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26 PINK BOW DIARIES One Mother’s Journey Into Parenthood

30 5 BEACH DAY NECESSITIES FOR MOMS

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36 LOVING THE SKIN BABY IS IN 38 EDITOR’S PICKS For Island Summer Living

40 MEETING YOUR BABY’S NUTRITIONAL NEEDS 42 MEET ROSIE POPE Maternity Guru to the Stars

44 S.I.D.S. AND MY BABY A Look at Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

48 DIARY OF A SINGLE DAD Another Journal Entry From Former ‘Cowboy’ Turned Single Father

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t’s hard to believe that half the year is almost already gone and summer is here once again. Whether you’re a stayat-home parent, a corporate climber or you’re running your own business, the summer gives us the incredible gift of time! Time to explore, to have adventures, to grow and bond with our children and most importantly to create memories. More than any other time of year, this is when our children truly blossom and mature to the next stage of their little lives. As you flip through our magazine, know that each page is a celebration of parenting experiences and we’re happy to share our journey with you. This issue, we’re excited to partner with world-

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renowned Beaches Resorts to give you the opportunity to win an amazing Luxury Included vacation! It’s a chance to relax, unwind and make beautiful memories with those you love the most; at the resort we love the most! Visit our website for details and look out for A Big Baby Shower, the Caribbean’s finest family lifestyle event on June 29 in Kingston. Be sure to download the LAYAR app, and scan any page that displays the icon. We’re entering an exciting phase in publishing, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy seeing our pages come to life! I am inspired by the stories that grace our pages this issue, and the mothers behind these stories. Every mother who helms a business proves each day, that a balancing act is really not an act. Kudos to all trailblazing Momtrepreneurs; who are passionate both about

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their role as both mother and entrepreneur. She is up before the crack of dawn each morning; and before the sun sets that evening, she has whipped up a delicious meal for her children, baked cupcakes for the school’s fundraising project, helped with homework, made costumes for the class play, attended a play tea party and possibly even played some football. She has also designed an upcoming project plan, balanced the books for her business and negotiated her new marketing strategy. We had the pleasure to sit with the Caribbean’s own MACO maven Neysha Soodeen and New York’s maternity guru Rosie Pope. Neysha and Rosie are Momtrepreneurs who have built recognizable international brands and raised

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their children at the same time. Learn more about them on pages 68 and 42 respectively. I invite you to take advantage of the incomparable splendour of the Caribbean. If you’re jetting in on vacation, or exploring the beauty of your own homeland, let’s remember that this summer will never come again. So be sure to live it up, laugh a lot and feel this moment!

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Disengaged fatherhood has long been a source of discussion in many circles. While mothers have been the front-runners often carrying the weight of her family, real life experiences and numerous studies continue to affirm the important role of a father in the healthy development of children.

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here is an increase of father participation in the lives of their children. Perhaps, a marginal gain on a global scale, but in the lives of the associated children, that’s a significant victory. It’s been a long time coming, but change is finally in effect. Today’s fathers are more involved and more passionate about parenting than ever before. Socioeconomic backgrounds aside, many fathers are standing up and being counted among those responsible for raising their children. In this issue we venture into the dancehall and sit with 3 of Jamaica’s most prolific entertainers: Konshens, Agent Sasco and Wayne Marshall. Each of them commands an impressive following far beyond the shores of their island home. Sold-out stage shows and trending songs on iTunes may define their lives for work, but today the spotlight shines differently on them as they report for duty.

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He’s the Caribbean’s youngest CEO, overseeing a hospitality and service empire that spans a veritable globe. At 33, he heads 19 resorts in 6 countries, the largest automobile dealer in Jamaica, an appliance sales and service enterprise, and several other private entities. He’s a business powerhouse with a nononsense reputation for discipline and strong work ethos. But to 4-year-old Aston, 2-year-old Sloan and 4-month-old Camden, he’s simply Daddy. Board meetings, conference calls and property purchases mean ‘diddly squat’ in the face of story-time, sand castles and tea parties.

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Beyond A picture of the modern father taken a generation ago would have looked considerably different from that of the average daddy taken today. He’s still the head of his household, leading his family from the front, but for the most part, he’s closer now than ever before. His children are not just a pretty picture on his desk in the office. They're an integral part of his day, proving more and more, that anytime is...

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BabyWearing Basics By Natasha White-Rampersad, Jamaica

Soon after having my baby, I yearned for a way to get out and get some fresh air and exercise while bonding with my newborn. Since I don’t live in a stroller-friendly neighborhood, I was immediately drawn to the idea of carrying him, or “baby-wearing” as it’s called. After all, so many of our ancestors couldn’t be wrong, right?

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oday, 30 pounds, 3 carrier styles, and 18 months later, I’m still wearing my baby on walks several times a week. Nowadays he only gets in after he’s exhausted his little legs walking as far as he can go. He prefers to be positioned on my back, “jockeystyle” where he’s able to happily give fist-bumps and wave to the friends we pass along our journey. We chat and sing together, pointing out the trees, cars, and birds. It’s the sweetest, most joyful part of my day.

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that come in comfortable cotton or performance moisturewicking fabrics to keep both you and baby dry and comfortable.

Find a carrier that’s right for you and your baby. There is a wide variety of baby carrier styles available on the market with some made right here in the Caribbean! Styles range from cloth sling and traditional Chinese mei-tai styles to more structured soft carriers. Consider what style will work best for you and, what style will allow your baby’s hips and spine to be positioned best. If possible, try them out before you buy one.

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Practice putting baby in and out of the carrier: Use another person, a mirror and a bed to become familiar with taking your baby in and out of the carrier safely.

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Make sure that the baby is comfortably positioned with a clear airway: Baby’s airway should be clear with adequate airflow. Their head should not be positioned with their chin against their chest as this can potentially constrict their airway. Check this often!

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Inspect the carrier before each use: Make sure that the fabric is free from fraying and that any fasteners or clasps are in good condition each time you use the carrier.

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The minimum and maximum size of baby that can be accommodated: Most carriers can carry between 7lbs (sometimes with an extra newborn insert) and up to 45 lbs. The position in which baby can be carried: Some carriers allow baby to be positioned with their head towards you, and/or head facing outward (only when baby is able to support their head independently). Some also allow for side and back carry positions. The way the carrier distributes baby’s weight on you: Ideally, look for a carrier that distributes the weight evenly between both shoulders and around your waist. This will minimise potential shoulder and back strain, thus allowing you to carry your baby longer and in a more neutral, comfortable position. The material: Fortunately for those of us in hot climates, there are slings available

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Pre-Conceived Ideas Preparing for Pregnancy .

By Maria Moes, Trinidad

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regnancy isn’t as thoughtless as it used to be.  More and more of us are waiting later in life to get pregnant.  The challenge is that it becomes more difficult to conceive. The upside however is that we’re able to be better prepared both as pregnant and actual parents.  In my own journey to prepare for my second pregnancy (many years after my first) there were six very important things that I had to do.

DIET

The greatest myth about being pregnant is that you have to eat for two when you are. A pregnant woman should eat normally for the first three months and thereafter only consume an extra 200 calories per day. Being overweight can actually be an impediment to getting pregnant. What’s important is that you feed your body and your baby a nutritious and balanced

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diet; one rich in micro-nutrients that your body would need to easily support all of the building blocks of the new life growing inside you. Get used to drinking lots of water. Adequate hydration helps to keep all of your bodily processes running smoothly. If you’re not used to eating a great deal of vegetables try making a morning smoothie including the juice from one lime. It cuts the “green” taste of a green smoothie. You’ll find that limes can become your best friend if morning sickness decides to set in. The smell of a lime can eliminate a bout of morning sickness from the onset.  

EXERCISE

Very important for a healthy pregnancy and delivery is daily exercise that can be as simple as a brisk half hour walk to taking a class at the gym. Once you are pregnant it’s important that you continue a regular exercise regimen for your baby as well as for your health during delivery and of course for recovery after. While I had a very unusual 20 minutes of labour for the birth of my daughter, I attribute much of that to my prenatal yoga and extensive walking that I undertook during my first pregnancy.

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PRENATAL MULTI-VITAMINS

In addition to a healthy balanced diet that contains all of the vitamins and nutrients your growing baby would ultimately need.  I suggest a daily prenatal multivitamin in preparing to get pregnant.  Most doctors recommend that you start at least one month before trying to get pregnant.  Folic acid is proven to be a useful ingredient not only in preventing birth defects in babies but in increasing fertility, according to an extensive study released at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in 2006.  Unfortunately for me I’m not much of a pill-taker.  Once you get pregnant your gag reflex will be such that even if you are a pill-taker it becomes more difficult.  I recommend prenatal gummy vitamins, I’ve been taking them and they are delicious.

DOCTOR’S VISIT

An obvious preparatory measure is to visit your gynaecologist.  They can assist in making sure that you are healthy enough to get pregnant, and if you are not, can certainly assist you in preparation.  Less obvious is a trip to your dentist.  The greatest challenge I had during my first pregnancy was the deterioration of my teeth.  In retrospect I may not have been ingesting enough calcium and my body decided to allocate some of mine to the baby. There are a number of dental procedures that are not safe to undertake while you’re pregnant.  I had to wait several months after my daughter was born to tend to the damage to my teeth. Much of the damage could have been prevented if I had visited the dentist and cleared up all issues prior to getting pregnant.  Eating lots of green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale to maintain sufficient calcium would have helped also.

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Tracking your menstruation and ovulation are critically important to know when your body is most fertile and ready to become impregnated.  There are many methods, which include calendaring and taking your body temperature.  I opted to use an application that tracks my period and lets me know when I’m ovulating.  I then confirmed it with some ovulation strips that I purchased online.  They’re relatively inexpensive and confirm that the application is accurate regarding actual ovulation.

SEX

Last and MOST important is lots and lots of sex. You should plan to have sex at least every other day the week before ovulation, on the day that you ovulate and the day after. This part of my advice is completely unscientific but don’t just have baby-making sex, make love and enjoy your partner.  This is one of those enjoy the journey things.  Avoid using a lubricant, most of those are not conducive to the best sperm performance.  After ejaculation, try to lie in a position that avoids any spillage for at least half hour, (the time it takes the sperm to reach the egg). Good luck! Maria Moes is a 40+ mother of a 17 year-old daughter, and now happily expecting her second child.

