A recent article on Today Moms, asks “Has birth become a spectator sport?” Apparently, more family members want to have a front seat at the birth in delivery. Grandparents are asking to be there to take photos or videotape the big event. While some women welcome their loved ones to share in the experience, other women cringe at the idea of their mother-in-law taking photos of their baby crowning.
I gave birth in a hospital and felt crowded with just my husband, the doctor and the nurses. I can’t imagine having anyone else in the room. And I certainly didn’t want photos of me giving birth or anyone videotaping my loud, primal screams. But some couples love that company.
Thankfully, no one in our family asked to be there with us, so I didn’t have to politely tell them no.
What about you? Who was in your delivery room with you? Take our poll:
Filmmaker and dad, Matthew Clarke, has tapped into the crazy, self-involved world of two year olds by launching a new series called Convos With My 2 Year Old. In it he takes actual conversations he’s had with his daughter and reenacts them with an adult man standing in for her. It’s strange, a bit creepy, and hysterical all at the same time.
Susane Colasanti, a New Jersey YA author, has written a new book which teens will want to read this summer— All I Need. Here’s what she had to say about her latest book, growing up in New Jersey, and first love:
Verona 2nd grader Madeline Baker and her friend Montclair 3rd grader Liza Marcus participated in a letter writing campaign to Emanuel Synagogue in Oklahoma City, 15 minutes from where a tornado hit on Monday, May 20. It was all part of Shomrei Emunah’s Jewish Learning Center’s campaign to share wishes for recovery, drawing from their experiences with Hurricane Sandy.
Our friends over at Nameberry.com, which includes Montclair author Pam Redmond Satran, are celebrating the opening of their brand new Nameberry Store where you can purchase adorable, personalized items for your little one. All week they are holding a different giveaway and today is “Onesie Wednesday.”
For a chance to win this adorable personalized onesie, follow Nameberry on Twitter @nameberry and then send an email to tell them you did so. If you’re already a Twitter follower, invite a friend to follow Nameberry and send your name AND your friend’s name. Please include “onesie” in your subject line to be eligible for this giveaway.
Twelve pre-school kids their parents gathered at Red Mango in Montclair to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Shavuot on Monday, May 13. Facilitated by Emmy Atlas, Jewish Family Concierge for Montclair and the surrounding areas, the children made Moses paper dolls and egg crate/pipe cleaner flowers and listen to PJ Library Shavuot stories while enjoying delicious frozen yogurt. The families were also provided with a brochure showing ways to celebrate Shavuot at home, a recipe for making blintzes, and information about PJ Library and upcoming programs.
Parents magazine has an interesting article titled Guns Within Reach in which it states that “More than 1.5 million children live in households where firearms are kept unlocked and loaded” and that:
Each year, nearly 140 minors are accidentally killed and more than 3,000 are injured by firearms, most often at home or while visiting a friend, relative, or caregiver. About a quarter of victims under age 14 unintentionally shoot themselves. And, according to data from the Harvard School of Public Health, these estimates are certainly low, because many unintended shootings are incorrectly labeled as homicides.
No matter what your personal feelings are on owning guns, it’s important to discuss gun safety with your children and with other parents, especially when you are letting your child go over for a playdate or sleepover. We may think that people in our area may be like-minded, but that’s not always the case. The article encourages parents to ask if there are guns in the home and how they are stored before letting their children over someone’s home.
I’m just starting to do drop-off playdates and I’ve honestly never asked, nor have I been asked when a parent drops off her/his child at my home. I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve assumed that the parents that I’ve gotten to know are not gun owners. It’s a naive and ignorant way of thinking. You can’t tell if someone is a gun owner by the way he/she looks, acts, lives… You also cannot tell if someone is a responsible gun owner, who practices every safety precaution, unless you ask.
Do you ask parents if they have a gun in the home before a playdate? Take our poll:
Alex Kent, the Safe Roues to School Coordinator, sent news and photos from Montclair Bike to School Day, a national event that is part of the Safe Routes to School program, encouraging children to walk or bike to school instead of being driven:
Mother Nature forced Bike to School Day in Montclair to be pushed back two days after a forecast of heavy rain for Wednesday, May 8th prompted the schools to re-schedule Bike to School Day for Friday. The weather cooperated and the streets were full of students biking and walking to school. Bike to School Day is the twin of Walk to School Day, which takes place the first Wednesday in October.
All of Montclair’s public schools encouraged their students to leave the car home and use their own power to get to school. Students eligible for busing were commended for taking the bus rather than a car, and many schools gave their busers appreciative stickers, and an opportunity to join in the walking fun by taking a walk around a neighboring field.
Students from James Caldwell, West Orange, West Essex and Montclair High Schools pitched tents and opened their hearts and minds on Friday night, May 3 at Essex County’s Mayapple Hill campgrounds in the South Mountain Reservation as participants in CAMP OUT FOR CASA. Nearly 50 students spent an evening under the stars and gave up their beds for one night to show support for the thousands of children in their community without a safe and permanent home. Timed to coincide with National Foster Care Month in May, CAMP OUT FOR CASA was the first of its kind. A youth-led event that raised social awareness about the challenges faced by foster children and the work of volunteers who are dedicated to improving their futures.