Most pregnant women take exceptional care of their bodies and most new mothers take exceptional care of their babies. It’s a rare woman who makes her own mental and physical well-being a priority after giving birth. Now that you have your baby in your arms, you owe it to yourself and to your family to make healing and self-care a priority.
Pomegranate Center in San Anselmo offers a safe and supportive environment to begin taking care of yourself after birth. We offer two Mom and Baby Yoga classes to connect with your baby and your body –this class is just enough stretching and movement to start opening and engaging your muscles after birth. It is a class full of support and community and will give you confidence as you practice mothering (babies are in the class) and self-care.
We also offer a weekly Postnatal Pilates class taught by Tamar Dover: a postnatal mom of two young children (ages 3.5 and 2 years old) who has been teaching pilates for 12 years. We have onsite childcare during this class for children who are 4 weeks-10 years old.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marian Brandenburg and Chi 4 Children, now offering summer sessions at the Dailey Method in Corte Madera and Fairfax. Learn more at www.chi4children.com.
Chi 4 Children, a new dynamic based on ancient wisdom, is enrolling now for summer sessions conveniently scheduled at the Dailey Method Studios in Corte Madera and Fairfax. Children can enjoy relaxing plus Mom has the option to get in a great workout, all before dinner. Or how about offering this exciting concept for kids at your next party?
Children can have so much energy. But at what point do they learn to constructively and creatively utilize it to benefit their body, mind and spirit? A long-time mom in Marin with decades of experience as a holistic practitioner, Marian Brandenburg wanted to answer that question. Listening to other Marin mothers who longed for more meaningful youth programs, she developed Chi 4 Children to give kids delightful and easy-to-learn tools that provide them with an early awareness of harmony within themselves. Using ancient knowledge backed by scientific study, Chi 4 Children is an hour long, 4 part fusion class aimed for ages 6–12.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the Marin Child Care Council and its Safe Sleep Campaign. For more information, call them at (415) 472-1092 or visit www.mc3.org.
As parents and caregivers, our top priority is the health and safety of the babies we care for. But are we doing everything we can to keep our babies safe in Marin? The Marin Child Care Council’s Safe Sleep Campaign would like us all to consider these facts:
Last year in Marin, 2 babies died in their sleep!
Each year in the US, close to 4,000 infants die suddenly and unexpectedly of sleep-related causes (often referred to as Sudden Unexpected Infant Death or SUID).
Half of these unexpected deaths are due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), defined as the sudden unexplained death of a baby younger than one year of age without a known cause.
The rest of these infant deaths are largely due to accidental causes such as suffocation and strangulation in bed—and are 100% preventable!
Research shows that there are concrete steps we can take to reduce the risk of SIDS and prevent most other sleep-related infant deaths.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from the National Academy of Athletics, which offers over 40 fun sports camps throughout Marin County this summer. Find out more at www.NationalAcademyofAthletics.com.
Everyone has their favorite summer camps, but let me share with you a resource that we are very lucky to have, right here in Marin County.
Aaron Locks—who grew up in Mill Valley, played at Tam High and went on to play college basketball in Oregon—is the founder and CEO of the National Academy of Athletics. Aaron worked directly with John Wooden, Rick Barry, George Karl, Pat Riley, Don Nelson and others as he formulated his expertise through 27 years of developing and coaching sports camps for kids. “Our camps provide a great way for kids ages 6-9 and 10-13, to fall in love with team sports. Through our camps, boys and girls can learn the fundamental skillsets needed to play their favorite sport, and they can do it simply by having fun.” Many Marin County parents have found that these camps not only send their kids home happy and tired, but also better, more confident players of the sport in which they choose to participate.
We all know that there is tons of documented proof that shows how kids’ involvement in sports, especially team sports, contributes to their overall success in life. Here are Aaron Locks’, top 5 reasons why you should get your child involved in sports:
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Tom Limbert, Bay Area parenting author, parent educator, and author of Dad's Playbook: Wisdom for Fathers from the Greatest Coaches of All Time. Find out more about Tom at www.parentcoachtom.com.
