Brooklyn Blog Talk

    by Kim on 7/26/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    We’re back again with another roundup of blog posts from some of our favorite Brooklyn bloggers.  I learned today that this month marks the 25th birthday of Where’s Waldo, and to commemorate the occasion, several communities are hosting a Where’s Waldo scavenger hunt. Greenlight Bookstore is hosting the hunt in Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill, in partnership […]

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    Brooklyn Blog Talk

    by Kim on 7/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Perhaps this post should be titled Brooklyn and Beyond Blog Talk, because I’m including articles that are from Brooklyn-based bloggers and a few others who are not.  I just found a pretty amazing blog (via a friend on Facebook, which is how I get most of my news in the morning), from which the first […]


    The Five Google Tools Every Parent Should Know How to Use

    by Kim on 7/09/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I had the pleasure of meeting with a couple of communications reps from Google last week and was thrilled to learn about the internet safety tools Google has created for parents.  Even though my kids are only 2 and 4, it may not be long before they’re surfing the internet.  For any of you who […]


    ACG Review: Plated.com

    by Kim on 7/01/13 | 2 Comment(s)

    Between now and August 31st, A Child Grows in Brooklyn readers can get $10 off their first order from plated.com.  Simply use discount code “achildgrows” at checkout. I recently had the pleasure of meeting several people over at Plated.com, and thanks to their generous offer of trying out four complimentary plates, you’re now reading this […]


    New York Sports Connection Provides Parents a Resource for City Programs

    by Nicole on 6/03/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    Busy Brooklyn sports-parents have a new resource to keep up sports organizations news, deadlines and schedules.  This new site, NewYorkSportsConnection.com is an online hub for both parents of sports-playing kids and adult athletes in New York City. The site provides users with a searchable directory of nearly 600 organizations from all five boroughs—more than 100 based […]


    The Silent Epidemic: Postpartum Depression

    by Nicole on 5/17/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Postpartum depression was discussed in my birth classes and with my other pregnant mom friends extensively when I was due with my first baby. I felt very educated about it but was anxious because I didn’t know what to expect. I luckily did not suffer from it but I had a few close friends who […]


    Occupy Monsanto? One Dad’s View on GMO’s

    by Nicole on 4/29/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Nathan Horne, Brooklyn dad of two (and my husband) isn’t one to stand on a soapbox but GMO’s have been a hot topic everywhere (including in our household) and here are his thoughts.  As many of you already know, GMO’s are genetically modified organisms, which, among other things, are the primary source of genetically modified […]

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    Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Suspended in the NYC Area

    by Nicole on 4/23/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Dolly Parton started a foundation called Imagination Library that I signed up for 3+ years ago when my daughter was first born. The way it worked is you sign your child up and they send you one book a month based on your child’s age…for free! I stopped receiving the books in the mail months […]

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    Latest Public School News: G&T Programs, High School Deadline, Panel Discussion

    by Nicole on 4/12/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Inside Schools and DNAinfo have provided some interesting new information and deadlines regarding the Gifted and Talented program, the high school application deadline and a parent panel discussion. My kid qualified. Now what? DNAInfo gives a rundown of district and citywide elementary gifted programs in all five boroughs and next steps for parents as they visit […]


    Free Jewish Books for Kids

    by Nicole on 4/04/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Kveller.com, the Jewish parenting website, has teamed up with PJ Library to offer families with children ages 6 months to 8 years one free Jewish children’s book or CD every month. The program is modeled after Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (which I just discovered is no long available in the Brooklyn area!) that promotes early […]

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    Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense: It’s easier to access an assault weapon than a chocolate Easter egg

    by Nicole on 3/30/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    On Good Friday, a holiday celebrated by many Americans, Moms Demand Action is hand-delivering Kinder Surprise Eggs to newsrooms in major cities to relay an alarming truth: In America, it’s easier to access an assault weapon than a chocolate Easter egg. Kinder Surprise Eggs have been banned in America since 1938 due to a law […]

