Archive for September, 2010

Fantastic Fall is Upon Us

Monday, September 27th, 2010

fall32I love fall. The hot temperatures of the Texas summer fade into cool, beautiful days. Summer vacation memories linger for many. Kids are adjusted into their school routines. And sports are in full swing.

Being from Dallas, sports is a big priority for a lot of people. Our Texas Rangers (baseball) clinched their Division title and have aspirations for being in the World Series. The Cowboys are hopefully getting the bugs worked out after their win over the Houston Texans this past weekend. The Dallas Stars (hockey) and Dallas Mavericks (basketball) seasons are just beginning.

The State Fair has made its annual dramatic entrance with all kinds of tempting treats, especially if you are a fried foodbig-tex fan or love to walk a huge building sporting new and concepts cars. Local art fairs, as well as other seasonal outdoor activities are numerous, including Oktoberfest.

Holidays are plentiful as well. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah are just a few celebrations. As a result, retails sales soar and food feasts and presents are uppermost in many people’s minds. For many, it is also the time of giving — giving thanks for all we have, for our family, friends and coworkers.

The fall – so much to do, so much to enjoy!

fall11I love fall. The hot temperatures of the Texas summer fade into cool, beautiful days. Summer vacation memories linger for many. Kids are adjusted into their school routines. And sports are in full swing.

Being from Dallas, sports is a big priority for a lot of people. Our Texas Rangers (baseball) clinched their Division title and have aspirations for being in the World Series. The Cowboys are hopefully getting the bugs worked out after their win over the Houston Texans this past weekend. The Dallas Stars (hockey) and Dallas Mavericks (basketball) seasons are just beginning.

The State Fair has made its annual dramatic entrance with all kinds of tempting treats, especially if you are a fried foodfall2 fan or love to walk a huge building sporting new and concepts cars. Local art fairs, as well as other seasonal outdoor activities are numerous, including Oktoberfest.

Holidays are plentiful as well. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah are just a few celebrations. As a result, retails sales soar and food feasts and presents are uppermost in many people’s minds. For many, it is also the time of giving — giving thanks for all we have, for our family, friends and coworkers.

Gender Bias in TV and Movies Is Too Common

Monday, September 20th, 2010

geenadavisWith all my research, writing and contacts in gender differences over the last 25 years, I just discovered the http://www.thegeenadavisinstitute.org/home.php Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, “See Jane.” According to Davis, they work in collaboration with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and sponsored the largest research analysis ever conducted into the content of children’s movies and television programs.

Armed with the  research, Davis’ organization works hand-in-hand with the content creators of children’s entertainment to encourage and foster improvement in the gender balance children view. Davis believes it is time to end gender bias and show more girls in children programming in productive, competent and social roles.

As a mother and grandmother of both girls and boys, I see the differences imposed on each by society, school, the workplace and the media. Television, movies and video games need to encourage healthy relationships rather than continue to portray antiquated stereotypes.

Davis wants media to play a prominent role in helping kids develop successfully as different, but equal, partners in a very gender-specific world. Neuroscientist Lisa Eliot agrees and argues for more brain research in her new book, “Pink Brain, Blue Brain: How Small Differences Grow Into Troublesome Gaps—And What We can Do About it.”

Davis is also active in women’s issues and equality. She supports the Women’s Media Center, http://womensmediacenter.com/blog/2010/09/exclusive-generation-misunderstood, among other things. She has joined Vision 2020: Celebration of American Women, campaigns for equality of women worldwide and was appointed to the California Commission on the Status of Women by Governor Schwarzenegger.

Take Time to Make Memories

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

school1School is back in session. Kids are busy with schoolwork and many extra curricular activities. Moms are busy buying school supplies, making lunches and organizing family outings to football, dancing and many other activities their children are involved in.

It’s funny, with two daughters, my daughter never thought she would have season tickets to high school football games. But when her eldest joined the high school drill team, Friday night football became part of the family schedule.

I muse at how different things are now and yet, how they are the same in many ways. Parentscheer11 still love, support and help their offspring develop from infants to teens to become productive members of society and even parents themselves.

Nonetheless, things are so different as well. When my kids were growing up, they rode bikes and climbed trees outside, rather than on a computer. They used the family phone to call friends to get together. Now they text, talk on miniature phones of tbike1heir own and utilize a multitude of technology gadgets as if they have always been here.

My son’s daughter has an athletic scholarship in swimming in college. Something not likely before Title IX. College life has changed with the times, nevertheless it still opens a whole new world to many young adults as they taste their true freedom for the first time and realize that going to classes and doing their work is their responsibility, with no parents nagging them.swim1

I love watching the changes and growth in the various generations, and look forward to watching them blossom even more as they continue to grow and thrive.

With Labor Day just behind us, I think about how hard everyone is working to stay afloat in this economy. Don’t miss out on these experiences with your children. You can’t get them back. Make memories for yourself and for them.