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.