Meetup Groups for Fathers! (August, 2015)


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Meetup Groups for Fathers!


I wanted to let everyone know that several Dad groups have been established across the United States. New dads and experienced fathers can join and meet up for playgroups in these cities.

Here is a list of the Dad groups:
Boston, MA : http://www.meetup.com/BostonDadsGroup/
New York City: http://www.meetup.com/New-York-City-Dads-Meetup-Group/
Atlanta, GA: http://www.meetup.com/AtlantaDadsGroup/
Memphis, TN: http://www.meetup.com/Stay-at-Home-Dads-Memphis/
Chicago, IL: http://www.meetup.com/ChicagoDadsGroup/
St. Louis, MO: http://www.meetup.com/South-City-Stay-at-Home-Dads/
Denver, CO: http://www.meetup.com/DenverDadsGroup/
Los Angeles, CA: http://www.meetup.com/LADadsGroup/
East Bay (Martinez), CA: http://www.meetup.com/East-Bay-Dads-Group/
Columbus, OH: http://www.meetup.com/ColumbusDadsGroup/
Philadelphia, PA: http://www.meetup.com/PhillyDadsGroup/
Vancouver: http://www.meetup.com/Vancouver-Dads-Group-YVRDads/
Tampa Bay, Florida -AT HOME DADS: http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Bay-at-Home-Dads/
Omaha, NE: AT HOME DADS: http://www.meetup.com/Omaha-Dads/

For local groups looking for ideas, here are some of the Boston Dads' past playgroup meetups: Baby Pictures (discounted movie in a baby-friendly setting), New England Aquarium - which also has the Sea Squirts program and MFA Play dates.
 
+ Baby Pictures: https://www.showcasecinemas.com/programs/kids-and-families/baby-pictures

+ Sea Squirts program: http://www.neaq.org/education_and_activities/programs_and_classes/family_programs/family_explorers/Sea_Squirts_Preview.php

+ MFA Play dates: http://www.mfa.org/programs/kids-and-family-programs

With Dad in the Arboretum, Lilac Sunday, 2015.


These Meetup.com groups are a convenient way to meet and socialize with other Dads who enjoy spending quality time with their children!

Have fun everyone! :)

- Joy E.
Posted
August 14, 2015



                                                              
Also, here are a few interesting Dad-related articles:
'How new moms assess their partners' ability to parent' (using data from New Parents Project):
https://news.osu.edu/news/2015/08/04/partner-ability/

'Dad bloggers are redefining 'real men':
http://www.marinij.com/lifestyle/20150309/dad-bloggers-are-redefining-real-men


Our daughter in the Arboretum, Lilac Sunday, 2015.

Family Outings and Fun!

Me, Dad and Grand-Dad at the Four's Restaurant for lunch 4-25-15


Me and Mommy at the Four's, 4-25-15.


 

At Singing Beach 4-25-15.












In Artesani Pool with Daddy, 8-1-15.







Playing in new DCR spray pool at Artesani, 8-1-15.
Me and Daddy at lunch at Bertucci's, 8-1-15.
Exercising with ball at My Gym with Mommy, 8-13-15.

Leaping into the ball pit at My Gym! 8-13-15.






Swimming in the ball pit, My Gym, 8-13-15.


At My Gym, 8-13-15.



In Minot Rose Garden 5-12-15.






Walking in Minot garden, 5-12-15.












Baby Safety this Summer: 2015 (June, 2015)


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 Baby Safety this Summer: 2015

Once again, summertime is here and, as parents know, there are different safety concerns during these months.  I am re-posting for my NetworkforMoms.org buddies the following news articles that appeared in the news feeds in regard to baby safety issues, food safety and parenting.


