HFVS Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Sky Episode with Guest DJ, Suzanne Jamieson Selmo

Suzanne Jamieson Selmo celebrates the SKY and everything in it. She takes us through a whole day, from waking up with the sun to going to bed with the stars and the moon…and lots of fun stuff in between. She threads through poetry, history, and science into the hour and showcases a variety of music… from old classics to modern pop, jazz standards to popular children’s music. It’s a celebration of the sky with great tunes! — www.suzannejamiesonselmo.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 21st & 22nd, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  Caspar Babypants- “Bird in an Airplane Suit” [Rise and Shine!]


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PLAYLIST

1. Hilary Duff- “Wake Up” [Most Wanted]
2. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Here Comes the Sun” [Shine]
3. Caspar Babypants- “Bird in an Airplane Suit” [Rise and Shine!]
4. Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights- “My Butterfly” [What a Zoo!]
5. Laurie Berkner- “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz)” [Buzz Buzz]
6. Taylor Swift- “Superman” [Superman-Single]
7. The Beatbuds- “When the Rain Falls Down” [The Beatbuds, Volume 1]
8. Lesley Gore- “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” [20th Century Masters: The Millenium
Collection]
9. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole- “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” [Alone in IZ World]
10. Selena Gomez- “When the Sun Goes Down” [When the Sun Goes Down]
11. Katy Perry- “Firework” [Teenage Dream]
12. Jack Johnson- “Constellations” [In Between Dreams]
13. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Moonlight in Vermont” [Shine]
14. The Marcels- “Blue Moon” [The Marcels-Single]
15. Suzanne Jamieson Selmo- “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)]

HFVS with Guest DJ, Julianna Bright from Cat Doorman (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Guest DJ, Julianna Bright from Cat Doorman

Julianna Bright, the Portland based artist and musician and mom with the kids’ music moniker Cat Doorman gathers together a passel of tunes from her family’s record collection, dotting the playlist with a few tunes from her recent release Cat Doorman Songbook. Other songs hop from Andalusia to Paris, from the 1930’s through today with a common thread of playfulness and joy. – www.catdoorman.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 7th & 8th, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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PLAYLIST 

  • Burl Ives – Buckeye Jim, Burl Ives Sings Little White Duck (And Other Children’s Favorites)
  • Ty Segall – Lovely One, Lemons
  • The Dixie Cups – Iko Iko, Iko Iko
  • Cat Doorman – Inspiration, Songbook
  • John Holt – Ali Baba, Best of John Holt
  • Charity Bailey – Hey Betty Martin, Songs to Grow On
  • Mooollar – Toroslar, Andolu Pop
  • The Kinks – Phenomenal Cat, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society
  • Hélène Baillargeon and Alan Mills – Ah! Mon Beau Château, Chantons en Francais; Vol. 1
  • Django Reinhardt – Nagasaki – Et Le Quintette Du Hot Club De France
  • Cat Doorman – Two Old Shoes – Songbook
  • The New Seekers – Free to Be You and Me, Free to Be You and Me
  • The Zombies – This Will be Our Year, Odyssey and Oracle
  • The Incredible String Band – Log Cabin Home in the Sky, Wee Tam & the Big Huge
  • Lead Belly – Rock Island Line, Songs to Grow On
  • Deerhoof – The Eyebright Bugler, Reveille
  • Wire – Outdoor Miner, Chairs Missing
  • Alan Mills – Animal Alphabet Song, Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Music Collection
  • Cat Doorman – So Many Words, Songbook
  • Small Faces – The Hungry Intruder, Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake
  • The Ink Spots – Pork Chops and Gravy, If I Didn’t Care
  • The Staple Singers – Wade in the Water, Freedom Highway
  • Francoise Hardy – Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles, The Vogue Years

HFVS with Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf (Podcast/Radio Show)

Hilltown Family Variety Show

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Guest DJ, Danny Weinkauf

Danny brings a life long friend and occasional writing partner Francis X. Busso as a guest. Themes are friendship, songs that we remember from childhood and songwriting ideas. — www.dannyweinkauf.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
January 31st & February 1st, 2015
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

“Champion of the Spelling Bee” from Danny Weinkauf’s album No School Today. Video by Vanessa Appleby.


