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.

Member Musings: 5 Must-Have Beauty Products


Whenever my friends and I get together, one of our favorite things to do is share our favorite beauty products. Now that I don’t live near my girlfriends, I thought I’d share my favorite finds with those PAMP moms out there. . .


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.

Thank you to our January Sponsors!

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We would like to give a big thank you to our January Premium Sponsors Jefunira Camp, The Girls @ Los Altos, Studio Kicks, Harker SchoolInternational School of the Peninsula, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford/Stanford Children’s Health. These 6 sponsors each are participating in our Online Sponsorship program in 2015 for at least 6 months each, and are some of our top Sponsors for the past several years, as well as in 2015.

Member Musings: Thoughts from a Mom of a Special Needs Child


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 this child did not

Personalized care for your special delivery


Every baby’s birth is a special delivery at El Camino Hospital. Attentive, compassionate nurses will do all they can honor your birth preferences— whether it’s a more holistic experience with midwife assistance or specialists with expertise in high-risk pregnancies. We are committed to a patient-centered, family friendly environment and we welcome the chance to help with your new addition.

How to Get the Most out of your PAMP Membership


Welcome to a new series of articles which we hope will help you to get the most out of your PAMP Membership. Each month we will highlight 1 or 2 features of your membership that you may not be aware of, or may know about but not be sure exactly how to take advantage of the benefit.

Welcome 2 More New PAMP Staff Members!


Last month, we announced two new staff members — a new Membership Manager and a new Operations Manager. This month we would like to welcome 2 more new staff members: Jacqui Marchessini as our new Development Manager and Kristin Mulderig as our new Programs Administrator.

Member Musings: Holidays!


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 year. 

Find Qualified Babysitters & Nannies with UrbanSitter


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 PAMP parents have hired and reviewed.

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.

Member Musings: Local Ways to Give Back

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Are you inspired to give back this holiday season? Below are some easy ways to get involved right now!


Here are two local nonprofits with great reputations who have clear, user-friendly websites that PAMP members can easily interact with:

PlushCare – A Virtual Urgent Care

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PlushCare is a virtual urgent care that serves both adults and children. Unlike other urgent cares, we do all visits with you either over the phone or on video chat. Our highly trained doctors from the best institutions in the world can diagnose, treat and prescribe medication for common medical problems all with the click of a button saving you precious time and money. Visits are only $45, no insurance needed.

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