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    Little Swappies: Brooklyn Kids’ Gear Swap!

    by Sarah on 4/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     With the change of the seasons comes the inevitable closet clean out. Not yours. Of course not yours, not a fun makeover. No. I mean the stowing away of your children’s winter clothes that will never again fit, and the taking out of the few pieces of summer gear you’ve got from your sister or [...]

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    Monitoring Software: When Does Privacy Become a Right?

    by Sarah on 4/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    In the age of helicopter parents and video monitors and cell phone trackers, at what age do our children get to have a little privacy? I recently discovered that most big name smart phones are equipped not just with trackers, but are compatible with monitoring software like mSpy. This software has the power to track [...]

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    The Doctor Is In: How to Choose the Right Pediatrician

    by Sarah on 4/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from our favorite pediatrician, Dr. Gilgoff: Choosing a pediatrician is a very important decision. The birthing process itself will be much less stressful if you know that your baby has someone waiting to help oversee his or her health and well-being starting at birth.  I encourage expecting parents to come in and meet me [...]

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    How Much Sleep Does Your Kid Need?

    by Sarah on 4/17/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Sleep, food and poop seem to be the subjects that dominate your life as a parent. But nothing can ruin your day–your kid’s ability to behave, communicate and generally stay on your good side–like sleep, or lack thereof. From the day we brought her home, my daughter was a champion sleeper, to the point that [...]

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    Get Down at InspireCorps Gala Event!

    by Sarah on 4/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Get your dance on, while contributing to a seriously worthy cause. InspireCorps, a Brooklyn based resource that connects New York City schools with a network of artists, writers and musicians in hosting its first annual gala. Created by Stephanie Thompson in the summer of 2013, the InspireCorps mission is to expose youth from all backgrounds [...]

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    Electronic Cigarettes: The Lesser of Two Evils

    by Sarah on 4/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    My husband is a wonderful, sensitive man and I’ve been lucky enough to be his closest friend for the last twenty years (we met young). And when we first met, in our irresponsible, stupid teenage years, we did a lot of things, but mostly we sat around and smoked our Reds (we can pretend that [...]

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    Your Guide to Easter Egg Hunts NYC 2014

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

    There is nothing I like more then the vestiges of pagan ritual in our very modern world like christmas trees, jack-o-lanterns and may poles. The egg hunt is a favorite of mine, searching out symbols of fertility hiding among the newly blooming flowers, those pagans didn’t really go in for subtly and thank god. Otherwise, [...]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Chores

    by Sarah on 4/11/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Watching relatives who have more children but who also seem to have their lives together, I’ve decided that one of the keys to harmony in the household is an understanding that everyone in the family is expected to contribute to the [...]

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    Habana Outpost’s Earth Day Celebration 2014!

    by Sarah on 4/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Celebrate Earth Day early at Habana Outpost’s Earth Day Expo hosted by Habana Works this Saturday (that’s tomorrow people, in case you keep thinking today is Thursday). A Child Grows in Brooklyn will be there loving Mama Gia, holding babies and generally channeling our own Goddess. Where is a bonfire to dance around when you [...]

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    Are Go Go Sports Girls A Better Doll? Almost

    by Sarah on 4/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As a diehard feminist, I am always on the lookout for gender-neutral toys, or short of that, something not pink (and yes, that was my daughter on the playground in the fairy costume. It’s an uphill battle). So when I came across the Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls, I felt hopeful. Imagine if Groovy Girls [...]

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    Car Repair for The Clueless New Yorker: Spring Break Road Trip!

    by Sarah on 4/09/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    There are lots of New Yorkers who don’t own a car. Isn’t that one of the benefits of living here? In fact, many of us frequently rent a car, or Zipcar, or, after a decade without a car, we had a kid and caved to the pressure and the mountains of stuff. But we know [...]

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    Royal Palms Shuffleboard: Mai Tai is Better Than Your Tie

    by Sarah on 4/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I’m sure you’ve all heard about the new shuffleboard place in Gowanus, and many of you have probably already been to The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club (you guys will heretofore be known as The Choir). But for those of you who haven’t, it will far exceed your expectations, since your expectations maybe a grey, mostly [...]

