Press Release for JC Education Fair 2017

EVENT:  JC Education Fair 2017 (Education Fair in Jersey City)

WHEN: Saturday, September 23rd. 2017 10a.m. to 2p.m.

WHERE: Hamilton Park, Downtown Jersey City

                   McWilliams Place, 8th Street

                   Jersey City, NJ 07304

COST: FREE!

CONTACT: Mamta Singh, mamta@jcfamilies.com

Jersey City, NJ, September 23rd, 2017 – JCFamilies will be launching and distributing their new directory at the JC Education Fair 2017, which will cover all bases for parents and families interested in local schools and day cares.

Over 57 Jersey City and Hoboken-based public schools, private schools, charter schools, and day cares will be represented at the upcoming JC Education Fair 2017 where parents and families can obtain information firsthand from school representatives on open houses, school curriculum, as well as intermingle with other families and educators alike.

Parents will not only learn how to better navigate the different school systems and calendars, but also become privy to special events, enrichment classes, promotions and obtain resources from some of the leading childcare facilities and most prestigious schools in and around Jersey City and Hoboken. Schools like Hamilton Park Montessori, The Ethical Community Charter School and AlphaMind Academy will be in attendance for this family-friendly event that will appeal to children of all ages. JCFamilies will be hosting the 2nd Annual ‘Face-Off’ Magic Show, a free program showcasing the marvelous and mystical talents of local Magicians for all to enjoy.

Parents will be able to walk away from this experience able to discern which school will be the right fit for their young scholars and families. Team members of JCFamilies will also have a table set up to answer any of your questions, and we will be distributing our newly-launched directory for the 2017-18 school year. Stop by and say hi! For additional information please visit our website and subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive event updates.

*JCFamilies is a not-for-profit organization that connects over 25,000 local parents through its various channels, providing information, resources and wholesome parenting experiences to local communities.  JCFamilies is the largest and fastest growing community of parents in the Jersey City area.

Education Fair in Jersey City

Bringing Kids to Restaurants: Making it Easier

I hate bringing my kids to restaurants. “Don’t touch that. Put that back. Don’t eat the salt. That one’s pepper. See? Omigod. Come on. (Sigh.)”

In addition to my little ones’ inability to sit still for even ten minutes, I’m hyper-sensitive to the dining experiences of the other guests. The smallest squeal (is there such a thing?) makes me feel like I’m ruining everyone’s dinner.

My partner, on the other hand, loves dining out. He’s not bothered by their behavior. “They’re not even that loud,” he’ll say, or “It’s 6:10. We’re allowed to be here right now.”

Trying to compromise, we powered through about a year of storming out of restaurants until we figured out how to make it as easy as possible. Here’s what we learned:

  • Pre-Game. This is not a drill. Have a glass of wine while you’re getting ready. Put some music on. Chill out a little before you even leave the house.
  • Try for a later nap. The last time we went out as a family, we succeeded in starting nap-time at 2:30 and then let the boys wake up on their own – at 4pm! Obviously we can’t always control who sleeps when, but we found that if they nap later in the day, they’re easier to manage in a restaurant.img_1762
  • Bring toys. Don’t rely on your iPad or phone to entertain the kiddos. Part of the reason we bring kids into restaurants is to teach them how to behave in public. That means we have to engage with them. Try bringing table toys, like small packs of Legos, matchbox cars, or puzzles as a way to do that.
  • Arrive early. The witching hour is about 8pm, right? That means you’re a part of the 6pm crowd now. If that seems early, just try it once and be amazed by all the other families there too.
  • Order right away. Check out the menu online so that when the server greets the table, you can at least get some appetizers going. When you’re dining with little ones, every minute counts.
  • French Fries. It’s a night out. Get the fries. Don’t dig your heels into health-consciousness for the kiddos. There’s a time and a place for everything. In the restaurant, indulge.

Mel Kozakiewicz blogs at www.urdoingitright.com and has been living in Jersey City since 2003.