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Children’s Stores Across The Caribbean

Babybop Store – Kerisha Cadogan

Photography by Danielle Leyow .

What is the best part about having your store? Honestly the best part is knowing that I get to play a role in such a momentous part of each customers' life as they embark on the most rewarding journey of their lives - Parenthood. The majority of our business is through repeat customers and we move from selling them a product, to advice givers, to friends to family. Right now we are amazed at how many Babybop babies we have to call our own.

What makes Baby Bop Kids unique?

Many Jamaican mothers don’t have the resources that I had or the time to do the kinds of analysis that I did; so I wanted to develop a store that could help all new mothers in the way that I had needed. All our products have been reviewed by Jamaicans and have been tried and proven. As such, it is our pleasure to provide all Jamaican mothers with a store that not only gives you exactly what you are looking for, but has tested and proven them to ensure that you receive the best quality.

What is the biggest trend you see right now in shopping for children? What are your customers looking for? There’s a call for hip, environmentally friendly and design-conscious baby gear. The other key focuses are price, product safety and functionality. We at Babybop understand how hard it is to sift through all that exists and as such we have narrowed the search for Moms. We offer only products that receive four or more stars out of five in product tests and reviews. We also rely heavily on our network of mothers who have tested and reviewed our products here in Jamaica. We stock everything from clothes to cribs by the most reputable brands in the baby industry

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with access to information on these brands just a click away.

You’re a mother. How do you balance it all?

Sometimes I don’t manage it all. But what’s great about it is that I am learning as I go along and my family, business and I are growing from the experience. I have a loving partner and a great child, who are there with me every step of the way for the late nights and weekends. Most importantly I have a wonderful extended family to act as an awesome support team. They never hesitate to pick up the slack.

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e’re increasing our fruit intake this summer. After all, we’re in the islands! They’re sweet, refreshing and good for you, but did you know that there’s no need to remove the seeds from watermelon? Here are more reasons to love watermelons. The seeds contain antioxidants that help to prevent signs of ageing. The oils (known as Ootanga oil), and unsaturated fatty acids in watermelon seeds keep the skin moisturised, soft, firm, welltoned and can make your skin look younger, healthier and more vibrant.

OTHER BENEFITS OF CONSUMING WATERMELON SEEDS? ˏˏ Boosts your memory ˏˏ Used for treating diabetes ˏˏ Ward off yeast infections ˏˏ Improves male fertility So with seeds inside, take a big bite, and enjoy!

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by Dr. Thea-Nicole Davis MBBS, DM (OB-GYN), Jamaica Dr. Thea-Nicole Davis is our Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who answers your questions and addresses your concerns on medical matters pertaining to bumps, babies and beyond. Dr. Davis is mother to 4-year-old Imani. She is an avid reader who, like all our contributing writers, has a passion for children and parenting. Dr. Davis lives in Mandeville, and practices in both Kingston and Mandeville, Jamaica. Send your questions to info@b3caribbeanmagazine.com

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Two months after I gave birth to my little girl, my husband and I started to have sex again but it has been extremely painful, more than I have ever previously experienced. I expected it to hurt the first few times but the pain hasn’t been subsiding and now I’m terrified to have sex. Is this a normal experience after childbirth?

Sex can be painful for several weeks or months after giving birth even if you had a normal birth experience, with minimal trauma however the experience you have described is NOT normal and should be brought to the attention of your gynaecologist immediately. Painful sexual intercourse is called Dyspareunia and after a vaginal delivery should not be ignored. After pregnancy as women we tend to be hard on ourselves pertaining to our body image which may result in an emotional disconnection and subsequently have an effect on our sex-life. Such an emotional disconnection will also lead to poor lubrication of the

vagina resulting in painful intercourse. Other causes of painful intercourse after childbirth include scarring from repair of episiotomy or obstetric lacerations. Distortion of anatomy and persistent inflammatory tissue are other possible causes. Treatment depends on the cause, and may involve surgical correction of distorted anatomy, physical therapy, or therapeutic ultrasound to the area. If an anatomical cause is not identified then your experience is most likely psychological and referral to a therapist for counselling may be required.

My nipples have become so large. Will they return to the normal size?

The breast undergoes dramatic changes in size, shape, and function in association with pregnancy. These changes are critical to successful breastfeeding. These changes are as a result of the increase in pregnancy hormones, mainly progesterone. The increase in the size of your nipples will help your new born latch on

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easier for breastfeeding. Once you have completed the breastfeeding process your breast and nipples will decrease in size but most likely will not be the same as the pre-pregnancy state. Embrace these changes; breastfeeding is one of the greatest gifts that you can give your baby.

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he day I gave birth to my daughter Mila was truly a surreal one, riddled with anticipation and apprehension. This was D-day, the time had finally come to see if God had granted me that miracle I had prayed so diligently for; the supernatural healing of her heart. I had frequently imagined numerous scenes where the doctors would tell me “It’s a miracle, her heart is now completely normal!” I was ready for this to be my reality. The instant she entered this earth, I looked at her and saw God’s most perfect creation. I immediately burst into tears of joy and blurted out “She looks like me!” I had to forego those precious moments a mom gets, to hold her baby skin to skin immediately after birth, to look lovingly into their eyes and instantly bond. Mila was immediately whisked away to the

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adjoining room, where a paediatric cardiac team had patiently awaited her arrival. There were tests to be done, medication to administer and a host of life stabilizing activity to be done for my baby. As I was wheeled back to my hospital room, family and friends awaited, all smiles, offering their congratulations on a successful delivery. All the while my mind was saturated with thoughts of what was happening to my baby. As I lay there, as if by Divine intervention, the nurses wheeled her in, with all her monitors and tubes intact, to my bedside. They said “Mrs. Troy, we don’t normally do this, but we are going to let you hold her for a few minutes.” As they placed her in my arms and I felt her weight and warmth, as I looked into her sweet face, I felt as if God had blessed me immeasurably in that moment.

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FOR EACH DAY MILA WAS HOSPITALIZED, I WOULD PUT A PINK BOW IN HER HAIR. AMIDST THE DREARY HOSPITAL ROOMS, THIS WAS OUR SHARED BEACON OF HOPE.

I smiled through the tears, became ‘present’, focused on her breathing and on the feeling of holding her for the very first time. I was now a Mother. At only eight days old, Mila had her first open heart surgery; a procedure that lasted seven hours. I lived at the hospital by my daughter’s bedside for the following two months. There were days she was in the ICU when I couldn’t hold her, all I could do was touch her, speak to her, pray over her, so she could hear my voice. I often left her bedside feeling as if my heart had been ripped from my chest. Yet I refused to cry when I was by her side. I had to be strong, not only for myself, but for my husband, my mom, our families. I couldn’t break, I thought. There were nights I felt as if I couldn’t go on, I was so bruised and emotionally drained, so tired…so so tired. In those moments I would reach out to a few core people who would fill me up with the Word, pray for me, encourage me; then I would wake up the next day and do it all over again. I slowly began to realize that it was ok not to be ok in those moments, that I didn’t need to be strong for everyone else, but that I simply needed to honour and embrace my own feelings of fear, sadness, hope and faith without being limited by them. This was the sort of ‘mindful’ thinking that slowly made me give myself permission to live a little, to go sit under a tree and observe life around me, to go eat a proper meal, to exercise. The medical staff told me I was the only person they had ever seen exercise in a hospital room. Shaun T’s ‘Insanity’ workout sessions were ironically a great source of sanity for me during that time.

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or each day Mila was hospitalized, I would put a pink bow in her hair. Amidst the dreary hospital rooms, this was our shared beacon of hope. A silent promise between us that everything was going to be alright, that we were both going to make it out of that place. I would look into her eyes and see a silent strength, a wisdom so palpable you almost wanted to shy away from it; and those ever so slight smiles of reassurance for her mommy. I was inspired by her every day. No matter what the news, the setbacks, the obstacles, Mila had a pink bow in her hair throughout it all. She was born with her heart just the way God designed and intended for it to be. I couldn’t and didn’t question it. He had carried us through a successful surgery and recovery and I was grateful for that. I then realized I needed to change my perception of what a miracle was…is. He had given me one…Miracle Mila, to hold and to love for as long as He deems fit. God does his perfect work in our lives after we’ve done our own work. Sometimes we just need to change our own perceptions to really see the Grace and Truth in His answers. When we finally got discharged from the hospital, Mila wore her biggest pink bow. We were going home. I had a song on my lips and a praise in my heart. We had prevailed, triumphed for the moment…by God’s grace, one day and one Pink Bow at a time! Maya Troy is mother to 8-month-old Mila who was born with a congenital heart defect. Follow her journey on her blog at www.pinkbowdiaries.wordpress.com

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This may well be a dream come true for any mother who has an infant or toddler. Swimsuits that make changing a SNAP, literally. These super practical swimsuits made with crotch snaps take the struggle out of diaper changes and bathroom breaks in a wet swimsuit. All suits are fully lined, and the UV protective fabric provides extra protection for the blaring island sun! www.snapmeswimwear.com $32.99

SHADED AREAS All the SPF in the world can’t compare to the cool coverage provided by mother nature’s palm trees and maybe even thatch hut.

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SKIN PROTECTION Sun block and a hat are essential since burnt skin went out with the eighties. Zoe b Organic

ENTERTAINMENT Beach toys for babies, and books or tablets for the older children are helpful to keep them occupied since they won’t be in the water the entire time.

