Elisabeth Thurston Fraser

Blog Articles by Elisabeth Thurston Fraser

How to Bring Kids to a Protest March

How to Bring Kids to a Protest March

January 18, 2018 / Out & About

This Saturday, on the first anniversary of the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history, San Francisco will again be hosting one of the dozens of Women’s Marches taking place across the country. Whether or not to bring children to a peaceful demonstration is obviously a very personal deci... read more

Friday: The Fresh Start Edition

Friday: The Fresh Start Edition

January 05, 2018 / Lifestyle

Who else is ready for school and childcare schedules to get back to normal? I know I am. Here we are almost a week into 2018 and I haven’t even finalized my intentions for the year, let alone started acting on them. That’s why I’m declaring the first week o... read more

BADM Family Class Giveaway

BADM Family Class Giveaway

December 12, 2017 / Education

Yesterday the New York Times asked what parents could do to “robot-proof” our children’s future professional paths. That concern might sound alarmist to some, but even parents who don’t live in fear of the singularity have probably paused to consider what our increasingly automated world might look like when our b... read more

Friday: The Silence Breaker Edition

Friday: The Silence Breaker Edition

December 08, 2017 / Lifestyle

Is anyone else experiencing a bit of whiplash alternating between attending preschool winter concerts and watching the latest sexual harassment scandals unfold? While I’ve spent much of this year feeling sick to my stomach, the latest headlines give me hope my daughters and son may come of age in a... read more

Friday: The I Want a Wife Edition

Friday: The I Want a Wife Edition

December 01, 2017 / Lifestyle

Did anyone else wake up this morning, realize it’s December 1, and panic that you haven’t prepared a Pinterest-worthy advent calendar? I’m consoling myself with the fact that every child I’ve ever met is delighted with the $.99 chocolate calendars from Trader Joe’s.   While I plan to make a Trade... read more

Can Gratitude Transform Your Family?

Can Gratitude Transform Your Family?

November 24, 2017 / Parenting

Science says yes.  Thanksgiving may be only one day each year, but the benefits of adopting a grateful mindset are ongoing and significant. Here are just a few: Kids who regularly practice gratitude are kind.People with a grateful world view are better able to cope with difficult life events.Gra... read more

Friday: The How-to Edition

Friday: The How-to Edition

November 10, 2017 / Lifestyle

It's the weekend! Normally, a rainy start would be disappointing, but in this case, it's novel. After marveling at the wet street and dog walkers carrying umbrellas for a few minutes, my three-year-old asked to go outside and touch the water as if she'd never seen rain before. May your... read more

Extra TGIF

Extra TGIF

November 03, 2017 / Out & About

Never is the phrase TGIF truer than on the Friday following a midweek holiday. With rain on the agenda this weekend, we've all earned a cozy day of apple cider and Harry Potter movies (Judging by the number of Harry Potter-themed costumes I saw on Tuesday, we're not the only... read more

Friendsgiving is the Answer to Everything

Friendsgiving is the Answer to Everything

November 01, 2017 / Lifestyle

While I may have three enthusiastic celebrators of National Doughnut Day (coming up on November 5) living in my house, the best recently-invented holiday has to be Friendsgiving. What's not to love? You gather with your chosen friends and family (not a conspiracy theorist uncle or judgey second cousin to be see... read more

San Francisco's Best Trick-or-Treating Streets

San Francisco's Best Trick-or-Treating Streets

October 31, 2017 / Out & About

This year San Francisco took top honors on Zillow's list of the 20 best cities for trick-or treating. Their ranking measures home values, percentage of kids under 10, and proximity of homes. Whether or not Zillow considered number of vertical feet covered while trick-or-treating is unclear. In any case, San Francisco kids... read more

Some Things in San Francisco are Free

Some Things in San Francisco are Free

October 27, 2017 / Out & About

This might be the best weekend of the year. Gorgeous weather is in full effect, the number of potential activities seems boundless, and we're reveling in the sweet spot between back-to-school and holiday craziness. Must be October in San Francisco.  My family is looking forward to celebrating pre-Halloween with some o... read more

Halloween for All: Managing Fears and Special Needs

Halloween for All: Managing Fears and Special Needs

October 25, 2017 / Parenting

Walking down a bustling New York street the day before Halloween with my then-three-year-old daughter, we turned a corner to encounter a masked man. He held up his arms and whispered “boo.” I shrieked. My daughter was unfazed—well, except for some confusion about the bizarre social interaction. While my eldest... read more

Making City Life Easier for Families (One Post at a Time)

Making City Life Easier for Families (One Post at a Time)

October 23, 2017 / Lifestyle

GGMG’s mission has always been to support, connect, and improve the lives of growing families in San Francisco. We hope this blog helps make the city friendlier and easier to navigate for all the families who live here and those who visit. Upcoming features include surviving the SFUSD school lo... read more

Reclaiming the Pump

Reclaiming the Pump

October 04, 2017 / Parenting

We live in a hub of technological innovation. Our kids spot self-driving cars on city streets with increasing regularity. There’s an ongoing debate about whether robots should be allowed to deliver our food. And yet, breast pumps haven’t changed significantly since their invention . . . over 60 years ago. I remember foll... read more

Podcasts for Kids: How to Achieve 20 Minutes of Peace in the Car

Podcasts for Kids: How to Achieve 20 Minutes of Peace in the Car

October 02, 2017 / Parenting

My kids are 3, 6, and 8 and their feelings about long drives range from “I have a number of very specific questions about the scenery” to “these car seat straps are the source of all unhappiness in the world.” With school commutes in full swing, weekend trips to the pumpkin patch on the hori... read more