The Family Review
Number 2016-2-1 April, 2016
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A Child’s Heart
Politics and Kids
Parental Peer Pressure
From all of us ... Happy Mother’s Day!
REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS Featuring 7 recent reviews
ARTICLE A child’s heart
ARTICLE Politics & kids
ARTICLE Monthly contest
ARTICLE FRC is always changing
ARTICLE Parental peer pressure
ARTICLE Happy Mother’s Day
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RECENT REVIEWS Humpty Dumpty Poli Cup / Poli [#3237] Designed by a former teacher and mom-of-two, Poli Sippy Cups come in three playful nursery rhyme designs: Humpty Dumpty, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Hey Diddle Diddle to promote early reading skills as well as a fun bonding opportunity while parents and their tots jointly recite the rhymes. Conveniently designed for small hands and cup holders, the innovative Poli Cup features adjustable flow to grow with your child (so babies donâ€™t get extra gas in their tummies) and a soft, chew-resistant spout for sensitive gums and teething babies. Poli Sippy Cups are 100% safe and free of BPA and phthalates. Lead free, break-proof, and made in the U.S.A.
Lottie Dottie Chicken Plush / Lottie Dottie
Lottie Dottie Chicken is a YouTube sensation that has come to the US from Brazil! With over 3 billion YouTube views, Lottie Dotties is a true sensation! The Lottie Dottie Chicken plush toy is the perfect companion for babies and toddlers. She is super soft, cuddly, and incredibly squeezable! Children can safely cuddle up to her and hold her tight, as she is non-toxic and anti-allergenic.
Marlin The Moon / Dream Frenz [#3239] Dream FrenzÂŽ turn bedtime into Dream Time! Dream Frenz are cuddly pillow toys for the young and the young at heart. Each pillow character has a soft pillow head with a soft stuffed body that tucks inside, but watch out, Dream Frenz can hide in plain sight! The backs of the pillows have a coordinating quilted fabric. Just flip your Dream Frenz around to have a lovely accent pillow. Just perfect for Grandparents with Grandkids that visit!
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Active 10 / Active Formulations, inc. [#3240] 100% Unconditionally Guaranteed. Fastest growing clinically used and recommended topical analgesic of healthcare professionals. Chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and athletic trainers use Active 10 to provide immediate relief from many common conditions such as arthritis and other causes of muscle and joint pain. Active 10 applies easily and penetrates quickly to relieve aches and pains related to sore muscles and joints, sprains, strains and bruises.
George Washington / Founders Force
Founders Force is a new series of childrenâ€™s books for ages 2-8 that turns the Founding Fathers into superheroes. These are fun and engaging books that teach about a new breed of superheroes and teaches a little history too.
Boulding Blocks / Boulding Blocks LLC [#3241] Designed by artist Mark Boulding, Cube is the first in a series of classic forms exploring the relationship of a form and its 3D negative. Multiples of two shapes, one white, one black, interconnect as a challenging puzzle. Rearranged, pieces make an unlimited portfolio of architectural and artistic expressions. One cube elegantly contains eight pieces. Multiple cubes offer more and more possibilities for building larger and larger creations.
Fast Flip / Blue Orange [#3242] Fast Flip is a speed based matching game that develops high level visual processing skills to quickly spot and count different fruit on the cards. Our special secret formula ensures that there is always only one solution between cards, creating a fun and addicting game for all. Play with the included tokens for another set of variations on an already fun and exhilarating base game.
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2016 FATHERS ... A NEW BREED OF MEN
There are tons of tools and accessories for parents on the go. However, the vast majority cater towards women, in style and design. TACTICAL DADDY® apparel appeals to fathers because they are comfortable, practical, and can be used and worn for a variety of activities beyond parenting.
