October 2012
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Great New Special Needs Books!

Nutrition: Books can offer a wealth of information and be a great help and comfort to families raising    • Dana DeRuvo Davis, a Greenburgh resident, and her son, Jackson, began writing The Ties […] Read more…

Messy Tween Bedrooms Explained

Family Values: It’s more than a tad embarrassing when I recall how I used to brag about my neatnick son’s spotless room. He was the shipshape child. The kid who would finger-press wrinkles out of little polo shirts and cargo pants. In fact, he lived for color-coding perfectly hanging apparel in his closet. Read more…

Pretty Pearly Whites

Nutrition: What is cuter than a baby’s smile when those first bottom teeth appear? As a parent you’ll want to keep those tiny pearly whites in tip-top shape. Martin J. Davis, D.D.S., spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), pediatric dentist and father of two, says, “I have heard parents say­­­, ‘baby teeth aren’t important, they are just going to fall out anyway.’ Nothing could be further from the truth.” Baby teeth control the growth pattern of the face and can affect a child’s speech. If the baby teeth become infected the adult teeth that reside below the gum can become misshapen and discolored. Davis has several important recommendations that can help your child have healthy teeth and a beautiful smile. Read more…

Lime Seared Scallops With Spinach and Walnuts

Nutrition: Serves 6 Read more…

Solving THE Summer Dilemma Choosing the Best Camp For Your Child

Vacations: Temperatures may be hovering around freezing, but it’s time to start setting your sights on summer fun. It may be hard to believe, but summer camps are already accepting applications. If camp is in your child’s future this summer, advanced planning can make all the difference. To discover the camp that is perfect for your child, and your budget, start researching your options now or risk finding your desired program fully enrolled. Read more…

Raising Bilingual Children

Family Values: In this rapidly changing world, the importance of raising multicultural children is on the minds of more and more American parents, and for good reason. The world, as we know it, is becoming more closely knit. Companies are leading this change, expanding various segments, subsidiaries and departments of their business overseas. This means that in addition to acquiring the right set of work skills, it will also be necessary for our children to speak a second and even third language to compete in this new world market. Read more…

Autism and Feeding Challenges There Is Hope

Child Development: Approximately two-thirds of children on the autistic spectrum have severe food aversions, which can impact their growth and development. These children are not your typical “picky eaters.” They are referred to as resistant eaters or problem eaters. Read more…

JCC of Mid-Westchester

Child Development: The JCC of Mid-Westchester in Scarsdale hosted a September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance event. Some 700 volunteers gathered and participated in many goodwill activities including assembling Rosh Hashanah holiday foods, greeting cards and hand-decorated picture frames that were delivered through Bronx Jewish Community Council in cooperation with UJA-Federation of Westchester. The event, a Day of Chesed (kindness), Service and Remembrance, brought together participants of all ages from throughout the county to support many activities and programs benefitting 14 local agencies. JCC of Mid-Westchester, 999 Wilmot Rd., Scarsdale. 472-3300. www.jccmw.org. Read more…

Dannon & Family Services

Nutrition: The Dannon Company, Inc. presented the Dannon Next Generation Nutrition® Grant and a $30,000 award to Family Services of Westchester in support of its Healthy Lifestyles program. The grant was awarded at the ShopRite at 29 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains during a nutrition-education event and supermarket shopping contest. Family Services of Westchester, One Gateway Plaza, Port Chester. 937-2320. www.fsw.org. Read more…

Feed Your Neighbors!

Nutrition: The backbone of the county’s emergency food network, Food Bank supplies 95 percent of all the food given to the Westchester’s hungry. Supermarket gift cards are preferred to turkeys. Read more…

Buttercup Bake Shop

Work & Family: Jennifer Appel has brought her famous bake shop to White Plains! Specializing in old-fashioned American desserts, Buttercup features cupcakes ($2.25 each) and layer cakes such as Apple Walnut ($32, two layer 9”) and the Lady Baltimore Cake, an almond-flavored white cake filled with coconut, candied cherries, cookie crumbs and almonds. It’s frosted with meringue and topped with coconut, cookie crumble and cherry halves! ($36, two layer 9” or $24 three layer 7”) Custom cupcakes and cakes also a specialty. 168 Martine Ave., White Plains. 949-5700. www.buttercupbakeshop.com. Read more…

