Car Seats, Lactation Support and Everything in Between with Tot Squad Founder Jen Saxton

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In this episode of The Parent Pod, we spoke to Tot Squad founder Jen Saxton about how she’s helping families identify and hire the best experts for their family.

Jen is the founder and CEO of Tot Squad. She started Tot Squad in 2011 during her time at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where her business idea won first place in the Kellogg Cup Business Plan Competition. She’s been featured on CNBC, Fast Company, Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWeek and The Doctors, you can learn more about her through LinkedIn, and through the Tot Squad website.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Yoga & Meditation for Kids with Yo Re Mi founder Rachel Costello

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In this episode of The Parent Pod we spoke to Yo Re Mi founder Rachel Costello about the benefits of teaching yoga to kids and families.

Rachel Costello is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher specializing in hatha, vinyasa, prenatal, postpartum, yoga nidra, trauma-informed yoga and yoga for children and families. She trained with Dharma Mittra and also studied at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in India, with Rainbow Kids Yoga in Toronto, and at Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. She is currently working toward a Yoga Therapy Certification through the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. Through Yo Re Mi, Rachel works with schools, educators and early childhood professionals to bring music, yoga and mindfulness to young children all over NYC. She is an artist, singer, and performer and loves incorporating dance, theater and music into her classes. Rachel has been teaching both adults and children since 2005 and, as mother of two, especially loves sharing the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with women, children and families.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Exploring Toys as Tools in Play with Scientific Mommy Co-Founder Erin O’Connor

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Erin O’Connor the co-founder of Scientific Mommy.

The Director of New York University’s Early Childhood Education Program, Erin is a tenured professor and holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a Masters in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Masters in School Psychology from Columbia University. Erin teaches human development and education classes to pre- and in-service teachers in New York City schools. She also co-directs a community partnership working with families and caregivers. 

​In addition, Erin leads a research program examining relationships with mothers and teachers and the impacts of these relationships on children’s development in early and middle childhood. She also conducts randomized control trials of relationship-building interventions on the language and social development of pre-kindergarten children from low-income families and neighborhoods. 

Erin has published in educational and psychology journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Educational Psychology, and Journal of Applied Psychology. Her work is supported by grants from several institutions including the Institute for Education Sciences. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association, American Psychological Association, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Feel free to check out the episode and comment on the conversation with the #gymboreeplayandmusic hashtag. You can also shop a wide variety of toys in any of our open locations in North America.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Hiring the Perfect Caregiver with the Windy City Nanny Florence Ann Romano

In this episode of The Parent Pod spoke to the Windy City Nanny (Florence Ann Romano) about everything from nanny cams to hiring dos and don’ts for parents.

Florence Ann Romano, The Windy City Nanny ™, is an author, podcast co-host of “Finger Painting the Future”, a philanthropist and child-care expert who has always had a special place in her heart for children. Romano worked for over 15 years as a nanny, beginning as a ‘Mommy’s helper’ at the age of 11. She believes the key to success for a family is by focusing on what she has coined as THE TRIFECTA – parent, child, and caretaker working in unison toward common, family goals.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Parent Self-Care With Author & Expert Kristi Yeh

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Parent Self-Care Expert Kristi Yeh about the ways parents can practice self-care, especially in the winter months.

Kristi Yeh is a parent of two, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who has been practicing in California for over ten years. She currently works in school-based mental health as a Wellness Coordinator at a public elementary school. Kristi has been passionate about self-care personally and professionally for years, which led her to start Parent Self-Care, write a book for parents about their wellness, and launch the Mental Mile podcast.

You can visit her online at https://parentselfcare.com/

And you can purchase her book Self-Care 101: Self-Care Inspiration for Busy Parents here.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

Reinventing life, traditions and hand-me-downs with Rent a Romper Founder Lauren Gregor

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Rent a Romper founder Lauren Gregor about her family traditions, her business, and her life as a mom of two boys.

Lauren Gregor is a mom, wife, strategy director, soccer coach, and entrepreneur living in California with her 2 children, husband and a desire to help save the planet. 

Check out her business Rent-a-Romper; a rental clothing subscription that ensures that you have the right clothes at the right time as your child grows. Her goal is to make parents’ lives easier while easing the negative effects that the fashion industry is having on the planet.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

The Secret to Mentally Strong Parenting with Amy Morin

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Amy Morin about the ways in which we can be more mentally strong as parents. Amy is a psychotherapist and the internationally bestselling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do. Her books are translated into more than 40 languages. She’s also the host of The Mentally Strong People podcast.

