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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘teens’
Posted: January 24th, 2014

promtrendsProm dresses — seams like just yesterday we were buying prom dresses for my little girl — who is now 25. We logged many miles between Erie and Sharon, Pa., to visit The Winner.  And local bridal shops also got some of our money — so did websites. Here’s the David’s Bridal take on what’s in for 2014:

Beading – Stones, beads, oversized crystals and mirrored glass will be available on almost every dress. I love it!

Don’t get hemmed in — The high-low hemline takes the worry out of wearing long or short. Teens can have long AND short and  tiered cascades and sheer overlays.

Fabrics that flow — Chiffon and matte jersey fabrics, allowing every prom girl to feel like royalty and dance comfortably all night long.

Glamorous gowns – Flattering, dramatic mermaid-like silhouettes are taking over.

Colors  Soft tones of pink and mint green are the coolest color choices, but corals are big– we have at least two of these hanging in the closets at Chez Parker. Orange, tangerine, mango,neon and apricot — orange by any other name — are brightening up the dance floor. Pistachio, honey dew and radiant lime are the new greens. Aqua and turquoise are true blue are .

Ivory and champagne are also the new neutrals.  Basically, you can wear any color you want and any style you want. Be comfortable and enjoy the frilly fashions of prom time.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is mom to three, stepmom to three and GramPam to one.

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Posted: February 14th, 2013

gabby-douglasFashion statements are red this month — and today’s Valentine’s Day mantra might be “buy something red.” Take a look at the red dresses rocking the runway during The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection Fashion Show 2013 right here. The New York Daily News covers it in style with 27 fabulous fashion ideas modeled by everyone from Gold-medal Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas – pictured above — to Kelly Osbourne.

Today is the perfect day to buy a little red dress. Here’s a link to the terrific selection at Macy’s – for teens to women in styles for career, casual and glamorous evening wear.

Here’s a link to JCPenney’s red dresses – one adorable peplum number from Bisou Bisou is only $35 — how can we choose just one?

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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Posted: January 14th, 2013

Ryan and HowieThese are my boys smirking on Christmas morning a few years ago and laughing that they got the same shirt for Christmas. That kind of happens every year — the same shirt thing — because they both look handsome in the same colors and styles, and my daughter and I outfit them accordingly. We know they don’t hang out together. In fact, now they are age 20 and 26 and live in different states. So we often buy them the same things.

If you’re a mom or a stepmom, here’s a quick piece of advice for getting along with your kids. Choose your battles. You can’t be arguing with a toddler, child, tween or teen for weeks on end. For me, safety came first and neatness last — especially when I was a single mom.

And they questioned everything. When I taught my youngest to drive on the interstate, he was exceeding the speed limit. I warned that he would get a ticket, and that would pretty much prevent an early license.  He scoffed that there was no place for troopers to hide. “What — do you think there are tree cops or something,” he said.

Kids must never watch “CSI,” or “NCIS,” or “Person of Interest.”

“Radar,” I said. “Do you think I make this stuff up? Do you think I’ve never gotten a ticket? I’m just telling you they make rules so you follow them. We all have rules.”

And kids don’t always follow them. But the consequences do have influence — especially tickets. Kids learn from their mistakes just like we do. Make sure you have rules and consequences. And remember to reward good behavior — don’t just punish the bad. You need to make kids feel good about themselves every single day. It will make you feel good, too.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one. 

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Posted: October 2nd, 2012

The YMCA of Greater Erie is looking for 10 Girls of Merit. You can nominate a girl age 12 to 18 here. But hurry — the deadline is Oct. 4. Winners will be announced at Girls World Expo in Erie Sunday, Nov. 4.

Nominate a tween or teen who has done great things for her family, community and others.

Girls World Expo includes a fashion show, speakers, seminars, music, art show and dance and poetry performances. Girls can also learn about Internet safety, attend a college and career fair and shop at the marketplace for accessories, jewelry and more.

GoErie.com and the Erie Times-News host Girls World Expo from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 4, at the Bayfront Convention Center.

Last year, 1,000 people attended the event, and the 2011 Girls of Merit included: Chelsea Czerwinski, Amy Teresa Gehrlein, Meaghan Hubert, Ciah Koehler, Nina Palattella, Holly Pierce, Emily Schultz, Emily Smith, Stephanie Snyder and Kelsey Wurst.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2012

A friend of mine’s son, a state champ in tennis, went from a good player to a state champ after changing his diet to get through grueling tournaments. Diet is more important than you think. Ask successful athletes in tennis, football cross country, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track or any sport what helped them achieve greatness, and many will tell you they learned to eat right.

As a mom of many athletes, I’ve seen kids eat candy bars and Swedish fish before track meets and still perform well, but in the long run, athletes who go the distance commit to good nutrition, and that means protein and carbs. Here’s a link to KidsHealth advice.

