Category Archives: teens

Free TableTop from STOKKE, Farofa Nation and College Students and Social Networking

If you are in the hunt for a new highchair I cannot recommend the Tripp Trapp from STOKKE* enough. Not only does it come in twelve wonderful colors, it also adjusts as your child grows. Essentially you will never have to throw your Tripp Trapp away. It grows with your child and holds up to 300 pounds. I use ours at my desk.

Now through the end of the year, when you buy a Tripp Trapp highchair you will receive a STOKKE Table Top for free. Because the Tripp Trapp allows your child to sit with you at the table and doesn’t have a tray, the Table Top is a great way to keep the mess away on your table as your child eats. Plus, it has an educational component to it with six different templates you can switch out.
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African-American Girls 50% More Likely to Be Bulimic: I Don’t Think So!

mpp0146205Have you ever read a study that you inherently know is false? I did just that last week when I read an article that reported African-American girls are 50% more likely than white girls to be bulimic. The study out of the University of Southern California says that:

  • Black girls were 50 percent more likely than white girls to exhibit bulimic behavior, including both binging and purging. About 2.6 percent of black girls were clinically bulimic, compared to 1.7 percent of white girls. Overall, approximately 2.2 percent of the girls surveyed were clinically bulimic, close to the national average.
  • Girls from families in the lowest income bracket were significantly more likely to experience bulimia than their wealthier peers. 

I call BS on this one! It’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve been a teen, but I know for a fact that black girls are not binging and purging 50% more than white girls simply because our notion of body image is completely different than other cultures. There are a lot of problems in the black community that affect teenage girls, but this ain’t one of them.

What do you think?

Kajeet Cell Phone for Kids — A Must-Have

Since I grew up in the days predating cell phones I have always been skeptical about getting a cell phone for my children. My oldest, who is nine now, is getting to the point where she can work the TV much better than I can, so conceivably she could masterfully use a cell phone as well. So, we sat down and tried out the new kajeet cell phone for kids. She loved it and I did, too.

The Sanyo Katana cell phone from kajeet, which retails for $99.99, has a huge display screen and large keys, which are great for easy usability and fast functionality. Plus, here’s the thing: It’s pay as you go, so your kids won’t run up a $600 bill by talking to their friends for hours about nothing or texting to their heart’s content without realizing that text messages cost money! Parents can set up a budget for the phone that effectively limits the amount of extras kids can download like games, ring tones and wallpaper. And kids and parents can have a co-account which allows children, particularly teens, the opportunity to pay for some of the services they use or learn this valuable lesson in money matters: Cell phones and the extras that come with them are not free.

The kajeet Sanyo Katana also comes equipped with all the features kids love like a digital camera, voicemail, and speakerphone. Plus, the Katana comes with Bluetooth technology allowing kids the fun of hands-free communication.

The kajeet Sanyo Katana cell phone is a great gift for the holidays. But most importantly, it puts your kid’s cell phone use back in your hands while giving them valuable talking privileges at the same time.

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New Magazine For Tween Girls — Minus the Sexual Messages

My oldest daughter is nine and Lord knows it is getting increasingly harder for me to buy clothes, books and other media that strike her attention, but doen’t have soft-sex messages. Do you know how frustrating that is for a concerned mom? Very!

That is why I am so excited about this brand new magazine for tween girls called Kiki. It’s intelligent, sans the sexual banter, and appeals to girls who like art and fashion. My girls are going to love it. In fact, Kiki is aimed at “girls with style and substance” — a magazine after my own heart.

Kiki magazine debuts next month and is already shaping up to be a big hit among mothers who are tired of all of the sexual messages and the perpetual glamorization of wayward celebs.

Created by a mother of girls, Jamie Bryant, who has both publishing and textbook experience, Kiki magazine is a full-color, high quality magazine that will compete with other teen mags on the market.

“Kiki is first and foremost a fun fashion magazine and creativity journal for girls,” Bryant says. “But at the same time, it’s also a publication of real substance and value, something parents and kids can both feel really good about.”

Bryant also notes that Kiki Magazine is as unique in what it doesn’t feature as in what it does. “We’re leaving out what most teen-magazine publishers consider must-have content. There’s no gossip, no boyfriends, no sensuality, no instructions on how to kiss, no tips on getting sexy abs,” she says. “We don’t miss it. Parents don’t miss it. And, perhaps most of all, our readers certainly don’t miss being bombarded with mature themes they’re not ready to tackle.”

One year subscriptions are $24, not bad for start-up!

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Lack of Discretion and Intelligence in Schools

I probably sound like a homeschooling elitist, but when I read stories like this, I can’t help but come off a little snobby. I mean, when will the madness stop?

Teachers stage fake gun attack on kids.

Staff members of an elementary school staged a fictitious gun attack on students during a class trip, telling them it was not a drill as the children cried and hid under tables.

Why would teachers even do this? Whose bright idea was it and why isn’t he/she fired yet?

And, did you know that dropout rates are reaching 50%, mostly affecting minority and low-income students? Urban areas are rife with low expectations for students, a lack of leadership, and hardly any resources at all when compared to their suburban counterparts. So, what are we to do? As black parents, we have to make some changes. Some of us are homeschooling and others of us are taking parental responsibilities for making sure our children are receiving a good education, but is it enough?

With this said, the iBlackParenting blog will from this point onward be focused mainly on education and education reform. As black parents, we need an avenue to voice our opinions, make improvements and try to repair the system.

Prom Dresses at an Affordable Price

When shopping for prom gowns, teenage girls often feel they have only two choices: expensive name brands, or discount knock-offs. Not true, according to Value City Department Stores, where shoppers will find a vast selection of name brand high-fashion, glamorous dresses at prices 20% – 70% below department store prices.

From princess ballroom dresses to hourglass-shaped; Value City has the season’s hottest looks, high voltage colors, and fantastic prices.

“In your effort to find the perfect dress, dress for fit as well as fashion”, says Value City Spokesperson, Anne Evans. “A style that’s too tight or not fitted may be distracting. Shop one store that offers the latest looks, then relax and enjoy the party!”

Source: Value City Department Stores

Helping Black Children

Leonard Pitts Jr, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist in Miami, is asking for viable solutions to help black children and we want to start here.

He’s put out a call for viable, well thought out solutions that can help black children be better educated, live in less poverty, not be enmeshed in violence of all sorts, and overall lead productive lives. He wants to hear real solutions from readers and over the course of this year, he will write about and highlight the ones he thinks will, are and might work. Incidentally, his column runs in over 250 newspapers all over the country, so this idea can really affect real change and that’s promising.

He featured the first solution today: the Harlem Children’s Zone, “a 97-square-block network of schools, social services and teen outreach programs.” From the article, the program seems to be working in the favor of black children and their families and other cities have plans to create their own zones for poor children and their families.

We’d like to know the solutions you think would help black children in this country better succeed instead of being on a fast track to incarceration and poverty. Leave your comments and we’ll send a collective letter to Leonard Pitts Jr from the iBlackParenting Blog.