Health | 3/11 | A Child Grows

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    Adventures with Food: Mermaid’s Garden CSF and Market

    by John on 2/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    At this moment I am at a restaurant in Cobble Hill on a Saturday morning, alternating between writing this and handing out neat packages of yellowfin tuna to familiar faces as they come in and out. Four-year-old Checkers is eating a fresh chocolate croissant from Bien Cuit next door and coloring happily, sometimes greeting people […]


    Gymnastics for Kids: Because Your Couch Can’t Take Anymore

    by Sarah on 1/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Yesterday I asked my daughter, “if you could do anything what would you do?” She said, “Jumping on my hands.” Then she tried to launch herself backward and ended up sprawled on our hallway rug, saying, “it’s tricky.” I discerned that what she wanted to do was a back hand spring. Tricky indeed. Apparently, it’s […]

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    You’re Sick!: Cold Remedies That Work (Those old wives were right)

    by Sarah on 1/27/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We have now hit the lowest point in the dim valley of  winter, the place where the holidays are completely behind us, so their glittering magic and good cheer is utterly forgotten. Now, we are plunged into darkness without the ornamentation. We are cold and wet and running late and, of course, coming down with […]


    Child Language and Cognition Lab Study: Take Part!

    by Sarah on 1/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you ever wish you could have an objective perspective on your kid? You’re pretty sure they are ready for a Fulbright, but…Unconditional love can make us both a bit blind to issues, or, conversely, overly concerned. Did she just say that green ball was red? Is she color blind? Is her career as a […]


    5 Reasons Your Kid Needs a Pet

    by Sarah on 1/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

       I’m sure your kids have been bugging you for a pet since they began to talk. Even my daughter, growing up in a house with three cats, expressed her desire for a dog with her first word, “woof.” Like any sensible parent, your answer to their requests has been of the “hell no” variety. […]

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    Resident Dad: What Is Child Abuse?

    by John on 1/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Shortly before Christmas, I saw a link on my Facebook page to a blog post by novelist and game designer Chuck Wendig titled Spanking Your Children is Hitting Your Children. I haven’t read any of his novels, and I’m not much (or anything, really) of a gamer so I haven’t experienced his work on that level […]

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    Healthy Alternative for Everyday Cooking: Could It Be That Easy?

    by Nicole on 1/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    One of the best parts of the holidays is the food! And I am not one to be afraid to take part in every last bit of it! So therefore I am grappling with the annual 5 pound weight gain. This is nothing I typically stress about, as it usually evens out a couple of […]

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    Baby Massage Workshop: Tricks to Chill That Kid Out

    by Sarah on 1/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      Who doesn’t love a massage? Your colicky, nipple-confused, nocturnal newborn is clearly in desperate need of a rub down. You know that skin-to-skin contact is good for Petunia, but lying around with your screaming baby on your bare chest doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, so get yourself to Caribou Baby for their […]


    Dear Maria Kang, aka: ‘Fit Mom’ (not that you care)

    by Shayna Gehl on 1/07/14 | 4 Comment(s)

    I started out as a fan of yours supporting your controversial Facebook post and even feeling sorry you received (in my opinion) a lot of unwarranted backlash. I posted a comment supporting you and your obvious hard work and dedication to living a healthy, fit life. I was one of the ones who thought good for you! Would […]


    Anxiety in Kids: What is Normal?

    by Sarah on 1/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As my daughter grows there are many things that she does that make me think, “Oh God, this is horrible, this is what she is going to be like forever.” Then a few months go by and the phases passes and I remember that she is constantly evolving, that my dread over having a spoiled, […]


    “Mom”: Pet Peeve Number 11

    by Sarah on 1/01/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Dear Medical and Educational professionals, My name is Sarah. My name is not Mom, as in “We’ll be right with you Mom,” or “Mom, if you’d come this way,” or “keep pushing, Mom.” There are two people in this world who get to call me that, my daughter and her father. And he only gets […]


    Let’s HIIT it. A Workout You Might Actually Have Time For

    by Nicole on 12/30/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    By: Anna Catherine Rutledge So by this point you’ve probably heard about HIIT – high intensity interval training and the amazing benefits this type of workout can afford you. In case you haven’t heard about it  because maybe suddenly keeping up with current fitness trends fell off the priority list because maybe your current workout consists […]

