions, it is best to monitor our social feeds. We really look forward to hearing what your readers think about our ‘accidental’ business!

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We now know what you don’t like about South Florida, but what do you love?

My family and I are proud to call Delray Beach home.  We live near the ocean and love experiencing the fresh energy of a fast growing, All-American town.

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Follow COOL KIDS™ on Facebook HERE.

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Visit their online store: https://squareup.com/market/coolkidsusa

COUPON CODE: MBM10 for 10% OFF (ALL STYLES) of Cool Kids Buckle Covers for Modern Boca Moms until December 31, 2015.


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HELP! I Don’t Understand My Kids Homework

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I can’t believe it. In my Facebook feed this week, parents of 2 AND 3-YEAR-OLDS were posting photos of their kids  homework.

Actual homework. What?!

I can’t imagine what #dailybocaavery’s ‘homework’ might look like at her age. I would like to think I would be capable of helping her with it though. But older kids? Math? Science? I get nervous just thinking about it.

Google would be my new best friend (if it wasn’t already, I mean).

How can parents cope? MBMom reached out to Nesli Morie, a second grade homeroom teacher at Grandview Preparatory School for suggestions…

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Have students’ parents come to you about kids homework struggles? 

Here’s what I commonly hear from parents:

“It’s such a battle trying to get him to do his homework!”

“My child doesn’t have time to do her homework after her sports activities.”

“My child is a perfectionist so it takes him/her 3x as long to finish his homework.”

If you’ve ever had any of these thoughts or concerns, the good news is you’re not alone, and there are strategies to help make homework time a little smoother.

Overcoming homework struggles can help children learn how to problem solve, manage time, organize tasks, make choices, and focus–all skills that will help them become successful not only in school, but later in life in college, in their future career, and in their community.  

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How do you handle or advise these parents?

Here are a few strategies and routines that can help eradicate those nightly battles!

  1. Establish homework routines.

By establishing daily homework routines, you are not only making the homework tasks easier to accomplish because it becomes routine, but you are also fostering a sense of structure and order that your child can apply later in life in college and work.

  1. Set up a homework station in your house.

It’s very important to monitor your child’s homework time. You can do this by identifying an area in your house–living room, kitchen, dining room–some place equally public where you can easily check in on them. Make sure the area is a clear workspace that is organized and has all of the materials your child may need to do their homework (pencils, scissors, glue sticks, markers, etc.).

  1. Use an incentive system.

Some children are motivated to do their homework; others are not. Choose a special incentive for your child, but beware of the delicate balance between rewarding and bribing! Rewards are non-negotiable once set, and there should be no gray area. The child either completes his or her homework and receives the award, or doesn’t complete and does not receive the reward.

  1. Build in breaks.

Breaks are great for children who cannot make it to the end of the homework assignment without pausing along the way. For example, you can have your child work on the task for 5-10 minutes then have a snack, call a friend, or play one level of a video game, then proceed to the end of the assignment.

  1. Build in choice.

If your child has multiple homework assignments across different subject areas, let them choose where they want to start. Allowing your child choice motivates him or her and reduces the struggle between parents and children.

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Can we all have a little chuckle about this? Who knew something like 5th grade math could stump parents like us?

Sometimes you just have to laugh about how much time has passed since your middle school math days! If you don’t understand how to help with your child’s homework, whatever you do, do not get frustrated or annoyed.

Showing your children that it is okay NOT to know the answers can be a good lesson. You can also acknowledge that not knowing something can be stressful, but it’s important to try and do the best we can.

Here are some other things you can do when you don’t understand your child’s homework:

  • Ask them to show you an example they might have done in class.
  • Google it. Google has all the answers! 
  • If you are still having trouble, please contact your child’s teacher for clarification.

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Should parents offer to help? Or challenge their kids to figure out their homework themselves?

I always advise my parents to only help when it’s really needed.

The purpose of homework is to reinforce what was taught in class. Therefore, students should be able to complete the assignments independently as a form of practice and reinforcement. Children won’t learn if we do the work for them.

That being said, parents should supervise and be ready to step in if there is confusion. If you notice your child is struggling, please step in and show them how to solve a SIMILAR problem, or show them how to break a really tough assignment into smaller, manageable chunks. Then, send your child’s teacher an email communicating any homework struggles or obstacles at home with a particular skill. This will inform the teacher that this is a concept that needs to be readdressed in the classroom.

