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Head of the Class Mom: Dr. Jessica Loo Marn

Meet this week’s Head of the Class Mom, Jessica Loo Marn—owner of NYC’s Urban Pediatric Dental and the new Eastside Pediatric Dental—and a mom to two amazing kids!

DSC_0722Tell us about yourself. Why did you start your practices?
I have always been a very ambitious person and was given an opportunity to start my own practice in a small shared space downtown. I took out a huge loan and had no other option but to make it work.

What is your secret to balancing work and family? Is there a balance?
I think there can be a balance, but I’m still working on that myself! I’ve realized that the better I take care of myself, the more quality and productive time I can give to those around me. It is difficult to carve out “me” time because of all the roles women take on. The one thing I do know for sure is the importance of having a great support system.

Share a funny story that helped you become a better parent and/or better at your job.
When my eight-year-old daughter tells me, “Mommy, you cannot quit your job because I’m planning to become a pediatric dentist and you need to teach me all of your tricks.” I realize that I need to set a good example and be an excellent role model for my kids— parents should be the super stars kids look up to every day. That is the responsibility we take on when we sign up to be parents.

What has been your biggest challenge and/or greatest reward in the struggle for work-life balance?
The biggest challenge is carving out time for myself, because sometime I feel like there are not enough hours in a day. The greatest reward is being a parent to both my 10-year-old son and to my eight-year-old daughter. I love when my kids to visit my offices and see firsthand how much I love and enjoy my job, and all of the letters written by patients that I have up on my office walls.

What is one thing you wish you knew before you had kids?
The true meaning of the word responsibility when it comes to raising well-rounded, loving, and respectable kids while juggling a full-time career. I have become quite the expert at multi-tasking!

If you could give other moms one piece of advice what would it be?
Make time to spend with your kids. They grow up so fast and you can’t get the time back!

QUICK Q’s:

What is your favorite children’s book?
Oh, The Places You’ll Go!
by Dr. Suess.

What has been your favorite kids’ class?
Definitely music classes! I love watching my kids’ dance moves, the genuineness of their laughter, and how carefree they are. Priceless!

What is your favorite thing to do with your family on weekends?
We like to take mini weekend getaways to nearby states to enjoy different types of scenery and expose our kids to life outside of the city.

What is your favorite rainy day escape?
We love board games, arts and crafts, and watching movies as a family.

FInd out more about Dr. Marn’s practices, Eastside Pediatric Dental and Urban Pediatric Dental!

5 Ways to Prepare for Fall Classes and Activities

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Now that it’s August, the pressure is on—it’s time to start enrolling your kids in fall classes and activities. Sure, you can put it off a few weeks, or sign up when summer is over, but the sooner you sign up, the sooner you can cross it off your list and return to summer fun. Plus, classes DO fill up, so enrolling now means assuring your child a spot!

If you haven’t thought a minute about what classes your child should take when September arrives, you’re not alone—it can be totally overwhelming, especially since there are so many kids’ programs to choose from in NYC. At Kidz Central Station we eat, sleep, and breathe kids’ activities, so we’re here to share some of our tips for choosing the best classes and preparing for the fall season.

Sign up for something new! Along with the perennial favorites that you sign up for season after season, try adding a new class to your child’s repertoire for fall. There are so many unique programs out there that you may not even know exist, and Kidz Central Station makes it easy for you to find them! Simply search by class type and neighborhood to see what hidden gems lie right in your neighborhood.

Keep kids’ schedules in mind. While it’s good for children to learn to be flexible, if your child naps at the same time every day, or you know he or she will focus better at a particular time keep those factors in mind when choosing a session. This will help you avoid making up tons of classes and will ensure that your child gets the most out of each lesson. Luckily, many programs offer multiple times and days for each class, so it’s easy to find the perfect option for your child.

Two cute little boys, playing footballTry a class NOW. Since fall classes don’t start until next month, August is a great time for kids to try out a class before committing for an entire season. Most programs offer trial classes for free or at a nominal cost, so it’s totally worth the time and effort. To search for a trial class on Kidz Central Station, simply check the box for “Trial Class” when searching from the homepage to see what’s available.

Complement classes with play time. With so many unique activities available for NYC kids this fall, it can be tempting to book a class for every day of the week. While structured activities are important for learning and development, kids are still kids at the end of the day—they still need free time to run around and play. Plus, fall is still warm enough to take advantage of NYC’s parks and playgrounds, which offer ample opportunity for running, jumping, climbing, and playing with pals. But don’t worry—winter isn’t too far behind, so in just a few months your little one can try all of the classes and activities he or she didn’t have time for during fall.

Get help! At Kidz Central Station, not only do we work with tons of NYC kids’ programs, but many of us are parents too! Email us any time with questions and to ask for suggestions—we know the ins and outs of the kids’ programs in NYC from working with them day to day and because our own kids have experienced many of the classes we have on the site. Let us help you get ready for fall!

