According to Malcom Gladwell’s Outliers, "ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness," and when it comes to tennis, Centre Court Logistics agrees. The philosophy behind the elite training program is that sufficient practice in a particular skill can take anyone to top-tier proficiency, and students who start clocking those crucial hours on the court at an early age are best equipped to succeed. That's exactly why during their next round of tryouts, which take place this summer, the coaches will be looking for tennis-loving kids ages five to ten who hope to one day play with the pros.
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Before you call in the clowns or hire another Elsa impersonator, there's a new way to keep kids entertained at your next birthday bash! Real Good Play brings a safe, structured, mobile play system and a trained play associate to your home or venue, encouraging hours of endless exploration for partygoers. The system features Imagination Playground's™ Big Blue Blocks, which come in seriously abstract shapes that can be creatively lined up, stacked, and connected, inspiring children to design their own inventions, environments, and activities. Conceived and designed by award-winning architect David Rockwell, the blocks are already a big hit at many of the finest Children's Museums worldwide, but Real Good Play is first to bring the fun to your own backyard (literally).
Every child deserves access to quality health care. But in New York State alone, there are over 100,000 uninsured children. Scary, right? Meanwhile, there's actually an affordable, quality insurance plan that's been available to kids under the age of 19 for over a decade—but many parents don't even realize it's an option.
Protecting your little one is probably at the top of every parent's to do list, but between the sleep deprivation and the fact that you seem to be missing the instruction manual to your new bundle of joy, a little guidance goes a really long way. After all, parenthood hurls a lot of tough stuff at you in the first year—sometimes literally—and you don't have the time to desperately search for solutions. You barely even have time to shower.
We love the philosophy behind Eye Level: that successful learning happens at the eye level of the child. The example of an elementary school teacher who kneels down in front of paintings at a gallery the day before bringing his students to an exhibit, to make sure he sees the work the way they will, is the type of engaged teaching we all want for our children. Maybe that's why more than two and a half million children have participated in Eye Level's individualized supplemental math and English program across the globe. With fifteen locations in New York and 216 locations nationwide, more local families are discovering the confidence and self-directed learning habits that Eye Level programs can provide.
Whether you're shopping for your own mom, helping a friend's kids treat their mom (because, yes, we're that amazing), or dropping a hint in someone else's direction (because YO! We're that amazing!!), these deals we've found might give you a shortcut to some great last minute gifts. Happy Mother's Day from Mommy Poppins!
A holiday is pretty much the least we can do to recognize just how uh-mazing moms really are. And that’s why, with Mother's Day coming up fast, DiamondWish.com and DiamondStuds.com aren't just reminding us exactly why moms deserve the moon and more on their big day, but they’re making it easier to spoil ‘em with serious savings on fancy fine jewelry. Just use the code “mommypoppins” to get $50 off $499, $100 off $999, $500 off $4,999, and $1,000 off $9,999 when you shop the largest selection of diamond earrings on DiamondStuds.com, or 25% off the handcrafted custom diamond jewelry on DiamondWish.com. Plus, order by Wednesday, May 10th at 9:00am PDT and get FREE expedited 2-day shipping on either site when you select “free standard shipping.”
So, here's just a subtle reminder of why moms deserve it all on Mother’s Day:
After three trips to Buy Buy Baby, six separate email chains with your sister-in-law, and a plea to your local parents group, you still can't decide which stroller to buy. From one-handed folds to fixed wheels and car seat adapters, it can feel as if you need an engineering degree to understand the endless options, and then a panel of experts to pick the right model.
Here's the thing: Whether planning for your first baby or adding another little one to your crew, the key to finding the perfect fit for your growing family is to focus on your lifestyle. So, forget about the stroller your best friend swears by or the new release you just read about in that parenting magazine and start thinking about things like the size of your NYC apartment and the number of stairs you climb in a day. From there, read on to find recommendations based on your everyday needs.