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Parenting tips compiled from PSP members on topics ranging from traveling with children to eating, big transitions teethbrushing and much more!

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Strengthening Relationships

 

Parenting puts a lot of pressure on a relationship, even a good one. With this in mind, here’s a short list of things to do to strengthen relationships. Make these things priorities starting this Valentine's Day (if you haven't already)!

 

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Date Night: If you can swing it, get out alone with your partner.  There are good reviews of Date Night Restaurants on the Park Slope Parents website.

 

Recharge: Send your partner out to get recharged, or recharge yourself. The Pampered Parent recommendations page has massage therapists and other services to help. These folks give PSP discounts on pampered parent services. It doesn’t have to cost a lot.  For dads, getting out and playing poker, going to Dad 411, or meeting up with other dads in your monthly or seasonal group are great ways to recharge. We also have an article on avoiding Parental Burnout .

 

Consider Therapy. This can be hard when you have limited time and young kids, but it can save a marriage. We have this list of Couple’s Therapists and Counseling. If you’ve got issues that start with you, or if your partner doesn’t want to attend, consider going to individual therapy

 

Read books about Relationship Resilience and do workbooks together. Parenting can stress relationships.  The big names in couple’s therapy right now are John Gottman (The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work) and Sue Johnson (Hold Me Tight and Emotionally Focused Therapy) but don’t discount oldies but goodies like Harvell Hendrix (Getting the Love You Want, Imago Therapy) and simplified but useful constructs like Gary Chapman (The 5 Languages of Love are: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, physical touch; quiz here.)  

 

Cuddle without expectation of sex. Be explicit that you just want to cuddle (and mean it). 

 

Have sex.  Schedule it if you need to. I’ve talked to many moms who feel like sex was a hassle, but they were always glad they did it afterward. If you’re co-sleeping, try a new place like a shower with the lights off. (We started a Sex after Kids Survey years ago; a Babeland/Park Slope Parents initiative that we never followed through with—maybe we need to dust that off!)

 

Practice Gratitude, especially with your partner. Have a Gratitude Jar (or text each other 3 things each day). Write 3 things that you are grateful for each day and re-visit them regularly. Especially tell each other what you appreciate about them.

 

Take charge when your partner needs a break. One friend said that the best thing her husband did was to put a beer in her coat pocket and tell her to go take a walk in the park when she was totally overwhelmed. 

 

Do more little things. Texts for no reason, flowers just because, notes on the bathroom mirror, phone calls.  Little things can do a lot to help a relationship. Put the dishes away, fold the laundry, offer to make dinner… do things that aren’t typically “your” tasks. 

 

Laugh more. Surround yourself with more comedy and less tragedy (including your steaming binges).  Share funny jokes and cartoons and reflect on funny times together. 

 

Practice Active Listening. Remember, it’s NOT about the nail.  This takes energy and time.

 

Watch things together. Co-viewing creates a shared history that helps couple's bond. 

 

This is a snapshot of some of the things that I discuss in my NYU Interpersonal Communication graduate class. 

 

So that’s some relationship help for ya. We also have this article: Wisdom/support for serious marital rough patch

 

Dr. Susan Fox

 

Ph. D. 1994, UCSB, currently NYU Adjunct

 

Founder, Park Slope Parents

 

 

The PSP Gift Guide: 3s, 4s, and 5s

The ultimate gift guide for the 3s, 4s, and 5s in your life has arrived! From art supplies to costumes to puzzles and beyond, Park Slope Parents members have suggestions for kids of all genders, interests, and attention spans.

 

Read on for the recommendations—and if you’re not already a member of PSP, join our community today to connect with families raising young ones the same age as yours.

 

 

Shopping for someone on the younger side? We have crowdsourced Fantastic First Birthday Gift Ideas, plus member recs for Top Toddler Toys and Activities!

