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    Parent Camp: What to Do When You’re Running the Show

    by Sarah on 7/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, gives us parent camp how-to guide. Alice is THE voice of experience, so take notes.    Ah, the lazy days of summer. No more teachers, no more books. No more lunches to pack, no more mad dash to get to pre-school or grade school on time […]

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    How To Find A Nanny You Trust: Mommybites Nanny Board

    by Sarah on 7/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    On my moms’ group there seems to be a perpetual thread about finding a good nanny. Who can you recommend? Anyone available immediately? Usual nanny has quit/moved to Fiji/found God/gone public with her startup/ run away with Jude Law. Help! And then there is a silence that echoes through the interwebs, followed by a sad […]

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    Water Safety for Kids: Splash into Summer Safely

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Recently, Lindsay Kujawa of, Delighted Momma wrote about her toddler’s near drowning experience and the aftermath. Her post went viral and the discussion about “secondary drowning” has become a major topic in the […]

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    A Guide to Life Jackets for Kids

    by Sarah on 6/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    How do you keep your tot afloat? There are lots of choices. None of them are a replacement for your very close supervision, obviously. But each option is meant for a specific use and has its pros and cons. Here are the most popular lifejackets for kids, not including the noodle, which is really more […]

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    New Moms Can Relax (Sort-of): Babies Self-Regulate!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Moms always ask me,”Do breastfeeding babies ingest the same amount of breast milk at each feed?” The answer is no! When a baby is breastfeed, that baby will take in a different amount of breast milk at each feed. […]

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    If Jesus Loved Me- he’d let me get through the damn song!

    by Shayna Gehl on 6/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Wednesday Night, 7pm I’ve successfully brushed both toddlers’ teeth and got them in pajamas. We’ve had basic chit-chat about our day, I bathed them, we’ve read books, and prayed. Both children are showing the telltale signs of fatigue by flopping around in their beds as I latch my newborn (newbie) on for a feed and […]

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    Summer Camp: There’s Still Time!

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is upon us, the final days of school are here. Maybe you are still hashing out your summer plans, maybe your stay-cation is looking overwhelming, maybe the reality of your “Camp Mom” idea is starting to sink in, maybe you just need to work and spaced signing the kids up for summer camp. Whatever […]

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    There’s a Seal in My Bedroom: Understanding Croup

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.  What is croup? Croup is a general name for inflammation for the upper airways, specifically in the area around the vocal chords. If croup is sever their can be swelling around your trachea (wind pipe) […]

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    Basis Independent Brooklyn- Where Did They Go?!

    by Shayna Gehl on 6/02/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    A Child Grows has some Basis Independent Brooklyn updates for you and some great news with it! We’ve featured them before and are thrilled to do it again because there are lots of new things happening including the development of a merit based scholarship program! If you’re familiar with Basis Independent Brooklyn, you may also […]

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    Paper Moon Playgroup: Co-op Preschool in Park Slope Hosting Open House on June 3rd at 9am

    by A Child Grows on 5/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Paper Moon Playgroup is a half day cooperative preschool program for 3 and 4 year olds in Park Slope.  This program has a low teacher-student ratio, an outdoor play space, and teachers with both strong elementary education experience and unique backgrounds in theater and music.  The atmosphere is vibrant and fun with themed weeks and […]

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    All Things in Moderation: Parenting by the 80-20 Rule

    by Sarah on 5/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Erik Rhey, our favorite environmentalist, gardener, writer, father (we could go on, but you get the idea) explains how to keep from going off the deep end when it comes to all the indulgences (read: bribes) we give our kids. Teaching children moderation is one of the hardest lessons there is, in my opinion. And please, […]

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    Top 13 Lies We Tell Our Kids

    by Sarah on 5/19/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    1. This is for grown ups (this applies to desserts, tv, music, anything awesome you don’t want to share) 2. That kid hit you in the face because they like you 3. You are so good at X 4. Don’t go in the bedroom Daddy is working (which means smoking electronic cigarettes out the window. […]