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PLAYLIST

1. Johnny Cash – “I Walk the line” (With his Hot and Blue Guitar)
2. Danny Weinkauf – “Botony” (Unreleased song)
3. Randy Newman – “You’ve got a Friend in me” (Toy Story)
4. Sammy Davis Jr. – “The Candy man” (The Definitive Collection)
5. Cat Stevens – “If you want to sing out” (Gold)
6. Danny Weinkauf – “Only One You” (Unreleased song)
7. David Bowie – “Op.67 the bird” (David Bowie narrates Peter and the Wolf)
8. They Might Be Giants – “Music Jail part 1&2” (Dial a song 2015)
9. Danny Weinkauf – “It’s Your Birthday” (Single)
10. The Pop Ups – “All these Shapes” (Appetite for Construction)
11. Danny Weinkauf – “Together We Can Fly” (No School Today)
12. Danny Weinkauf – “Ambivalent” (No School Today)
13. The Beatles “With a Little help from my friends” (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band)

Let’s Play: A Tribute to Friendship

What to Play? by Carrie St. John

Forest People in Massachusetts and Michigan

This October I am paying tribute to one of my college roommates. I first met, Erica, Labor Day weekend 1991. Twenty-three years ago. I was starting my sophomore year at the University of Michigan School of Art. Erica and her two assigned roommates, Katie and Ellen, were two doors down the hall in a converted triple. This means three freshman are mushed into a double room. Lots of freshman entered the Residential College that year ready to start an intensive language program on top of their regular major. As the year progressed, I was amazed at how they made that tiny room work for three while becoming life long friends. I was in and out of my single room odd hours staying up late juggling studio work, academics and my job downstairs in our dorm. Those three women at the end of the hall were a definite bright spot during a very stressful year.

I learned early that Erica was excellent with kids. Some people just have the “kid thing.” Erica was one of them. She watched little ones for extra spending money. When my niece or nephew visited on siblings weekends (I was the youngest of five, so no little sibs to bring), Erica just had the ability to talk with them and help them fit right in with our house full of crazy college women. Read the rest of this entry »

Let Them Grow: Helping Toddlers Form Authentic Friendships

Let Them Grow by Candice Chouinard

Fostering Friendships for Toddlers

By encouraging your toddler to be a good friend, they will make good friends and have lasting meaningful relationships into their later years and even adulthood!

Watching toddlers and preschoolers grow and mature is a beautiful and amazing thing. It is such a small window and one day it swings open and the toddler who was waddling and whopping with his friends just six months ago, is now the preschooler with a strong moral compass and a kind heart. It is remarkable how fast this transformation can be and it is even more incredible to be apart of it. Watching early friendships form, fostering a child natural longing for meaningful relationships, is awe-inspiring and humbling at the same time.

Laying the Groundwork: The Foundation of Friendships

Younger toddlers do not yet have the ability to see the world from others perspective. So often it is hard for them to play “with” other children. They often play “alongside” them instead. It’s not that they don’t like or care for one another, it’s just where they are developmentally. Children even at birth love one another; love spending time together.  We are social creatures; it is what we do. Put two infants face to face and anyone can see how that interaction is special in itself. However, babies and young toddler haven’t really developed a sense of what is a friendship. It is not a give and take yet; it is more a large game of take. Read the rest of this entry »

HFVS Nature Science Episode with Guest DJ, Birdie Mendoza (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Nature Science Episode
with Guest DJ, Birdie Mendoza

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Birdie Mendoza of Birdie’s Playhouse guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show with a Nature Science Episode!  Birdie plays some of her favorite nature and science songs ranging from reggae master Bob Marley to kindie stars such as Lucky Diaz and They Might be Giants, to female kids music masters such as Lori Henriques, DidiPop and Moona Luna. Learn about zeroes, H2O, squirrels, butterflies, dolphins, sea turtles and more. – www.birdiesplayhouse.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 12th & 13th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Aaron Nigel Smith & One World Children’s Chorus rock the Bob Dylan classic, “Man Gave Names to All the Animals,” with Laurie Berkner, Lucky Diaz & Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.


