Lands’ End Announces New Science Tees For Girls in Response to Montclair Mom’s Letter

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 7:24pm  |  COMMENTS (1)

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When Lisa Ryder, a Montclair mom, wrote this letter to Lands’ End questioning why the company offered realistic and cool science-themed tees for boys, but not girls, the letter went viral. Many parents agreed and voiced their feelings on the company’s Facebook page.

Yesterday, Lands’ End responded with this message:

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Little Shoebox Grows Up With Valley Girl Shoes in Montclair

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 31, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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If you’re a fan of Little Shoebox for quality shoes for young children in Montclair, you’re going to be happy to learn that, just across the street and down the block a bit, Valley Girl Shoes will open mid-August.

Elaine Sinisi, owner of Little Shoebox is very excited to open a second shoe store. “With Valley Girl Shoes we’re hoping to accommodate girls that have outgrown Little Shoebox as well as their moms, and college students as well.”

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Montclair Mom and Sommelier Writes Article About Teaching Kids About Wine

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 30, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (18)

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Sharon Sevrens, sommelier and owner of Amanti Vino in Montclair, recently wrote an article for Huffington Post on why she and her husband have decided to teach their sons about wine and drinking before they are teenagers, a time many parents feel they should start the discussion.

Sevrens feels that by teaching her young children all about wine —its grape varietals and regions, the culture in which its grown, which food it pairs well with— they will not only get an understanding of something she feels passionate about, but will understand that drinking should be more about quality over quantity when they are mature enough to enjoy wine responsibly.

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Our Favorite Parenting Tweets This Week

BY  |  Sunday, Jul 27, 2014 8:45am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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

 

 

 

 

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Local Teens Earn Community Service Awards from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc.

BY  |  Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 11:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Congratulations to these local teens who each received a $500 scholarship and a certificate for their volunteer work from the Junior League of Montclair-Newark, Inc. They volunteered more than 1200 hours:
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6 Ways to Get the Barista Kids Scoop

Friday, Jul 25, 2014 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Want parenting news, discussion, resources, event information, giveaways and more? Barista Kids is the place to go.

Here are 6 more ways to follow Barista Kids:

 

 

 

What I’m Listening to With the Kids: Raise Your Hand by The Not-Its!

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

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For more than six years now, The Not-Its! have rocked kids and families with their up-tempo albums and live concerts that give children their first “rock show” experience. With the release of their fifth album, Raise Your Hand, this Seattle “Kindie Rock” quintet will have children and their parents on their feet Raising Their Hands for more.

The Not-Its! are Sarah Shannon (former singer Sub Pop band Velocity Girl), Danny Adamson (rhythm guitar), Tom Baisden (lead guitar), Jennie Helman (bass player) and Michael Welke (former drummer of Harvey Danger). Like many Kindie bands, the Not-Its are parents — with 10 young children inspiring them.

Raise Your Hand offers 15 really catchy songs with fun subject matter covering family, bugs, haircuts, reading, 80′s nostalgia, and more.

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Awesome Dad Brings Water Balloon Fights to the Next Level with Bunch O Balloons

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Water balloon fights are a mandatory summer time childhood game. The problem with water balloon fights, though, is that it takes FOREVER to build up your arsenal of balloons. Actually, it takes the parents FOREVER to build up the arsenal of balloons. Then in a few minutes of throwing, the balloons are gone and the fun is over. That’s why we think Josh Malone is a genius.

The dad from Texas has created Bunch O Balloons, a single-use device that allows you to fill up 37 balloons in roughly 20 seconds! And the best part is that it’s so easy, the kids can do it all by themselves.

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Montclair Boy to Compete on Food Network’s Chopped Teen Tournament

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Set your DVR’s to the Food Network on August 5  because Montclair’s own Jake Diamond will be battling it out on the Chopped Teen Tournament. If he wins that episode, the soon-to-be Renaissance eighth grader will get to compete on the season finale where the winner will walk away with a $25,000 prize and a culinary school scholarship.

Jake, who was also featured on Barista Kids two years ago when he competed on Super Chef Kids, was first introduced to cooking when he was five years old and immediately fell in love. “I’m a creative person and cooking lets me express that. I like to try new things and I love being able to just whip something up,” Jake explains. Now, an old pro in the kitchen, he enjoys preparing meat, cod and any kind of chicken. His favorite creation, though, is his hamburger. Jake’s twist on the traditional burger includes a sriracha sauce heat component along with onions, cheese and some other yummy ingredients.

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Barista Kids Poll: Is Spanking a Reasonable Form of Discipline?

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Is Spanking a Reasonable Form of Discipline?For the 65 percent of Americans who approve of spanking as a form of discipline, the recent New York court ruling that spanking is a “reasonable use of force” is a win. 

Last week, a state appellate court in New York found that a father’s open-handed spanking of his 8-year-old son was “a reasonable use of force.” The ruling by the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court dismissed a child neglect proceeding against the father who, in October 2012, spanked his 8 son for cursing at an adult during the party at a friend’s house.

The appeals court stated that “The father’s open-handed spanking of the child as a form of discipline after he heard the child curse at an adult was a reasonable use of force and, under the circumstances presented here, did not constitute excessive corporal punishment.”

It’s legal in all 50 states for parents to hit their children. Per New Jersey Law spanking is not illegal as long as it is not used in excess:

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