Seen on Saturday morning: April 5th

April 5, 2008 10:11:35 AM PDT
GETTING ORGANIZED, LOVE OUR CHILDREN USA and CRIB SAFETY-----GETTING ORGANIZED-----

You know the feeling of 'lots to do in a little amount of time.' But, there are some tools to help you get your life back under control.

Joining us this morning with some tips is Ellen Damaschino, a certified professional organizer.

How can we get organized?
The modern to-do list starts on paper, but may become linked to our electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, music players and calendars.

What are some tips for successfully tackling your to-do list?

  • Consolidate: Still carrying a cell phone, address book and music player? Some mobile phones combine music with e-mail, calendar and contact info, plus Internet.
  • Maximize "Wasted Time": Keep only supplies you need on a daily basis on your desktop
  • Plan Effectively: Allocate twice as much time for a task as you think it will take.
  • Enjoy Your Life: Leave the office early to get to your child's soccer game but still receive important e-mails and phone calls.

    You suggest using a smartphone. What is it?
    A smartphone is generally defined as being any handheld mobile phone that has the ability to also deliver a high level of business or personal productivity and/or entertainment functionality, in addition to ability to run data services such as wireless messaging or additional user-installed applications. Smartphones run sophisticated operating systems such as Windows Mobile.

    T-Mobile Shadow
    - Adapts to Your Lifestyle
    - With one-click access to e-mail, IM and a fun way to share your favorite music or pictures from the home screen, the T-Mobile Shadow is a phone that is perfect for enhancing relationships while on the go.

    Samsung Blackjack II (AT&T)
    - Do More with your Mobile Phone
    - The Samsung Blackjack helps you do more on the go, whether that is searching for the nearest Mexican restaurant, rocking out to your latest music, editing and sending documents, or instant messaging your friends.

    For more information, go to www.windowsmobile.com

    -----LOVE OUR CHILDREN USA-----

    Today is the fifth annual national Love Our Children Day. An event celebrated across the nation and created to acknowledge the value of children.

    The focus is the three essential elements children need from their parents which are love, protection and respect.

    Today's celebration in New York is chaired by Elizabeth Hasselbeck of the view and hosted by Cameron Mathison of all my children and dancing with the stars.

    He's with us this morning along with Ross Ellis, the founder and CEO of love our children USA.

    Tell us about Love Our Children USA.
    Love Our Children USA is the national nonprofit leader that honors, respects and protects children. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. Celebrating its 9th year as 'the go-to' prevention organization for all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S. Keeping children safe and strengthening families.
    Love Our Children USA works to eliminate behaviors that keep children from reaching their potential. It redefines parenting and creates kid success by promoting prevention strategies and positive changes in parenting and family attitudes and behaviors through public education.
    Love Our Children USA honors and respects children and works to empower and support children, teens, parents and families through information, resources, advocacy, and online youth mentoring. Its goal is to keep children safe and strengthen families -- its message is positive... one of prevention and hope.

    Tell us about this year's national love our children day event on Saturday, April 5 and your recent visit to NASDAQ:
    National love our children day is the fifth annual event hosted by Love Our Children USA which is dedicated to celebrating families. The event in NYC will be held at spotlight live in Times Square and will feature a kids fashion show; karaoke with kids and celebrities; comedy improve and a performance by the new menudo.

    Who has been a member of the celebrity advisory board for several years, will be hosting Saturday's event which aims to help raise funds and awareness for children and families in need. Cameron also joined Melania Trump and fellow All My Children star Rebecca Budig this past Tuesday, when NASDAQ honored Love Our Children USA at the closing bell ceremony in recognition of national child abuse prevention month.

    Tell us about the special online auction you've launched in conjunction with national love our children day:
    Charityfolks.com is currently hosting an online auction on behalf of love our children usa that will offer one-of-a-kind experiences for auction bidders. Some of the auction items include producer tickets to the finale of dancing with the stars and a dance lesson with Cameron Mathison.

    How can people find out more about Love Our Children USA?
    Visit the organization's website at www.loveourchildrenusa.org

    Love Our Children USA is the national nonprofit leader that honors, respects and protects children. Its mission is to break the cycle of violence against children. Celebrating its 9th year as 'the Go-To' prevention organization for all forms of violence and neglect against children in the U.S.
    Time: 12 Noon - 4PM.
    Venue: Spotlight Live, 1604 Broadway @ 49th Street.
    Tickets: $125 per Adult, $75 per child (2 -18). Tables of 10 - $1,500 Tickets will not be sold at door.
    Contact: Development Director, Email: info@loveourchildrenusa.org Phone: 212-629-2099

    -----CRIB SAFETY-----

    The pictures you see of beautiful cribs, filled with blankets, toys and stuffed animals are misleading--- all of those items can be dangerous to your child's health.

    Joining us this morning with some tips for your crib is Jessica Hartshorn, senior lifestyle editor for American Baby Magazine.

    For maximum safety, all that should be in the crib is...your baby. The leading causes of SIDS are thought to be suffocation and overheating, and any objects in the crib can lead to those dangers: stuffed animals, quilts, pillows. For this reason, safety experts also caution parents to NOT use crib bumpers. Most parents still do anyway-the bumpers come with almost all infant bedding sets-so if you ARE using a bumper, make sure it's thin (not like a big pillow, just a thin cushion), firm, and well-tied to the crib posts. (we plan on showing a crib without a bumpers, however, if that's okay. I can, if you want, bring a bumper along for demonstration out of the crib.)

    We also urge parents to buy a new crib if they can. Vintage cribs are definitely out; the space in between the slats and also the headboards of some old cribs pose various dangers, including strangulation hazards. And even recent hand-me-downs grow rickety as the hardware loosens.

    Put babies to sleep on their back. The "Back to Sleep" campaign has cut SIDS deaths in half since it started 13 years ago!

    Don't hang anything over baby's crib, like artwork or shelving, because you don't want to risk it falling on your child.

    You can, of course, hang a mobile, but note that these are made with string and small parts. Once your child can push up on his hands and knees-at about 5 months-you should put the mobile away. Same with crib bumpers, incidentally-once your child might be able to use a bumper to climb out of the crib, you have to take it off.

    Place the crib away from windows; start with the mattress at it's uppermost height (to make pulling your infant out easy) but move it to the lowest setting by the time your child is about 5 months old; dress your child in a wearable blanket if you're worried about her being cold, rather than using a quilt; use only crib sheets, not a regular sheet, because you don't want the bedding getting loose and entangling your child.

    For more information, go to AmericanBaby.com


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