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PLAYLIST

  • Bob Marley “Misty Morning” [Kaya]
  • The Pop Ups “The Bat” [Radio Jungle]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “I’m a Toucan” [Move Like an Animal]
  • They Might Be Giants “Zeroes” [Here Come the 123s]
  • Roger Day “Concentration” [Why Does Gray Matter]
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band “Squirrely the Squirrel” [A Potluck!]
  • Tito Puente “Ran-Kan-Kan” [The Best of Tito Puente]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “Monarch Butterflies” [Move Like an Animal]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “Dolphins” [Move Like an Animal]
  • Gustafer Yellowgold “Pinecone Lovely” [ Have You Never Been Yellow?]
  • Greg & Steve “Animal Action I” [Kids in Motion]
  • Artichoke “Aardvark” [26 Animals]
  • Birdie’s Playhouse “Sea Turtles” [Move Like an Animal]
  • Lori Henriques “Dinosaur” [The World is a Curious Place to Live]
  • Dan Zanes and Friends “Mariposa Olé” [Catch That Train]
  • Moona Luna “H2O” [Science Fair]
  • DidiPop “Mango” [DidiPop Goes to Hawaii]
  • Aaron Nigel Smith & One World Chorus “Man Gave Names” [Welcome to the Village!]

HFVS Book & Story Songs Episode with Guest DJ, Nina Stone (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Book & Story Songs Episode
with Guest DJ, Nina Stone

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Guest DJ, Nina Stone (aka Miss Nina) explores the elements of story and song through her show’s theme: Book Songs & Story Songs. This show is a compilation of songs from children’s books, songs inspired by children’s books, or story songs both fiction and non-fiction. It’s an eclectic mix of songs ranging from the 1970s to today, by a varied list of artists such as Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods, Dolly Parton, and Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
October 5th & 6th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Photos of the book This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt with Miss Nina’s song “This Jazz Man” from her CD Singing & Dancing Together. mymissnina.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Jeanie B! & The Jelly Beans – “When You Open A Book” [Sugar Buzz]
  • Miss Nina – “The Brown Bear Rap” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods – “Billy Don’t Be A Hero” [Rockin’ 70s; Vol. 2]
  • Terri Thurman Finck – “Senor Don Gato” [Galliump! Folk Songs and New Favorites]
  • Wrinkle & The Time Machine – “Space Turtle”
  • Miss Nina – “How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Alan Alda & Marlo Thomas – “William’s Doll” [Free To Be You And Me]
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights (featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) – “Froggie Went A Courtin'” [What A Zoo]
  • Ivan Ulz – “The Carrot Seed” [Songs From The Old School]
  • Peter, Paul & Mary – “Puff The Magic Dragon” [The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary]
  • The Charlie Daniels’ Band – “Devil Went Down To Georgia” [A Decade of Hits]
  • Miss Nina – “Wild Things” [Sha Doo Be Doop]
  • Dolly Parton – “Coat of Many Colors” [16 Biggest Hits; Dolly Parton]
  • Monty Harper – “Villa Villakula Hula” [Paws Claws Scales & Tales]
  • Miss Nina – “This Jazz Man” [Singing & Dancing Together]
  • Eric Stolz – Snuggle Puppy [Philadelphia Chickens]

HFVS Friendship Episode with Guest DJ, Little Miss Ann (Radio Show/Podcast)

Hilltown Family Variety Show
Friendship Episode
with Guest DJ, Little Miss Ann

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This week on the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Little Miss Ann is our guest DJ. Little Miss Ann has handpicked songs about Friendship. Enjoy this selection of songs that covers everything from how to make new friends, enjoying adventures with friends, playing with friends in different seasons, and having that one special best friend. Come along and listen to some new and old songs about friendship! – www.littlemissann.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
September 28th & 29th, 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Little Miss Ann performing”You Are My Sunshine” live at KDHX.


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PLAYLIST

  • Dan Zanes and Cynthia Hopkins – “Surround by Friendship” (House Party)
  • Suzi Shelton – “Smile in my Heart” (Tomboy in a Princess Dress)
  • Little Miss Ann – “Take me for who I am” (Walk with Me)
  • Baze and his Silly Friends – “Hi, Hello, How are You?” (One Little Smile)
  • Cat Stevens – “Don’t be Shy” (Footsteps in the Dark)
  • New Beard – “My People are Around” (New Beard City)
  • Karen O and the Kids – “All is Love” (Where the Wild Things are)
  • Pete Seegar -“Mail Myself to you” (We Shall Overcome – The Complete Carnegie Hall Concert (Live))
  • Little Miss Ann – “Clap for Love” (Clap for Love)
  • Future Hits – “Sign by the Sea” (Songs for Learning)
  • Frances England – “Bicycle Built for Two” (Blink of an Eye)
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – “Invisible Friend” (A Potluck)
  • Lunch Money – “It only takes one night to make a balloon your friend” (Dizzy)
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “Lovely Day” (Sunny Day)
  • Egg – “Summertime Friend” (Hard Boiled)
  • Jeff Weisfeld and Little Miss Ann – “Honey Bear Ham” (Walk with Me)
  • Charlie Hope – “Best Friends” (Let’s Go Play!)
  • Renee and Jeremy- “BFF” (C’mon)
  • Little Miss Ann – “Walk with Me” (Walk with Me)

