PBS, Proper Grammar, Grabbing Cookies & Being Involved

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Pulling the Plug on PBS

~:: Angela Santomero of Angela’s Clues ::~

Long before Mitt Romney announced that he’d take a pass on federally funding PBS, there has been much back and forth on this issue. It’s prompted me to think about what the world would be like without PBS…because let’s face it, if it’s not assisted by the public, the agenda is different and it’s no longer the Public Broadcasting System.


I would not be who I am today without PBS.




ABOUT ANGELA: Angela has been changing the way children watch TV for over 15 years. She is a Founding Partner & Chief Creative Officer of Out of the Blue Enterprises LLC, overseeing all creative development with the vision to bring educational entertainment to a whole new level.

Angela Santomero is the Lead Creator, Executive Producer and Head Writer for Nick Jr.’s landmark preschool show Blue’s Clues. Malcolm Gladwell referred to it as “One of the stickiest TV shows EVER made” in his book, The Tipping Point. Her ability to integrate education, entertainment & active participation helped make Blue’s Clues a breakthrough program.

Currently, Angela is the Creator, Executive Producer & Head Writer of the Emmy-nominated and #1 ranked preschool show, Super Why!, which helps build literacy skills through fractured fairytales & interactive games. She recently unveiled her latest, (the Mister Rogers’ spin off) Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood this week. She presently hosts PBS’ The Parent Show at PBSparents.org.

Angela is a Peabody Award Winner for Outstanding Children’s Programming, a Gold & Silver Parents Choice Awards recipient & has been nominated for over 35 Emmy Awards. Her blog, AngelasClues.com, approaches Parenting from her vantage point as a successful childrens’ media creator, to assist parents with the most important job of all!

For more information on parenting, kids & media, join Angela over on her blog at Angela’s Clues or via TwitterFacebook or Pinterest.

“Irregardless” and Other Non-Words

~:: Multiple Mayhem Mamma ::~

“Irregardless,” and “ain’t” aren’t words, but you wouldn’t know this based on the grammar used by many of our children. Spelling is also becoming a lost skill, as the world of text messaging and acronyms invade our children’s daily life.

It’s easy to blame our society and technology on our kids’ apparent lack of knowledge with these important skills. After all, things have changed over the years, haven’t they? We’re not as strict and formal with language as we used to be, so spelling and grammar shouldn’t matter, should it?

The answer is “yes,” it should and it does. First impressions count and are lasting. This fact could be a major issue when our kids get older and try to find a job without the spelling and grammatical skills required. What’s a parent to do?




ABOUT SAMANTHA: Samantha Kemp-Jackson is a parenting writer, blogger, senior communications consultant and the married working mother of four children who range in age from mid-twenties to three (the latter two being identical twin boys). The voice behind the popular parenting blog Multiple Mayhem Mamma, she focuses on topics and issues that resonate with her audience of (primarily) moms, from a lighthearted yet real perspective. She has also written a number of articles about more serious topics that have provided thoughtful insight to her readers.

Samantha has written for a number of high-profile publications including the Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Ricki Lake Show Magazine (2012), The Huffington Post & SavvyMom.ca (where she’s a regular featured blogger at both outlets), Babble.com, iVillage.ca and many others. She is also a regular broadcast media personality, having regularly appeared on Canada AM, CH Morning Live, Rogers Daytime Toronto (regular appearances), Global News Morning Show, CBC Here and Now, as well as Newstalk 1010 and CJAD 800 to name a few. Samantha is currently working on a book based on her blog and hopes to have it published in 2013.

Follow Samantha on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.

Why sometimes it doesn’t pay to try and be sneaky

~:: Wrinkled Mommy ::~

There’s a time in every mother’s life when her needs must be met. She has bathed kids, poured juice, bandaged boo-boos, picked up toys for the 100th time that day, broken up 23 arguments SO FAR, and has heard MAMA 458 times and it’s only 1:30 PM. Sometimes, though, getting our needs met is not that easy.


ABOUT DEBBIE: Debbie blogs at Wrinkled Mommy about life and parenting. She uses humor and illustrations frequently in order to explain the chaos that occurs from being a mom of six, including one set of triplets.

She left her corporate Senior Account Analyst career, to stay home and be a servant to her insubordinate offspring. In her spare time she enjoys…never mind, she has no spare time.

Follow Wrinkled Mommy’s delusional journey via Facebook, RSS Reader and Twitter. She is also on Pinterest which is not a good thing for a crafty-challenged mom like herself. But, whatever.

It’s Never Too Late To Get Involved

~:: Good Day, Regular People ::~

Every day on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, in magazines, on television, the radio, there is some guilt-producing mass message about HOW WE ARE FAILING OUR CHILDREN! How the internet and iPhones and our instant access to other adults has taken us away from where our time should be spent – down on the floor in eye-to-eye contact with the pieces of our heart that walk around outside of our bodies – the children we adore.

We can’t win. If we dedicate ourselves too much, we’re told to develop a fulfilling interest and get a life. If we decide to go get that life, we’re told to get back down on that rug and play that ninth round of Candy Land.

Can’t win.



ABOUT ALEXANDRA: Alexandra is a first generation American who writes memoir and humor for various writing websites. She posts on her personal blog Good Day, Regular People of life in a small town as the mother of three boys. Alexandra was named a 2011 BlogHer Voice of The Year/Humor and 2012 Most Interesting Blogger and Best Female Blogger by Studio30Plus, an online writing community. She proudly presented alongside Molly Ringwald as part of the nationally acclaimed The Moth Live Storyteller’s Tour, and not once asked her about the dress in Pretty in Pink.

Alexandra Rosas, www.gooddayregularpeople.com and on Facebook and Twitter.

BlogHer 2011 Voice of The Year/Humor


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