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with one difference. Their apparel actually does
the point where I hated my wife’s diaper
include other apparel, as well. I urge you
bag. While she was in the hospital, I took
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my first born son to visit her. Instead of
ed on the side panel) to see the exciting
When a thin person’s clothing shrinks, he or she
packing up her diaper bag, I took the
new products that are available.
can get away with wearing tight apparel. I am
vest that I already was selling to law en-
overweight, and the social standard is not the
forcement, and discovered that its pock-
Before I got into this business, I was in-
same. When my clothes shrink, I have to give
ets and compartments were perfect for
volved in the selection and procurement
them to charity, because no one wants to see a
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D.L. CARROLL We were introduced to the writing of D.L. Carroll when her first book debuted. With delight we shared her book not only with our own child, but with the children of our readers. It is with great pride that we have watched as she has expanded her works, as well as her craft. I consider her a brilliant mind that shares a rare connection with her readers, that leaves them wanting more adventures to experience. Her books have won our hearts, as well as many awards at Family Review Center, and we expect more to follow.
I was born in Redwood City, California to a navy
In 2008 Childrenâ€™s Chapter Book, Sir Licksa-
Creative writing is a passion I enjoy immense-
sailor and a housewife. My creativity began to
lot & The Maverick Fools, was published fol-
ly. I am actively involved in youth charity or-
emerge while writing poems. After high school
lowed by Sir Licksalot & The Island Fools in
ganizations. I spend my family time with my
graduation, I continued to write in the form of
2012, Sir Licksalot & The Arctic Fools in 2013,
son and our miniature dachshund. We cur-
metaphorical editorials. I entered into the high
and Sir Licksalot & The Bay Fools in 2014.
rently reside in the land of opportunity, the
tech industry and took business writing cours-
es at San Jose State to enhance my profession-
I write to ignite a childâ€™s desire to read and
al skills. Writing letters of recommendation,
then leave a paw print on their heart.
executive correspondence and presentations became my daily tasks for over a decade. While
WINNER OF FIVE PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS at Family Review Center
taking a sabbatical in late 2006, I accepted a contest challenge to write a novel in 30 days. --- D.L. Carroll
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Chibebe Snuggle Pods are Australia’s Original Baby Beanbag, designed for use from newborn through to tweens. Truth be told, we even use them at Chibebe HQ for pow wows and resting in between designing new products for you! We LOVE stripes, and the stunning unisex Soda Pop design is one that was super fun to design and bring to life! Inspired by the color vibrancy of Serendipity Polka, our Soda Pop design is energetic, fun and totally livens up any room. Functionality and benefit wise, the Chibebe Snuggle Pod is perfectly designed to help relive Reflux and help Prevent Flat Head. “The best preparation for tomorrow is to do today’s work superbly well”.
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As a parent of four children, I have come to realize that each child is vastly unique, yet all of us are the same in the way of needing to love and needing to be loved. How we relate to it is different, yet we all need it just the same. Children can be very sensitive. This seems to vary from child to child and from moment to moment, yet we, as parents, need to recognize this as fact and proceed with caution when we embark into an area that they may have guarded for one reason or another. If we notice unease or resistance, it is best to go slow and figure out where they have set their boundaries and try to figure out why, prior to pushing them out of their comfort zone. Boundaries are always set for a reason, even if that reason makes no sense to us. It makes sense to them, so we need to respect that.
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As the parent we want to be careful not to miss signals. We want to pay attention to our children and always be available and attentive to them. If we keep the lines of communication open and active, then we will notice subtle changes that would have otherwise been missed by an unattentive parent. When the first little change is noted, this is the best time to approach the subject and try to find out why things have changed and if we can help. If it appears to not be too serious and they do not want our help, then we can let them know we are there if they need us and we will be here to support and help them, any way that we can. If they ever become hurt by our words or actions, it is a good idea to apologize. Even if we do not find any wrong doing in our words or actions, letting them know we are sorry that we caused them pain, even unintentionally, not only heals their
It is thru our words and our touch that we speak to the heart of a child. If we treat them with love and respect, we will watch them blossom into loving, caring souls. If we show carelessness, and cause hurt, we will watch them pull away and become guarded, to protect themselves from more hurt. This is human nature. This is who we are. This is how we were created.
