November 2012
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Your Newborn’s Heel Test Comes Back Positive Now What?

Discipline: Every baby born in New York State must have what is commonly referred to as a “heel test.” The test is performed from a small sample of blood that is obtained by pricking the infant’s heel. This test is performed in the hospital within the first few days of a baby’s life and many parents may be unaware that the test is even being administered. In most cases, the screening test is negative and no follow up is necessary. But, sometimes the test comes back positive. Read more…

Adolescent Rewind

Discipline: Every year, just as the kids’ school bell rings signaling the start of their winter holiday, my family heads home! Home to me is my parent’s house in Florida. I look forward to these vacations and dread them at the same time. Going home is like being stuck in adolescent rewind. No matter how long you are away, when you go back home to visit, all the years seem to disappear and somehow you end up becoming 15 years old again. Read more…

Connect With a Miracle

Holidays: Maybe you believe in them, maybe you don’t. Certainly the possibility of miracles has been long debated. What’s less controversial is the human need to embrace the hope that miracles promise. Read more…

Connect With a Miracle

Holidays: Maybe you believe in them, maybe you don’t. Certainly the possibility of miracles has been long debated. What’s less controversial is the human need to embrace the hope that miracles promise. Read more…

Rockefeller Center, Bryant Park & Wollman Rink Ice Skates & Lights

Vacations: Winter can truly be a magical time in New York City. And nothing says “holiday season” in the Big Apple like outdoor ice skating under the glow of some famous Christmas trees. So bundle up and get ready to glide into some special family memories. Read more…

Before You Buy Your Tween a Cell Phone …

Technology: My cell phone buzzes. I pick it up and scroll down to see three little words that my son has texted to me, “Pick me up.” I type back, “What happened to ‘please’?” He replies with a smart-alecky, “Please Dear Mother, can you pick me up at the library where I have been doing schoolwork?” I respond, “Very funny. I am on my way.” To which he answers, “OK, text me when u get here.” And so it goes … just another example of my boy being a normal middle school kid and our new communication style. Read more…

Top Tips for Family Fun

Entertainment: Thursday Nov. 29, 2012:Holiday Tea Musicale. A special musical event that starts with a tour of the Rosen House, followed by a concert in the Music Room and a delicious tea.  1:30pm. $45 adults, […] Read more…

Teach Your Child to Ice Skate!

Ice skating, once taught, is a lifelong skill much like bicycling. You don’t forget how to do it. Rosemary Cloran, director and founder of Bay State Skating School and an instructor for 45 years, offers these tips for a smooth start. Read more…

5 Tips for the Sandwich Generation

Relationships: Being part of the Sandwich generation may mean your time and energy are at a new low. Carring for your children and your aging parents is an incredible responsibility and can be overwhelming at times. As the clinical manager at Partners in Care, a division of the Visitng Nurse Services  of New York, I have seen how parents faced with this emotional challenge avioded burn out. here are some tips to help you manage your dual roles.         Read more…

5 Tips for In-Law Harmony at the Holidays

Holidays: “Three out of four marriages are impacted by problematic in-law relationships,” notes Deanna Brann, Ph.D., author of the new book Reluctantly Related: Secrets to Getting Along With Your Mother-in-Law […] Read more…

How to Spot a Victim of Domestic Violence

Holidays: In the United States, women are assaulted or beaten once every nine seconds; worldwide, one in three women have been battered, raped or otherwise abused in her lifetime, according to women’s advocacy organizations.  Read more…

Top Picks for Family Fun in Westchester

Entertainment: • Melvin Owns the Music. Part of Concordia’s Musical Adventures Concert Series, this performance is a rich musical offering to entertain and educate children. Performed by Concordia faculty, it tells the story of Melvin, who has comic adventures while discovering the music he loves. 11am. Monday, Nov. 19. For preschool and elementary school age children. $15 adults, $7.50 children. Reservations required. Shoenfeld Campus Center, Concordia College, 171 White Plains Rd., Bronxville. 395-4507. concordiaconservatory.org. Read more…

Top Picks for Veterans Day: Family Fun in Westchester

Holidays: Veterans Day: November 12, 2012  Read more…

Help Needed

Hot Topics: • NY MOM’s “Infants, Toddlers, Big Kid bonanza” is rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy, The event, now held Nov. 18, 2012, is collecting non-perishable food items for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Bring items on the day of event Nov. 18 12:30-4:40 or drop off at the event location prior to that date. No donations accepted Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Needed: baby food, canned goods, crackers, cookies, coffee, tea, hand sanitizer, peanut butter, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, pasts and rice. Event held at: Life The Place to Be , 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley. www.nymoms.com; www.lifetheplacetobe.com. Read more…

Top 10: What to Donate to Animal Shelters

Pets: Rescue groups and organizations have pitched in to help relocate stranded pets. Many of these displaced animals have been brought to crowded animal shelters.  Read more…

