One of our favorite fashion lines alice + olivia is kicking off proms season stores and online with “Buy a Dress, Give a Dream”. For every dress sold between May 3rd – May 17th, alice + olivia will donate a dress to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Prep for Prep and City Year to help make prom dreams come true.
At Cambridge Nanny Group we are big fans of Bob Books. Bob Books early readers were designed to provide the path for children who are ready to take their first steps into reading.
The Foundation Sets work together progressively, so that as your child learns to read each book, his or her confidence and ability grows. If your child is not ready for reading, My First Bob Books build pre-reading skills.
Founded in Portland, Oregon, Bob Books started when teacher Bobby Lynn Maslen was looking for reading material suitable for children taking their very first steps into reading. When she couldn’t find books interesting enough for her young students, she created the Bob Books. Bobby’s 13 years of teaching experience, and hands-on field testing of Bob Books, means they truly suit the needs of youngsters starting the great adventure of reading. Each new Bob Books reader will soon be able to happily say, “I read the whole book!”®
The first books were handmade, inspired by two small dolls that Bobby bought at a craft fair. She named the dolls Mat and Sam and spun stories about them, illustrated with line drawings that the children could copy and color.
Articles recommending Bob Books appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, and regional newspapers and magazines around the country. The books had entered the spotlight, and parents wanted Bob Books.
The Maslens turned to a major publisher of children’s books, Scholastic, Inc., for help publishing Bob Books. With Scholastic, Bob Books have grown to sixteen titles: five sets of books written by Bobby, five sets by her daughter Lynn Maslen Kertell, and six leveled early reader books. Bob Books have sold millions of copies.
Bobby is retired, and lives with original Bob Books illustrator and husband John, in Portland, Oregon.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is adjusting its less-is-more approach to screen time for kids. When it comes to screen time for kids, less is more. That’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics has maintained for years, warning that exposing young children to any kind of digital platform, from junk TV to educational apps, could lead to delayed or stunted language development and poorer reading skills. Whether or not people agreed with the AAP guidelines—and many did not—they were nonetheless impactful, driving pediatricians to advise the parents and kids in their care to stay away from screens. Now, however, the AAP is changing its tune. Whereas the old guidelines offered blanket limits—say, no screen time of any kind before age 2—the new ones, released Oct. 21, are far more nuanced. “You’ll notice a move away from the idea that you can lump all screen time together and label it fun or educational or harmful,” says Dr. David Hill, chair of the group’s Council on Communications and Media. “The ways we interact with screens today are so varied that it doesn’t make sense anymore to start a stopwatch and say, ‘At this point you’re done.’ ” At the same time, kids’ having access to so many screens is a relatively new phenomenon, and much of the research surrounding it is in-conclusive. That makes it hard for the AAP to say definitively, for example, that playing smartphone games is badand using educational tablets is good.
What its new guidelines make clear,though, is that there are many ways—beyond strict limits—to help your kids have a happy, healthy relationship with technology. Read More
Not every restaurant has offerings likely to tempt the tots, let alone a whole selection of child-friendly meals. Here are some of are picks that dazzle adults and kids alike. Here are favorite picks of kid friendly restaurants in in New York, LA, Chicago, and London. Bon Appetite.
179 W. Broadway, Tribeca
10 Columbus Circle, Third Floor, Time Warner Center
Landmarc is a great, casual place for families. Oysters, salads, steaks, and sides with a perfect kids’ menu that includes mini ice cream cones. Alice’s Tea Cup
102 W. 73rd St., UWS
Friendly atmosphere, delicious lunches, and yummy cakes.
8401 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood
12851 Riverside Dr., Studio City
Hugo’s is an L.A. staple. A perfect combo of organic, healthy food, an expansive kids’ menu and a relaxed atmosphere makes it the ideal family outing. They always bring crayons and paper to the table, too.
John’s Garden is a low-key shop that serves delicious sandwiches/veggie burgers/smoothies/fries. You can sit outside on the benches, which are right next to the playground so kids can play while you’re waiting for your food.
11941 Ventura Blvd., Studio City
This excellent Japanese in the valley deserves its 28 food rating on Zagat. What more can you say except that they have highchairs and mini sushi rolls. Finally!
Giorgio’s is one of Los Angeles’ best restaurants. I swoon over the polenta, the tuna carpaccio, and the fresh handmade ravioli, not to mention the Dover sole and langoustine pasta. It is owned and run by an Italian family, so children are always on the scene. Bring your own crayons.
The quiet, charming street in Chelsea completely belies the feeling inside this joyous, boisterous, family-run restaurant. There’s also a beautiful outside patio where kids can enjoy the trees. The food is simple Italian done just right. Kids love the pasta and fried zucchini and so do I.
The Wolseley is great to take kids to for brunch, lunch, or tea. The food is Anglo-Euro and fit for a discerning grown-up, but also wonderful for kids. It is housed in an old-fashioned marble-clad car showroom and is cavernous and noisy (you won’t be worried about additional noise emanating from your table). They bake delicious sweets and are welcoming of your beloved wee ones. The River Café
This place loves children, and on a summer Sunday, children can be seen running around the massive garden and exploring their organic vegetable patch. The food is perfect. This is a flawless day out with the family in London (unless it’s raining).
This intimate restaurant is considered a new gem in Chicago. It serves home-cooked food with a Southern bent. Perfect for a family Sunday brunch.
The Athenian Room
807 W. Webster Ave.
The Athenian Room is fantastic, super kid-friendly, and casual. It attracts a nice family crowd and has the most outrageous Greek food—spanakopita, Greek salads, tzatziki, and the best cheeseburger in town. It also has outdoor tables on the street in summer. My friend Julia goes all the time and it is definitely her favorite kid spot. Uncommon Ground
3800 N. Clark St.
Situated near Wrigley Field, Uncommon Ground serves mostly organic and local fare. Their other location on West Devon Avenue has a rooftop organic garden where kids can take classes on urban agriculture.
