After the Loss of a Baby…..

BY  |  Monday, Sep 22, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Reconceiving Loss

“You can try again.”
“You should be happy you have one healthy child already.”
“It wasn’t meant to be.”

When someone has lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death, it is hard to find the right thing to say, but actually it is worse to say nothing. The parents will all grieve in their own way depending on their extremely personal experience. If friends and family gloss over the event and do not realize it is a loss and requires mourning, it can make the grieving parents feel unsupported.

Losing a pregnancy or newborn is still a taboo subject despite the staggering number of losses occurring each year. According to CDC.gov data, “Fetal mortality—the intrauterine death of a fetus at any gestational age—is a major but often overlooked public health issue. Much of the public concern surrounding reproductive loss has focused on infant mortality, due in part to a lesser knowledge of the incidence, etiology, and prevention strategies for fetal mortality. The National Center for Health Statistics’ National Survey of Family Growth estimates that there are more than 1 million fetal losses per year in the United States, with the vast majority of these occurring before 20 weeks of gestation.”

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Montclair Orthodontist Will Run His Third Marathon to Raise Money for the Montclair Public Library

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Dr. Ed GoldFor the past two years, Montclair Orthodontist Dr. Ed Gold has been running marathons to benefit the Montclair Public Library Children’s Program, raising over $16,000 as part of the Annual Appeal campaign. Next month, Dr. Gold will run another 26.2 miles at the Mohawk-Hudson River Marathon in Albany, New York for MPL.

Dr. Gold says he decided to run for the Montclair Public Library with the hope that the library will help lay the foundation for this generation and future generations to learn and apply their acquired knowledge to benefit society. This foundation of knowledge may help lead to the cures for diseases that afflict so many of our families and friends or help our society in other ways.

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Sesame Street Teaches Children to Love The Skin They’re In

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 21, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

We love this clip From Sesame Street, the show that has provided valuable, and entertaining, lessons for children for the past 45 years. Oscar Winning actress Lupita Nyong’o and Elmo teach a very important lesson — to love the skin you’re in.  

 

Enterovirus D68 Strain Spreads to the Northeast, Case Confirmed in New Jersey

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 2:57pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Enterovirus D68

Enterovirus D68, the respiratory illness suspected of hospitalizing hundreds of children in 21 states in the South, and Midwest, is now in the Northeast. Today health officials have confirmed New Jersey’s first case of the respiratory illness that is caused by an uncommon virus. The state health department says the child — who has not been identified by age, town or name — has improved and been discharged, according to CBSlocal.com.

Although Enterovirus D68 has caused concern, particularly among parents of young children, Enteroviruses themselves are common. The CDC estimated that 10 to 15 million people are infected with them each year. The Enterovirus D68 strain, in particular, dates to 1962 and hasn’t been widely reported in years, which experts said could be part of the problem.

Dr. Marjory Langer, Medical Director of the Emergency Department at HackensackUMC Mountainside in Montclair, spoke to Barista Kids to offer more information on Enterovirus D68 and advice for parents.

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Child Passenger Safety Week: Guidelines to Keep Your Kids Safe

BY  |  Wednesday, Sep 17, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

 

car safety guidelines

It’s Child Passenger Safety Week, a time to inform and remind parents about proper car seat use and making sure your children’s car seats are installed correctly.

Since I had my first daughter 10 years ago, car seat recommendations have changed. It can all be very confusing for parents, whether you’re buckling up your younger children or are a rookie. What type of seat should you get? How do you install it? When can your child sit in a booster seat? When can they sit in front seat? To help answer these questions, we’ve put together the best resources for you.

Here are the current child passenger guidelines for your precious cargo:

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Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin Sprouts Up in Memory of Slain Teen

BY  |  Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Brendan Tevlin

A display of handpicked flowers in glass vases appeared near the curb of a West Caldwell home over the weekend along with a handwritten sign that reads, “Bouquets for Brendan Tevlin.”

The flowers are offered in exchange for a donation to a memorial fund honoring the Livingston teen, who police say was gunned down in his car this past June while driving home from a friend’s house. Tevlin was 19 and had just finished his freshman year at the University of Richmond.

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Football

This past month, as the days got shorter and the sun rose later, my 10-year old son got sadder and sadder. Getting off the bus on the last day of day camp he knew the first day of school was not far behind. Like many, he’s a kid that counts down to summer — all play, no books or enforced bedtimes. The thought that it would be over 250 days until the next summer vacation was just too much for him to bear.

I wasn’t sure when I would see his big broad smile again.

And then he heard the music and his eyes lit up. He says just those first few bars of the theme song send tingles down his spine. It is the bright spot of September for many and it can be summed up in just six words. ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

With autumn’s arrival comes homework and tests, but it also brings tackles and touchdowns. Goodbye swimsuits, hello jerseys!

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Montclair Parents Concerned Over Dangerous Drivers

BY  |  Monday, Sep 15, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (23)

It seems that the Drive With Care Montclair campaign couldn’t have come at a better time. With the start of the school year and busier roads, Montclair parents have been noticing some seriously dangerous driving. Worse, it’s happening at school pick up and drop off times when children are crossing the streets.

This Montclair parent tweeted her outrage when a car drove past a stopped school bus:

And last Friday in a different part of town, several Montclair parents witnessed a driver continue to drive past a school bus which had its Stop sign out and flashing lights on as children were boarding the bus. Thankfully, one mother stepped out in front to stop the car and protected the children. She took photos, went home, and wrote an email to Police Sgt. Stephanie Egnezzo at the Traffic Bureau:

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Sep 14, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Parenting TweetsOur favorite parenting tweets from this past week, many from local moms and dads:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Montclair Sisters Perform at St. Joe’s Children’s Hospital

BY  |  Thursday, Sep 11, 2014 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Singing sensations Coco Dollon and Colette Dollon of Princess Good Vibes, of Montclair, N.J., entertained the young patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Giggles Children’s Theater on September 2 with songs from popular kids’ movies.  The sisters who formed Princess Good Vibes, Colette (second from left) and Coco (third from left), posed with several patients after their live show, including Nyla (left) and Celia (right), who sang along with the performers.

Singing sensations Coco Dollon and Colette Dollon entertained the young patients at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital’s Giggles Children’s Theater. (Colette (second from left) and Coco (third from left), posed with several patients after their live show, including Nyla (left) and Celia (right), who sang along with the performers.

Children at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital got a healthy dose of entertainment last Tuesday when Montclair sisters, Coco (age 15) and Colette (age 12) Dollon took over the Giggles Theater as singing duo “Princess Good Vibes.” The performance was a whirlwind of entertainment and positive energy as the girls belted out favorites like, “Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?” “Part of Your World” and “When My Life Begins.” They even had several princess costume changes. “I had to keep reminding myself not to get nervous,” Colette said. “We were there to make the kids happy.”

The girls performed live in the Giggles Theater for a handful of kids and their families while the other patients enjoyed the show through a closed-circuit TV in their rooms. One four year old even phoned in after the performance to request Frozen’s “Let it Go,” which they all then sang together. Coco said, “It felt like we were accomplishing something, really giving back and making the kids smile.”

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