On Sunday, March 9 we “spring ahead” our clocks one hour for Daylight Saving Time. While it brings welcome extra daylight in the afternoons and early evening, it can wreak havoc on sleep, especially in children.
If you’re worried about losing even more sleep than the one hour, we have some tips that may help make it a smooth transition.
Hands down the best gift I received when my second daughter was born was a sleep machine from Brookstone. It was given to me by a mom of four who knew from experience that white noise would drown out a noisy toddler and help a newborn sleep. My first daughter was the world’s worst sleeper, so I was desperate for any sleep aids. My new baby turned out to be a champion sleeper, partly perhaps because she just was wired that way, but I can’t help but believe that the sleep machine helped.
She is 6 years old now and still sleeps with the sleep machine on. Actually, she can’t sleep without it. So yes, it becomes habit forming, but to me, it was a small price to pay for getting your child to sleep better.
But a “not so small price to pay” is the hearing damage that a baby can suffer if you blast the white noise and put the machine too close to your baby’s crib.
A new study, published online Monday by the journal Pediatrics, says parents should be cautious with sleep machines because they can generate sound levels that could place infants at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss.
Are you as excited as I am about another snow storm? Yeah, I thought so. At least it’s March already, right?
Parents with very young children especially need some additional distractions during winter weather, and happily, there is no shortage of beautiful books that allow children and parents to get through cold, snowy days and nights. Two new children’s books are perfect for helping us appreciate the joys of winter and snuggling with family.
No Two Alike, by Keith Baker, follows two happy red birds through a detailed winter landscape as they explore their wintry world. Small children love repetition, and the text provides many opportunities for them to anticipate words and surprises. In addition, as the title No Two Alike implies, the birds discover many items — nests, leaves, roads, trees — that are almost, almost alike, but not quite.
This bilingual play highlights the universal elements of Latin American folklore and opens doors to a wide range of world cultures. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this journey through time, place, and imagination. Even audience members become part of the fiesta in this unique interactive experience.
One of the sadder social media stories of last year was Superman Sam, the 8-year-old son of two reform rabbis in Wisconsin who died of leukemia. His story spread like wildfire on Facebook and Twitter, with people around the country posting their “Superheroes for Sam” photos online. Despite the support of a large community and the best work of his doctors, Sam passed away in December, and now a nationwide community of rabbis is participating in 36 Rabbis Shave For the Brave, a fundraising effort for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which works to battle pediatric cancer.
The idea was to have three-dozen rabbis shave their heads in Tuesday, April 1, as a way to attract donations to the cause (36 is 18 twice, a number that in Judaism is a symbol of life). But Sam was a superhero, so he helped the event blast right past that 36-rabbi goal, and Rabbi Rebecca Einstein Schorr has signed up 66 shavers (13 women; 53 men).
Among the six NJ residents sharpening up their razors is Rabbi Laurence W. Groffman from Temple Sholom of West Essex.
In a film titled Generation Like, last night’s Frontline took a look at social media and asked the question “Are You What You “Like”?
Social media and what it means for young people was the focus and shows how self-esteem is now tied into the approval of peers on Instagram, Facebook and other social media sites, where kids compete to see how many “likes” a new photo or post can achieve. Also explored is the relationship of teens to the marketers behind social media.
Eight Montclair teens were featured and filmed at one of the girl’s homes in town.
The results are not exactly “Like” worthy.
Douglas Rushkoff, Generation Like correspondent explains:
The 10 week program combines training for a 5K running race with education and interactive discussions about critical issues that will affect pre-teen girls as they reach adolescence. Trained volunteer coaches teach life lessons to girls through fun and clever running games and workouts. The goal is that girls completing the program are physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger and better prepared to overcome the challenges and pressures of adolescence and beyond.
GOTR programs are offered in the following local towns: Montclair, Maplewood, Millburn and West Orange.
Kidz Shortz is an educational initiative by the Montclair Film Festival, in partnership with Barista Kids and Montclair Art Museum, aimed at showcasing and inspiring the talent of Northern New Jersey students in grades 4 through 12. The competition runs from October through February and the theme of this year’s competition was “The Future…The Way I See It.”
Montclair Film Festival received so many amazing film submissions from talented young students and after the difficult part of choosing the best in each category, has announced the winners. The young filmmakers will be awarded at a ceremony on Thursday, February 27.
Young children never tire of learning and re-learning their ABCs and 123s. It’s the parents who groan inwardly when Again! is demanded before the last book or song has even ended. That’s why comfortable and inventive collections like Ella Jenkins: 123s and ABCs is perfect for listening in the car or actively playing with your young children at home.
More like eavesdropping on an entertaining preschool class than a CD, “First Lady of Children’s Music” Ella Jenkins takes children through sixteen songs and games that include counting in Spanish, Swahili, and Hebrew. In addition to ABC songs, Ella teaches simple counting games like One Potato, Two Potato and Ten Green Bottles.
Our friends over at The Longest Shortest Time are hosting a Google Hangout on Parenting Hacks—those creative workarounds to your kids’ challenging behavior. They want to hear about your hacks that have worked, and your parenting challenges that could use a good hack. Your questions could be answered by a parent-infant social worker during this live event!
What: Parenting Hacks Hangout Where: Google Hangouts; will be embedded LIVE at The Longest Shortest Time and The Daily Beast Hosts: Hillary Frank (Longest Shortest Time), Michael Moynihan (Daily Beast) &Alyson McCormick (parent-infant social worker) When: Wednesday, January 29; 8PM EST
What is a parenting hack? A “parenting hack” is any workaround to your child’s behavior that you wouldn’t typically find in a parenting book. Maybe you let your kid tire herself out till she passes out face-down on the floor; maybe you feed her her dessert BEFORE her meal; maybe you bring her breakfast in bed to end a freakout over there not being any eggs left in the fridge; maybe you’ve driven him around the airport all night long to get him to sleep.