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.
Montclair Art Museum (MAM) announced that students from across New Jersey have received prestigious awards for their artwork through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the 91-year-old national program that recognizes outstanding creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors. The program is administered by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, for which the Montclair Art Museum is the sole affiliate sponsor in New Jersey, the sixth year MAM has served in this capacity. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art.
MAM is one of 115 affiliate organizations nationwide that, in partnership with the Alliance, conduct the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At MAM, more than 30 jurors, made up of artists, curators, and educators, participated in a series of panels, reviewing 4,500 submissions.
Snow, potholes and bitter cold — enough said. It’s been a rough winter. Factor in the absent snowplows, dearth of parking and the possibility of a tax bump, and it would be very easy to rag on Montclair. Did I mention the nasty stomach virus circulating?
Okay, we can’t blame that one on Montclair.
Truth be told, I like it here. I just need to remind myself of this sometimes, like right now. To make myself feel better I’ve put together a list of reasons why I love Montclair.
My list is in no particular order, and is subject to change depending on my mood or appetite:
Over the years, the editors and writers of Barista Kids have taken, or refused this challenge, as well as Screen-Free Week. As the owner of a gift shop called Sunshine Sam that specializes in toys that are battery and technology free, I’ve been getting asked if I will unplug this week.
My answer? A resounding, NO!
It’s been a brutal winter. I have a seven year-old, and I am really behind on work. Unplugging for 24 hours straight would give me a panic attack, personally.
But, I will unplug for part of the time, and I do think unplugging for some portion of everyday in order to provide our full, undivided attention to our children and our selves is extremely important.
A preschool mom asked me if I would want to carpool – not with her, but with a friend of hers I had never met named Andrea. Andrea had three children and worked full time. She needed a ride home for her daughter after school, and she could drive my daughter there in the morning.
As a stay at home mom, I didn’t need to carpool. But it seemed like a good idea. I had a one year old too, and this way she could sleep in the morning. Plus I was happy to help this other mom out. What could go wrong?
It turned out everything about the carpool was wrong.
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.
I recently attended the American International Toy Fair, a massive event at the Javits Center in New York City featuring more than 1,000 companies showcasing the latest in games, toys, crafts, stuffed animals and dolls.
This is my third year going to the Toy Fair, and in addition to seeking out what I think are the best new products for kids, I also visit the Toy Fair to find out what the latest trends are in the industry, usually both for better and worse.
Awareness of teen dating violence and the message “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” was brought to Montclair High School in February through the efforts of two active student clubs, the Key Club and Sisters on the Runway.
In cooperation with LoveIsRespect.org, the Key Club organized the signing of a student pledge in the main cafeteria and hung posters displaying the startling statistics about dating abuse. Students were asked to sign pledges of respect and appropriate conduct including to, “never hurt my girlfriend/boyfriend physically, verbally, or emotionally,” and “not to be controlling or manipulative.” The pledges are currently on display in the main building hallway.
St. Cassian Parish Pack 8 Cub Scouts from Upper Montclair hosted their Blue and Gold Banquet last week which celebrated their 15 year anniversary and included a record 13 boys from seven area schools being awarded the Arrow of Light — which is the highest award a cubscout can earn. Congratulations to Blake Apostol, Nate Bass, Myles Dorante, Patrick Henegan, Sean Herold, Nick Garcia, Liam Ihde, Aidan Larish, Colton Lehrer, Jackson Pflueger, Nikolai Schimke, Soren Tollis, and Matthew Woznick!
The group also was awarded the National Den Award from the Boy Scouts of America. The evening included performance by The Medicine Wheel Dance Team from the Lenapehoking Lodge IX and culminated in all 13 boys crossing over into The Ochos Boy Scout Troop also based in Upper Montclair. The Evening included a key note address by Eagle Scout and Cubmaster Emeritus Jeff Sefjack of Montclair and presided over by current cub master Tom Ihde of Glen Ridge