Wee Bits: Raising Resilient Kids, The Need For Decent Childcare, Top Philly Schools and Crazy Bikers

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The best: Power Ranger window washers at CHOP. 

Cyclists took over the Vine Street Expressway on Sunday. I know this is very mom of me, but could you at least put on some helmets, kids? (Or maybe just … no more of this?)

What a fantastic piece in the NYT from Sheryl Sandberg about teaching kids resilience after loss. (Of course, I wept.)

Some of these ideas to grow a little reader are pretty good. (Courtesy Parents.com.)

In case you were wondering, you can now buy Dolce & Gabbana toaster ovens. (Seriously.) (Via The Cut.)

Good reporting from Philly.com on a wretched, miserable, shocking story. 

The gist of this NYT piece about how much quality child care enriches is not surprising, really … but man, some of the stats within the story are.

There’s a new four-week Snapology class coming to the East Passyunk Community Rec Center, aimed at homeschoolers, and focused on Legos and robotics. (Cool, right?) Class starts May 18, and you can sign up for individual classes or all four. Info is here; sign-up is here.

Which Philly area high schools are ranked as best in the U.S.? Philly.com tells us.


Wee One-On-One: Stephanie Cleck

A Philly-area supermom (and entrepreneur) shares her favorite stuff Read more

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The mama: Stephanie Cleck is the founder and CEO of Concihairge, the traveling salon that’s been popular on the Main Line for roughly a year and a half now. (Yes, traveling! She brings the highlights, cutting, styling, blowouts to your house — and/or your family. And the big news here is that as of May, she’s expanding to Center City!!) A Memphis native, Stephanie lived in Alexandria, Virginia before settling in Philly just a little over three years ago, and now she’s settled in West Chester with her husband and three kids, Jaymeson, who’s 8, Leighton, who’s 6, and Holland, who’s 4.


Best way to spend a Saturday afternoon as a family: We love to get our very active crew outdoors. Whether it be for a local hike or paddle-boarding or just hanging around our property watching them climb trees, as long as we’re outdoors and together, we are happy.

Special find: We stumbled upon The Creamery in Kennett Square last summer and fell in love with all it had to offer. Jenga, live music, food trucks, and adult beverages is perfection in our book.

Holiday tradition: The eve before school starts back we have a “Toast & Roast” with our neighbors. The adults toast surviving the summer with kids out of school and the kids roast marshmallows in excitement for another school year.

Favorite fast massage or spa treatment or some treat for you: I may be a bit biased but I love reserving an appointment for one of my stylists to give me a fresh blowout. There is something luxurious about being in your own home while achieving gorgeous locks that last a few days. Read more →

Wee Bits: The Wrong Way to Keep Kids Safe, Elite Baby Names, a Bunch of New Kids’ Classes and Too Much Cleanliness

Reads, news and other tidbits for Philly parents this week Read more

From the Cut: Does your kid have an “elite” name? 

Meantime, The New York Times wonders: Are we too clean for our kids’ own good? 

Another from the New York Times: My Daughter is Not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy. 

New class alert! Philly Montessori & Me at Momo’s Tree House (every Thursday at 10 a.m.), brought to us by Philly Montessori’s Sheila Akhavein, is a 50-minute drop-in class that includes free exploration of Montessori materials and circle time with books & songs. (Plus, Sheila — a longtime Montessori teacher — gives parents tips on how to implement what they see in class at home.) $15 a kid.

Good Lord, what a horrible story (good journalism, though) from Philly.com about why Philly is holding kids in solitary confinement. 

Will someone please tell me how I can watch the amazing-looking TV series version of The Handmaid’s Tale without subscribing to Hulu? (We have Apple TV, Netflix and Comcast. Isn’t there a way?)

Put this one on the calendar, y’all: Thursday, April 27, from 3 to 5 p.m., the website Mommy Nearest is hosting a playdate for Philly moms (and kids, too, obvs) at Nest. It’ll be open play for kids six months to six years, and it’s FREE (though if the registration is filled up, you can by a 1/2 day pass ticket for  $7.50, and still join in the fun). A nice way to mingle with some new moms! 

More new classes! The fabulous Zoom Dance is offering pop-up classes in two new locations: Brewerytown and South Philly! Registration is open now.