Comfy Socks

Work & Family: After a long day at school or work there’s nothing better than coming home and putting on something comfy. VH Apparel’s Kissables, lavender and aloe infused chenille socks, are about as comfy as you can get. These stylish socks moisturize your feet, relax your senses and have patented Gripp-em treads for extra traction. Kissables are available in several designs for teens and ladies. $9.99. Many other sock styles are available including some especially for kids, such as the popular and colorful Mix & Match 6-Pair Pack. Order online at www.vhapparel.com. Read more…

Celebrate Tradition

Nutrition: There are some images that stay with you for a lifetime. A passing thought of my grandmother brings me instantly to her front yard. She’s standing on her stoop smiling wide, her left hand holds the screen door open while she rings a cow bell in her right. Read more…

WeeZee World of ‘Yes I Can’

Relationships: More than 400 parents and their children attended the Kisco Disco event recently, sponsored by WeeZee World of “Yes I Can!” WeeZee is a club for children ages 1-12 featuring a range of programs and activities that sharpen and strengthen athletic, academic and social skills. The 16,000-square-foot play space features some 100 different elements and state-of-the-art equipment including a Rainforest (water activity center), a Rock Wall and Zip Line, Trampolines, a Mechanical Cow, Vibration Stations, a Cyber-Action Floor, a Lava Lamp Room and a Music & Karaoke Room. WeeZee, 480 Bedford Road., Chappaqua. 752-2100. http://weezeeworld.com. Read more…

That’s How the Cookie Crumbles

Nutrition: For most people, Thanksgiving is all about the turkey, caloric yummy sides and family togetherness. My family is all about that too, but our feasting frenzy starts way before. Whenever our family gathers, we usually do it around the table of my parents’ favorite Chinese restaurant. Read more…

SPORTIME Expands

Nutrition: SPORTIME Expands SPORTIME has opened a brand new $5 million tennis facility on the grounds of Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester. The new facility is also home to an expanded John McEnroe Tennis Academy, […] Read more…

Whooping Cough Vaccine May Leave Some Unprotected

Nutrition: Keep an eye out for whooping cough (a.k.a. pertussis) as your kids start the new school year. A new study has revealed that the switch to a pertussis vaccine with fewer side effects more than a decade ago may have left children slightly more vulnerable to the illness – a highly contagious respiratory infection where thick mucus in the windpipe can make it difficult to eat, drink and breathe. Read more…

The New York Aquarium

Vacations: My son and I walked up to the doors of The New York Aquarium ready to experience the uniqueness of aquatic life. We were not disappointed. Read more…

Diabetes in Teens More Than Doubles in a Decade

Nutrition: Diabetes and prediabetes have more than doubled among teenagers in the United States, an alarming trend that has health experts urging parents to pay more attention to their adolescents’ eating and exercise habits. Read more…

LUSH Cosmetics

Hot Topics: LUSH, the home of fresh handmade cosmetics has opened a new store in The Westchester. It was shop-‘til-you-drop on opening day when folks waited patiently in line to enter the packed shop. LUSH features items for women, men and children for bath, shower, body, hair and face. An added bonus: LUSH’s Charity Pot makes donations to grassroots charity needs. The store offers many attractive gift packages for holiday giving. The Westchester, 125 Westchester Ave., White Plains. www.lushusa.com. Read more…

Goody Bag Alternatives

Parties: As if planning a birthday party for your kids wasn’t tough enough, goody bags (those ubiquitous little bags handed out at the end of the party) have gotten more elaborate and expensive over the years. If your child is over the age of 5, you’ve probably seen your fill of bouncy balls that land under the couch, cheap games that break by the time you get home and stickers that end up on mirrors forever. The alternative is loads of candy given to kids already hopped up on birthday cake and ice cream. Read more…

Where the Mommies Meet

Meetup Groups and for Moms. Moms meet other moms at Meetup groups for playdates, support, to share experiences, information and tips and to have fun. Meetup, an online network of local groups, makes finding others with similar interests (to meet face-to-face) easier. Some such Westchester groups: mom2mom of northern Westchester at www.meetup.com/mom2mom-of-northern-westchester/; The Westchester Moms Meetup at www.meetup.com/westchester- Read more…

