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The Art of Parenting: Stepparents and their Stepkids

I just found this great article about Stepparents and their stepchildren on Huffington Post. Kudos to all the stepparents who work extra hard to take care of their loved one’s children – in some cases even more than some “real” parents.
What are your experiences with your stepchildren or stepparents? Feel free to share them in the comment section!

Here’s an extract of the article:

Every stepparent remembers the moment they finally earned their stepkids’ seal of approval. It’s a meaningful moment — as any stepparent can tell you, a stepchild’s trust can be hard won, sometimes taking years and years to gain.

On Friday, Redditor Jedi_Hog shared his shiningest moment as a stepparent — in meme form. Take a look here:


The stepdad’s success story won over Reddit, with fellow stepparents and stepkids weighing in with their personal stories in the comments.

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This is way too far away from me, but if you happen to be in Ho Chi Minh City during the summer months, you gotta check this out. Great cause!

Yan Lerval Digital

Hello everybody,
Saigon Kids is the name of my new photo exhibition that I am very proud to hold at “My Place” in HCMC. This exhibition is in honor of the work of koto, a non-for-profit hospitality training organization that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam.


For more information on its program, restaurants and other services, please visit www.koto.com.au
The exhibition will be held from June 17th to September 16th 2012. Pictures are on sale and all profits will be donated to Koto.

So if you are in HCMC next Sunday, June 17th at 5:00pm, I would be very pleased to meet you at our opening cocktail in My Place, 195 Dien Bien Phu, (Angle of Hai Ba Trung and Dien Bien Phu streets), District 3, HCMC. www.myplace.com.vn

Well, I hope to see you there 🙂

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Actual Children’s Answers to The Question “What Is Love?”

I’ve recently imported my Tumblr posts here and this is what I found among my old reblogs. Unfortunately it’s an old post and I can’t track back the source. In case you know where it came from, please comment this post with the URL. Thanks!

Actual Children’s Answers to The Question “What Is Love?”

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” – Chrissy, age 6 

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” – Terri, age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” – Danny, age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” – Emily, age 8

“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” – Bobby, age 7

“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” – Nikka, age 6

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Japan: Mental care centers planned for kids orphaned by disaster

The welfare ministry decided Wednesday to set up mental health care centers for children who lost parents to the March disaster in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, ministry sources said.

The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has concluded that such facilities are necessary to enlist more psychiatrists and provide thorough care to more than 1,500 children now without one or both parents.

The program will be financed by ¥2.7 billion earmarked for that purpose in the first extra budget following the disaster.

Among children aged 17 and younger, there were 234 orphans as of Aug. 31 — 93 in Iwate, 120 in Miyagi and 21 in Fukushima.

Another 1,295 children lost one parent — 445 in Iwate, 711 in Miyagi and 139 in Fukushima.

The ministry believes their mental condition could take a turn for the worse over time.

However, there are only about 300 child psychiatrists in Japan and many child counseling centers are also short of mental caregivers. To make up for the shortage, the new care centers will create a system to bring together local school counselors, experts at child counseling offices, pediatricians and volunteers to exchange information.

A care team will be formed in each municipality to continue offering help while monitoring the mental health of the children, who have moved in with relatives or begun living with only one parent.

The mental health care centers will also conduct study sessions and provide on-the-job training for caregivers, including counselors and volunteers, to enhance the quality of the care services.


Can Facebook Ruin Your Child's Brain? (via Techland)

In a post on his Guardian blog, Martin Robbins admonishes some flimsy science in an article from the Daily Mail. The title of the article in question pretty much says it all: "Facebook and Twitter are creating a vain generation of self-obsessed people with child-like need for feedback, warns top scientist." The article posits that Twitter, Facebook and even computer games can "rewire" a child's brain in such a way that "can result in reduced conc … Read More

via Techland

Please Help! Child Survival At Stake In Eastern Africa

UNICEF urgently requires US$31.8 million for the next three months to provide humanitarian support to crisis affected children and women in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti

The Horn of Africa is facing a severe crisis due to the convergent effects of the worst droughts in decades, a sharp rise in food prices, and the persistent effects of armed conflict in Somalia, which has combined to trigger one of the sharpest refugee outflows in a decade to Kenya and Ethiopia. Over ten million people are at high risk including 2.85 million persons in Somalia, 3.2 million in Ethiopia and 3.5 million in Kenya.

• Urgent life-saving actions are needed to prevent the deaths of an estimated 480,000 severely malnourished children in drought affected Kenya, Somalia Ethiopia, and Djibouti. A further 1,649,000 children are moderately malnourished. All crisis affected persons are at high risk of disease outbreaks including measles, acute watery diarrhoea and pneumonia

• Full funding will ensure that vulnerable women and children will:

– receive treatment for severe acute malnutrition through provision of Ready- to-Use-Therapeutic Food at community level or at therapeutic feeding centers
– gain access to clean water through the repair of pumping stations, digging of boreholes, chlorination of water sources and water trucking
– receive vaccines against measles, polio and other deadly diseases
– resume education through temporary learning spaces and school-in-a-box kits

Find more information here:UNICEF_Humanitarian_Action_Update_-_Horn_of_Africa_crisis_-_8_July_2011

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