Parenting | 2/21 | A Child Grows

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    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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    UME UME Music + Arts, Bringing together Children & the Arts

    by Sarah on 9/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Ume Ume is the Music and Arts space which opened earlier this year by brother and sister team Christos and Sotiria. Located in Park Slope on 3rd Street and 4th Avenue in their pristine and gorgeous light filled space, parents can choose from programs for children ages 6 months to 12 years old including a […]

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    Win Tickets to Prospect Park Zoo Breakfast in the Outback!

    by Sarah on 9/18/14 | 3 Comment(s)

    What could be better than starting your day at the zoo? Enjoy the perfect fall weather and commune with nature, specifically with the dingoes at the Prospect Park Zoo. Win one ticket that covers one adult & one child to Breakfast in the Outback on Sept 28thfrom 9:30-11am.  Ages 5+ with adult. Bring the whole family […]

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    Tween and Teen Spaces in Brooklyn: Trade Eye-Rolls for Oms

    by Sarah on 9/17/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    What is a teen or tween to do with themselves (I mean besides smoke weed behind the pillars at the entrance to the park)? Sure your tween/teen can have some PG fun chillin’ at the teen lounge or scorfing donuts at Dough or instagram stalk their crushes while hanging at the library and supposedly doing […]

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    Nipple Pain? It could be YEAST!!! (aka Thrush)

    by Sarah on 9/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Thrush or a yeast infection is a very painful condition when located in the breast. From my experience, I find that it is usually not diagnosed by health care providers due to lack of education about yeast and the breast. Because of this lack of knowledge, women suffer for weeks or months before they are […]

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    First Day Jitters for The Parents of Kindergarteners Everywhere

    by Sarah on 9/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Mollie Michel is the newest member of the Child Grows team, only her child is growing up in Philly.  See how this Brooklynite is fairing her transplant to the wilds of Philly.   I am in a cacophonous basement. There are dozens of children and parents milling around. There are two translators, several teachers, a school […]

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    Check It Out: Brooklyn Public Libraries Extended Hours and Menu

    by Sarah on 9/15/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn Public Libraries are extending their hours just in time for the gearing up of homework assignments. The Central Branch leads the way staying open as late as 9 pm Monday through Thursday. Many other branches across Brooklyn will keep their doors open later as well, many until 8 pm on specified weekdays. While this […]

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    Luna Park Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 9/13/14 | 4 Comment(s)

    Here is another great giveaway from Luna Park. Get in the last of the season’s fun for FREE! This is your chance to wear your varsity sweater and soulfully eat cotton candy while you hum “Summer Loving.” I guess the kids can go too, but only if you dress them up as Pink Ladies. Here […]

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    I Was the Uncool Mom Writing a Novel in a Coffeeshop

    by Sarah on 9/12/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Siobhan Adcock, novelist, mother and internet maven, confesses her desire to be cool, her complete inability to achieve said coolness and the possibility that that is ok. We LOVE Siobhan. Like love, love, gonna purpose at the end of Bachelor in Paradise, love.    Like a lot of people, I wrote a novel in a […]

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    How to Build Your Child’s Library with Books They’ll Love

    by Sarah on 9/10/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    We all get that sad scholastic catalog in our kids’ cubbies at preschool. Or have diligently collected the books  from the inside of Cheerios boxes(which are actually sort of awesome, Boss Baby anyone?). But the collection of chewed and mauled and generally abused books on our kids’ shelves can’t really be called a Collection. The […]

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    The Back-to-School Blues

    by John on 9/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

        I’m sitting at my writing desk for the first time since late July. We spent most of August on the road, logging roughly 3,500 miles in a car, 12 states traversed, 50-60 friends and family members caught up with, hundreds of fireflies chased, dozens and dozens of pounds of August fruits and vegetables […]

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    Rock Out at the 2014 Little Essentials Benefit Concert!

    by Sarah on 9/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      The good people at Little Essentials are inviting you to their annual benefit concert: The annual Little Essentials benefit event is on Saturday September 27th 6-10p at Saleya restaurant in Tribeca. Tribeca Pediatrics’ We Care for Our Kids Foundation is co-hosting the event and Martha Redbone and her band will perform. There will be […]

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    Can Your Kid Still Ride for Free? Get a Student MetroCard

    by Sarah on 9/08/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Now that school is officially in full swing and I have five seconds to take a breath and figure out when was the last time I had a full meal that wasn’t in bar form (and no chips and salsa at 11 pm doesn’t count). Now, I can start thinking about some of the details […]

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    First Day of Kindergarten

    by Sarah on 9/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I had a lot of expectations for my daughter’s first day of kindergarten. I foresaw a lot of tears on both sides, a lot of me putting on a brave face and then losing it on the sidewalk in front of her school. I envisioned a junior high scenario with other parents in a ring […]

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    Prospect Park and Fort Greene Park Become Classrooms with Tinkergarten!

    by Sarah on 9/05/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We love the idea of learning outdoors with Tinkergarten and taking full advantage of nature through the wonderful parks Brooklyn has to offer. Tinkergarten begins their fall season on September 15th, offering classes for your 1.5 to 7 year old.  Using both Prospect and Fort Greene Parks as their unique classrooms, leaders trained and certified by Tinkergarten […]

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    A Guide to Bedwetting: When to Worry and When to Let it Go

    by Sarah on 9/03/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Dr. Deena Blanchard, pediatrician and font of knowledge, gives us the tools we need to stay calm and carry on.   Wet sheet and wet pajamas at 2am with an embarrassed child are a common scenario in many households. But don’t worry; bedwetting is not a sign of potty training not working or a difficult […]

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    Lyme Disease—Catch It!

    by Sarah on 9/03/14 | 5 Comment(s)

    Apparently instances of Lyme disease have been on the rise in the last ten years, probably due to the unchecked population of deer (where is Sarah Palin and her chopper when we need her?). As we settle into school and fall and real life (boo hiss), there may be some lingering side effects of vacation. […]

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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 […]

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    Queens Zoo Giveaway!

    by Sarah on 9/02/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Celebrate heading back to school by spending your first fall Saturday at the Queens Zoo with your kid. Give them a treat for surviving those tough first couple of days at school, and work on your spanish at the same time. Join this bilingual tour through the zoo. See what awaits you at the zoo! […]

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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 | 2 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 […]