Best Of The Web: August 1-7

Think being a working mom is tough? Try raising kids while going for Olympic gold! Talk about supermoms…check out a day in the life of the U.S. Olympic mothers. (Huffington Post)

And did you catch Aly Raisman’s parents as they watched their daughter perform Olympic gymnastics feats? You can’t blame them for being anxious! (NBC)

Bring the fun of the games into your household. Celebrate the 2012 Olympic games with these 11 recipes, crafts, and fun-filled, child-friendly activities! (Parenting)

Don’t allow child protests to cause laziness with tick checks. New studies show Lyme disease isn’t the only tick-related ailment we should be watching out for, and push us to keep a closer eye on wilderness frolicking. (New York Times)

Studies show moms-to-be shouldn’t think about work after their eighth month any more than they would consider lighting a cigarette! Take a look at why pregnant women above 24 should give themselves a break. (The Guardian)

NYC encourages breastfeeding by putting formula on the tippy top shelves in markets. Moms who don’t like to nurse should take a look at why Mayor Bloomberg is making it harder and harder to access baby formula. (Jezebel)

If you’ve got a picky eater on your hands, you might be interested in recent research to help end your battle with vegetable-spurning kiddies. (Chicago Tribune)

Psychologist Madeline Levine’s new book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, sparks a discussion on the high price of academic pressure. (Forbes)

Imagine giving birth on the same day as your twin sister. This identical pair had their babies only one hour apart—talk about a “cotwincidence!” (The Stir)

Should parents celebrate gender differences, or ignore them in the name of equality? Join the debate. (Huffington Post)

Some children can’t fall asleep without their blankies, and other toddlers carry their favorite dolls or racecars everywhere they travel. Though it’s all child’s play, when should parents worry if their tots are too attached to their toys? (Babble)

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The Little Gym of Bay Ridge- Bensonhurst

<p><span style="font-size: 10pt; font-family: Arial;" data-sheets-value="{" data-sheets-userformat="{">At The Little Gym of Bay Ridge-Bensonhurt, we specialize in unique, educational classes that revolve around active play. We give children a safe and inspiring space to direct their energy, build confidence, and develop key skills. Explore the range of classes we offer at The Little Gym of Bay Ridge-Bensonhurst to find the one that’s just right for your child. </span></p>

Plugged in Band

<div>Plugged In is a nonprofit program that offers online programs to student musicians (Ages 10-18) in a non-competitive environment and provides band and individual performance opportunities in support of community and charitable causes.</div> <div> </div> <div>Our programs include:</div> <div> </div> <div>Rock Band Classes</div> <div>Private Music Lessons</div> <div>Summer Camp</div> <div>Digital/Audio Production</div> <div>Songwriting and Recording Workshops</div> <div> </div> <div>Oh and hey parents, we are now offering private music lessons and our rock band program for adults too. Reach out to us for more information. </div>

New York Society of Play Summer Camp and Classes

<p dir="ltr"><strong>Summer Game Camp</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">There are many who do not feel safe sending their children back out into the world with summer camp, this year. To serve those parents and keep the children connected and stimulated during this challenging time, we are offering NYSP Digital Summer Camp. The name of the game with NYSP Summer Camp is community. We have made a large effort to make our camp feel like a living space, with features including –</p> <p dir="ltr">- Role-Playing games familiar and new, led by our master storytellers!</p> <p dir="ltr">- Enriching electives such as Chess, World Building, Character Acting, Crafts, Drawing, and more!</p> <p dir="ltr">- Discussion and media screening rooms during lunch!</p> <p dir="ltr">- A digital campus!</p> <p dir="ltr">- Moderated chat hours!</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Join us for a summer of games, friends, and more!</p> <p dir="ltr">Mon - Fri 10am - 2:30pm</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Roleplay Expeditions: Dungeons & Dragons</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">No experience is required to join one of our Dungeons & Dragons games. Our game masters have pre-made character sheets, so you'll be able to start playing the game right away! We adapt the rules of traditional Dungeons & Dragons to make them more approachable to children of various ages. Battle in dungeons, search for relics, and make new friends in our one-of-a-kind Dungeons & Dragons workshop! </p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr">Public games meet once per week, with different groups every time. Private games meet 1 to 2 times per week with the same group of kids. Since the players and the storyteller in the group are consistent, this enables us to tell epic tales of adventure together!</p> <p dir="ltr"> </p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Dungeons & Dragons Junior</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">No experience is required to join one of our drop-in Dungeons & Dragons games. Our Dungeons & Dragons Jr. game provides a D&D storytelling experience without character sheets. Battle in dungeons, search for relics, and make new friends in our one-of-a-kind Dungeons & Dragons workshop! A great way to introduce young children to D&D so they can eventually move onto the main game.</p>