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    Overprotective? Why Taking Risks is Good for Your Kid

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 0 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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    Kids Book Swap Hosted by Krrb and A Child Grows in Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 8/18/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The good people at Krrb, the hyperlocal trading,swapping and selling site, and we, your partners in crime at A Child Grows in Brooklyn, are teaming up to host this years ultimate book and educational toy swap. Sometimes just donating your old books doesn’t feel like enough, doesn’t feel like you are truly closing the circle. […]

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    Weekday Events for August 18th-21st in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The weeks are really flying by now!  It is the last part of August already! This week there are a lot of fun events happening at the Brooklyn Public Library branches since they are wrapping up the Summer Reading Program!  You can see Captain Jam & FunikiJam at the Mapleton Branch and Rolie Polie […]

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    One and Done: Raising an Only Child Part II

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

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, continues the discussion of the challenges, both real and perceived, of raising an only child, check out part one here.  Collected Thoughts from Experienced Parents of Only Children After last week’s post, Only the (NOT) Lonely, I thought it beneficial to share responses to the aforementioned concerns from […]

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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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    Weekend Events: Strolls, Walks, Puppets, Summer Streets, Annie, Kites, Sand Sculpting and Much More!

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

    Hi everyone! We are half way through August!  Have you started shopping for back to school supplies yet?  NYC public school kids go back to school 3 weeks from today! Get out enjoy carless streets with North Slope Weekend Walks, Summer Streets and Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge.  Also happening this weekend you can fly kites […]

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    How to Find The Suburban Summer in the City

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

    I might be city-obsessed. I might think that New York in the summertime is heaven. But I also know that my daughter is missing out on some key childhood experiences because we don’t live in the ‘burbs. So I’ve been compiling a list of activities that approximate all that backyard fun. I’m bringing the mountain […]

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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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    I Love You But I Hate Your Parenting

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

    How do you navigate a friendship with fellow parents when their parenting style differs wholly from your own? I consider myself a fairly average parent, middle of the road, firm and involved, without being punitive or overbearing. I think of myself as being fairly relaxed. But my understanding of myself as a parent changed last […]

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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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    Girls Night Out: Dirty Dancing at Coney Island Flicks

    by Sarah on 8/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    For those of us who have young children now, there are many generational markers that bind us together. The advent of MTV, the Challenger explosion, the first Iraq War, New Coke, anything movie by John Hughes, and, of course, Dirty Dancing. There are a lot of coming-of-age stories out there. There are also a lot of […]

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    Weekday Events for August 11th-14th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! I have been seeing a lot of sunflower over the last few days!  They are my favorite flower this time of year and always make me think of summer! Another fun summer week!  We have Story Pirates at Hudson River Park, SummerStage Kids: The Rozz & Val Show at Underwood Park, Free Movie Night […]

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    One and Done: A Guide to Raising An Only Child Part I

    by Sarah on 8/08/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, parenting coach and founder of Family Matters NY, sheds light on raising an only child.  Alice is THE voice of experience, so take notes.   Members of the One and Done club are surrounded by friends with multiples, stressed by social pressure and bombarded with media images of large, happy families. So, it […]

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    Weekend Events: FAB Friday, Pedal Stop, Fringe Jr, Father Goose, Summer Stroll, Chess, Peter Pan & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 8/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Doesn’t it feel like the summer is zipping by very very fast! The weekend weather looks perfect for the outdoor events happening this weekend like Summer Stroll in Bay Ridge, Peter Pan and the Pirates Performance in Prospect Park, FAB Friday events, Summer Streets in Manhattan, Pedal Stop at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Father Goose […]

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    The Foolproof Birthday Party (well, almost)

    by Sarah on 8/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have written a lot in this blog about my stress over birthday parties. There is a lot of pressure in this lovely borough of ours to throw elaborate parties, to include every kid she’s ever met, to have activities that will Blow Their Minds. I’m not sure why this is. Are we all suffering […]

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    Small Kid Big City: Lakeside

    by Sarah on 8/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking better photos of your kids.   Location: LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park Story: A few weeks ago, Liam was invited to a birthday party at the new LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. I know, who knew we had a “Lakeside” right here in Brooklyn? It sounds […]

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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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    Pool Profile: D and D Pool

    by Sarah on 8/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Douglas and Degraw Pool, known at D and D or Double D Pool, always seems on the cusp of being closed. Whether due to lack of funds or the stomach turning prospect of using it as a sewage retention basin to help with the Gowanus clean up, the many fates of D and D […]

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    Weekday Events for August 4th-7th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 8/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The calendar has a mix of fun summer events for everyone so you should be able to beat the heat indoors or have some outdoor fun! For indoor fun you can check out Chess for Kids at the Brooklyn Public Bay Ridge Library, Yellow Sneaker Puppet Sing-Along at Tea Lounge and Stomp, Clap & […]

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    August in New York City

    by Sarah on 8/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Here is a secret that only New Yorkers know. August is actually one of the best times to be in New York City. I realize that it is hot, but put your hair up, throw on a tank top and stop whining, because you are about to own this town. New York is full of […]

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    Weekend Events: Summer Streets, Varekai, Ice Cream, Spy Kids, Arty Hours, Suzie Shelton & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 7/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, August is almost here and hope you ready for another exciting weekend in NYC! This weekend is the first of Summer Streets and don’t worry if you are out of town there are 2 additional days!  This weekend you can also head to  Owl’s Head Park for NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Spy […]

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    Top 5 City Kid Summer Activities, plus one

    by Sarah on 7/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    1. Having a Lemonade stand. You can do that in the ‘burbs, you say. And you’re right, you can make lemonade, your kids can make signs, they can stand on the sidewalk, or grass shoulder that passes for a sidewalk. And they can watch car after car putter by as the driver stares at the […]