Book by Book How One Dad Is Making Toddler Books Better

Entertainment: Off a small side street in Chappaqua, N.Y. sits the home of Matthew Van Fleet, The New York Times best-selling children’s book author and illustrator. In the front corner of the yard, tucked under the branches of a large tree is a fort made of sturdy wood and gnarled branches. Once you get to know Van Fleet you realize this very fort is representative of the man himself. Both have a strong foundation with a healthy dose of whimsy and originality that can turn heads. Read more…

What’s New (June 2011)

Entertainment: Maybe, like us, you are a Green Babies fan. Lynda Fassa, former Ford model, mother, author and founder of Green Babies clothing and toy line has introduced her new baby body care line. She’s partnered with one of the largest producers of baby care products, MZB & Co., to introduce a plant- and fruit-derived, hypo-allergenic line of skin, hair and bath products free of petroleum, sulfates, parabens and phthalates. The line is available at select Whole Foods Markets and specialty stores nationwide. www.greenbabies.com. Read more…

Education (June 2011)

Entertainment: Jared Lloyd was having trouble with reading, specifically letter recognition and retention. He began seeing a tutor twice a week for help. As a result, his mother says, Jared’s reading ability, confidence and self-esteem have all improved. Jared is 6 years old. Read more…

Education Tutor (June 2011)

Relationships: Who doesn’t love a great story, especially one with interesting and fun-to-say words and sounds? Nursery rhymes do just that – such as Muffet and tuffet from “Little Miss Muffet,” or Old MacDonald’s e-i-e-i-oh! Read more…

Reality Bites a Gen X Dad

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Editor’s Note (June 2011)

Hot Topics: There may still be three weeks or so left to the school year, but if your children are anything like mine was, school is technically over. Yes there are tests to take, art projects to bring home and desks to clear out, but young minds have checked out with the first rush of warm air. Can you blame your youngsters? Read more…

Good Stuff (June 2011)

Holidays: A tiny keepsake is revealed as these unscented candles burn. Each candle’s plaque features a wish, such as joy, love, fun and adventure. Includes a set of 12 candles and one clear glass tray. $69.95. www.redenvelope.com. Photo courtesy of redenvelope.com Read more…

Out & About (June 2011)

Entertainment: The Marc S. Zeplin Foundation recently hosted their 5th Annual Family Fun Day, Skate Into Spring, at the Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford. The event honored Marc. S. Zeplin, a young father who lost his life on 9/11 at the World Trade Center and served as a mitzvah project for his son Ryan. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Tuesday’s Children’s Project Common Bond, a nonprofit organization designed to support those impacted by terrorism. The event featured music, skating, a magician, a balloonist and cupcake decorating for all. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (June 2011)

Safety: Concussions and Youth SportWith the arrival of summer, most families are outdoors enjoying activities synonymous with warmer weather. Many indulge in bike riding, jogging, rollerblading and hiking. This […] Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (June 2011)

Relationships: At Gilda’s Club Westchester Tell a man about a problem, and he – or least most men – will run to their computers and continue to plow through the work on their desk. But when cancer strikes, there is no way to simply “shut cancer out” and turn to the pressing matters at work. According to Gilda’s Club Westchester “one way men find comfort and support is through information and facts. Attendance at activities geared toward men has nearly doubled in popularity because we focus on news, facts and other information that’s uniquely important to our male members.” Read more…

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