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Anne posted in Education Jul 09

Let's appreciate and support our teachers!

This post from an ex-Kindergarten teacher has been making the rounds lately. What do you think? I don't agree with everything she says, but I do think teachers can only be effective when they have the support of the parents. Give them the benefit of the doubt, assume they are acting in good faith and trying to help your child learn and grow. Sometimes that process is painful and difficult ... More

Love this!

"I love the framing of a β€œgood birth,” because it removes the false dichotomy of "natural" versus "unnatural." The outcome everyone wants for their delivery is a healthy baby and a healthy mother. Health includes emotional health, too."

Anyone else go through a "baby talk" phase?

About 6 months ago my 4 year old started to get really obsessed with babies and baby talk. I heard from his teacher it was a thing going around with his friends at preschool, so I didn't worry too much about it, but it's been going on for a long time now and I wonder if this is something I should try to nip in the bud. Anyone else deal with this? Do you just roll with it or try to insi... More

PSA: new summer camps for kids 3 and up

Adda Clevenger School in the Mission is holding 5 weeks of full-time camps this summer and they are open to non-enrolled families. I can personally vouch the teachers are amazing! Plus, the camps go from 9 AM to 4:30 PM so they work well for full time child care if you need that. Booking summer camps in SF is always a drama so I wanted to share this under-the-radar option. Check out the schedu... More

Anne recommended a place Feb 12


Lovely place to go with kids. You can see goldfish in the pond, climb on the bridge, hop on stepping stones, see the zen garden and explore quiet groves of trees. There’s a lot to see but it’s all pretty contained so you don’t have to worry about losing anyone. Best for older kids or very confident walkers/climbers because there are some steep stairs.

4.5 year old potty training regression

Basically what it says in the title! Anyone else go through this with a preschooler? He potty trained at 3 and it was rock solid. After starting school a year ago he started to have the occasional pee accident (often when distracted by play) but very recently it’s gotten worse and he’s had a couple poop accidents out of nowhere including one at school. He’s not sick as far as we can tell and h... More

Anne recommended a place Jan 21


Great place for school break and day camps! This was from their MLK day camp where the kids made Kehinde Wiley style self portraits. They had fun and we got these very special pieces to bring home πŸŽ‰

Best holiday movies for 4-5 year olds?

Help me pick some good ones to bring on a long flight!

Anne recommended a place Dec 09, 2018


Pretty good as far as bowling lanes go! It’s big, clean, parking is easy, kid-friendly concessions are available and they have kids balls, slides and bumpers. πŸ‘πŸΌ

Anne recommended a place Dec 09, 2018


Came to a birthday party here for a 5 year old and it was great! Tons of costumes and crafts for the kids in a creative space, with a puppet show and dance. It’s bigger than it looks from the outside and comfortably held ~20ish kids and their grown-ups. Very cute decorations and great for photos.

Anne recommended a place Dec 07, 2018


Amazing ramen but also surprisingly kid friendly! They brought us little plastic bowls and spoons for the kids and we just split the adult portion. Just be aware it can be crowded with a long wait.

What's your favorite local SF store for gift shopping?

I'm looking for a well curated gift store with options for both men and women in not-super-ridiculous price ranges. Would prefer to shop local and I need some inspiration!

Anne recommended a place Dec 01, 2018


What a gem! Entry is free to this MASSIVE working scale model of the entire bay and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re in Sausalito. The whole thing has wide smooth walkways and ramps so you could get a stroller through easily. It’s not SUPER exciting for kids, but my 4 & 5 year olds who are curious about geography and science enjoying walking around for an hour and finding the bridges... More

Best Cyber Monday deals

Who's shopping online today? Let's start a list of the best deals! Here's what I've found: - 25% off - Plae shoes 50% off select styles - Gap & Old Navy 50% off - Dockatot 20% off with code GIVETHANKS - LunchBots 15% off

Anne posted in DIY Nov 05, 2018

Simple hack to rejuvenate dried out markers

Saw this online and had to share! If your kids are like mine and can’t put the caps back on markers to save their lives, get some liquid watercolor and soak the marker tips overnight. You can use cups for this or an ice cube tray. Amazingly, it works! Just make sure to get the washable stuff πŸ˜…

Fun event for new moms coming up tomorrow at Love Yoga in Echo Park! It's 1:30-4:30 PM and will feature a mini baby wearing fitness session, meditation/masking, food/mocktails and a panel discussion about transitioning into motherhood. Basically just come with your baby and plan for a chill day with other new moms. You can get tickets here (25% discount included): More

Let’s see those Halloween costumes! πŸŽƒ

Post a pic in the comments! Here are my β€œscary” pumpkin and ghost, complete with matching costumes for the loveys!

