Healthy Sleep for Infants and Toddlers.

27 Oct
Join us this Friday as we learn about the development and support of healthy sleep for our youngest family members!  Please RSVP by Wednesday on the Evite.
Sleep is complex and unique to every family. With so much conflicting information out there on infant and toddler sleep, many parents are left confused. By gaining an understanding of sleep development and biological sleep needs, a parent will be better able to listen to their intuition in supporting good sleep for the entire family. Patience Bleskan will walk parents through the major factors that impact sleep, normal sleep development, cultural impacts on sleep expectations, and finding solutions to sleep issues. There will be plenty of time for Q&A.
Patience Bleskan, MA founded Patience Parenting Services,LLC in 2003 and is the Co-Founder of The Family Room, a community center for families with young children. She has worked with families with young children for close to 20 years. Patience has spent the majority of her life learning to better understand how children learn, and how adults, teachers and parents, affect who children become. As the mother of 4, she supports parents with both a personal and professional perspective. She has had her own experiences with postpartum depression, loss of community and balancing a career with raising a family. These experiences and her passion for helping others understand children is what drives her life. Over the last 10 years Patience has become a leading expert on infant and early childhood sleep. She has supported hundreds of families around the country through her classes, groups and consultations. Patience approaches sleep by combining information from four major bodies of knowledge: Biology, Anthropology, Current Research and Motherhood. You can learn more about her philosophies on sleep on her website at www.patiencebleskan.com.

Exploring the history of race.

17 Oct

Dr. Ted Vial presented a fascinating lecture focusing on the history of race.  He delved into W.E.B. Du Bois’ and Immanuel Kant’s definitions of race, and explained that race is a relatively recent construct in western history.  The word “race” appears in the English language for the first time in the 15th century, and in German in the 18th century. Humans have always categorized themselves in groups; religion, gender, nationality, tribes, etc. but using skin color as a marker is fairly recent.  It also varies in different parts of the world – what we define as separate races here in the United States does not always apply in other countries.

We barely scratched the surface of this complex topic, so we hope to explore it further at MomTime in the future, especially in the context of talking to our children about race.

Thank you, Dr. Vial, for engaging our brains and making us feel like we were back in college for an hour this morning!

Fall Service Project: Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten.

16 Oct


This semester we are supporting Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten for our fall service project. Montview Preschool is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.  All money raised for the preschool will go to their financial aid fund.  Montview is one of a handful of preschools in Denver to offer financial aid at all.  This opens up enrollment opportunities to a more diverse population, which is one of the founding principles of Montview Preschool AND one that is very important to Montview Church.

To participate in the fall service project, you can do any of the following:

1) Purchase a Starbucks card or grocery card from the preschool office (cash or checks only) – just one floor below where we meet for MomTime.  They sell cards for King Soopers, Whole Foods, Sprouts, and others in various denominations.  Depending on the retailer, 3-10% of your purchase will be donated to the preschool.  You still get the full dollar amount to use on your card – it’s the retailer who sends a rebate to the preschool.  Easy!

2) Go to MomTime’s Amazon Wish List to order books that have been specifically requested by the preschool.  The list can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/ZE0LGC6B9UBV

Then bring those books to the November 21st meeting where we will give them to Montview Preschool’s director.

3) Bring gently used books to the November 21st meeting.  Look for books that are appropriate for preschool and kindergarten kids.  The preschool does not use books that have licensed characters in them (Disney, Sesame Street, Thomas, Dora, etc.) and prefers regular paper books rather than board books.  If you need ideas, check out MomTime’s virtual book list using the tags in the right-hand sidebar.

4) Make a cash donationFrancine will be placing a bulk order from our Wish List so that we have a good number of books to donate to the preschool Director when she speaks at our meeting.

5) Donate baked goods or buy treats at the MomTime Bake Sale on Sunday, December 14.  This pre-Christmas bake sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, usually netting around $1000 in sales.  We will give half of the proceeds to Montview Preschool.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our service project coordinate, Francine, at fmugge@gmail.com

Thank you in advance for your participation!  The Montview Community Preschool and Kindergarten is so grateful to have our help!

Cellphone Photography.

3 Oct

We learned about the basics of cellphone photography and picked up some cool tips and tricks.  Husband & wife team James Dewhirst and Loredana Gaudiuso are professional photographers who love their fancy cameras and lenses, but they are also just like the rest of us and use their cell phones to capture everyday moments.

