New Upper West Side Preschool Hosts Open House for New Families with Sunday Fun

New Upper West Side Preschool Hosts Open House for New Families with Sunday Fun

All My Children Daycare & Nursery announces an upcoming open house for their new Upper West Side Manhattan location at 101 W. 85th Street. The center which officially opened in the spring will offer open enrollments for children from 2 years old through the NYC UPK “4’s” program. On Sunday, September 10th from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, the highly-experienced staff from All My Children will host families at their brand-new facility showcasing this extraordinary eco-friendly school and its many resources. “We have enjoyed our soft-launch over the summer,” commented Melanie Felsman, Head of Communications for the organization. “The children have enjoyed many fun summer activities like water play, pony rides, ice cream parties, a bounce house, and more,” Felsman continued. “Now that we are gearing up for our first official school year, we would like to invite all prospective families with children 24 months (or turning 2 this school year) through 4 years of age to see our property and meet some of our teachers for a fun-filled Sunday morning,” offered Felsman. Sunday September 10th families are welcome to visit All My Children’s informational open house. There will be a petting zoo and other outdoor fun, refreshments, and arts & crafts for the children. For more information, you may go online to www.allmychildrendaycare.com or email marketing@amcearlylearn.com. About All My Children AMC provides a holistic approach to education. AMC not only educates the children of today, but cultivates the leaders of tomorrow by providing children with a nurturing and responsive environment. Children are encouraged to discover, learn, grow, and realize their potential and are inherently empowered with greater life-readiness...
What to Do When Your Child Has a Meltdown in Public

What to Do When Your Child Has a Meltdown in Public

Nearly every parent has been there, and most have experienced the “public meltdown” on far more than just one occasion. No matter how well-behaved your child may be at home or usually is in public settings, there’s always the chance that chaos will ensue and your child will throw a fit while you are out and about. The struggle is real! You may become embarrassed, upset, or disappointed in your child, or even with yourself, but none of that is necessary, since a meltdown is common and something that parents will inevitably deal with from time to time while their kids are young. How you react to a meltdown and what you do in its aftermath are the key to dealing with the situation peacefully, responsibly, and usefully. Here are some tips for handling a public meltdown. The “temper tantrum” won’t be pleasant, but you can resolve the issue successfully and get back to your day as planned. Get to a Private Area Trying to deal with the meltdown amidst a crowd will only make things worse. Take your child aside to a more secluded area or even go outside or to your car if necessary. Here, you won’t have as many distractions or the chance that your child will “play it up” for the shocked bystanders. You will be better able to calm your child down and come to terms with what the cause of the meltdown was. Stay alone until things have settled down and decide if going back in public seems doable. Keep Calm When your child throws a fit, you may feel like doing the...
Join AMC for a Koffee Klatch!

Join AMC for a Koffee Klatch!

All My Children cordially invites you to join us for a Koffee Klatch. Come on down to the Fat Cat @ 172 Rivington St. on the Lower East Side on Thursday, Aug. 10 at 10 am. Come learn from expert Chaya Gottesman, Occupational Therapist & Handwriting Professional. She’ll discuss how a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, how basic milestones lead to cognitive and social emotional growth, and more. Meet like-minded parents and join the community for this important discussion. Space is limited, so RSVP before Aug. 8 to ensure a spot. Email marketing@amcearlylearn.com We hope to see you there!...
All-Natural Summer Fruit Popsicles

