Financial Impact of Life Changes

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Having a child is one of the top five most stressful life-changing events. Changing jobs is also in the top five. If you are going to do both at the same time, you may want to consider consulting an advisor about your financial picture in order to reduce stress. You may decide that being at home with your son or daughter is more important

Member Musings: Why Hire a Doula?


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 Tips – In a Pinch Program


Just got home from having a baby? Spent all night at the Emergency room with your child? If you are feeling overwhelmed and looking for some help, reach out to your fellow PAMP Members through our “In-a-Pinch” program. And if you have a bit of time and are able to help out someone who needs it, we also need volunteers.

Shoe Sharing?

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Kids grow up quickly.

They really, really do. One second, your child is learning to walk, and the next, you’re attending their kindergarten graduation. Along the way, they’re growing out of their clothes at rates fast enough to bankrupt small nations. In fact, from onesies and

Yew Chung International School (YCIS): Accepting Applications for 2015/16

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YCIS Silicon Valley’s Preschool Program (for ages 2-5) provides a caring, nurturing environment where children experience the joy of learning bilingually in two world languages, Mandarin and English. YCIS teachers encourage children’s natural curiosity, wonder and exploration through an inquiry-based learning approach. Children thrive in a diverse school community that welcomes parents as active partners.

Member Musings: Vegetarian Book Reviews

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s cookbook Jerusalem broke new ground with fantastic flavor combinations and inventive dishes that were at once exotic but approachable and appealing. The recipes blended different culinary traditions in a way that is fresh and exiting. Like so many people, I marveled that every dish I made from the book was fantastic. Plenty featured vibrant vegetarian recipes from his restaurant, Ottolenghi.

What Are Your Birth Preferences?

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Having a baby is often an exciting time for new moms, yet it can also raise questions and concerns. Not all pregnancies are the same, even when you have had previous children. Some questions you may ask are: What choices do we have for our birthing experience? Do birth plans really work? Will my medical caregiver have the time and interest

Jewish Birth Preparation Class


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 cover Jewish rituals and traditions around birth and babies. During the class, expectant parents will have an opportunity to meet local rabbis and learn about choosing a name, birthing and welcoming ceremonies, Jewish perspectives on parenting and more.

44 Fitness Hashtags to Achieve Your Goals

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Fitness dreams can get sticky if you are online 24/7. The amount of information available from fitness experts can be overwhelming.

Being online 24/7 can be a benefit or curse to your fitness goals. There are a ton of fitness experts and trainers

Five Questions for the PAMP Treasurer

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As Treasurer for PAMP, Julia Swenson oversees the financial affairs and annual budgeting process for the organization, ensuring that all revenues and expenses are in order. I review whether we’re spending within our proposed budget in providing quality programming for our members,” she says. “I also calculate the monthly financials, Net Income for the month and year, and membership totals, and report on these metrics for the Board meeting.” Julia is also

Announcing New Monthly Membership Contest


Happy New Year to all PAMP Members. We are happy to announce a new feature on our website that we hope you will find fun and informative. Each month we will have a “Membership Contest” posted on the website (look up top at the menu, there is a link directly to the contest on the top menu bar).

Find Great Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter


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 from PAMP, school, Facebook, LinkedIn and other organizations.

* Save time. You’ll love the convenient online scheduling and option to pay sitters by credit card.

The Rummage Sale is Coming Soon … March 15th!


Sunday, March 15th, 2015
8:30am: Doors open for PAMP Members
9am – noon: Open to the public, FREE entry

Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto

Join PAMP and get early admission at 8:30 a.m.

Healthy Start to the New Year — Plus Bonus Recipe!

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When introducing new foods, it’s helpful to give kids what I call a “food bridge”—an easy path to help them travel from familiar foods to new foods. Take, for example, risotto with sautéed kale and bacon. Your kids probably like the flavor of pasta. Invite them to take a taster — one very, very, small bite — of one small piece of rice.

Best of the Forum: Baby Not Walking Yet


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 14-15 mo (without crawling). Our pediatrician said to give it another month & then she will refer us to a pediatric physical therapist.