The first day of school is coming up in the next few weeks. With that comes first Day of School jitters. Your child may be nervous. You may be nervous. Big Changes are afoot and they can be scary.
Here's a new song called "Forever Friends" from the Bright Sides about starting school.
Join your friends and neighbors at Park Slope Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones game on Sunday, August 24th.
The Cyclones take on the Tri-City ValleyCats at 5 PM at MCU Park on Coney Island. Take advantage of the special Park Slope Package. For just $16 you get a field box seat and a Free Cyclones souvenir cap ($18 value).
BEST of ALL -- a portion of the proceeds benefit the Old Stone House and Washington Park located right here in our Neighborhood. It’s also family FUN DAY at the Ballpark so come early and bring your gloves and a ball for a pre-game catch on the field at 4pm and stay late as kid’s get to run the bases after the game.
For seats visit brooklyncyclones.com or click HERE.
Please use passcode: PARKSLOPE when ordering.
See you there!
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.
In the meantime, happy summer and best of luck.
See you around the Slope.
Melissa and Susan,
Park Slope Parents
- Category: News
LET’S RAISE SOME MONEY!
Last week’s discussion about lack of access to bathrooms at JJ Byrne Playground made it clear that we need more staffing at Washington Park. The first step in this process is hiring a seasonal worker—at a cost of approximately $17,500. Below is a link so you can help make that happen.
If we can raise $50K in a month surely we can raise $18K. Been in the park in the past year? Please consider making a donation to the park. If everyone gives $10 then we’ll quickly have enough money to make sure that the bathrooms are staffed and peeing outside the stalls is a thing of the past! Washington Park is one of Park Slope’s best outdoor areas. It’s a great place for people of all ages.
Below is this week’s programming on the turf and in the tent:
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!