Celebrating 30 Years as a Mom

If you asked me what I received as a Mother’s Day gift last year, I admit, I don’t remember. If you asked me to list all my favorite gifts over the last few years or even longer, I don’t remember those either. Don’t get me wrong — I like getting gifts! Who doesn’t? But gifts, as wonderful as they can …

Mommy, Can We Send Baby Back Now?

I thought I had dodged a bullet when my second son was born and my first seemed to fall in love with him right ‘out of the box’, so to speak. The baby was doted on, squeezed, admired, snuggled and generally adored by my older son. I was relieved…I had done something right, clearly! Maybe following all the advice to …

Member Musings: Turn Off Your Inner Critic

My butt was plastered in the newspaper recently. Talk about a moment to take a deep breath and exercise turning off my inner-critic and practicing self-love. In all honesty, who DOES love having their butt plastered in the newspaper, for school parents to show you and say “Look, it’s you!” They are looking at me — and I am looking at …

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 …