Category: Parenting Written by Amber Bogins
Dr. Lisa Williams, CEO of World of EPI, and her newest doll - Divah Taylor
San Diego, CA (BlackNews.com) -- CEO of World of EPI, Dr. Lisa Williams, recently announced the new addition of DIVAH Taylor to the Positively Perfect doll family. Launched a few years ago, Positively Perfect Dolls were created to reflect the beauty and diversity of African American girls. "Just like a new parent I'm beaming over our new chocolate skin toned Divah Taylor," exclaimed Dr. Lisa. "She joins vanilla cream Abrielle, caramel toned Zair and Diana. Each doll is created from blended colors," she explained, and is adamant about the fact that these custom skin tones will not be found on any other dolls.
In a time when some African American girls and women, are still struggling with being accepted because of their skin tone, Dr. Lisa is creating a platform that reinforces that Black is beautiful. "I want our beautiful chocolate skinned little girls to see just how gorgeous their skin is when they play with Divah Taylor." The DIVAH Collection, which stands for Dignified, Intelligent, Vivacious, Attractive, Humanitarian, represents just a fragment of the dolls offered through the company.
"The concept for this new line started with my desire to target girls in a slightly older age group," said Dr. Lisa Williams, CEO. "I wanted young ladies to know that they are Dignified, Intelligent, Vivacious, Attractive and Humanitarians - and the Divah Collection materialized." Divah's radiate confidence and beauty. As the Positively Perfect Jingle says, "We are smart and pretty, too. We are positively perfect in all we do." When they walk into a room all heads turn, because of their outer beauty and inner grace. Diana loves to write, Abrielle is a dancer, Zair is an artist and Taylor an athlete. All are straight "A" students.
Dr. Lisa is a mom and former professor, and has always wanted to inspire the best in young people. In 2003, the World of Entertainment, Publishing and Inspiration (World of EPI) was formed with the mission of expressing joy by providing children access to dolls that encourage dreams, promote intelligence, challenge perceptions, and open their hearts to all types of beauty. The dolls on shelves are result of generations of parents, grandparents, and friends wanting to provide positive play for children. Motivated by their dreams and from Dr. Lisa's heart, Positively Perfect dolls were born. "When you take a doll, home to the amazing child in your life, present it to them with a loving kiss. In turn, I hope each doll gets tons of hugs and kisses, too," says Dr. Lisa.
Currently she serves on the Walmart Women Owned Business Executive Committee to advise Walmart on how to support and partner with more women businesses. She was also invited by State of California politicians to participate in a delegation of politicians and business executives traveling to China in the fall, and she serves on the Tuskegee Supply Chain Forum Board to help educate and inform middle school children about business and supply chain management.
Recently, Dr. Lisa was awarded Walmart's highest honor as a Visionary Awards recipient. Established in January 2006, the Visionary Awards were created to acknowledge individuals, organizations and businesses that champion diversity and inclusion. Each year a panel of judges selects the top nominee based on specific criteria in three categories. These categories include: Walmart Business Unit, Walmart Supplier and Individual or Community-Based Organization (local to NWA). The criteria by which the recipients are selected includes, but is not limited to: how the person or organization embraced the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how the person or organization has created an environment where all people have equal access and opportunities in the workplace, community and world, and how the person or organization worked to create a sustainable environment throughout the workplace, community or eco-friendly environment where others can learn from their teachings to spur positive change and leave a lasting impact. Dr. Lisa met the criteria.
You can catch Dr. Lisa and her Positively Perfect dolls on the main stage at Essence Festival which will take place from July 4th through the 7th in New Orleans, she will also be showcasing the Positively Perfect dolls, including Divah Taylor, at the Walmart Booth. For more information on Dr. Lisa, her dolls, and appearances, visit www.worldofepi.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 June 2013 10:45
Category: Parenting Written by A. Pawlowski/ TODAY contributor
You’ve heard the rap about only children: They must be lonely, spoiled and self-absorbed.
If you’re the parent of one, your family size may become the topic of speculation and conversation. Why stop at just one kid? Wouldn’t he or she be better off with siblings? What’s the matter with you?
Lauren Sandler -- who says she loved growing up without a brother or sister, and is now the mom of a 5-year-old girl -- bristles at such chatter.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 12:58
Category: Parenting Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
You’re a New Dad—Now What?
First-time fathers experience many emotions: love, responsibility, protectiveness, and even fear. And, whatever the father’s relationship is with the baby’s mother, both parents’ lives are forever changed. But it’s important to remember that while much of the attention may be on new mothers, fathers can—and do-- perform all aspects of child care (except breastfeeding).
According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), fathers of infants face special challenges. These tips, when followed, can help reduce stress and build healthy routines.
Tip #1: Learn to survive without sleep. Babies do not have established sleep patterns that align with yours. Especially during the first few months, it is important to sleep when you can. If the baby is napping, try to take a nap, too. And, when possible, go to bed early so that when the baby wakes up during the night you will awaken having had some rest.