hurt but also displays to them how they should address similar situations in their own lives, be it now or in the future with their own children. This says to them You Matter! You Are Worth it! and I Love You! What an honor it is to be graced with precious children in our lives to raise, and train, and encourage and to support, for the rest of our days on earth. My hope as a parent is that I never lose sight of the honor and the responsibility that has been entrusted to me, on four different occasions, as I welcomed each of them into this world, to love, cherish, hold and honor for ever and ever. ---- Mom
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BONDING THRU TOUCH As we review the many baby products that come thru the mail to us each year, one thing we pay close attention to is the cost of the product vs. the benefit. This is a major concern for parents on a budget, so it is our concern as well. I would not be an honest person if I did not admit that some products really hold little value, yet their pricetag would incline you to think differently. These are the products that we decline a review of, as we just cannot jutify their value to our readers and we do not give negative reviews, so our only option is to opt out. The Sleep Belt is a product we first reviewed in 2013. This product quickly stole our attention and our affection, as it is simply marvelous in the benefits it offers, both to mother and baby. It is easy to use, comfortable to wear and gives baby a sense of closeness and security, allowing for great skin to skin bonding and a sense of closeness that we want with our infants, while also allowing mom (or dad) the freedom to move and have free use of both arms while baby rests close.
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Mom can be on her tablet, chatting with friends on social media, or playing an online game, while baby sleeps and then quickly transition into care mode the moment their wiggle gives a clue that sleep time is over.
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Politics .... A SCARY WORD!?
POLITICS AND KIDS
Growing up there were three things that would ignite an argument. Those were politics, Chevy vs. Ford and religion. Today there are three things that are sure to start an argument. Politics, Chevy vs. Ford and religion. Isn’t it funny that people change, candidates for office change, the date on the calendar changes, but the basic struggles, opposing views and the challenges of our country, seem to remain pretty much the same. It is like we are told we will see change, yet, I find it hard to see much change in the areas we ask for it, the areas we really need it, while scanning over multiple decades. Children in their younger years usually agree with their parents politically, because this is what they hear at home. It is as they get older and are exposed to outer influence that they form their own opinions, based on their own beliefs and understanding,
Understanding the poliical process may seem complicated, but it really does not have to be. Children do not need all of the details, they just need the basics. As citizens of a great and free country, I feel we have the obligation to ensure our children know and understand the process, so they can view it play out in their life with understanding and when they become of age to vote, they will be able to make an intelligent decision on their own and not just follow what others say and do, but actually research the candidates and the proposed bills and then make their vote count. Who knows which child will be the next senator, or president or world changer! It starts with us, igniting the curiosity inside them and then finding ways to help them explore their own interests. There are many books that explain the system and how it works. There are also some fun games that explain it in a simple format, and spark their interest and help it all make sense. We have had the pleasure of reviewing a couple of these in the review center. Anytime we can get kids thinking outside the box, when it comes to our country and how it is ran, it is a good thing. This just might do it... or help!
If you haven’t yet explored the world of politics with your child(ren), it is never too late to begin. Their future depends on you opening up the world of politics to them in a meaningful way. I suggest we all look for fun and creative ways to learn the role of politics in our country and our own lives. It does not need to be a heated debate, but a gentle, fun and loving learning environment, just like when we taught them how to read “See Spot run.” Since we are in the middle of a presidential run, this is the perfect time to teach them the basics. I suggest we try to protect them from the vicious part of the game, that shows the nasty nature of politics, but focus on the process and what it means to all of us as individuals and us as a person and our rights, our beliefs, our pinions and our own American dream. We may disagree on a candidate but we all want the same thing. We want a safe, bright and happy future for us and those we love. If we all strive for that, we can forget the bickering and simply do our part and do our best to preserve the greatness of the USA.
