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    Weekday Events for September 29th-October 2nd in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 9/28/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! So warm this weekend!  It doesn’t feel like fall at all!  But the weather will cool down again so it is time to start finding some indoor activities! The Playgroup at Bija Kids is starting up this week and also starting this week is the Hansel and Gretel’s Halloween Adventure at The Swedish […]

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    Family Matters NY Weekly Parenting Tip: Harness your Ms/Mr. Congeniality

    by Sarah on 9/26/14 | 0 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!).   Sometimes parents travel from home to school to supermarket to soccer without so much as […]

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    Weekend Events: DUMBO Art Fest, Atlantic Antic, Breukelen Country Fair, Ragamuffin Parade & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 9/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! The first weekend of fall and the last weekend of September!  This weekend is full of events for everyone! Head over to the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum for the Breukelen Country Fair & then check out the DUMBO Arts Festival going on all weekend!  Also happening this weekend is the Atlantic Antic where you […]

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    Improve Your Morning Routine (because we know it sucks)

    by Sarah on 9/24/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    Most mornings I get up late. Later than my alarm would suggest I get up. I press snooze two or three times. I roll out of bed twenty minutes later and bump and bumble my way into the shower. If I’m organized, I put oatmeal in the microwave before I jump in the shower so […]

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    Tips for the Restless Eater: Sitting Still As a Frog

    by Sarah on 9/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Donna Fish, author of  Take the Fight Out of Food: How to Prevent and Solve Your Child’s Eating Problems, clinical social worker and 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:  […]

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    Brooklyn Art Hive: New Art Studio for Kids in Crown Heights

    by A Child Grows on 9/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Attention families in Crown Heights and all surrounding neighborhoods! There is a brand new spot in the hood, and no, I’m not talking about Berg’n (damn that place is cool).  Brooklyn Art Hive is an art studio for kids offering morning classes and weekend workshops for 18 month to 5 year olds and hosting special art […]

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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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    Weekday Events for September 22nd-25th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 9/21/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Fall is arriving this week!  Love the cooler weather and we have lots of indoor activities for the little ones on the calendar! Try a free demo of Yo Re Mi: Musical Yoga Adventures at SuperFrench Studio or check out the Play Group at The Stomping Ground!  More fun things for the little […]

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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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    Weekend Events: Books & Books, Maker Faire, Bounce, Summer Space, Frolic, Mario, Grump and Much More!

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

    Hi everyone! The last weekend of summer is packed with super fun activities! The Brooklyn Book Festival has been happening all week and this weekend there are loads of events for children such as Dinosaur vs. School and Other Stories at BAM, An Otter Celebration at the Prospect Park Zoo & NY Aquarium and children […]

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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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    Weekday Events for September 15th-18th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 9/14/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope everyone with big kids had a great first full week of school and getting into the routine! This is another great week for anyone with little ones!  More sing-a-longs and weekly events restarting and lots of free trials so you can figure out what your child enjoys!  This week the Gateway Storytime […]

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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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    Weekend Events: San Gennaro, Bikes, Kites, Mimes, Shadow Puppets and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 9/11/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Another busy weekend is coming!  September is such a fun month since the weather tends to be cooler and we can enjoy outdoor events! This weekend the more weekend the New York Bike Jumble is at the Old Stone House, there is a Kite Festival at Brooklyn Bridge Park, enjoy Extreme Kids & […]

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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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    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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    Weekday Events for September 8th-11th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 9/07/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope everyone had a great weekend!  Looking forward to a week where the weather will be cooler! This week is a great week to get out and try some classes for free before the Fall semesters start!  Check out Audra Rox’s Music for Aardvarks Free Demos all over NYC, a Free Trial Rolie […]

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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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    Weekend Events: Mooncakes, Clowns, Music, Back to School Events & Much More!

    by Deirdre on 9/04/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone! Hope all the NYC children that headed off to school today had a great morning!  Can’t wait to hear all the news at pick up today from my 4th grader and 1st grader! This weekend there are a lot of back to school events happening!  Check out Back to School Block Party at […]

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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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    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 […]