Archive for the ‘Family & Relationships’ Category

How to Make Shopping Fun with Young Kids

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Whether you are in a hurry to get in and out for a few items or need to restock the pantry, taking your child to the grocery store isn’t always as pleasant as you would like it to be. However, with a bit of creativity and planning, you can up the odds for a better […]

Keys to Building Character

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With the loss of community in the past two generations (now “the village it takes to raise a child” looks more like a ghost town), an increasingly “look out for yourself” economy and a vulgar and self-absorbed culture penetrating every corner of our lives – including children’s television and advertisements – we really have to […]

PAMP Fun at the Farm Event – Coming June 7!

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Announcing a new event – PAMP Fun at the Farm! This event is open only to PAMP members (not a member – click here to learn more about our membership and join, and you can attend this unique and fun event).   When:  June 7, 2015  10:00am – 1:00pm Where:  Pastorino Farms, 12391 San Mateo […]

New Event – Dad’s Playtime in the Park

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  Hey PAMP Moms! Would your husband like an excuse to take the kids to the park and meet other dads in the area? Or do you want to get everybody out of the house for some much-needed “me” time? Here’s your chance! Dad’s Playtime in the Park is designed for dads with kids of […]

How the Three C’s Can Protect Your Family Now

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Most parents of young children in Palo Alto and neighboring communities have attempted to take every factor into consideration with regard to living here so that our kids can attend the highly rated schools in our outrageously expensive neighborhoods. However, we may question our decision to live here when the news reports that multiple local […]

Member Musings: Partners in Storytime

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I love reading to my kid. Since he was a little guy, we would read stories together before naps, before bed, at night and at random periods throughout the day. It’s always fun to snuggle up with a little one and a book. There were times early on that I found I was able to recite […]

Member Musings: Things To Do on Valentines Day with Kids

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This Valentines Day, celebrate with the kids! What a perfect time to express how happy you are to be their mom or dad, and just how much you love them. Here are a few ideas to help get you in the mood for celebrating as a family. Use these and/or come up with some fun […]

5 Ways to Spark Creativity in Children

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While thinking about sparking creativity, I remember the things I’ve done with my children when I heard the dreaded, “Mom, I’m bored” comments during the times when they had off of school. Summer months, especially, seemed to be loaded with times when our schedules were blank and our time was spent far more leisurely than […]

Member Musings: Why Hire a Doula?

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When our son was born I didn’t know much about birth or postpartum doulas. Both were probably mentioned during our childbirth preparation class, but I didn’t look into either service. I didn’t know how painful/long labor could be, how hard it would be

Member Musings: Thoughts from a Mom of a Special Needs Child

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Most of my friends, co-workers and acquaintances know I have a special need child. Many of you may have friends who also have children with challenges. For most parents with neurotypical children, it may be uncomfortable for you to be around parents like me. You may not know what to say.

A Beautiful Mind: The Introvert

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I recall a conversation a few years back between two carpooling mothers.One was complaining about a particular female child in her carpool, who, in her eyes, was “not a morning person” and with whom she found it difficult to “engage” and “connect.” This mother said this child was “quiet,” even moody. It bothered her that […]

Member Musings: Holidays!

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This time of year can be so magical for our little ones. While the consumer aspect of the holidays has gotten a bit out of hand (in my opinion), I can still revel in the imagery and beauty everyday people create in order to bring out happiness in others (and themselves) at this time of […]

Find Qualified Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter

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Looking for a better way to find babysitters? Try UrbanSitter! Founded by three Bay Area moms, UrbanSitter is a website and app 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 […]

Holiday Art Ideas for Kids — and Why Art is Important

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Two year old Eric loves going to the park. His mom makes it a priority to plan play dates as well as attend weekly classes and story time at the library. She knows that all these activities are both fun and contribute positively to Eric’s healthy growth, development and learning.

The Reason Every Kid Should Talk Back to Their Parents

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The parent in me wants to squash every little insurrection as quickly as possible. But the psychologist in me is glad when my children say “No.” This is why… Sunlight is dawning across the living room floor, and the dollhouse is full of Lego Star Wars action figures. They’re sleeping in beds, sitting