 

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PSP may receive small amounts of compensation for purchases made through affiliate links in this post. We are a community-supported site, and we include these products because they've received positive reviews from our members.

 

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Things to include…

-Binoculars

-Flashlight

-Journal

 

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Overcoming Problematic Language

A PSP member shares awesome advice for dealing with generational and cultural differences of language and gender in tactful and inclusive ways.

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Is Santa Claus real?

The ins and outs of creating (or not creating) the Santa Claus myth.

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From Princesses to Girl Warriors

How do you grow a strong, confident girl?

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Putting Shoes on the Right Feet (and Underwear too!)

Tips on how to get your child to put their shoes on the right feet and underwear on 'frontwards."

 

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Too Many Presents/Gifts

Getting too many presents for your kids? Here's some ideas on how to decrease the consumerism.

Quick link: Just looking to find a loving home for unneeded items? See PSP’s list of places to donate toys, gifts and household items. Also check out our page on How to Help this Holiday Season, which includes several donation and toy/gift drive opportunities.

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Cloth Diapers -- How?

Considering cloth diapers and wondering how the logistics of them work? Park Slope Parents member share advice from what brands to use, what happens at daycare, how laundry works (especially in multi unit complexes in NYC), and special diaper services.   

 

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Noise & Kids - Apartment Living

Question :
Well, we got our first kid-noise complaint today. My downstairs neighbor wrote: I can hear your son running back and forth, back and forth. I can pretty much hear everything down here. Its a bit much, especially at 7:30 AM. "

 

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Considering going T.V. free?

See what our members have to say on the subject

 

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Sibling Rivalry: The Big Sister Perspective

A discussion about making sure we don't fuel the fire of Sibling Rivalry....

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Raising Bilingual Kids

Parents talk about raisining bilingual kids.

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Secular Kids, Religious Relatives

Dealing with pressure from family members

 

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Left-Handedness

Got a southpaw on your hands?  This information may help.

 

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Time for the Big Tub?

How to tell when it's time to move a toddler out of the inflatable baby tub, and how to keep kiddo safe.

 

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Setting Up a Savings Account for your Child

Parents share their tips on setting up savings accounts for their kids.

 

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Together Tuesdays: This Valentine's Day Love Yourself

Today is Valentine's Day-- the day that we express our undying love to our partners and let people know they are important. While it's ALWAYS important to say you care, I really want to focus on LOVING YOURSELF and not losing your whole self in someone (or something) else. This is especially true when we become parents (and, okay, mothers in particular) because our identity becomes so attached to this wonderful little creature that depends on us for survival and love.

 

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Being a stay at home parent – the good, the bad, the ugly

Considering stay at home parenting? One parent did at the is the advice they received.

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“Sharenting” and Smart Choices on Social Media

As parents, it’s only natural for us to fill our social media feeds with photos of our gorgeous kids. PSP members have raised some interesting points about upsides, downsides, and best practices around doing so, which we encourage you to consider as you navigate your own relationship with social media.

 

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The New Normal: Parenting Tweens & Teens in Uncertain Times, a PSP Webinar with Fara Jones, LCSW

PSP hosted a webinar with teen-whisperer Fara Jones to help parents reset our preconceived notions about adolescence and offer strategies to cope with what's coming next. From technology to schooling to routines, Fara discussed how this uncertain world is affecting every strata of teendom and the best ways to help.

 

To get access to more events like this one, and to bond with fellow Brooklyn parents going through the teen-raising journey, join our community today!

 

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Rethinking Parenting: Video

PSP held a forum on April 8, 2021, with Nancy McDermott, Michaeleen Doucleff, and Lenore Skenazy, who shared their insights on how today’s watchful culture of raising children has arguably created more stress for parents as we strive to meet ever more complex and contradictory standards for optimal parenting.

