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    Little Hands, Big Technology: How Soon is Too Soon?

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      Our outer-borough brother Ryan Harrison, a former film history teacher with two daughters originally from Queens, gives us the low down on kids and smartphones, touch screens and attention-sucking technology.  Like any parent, I grumble when I see a group of children sitting in the same room, all deeply absorbed by their own personal electronic devices. [...]

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    FreshDirect: Because Parents Need All the Help We Can Get

    by Sarah on 3/28/14 | 0 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Not long ago I went to a friend’s baby shower, and one of the things on her registry was a gift certificate to FreshDirect. And I thought, that’s genius, since pre-baby you really have no idea what you’re in for, and post-baby you never know what people will give you. Endless diaper gift [...]

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    Weekend Events: U is for Underwear, The Good Ms Padgett, The Pop Ups, P for Puppets, Miles of Tiles and Much More!

    by Deirdre on 3/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, I am finding it hard to believe that April is almost here!  Fingers crossed that the cold mornings will be gone for good real soon! The calendar is packed with events like The Good Ms Padgett at the Jalopy Theatre, a book launch U is for Underwear at Powerhouse on 8th, The Pop [...]

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    BECO Giveaway at the Brooklyn Baby and Family Expo!

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As NYC parents, we all face the same issue: transporting our kids around the city. In spite of having a variety of public transportation options, we often rely heavily on our very own bodies to do the work of transporting our little (and ever-growing) ones. Having a high-quality, long-lasting carrier that is comfortable for baby and parent [...]

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    Leaving Kids in Cars: What is the Law and What is Just Judgement?

    by Sarah on 3/27/14 | 1 Comment(s)

    While we all know that leaving kids in cars on a hot or even mildly warm day is truly dangerous, it may be news to some that it is, in fact, illegal to leave children under 8 alone in the car at anytime, “without supervision of someone twelve or older when the conditions present a [...]

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    What’s Better Than Having a Baby?! Having TWO!

    by Shayna Gehl on 3/26/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    It’s finally here!!!! THE MAIN EVENT!!!! I am officially full term in my third pregnancy. “In the home stretch” as many would say. I’ve blogged about the fantastic nature of this pregnancy (if you didn’t read the post, you missed the sarcastic tone there). While I’d love to go into even more gruesome details on the latest [...]

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    Conscious Consumption: What’s in Your Clothes?

    by Sarah on 3/25/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    We all think about the source of our food, from the variety of seeds (GMO’s anyone?) to the chemicals used, to the distance shipped. But the life cycle of our clothes gets far less consideration. I asked fashion designer and environmentalist, Libby Fearnley to answer a few questions to inspire us to extend our responsible [...]

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    Top 10 Signs You’re Raising a Slob

    by Sarah on 3/24/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    If most of parenting is leading by example, than many of us are screwed. Top 10 Signs You’re Raising a Slob 1. You clean the bath toys by kicking them from one end of the tub to the other when you’re taking a shower. 2. There is a slice of cucumber permanently affixed to your [...]

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    Weekday Events for March 24th-27th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 3/23/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, March weather is crazy!  Nice one day and not nice the next day!  I am going stay in denial and not check the the weather for later this week. So turns out ice skating got extended a week at the LeFrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park so NOW this is the last [...]

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    Win a family stay with Kid & Coe

    by Sarah on 3/21/14 | 2 Comment(s)

      (Sponsored) Everyone in this city knows that one of the worst parts of traveling with kids is packing up half of your apartment and schlepping it along with you. Your kid has to play Sophie’s choice with the toys and you have to bring a slew of “travel” items, which are essentially dismantled Ikea [...]

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    Weekend Events: Charlie’s Kids, School of Rock Grand Opening, Macy’s Flower Show, Scooby-Doo and Much More!

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

    Hi everyone Ahhhhh SPRING is here!  Looks like we will get a good taste of it for the next few days! Another fun weekend is about to start and if you want to get into the mood for Spring you can check out Macy’s Family Fun Day at the Flower Show!   Also happening this [...]

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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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    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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    Weekday Events for March 17th-20th in Brooklyn & NYC!

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

    Hi everyone, Happy Purim and Happy St. Patrick’s Day (early).  Hope everyone got to enjoy another short taste of Spring yesterday! This week looks like it will be snow free which is great news for our area because we lots of activities happening.  On Monday you can check out a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at [...]

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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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    Giveaway: Killington Resort Lift Tickets – Ski Killington, VT!

    by Sarah on 3/13/14 | 2 Comment(s)

    Make the most of winter on the slopes! 2 lucky winners will be eligible to each win a family 4-pack of tickets. A Child Grows in Brooklyn is giving away two family packs of 4 lift tickets each for the 2013/2014 winter season at Killington Resort in Vermont (a$320 value!). Enter to win below and good luck! [...]

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    Weekend Events: Bear Hunt, Celebrate St Patrick’s Day & Purim, James & the Giant Peach & Much More!

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

    Hi everyone, The last weekend of winter is almost here and it will be a fun and busy one with all the Purim and St Patrick events happening in NYC! This weekend you can learn about Irish traditions, foods, and celebrations at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, check out the Celebration of Ireland with Captain Jam [...]

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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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    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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    Weekday Events for March 10th-13th in Brooklyn & NYC!

    by Deirdre on 3/09/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Hi everyone, Well we have moved our clocks forward last night so we are tired but the evenings will be longer which will be so nice!  Tuesday is a half day for NYC public schools so I think the children and I will check out the snowdrops that are blooming at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  [...]