Saturday, July 31, 2010

Work That! Great News for Working Moms

Working moms: Raise your hand if you felt guilty when you returned to work after having your baby?  

I remember those days so vividly.  I stayed home for 3 months with my daughter and 6 months with my son.  I was fortunate that my mom took care of them during the day so I could go to work with my mind at ease knowing my baby was being loved and cared for.  I used to joke: Have pump will travel, because that black Medela backpack was almost like an appendage:)  

I tried not to feel guilty.  I found comfort in knowing that the income I received allowed us  to provide a lifestyle for our family that would serve my children well for a lifetime.  I did my best to keep the big picture in perspective.

I remember a colleague being so overwhelmed with guilt from leaving her little one at home while she commuted into the city to work everyday.  My heart ached for her.  How could such a noble thing like industry feel like the ultimate betrayal?    

The new study, "First-Year Maternal Employment and Child Development in the First 7 Years" may bring hope and much needed stress relief to working moms!  The results indicate that the positives (higher income, greater "maternal sensitivity" or responsiveness toward their children) related to moms working out of the home full-time outweigh the negatives (somewhat lower cognitive test scores) which is positive news for both mom and baby.

See link below to the Washington Post article forwarded by Chocolate Chip fan KG.  Thanks for sharing!

What do you think about the study and its results?  Stay at home moms, we want you to weigh in on this topic too.  What are the pros and cons of being a working mother?  We look forward to hearing from you...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Get Swabbed!! Shannon Needs our HELP!!

We came together and saved Jennifer Jones Austin, now Shannon needs our help!

Shannon is a talented pre-teen who was blessed to audition for The Lion King and land the role as Young Nala. This past spring, Shannon was diagnosed with Leukemia and now she is fighting for her life.

Chocolate Chip family you know the drill. You, your family and friends can help Shannon by getting swabbed to determine if you are a match to donate bone marrow. As you know African-Americans are under-represented on the bone marrow registry which makes it difficult to find a match when our people are stricken with this deadly disease. If your bone marrow can't help Shannon, it might help save someone else's life. So GET SWABBED TODAY and help save Shannon! To find out more about joining the registry check out this link:

Click below to see Shannon's story in her own words.

In memory of Mia Blanco Gatling
Wife- Mother-Friend

Is Your Child a Triple Threat??

Disney is having auditions this Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem for the roles of Simba and Nala. If your child is 9-12 years old and can sing, dance and act, they have a shot. Previous stage experience is not required.

Check out the link below for details.