Could Measles Make a Comeback?

Safety: In the year 2000, measles – a childhood disease that once plagued millions – was declared essentially dead in the United States. Most of today’s parents never had it, nor have their children. But there were 222 cases in the U.S. last year (up from an all-time low of 37 in 2004), and 27 more cases reported as of this spring. With vaccination rates dipping here as anti-vaccine sentiment grows, a resurgence of measles abroad and summer travel in full swing, experts worry that measles could stage a comeback. Read more…

What’s New (July 2012)

Entertainment: Yes, we live in a digital world and even though your children are probably more knowledgeable about the digital world than most adults, there’s always more to learn. Now a new program, Digital Arts Experience, offers a course of study in animation, photography, audio and video production, web design and graphic design and illustration. Read more…

When Your Child Worries Too Much

Child Development: Jamie Williams’ son, Tanner, was always a sensitive child. Read more…

Geocaching!

Family F.Y.I. (July 2012)

Entertainment: What’s better than an inexpensive family outing? A FREE one of course! Let the fun begin with these not-to-be-missed summer events. Read more…

Out & About (July 2012)

Entertainment: To the delight of all the children, as well as the teachers and parents, more than 20 children’s book authors and illustrators attended the Annual Author/Illustrator Night at the Post Road Elementary School in White Plains. Children mingled with the authors and artists, posed questions and purchased personalized autograph copies of books. Post Road Elementary School, 175 West Post Road, White Plains. 422-2000. www.whiteplainspublicschools.org. Read more…

Last Laugh (July 2012)

Vacations: Years ago I worked as a performer at an amusement park. It was a great summer gig. In between shows we would ride the roller coasters non-stop. Back then the faster the coaster the better. There was nothing more thrilling then the feel of the wind in my hair and that tickle in my stomach as I dropped 200 feet. I was young and fearless. Ah, the good old days! Read more…

Editor's Note (July 2012)

Technology: Are you concerned that your children are so “plugged in” that they are missing out on what nature has to offer? Richard Louv, a journalist and author, who is devoted to exploring the connections between family, nature and community, is very worried. In his groundbreaking book, Last Child in the Woods (Algonquin, 2005) he coined the term nature-deficit disorder to explain the seriousness of this alarming trend. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (July 2012)

Entertainment: As the weather warms, more kids are outdoors playing team sports. While it’s all fun and games, it is also important to keep in mind the potential for kids to strain or injure themselves as they exert themselves on the field. 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!