What happened when my kid got picked on in front of me

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/19/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    My son’s school recently had a book fair and once his classmates started talking about all the cool books there, big brother naturally had to have one too. The last day to purchase books rolled around and I realized I had to take him since I absentmindedly told him he could get a book while cooking […]

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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 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.   […]


    Keeping Kids Appy: Reading is Magic

    by Sarah on 9/22/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My eldest just started Kindergarten.  She loves being read to, but is adverse to anything that seems like we’re trying to teach her how to read for herself.  She was given a set of Bob books a few years ago for a gift, and although I’m pretty sure she could read them to herself at […]

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    Family Matters NY Weekly Parenting Tip: Little Kids Don’t Do Grey

    by Sarah on 9/19/14 | 1 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!).   Parents of fussy babies are told, it gets easier once kids start talking. With words, […]

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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 […]


    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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    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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    I Love You But I Hate Your Parenting

    by Sarah on 8/12/14 | 1 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 […]


    Unity Prep Charter School: Accepting 6th Grade Applications until April 7th

    by Shayna Gehl on 4/01/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Attention parents of 5th graders! Unity Preparatory Charter School of Brooklyn is accepting 6th grade applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Application deadline is at 5pm on April 7th.  This tuition-free public charter school located in Bedford-Stuyvesant opened its doors to sixth graders in the fall of 2013.  This coming year they will have 6th […]


    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 […]


    Working From Home Has its Poops and Cons

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So I’ve been working from home for a little less than a year now. I absolutely love what I do and the business I work for. I consider myself fortunate as I wasn’t necessarily ‘in the market’ for a job when I got one. It just happened, and I’m so glad it did. Like many stay-at-home moms, […]


    Montessori Info Evening February 27th: A new Montessori preschool in Brooklyn

    by Shayna Gehl on 2/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    (Sponsored) Are you dreading the preschool application process for next year? Have you heard about Montessori education, but are not quite sure what it is or if it would be good for your child? Invest two hours to get the inside scoop on a brand-new, high-quality Montessori program for infants, toddlers and preschoolers: LePort Montessori […]

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    4 Ideas that Can Help Establish Smooth Bedtime Routines

    by Nicole on 2/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Sharon Peters Getting children to bed in a timely way can be a challenge.  Here are four ideas that can help. 1. Play actively with children for as long as you can before getting them ready for bed.  Indoor or outdoor games that get parent and child moving can be a particularly good way […]


    Co-sleeper- Notes from a blended family: shaken, stirred, and on the rocks

    by Nicole on 2/05/14 | 9 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney The term “co-sleeper” is a horrible misnomer. “Co-“ is your garden variety Latin prefix connoting “with” or “together”. “Jointly”. So one would assume that co-sleeping might be this idyllic symbiotic arrangement, the yin and yang of parent and child in rosy-cheeked slumber. Tendrils of lotus-scented musk wafting from a classical painting with […]


    5 Ways to Stay Warm!

    by Sarah on 1/29/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    I’m all done. I’m all done with this cold, with this snow, with this winter. I’m particularly all done with feeling cold. I’m a Boston native and can usually tough it out, but this crap has been ridiculous, so I’ve had to break out the big guns. Keeping the kid warm is easy, since she […]

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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 […]


    The Stroller – Notes from a blended family: shaken, stirred, and on the rocks

    by Nicole on 1/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As one of the wittiest and humorous people I know, we are excited to announce that Rebecca Cooney is A Child Grow’s newest monthly contributor. Here is her first installment from her series, “Notes from a blended family: shaken, stirred, and on the rocks”. Enjoy! The text said, “Going to [somewhere in Long Island] to […]


    Blended Families: Navigating the Great Combine

    by Nicole on 12/19/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    By: Sharon Peters Bringing adults and children from two families into one household offers an array of exciting possibilities and a fair number of complications.  Here are some thoughts to keep in mind if you are “blending” your brood. Blended families are usually formed after the end of a challenging time and a parent’s hopefulness […]

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    On Re-Nicknaming My Children

    by John on 12/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    As I near the end of one year with A Child Grows, I’ve been rereading some of my early posts. My first post in fact, the one in which I introduced my daughters Stringbean and Butterbean, had one comment that I’ve frequently thought about since I read it in January: …please rethink your daughters’ blog […]


    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 […]

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    5 Tricks for Raising Kids in Small Spaces

    by Sarah on 11/21/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    A Child Grows is officially a Word of Mom Blogger! This article originally appeared on What To Expect’s Word of Mom blog. Raising kids in a limited amount of space can be both a logistical nightmare and a lesson in simplifying your life. In New York City, where small-space living is the norm, we go […]

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    What is Pediatric Acupuncture?

    by Nicole on 11/05/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I have been hearing about acupuncture for babies and kids a lot recently. My questions were many. How does it work? Do you really use needles on babies? What do parents use this to treat for? I went on the hunt for a local expert to help break it down for me. And I found […]

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    Parenting with Style

    by Sarah on 9/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Do you often leave the house in workout clothes…when you aren’t going to the gym, or maybe when you were at the gym hours before, but between making lunch and cleaning up cat vomit you have forgotten to shower and then you figure you don’t need to spruce up for the playground? Do you often […]