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Establishing Healthy Eating Habits

Introducing Solids and Establishing Healthy Eating Habits

On Monday, 10/21, Dr Glynn will be visiting our New Parent group at 12:30 to share information about introducing food to our infants. Feeding your baby can be a fun process of introducing the many different flavors and textures of whole foods.

The goal is to emphasize healthy eating and to teach parents how to positively shape their child’s taste preferences. A growing body of research shows that babies’ palates are influenced before birth. Maturing in the “amniotic soup” infants taste the foods their mothers eat. This process of “sampling” foods continues for breast-fed children, as mother’s milk takes on the flavors of what she consumes.

Our little ones love tasty food as much as we do! Learn about adding seasoning with herbs and spices, garlic or onion, & get some guidance on how to get started feeding your little one solids.

Suggested donation: $15. No one is turned away for lack of funds.


Nicole Glynn, MD

Nicole Glynn, MD

Nicole Glynn, MD grew up in Santa Cruz California where she was first introduced to the idea of integrative medicine. Dr. Glynn’s father, a pediatric dentist, influenced her to become a pediatrician. She received her bachelor’s degree in Combined Sciences at Santa Clara University and before attending medical school was involved in research at the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition and Stanford University Center for AIDS Research. She earned her medical degree from Creighton University and completed her pediatric residency at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. During her residency, she provided care to many underprivileged children and became especially curious about the growing pediatric epidemics of asthma, eczema, and obesity. After becoming a mother her interest in nutrition, supporting breastfeeding, and integrative medicine deepened. During her pregnancy, she made changes to “green the womb” as her awareness of the impact of environmental toxins on fetal development became more personal.

Dr. Glynn and her family live in San Francisco where she has practiced at a variety of locations including Kaiser, Noe Valley Pediatrics, and Stonestown Pediatrics. Dr. Glynn joined GetzWell Pediatrics in part because she loves taking more time with patients and their families, building strong relationships and providing personalized holistic care.

She is a board-certified pediatrician and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, spinning, yoga, barre classes and nurturing her young daughters.

Learn more about Dr. Glynn and why she loves helping patients at GetzWell Personalized Pediatrics in her video.

Festive Fall Activities for Families

There are so many opportunities to get festive this month! Here are some we have our eyes on:

  • Fridays in October. Just up the street, enjoy free movies in the park, popcorn, and fun at McCoppin Park

  • Throughout the month. Get fall festive and go apple picking or visit a pumpkin patch.

  • 10/25, 3-9pm. Scare Grove at Stern Grove ($10, Free for 2 & under)

  • 10/26, 12-2pm. Halloween Party at Mission Creek Park (Free for kids 2-10 & parents)

  • 10/27, 12-2pm. Halloween Hoopla at Yerba Buena Gardens (Free for kids 2-10 & parents)

  • 10/29, 5:30pm. Member Happy Hour - Dress up and come play at Recess

  • 10/31, 4-9pm. Halloween Party. Playland on 43rd

Crafting and family fun

Are there any that we missed? Email us at hello@recesscollective.org

Evening Excitement! Cooking without Waste 101

September 11, at 7:30pm, Chef Alison Mountford will be at Recess to help us learn how to save time, money and the Planet by cooking without waste.

In the United States we waste 40% of the food we produce and the largest amount of waste comes from our own homes! That means, we’re buying food to just throw it away. Not only is this a waste of money, food in the landfill is a top driver of methane emissions and climate change. Even if you compost, the water, labor, gas, oil, and plastics used to produce it are wasted.

Chef Alison Mountford is a San Francisco based Chef and mom of two, who has been catering and cooking for families, celebrities, and businesses for 15 years. Her newest initiative is Ends+Stems a meal planning app that’s aimed at making your life easier while reducing food waste in one step.

In this class, she’ll share the secrets of meal planning, kitchen inventory, and how to get easy weeknight meals on the table. We’ll even dip into tips and tricks for setting up healthy eating and cooking habits for your kids.


We’ll be making 3 dishes with the produce stars of the fall and Back to School Season - apples.

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We’ll make apple cider vinegar from scraps, use the fruit in a cravable entree salad, and use the vinegar to make a marinade and dressing.


All participants will receive a $15 CREDIT to use with Ends + Stems!

Making Sense of the Preschool Search

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Your child is one or two and you’re starting to think about preschools. (Ack! But they were just a tiny infant!! )

While we can’t stop time, we can help you get started in the search to find a preschool that matches your priorities.

Here’s one way to get a handle on the options and develop your plan.

  1. Explore the app, Winnie.

  2. Go to Preschool Preview Night (9/19)

  3. Attend Starting the Preschool Search (an online workshop) (9/24)

  4. Revisit Winnie.

It’s worth taking a look at the app, Winnie, before you head to Preschool Preview Night, so you know which tables you’d like to visit at the event. Without a mental roadmap, the preschool preview night event can feel a little overwhelming.

Once you have your list of 5-10 schools, jot down the application process. Every school is different. Some require you to attend an overview, some ask for an interview first, and others lead group tours. Almost all of them start in September/October. Generally speaking, applications tend to be due in December/January and letters go out in April/May.

Best of luck!

Preschool Preview Night - Sept 19, 6:30pm

 

Attend Preschool Preview Night 2019, an all-in-one evening for parents of upcoming preschoolers and kindergarteners, hosted by Golden Gate Mothers Group.

  • Meet and talk with representatives from 70+ local preschools and kindergartens.

  • Get the answers you need to questions about philosophies, costs, schedules, pre-admissions visits and more.

  • Meet representatives from a diverse group of family-focused organizations and learn about their services, and products.

  • Babysitting available onsite! Babysitting will be limited to children who are walking AND at least 1 year old.

Starting The Preschool Search (online workshop) - Sept 24, 7:30pm

 

Got preschool on the brain? Many parents are baffled when faced with the search for the perfect preschool. Play based or academic? Montessori, Reggio, or Waldorf? Does getting into the "right" preschool really guarantee a spot in the "right" kindergarten, ensuring a straight path to an ivy league education? What's the difference between a preschool and a daycare and is one better than the other? Whoo! No pressure!

Join Aki Raymer, MA (www.parentingpaths.com) to explore all of these questions and more. Expect to walk away from the class with a clearer understanding of different educational philosophies, what to look for when touring schools, and what to expect once you begin the application process.

All proceeds go to support the Recess collective. Suggested donation $25-50. Add on any amount to the base rate below.

Use Winnie

 

Enter your zip code and watch the map populate with all of the preschools in your area. Once you narrow down your preschool criteria, you can use Winnie to identify the schools that match what you’re looking for. This app will allow you to search by philosophy, location, price, schedule and so much more. Visit the site.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, or if you’d like more info. hello@recesscollective.org