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Zoe b Organic Fantastic Beach Toys are the world’s first biodegradable beach toys! Made entirely from corn, if lost out to sea, the beach toys will fully break down in 2-3 years (unlike 500 years like regular plastic). Made in the USA , they have no toxic chemicals like BPA and phthalates. www.zoeborganic.com $22

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Breastfeeding - An Amazing Choice By Violet D. Griffith, Jamaica

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the right choice.  Learning the facts about newborns and being a new mom is important in understanding how your body and your newborn baby work together and help you to cope with the changes that occur as your baby grows.  When you know what to expect you will remain committed, better able to prevent some common challenges and have more confidence in your ability to make the best choice for feeding your baby.  The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have recommended exclusive breastfeeding (giving breast milk only, no other food or drink, not even water unless medically indicated) for the first six months (180 completed days) of life. Breastfeeding is a natural choice for protecting your baby’s health and give him the best start in a powerful package of love, nutrition and warmth.  It’s a win-win situation and provides a learning experience from which you and your baby will reap tremendous benefits. Here are some facts about breastfeeding that can help you

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to make an informed decision:  In the early days especially when you return home with your baby from the hospital, there can be many uncertainties. Your breast milk is unique. It is specifically made for your baby and adjusts to his needs.  It adapts to his stage of development so your milk is right for your pre-mature baby and will be of a different composition for your full-term baby. It is sterile, always available at the right temperature, ready to be served fresh at two convenient locations. Breastfeeding is convenient and can eliminate the need to worry about whether he had enough milk and how much to give, when you understand that your baby will demand feed when he is hungry – which is frequent in the early days, and will stop feeding when he has had enough.   With breastfeeding, your baby is in the driver’s seat.  Breastfeed as often as your baby demands.  Initially, this may seem like a tall order but it gets better.  In the first few days, colostrum (the creamy, thick, yellow and sometimes clear liquid that your breasts produce) provides all the nutrients your baby needs.  He will only get a few spoons at a time but that is enough to meet all his nutritional needs. At birth, your baby’s stomach can hold about one or two teaspoons of feed. At one week old, his stomach expands to about two ounces — about the size of an almond.  As your baby grows the volume of your breast milk grows along with his need.  The more your breast is emptied, the more milk you will produce.  There is no need to become too concerned about individual feeds, the amount that he consumes over a 24 hour period is more important.

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reast milk is the most nutritionally complete food you can offer your baby.  It has the right mix and quantity of nutrients - protein, fat, iron, calcium, vitamins and minerals to suit your baby’s needs.   It is safe and easy to digest and has fewer feeding problems than formula feeding with cow’s or soy milk.  Breast milk remains an important part of his nutrition until he is two years and beyond.  There are no rules about when to stop breastfeeding, you can continue for as long as it is mutually desired. Breastfed babies usually get ill less often and for shorter duration than formula-fed babies.  Breast milk protects against infection and the development of allergies.  Your baby is far less likely to suffer from ear, respiratory and urinary tract infections and other common childhood illnesses because his immune system is strengthened by antibodies and other protective substances that are passed from you through your milk. Of course, you will also get your share of benefits.  Breastfeeding promotes a special bond with your baby and saves a lot of time that you would spend preparing formula, sterilizing bottles and nipples and making sure that you are getting it right.  It will help to protect against breast and ovarian cancers and helps to prevent bleeding after birth. You will no doubt appreciate the savings in your pocket.   While you are breastfeeding, you may feel some contractions in your abdomen.  This is usually a good sign that hormones which help to contract the muscles of the uterus are being released and will help you to regain your prepregnancy shape faster. When you know what to do and apply it with love and patience you will have the roadmap to a good breastfeeding relationship with your baby.  Breastfeeding your baby can be one of life’s most fulfilling experiences. It should be pleasant, pain free and rewarding.  If you experience pain, check your baby’s positioning and attachment, if it persists, consult your health care team. .

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f you’ve ever had a colicky baby, you’ll understand the power in this little bottle. Chances are, your baby is crying because his little tummy hurts from indigestion and air bubbles trapped inside - a.k.a. gas. The ingredients in gripe water help to neutralize excess acid in the stomach and displace gas bubbles. Ask your doctor before giving to your baby, and be sure to discard the bottle 14 days after opening.

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Baby’s first bath should be pleasant for baby and memorable for Mommy. Here’s how to do it right.

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Baby’s first bath is a memorable time. Start with your baby’s face. Use a damp cotton round to clean each eye. Apply JOHNSON’S® Baby HEAD-TO-TOE® Wash to a washcloth and gently clean the rest of the face, hair and body, washing the diaper area last.

Your baby’s skin loses moisture nearly twice as fast as yours. Use JOHNSON’S® Baby Lotion, two times a day to replenish the moisture he needs and protect against uncomfortable, dry skin. JOHNSON’S® Baby Brand line of shampoos and baths with its NO MORE TEARS® formulation are as gentle to baby’s eyes as pure water and are safe for newborn babies.

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Always keep your baby’s skin clean. Change diapers often, using mild and gentle wipes or a washcloth. Once cleaned, pat it dry then apply a barrier treatment, like DESITIN® Maximum Strength Cream to soothe and heal your baby’s skin. A good night’s sleep for baby is a good night’s sleep for mom. JOHNSON’S® BEDTIME® 3 step routine –warm bath, gentle massage and a little quiet time - is clinically proven to help baby fall asleep faster and sleep better.

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THE SCENTS OF SUMMER

Editor's Picks! for Island

Summer Living

You don’t have to be a meteorologist to know that this summer in the Caribbean, is going to be hot! And being ‘hot’ in our books, is a good thing. I love the mantra ‘less is more’ – it speaks volumes especially when it comes to grace and style. So for any busy Mom this summer who needs to maintain her cool, while looking ‘hot’, here are a few of my favourite things for cool island summer living.

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Amongst The Waves Close your eyes for a moment and picture yourself at the beach. The air is fresh and inviting; filled with a unique combination of coconut and sunshine. Open your eyes now. See, and enjoy. AMONGST THE WAVES OLIVINE PERFUME www. anthropologie. com $80

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Citrus Pillar Candle Evoke the true spirit of the Caribbean Islands, wherever in the world you may be. Relax after a long day on the beach, or not, to the crisp, soothing scent of citrus. Made from a unique blend of tangerine and sweet orange, this citrus candle is both Calming and refreshing at the same time. Candles burn for approximately 70 hours. www.starfishoils.com $18

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SKINTASTIC Prep & Prime BB Cream By Mac Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone for an array of complexions. Perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want heavy coverage, but would still like a clean finished look. With moisturiser, foundation and concealer in one MAC’s Prep & Prime makes the cut for my summer must-haves. It creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defence. www.maccosmetics.com $30

PRETTY POINTERS Essie Nail Polish Every busy Mom knows the trick to camouflaging a worn manicure right? Well if you didn’t get the memo, here it is. Wear nude. As simple as ABC. Nudes go with just about anything. They cross seasonal barriers and still top trend-setting charts across the globe. My favourite for the summer? I have 3. www.essie.com $8

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Meet Rosie Pope Maternity Guru to the Stars By Michelle Gordon Photography by – Karen Haberberg .

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“I LOVE DESIGNING MATERNITY CLOTHES. TO BE ABLE TO MAKE YOU FEEL AND LOOK AMAZING DURING YOUR PREGNANCY, IS AN HONOUR.”

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f you’re a Hollywood A-Lister who wants a baby, has a baby or had a baby, then chances are you have Rosie on speed dial. If you’re none of the above, but need your own personal maternity guru by your side during pre and post pregnancy period, then you need some Rosie in your life.    If you don’t know who Rosie is, ask any of the millions of Moms and Dad-to-be who tuned in to Bravo’s hit reality TV show Pregnant in Heels where Rosie Pope, Maternity concierge to the stars, masterfully guided new and expectant men and women through the journey to parenthood.  Rosie’s expertise comes on the heels of years of practical experience after moving from her native London to the US when she was 18. With a passion for designing, Rosie found her niche after interning at US maternity chain Pea in the Pod, and now stands proudly at the helm of her growing design and consulting empire. She is a respected advice-giver who has authored her own maternity guide book, and also contributes to Parents Magazine.  Rosie is the designer and creative genius behind her line Rosie Pope Maternity, and in 2008, she opened her first boutique on Madison Avenue. A visit to her flagship store in New York City exudes the class and prestige for which Rosie has become known. She’s since added two other locations, one in Tribeca, and the other in Santa Monica, California.  Recently welcoming her fourth child, Rosie looks amazing and credits The Belly Bandit with being responsible for helping her regain her pre-pregnancy body after each of her pregnancies. So much so, that Rosie even has collaborated with the Belly Bandit brand and created The Organic by Rosie Pope. “Heidi Klum told me to try the Belly Bandit. I did, and it worked! I love it.”  Be sure to check out any of her beautiful boutiques the next time you’re in the area. You will be glad you did!

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.I.D.S. (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant who is younger than one year old. A frightening prospect for many parents as it strikes without warning. There are no precursor signs or symptoms. Reported S.I.D.S deaths are associated with sleep, and infants who die of S.I.D.S. show no signs of suffering. As a result of this, most S.I.D.S. diagnoses come only after all other possible causes of death are ruled out through a review of the infant’s medical history, sleeping environment and an autopsy. There is no single risk factor associated with S.I.D.S. Instead, several factors combined contribute to causing an at-risk infant to die of S.I.D.S. It has been noted that most deaths due to S.I.D.S. occur between the infant ages of 2-4months old. Other statistics on the American

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Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) website conclude that more boys than girls fall victim to S.I.D.S. That being said, “What does this mean for us in the Caribbean?” Is it that we are not affected? Do we have unreported cases of S.I.D.S.? What do our numbers represent? Speaking to Paediatrician Dr. Shani Fletcher Groves, she explains “There are cases of S.I.D.S. in Jamaica and the Caribbean, the incidence of which is lower than in other parts of the world. As a result of this, it is not an area greatly studied or researched in our setting. Cases of SIDS in Jamaica as reported by the Registrar General's Office (RGD), in 2008-2012 are 3 each in 2008 and 2012, and 1 in 2011. There were no reported cases of SIDS in either 2009 or 2010.” In a 2002 study published by Pan American Health Organization,* the prone sleeping position was identified as the principal risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (S.I.D.S.). The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of different sleeping positions

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and other risk factors for SIDS and to identify the advice given to parents in several maternity units in Latin America and the Caribbean. “The preferred sleeping position for healthy infants was prone (face down) in 8.5 % of the hospitals, side in 48.8 %, and supine (face up) in 25.2 %. In 17.5 % of the hospitals no position was preferred or the answers were inconsistent. Concerning the recommendations given to parents on the best position for their infants at home, 25.7 % recommended the supine position, 7.6 % the prone position, 59.0 % the side position while 7.6 % made no recommendations. The results of this study show that in the hospitals surveyed there is a policy of not placing healthy neonates in the prone position. However, the most frequent position was the side, which is not advisable as it increases the risk of SIDS. To reduce the incidence of SIDS, the Pan America Health Organization recommends increasing the use of the supine position, in hospitals and among the general

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public.” There are other potential risk factors associated with S.I.D.S.. They include, but are not limited to: smoking, drinking or drug use during pregnancy. Poor prenatal care, prematurity or low birth weight can also be contributing factors. Children born to mothers younger than 20, and babies exposed to over-heating from excessive sleepwear and bedding. In many studies, S.I.D.S. is thought to occur as a result of ‘stomach sleeping.’ Researchers have found that placing infants to sleep on their stomachs causes pressure to be applied to the child’s jaw, which in turn, makes the airway passage narrow, hampering breathing patterns. Another hypothesis refers to the increased chance of the infant “re-breathing” his/her own exhaled air. This can occur if the infant is sleeping on a soft mattress or with excessive bedding, stuffed toys, or a pillow too close to the face. Seems quite plausible, no?