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FRC IS ALWAYS CHANGING... Recently we began adding Youtube videos to our reviews. This adds a new level to our reviews that was not available prior. This allows the manufacturer to speak directly to the potential customer and demonstrate the product face to face. Because this is new, most of our reviews do not yet have them, but watch for the ratio to increase in future days, as we invire our clients to share them when we add their review. My personal opinion is that in a world of so much competition, anything a company can do to stand out from the competition, gives them a one up on the playing field, known as the Marketplace. Things are tough out there and funds are tight for most of us. Stretching the dollar is more important than ever. If you have a product in the review center, drop us a note and ask us to add your video! We will be happy to do so. Just send us a Youtube link.
Another addition that is coming soon, is our own videos. We will be doing some review videos, some interview videos, some tutorial videos, etc. We are currently playing with the idea and testing the field, but we hope to begin by third quarter 2016 This should be fun, so stay tuned! And again, if we have reviewed your product, or we are about to, and you want to be a part of the â€˜test phaseâ€™, we always need volunteers! Hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or email and we will see what we can make happen! What else would you like to see? We listen to your feedback and we want to hear from you!!! Whether you are a company we work with or a mother who reads every issue of the magazine tirelessly, to learn about new and great products, we want to offer what you want and need. So, get in touch with us and share your feedback. We will listen to every word and implement if we can.
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PARENTAL PEER PRESSURE Ever heard the term PARENTAL PEER PRESSURE? Yeah, me neither. Till now. Now we have both heard the term and let me tell you that parental peer pressure is very real, but not something we discuss. Perhaps because it makes us feel less in control, or we have just not considered it, but when we begin to think about it, and focus on it, we both will see it is very much a reality and something we need to give careful consideration to, because it is a trap. A trap that could potentially be lethal.
“Parental Peer Pressure is a Trap! A Trap that could Potentially be Lethal!” What is Parental Peer Pressure? Parental peer pressure is allowing the words or actions of other parents to dictate the actions you take, the words you say and the decisions you make with your own children, rather than making your own decisions based on what is best for your child, yourself and your family.
“Courage is not the absence of fears, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear”. When you choose boundaries for your child, they should be based on your own beliefs and opinions. While it can be hekpful to get insight and ideas from other parents at times, never do what they do simply because they do it. Think about it, discuss it with your spouse or the other parent, and make wise decisions of your own, based on the needs and abilities of your child and your
own abilities and beliefs. I have ran into this several times, where one of my kids has shared that it should be okay for them to do a certain thing because the other parents allow their kids to do it. Each of my children who have tried this on me, some of which have tried it more than once, have learned that this mechanism and form of manip-
ulation, does not work on this mom. While I will consider anything I am approached with, my response will ultimately be my ow decision, for my own reasons. Can I have a cell phone at age 10? No. Can I have a late bedtime? No. Can I stay home alone at age 9? No. Can I watch 3 hours of tv? No. ... YOU be the parent! They will accept the answer you give.
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eing a mom is not easy. You cook, you ckean, you help with homework. You kiss booboos and are the bad guy when you have to say no. However, no job is ever as rewarding and the perks are outstanding! Where else can you get endless “I LOVE YOU’s” and HUGS and KISSES and a child who emulates everything you do and say because they worship the ground you walk on.,, So, if you are struggling, feeling out of sorts, and not feeling like the best mom in the world, cut yourself some slack, recognize the beauty of who you are and the power in your hands as you hold your child and help shape their future and the future of our world. You, as a mom, are so vitally important. Do not undervalue your worth, Especially in front of your children. If they see you belittling yourself, they will think lowly of themselves as well. Help them to overcome the world by being positive about themselves, their family, their community, their world, and the important role they play within it. Remember, at a young age they view everything thru your eyes. What do they see? What are you showing them? Are you showing them a world where they can go and become anything they want to be and be the change they want for the world and help to make it happen? Or are you showing them a dismal and distorted vuew, that says I cannot do it, I am a victim, I am powerless? Rise above your current struggles. Rise above your current views. Show your child the world you want for them. Show them how you and them together can make that world more than a dream, but a reality!! MAY 8, 2016
HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY, MOM! YOU ROCK THIS MOTHERHOOD THING!
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“Freedom is not something that anybody can be given. Freedom is something people take, and people are as free as they want to be”.
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