I’ve Moved to Chicago – Brooklyn: A Child Grows is for Sale

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In our new house in suburban Chicago!

As if dealing with my children’s wildly stupefying temper tantrums and friendship woes weren’t enough to throw my life off track, my husband decided to throw in, “moving to Chicago” in the summer.  And, that was it. We moved- for his new start-up and a new suburban life in the midwest after living for 17 years in NYC.

And, here we are in Chicago. All the while I have been writing to you in Brooklyn- missing you. But, it’s time for me to move on. My head feels like it will split from trying to be in two places. I have ached for you all there post-Sandy while I have been impotent in Chicago, only able to write about volunteering, not able to do it. I have lamented at being unable to see all the fabulous events we write about from the Halloween parties to the multitude of upcoming winter festivals. Sometimes I have woken up to see the weather in Brooklyn before I have looked out my own window in Chicago. My body and mind were meant to reside in one place, and so I have made a decision that it’s time for my mind to completely join my body here.

You are probably wondering why I didn’t tell you all earlier….We still have our place in Brooklyn, and I thought we would go back and forth a lot, and that I wouldn’t really be leaving Brooklyn. In fact, it turns out that flying back and forth is totally impractical, not to mention, expensive. And, though my children miss Brooklyn and their friends very much and call our quaint town here, “a ghost town”, I think I need to tell them we actually live here now- for good. It’s time. I will miss you all very much but my deepest hope is that the blog and Brooklyn Baby Expo might continue on in some form.

Might someone out there be interested in continuing the blog, the new burgeoning Marketplace and/or the very successful Brooklyn Baby Expo?

If so, I am selling it all with the hope that there is someone who can take it and continue to provide great local flavor to the community.  If you are interested, you could purchase the digital assets: the blog (2764 posts!- egads, I spent a lot of time writing!), the twitter account, the Facebook fan page, the domains, email subscriber list, the new Marketplace, the Meetup groups and all the revenue streams that go with that. You can also purchase the turn-key of the Brooklyn Baby Expo: my rolodex, list of current and past sponsors/exhibitors and all the paperwork to get started for the next one.  Please email me at Karen@achildgrows.com if you are interested and I can give you as much information as you need to consider this.

So, I’m not sure when I will officially stop updating the blog. Probably as soon as the right buyer comes forward or until my head truly splits in two from living a bicameral existence. But, I do hope that you will keep in touch. It’s been an amazing 6 years being with you all. Thank you for everything that you have given to me. I love all your emails; from those wanting to find a good pediatrician to just writing to tell me that you care. I love you, I love you, I love you.


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  1. Oh Rena- what a fun comment to read. You too have a special place in my motherhood- I remember those early days in the park at our moms’ group, our long political talks, nursing talks and everything talks. And, I remember how much you loved to squeeze my well-fed babe. We had a kick-ass mom’s group and I feel so lucky that I met you along with so many others.

    I miss you and want to stay in touch always! Can you email me your address so I can send you a holiday card?

  2. Love this! thank you! I hope I sold you some good things. xo

  3. Thank you for this terrific site and everything you did for the community! And for selling me some nice things your kids had outgrown at a reasonable price! Best of luck in Chicago, and I hope you find a buyer!

  4. Karen,
    You are a superstar!

    So creative, smart, fun and welcoming. I remember our first meeting with you and your big baby boy. I could not wait to squeeze him. You were so energetic and friendly — greeting everyone in your pink paisley top..

    You are a significant character in my first years of motherhood. Have a great time in Chicago. continue to create and live life to the fullest! I will always fondly remember our chats on the phone and walks in Fort Greene…

    Lots of love to all, Rena

    p.s. peter has that same outfit that your little guy is wearing. so funny!

  5. Karen,

    I had no idea… You will be truly missed by Brooklyn. A Child Grows is an institution and has been invaluable for us and literally every parent I know. I was always amazed to receive digests that felt as though they were addressing whatever parenting crisis I was experiencing at the time– your blog saved us many times and helped us plan countless weekends and trips. Wishing you the best of luck, Chicago is so lucky to have you. We will miss you and hearing your voice through this wonderful site.
    Much love and thanks. xo Lilly and Andrew

  6. Hope you find a buyer, because this is the only parenting blog I ever read, which I do faithfully every week. It’s made a huge difference in our household and our one and three year olds have benefitted greatly from it. Good luck in Chicago and thanks for all your hard work though the years.

  7. wow, no matter what, your voice and individual take on everything brooklyn will be missed greatly. Even the timing of your emails would prompt me into a “ahhhh…the weekend is coming!” feeling.

    thank you and best of luck.

  8. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. I’ve often used your blog, as I just did now, to find great activities for the weekend. You will be missed.

    To sell your blog, I might suggest listing it on the various parent listserves. There’s obviously Park Slope Parents, but then there’s lots of others, such as Bococa Parents, Brooklyn Heights Parents, Boerum Hill Parents, plus many others to get the word out.

  9. Thank you all so much for your beautiful comments. I am sitting here with tears reading them. They mean so so much to me. I cherish your words as they remind me of what this blog was all about.

  10. Thank you for all you did. I wish you and your family nothing but the best.

  11. Wishing you all the best in Chicago! So sad for us – you have been an amazing and fun resource. Thank you!

  12. Oh Karen! I went to check out the trusty calendar to figure out my little guy’s activity for tomorrow and saw this posting. So so happy for you (LOVE Chicago!), but also very sad about the thought that A Child Grows will be no more. I just cannot think of any comparable replacement. Thank you so much for every bit of info and guidance you’ve given us moms over the years. It was such a pleasure to get to meet and work with you as you got the Baby Expo off of the ground. Wishing you much luck and hoping there is a future for your brand!

  13. I hope you can find a buyer who is as enthusiastic and fun as you. Thank you for all the posts, this has become a must go to destination to find out information on great things for the kids and Brooklyn neighborhoods. I have often told friends in other parts of the country “You need a child grows in Brooklyn” blog! Good luck in Chicago! Thank you and remember once a Brooklyner always a Brooklyner!

  14. You will be missed!! Thank you for all of the email updates, the listings, the pictures — most of all THANK YOU for helping us be GREAT Moms!!

    All the best for you and your family.

  15. Oh Karen! As sad as this makes me I am so so happy for you that you have come to a decision and it involves you being in one place. I imagine all the wonderful opportunities that will open for you in your new home. As someone who’s mind has half lived in Porltand Oregon for the last 12 years (because I can’t really live in nyc!) I really understand. Your choice is inspiring and I wish you the clarity and calm that comes with knowing you are doing the right thing. Huge hugs lady. I can’t wait to see what you do next.
    xo Amy


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