The Early Childhood Resource and Information Center

indooractivities.jpgUPDATE January 2009: The ECRIC early childhood research materials have moved to the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch, but the Family Room is still at the Hudson Branch. If you are looking for more information about the Family Room, click on the Hudson Branch link. If you are looking for more information about ECRIC, click on that link.

Right upstairs from the Hudson Park Branch Library on Leroy Street in the West village, you'll find the Early Childhood Resource and Information Center. This is a unique resource in the NYPL system, a place dedicated to serving the needs of young children (birth to age 6), their parents, caregivers, teachers, and other early childhood professionals.

The Family Room is the heart of ECRIC. The room holds a special collection of books, toys, and learning tools and includes a carpeted block area, housekeeping and dramatic play spaces, drawing easels, climbing & sliding equipment, puzzles, and other learning tools.

Being a Good Mom Can Make Your Kids Healthier Adults


Apparently hugging and kissing your children is important for more than just making them feel better after getting boo boos. New science is showing that being a nurturing parent could keep them from getting serious illnesses as adults.

A most incredible NOVA episode on PBS called Ghost in Your Genes gave a huge insight into how the environmental effects of our lives, including our prenatal experience and how nurturing our mother was, can actually affect our health and even the health of our grandchildren.

I can't describe half the things that it talked about because it was so dense and informative, but here are a couple of summary thoughts:

A Month of Indoor Activities

indooractivities.jpgThroughout January I'm going to be posting New York's best indoor activities for babies, toddlers and kids...which will come in handy if it ever gets cold again...not that I'm one of those crazy people who believes in global warming or anything.

We've recently posted about Mommy and Me Swimming Classes and Five Great Indoor Activities for Kids in NYC. You can find all our similar posts in our Indoor Activity Guide.

Are you an alpha-alfalfa mom?

kerr_modern_homemaker_1947.jpgHow often do you fantasize about escaping the rat race, moving to the country and spending your days making fresh bread and jam from the berries in your garden?

Every time I start to dream about this I have to do the ol' reality check and make sure my fantasy accurately depicts the garden that I haven't weeded in weeks, the mice that I can't ever seem to get rid of, and the pile of stinking compost on the kitchen counter; because I know myself and, even in the country, I'd be so busy doing 20 million things that all that stuff I idealized about slowing down and doing just wouldn't get done.

There's a new breed of uber-moms - they're the ones who are working their hineys off to live and raise their family in most the ultra sustainable, non-materialistic, anti-consumer, locavore way. And it ain't no picnic, folks. It's a blood sport.

Happy New Year!


8 kids, 11 confetti poppers...we're going to be finding that stuff all year long.

Today is the official end of our first full year at Mommy Poppins. I'd like to thank all of our readers and our advertiser, College Nannies and Tutors.


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