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    13 Reasons Kids Are Just Like Dogs

    by Sarah on 8/29/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    1. They’ve got pack mentality. And I’m not just talking Lord of The Flies. What they want most is for everyone to be together. They want everyday to be family day, or group playdate day. Basically, if they are under eight-years-old they want to be enmeshed in the pack, the more the merrier. 2. They […]

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    Fairy Houses: Teach Your Kid to Love Nature

    by Sarah on 8/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      As we ease into fall we enter into the sweet spot of New York City weather, which means the perfect time to spend hours in the park. But sometimes the kite-chalk-bubble line-up of park activities can wear a parent down. Sometimes chasing after a Frisbee that never, and I mean never, actually comes close […]

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    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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    How to Head Back to School With No Tears

    by Sarah on 8/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sharon Peters, parenting expert and soother of nerves, gives us the essential tools to prepare ourselves, oh and the kids too, for heading back to school.    A good beginning to your child’s school year can help the months ahead go more smoothly. Here are some ideas that can make a difference. Before school starts: […]

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    10 Ways to Get More Sleep (and stop abusing your brain)

    by Sarah on 8/25/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Like most of you, I am chronically sleep deprived. Sometimes I can blame my daughter, or at least her bad dreams and her refusal to go back to sleep without a 20 minute snuggle (which I secretly love). But most of the time my sleep issues are my own fault. I compulsively stay up late […]

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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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    Keeping Kids Appy: Potty Training Apps

    by Sarah on 8/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our apps for kids expert, Christine Dehne, does the research for you. Thank god. Here she gives us the best reading apps for kids.   Our second child was showing all of the signs of readiness, and she loves playing on my iPhone and iPad, so I decided to find a few apps that would […]

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    Subway Sleuths: Afterschool Program for Children with Autism

    by Sarah on 8/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Finding activities to fit your child’s interests and attention span can be challenging for any parent. But when you are a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, that challenge takes on mythic proportions. Enter the New York Transit Museum, which is probably already your favorite place in the world. I mean your child’s. […]

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    Your Guide to Back to School Shopping

    by Sarah on 8/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, gives us a guide to back to school shopping, because we are tired of making lists. We need someone to just tell us what to do, or the only thing we’ll buy is a plane ticket, for one.  (read: I’m ready to take a vacation from my summer “vacation.”)   It […]

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    Kids Book Swap Hosted by Krrb and A Child Grows in Brooklyn

    by Sarah on 8/18/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The good people at Krrb, the hyperlocal trading,swapping and selling site, and we, your partners in crime at A Child Grows in Brooklyn, are teaming up to host this years ultimate book and educational toy swap. Sometimes just donating your old books doesn’t feel like enough, doesn’t feel like you are truly closing the circle. […]

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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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    How to Find The Suburban Summer in the City

    by Sarah on 8/14/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I might be city-obsessed. I might think that New York in the summertime is heaven. But I also know that my daughter is missing out on some key childhood experiences because we don’t live in the ‘burbs. So I’ve been compiling a list of activities that approximate all that backyard fun. I’m bringing the mountain […]

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    How to Raise Healthy Eaters

    by Sarah on 8/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Donna Fish, an expert on children’s relationship with food, gives it to us straight. Finally we have a resource not just for information, but for practical answers to our specific questions. So please send your questions to:  donna@donnafish.com.  This article first appeared in The Huffington Post. I’ve always been fascinated by the relationship people […]

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    I Love You But I Hate Your Parenting

    by Sarah on 8/12/14 | 0 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 […]

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    Helping Your Child Deal with Transitions

    by Sarah on 8/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Living in Manhattan and Brooklyn is amazing. Children are exposed to culture and diversity and public transportation makes it super easy to get around. As with all things in life, there are also challenges. […]

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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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    The Foolproof Birthday Party (well, almost)

    by Sarah on 8/07/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have written a lot in this blog about my stress over birthday parties. There is a lot of pressure in this lovely borough of ours to throw elaborate parties, to include every kid she’s ever met, to have activities that will Blow Their Minds. I’m not sure why this is. Are we all suffering […]

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    Small Kid Big City: Lakeside

    by Sarah on 8/06/14 | 0 Comment(s)

     Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking better photos of your kids.   Location: LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park Story: A few weeks ago, Liam was invited to a birthday party at the new LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park. I know, who knew we had a “Lakeside” right here in Brooklyn? It sounds […]

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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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    Pool Profile: D and D Pool

    by Sarah on 8/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The Douglas and Degraw Pool, known at D and D or Double D Pool, always seems on the cusp of being closed. Whether due to lack of funds or the stomach turning prospect of using it as a sewage retention basin to help with the Gowanus clean up, the many fates of D and D […]

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    Top 5 City Kid Summer Activities, plus one

    by Sarah on 7/31/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    1. Having a Lemonade stand. You can do that in the ‘burbs, you say. And you’re right, you can make lemonade, your kids can make signs, they can stand on the sidewalk, or grass shoulder that passes for a sidewalk. And they can watch car after car putter by as the driver stares at the […]

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    Night Time Games: Ghost in the Graveyard vs. Sardines

    by Sarah on 7/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I feel compelled to clear up a misunderstanding propagated by a certain reality show. Now normally, The Bachelorette is a source of wisdom and truth, but the earnest farmer, Chris—who is single-handedly making the farms of Iowa seem, of all things, romantic—has sullied the pristine reputation of this show. While he claims his family tradition […]

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    Family Trip Packing Tips

    by Sarah on 7/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Jeanene Mack, wellness coach and stylist, gives us a guide to packing for your upcoming family trip, because we know you have no idea where to start. Or maybe that’s just me. So far I have glow sticks and sunglasses.     When I was younger I would always get so excited for the […]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: Indecent Disclosure

    by Sarah on 7/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney After a couple of years back on the dating scene, I’ve come to a conclusion: if you reach the age of 40 and you haven’t been married or cohabitated, there is something wrong with you. Oh stop with the indignant squeal. It’s true. You’ve worked too much the last 15 years. […]

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    Kids Summer Vacation Scrapbook: The Fun Way to Journal

    by Sarah on 7/29/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Anyone can tell you, I am not the scrapbooking type. I am a wait-til-the-last-minute-compile-the-kid’s-baby-book-just-before-her-fifth-birthday-for-her-birthday-circle-at-school type. But I do like the concept of a scrapbook. As a writer, I love journals. A scrapbook is really just a visual journal. Why not combine the concept of a travel journal with a scrapbook? Just make the kids do all […]