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Checklist on How To Raise A Fantastic Family

Hello, my name is Michael and I agreed to do this guest blog for Lainie.  I’m supposed to “shed insight on how to raise well-behaved, adorable children just like [my] 2 daughters w/ sparkling personalities & great heads on their shoulders.”  Here is my advice…

Before conception

  1. Maintain good health.
  2. Choose a mate with good health that is well-behaved and adorable, with a sparkling personality and a great head!
  3. Address any outstanding issues you have (developmental,   psychological, skill deficiencies, etc.) to maximize your worthiness as a parent.
  4. Address any relationship issues you have with your chosen mate.
  5. Decide with your chosen mate whether you both want to conceive a baby.  If you do, write down why, and proceed to the next step.
  6. Make sure the father is not exposed to any environment that might affect him or his sperm adversely.
  7. Talk through the most likely worst-case pregnancy and baby scenarios with your chosen mate, and write down your agreements.  (If something unfortunate happens, you   will already have some decisions made and will be better able to handle the   situation.  If everything turns   out fine, you will be extra thankful and appreciative.)

After conception, before birth

  1. Make sure the mother is not exposed to anything that might affect her or the fetus adversely.
  2. Make sure the mother visits the OB/GYN as recommended, and follow mainstream medical advice.
  3. Talk and sing to the fetus.
  4. Find out the sex of the fetus.  (This will help get you mentally  prepared, as raising a son has some different things to think about than   raising a daughter.)
  5. Agree on a baby a name with your mate.  (This will be half as hard if you wait until step 4 is done.)
  6. Pray for good health and 20 phalanges.  (It can’t hurt!)

After birth

  1. Make sure your baby (and the nursing mother, if applicable) is not exposed to anything adverse.
  2. Nourish your baby /toddler / child with food and love.
  3. Visit the pediatrician as recommended, and follow mainstream medical advice.
  4. Have lots of fun reading with, playing with, and spending  quality time with your baby / toddler /child.
  5. Lead by example.

Good luck!

Michael is 41, lives in Texas, and stepped on his daughter’s sewing needle the other day.

*  Editor’s Note:  If only it was this easy!  But common sense and a good sense of humor help a lot!


Trying to Find the Words

My husband Scott attended the following on my behalf last week and is reporting on it below: 

On Tuesday, May 8, 2012, I attended a gala hosted by The Stuttering Foundation at the beautiful Lotus Club in New York City. The gala reception was thrown in celebration of National Stuttering Awareness Week and the Foundation’s 65th Anniversary honoring John Stossel, Fox News Channel and former 20/20 co-anchor;  Scott Damian, Author/Actor/Playwriter; Francois Goudreault, Jr., Lead Singer of Hello Kelly and Ellis Lankster, Cornerback, New York Jets, all /have overcome a stuttering problem to excel in their chosen professions.  The night even featured a live “unplugged” performance by Hello Kelly (lead singer Francois Goudreault, Jr stutters.)

“In their song Communication Breakdown, Francy and his bandmates have set to music the struggles 68 million people around the world live each day,” said Jane Fraser, president of the Stuttering Foundation. “Francy’s message and achievement amplify hope for a new generation of people who stutter.”

The Stuttering Foundation has been in existence for over 65 years.  The mission of the organization is to fund research into why people stutter as well as provide educational assistance to those who suffer from the affliction.  The foundation’s website has been visited over 45 million times by those seeking information.

While the Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech provided much awareness of the problem of stuttering, the fight to understand all the causes of this disorder continues under the leadership of this wonderful foundation.

Here’s to another 65 years and finding a cure.

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