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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Earlier this year, my family enjoyed The Art of the Brick Exhibition
in New York City. It was fascinating to see paintings, sculptures, people, and everyday objects constructed out of Legos. The only downside was worrying that my toddler would touch the exposed bricks and cause thousands of tiny Legos to fall to the floor.
After seeing my son's reaction to The Art of the Brick exhibit, I knew that I had to check out the Lego Train Exhibit at the Palo Alto Museum of American Heritage.
For just $2, we had a great time watching the trains go round and round the table. What could be better than Legos and trains to a toddler? From the squeals of delight I heard throughout the room - not much.
The only downside is that the exhibit is high up and out of reach. It eased my worries about my son touching and breaking the exhibit but was a hardship for some visitors - such as my very pregnant friend. Being pregnant, she was unable to hold her train-obsessed son for long periods of time as he watched the trains go by. And he was too short to view the exhibit from the floor. I hope in the years to come stools, benches or a ledge are provided for little ones to stand on.
What small changes have you seen other family-friendly events make to ensure a more pleasant experience for visitors?