Congratulations, again,  are in order for Hillary Clinton as she has been honored once more, this time with the Child Mind Institute Child Advocacy Award. Best compliments, Mme. Secretary!  So well deserved!


Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State, and Child Mind Institute co-founders Brooke Garber Neidich and Howard Koplewicz.


Child Mind Institute 5th Anniversary Gala

Nov. 25, 2014 | Caroline Miller It was an emotional evening for the Child Mind Institute as we celebrated our fifth anniversary last night at the annual Child Advocacy Award Dinner at Cipriani 42nd Street. The evening’s honors went to Hillary Rodham Clinton, who received the Child Advocacy Award, and Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, who accepted the Distinguished Scientist Award.


Ben Shapiro, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Harold S. Koplewicz Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Ben Shapiro, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Harold S. Koplewicz

Secretary Clinton saluted the efforts of Harold Koplewicz and Brooke Garber Neidich, Child Mind Institute’s co-founders, to fight the stigma that still surrounds mental illness. She told a story about the daughter of a friend who was being treated at the Child Mind Institute, who said to her mother: “If I had cancer and I was getting better everybody would be so happy for me. I am getting better, because I now know more about what to do, and I’m getting the help I need, but no one is celebrating that.” Clinton, whose foundation Too Small to Fail also focuses on early childhood development, closed with this:

We need to help the Child Mind Institute draw attention to the mental health needs of our kids, fight to remove the stigmas that keep them in the shadows, and speak up for those parents working their hearts out to get their children the care they need. We need to honor the dedicated professionals exploring the frontiers of brain science and providing cutting-edge clinical care, and keep asking ourselves what more we as cities, states, and our nation can do to continue giving hope to so many who need it.

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This article covers last night’s event as well as Friday night’s N.Y. Historical Society Gala.

Scene Last Night: Clinton, Schwarzman, Corzine, Neidich, Diamond

Hillary Clinton eulogizes lawyer Thomas A. Twomey Jr. in East Hampton

November 22, 2014
By DEBBIE TUMA. Special to Newsday
Former President Bill Clinton and former Sec. of
Former President Bill Clinton and former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton arrive at the East Hampton Airport on Nov. 22, 2014 for a funeral. (Credit: Doug Kuntz)

Hillary Rodham Clinton eulogized prominent environmental lawyer Thomas A. Twomey Jr. at his funeral in East Hampton on Saturday, recalling how he helped her connect with everyday Long Islanders and win her Senate seat from New York in 2000.

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Hillary spoke Friday night at the New York Historical Society 2014 History Makers Gala.  The event took place at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.  She was on stage with Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson and Wynton Marsalis.

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Hillary Clinton to raise money for Landrieu

By Dan Merica, CNN

New York (CNN) — Hillary Clinton will host a high-dollar fundraiser for Sen. Mary Landrieu, an embattled Democratic incumbent who finds herself behind in a closely watched runoff to reelection.

The Dec. 1 event, which will be hosted at the New York City home of Sarah & Victor Kovner, longtime Clinton supporters, will boost Landrieu’s coffers after she was unable to best her opponent Bill Cassidy on Election Day. Polls currently show the Republican with a sizable lead in the runoff.

Tickets to the event start at $1,000 and go up to $12,000. The event is being branded as “Cocktails with Hillary Rodham Clinton in support of Sen. Mary Landrieu.”

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In September 2010 at the Clinton Global Initiative, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the establishment of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.   A public-private partnership led by the United Nations Foundation, the alliance seeks to introduce clean cookstoves to 100 million homes worldwide by the year 2020.  Toxic fumes from cooking devices that consume solid fumes kill nearly two million people a year and represent one of the top five health risks in poor and developing countries.

At the third annual meeting of the alliance, in September 2013, Hillary assumed the leadership chair at the alliance.  Today, in New York City, she attended the USAID Cookstoves Future Summit where she spoke to donors, activists and members of the media on the importance of this initiative.

The United States Announces Significant Support for the Clean Cooking Sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 21, 2014

Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy today announced up to $200 million in expected renewed and enhanced support by the United States for the clean cooking sector and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance).

