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    How Would Your Kid Handle An Emergency?

    by Sarah on 11/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Tonight I was writing in our bedroom when I heard a clanging outside. Thinking that our balcony umbrella was being dragged away in a mini tornado or that a raccoon was going rabid amongst my dead tomatoes plants, I switched on the balcony light and suddenly heard someone shouting my name. My neighbor had inadvertently [...]


    Plum Pouch Recall: Your Mother Was Right

    by Sarah on 11/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Since bacteria may not have been the “organics” they were hoping for, the fine people at Plum have issued a “voluntary” recall of a few of their products (see below for specifics). My kid might be past the pouch stage of life (most of the time), but there was an era in which they were indispensable. [...]

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    Top Eleven Reasons Playgrounds Suck (because ten wasn’t enough)

    by Sarah on 11/11/13 | 5 Comment(s)

    Neither of you wants to go, but you have to make the kid do it. There is some cruel irony in that. (And of course, she loves it once there. But you still hate it). You feel the chorus of nannies sitting on the benches is constantly judging you for being a helicopter parent, standing two [...]


    Wherefore Art Thou Mr. Belvedere: Vetting Your New Nanny

    by Sarah on 10/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    So you need a nanny. Aside from asking around, where on earth do you start? Sites like Sittercity and, seem almost too big, as if nothing good could come from a nanny mill. But in fact, those particular sites (and not a lot of the others, so check) do background checks, scouring police records [...]


    Rules of the Road

    by Sarah on 10/10/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      The tragic loss of a twelve year old in Park Slope serves as a reminder that even older children can forget the basics of street and traffic safety. For all of our parental vigilance, the worst can happen the moment we turn our backs, or more often, right in front of us. While we [...]

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    It Costs How Much to Raise A Child?

    by Nicole on 8/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I came across this recent article on - Will Millennials Be Able to Afford to Raise Children? - and I can’t say I was overly shocked about the amount of money it costs to raise a child- $26,000 for the first year and over $240,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18, but, when [...]


    The Tragedy of Forgetting Your Child in Your Car

    by Nicole on 8/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Another child has died of hyperthermia because he was forgotten in his dad’s hot car. I don’t know the facts surrounding this recent tragedy on Long Island, but I have read enough to know it can happen to anyone. Recent cases have involved parents who previously wouldn’t be considered negligent in their child’s care. An [...]

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    When Your Neighbor Has a Child with A Disability

    by Nicole on 6/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t want their child to have friends…… be popular, well liked, respected, invited to parties and play dates?  Now put your feet into the shoes of a parent caring for a child with a disability.  That neighbor, that friend, that community member has all the same wishes and dreams for their child whose daily [...]


    How to Form a Preschool Co-op

    by Nicole on 6/12/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    Getting into preschool in NYC can be complicated process with its lottery system, zoning rules and competition – making it very difficult to get in. And now that the  public schools have sent their acceptance letters, if your child doesn’t get into a public preschool program you will have to wait another year – meaning [...]


    THE 2013 NANNY SURVEY: Park Slope Parents Needs Your Input!

    by Nicole on 6/03/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our friends at Park Slope Parents are gathering the data for their 2013 Nanny Survey. This survey has been an invaluable tool over the last few years- helping to determine what to pay, when and how much for a raise, vacation time, and overall childcare and household policies (some of which I didn’t even think [...]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo is THIS Sunday! Are You Coming?

    by Nicole on 5/31/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    We are so excited for the Brooklyn Baby Expo this Sunday June 2nd! It is going to be fun and educational event filled with information and gifts for parents and activities for their children! If you haven’t bought your ticket yet, you still can! Purchase your tickets here and enter code ACG15off for a discount for [...]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo – Not Just for Babies – Sunday June 2nd

    by Nicole on 5/24/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Think the Brooklyn Baby Expo isn’t for you just because you don’t have a baby any longer? Wrong! There will be lots of activities for older children and information, products and raffles for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers!  Top 10 reasons you should attend event if your children aren’t babies any longer or you have [...]


