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 […]


    The Last People My Kids Emulate Are Celebrities…aka I Don’t Care What Miley Cyrus Does

    by Nicole on 8/27/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    My children are too young to have seen Hanna Montana…in fact I’ve never seen an episode myself. Frankly, I don’t really care what Miley Cyrus does. She doesn’t have anything to do with my life. But, as progressive of a parent and person I think I am, I found her performance  at the MTV VMA’s […]

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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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    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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    Back to School Shopping – Let’s Not Dress Little Girls like Showgirls or Worse

    by Kim on 7/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    While some of the bigger department stores and pharmacies are already gearing up for Halloween, every other retailer across America is starting to talk about Back to School (and we’ve barely been OUT of school for a whole month!) We all hate to see the summer end, but at the same time, there’s something exciting […]


    Trying Out “Nonviolent Communication” With Kids: An Experiment

    by Nicole on 7/08/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Some days I feel like I should get an “F” in communication. It just happens: my tone is off, my words terse, my impatience too obvious and I’m totally unaware that I am doing it- until, that is, when it’s over…and I wish I could just suck every utterance back in my throat.  I guilt […]

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    Parenting Team Planning 101

    by Nicole on 7/01/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    No one ever tells you how much your relationship with your partner will change after kids. There should be a required class…instead it is a learn as you go kind of experience. Alice Kaltman, our favorite parenting coach, gives us a step by step how-to in parenting team planning 101! Because divided you fail, but working […]


    Press ‘End Call’ To Restore Your Sanity

    by Nicole on 6/26/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Shayna Gehl of The Disheveled Parent comically recounts for us a day when even the smallest task can turn into a day’s worth of headaches! The saying goes something like this: being a parent is both highly rewarding and equally challenging. I have learned at the very least that much since having children. Each day brings new […]

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    When Your Neighbor Has a Child with A Disability

    by Nicole on 6/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t want their child to have friends…… be popular, well liked, respected, invited to parties and play dates?  Now put your feet into the shoes of a parent caring for a child with a disability.  That neighbor, that friend, that community member has all the same wishes and dreams for their child whose daily […]


    Can You Identify Your Kid’s Eating Style?

    by Nicole on 6/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I think being concerned about what your child eats “consumes” a lot of us. My friend tells me how her son will barely eat for days and then suddenly will wolf down anything in the fridge. And my other friend’s daughter will eat only white foods (yogurt, bread, milk). And my children are total grazers […]

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    Brooklyn Baby Expo – Not Just for Babies – Sunday June 2nd

    by Nicole on 5/24/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Think the Brooklyn Baby Expo isn’t for you just because you don’t have a baby any longer? Wrong! There will be lots of activities for older children and information, products and raffles for parents of toddlers and pre-schoolers!  Top 10 reasons you should attend event if your children aren’t babies any longer or you have […]

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    First Foods Around the World

    by Nicole on 5/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Starting solids is an exciting time but one of stress for many parents. What foods to start with, what form should the food be in, allergies, choking risks…these are all worries that accompany this new stage in your baby’s life. Chase Simmering, mom of two and international food connoisseur, talks starting solids with an international perspective. Even […]

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    Get Out of the House!

    by Nicole on 5/14/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Getting both of my children out of the house is one battle I never thought I would have to fight. It is harder than it looks when one child just decides he is not ready to go anywhere. Elana Gartner has some great ideas on how to motivate the little rascals to get a move on!  […]


    Correcting Children and Picking Your Battles

    by Nicole on 5/10/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Simplifying daily parenting routines like getting the kids out the door or bedtime routines is something I struggle with constantly. Sharon Peters from Parents Helping Parents has shared her thoughts with us on this.  There are many things that need to happen every day to help home life run smoothly. Everyone in a family has places to go, […]


    Weaning – When and How?

    by Nicole on 5/07/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Is there a “right” time and is there a “right” way to wean? 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, she really is superwoman!), wrote an article for us that tackles those questions. Weaning – Is now is […]

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    Parents Sometimes Say Too Much

    by Nicole on 5/01/13 | 2 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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    A Gift I’m Going to Give My Children Every Year

    by Nicole on 4/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    When I was pregnant with my first a friend of mine with an older child shared with me a wonderful idea! She writes a letter to her son every year on his birthday and seals it in an envelope, storing them away for when he is older. I thought this was an amazing idea so […]


    Occupy Monsanto? One Dad’s View on GMO’s

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

    Nathan Horne, Brooklyn dad of two (and my husband) isn’t one to stand on a soapbox but GMO’s have been a hot topic everywhere (including in our household) and here are his thoughts.  As many of you already know, GMO’s are genetically modified organisms, which, among other things, are the primary source of genetically modified […]


    Food Fights

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

    Ahh, the everlasting battle at dinner time. And what do you do when it involves your partner too? Alice Kaltman of Family Matters NYC gives us her take. This article was originally published on Brown Medina’s Newsletter. Food is fundamental. We want our kids to be healthy and strong and we’ll do anything to make […]

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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: 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 […]


    Make Small Changes in Your Everyday Tasks and 18 Earth Friendly Things Kids Can Do This Earth Day

    by Nicole on 4/21/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    With all the wonderful Earth Day celebrations this weekend, I am sharing Kate Harrison, CEO of the Green Life Guides and tips for kick-starting a green lifestyle throughout the year and 18 Earth-friendly things kids can do to celebrate Earth Day every day! You can easily conserve resources in your everyday life just by […]

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    Why does feeding my family real, healthy foods feel so confusing?

    by Nicole on 4/11/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Local mom and family wellness coach, Stacey Jane, recently sat down with me to help me simplify the healthy eating challenge for my household. She has shared with us some great tips to make eating well easier! Here in Brooklyn we have a sea of options. We cook. We order in. We raise chickens. We […]


    Fighting in Front of Your Kids: Guidelines on How to Fight Fair

    by Nicole on 3/25/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Fight Fair by Alice Kaltman All couples have conflict. Those friends of yours who seem to be so ‘in love’ with each other, so fight-free? Believe me, they too have their moments. Every couple does. Couples with young kids are likely to have even more conflict. Stakes are higher, tensions are greater, sleep and sex are […]

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    The Princess Diaries: How to Cope with the Disney Juggernaut

    by Sarah on 3/17/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    By Sarah Moriarty We’ve all witnessed it, the gravitational pull between little girls and all things princess related. Despite all our efforts to avoid gender specific toys, videos and stereotypes, many of our daughters end up tutu-ed and beribboned singing about being rescued. At my house we did it all, pushed the “masculine toys,” no […]


    Why I’m Going To Stop Saying “Good Job” or at Least Try

    by Nicole on 3/12/13 | 3 Comment(s)

    I have been thinking about this a lot lately.  I have been saying, “Good job, good sharing, or good _______ (fill in the blank) far too often.  Not only am I sick of hearing myself say it, I am tired of hearing my husband say it and I suspect my children are sick of hearing […]