Wee Bits: Mr. Rogers, A Spring Cleaning Cheat Sheet, The Breastfeeding Candidate and The Return of Parks on Tap

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If you haven’t watched the trailer for the upcoming film about Mr. Rogers, you really must right now. (Warning: You’ll cry!) This film is what the world needs now. (Via Slate.)

Did you know the Logan Hotel does story times once a month? Us either! The FREE storytimes (with FREE milk and cookies) are held at the Center City hotel every third Sunday — next one is April 15, 11 a.m.

I’m sorry to share this disgusting Philly.com story with you, but … this seems like something we should be upset about!?

Guys, Center City Pediatrics is offering a grief support group for women who have experienced miscarriage and early pregnancy loss. (The group is open to anyone regardless of what doctor you go to or how long its been since your loss.) April 19, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $15, and you can register at centercitypediatrics.com

The Cut covers a Maryland gubernatorial candidate who’s breastfeeding in her campaign ads. 

Y’all: SO much good stuff happening with Philly parks this spring. First, the return of our BELOVED Parks on Tap will happen at the end of April. (The first one’s at the Azalea Garden just off Kelly Drive.) Second, there’s a new park area in West Fairmount Park, along Parkside Avenue on 40th Street, and it sounds just lovely. Finally, if you’re looking for a CSA, this one is hyperlocal, and cool.

Did you see this NYT story about why black students are suspended more than white ones? It is a gut kick.

Also, NYT: The kids at Marjory Stoneman are now allowed only clear backpacks to school. 

Ooooh, this seems useful: The Strategist has a whole bunch of helpful cleaning- and organizational-related stories in honor of their so-called “get it together” week. 

Wee Musings: Instagram Costs Me Money

When did they get so crazy-good at marketing stuff to me? Read more

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At a moment when social media is revealing itself (even more than usual) to be one of the greater threats to our privacy and — arguably — democracy, my little concern here is a relatively minor one, but I’m going to say it anyway: Social media is making me want to buy stuff, and it’s getting to be a problem.

For years — since we had a child, basically — i have tried very, very hard to not buy unnecessary things. (I fail at this regularly, but I am better than I used to be and have gotten extremely conscientious at buying used things, at least, instead of new things.) The reasons I have for this stance are myriad: I don’t want to waste money on anything that doesn’t serve an immediate and necessary purpose, or at least “spark joy”, to borrow a Kondoism; I don’t want to be a cog in the capitalist/materialist corporate wheel of greed; I don’t want to contribute to environmental waste; and — maybe most importantly — I don’t want to have to figure out where to store crap in our relatively small house. My resolve only grew earlier this winter when I read the fabulous New York Times op-ed from Ann Patchett about her year of not buying, and it sounded so … well, just … correct.

Anyway. Not actually going shopping has not been a big problem for me because — like every other mother on the planet — I’ve barely had time to shower since maternity leave ended, much less wander around Walnut Street or a mall. Likewise, it’s not hard for me to flip through the Crate and Barrel catalog and know that I’m not in the market right now for what they’re selling. I try to stay out of Target — or at least speed-walk past the problem aisles (clothes and home decor). What’s really turned out to be alarming, though, is Instagram — specifically, how effective the targeted-exactly-to-me marketing on Instagram has become. I mean, just look at these beautifully curated items! They’re just my style! And from some cool company I’ve never even heard of! What else have I been missing? I’m suddenly like the modern version of your aunt who buys everyone’s Christmas presents on QVC. I have, I am sorry to tell you, bought leggings, shoes (hello, Rothy’s!), a bra, Bombas socks after first seeing them on my social media feed.

I am also at any given moment eyeing, oh, about a dozen more things that have been served up to me on a silver platter via Instagram because I’ve obviously given the social media overlords enough insights into my brain at this point that they know before I do that I need an eyelet blouse and also probably special bleach for the bathroom grout. It’s super-creepy, but then, we’ve known that it’s super-creepy (and way, way worse than creepy) because, well: YIKES and WHAT HAVE WE DONE.

Given all of the heavy, consequential social-media-related stuff in the news these days, the shocking effectiveness of Instagram direct marketing is barely worth mentioning, except that it’s one more way being on my phone makes me feel like I’ve given into the dark side somehow. Here I am, scrolling though baby pics and exercise videos and Pete Souza jabs (love him!), and then, suddenly, I’m craving more Rothy’s (they come in sparkles now, didja know?) and also a vintage-style dress from ModCloth, kids’ clothes from some company called PatPat, Sio beauty patches for wrinkles, frames from Framebridge, something house-related from a place called Havenly (still unclear exactly what they sell??), and so on, and so forth.

It’s diabolical, and it’s brilliant, the way this stuff seeps into my brain when I’m at my most vulnerable. (Read: Giggling over whatever Celeste Barber just posted.) (Also: It doesn’t help that Rothy’s are about the best thing i discovered in 2017, or that those Bombas socks really DO rule.)

So clearly, I have to learn to steel myself to yet another nefarious influence social media has on my brain and spending habits. Or, you know, just log off and quit it all. (But that’s another post.) 

