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Family Photo Essays in Maui or Marin - You Choose!

October 24, 2016

Shannon Chiminiello Photography

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article by Shannon Chiminiello Photography. Book a Marin or Maui photo session now by calling (415) 497-6054 or visiting www.shannoncphotography.com.

Family photo essays in Maui or Marin—you choose!

Like a family heirloom, timeless images with Shannon Chiminiello Photography just get more and more valuable over time…. Book your Marin/Bay Area family session or Maui vacation session (November, December, and January) now! Gift certificates are available.

Contact Shannon soon and receive 50% off Maui Thanksgiving sessions with all edited digital images. Limited Availability!

Brief Therapy Packages for Busy Couples and Parents from Lisa Nave, MFT

October 20, 2016

Lisa Nave, MFTMarin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Lisa Nave, MFT.

Is your schedule so busy that therapy doesn’t become a priority until a crisis occurs? Studies tell us couples often wait six years after conflicts arise until they finally begin therapy. And they often don’t seek therapy for child or family issues until there is a crisis. But the longer you avoid therapy and addressing your issues, the more entrenched or damaging they become.

These brief therapy packages were developed for those who are too busy for traditional therapy. Brief therapy is solution-focused and addresses core issues and conflicts through education, research-based strategies, exercises and goals with action plans. You may choose from 4–8 session packages, and come to sessions in my Mill Valley office or by Skype.

The WorldWideWomen Girls' Festival Takes Place at Fort Mason October 15

October 11, 2016

Girls' Festival

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the WorldWideWomen Girls' Festival, taking place at San Francisco's Fort Mason on Saturday, October 15.

Do you have a daughter, niece, or granddaughter who could benefit from an event just for girls? Bring her along to the WorldWideWomen Girls’ Festival at Fort Mason in San Francisco on October 15 and give her the gift of confidence and empowerment! This event promises to be a game-changing day of exploration, empowerment and fun for thousands of Bay Area girls (of all ages) and their families.

Raising Capable Kids: A Seminar for Pro-Active Parents

October 3, 2016

Executive function kids

Marin Mommies presents a guest article from Innovative Learning Services.

Expert Tips to Grow Executive Function Skills at Home

"The single greatest predictor of academic success is executive function. It even trumps IQ."
—John Medina, Brain Rules

Here’s what parents can do about it.  

Executive function skills are high-level mental processes that allow us to regulate behavior over time in order to achieve long-term goals.  Nurturing these skills from a young age can have a bigger impact on your child’s education and long-term well-being than other factors - including IQ, school choice, or delaying kindergarten.  Yes, it’s that important.

Programs for Young Gymnasts at Gymworld in San Rafael

September 23, 2016

Gymworld

Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from GymWorld Gymnastics in San Rafael.

GymWorld offers fantastic Birthday Parties for little gymnasts and their friends! We also offer great programs for our youngest gymnasts ages 18 months to 4 years during the week. We have Open Gyms for Toddlers on a drop in basis three days a week: Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 10:30 am–12:30 pm. Come run, jump, bounce, swing, use the foam pit and trampoline!

GymWorld also has great instructors teaching classes for ages 2–4 years. Classes are on Tuesday and Friday mornings and at 2:45pm Mon,Tues,Thurs.

Weekend Along the Farm Trails Takes Place September 24 & 25

September 19, 2016

Weekend Along the Farm Trails Peter Pumpkin PatchNorth Bay farms are now abundant with the fall harvest. Sonoma County Farm Trails, the folks who produce the world-famous Gravenstein Apple Fair, invites families to head out to the farms for Weekend Along the Farm Trails on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. The free, self-guided tour provides fun for the whole family.

From 10 am to 4 pm both days, visitors can tour their way through Sonoma County and stop in at the participating farms of their choice. Guests can take part in demonstrations, petting friendly farm animals, hayrides, corn mazes, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Some locations charge modest fees for special tours and activities, but entry to all farms and most activities are free of charge.

Many stops will offer snacks, lunches and epic picnic sites. Farm stands will be open for fresh-from-the-source purchases. Guests are encouraged to pack a cooler for toting home farm-fresh treasures.

How to Never Be Bored with Your Workouts Again

August 29, 2016

KaiaFIT Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Kirsta Martino, owner of KaiaFIT San Rafael.

Sometimes in the midst of your workout routines, they get a little too routine. Having a schedule makes it  easy to manage all the pieces that make up your week. But within each of your scheduled workouts, your workouts of choice can easily get…comfy. We like to know what to expect. It’s reliable, we don’t have to think about it, and we sometimes even think it’s still doing as much as it did when we first began. But while you may be “comfortable,” your body has likely not been sufficiently challenged in a long time.

The second you and your body get accustomed with certain workouts or exercises,  it’s time to add progressions and learn how to mix it up on a regular basis.  Here are some ways to liven up your workouts:

The Importance of Enrichment During Early Childhood

August 3, 2016

Ark Row Center for Enrichment Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Ark Row Kids in Tiburon, which is holding its special re-opening event on Saturday, August 6 at 3 pm.

Early childhood is a very special time for kids. During the first two years children's brains grow quickly with many changes in structure and function, and by age 3 cognitive and emotional development occurs. Because of that kids must be stimulate during early childhood.

At Ark Row Kids, children can develop and raise their creativity and curiosity while they learn, play and explore in a safe environment. Every day is a good day to do some arts and crafts, where we teach kids basic concepts and develop their motor coordination and cognition. Each day we work with a different material to stimulate curiosity, sensory motor skill, and creativity.

Music, dancing and storytelling are also part of our mornings at Ark Row—for us they are a very important part of children's growth. Our mission is to teach and care, and be a place where kids love to stay, play, and learn to grow with confidence and self-esteem.

A Relevant Education in a Nurturing Environment

July 25, 2016

Caulbridge School Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the Caulbridge School in Fairfax.

Learning is a natural process when you integrate nature, arts, movement, friendship and academics. We believe children learn best with structure, warmth and encouragement. Children do not learn when they feel disengaged, anxious and unsafe, or when the classroom environment is overrun with distraction. Our teachers develop genuine relationships with students because children learn about respect by being respected.

Caulbridge School is committed to courageous learning and positive self-concept along with academic strength. We intentionally focus on courageous learning as a student outcome because the ability to step outside of one’s comfort zone relates to success in academics, relationships and life. We believe that in times of increased stress or challenging situations, positive self-concept serves as a source of resiliency and compassion for self and others. By positive self-concept we mean the ability to evaluate oneself in positive and self-affirming ways across situations and contexts, even when falling short of one’s expectations or hopes; the ability to demonstrate pro-social behavior, ethical decision-making, and a striving for genuine and caring relationships.

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