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We’re busy Boca people! How much time is a reasonable amount spent doing kids homework?

The amount of time your child spends on the homework assignment is actually another indicator of whether or not the child has mastered the concept. As a rule of thumb, students’ homework should not exceed 10 minutes per grade level per night. For example: first graders should spend 10 minutes each night on homework, second grade should spend no more than 20 minutes each night, and so on.

If you notice your child spending significantly more time on the homework, please let your child’s teacher know. This may be an indicator that your child is having difficulty with that particular skill or concept.

Shouldn’t creative play and extracurricular activities factor in as “homework” these days?

Definitely! Recent research has shown us that copious amounts of homework and busy work are not effective ways to reinforce skills and concepts, and that kids need time to be kids after school.

They learn just as much (if not more) from creative play, interacting with friends, and participating on a team or in a club as they do from homework.

Yes, grades are important, but so is balance. If it seems like your child is consistently spending more time on homework than is recommended for the grade level, it is time to communicate with the teacher to get to the source of the issue. Your child’s teacher is a part of your team and always has your child’s best interests at heart.

Together, you can work on a solution that helps everyone involved!


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Currently in her 6th year of teaching, Nesli Morie is a 2nd grade homeroom teacher at Grandview Preparatory School. As part of Grandview’s “passion teaching” initiative, Mrs. Morie teaches 1st and 2nd grade math and social studies as well as 2nd grade writing, and is in charge of the Prideville Curriculum, which allows students in 1st – 5th grades to practice real life skills while role playing as members of a small town in action.

Mrs. Morie has experience teaching Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades and is certified to teach grades K – 6 in both Virginia and Florida. A graduate from the College of William and Mary, Mrs. Morie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Elementary Education.  Mrs. Morie has a daughter who is 7 months old and is married to a medical student, and even with her busy schedule, Mrs. Morie still finds time to stay healthy and inspire others through her blog: www.onefitteacher.com.


Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Grandview Preparatory School. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

MOMpreneur Monday: Moms Pump Here App

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.

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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Priya Nembhard, co-founder of the Moms Pump Here app.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you launched the Moms Pump Here app

I’m a serial entrepreneur who still believes I can change the world. Being a mom is probably one of the biggest reasons why I pursued entrepreneurship.

I want to leave a legacy for my children and be a role model for them, so they believe in their hearts that they too can change the world.

So my sons know what a strong, positive woman looks like and so my daughter has a template she can look up to. Although entrepreneurship is very much about taking risk, the biggest risk would be not risking it for them. Being an entrepreneur also means flexibility– to be present in their lives, to do homework, take them for mommy dates and be there for them when they need me.

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In addition to Moms Pump Here, I also co-founded a non-profit in Miami, The EDGE Charitable Foundation, because I wanted the world to be a better place for my children (all children).

What challenges did you face when starting your business?

My business partner, Kim Harrison, and I are both moms of 3. We both breastfed and breast pumped for our children.

Kim contacted me one day complaining about the horrible experience she had looking for a place to pump at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan, while attending a conference (I was living in Miami at the time). She had to resort to using a bathroom stall. We both thought that no mom should have to go through that.

No one would even think of eating in a bathroom, so why should moms have to nurse their children or prepare their food in one? So, we committed to finding a solution for moms like us and Moms Pump Here was born!

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(Note: Kim has gone back every year since 2012, when we were founded, to the Javits Center and little by little, it has gotten better. Most recently they had a small dedicated space, not a 5 star arrangement, but someplace a mom could nurse or pump.)

What is unique about your app and why should MBMom readers download it ASAP?

We are the first online GPS resources for moms to find, rate and share places to breastfeed and breast pump. Created by moms for moms, Moms Pump Here app, provides moms with choices.

It’s a woman’s natural and federal right to breastfeed in public and private places anywhere she is allowed to be. With Moms Pump Here app, a mom can breastfeed in public or look for one of our locations. Additionally, she can also breast pump in private. All locations have a short review about what is available at each location or if nothing is available.

