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Archive: September, 2011

POSTED: Friday, September 30, 2011, 2:40 PM

In the current issue of Philadelphia Magazine, Daily News columnist Ronnie Polaneczky describes her life as a city parent. It's worth reading. Check it out here.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 3:45 PM

If you get tired of those oval bumper stickers touting a vacation in the Outer Banks (oops, make that OBX) or an athletic accomplishment, local blogger Tara Desmond points out some fun by @thatkristen. 

Check out her version of these stickers. I've run a few marathons myself. Training for those races was like strolling on Kelly Drive compared to pregnancy and delivery.

POSTED: Thursday, September 22, 2011, 12:50 PM

My son and his friends were playing at the beautifully renovated Roberto Clemente playground recently when a child who appeared to be about 10 years old started doing back flips off of tables and other surfaces.

At first, we praised his athleticism, but when he climbed up a curvy slide to do his black flip, all I could see was his head smacking into the playground equipment or the ground. I asked the other parents, whom I did not know, if we should stop him. They said nothing.

I asked again. They stared at the ground.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 5:45 PM

I don't leave the city often, but I just might try to hit a few of the parenting talks at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church starting this Sunday, Sept. 25.

The kickoff event features Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, who, with my former Inquirer colleague Susan FitzGerald, just wrote “Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Resilient, Self-Sufficient Teens in the 21st Century."

Ginsburg is an expert in adolescent medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and a great guide to coping with many of the challenges of parenting. If you've heard talk about raising a resilient child, it's probably because Ginsburg is one of the idea's biggest promoters.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 5:30 PM

The Center City District, which aims to improve quality of life for businesses and residents in its namesake neighborhood, wants you to sign up for its newsletter for famlies. As incentive, CCD is offering a chance to win $500.

You can sign up here.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 10:22 AM

One of the best parts about living in the city these days is watching parents who are trying to improve their local schools. In my neighborhood, a group of parents has pulled together around Bache-Martin, the local elementary school that primarily serves Fairmount and Francisville.

If you want to help - or meet the Villanova Men's Basketball Coach - Saturday is your day.

And if you have events planned for your school, let me know, and I'll put those on the blog, too.

POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2011, 5:33 PM

Two members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission resign. Read more here.

POSTED: Monday, September 19, 2011, 10:20 AM

My colleague Monica Yant-Kinney writes about how budget cuts affect one school where a group of parents has worked very hard to improve their school.

About this blog
In her 12 years at the Inquirer, Miriam Hill has written about everything from politics to gourmet chocolate (Like!) and anxious dogs (adorable trouble).

But only one topic has become a passion: the pleasures and challenges of raising a young child in the city.

Not too long after her son was born four years ago, she started hunting around for day care, which triggered her ongoing search for a good primary school. Public, private or charter? Stay in the city or move to the suburbs?

And then there are the more mundane questions, such as how many games can you play while sitting on a stoop?

Please join her in the conversation about raising children in Philadelphia and about making this city better for kids. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, but her only personal obsession is not football, but Bruce Springsteen. As he might have said, it’s hard to be a parent in the city.

You can also follow Miriam on Twitter here.

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