Archive for February, 2008

the nanny doctor

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008


It regularly comes to my attention just how nuanced and complex the relationship is between nanny and parent. And that makes a lot of sense. After all, these are the people who are coming into your home and sharing an intimacy with your family unlike anyone else. Many parents feel wholly unprepared for the process of selecting and employing a nanny and often admit that there are big areas of the relationship that they would like to work on, but feel that it is too delicate to upset, so a lot gets let go.

Enter Dr. Lindsay Heller of Beverly Hills, CA, who also goes by “The Nanny Doctor”. She has been working with families and their nannies for more than a decade. Here is a little bit more of what she shared about her work:

In addition to being a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Heller was a well-respected nanny for over 10 years in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. She has lived-in, lived-out, has been both the weekend nanny and the weekly nanny. She has traveled as a nanny both domestically and internationally. She has worked in single parents households as well as fully staffed high profile estates. She has nannied for families with infants, toddlers, elementary age, middle school age, and teens.

In the spirit of Attachment Theory, Dr. Lindsay Heller seeks to promote positive relationships between families and their nannies that create strong, healthy, secure emotional bonds between children and their caregivers that will nurture future meaningful relationships. You can visit her website to learn more about her services,

toy rentals a la netflix

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

My sister sent me a link [via] about a new service, Babywise, a Texas start-up that allows you to rent 4 to 6 toys a month. Hold on to them as long as you wish, then turn them in for a fresh batch. (And yes, they claim that all toys are tested for lead and meet other safety standards.) This system of sharing helps to manage clutter and makes it easier to keep toys that are developmentally appropriate on hand. Of course, keep in mind that children don’t NEED a lot. A healthy, loving relationship with caregivers is the most important thing for optimal development. I do acknowledge, however, as a new(ish) parent myself, that it is nice to have different toys and activities for the many minutes of the day with little ones who can change activities from minute to minute. Might this be a good solution?

discipline and self-control

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008

After parents tackle the issue of sleep deprivation with their infant, we often hear from parents about feeding.  Next comes discipline.  I received an article today from the NYU Child Study Center titled, “About Discipline – Helping Children Develop Self-Control” that I think succinctly and accurately outlines the goals of discipline and the different approaches depending on the age of your child and the issue at hand.

We get a spot on Reuters TV!

Friday, February 15th, 2008

This week I was interviewed by Manoush Zomorodi of Reuters TV. She and her crew spent the day following me around working with some sleepy NYC families. It was truly a delight.

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because you want the best education for your child

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008


You have wooden toys. You’ve gone green with cleaning products. You walk to your destination as often as possible. Now here you are thinking about schools for your child, wishing to continue to offer them the best, but where do you even begin? A friend sent me this link recently and as I contemplate changing neighborhoods I have found this to be a valuable reference. Great Schools offers ranking, parent feedback and information for public, private and charter schools nationwide at the elementary, middle and high school levels.


Monday, February 11th, 2008


Lisa is a young mother living in the West Village recently diagnosed with a deadly form of leukemia (AML) that must be cured with a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. DONOR DRIVES ARE LISTED BELOW. Testing is simple, painless and fast. It’s only a registration form and a cheek swab. Lisa’s doctors need to do a bone marrow transplant in the next 4-6 weeks.

Unfortunately, there is currently no perfect genetic match in the banks but doctors say that her Ashnekazi background should make it easy to find a match if we can get enough Jews tested. Not enough Jews are in the bank to save her life as well as others in need. You can help – get tested If you are between the ages of 18 & 55 and of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) descent, get tested to find out if you may be a donor match! Testing involves a mouth swab for saliva on the inner wall of your cheek and only takes a few minutes.

Upcoming Donor Drives in Honor of Lisa

Sunday, February 10
When: 9am – 3pm
Where: Ramaz Middle School,
114 East 85th Street

Monday, February 11
When: 8:00 – 1pm
Where: Rodeph Shalom Congregation
7 W 83rd Street

Tuesday, February 12
When: 8:30am- 12:00pm
Where: JCC of Manhattan,
334 Amsterdam Ave @ 76th St.

Wednesday, February 13
When: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Where: The New Shul @ Village Community School,
272 W. 10th St. btwn Greenwich & Washington Sts.

Thursday, February 14
When: 8:00am-2:30pm
Where: Temple Sharaay Tefilia,
259 E. 79th St. @ 2nd Ave

For more Drives and additional information:

what does the ‘g’ in gDiapers stand for?

Friday, February 1st, 2008


They don’t say, and aside from the obvious adjective “green” my vote is for “great.” I cannot say enough how much I love these diapers. They are guilt-free, adorable, easy and smart. Yes, they do make me emotional. My husband and I really debated the options when we were expecting and felt like this solutions was made just for us. Of course it wasn’t, but I find myself recommending them to parents everywhere who have never heard of them. Getting refills is admittedly a bit of a pain (only offered at Whole Foods and select other places), but well worth the hassle of getting to those places. Of course, you can always order cases directly from gDiapers as well.

So why should you care? They are flushable diapers (flushable cotton liner, washable outer pant and plastic liner) so there is no odor or obnoxious diaper genie in your home. If you happen to have a yard or garden, the wet diapers can be composted. Read: there is no landfill issue here. And aside from being eco-friendly (cradle-to-cradle certified), they are adorable and don’t promote any cartoon characters. Hooray! Lastly, in my daughter’s 14 months, I can count on one hand how many leaking diapers we’ve had and, in all honesty, I think it was due to sloppy diapering and not the diaper itself.

But don’t take it from me, pick up a starter kit and try it out for yourself.