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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

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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 […]

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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 […]

You Can Be the Parent You Want to Be

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Parents today struggle to be present with their kids as the 24-hour connectedness to technology and work often pull attention away from the present moment. Children feel this distractedness and act in ways to pull attention back to the present moment, to them, to meet developmental needs. Children haven’t changed much over the ages: their […]

Member Musings: Kids are People, too

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There was a time in American history when women didn’t have the right to vote; when domestic violence was considered a private matter; when slavery was legal. Thankfully, America got its head out of its butt and began to protect these precious people. So, what about the children? Why should children be any less protected […]

Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

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A new book questions claims that today’s kids are more spoiled and narcissistic than previous generations. It seems as if everyone has something negative to say about the younger generation. Critics call today’s kids narcissistic and spoiled, blaming parents for being too permissive and overprotective.

Member Musings: My Kids Love My Job!

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My kids think that I have the coolest job. Whenever I wear my red PAMP t-shirt and tell them we are going to mommy’s “other” job, they get super excited. They even ask if there will be face painting! The Moon Festival that just happened in September (PAMP’s largest event of the year!) was awesome. Special thanks to everyone who came out and helped to make it successful.

Member Musings: Picking up Trash

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I started picking up all the trash out of the sandbox at our local playground, grumbling in my thoughts about the mess and people who don’t care or clean up after their kids. But as I gathered up candy wrappers and juice boxes and cupcake wrappers,

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 […]