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.
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
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.
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!
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
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 😅
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): https://www.eventbrite.co... More
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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NBUEVKG), 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
As a working mom who is no stranger to childcare guilt, this is comforting research! https://www.fatherly.com/news/study-finds-kids-attend-daycare-behave-better-kids-watched-family-friends/
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!
“It 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?
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!
“The 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
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!
This is so wild. What a complicated and strange situation all around. I didn’t even know this could happen! https://www.cbc.ca/radio/thecurrent/the-current-for-december-5-2017-1.XXX-XXXX/how-a-surrogate-twin-pregnancy-turned-into-a-custody-battle-over-unrelated-babies-1.XXX-XXXX
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!
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!
A mom friend of mine is a hardcore minimalist and she just shared this post about managing toy creep. She has — brace for it — 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
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
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
Umami Burger has a kids menu now! It’s surprisingly big inside, so we were able to get a 4-top at 6pm on a game night with no wait. 👍🏼 Park at the nearby Safeway for free with a $5 purchase. The food is very yummy and there are plenty of veggie-friendly options including the Impossible Burger and salads. Always a hit with both kids and husband.
I was reading this great post and this struck me: "In the digital age, kids can make new friends and strengthen existing relationships online, whether it's in a rousing game of Fortnite, a few hearts on Instagram, or even a FaceTime session with the grandparents. But the happiest people are the ones who consistently find a balance between screens and the rest of life. And as the grown... More
“With particularly excessive use, pouches may fail to challenge children at a crucial stage of feeding and oral development — when they are learning to chew and swallow soft foods, which helps with speech, and when they need varied and multi-sensory experiences, which helps develop a palate for a wide range of foods later on.” https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/06/19/well/rethinking-baby-food-pou... More
“A colleague of mine once said, women might celebrate going to a yoga class, but not breastfeeding in the middle of the night, staying up all night, as having the same sort of value. I think [kids are] teaching you things like mindfulness and patience,” Athan says. “Think about the repetitive tasks [of parenthood] … they force you to be very present.” “People pay a lot of money to travel to an... More