iVillage’s Conversation Thread

iVoices: How do you talk to your kid about sex and birth control? How do you decide if your child is ready for a PG or PG-13 movie?

June 9, 2012
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Safe sex is important to teach our kids but it’s also a sensitive subject. How do you know when it’s the right time? And, should we talk to our kids about birth control options? Kelly Wallace and iVoices Beth Engelman, Brandi Jeter, Sharon Rowley and Amanda Rodriguez take on the birds, bees and birth control. We try to keep our kids away from movies with racy […]

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iVoices: When He’s In the Mood and You’re Not…. and When do you allow your kids to go to sleepovers?

June 2, 2012
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Your day is packed with to-do items and sometimes sex doesn’t make the list. What happens when your significant other wants sex but you’re not in the mood? And, is Fifty Shades of Grey helping make a difference in the bedroom? Kelly Wallace sits down with Amanda Rodriguez, Sharon Rowley, Beth Engelman and Brandi Jeter to find out how they deal with sex. iVoices Jenny Ingram, Liz Henry and Amanda […]

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Conversation Thread: Are French Mothers Superior?

May 26, 2012
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Pamela Druckerman‘s book Bringing Up Bebe critiques some of the hotly debated American parenting practices that she noticed while living in France. But are techniques like delayed gratification the way to go? Kelly Wallace discusses French approaches to parenting with moms Amanda Rodriguez, Beth Engelman, Brandi Jeter and Sharon Rowley.

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Should Men Be the Ones Debating Birth Control Coverage for Women?

May 5, 2012
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As the 2012 Presidential Election heats up, women’s reproductive rights are taking center stage. Now, Kelly Wallace and iVoices Beth Engelman, Sharon Rowley, Amanda Rodriguez and Brandi Jeter face off on birth control issues and suggest some creative alternatives to taking the pill.

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iVillage Conversation Thread: Bad Habits That Can Hurt the Environment

April 28, 2012
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Living an environmentally friendly lifestyle can be difficult. We all have habits that we need to change to be more environmentally conscious. Take a sneak peek into the lives of Kelly Wallace, Beth Engelman, Amanda Rodriguez, Brandi Jeter and Sharon Rowley to find out what makes them less eco-friendly and how they plan to fix it. What habits do you keep in your own home […]

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Turning Trash Into Treasure: Teaching Kids How to Recycle

April 14, 2012
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You may believe that teaching your kids how to recycle is difficult, but it may be easier than you think. Turning disposable trash into reusable items is a great way to help the environment. iVoices Beth Engelman (Mommy on a Shoestring), Sharon Rowley (Momof6), Amanda Rodriguez (Parenting by Dummies) and Brandi Jeter (Mama Knows It […]

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What do you miss the most about life before kids?

April 5, 2012

I mean, honestly…. I could write quite a long list of all of the things that I used to do before I had kids, that I don’t do or cannot do anymore…. but I really don’t “miss” these things until I stop to think about it…. But when I do…. What do you miss the […]

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Do We Put Too Much Much Pressure On Our Kids?

March 31, 2012
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Kelly Wallace, my fellow iVoices Brandi Jeter of http://www.MamaKnowsItAll.com, Amanda Rodriguez of http://www.ParentingByDummies.com and Beth Engelman of http://www.MommyOnAShoestring.com and I discuss the positives and negatives of pushing our kids and the pressures we put on them. This might also be known as the video in which I reveal to the world that I force my kids to learn Mandarin Chinese…..

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Conversation Thread: Is it okay to enjoy a glass of wine in front of your kids?

March 17, 2012
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This week, the girls and I talk about the issue of drinking in front of the kids… is it okay? Is it not okay? Do you think it shows a “Do as I say, not as I do” type of behavior? Or do you think it is okay to explain that adults and kids have […]

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Guilty Pleasures……

March 10, 2012
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On this week’s edition of iVillage’s The Conversation Thread, Amanda, Brandi, Beth, Kelly and I share of our favorite guilty pleasures…. TV Shows (of course!) I also shared my thoughts (on iVillage’s iVote) on this week’s International Womens Day and the issues of religious freedom vs contraceptive rights as well as the changing structure of […]

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