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    5 Tips for Trips to the ER

    by Sarah on 12/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The night before we were to left for our Christmas holiday our daughter had her first trip to the emergency room. We’ve been lucky. She is four and we’ve had no major incidents, no broken arm from a fall a JJ Byrne, no head on collision with the wall at the Y, no raging fever […]

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    Brooklyn Business Spotlight: Slope Wellness

    by Kim on 12/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t love a chance for some “me time” in the form of a relaxing treatment?  Receiving a massage and spending the rest of the day feeling relaxed and peaceful fits my definition of a pretty darn good day.  Lucky for me, I had this experience TWICE recently when I signed up for an acupuncture […]

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    Give the gift of treatment and housing to a cancer patient this Christmas: The American Cancer Society

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/18/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) According to the American Cancer Society over 1 million people are diagnosed with cancer each year. That means a far greater number are subsequently affected, myself being one of them. I lost someone to cancer a few years ago and I will never forget her. Cancer is a difficult topic to address but it needs […]

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    How to Cry It Out With a Preschooler

    by Sarah on 12/10/13 | 4 Comment(s)

    Recently, my four-year-old has been struggling with sleep. She has trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. Her explanation: bad dreams. When I tell her to think happy thoughts she says, “I can’t find them in my brain.” And when she asks me, “why are the bad dreams always winning,” I want to crawl into bed […]


    The New Coney Island YMCA

    by Sarah on 12/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Coney Island has been on a long road to recovery since Hurricane Sandy. One huge step in that direction is the opening of the long-anticipated Coney Island YMCA, a “44,000 square foot facility that features an aquatic center with a four-lane lap pool and family recreational pool, a full court gymnasium, fitness and multi-purpose rooms, […]


    What Have You Given Yourself Lately? It’s Downtime O’Clock

    by Sarah on 12/03/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I need more sleep. I compulsively stay up late because, apparently, I’m broken. In my desperation for downtime I trade sleep for . . . what?, The Good Wife and dark chocolate? But somehow going to bed directly after working or eating dinner or coming out of the kid’s room for the third time that […]

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    Five Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and Trim This Thanksgiving (and Beyond)

    by Nicole on 11/18/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I keep telling myself this is the year…this is the year that I really get in shape and lose that baby weight. But, something always detracts me from any momentum I gain. I will be focused for a couple of weeks on going to the gym or running and I’ll think, I can do this…this […]


    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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    What is Pediatric Acupuncture?

    by Nicole on 11/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have been hearing about acupuncture for babies and kids a lot recently. My questions were many. How does it work? Do you really use needles on babies? What do parents use this to treat for? I went on the hunt for a local expert to help break it down for me. And I found […]


    How to Make Halloween Work to Your Advantage: Fluoride

    by Sarah on 11/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Now that we’ve had our fill of our children’s Halloween candy, let’s talk teeth. Dentists (Dr. Tendler is my source here) say the worse thing about candy is not the quantity, but the amount of time it spends in the mouth. That means that the stickier the candy, the more it is stuck in tiny […]


    Gluttony, Hoarding and Secrecy: The Deadly Sins of Halloween Candy

    by Sarah on 10/31/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My godmother, a very smart, very tough lady, once shared a piece of wisedom with me. She said of raising her two kids, the secret to teenagers was to give them some space, because most of the time they come to the right decisions on their own. I’m starting to think that is true of […]


    A Complex Waiting To Happen: Thumb Sucking

    by Sarah on 10/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    So here’s what I don’t get about the whole thumb-sucking conundrum: Is it possible to encourage them to stop sucking without shaming them? I’m not so sure. The average kid will stop sucking somewhere between ages 2 and 4. After that, yes, there is the potential for shifting teeth, jaw misalignment and palate issues, but […]

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    A Hip Hop Album Even Michelle Obama Can Get Behind – And it’s FREE!

    by Kim on 10/22/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    A few weeks ago, I had the immense pleasure of seeing some of the world’s favorite hip hop acts at Symphony Space, promoting a new album called Songs for a Healthier America.  The lineup included (and I can hardly believe I was invited to witness so many stars in such a small venue) acts like […]