 

This is an event that will help us understand how we came to be such worried parents (spoiler: it’s not your fault!). An event where you'll discover the reasons to sit back more and control less (spoiler: there’s more time for you!). An event where you’ll see your kids in a different light  (spoiler: you don’t have to take it personally) and build more togetherness and autonomy.

 

View the full recording below—and if you’re a parent in Brooklyn who’s not yet a member of PSP, sign up and join the movement today! 

 

 

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Partner Parenting

Studies show that women still do more household chores than their partner, including childcare and maintenance. Some call it the invisible workload; others refer to it as the household gender gap or the second shift. Interesting data can be found elsewhere (like this 2016 Huffington Post article) and PSP members have plenty of anecdotal evidence. PSP members also have useful tips and advice about how they distributed childcare tasks. This article divulges their most intimate words of wisdom about sharing the workload with your parent - with a focus on feeding, sleeping, and taking care of the little one in the middle of the night.

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Dads of Park Slope Parents Present: Dad Hacks 101

The savvy dads of Park Slope Parents have compiled an encyclopedia of creative tips to help your day-to-day life run a little smoother. From breakfast to naptime to bathtime and back again, these hacks will have you feeling like a seasoned pro at this whole parenting thing!

 

Want to chat with fellow Brooklyn dads and share your own awesome hacks? Join Park Slope Parents HERE; and if you’re already a member, click HERE to get signed up for the Dads Group!

 

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Anti-Racism Resources for Tweens, Teens, and their Parents

A curated list of movies, books, and resources, drawn from our Understanding Race page and from across the web, to help families of tweens and teens educate and engage.

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Understanding Race in Today's Times

Over the past few months, PSP members have brought up race, racism, inequality, and white privilege and its complexities in everyday life.

Read on for resources, and if you'd like to continue the discussion, join the PSP Anti-Racist Working Group (ARWG), which is dedicated to anti-racist discussion, organization, and action within Park Slope Parents and our greater community. If you're not yet a member of PSP, join us HERE; and if you are, click HERE to become part of the ARWG.

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In this article:

Recommended Resources:

Articles and books to read
       On being an anti-racist parent
       On anti-racism in the workplace
Books

Podcasts and clips
Books for kids
School desegregation and equity
Anti-Racism Workshops
Other resources to keep you engaged
Organizations/places to donate
Past events
Other tips

Have a tween or teen at home? Also check out our roundup of Anti-Racism Resources for Tweens, Teens, and their Parents.

For resources specifically regarding anti-Asian racism and racial education, visit our page on Educating Our Kids and Ourselves on Anti-Asian Racism.

Read Park Slope Parents' statement on Black Lives Matter here.

 

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Educating Our Kids and Ourselves on Anti-Asian Racism

A round-up of podcasts, articles, and resources shared by PSP members to help you educate yourself and your family on the legacy of anti-Asian racism in the United States and how we can move forward.

 

For more resources on racial education, visit our page on Understanding Race in Today’s Times.

 

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How to Handle Holiday Stress

Christmas can bring more than presents, cookies and Santa Claus. With it can come stress, worry and anxiousness.  It's easy to get overwhelmed by the Holiday buzz and feel like yourself spinning out of control.

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Improving Parent Coping and Self-Care with Small Brooklyn Psychology

As parents, we put so much of ourselves into our kids.

 

Sometimes—especially this year—this can leave us feeling depleted and brittle. In turn, this keeps us from being the parents we aspire to be. How can we break this cycle?

 

Small Brooklyn Psychology hosted a webinar with therapist Sam Jeannite, PsyD, who addressed these concerns with evidence-based strategies for coping with stress, managing frustration, and making time for our own self-care.

 

Park Slope Parents was a proud media sponsor for this event.

 

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Child Modeling: Origins, Agencies, and Realities

So you have a cute child. So cute, in fact, that strangers tell you your kid should model. You're thinking about it—but where to begin? What is it like being a "Stage Mom"? It is worth it? Parents share where to start, what the casting experience is like, and the realities of child modeling.

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