Halloween Candy? Tips to Avoid Tooth Decay

Discipline: Candy usually contains sugar, which is the perfect environment for breeding bacteria that cause tooth decay. Consequently, to avoid future dental problems, it is important to keep two things in mind when eating candy. Read more…

Family Party Guide

Parties: A JUDY REDA VARIETY ENTERTAINMENT793-0030www.judyredaentertainment.comProviding high-quality entertainment for discerning clients since 1987, they create a package to suit your needs and budget. Santa visits, costume characters, clowns, magic, sing-alongs, balloonology, face painting, hula and belly dancing lessons, ventriloquist and lots of audience participation. All entertainers are experienced, reliable professionals. Birthday child receives special attention and gift.ABC CAKES656-1019www.Abccakesny.c Read more…

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Guide

Holidays: Editor’s Note: While all attempts have been made to make these lists as accurate as possible, times and program availability may be subject to change. Please check information in advance to avoid disappointment. Read more…

Second Chance Toys

Holidays: Here's how you  can you give the neglected toys just hanging around your home a second chance. Read more…

Open Door Holiday Toy Drive

Holidays: Open Door Foundation has launched their Holiday Toy Drive.Donations of new toys, valued between $10-$20, are currently being collected through Dec. 10, for children ages newborn to 14 years-old. With […] Read more…

Pumpkin & Corn Pudding

Holidays: Pumpkin & Corn PuddingA Whole Foods Market Health Starts Here ® Recipe Read more…

What’s New (Oct 2012)

Nutrition: Groove Performing Arts of Larchmont brings their grooviest kids’ music class, Music for Aardvarks, to Greenwich this month. Trained musicians/educators lead children ages 6 months to 5 years old in a 45-minute spirited session that includes singing, dancing, musical storytelling and instrumental jams. It’s not your traditional music class – all the songs are original, innovative Aardvark tunes that appeal to children and their parents too! Register now for a Tuesday morning class starting Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. $300 first child; $150 siblings for a 10-session class. Western Greenwich Civic Center, Room 005, 449 Pemberwick Road, Greenwich, Conn. 914-834-3383. Read more…

Out & About (Oct 2012)

Hot Topics: Recently, harness drivers at Yonkers Raceway and employees of Empire City Casino teamed up to help Food Bank for Westchester. Together the group, which included General Manager Bob Galterio, harness drivers Jason Bartlett; Brent Holland (along with his wife and three kids); Jordan Stratton; and Larry Stalbaun, as well as nearly three dozen other employees, bagged a ton and a half of beans, as well as 1,560 dozen bagels for the needy. Food Bank for Westchester, 200 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford. 923-1100. www.foodbankforwestchester.org. Read more…

Family fyi (Oct 2012)

Relationships: Save the Date Moms!There’s a new event in Westchester and you should be there! NY Mom’s World is bringing their signature event, Baby, Toddler and Big Kid Bonanza to town. Westchester Family […] Read more…

Love Bites

Travel: The other day my children and I went to one of those fabulous everything-but-the-kitchen-sink party stores to shop for some new outdoor Halloween decorations. According to my kids, the smiley pumpkins I usually put out were lame and we needed to step it up a notch. My homemade wood-carved personalized Trick-or-Treat sign would be replaced with a plastic Grim Reaper Tombstone; my homespun black garbage bag spider sitting on a yarn web was exchanged for a costly, yet cheaply-made Zombie Clown Animated Door Knocker. And just when I thought it could not possibly get any worse, I heard the following. Read more…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Nutrition: Perfect for snack time, roasting pumpkin seeds is simple, tasty and fun. Try a few of these options for spicing up these crunchy goodies, or feel free to make your own spice combinations. Makes about 2 cups. Read more…

Getting Bigger

Relationships: Maybe it’s because Westchester is home to Sleepy Hollow, the area long associated with all things Halloween, but it seems to me that Halloween is getting bigger every year. Read more…

The Bronx Zoo

Travel: Opened in 1899, the Bronx Zoo has delighted children and their parents for more than a century. It’s impossible to explore its 265 acres in a single day, but for those of us living in Westchester, it’s easy to visit often. Read more…

How to Make the Most of Your Child’s Checkups

Relationships: First-time mom Andrée-Anne Martel learned about the difference that a doctor visit can make when her 7-month-old son developed a bad cough. “It was a cold, and it just kind of kept going,” she says. The baby had been sick for a month when she took him to her pediatrician. Read more…

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