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Rozga family receives national advocacy role PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:43
Friday, October 19, 2012

The White House has named the Rozga family of Indianola an Office of National Drug Control Policy Advocate for Action for 2013 for their work to prevent and educate the public about synthetic drugs.  Sen. Chuck Grassley worked closely with the Rozga family after their son and brother, David, died after ingesting a synthetic drug, K2, bought from the local mall.  Congress later banned the chemicals used to make several synthetic drugs.  Grassley made the following comment on the White House’s position for Jan, Mike, and Daniel Rozga.

“It might be human nature to turn inward after a tragedy but the Rozga family did the opposite.  They channeled their grief into educating the public about a drug no one knew much about at the time.  The Rozgas played a large role in persuading Congress to enact a synthetic drugs ban.  They’ll make the most of their advocacy role from the White House.”

More information on the White House position is available here and here.

More information on the Rozga family and synthetic drug ban is available here.

 
6 Ways Live-in Childcare Improves Work Life Balance PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Susan Robinson   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:24

Survey results for October 2012 National Work and Family Month

 

CAMBRIDGE, MA, October 19, 2012 -- As working families across the country are struggling with the dual demands of work and family, many seek ways of finding work life balance. National Work and Family Month was designated in 2003 by the U.S. Senate to highlight and communicate work-life initiatives that create healthier and more flexible work environments. A recent study has found that parents’ choice of child care can have an effect on the work life balance equation.

In a closer look at how child care can impact work life balance, Cultural Care Au Pair conducted a study of 2500 working parents who had used more than one form of child care. The survey asked parents about their previous form of child care and how their current child care choice of a live-in au pair or nanny had affected their work life balance.

1. More quality time

Most working parents agree that work life balance has a lot to do with time. More than two thirds of the au pair host families surveyed found that having live-in child care allowed for more quality time with their children and more time with their spouse. Sixty two percent also found they had more time for themselves to do things like exercise and volunteer.

2. Greater flexibility

Flexibility is very important to working families and live-in child care provides parents with more options for scheduling and last-minute coverage. In the Cultural Care survey, 84 percent of respondents reported having more flexibility in their schedule in general. Seventy-eight percent of parents who had previously had their children in daycare centers stated that the more flexible schedule that the au pair program provides allows them to be more flexible with their work hours.

3. Higher productivity

That increased flexibility can translate into productivity. More than two thirds of parents indicated that their child care choice allowed them to be more focused and productive at work and 77 percent said they were less stressed about work as a result of switching to live-in child care.

4. A stress-free morning routine

Do smoother departures affect the feeling of work life balance? Absolutely. Ninety percent of parents with au pairs who had previously had their children in daycare centers reported that the morning routine was easier. Families with live-in child care find that children can take the morning at their own pace rather than be rushed out the door to meet a parent’s work schedule, providing everyone in the family with a more relaxed start to their day.

5. Easier after-school and evening transitions

Working parents report that transportation to after-school activities, homework help and meal preparation were all part of their au pair’s responsibilities and made for more balanced evenings. 74% of parents surveyed agreed that the coming home/dinner time routine is easier with the help of an au pair.

6. Less time off for sick days

What about when the unexpected happens and a child gets sick? According to a Georgetown University study, Meeting the Needs of Today’s Families, the illness of a child causes a parent to miss between six and 29 days of work annually. But not for parents with live-in child care. 75 percent of all respondents, and 81 percent of those who had previously had their children at daycare centers, said that they had taken less time off for children’s sick days since switching to au pair child care.

The Alliance for Work Life Progress suggests that companies can recognize National Work and Family Month by conducting a work-life needs assessment. Parents can do the same by taking a look at how various aspects of work and home life affect their stress levels, work performance and general happiness. Overall, 90% of the respondents to the Cultural Care Au Pair survey felt that they have better work life balance because they have an au pair, indicating that child care choice, and choosing a flexible, live-in option, may be a factor predictive of work life balance.

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About Cultural Care Au Pair

Cultural Care Au Pair is the leading provider of intercultural, live-in childcare in the United States. Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 85,000 au pairs in welcoming American homes. A U.S. Department of State regulated program, Cultural Care Au Pair is headquartered in Cambridge, MA, with their own extensive network of recruitment, screening and orientation offices worldwide and more than 600 local coordinators across the U.S. For more information about hosting an au pair, visit www.culturalcare.com or call 800-333-6056.

 
What Your Kids Are Really Doing Online PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ginny Grimsley   
Monday, 22 October 2012 13:07

The Internet affords children endless opportunities to get into serious trouble, downloading what they shouldn’t download, looking at what they shouldn’t be looking at, and getting ideas about what they shouldn’t be getting ideas about.