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his job being an active parent has tested who I am as a person, my values, my humanity and my mortality, and I am in love! The feeling I have for my little man grows deeper every day. I see me in MJ; his stubborn disposition, his dislike for being overly pampered, the way he sleeps and his refusal to go under the covers. He makes me smile. The first day of school was great. I felt accomplished having selected his pre-school, organized the registration and general preparation. I was a proud father sitting among the mothers at orientation. The stares were obvious and even one brave ‘Aunty’ asked me “Will Mommy join us this morning?” I became known as ‘STAR DAD’. But in the midst of the awe and praise, the reality of the difficult task at hand began to hit me: laundry, cleaning and homework. MJ, my amazing son is a handful. I quickly got into the routine of cooking dinner to make sure my son ate right. I tried all the funny games of ‘airplanes’ to get him to eat, but bedtime is where my boy most challenges the balance of power in our relationship. Some nights I find myself channelling an Eastern Block dictator, and I simply “No tek no talk!” Right now, I am forced to face the truth in this experience; I love my son and need him in my world, but there is a flip side that I am ashamed to admit. I know that this adjustment will wear on me soon. The

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additional workload, and the responsibility of raising my child is one thing, but I see the social media pictures of the parties and hangouts, and I miss it. Without a nanny or family support, there is no adult time for me. Prior to MJ’s arrival, I lived the single man’s life and that life was untidy. I had two women in my life, but it worked and I was happy. The first was an older woman, we were together for 10 years. We had issues from the start, and that limited our relationship, but I really didn’t complain because I was free to do ME. Then came woman number two; a younger woman in her late 20’s whose energy propelled this relationship way beyond my comfort zone and forced me to rein her in like a championship horse trainer would a young filly. Her nesting phase ignited the push for us to live together and though that’s not what I truly wanted, there had to be a change. That change came when I lost my job. I wanted help with the care of MJ, and I needed help otherwise. My ‘number 2’ suggested that we move in together and split the bills. This could be the answer, I could get some help caring for MJ and the financial benefit could not be ignored. This would destroy my ‘number 1’. I was confused, but I am in survival mode. What will I do?

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It’s true. The popular social media hash tag rings true for so many of us; we really do live where others vacation! Beautiful beaches are either in our back yard, close to our backyard, or close to the back yard of someone we know well. Our beaches are what make us here in the Caribbean, one of the world’s most visited vacation destinations in the world. Summer is the time of year when visits to the beach increase, hotels along the coast enjoy full capacity, parents look forward to a break from the monotony and stress of the just-concluded school term. And the children? Well, 2 months away from school for the children is simply heaven. This is the time for late mornings, lazy afternoons and … .

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By Michelle Gordon Photography: Dwayne Watkins Shot on location: Beaches Resorts, Ocho Rios Swimsuits: Polkadots Jamaica

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here’s no better time than the holidays to get your children to fall in love with the outdoors. Turn off the electronics and let’s plug into the sun! You probably don’t need an expert to tell you all the benefits of outdoor play for children. (…and grown ups too, but that’s another story.) Your perfect day for anything, whether at the beach or not, requires proper planning. Whether you’re hanging out in your backyard or at the beach, before you pack your picnic bag or beach bag, let’s take a look at some of the things that’ll make your days in the sun, fun and stress-free. So as Julie Andrews once sang, “Let’s start at the very beginning”!

SUMMER SCHOOL FOR SUNSCREEN

So much emphasis is placed on protecting our skin, and all with good reason. With each passing year, we learn more and more about how the sun affects our lives. We know all the good and while we don’t yet know all of the bad, we do know enough to know that protection from harmful rays is imperative. A myriad of skincare products line retail shelves telling us about this factor and that factor. But what does it all really mean? Here’s a quick lesson.

WHAT ARE SPF AND UVA? SPF stands for Sunburn Protection Factor. It measures protection against only ultraviolet radiation B and UVB, the rays that can cause burns. But the SPF level doesn't measure protection against ultraviolet radiation A and UVA, which causes aging of the skin. However, both types of UV rays can lead to cancer, so look for sunscreens that protect against both UVA and UVB rays.

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WHAT DO THE NUMBERS MEAN? The SPF testing system uses a number to represent the amount of protection that is provided. An SPF15 sunscreen would provide 15 times the protection of no sunscreen. In other words, it will be 15 times longer before you start to burn. The higher the number, the greater the protection level. Studies have shown that it may not be necessary to go higher than SPF50, but users should simply re-apply sunscreen as needed.

WHAT DOES ALL-DAY PROTECTION MEAN? Not much. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied frequently in order to provide optimal protection. This is especially true for children who are actively in and out of the water, or running around and perspiring a lot. Reapply to areas where the solution has worn off.

SAFETY FIRST

It’s every parent’s pride and joy to see their little one free from all floating devices, and swimming like fish. But the journey to that point, and even beyond that, needs to be carefully navigated. ALWAYS keep a close eye on your child, even if they can swim. If your child is a non-swimmer using armbands or other floatation devices, you (or another responsible adult) should be nearby. Don’t become complacent just because they’re wearing safety gear. Accidents happen, and that’s the last thing we’d want to have happen. It’s a good idea to discuss with your family all the rules for the day, and ensure that your children know that they’re not allowed to enter the water without your knowledge. Give rules to your bigger children even though they can swim. If they’re old enough to go off on their own, be sure to give time limits for them to ‘check in’ with you ever so often.

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PACK ‘N’ PLAY

You don’t want to be at the beach, need something, and realize that it’s still in the cupboard at home. Pack your beach bag well in advance of your trip. My advice? The younger your child, the earlier you should start packing. As your kids get older, you’ll find that experience teaches you that you really don’t need the kitchen sink at the beach! But until such time, you pack what you think you’ll need. Beach basics will always include your towels (pack extra just in case), beach mats to lie on, toys and sunscreen. But consider the eventualities that may occur and prepare yourself with a bottle (or other container) with fresh (as in salt-free) water for washing out the sand that inevitably gets caught in someone’s eyes. Wipes are always good to have on hand for anyone with children, and hand sanitizer isn’t a bad idea either. Be sure to pack plastic bags to place your wet garments (and garbage) in, of course, a change of clothes is a must.

BEAUTY & THE BEACH

For sunscreen to work effectively, it needs time to ‘soak’ into the skin. Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas on your child’s skin before you leave home, and be sure to re-apply each time they’re out of the water. Sunblock will wash off over time losing its effectiveness. Try getting to the beach early, before the sun comes out in full force usually between 12 noon and 2pm. This is the perfect time to enjoy a lunch break – out of the sun! When buying swimsuits, look for the ones that offer maximum UV protection. If not, at least try to cover up with a t-shirt. If you arrive at the beach early enough, you’ll probably be lucky enough to set up your ‘beach base’ under a shady tree. Failing that, you can set up ‘shop’ under a large umbrella. Bear in mind that even though you may be in the shade, you’re still being exposed to the sun. Wear your sunshades, and if your children will keep them in place, encourage them to wear shades as well. Drink lots of water throughout the day at the beach.

RISKY BUSINESS

Well-known fact: children's skin burn faster than adult’s. Once our children are being exposed to the sun, there is an increase in the risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that research has related to ultraviolet (UV) sun exposure. Instances may be low, and though most cases do not present themselves until adulthood, childhood melanoma does exist. It’s better to be safe, than sorry, right? The importance of inspecting your child’s body is crucial. The disease begins at the epidermis level, preventing the production of melanin, and ultimately damaging surrounding tissue. Very often, the damaged tissue presents itself as moles. Look for any growths or moles, whether flat or raised, and visit your child’s paediatrician immediately if you find anything unusual. Like many diseases, if melanoma is detected early, it can be cured. We know that people with darker skin have cells that naturally produce a lot of melanin, while fair-skinned people produce much less. Though this is true, it is commonly misunderstood, and should not be taken as a license for dark-skinned people to ignore the use of protection.

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YOU DON’T WANT TO BE AT THE BEACH, NEED SOMETHING, AND REALIZE THAT IT’S

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DE-BUNKING THE MYTHS We live in the Caribbean so we’re used to the sun. Being accustomed to the sun doesn’t make it any less harmful; it simply increases your exposure. So take all the necessary precautions as you would if this were your first time!

I’m dark-skinned; the sun doesn’t affect me as much. Darker skin takes longer to react, but exposed to the same UV rays, the dangers are the same.

Our bodies produce vitamin D with lots of help from the sun. Using sunscreen does not prevent exposure to the sun; it simply minimizes the effects of its harmful rays. Children who are healthy and active tend to get sufficient vitamin D through regular day-today activities.

ROYAL DREAMS

The evening sun is not as dangerous as the afternoon sun.

What’s a trip to the beach without sandcastle construction? Every moat built and every fortress erected is all a part of your child’s master plan to create a structure that they already have in their mind’s eye. Maybe they’ve been inspired by a show on television, or perhaps a story in a book, but your child is trying to bring to life something that he or she has seen before. Be sure to equip your child with the right tools. The lessons to be learned from the simple act of building a sandcastle will last long after the sun sets. A spade and a bucket at the beach have the potential to inspire both a creative mind and constructive hands.

Using sunscreen will block the vitamin D my child needs.

Your children will be playing in the sea and on the sand. Chances are, the sun will be hot and you’ll be guaranteed at least two things; one, they’ll have fun, and two; they’re going to get hungry and

My kids are wearing sunscreen, so they’re fully protected.

They’re protected, but not fully. Remember to re-apply as needed, and make use of shaded trees and umbrellas as much as possible. Wear sunscreen-infused clothing when possible.

Though the sun’s rays are less potent at 5pm than they are at 1pm, it doesn’t mean there is no exposure at that time. Use the same precautions, and enjoy the fact that it’s a lot cooler at that time.

