Laying Down the Steak Knife How Meat-Loving Families Can Live Happily With a Vegetarian Child

Nutrition: My daughter’s decision to become a vegetarian two years ago was a quick and definitive one. She ate a ham dinner, pushed her plate away and stated that from now on, no animal flesh would enter her mouth. So far she’s followed the path. But it hasn’t been easy, especially for me. Read more…

A Household Word (March 2011)

Travel: I appreciate that being a student means living frugally. I know that there are hardships to be endured, like having to go to Jamaica on spring break instead of over Christmas because the flights are cheaper, you want your tan to last until summer and you don’t want to miss getting presents. I know that it’s hard to support yourself with only your parents’ credit card and unlimited use of their second car. Read more…

Ages & Stages (March 2011)

Safety: It’s a common question for most parents. After all, being able to use the toilet means no more diapers, which is a relief to many parents. But just when is a child ready to make the leap from diapers to the potty? Read more…

The Camp Director 10 Top Questions to Ask

Safety: Child rearing is full of defining moments. Passing on your values, teaching how to be a good winner and not a sore loser and helping learn how to navigate social relationships and friendships are just a few of these critical moments shared with our children. Read more…

What’s New (March 2011)

Nutrition: A new swim facility has opened at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, just in time to get the kids ready for summer! Swim camps run throughout the summer in Bronxville and at Pace University and offer daily swim instruction for all levels, as well as other fun activities. All lessons are taught by certified instructors, and lifeguard training is also available year round. Read more…

Let's Go To...(March 2011)

Vacations: The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is not what you’d expect from its name. When you think of a museum, you probably think of lots of reading, displays behind glass and static exhibits. Not here. CMOM (as it is known), on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is five floors of fun, interactive activities and educational exhibits for you and your kids. Read more…

Good Stuff (March 2011)

Technology: Catch and Shoot is an electronic talking indoor basketball challenge that turns any ordinary room into center court! Helps to develop better shooting skills and catching skills since it shoots the ball back. Ages 6 and up. $24.99. Try & Buy Toy Store, 45 Washington Ave., Pleasantville. 769-2997. Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (March 2011)

Nutrition: On the heels of two studies suggesting that a combination vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox doubles a child’s risk for febrile seizure, the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has recommended that kids have their first dose of these vaccines as two separate shots. Read more…

Education (March 2011)

Entertainment: When New York State Education Department Regent Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner released the results from the state’s 2010 grade 3-8 assessments in math and English in July, education professionals across the state were taken by surprise by an unexpected change: the cut scores for the assessments had changed. This meant that students needed to score higher on the tests in order to be deemed proficient. Read more…

Editor’s Note (March 2011)

Relationships: Children. What would we do without them? Or better yet, what can we do with them? Read more…

Do More Kids Have Food Allergies Today?

Nutrition: In a recent, nationwide phone-survey reported in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2.1 percent of kids 18 and under were allergic to peanuts or tree nuts – up from 1.2 percent in 2002 and 0.6 percent in 1997 in similar surveys. And it isn’t just peanuts. I am also seeing increasing numbers of children with allergies to milk, eggs and soy, the other most common allergy triggers. Read more…