Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MyBrownBaby on the Today show: Tips for Beating the Back-to-School Blues



One of my favorite writing gigs is my job as a columnist, contributing editor and Mom Squad member at Parenting magazine. The last office job I held before I became a work-at-home southerner was in Parenting's Manhattan offices, where I toiled as the features editor, assigning and editing the Ages & Stages section and some of the main features, and coordinating and writing the annual mom-tested gift guide (which earned me the affectionate title, "Big," because, like the Tom Hanks character in the hit movie, I played with toys for a living). When Nick and I decided to head South for more peaceful writing pastures, Parenting graciously hooked a girl up with the Reality Check column, which, under the capable hands of editor-in-chief Susan Kane, is now called, "Ask Denene." Every month, I give advice to more than two million moms looking for help handling their tricky, sticky parenting dilemmas; you can check out my columns in both monthly editions of Parenting—the Early Years, for moms with kids from newborns to age five, and the School Years, for moms with children ages five to 12. If you haven't given Parenting a good read lately, it's time for you to take a second look; the stories are beautifully written, super informative, and told from a heartfelt mom-to-mom perspective. There's no stuffiness here—the advice is down-to-earth and relatable.

Occasionally, Parenting brings those stories to television, and invites me to speak on the magazine's behalf in interviews on various TV shows. Yesterday, I got to mix it up with the Today show's Matt Lauer in a segment that kicked off the popular news program's "Back-to-school" series; we tackled how to help your kids shake the back-to-school jitters. Check it out:



To read Parenting's feature on conquering the back-to-school blues and other great Parenting stories, click HERE.


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20 comments:

  1. How cool! You did great! My oldest had her very first week of High School last week! Now my other daughter will start pre-k on Monday! She hasn't gone to daycare or preschool before so I am a little nervous but we get to meet the teacher this week :)

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  2. undeniable_vibe@hotmail.comAugust 25, 2009 at 3:13 AM

    Hey, you did really well on the show and I'm going to check out your column too. I'm wondering I love to write about everything and I'd like to know how did you get started writing columns? What did you major in? What are good ways to build a resume' in this field. I'm 23 and starting college kinda late. If ya have time I hope you will respond.

    Thanks

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  3. What great information! We did the whole back to school thing yesterday. It went smoothly. Now I just hope the rest of the year follows.

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  4. I caught it yesterday. You were your usual fabulous self! Great info!

    Winks & Smiles,
    Wifey

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  5. Wow - you are doing such cool stuff, Denene!!

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  6. I read your column religiously every month which is why I was so excited to find your blog last year!!! you did FAB on today!

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  7. You are soooooooo cool! Seriously, I'm jealous! haha! Awesome tips.. they could have called me too ya know, being the education reporter here in TX ;op

    You look great (as usual)!

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  8. Lookin' all FLY on TV an thangs! LOL! Very practical tips -- thanks for sharing!

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  9. Great job! We need more of this on TV (good stuff!)

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  10. You looked fabulous! Loved those shoes...and the tips ;0) Are those a size 7???

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  11. Awesome tips! I must agree with Christina Lee. I never miss what you have to say in Parenting magazines. I fell over backwards when I discovered we were in the same club! I believe it was around Christmas time of last year when I learned of your fabulous blog, and I thought What??? Denene Daily??? What a gift!

    This here blog can't ever shut down, OK? LOL!

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  12. Oh, just one more thing. How did you get every curve to fall in the right dang-on place?!

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  13. I swear I was paying attention (I sent out a tweet while I was watching http://twitter.com/IamKeonte/status/3511692946), but I couldn't help notice those awesome, purple pumps. Where did you get them?

    Great job BTW.

    Is Matt Lauer cool?

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  14. Great job as usual but I have to say I LOVE THE DRESS and the shoes, you betta work it!

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  15. We've GOT to meet! I clearly see now why Sauda connected us with each other. The energy from this website makes me feel as if I'm looking in the mirror. I'm in the beginning phase of creating a webiste myself. I'm telling you, "whosen-so-ever" hooked THIS site up, hit the bull's eye! Much love to you!

    D.Olivia

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  16. I loved your voice, warm and embracing, you combined well with your co-pilot because while you provided touchy feely tips that were also practical, she had the task master type no-nonsense approach!

    And of course, you look fabulous!!!!

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