Grandparents flunk baby safety quiz:http://www.today.com/moms/grandparents-flunk-baby-safety-quiz-1C6602741?franchiseSlug=momsmain

Overprotective parents and teachers 'ruining children's play' because of risk-averse lifestyles: Adults are 'over-supervising' and 'over-scheduling' children; Cambridge lecturer says a lack of play stops normal development: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2334235/Overprotective-parents-teachers-ruining-childrens-play-risk-averse-lifestyles.html

Dry Drowning: Water in the lungs during swimming can cause 'drowning' within 24 hours, see this important article about Dry Drowning: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/06/26/dry-drowning-secondary-drowning-pool-water/29274851/

Water Safety: Time to worry about water safety as summer approaches: Pools, swimming lessons, etc. Swimming can also help people with arthritis.
http://www.ocala.com/article/20140508/ARTICLES/140509739/1001/news01?Title=Time-to-worry-about-water-safety-as-summer-approaches-&tc=ar

Sunscreen for Babies and Children:  The Mayo Clinic offers guidelines for sunscreen use on children:
 http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/expert-answers/baby-sunscreen/faq-20058159

Child Safety Warning: Teething Gels May Be Dangerous: Check out the Orajel Lawsuit:
http://www.orajellawsuit.com/
Here is another article regarding the lawsuit against Orajel Teething gels:
http://www.familysafetylawyers.com/teething-gel-safety-lawsuit.asp

Read about how Red Food Dye affects children:http://www.cspinet.org/new/201006291.html

Paint your child's room in one coat: http://news.consumerreports.org/baby/2013/01/paint-your-childs-room-in-one-coat.html?EXTKEY=I72RSBB

Senators Call for Closer Look at Flame Retardants: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/greenliving/Senators-call-for-closer-look-at-flame-retardants.html

Educational Benefits of Children's Toys: http://childdevelopmentinfo.com/learning/multiple_intelligences/educational-benefits-toys/

CCEI recommends child care safety training in support of safe toys and gifts month:
http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/12/11/ccei-recommends-child-care-safety-training-support-safe-toys-and-gifts-month

'Snow Plow' Parenting becoming new trend: http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/national_world&id=8995990

Our daughter in her NFM t-shirt!

Links on NetworkforMoms.org: 
For more information and links in regard to baby safety, click on the 'Baby Safety' tab above. Also, for a useful list of baby care tidbits, click on the '*Tidbits*' tab above.

Most importantly, I wanted to inform residents of Massachusetts that all children between the ages of
0 - 3 years old who qualify for the Massachusetts Early Intervention Program will receive services at no charge. The income-based fee was waived in 2013 for every income bracket (the fee was between $0 -$1500 per child based on income!).

Anyone can make an appointment with Early Intervention and they will send a team of professionals to your home to examine your baby or young child for any developmental delays (speech, motor, etc.).  This meeting is at no cost to the family as well. If it is determined that your child needs services, they will send professionals once a week to your home and provide whatever necessary services your child requires.  For more information, here is the link: http://www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph/programs/family-health/early-intervention/

If you want to check the Early Intervention services in your state, here is the link:http://ectacenter.org/contact/ptccoord.asp

I discuss my brief experience with the Early Intervention program on my '*Tidbits!*' tab. Just click here: http://networkformoms.blogspot.com/p/tidbits-new.html




Also, below are very useful NetworkforMoms.org articles for new moms and moms-to-be:
My husband, Frank, feeding our 5-day-old daughter. Yum!
















1. Pregnancy Awareness Month 2015: http://networkformoms.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-07-02T22:23:00-04:00
 
2. Lost the Weight, but not the Waistline?:http://www.networkformoms.blogspot.com/2012/06/welcome-to-networkformomsorg.html

3. The Lack of Sleep and Stress that New Moms Experience: http://www.networkformoms.blogspot.com/2012/04/welcome-to-networkformomsorg.html 

4. Toys for Babies and Children: http://networkformoms.blogspot.in/2012/10/a-resource-website-created-for-new-moms_17.html

I hope everyone finds these articles useful this summer as well as the other tabs above.  We will take a vacation for the next few weeks and return in August with our next post.
My happy daughter playing with her stickers (10 months old).

I hope my NetworkforMoms.org buddies have a great 4th of July and enjoy your summertime fun with your families.
Happy summertime everyone!

-Joy E. 
Posted July 2, 2015
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