You can learn more about her at https://amymorinlcsw.com/

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

50 Random Acts of Kindness to try on World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a global day that promotes the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself, and to the world. The purpose of World Kindness Day is to help everyone understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together.

Today we encourage you to allow your child to participate in the random acts of kindness campaign by doing something nice for someone.

Here are 50 random acts of kindness activities to get your family started.

  1. Send a card to an old friend.
  2. Hold the door open for someone.
  3. Share a toy or item they wouldn’t normally share with a sibling or friend.
  4. Donate to a cause anonymously.
  5. Return someone’s cart at the store.
  6. Send your teacher card or small gift to show you care.
  7. Leave a letter in a library book.
  8. Feed the birds.
  9. Leave happy notes around town.
  10. Volunteer your time.
  11. Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
  12. Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
  13. Let someone go ahead of you in line.
  14. Compliment a friend.
  15. Wash someone’s car.
  16. Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
  17. Plant something.
  18. Bake dessert for a neighbor
  19. Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
  20. Check in on an elderly neighbor.
  21. Set up a cookies & cocoa station at your local community center and donate the profits.
  22. Send a card to a service member.
  23. Bury treasure at the playground.
  24. Set the table for dinner.
  25. Leave a small gift on someone’s doorstep.
  26. Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
  27. Tell someone why they are special to you.
  28. Donate outgrown clothes.
  29. Buy a coffee for a stranger.
  30. Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
  31. Talk to someone new at school.
  32. Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
  33. Shovel snow for a neighbor.
  34. Donate food to the food pantry.
  35. Bring flowers to your teacher.
  36. Tell a manager how good your service was.
  37. Compliment a stranger.
  38. Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
  39. Forgive and apologize to anyone you might have hurt.
  40. Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
  41. Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
  42. Take treats to the fire station.
  43. Read a book to someone.
  44. Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
  45. Donate books to a doctor’s office waiting room.
  46. Tell someone how much you love them.
  47. Say hello to everyone you see.
  48. Make someone else’s bed.
  49. Hold the door open for someone.
  50. Wave at policemen and firefighters.

Remember, there’s no right way to celebrate World Kindness Day. You can have your kids focus on one idea today, or many over time. We know kindness can be life-changing for your children and the people they interact with, and we believe that by participating in acts of kindness as a family or group can encourage long term kindness habits for your child, and the world.

Conquering Fears Through Mindfulness with Zen Pig author Mark Brown

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to Dad and Creator of the best-selling children’s book series “Zen Pig,” Mark Brown about mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, and much more.

Mark Brown is writer and speaker passionately helping others awaken to a life of purpose, presence and intention. Born in Hampton Roads, VA over 30 years ago Mark Brown now resides in booming Nashville, TN with his wife Amy and son Noble.

Learn more about the book series at https://www.facebook.com/ZenPigBook/

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.

IVF, Adoption, & Surrogacy, One Mom’s Journey to a Family of 6 with Josephine Atluri

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In this week’s episode of the Parent Pod Podcast, we spoke to meditation expert and Responding to Life podcast host Josephine Atluri about her journey to motherhood.

Josephine is an expert in meditation and in overcoming adversity to find joy. Through her unique journey on her path to become a mom of five, Josephine weathered many ups and downs with IVF, international adoption and surrogacy. Channeling her experience to find calm and courage and to focus on perseverance, she now helps others navigate life’s curveballs, through group and individual online meditation training and her “Responding to Life” podcast.

She teaches weekly classes at Unplug in Santa Monica, CA, where she trained under the renowned guru davdji, former COO of the Deepak Chopra Center. She also does group meditation training for staffs of such prestigious entities as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Additionally, Josephine is a regularcontent contributor to Motherly, Red Tricycle, The IVF Warrior, The Fertility Circle and many other prestigious outlets.

Learn more about Josephine online at https://www.jatluri.com/.

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The Parent Pod podcast by Gymboree Play & Music is a weekly conversation that features various experts who are willing to share helpful tips for parents and grandparents on how to support their little ones during the first five years of life. Our podcast drives conversations around early childhood development and parenting strategies, with topics ranging from sleep training, and minimalist living to maternal mental health and postpartum depression.