Imagination and Play – Building Stronger and Healthy Kids! Shannon Guernsey of Planet Fassa 4/27/12

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Do you remember the joy of play? Did you spend hours upon hours pretending to be a pirate or a princess? Did you make mud pie creations worthy of a four star restaurant? Did you pretend to be on a safari as you climbed the trees in your back yard?

In today’s technological world, the pull of electronic play time is very strong.  From a young age, kids learn how to interact with technology.  Technology is a good thing, but it can often be a strong pull away from outdoor and creative  play.

Shannon Guernsey joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her site, Planet FassaPlanet Fassa is an interactive site that encourages creativity, imagination and outdoor play.  Through a series of online books, kids will learn technology skills, but also be encouraged to bond with the characters, hone their reading skills, and get out into the world and play!
Shannon and the Mom of Many Hats discussed the impact of play for kids and families.  Among the very important and relevant ideas about why it is necessary, were a few some key points that we all need to remember when it comes to allowing free play for those young ones that we have a responsibility to:world and play! At Planet Fassa, families will find 6 interactive books with a great cast of characters, and prompts for hours of activities, as well as a points system to encourage kids to participate in imaginative, creative, and offline play.

  • Play is a basic right for children and necessary to a child’s development.
  • Play and imagination hone problem solving skills and forward thinking.
  • As parents, caretakers, and teachers, we need to empower kids to be creative, play, and understand who they are.
  • Families, teachers, and caretakers create the extended “village” that creates opportunities for kids to use their imagination.

To hear the entire discussion click the here.

About Shannon Guernsey

Shannon Guernsey has a heart for helping children see the greatness, the creativity, and the imagination that is hidden inside of them.  Her goal is to help them reach their A-Ha moment as they unlock the limitless bounds of their imaginations.  Under the pen name S. Mooo, Shannon has written 6 interactive online books for kids to explore the vastness of their own potential to create limitless stories and  fun in their free play. To connect with and to lean more about Shannon, join her on Twitter @S_Moooo or on Facebook.

Learn more about Planet Fassa by visiting family site at For fun activities and parenting tips, visit the Planet Fassa Blog at Yo


Do You Embrace Accountability in Your Parenting? Parenting the QBQ Way with John Miller

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Do you ever wonder why your kids won’t follow your directions? Why they talk back? Why they seem to think that mom and dad should get them the newest gadgets, toys and things?

If you find yourself frequently asking “why are they…”, then maybe it’s time to start asking different questions.  It’s time to embrace our own accountability in our parenting.  It’s time to start asking ourselves how and what we can do to be the best parents we can be.

John G. Miller of, author of the QBQ! series joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share the principle of personal accountability to the important job we have as parents.  His principles from his latest book Parenting the QBQ! Way has us asking ourselves the right questions as we walk the parenting path. It help us as parents to embrace and model personal accountability to our children.  Personal accountability is key to being outstanding in all that we do.

As parents, we have an impact on how our children are able to cope with the world.  Although there are things that are inherent in them, and things that are beyond our control, we do have a huge impact on them in the way we parent them.  Our primary job as a  parent is to equip them to be independent, responsible for them selves, and accountable for their decisions and actions.  But, all of those things start with us.

Through the basic QBQ! methodology, John shows us how we start with ourselves – taking a look at how we are parenting and what we are modeling to our children. He shared the three main elements of the QBQ! way of thinking. They are:

  • Asking ourselves better questions.
  • Using the personal pronoun “I”.
  • Taking action.
Click the listening link above to hear the entire broadcast and more great discussion about embracing personal accountability in our parenting.

John G. Miller is the founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm built on the core value of becoming outstanding through embracing personal accountability.  John is the author of QBQ!, Flipping the SwitchOutstandingSpecks and Planks, and Don’t Just talk, Be Heard! In addition to authoring six books, and to speaking to and working with countless organizations to help them be outstanding through accountability, John and his wife Karen have raised 7 children.

Parenting the QBQ! Way is available in an easy to read e-book format to fit most any e-reader or to download and read on your PC.


New Year Financial Resolutions with Jerry Citarella – First Friday Finance!

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The New Year is upon us! 

Did you make resolutions? Were any of those resolutions regarding finances?