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    Should You Join the PTA?

    by Sarah on 4/08/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Kathleen Lucadamo answers the question that we are all afraid to ask, Do we really have to join the PTA? Because I’d rather just watch Scandal and eat lean cuisine (and donuts). When I was in elementary school, I envied the children whose moms participated in the Parent Teacher Association. My mom, a teacher, wasn’t [...]

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    Conscious Uncoupling Backlash

    by Sarah on 4/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So if you are addicted to trashy magazines and E! like some of us, you already know all about “Conscious Uncoupling,” the term Gwyneth Paltrow is using to describe her divorce from Chris Martin. Now, as she very conveniently points out on her site, this is not her term, but one coined by Katherine Woodward [...]

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    Work Out at Home: The Apartment Workout from Fit 4 Mom

    by Sarah on 4/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     I have a serious problem. The floors and ceilings of my apartment are loud. When we moved into our apartment I was pregnant with our second boy. Our upstairs neighbors had two boys, at the time ages 3 and 5 (as old as my boys are now), and we had never heard anything like it. [...]

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    Top 10 Spring Break Tips for Traveling with Kids from phil and teds

    by Sarah on 4/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Michael Grant, president of phil&teds, shares his infinite wisdom on traveling with kids, which is basically what this guy does for a living. And since phil&teds are one of our illustrious sponsors at The Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo, you can come check out all their gear and see these tips in action this Sunday! As parents we know [...]

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    The Dreaded Birthday Party

    by Sarah on 4/03/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      While my daughter’s birthday is still months away, she is already handing out verbal invites to her pals at school, already amassing a long wish list, and planning the elaborate theme (which is either mermaids, where everything will look like it is underwater; or Frozen, where it has to actually be snowing). She seems [...]

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    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 [...]

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    The Best Nontoxic Nail Polish: Paint It Black

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

    My daughter is desperate to paint her nails, and I have managed to put it off with the combo you’re-too-young and it’s-full-of-chemicals argument. But the other day our youngest neighbor (5 years old) came downstairs, nail polish in hand and proceeded to set up a manicure station in my hallway. That night I had to [...]

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    Summer Fun at the Wildlife Conservation Society

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Summers are Wild with the Wildlife Conservation Society! From toddlers to teens, the WCS has the unique summer camp experiences for all ages at their zoos and aquarium. Explore the wonderful world of animals at one of the five facilities throughout New York, including the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, [...]

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    When the Cups Runneth Over: Are Breast Lifts Worth It?

    by Sarah on 3/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      It seems that, while breast implants are the number one cosmetic surgery among women, breast lifts have been gaining popularity, by as much as 70%, since 2000. The plastic surgeons say to try “the pencil test” to see if you might be a good candidate. Since I could keep a calligraphy set secure, I’m [...]

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    Little Hands, Big Technology: How Soon is Too Soon?

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Our outer-borough brother Ryan Harrison, a former film history teacher with two daughters originally from Queens, gives us the low down on kids and smartphones, touch screens and attention-sucking technology.  Like any parent, I grumble when I see a group of children sitting in the same room, all deeply absorbed by their own personal electronic devices. [...]

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    FreshDirect: Because Parents Need All the Help We Can Get

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Not long ago I went to a friend’s baby shower, and one of the things on her registry was a gift certificate to FreshDirect. And I thought, that’s genius, since pre-baby you really have no idea what you’re in for, and post-baby you never know what people will give you. Endless diaper gift [...]

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    BECO Giveaway at the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo!

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As NYC parents, we all face the same issue: transporting our kids around the city. In spite of having a variety of public transportation options, we often rely heavily on our very own bodies to do the work of transporting our little (and ever-growing) ones. Having a high-quality, long-lasting carrier that is comfortable for baby and parent [...]

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    Leaving Kids in Cars: What is the Law and What is Just Judgement?

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While we all know that leaving kids in cars on a hot or even mildly warm day is truly dangerous, it may be news to some that it is, in fact, illegal to leave children under 8 alone in the car at anytime, “without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a [...]