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School's out! (Almost) - Episode 22 Encore


Episode description

Welcome to an encore episode of Parenting Bytes! We couldn't get our schedules together to record this week, so we reached deep into the archives (I mean, this was all the way back when Amy Ever After was Selfish Mom!).

This episode first aired four years ago, and I can't believe how current it seems (well, except for the very end--are you still as enthusiastic about a Biden presidential run, Rebecca?).

One link, an article I wrote for the now-defunct Lifetime Moms website, no longer exists. And one has been updated: lunch is now free for all NYC public school kids, not just middle schoolers as we discussed in the segment about school lunch debt!

Everything else in the school shaming segment is still, sadly, relevant. Schools are still finding ways to embarrass kids for being poor, and it's disgusting.

What is lunch shaming?

School lunch shaming is when a school punishes students because their parents are behind in their school lunch payments. Sometimes the school will deny the student the normal hot lunch that everyone else is getting, and instead give them a cheaper bagged lunch, what we call the cheese sandwich of shame. Other times, they will simply deny the child food, which should be illegal. We go into it in the episode, and it's infuriating.

And then, there's the whole other issue of policing what parents are packing in their kids' lunches, and shaming them for that, sometimes even throwing out food!

But on a happier note, it's also time to give teacher gifts here in NYC! We realize that for many of you, the school year is over, and we think that's just crazy, because we still have just shy of four weeks to go.

We've got some unique ideas for personalized teacher gifts, themed teacher gift baskets, and of course some inexpensive thank you gift ideas, because all of this end-of-the-year stuff can get expensive!

We also recognize that presents for teachers can be a sticky subject in some schools, depending on what the gift-giving rules are, so we also have some advice on how to give a class gift in the fairest way possible. 

And for those of you who are done and already enjoying summer break? Just tuck these links away for next year, because if they're still good links four years later, you can bet they'll still be good in five!


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Welcome to Parenting Bytes! Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith have braved the crazy midtown Manhattan holiday traffic once again to bring …

Ep. 46: Hour of Code

December 3rd, 2015


Welcome to Parenting Bytes! Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are spending this episode talking about Hour Of Code

Ep. 45: Holiday Food Edition!

November 25th, 2015


Welcome to Parenting Bytes! Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are discussing food.

Ep. 44: How To Talk To Kids About Tragedy

November 19th, 2015


Welcome to Parenting Bytes! Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are in the studio today with a very special guest, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Ep. 43: Mean Girl Moms

November 12th, 2015


Hello and welcome to Parenting Bytes!

Ep. 42: Screen Time For Babies?

November 5th, 2015


Welcome to Parenting Bytes! The three of us--Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith--are in the studio today talking about two very hot topics

Ep. 40: Do Your Children Owe You Money For Raising Them?

October 23rd, 2015


Welcome to our 40th episode, recorded in a brand spanking new studio - Parenting Bytes was the first podcast in!

Ep. 39: Are Texting Teens Like Compulsive Gamblers?

October 15th, 2015


Welcome to our latest episode of Parenting Bytes! All three of us are in the studio together (finally!).

Ep. 38: #WhatSheSaid

October 9th, 2015


Hi everyone, it's just Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan in the studio today.

Ep. 37: Kids, Empathy, and Cell Phones

October 2nd, 2015


Hi everyone, we're in the studio with a special guest this week! Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and special guest Nancy Friedman

Ep. 36: Female CEOs Are More Than Moms

September 24th, 2015


Hi everyone, we're in the studio this week with a couple of great topics!

Ep. 35 :Get Organized For School!

September 18th, 2015


Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are in the studio talking about how to use tech to organize carpools

Ep. 34: How To Manage Facebook Security

September 10th, 2015


We're back! It's almost fall, we're all back from travels and summer fun, school is starting, and we're in the studio.

Interview with the first lady of New York City Chirlane McCray plus [Best Of] Banning Homework Episode

September 3rd, 2015


Rebecca, Andrea & Amy talk to Chirlane McCray about NYC Teen SMS, a program that allows teens to anonymously contact a crisis counselor.

Ep. 33: Kids Talk Back

August 27th, 2015


This week Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan are in the NYC studio with three very special guests, their daughters!

Ep. 32: A Mother Responds

August 24th, 2015


his week Rebecca Levey and Amy Oztan are in the NYC studio with a special guest, Jennie Baird, who wrote an amazing response to the NY Times article …

Ep. 30 Live from Type-A NYC

August 6th, 2015


This week we did something special: we recorded an episode in front of a live audience from the Type-A Bootcamp (a mini-conference for bloggers), discussing the power of parents online, and how companies are getting …

[Best Of] This week World's Worst Mom and Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy.