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Using GPS, moms can search nursing room locations within a 200 mile radius of where they stand or in areas they may be traveling too. The locations include retail stores, sports complexes, airports, hospitals, universities and more.

In addition, they can also add a nursing room location via the app by submitting an image, details and contact information for the location. All new or submitted locations are vetted by our team through, research, calls and mom forums.

What exciting things are coming up for you and your business?

We are rolling out international locations such as Canada and Australia this fall. We will also be at the Expecting Parent and Baby Expo in New York in October and will be updating the App with new mommy friendly features in the near future.

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What did you love most about living in South Florida?

I loved the weather, people and laid back lifestyle. Grateful for the experiences and the people I had the pleasure of working with. We lived in Miami for 8 years and moved to New York City following the death of my father to care for my mother. We anticipate moving back to Miami in a few years. My three children miss it tremendously and ask frequently when we are coming back.

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Our earliest press came from South Florida (Miami Herald and Miami Community Newspaper)! And, I frequently travel back for my foundation.

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Visit their website: http://momspumphere.com/


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Dear Cender Scholars, I’m a Mom. I’m Way Too Busy to Read.

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“I’m a mom. I’m too busy to read.”

Deep down, is that really true? I mean, you’re reading this blog right now, aren’t you?

I love to read, but I’ve found myself saying those words a lot lately (replace busy with TIRED or OVERWHELMED and I begin to sound like a broken record). So, what kind of message are we sending to our kiddos with that statement?

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Did you know students (depending on age) are expected to read for 20-30 minutes or more daily inside of class as well as additional time at home to improve their skills? My friends at Cender Scholars also tell me that teachers are being given 90 minute mandatory reading blocks in class.

It’s becoming more and more apparent how crucial it is for children to ‘read like the wind.’ I’m talking about truly reading (not social media “skimming”). My teacher friends tell me that the students who devour books in their class are always, without fail, the strongest students in every subject area.

It’s no surprise then: Being a successful reader creates a successful student who can conquer any feat in the classroom. 

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So what happens if you don’t have a strong reader? And why should you care, even at a young age?

Here’s the deal: “Students who struggle with reading comprehension will struggle with math word problems, science formulas and any content-based vocabulary will become an uphill battle if a student’s comprehension is lacking,” says Erica Cender of Cender Scholars. “In addition to setting aside extra time to read with your child, I recommend looking into outsourcing extra help with a reading tutor.”

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A reading tutor from a company like Cender Scholars will:
  1. Ensure that a child isn’t just sitting in their room staring at a book and struggling through reading time.
  2. Help build strategies for reading comprehension even for fluent readers.

The “fluent reader” is tricky. You may see your child flying through books and afterwards he/she may think they are a strong reader, but they end up having zero recollection of what they read or the content just zips over their head.

Students must be encouraged to slow down, attack tricky vocabulary and stop throughout their reading to take it all in and build meaning from the words.

“Having a one-on-one reading coach is fundamental to a student’s ultimate success in school. Fluent readers can slip right through the cracks because they may be reading beautifully, but are completely lost when it comes to comprehension,” explained Cender.

So set your child up for scholarly success!

Cender Scholars has easy-to-book Reading Coaches available to Boca moms and beyond with a touch of a button, and they will come to YOU. You can book right online via your phone or computer. It’s that easy!

www.cenderscholars.com

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Additional reading resources and tips for your child can also be found HERE.


Sponsored: This post was sponsored by Cender Scholars. All opinions expressed in this blog post are my own and not influenced in any way by the sponsor.  Any statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclosure for more information. I have been compensated or given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

Choosing the Right Shoes for Your Growing Child

Let’s face it. Your kids haven’t quite reached Carrie Bradshaw shoe shopping status yet.

Choosing shoes for your growing child might seem like a no brainer, but it actually involves a lot of thought and preparation. What doesn’t these days as parents?

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Many parents forgo lengthy fittings and opt for whatever is stylish, affordable or readily available. This approach is fine while a child is still young enough to only need shoes on occasion and spends more time out of their shoes then in them, like in their toddler years.

However, around the age of 5, children will need to wear shoes a lot more often, especially if they are attending full time school or daycare programs. This is when it’s really important to ensure that children are wearing the best footwear for their individual needs. Proper shoes also promote good foot health and hygiene, both of which are important throughout life.

