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ParentMap, May 2013 Issue

ParentMap, May 2013


Happy spring! Welcome to our crammed-to-the-seams May magazine, which brings you our think-worthy feature story about why growing cultural intelligence is now thought to be more important for the next generation than IQ.

We also bring you media intel with our stories on whether today's parents are over-sharing via social media and your teen's all-important social network.

And because it's time to start thinking about good-weather travel again, we've got your back with our easy guide to 48 hours in Vancouver with the fam. Curious about when your child is old enough to travel alone? We have details on that, too, along with answers about ear piercing, cell phone autonomy and more!

Enjoy this blooming spring.

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Ages & Stages:
0–2Oversharenting: Are Your Social Media Posts Too Personal and Precious?
3–7 Grandparent Stories: 7 Things I’d Do Differently the Second Time Around
8–12 When Are Kids Old Enough For Pierced Ears, Sleepovers, Solo Travel & More?
13–18 The Social Network: Understanding Your Teen's Friendships

Someone You Should Know: Starbucks Barista Lashay "Alfa" Hordges Johnson


Feature: Cultural Intelligence: What's Your Child's Global IQ?

Out & About: Culture Rich and Car Free: 48 Hours in Vancouver

Giving Together
Women's Wellness
Publisher's Note

Alayne SulkinPublisher's Note

Inspiration From Our Barista

“Why be someone else, when you can be someone better?”
Lashay “Alfa” Hordges Johnson

Starbucks Tabit Square on Mercer Island (ParentMap’s #2 official work place) is our quick mid-stop breakfast pick-us-up as Maya (11) and I rush from home to school on weekday mornings. We’re often met by our barista whose contagiously cheerful and energetic smile prohibits my gaze from lingering on my iPhone.

“Great morning Alayne and Maya! How are my favorite customers?”

Flattered, but not fooled that we’re the only faves, we’re taken in by Alfa’s (Lashay Hordges Johnson) rapturous presence. Alfa embodies every superlative skill that the gurus of emotional intelligence describe. Self-awareness, self-management, empathy and cooperation are qualities that when learned, lower the risk of various problems young people encounter, increase their ability to face life’s challenges and facilitate academic learning (“Someone You Should Know”).

Alfa possesses a high CQ (cultural intelligence), along with her high IQ and EQ (“Cultural Intelligence”). This amazing 19-year-old girl grew up in the only Section 8 home in one of this area’s wealthiest zip codes. People with high CQs understand the beliefs, values, attitudes, and behaviors of the mix of people in their community and are better able to adapt and thrive in a complex global society.

With all of Alfa’s elevated I, E and C Qs, we’ll love watching where this remarkable and seemingly unstoppable young woman lands.

Unstoppable also defines the leading relationship sex-pert and intimacy guru Dr. Pepper Schwartz. Schwartz will speak at our two May BabyMap events, delivering a vital message on how to balance life, love and our growing families.

Give yourself a Mother’s Day gift and come see Wise-Minded Parenting author Dr. Laura Kastner who will speak about the 7 Essentials to Raising Successful Tweens + Teens. If you haven’t had the joy of laughing while learning how to better parent your tween, get someone to take you as a belated Mother’s Day gift. This is a calorie free delight.

No matter how your lovely little ones turn out, we all will ponder “what if” I had navigated this parenting journey a bit differently. You’ll gain perspective, wisdom and enjoy a good laugh while reading Linda Morgan’s Back to the future Grammy chronicles.


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