Tip #2: Manage stress. Your baby is 100 percent dependent on others for all of his or her needs. And many of your caregiving responsibilities may be brand new. This can be stressful. Do your best to eat well, exercise, and accept help from others--grandparents, siblings, or close friends--who can give you and the baby’s mother a break. And, give yourself a break, too. Laundry and other household chores are less important than caring for the baby, the baby’s mother, and yourself.
Tip #3: Share in the feeding. Even if the baby’s mother is breastfeeding, you can participate by bringing the baby to her or changing the baby’s diaper. If it is a late-night feeding, you can take the baby afterwards until he has gone to sleep. The more rested each member of the family is, the less stress there will be (see Tips 1 & 2 above). And, if you are both working outside the home, taking turns on late-night baby care will go a long way to ensuring you both have enough sleep to be productive.
Tip #4: Establish a routine. We are all creatures of habit. The sooner you establish a routine for the baby the sooner he or she will adopt regular sleeping habits, which will be good for the entire family.
Tip #5: Give Mom a break. Take the baby out of the house for an hour or so—for a walk, to the grocery store, wherever—to ensure that Mom has some down time. More importantly, this will provide you with one-on-one baby time.
Tip #6: Invest in your relationship. While each of you is getting used to your new role--“father” or “mother”--don’t forget that you are parents together. Continue to support each other as you incorporate a third person into your established relationship. And, dads, recognize that you likely will no longer be the #1 focus in the family; be understanding as everyone adjusts to their new roles.
Tip #7: Build trust. When an infant cries, your response (a clean diaper, a bottle, or simply holding her) will begin to establish trust. Providing a consistent, timely response shows the baby that you care for her and she can count on you.
Tip #8: Live with imperfection. No one is perfect. Neither are you. Being a parent is a new adventure. Learn from your experiences and talk to other dads to gain other perspectives. As long as you provide a safe, nurturing environment for your baby, you will learn how to become a better parent. A good resource for new parents, especially mothers, is text4baby. Simply text "BABY" (or “BEBE” for Spanish) to 511411receive three free text messages a week, timed to the mother’s due date or the baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday.
Tip #9: Keep good records. It’s important to ensure you have key information that you will need to refer to throughout the years. This includes your pediatrician’s contact information, as well as the baby’s immunization schedule, birth certificate, and Social Security Number. By gathering this information early and updating it regularly you will be prepared when it is needed most.
Tip #10: Enjoy today. It may be cliché to say that they grow up fast, but it’s true! Learn to enjoy this unique time in your baby’s life when the most basic things—riding in the stroller, watching a ceiling fan, or trying new foods—are both new and exciting. Looking at and experiencing things as your child does can give you a whole new appreciation for life.
“Learning from other fathers and sharing your own experiences results in children who have more engaged, positive relationships with their dads,” says NRFC Kenneth Braswell. “The larger the circle of caring adults the more likely children will know that they are loved.”
While you may be a new father, fatherhood is a lifelong commitment. The NRFC offers practical tools and resources to provide guidance at every stage of your child’s development. Visit www.fatherhood.gov or call 877-4DAD411. Stay in touch with the NRFC on Facebook and Twitter.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 June 2013 10:27
Category: Parenting Written by Bob Sullivan/ Today
If you think kids are busier than ever, you're not imagining things. But are they too busy to learn how to imagine? It could be a costly mistake.
Jennifer Holiday's two children, age 4 and 7, have a typical weekend schedule.
"Saturday, they both play soccer and baseball, so there will be two of each of those games," said the Long Island, N.Y., mom. "There will be at least one birthday party. This weekend, there's a trophy ceremony, and then their coach is having a pool party to reward them."
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 June 2013 11:05
Category: Parenting Written by Amber L. Bogins
It’s only officially winter for three months, but it can feel like forever. It’s barely winter when Christmas happens and you’re dreaming of a white Christmas. After that, it’s just Jack Frost nipping nose at your nose and freezing the locks on your car door. The bitter cold, the lack of sunshine…the snow, can make it very hard to stay bubbly until spring. Here are six easy tips to get through the winter blues:
1. Turn the lights on in the morning when you wake up. Otherwise, you’ll only want to go back to sleep.
2. Keep the house to a toasty temperature (think 72) the morning. Cold air makes you want to snuggle deeper into the covers.
3. Do something fun once a week. Meet your friends for happy hour or catch a new movie. Theaters charge matinee prices during the week.
4. Take vitamins, specifically vitamin D to make up for the lack of sunshine and enhance your mood.
5. Brighten up your house. Add a splash of color with throw pillows, a new painting, flowers, or if you’re feeling very industrious, paint or reupholster your furniture.
6. Bundle up and play outside. Yeah, it’s cold outside, but there a ton of fun things to do in the snow. Skiing, sledding, ice skating, snow ball fights…don’t let winter make you a hermit.
Follow Amber L. Bogins on Twitter @AmberLaShaii
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 14:22
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