All in Moderation! How to Maintain an Ideal Weight for Children

Growing up…I loved to EAT!  I’m from the southern Virginia and the women in my family could throw down in the kitchen!  I lived behind my grandma and within walking distance of my aunt.  The two best cooks on my dad’s side!  Usually, I ate dinner three times – at my house, my aunt’s house and my grandma’s house.  It became the norm.  As I aged, my food intake increased, as well as my weight, while my physical activity levels decreased.  During the summers, it was really bad.  Sitting around, all day, (more…)

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Increase Children’s Self-Esteem By Teaching Them the Importance of Giving Back

There’s no doubt that all parents want the absolute best for their children! The best education; the best clothes; the latest technology gadget; and, the latest video game consoles are only a few items that parents spend their hard-earned money on.  Some parents may feel like my parents did; my parents wanted me to have more than they did.  But, I ask, is this an appropriate approach?  (more…)

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How Companies Should Market To Ethnic Consumers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, minorities constitute 51% of the U.S. population.  Together, this demographic is no longer a minority and presents viable opportunities for companies to attain new consumers for their products.   The buying power of minority (i.e. ethnic) consumers has endured the recession.  As examples, (1) the nation’s Black buying power (more…)

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How Ethnic Dolls Impact Children’s Self-Esteem

The need for dolls that depict ethnic or multicultural features is essential in today’s society.  Earlier this year, The Census Bureau released estimates on the U.S. population’s growth in 2011, finding that racial and ethnic minorities made up more than half of all children born in the country, totaling 50.4%.  With this kind of statistic, one would think there would be more products specifically catering to these demographics, but that is not the case.  Don’t’ get me wrong, there are products (more…)

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The Making of a Self-Esteem Entrepreneur

Growing in a rural area, I didn’t see many items that featured someone like me. Only on hair care products, did I see girls and women that had similar facial features and hair textures like me. There definitely weren’t any black dolls that I could play with; all I had was Barbie and Ken. I do remember when the baby-version of the Cabbage Patch Kid came out; unfortunately, I was in my teens and had grown past the doll stage. (more…)

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