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    Small Kid Big City: Capturing Your Child’s Moments–Birthday Parties!

    by Sarah on 3/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick of Photosanity shares her secrets for taking great photos of our kids. Location: Brooklyn Robot Foundry Story: With two kids in school/preschool now, we are heavy into birthday party territory. Last month we went to a special birthday party for one of Liam’s oldest friends, they “met” when they were six or [...]

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    Brooklyn Game Lab: Don’t Just Play Games, Build Them!

    by Sarah on 3/20/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Like with most things, I thought I had the Brooklyn Game Lab figured out. I was wrong. I seem to be saying that a lot lately, I’m choosing to see it as a sign of personal growth. Since I walk by the Brooklyn Game Lab everyday I’ve been watching it take shape, going from [...]

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    Giveaway: Aden+Anais Blankets!

    by Sarah on 3/19/14 | 17 Comment(s)

    A Child Grows in Brooklyn is giving away a collection of three aden+anais bamboo blankets. You know, the parenting staple that you use for everything from swaddles to burp clothes to makeshift scrims when tied to the exterior of your pack and play. They also make excellent capes, loveies, indoor picnic blankets and fort roofs. [...]

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    Fighting Engorgement: When Things Work Too Well

    by Sarah on 3/19/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sara Chana, lactation consultant extraordinaire, sheds light on the issues, mysteries and joys of breastfeeding. Engorgement is an abnormal behavior of breastfeeding.  Feeling full or heavier is fine, but if your breasts are so full you can barely move your arms, you are having trouble sleeping from the pain, or you are having trouble latching your [...]

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    Say Yes to a New Dress: Reality TV Wants You

    by Sarah on 3/18/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Who doesn’t love a makeover? Is your favorite part of Frozen when Elsa manifests the snow dress and cape? Do you watch makeover shows and think, “my closet looks so much worse?” Well, you are in luck. A makeover show is searching for “talent” right here in Brooklyn. And when I say “talent” I mean, [...]

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    Top 12 Reasons to Hit the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo 2014

    by Sarah on 3/16/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Not just for babies. A Child Grows in Brooklyn brings you our 3rd annual Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo on Sunday April 6th in Brooklyn Heights. Here’s why you’ve got to be there: 1. Free On-Site Childcare: If free childcare gets you to the Y to work out, then why shouldn’t it also give you an afternoon [...]

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    Top 7 Parent Teacher Conference Questions

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

      When I was younger I was very, very shy.  My behavior in elementary school could be described as silent and compliant.  Being called on in class felt like Abu Ghriab-level humiliation torture. I was special (read: broken). After eight hours of that, I would come home and explode, since I actually had quite a [...]

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    Choosing the Right Music Teacher for Your Kid: A Musical Primer Part II

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

      Kirin McElwain, cellist and music teacher, follows up Is There a Right Instrument for Your Kid?: A Musical Primer Part I, with this eye-opening guide to finding the right teacher.   Last week I discussed helping your child choose a musical instrument. Once you’ve decided which instrument to study, you might think that your research [...]

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    Lakeside: For All Kinds of Skate Rats

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Since I’m not much of an ice skater (I’ve knocked out enough teeth, thanks), I didn’t really follow the evolution of Lakeside, Prospect Park’s new (well, not so new) skating rink. I had this impression that Lakeside was just Wollman revamped. I had seen a picture or two, but I hadn’t really paid attention. Until [...]

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    Keeping Kids Appy: Breastfeeding and Introducing Solids

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 0 Comment(s)

       When I nursed each of our children, friends and Kellymom were my go-to sources for information.  Those sources are both irreplaceable, but now there is a fantastic, fact-filled app, delivering information in a format that is accessible even as you are in the act of breastfeeding.  Sara Chana’s Breastfeeding for Boobs has hundreds of [...]

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    Working From Home Has its Poops and Cons

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/12/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    So I’ve been working from home for a little less than a year now. I absolutely love what I do and the business I work for. I consider myself fortunate as I wasn’t necessarily ‘in the market’ for a job when I got one. It just happened, and I’m so glad it did. Like many stay-at-home moms, [...]

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    Notes From A Blended Family: Shaken, Stirred, and On The Rocks–It Takes Three

    by Sarah on 3/11/14 | 2 Comment(s)

        By: Rebecca Cooney The Acela is propelling me home and the fluorescent panel bulbs are making my eyes twitch. Another work trip, another whirlwind, another jostling ride home. I’m lucky because I know that I’m coming home to a clean apartment. And I know this for sure because the housekeeper texted me this morning [...]

