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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 | 12 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 | 1 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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    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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    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 […]