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Archive for November, 2009

PARENT TALKS: Baby Brains, Teens & More

Brain power (illus. by Gary Meader, MCT) “The Teen Brain in the Digital Age”
Nov. 29 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN, and Beth Samuelson of Student Organizational Services discuss teens, the media and how to help your teens improve their learning skills.

“Don’t Lose Your Child to Video Games, the Internet and Texting”
Dec. 3 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek
Lecture and Q&A by Richard Freed, a Bay Area psychologist who specializes in children’s media issues, including internet addiction. This is the second of three parent education workshops at Seven Hills. Admission is $15 per person (educators are free). Register at Educators are admitted free of charge. Click here to register.

The Philosophical Baby
Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Pleasanton Public Library Meeting Room, 400 Old Bernal Ave. UC Berkeley child psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik, author of “The Philosophical Baby,” discusses infant brain development and what children’s minds tell us about truth, love and the meaning of life. Free.

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Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009
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RECALL: 641,000 Pacifiers

Recalled pacifiers Got a pacifier? Might want to check that thing. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety folks just recalled 641,000 “Bobby Chupete” Pacifiers. Seems these $1 binkies have a mouth guard that’s so small, it poses a choking hazard for babies and tots. If you’ve got one, take it away from your child and contact the company for a refund or replacement.

Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
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FAB Five for the Weekend

Golden Gate Garden Railway
Eco-Choo Choo: San Francisco’s mini-Golden Gate Express Garden Railway was such a holiday hit last year, it’s back for an encore. Starting tomorrow, tiny trains, cable cars and streetcars will wind their way through the miniature cityscape built inside the Conservatory of Flowers. Look for the Ferry Building Marketplace, constructed from corks, forks and cheese graters, and a Transamerica Pyramid featuring computer bits. It’s a celebration of recycling creativity, with cool new visual and aural effects too. Tuesday through Sunday, Nov. 19-April 18; $2-$7.

Ride the Trains: Watching tiny choo-choos is fun. Riding them is even better. Board the steam trains at Tilden Park’s Redwood Valley Railway and go for a jaunt through the Berkeley hills. Open weekends; $2.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
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KIDS Cookbook Giveaway

Baking Kids Love (Sur La Table) We’re heading into prime baking season, and there’s no better way to spend time with kids – and get some help at the same time – than to introduce them to the joys of whisking, scooping and baking. So this week we’re giving away this cool cookbook, “Baking Kids Love,” written by baking instructor Cindy Mushet, her daughter Bella and the Sur La Table folks. It’s ideal for the 8 to 12-year-old crowd, but really, there’s no age that won’t love popovers, gooey pizza or cupcakes. And it can be yours! Click “comments” and tell us, what’s your favorite baking-with-kids project? We’ll draw a winner’s name next Monday.

Congrats, by the way, to Robertville, who won last week’s “Thomas the Tank Engine” DVD giveaway!

Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009
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PARENT TALKS: Teens, Traditions & Texting

“Passing on Traditions and Values”
Nov. 22 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN, and guests discuss Native American traditions and family rituals.

“The Teen Brain in the Digital Age”
Nov. 29 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN, and Beth Samuelson of Student Organizational Services discuss teens, the media and how to help your teens improve their learning skills.

“Don’t Lose Your Child to Video Games, the Internet and Texting”
Dec. 3 from 6:45 to 8 p.m. Seven Hills School, Walnut Creek
Lecture and Q&A by Richard Freed, a Bay Area psychologist who specializes in children’s media issues, including internet addiction. This is the second of three parent education workshops at Seven Hills. Admission is $15 per person (educators are free). Register at Educators are admitted free of charge. Click here to register.

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Posted on Monday, November 16th, 2009
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TEENAGERS Act Now Poster…

Teenagers Act Now poster
The poster says it all…

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2009
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FAB Five for the Weekend

"Up" (Pixar/Disney)
Five ways to have fun with the fam…

Charlie Brown: Danville’s new Village Theatre Art Gallery is celebrating its grand opening with a “Peanuts at the Bat” exhibit of Charles M. Schulz’s comic strips, liv music, hot dogs, popcorn and a guest appearance by Snoopy. Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 233 Front St., Danville.

Up, Up and Away: The Hayward Public Library goes cinematic this weekend with a family movie matinee featuring “Up.” The captivating Pixar flick about a 78-year-old dreamer, a pudgy scout, a few thousand balloons and the adventure of a lifetime, starts at 1 p.m. Saturday at the library’s Weekes Branch, 27300 Patrick Ave.; 510-293-5366.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
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“Thomas & Friends” DVD Giveaway

Thomas the Tank Engine The holidays are fast approaching and with them, thoughts of snow, parties and all the frivolity of yuletide. So this week we’re giving away a “Thomas & Friends Holiday Express” DVD. It’s a collection of holiday stories about Thomas the Tank Engine and his buddies, Henry, Emily and Percy. Big fun. And it could be yours. Click “comments” and tell us, what’s on your kid’s wish list this holiday season?

(P.S. Congrats to Tara, who won last week’s Dora giveaway!)

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
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RECALL: Strollers That Amputated Babies’ Fingertips

Recalled Maclaren Strollers Oh ouch. U.S. Consumer Product Safety people and Maclaren Strollers just recalled a million strollers after discovering that flaws in the hinge mechanism were amputating babies’ fingertips. Maclaren received 15 reports of children getting their fingers caught in the hinges when the stroller was being closed or opened – 12 of those kids had their fingertips cut off. The recall includes all Maclaren single and double umbrella strollers ($100-$360) purchased between 1999 and 2009. For details on the models involved and how to get a free repair kit, visit the CPSC recall page.

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009
Under: Babies & Tots, Toy Recalls | 1 Comment »

PARENT TALKS: Troubled Teens, Family Traditions & More

“Chaos to Connection: Parenting Teens Workshop”
Nov. 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center, 1611 Oak St., San Francisco
Parenting workshop for families with problem teens, including teens with substance abuse issues, led by Andrea Dindinger, MFT, therapeutic team leader for Vive’s Chaos to Connection. Workshop is $69, rsvp to adindinger@vivenow.com.

“How Being Homeless Affects Children”
Nov. 15 from 7 to 8 a.m. on 98.1 KISS-FM and streamed live on Childhoodmatters.org. Rona Renner, RN, and guests discuss homelessness, poverty and children.

“CPR and First Aid Training”
Nov. 15 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bananas, Oakland
This 15-hour course in English, offered in 2 sessions, includes CPR, First Aid and Preventive Health. Pre-registration and payment is required – call 510-658-7353.
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Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2009
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