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May 1 2014

What I Hope My Baby Will Gain From Mommy-and-Me

By at 12:14 pm

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Now that Shabbat starts later, and my husband and I have a car, I have been taking my little girl to the Village Learning Place in Baltimore where we participate in the Friday morning “Mother Goose on the Loose” story time. Most of the kids there are at least a year older than she is, if not more, and I think I might be the youngest parent there (though the nannies are more around my age).

Why do I go? Ziva is only 7 months old, so her participation in the activities is very limited, and everything that gets handed out becomes an exploration in taste. Time to ring the bells? Straight into her mouth. Time to wave scarves around? Hers is covered in slobber. She can’t march in a circle but when I carry her around, her squeals of delight and gigantic grin let me know that she’s definitely benefitting from the experience.

As a librarian, I learned over and over the importance of early literacy. Nursery rhymes help teach your kids phonological awareness and language. Music helps their brains develop, and modeling behavior teaches them learned behaviors. It killed me for the first few months of her life that between my work schedule and not having a car, we couldn’t get to the library for story programs. I really felt like I was failing her as a parent and as a librarian. Read the rest of this entry →

Jun 7 2012

Free Stuff Alert: Jewish Baby Journal, A Time to Be Born

By at 12:33 pm

time to be born jewish baby journalIf you’re a parent (which we’re sort of assuming you are), you know better than anyone how fast time flies. One day you’re pregnant and craving Doritos on your peanut butter sandwich, and the next you’re chasing a 5-year-old down the street who desperately wants to put Doritos on his peanut butter sandwich.

What we’re saying is: they grow up fast, and you might want to document it. The bookstore is filled with plenty of baby books and “My First Year” journals, but we’re excited about the first ever Jewish baby book: A Time to Be Born, written and illustrated by Connie G. Krupin. The book helps you record the first five years of your child’s life, and is filled with recipes, quotes, lullabies, prayers, and more than 100 original works of art. Whether you’re craving a tangible keepsake to help remember those early years, or are in need of the perfect baby gift, A Time to Be Born is a great choice.

And lucky for you, we’re giving away a copy to one of our readers! To enter, just drop us a note in the comments below, and we’ll choose a random winner on next Tuesday, June 12th. Enter today!

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