Parenting | 2/19 | A Child Grows

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    Finding Time to Exercise: Achieve the Impossible

    by Sarah on 7/04/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    The biggest complaint I hear from moms who want to exercise is finding the time. When it comes down to it, the workout is always the first thing that falls off the list. If only we had that extra hour in the day. But we don’t. Some say we all have the same exact 1,440 […]

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    Assault in Prospect Park: Time to Be Smart and Be Brave

    by Sarah on 7/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There are times when I think I live in the most perfect place on earth. Brooklyn, with its parks, museums, brownstones, even the hipsters and the superfund site, can feel idyllic. I sometimes forget that this is a city. I don’t mean that in the epic Roman, center of the universe sense, but in the […]

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    Where to Watch Fourth of July Fireworks 2014

    by Sarah on 7/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    This is our year, Brooklyn! Macy’s 4th of July fireworks will be on the East River this year. After five years on the Hudson, Macy’s finally got on the Brooklyn bandwagon, right behind the Eastern Bloc and that third-rate tv network. So now you will have a host of optimal viewing options right in your […]

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    Philharmonic in Prospect Park 2014: Class Up Your BBQ

    by Sarah on 7/01/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Despite spending over a decade living in this borough, last summer was my first time attending the Philharmonic insanity in Prospect Park. I suppose many of the previous years I was out of town or too lazy or not particularly plugged into all the wonderful things that were happening right outside my front door (this […]

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    Because You Aren’t Anxious Enough: Hurricane Preparedness and More

    by Sarah on 6/30/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    [If you missed this readiness workshop, fear not (well, fear a little or you won't bother packing a "go bag"). All the details you need to get your ducks in a row--your granola bars and batteries and cat food and appropriate sized diapers all packed in a small bag that is not in your way […]

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    I Scream You Scream: Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    There is some decent food in Brooklyn, there is even some pretty awesome ice cream, but not as much as you might expect from our DIY, small batch, food truck congested neighborhood. Adding to the wondrous choices of Blue Marble and Ample Hills Creamery comes Hay Rosie Craft Ice Cream Company. Now I’m sure we […]

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    Water Safety for Kids: Splash into Summer Safely

    by Sarah on 6/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Recently, Lindsay Kujawa of, Delighted Momma wrote about her toddler’s near drowning experience and the aftermath. Her post went viral and the discussion about “secondary drowning” has become a major topic in the […]

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    Brooklyn Pools Open 2014!

    by Sarah on 6/26/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Friday June 27th Brooklyn’s outdoor pools open for the summer! Pools will be open from 11:00 am to 7:00pm with an hour break for cleaning between 3:00 and 4:00pm. It’s easy to forget some of the tricks, tips and arcane rules you had down last summer. Here is a quick refresher: Things to Bring: While […]

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    Small Kid Big City: The Poconos

    by Sarah on 6/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    ————   Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking better photos of your kids.   Location: Woodloch Pines, The Poconos Story: One of the great things about NYC is that for all crowds and density and lack of open space and nature, it is not too hard to get out of the city and into […]

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    A Guide to Life Jackets for Kids

    by Sarah on 6/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    How do you keep your tot afloat? There are lots of choices. None of them are a replacement for your very close supervision, obviously. But each option is meant for a specific use and has its pros and cons. Here are the most popular lifejackets for kids, not including the noodle, which is really more […]

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    Adventures with Food: Urban Foraging

    by John on 6/24/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    My personal history with wild foraging is passionate but limited. Every summer of my childhood in Kansas found my hands stained a deep purple from picking wild blackberries. The memory of this was recently prompted when I happened upon a small thicket growing over the sidewalk in my neighborhood; the taste took me right back […]

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    Swimmer’s Ear: Prevention and Treatment

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While summer is probably the most glorious time of year (in my opinion)—the flowers, the heat, the beach, the pools, the park foliage swaying in the breeze—it also seems to be rife with problems like heat rash, hayfever, ticks, sunburn, sand fleas, poison ivy and let’s not forget swimmers ear. So maybe nature is conspiring […]

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    Get Some Culture: Shakespeare in Prospect Park 2014 for Free!

    by Sarah on 6/23/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    All the city will be a stage this summer when New York Classical Theatre celebrates the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, as well as its own milestone 15th Anniversary Season, by touring a free production of As You Like It to multiple boroughs and a trio of New York City’s premiere parks. New York’s only […]

