Thanks for those of you who are posting the Department of Health information about the EV-D68 enterovirus.
With school back in session and classes well underway, kids coming in contact a lot more with each other. It's important we talk and teach them about public health safety.
Regardless of which virus, remember:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
- Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
- Use the same precautions you would use to prevent the spread of influenza.
Here are some other ways to stop the spread of infection:
- Have kids wash their hands when they come home from school.
- Wash hands after being on the subway, going shopping, or being out and about. Make it a habit to wash when you get home..
- Wash dishes well and don’t reuse glasses.
- Remind kids not to share things such as chapstick, towels, razors, toothbrushes, etc.
- Don’t pick your nose (and keep your kids from picking theirs – or yours!).
- Clean the “green 11s.”
- Keep tissues handy to clean off kid snot before they get it on their hand, to get it on the school banister, etc.
- Cover your mouth (not your hand) with your arm when you sneeze or cough. Teach your kids to do this religiously (have them practice)
- Use safe cooking (and sex!) practices
DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS TO SCHOOL SICK! It doesn’t matter if they are in 4th grade and you fell the “but absences matter” pressure — keep them home for everyone’s benefit.
Keep the pathways to infection clear to reduce the ability of “bugs” to get in your body.
Summer's end means changing childcare needs for many of us, whether hiring a nanny or moving on from a current nanny is on the horizon. Whatever your situation, we have tons of information to guide you as you make the best choices for your family.
Hiring a Nanny?
The 2014 Park Slope Parents Guide to Hiring a Nanny [Beta] is a combination of best-practices, insights and honest expressions culled from years of experience by a diverse group of parents who have all been where you are now. It includes:
Need an after school nanny/babysitter? We asked you for ideas and experiences, and have put together the PSP Guide to Hiring an After School Sitter.
Park Slope Parents strongly recommends you have a work agreement in place. Get yours here.
Does Your Nanny Need a Job?
Be sure to review our "Helping Your Nanny Find A Job" info on the PSP Website.
Need to post about your nanny? Please see the updated PSP requirements including our required template for nanny recommendations! We have a dedicated nanny moderator so it can take 24-36 hours for your message to post.
Saying "Goodbye" to your nanny? See our tips to help with the transitions including severance pay, goodbye partings, and more.
We have a section for nannies! Send your caregiver the PSP "Information For Nannies" guide with tips and advice to help them secure their next job.
Creating a Nanny Share?
We have updated The PSP Guide to a Successful Nanny Share to include tips from what works (and what doesn't) to salary information, scheduling advice and more.
Let us know if you have any questions or concerns in your search or posting process by emailing " onclick="window.open(this.href,'','scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,location=yes,menubar=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,left=0,top=0');return false;"> .
In the meantime, happy summer and best of luck.
See you around the Slope.
Melissa and Susan,
Park Slope Parents
PSP turned 12 this week! Wow! 12 years of Park Slope Parents! We’ve had some highs and lows, so we thought we’d look back at some of our most memorable moments....
Swingers Post (2004)
An often overlooked classic thread in which someone made a serious request to swap nookie with another couple and a fun back and forth ensued!
Starting PSP CLassifieds (2004)
Two years after the start of PSP we split into two different groups, relegating our buy/sell/trade/nanny/real estate messages to another site to make things more manageable. This is our busiest list, with an average of 2750 messages a month!
Threatened with a Lawsuit (2005)
Did you know we had to shut down the archives after being threatened with a lawsuit? Who imagined we had such an effect on the community?
4. Boy’s Hat (2006)
Someone posted about a finding “boy’s blue hat” and received a response that all because it’s blue, that doesn’t necessarily make it a boy’s hat. A wild and crazy discussion of good intentions, gender bending and more unfolded. It earned PSP some notoriety as it picked up media attention in outlets like New York magazine and Gawker!
Our Fabulous PSP Volunteer Facepainters (2006-present)
We’ve taught over 50 volunteer moms (and a few dads) how to facepaint for our Fall Festivals and Spring Flings. Factor in those face painters over 10 events with 6 facepainters over 4 hours doing 12 faces per hour and you’ve got almost 3,000 faces! And we’ve gone from great to fabulous!
Nanny Surveys (2008 - present)
Membership fees help support this nationally known survey of how much pay, holidays and vacation, responsibilities, and has been a force in helping employers and nannies have a better relationship. Families have come to rely on this as a go to source for how they can do right by their nanny.
Career Networking (2008 - present)
With over 2,500 parents who work online and off, our Career Networking forum has helped thousands of members over the years find freelancing work, work/life tips and accounting advice, plus lots more. Plus our famous “Shmoozefests have helped make business partnerships and alliances happen in the community.
Ice Cream Ban (2012)
A classic thread where someone asked about the legality of pushcart vendors in the park, the media mistakenly cross-referenced it with a 2010 NYTimes article about banning ice cream trucks, and Park Slope parents were charged as “guilty” for being wimps.
Hurricane Sandy (2012)
Park Slope Parents showed the world how “community” is really done. Drives for towels to clothes, back packs, and food helped the hardest hit areas of Brooklyn weather the aftermath of Sandy. Even the media featured our efforts!
Thanks to our PSP members for rallying.
Pregnancy Groups (2014)
After local shop Boing Boing stopped organizing pregnancy groups, Park Slope Parents stepped in to make them happen.
Halloween Parade (2008- present)
Park Slope Parents formed the PSP Puppeteers and helped make giant puppets with the help of the Puppeeteer’s Cooperative. We’ve got a growing collection that comes out each year to march in the parade!
600+ Membership Discounts… and growing (2009 -present)
Membership has it’s benefits and we have local, growing businesses as well as big names like Zipcar discounts and free Time Out New York subscriptions. Find 'em all HERE.
Shit Park Slope Parents Say (2013)
A great video that hits the nail on the head on so many stereotypes about Park Slope parents. Don’t miss PSP making a Buzzfeed list either!
- Category: Membership
Did you know that PSP has a knitting group?
A Cooking Group?
A Babies with Siblings Group?
A PSP Green Group?
A Hiking Group?
A Stay at Home Moms Group?
A Working Moms Group?
A Tweens Group?
A Dad’s Group?
Even a PSP Grandparents Group (you can use another email)?
Interested in any of these other groups??
If you are already PSP member, you can sign up HERE
To become a PSP member, you can join HERE