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POOL COOL

If you and your kids opt for the pool instead of the beach, that’s cool too – get it? All the safety rules apply here just the same. You should be aware however, that all the sanitizing benefits of the natural ocean are compensated for in the pool by chemicals, which can cause red eyes and also trigger allergic reactions. Other pool disinfectants are used such as ozone or silver-cooper, but though not as harsh as chlorine, they are still chemicals. So just to be safe, always wash off after coming out of the pool, and be sure to take breaks. You may face opposition on breaks from the pool, but use this opportunity to squeeze in some well-needed hydration or food top-up.

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BACKYARD BEACHTIME

If you can’t get out to the beach or the pool, take advantage of the hot sunshiny days, and improvise. Make lunchtime fun for your children by setting up a garden picnic. Have them put on their swimsuits and tell them to pretend! Be age appropriate of course; your 7-year-old may think you’ve lost your marbles at the suggestion, but to your 3-year-old, you’re a genius! When they’ve had enough to eat, reel out the hose, and spray away. So, take a look at your summer calendar and plan your beach days. Keep your camera charged and ready, whether you’ll be enjoying the facilities at a resort, or taking advantage of your local beach for a day trip; make it a date with your children! Try not to go to the beach as the only grown up with more than one child. Having other adults around can give you a stronger sense of security with the children, and it’s also great for you to have adult company. That way, you can discuss something other than Pocoyo and Peppa Pig! You’ll have a good day, and so will your children. You’ll also score high up on the fun activities chart, and come back-to-school September, [if you’re lucky] your beach trips may well be the subject of the obligatory story “Fun Things I Did This Summer”.

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At•lan•tis noun \at-lan-tis\ A legendary island said to have sunk beneath the Atlantic Ocean west of the Straits of Gibraltar

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ou’ve already heard of it. The famed, mythical city under the sea that has been lost for millennia. Atlantis is no stranger to wonder and mystery but the fabled metropolis is no longer a secret having been brought to life as a mega resort. In fact, Atlantis in the Bahamas, is so renowned these days that the island on which it sits has essentially adopted its name. Only the old school Bahamian talks about visiting Paradise Island (or just P.I.); Generation-Y knows the island as Atlantis. And just as Atlantis has rooted itself in the Bahamas’ tourism culture, it has embedded itself firmly into the medulla of North America and indeed the world, through catchy advertising, world class concerts and the promise of the best darn family vacation you’ll ever embark upon. There is almost nothing Atlantis does not have, and there is nothing at Atlantis that won’t Blow. Your. Mind! First of all, Atlantis boasts the world’s largest open-air aquarium. If that’s not a reason to visit, let me further tantalize your senses. The hotel has one of the most beautiful stretches of powder-white-sand beaches around the New Providence area. Still not convinced? Casino-gambling. Sports-betting. Nobu. Bobby Flay. Mayan temple water-slides. Starbucks. Even I can’t take this onslaught anymore. Atlantis has something for everyone. If grown folks want a nightclub, there’s Aura. If the kiddies want a nightclub, they have Club Crush - replete with ‘mocktails’ for the youngsters to sip on (no hangovers from these drinks). Mom and dad need a grown folks pool? Taken care of. Kiddos want a water park? Ha! Water slide through a shark tank. When the entire family wants to come together for activities, they can choose from a variety of fun and often educational adventures. Swimming with dolphins and meeting sea lions is a popular way to wow kids and adults alike, all while gaining a bit of knowledge on vacation. Dining together is forever a treat at Atlantis given the number of restaurants to choose from but good luck picking: pizzas, burgers, ice cream, sushi, fusion, Chinese, BBQ, it’s all there to sample. After the food, frolic and sun, it’s always nice to take a stroll through Marina Village where mega yachts eclipse you and the scent of after dinner coffee envelopes you. The kids will want to stop at Ben and Jerry’s for something sweet, while parents will give into the urge to dance to the rhythmic music of the islands played by a live band. Atlantis is nothing short of magical. And, though both children and adults will agree that the resort is absolutely amazing, they may have a tough time compromising on what to see and do first. Ready to start planning your family’s most unforgettable vacation? Then hop over to www.atlantis.com for more details on the über cool Atlantis Paradise Island resort.

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3 Easy Looks for Summer Stylin’ Being cool is easy when you have cool kids wearing cool clothes. Check out three of this summer’s coolest looks for easy summer styling featuring simple styles with bright and fun colours! .

Comfy Jumpy

Go Gently Baby strikes gold with this soft & comfy jumpsuit. With half-moon pockets at sides & elastic at ankle, this is an easy slip-into-and-lounge outfit for your little princess. The infant sizes have snaps through leg area for easy diaper changing and the toddler sizes tie at the top. www.gogentlybaby.com $48

Statue of Liberty ACC Classic Tee & Galaxy Camp Shorts

Elodie Tank and Supercross Pants by Appaman

This tank ($38) and leggings ($42) combination will become your daughter’s ‘Zendaya’ outfit – “I’ll put it on repeat and wear it everywhere I go”… The tank is super soft and flowy, light and stretchy and the motorcycle inspired leggings are a perfect match a variety of this season’s tops from Appaman. www.appaman.com

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Who doesn’t’ love a little NYC in their life? Appaman’s 2014 Artist Capsule Collection features the experimental neo-pop art of Brooklyn-based digital artist Technodrome1, a.k.a. Joshua Williams. Inspired by the likes of Andy Warhol and Picasso. He injects bursts of bold-eye-popping colour into recognizable pop culture images. Pair this tee with Appaman’s Pacific Blue Brighton shorts ($36) raw edges and a zipped rear pocket included, and a colour block fedora ($33), and you get summer cool…. turned way up!

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Black and white stripes are great illusionists! Go with vertical or horizontal lines depending on your body type bearing in mind that horizontal stripes are great if you are tall and thin, and vertical stripes work well to elongate your torso. Take your style quotient up a notch and get your swimsuit custommade; with all your curves and edges in mind.; Try Sol by drennaLUNA , you’ll be glad you did. www.drennaluna.com

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It’s almost summertime. And for so many Caribbean Moms, that means it’s time for lazy days, happy children and inevitably, happy Moms. It also means its beach time. No matter where in the Caribbean we’re from, we’re never too far away from the ocean.

There’s just nothing basic about black. Black and white for that matter, is timeless. Black and white is classic, elegant and sophisticated and best of all, it goes with whatever colour is trending. Let’s just say that it is safe to add black and white to your wardrobe, anytime of year. Remember, colour trends will pass, but black and white lives on from season to season and year after year. With this bold look, we guarantee that the sun won’t be the only hot thing at the beach this summer.

Sunshades

Sunshades are essential to keep those UVA and B rays at bay. Do it with style and channel your inner ‘Jackie-O’ with broad-faced shades. www.prada.com

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Broad-Rimmed Hat

Bolster your sun protection by wearing a beautiful broadrimmed hat. Ensure the brim is wide enough to fend off the rays hitting not just your face, but your shoulders and back as well. Get yours made just for you at Cinderella Hats in Jamaica. www.cindrellahats.com

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Beach Bag

Your beach bag doesn’t have to scream “I’m a bag that goes to the beach.” Instead, let it scream “I’m the bag that goes wherever you go…in fine style.”

Flip Flops

Easy beachwear is important to the simplicity of your day at the beach. Keep your feet cool (literally), when you flip in and out of these slippers – comfy and care-free www.havaianas.com

Towel

Balls of lint belong on your lint brush, not on your towel! Invest in a good towel specifically designed for the beach with woven cotton on one side and terry on the other. Each side has it’s purpose – one for your body and one for the beach. Nothing more annoying than trying to dry yourself with the sandy side!

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eing a mother ranks high as one of the hardest jobs around. So too is being an entrepreneur. Both roles require steadfastness, patience, and love. Put both jobs together and ask this lady to do them to the best of her ability, and it’s done! Just like that. From standing at the helm of several of the Caribbean’s most beautiful lifestyle magazines, to attending PTA meetings and reading stories at bedtime. Who says you can’t do it all? Meet Neysha Soodeen. She is wife of 12 years to Iain Thomson, mother to 4-year-old Tej, CEO of Toute Bagai Publishing Company and yes, she’s living her dream life. Her creations show off the Caribbean and sit comfortably on coffee tables around the globe; from her hometown in Barbados to the drawing rooms of homes as far as London and Dubai, where the MACO brand delights the tastes of discerning travellers afar off. After spending a few hours with Neysha, it is impossible not to feel encouraged and empowered. She is a wealthy lady - rich with knowledge and experience and most importantly, passion. Neysha sits with b3, and shares with us from her heart to ours.

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NEYSHA, ON BUSINESS The MACO brand was already well established by the time Tej was born in 2009. Has becoming a mother changed your perspective on life, and business?

Yes and No! By the time Tej came along I had already been married for 6 years and was obviously getting older; but every year that passed, I had another magazine to launch or project to complete. In business, nothing much had changed except for the amount of hours I was able to dedicate to work which by having Tej, has diminished to ‘normal’ working hours (9.00 to 5.00). I have had to learn how to delegate more, and micro manage less, which has actually made me a better businesswoman. My perspective on LIFE, however, has changed exponentially. Everything I do now has to have meaning. Any time taken away from Tej, has to be for a damn good reason. I have had to become more responsible with the things I do and way more responsible with my time.

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If you had to choose one single factor that has contributed most to your success, what would that be?

NETWORKING! To be completely honest, I am not that bright; never studied journalism, marketing or business; and had no great passion for magazines. My success was and is driven by whom I knew and how many people remembered me after our first meeting. I was able to pick up the phone and convince those whom I met to buy advertising, or to get access into any house, restaurant or garden. I was also able to expand my offerings to those I met in different fields who needed anything published and by doing so, expanding the business.

How do you find the time to do the non-work things that you love to do? It’s difficult! But I know how important it is and thus, I prioritize the non-work things that I love to do; pilates, tennis, horseback riding and reading, and schedule it all in. But Holy Crap! It’s difficult.

Who or what inspires Neysha?

SUCCESS. Whatever I do in life, I want to be the most successful in. It could be the launch of a magazine, or a tennis match. It is what fire-bolts me out of bed in the morning. The need to carpe diem and have a fabulously successful day. This, however, is also the root to my failure. If I don’t think I can succeed in something, I simply don’t do it.

What pulls you back from the edge of a difficult day?