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    Measles Outbreak in NYC: Vaccine Time

    by Sarah on 3/11/14 | 7 Comment(s)

    Measles outbreak. This is what Jenny McCarthy and unethical medical research can get you: a resurgence in the leading cause of vaccine-preventable childhood mortality. Sure, we can give up on vaccines and return to 1920’s America when 30% of the death rate was caused by measles pneumonia. No? You’re not ready to go heavy in tin [...]

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    Cassatt Studio Preschool in Carroll Gardens

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Great news A Child Grows readers! A great school in Carroll Gardens is enrolling students. The Cassatt Studio comes from a trusted name you may have seen on A Child Grows before- Sitters Studio.     “At Cassatt Studio Preschool children learn, grow, and blossom by studying Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Mendelssohn’s songs, and Sondheim’s [...]

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    Pre-K Application Deadline Extended! Now All We Need Are the Seats

    by Sarah on 3/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    With de Blasio hitting his head against the brick wall of Albany, the idea of extending the pre-k application deadline doesn’t feel like a very hopeful step. The deadline for applying to pre-k has been extended until April 23rd, 2014, a full three weeks from the original deadline. While on the surface it seems like [...]

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    Is There a Right Instrument for Your Kid?: A Musical Primer Part I

    by Sarah on 3/07/14 | 2 Comment(s)

      In this two-part series Kirin McElwain, cellist and music teacher, shares her wisdom on beginning music lessons. Part one covers how to choose the right instrument for your child, and next week, part two will help you find the right music teacher.   As a parent, chances are that you’ve already heard how music [...]

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    GMOs: Fear vs Fact

    by Sarah on 3/06/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Molecular biology is not my strong suit. At my freaky, progressive high school I took the class, but students dubbed it “Science for Graduation,” which alludes to both the quality of the course and of our engagement in it. And maybe that is why I struggle to get my head around the whole GMO thing. [...]

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    Frozen: Generation Z’s Star Wars?

    by Sarah on 3/05/14 | 1 Comment(s)

      I am often late to the party, as they say, and I was late to the party called Frozen. But I’ve been immersed in the soundtrack for the last month and finally saw the movie last week. And maybe because I am a little sister and my (blond) sister is five years older, and [...]

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    Get Your Tickets to the Largest Family Event in Brooklyn!

    by Nicole on 3/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo Shares Everything Parents Need in One Place! A family friendly event for parents and children up to age 8! Meet experts! Attend seminars! Sample Products! Bring Your Family! Win Raffle Prizes! Awesome gift bags! Stay for Lunch!  Get your tickets here! Order tickets now using Discount Code ACG15off for 15% off [...]

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    A Child Grows in Brooklyn Calendar: Go Beyond Movies and Museums!

    by Sarah on 3/03/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    You’ve been in the house for too long. You look forward to listening to the Frozen soundtrack, even though it makes you cry every time (“ . . .they say ‘have courage’ and I’m trying to, I’m right out here for you, please let me in. We only have each other. . .” Seriously, you’re [...]

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    International Women’s Day NYC: U-N-I-T-Y

    by Sarah on 3/02/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    This Saturday, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. Started at the turn of the last century, IWD began as a chance to champion the working-women of Eastern Europe. But the political overtones gave way, in many countries, to a more general appreciation of women. While, I admit, I wasn’t really up on IWD, I had [...]

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    The Doctor Is In: Oral Hygiene

    by Sarah on 2/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Advice from our favorite pediatrician, Dr. Gilgoff: Every baby is born with their 20 teeth! They can cut through the gums at any point, but usually around 6-9 months, and most, if not all, will come in by 2 years old.  Yes, they will eventually fall out around 6 years old, but that doesn’t mean [...]

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    Buzz A Rama: For the Speed Junkie in All of Us

    by Sarah on 2/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    I am often reminded of how much I don’t know. And this is what I love about New York City. There are whole neighborhoods I have yet to explore. But I really thought I had my little corner of Brooklyn covered. I was wrong. This past weekend a friend introduced me to a Kensington area [...]

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    Cloth Diapers vs Disposables: A Peace Treaty

    by Sarah on 2/26/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    After my misguided notion that I could easily brush up on the basics of cloth diapering and give you all the salient points, saving you time and energy, I realized that cloth diapering is it’s own planet. So the real issue is what planet would you like to live on, the cloth diaper planet or [...]

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    Small Kid Big City: Capturing Your Child’s Moments – Snow!

    by Sarah on 2/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Location: Polar Vortex Brooklyn Story: It may be late February but we still have several more snowstorms forecast before we are done for the season! This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago during one of the bigger snowstorms we had this winter. As you can see, the snow was still falling heavily as [...]