Anne posted in DIY Oct 29, 2018

DIY: No-sew last-minute ghost costume! πŸ‘»

This one is cheap, easy and super fast to put together and only requires a sheet or sheer fabric (I used this $10 IKEA curtain:, 3 safety pins, and sticky-back black felt. Just cut two rectangular equal size pieces of fabric, then gather one long edge of each and pin together at the shoulders. For the third pin, gather some of the side drapes into the cen... More

Anne recommended a place Oct 23, 2018


Duboce Park has a really nice playground, but don’t miss this little obstacle course above/behind it! Great for older kids.

Anne recommended a place Oct 03, 2018


I have so many memories of going to Cedar Point as a kid! The roller coasters are obviously the main attraction here, including some world-famous record-setters. It's also extremely family-friendly with a ton of accommodations for parents with smaller children who might not be ready to ride the screamers. Definitely would recommend!

Interesting read on single moms joining forces

β€œIt was like a marriage, only better. We had a kind of invisible rota. We cooked proper dinners for each other every night. We had roles.” Incredible story of redefining family after the end of a marriage. Has anyone ever tried something like this?

Anne recommended a place Sep 20, 2018


Stopped in with my 4yo to grab some fresh ravioli for dinner (highly recommend this btw) and the guy behind the counter gave him a free breadstick. He was delighted by his β€œmagic wand”!

What are good story books to read to a 4 and 5 year old?

I’m looking for recommendations for chapter or story books that are concise enough to read out loud but still have a good engaging plot they will enjoy hearing over several reading sessions. We’ve read through the Magic Treehouse series a couple of times and they loved those, so if you know of anything similar I’d love to hear it. TIA!

Interesting read about a more positive way to get your kids’ attention

β€œThe ABC method of praise is a highly specific technique. You have to be effusive, so you actually have to put a big dumb smile on your face and even wave your hands in the air. Next thing is you have to say, in a very high, cheerful voice, exactly what you’re praising. And then the third part is you have to touch the child and give him some kind of nonverbal praise. The silliness is a feature,... More

Anne posted in DIY Sep 04, 2018

Grandparents Day is this weekend! What is your family doing?

My oldest is learning to write so I'm having him fill out a little "fill in the blank" page like this one, and using it as the cover for homemade photo albums with pictures from family visits. We don't live close to our parents and I know they miss the kids a lot, so I want to make sure to do something special for them!

Anne posted in Funny Aug 30, 2018

Bedtime sucked today, let’s have some fun!

Mine are ❀️πŸ”ͺπŸ€”πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ˜“πŸŒ³... really, couldn’t be more perfect πŸ˜‚

Anne recommended a place Aug 13, 2018


Omg I work down the street from this place and somehow missed it! What a gem. Go early for dinner and it will be very quiet and empty. Yummy food, solid kids menu and super attentive service. The waitress was proactive about telling us cook times for the meals and brought the kids food out immediately. Will definitely come here again!

Free toddler drop-in play at the Bernal Heights Rec Center! 10 am to 12pm Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 8/21.

Anne recommended a place Aug 05, 2018


This has been our vet for years and we love them. The first exam is comped if you adopt from a shelter or if the animal was a stray. Family friendly service with amazing doctors who have kept our cats in perfect health!

What are some car snacks that are low/no mess? πŸš™

Now that both kids are in school I’ve realized how important the post-pickup car snack is! I want to keep a box of shelf stable stuff in the trunk but aside from protein bars I’m at a loss as to what kinds of foods are nutritious/filling and also won’t crumble into a big mess in the car. Need ideas!

Here's your daily toy-purging inspiration

A mom friend of mine is a hardcore minimalist and she just shared this post about managing toy creep. She has β€” brace for it β€” only TWELVE toys for her 2 kids. 12 toys in TOTAL. I have 12 toys under my couch right now. I especially love this part: "So how do we make up for the lack of toys? Here's our secret... we go out. A LOT. As a family. To kid-friendly places like zoos, aquari... More

Anne recommended a place Jul 14, 2018


It can be hard to find volunteer opportunities for younger kids but we had a wonderful experience doing park restoration at the Ecocenter with our 3 & 5 year old boys! The volunteer staff were welcoming and provided us with trash pickers, kid-size gloves and tiny shovels. The kids had a good time getting dirty and pulling weeds. They have science programs every Saturday with volunteer oppor... More

Anne recommended a place Jul 12, 2018


Books: they ARE magic. This adorable Smith St bookstore is open 7 days/week and has a large collection of picture books, early readers, YA fiction and graphic novels. Small selection of toys and games in the back (I grabbed two card games for my preschoolers) as well as cute branded onesies. They had an event schedule posted and it looks like they have kid-friendly events and storytimes on the ... More

Anne recommended a place Jul 12, 2018


Very nice fenced-in playground with a small splash pad. Benches are shaded but not the main play area, so bring hats and sunscreen.

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