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If you are traveling to Los Angeles from now through the end of the year you can take advantage of their TRAVEL LITE package. I love W Hotels! Last year I visited the W Hotel in midtown Atlanta as well as the W in Times Square and love them! If you have never stayed at a W hotel you won’t be disapppointed!

Starting at $699, the TRAVEL LITE  package includes:

  • A luxurious stay in a Mega Suite (ooh, nice!)
  • Quinny Modd Stroller for use during your stay (fantastic when you don’t want to lug a stroller with you when you travel)
  • Welcome Basket with a Skip Hop Bib, Baby Einstein Rainstick Pal, and $25 gift card to Traveling Tikes (what a nice touch and will keep the littel ones occupied)
  • Choice of 4 hours of babysitting service, or full day poolside cabana rental (I’d go with the cabana rental. You can never go wrong there!)
  • $100 Food and Beverage Credit at NINETHIRTY and The Backyard Restaurants (food = YES!)
  • Complimentary valet and WiFi (I love this because Wifi and valet services can add up!)

This travel package from the W Los Angeles is perfect for out-of-towners as well as those who live in LA or nearby.

Learn more at www.wlosangeles.com/travellite

10 Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

iStock_000006627762XSmallAlthough the school year has just begun parent-teacher conferences are quickly approaching. One of the perpetual complaints you hear from parents and teachers when a child is struggling is a disconnect between one other. When a child is having problems in school parents tend to blame teachers and teachers blame parents, but these problems can be addresses early and remedied with the cooperation of teachers and parents.

Donna Henderson, professor of counseling at henderson1Wake Forest University, says, “A good attitude and a spirit of cooperation are the keys to successful parent-teacher conferences. Go in with an attitude of collaboration and a mindset that everybody is working toward the same goal.”

Henderson gives 10 tips on how to ensure a successful parent-teacher conference.

1. Start off on the right foot by asking teachers what excites them about teaching a particular age group or subject. Providing an opportunity for teachers to share some of their enthusiasm for what they do sets a positive tone for the discussion.

2. Parents should keep their children involved by asking them what they would like discussed with a teacher and then providing feedback after the conference. Ultimately, the child must assume responsibility for learning, while adults assume the responsibility for creating and enhancing those opportunities.
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Lauren Child’s Latest Story: Who Wants to be a Poodle?

Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don't Who Wants to Be a Poodle I Don’t by Lauren Child

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Lauren Child is a genius children’s book author and illustrator. That is truly a rare gift in the saturated literary world, and a boon to those of us who love well-written stories our children can enjoy.

Known for her Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola series, Child ventured into another genre of storytelling with a stand-alone book about a poodle who hated being a dog that’s lavished upon. She hated the expensive dog food, puppy salon treatments, doggy manicures and the like. All she wanted to do was jump in puddles, get dirty and chase after newspapers.

Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t is not only a stellar story with a relevant moral, but the illustrations are wonderfully displayed throughout as well.

My youngest daughter, who is a budding artist herself, was drawn to the embossed cover and the art inside, for the illustrations are not simply your run-of-the-mill variety. Child draws her signature illustrations, but uses fabric to decorate everything from expensive dresses and shoes to posh lampshades and opulent floor-length curtains.

Who Wants to be a Poodle? I Don’t is a must-buy for Lauren Child fans and for any parent whose child relishes beautiful and unique illustrations in a children’s book.

Candlewick Press also offers an activity kitfor the book with puzzles, games, and drawing exercises.

Ages 4-8

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