July 30th, 2015


Parenting Bytes is on the road this week, so please enjoy this early episode that you might have missed! This week World's Worst Mom and Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy joins Rebecca, Amy and Andrea to talk about …

Ep. 29: Ashley Madison: Anonymous Never Is

July 23rd, 2015


Today we're in the studio with Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith. We're joined by security expert Paul Viollis, who gives us the lowdown on …

Ep. 28 Odd Mom Out

July 16th, 2015


Today we have a very special, one-topic episode!

Ep. 27: Camp Mom!

July 9th, 2015


This week Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are in the studio with Babette Roberts from Camp Mom

Ep. 26: Teen Lit Rocks!

July 2nd, 2015


This week hosts Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Andrea Smith are speaking with blogger, Senior Movie Reviewer for Common Sense Media, and creator of …

Ep. 25: Does Music Make Your Kid Smarter?

June 25th, 2015


This week hosts Rebecca Levey, Amy Oztan, and Nancy Friedman are in the studio with cellist, composer, and now game inventor Philip Sheppard.

Ep. 24: The New Stage Moms

June 19th, 2015


Hosts Rebecca Levey, Nancy Friedman, and Amy Oztan talk to writer Michelle Ruiz about the Internet's latest star, six-year-old Cece Price

Episode 23: Father's Day Smackdown

June 10th, 2015


This week on the podcast Rebecca, Amy and guest co-host Nancy Friedman are joined in the studio by three time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion and Human Podcast Machine host, Taz. How does a big time athlete handle …

Episode 22: School's Out! (Almost)

June 8th, 2015


This week on Parenting Bytes Rebecca, Amy and Andrea discuss school shaming - from school lunch to carnivals that leave out kids, why are school …

Episode 21: Class of 2015 - you're screwed!

May 28th, 2015


This week Rebecca, Amy and Andrea discuss Robert de Niro's tough love graduation speech and what makes a great commencement address, plus gifts for grads. Then we tackle the impossible task of packing for summer camp …

Episode 20: Internet Etiquette

May 20th, 2015


This week Rebecca, Amy and Nancy discuss how to mind your online p's and q's. When is it OK to send a digital thank you card? Should you have a …

Episode 18: Girls gone Minecraft.

May 6th, 2015


This week Rebecca, Amy and Andrea discuss the 12 year old girl who shamed the gaming industry into including free girl characters as their default …

Episode 17: Who Likes Mother's Day?

April 30th, 2015


On this week's podcast Meagan Francis of joins Rebecca, Amy and Nancy to talk about what makes a happy home, how she manages her kids who range in age from 6-17, and how moms can try to find balance …

Episode 16: The webcam in your teen's bedroom

April 23rd, 2015


This week Dan Tynan of Yahoo! Tech qualify as spying?

Episode 15: The Lowdown on Teens and Social Media

April 15th, 2015


This week Rebecca, Amy and Nancy are joined by Abby West, Executive Editor of We talk to Amanda Lenhart, author of the new Pew Research Study all about teens and social media - what are they using, and how …

Episode 14: Apologizing for your kid

April 8th, 2015


This week Andrea and Rebecca are joined by Nancy Friedman to talk about apologizing for your kid's terrible behavior

Episode 13: Quality v. Quantity

April 3rd, 2015


This week Rebecca, Amy and Andrea talk about a new study showing quality rules over quantity when comes to time parents spend with their kids.

Episode 12: Snarky Parents and Mean Boys

March 26th, 2015


This week Amy is in the studio with Eric Messinger of New York Family Magazine while Rebecca and Andrea join in from Sandbox Summit in Cambridge, MA.

Episode 11: Let's ban homework!

March 17th, 2015


This week on the podcast, Rebecca, Andrea and Amy talk about the pros and cons of homework and whether it's necessary at all

Episode 10: Working moms and too-gifted kids.

March 11th, 2015


This week on the podcast Rebecca is joined by Andrea Smith and Nancy Friedman as they discuss Katharine Zaleski's working mom apology in Fortune …

Episode 9: YouTube for Kids - yay or nay?

March 4th, 2015


This week on the podcast Rebecca is joined by Amy Oztan and Nancy Friedman to talk about the new YouTube for Kids app

Episode 8: There's a Dad in the house!

February 25th, 2015


Lance Somerfeld, Co-Founder of the City Dads Group joins the podcast to talk about modern fatherhood, stay at home dads, and the changing image of what it means to be a dad, and the Dad 2.0 Summit (and how brands are …

Episode 5: Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media

February 4th, 2015


This week we're talking with Jim Steyer, founder of Common Sense Media

Episode 3: This week World's Worst Mom and Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy.

January 23rd, 2015


This week World's Worst Mom and Free Range Kids founder Lenore Skenazy

Episode 2: The CES review and more.

January 14th, 2015


Rebecca is joined by co-hosts Andrea Smith and Amy Oztan

Episode 1: Parenting Bytes

January 5th, 2015


Featuring Amy Oztan (@selfishmom) and Andrea Smith @Andrea Smith

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