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    Can Your Kid Still Ride for Free? Get a Student MetroCard

    by Sarah on 9/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Now that school is officially in full swing and I have five seconds to take a breath and figure out when was the last time I had a full meal that wasn’t in bar form (and no chips and salsa at 11 pm doesn’t count). Now, I can start thinking about some of the details […]

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    Weekday Events for September 8th-11th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 9/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Looking forward to a week where the weather will be cooler! This week is a great week to get out and try some classes for free before the Fall semesters start!  Check out Audra Rox’s Music for Aardvarks Free Demos all over NYC, a Free Trial Rolie […]

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    First Day of Kindergarten

    by Sarah on 9/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I had a lot of expectations for my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. I foresaw a lot of tears on both sides, a lot of me putting on a brave face and then losing it on the sidewalk in front of her school. I envisioned a junior high scenario with other parents in a ring […]

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    Prospect Park and Fort Greene Park Become Classrooms with Tinkergarten!

    by Sarah on 9/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We love the idea of learning outdoors with Tinkergarten and taking full advantage of nature through the wonderful parks Brooklyn has to offer. Tinkergarten begins their fall season on September 15th, offering classes for your 1.5 to 7 year old.  Using both Prospect and Fort Greene Parks as their unique classrooms, leaders trained and certified by Tinkergarten […]

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    Weekend Events: Mooncakes, Clowns, Music, Back to School Events & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 9/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope all the NYC children that headed off to school today had a great morning!  Can’t wait to hear all the news at pick up today from my 4th grader and 1st grader! This weekend there are a lot of back to school events happening!  Check out Back to School Block Party at […]

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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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    Lyme Disease—Catch It!

    by Sarah on 9/03/14 | 5 Comment(s)

    Apparently instances of Lyme disease have been on the rise in the last ten years, probably due to the unchecked population of deer (where is Sarah Palin and her chopper when we need her?). As we settle into school and fall and real life (boo hiss), there may be some lingering side effects of vacation. […]

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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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    Queens Zoo Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 9/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Celebrate heading back to school by spending your first fall Saturday at the Queens Zoo with your kid. Give them a treat for surviving those tough first couple of days at school, and work on your spanish at the same time. Join this bilingual tour through the zoo. See what awaits you at the zoo! […]

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    Weekday Events for September 1st-4th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/31/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope everyone is enjoying the last weekend of the summer!  The clock is really ticking down to the first day of school! Even though a lot of events have wrapped up for the summer there are still a few going on!  You can still head to Union Square for Tuesdays @ The Pavillion […]

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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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    Labor Day Weekend Events in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The unofficial end of summer is here!  There are a lot of events to entertain you and your family if you are in town this weekend! The children can get back into the grove of school by checking out the Back to School Jam at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Back to […]

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    Fairy Houses: Teach Your Kid to Love Nature

    by Sarah on 8/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      As we ease into fall we enter into the sweet spot of New York City weather, which means the perfect time to spend hours in the park. But sometimes the kite-chalk-bubble line-up of park activities can wear a parent down. Sometimes chasing after a Frisbee that never, and I mean never, actually comes close […]

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    A Guide for the Overprotective Parent: Why Taking Risks Is Good for Your Kid Part II

    by Sarah on 8/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So in Part I of this series, I talked all about perceived risks and how doing things that kids perceive as risky is actually beneficial to them. While I was away from the city finding opportunities for my daughter to take risks was easy, but now, back in Brooklyn, it is feel much harder. Things […]

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    Luna Park NYC Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 8/27/14 | 15 Comment(s)

    We all love Coney Island and we all love Luna Park NYC. Only Coney Island can make you feel like you are living on the edge of some strangle time portal, on the one hand you have the Cyclone, which hasn’t really changed since 1927, and go-karts, which are basically as they have always been. On […]

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    How to Head Back to School With No Tears

    by Sarah on 8/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sharon Peters, parenting expert and soother of nerves, gives us the essential tools to prepare ourselves, oh and the kids too, for heading back to school.    A good beginning to your child’s school year can help the months ahead go more smoothly. Here are some ideas that can make a difference. Before school starts: […]

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    10 Ways to Get More Sleep (and stop abusing your brain)

    by Sarah on 8/25/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Like most of you, I am chronically sleep deprived. Sometimes I can blame my daughter, or at least her bad dreams and her refusal to go back to sleep without a 20 minute snuggle (which I secretly love). But most of the time my sleep issues are my own fault. I compulsively stay up late […]

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    Weekday Events for August 25th-28th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! So some schools have opened up already but for NYC public school children this means this week is the last full week of summer fun! If you are in town this week there are plenty of things to do one last time!  Check out Hudson River Park’s River Rangers at Pier 25, Wild […]

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    Product Review: Babiators Rocket Pack and Submariners Goggles

    by A Child Grows on 8/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The makers of the totally cool kid sunglasses”The Babiator” (Aviators for babes), have now released some new top quality products including the Rocket Pack backpack and the Submariners Swim Goggles.  I was more than happy to try them out and let you know how they hold up.  Let’s start with the backpack. The first thing […]

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    Weekend Events: Stories & Stilts, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Story Laurie, Scavenger Battle, Volkswagens and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 8/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The last summer weekend before Labor Day Weekend is almost here! There are loads of events happening this weekend in Brooklyn & NYC like the Central Park Family Performance Festival with Story Laurie, NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam on Governor’s Island, 38th Annual Brighton Jubilee, Stories and Stilts at the Gallery at BRIC House, […]

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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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    Keeping Kids Appy: Potty Training Apps

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Here she gives us the best reading apps for kids.   Our second child was showing all of the signs of readiness, and she loves playing on my iPhone and iPad, so I decided to find a few apps that would […]

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    Subway Sleuths: Afterschool Program for Children with Autism

    by Sarah on 8/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Finding activities to fit your child’s interests and attention span can be challenging for any parent. But when you are a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, that challenge takes on mythic proportions. Enter the New York Transit Museum, which is probably already your favorite place in the world. I mean your child’s. […]

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    Your Guide to Back to School Shopping

    by Sarah on 8/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, gives us a guide to back to school shopping, because we are tired of making lists. We need someone to just tell us what to do, or the only thing we’ll buy is a plane ticket, for one.  (read: I’m ready to take a vacation from my summer “vacation.”)   It […]

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    Indoor Tennis Lessons for the Wee Ones!

    by A Child Grows on 8/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The already popular and established Urban Tennis NYC is bringing their classes and expertise to Brooklyn! They will teach children ages 2.5-5 years old the fundamentals of tennis in a fun and engaging setting. With multiple locations throughout Manhattan, they are now offering children’s classes in Brooklyn Heights. Their newest spot is within a fitness facility where they have […]