But the good news is that if your kids are like mine, they may be doing some or all of those things…but there’s another ise for the Internet that’s attracting their time and attention.

It’s called teaching.

That’s right—your kids are most likely teaching other kids how to do things that interest them.  The online world, especially YouTube, has turned into an academy without walls, entrance fees, or final exams.  The instructors, just like the students, are barely into double digits.

Take my ten year olds (please!).  My twin sons, Isaac and Walter, are variously interested in unicycling, origami, juggling, magic, Minecraft, jailbreaking their iPods, and similar subjects.  Much of what they’ve learned about these topics has come from YouTube videos.  Much of those videos are written and produced by other kids.  Which inspired my sons to put up their own instructional videos.

Now my sons are in a race with their friends for viewers and followers on their three YouTube channels, MyWalter101, BillyBobRandom12345, and OrigamiAndMagicBrothers.   As a proud parent, naturally I want you to visit their channels and see what they’re doing.  But more than that, this is a unique phenomenon.

You couldn’t get the average kid to stand up in front of an audience and talk about his or her favorite topic.  Or demonstrate a magic trick, or a guitar chord, or a hack on an iPod.   Never gonna happen.  But allow that same kid the privacy of his or her living room, the use of a camera built into a smartphone, and the opportunity to upload a two- or three-minute instructional video on any given topic, and you’ve got solid gold.

As a result, there exists today an underground, invisible network of children taking turns as teachers and students, sharing with each other the skills, ideas, secrets, and technological breakthroughs they cherish.  This university without walls or national boundaries is, without exaggeration, unparalleled in human history.  Children have always been at the mercy of parents, teachers, and school administrators when it comes to the question of how, what, and when they learn.  Now the game has changed and the power has shifted to kids.

Obviously parental supervision is required; you don’t need me to tell you just how dangerous and inappropriate the online world can be.  What’s most exciting about this phenomenon, however, is the fact that children are taking initiative to become teachers and sharers.  They are not looking to make money doing this—although few would deny the desire to have 5 million followers and the fame (and perhaps fortune) that would accompany such success.  They’re doing it for the love of the video game, hobby, hack, or technique they’re demonstrating to the world.

It’s fascinating to imagine the new world that will arise when these online teachers reach adulthood.  Their ethos is cooperation instead of compensation; amateurism instead of professionalism.  How will they make a living?  How will they translate the teaching skills they are acquiring into a livelihood?  I don’t know, but chances are, some of them will figure it out.  And then they’ll post their learning on YouTube, or whatever sharing technology exists at that time, and give the world the benefit of their knowledge and experience.  Why not?  They’ll have been doing it for their whole lives.

About Michael Levin

Michael Levin, founder and CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc. (www.BusinessGhost.com), has written more than 100 books, including eight national best-sellers; five that have been optioned for film or TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others; and one that became “Model Behavior,” an ABC Sunday night Disney movie of the week. He is the father of Walter Levin (MyWalter101) and Isaac Levin (BillyBobRandom12345). The boys’ joint YouTube channel is OrigamiAndMagicBrothers.

 
IG Report on Secret Service PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 October 2012 13:06

Friday, October 19, 2012

Senator Chuck Grassley issued the following statement after portions of a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General review on inappropriate conduct by United States Secret Service personnel, and others, were reported by media sources.  Grassley pressed Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan for an independent review by the Inspector General in his first conversation with the Director soon after the alleged Colombia prostitution scandal and other misconduct was reported.

“It looks like the Inspector General’s report confirms our fear that there is a broader history of inappropriate action by personnel within the Secret Service.  Even worse, the IG report casts doubt and suspicion on the statements that national security wasn’t at risk.  The Secret Service will have a lot of work to do in the coming months and years to create a culture that respects the important job the agency is tasked with and to again earn the trust of the American people.”

 
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Friday, 19 October 2012 07:37
October 19, 2012

Notice: The opinions posted on this site are slip opinions only. Under the Rules of Appellate Procedure a party has a limited number of days to request a rehearing after the filing of an opinion. Also, all slip opinions are subject to modification or correction by the court. Therefore, opinions on this site are not to be considered the final decisions of the court. The official published opinions of the Iowa Supreme Court are those published in the North Western Reporter published by West Group.

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No. 11–0016

LYNN G. LAMASTERS vs. STATE OF IOWA

No. 12–0844

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. PETER SEAN CANNON

No. 12–1025

IOWA SUPREME COURT ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD vs. DEAN A. STOWERS

 
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