Editor's Note (Sept. 2011)

Working Moms: Even though my daughter has entered her second year of college, I find that as a parent I am still trying to be helpful. Gone are the days when I helped her learn to use the potty, tie her shoe or calm herself to sleep. Now I am he designated listener and her go-to mom on all matters involving college financial aid forms and complicated transportation arrangements. As parents, no matter what their age, helping our children is as natural as loving them. Read more…

Let's Go To...(Sept. 2011)

Vacations: Apple picking has become our family’s annual fall ritual. Luckily, there’s an abundance of pick-your-own farms and orchards in the Hudson Valley where we can get a bushel of fresh, crispy apples and plump pumpkins. Barton Orchards in Poughquag (southern Dutchess County) is one of our favorite places. Not only can we find more than 20 apple varieties, there’s also kid-friendly entertainment and delicious treats. It’s a cross between a day in the country and an amusement park, and my kids can’t get enough. Read more…

Special Needs

Entertainment: Parents have instincts that shouldn’t be ignored. Often they know in their heart of hearts that something is physically “not right” with the way that their child moves and interacts with the world. Perhaps they’ve had their child evaluated by a variety of pediatric specialists, but haven’t come any closer to solving the dilemma. And even worse, they really just want to help their child but have no idea where to turn. Read more…

What To Do When a Tooth is Knocked Out?

Working Moms: If the lost tooth is a baby tooth, just clean it up and save it for the Tooth Fairy. Trying to reattach a baby tooth can have disastrous consequences for the growing permanent tooth behind it. If bleeding from the mouth occurs, have your child bite down on a piece of clean gauze. Keep the gauze in place and avoid moving it repeatedly. If the tooth is a permanent adult tooth it must be transported to the dentist immediately in a solution so that it can be re-implanted. Read more…

Last Laugh (Sept. 2011)

Discipline: I woke up the other day with a desire to really connect with my offspring. I was going to prove to my children once and for all what a wonderful mom I truly am. OK, the truth of the matter was that I read an article the night before about how important it is to intentionally, rather than accidentally, connect with your kids. The article emphasized that it was important to deliberately carve out time, in spite of hectic schedules, to make moments to enjoy with the family. I always thought that I was supposed to enjoy moments with them as they happened … wrong answer. Read more…

Last Laugh (May 2012)

Entertainment: On and on it goes until there is only one sadistic child left alone in a ve Read more…

Let's Go To...(May 2012)

Travel: “All aboard, toot toot! Chugga, chugga!” Every parent has been exposed to the enduring charm of the perennial Thomas the Tank Engine. Trains and preschoolers seem to be made for each other. My son and daughter, Daniel and Emma, were serious Thomas aficionados while still toddlers. They played for endless hours with their wooden trains and interlocking wooden tracks. As they grew, so did their fascination with trains. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (May 2012)

Relationships: Of all the procedures we do to prepare a young patient for orthopaedic surgery, sticking them with a needle – particularly if it’s their first time – can be one of the most emotional. Children are often more nervous about the needle stick than the actual surgery. Read more…

The Myth of the Mama's Boy Why We Keeping Pushing Our Sons to ‘Man-Up’

Working Moms: Kate Stone Lombardi learned the unfair expectations involved with mothering a son early in her parenting life. Read more…

Happier Travels Simplify Your Family Trip (and Enjoy It More)

Travel: Whether you’re headed to Maine or Maui, traveling with kids isn’t so different. There’s the ever-present “Are we there yet?”, the bathroom emergencies that always seem to hit at inopportune times and the challenge of making sure you’ve brought everything that your kids simply can’t do without. We can’t stop travel-hassle, but we can offer you ideas from travel experts and parents who’ve been there, done that, to simplify your routine and enjoy the ride more. Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (May 2012)

Entertainment: Summer is around the corner and you’ll probably be purchasing some flip-flops. Whether you wear them at the pool, in the gym or just about everywhere, it pays to get a comfortable and reliable pair. Read more…

Out & About (May 2012)

Parent Education & Support

Education: By Susan Goldberg Read more…

How Often Do You Need a Pap Smear?

Health: By Christina Elston Read more…

Education (Sept. 2011)

Travel: Traveling with kids can be an amazing experience. It opens their eyes to new experiences, cultures and ways of life – and they learn so much! In an increasingly diverse and complex world, it is essential that children have the opportunity to build the life skills required to be literate and responsible global citizens. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (Sept. 2011)

Nutrition: different things to people in the Northeast – the end of the carefree days of summer, the anticipation of fall foliage and for children and their parents the start of a new school year. For many children this is an exciting time to renew old friendships and jump into a more scheduled routine. For other children (and their parents) this can be a time of stress and anxiety. Preparing your child for this transition can make the start of the school year a litt Read more…

Good Stuff (Oct 2011)

Out & About (Oct. 2011)

Nutrition: Westchester Family was especially glad to be at the opening of the Westchester Table Tennis Center at 175 Tompkins Ave., in Pleasantville. The center is owed by Will Shortz and managed by Robert Roberts, one of the top 25 players in the United States. Open seven days a week and suitable for all ages and skill levels, the center also offers individual lessons, group training sessions, special programs and party rooms. 741-0738. www.westchestertabletennis.com. Read more…

Let's Go To...(Oct. 2011)

Travel: The Walkway Over the Hudson was originally built in 1889 as The Poughkeepsie Bridge, a railroad bridge. It’s now designated as a New York State Historic Park and walkway. Overlooking the Hudson River with breathtaking views, the bridge is a beautiful place to take your family for a walk, jog or bike ride. Read more…

Last Laugh (Oct. 2011)

Working Moms: Girls, boys, Speedy the hamster. First, I want to thank the coordinator for asking me to speak here this morning, an impromptu diversion, really, to keep you distracted long enough for your parents to quietly sneak out the back unnoticed. Eyes back up here please! Read more…

Education (Oct. 2011)

Editor's Note (Oct. 2011)

Holidays: Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I get woozy at the sight of blood, cover my eyes in graphic movies (I only saw half of The Godfather) and can be spooked by any sudden movement. Yet, this year I am looking forward to this gory celebration. Read more…

What’s New (Nov.2011)

Out & About (Nov. 2011)

Family f.y.i. (Nov. 2011)

Nutrition: Making delicious, fun, nutritious and satisfying lunches every day for your children may seem like a daunting task, but there are simple ways to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Read more…

Editor's Note (Nov. 2011)

Entertainment: Children never fail to surprise me, especially the ones I know best. A few weeks ago my daughter called me from college. She’d be coming home for a few days for her mid-semester fall break. We went through the standard transportation finagling, the list of items to have in the refrigerator and the approximate amount of dirty laundry she’d haul home (a lot). Read more…

Cancer Support Groups

Health: Cancer Support Team (CST) is a non-profit home care organization that provides professional nursing, social work and support services free of charge to cancer patients and their families in lower Westchester. Read more…

Participate in Westchester Family’s Family Favorite Contest and be entered to win a 4-day/4-night family vacation for four to Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont! Watch the video below to find out more about Smugglers’ Notch!