I would like to say ‘ My lovely son! Realizing all that’s important in life and putting things back into perspective’. But I would be lying. The honest answer would be cooking and a delicious bottle of wine!

What advice would you offer to potential and existing Momtrepreneurs who may face the challenges that come with the territory?

To not feel guilty! To be a (successful) entrepreneur, one needs to be an overachiever; to never let anything stand in your way and to go forth and conquer no matter what challenges creep into your path. Its hard to be an over-achiever in more

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than one aspect in your life, and being a Momtrepreneur, you have to be the best mom ever, best boss ever, best wife/ lover ever… and when you realize that you can’t give 100% to everything in your life, we tend to feel guilty.

What’s next for Neysha professionally?

I’ve spent a lot of time and effort building a strong Caribbean brand, and supporting my staff. It’s time for me to now focus my energy on turning all of that into CASH. I’m tired of telling people that my private jet is grounded because it has a flat tyre!

NEYSHA, ON BEING MOM Everyone has his or her own formula for achieving balance in life. What has been yours in finding a happy medium between building your business empire, and being Mommy to Tej? .

Division of time. I make sure that I do not plan any conference calls or meetings later than 4.00pm so that I can spend every afternoon with Tej and I have really tried to stop working on weekends. Once I am with Tej, I make sure that I do NOT have my phone on me, so that I focus on him, and not split time between what’s happening in the Batman Cave and on my e-mails.

You’ve seen more of the Caribbean than most Geographers in the region. Tell us some of your favourite places to visit with Tej.

Each island in the Caribbean has something spectacular to offer. Last week, Tej and I went on a Mom/ Son adventure to the Bahamas where we went fly-fishing and "conch-ing". He also got to fly the plane to Normans Cay in the Exuma’s, visit Atlantis and swim with Dolphins. The tiny island of Dominica resembles a ‘Jurassic Park’ in the Caribbean, with rivers, waterfalls and sulphur springs. Tej and I would spend hours exploring, trekking, and looking for animals/ bugs and snakes. He loves St. Lucia for the boating and restaurants (his favourite Indian restaurant there is Spice of India). We love Canouan Island in the Grenadines for its golf carts and staff, and trips to Mustique and The Tobago Cays just because we love boats and the blue waters.

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Beyond What’s your favourite thing to do with Tej?

Cuddle. My heart melts and my mind settles.

What are some of the pearls of wisdom that you will one day share with Tej in order to see him succeed in both business and parenting?

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1. To have patience! Once you are able to understand that people are not mind readers, and everyone has their own challenges in understanding a common concept, suggestion or order, and that things will never get done in the time you expect, then life tends to run a little smoother. 2. Nothing bad ever happens! Whatever (bad) happens in life was meant to be, and is only perceived as bad to us due to our expectations. But those (bad) things are meant to teach us lessons, and to make us become better people. Once Tej understands those two things, I think he will have a good start.

Looking comparatively at our region on a global scale, are you thankful for, or critical of how we raise our children in the Caribbean?

Tough question! Because I see our childrearing changing right before my eyes and its scary. In the past, I used to stand proud as a West Indian and boast about how we raised our youth. Children were brought up understanding the value of money, they were raised to be polite to every man on the street, they were obedient and they were happy. Today, our old time ways are being lost. Kids do not say good morning any longer unless prodded. They are dismissive and the value of hard earned dollars is a thing of the past.

At the helm of such a wide business portfolio, I can just imagine how much time you spend in front of your computer. How has this influenced Tej?

I have worked many nights with Tej as a baby on my lap or shoulder. He quickly learnt how to use a computer and iPad from months old.

Where do you turn for parenting advice?

I always go straight to the source of course! -

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My Mom, but as there is a generational issue (My mom was a full time mom), I often turn to my good girlfriends who are hugely successful working moms.

NEYSHA, ON BEAUTY Which beauty products are always in your handbag? Lip Gloss

As a mother who is constantly on-the-go, what is your beauty regiment?

I am so the wrong person to ask that question of! I wash my face once a day (at night) and slap on as much moisturiser as possible in the a.m. and pm. That’s the extent of my beauty regiment.

If you’re short on time and can only apply one beauty product, what would that be? Lip Gloss!!!

What are your summer beauty essentials? The same as my winter ones! Lip Gloss!

How would you describe your style?

Are you suggesting I have style? I’m a ‘jeans and white T’ sort of chick. Thank God denim is back in style. I’ll finally be fashionable again. I do love my shoes and bags however!

Are you a ‘ heels or flats’ Mom?

Both! I’m 5’ 11 so can get away with flats and in Barbados I am always in flats. But in Trinidad, I tend to dress up more, and love, just LOVE going to meetings towering over the men I meet with. When I am out at night, I am always in heels.

What are your best beauty tips for busy working mothers in general?

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Looking for some great family vacation ideas? We’ve put together a list of the seven hottest destinations for families this summer. When you’re travelling with family, remember that each person travelling may have different interests. Your 8-year old son may need to be constantly entertained, while your teenage daughter is content to lie in bed reading all day. Dad may want to spend all day visiting museums or going on tours, while Mom may want to go shopping or relax at a spa. Once you’ve figured out what everyone wants to do, it will become much easier to choose a destination that makes everyone happy.

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA Children and adults alike will find something to love in Orlando. Disney World is a hugely popular summer destination and remains at the top of several lists for memorable family vacations. Universal’s Islands of Adventures is a close second, where the young (and young-at-heart) easily find themselves swept up in the magical atmosphere of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

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New York is a fantastic destination for families. The “City That Never Sleeps” offers everything for everyone, whether it be the budding chef, the nature lover, the up and coming musician, the aspiring journalist or the would-be movie star. The activities for kids are too numerous to count, and at the end of each action-packed day, you’ll be guaranteed that even though the city isn’t sleeping, your kids will be!

Kids of all ages will not get tired of exploring this stunning recreation of the infamous ancient lost civilization. There are countless underwater habitats full of marine life, from exotic fish to dolphins and sea lions. The truly adventurous will brave the iconic Mayan Temple’s Leap of Faith – a water slide with a 60ft almost-vertical drop, propelling riders into a clear tunnel passing through a shark-filled lagoon. .

ATLANTA, GEORGIA Atlanta may not be the first to come to mind when thinking about a kid-friendly destination. Yet Atlanta is home to the largest aquarium in the world, the Georgia Aquarium, which has over 100,000 fish and other marine animals. The Legoland Discovery Centre and Fernbank Museum of Natural History are also guaranteed to pique your child’s interest.

THE CAYMAN ISLANDS FAMILY-FRIENDLY CRUISES Cruises can give you great bang for your buck, and you’ll only have to unpack once! Accommodation, all meals and some drinks are included, and many cruise lines have innovative children's programs and excellent facilities. (There are Disney cruises too!) The vast array of activities on-board and during shore excursions keep children from toddlers to teens engaged and happy.

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The Cayman Islands are known for their appeal to diving enthusiasts, but they are also the perfect summer destination. With pristine beaches and crystal clear water, snorkelling is a favourite pastime for kids. A highlight of most trips is the popular Stingray City, where kids can swim, feed and take pictures with the rays. Other fun summer activities include the Atlantis Submarine Ride and the annual Pirate’s Week Festival, and the Kids Sea Camp.

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or so many children the second most wonderful time of the year is almost here. The summer holidays are just around the corner, and that means no school for 2 months! It also means hot days that seem to go on longer than usual, especially for children who will be spending a lot more time at home. And in some homes, that means more electronics in use, televisions, air conditioning units and fans, and refrigerators being opened and closed frequently. So while the children may be having a blast, Mom and Dad are faced with higher electricity bills and increased power output. Here’s the perfect opportunity to teach our children a life-long lesson about the importance of saving electricity and minimizing energy costs at home. .

WANT TO MAKE CONSERVING A HABIT? HERE ARE A FEW POINTS OF INTEREST. Turn Off The Lights: One of the simplest ways to have your children save electricity is by encouraging them to turn off the lights when they leave a room, and not turning on lights in the daytime. Limiting The Use Of A/C: The days and nights of summer are hot. No question about that! But in an effort to cut down, try to limit the use of the a/c to nights only and use a fan during the day. Placing a timer on your air conditioner at nights allows you to monitor its use and gives you the best of both worlds. No Need For A Water Heater: The summer sun provides us with warm water (and sometimes hot water) throughout the day. Why do we need the water heater again? Keeping The Fridge Closed: Children are guilty of constantly opening the fridge door, this wastes a ton of energy because each time the door is opened, cool air gets out and then the fridge has to work to get it back to the right temperature. Encourage your child to think about what they want from the fridge before opening it. That way, they won’t be using the open fridge as a menu from which to choose.

Go Outside: One of the best ways to teach children to save energy is to encourage them to play outside more. If it’s too hot, introduce them to water play, but be sure to take care of their sun exposure needs. Read our article on page 52 for more information on this topic. Make It A Game: Making conservation a game creates entertainment for children. If you have more than one child appoint one child as “Captain Energy” for the day, everyday, in charge of maintaining energy saving behaviour in the younger ones. At the end of the day have “Captain Energy” report to you who followed the conservation tips and give those who did a prize, while gently reminding those who did not of the ways they can save. Keep this up and eventually they will do it on their own. No Good Deed Should Go Unrewarded: Rewarding your children when they actively practice saving energy is a good way to encourage them to keep up the good work. It's hard to imagine life without electricity. In our homes, we rely on it to power our lights, appliances, and electronics. So in order to preserve we must do our part and conserve. As a family, together, you can save money, conserve energy and save the environment.

SO WHILE THE CHILDREN MAY BE HAVING A BLAST, MOM AND DAD ARE FACED WITH HIGHER ELECTRICITY BILLS AND INCREASED POWER OUTPUT.

Switching Off Devices: Watching TV, playing video games, using the computer, watching DVDs; all involve electronic devices that children tend to leave on when they proceed to other activities. Keep reminding them to turn off all their electronic devices once they are through with them; they’ll remember soon enough.

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M RE RENEWABLE ENERGY We’ve added two hydroelectric plants and one wind farm in the past 5 years, as part of our efforts to reduce energy costs. The recently commissioned 7.2MW Maggotty Hydroelectric Power Plant will save the country 70,000 barrels of imported oil during 2014. This will translate into savings of approximately $700M for our customers. And there’s more to come. JPS will be partnering with other investors to add more renewable energy over the next 2 years, to help reduce Jamaica’s reliance on expensive imported oil for electricity generation. .

