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    Find Babysitters Easily with UrbanSitter!

    by A Child Grows on 10/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Use your social network and this great app to help you find your next sitter! UrbanSitter is an online marketplace where parents go to find occasional, part-time or full-time babysitters quickly and efficiently. Powered by your own parenting networks, UrbanSitter helps you find babysitters hired and personally recommended by your friends and parents from your child’s […]

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    Family Matters NY Weekly Parenting Tip: The Dishes Can Wait

    by Sarah on 10/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Every week (or so) Alice Kaltman, LCSW, founder of Family Matters NY shares a quick tidbit related to parenting and family life. We know you’re pressed for time, so here is a nugget of simple, and hopefully helpful advice (or reassurance!).   Kids equal chaos. Family life can be as frustrating as rush hour on the BQE.   […]

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    Family Matters NY Weekly Parenting Tip: Harness your Ms/Mr. Congeniality

    by Sarah on 9/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Every week (or so) Alice Kaltman, LCSW, founder of Family Matters NY shares a quick tidbit related to parenting and family life. We know you’re pressed for time, so here is a nugget of simple, and hopefully helpful advice (or reassurance!).   Sometimes parents travel from home to school to supermarket to soccer without so much as […]

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    Improve Your Morning Routine (because we know it sucks)

    by Sarah on 9/24/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Most mornings I get up late. Later than my alarm would suggest I get up. I press snooze two or three times. I roll out of bed twenty minutes later and bump and bumble my way into the shower. If I’m organized, I put oatmeal in the microwave before I jump in the shower so […]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Reading is Magic

    by Sarah on 9/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My eldest just started Kindergarten.  She loves being read to, but is adverse to anything that seems like we’re trying to teach her how to read for herself.  She was given a set of Bob books a few years ago for a gift, and although I’m pretty sure she could read them to herself at […]

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    Family Matters NY Weekly Parenting Tip: Little Kids Don’t Do Grey

    by Sarah on 9/19/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Every week (or so) Alice Kaltman, LCSW, founder of Family Matters NY shares a quick tidbit related to parenting and family life. We know you’re pressed for time, so here is a nugget of simple, and hopefully helpful advice (or reassurance!).   Parents of fussy babies are told, it gets easier once kids start talking. With words, […]

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    Nipple Pain? It could be YEAST!!! (aka Thrush)

    by Sarah on 9/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Thrush or a yeast infection is a very painful condition when located in the breast. From my experience, I find that it is usually not diagnosed by health care providers due to lack of education about yeast and the breast. Because of this lack of knowledge, women suffer for weeks or months before they are […]

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    A Guide to Bedwetting: When to Worry and When to Let it Go

    by Sarah on 9/03/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Wet sheet and wet pajamas at 2am with an embarrassed child are a common scenario in many households. But don’t worry; bedwetting is not a sign of potty training not working or a difficult […]

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    Is Your iPad Causing Your Child Developmental Problems

    by Sarah on 9/02/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Ah, technology, our most seductive of cultural crutches, I mean, conveniences. We’ve all been at the tail end of a 4-hour car trip that became a 7-hour car trip when we finally said, “here just take it!” and shoved an iphone toward the back seat. Or we’ve managed to snag a 5:30 reservation at the […]

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    13 Reasons Kids Are Just Like Dogs

    by Sarah on 8/29/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    1. They’ve got pack mentality. And I’m not just talking Lord of The Flies. What they want most is for everyone to be together. They want everyday to be family day, or group playdate day. Basically, if they are under eight-years-old they want to be enmeshed in the pack, the more the merrier. 2. They […]

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    Overprotective? Why Taking Risks is Good for Your Kid

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This summer I’ve been experimenting with a new idea, one that seems in sharp contrast with the image of the helicopter parents of our borough, that idea is parenting from a distance. After reading Hanna Rosin’s much-discussed article in The Atlantic Monthly about the Welsh adventure playground (more on this later), I became fascinated by […]

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    How to Raise Healthy Eaters

    by Sarah on 8/13/14 | 0 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.  This article first appeared in The Huffington Post. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship people […]

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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 […]