Kid’s Science – Using Media to Inspire

Children are natural scientists. They question, observe, test and measure in their daily lives. Here are some of the best kids science apps, websites and media to help you and your child exploring and questioning together. Websites Ask Dr. Universe: This website follows a questionand answer approach to questions related to science. Dr. Universe is a cat named Wendy Sue …

Taking on the Myth of the Spoiled Child

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.They say children don’t have enough grit and determination to get through life, leaving them unprepared for the real world. But author Alfie Kohn debunks this kind of thinking in his new …

Book Roundup: Popular Parenting Books from the PAMP General Forum

Parenting is tough—so tough that many of us (myself included) look to parenting books for guidance. The evidence? Two hot discussion threads seeking suggestions for parenting books on the PAMP General Forums. These threads generated numerous recommendations. Below are details on 11 of the most popular books according to your fellow members. Books for Parents of Babies and Toddlers Happiest …

Best of the Forum: Preschool Applications and Waitlists

In lots of preschool-related posts, people mention preschool waitlists. A friend recently signed up on a waitlist while still pregnant. Is this extreme, or is it necessary in order to get into a good preschool? I thought I would have more time before thinking about this decision, but now I feel a little unprepared. When is a good time to start …

Best of the Forum: Sell, Rent or Buy new home?

We are seeking any advice from this wise community. We are trying to upgrade from our starter home. Given that most sales are zero contingency and many are all cash (!), it will be impossible for us to do so without first selling our home, then renting temporarily while looking for our next home. We live and would like tostay in …

Best of the Forum: Where to Go in Europe This Summer?

My husband and I would like to spend 5 days in Europe this June kid free. We are traveling direct from NYC. Besides Paris, what other cities are worth looking into? Please recommend someplace that we can mix 2 days of touring with some beach / pool relaxation, as well as good food.   What a fun question! Barcelona? Florence? …

Best of the Forum: Teaching Mindfulness

In search of ideas for teaching mindfulness, gratitude, etc. to four-to-five year olds. How do you incorporate this in your family? Any suggestions, classes, books, etc. would be very much appreciated.   Kimochi’s are great. They incorporate them into the curriculum at PlaySchool. If you’re into mindfulness, I highly recommend this book called Everyday Blessings by Myla Kabat-Zinn and Jon Kabat-Zinn and Sitting …

Best of the Forum: Baby Carrier for Newborn

Please let me know if you have experience with the Tula or Beco Gemini 4 (or other carrier you’d recommend) for a newborn to 12 months. I’m mostly concerned with baby’s comfort and my comfort, since I find most carriers to be uncomfortable!   I have the Gemini and absolutely love it. Better than the Ergo and a few others …

Breastfeeding & Pumping

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 …

All About Separation Anxiety

It’s a common scene at any daycare, playground or birthday party: a crying child clinging to a parent who is desperately trying to convince the child to let go and join the fun. Almost all children have some aspect of separation anxiety during the first six years of life. Separation anxiety should not be feared or even wished away, as …