Children give us countless reasons every day to discourage their behavior. That makes it all the more important to make a conscious effort to encourage whenever we can. You want them to listen to you. Trust me, they’ll be more apt to listen when they know you’re on their side. Wouldn’t you be? Here are seven ways to encourage your child today:
Believe: It all starts here. You can motivate and energize your child simply by believing in her. It will color all of your interactions and buoy your child’s determination and self-confidence.
Articulate: Don’t be shy—we’re all family here! You want to encourage your child? Tell him clearly you believe in him and formally acknowledge his efforts. Help him get in touch with his intrinsic pride by asking him how he feels when he achieves.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from Marin writer Elise Holland and her interactive storytelling website Why Is Mud?
Calling all young readers! Enrich your imagination, have fun, and win prizes at Why Is Mud?, the interactive storytelling website from Marin writer Elise Holland. Read online and follow the adventures of Meylyne as she journeys through the enchanted land of Glendoch where she and her friends unravel the mystery of the Thorn Queen. Why Is Mud? is perfect for young readers ages 7 to 12.
Readers will get a new chapter of The Thorn Queen each week, and can then submit answers to questions about what they read. Those who answer correctly will win prizes, and can even have their answers written into the extra chapters for the book!
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored article from PlanetBravo, who are now offering their computer and technology summer camps in Marin County at Ross School.
This summer, Marin is the first-ever Bay Area location for PlanetBravo’s exciting Techno-tainment Camp! PlanetBravo’s camps at Ross School introduce talented kids to the latest in cutting-edge technological tools. Campers can create video games, film their own movies, animate in 2D and 3D, and even build robots.
Course offerings this summer from PlanetBravo in Ross include LEGO EV3 Robotics, Minecraft Modding, DSLR Photography and Video, 3D Animation in Maya, GameSalad 101 Mobile Apps, and much more. Some courses are full or nearly full, so sign up now for your spot!
Poop. Doo-doo. Dung. Number 2. No matter what you call it, you’ll be able to learn all about it at The Scoop on Poop, the newest special exhibition on view in the Pachyderm Building at the San Francisco Zoo from January 25 to May 11, 2014.
This fun, family-friendly exhibit features large colorful graphic panels, and three-dimensional models, as well as many interactive components where visitors can listen in on an animal’s digestive system, learn the language of poop in countries around the world, compete in dung beetle races, track wild animals by clues left in scat, see how long it takes an elephant to poop its body weight, improve their #2 IQ in “stool school,” and even meet a dinosaur dung detective!
Animals use poop to build homes, hide from enemies, attract mates, send messages, and cool off—some even eat it! Veterinarians, farmers, naturalists, paleontologists, Maasai tribesmen, and power companies use it, too. Poop is a scientific puzzle, and with a little detective work, you can learn a lot about an animal by what it leaves behind.
Calling all young singers—come sing with the Marin Girls Chorus! Classes begin this month for the 2014 Spring Session, and the enrollment deadline is January 31. Classes culminate with a Spring Concert in May. The Marin Girls Chorus classes are open to all girls entering grades K–12. Weekly classes for grades K–1 and 2–3 take place four days a week: Monday–Thursday in Larkspur, San Anselmo, San Rafael, and Novato. Weekly classes for older girls take place on Thursdays in San Rafael.
Singers will have fun each week while learning vocal technique, harmony, music theory, rhythms, and the art of choral performance. But more than that, singing has many helpful benefits in your child’s learning including language development, increased concentration, improved memory and visual and listening skills. As part of the chorus singers learn cooperation and teamwork, improve their musicianship, develop leadership skills, and gain a sense of self.
Through public performances, artistic collaborations, and pro-bono outreach concerts in the community, the Marin Girls Chorus strengthens the cultural fabric of Marin County, and offers girls a place to belong and become their most vibrant selves.