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Month: March 2017

The Idiocy of Explaining the Importance of Clean Air

Our Philadelphia-based Editor-in-Chief, Mollie Michel, recently took an advocacy trip to Harrisburg to meet with her local elected officials to talk to them about the importance of clean air, clean water, and the regulations that help keep our families safe. I’m standing in a hallway at the Pennsylvania state capital with a group of moms sporting Moms Clean Air Force (MCAF) t-shirts and getting prepped for a meeting with our State Senator. We’re there to address a bill that’s being considered in Harrisburg (Senate Bill 175) that aims to relinquish our state’s ability to regulate methane emissions from existing natural gas and...

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Weekend Events in Brooklyn & Beyond: March 31st-April 2nd

Hi everyone!  April is almost here and there are so many fun family events this weekend This weekend head out and enjoy the Opening Day Parade & 150th Anniversary in Prospect Park, Family Program: Matzapalooza! at at Museum of Jewish Heritage  Free Admission for Kids at Prospect Park Zoo, Get Up, Stand Up! at BAM, Wild Rumpus: A Celebration of “Where the Wild Things Are” at the Central Brooklyn Public Library, Spellbound Theatre: Grow at Old Stone House, Harlem Globetrotters at Barclays Center, Creativity Lab at Brooklyn Museum, LEGO® Club at the Hudson Park New York Public Library, Le Carrousel...

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The After School Conundrum

Photosanity founder Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick shares her tips and advice for selecting an after school plan that works for your child and your family.  So, you finally made it – your kids are in elementary school! You no longer have to worry about child-care right?! Wrong. If you’re a full-or part time working parent, unless you have extremely family-friendly working hours (or perhaps work in a school yourself), school generally lets out from as early as 2.30pm, so you are STILL left with the after-school conundrum. So, what do you do with your kids in those hours between when they get...

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Choosing a Birth Class: Hospital-Based vs. Independent Childbirth Education

Doula and childbirth educator, Brittany Sharpe McCollum, founder of Blossoming Bellies Wholistic Birth Services in Philadelphia, shares her expertise and advice about how to choose a childbirth education class when you’re expecting.  In our society, where birth often happens behind closed doors, and the wisdom of labor is not often shared between generations, childbirth education classes have become an integral part of the journey of preparing for birth. However, many women are overwhelmed by the options available and by the differences between hospital-based and independent childbirth education classes. Classes vary greatly in their approach, philosophies, and the myriad of...

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The Truth About Sugar

Did you know that all sugar is not created equal? Dr. Maryellen Renna, pediatrician, nutrition advocate, and spokesperson for Earth’s Best, shares her thoughts and expertise about sugar—the good, the bad, and the ugly.  The past century has brought an onslaught of information on how to stay healthy and live a longer life.  Research on regular exercise revealed that it reduces cancer rates and heart disease, so now we have a reason to incorporate exercise time each week. We found out that sleep can improve overall health and increase life expectancy; sun exposure has its benefits but can also cause...

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