Turns out pregnancy is catching, especially if you’re hanging out on Facebook. A new study published in today’s American Sociological Review suggests that social media (specifically looking at photos of your high school friends’ new babies online), may in fact encourage other friends to head down the path to first-time parenthood as well.
Ellen Schmidt has been hauling a stroller on the subway since 2009, when she first began her blog, Baby Meets City. Mama to two sweet and precocious little gals, Ellen writes about the highs and lows of parenting in New York City. Always an adventure! A lover of children’s literature, Ellen is (slowly) reviewing every children’s book set in the Big Apple. Ellen lives in Upper Manhattan with her family, though if you ask her older daughter, she’d prefer if they lived at the Museum of Natural History.
I have not gotten the “How did I get in your belly?” question yet (thank goodness). We have, however, tackled some other large scale questions lately, so I have a feeling it’s coming soon. Agh. How does one explain the birds and the bees to a 4-year-old? Or, what if your child is adopted? Perhaps the beautiful result of a sperm donor? I think it’s a smart idea to have some books on hand to help explain the situation, whatever it may be for your family. Because let’s face it, we all know the question is coming at some point!
With both of my children, I was pregnant during the summer. And while that may sound miserable to some, I didn’t mind. I wore dresses all summer long—it was so easy to just throw one on over my growing belly. No elastic, no worries! Here are eight affordable dresses I’d be wearing this summer if I was pregnant.
No question about it, I had particular cravings with both of my pregnancies. With my first child, I wanted sweets and fresh fruit all the time. Go figure. With my second, also a girl, I craved salty treats. I wanted potato chips every day. Literally, every day. In fact, it was my obsession with salt that had me convinced my second child would be a boy… obviously I missed the mark on that one!
Look, I didn’t say I was <em>proud</em> of the fact that I’m slightly dreading the end of school (coming faster than a lighting bolt: June 25th, to be exact). I feel horribly guilty, in fact. I obviously love spending time with my children, but when you are a work-from-home mom, well, life gets a little bit complicated.
A child’s birthday during the summer has its pros and cons, but among the pros are definitely the adorable summer-themed ideas you can choose for the party. Here are some of my favorites.
With summer finally on the horizon, we’re switching things up in our bedtime book routine to embrace the warmer temperatures outside. From vacation at the beach to swimming lessons at the pool, check out these adorable books about summer!
I have to admit, as much as I love city life, there is a distinct advantage to opening up the back door and saying to your child, “Have fun! See ya later!
Mommy’s making herself a cocktail!” I do actually live in an apartment building where there is outdoor space, but that is a rare treat in New York City. And even so, I would never let the girls out the door unsupervised at their age, nor anytime soon for that matter. But when you have a back door and a fenced-in backyard (aka the ‘burbs), summer days are a little easier, I suspect. Here are some of the fun water toys/games/sprinklers I’ve discovered are great for suburban living, but not so much for the sidewalks of NYC.
Many working parents are at a loss when school ends for the year and they need someone to watch their child during summer vacation. While camps and fun activities can fill some of the time, a responsible adult is still needed to handle transportation and entertainment during the child’s downtime. Here are five tips for finding that perfect person to watch over your little one while you’re at work:
Tip #1: Word of mouth
Old-fashioned word-of-mouth is probably the best way to find the right person to babysit over the summer. Encourage friends and colleagues to spread the word at cocktail parties, PTA meetings, local school events, and even walking their dog. Also, nannies tend to find new employment through their current employers, so make sure to ask other working mothers with nannies, since they are usually eager to help their trusted nannies find work when they are no longer needed.
Yes, you read that correctly. It is possible to not only live in New York City with kids but vacation here too (and have a fabulous time, I might add). Apologies for the hint of sarcasm, but after nearly 14 years of living here (four of them as a mother), people still ask how we manage. *Sigh.*
With that said, I’ve assembled a few tips and tricks here to assist you in your travel-making plans if the Big Apple is on your agenda this summer. And I hope it is!