Some things to consider when choosing shoes for your growing child include fit, material, shape, brands and of course, cost. Often children end up with improper shoes because they are poorly made, or just because they are a brand name and popular.

There are some great Target coupon deals that can be used to save on well-made shoes for your children, but remember to research the brands (online or otherwise) to make sure you get the best value!

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Proper shoes for kids should have certain characteristics depending on their age.

For instance, children that are new to walking should have soft-soled, non-slip shoes. Older children will need sturdier and more protective foot cover. Check the quality and shape of the shoe. Young children need footwear with straight soles, not curved ones (their little feet aren’t curved yet!). We need to make sure that the shoe will not affect the shape of our little ones’ feet.

Who knew how vital choosing the proper width and toe shape was?

Shoes should also be wide enough to accommodate the foot without pinching and narrow enough to keep the feet from slipping around inside. It is also important to choose a shoe with a toe box that allows the toes to move and does not press down on the toenails. The heel cup should be firm and closed to avoid slipping with improper support.

Additionally, it is important to ensure that the shoe itself is flexible. It should bend near the toe, much like the foot. Thick chunky soles can hinder movement. Finally, choose leather shoes over vinyl or canvas, as they mold to the foot and do not push or pinch like most other materials.

Happy shopping MBMoms!

MOMpreneur Monday: blue pelican

MOMpreneur: n. defined as a female business owner who is actively balancing the role of mom and the role of entrepreneur.

Happy Monday Modern Boca Moms! Welcome to our next installment of MOMpreneur Monday, highlighting Florida businesses and brands that were founded by female entrepreneurs and fellow Mommas.
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Today’s featured MOMpreneur is…Katie Spitaletto, founder of blue pelican, a popular kid’s clothing line.

Tell us a little bit about the “why’s and how’s” of how you started blue pelican?

I started blue pelican as a small branch of my mom’s line, Hickity Pickity. She had been selling quilted pillows and vintage enamelware pot lids turned into bird feeders at The Snappy Turtle and The Delray Affair.

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I had always been artistic, so I started painting picture frames and mirrors, and making resin bracelets and necklaces out of vintage Lilly Pulitzer fabric. That was about 12 years ago, and my life has changed a lot since then!

I used to mostly make things for ladies, but once I had my daughter Ellie (in 2008), I began making handprinted baby clothing. My mom, the proud grandma that she is, also started making more and more baby and children’s clothing. Two years later my son, Ezra, came along and we added a boy’s line! Now, we are mostly known for kid’s clothes. We do sell things for ladies, and I have a line of painted wood art as well.

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What makes the blue pelican brand so unique?

One of the reasons blue pelican is so unique is because each piece of clothing is handmade and with great attention to detail.

I use vintage Lilly (which is so hard to find, but so worth the hunt!) to make a wide variety of items: pom pom shorts, bows, tops and dresses, and I handprint items with stamps of my own design.
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I’ve always tried to make cool clothes for kids that are comfortable and interesting. I find my art show customers come back every year, and they always say, “My daughter wore that dress as much as she could! We have to get another one for this summer!” I think that is the best compliment I could get!

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What’s coming up with your business?

My clothing is so awesome because there is only one source: me! The fabrics are so rare, and the stamps are one of a kind. I’m always adding new fabrics and stamped designs in different colorways.

Right now I’m working on a run of vintage hot pink long tops that are to die for and I’m carving a series of whale stamps for the handprints. I’m going to have several new dress and tank styles coming up, as well as the most popular—my seahorse dress!

We do three art shows every year (Artigras in Jupiter, Juno Art Fest in Juno Beach, and The Delray Affair in Delray Beach), and we also sell items at The Snappy Turtle in Delray Beach.

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What do you love most about living in South Florida?

I was born here in South Florida, and I’ve always loved it. I had a brief run over to Texas for my college studies at Baylor (Go Bears!), and then I came right back home. I love spending my days at the beach, paddleboarding and snorkeling with my kids. There are a million beautiful places in the world, but I only want to live here!

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Follow blue pelican on Facebook HERE.

Instagram: blue.pelican

Blog: blue-pelican.blogspot.com

Visit their website: http://blue-pelican.com/


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