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 have rated and reviewed.

Montessori School of Los Altos at Greenmeadow

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MSLA is a Silicon Valley educational institution for over 40 years. We are located in a beautiful Eichler-designed building in Palo Alto’s Greenmeadow neighborhood. Our world-class Montessori preschool and Kindergarten programs will educate your child in academics, language (Mandarin and Spanish), art, music, movement, computers, grace & courtesy, geography, organic gardening, and much more.

Understanding How Kids Develop Healthy Eating & Exercise Habits

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With all of the media attention on the obesity epidemic over the past few years, many parents are understandably concerned about helping their children maintain a healthy weight. Some parents have cut out junk foods and sweets altogether, whereas others worry that doing so will make their children crave them more and overindulge whenever they can.

Member Musings: Next Time

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I recently found this poem. I thought it would be fun to share with other PAMP members, as it takes on great meaning — especially with our busy lives as parents living in the Bay Area. The poet, Mary Oliver, won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Read it for yourself and see what you think!

La Petite Baleen ~ the Premier Swim Program

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La Petite Baleen Swim School is the Bay Area’s premiere learn-to-swim program since 1979. Our custom designed and built indoor facilities provide the cleanest and safest water to teach our young swimmers. The unique child-development based curriculum is award winning and nationally recognized by the US Swim School Association. Come visit our brand new Atherton location and sign up for a free trial lesson. PAMP members receive a special discount…enjoy your first 12 lessons for the price of 8! www.swimlpb.com

Breastfeeding & Pumping

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If you’re breastfeeding a new baby, chances are at some point you’ll need to have someone else feed your baby. If you’re like millions of other moms, you may be wondering about how to pump and store milk, whether you’re going back to work or would like to be able to be away from the baby for a few hours without them starving.

Five Questions for the Events Director

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Letitia Truslow is on the PAMP Board of Directors, filling the role of Events Director. A member for two years, her previous role with the organization included volunteering at events. Letitia’s current position focuses on spearheading strategic and tactical planning efforts for all events.

Accepting Applicants Preschool to 12th Grade

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Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton actively seeks applications from socially responsible, passionate students, capable of succeeding within and contributing to a challenging and rigorous academic environment. We look for individuals with diverse backgrounds and talents who will become fully involved in campus life and contribute positively to our school community. We welcome families who believe the Goals and Criteria that guide a Sacred Heart school are vital to the education and well-being of the whole child and produce students who become intellectually, spiritually and socially responsible citizens of the world.

Member Musings: Respecting my Child

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I have been wrestling with a bad feeling when I go to change the boy’s diaper. He often doesn’t want to interrupt whatever he’s doing to get a diaper change, even when “it’s really time.” I can get by with distraction, making it fun, all that stuff. The hard part is the way he protests: he says “No, it’s my body!”

Childcare in the Forums, plus 6 Tips to Get it Right!

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Over the summer, a post about finding childcare providers through PAMP forums became a red-hot item. One mom’s experience led to disappointing results with two candidates canceling agreed-upon trials, and another saying she would not do light duty chores

Coming Soon: PAMP’s Children’s Moon Festival on Sunday, Sept 14th!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014
3-5p Kids Activities | 5–6p Performances
Mitchell Park Bowl
600 E Meadow Drive, Palo Alto, CA 94306

Tell your friends to come! It is a FREE FAMILY EVENT for the whole community!

Fresh Baby and Toddler Food. Delivered!

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Made by hand in small batches, the moms of Fresh Baby Bites are bringing local, organic meals and snacks to your table. Using the freshest ingredients of the season, we have been blending up tasty favorites for Bay Area babies since 2010.

6 Tips for Getting Started Homeschooling

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It’s September, and for some of you this is a time to consider the homeschooling option, in addition to public and private school possibilities, to see which educational choice best fits your family. Perhaps your kids are very young, but you are delaying preschool and gathering more information about homeschooling. Or perhaps your kids are already in school

Member Musings: Things To Do – Burn off Steam at Filoli

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As a stay at home mom, I am always looking for ways to entertain and exhaust my two-year old while bringing along my newborn. I recently rediscovered a great option nearby – Filoli.

My toddler was able to walk all over and I didn’t have to worry about cars or bikes.