Our Daughters: Your Daughter’s Online Social World

The BFF 2.0 Tour: Welcome to Your Daughter’s Social World Online

What is your daughter doing there, hunched in front of a computer, phone beeping to one side, mp3 player buzzing to the other, earbuds streaming music or video or the latest drama? Do you ever feel like she’s in another world, one you don’t understand, are too old for, or can’t figure out?

Welcome to BFF 2.0, your daughter’s online social world… I’m taking parents on a tour. Don’t worry: this tour has no technical information whatsoever. I’m going to speak in real English and keep it simple. I’m offering some big picture points about why girls are so obsessed with social media and why so much of it is making them anxious and insecure.

Stand on the edge of any playground and you’ll see a scene play out day after day: most boys play games, and most girls linger on the edges to talk. The same is true online: social media is social, and girls use technology to connect and share. Check these stats out:

  • Girls typically send and receive 50 more texts a day than boys.
  • Girls ages 14-17 are the most active, churning through 100 texts a day on average.
  • Girls are more likely than boys to carry their phones on them at all times.

It wasn’t always this way. In the beginning, technology helped connect girls. It was an adjunct to relationship, filling the gaps of contact that opened up between home and school. Today, technology is part of relationship itself. With gadgets more portable and accessible, the average kid ages 8-18 spends up to 8 hours a day using an electronic device. Girls move fluidly between virtual and spoken conversation, texting to each other in the same car and conducting real and virtual conversations simultaneously.

Real life is frequently experienced as a new opportunity to post or share online. A high school girl told me that the phrase “take a picture of me” now simply means, “put it on Facebook.” Another girl told me, “People go to parties in college with the intention of just having [Facebook] pictures for the night. If someone makes a joke at a party, a person will be like, oh my God, that’s the perfect title for my album.” And in 2009, a teen told Teen Vogue, “You’re not dating until you change your relationship status on Facebook.” A year later, “FBO,” or Facebook Official, became the new measure of dating legitimacy.

Many parents suspect that what’s happening online is some crazy, altogether foreign world than the one you know your daughter to inhabit. Think again. All social media does is magnify the feelings and dynamics that were there all along. In the real world, girls are obsessed with their relationships. They know a big part of their status is defined by who they sit next to, which parties they get invited to, and who they count as a “best friend.”

The same thing is happening online. Every time her phone beeps, or someone “likes” her status on Facebook, she gets a tangible message about how well (or not) her relationships are doing. Today, a socially aspirational girl must be vigilant about not only what happens in real life, but her virtual reputation — and on a new, uncharted plane of connection and coolness. That girl sitting at her laptop, working three machines at once? She’s doing a new kind of social work. It takes time, and it takes access.

That’s why girls claim they “don’t exist” if they lack a Facebook account. This is why parents sleep with confiscated laptops under their pillows; they know their daughters will do anything to get them back. And this is why girls show levels of rage and anxiety hence unseen when they lose phone or online privileges. It is precisely the value that girls place on their access to technology that illuminates its position at the heart of girls’ relationships.

But just because girls love social media doesn’t mean they know how to use it responsibly. The biggest mistake we can make is to assume that a girl “gets” technology in a way that an adult does not. Looks are deceiving. The world of BFF 2.0 has presented girls with new, unwritten rules of digital friendship, and it has posed a fresh set of social challenges.