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    How to Be A Better Parent? Turn Off Your Phone

    by Sarah on 5/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, explains why we need be present and put down those smart phones. Alice is THE voice of experience, so take notes.    The weather has finally warmed up, with lots of outdoor play time for families. After observing parents in playgrounds and strolling strollers on […]

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    Top 10 Reasons You Secretly Like the Second Kid Better

    by Sarah on 5/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I know that you love both your kids equally. I know that your heart has an endless capacity for love, whether you have two kids or ten. I know that you have never, and would never, play favorites. But, I also know that there are days when you definitely like one kid more than the […]

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    75 Giveaway Tickets To New York Baby Show

    by Sarah on 5/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    This Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th  from 10am to 4pm our friends at New York Family magazine will be hosting the annual New York Baby Show. And A Child Grows is giving away 75 family tickets away to the show. Enter below for your tickets! a Rafflecopter giveaway Last year the New York Baby Show […]

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    Do You Have a Spoiled Child? Confessions of an Overindulgent Parent

    by Sarah on 5/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    This isn’t me. I was the nanny, and now the parent, who worshipped at the altar of limits and structured routine. I have whipped many kids into shape when their parents felt unable. I believe in firm, loving parenting. I believe in schedules and rules and consistency. And yet despite all of that, I find […]

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    The Best Natural Insect Repellent (Besides Bats)

    by Sarah on 5/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Now that my annual parade of ants has arrived in my apartment, I know it’s spring. And with spring comes mosquitos. And ticks. And a host of other biting, phobia-inducing, what-the-hell-are-they-doing-in-the-city pests. Now begins the search for an effective, non-poisonous, bug repellent. And, while my membership to the Coop is admittedly new and I […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 4/25/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, an expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  donna@donnafish.com.  TREATS BEFORE THE MEAL:  WHAT TO DO? Q:  “Every time I pick up my 4 year old […]

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    Saying No to Your Child: 4 Ways to Keep Your Cool

    by Sarah on 4/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Sharon Peters, parenting expert and founder of Parents Helping Parents, reminds us how to keep it together while still setting limits. Martini not included.  Saying no to your child isn’t always easy.  Here are a few things to keep in mind that often help.  (Fair warning: just because these ideas can work doesn’t make […]

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    How Much Sleep Does Your Kid Need?

    by Sarah on 4/17/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Sleep, food and poop seem to be the subjects that dominate your life as a parent. But nothing can ruin your day–your kid’s ability to behave, communicate and generally stay on your good side–like sleep, or lack thereof. From the day we brought her home, my daughter was a champion sleeper, to the point that […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Chores

    by Sarah on 4/11/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Watching relatives who have more children but who also seem to have their lives together, I’ve decided that one of the keys to harmony in the household is an understanding that everyone in the family is expected to contribute to the […]

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    Spring Break Camp: It’s Not Too Late to Sign Up!

    by A Child Grows on 4/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Teachers, school administrators, seasoned parents of school-age kids, these are people who live and breath by the public school calendar.  For many others, spring break sneaks up on us and we realize – EEK! Spring break is next week and we have no plans! Well, there’s a wonderful thing called Spring Break Camp. Also called […]

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    Top 10 Spring Break Tips for Traveling with Kids from phil and teds

    by Sarah on 4/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Michael Grant, president of phil&teds, shares his infinite wisdom on traveling with kids, which is basically what this guy does for a living. And since phil&teds are one of our illustrious sponsors at The Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo, you can come check out all their gear and see these tips in action this Sunday! As parents we know […]

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    The Best Nontoxic Nail Polish: Paint It Black

    by Sarah on 4/01/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My daughter is desperate to paint her nails, and I have managed to put it off with the combo you’re-too-young and it’s-full-of-chemicals argument. But the other day our youngest neighbor (5 years old) came downstairs, nail polish in hand and proceeded to set up a manicure station in my hallway. That night I had to […]

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    BECO Giveaway at the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo!

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As NYC parents, we all face the same issue: transporting our kids around the city. In spite of having a variety of public transportation options, we often rely heavily on our very own bodies to do the work of transporting our little (and ever-growing) ones. Having a high-quality, long-lasting carrier that is comfortable for baby and parent […]