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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

Book Trusted Sitters with UrbanSitter

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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 […]

Navigating Dinners with a Picky Eater: A No-Stress Holiday Guide

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Never is there a greater focus on food than at the holidays. And for parents of picky eaters, holiday meals can be immensely stressful family situations to navigate. If it wasn’t bad enough that you have to endure the never-ending playback of family stories from Great Aunt Bea, fate deals you a bum hand and […]

Attachment Parenting Basics

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So how do you get started with Attachment Parenting? There are no rules, just a few guidelines to help you make the minute to minute decisions as you meet your baby’s needs. Trust your own instincts. You’re a mama lion, or a papa bear. You would protect this child with your life.

Member Musings: Parenting Without Punishment

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Giving up the notion that we can get what we want from our kids by use of force is key to understanding how to parent without punishment. We may think that we’re getting what we want in the moment, but what is happening to the relationship? What are we really teaching our kids?

Promote Truth-Telling:  5 Tips to Discourage Early Childhood Lying

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Honesty and truth telling are character traits learned in the home. It is a family value that parents strive to instill in their children. It could seem daunting, but not if you consider where it starts — with you. Young children tell “stories” — fibs or lies from time to time. That is a natural […]