My daughter turns 5 over the summer so she’s eligible to start kindergarten in the fall. I’m now curious whether she might benefit from another year of preschool instead. What could your child do right before they entered K? Read and write? Just recognize letters and write only a few words? Would be helpful to also hear from other summer birthday parents.
A few cool new baby tech / parent tech products were just announced at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas -Mamaroo bassinet that looks to be a cheaper version of the famous Snoo bassinet https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/06/mamaroo-sleep-bassinet-debut-ces-2020/ -Willow generation 3 breast pump that claims 20% more milk than the 2.0 pump https://www.engadget.com/2020/01/05/will... More
“The car seat broke into pieces in a 30 mph crash test commissioned by CNN, failing to meet the basic standards set by US regulators.” Some sellers are copying popular products like the Doona carseat/stroller and selling unsafe versions for a discount. https://apple.news/AC8k9ePq8Ssu7LxgrXvaAzg
I'm gutted by what is happening in our country and especially how I'm going to talk to my older one about all this in an age appropriate way. How have you approached talking about it with your kids?
I’m moving into a house with an extra bedroom and bathroom and am considering the possibility of getting an au pair. They’re much less expensive than a nanny but the downside is they are living with you 24/7. If you’ve had one, what are the pros and cons? I’m concerned that the au pair might be looking to me to provide them with a social life and frankly I’m pretty boring and don’t get out much... More
I love this article by Emily Oster (author of Expecting Better and Cribsheet) about why parents should speak up about being parents and having child care obligations at work. I wish more parents felt comfortable sharing the realities of being a parent -- it helps pave the way for future parents and gives us all better work-life balance when we're just honest about it. https://www.theatlanti... More
My about-to-turn 1 year old is having a lot of trouble pooping. Her poops are big and hard and she is screaming in pain while pooping. I've been trying to feed her extra water and high fiber foods like pears, blueberries, and whole grains but she will not eat prunes or prune juice for the life of me. Any other ideas? It's been a week of her suffering when pooping and the doctor says if ... More
Crazy read about how this stroller should have been recalled long ago after the front wheel kept falling off. I actually have this stroller but never got around to using it. Now I feel lucky I was lazy! https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/after-hundreds-of-crashes-this-britax-jogging-stroller-faced-recall-then-trump-appointees-stepped-in/2019/04/02/faf23c20-4c06-11e9-b79a-961983b7e0... More
I took my 3 year old to the Little Learners class at the SF Zoo. We had a blast! Each week focuses on a different animal for the theme — the class I attended was all about lemurs. The hour long class is divided into free play time, an art project, circle time with songs, snack time, story time and my favorite part: petting a live animal and going on a walk to visit the animal we learned about! ... More
This is one of my favorite date night places and it just dawned on me to bring my kids here. It was great. I called up ahead of time to make a reservation for the same night (Saturday night) and they were able to accommodate us! My kids loved the seafood dumplings and garlic noodles with shrimp. Little one got a highchair. Valet parking right outside made it super easy.
Great little private park for St Francis Wood homeowners (though they don’t actually check that you’re a homeowner so anyone can walk in). Big and little kid swings, slides, basketball and tennis courts and a big field. No bathrooms though so BYOP (bring your own potty 😂)
A reporter from NBC news is putting together a story on the rise medical identity theft (stealing people's identity to access their medical benefits) and wants to hear from parents who have been victims. Apparently it is on the rise! If you have been a victim of medical identity theft, it'd be great if you could share your story in the comments.
