Women Behind The YW

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Amy Kiser

An international perspective on Hurricane Sandy

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This blog entry is an exerpt of an email from Michelle Saldivar,  the Co-President of the YW’s International Club who was born in Mexico.  She sent it on Tuesday to our International Club members, most of whom are ex-pats here in Darien. I hope everyone and your loved ones are safe and in good spirits. […] [Read More]
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How to Tame Your Child’s Homework Monster

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On Thursday, September 27th, YWCA Parent Awareness featured Dr. Christopher Bogart, the Executive Director of the Southfield Center for Development, speaking to parents about Taming the Homework Monster: Practical Strategies to Reduce the Daily Drama. Dr. Bogart provided specific strategies to reduce stress around homework, falling under three underlying principles: Parents must STAY CALM C.A.L.M. Method […] [Read More]
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Great Bonding Experience for Moms & Daughters

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Ox Ridge third graders Olivia Grace Pistone (left) and Charly Covello attended the first YWCA Darien/Norwalk Mom & Me Book Club meeting this fall. Mothers and daughters take turns hosting at their homes and meet once a month from September to May. The Mom & Me Book Club gives girls a safe environment to discuss […] [Read More]
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Newcomers Out on the Town

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Over 120 new area residents attended the YWCA Darien/Norwalk’s Club Newcomers Annual Fall Party. The event was held at the Darien Historical Society and the Title Sponsor of the event was William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage, and Insurance.  Delicious food was provided by Palmer’s Catering, beverages from White Bridge Liquors, flowers from Springdale Florist. [Read More]
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Taking a Time Out

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Last Thursday morning, members of the YWCA International Club met at Waveny Park in New Canaan for a walk and yoga class. Somehow in the middle of school runs, post-storm yard clean-ups and errands galore, all paused to enjoy a break with nature and the company of each other. Yoga Instructor and YWCA member Maria […] [Read More]
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Girls in Transition

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The transition to a new school is daunting for students, especially the transition to Middle School and High School. Each brings a unique set of stressors and challenges, both social and academic. These transitions are especially hard on girls because they rely so much on their social networks for support and self-esteem. Providing a comfortable […] [Read More]
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Conversations with Working Moms, Part 1

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Whether you work in an office or are a stay at home mom, you know balancing competing demands is a constant challenge. We recently sat down with three Darien moms to find out what they find most difficult about balancing work and family. Click here to see video clips answering the first of four questions […] [Read More]
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An Au Pair in Your Family

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Last week a few local moms were joined at the YWCA offices by representatives from three au pair companies to discuss this popular childcare option. Welcoming an au pair into your family can be a very rewarding intercultural opportunity, with the main benefit of receiving quality childcare at an affordable cost. Hosting an au pair […] [Read More]

Never Too Old to Enjoy a Parade

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The July 4th YWCA Push N Pull Parade was held on the Post Road in Darien for the 8th year this year. Participating in the parade were kids of all ages being pushed, pulled or operating their own wheeled vehicles. My personal favorite is the vehicle in the foreground of this picture. A friend told […] [Read More]
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Can you imagine Darien High School without athletics for girls?

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Happy 40th birthday to the law that changed the playing field for women’s athletics, education, and more! On June 23, 1972, Title IX enforced that girls should be allowed to participate in all educational activities which of course includes sports. The law states in part, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis […] [Read More]