I Made Him Fear Me

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I had become a horrible parent. Up to this point, parenting had been the easiest job I’d ever had. My wife and I were champs. We were (are) attachment parents; co-slept and never felt tired; managed to navigate New York, Paris, Amsterdam and every place in between without a stroller until, at two years old, our son was simply too big to put into his carrier.

Member Musings: Living Life to the Fullest


Maybe the lesson isn’t to live each day as if it were YOUR last, but rather to live it as if it is everyone else’s last. What impression do you want to leave on that temporary life? 

Look around at all you share this planet with and hold them dear. Is there some gesture unacknowledged, some words left unsaid? 

Do You Prefer Childlike Wonder or Adultlike Wonder?

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The other night, I was at a dinner party, and a new acquaintance told me that he wanted to cultivate a life of childlike wonder and adventure.

I was intrigued. What an interesting aim.

I was particularly struck by his use of the adjective “childlike.” He used this phrase, “childlike wonder,” a few times, so clearly it was very meaningful to him.

Member Musings: Dinner Funnies


A recent family dinner conversation went like this:

Dad: I don’t know. I think if you had wanted to be committed to me on our first date, I would have been, um, . . .

Mom: Thrilled! You would have been thrilled! Yes?

Jewish Baby Network Family Outreach


Are you pregnant? Do you have a baby? If yes, then we want to get to know you! Jewish Baby Network brings families together. We offer welcome bags, playgroups, and classes. Our Shalom Baby Bag, a complimentary bag filled with gifts, is available to families who have recently had a baby.

We sponsor playgroups to facilitate new parent connections. Our expectant parent and parenting classes help you learn how to incorporate Jewish rituals and traditions into your baby’s life while connecting with other Jewish parents. Become informed and make friends.

Book Trusted Sitters with UrbanSitter


Looking for a better way to find babysitters? Try UrbanSitter!

Founded by four busy parents, UrbanSitter is an online resource to find sitters recommended by people you know.

Simply create a FREE account and identify your parenting groups (PAMP, child’s school, etc.) to see a selection of sitters whom your friends and fellow PAMP parents have rated and reviewed.

July 20th is PAMP Family Day!

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PAMP’s Annual Family Day will be held on Sunday, July 20th. Mark your calendars!

When: Sunday July 20th, 2014, 10 AM – 1 PM
Where: Mitchell Park, Palo Alto, Redwood & Pine Grove Group Areas

Family Day is one of PAMP’s biggest events of the year to celebrate its member families and to show appreciation for the many volunteers who help make the organization successful. It is a fun-filled day to mingle with other PAMP families and enjoy food and fun activities. We’ll have live music, catered lunch, face painting, balloon twisting, bubbles and more! (And it’s free for members!)

Eight Steps to Starting Your Home-Based Business

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Three years ago, I thought I had it made. I worked from home as a business coach for entrepreneurs all over the US. When I got pregnant with my son, I got walloped by the reality that I wanted to be home with him full-time. I never knew I would want that!

I had no idea who I was anymore. I was proud of my identity as a career woman. I had put off having children and assumed I would be the mom I aspired to be, and work at the same time. I was right and wrong.

Member Musings: Emotional Connection to Food Challenges


I recently participated in a 30-day raw food challenge with some friends. Halfway through the month, some folks had a hard time “sticking with it,” and wanted to find ways to make a mental shift so it would seem easier. 

Here are a few ideas that seem to help me when I’m dealing with emotions.

Free Assessment for Risk of Autism


If something doesn’t seem right with your child’s development, it can be hard to distinguish between a developmental delay and what may be a normal part of growing up. But the sooner you know, the more you can help your child grow.

Cognoa gives parents concrete answers, using a clinically validated video assessment developed over five years at Harvard Medical School. By spending fewer than ten minutes, you can learn your child’s risk for autism and development delays, as well as recommended next steps.

Five Questions for the Graphic Designer

Photo courtesy of Chloe Fung

Chloe Fung is the Graphic Designer for PAMP. She designs all marketing material for the organization, including the new PAMP postcard.

“I don’t have a regular volunteering schedule, but work as things come up,” Chloe says. “Most of my day-to-day tasks are having conversations with the communication team and making edits. 

Competition vs. Creativity

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We civilized folk seem to be addicted to competition — obsessed with who is the best and the worst, who has the most and the least, who are the winners and the losers. In our culture we habitually frame most everything in terms of conflict and competition.

“Do you love dancing? … You should enter a dance contest!”

Bit by bit, starting in childhood, we were taught that nothing is really worthwhile unless it confers some kind of competitive advantage.

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program


La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton location and sign up for a free trial lesson. PAMP members receive a special discount…enjoy your first 12 lessons for the price of 8! www.swimlpb.com

Breast Pump Buying Guide

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If you’re expecting a baby, or about to return to work after maternity leave, you probably have breast pumps on the brain. The type of pump you rent or buy will depend on your personal needs, such as how often you’ll be pumping and whether you’ll need to carry your pump to and from work regularly.

Moms who will only pump for a short time or who need

Member Musings: Let’s All Put Our Heads Down. Please.


So today at work, I was sitting at my desk, just sort of staring and not doing anything productive. You know, because I am dragging-tired. Like you are, most days, when you’re parenting a toddler who is going through yet another phase of waking up. Every. Damn. Night.