ZemZen: November 17th, 2017

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. For last week’s ZemZen click here.

 

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‘I Like Daddy Better!’: 5 Ways to Cope When a Child Favors a Parent

As parents, we try not to have a favorite child (or at least not to show it!) but the same rules don’t apply to our children, creating an interesting dynamic that could put a strain on your relationship with your child and your partner. In this article, expert Dr. Erica Reischer shares tips for navigating this tricky situation. Read more.

 

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Parenting: Stress-Full Or Stress-Free?

Parenting is stressful, we get that here at Zemcar. While having someone else available to transport your kids can relieve a major stress point in your life, that doesn’t mean there still aren’t stressful moments. HuffPost contributor Roma Khetarpal, author of The “Perfect” Parent, shares her time tested tips for taking your stress levels down few notches. Read more.

 

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How to Get Out of the Parenting Roles You’ve Been Stuck In

Humans are creatures of habits, and as the hectic role of parenting starts to become part of a routine, it’s easy to get into the habit where one parent is stuck doing the same thing repeatedly. Feel like you’re in a rut? This article shares some tips on how to change your parenting role. Read more.

 

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6 ways millennials are raising kids differently than their parents

Different generations have a different way of doing things. Have you ever wondered how your parenting style compares to your parents or the young couple down the street? Business Insider rounds up the six ways millennials are putting their stamp on parenting. Read more

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ZemZen: November 3rd, 2017 🍂 🍁

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads. For last week’s ZemZen click here.

 

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When Children Are Witness to Terror

Located near the bike path where Sayfullo Saipov crashed his rental truck on Halloween were two New York City schools. Something parents don’t always think about is what would happen if something were to happen next to our children’s school? In this article from the New York Times, author Ginia Bellafante tells the story of how these schools handled Tuesday’s terror attack. Read more.

 

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Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Technology, with all of its conveniences, can sometimes be invasive. With news that Mattel has scrapped its plans for it’s interactive device for children, Aristotle, over privacy concerns, NPR’s Morning Edition asks if it’s safe to have other AI devices in the home around children. Read more.

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The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2017

From one teen idol to another, it can be difficult to keep track of all the stars your teen is talking about. Lucky for you, TIME Magazine has got you covered. Check out their list of the 30 Most Influential Teens in 2017, you’ll probably find a few names you recognize. Read more.

 

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Why Halloween is especially spooky for many teens: College App Anxiety.

Was your Young Frankenstein or Wednesday Adams a little bit more ghoulish than usual this Halloween? It might have had something to do with applying to college. With the Common Application due on Nov. 1st, many teens struggled with App Anxiety. Read more.

 

 

Advisor Answers: Alan Bersin

At Zemcar, we have an amazing Board of Advisors with backgrounds that span children’s health, security, technology, and business. Transparency, safety, and security are our mission and, with that in mind, we thought it was important that you get a chance to know a little bit more about our team driving that mission.

Today’s interview is with Alan Bersin. Alan’s dedication to public service, education, and security aligns well with Zemcar’s brand promise to families. Alan has served as an Inaugural Fellow in the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, as a Global Fellow at the Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington D.C., as Assistant Secretary for Policy & International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as Vice President of INTERPOL for the Americas Region and as a member of the INTERPOL Executive Committee.  He served through 2016 as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the International Policing Division Steering Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Alan was also appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California by President Bill Clinton, and he has held numerous other distinguished state and local government positions, including serving as California’s Secretary of Education, Superintendent of Public Education in San Diego, and Chairman of the San Diego Airport Authority.

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Q: What attracted you to Zemcar?

A: Having raised three daughters, I was delighted to learn of Zemcar’s service, which combines creatively and efficiently the elements of convenience, security, manageable cost and assured reliability. The practical reality of an on-call, nanny-on-wheels is one that my wife and I would have made much use of – had it been available when our children were growing up. We intend to use Zemcar for our grandchildren, as circumstances and opportunities arise to do so.

Q: What about your experience do you think will bring the most value to Zemcar?

A: As a father and grandfather, a former law enforcement official, and homeland security advisor, I bring the perspective both of a consumer and a supplier to the objective of improving Zemcar’s service.

Q: What else are you currently doing in your career?

A: Since leaving public service in January 2017, I serveat the global law firm of Covington & Burling as a Senior Advisor to the firm; as an Inaugural Fellow in the Homeland Security Project at the Belfer Center at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and as Global Fellow at Wilson Center in Washington D.C.   I am also the Chairman of BorderWorks, a consulting firm specializing in matters of Border Security and Management, including infrastructure projects on the U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico.

Q: Besides Zemcar, what’s a “must have app” that you can’t live without?

A: Among the apps now crucial to making my daily life work more efficiently and effectively are: WhatsApp and Parkmobile.

Q: Do you think technology has made parenting today easier or more difficult?

A: As in most other realms of experience, technology can produce both results for parents, depending upon the way in which it is applied and permitted to impact our lives. It takes deliberate thought and requires careful planning to maximize the benefits of technology and minimize the potential downside of adverse effects.

Q: One piece of advice to parents?

A: As mothers and fathers discover in due course, parenting is an imperfect exercise to be sure, and can be managed by design only up to a point because of the emotional intensity (and complexity) of the relationship. Life happens. Parents should remain painfully aware and own up to the many mistakes they will make in raising their children. Unconditional love is the remedy to most of these errors and resolves most of them successfully. As my Mother used to say: “Whatever the question, love is a good answer.”

ZemZen: October 20th, 2017

Welcome to ZemZen, a weekly collection of the Internet’s best parenting articles hand-selected by the Zemcar team. We understand that parenting – as rewarding as it can be – is difficult. Check back every Friday for our latest suggested reads.

 

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Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Weaved with the personal journey of Jake, a North Carolina high school junior who struggled with acute anxiety and was sent to a secluded New Hampshire residential care facility, Benoit Denizet-Lewis explains why more American teenagers than ever are suffering from severe anxiety. Read More.

 

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How old is too old to go trick-or-treating on Halloween?

We’ve all seen them. Teenagers dressed up on Halloween, on the prowl for candy without even the courtesy of “Trick or Treat”. This entertaining article from Tampa Bay Online tries to answer one of life’s most important questions: how old is too old to go out on Halloween? Read more.            

 

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Screens and teens: survival tips for parents on the technology battlefield

We know, trying to get your child’s attention is a struggle. From cell phones, to laptops, and tablets kids are more connected to each other and the internet then they have ever been. But does your screen time make it hypocritical for you to want to limit your teen’s screen time? This articles tackles some of the tough questions surrounding parenting and monitoring your teen’s use of technology. Read more.    

 

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Amazon is making it easier for teens to use their parents’ credit cards

Yikes! This one of parents worst nightmares. We’ve seen these horror stories before, a child racks up thousands of dollars in purchases leaving the parents stuck with the bill and a bunch of things they don’t want. But don’t worry, these changes are beneficial to parents and their wallet. Read more

 

wtop_logo_512x512.pngThe most important year in a child’s life? Research points to preschool

In her latest book, “The Most Important Year,” education researcher and author Suzanne Bouffard argues that preschool is way more than just finger-painting and playing with blocks. Read more.