When: Saturday, March 28th, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 12:30pm
Where: Greenwood Baptist Church (7th Ave at 6th Street) 461 6th St, Brooklyn
VOLUNTEER to help! http://bit.ly/PSPClothingSwapSP2015Vols
Cost: $5 to PSP members/ $10 non members.
What to bring:
--Please bring 25 most swappable kid clothing/books/gear for ages newborn-6 years. If you wouldn’t give it to your finicky sister-in-law, don’t bring it to the swap.
--Maternity items have no limit.
--Anything not swapped will be donated.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does it work?
Bring items (in GOOD condition) that you'd like to swap. Find other people's treasures which are organized by size (and gender when possible). Try to take no more than what you brought, take what you need, and share the wealth. It’s always fun for everyone to find a “diamond in the rough” so if you find more than one of something great, leave it for the next person. New items arrive throughout the day so get a stamp if you want to come back. (There's no "moderator" or "show and tell" aspect to the swap.)
Reminder: Please wash all clothing and heat dry before wearing. Also PRESORT clothes by size to make it easy for us to put things out.
What is being swapped?
Clothing (newborn – 6 years), pregnancy and parenting books, maternity clothing and items, strollers, backpacks, and all other things that deal with raising kids)! No worries if you are swapping winter clothes and looking for summer, we get clothing from all seasons!
*Note: the picking for boys clothing 4T and up is usually slim (they wear it longer and harder)
What happens to the leftovers?
Anything not swapped will be donated. In the past we've donated to Little Essentials, CAMBA, the Family Justice Center, Room to Grow, and other organizations. If you know of an organization that might like to have the leftovers, let us know!
I'm Pregnant and have nothing to swap. Can I still come?
The most frequently remaining items are those for newborns so YES come without things as we always have 0-12 month old things left over!
How do I prove I'm a PSP Member?
Go to http://parkslopeparents.clubexpress.com/, log in, click Profile, then download the jpg onto your phone or print the membership card.
Can both my spouse/partner and I get in the door?
Yes-- PSP membership is a "family" membership
- Category: Holidays and Special Events
Park Slope Parents is not doing our “official” Easter Egg Hunt this year…
but we wanted to give you folks some tools so that you may plan your own!
Meeting Place: Decide on a meeting place.
Parts of Prospect Park that folks have met-up, in the past, include: in front of the Picnic House; in front of the Lafayette Monument at 9th Street; the north end of the Long Meadow, between the two tunnels; at the 3rd Street entrance, by the wildcats; in front of the boat house; and the 15th Street entrance.
Date: Decide which day works best. Most of the organized Hunts are on Saturday but since it will be spring break, you might want to consider a Friday (i.e., Good Friday). Park Slope Parents’ Easter Egg Hunts have been on Sunday/Easter and we’ve had a great turnout.
Time: Consider nap schedules and plan for a time when kids are at their best! (If you want to get more feedback from people on their best time, use a Doodle poll https://doodle.com/). The hunt itself is usually over quite quickly (e.g., 10 minutes or less) but if it’s a nice day, stay out and enjoy the Park!
Organizational tools: A simple Google spreadsheet can help you track who is attendees (and make it easy to email the participants). Here is a model you can copy and paste into your own Google spreadsheet: http://bit.ly/
WHAT TO BRING:
- Plastic Eggs: a dozen, or so, plastic Easter eggs per child, filled with goodies (such as small toys, stickers, coins, shells, temporary tattoos, candy, etc…). Make sure the goodies are age-appropriate (that is, no ‘choke-ables’ for the little ones). NOTE: Get your eggs now because they can be hard to find during the last week, before Easter.
- Props (Easter books, music, etc…) for entertainment. Musicians, bring an instrument; shakers, a pot and spoon, anything!
- Lunch and a blanket if you want to enjoy a picnic in the Park, afterward.
- Bubbles—Bubbles make for lots of fun!
- Your group should go off to an area of its choosing (away from the beaten path). Some folks from the group can keep the kids occupied with music, tattoos, or other little activities while others hide the eggs.
- Avoid wooded areas and don't bury the eggs.