All-Natural Summer Fruit Popsicles

Summer is here and there is nothing quite like a cold treat to cool down the kids after a day of outdoor play. Kids love popsicles, but many store-bought brands are loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. Since popsicles are so easy to make at home, why not whip some up yourself? You’ll save money, have some fun in the kitchen, and you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your child is enjoying something that is good for them. Plus, kids love these all-natural treats! You will need a popsicle mold or you can make these in plastic cups with wooden popsicle sticks. Either way, they’re delicious! Each recipe makes 2 pops. Cinnamon Apple Pops Ingredients:  1 large apple 1/2 cup apple juice or apple cider 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon honey 4 ice cubes Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze overnight. These taste like apple pie but they are far healthier.   Orange Crème Pops Ingredients: 1 cup orange juice 1/2 cup canned Mandarin orange segments drained 1/4 cup heavy cream or half and half 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract   Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze overnight. Sweet and tangy goodness the kids will love! Want more popsicle ideas? Tell us you favorite flavors in the comments section and we will reveal some new popsicle recipes. For more info like this, please visit All My Children’s blogs.   By: Melissa A....
Swimming and Water Tips for Safe Summer Fun

Swimming and Water Tips for Safe Summer Fun

Summer is in full swing, meaning time outdoors and by the pool or at the beach is part of the program. Families with kids of all ages love this time of year when the sun is shining brightly and everyone can cool off by taking a much-needed dip. That said, along with the glorious fun comes the need to be proactive and responsible when it comes to swimming and water safety. Here are some ways to help ensure a safe summer for your children. Swim Lessons Kids can learn the basics of swimming from a very early age. If you are able to, invest in some swimming lessons in your area. Many of these courses are inexpensive, yet the value is immeasurable. Children will learn how to float and swim and how to become comfortable and at ease in the water. They will learn what to do when it comes to being safe and careful in the pool or ocean and they will be more confident swimmers lesson by lesson. If you are not a good swimmer, take some classes as well. Heaven forbid you need to go into the water after your child in an emergency, at least you’ll have the basic skills to swim to their aid. Life Jacket or “Floaties” If you have a small child or one who isn’t an advanced swimmer, wearing a life vest or jacket or “floaties” can be useful and potentially life-saving in the case of an unforeseen emergency. This type of swim gear will keep your child afloat if they venture out of the shallow area of the pool. Even...
What Rules Do You Teach Your Child?

What Rules Do You Teach Your Child?

As parents, it is our job to lay down the law, so to speak, for our kids. As much as many parents want to be their kids’ “best friend” and not seem overly strict or tough, rules are important in order to teach children the basics of structure, respect, and the difference between right and wrong.   Without rules put in place, kids can become lost and misguided, or wind up misbehaving, being unkind to others, and may even get into serious trouble as they get older since they’ve never learned how to follow rules and regulations in an age-appropriate manner.   Each parent has their own “dos and don’ts” they want to instill in their child, and some are more conservative than others. But as the older and wiser role model to a child, the parent must provide clear guidelines to follow so the child can grow and develop to the best of their abilities.   Some adults may feel that imposing too many rules will give their child the desire to break away to find more freedom and independence. However, the opposite may be what the future holds. A kid who never had any rules to follow may never learn how to behave orderly or properly. This child may not have the inclination to respect authority, follow instructions, or obey laws as they grow older. This can lead to a downward spiral if not reeled in by the parent every step of the way.   From an early start, it is important to lay down the foundation for a child with rules they must follow. Young children...
Should You Seek Advice On Parenting From Others?

Should You Seek Advice On Parenting From Others?

We all want to raise our kids in the best way we can. As parents, it can be a task to do it all, let alone do it all well. We want to get everything right, have well-adjusted children, and make it through parenthood without too many battle scars. For the sake of our sanity and the benefit of our family, we strive to parent with kindness, intelligence, honor, wisdom, and ultimately, success. Lots of us want to do it all on our own without the input and advice from others. As much as many people would like to think so, there’s not a soul in the world who knows it all. They say “It takes a village,” and the sentiment is true. Asking for and accepting help from others who can provide insight and knowledge can aid a parent tremendously in their path through parenting, from infancy through the teenage years… and beyond. New parents have lots of firsts, and these moments, while miraculous and precious, can be nerve-wracking and often confusing. Talk to a new mom or dad who has recently been through these times to get new perspectives on what to do, confirmation that what you’re already doing is good for your baby, and get a glimpse into what’s to come next. As your child gets older, continue to seek help and advice from family members, friends, teachers, and mentors who have or know a good deal about raising children. There’s always more than one good way to do things, and these folks can open your eyes to new ways to parent. Especially if you’re having...
Morning Pick-Me-Ups for Tired Moms and Dads