5 things to know about athletes and nutrition:

  1. Is your kid taking creatine? It is a supplement, and if your kid is into this, read this article about the importance of nutrition and hydration. I’ve seen kids take everything from protein powder to excess vitamins. With the Internet, everyone seems to be an expert on nutrition, but supplements are not a good idea and not meant for kids under 18. If you have a concern about your teen’s nutrition, ask a doctor — not a friend.
  2. Protein bars work for some folks as a protein source, but many are loaded with preservatives and sugar alcohols. My kids didn’t have a problem, but protein bars give me horrible stomach aches. Peanut butter on half of a whole grain bagel was my daughter’s pre-run meal before every cross country and track meet. She was cross country runner of the year in our district, and her track team won states two years in a row. Many tennis players — national and local — credit protein and carbs for keeping energy levels up without the carb crash that can occur if you are performing in an all-day or all-weekend tournament.
  3. Tournaments often have pizza and fast food readily available, and don’t fall for it. A lot of kids can’t handle dairy — in the form of cheese, yogurt or milk — before an event. Save dairy for after the event or hours before it.
  4. Hydrate with water. For most people, sports drinks are not a necessity, but water is. Kids must listen to coaches about hydrating, or they will cramp. I see it every year in football — a kid misses an entire game because of cramping. Our bodies need to be hydrated for days in advance of an event. Here’s a great article on dealing with cramps from LECOM.
  5. Kids don’t always listen to parents or coaches. Kids are kids, and some (like some of mine ) have to learn the hard way. They may get caught up in the latest fad diet but forget that it can have consequences. My son tried Atkins while playing football, and discovered a total loss of energy. Fortunately, a trainer talked him out of it. Visit your family doctor and/or a registered dietitian if your son or daughter is out of sync with sports and diets. Here’s a list of registered dietitians in the Erie area. And remember as kids grow, their nutritional needs change. The days of pre-gaming on Swedish fish and candy bars don’t make the grade at the varsity level.

Pam Parker, a tennis player well acquainted with muscle cramps, is the mom of three and stepmom of three — all athletes.  She is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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    Posted: August 16th, 2012

    We often look for baclpacks that are stylish, fashionable and durable. But many thanks to RENEÉ HEWITT of  Topical BioMedics for advice on backpacks for kids.

    She reminds us that heavy backpacks  worn incorrectly can cause serious back, neck and shoulder pain.

    Tips for Back Safety
    Lou Paradise, president and chief of research of Topical BioMedics, a topical pain ointment for kids, offers the following tips for proper backpack safety:

    -Make sure backpacks fit properly and have padded backs and straps.

    -Children should wear BOTH straps – slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.

    -Teach your child to pack light only carry what is necessary to avoid any excess weight.

    -A backpack should weigh no more than 10  - 20 percent of the child’s body weight.

    -The backpack’s straps should fit snuggly over the child’s shoulders.

    -Parents should pick up their child’s backpack on a regular basis to gauge its weight.

    -Make sure the backpack is positioned on the back between the shoulder and not resting on the child’s lower back or hips.

    -Tighten the straps so the pack sits close to the body.

    -Organize the pack carefully and pack the heavier items closet to the center of the back.

    -If your child experiences back pain, weakness or numbness in the arms or legs, be sure to speak with your doctor.

    Look for Signs That Signal a Backpack is Too Heavy

    -A change in your child’s posture when wearing the backpack

    -Struggling to put on or take off the backpack

    -Pain when wearing the backpack

    -Red marks from the shoulder straps after the backpack has been removed.

    Features to Look for When Choosing a Backpack
    -Two shoulder straps to distribute weight evenly

    -Wide, padded shoulder straps that won’t dig into shoulders causing pain and cutting off circulation

    -Padded back provides more comfort and protects children from being poked by sharp objects inside the backpack

    -Backpack should be made of durable, lightweight material

    -Waist belt to distribute the weight more evenly across the body

    -Backpacks with wheels are an excellent choice for students who must tote a heavy load, but are less practical for use in snow during the winter months

    To learn more about Topricin Junior, go to http://www.topricin.com

    Pam Parker is an award-winning writer and editor for Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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    Posted: October 22nd, 2011

    Teens know all about powder lifters. I’m sharing this Facebook post and awesome photo from BeautyStat Community Shares & Reviews because I learned about powder lifters from my pal, Kerry Conklin, at Charisma Salon in downtown Erie. Kerry does my nails with CND, which are purple right now in honor of National Prevent Domestic Abuse month, and because I am great buds with Rick Liebel of SafeNet.
    Kerry told me all about the new powders that are some kind of wonderful when you put them in your hair — root lifters to infinity and they can be dry shampoos. I’m in. Are you? I’m looking for someone to try this out (free of course) for an article for Her Times. Or I’ll do it myself, but I shouldn’t have all the fun! Send me an email to pam.parker@timesnews.com. You could get a free powder lifter!

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    Posted: September 27th, 2011

    When kids make you laugh so hard, your sides hurt, it might be the middle school years. It’s a time when kids have a somewhat grown-up appearance, but they still have that impishness that makes me grin just thinking about it.
    I still laugh when I think of football car pools. No one wanted the return trip home, but I did. The skinny boys of fall were muddy, sweaty and laughing. In our car pool, we had twins who excelled in rapid-fire delivery of Internet jokes that made me laugh so hard, I’d cry.
    This hearty half dozen players had also mastered and memorized some “Jeopardy” skits from “Saturday Night Live” starring Will Farrell as the Alex Trebek and Darrell Hammond as Sean Connery.
    It was like watching it live.
    Now, we also did have practical jokes in school, but these kids did nothing like the tricks I recalled at St. George Elementary School. And many of those kids had grown up to be teachers, principals, lawyers, judges and doctors.
    Middle schoolers will make you laugh, make mistakes, make you cry and give you memories. The best advice I ever received about dealing with any of the bad times was from a teacher. “Kids will have rules to follow the rest of their lives. If they break a few now, they’ll learn to stop. We all need to give them a break.
    Here’s to middle school mayhem.