November 2014
Past issuesFeeds

Is Your Child Obese?

Nutrition: Up to one out of every four New Yorkers under the age of 18 is obese, approximately 1.1 million youngsters according to the New York State Department of Health. As this number continues to grow so do weight related health and medical problems. Obese children are at increased risk of becoming overweight adults, placing them at higher risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. They are also more prone to adversely experience stress and develop poor self-esteem. Read more…

Give & Get

Hot Topics: For children, the holiday season is often about getting, but what if you encourage them that giving is also an opportunity to get – as in getting a good feeling by helping others. Here are a few ways your family might help others this holiday season and in doing so help yourself to some true holiday cheer. Read more…

Holiday Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate

Feeding Your Family: How do you think Santa would like to have this stack of cookies waiting for him on the mantle? Don’t celebrate Christmas? Even better. You don’t have to share! These Holiday Cookies with Cranberries and White Chocolate have a nice hint of spice and the texture is perfect. Ground oats replace half of the traditional flour in this recipe, which adds great flavor. Read more…

The Facts about Enterovirus D68

Health: Parents have long been accustomed to the back-to-school cold, which always seems to sweep through schools at the beginning of the year. This year, however, some children across the country have come home not with the common cold, but with a respiratory illness dubbed Enterovirus D68. Though similar to the common cold, Enterovirus D68 can cause a more severe illness, and is sending children to the hospital with symptoms including wheezing, difficulty breathing and other respiratory ailments. Read more…

A Different Lesson in Diversity

Family Values: It’s the economy. The political cliché often invoked by candidates during campaign season can also apply to the everyday lives of Westchester families navigating friendships and playdates in the county’s – and the world’s – increasingly diverse communities. Read more…

A Holiday Visit to South Street Seaport

Travel: The holiday season is here, filled with its bright lights, festive music and family and friends. It’s also a chance to step back and reflect on the many gifts in our lives. At this time just over two years ago, there wasn’t much to celebrate at the South Street Seaport in New York City. Devastated by Hurricane Sandy’s floodwaters, the area still remains just a shell of its former self. But while there is a lot of rebuilding to do, the storm didn’t sink the Seaport’s spirit, and a visit here can warm the heart. Read more…

An Old-Fashioned Christmas

Holidays: If you are looking to bring a little authenticity into your Christmas holiday this year try taking the family to a local tree farm and personally cut down your Christmas tree. Some families enjoy the process so much it becomes a yearly tradition. Read more…

10 Tips for Carpool Sanity

Safety: Busy families rely on carpooling to get their kids to and from school and extra-curricular activities on time. Carpooling can be a real nightmare if you’re not organized. Below are 10 tips to help you keep your sanity and get the kids where they need to be on time. Read more…

Westchester’s Winter Wonderland

Holidays: The first-ever, Westchester’s Winter Wonderland,  combines the best of New York City’s Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park with the largest light show in the Hudson Valley. Read more…

The North Pole Adventure at Ridge Hill

Holidays: Meeting Santa at the shopping mall is pretty much a rite of passage for kids these days, but The North Pole Adventure at Ridge Hill is a much different, more exciting and interactive experience ... and it’s free! Read more…

Snow Day Fun with a Purpose!

Relationships: If the homework is done and kids have played outside and then overdosed on video games parents may hear, “Mom, I’m bored,” or “Dad, let’s do something!” yes, afternoon boredom may set in when kids are cooped up at home on a school snow day. Here are some considerations to keep kids occupied and learning too. Read more…

Top 10 Reasons to Encourage Your Kids to Volunteer

Family Values: 1. Volunteering helps foster empathy. Empathy is the most critical disposition for responding to the needs of others. We need to be able to imagine what other people may be going through or feeling. Volunteering helps engage our natural empathic sense, but you have to make sure that there are opportunities to talk about the purpose and experience of any volunteer activity if the recipients aren't visible in the process (making sandwiches for the homeless isn't the same as helping to deliver the sandwiches to homeless people). Read more…

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