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Raising Confident Girls

Some thoughts from writer mom Ali Smith-Poe…. According to a recent student published in Science magazine, by age six, girls have started to believe boys are inherently smarter than their own gender. Additionally, at six years old, girls decrease their participation in activities that they consider to be for the “really, really smart” children. Our daughters are limiting themselves due to a belief in negative gender stereotypes in first grade! It’s heartbreaking and infuriating. The only way to combat the negative messages about girls our daughters will be inundated with is by raising them to believe in their own...

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Park Slope Halloween Decorations – The Very Best

Every year I walk around Park Slope and marvel at the fantasic Halloween decorations. I think because we are a mixed faith community there are not as many Christmas lights, but we more than make up for it with Halloween. We recently lost the amazing graveyard spread on 8th St, but this year 9th St and 6th Avenue really stepped up their game. I am excited to present some of my favorite Halloween decorations this year. Scroll to the bottom to see the winner! This page may take while to load, but it is worth it–so wait! Shelly This...

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A Few Ways to Make Halloween Less Scary

Molly Dresner gives us some tips.   Flip the Script Halloween is a holiday that comes with a pretty consistent protocol: you get dressed up, you walk door to door, you say a funny phrase, and you get some candy. However, this script doesn’t fit the needs of all of our little ones and that is okay! You, as the parent, can flip the script to meet your child’s needs in an easy and comfortable way. First come up with a plan and then practice for a few days before the holiday. For example, if your tiny friend is...

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Put the Cheddar Bunnies Down: 5 Recipes for Healthy, Easy Snacks

Sometimes, it’s just easier to throw an unhealthy, packaged snack at the kiddos and call it a day. We know; we’ve been there. But, for the most part, we should be paying attention to what we’re handing our kids. Check out these snack ideas from Léman Manhattan Preparatory School’s Head Chef, Jenny Gensterblum, that are festive enough for a party, kid-friendly, nutritious and easy to make. Score! SWEET POTATO BAKED CHIPS WITH SMOKY YOGURT DIP Ingredients for Chips 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled 1 – 2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil 1 teaspoon salt Directions: Thinly slice (try – carefully! –...

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Playground Etiquette for Parents

I recently saw another mom talking to my son on the playground and ran over worried. Well, I didn’t need to run, I was only a few steps away, but I was still struck with panic. What was wrong? What happened? It turned out to be nothing of course. In fact, I have no problem with other moms talking to my kid–so why did I panic? One of the best things about living in Brooklyn is the incredible diversity we get to enjoy where we live. Our neighbors come from all over the country and all over the world,...

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