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COOK! By Marsha Williamson Photography: Dwayne Watkins

I had begged my kids for the chance to sleep in on the first Saturday of their break from school. There were no activities to run off to, and to be frank – I was beyond exhausted. This was the end of a particularly hectic week at work, and I was looking forward to no early morning wake-up routine for a few days. .

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y slumber was interrupted by the scent of croissants and bacon. And coffee. I thought for a moment, then remembered that it was a Saturday and it was just me and the children at home. My boys are 6 and 8, and I woke up to see their smiling faces hovering over the foot of my bed. Aron, my 6-year-old proudly announced “Mummy, me and Asher made you breakfast so you wouldn’t have to do any work!” I wasn’t sure whether to laugh, cry or bolt downstairs to rescue my kitchen. With a full heart, I reached out for my boys to hug me, but Asher was still busy – positioning the ginger lily that he had picked from our garden. I was overcome with pride, and felt at that moment, I was doing something right. My children can cook. They may not yet be able to prepare doubles or ackee and saltfish, but they know the basics and they’re being equipped with a host of other ‘life tools’. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not absconding on my duties as a mother, but I am doing all I can to provide a platform for my children to become independent, and creative members of society.

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BRIAN SAYS TEACH KIDS TO COOK

Why cooking you ask? Isn’t it risky? Can’t they hurt themselves? Truth is, it can be risky, and they can get hurt, but as with most other things, you gauge your child and know when he or she is ready to begin. You can’t force them. Just make it interesting, and they’ll want to learn!

BRIAN SAYS START SMALL

Encourage your children to help you out in the kitchen. I started a long time ago by having my children ‘hang out’ in their highchairs while I was cooking. We’d talk, ok…I’d talk. I’d narrate everything I was doing, and eventually it was something they got accustomed to. The kitchen is a comfortable place for them, and this is when we talk about everything. My 8-year-old tends to bring me up to speed on what’s going on at school while he’s making the lemonade or boiling the pasta.

BRIAN SAYS COOKING TEACHES RESPONSIBILITY

Any child in the kitchen should be supervised. Once they’re aware of potential dangers and hazards in the kitchen, give them a little room. There’s nothing more counter-productive than having someone mark your every single move. Stay close by and keep alert, but let your child know you trust him and let him know that he’s doing well. Let them know too that cleaning up is as important in the process as preparing a meal. You’d be surprised how quickly he starts living up to that responsibility.

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BRIAN SAYS COOKING BOOSTS SELF CONFIDENCE

Remember the first time your child rode his bicycle solo? Or when he discovered he could swim? Well that same sense of accomplishment is experienced in the kitchen when Junior is the chef who prepares a meal, or any part thereof. Be sure to celebrate his achievement, and if something doesn’t go as planned, correct the action taken without criticizing the meal. This is critical in building the rungs on your child’s confidence ladder.

BRIAN SAYS COOKING TEACHES ABOUT THE WORLD

In our home, Fridays evenings are our ‘fun nights'. One Friday out of each month we (or really they) choose a country for us to ‘visit’, and we immerse ourselves in that culture. We speak with accents, speak about the country, and most importantly, we cook something from that nation. We’ve been to India, Japan, Mexico, and we’re regulars in Italy ;)

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THE ROVING TREE By Elsie Ausgrave – Haiti

The central character, Iris Odys, is the offspring of Hagathe, a Haitian maid, and Brahami, a French-educated mulatto father who cares little about his child. Hagathe, who had always dreamt of a better life for her child, is presented with the perfect opportunity when Iris is five years old. Adopted by a white American couple, an anthropologist and art gallery owner, Iris is transported from her tiny remote Haitian village, Monn Neg, to an American suburb. The Roving Tree illuminates how imperfectly assimilated adoptees struggle to remember their original voices and recapture their personal histories and cultural legacy.

DEW ANGELS By Melanie Schwapp - Jamaica

From the day she was born Nola Chambers is rejected by those she should most trust. Born with dark skin into a family that prides themselves on their light complexion, Nola grows up abandoned and perceived as worthless. Deprived of familial love, affection and security, she falls victim to her father’s abusive behaviour and struggles though society’s harsh judgements of her black skin.
Trying to overcome the brutalities in her life, Nola meets Dahlia Daley. Their friendship opens another world for Nola, a world of tenderness and compassion, a world where she can rise above prejudices and reveal her true self – a world where love knows no colour.

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DANCING NUDE IN THE MOONLIGHT By Joanne Hillhouse – Antigua

Joanne Hillhouse’s Dancing Nude in the Moonlight is a nice, light, summer read for the romantics. Selena the Hispanic immigrant, is left to fend for herself in a foreign land while raising a baby and two younger sisters. Her world, already a struggle, is put through extra ups and downs when it is challenged by the love of a man.

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JACKS HILL ROAD By Jennifer Grahame - Jamaica

Dan is at the top of his game. He and his wife, Carmen, have steadily moved up the economic and social ladder.... until Dan got a bit too greedy! Join this Jamaican upper St. Andrew family on their humorous yet real life account of life in Jamaica, and how their lives intertwine with that of the (household) help, Louise. All books available at www.amazon.com

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fter the fifteenth time asking one, or all of my four children to “Stop fidgeting”, “Don’t climb there!”, “What are you doing?”, “Please stand up now”, “Please stop talking its prayer time…” it flashed across my mind and not for the first time either, that if this were my mother, or any of her sisters there would be no need for talking. One icy cold glance would have been sufficient to silence any restless foot that dared to wiggle. I probably wouldn’t have the disagreement that I had with my ten-year-old daughter about appropriate church-wear either, which she won by the way. There would have been no room for discussion; simply, "put on that dress and make it quick!" I tried that, it didn’t work, so we ended up with jeans and a top to keep the peace. Am I a pushover? Hmmm. There are quite a few things I believe that would cause my mother to frown big time at me, and possibly have some choice words for me if she saw me letting my children get away with it. (My mother lives just over 1000 miles away). My children jump on the bed, there I said it! They also practice their tumbles, rolls and twists on there. They all started off being a bit afraid of heights the freedom to use the bed as a trampoline has helped ease that fear. There has been many a rousing football match in my living room. (Although now that the son is big and strong those matches have been relegated to the yard.) And even though I ‘grump’ about it, I do allow them all to bounce balls off the living room wall. And I know this is not very Caribbean-mother of me, and that my mother - and quite a few other mothers as well - would definitely shriek at me, but I have been known to give each child a different meal. In my defence I really would rather have children with full tummies than grumpy miserable hungry children who wish to be defiant with me. Things I would not do that I suspect were acceptable back in the day: .

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Give any of my ‘hard-to-go-to-sleep’ children a little touch of brandy, white rum or anything like that to help them go to sleep. I am afraid of alcohol poisoning. I know I am being dramatic, but I am sure the little one’s digestive system can’t manage alcohol, no matter how small the amount.

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The children would never be sent to go pick their own switch from the yard. And though my mother never made me do this, my paternal grandmother surely made my cousins go looking for their switch whenever they were deserving of punishment as perceived by her. All that being said while I may not subscribe to the thinking that children should be seen not heard, there are still many things that my mother instilled in me and my sisters, that I work daily to instil in my children.

"AND I KNOW THIS IS NOT VERY CARIBBEAN-MOTHER OF ME, AND THAT MY MOTHER - AND QUITE A FEW OTHER MOTHERS AS WELL - WOULD DEFINITELY SHRIEK AT ME, BUT I HAVE BEEN KNOWN TO GIVE EACH CHILD A DIFFERENT MEAL." Never enter a room or building without greeting the person or adult appropriately. That is ‘Good Morning’ or ‘Good Afternoon’ Miss, Mrs., Mr. or Auntie. I remember my mother use to get so heated around the collar if we were to tell grown people ‘Hi!’. I do allow Hi. Simply easier. ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ are a must. I am also a stickler for how you ask for something. Good manners are a must! From early they learn how to pick up after themselves. Putting away their toys helps foster responsibility and care for their things. This is one of my mother’s favourites to this day. Parenting styles may be a little different now from when my mother was raising me, but it works for me. And even though I may have fidgety children, I have mastered the icy cold glance which always makes my children giggle but stop whatever it is that they are doing. And that works for us all. Gayle Cunningham is a Trinidadian living in Jamaica trying to keep sane with twin girls and their brother and sister. kidfriendlyja.wordpress.com

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I STABBED HIM WITH A FO K .

By Sara Conner, Arlington Texas from Jamaica

I stabbed him with a fork. Yes. I did. Clear as day, I remember he tried to steal my eggs and I stuck him with the first apparatus in my hand at that moment. One minute an instrument of feeding, the next a defensive weapon ‘en garde’ against friend and foe alike. My fluffy, steamy, freshly made eggs – I really wanted them and he seemed to think because he was bigger, stronger and older, that I would not be standing poised to protect, adamant to cover what I held dear. Ha! He was wrong.

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iddle child. I am a middle child – well this is where it becomes weird. I am the third of seven but the second child of both my parents. So there are technically 3 other middle children yet two of them are first-born! Yes, let’s just take that in. The size of a volleyball team, we can be a real recipe for sibling rivalry or at the very least sibling chaos. Rivalry – ewww such a creepy little word. Makes you think of two testosterone filled bucks entangled in an antler war or at the very least some shimmery stretchy pants knights shingled up in silver protecting the realm. But its not quite like that is it? This sibling rivalry: fighting, competing, jealousy, conflict, race; can turn family against each other to blood curdling degrees. It can run ravines of hatred through the lives of those you love. If slipped into, you will need more than a few feet of bungee cords to get out. So what to do? How do you keep those little munchkins rosy cheeked and peaceful? Or are you sentenced to perpetual Armageddon? Like all things that blossom, I believe that rivalry begins at the root before you see the fruit. There are several ancient accounts of this kind of intriguing drama. Shakespeare’s King Lear features Edmund and Edgar fighting because of illegitimacy. The Greeks famous rivalry between Zeus and Poseidon is well noted. Scar and Mufasa in The Lion King, Fredo and Michael Corleone in the hailed “Godfather”, Joseph and his brothers, Cane and Abel and the list goes on. In rivalry, there is this fear. Fear that something will be taken, lost, ignored or overlooked. In the case of Joseph, his half brothers despised him because he was clearly favoured by his father and it was clear that his mother was also favoured. In doing so, Jacob inadvertently created division within his own household. This, I find is the root of sibling rivalry – division. When I felt what I held dear (the eggs) were in threat of being taken away, I retaliated. Let me break it down further. The eggs can be my identity, my place in the family, my talents, my achievements, my comforts, my ideals, my principles or my dreams. I had an appetite. My appetite is my basic hunger or need for attention, appreciation, affection, approval, acceptance and or affiliation. I have a brother who at the time represented a threat. The threat can be words, attitudes, double standards, step- parents, new siblings, geographical changes and so on. See? Rivalry begins early and blooms later. So you and I have to keep

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Beyond an eye out for the pesky little crop-eaters that threaten our rosy bunch. I don’t recommend stabbing of any kind – tried that method and it’s a no-go. This is my personal run down as I attempt to prevent the permanent results of rivalry. Now, let me be honest; I think that some level of rivalry is natural and even normal but the “I hate your guts / you’re head is big

like a watermelon / I think you’re adopted” kind is not cool. No Siree Bob. Not Cool. Like I said it’s a whole heap of us and there has been rivalry on some level but there is not division, hatred or lack of support. No, we fully support each others’ dreams and cheer each other on. It’s from this experience, I take some tidbits for the children in my life.