This French restaurant serves delicious food, while remaining unpretentious (often an oxymoron!). Instead of the usual crayons kids are given an Etch A Sketch to play with that has a cute menu attached. They often do crepe-making parties and special desserts for kids. Feast
25 E. Delaware Pl.
With a new Gold Coast location, Feast is the perfect place for a neighborhood lunch. Accommodating of kids and big strollers, this place can turn into an addiction. It opens at 7:30AM so it’s also ideal for breakfast. NoMI
800 N. Michigan Ave., Seventh Floor, Park Hyatt Chicago
This restaurant in the Park Hyatt is one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It serves delicious Asian-fusion cuisine and the terrace is surprisingly great for families.
FLYAROO Fitness specializes in toddler and preschool yoga, dance, and fitness routines that ignite a child’s imagination through structured enrichment programming. In today’s society, childhood obesity is on parent’s minds as they navigate programs for their little ones. Nannies and babysitters who are certified in fitness programs, specifically for babies – preschoolers – children [up to 5th grade] have a higher advantage of finding a family who values good nutrition and exercise for their children.
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In celebration of the all new movie “Disney’s Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast”, our friends at pediped Footwear and Disney invites you to enter for a chance to win a Funjet Vacations family trip for four to San Diego.
The prize from Funjet Vacations includes airfare and a four night stay at the Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa in sunny San Diego plus a $200 Visa gift card!
Our favorite children’s shoe pediped® will celebrate the launch of its Spring/Summer 2015 Collection throughout the promotion that includes the beach-friendly and water-safe Adventure Line. The Adventure Line is available at www.pediped.com and retails at $49. Over 20 different styles are offered for both girls and boys in sizes EU 20-36 (US kids 4 – Youth 4.5).
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No purchase is required to enter. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia who are 21 years of age or older. Entries must be received between 12:01 a.m. EST on February 15, 2015 and 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015. For official rules and to enter, go towww.pediped.com/disneyrules. Void where prohibited.
New York Nannies, House Managers, Family Assistants and Personal Chefs are always on the look-out for great city resources – here’s a really good one.
Since the opening of its first storefront in the 1980s, Gourmet Garage has allowed New Yorkers to “Shop Like a Chef.” Now in February of 2015, they are inviting customers to launder like a Laundress! The grocer-extrodinares are now offering a curated selection of The Laundress laundry detergents, fabric care, and home cleaning products at their Soho, Upper East Side, and Greenwich Village locations.
My youngest daughter celebrated her sixth birthday this year and like many little girls, she’s obsessed with all things Frozen. She was at the height of her Frozen frenzy and for her birthday she wanted the FULL Elsa character costume: gown, wig, tiera, magical wand and shoes.
I went shopping for these Frozen dress-up items with my list in hand. I presented it to the salesclerk. When she found exactly what my daughter wanted, it was time to ask the question: ”How much are they”?
The salesclerk typed each item into her cash register.
“The subtotal comes to $162.50″, she replied.
My draw dropped. For dress-up play clothes? Holy ####.
Well, it was an authentic Disney costume which dazzled with glitter and lace. There was an attached organza cape with glittering iridescent snowflakes. Oh – and it comes with a padded satin hanger. Nothing says special like a custom hanger.
The items were indeed lovely but this purchase would blow her birthday budget out of the water. There were other presents that I wanted to purchase (i.e. books and educational toys) and of course all the items for the family birthday party itself.
I stood at the register touching the dress. It really was beautiful.
Life gives the test first then the lesson afterward.
I reminded myself that the way I respond to her desire for the latest and greatest “stuff” now will set up a pattern for her entire lifetime.
I thanked the salesclerk for her help and left the story empty handed.
I ending up purchasing a perfectly lovely Frozen dress at a big box retail store for 2/3 the cost. The dress wasn’t as intricate as the one I passed on, but you know what – my daughter LOVED it. In fact, she wore it for almost two weeks straight. Then it was over. She was bored with it. She moved onto a new obsession….. American Girl.
Like many parents, regardless of income, I strive to teach both my daughters financial traits and virtues – like modesty, patience, generosity, thriftiness and perspective. Important stuff. Early life lessons that show up when you least expect it.
If your a regular to my blog, I remind readers that so much I’ve learned about value centered parenting principles come from reading the work of super wise parenting experts, psychologists, and educators. Today I want to give a hat tip to a wonderful author and financial expert: #RonLieber and his book The Opposite of Spoiled. In The Opposite of Spoiled, Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that will help every parent embrace the connection between money and values to help them raise young adults who are grounded, unmaterialistic, and financially wise beyond their years.
BOOK OVERVIEW: CREDIT BARNES AND NOBLE.
We may not realize it, but children are hyperaware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that parents often don’t answer, or know how to answer well. But for Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, they lose a tremendous opportunity—not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.
Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is a practical guidebook for parents that is rooted in timeless values. Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition.
MEET THE AUTHOR
Ron Lieber is the “Your Money” columnist for The New York Times. Before joining The Times in 2008, he wrote The Wall Street Journal’s “Green Thumb” personal finance column, was part of the start-up team at the paper’s “Personal Journal” section, and worked at Fortune and Fast Company magazines. He is the author or coauthor of three books, including The New York Times bestseller Taking Time Off. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, fellow New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, and their daughter.
NEW SLEEP GUIDELINES–It is critical for brain development to get children to have a good nights sleep. Here are the new guidelines. If possible try to move bedtime earlier even by 15 minutes and take the time to cuddle and turn off so you can truly connect with your child. www.sleepfoundation.org