Okay, still more new classes! (Tis the season!) Tinkergarten — play-based classes that take place in local parks — is coming to Washington Square this summer, and you can check out a FREE trial class June 5 at 10:30 a.m., June 15 at 4 p.m. and June 20 at 10:30 a.m. (The paid season starts on June 29 at 4 p.m.) Open to kids from 18 months to 5 years.

The NYT just had a lot of good stuff in it this past week, including this very well-argued piece about “the wrong way to keep kids safe from predators.” This one really stuck with me.

Why don’t I already own this miraculous-sounding fabric spray? 

I think most of us know how to roast veggies for our toddlers, but I’m including this little Parents.com tutorial because it suggests roasting apples and pears, which has never once occurred to me.

Giveaway Alert! Win Four Tickets to the Arden’s Newest Play

The Light Princess is an original play that your kid will not want to miss Read more

The Arden‘s children’s theater is known for producing original plays, and The Light Princess is no exception. Based on a Scottish legend about a teenager who has no gravity (physically and emotionally, that is), the musical is filled with colorful characters, an original score and was created by two accomplished Philly artists. (The show actually debuted as a workshop reading during the Fringe Festival.)

We’ve got a family four pack to give away. Just “like” this post on Facebook (and follow us, if you don’t already), and we’ll pick a winner by Wednesday. Because it was so popular, the play was extended to early June; the lucky winner can pick a day that works for their family.

More details:
The Light Princess, at the Arden Theatre Company in Old City
Single ticket prices are $18 – $36, with discounts available for groups of 20 or more, seniors, students, military, and educators.
Call the Arden Box Office at 215.922.1122, visit www.ardentheatre.org or walk-up at the box office at 40 N. 2nd Street in Old City, for tickets





Wee Bits: A New (Instant) Easter Tradition, Pete the Cat, the NFL Draft and more

Mark your calendars! Lots of fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks. Read more

Thanks to a Philadelphia School District teacher (and parent) for the heads up about two public school fundraisers happening this month. One, on April 21st, is a night out for Kirkbride Elementary. There’s a party with cocktails, food and auctions. Proceeds benefit the playground redesign. Tickets here. The Friends of Jackson group is holding a similar fundraiser on May 5th at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz.

Reading Terminal Market is holding (for the first time ever) an Easter Egg hunt. It sounds like an instant Philly tradition to us: There are two different hunts (one for older kids, one for younger), photos with the Bunny, a storytime, and an egg dye station. It’s free.

As you have probably noticed (if you’ve tried to do anything on the Parkway, that is), the NFL Draft is coming to Philly from April 27th to the 29th. There are a ton of activities that your little Eagles fan might be interested in, including the Combine Corner, the Vince Lombardi Trophy (Insta-ready), a replica of a NFL locker room, a tailgate food festival and more. (Note to suburbanites: There is free parking at the stadiums, if you want to Uber or BSL-it to the activities.) Read more →

Spotlight: A Mom-Friendly Gym … With (New!) Babysitting

Plus: A Saturday lineup you should know about with FREE mom-and-me classes, prenatal barre workouts, onsite childcare, family yoga … and more! Read more

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We’ve written a few times now about Mt. Airy’s Y2B Fit, which began with Crystal Widmann’s mom-focused personal training and online fitness classes, and then went brick-and-mortar a little less than a year ago. These days, Y2B Fit is killing it — still offering personal training and online sessions that are especially great for postnatal workouts, as well as a roster of group fitness classes designed to appeal to basically anyone, from multiple types of yoga to barre to yoga/barre combos and more.

But one of the coolest parts of Y2B is that Widmann has never strayed far from the original vision of helping new (and not-so-new moms) embrace a do-able fitness routine. To wit: Y2Bs Second Saturdays are especially devoted to serving mamas. Every second Saturday of the month, Y2B offers Baby Bump Barre (for preggies!) for just $10 a person; BYO Baby Barre (postnatal baby-and-me!), which is FREE on Second Saturdays; and Family Yoga (yoga for moms, for little ones and for all loved ones) for $20 a family. And hey! This coming Saturday — April 8 — is the next Second Saturday on the books …. so you can check it out immediately!

Finally — in addition to all of this, Widmann just added childcare onto the roster of offerings at Y2B for select morning and weekend classes. Right now, you can bring your kid for babysitting for the 9:15 classes on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as Saturdays at 8 and 9:15 a.m. (And there’ll be more to come!)

You can check out the whole line-up (and read more about offerings) here!