    The Best Sunscreens: Reviews and Ratings

    by Nicole on 5/16/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Now that the weather is finally warming up and everyone’s planning for their summer activities, it’s time to think about using sunscreens again. You can spend days researching and testing all the “good’ sunscreens out there. And believe me- I’ve done it. After 4 years of scrutinizing, ordering and testings various sunscreens- I have my [...]


    Crossing The Street Safely with Toddlers

    by Karen on 3/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Over the last 4 years, I have become a parent who nags a bit.  I hate this- and though I really try and curtail it, I find that as a parent living in an urban environment, it’s pretty difficult. Here is how I sound: “don’t touch that pole- that’s where dogs go pee” “watch out!” [...]


    Domestic Dilemma

    by Nicole on 3/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Shayna Gehl of The Disheveled Parent shared her day with us. I am hoping you all had a better day than this…but we’ve all been there before. So this is the situation. I wake up and walk into my kitchen. There are dishes everywhere. Clothes are strewn all over the apartment. Some are actually clean (I [...]

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    Women Congratulate My Husband For Spending Time With Our Kids

    by Nicole on 2/04/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    People seem to think that my husband is an anomaly. He has spent the last three years splitting our parenting duties evenly, spending a day a week with our children and working the other four days. He took advantage of a program at his company that allowed him to have this schedule and, when he [...]

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    Two New Daycares To Check Out

    by Nicole on 1/07/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Two new daycares have opened recently in Brooklyn. We haven’t visited either one, so let us know if you do and add your comments to the post below. Help other parents out! Bed-Stuy Kids has an adorable website which says, “Bed Stuy Kids is a group family day care which offers a high quality program [...]


    Playspace Re-opens at Congregation Mount Sinai

    by Nicole on 12/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Congregation Mount Sinai re-opened their playspace for the cold weather season this week. They had 15 parents and their kids show up on the first day and 8 the second one. Mount Sinai is an Egalitarian synagogue that offers a large playspace in their sanctuary for Brooklyn families. The sanctuary is partitioned off for the [...]

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    New Daycare in Williamsburg- Includes Infant Program

    by Nicole on 11/15/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Sponsored Post The baby boom in Williamsburg/Greenpoint has ushered in many new amenities for families, including play spaces, stores and daycares. One of the newest is  The Creative Academy Early Learning & Childcare Center, which opened in September, and is already alleviating some of the childcare needs for parents in Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick. Unlike [...]

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    Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 9/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why. Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North [...]


    Bright Horizons Opening New Daycares in Williamsburg and Downtown Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 8/29/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    Bright Horizons will be making an impact on Brooklyn daycare in 2013. They will open not one, but two enormous daycare facilities in the next year: one in downtown Brooklyn and the other in Williamsburg. The location in downtown Brooklyn will be at 345 Adams St across from Brooklyn Borough Hall.  The Brooklyn Eagle reports [...]


    No Shushing at This Movie Series

    by Nicole on 8/03/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    As convenient as Netflix is, nothing  beats seeing a movie in the theater…..but with your baby? Thanks to a new group of movie-loving parents, you can forget having to hire a babysitter in order to see the latest indies. Brooklyn mom, Bob Bland, started Parent and Babies Movies, a community of cinephiles who love to [...]


    How Much Milk Does a Baby Need?

    by Nicole on 7/17/12 | 6 Comment(s)

    Is there some magic way to determine how much milk your baby needs when it’s nursing? Is it the same for a baby who is drinking formula? It’s a question that many new parents ask to ensure that their baby is getting enough nutrition.  Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation [...]


    New Daycare/Preschool with Montessori Curriculum Opens

    by Nicole on 6/14/12 | 5 Comment(s)

    A new daycare/preschool opened this week and we got a few snapshots of what it looks like. The new home daycare is called “Lauren’s Place” after the owner’s 8 year old daughter.  It is a montessori-based home daycare that the owner, Michelle Hardy, has formed in the parlor floor of her brownstone in Crown Heights. [...]

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    Special Ed Workshops + Events For Children with Disabilities

    by Nicole on 5/20/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    Do you have a child with a disability that would love to enroll in a movement class? Or go on a play date? Perhaps you are looking for some adult company with parents who can understand what you and your child are experiencing….. Extreme Kids & Crew, a parent-run non profit, can help you make [...]