To view James’ full presentation, click here: cellphone photography

The iPhone/Android apps that James recommends are:

  • Snapseed (photo editing – color, contrast, etc.)
  • Instagram (filters, sharing)
  • Rhonna (filters, stickers, text)
  • Clip Crop (scrapbooking elements – stickers, text, frames)
  • Hyperlapse (time lapse photos/videos)
  • Mosaic ($25 photo books of 20 images, uploaded directly from your phone to the app)
  • mpix (order prints directly from your phone)
  • Dropbox (transfer photos from phone to computer even when you can’t plug in)

Lore had some quick tips for capturing children on camera:

  • Go outdoors for the best lighting.
  • In low-light situations, use the flashlight from another phone to add ambient light, then snap the photo on your own camera phone.  This technique avoids that ultra-bright, washed out look that flash photography can sometimes give.
  • When shooting pictures outside, keep your subjects (kids, friends) in the shade.  If there is too much harsh sun coming directly at you, use your hand to shade the lens of your camera phone.  It’s OK for you to be in the sun while shooting a photo of subjects in the shade.
  • When shooting pictures indoors, move your subjects close to a window to take advantage of natural light.  This will also give your subjects interesting shadows on their faces.

James and Lore have been in the professional photography business since 2004.  They met and studied photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California.  Loredana specializes in taking photos of infants, children and families and James specializes in educational and corporate photography.  James also teaches photography at a few colleges in the metro area.  When possible James and Lore also enjoy photographing weddings as a team.  They live in Denver and have a young daughter.  You can view their work at:

James is available to teach small group photography classes.  Please contact him if you’re interested!

Announcements – October 3.

3 Oct

Leadership Team Openings: MomTime needs help with PR and the Babysitting Coop.  If you are willing to dedicate a few hours a month to either of these positions, please contact our co-chairs Paola Ramirez and Heather Weldon.  Getting involved with the Leadership Team is a fantastic way to really get to know the women of MomTime!

Fall Service Project: we are collecting new and used books for Montview Community Preschool & Kindergarten.  You can search for the Amazon wishlist under fmugge@gmail.com for ideas of book titles appropriate for the preschool library.  If you and your kids are downsizing your own library at home, keep in mind that the preschool cannot use books with licensed characters in them (Dora, Thomas, Disney characters, etc). You can also participate by purchasing Starbucks cards and grocery cards (Kings, Whole Foods, Sprouts, etc) at the preschool office (right below the MomTime room) – a percentage of your purchases goes back to the school’s financial aid fund.

MomTime Bake Sale: mark your calendars for Sunday, December 14.  This is always a popular bake sale at Montview, so we would appreciate all the baked goods donations we can get!  If you’re not a baker yourself, ask your family or friends to consider baking something for us.  Proceeds from the bake sale are split between MomTime’s scholarship fund and our fall service project.

Fall Retreat: October 25-26. Please RSVP on the Evite if you’d like to get away for a girls’ weekend at Pam’s home in Silverthorne.  The cost is approximately $20 per person, plus extra for dinner out on Saturday… and even more extra if you’re going to hit the outlets!

Moms Night Out: October 9 at the Chop Shop in Park Hill.  RSVP on the Evite or email Kristen for details.

 

CELLtography 101.

29 Sep

Please join us as professional photography team (and husband and wife) James Dewhirst and Loredana Gaudiuso share pointers on:
~ how to take great photos with your cell phone camera
~ specific phone applications that make taking, managing and sharing your photos easier
~ practical tips for taking great pictures of young children

James Dewhirst and Loredana Gaudiuso have been in the professional photography business since 2004.  They met and studied photography at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California and now call Denver home.  Loredana specializes in taking photos of infants, children and families and James specializes in educational and corporate photography.  They also enjoy photographing weddings as a team.  They live in the neighborhood and have a young daughter.  Their websites are:
jamesdewhirst.com (corporate photo site)
loredanaphotography.com (family photo site)
lorejames.com (wedding site)

Please RSVP on the Evite by Wednesday and include the names and ages of your children so we can plan childcare accordingly.

Career and Motherhood.

19 Sep

Brenda Abdilla, author of What’s Your Lane? offered us her coaching expertise today in the area of motherhood and figuring out our careers.  Some of us are happy as stay-at-home-moms, some are happy working outside the home, and many of us just don’t know what the ideal balance is for ourselves and our families.

We discussed pros and cons of each of the 7 lanes: the center lane, the fast lane, the driveway, the slow lane, the alternative lane, the turning lane, and the merge lane.  You can read descriptions of the lanes on Brenda’s website, and also read her great blog posts on motherhood, guilt, and work – 3 things that often go together!

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