Archive for the ‘Parenting’ Category

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 […]

Find Great Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter

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UrbanSitter is a website and app that takes the guesswork out of finding great babysitters and nannies. * Find the help you need. From date night babysitters to part- and full-time nannies or backup care, UrbanSitter has you covered! * Built on trust. Recommendations matter, that’s why UrbanSitter shows sitters hired and reviewed by parents […]

Pumping and Working – Notes from the Field

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Five years ago, when my first child was four months old, I went back to work at a small pre-IPO high-tech firm, determined to keep providing milk for my baby. At the time, the company had very few women, much less moms. I was fortunate to have one co-worker who showed me the ropes, and […]

Member Musings: Meditating in the Target Parking Lot

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My son is obsessed with a few things, and it goes in cycles. Bey Blades, these little fancy spinning tops, Pokemon cards which he stores carefully in binders to show and trade with his friends, those rubber band bracelets, making origami cranes and paper airplanes

Who Do You Trust?

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If you’re anywhere along the pregnant/postpartum journey, you will doubtless have been inundated with advice and opinions on how you’re ‘supposed’ to be doing it. Given that parenting wisdom and know-how changes on a monthly basis, how does a new mom begin to discern what choices she wants to make for her baby and herself? […]

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

Jewish Birth Preparation Class

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Are you getting ready to have a baby? Sign up for a Jewish Birth Preparation workshop with Jewish Baby Network. This class is the perfect complement to your birth preparation classes. Our Jewish Expectant Parent Class will be held on Wednesday, February 25, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Parents Place in Palo Alto. It will […]

Find Great Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter

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UrbanSitter is a website and app that takes the guesswork out of finding great babysitters and nannies. * Find the help you need. From date night babysitters to part- and full-time nannies or backup care, UrbanSitter has you covered! * Built on trust. Recommendations matter, that’s why UrbanSitter shows sitters hired and reviewed by parents […]

Best of the Forum: Baby Not Walking Yet

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Our 17 mo is not walking yet – should we be concerned? She isn’t crawling or trying to get up by herself. She is happy scooting around the house on her bottom, as I did when I was a baby. I was a late walker myself (before 18 mo) and our son began walking at […]

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 […]

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

Member Musings: We Can Do It!

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After researching colleges and majors, my kids asked me if I ever feel like I wasted my education giving up my career and staying home with them. Women often seem to get questioned on their choices or doing what is necessary. Never have I felt my education (both traditional & spiritual) was more

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.

Let’s Hear It for the Dads!

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Twice yearly, I pay visit to my beloved redwoods along the coast or somewhere in the northern most part of our beautiful, diverse state. It is a much needed pilgrimage, away from my schedule, computers and the usual demands of everyday life. One never knows—but prays—that whoever

Member Musings: First Grade

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First Grade, how did you get here so fast? I knew you would arrive eventually, and I admit that I was secretly impatient about the fact that you might have been taking too long to get here…at times. But, now you’re here and though I’m glad, I’m also feeling the bittersweet pain of what it […]