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    New Moms Can Relax (Sort-of): Babies Self-Regulate!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Moms always ask me,”Do breastfeeding babies ingest the same amount of breast milk at each feed?” The answer is no! When a baby is breastfeed, that baby will take in a different amount of breast milk at each feed. […]

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    Free Rowing in Prospect Park!

    by Sarah on 6/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Want to live out your English countryside holiday fantasy?  You bring the parasol and fringed shawl and Village Community Boathouse will provide the rest.  From 12-4 on Saturdays, June  21 and 28, July 12,19 and 26, and August 2, 9, 16 and 23. And from 4 to 7 on Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25, […]

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    Butterfly in the Sky: Bring Back Reading Rainbow

    by Sarah on 6/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I know we can’t go home again. That any golden age is defined as such precisely because of its fleeting nature. And yet, the desire to recapture what is pasted is natural, particularly as we all get older, as we watch our kids hit stages of childhood that we clearly remember ourselves, we want them […]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: The MILF

    by Sarah on 6/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      By: Rebecca Cooney I am fascinated by mothers.  As a seasoned observer, I do much of my field work in the wilds of the urban rubber-tiled jungle gyms. My safaris allow me to watch undetected the many species of moms brought together by the climbing structures, slides, and rows of black bucket swings.  I […]

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    Ask The Expert!: Kids and Food

    by Sarah on 6/17/14 | 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.  THE BEIGE FOOD EATER Q:  My 2 and a half year old daughter who used to be […]

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    Camp Fort Greene: Finally a Cost-Effective Day Camp

    by Sarah on 6/16/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Parents searching for a cost-effective local Summer Day Camp need to look no further than Camp Fort Greene! Brooklyn mother Eisa Ulen Richardson searched just for this for her son and ended up organizing Camp Fort Greene with the partnership of children’s shop owner, Andriana Spence of Hank & JoJo and Chloe Taylor, Head Teacher […]

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    If Jesus Loved Me- he’d let me get through the damn song!

    by Shayna Gehl on 6/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Wednesday Night, 7pm I’ve successfully brushed both toddlers’ teeth and got them in pajamas. We’ve had basic chit-chat about our day, I bathed them, we’ve read books, and prayed. Both children are showing the telltale signs of fatigue by flopping around in their beds as I latch my newborn (newbie) on for a feed and […]

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    Field Station: Dinosaurs Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 6/16/14 | 15 Comment(s)

    Win passes for a family of four to Field Station: Dinosaurs! Because sometimes the bones alone just aren’t enough. The only thing missing in this Jurrassic park is Jeff Goldblum (sigh).  a Rafflecopter giveaway Field Station: Dinosaurs! is a 20-acre outdoor Jurassic learning expedition, located just 9 minutes outside of NYC in Secaucus, NJ. Kids are able […]

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    Even More Available Pre-K Seats and How to Get One

    by Sarah on 6/13/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    According to DNAinfo, there are still 715 available pre-k seats in New York City. Some of those must be in Brooklyn (we hope?!). To achieve his campaign promises Bill De Blasio is set on getting as many New York City kids into pre-k as he can. Apparently, summer in the city means a long, protracted […]

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    The New Kid-Built Pratt Towers Playground!

    by Sarah on 6/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      On Thursday, June 5 over 200 volunteers from Forest City Ratner Companies, Pratt TowersCommunity Space, organizers from KaBOOM! (@kaboom) and residents of the Brooklyn community braved the rain to build a new playground at Pratt Towers for neighborhood kids. Pratt Towers, located in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, had been without a proper playspace for over 20 years. The design was based on children’s drawings […]

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    Summer Camp: There’s Still Time!

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Summer is upon us, the final days of school are here. Maybe you are still hashing out your summer plans, maybe your stay-cation is looking overwhelming, maybe the reality of your “Camp Mom” idea is starting to sink in, maybe you just need to work and spaced signing the kids up for summer camp. Whatever […]

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    World Cup 2014 in DUMBO!

    by Sarah on 6/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    The DUMBO Improvement District will be showing the 2014 World Cup on their inflatable big screen under the Archway. As in 2010, folks with gather under the arch to watch selected games and generally whoop it up, in a global hooligan sense. Hopefully this time the US can keep it together and keep the ball […]