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    G&T Test Prep at Home with These Great Workbooks!

    by A Child Grows on 10/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The NYC Gifted & Talented exam registration just opened and if you have your child’s test date already, then the countdown has officially begun. Whether you plan to use a tutoring service or prepare your child on your own, it is helpful to have some tools at home to familiarize your child with the format […]


    Family Matters Parenting Tip: Saying Goodbye Is Such Sweet Sorrow

    by Sarah on 10/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Every week (or so) Alice Kaltman, LCSW, founder of Family Matters NY shares a quick tidbit related to parenting and family life. We know you’re pressed for time, so here is a nugget of simple, and hopefully helpful advice (or reassurance!).   You attempt to leave for date night as your baby wails with eyes that are […]


    Family Matters NY Weekly Parenting Tip: The Dishes Can Wait

    by Sarah on 10/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Every week (or so) Alice Kaltman, LCSW, founder of Family Matters NY shares a quick tidbit related to parenting and family life. We know you’re pressed for time, so here is a nugget of simple, and hopefully helpful advice (or reassurance!).   Kids equal chaos. Family life can be as frustrating as rush hour on the BQE.   […]

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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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    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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    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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    Tips for New Parents: How to Survive the Early Weeks

    by Sarah on 7/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sharon Peters, parenting expert and founder of Parents Helping Parents, gives you wisdom that will cut through the white noise of sleep deprivation and new parent panic.  Here are a few tips for new parents to remember when you are welcoming a new little one into your home: Get help. Help is invaluable as everyone gets accustomed to […]

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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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    Mom Needs Space! Here’s Where She Can Find Some

    by A Child Grows on 5/02/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There are many benefits to working from home: staying in your pajamas, fitting in a load of laundry and seeing your kids in spurts throughout the day.  Now let’s do that again.  There are many downsides to working from home: not getting out of your pajamas ALL day, being surrounded by dirty laundry begging to […]

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    Saying No to Your Child: 4 Ways to Keep Your Cool

    by Sarah on 4/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Sharon Peters, parenting expert and founder of Parents Helping Parents, reminds us how to keep it together while still setting limits. Martini not included.  Saying no to your child isn’t always easy.  Here are a few things to keep in mind that often help.  (Fair warning: just because these ideas can work doesn’t make […]


    What’s Better Than Having a Baby?! Having TWO!

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    It’s finally here!!!! THE MAIN EVENT!!!! I am officially full term in my third pregnancy. “In the home stretch” as many would say. I’ve blogged about the fantastic nature of this pregnancy (if you didn’t read the post, you missed the sarcastic tone there). While I’d love to go into even more gruesome details on the latest […]

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    Top 12 Reasons to Hit the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo 2014

    by Sarah on 3/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Not just for babies. A Child Grows in Brooklyn brings you our 3rd annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo on Sunday April 6th in Brooklyn Heights. Here’s why you’ve got to be there: 1. Free On-Site Childcare: If free childcare gets you to the Y to work out, then why shouldn’t it also give you an afternoon […]

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    Get Your Tickets to the Largest Family Event in Brooklyn!

    by Nicole on 3/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo Shares Everything Parents Need in One Place! A family friendly event for parents and children up to age 8! Meet experts! Attend seminars! Sample Products! Bring Your Family! Win Raffle Prizes! Awesome gift bags! Stay for Lunch!  Get your tickets here! Order tickets now using Discount Code ACG15off for 15% off […]

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    Why I Can’t Trust My Daughter on the Street – Pedestrian Safety Tips for Kids

    by Nicole on 1/27/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Janet Wang, Assistant Director of Health and Safety for Beth Israel Medical Center, listed exactly why our young children can’t make accurate judgements when it comes to traffic and exactly what we can teach them to be able to make smart decisions.  Raising children in NYC definitely has its perks; however, like many things, what […]

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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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    A kid gets lost in Brooklyn. Tips for Teaching City Kids Street Smarts

    by Nicole on 1/10/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Our children’s safety is always the most important task we have in front of us. And city kids arguably have a lot more threats surrounding them. Abbie from The Mother Company has provided to us some wonderful safety tips for our city kids!  Before we moved out of the city, I was becoming a neurotic […]


    Talking Death to a Young Child

    by Nicole on 11/29/13 | 2 Comment(s)

      This holiday has been vastly different from all the rest for us. Our children lost their grandma (my husband’s mom) a few days before Thanksgiving. This is the first time I’ve had to have a death talk with my children. I have to say it wasn’t easy and it broke my heart to even […]


    Top 4 Tips for Handling Bullying

    by Nicole on 11/10/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My four year old started pre-k this year and even at this young age, I’ve seen the beginnings of bulling rear its ugly head. So, I thought this article from our contributor, Sharon Peters, from Parents Helping Parents, was quite helpful for how to handle this new challenge, bullies.  Bullying is sadly common.  When children […]



    by Nicole on 10/06/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are there any alternatives to competitive sports for preteen girls? Why does activity fall off so much for this age group? Our expert parenting coach, Alice Kaltman of Family Matters NY, explores this issue for us as well as her top tips for getting your girl to get moving. Spoiler alert: Start early! By: Alice Kaltman My […]


    My Children Fight, Help!!!!

    by Nicole on 9/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Unfortunately, I can relate to this! Sharon Peters from Parents Helping Parents has some advice for us on how to handle sibling fighting to make your home more harmonious.  Overwhelmed moms or dads who are surrounded by the stress of sibling tension can find it hard to remember that brothers and sisters benefit from their loving and […]

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    Parent Play. How to Play.

    by Nicole on 8/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    This article written for A Child Grows by our contributor Alice Kaltman, a parenting coach with Family Matters NY, really hit home with me. Yesterday my 4 year old daughter asked me to play “school” with her. I was kind of dumbfounded on what to do because she seemed to have a set agenda and she […]

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    Productive Parenting: Resource Providing Daily Activity

    by Nicole on 8/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I stumbled on this site, Productive Parenting, when my daughter was first born. It has been a great resource, providing one activity a day based on my child’s age. The activities are creative and easy to do, not needing much in the way of materials or planning. I have found this site to be so […]

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    After Bump: 5 Tips to Keep Post-Partum Stress Under Control

    by Kim on 8/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    By Stacey Jayne Whether you’re a first-time parent or a seasoned veteran, consider these 5 tips to keep postpartum stress under control. Ride the roller coaster of emotions. You will go from kissing your baby’s tiny fingers and toes to grieving the loss of your old life (no one really talks about this!) and worrying […]

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    Children’s Extreme Statements: How to Cope with the “I Hate You’s!”

    by Nicole on 8/07/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Handling your emotions when your a frustrated kid is difficult and many kids are  prone to extreme behavior, including very extreme statements, while in this state. Sharon Peters from Parents Helping Parents has shared a story with us to give some tips on how to react to these.  All children get upset but some young people blurt out […]

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    Is Your Toddler A Biter? What to do When Your Child Bites!

    by Nicole on 7/15/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have been dealing with the biting issue for almost two years…since my son was 4 months old. Way back then, it started with my breast when he got his first couple of teeth relatively early! And then he moved on to biting my shoulder when I held him, my legs when he ran up […]