Archive: February 2010

February 27, 2010

Clear Ears This Week

Safety 1st Clear View Ear Scope – what an invention!! We love all the Safety 1st products because they are smart, safe & effective. But this one is genius. From a parent of children with chronic ear infections who had to visit the doctor weekly just to make sure – no ear infection this week – again genius! I’m sure all parents of ear infection children will applaud this awesome product.  Stop by and see all our great Safety 1st products.

February 27, 2010

A Snowy Prospect!!!

 

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My father is a talented outdoorsman, and taught me a great appreciation for the beauty of   solitary quiet that vast snowfall brings to a landscape.  The Northeast’s immense snow event has quieted the city’s din, and has presented an opportunity for you to break-out your alpine sport tools, which is why I’m recommending a visit this weekend to Brooklyn’s 585-acre Prospect Park for a rare chance to practice inner-city alpine sports.  Cross country skis and sleds abound on Prospect Park’s Long Meadow, and snow shoes have left their traces throughout the hills and dales of the woods leading to the Audubon House, where the great pond has developed a thick frozen crust.  And, make sure to visit Wollman Rink for your ice skating events, where skates are rented by the hour, and lessons may be booked for those looking to perfect their triple axel, double toe loop, or basic ability.  I feel lucky that I didn’t have to drive North this winter to get my snow fix, and my father is ready to board a plane from the Pacific Northwest just to experience our winter wonderland.

 For more information about Prospect Park everything it has to offer, visit http://www.prospectpark.org.

February 26, 2010

Ready, Set, HELP!!

Walking through the doors of your home with your new baby is like walking on the moon-exhilarating and terrifying! This is why Sarah is now making house calls. Our office receives so many calls from frantic parents requesting further instruction and reassurance that everything is on track and they are doing fine, that she is now providing in-home post-partum consultation. For those living outside the Bay Area, she is available by phone to walk and talk you through common new parent challenges: feeding, sleeping, crying, soothing, support, relationship, safety, gear…the list goes on and on. www.mcmoylermethod.com

February 25, 2010

Character Development

If you read child development articles and ages & stages content on the web or anywhere, most of it is organized around Language, Cognitive, Physical, Social and Emotional development. This is traditionally how educators and researchers have thought about our babies’ growth; however, there are major new developments that suggest we need to think beyond just these skills and competences. Take Character development, as mentioned in the earlier 3Cs post (12/22/09), there has been a renewed emphasis on its critical importance; but we as parents may ask ourselves what the heck does the development of good character traits look like at the ripe young age of 0, 1 and 2.  Lucky for us there is a whole new field in cognitive science research called Positive Psychology, dedicated to catapulting character development and character strengths to the forefront of our educational and parenting agenda. This group of prominent researchers argues, persuasively, that character strengths are the key to living a rich and fulfilling life and need our utmost attention.

The Positive Psychology movement has defined 6 core virtues (eg Humanity, Courage, Justice, Temperance, etc) with a number of strengths for each of these core character traits (eg for Courage—persistence, integrity, vitality, bravery). They explain that although each of us is born with a natural profile of these traits and strengths, each can be developed and nurtured just like any competence. So for us parents we not only need to nurture things like language development but also the development of persistence and intergrity. Let’s take a closer look at the core virtue of Humanity; how might it be nurtured from birth to 3 years.

The core character trait of humanity is defined as the interpersonal strengths that involve tending to and befriending others. It draws on strengths such as kindness, love, and empathy. The seeds of which are all sprouting in the years 0 to three. Who has not seen a toddler bring a blanket or favorite toy to a sibling or friend in distress. Although under recognized and under appreciated, our little ones, like our daughter Whitney, demonstrated her budding strengths in humanity on a regular basis (see video at www.RaisingWhit.com, 21 Mths).

Displaying affection by offering a blanky

Displaying affection by offering a blanky

A toddler’s pleasure in doing the right thing can be nourished.  Empathy co-evolves with our little ones emotional development and their personal experience of emotions & feelings. Our little ones have a rich palette of feelings and can identify those emotions in others.

There are two basic tendencies we want to help our little ones exercise. The first is identifying and managing their own personal feelings and emotions and the second builds off the first in helping to recognize and empathize when those same feelings and emotions are playing in others. This can be done in specific ways for each age and stage of development.

February 25, 2010

New York Times & CNN: chemicals in our homes


There are two particular good news items on chemicals in our homes out there today.

