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Raw Parenting

Playground Politics Recently, my oldest experienced some teasing at school–nothing like what I would consider brutal–stories you read about on the web or hear about in the news. I think back to my own childhood though, and I tense at how painful these first experiences are. When did playground politics start? My first real memories of teasing and feeling like an outsider were about third grade. It makes sense when…

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March’s Newsletter!

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So Easy Homemade

Beef Wontons   One of our local grocery stores has fresh wonton wrappers.  Usually I make veggie and tofu wontons (maybe I’ll post that recipe sometime), but today I felt like trying beef wontons. They were DELICIOUS!  If you don’t have easy access to wonton wrappers, you can just make these as meatballs and serve them over rice with some sautéed broccoli or bok choy or drop them into a ginger-mushroom…

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Ask the Expert

Real Estate Advice by Amy Kurzer Real Estate Spotlight on Kensington Nestled high in the East Bay hills, just north of Berkeley, is the small village of Kensington  (population 5,000). This charming community has spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge town and quiet, tree-lined neighborhoods of spacious houses. The architectural styles include Mid- Century Modern, Tudor, Colonial, and Spanish Revival homes. Kensington is an unincorporated town in Contra Costa County with a highly rated K-6 elementary school, police department and fire station. There are two quaint shopping districts and a weekly farmer’s market. In Kensington, you will find everything to support small town living while still being only minutes away from downtown Berkeley and BART. There is a bank, a hardware store, a wine shop, two top-notch meat and general grocery markets,…

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A’sonda’s Musings

Today Jacob received his first correspondence from one of many Universities he applied for in late fall of 2014. It seems we have spent his entire life preparing for this moment that somehow suddenly snuck up on us. Eighteen years arrived faster than we ever anticipated. During his 9th grade year I constantly encouraged him to do well and in 10th and 11th grade I continued being his cheerleader and his coach. I must admit I screamed a lot once 10th and 11th grade presented, as I strongly desired for him to ground himself, focus more, and give his academics one-hundred percent of all he had. I’m certain, although he will never speak truth to it, I started to sound like the adults in the Charlie Brown films whonk-whonk-whonk. Surely…

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Raw Parenting Unprocessed. Unfiltered. Pure Madness.

New Definition of Self Care, Please There’ve been a number of articles floating around the inter-webs recently—articles talking about making self-care a priority in this new year. Most of us have heard the rule about ‘putting your own oxygen mask on first before assisting others’ when we take a plane trip. This rule can be applied, quite easily, to parenting and caregiving in general. Implementing this rule is a whole ‘nother bag of potato chips. In my early twenties I was very good about taking care of myself. I had/have a great example in my mother—she has always taken great care of herself, spiritually, mentally, physically. Back in the day I had great self-care rituals, whether it was meditation, working out, buying myself flowers or nice lotions or all of…

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Looking Forward…

March will bring longer days and some evening walks to the calendar. I’m also happy to announce that Hannah’s Children’s Resale on Solano will be have an East Bay Moms & Dads member special–with special buying hours and more in the coming months. The schedule will remain pretty steady, but early April will bring back our Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Break playdates in the afternoons! Don’t forget to pass along that East Bay Moms & Dads membership is half off in honor of our 20th anniversary! Do you have something you’d like to contribute? Poetry? Essays? Opinion pieces? Artwork? We would love to have you be a part of this newsletter! Contact us through the website or email info@eastbaymoms.com!

Dear East Bay Moms & Dads

Happy New Year! New Years begin with promise and you can be sure to include East Bay Moms & Dads in your resolutions to meet new people, get exercise and spend more time with your family! Membership is half off for everyone for the month of January! Be sure to save the date, Saturday, January 24 from 10am-2pm for our 17th annual East Bay Preschool Fair! We’ve got over 50 preschools from around the East Bay and from an array of styles, philosophies and schedules; featured local start-ups/momtrepreneurs;  a rest area for the kiddos, including face painting and toys to distract the kids while you absorb the mass amounts of info you are sure to get! We will also have local practitioners and service providers ready to answer questions and…

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