I THINK THAT SOME LEVEL OF RIVALRY IS NATURAL AND EVEN NORMAL BUT THE “I HATE YOUR GUTS, YOU’RE HEAD IS BIG LIKE A WATERMELON, I THINK YOU’RE ADOPTED” KIND IS NOT COOL. .

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they must be removed out of common areas or they become common property. That’s another article because everything is not to be shared and there are boundaries but for this point – yes share with your siblings common property but not your body. 7.

Live by Example. We must be an example by how we treat them, our siblings and others in our family. Children take their cues from us. If we live lives honouring and valuing each other, they will as well. If there is already a rift, I believe it can be salvaged with some consistent effort and applying some of the above tips. In the end, if we take the time to study our children like we do the latest Iphone its amazing how fast we can learn to connect, use and value them. Turn around is possible. Like all things that really matter it takes time and work. After the eggs, my brother swindled me out of chicken, curried goat, uhm, we had some rugged, dragged-out fights but … at the core, our very core we knew then and know now; our relationship is not optional, there is no out, we find a way out of conflicts and we support. Simply put, we bought more eggs, stopped the stabbing and made enough for more than just one! Here’s to bringing felicity and cheer to your realm – good luck!

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It is the most popular sport in the world, and though you may debate it, the facts prove otherwise. According to FIFA, more than 265 million people play football globally, and one seventh of the entire world stops to watch the finals of the World Cup every 4 years. In many homes, once a child is old enough to run and kick a ball, he or she is considered old enough to play football. Millions of children the world over, speak this universally accepted language. Some call it soccer, and some call it football, but regardless of the name, a checkered ball says the same thing to a child in Zambia, as it does in Switzerland and Japan:

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t doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discover the benefits of playing sports in the life of a child. The list of benefits far outweigh any argument one could have against playing sports for the well being of children, all culminating in helping to develop your child into the well-rounded, focused and independent thinker, that parents wish their children to become. Playing together as a team is the easiest and fastest way to develop a child’s ability to interact and cooperate with other children. They learn what it means to be part of a team, work together, and how to rely on one another. They learn how to win and lose, and they also learn the importance of their role as part of the whole.

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STARS OF TOMORROW

Parents continually invest in their children, but when that investment receives corporate support it takes on a whole new life. This year, 784 Jamaican boys and girls aged 8 to 12 years, will benefit from the commitment of global electronics brand Samsung, with the presentation of the 2nd Annual Samsung Cup Tournament, a youth football tournament that will conclude in great personal achievements and incredible prizes and awards. “By promoting the ethics and values of sports at a young age, Samsung seeks to contribute to the social inclusion and personal developments of children through sports and education,” explains Young Dae Sin, Managing Director of Samsung Electronic, Latin America. Caribbean football stars such Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardener, Shaka Hislop and Dwight Yorke, have set the foundation for our young children to ‘dare to dream.'

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The career paths they followed and professional accomplishments made on an international platform are the things that dreams are made of. Samsung’s commitment rings true as they support the dreams and aspirations of a nation’s youth. Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardener made history for Jamaica when in 1998 as a young teen, he was signed to English football club The Bolton Wanderers. He recently concluded a stellar career in the UK having performed on the field, and off, showing exemplary discipline and loyalty. Now settled back home in Kingston, Jamaica, Ricardo is honoured to be this year’s tournament ambassador. He continues to live his dream of making a difference by giving ‘forward’. “I’m really excited to work with these children. To be honest when I was growing up I didn’t have an opportunity like this. Sharing my experience with them is both an honour and a privilege. Samsung is providing these kids with a step in the right direction,” says Ricardo. The winning team of the Samsung Cup Tournament will be decided at the final match in Kingston, Jamaica on June 7, 2014.

“I’M REALLY EXCITED TO WORK WITH THESE CHILDREN. TO BE HONEST WHEN I WAS GROWING UP I DIDN’T HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY LIKE THIS. SHARING MY EXPERIENCE WITH THEM IS BOTH AN HONOUR AND A PRIVILEGE. SAMSUNG IS PROVIDING THESE KIDS WITH A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,” .

- Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardener

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By Rebecca Harper, The Family Garden

“How do I get my children to eat so healthily?” People ask me every day. Although they have the occasional sweeties, their treats in the supermarket are grapes and baby carrots!

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ow do I do it? I teach my children about food and they grow it for themselves. Before I did that, I put all the fruit and vegetables at their level in the fridge to make sure that that’s what they saw first, and would eat them right away. In other words, I peeled the carrots, cut up the watermelon and washed the fruit so they could eat and run. However, the most successful thing I did was to create a family garden. My children grow what they eat. It allowed us to not use pesticides, (which research shows affects us more than you know and stays in our body for weeks) and a freshly harvested vegetable always tastes sweeter. How do you start? Get your children involved from the very beginning; even choosing the produce. Research what you can grow in your climate, so that you don’t waste time and money. For example, if it is too hot where you are, you cannot grow lettuce. However, in many parts of the Caribbean, January to May are the best growing times as the temperature allows for a wider variety of crops. Try planting foods that your children like. Take a trip with your children to your local garden store. Get potting mix and seed trays so that you do not plant directly in the ground. Insects love to eat the seeds. You want to make your kids succeed in gardening or they may get discouraged. So make sure you plant the seeds in seeds trays and place them by a window inside the house. At first you have to ensure the kids water twice a day, do not do it for them. After two weeks, they should be ready to plant. There are two ways you can have your garden, hydroponic or traditional. If you have no ground space then you can buy a grow bag, a bucket, irrigation and set up a small hydroponic garden. Some garden centres sell the entire kit. It may sound complicated, but it’s

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not. It is so easy even a child can do it - mine did! If you have the space, dig the square, if you have more than one child, dig their own square let them have ownership over their little plot of land. Have them transplant the seedling in the land; make sure to use organic sprays (again do what it takes to make this garden succeed, you do not want your children to wake up and see all the plants eaten by bugs). There are organic fungicides and pesticides that you can use so consider these options, as they are much healthier. Make a daily and weekly checklist for your child, and make sure they stick to the routine of watering, weeding and checking for bugs. On weekends help them on their farm. Another nice touch is for them to make a sign and claim their plot. Each child will have his or her own area and they grow what they like to eat. Create a growing timeline so they can make comparisons and see how the plant should be doing. Let them keep a log of the plant from seeding to harvest. When it is time to harvest, make it a party. My children’s friends loved coming over and picking their snacks! For your daughters in Girl Guides and Brownies, they have a gardening badge and that is a great way for them to get into gardening. Gardening offers great life lessons for children. They learn routine and the responsibility of taking care of something - also a good practice for a pet later on. Additionally, the best lesson they learn is that there are consequences for their actions. If they do not take care of the plants, they will die. If they do their job, the harvest will be their reward. It is great family time outside and teaches them in a short space of time that if they stick to something long enough they will reap the rewards. Rebecca Harper is the host of Nationwide FM’s Parent to Parent Talk Show. She has a degree in Communications, specializing in script writing and Educational Television and Radio Production. Rebecca is mother 14-year-old Christopher, 10-year-old McKenzie and 7-year-old Benjamin. Contact her at ptpnationwide@gmail.com

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t’s easily every parent’s worst fear; having a child who falls seriously ill or is born requiring special medical attention. In several countries around the world, where adequate medical care is easily accessible, a sick child is still a heavy burden to bear. Imagine then the additional weight carried by the parent of a sick child in a region where firstclass health care is either unavailable, or it comes at prohibitive costs. The Centre for Global Child Health at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in resource-poor environments around the world. This is being achieved through collaboration in groundbreaking research, sustainable capacity-building through education, and the active communication of results through advocacy, knowledge translation and the use of evidence for policy development. SickKids-Caribbean Initiative is a not-for-profit collaboration between the Hospital for Sick Children and various Caribbean institutions across 6 countries that strive to improve the outcomes and quality of life for children with cancer and blood disorders. The Initiative establishes partnerships between healthcare specialists at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto and their counterparts in the Caribbean, through training and education to support the early identification and treatment of children living with these devastating diseases in the Caribbean. In 2013, SickKids announced its commitment to raising CAD$8 million over five years in support of the Initiative. To date, CAD$6.8 million has been raised towards that goal from donors in the Caribbean and Canada. Participating countries include Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago. .

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“My involvement with the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative has given me exposure to multidisciplinary expert teams involved in world-renowned cancer care. Together, we work to improve the diagnoses, treatment and outcomes for children living in the Caribbean,” said Dr. Michelle Reece-Mills, Consultant Paediatrician, University of the West Indies.  With the support of organisations such as The Sandals Foundation, which has so far committed US$250,000 to the SickKids-Caribbean Initiative, lives are being saved, children are becoming well again, and medical miracles unfold daily. Telemedicine rooms, which facilitate real time interactive conferences and medical consultation regarding patient files, have been opened in The Bahamas and Barbados. Additional rooms will open in Jamaica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia over the next six months.

If you’d like to get involved, and make a difference in the life of a child who needs it, please visit www.streakingitblue.com

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