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    Giveaway: Stokke MyCarrier Entry With Brooklyn Baby Expo Ticket Purchase

    by Nicole on 5/06/13 | 8 Comment(s)

    The Brooklyn Baby Expo is happening June 2nd. Buy your tickets this week and you are entered to win a Stokke MyCarrier ($250 retail value)! And VIP ticket holders get a Joovy BebaSling Lite ($99 retail value) with their ticket! If you have already purchased your tickets, you can still enter to win the Stokke MyCarrier! Here’s how: [...]

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    Parents Sometimes Say Too Much

    by Nicole on 5/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I recently discussed best practices when trying to talk to my children about their behavior and actions with Sharon Peters from Parents Helping Parents and she was able to offer me some very eye-opening advice.  It can be helpful for parents to say their ideas in as few words as possible. A short, clear explanation [...]

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    Small Kid Big City: Capturing Your Child’s Moments – Brownstone Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 4/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Each week Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity will be sharing a photo that showcases Brooklyn/NYC life to inspire you with places to visit simply to explore the city and have fun with your kids, but that are also great photo locations. She will also include a photo tip of the week. Location: Brownstone Brooklyn Story: Even though [...]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo Tickets Now Available!

    by Nicole on 4/24/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    The 2014 Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo is happening April 6th in Brooklyn Heights! For more info visit our site: achildgrows.com/expo Click here for tickets! Join us for A Child Grows in Brooklyn’s 3rd Annual Brooklyn Baby & Family Expo on Sunday, April 6th 11am-3pm in Brooklyn, NY! The event will take place at St. Francis [...]

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    What is a Doula and Why Would You Need One? The value of birth and postpartum doula support

    by Nicole on 4/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Please join us for an evening to discuss the benefits of working with a doula from the prenatal, birth, and postpartum stages of motherhood! Tuesday, April 30th 6PM-8PM Birth Day Presence ~ Park Slope Studio 182 Eighth Avenue (between 1st St. and Garfield) Register Here! Seasoned birth and postpartum doulas Mollie Michel and Meema Spadola will be on hand [...]

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    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

    by Nicole on 4/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    April 27 is DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provided by AWARxE Consumer Protection Program. I had to opportunity to interview the Executive Director of National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation (NABP), Dr. Carmen Catizone to answer some my questions about preventing and handling prescription drug abuse in kids. What are some early prevention techniques parents can use [...]

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    Join us for the Mommybites Summit May 1st! Enter to win free tickets!

    by Nicole on 3/27/13 | 8 Comment(s)

    Hi Moms!  Please join Mommybites at The New Yorker Hotel on Wednesday, May 1st at 6:00 PM for an evening of learning, socializing, & shopping.  At The Mommybites Summit, the ULTIMATE Moms’ Night Out, you can enjoy wine and delicious food, mingle with other moms, win incredible prizes, and take home fabulous goody bags! There [...]

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    What If My Child Skips Crawling?

    by Nicole on 3/15/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    This was the running conversation with my mom when my children were just starting to be mobile. “Are they crawling yet? Because you know if they skip crawling it might lead to developmental problems.” I don’t know if this is an old wives’ tale or not so I decided to find some answers. I asked [...]

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    What is a Doula?

    by Nicole on 2/27/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    When I was first pregnant with my daughter, I heard the term doula but I didn’t discover what one really was until very late in my pregnancy. By then, I thought it was too late to find one. After 24 hours of labor…I could have used one! Our doula expert, Mollie, has provided us with [...]

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    Expanding your Child’s Vocabulary, At Home!

    by Nicole on 2/19/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    In honor of the upcoming Reading Awareness month, we will be posting articles on that theme! “What can I do to increase my child’s language and vocabulary?” This is a common question concerned parents ask.  Parents, know this key tip: the most crucial step in speech and language development begins in the home! Strategies to [...]

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    How We Saved $50,000 Per Year

    by Nicole on 2/07/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    The last few years have been tough on many. If you don’t know someone who has been downsized, changed careers, or experienced wild fluctuations in their income, I’m not sure where you have been. Many people feel that cutting expenses is overwhelming or impossible.  I decided to share my story to show it can be done. [...]

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    Financial Planning Checklist for New Parents

    by Nicole on 2/04/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Sponsored Post I knew I needed a financial planner but I didn’t think I could afford one…and the process seemed so daunting that I did nothing about it. But recently I’ve been speaking with Sara Stanich, after meeting her at an industry breakfast, and she has been breaking down the process for me into simple, [...]