What does a one-word text mean when someone usually types a lot? What if you and your friend are texting the same girl, but she only replies to your friend? Does she like you less? How should you handle it? Online social interactions generate situations that demand sophisticated skills. Without them, girls become vulnerable to online aggression and worse…

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Rachel Simmons ♦ Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls

Rachel Simmons writes our monthly column, Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls.  Rachel is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator and coach, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies to address bullying and empower girls. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel currently serves as a consultant to schools and organizations around the world. Rachel was the host of the recent PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and writes an advice blog for girls at TeenVogue.com. Rachel lives in western Massachusetts with her West Highland Terrier, Rosie, and teaches workshops for parents and girls in Northampton. Visit her website at www.rachelsimmons.com – Check out  Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls the last Monday of every month.

Our Daughters: The Importance of a Parent’s Empathy

Why a Parent’s Empathy is Vital for a Bullied Girl
…and Why It Often Goes Out the Window

When I did the original research for Odd Girl Out, I asked every bullied girl I interviewed to tell me what she needed most from her family. The answer truly surprised me. It wasn’t having the best solutions, calling the school or trying to act like everything was okay.

It was empathy.

Before you say, yeah, yeah, I figured that, hear me out. Now that I’ve been working with parents for a decade, I have seen up close how easy it is for empathy to go out the window. There are two reasons why parents struggle: First, when the alarm bells go off, we want to put out the fire. We assume – understandably – that we can make a child feel better by making her problem go away. Parents are habituated to this from the moment of a child’s birth: feed when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired, hold when they cry. We bypass empathy and go straight to the problem solving.

But as your daughter grows more independent, and her peer culture becomes more influential, it becomes almost impossible for you to make her problems “go away” (in my experience, most girls come to accept that long before their parents do). In fact, peer aggression is one of the first moments many parents come to that painful realization: I’m not going to be able to control her world. I can’t fix it.

Second, empathy is painful. It involves slowing down to acknowledge and think about your daughter’s feelings of hurt, rejection or sadness. This can be an anguishing experience for parents. Connecting with these emotions can make you feel powerless and overwhelmed, so it’s understandable why many parents would prefer to spring into action.

Your daughter is hungry for empathy when she is struggling socially. Remember that girls live in a peer culture that often denies or invalidates feelings: you’re being too sensitive, I didn’t do that, you took it the wrong way, I was just kidding. Still other girls are hurt by peers who deny what they’ve done in the first place. Your empathy tells your daughter, I know this happened. I know it hurt. I see you, I love you and I’m here.

An empathic response to a bullied or targeted girl might sound like this:

  • “I’m so sorry this happened.”
  • “That sounds awful.”
  • “If I were you, I would also feel really ______.”
  • “It sounds like you’re feeling pretty _______.” That makes a lot of sense.

Empathy isn’t the same thing as expressing emotions. It’s not about sharing your feelings – it can be really uncomfortable if a parent cries or loses strength at the moment her daughter needs it most. The message sent is that you need to be taken care of, not the other way around.

To help you achieve the right balance in how you respond to your daughter, think back to when she was learning to walk. If you showed fear and panic when she slipped and fell, she’d usually sense it and wail. If you chortled, “Oops! You’re okay! Up you go!” and plucked her up calmly, she probably kept on trucking. Your concern and reassurance motivated her to continue. That’s what she needs from you now. Your courage will help sustain her when she can’t access any on her own.

Empathy isn’t the only tool at your disposal, and it’s hardly the only thing you’ll do when she’s hurting. But it’s the first step, and one not to be missed.


Rachel Simmons ♦ Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls

Rachel Simmons writes our monthly column, Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls.  Rachel is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator and coach, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies to address bullying and empower girls. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel currently serves as a consultant to schools and organizations around the world. Rachel was the host of the recent PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and writes an advice blog for girls at TeenVogue.com. Rachel lives in western Massachusetts with her West Highland Terrier, Rosie, and teaches workshops for parents and girls in Northampton. Visit her website at www.rachelsimmons.com – Check out  Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls the last Monday of every month.

This post is based on sections of the newly updated and revised Odd Girl Out.To get four new chapters of anti-bullying strategies and insights for girls, parents and educators, pre-order the new OGO now!

Our Daughters: Lemon Juice in Paper Cuts

BFF 2.0: Is Technology Making You Insecure?

In the latest episode, Rachel looks at the way social networking and texting can make girls compare themselves to others..