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    High Schools: A New Tool to Evaluate High Schools, Admissions, and Availabilities

    by Nicole on 3/20/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Choosing a school at any age is a difficult thing, especially in NYC. There is a whole industry devoted to helping you navigate the process here. All the experts I’ve spoken to have given a thumbs up to Insideschools, which operates independent of the DOE. They have developed a new tool to help you find […]

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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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    Two New Local Brooklyn Community Facebook Pages: Brooklyn Heights & DUMBO

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

    Two new community Facebook pages are live for Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO! DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights Parents provide updates about the neighborhood, their children’s life and everything note-worthy for the grown-ups. They are working to filter local news for busy parents to deliver the relevant information without the irrelevant. They are keeping the posts very local […]


    The New York Aquarium: Partial Re-opening in Late Spring

    by Nicole on 2/26/13 | 1 Comment(s)

    I know many of you have missed the New York Aquarium as much as I have! They suffered extensive damage due to a significant storm surge from Hurricane Sandy and have been closed ever since. The Wildlife Conservation Society plans to open part of their facilities in late spring! The partial reopening will include Glover’s Reef; exhibits […]


    BPL Announces App to Make the Library More Accessible

    by Nicole on 2/25/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    I use the library a lot…and I have the fines to prove it! Between my book club books, keeping the kids’ shelves fresh with new books and needed research materials, I am constantly on the BPL website searching, holding or renewing all of my books. So, I was really excited to hear that the Brooklyn […]


    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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    Need Help Finding a Mover? Meet Unpakt!

    by Nicole on 1/11/13 | 0 Comment(s)

    Sponsored Post I absolutely dread moving – the packing, purging, organizing, list-making …but do you know what I hate the most? Finding a reputable and FAIR moving company. I have moved throughout Brooklyn three times (not for the faint of heart, as most of us long-time city-dwellers know), and each time I had to call […]

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    I’ve Moved to Chicago – Brooklyn: A Child Grows is for Sale

    by Nicole on 11/15/12 | 19 Comment(s)

    As if dealing with my children’s wildly stupefying temper tantrums and friendship woes weren’t enough to throw my life off track, my husband decided to throw in, “moving to Chicago” in the summer.  And, that was it. We moved- for his new start-up and a new suburban life in the midwest after living for 17 […]


    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- […]


    New Listings: Photographers, Drama Classes, Financial Planners and More

    by Nicole on 10/18/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Our Marketplace is busting out! We now have 1,418 listings in our Marketplace (our blog’s directory): that’s almost 100 new ones in the last month. Check it out: you can find photographers, doctors and yes- even etiquette teachers! These are some of our newest listings. Don’t forget- if you have a review for a business, […]

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    Cool Map Games for Kids

    by Nicole on 5/18/12 | 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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    Some Pretty Great Lists to Get you Organized

    by Nicole on 1/16/12 | 0 Comment(s)

    Are you a list maker? Some people love ‘em and others hate ‘em. I’m a virgo- which pretty much means I are doomed to make lists my whole life. But, I am glad- whenever I cross something off of my list- I feel soooo “together”- and I sure do need that feeling sometimes! If you […]

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    Researching Schools in Brooklyn- Which Sites Give You What

    by Serena on 10/18/11 | 1 Comment(s)

    Growing up in Brooklyn I don’t ever remember my own mother researching schools – we simply went to the school that was in our neighborhood. And now? As parents, we discuss zoning, applying out of zone, G & Ts, charters, magnets- and it isn’t enough to just discuss it sometimes: you really need to research […]


    Cyber Bullying Summit with media giants

    by Nicole on 7/11/11 | 3 Comment(s)

    When all of us were growing up, bullying meant that someone was harassing you in the classroom, parking lot or schoolyard. Obviously, times are different now and bullying has become most prevalent in the cyber world. Cyberbullying is vicious and can have extreme consequences. Next Monday we all might get some inside help.  Join big […]