The new year is a fresh start and a chance to take a fresh look at things in our lives.  One of the areas we should look at is our finances.  As the new calendar year starts, making assessments of financial heath and identifying changes can help start the year off on a good path.  Looking at household budgets, large purchases or savings goals, and retirement plans is a wise and responsible financial task that we should not shy away from.

But looking at and assessing finances can be a difficult and daunting task.  We may see things we don’t want to see.  We may need to make changes that we don’t want to make.  Even if our financial health looks good, it is always prudent to revisit our financial plans and goals. Where ever the health of our finances stand, we should not be afraid to dig in, and not be afraid to ask the opinion of a financial professional.

Guest Jerry Citarella – Financial Professional

Jerry R. Citarella of Infinity Wealth Management, and author of The Truth Helps Series, joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to discuss how we can navigate our New Years Financial resolutions. Jerry has 20 years experience in the financial services industry and has been a trainer and speaker on various fianancial topics. From what types of goals to set, to managing budgets and purchases, to where to start when your finances seem overwhelming, Jerry will offer advice and discussion on setting ourselves on the path to financial health.

Although each person’s financial planning and situation is unique and should be discussed with a professional individually, Jerry offered some general advice on how we can set ourselves on a path to meeting our financial goals.  A few of the take-aways from the broadcast include:

  • A good place to look at  when making financial goals is at spending habits.
  • Separate needs and wants.
  • Be realistic about your financial situation and seek out unbiased opinions.
  • Create accountability for yourself in reaching your goals.
  • Be patient in reaching your goals.
  • It’s never too early to start saving for large life expenses and retirement.
  • When you are choosing a financial professional, if they are not asking you the hard questions, you may want to keep looking.
You Can Be a Winner!

Along with the great advice, we have two opportunities for you to win a copy of Jerry’s book – The Truth Helps.  Answer one of the following questions and submit your answer to Mom of Many Hats Radio through the contact e-mail. The first correct answers received via e-mail will be winning entries.  E-mails will be accepted and answered until until the sooner of February 6, 2012 or until both questions have been answered correctly.

1. On average, how much of their disposable incomes do Americans spend? (Answer is in the broadcast)

2. In what year was Jerry inspired to write about truth in the financial planning process? (Answer is in the broadcast or on Jerry’s site.)

Good luck and good financial planning!

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Second Friday Parenting Hat: Instinct, Intuition, Information 9/9/11

What leads your parenting style? Do you rely on instinct, intuition , or information most in making your parenting decisions?

Surely we are all guided by all three in our parenting.  But, how heavily we each rely on instinct, intuition, and information differs from person to person.  For some of us we may simply just know what to do out of instinct.  Our instant reactions to parenting situations are what guide our actions and parenting style.  We can rely on what our natural reactions are to guide us to what to do in most situations.  For some of us, intuition and “feeling” the right way to react and proceed is what guides us. We consider ourselves in tune to our children and their needs.  We may have some internal struggles about what to do, be we rely on what our gut is telling us.  Still for other of us, information from others, from books, or from other sources may be what drives how we parent. We need the checks and balances of a logical argument to guide us in the decisions we make.

None of these are bad, but is there a point where relying on one too much can be detrimental?  Is there a difference between women and men and what drives parenting decisions?

Join us this week at 5PM EST as we talk to Sharon Girodo of Mom Time TV and Bruce Sallan of A Dad’s Point Of View, about parenting styles and the driving factors behind them. Click the links or the images below to find out more about these two fabulous parents!


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First Friday Finance! Baby Clothes Network 9/2/11

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How much do you spend each month on clothes for your little ones?

As moms, one of our jobs is to make sure our children are clothed in attire appropriate for the seasons.  But, as fast as the little ones grow, we are constantly running out to the stores and spending a fortune on clothing that fits. It can make juggling our finance hat a bit challenging!

Patrick Knauer of Baby Clothes Network (BCN) joined us this week to show us how we can save on the cost of clothing our little ones as well as re-purposing the clothing they have grown out of. Through the innovative idea of online clothing exchange, BCN provides a tool to connect moms who want to pass along barely used clothes to moms who are looking for quality and convenience for a great price! Through the use of flat rate shipping, BCN is able to provide a place where moms can find like new clothing for about $1 a piece. You can’t beat that price!

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