These actions will help improve health, reduce environmental degradation, mitigate climate change, and generate economic empowerment and opportunity for women and girls.

Building on the United States’ initial commitment from 2011-2015, these new expected contributions bring the cumulative anticipated U.S. contribution commitment to this sector and the Alliance up to $325 million through 2020.

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Went to summit yesterday w/global & industry leaders focused on a worthy mission. Cooking shouldn’t kill.

Hillary was in Memphis Tennessee today to attend the dedication of The Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education & Collaboration at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.   We see her with Marlo,  her brother, Tony Thomas, Marlo’s husband, Phil Donahue, and parents and kids in a waiting area at the clinic.

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In Memphis children’s hospital to dedicate the Marlo Thomas Center and see their new proton therapy center.

I am thankful, every day of every year, for having the chance to be on earth at the same time as Hillary Clinton.


A Little Routine for Life-long Health

All humans are supposed to be creatures of habit, but children really thrive on habit and routine—even when it appears otherwise!  Children deeply benefit from routines that establish healthy habits like regular sleep, nutritious meals eaten around the dinner table, and an organized home. This is because daily and family routines help children develop the cognitive, emotional and social skills they will need to succeed in school and beyond.

Researchers encourage establishing routines with children from infancy for various reasons. Routines help children learn that they can trust and depend on adults—a valuable asset for emotional stability in relationships and an important way to establish parent-child bonds. Meaningful routines—like the ones we practice as rituals during Thanksgiving and other holidays—help children feel like they belong to a community, and improve their social skills. Some research even suggests that children living in families with regular routines suffer from fewer illnesses, like respiratory infections.

Parents and caregivers can help children establish healthy routines that have direct and life-long benefits. For example, parents can read books with their babies and young children at bedtime to help them sleep better. Parents can also establish regular times of conversation, like around the dinner table, to improve bonding and stimulate language. Finally, parents and caregivers can use holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving to instill a sense of tradition and history in the family.


Resources for Sharing:

  • This article from the AAP explains how various routines throughout a child’s day can improve moods and benefit development.
  • This article from Raising Children Network offers tips for how parents can incorporate routines and ritual into family life.
  • A reminder that quality time can happen in short intervals—even for busy families!


This beautiful video from BabyWorld shows how a bedtime routine will help your infant get the sleep his body—and brain—need. >>


Gratitude for Every Day of the Year

Were you taught to count your blessings as a child?  Turns out, this is important advice for young children and adults alike. While rituals like Thanksgiving serve as a great opportunity to express gratitude within families, new research is showing that teaching young children how to express gratitude on a regular basis is an important skill that will benefit them their entire lives.

According to a growing body of research, there are many benefits to the social, emotional and physical development of children when they are taught to feel and express gratitude regularly. Psychologists have found that when people think about the positive things in their lives—even while experiencing stressful situations—they can increase their happiness, improve sleep, and reduce anxiety.  The benefits stem from brain hormones triggered and released by positive thoughts. These “feel-good” hormones counter the effects of the body’s stress hormones, which can harm developing minds and bodies. Expressing gratitude on a regular basis can improve the immune system, speed up recovery time and prevent chronic illnesses like obesity and heart disease. Finally, the more positive a child’s thinking, the more eager they are to learn and engage with others. This improves their social relationships and encourages new connections.

This does not mean that parents and caregivers should stop children from expressing negative feelings or emotions. But parents can help young children learn how to think positively and express gratitude by talking about their own gratitude for the positive things and people in their lives. Also, parents and caregivers can help young toddlers develop gratitude by sharing books about thankfulness, and involving them in activities—like delivering donated food to a food bank—that encourage sharing and empathy for others.


Resources for Sharing:

  • This news article from the Wall Street Journal explains recent research on gratitude, and how it benefits children and families.
  • Tips, videos and other resources from Greater Good about why gratitude matters—and how to express it regularly!
  • Ten ways to help children express their gratitude, starting now!


This video for parents explains why teaching gratitude can improve health and well-being for their children, and themselves. >>

Here is what Hillary is thankful for today.

Quality child care makes our families & communities stronger. Thanks to the President for signing bipartisan child care bill.


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