Rachel Simmons ♦ Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls

Rachel Simmons writes our monthly column, Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls.  Rachel is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator and coach, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies to address bullying and empower girls. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel currently serves as a consultant to schools and organizations around the world. Rachel was the host of the recent PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and writes an advice blog for girls at TeenVogue.com. Rachel lives in western Massachusetts with her West Highland Terrier, Rosie, and teaches workshops for parents and girls in Northampton. Visit her website at www.rachelsimmons.com – Check out  Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls the last Monday of every month.

Our Daughters: Being Snarky Online

BFF 2.0: Is She Really Kidding? The Problem With “Joking” Online

In the latest episode of her new series on friendship and technology, Rachel talks about how “just kidding” and “no offense” can start drama online.


Rachel Simmons ♦ Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls

Rachel Simmons writes our monthly column, Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls.  Rachel is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator and coach, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies to address bullying and empower girls. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel currently serves as a consultant to schools and organizations around the world. Rachel was the host of the recent PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and writes an advice blog for girls at TeenVogue.com. Rachel lives in western Massachusetts with her West Highland Terrier, Rosie, and teaches workshops for parents and girls in Northampton. Visit her website at www.rachelsimmons.com – Check out  Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls the last Monday of every month.

Our Daughters: Using Facebook to Air Conflict

BFF 2.0: Using Status Updates to Hash Out Conflicts

In the second episode of her new series, BFF 2.0, Rachel talks about using Facebook and AIM status updates to deal with friendship problems.


Rachel Simmons ♦ Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls

Rachel Simmons writes our monthly column, Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls.  Rachel is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator and coach, Rachel works internationally to develop strategies to address bullying and empower girls. The co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, Rachel currently serves as a consultant to schools and organizations around the world. Rachel was the host of the recent PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and writes an advice blog for girls at TeenVogue.com. Rachel lives in western Massachusetts with her West Highland Terrier, Rosie, and teaches workshops for parents and girls in Northampton. Visit her website at www.rachelsimmons.com – Check out  Our Daughters: Raising Confident Girls the last Monday of every month.

Best Friends Forever Episode on HFVS (10/02/07)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW
with Sienna & Persephone

WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA
Tuesday evening @ 7pm

Best Friends Forever Episode
10/02/07 Playlist

  • Jack Johnson – “We’re Going to Be Friends” [Sing-A-Longs & Lullabies for the Film Curious George]
  • The Hipwaders – “”Watch Your Friendship Grow” [The Hipwaders]
  • Laurie Berkner – “I’m Me and You’re You” [Under a Shady Tree]
  • The Pop Rockets – “Best Friends” [Blast Off With The Pop Rockets!]
  • The Pop Rockets – “Bubbles” [Blast Off With The Pop Rockets!]
  • Ella Fitzgerald – “Chew-Chew-Chew” [Nicky’s Jazz For Kids]
  • Rebecca Frezza – “Bubble Bath Blues” [Music in My Heart]
  • Steve Weeks – “Someday” [Alphabet Songs Vol III: Rabbit Run]
  • Barney Saltzberg – “Best Friends with Jackson Browne and Vonda Shepard” [Crazy Hair Days]

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ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN

This week Persephone’s learning friendship skills in her kindergarten class. Important skills that will carry her through her life. Skills that teach communication, understanding and how to work through conflicts. (I wonder if there’s a refresher course available for parents?) To celebrate friendships, we’ve put together an episode with several songs about friends, including “Best Friends” off of The Pop Rocket’s brand new CD, Blast Off with the Pop Rockets!

CONTEST

As promised, for the next year we will be offering a chance to win a CD and T-shirt from one of our featured bands. This week’s contest features the Pop Rocket’s, and here’s what you have a chance to win:

  • Newly released CD, Blast Off with the Pop Rockets!
  • Youth size green t-shirt (Size XS 2-4) (Design above)
  • Pop Rockets poster, signed by all members of the band
  • Pop Rocket stickers

(c) Hilltown FamiliesWe like Funny Caption contests like Milkshake does on their website. Taking into account the photo displayed here (which was taken during a recent Pop Rocket’s performance in Florence, MA), the family/individual who posts the funniest caption (as determined by an expert panel of judges: Persephone, Persephone’s dad and myself) will win our Pop Rockets giveaway packet. Click here to see a larger image.

Be sure to put your email address in the proper field (it won’t be visible to the public) but please do not post links in the body of your post for it may be filtered out as spam. Deadline is midnight on 10/08/07. (And remember, this is a family radio show. Good old clean fun works best!)

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