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A Child Grows is the largest parenting website in Brooklyn, NY and one of the best-known parenting blogs in the NYC area. It’s considered THE go-to resource for Brooklyn families and we are always striving to have the most up-to-date and relevant information for parents in Brooklyn. We want parents to have the right information to make the most educated decisions possible for the most important things in life. We also place an emphasis on listing exciting and diverse family-friendly activities for our Brooklyn community.

Brooklyn is a pretty amazing place: it has a small town feel with big city attractions. There isn’t another city like it. And it’s home. We want this to be a virtual “home” for Brooklyn parents.  A home where parents can find news and services that they need. We hope you find this site as a place to hang your sling. Look around and make yourself at home.

You can reach us directly at: Shelly (@)

Hi, I’m Shelly. I’m a Brooklyn mom and the owner of A Child Grows by way of my company BK Grows, Inc. I am really looking forward to meeting everyone involved with A Child Grows–you are all so fantastic!

If you want contribute, collaborate, or otherwise learn from each other, contact me at shelly (@)


Deirdre O’Keeffe, is our Events Editor.  She updates our calendar and blogs weekend & weekday events picks and updates our Facebook page with events and reminders.  Please send all event listings to our calendar and email her at Deirdre(@) with any questions. Deirdre is a native New Yorker and has been a resident of Brooklyn for over 15 years now. She worked in the software support industry before having her second child, but left corporate America to be a full-time mom when #2 was born.  When she is not taking her kids on adventures around NYC or packing school lunches, she keeps busy as co-moderator of the Greenlight Moms Book Club.  Her favorite special treat is sneaking off to see a movie!

A Few of Our Amazing Contributors

It would be impossible to list all our contributors over the years, but here are a few great ones. Thank you to everyone who has made this site such a wonderful resource.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Holly Rosen Fink has spent the last 15 years in NYC working in all facets of media, from MTV to the world of traditional and online publishing.  Now working as a consultant  in Westchester, she blogs about travel, theater, film, art, books, advocacy and more at Culture Mom.  She has two children, ages 5 and 7, who share her culture addiction.

Sarah Moriarty is a writer, editor and adjunct professor teaching composition and literature classes at The College of Staten Island. Her writing has appeared in such hallowed places as her blog, her mother’s email inbox, the backs of Value Pack envelopes and a waist-high stack of mole skin journals. In addition, Sarah has contributed to F’ and edited fiction for Lost Magazine. An excerpt from Sarah’s novel, The Rusticators, is forthcoming in The Brooklyn Writers Space 2013/2014 anthology, The Reader.  A resident of Brooklyn for the last eleven years, Sarah lives with her husband, daughter and a dwindling population of cats. Check out more of Sarah’s work at or follow her on twitter. She can be reach with story ideas at sarah (@)

Shayna Gehl is a contributor and close friend. She is the author of ‘How I became the worst critic of stay-at-home moms’ featured on The Huffington Post and appearing on You can read all Shayna’s articles on The Disheveled Parent or follow her on her Instagram account to see what venturing out and about in Brooklyn with 3 kids looks like! She has also been an active presence in coordinating the 2014 and 2015 Brooklyn Baby and Family Expos. Shayna has been a Brooklyn resident since 2009 and currently resides there with her family of 5. She can be reached for advertising opportunities at shayna (@)

John Proctor is our resident dad and writes on his experience living and raising his two children in Brooklyn. He has lived in Brooklyn since 2000, and been a father since 2009. Besides keeping company with his wife, two daughters, and chihuahua, he also writes memoir, fiction, poetry, criticism, and just about everything in the space between them. His work has been published in the Diagram, Superstition Review, Underwater New York, Defunct, New Madrid, Numero Cinq, McSweeney’s, New York Cool, and Gotham Gazette, and he serves as editor for Hunger Mountain Journal of the Arts. He teaches academic writing, media studies, and communication theory at Manhattanville College. You can see more of him at his website, and he can also be reached at askadad(@) He’d love to hear from you!

Sara Chana Silverstein is a Brooklyn-based, international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, businesswoman, wife and mother of seven children. She has helped over 5,000 babies breastfeed and treats chronic ear infections, and other childhood ailments. She is a highly sought-after public speaker, presenting an array of topics in an intelligent, compelling, funny, provocative, and exciting way.

Dr. Gilgoff is a pediatrician who  has a balanced approach to medicine, combining a western training at top institutions with an alternative outlook shaped by a mom who is both a midwife and creator of Mother Nurture Inc. – a doula company since 1987.  Dr. Gilgoff has his own website now too: 

Justine Cooper, our “spotted” photographer, loves capturing babies and families so much, she made a career out of it. Originally trained as a photojournalist, she also has a Masters in Fine Art. She splits her time between creating work for galleries and shooting families in the New York area. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn. Her portrait work can be seen at

Donna Fish is a licensed clinical social worker with a private practice in Manhattan, where she lives with her husband and three daughters, writes her own blog and blogs for The Huffington Post. With the publication of her book: Take the Fight Out of Food: How to Prevent and Solve Your Child’s Eating Problems, she has appeared on and in NPR, Parenting Magazine, Weekend Today Show, Fox News, USA Today and MSNBC and has lectured at Early Childhood Centers of Sarah Lawrence College, Wellesley College, Georgetown University and trained the Head Start Staff of NYC. She lectures to private schools in NYC: Bank street, Village Community School, Dalton, Chapin and more.

Alice Kaltman, L.C.S.W. has been working with parents and kids since 1988. In 2006, she co-founded Family Matters NY with Sara Zaslow, L.M.S.W. FMNY is a parenting coaching service for Brooklyn and Manhattan families, providing support through home and office visits. Alice lives in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn with her teen-age daughter and husband, the sculptor Daniel Wiener. She also writes fiction for kids, and dances professionally in her spare (?) time.  Write to Alice at