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It sometimes seems as if the Interweb was made for moms. You can shop, network, and socialize at 4 a.m. while feeding your little nipper. (All in your jammies, no less.)

But sometimes what you need most at that hour is a little guidance. Which is why we’re passing on the contact info for Stef Tousignant, a local mom and nanny who recently began giving free one-on-one parenting advice through her website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Tousignant’s a child care pro from a family of child care pros: savvy, unflappable, and well-read on parenting and development. What’s more, she won’t just regurgitate all the wisdom she’s absorbed; she believes that every tot is an enigma for the parents to unravel. She always provides multiple options for you to try with yours, rather than just reciting the latest dogma.

Tweet that.

Available online at askananny.com. To get social, follow at @askananny on Twitter and check out Ask a Nanny on Facebook.

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this week in san francisco!

October Family Forum: the Power of Play
Parenting coach Kerrie LaRosa leads a workshop for parents of newborns and toddlers on the key to development.
Why: There’s no pay for this play.
When: Thurs., 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Carmel Blue, 1418 Grant Ave., b/t Union & Green Sts. Registration (required) to 415-362-2583.

Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts
Everyday life made magical with puppets and the music of Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, and Copland.
Why: At just one hour, there’s no time to get antsy.
When: Sun., 11 a.m. & 3 p.m.
Where: Wheeler Auditorium, Bancroft Way, at Telegraph Ave., on the UC Berkeley campus, Berkeley. Tickets at 510-642-9988 or online at calperformances.org. Ages 17 and up, $24; ages 16 and under, $12.

Tricycle Music Fest West: Grand Finale
Fams groove to the tune of Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, and others at the fete’s outdoor denouement.
Why: It’s an all-ages show.
When: Sun., 11:30 a.m.
Where: San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch, 300 Bartlett St., at 24th St. (415-355-2800). Admission is free.

Photo: Shanna Baker / Getty Images

San Francisco Public Library Mission Branch
300 Bartlett St
@ 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
Wheeler Auditorium
Bancroft Way
@ Telegraph Ave, UC Berkeley campus
Berkeley, CA 94704
Carmel Blue
1418 Grant Ave
bt Green & Union Sts
San Francisco, CA 94133