Author: Jillian Gilchrest

Family Fun Friday Edition!

There is a chance of rain both days this weekend, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your little ones!  A lot is going on this weekend-inside and out.  Here are a few of my favorite ideas! Inside Activities: West Hartford Children’s Museum Planetarium Shows– This weekend a variety of shows for all ages will be playing in the science dome. “Larry Cat in Space”, “Invaders of Mars”, “One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure”, and “Astronaut”. Take a look on the website for show times! Mystic Aquarium– National Estuaries Day Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Meet members of local environmental organizations and partake in various educational activities and games. There will also be crafts and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Activities are included with admission: $29 adults, $26 seniors over age 60, $21 ages 3 through 17 and free for children 2 and under. Kidcity Children’s Museum– For children 0-8 and their favorite adults. Sat: 9-5, Sun: 11-5. Adults and children $8 each and children under 1 free. Your local Barnes and Noble and Library are also fabulous places to bring kids on a rainy day! Outdoor Activities: Quassy Amusement Park– Octoberfest/Last weekend of the season.  Print this coupon for one all-day ride pass! Middlebury, CT. Durham Fair-Enjoy rides and games on the midway; live entertainment, first-class animal competitions and discovery...

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Babyshower Ideas

I went to the babyshower of a dear friend of mine last weekend.  Hadn’t seen her in nearly three years–actually, since my baby shower! She lives on the Jersey shore and I’m up near Hartford and so needless to say, once I had my son, the trip seemed daunting.  This weekend reminded me of how much I love her though, and seeing her and her husband so happy and excited for their baby and expanding family was something I’m glad I got to share in.  But…I digress. What I found awesome about her shower was the fact that each guest was asked to bring a book to build her son’s library.  Everyone wrote notes on the inside cover of the book that she will get to enjoy with her son for years to come.  I was also able to turn this present idea into a night on the town with my own son, bringing him to Barnes and Nobles last Friday evening to play with the train set and read books as I picked out the perfect book for my friend and her little one, “How do Dinosaurs Go to School?”  A favorite of ours. I think from now on, asked or not, I will be bringing a book to each baby shower I...

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The afterwork opera

Since becoming a working mom, my afterwork routine has continued to change along with my son’s rapidly changing stages and schedule.  I’m pretty thrilled with our performance now that Don’s 2 and 3 months.  Don is now eating close to normal food and can participate in mini/hysterically funny conversations about his day at the dinner table.  He enjoys the routine of putting his bib and place mat in the laundry bag and runs eagerly to the bathroom to wash his hands.  Tonight, I was even able to lift some weights, cook dinner, clean the dishes and do a load of laundry all while Don watched an Elmo dvd. Being a working mom is like orchestrating a fine piece of music–lots of moving parts that need to come together in order to get the desired result.  Tonight, I liked the result!  Some nights I’m not on my game and other nights I don’t want to be the conductor, but tonight I liked the result! A beautiful evening with laughter and a complete...

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Childcare shouldn’t be a luxury

In a July 31st post to the Huffington Post, Christine Bork discussed the intense struggles faced by so many low-income women to find and keep work and pay for quality childcare.  The average cost of full-day care for an infant represents about 41% of the median income for single mothers. Child care costs vary across the nation—from a low of about 27% of median income to a high of about 67%.  What I find even more mind blowing than the post itself are the comments made by Huffington Post readers, many calling on women to stop having children, to get on birth control or have an abortion, and to stop making poor choices.  Only one out of the 80 comments supports Ms. Bork’s claims that “as a society, we have to be willing to give people what they need to do their jobs. Helping working moms afford quality child care not only benefits kids, businesses and consumers, but it’s also the right thing to do.” In today’s day and age, when 72% of single, low-income mothers with children under age 6 are employed, we need to fix our systems of early care and education in order to ensure that all children can receive quality childcare.  Telling women to stop having children while ignoring the structural inequalities that keep these women amongst the working poor is ignorant and short-sighted.  Having...

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