3 NYC Preschool Programs You Must Check Out

If you were counting on Universal Pre-K for your child next year and it didn’t work out, or if you have a two- or three-year-old ready to try out a preschool program in September, we’ve got you covered! Search Kidz Central Station  by our preschool category, and you’ll find some fantastic preschool options for 2015–2016. Lucky for you these programs still have spots available—but probably not for long! Here are three fantastic NYC preschool programs we recommend for kids in NYC.


standard_IMG_1106City Tots.
 This brand new, state-of-the art facility on the Upper East Side has everything. Not only does City Tots’ offerings include enrichment classes, birthday parties, and open play for kids of all ages, but they also have a preschool program for little ones 18 months up to five years old. They foster a love of learning though a curriculum that focuses on social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development, with an emphasis on language and communications skills and self-help skills and work habit. City Tots also partners with several NYC private schools to help ready families for child’s education post preschool.

standard_wee-ones-clu-three-kidsWee Ones Club. You may know this favorite Murray Hill enrichment program for its mommy and me classes for kids as young as four months old, but Wee Ones Club also has a preschool program for two-, three-, and four-year-olds that provides the same warm and nurturing environment as its beloved classes. Through play-based, hands-on experiences, teachers work with kids on simple concepts such as separation from caregivers, self help skills, and health and nutrition (including hygiene). They also focus on social/emotional development, building confidence, language and literacy, and more!

standard_ab1Aleph Bet. Another Murray Hill favorite, Aleph Bet not only provides children with a warm and nurturing environment in which to grow and develop, but also focuses on Jewish education and giving children the opportunity to learn about their heritage and Jewish traditions and holidays. With three-day and five-day options available for two-, three-, and four-year olds, kids will enjoy an advanced curriculum for pre-reading and writing skills, play time outdoors, fun daily activities (music, soccer, dance, yoga, and baking), and more!

See a full listing of preschool programs for the 2015-2106 school year here!

9 Best Kids’ Boutiques on NYC’s Upper East Side

With the Upper East Side being one of NYC’s most family-friendly neighborhoods, it’s only appropriate that we would have a wide variety of children’s boutiques to keep our kids looking their best. Here are our top picks for everything from gifts to footwear to high fashion for littles:

For the Trendy Tot: Lemonade
1050 Lexington Avenue (between 74th & 75th Streets)
Lemonade is a little gem in the 70’s with an eclectic collection of urban-inspired on-trend styles for infants, boys, and girls.

Photo credit: Hoofbeats Ltd.For Personalized Perfection: Hoofbeats
305 E. 84th Street (between First & Second Avenues)
If you are looking for a specialty item for your little one or a memorable gift for a friend, Hoofbeats is your go-to boutique. This 25-year-old company specializes in monogramming any baby item imaginable: burp cloths, tote bags, blankets, you name it (literally).

For Classic Cool Big Kids: CrewCuts
1190 Madison Avenue (between 87th & 88th Streets)
No one does classic, collegiate style like CrewCuts, J.Crew’s kidswear outpost. Their preppy styles for boys and polished looks for girls are quintessential UES.

Photo credit: Lester'sYour One-Stop Shop for Mommy & Me: Lester’s
1534 Second Avenue @ 80th Street
Any UES mama knows Lester’s. You could easily spend an afternoon in this upscale department store, shopping for you and your little one. You can start on the contemporary side with on-trend picks for shoes and casual and dressy looks. Then, move to the kids’ side for personalized layette assistance, a well-stocked shoe department, and the cutest duds for everyone from toddlers to tweens.

For the Eco-Minded Mom: Sprout San Francisco
1375 Third Avenue @ 78th Street
Sprout has become a staple in the ‘hood for their extensive collection of organic products, from clothing and baby care items to toys, gear, and nursery items. This store is a rare find, not only for their eco-friendly options, but also for a great play space where they host classes and open play.

For Baby Basics: Giggle
1033 Lexington Avenue @ 74th Street
Photo credit: GiggleGiggle is an Upper East Side must for baby gear and essentials—but they also have Better Basics, their own super cute collection of baby wear, as well as some of our favorite kids’ fashion apparel lines: Splendid Littles, Tea Collection, and EGG by Susan Lazar.

For Gorgeous Gifts: Ralph Lauren Baby
872 Madison Avenue @ 71st Street
pPOLO2-8229717_standard_t240If you’re a Ralph Lauren lover, you’ll adore their baby store, which offers Upper East Side kids miniature versions of the classics, along with luxurious baby gifts. Think sterling silver baby brushes and cashmere throws.

For Selecting the Layette: Baby Cottons
1236 Madison Avenue @ 89th Street
This sweet boutique is a great place to put together your layette. Their entire line is made up of classic designs and soft pima cotton basics that will keep your baby as cozy as he/she is cute.

For Special Occasions: Magic Windows
1186 Madison @ 87th Street
Photo credit: Magic WindowsThis uptown institution carries the finest brands for all ages (from newborn to tween) as well as in-house tailoring for your little one’s special occasion suits and dresses.

Written by Lauren Deneroff, founder of mama{love} NYC, a lifestyle blog and resource for the modern city mama. She is also an Upper East Sider and a mom to two amazing kids!

Photo Credits:
Hoofbeats
Komen NYC
Little Babe Big City
Ralph Lauren
Magic Windows