- No pushing/shoving. No egg is worth a trip to the emergency room!
- Oversee Kid Egg Intake. Find ONLY the number of eggs you've brought +-3. Once they find this many, have your child: (1) help someone else (especially the littler ones); (2) POINT to where eggs are hidden rather than pick up each and every one; (3) open a few of their own eggs to keep them occupied.
- KEEP THE PARK CLEAN—Pick-up after yourselves (candy wrappers, eggs, this piece of paper, etc…)
- Help kids understand the importance of sharing, taking turns and being patient. Let this be fun for everyone.
Being a part of a small, simple hunt in a beautiful natural area is great. It's only as good as what people bring to it, so bring a generous heart and jolly disposition! If you do plan something as a group, I’d love to know about it. Please email me at .
The Park Slope Career Advice Networking Group has MOVED from being housed Yahoo to Club Express!
Please add this address to your safe senders list so messages get to you and remove the old address (so it doesn’t autofill)
QUESTIONS about the new procedure or your membership settings?
The new General Career Networking Specialty group is located HERE (We moved off Yahoo groups for ease of administration.)
NEED HELP? READ THE BELOW FIRST
Dear PSP Members,
I wrote last week about stranger danger and it’s important to bring it up once again. There have been a few occurrences of strangers approaching kids in the last week. I’m in contact with Brad Lander’s office and the local police precincts to get more information to clarify what we know about the different incidents and the danger it may mean for our children. For what it’s worth, I was pleased to hear that children acted appropriately to the situations they faced such as going into a local business to report someone harassing them, reporting to school authorities when they were approached, etc.
Even if these situations don’t pan out to be legit (there is reason to believe that one story was not) it is a good reminder discuss how to educate and arm your kids with good tools IF it were to ever come up. Teaching children the ways to deal with situations will help them build confidence and act in ways that won’t make them a victim. Sheltering our kids and not giving them any freedom may make them think that the world is a scary place when in fact it’s filled with wonderful, interesting people and just a few “skeevy” people to avoid.
The information HERE came from a letter that went home to parents of PS 172. There is some great information here. Please take some time to discuss with your kids.
Here’s an article on the value of fostering a child’s independence and letting go of our kids. It also reminds us that we may need to put a little more trust in other parents that they know what they are doing before we call 9-11 and assume neglect if we see a kid walking alone.
And one statistic from the article worth noting: Kidnapping by strangers is wildly uncommon; in New York State, for instance, the Division of Criminal Justice Services announced that 20,309 children were reported missing statewide in 2011; exactly one of those children was confirmed abducted by a stranger.
Park Slope Parents
At 2 a.m. local time this Sunday, daylight saving time arrives. In spring, clocks move forward (think: "spring forward"); in fall, they go back (think: "fall back").
Here’s some advice about adjusting to the time changes:
1. Make sure to change your clocks before heading to bed Saturday night to avoid the panic of a late rise. Remember that some clocks change automatically (e.g., cell phones, cable box, etc) so keep it straight in order to avoid missing something!
2. Get ready several days out and introduce self imposed time changes:
For spring: "Try to shift your child’s body clock before the Spring forward comes. You can start now by putting them to bed 15 minute earlier for the next 5 days which should help. It’s a shift a bit in the time of the routine, but make sure to keep the routine. (Note: it may take a week to adjust to the new time… it will pass- really!)"
3. Be gentle with yourselves over the week:
For spring: "Spring Forward last year was like being jet lagged and beaten with baseball bats so this year we are going to bed 15 minutes earlier each day and getting up a little earlier too. It's not too late to do the same. In any case, whether you ease into it or tough it out, be gentle with yourselves next week."
This is also a good time to put new batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as other battery operated devices like hazard warning radios and flashlights.
As a crime prevention tip, the 78th precinct also advises to change PIN numbers when you change the clocks for daylight savings time.
Some places don't observe daylight saving time. They include Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.
Daylight saving time ends Sunday, November 2nd.
For some fun facts and trivia about Daylight Savings, read the PSP page Spring Forward (O The Humanity)
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