 

Heads Up: CityKids Consignment Sale Is Coming

Get your shopping shoes on, y’all: It’s time. Read more

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Time to mark your calendar for the weekend of April 14 and 15, folks: Those are the dates for the giant CityKids Consignment Sale down at Neumann Goretti High. And, per usual, there’s going to be a ton of awesome gently used stuff — clothes, shoes, bouncies, carriers, strollers, toys, costumes, games, ride-ons, and more — for SUPER-LOW prices. (We’re big fans, can you tell?) But beyond saving the date now, what you really need to know at this moment is that they’re still taking volunteers to work the sale (and volunteers get to shop early, before everyone else gets their shot). Also — while the slots to sell your stuff are full at this point — the organizers are also still welcoming donations. (And honestly, who doesn’t have stuff to get rid of?) Interested?  Details (including how to volunteer and donate) are here.

 

Wee News: A NEW Indoor Play Spot In the City

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Here’s some happy news, guys: The city’s getting another indoor play space, and it’s going to be big (3,000 square feet!), and it’s going to have classes for kids and for parents … and it’s going to have a cafe, and it’s going to have birthday parties, and it’s going to have a boutique, including a spot for gently-used kids’ clothes. (Wheeeeee!) Kith + Kin — meaning, of course, “friends and family” — will be located in Brewerytown (at 31st and Jefferson). At this point, the owners are planning a July debut, with classes kicking off in September.

The brains behind the biz here are Brewerytown neighbors and moms Eden Coffey, a nurse who’s worked in nonprofit spheres, and Jess Jones, who comes from a business background as a buyer with Urban Outfitters. Both women have kids under the age of 3, and they found themselves wishing for a family-focused gathering space near their own ‘hood — somewhere that would offer some fun open play space for little ones and their parents. “When I became a mom,” Eden says, “I started having an intense, almost instinctual desire to find a community, to find other parents to go through the journey with.” So when the two eventually decided that they would be the ones to create the type of place they’d been craving, the parenthood aspect (classes, yoga, workshops, support groups) was a must. So was the idea of accessibility for all families — and so they plan to offer families with Access cards 50 percent off drop-in and class costs, Eden says.

As for the kids’ activities — they’re pairing up with “some exciting people” to offer fun children’s classes (more on those details down the road!), and planning on a play area with a structure for climbing and sliding, as well as stations for building, imaginative play, an infant pod, and more. “And lots of adult seating,” Eden says. “We want adults to want to hang out there, too!”

Exciting, right? The website is still under construction (though if you go, you can sign up for the mailing list), but you can follow Kith and Kin on Instagram now (@kithkinphilly) and keep your eye out for news and updates — including some Kith and Kin pop-ups over the summertime. And of course, we’ll report more as it all unfolds.

 

Wee Bits: Raising Boys, Amazing Amazon Hacks, Risky Playgrounds, Student Walkouts and Shocking Obits

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If y’all haven’t seen the incredibly smart feature New York mag did on raising boys in these times, I highly suggest you check it out. It is fascinating. One piece in particular struck me: Why I Threw Out My Son’s Guns.

The New York Times ran a fascinating piece about the movement to add risk to playgrounds in Britain. 

YOU GUYS: Am I the only one who didn’t know that Amazon did this? You can kill two birds with one stone: Save yourself a trip to Goodwill AND feel less guilty about all those Amazon boxes you’re recycling all the time. Read more →

Wee Bits: The Baby Girl Bias, Dolly Parton, New Preschools and More Reasons To Whip Your Phone Out

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Let’s start with a laugh, shall we? The Toddler Feelings Helpline bit from McSweeney’s is hilariously, painfully spot on.

And now a (happy) cry: This awesome epilogue to the viral photo of the little girl enamored with Michelle Obama’s new portrait is about the sweetest thing ever.

Hey, they’re making famous women Barbies now: Frida Kahlo! Amelia Earhart! Katherine Johnson! (Via HuffPo.)

Wee is an official supporter of any movement to expand street-sweeping in Philadelphia. 

NPR reminds us that there is not any human being on the planet as pure and wonderful as Dolly Parton, who just gave away her one millionth free children’s book.

Mama’s Wellness Joint is launching a new “spring fling kids’ yoga” series, running every Sunday from 3/11 to 4/8, aimed at kids 3 to 5 — you can register for all ($60) or drop in for $17 a class. Here’s the details!

As a mother to both a boy and a girl, I am just sad about this NYT story about Americans deciding they might prefer to have girls. You worry about both, don’t you, for different reasons.

Yay, dogs in schools! (Via KQED) (Although: What about kids who are allergic?)

Ack, Daylight Savings is this weekend. (DEEP SIGH.) Not-a-Peep sleep consultant Maria Lopez has some really useful tips for all of us trying to maintain some sort of sleep schedule for our little ones.

Y’all! Music Monkey Jungle is now at Phield House AND Reading Terminal Market. Check here for the full schedule — they’re basically … everywhere!

Ash did a roundup for Philly Mag featuring a handful of the new daycares and preschools in town. Helpful!

Also helpful: Parent Coach Brandi Davis has a $10 “Move Your Mornings” webinar coming up, focusing on techniques for getting out of the house in the morning without yelling. March 22, 8 p.m. Info here.

OMG, did you see this piece in the NYT about trauma surgeons detailing how hard it is to repair injuries from military-style weapons? You won’t soon forget it.

Also from the NYT: This will make you feel less guilty/self-conscious about constantly having your phone out, recording your kids.

Calendar alert: This Sunday, March 11, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Philly Art Center is hosting a party to celebrate their anniversary — 14 years in Fairmount, 7 in Queen Village and 3 in Chestnut Hill! Y’all can party at each location FOR FREE, and do art — sculpting, felting, sewing and comic-drawing — and sign up for summer camp there for 25 percent off.