• How to Build Your Toddler’s Independence for School

    10 tips to send baby off confident and prepared.

    Article & Photo Courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Whether you’re a first time mom or a veteran parent, sending your toddler off to school for the first time can be scary and emotional. Maybe you’re worried your kid will be shy, or the teacher won’t care for your baby the way you do. Maybe your child is experiencing some sad or anxious feelings about school….or maybe you are! After all, going off to school is not just a new adventure for them, but a new one for parents as well.

    As a parent, though, it’s your job to get your kid excited for the first day of school so they can feel confident and prepared. And whether you want to believe it not, most kids are more independent and ready for school than you think.

    Here’s 10 expert tips to help you send your kid out into the great big world confident and prepared.

    1. Make a Pre-First Day Visit: Prior to the first day of school, visit the school and check out your kid’s classroom. Get your kid familiar with what the building looks like and let them play on the school playground or sit in the front yard. You can even let your child wear his or her new backpack as “practice.” These visits increase your child’s comfort in their new setting.


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  • Things We've Read: Week of Sep 4th, 2017

    Guide To Modern Parenting (NY Times): "Modern parents have the entire internet at their disposal and don’t follow any single authority. It’s hard to know whom or what to trust."

    How Much Bank Do You Really Need To Have A Baby? (GOOD): The cost of child is inevitably more than you think it is. 

    Why This Book About A Proud Muslim Family Is A Must-Read For The 2017 School Year (GOOD): “Yo Soy Muslim,” published this week, is written in elegant verse, each phrase an affirmation intended for Gonzales’ daughter, as well as those like her: young Muslim children growing up in America.

    The Funniest Tweets From Parents This Week (Huff Post): The most hilarious quips from moms and dads of Twitter. 

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  • How To Get Dressed in the Morning With A Kid

    Six tips for maintaining — and simplifying — your mama style.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    Despite the fact that our priorities shift when entering motherhood, we are, first and foremost, individual women. So whether it’s showing up at the office, running our own business, interviewing for preschools or hanging with your fellow mama-tribe at the park, it’s vital to pay attention to the fact that outside of being “mommy” we are our own people with our own personal style. That said, personal style can lose momentum when juggling this new normal, but self-care is crucial when it comes to retaining a strong sense of self. I drive this message home with my mama clients because entering a day strong and empowered will positively affect everything that follows, including our roles as mothers.

    I completely understand the challenges of keeping it together in the early hours of the day when you have one eye-open, one-eye on kiddo, and one-eye on the day ahead. I have my own two-year old toddler tugging at my legs saying, “hold you, hold you, hold you” (=”hold me”) while trying to get myself presentable. It’s extremely challenging, but not impossible! Here’s a few strategic styling tips...


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  • Things We've Read: Week of Aug 28th, 2017

    You Can't Teach Kids Empathy, But These Picture Books Inspire It (NY Times): "Like its sister words, kindness and compassion, empathy is wakened in the soul. With very young children, it's best to tickle it awake."

    Girlhood And Girl Power In Studio Ghibli Films (VICE): "Miyazaki's films reinforced for me what many women come to learn eventually: that being female is not about fitting one superficial ideal or another. It is ultimately not about how you look or how you act, but who you are."

    How To Help Kids Disrupt 'Bro Culture' (NY Times): "Although the culture is typically associated with college fraternity life, evidence suggests that its seeds are planted in elementary school or earlier."

    An Immunological Timeline For Pregnancy (The Scientist): Stanford researchers have developed a model to use changes in the peripheral immune system to predict the gestational age of pregnancy. 

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  • Prenatal Water Workouts

    Four ways to stay fit and beat the summer heat.

    Article & Photo courtesy of Well Rounded NY

    As we dive into summer and it’s getting hotter, we start feeling pulled by the desire to hit the beach, splash around in the pool and even just chill by the sprinkler.  Dealing with warmer temperatures is certainly uncomfortable during the summer season, so you’re in luck, one of the best ways to workout during pregnancy is by immersing yourself into the pool.  Swimming is a low-impact physical activity that provides a cardiovascular workout that positively impacts your mobility and blood flow circulation without adding muscular or joint stress to the body. Additionally, immersing yourself in water could help ease common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea, morning sickness, or heartburn.  One interesting benefit with the water is that it really helps us utilize our core muscles in order to stabilize ourselves in the water — which happens to be helpful during pregnancy.  Lucky for us, water workouts are gaining popularity and there are a variety of ways to stay fit with the water!

    1. Aqua Cycling – Cycling adds pressure on our knees, as well as keeps our hip flexors in a flexed position, which could contribute to sciatica pain at later stages of pregnancy.  With the water support, you’ll feel a natural massage and less pressure when you’re pedaling in the water...

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  • Things We've Read: Week of Aug 21st, 2017

    What We Can Learn About Being A Good Ally From This Little Girl (Refinery29): “I’ll never forget what my daughter said after her best friend was subjected to a racist comment on the school bus one afternoon,” Stafford wrote. “'I asked her if she was okay,’ my child said tearfully. ‘She didn’t say anything, so I just scooted closer.’ Reluctantly, she admitted, ‘I didn’t know what to do, Mama, so I just hurt with her.’

    The Best Infant Car Seat (The Wirecutter): The best infant car seat according to The Wirecutter after 50 hours of research, including testing and crash-testing several popular brands. 

    The Downside Of Checking Kids' Grades Constantly (NY Times): "When we focus our attention on real-time, up-to-the-second reporting on the portal, we elevate the false idols of scores and grades and devalue what really has an impact on learning: positive student-teacher relationships, relevance and student engagement."

    This Sweet Comic Strip About Kids Growing Up Is Hitting Parents Hard (Huff Post): A sweet comic strip about how fast kids grow up.  

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