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    Looking for academic support? NYS ELA & MATH test prep? Bee Tutored!

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

    (Sponsored Post) As I’m going through the process of applying for Pre-K programs for my oldest (which has been slightly overwhelming in itself), I am constantly hearing from my friends with older children about how much more intense and competitive the school environment is as they get older. They are dealing with proficiency tests, Gifted [...]

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    What I Have Learned This Year (2012)

    by Nicole on 1/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Happy New Year to you all! I hope 2013 will be a year full of good things for each of you: peaceful homes, employment, good health and love. I hope for those things for myself too: but, here I am on New Year’s Eve with a cold, fighting off chills, thinking not about the coming [...]

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    Sandy Hook: What We Can Do Now in Brooklyn

    by Nicole on 12/18/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    This is my first post since the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy. It is weighing heavily on all of us. I am on a roller coaster of emotion; one minute I feel soul-emptying grief, and at others such intense anger that I almost don’t recognize my own thoughts.  And, then I just feel so nakedly, [...]

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    Putting 2 Kids to Bed in the Same Room

    by Nicole on 12/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    After four years, I should be an expert at putting two kids to bed in the same room, but I’m not. I’ve struggled with it enough to make me try every trick in the book- from music to rewards to sitting in their room. I suspect I’m not the only one out there to have [...]

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    New Brooklyn Learning Center for Tutoring, Testing Help & Early Dev & More

    by Nicole on 11/30/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sponsored Post We know how important the brain is and so we protect our kids from head injury. We strap on bike helmets, line our playgrounds with rubber mats and we buckle our kids in difficult-to-install car seats. We also know how important exercise is for our kids so we take them to the playgrounds [...]

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    Odd Kid Out- Exclusion on the Playground and at School

    by Nicole on 11/06/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, our Expert in parent coaching, sent this great article about an “odd kid out”- it might be your kid, your friend’s kid, or just the kid you see on the playground or at school. It’s such a helpful post- it reminded me of everything from not talking about other kids in front of [...]

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    “How Children Succeed” Author Reading

    by Nicole on 10/17/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    When I heard and read about the new book, “How Children Succeed” from both NPR and the New York Times within the span of one month, I suspected the book was going to be a parenting book phenom.  Though it hasn’t quite reached the ubiquitousness of  the popular parenting book “Nuture Shock”, it’s entered the [...]

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    For Parents of Children with Special Needs

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Parents of children with special needs can have their own emotional needs unmet as they navigate everything from finding therapists to navigating the NYC school system.  But who takes care of them? The Seleni Institute & Extreme Kids & Crew are hoping to do that with an upcoming workshop called, “Supporting the Supporters: A Workshop [...]

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    How to Help Your Kids Build Self-Esteem

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    Alice Kaltman, one of our Experts in parent coaching, is doing her classic talk on “promoting self-esteem” this Saturday.  I can’t tell you how many times I have referred to her advice on everything from sibling rivalry to how to fight fair with your partner in some of my most difficult parenting moments…like, um today. [...]

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    Thinking of Homeschooling? You Aren’t Alone- So Are A Lot of Parents

    by Nicole on 8/01/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Finding the right school in Brooklyn is stressful: whether you are shocked by the high cost of private school or frustrated by double booked seats at the best public schools or just the lack of desirable schooling options, it’s enough to make one start thinking outside the box- really outside the box. Like becoming a [...]

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    Dropping Naps: When, Why and What Next?!

    by Nicole on 7/22/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    All parents love nap time. It is essential for kids and for us. So, what do you do when your toddler decides to drop her one and only nap? It can happen for kids aged anywhere from 2.5 years old and up. How do you know when they have actually dropped their nap? Has she [...]

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    Natural Remedies For Treating Eczema

    by Nicole on 5/03/12 | 15 Comment(s)

    We have written about eczema on this blog before: it’s an incredibly upsetting condition for both children and parents- there doesn’t seem to be one easy solution to cure it. Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, [...]

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    “Bad” Behavior- How Do You Handle It?

    by Nicole on 3/19/12 | 3 Comment(s)

    What has happened over the last 2 weeks that has caused our 5 year old son to keep picking on his 3 year old sister? We can’t figure it out- and I’m not sure that we’ll get the answer by looking into his psyche. It is probably more basic: attention-seeking, jealousy, anxiety….? But, after a [...]