Nicholas Kristof has written a few great op-eds recently on the health impacts of chemicals in our lives.  Today’s New York Times contains another one that points to the growing links between autism and chemicals in our environment.  Not the most uplifting reading but I am sure of interest to this community.  You can read the full article by clicking here.

CNN’s medical coorespondant, Dr Sanjay Gupta, covered the issue of chemicals in our homes today as well.  That video can be seen here.

February 25, 2010

Orbit G2

The much anticipated Orbit G2 has arrived!  We have one in our store, so come check it out!  As with any of our other strollers, we would love to show you all the cool features! We are not fully stocked, but can place an order for you!

February 24, 2010

What’s for Dinner?!

Do you ever sit and wonder what’s for dinner tonight?  I do!  I actually ponder on ideas everyday all day until I get inspired!  I know it sounds crazy, but food is very exciting to me.  If you knew me, you’d know what I’m saying!  I just enjoy food!  I love thinking about it, preparing it, and cooking it, most of all — serving an audience!  I love to hear and see a reaction.  It just makes my day and warms my soul!  One of the things I live for.

I often watch the food network for ideas to inspire me…it really helps!  For example, yesterday (my day off) I watched a few shows including Giada De Laurentiis, Rachel Ray, Ina Garten, Sandra Lee, and Barefoot Contessa.  I mean, I love the entire food network, it’s just these in particular that  really intrigue my taste buds!  So, anyway, for dinner I was inspired to make lasagna.  It was delicious.  I made two full dishes, one to eat and one to freeze.  Mmmmmm yummy.  Thanks Rachel Ray!

When I don’t have a chance to tune it I just log on and surf their website for ideas!  It’s great.  Just perfect.

Let’s see what on tonight…what’s for dinner?

February 24, 2010

Explore Your World

In a moment inspired by reliving aspects of my childhood exploring nooks and crannies of San Francisco with my parents, the Little Man and I set out this past Sunday to explore New York’s Chinatown. I have great memories of the amazing sights and sounds of San Francisco neighborhoods and the Little Man is a huge fan of the books by Miroslav Sasek, including both “This Is San Francisco” and “This Is New York” given he has been lucky enough to have lived in both cities. He wasn’t quite as sure as I was about this adventure, but a hot chocolate and ice skating at the end of the rainbow inspired him right out the door.

As we approached Chinatown, we started to realize that without knowing, we happened to pick the day of the Chinese New Year Parade and the streets were packed. We literally walked up to the parade route five minutes before the parade came down the street. Incredible.

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While the Little Man was a bit overwhelmed, we enjoyed the parade and then headed off so I could repay his indulgence with that hot chocolate and ice skating. We had a great day that started out with no plans.

The whole point is this – explore your world, be it your neighborhood, borough or city. Don’t just keep walking by that store or restaurant you’ve always wondered about – go in and check it out. Go to a neighborhood that isn’t your own. We’re lucky to live in a city like New York where every block is a new adventure but every city has someplace to explore. My advice is to let the age of your little one dictate the distance and duration of your trip – but get out there and you never know what you might stumble across!

February 23, 2010

The Loving Touch — Infant Massage Demonstration!

Learn all about the healing power of infant massage at giggle Corte Madera!

Infant massage therapist Samantha Stormer, a Certified Childbirth Educator and Certifed Massage Therapist, will be at giggle Corte Madera teaching an informative class about baby massage on Sunday, February 28 at 12:30! This event will help parents understand the benefits of massage: how it helps enhance and strengthen the relationship between child and caregiver, as well as aids in better sleep habits, and reduces fussiness.

Samantha will demonstrate some simple techniques and open the event up to questions and discussion.

Reservations are not necessary, but if you have any questions please call 415-945-9631 or email amanda@giggle.com!

February 22, 2010

Breast Whisperer to the Rescue…

This Sunday’s NY Times featured an article about a lactation consultant (LC) in Brooklyn who has made a great impact on successfully assisting new mothers through the many challenges and hurdles that often accompany breastfeeding newborns.

I loved her reality-based approach:

  • Rule 1, enjoy the baby.
  • Rule 2, feed the baby.

One new mother was quoted as saying through a frenzy of tears, after the blissful first week of her daughter’s life ended and reality set in ” I want to do this all naturally…I know other people have challenges, but not me because I do yoga!” The LC responded with “She’s OK, she’s nursing, she’s going to grow, and she’s beautiful.”

She wants the baby to get the breast milk and the mom to enjoy the experience of feeding her baby…Rule 1, enjoy the baby. Rule 2, feed the baby…which sometimes can include the F word: formula…don’t lose your minds over this. At the end of the day, they are all going to kindergarten!