Parenting | 2/21 | A Child Grows

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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 […]

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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 […]