Morning Pick-Me-Ups for Tired Moms and Dads

Being a mom or a dad, especially to young kids, can be taxing and tiring to say the least. As rewarding as it can be, having children takes a lot out of a parent, and getting up morning after morning as the week goes on can be a feat. From shuttling kids to and from school or camp to doing homework to playing to caring for the home to going to work to make money, parents have a ton on their plates and can become easily exhausted. That is why some morning pick-me-ups are perfect for those parents who need some pep in their step in the AM. The activities and workload won’t be going away anytime soon, so make the most of your mornings by adding some oomph to the program!   A Brisk Morning Walk Although you may be inclined to hit the snooze button for the third time, you’ll benefit far more by getting up and at ‘em and taking it to the pavement. Wake up a little earlier than usual and go for a 15-30 minute walk outdoors (or on the treadmill if you have one). Getting outside and breathing in the fresh air first thing in the morning will invigorate you, and the bright sunshine will wake you up instantly. You’ll get your blood flowing and your body moving. When you’re done with the walk, you’ll be wide awake and ready to take on the day’s numerous tasks.   Iced Lemon Water A nice cool glass of water with ice and fresh lemon is the perfect drink to start the day with a boost....
5 Family Game Night Ideas

5 Family Game Night Ideas

Family time is so important for bonding and creating memories with the ones closest to you. These days, as the evening approaches, family members often retreat to their own rooms and do their own thing. Sure, some time alone to relax and unwind is necessary, but don’t let that become the everyday norm. Set aside specific nights of the week for the family to come together for a good old-fashioned family game night! This doesn’t mean sitting around the TV and mindlessly munching on chips and popcorn. This is game night and it’s time to have a little fun! Here are 5 family game night ideas that the whole family will love, no matter the kids’ ages. Even if you can only get the whole group together just once a week, the fun will last for days until you can gather together again. Let the games begin! Charades When was the last time you played a game of charades? Make teams and let the guessing game have everyone using their imagination and laughing all the way. Pick topics from TV shows and movies, favorite characters, book titles, and kid-friendly activities. This classic game never goes out of style and the options for topics are endless. Keep score and see which team is best at guessing… although while having such a blast, everyone wins! “Cooking” Competition TV reality cooking shows are all the rage, so set up a mock competition at home. Perhaps you can ice cupcakes and vote on which family member came up with the best cupcake design. Or you can do a banana split creation contest. Go...
Summer Family Fun Ideas

Summer Family Fun Ideas

Summer is just about here, meaning extra time off with the family and the opportunity to enjoy the warm weather and sunny skies. Longer days means more time to create magical memories with the kids while they are still young and actually excited to spend time with mom and dad. Since the weather is perfectly pleasant and outdoor fun can be part of the agenda, consider these summer family fun ideas the kids will love, and you’ll relish in the blissful looks on their thrilled faces. Time with family cannot be replaced by anything else, so do all you can to spend as much time together as a unit as possible. Time flies and the summertime seems to fly faster than any other season. Make the most of the few summer months with family fun that can’t be beat.  Fishing   You need not be an experienced fisherman in order to enjoy a day of fishing dockside or by boat. Time by the pleasant water and striving for a common goal makes fishing an incredible bonding experience. Even if you don’t catch anything for dinner, the time spent taking in the great outdoors, talking, and laughing will be what the memories are made of. Take the bait and go for a day of fishing with the kids. You’ll be hooked! Hiking Get active and energized while taking your family excursions to new heights through hiking. Find a local trail or just take a hike around the neighborhood with the kids and they will learn about the importance of keeping fit and being alert and aware of their surroundings. Bring along...