I pump when I’m at work so between all the little plastic Medela bottles I pump into to store my milk and the glass Dr Browns bottles I use to feed my daughter, I feel like I’m constantly washing bottles. Is there a better system? Maybe a bottle I can directly pump into or I should be pumping into bags I can throw away when I’m done with them? I just need some way to reduce all the stuff I have... More
It's holiday travel season and I'm trying to learn all the travel tips as this is my first year with 2 kids instead of 1. So reply with your favorite products for travel with little ones. For those with big enough kids, my favorite travel item is the Ride Safer Vest. It replaces a car seat and easily folds up so takes up no space. It's great for getting to and from the airport. htt... More
I usually pump before bed but tonight I was feeling kind of tired... then I came across this story. Ok I have no excuse now! https://www.foxnews.com/health/airman-mom-of-2-pumps-breast-milk-while-completing-ironman-70-3
My daughter attends preschool here and we absolutely love it. Small classes, very dedicated, loving teachers and a great community. There’s (optional) opportunities for parents to participate like Friday Shabbat service which I really enjoy. There’s a variety of scheduling options which is great because as my daughter got used to school we were able to send her for more hours. Can’t recommend C... More
I was trying to figure out why my 3 year old kept calling her sister Margaret (her name is Aubrey) that thinking she might have a friend named Margaret. Then I realized it's the name of Daniel Tiger's sister. We may need to lay off the Daniel Tiger for a bit... 😂😂
Stopped in here for lunch during a solo parenting adventure to Aquatic Park with my 3 year old and baby. It was great. They brought my 3 yo a special pink plastic plate and cup and let us keep the stroller and all our stuff right at the table. My 3 yo loved the California roll, gyoza, chicken teriyaki and edamame (she’s a big eater). The bathroom was clean and spacious. I felt like I could actu... More
Highly recommend Bill Jackson and his "Find the Right School" program. We engaged him to help us think through our educational goals for our daughter and figure out which schools are right for us. The San Francisco school system is pretty gnarly to navigate so having an expert guide us through has been immensely valuable. If you have a 3 or 4 year old and need to figure out where to s... More
It’s pumpkin patch season so we hit up this seasonal spot yesterday!! It’s small but perfect for a quick trip to pick up some pumpkins. They have a hay ride in the back which is not super exciting (and costs $5/person) but it entertained my 3 year old and baby 🎃🎃
Great ballet classes for little ones. My 3 year old daughter loves it and looks forward to class each week. This location is more spacious than the north beach location and includes a whole reception area in the front where parents can watch the class. They also sell leotards and shoes and other ballet gear here. You pay for classes monthly and can make up any classes you miss so you don’t have... More
This is the second time in a month that we have had maintenance issues with our car we are starting to look at new options for a family car. I have 2 young kids (with car seats) plus us (2 adults) so I’m really drawn to getting a minivan. Unfortunately we often drive in the city where parking is tight. Is there a minivan that has a more compact profile or an SUV that you’d recommend? Bonus poin... More
Great food and SUPER family friendly. Right away when we were seated they brought my 3yo crayons and they let me keep the stroller for my baby right next to my seat. The kids menu was affordable and had large portions. The adult food was delicious. And a real changing table in the bathroom!
Tell me about the books that changed the way you parent. I remember when I was pregnant I read "Expecting Better" and it completely changed how I viewed pregnancy because I realized many of the restrictions around pregnancy were myths and I could eat sushi, for example. Any books like that for parenting that changed your views? They don't have to be strictly "parenting books&... More
My three year old daughter is obsessed with Daniel Tiger and has been watching nonstop because she’s currently sick. Any other shows or movies she might like? I don’t want her burning out on Daniel Tiger 😂
For example: set their own bedtimes, no screen time, etc. For me the thing that we do with our older one is almost no sugar in her diet. We’ve become a little more relaxed about it recently though. What’s the thing you do with your kids that’s different from most parents?
Went here for an anniversary dinner with my husband and brought the baby. The food was delicious. The tables are SUPER close together so don’t come if you have a fussy baby or need a bunch of space. Definitely don’t bring a stroller. I just held my daughter the whole time and she was super chill so it worked out.
I was pretty shocked to find some crayons in this list of school supplies that have toxic chemicals in them. “This box set, purchased at Dollar Tree, has traces of asbestos, the report found. The chemical can appear in the talc that is used in crayon manufacturing, according to the report.” https://www.cnn.com/2018/08/08/health/dangerous-chemicals-school-supplies-trnd/index.html