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It’s the little things in life, right? That’s definitely what my kids think, especially after a long day at school. They’re tired. They’re jumpy. They’re hungry. And sometimes, they come home with an immediate bad attitude. After weeks of frustrating behavior right after school, and some challenging behavior in school, I came up with an […]

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explore voting locally with kids
Imperfect Gallery

  Maybe you and your family have already gotten excited about election season. Or maybe you are like me, a bit jaded and not really seeing what real change can be done with politics and your vote. We’re down to the wire. Election day is upon us, and I’m pushing away my fears, disappointment, and […]

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on summer rituals and mindful parenting

What do intentional families look like? What does an intentional day consist of? One of the ways to bring a solid foundation and daily direction to your Northwest Philly familiy is the idea of ritual.   I’ve been reading The Intentional Family by William Doherty, presenting simple rituals to stregthen family ties, and I’m understanding more and […]

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what to do in a park?
Photo Credit: Jack Peters

Access to an open yard is limited to many kids in Philadelphia. If houses do have yards, they tend to be small patches We frequent a small “secret” park a few blocks down from us in Germantown, secret because although it is a public park and owned by the City of Philadelphia, it is hidden behind two […]

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guerilla art for kids
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  I admit. I love street art. It’s illegal, I know. But a positive message here and there chalked on a sidewalk won’t hurt anybody, right? I now have accomplices for bringing little cheerful surprises to unaware Northwest Philly neighbors. My kids and I are on a mission this early side of spring to bring […]

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showing all kinds of love through children’s books
Owen and Mzee, Scholastic Press

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be about chocolate overload or mylar balloons or Hallmark’s version of what true love is. Classic children’s books celebrating love are wonderful, but there is more than enough love to go around.  Here’s a list of five books to share with children that present a wider perspective of what love […]

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kids book review: 11 Experiments that Failed

11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter. (Schwartz & Wade, $16.99) Reviewer: Maleka Fruean Here’s another sassy picture book by Jenny Offill and Nancy Carpenter, who also created 17 Things I’m Not Allowed to Do Anymore. The main character, a highly mischievous and utterly curious little girl, becomes a home scientist and […]

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Monday Mix: Me…Jane Book Review
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Me…Jane by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown, $15.99) What an amazing and beautiful picture book written and illustrated by the creator of the Mutts comic strip Patrick McDonnell. It’s a simple story about the true childhood life of Jane Goodall, a curious girl who loved nature and discovery, started a club called the Alligator Society, and […]

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Introducing the Monday Mix: Book Reviews, Quotes, Neighborhood Fun, and More Mishmash

Greetings Germantown Avenue Parents! It’s Maleka Fruean, mama of three, events coordinator at Big Blue Marble Bookstore in Mt. Airy, and Germantown resident. I’m introducing a new series of GAP posts I’ll be doing on Mondays called the Monday Mix, filled with book reviews on new and older children’s and parenting books arriving at the […]

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Summer Reading Program!

We are consistent library-goers, visiting our closest free library at least once, sometimes more than once a week. We’ve moved three times in the past five years but one thing has remained constant- we find our closest library and become a regular customer. All the security guards know us. Most of the librarians know us. […]

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The Hidden Park

Tucked behind a large mansion and beside the Germantown Post Office is a “secret” park- the Howell Park, open to the public and part of the Philadelphia Parks Alliance! This park really is a hidden treat. Walk down the driveway of what may look like private property (at 5215 Greene Street) and find a little […]

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Big Blue Marble Bookstore’s Bunch of Events for Kids!

Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Northwest Philadelphia’s premiere spot for free, community events for children and adults, has a packed schedule this fall with events ranging from puppets plays to pirate parties, from excellent young adult readings to seminars teaching parents how they can pay for their child’s education. Come check us out! -Maleka Fruean, events […]

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As the weather gets warmer and warmer I’ve been thinking about tennis– a sport I used to do as a kid and absolutely loved. I never took lessons and never got very good at it but I adored taking up the racket and hitting the ball as hard as I could, and then trying different […]

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