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    Are Go Go Sports Girls A Better Doll? Almost

    by Sarah on 4/10/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    As a diehard feminist, I am always on the lookout for gender-neutral toys, or short of that, something not pink (and yes, that was my daughter on the playground in the fairy costume. It’s an uphill battle). So when I came across the Go! Go! Sports Girls Dolls, I felt hopeful. Imagine if Groovy Girls [...]

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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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    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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    Tiny Wings: A New Addiction

    by Sarah on 1/17/14 | 0 Comment(s)

    Really, billing Tiny Wings as new isn’t truly accurate since it came out two years ago. But it is new to me and seems to be on the upswing in the general mindhive. I think, if it’s mentioned on a Joss Whedon show, it’s officially nerd-approved. Tiny Wings is a game for smart phones, think [...]

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    Education – The Gift That Keeps on Giving: Introducing Monkeybear Press

    by Shayna Gehl on 12/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Monkeybear Press is a small art studio and indie developer in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. “We are artists and parents and make vibrant, educational apps and eBooks that young kids love. We aspire to create a handmade aesthetic. As parents of young children we want to reach individual children, not mass markets. We believe exposing young children [...]

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    Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids (Birth to 6)

    by Nicole on 12/21/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    What the Kids (and Parents) Really Want: Gifts by Age – Birth to 6 Gift giving for children is one of most challenging aspect about my holiday shopping. What are they into? What do they already have? Do they skew toward their gender or would gender neutral be more appropriate? And, arguably most important, what [...]

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    Christmas Magic: Video Sponsored by Fisher Price

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    This post is sponsored by Fisher Price. Growing up, I remember each Christmas being so magical for so many reasons. I loved decorating the tree, making Christmas cookies and the smell of them baking, and always staying up late in anticipation of Santa’s visit. Each year I was lucky enough to get a special toy [...]

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    Holiday Gift Ideas: Sponsored by Toys “R” Us

    by Shayna Gehl on 11/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      I hate to be the one to mention Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving…but I am totally going to mention Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving! This message is sponsored by Toys “R” Us to bring you their best and most exciting toys of the holiday season. This year Toys “R” Us has some real goodies with video [...]

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    Nine Kids’ Stores to Help You Beat the Holiday Clock

    by Sarah on 11/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

      Now, unless you want to pay a small fortune in shipping, it’s time to hit the bricks (and mortar) to buy your Hanukkah gifts(or maybe you are an obscenely organized Christmas shopper who doesn’t end up at CVS on Dec 24th roaming the aisles whispering “crap!” under your breath). So for all the small [...]

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    Keeping Your Kids Appy: Back to School

    by Nicole on 9/08/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    By: Christine Dehne Our four-year-old is entering PreK this year, so there are a couple of apps we’ve been using to gear her up for some of the new experiences she is going to have starting next week. One eBook that has been popular at our house is Django Goes to School.  It’s a simple [...]

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    Keeping Your Kids Appy: Spring Cleaning

    by Nicole on 5/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Having fun and educational apps is great, but it can also get overwhelming and your ipad is full and unorganized before you know it. Christine Dehne, Brooklyn-based mom, educator and multimedia artist shows us how to spring clean our ipads.  It’s been much longer than I intended since my last post.  I was busy with a [...]

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    Little Swappies Event – May 5th – Recycle/Reuse and Get Free Children’s Items

    by Nicole on 5/03/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Little Swappies children’s clothing, book, & toy swap is THIS Sunday, May 5 from 10:00am to 1:00pm at the Avenues School, 259 Tenth Avenue (at 25th Street). And Little Swappies is offering a discount code for A Child Grows readers! Enter code “achildgrows” for a $10 family pass!  Tickets here! Bring at least 5 new [...]

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    Brooklyn Business Spotlight: Norman & Jules Toy Shop

    by Nicole on 4/09/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Isabelle Dervaux will be bringing us her monthly reviews, accompanied by her beautiful photos, of Brooklyn businesses she finds fascinating, unique, or just plain cool! This month: Norman & Jules Toy Shop in Park Slope. If you wonder who are Norman and Jules, they are the great-grand fathers of Charley the daughter of Courtney Ebner [...]

