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    Dancewave Adult Dance Class Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 8/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    What kid doesn’t love to dance? No kid. Learning to dance can build confidence and coordination, and it is an amazing creative outlet. Not to mention that dance is a great way to teach small kids to move with more control and intention (read: it helps the spazzes rein it in). But why should kids get […]

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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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    Helping Your Child Deal with Transitions

    by Sarah on 8/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Living in Manhattan and Brooklyn is amazing. Children are exposed to culture and diversity and public transportation makes it super easy to get around. As with all things in life, there are also challenges. […]

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    How to Teach Kindness and Avoid Raising a Rudie

    by Sarah on 8/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Americans, but especially New Yorkers, tend to define success in terms of outward, often material, displays of achievement. Sometimes it seems that in our rush to get our kids to hit all those milestones (maybe just a bit ahead of schedule, you know, since they’re special), to be reading as they walk in the door […]

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    It’s Going Around: Understanding Hand Foot and Mouth Disease 



    by Sarah on 7/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.     

It seems like everyone has had hand foot and mouth disease this summer. This is the colloquial way of referring to some of the symptoms that can be caused by the Coxsackie virus. […]

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    A Dozen Songs for Summer

    by John on 7/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Few things get me more excited about summer than listening to summertime music. I actually have an iTunes playlist containing over 500 tunes that fit qualify as Summertime Music, the most child-friendly of which I’ve been subtly putting on in the background as Checkers and Crazy Eights are playing. They are super-excited about summer, so […]

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    Finding Time to Exercise: Achieve the Impossible

    by Sarah on 7/04/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The biggest complaint I hear from moms who want to exercise is finding the time. When it comes down to it, the workout is always the first thing that falls off the list. If only we had that extra hour in the day. But we don’t. Some say we all have the same exact 1,440 […]

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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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    Swimmer’s Ear: Prevention and Treatment

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While summer is probably the most glorious time of year (in my opinion)—the flowers, the heat, the beach, the pools, the park foliage swaying in the breeze—it also seems to be rife with problems like heat rash, hayfever, ticks, sunburn, sand fleas, poison ivy and let’s not forget swimmers ear. So maybe nature is conspiring […]

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    Summer Sunburn: How to Treat Naturally

    by Nicole on 6/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana Silverstein, a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (I’m exhausted just writing that) explains soothe a sunburn, because one day we are going to forget the sunscreen, and it’s going to be bad. No matter how hard we all try to avoid it, […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 6/17/14 | 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.  THE BEIGE FOOD EATER Q:  My 2 and a half year old daughter who used to be […]

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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]

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    2014: The Year of Composting in NYC

    by John on 6/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    It may be finally time to make it official: 2014 is The Year of Composting in NYC. The city’s pilot program is rapidly expanding its service area and many small businesses are developing products and services for transforming our waste into renewable energy and/or much-needed soil replenishment. It seems a consensus is growing among an ever-larger […]

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    Why Doodling Is Good for You

    by Sarah on 6/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Kathleen Lucadamo, writer and mom, is gifted at finding the answers to questions you didn’t even know you had. Get ready to be schooled. I’m a doodle addict. Circles, boxes and an array of lines fill any page I can find. If I’m talking to you on the phone, chances are I’m also doodling. […]

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    How Much Milk Does My Kid Need?

    by Sarah on 5/29/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We all know that drinking milk is important. It gives our kids the calcium and vitamin D they need. But I recently discovered that there’s such a thing as too much milk. So the question is, how much milk does my kid need? How do we maximize the benefits of drinking milk without causing the […]

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    Secrets of Sunscreen: Don’t Get Burned

    by Sarah on 5/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Now that we are passed Memorial Day, it is safe to say that summer has (unofficially) started. And with summer comes the need for serious sunscreen (and bug spray, but that’s another post all together). The simple answer here is: wear it, every day, no matter the weather, no matter what you are doing. Yes, […]

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    Adventures with Food: Consider the Pickle

    by John on 5/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Let us take a moment to consider the pickle. In order to fully understand and perceive its wonder, I think we should first consider, if only for a sentence or two, its two most popular forms: the cucumber pickle and sauerkraut. The most common adjective for the cucumber would probably be “boring”—the cabbage, “stinky.” But […]

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    Giveaway! Win a Free Naturalmat Organic Crib Mattress!

    by Sarah on 5/19/14 | 21 Comment(s)

    Win a Naturalmat Mattress, the Coco Mat-Naturalmat’s signature mattress and a perfect choice for babies and children offering gentle support and impressive ventilation and insulation, normally $399, and give your little one the best night sleep of their lives (and maybe you too!). a Rafflecopter giveaway Natural and Organic Everything in Naturalmat mattresses is 100% natural and where […]

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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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    5 Ways to Achieve Breastfeeding Success

    by Sarah on 5/06/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. If Breastfeeding is such a ‘natural’ process for moms and babes why do so many women give up so quickly? The answer is simple. Although there is a natural desire for both the mother and baby to breastfeed, nursing is […]

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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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    Meet the Doctors from Premier Pediatrics

    by A Child Grows on 5/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    An interview with Premier Pediatrics physician Dr. Deena Blanchard: Tell us about your practice: Premier Pediatrics has an office in Brooklyn and Manhattan with seven board-certified pediatricians. We have been providing state-of-the-art medical care combined with a focus on family-centered compassionate care for over 30 years. Recently, we renovated both our offices to create a […]

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    Notes from a Blended Family: Circumlocuting on Circumcision

    by Sarah on 4/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Rebecca Cooney It began with a fleeting moment in a London cab, as I sat watching the rivulets of rain blurring the storefront lights as we drove along in the dark. “ I wonder if his brother is circumcised?” The brother being my son’s new little brother from another mother. Obviously, being a single […]

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    The Doctor Is In: How to Choose the Right Pediatrician

    by Sarah on 4/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from one of our contributing pediatricians, Dr. Gilgoff: Choosing a pediatrician is a very important decision. The birthing process itself will be much less stressful if you know that your baby has someone waiting to help oversee his or her health and well-being starting at birth.  I encourage expecting parents to come in and […]

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    Adventures with Food: Fiddleheads!

    by John on 4/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    What a difference two weeks make! The crocuses are already crinkling like wet paper in the 60-degree sun, the daffodils are in bloom, and the first daylily shoots are poking their little prongs out of the moist, fast-warming ground. Though spring arrived almost three weeks ago, it finally feels like it—right in time for Passover, […]