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    The Princess Diaries: How to Cope with the Disney Juggernaut

    by Sarah on 3/17/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    By Sarah Moriarty We’ve all witnessed it, the gravitational pull between little girls and all things princess related. Despite all our efforts to avoid gender specific toys, videos and stereotypes, many of our daughters end up tutu-ed and beribboned singing about being rescued. At my house we did it all, pushed the “masculine toys,” no [...]

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    Keeping Your Kids Appy: Avoiding the Annoying Alphabet App

    by Nicole on 3/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I’ve found a lot of creative ways to teach my pre-school age daughter her alphabet and to begin putting letters together. We’ve cut up straws in different lengths to use to form letters. We’ve done a lot a tracing experiments. And a new one is coloring hair gel and putting it in a sealable bag [...]

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    How to Promote Literacy at Home with Books, Games and Apps

    by Nicole on 3/06/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I try to read as often as possible to my kids because I continuously hear how important it is for their language development. I am also a voracious reader and I would love for my kids to share this passion. They have both gone through varying phases of interest, but I always try to incorporate [...]

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    Weather looking bad? Inspirations for indoor fun!

    by Nicole on 2/22/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    It looks like we are in for a brutal weekend…weather-wise! In anticipation of the stormy days ahead, I’ve come up with some indoor fun for the whole family! 1. Build a fort – This never gets old. We did this last weekend and I rediscovered how fun it is! Use whatever you’ve got – blankets, [...]

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    Yerdle: Reduce your environmental impact, Get rid of clutter and Save money…I like it!

    by Nicole on 2/19/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I have stuff – a lot of stuff.  I am a mom to two toddlers living in a small Brooklyn apartment that always feels crammed full of stuff.  Toys, books, clothes, baby paraphernalia, you name it. It’s easy to accumulate too much stuff (and equally hard to find places to keep it)! A lot of [...]

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    Keeping your kids Appy – Finding Apps for Kids

    by Nicole on 1/24/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    We were about 15 months into our first iPhones when I realized my husband hadn’t installed or used ANY apps.  None. He was hardly using his phone as anything but a – a- a– phone.  Let’s just say I was VERY disturbed.  The budget-conscious part of me told him that if he didn’t start using [...]

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    New Kids’ Shop Open in Fort Greene: Hank & Jojo

    by Nicole on 1/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Whenever I had a bad neck,  I used to head to a local chiropractor’s office on Dekalb Ave in Fort Greene. He recently left that space and a new tenant has moved in that is getting a different kind of traffic. Kid’s shop Hank & JoJo has parents and their babes coming in for everything [...]

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    Cool Map Games on the Internet

    by Nicole on 10/31/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you searching for a fun way to teach geography to your kid…and maybe brush up on it yourself? Here are a few that I really like: Rethinking Schools’ Map Game This map game is easy to follow. Just drag a country’s name to its proper place. I admit I made quite a few mistakes- [...]

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    Best and Most Hilarious Etsy Costumes I Could Find in Under 3 Hours

    by Nicole on 10/17/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Just for fun I have been searching Etsy for innovative, creative and hilarious costumes…I spent way too much time looking (yawn….) Billed as a Nemo or fish costume, this outfit made me laugh more than any of the others. For $49 from pipandbean, I’m sure your kid would be the hit of the Halloween parade. [...]

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    Is Face Painting Dangerous?

    by Nicole on 10/10/12 | 2 Comment(s)

    It seems like every children’s event these days has an arts and crafts table with a face painter.  But, is that face paint safe? Two years ago, I did a post on face paint and the report issued by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics where researchers tested 10 different face painting kits, all commonly found [...]

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    Favorite Places for Families in Greenpoint & Williamsburg

    by Nicole on 9/20/12 | 1 Comment(s)

    Williamsburg and Greenpoint are fast becoming THE place to raise a family in Brooklyn; between the pool finally opening and a sleuth of amazing places to shop, eat, play and ways to give back- it’s easy to see why. Jessica Glorieux and Donna Ladd launched Motherburg NYC in June 2012 to help parents in North [...]

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    Toxic Chemicals Found in School Supplies

    by Nicole on 9/05/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    I love the site Healthy Child Healthy World which publishes fabulous articles, initiates petitions and political action to try and make the world a cleaner, safer place for families. You should definitely sign up for their email alerts. I got a newsletter from them the other day about toxins found in childrens’ school supplies and [...]