Hoilday Sanity

Holidays: Starting in October – OK, September if you really must know – I begin fantasizing about the holidays the way that some people daydream about winning the lottery or meeting their favorite celebrity. This year, I tell myself, it’ll be perfect. We’ll skip all the hoopla. We’ll forgo the copious amounts of presents. We’ll focus on family, friends and memories. It’ll be like a picture print from Currier and Ives. Read more…

Help Sandy Victims

Safety: • NY MOM’s “Infants, Toddlers, Big Kid bonanza” is rescheduled because of Hurricane Sandy, The event, now held Nov. 18, 2012, is collecting non-perishable food items for families affected by Hurricane Sandy. Bring items on the day of event Nov. 18 12:30-4:40 or drop off at the event location prior to that date. No donations accepted Monday Nov. 12, 2012. Needed: baby food, canned goods, crackers, cookies, coffee, tea, hand sanitizer, peanut butter, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers, pasts and rice. Event held at: Life The Place to Be , 2 Lawrence St., Ardsley. www.nymomsworld.com; Read more…

Sandy Relief Center

Safety: County Executive Rob Astorino announced that at 3 p.m. Nov. 8, 2012 a Hurricane Sandy Recovery Center will open at the County Center, 198 Central Park Ave., White Plains.  Read more…

Beyond Childcare – The Au Pair Program

Child Care: When I was a little girl I thought that an “au pair” was a proper French babysitter who lived with a rich family and taught the children manners and French.  Read more…

Tread- X

Nutrition: A brand new fitness routine has just been unveiled at BodyFit Studio in Scarsdale! Each Tread-X class, held in a specially designed room, combines interval training on treadmills, three-dimensional suspension training and floor work. The body is constantly doing something new, so the plateau of calorie burning and weight loss that comes with repeating the same old routine is never reached. Tread-X is adaptable for all fitness levels and is perfect for women who want to lean and tone without adding extra bulk to the lower body. The small class size insures that all are working to their personal best and leave every class feeling invigorated. www.bodyfitstudio.com. Read more…

Where to Make Food Donations

Nutrition: Multiple locations serving the county's hungry and homeless accept donated holiday foods like frozen turkeys, sweet potatoes, and boxes or cans of stuffing and mashed potatoes, cornbread and cake mix, cranberry sauce, and pie filling.  Read more…

CORDD

Child Development: Westchester Jewish Community Services has launched a new program called CORDD: Crisis Oriented Response Team for Developmental Disabilities. It is designed to assist families struggling through a crisis with an autistic or developmentally disabled family member. CORDD works with the family for a six-week period to stabilize the situation and prevent further behavioral or emotional crises. See www.wjcs.com for more information. Read more…

Children’s Education Zone

Entertainment: The goal of this Greenwich- and Port Chester- based center is to teach a variety of skills to students ages 3 to 12 that will allow them to succeed throughout their lives. Coaching is offered in public speaking, financial fitness, decision-making, the arts, foreign language, = organization skills, and much more. Just two hours each week will foster talents, inspire confidence and be fun! Check out www.childrenseducationzone.com to learn more. Read more…

NY Pediatric Dentistry

Family Values: Never thought you would hear the kids asking to go to the dentist? Step inside NY Pediatric Dentistry in Rye Brook and you may change your mind. The state of the art waiting rooms, one for kids and one for parents, are equipped with iPads, video games, WiFi, big screen televisions and comfortable seating. There are three themed operating rooms, ocean, garden and space, and two private rooms, Westchester and Manhattan themed. NY Pediatric Dentistry also features superior dental and orthodontic technologies and expert care. See www.nypediatricdds.com for more information or to make an appointment. Read more…

Special Spouses Marriage and a Child With Special Needs

Discipline: For better, marriage offers support, love and laughter, but with those fairy tale feelings also comes a balance of finances, chores, careers and ideas of how things should be done. Put a child into the mix and you’ve added more chores, exhaustion, and less time together. If your child has a special need, there is increased worry, added appointments, emotional evaluations, therapy sessions, CSEs and IEPs Because of these added stresses, marriage for parents with a child with special needs may require more fine-tuning to stay successful. Here, experts offer their tips on how to stay connected, supportive and in love while raising a child with a disability. Read more…

Noogiefest

Relationships: Nearly 300 children and parents, as well as volunteers who decorated the Clubhouse and supervised crafts, face painting and games enjoyed Noogiefest a Halloween extravaganza at Gilda’s Club Westchester. […] Read more…

Benjamin Steakhouse Opens

Work & Family: Westchester just got lucky. How often is it that a top-rated Manhattan restaurant opens an annex in the suburbs? Not often enough, we know. But Benjamin Steakhouse, the famous restaurant on 41st Street in New York City has opened its second location in White Plains. The dark wood dining room with banquette seating, burgundy booths and chocolate leather chairs includes a warm oversized fireplace. Sumptuous seafood offerings are also available. 601 West Hartsdale, Ave, White Plains. 428-6868. www.benjaminsteakhouse.com. Read more…

ImaginOcean

Relationships: John Tartaglia’s glow-in-the-dark, family-friendly musical is getting rave reviews so we decided to send one of our staff to see what all the fuss is about. Staff member Ann Marie Leamey, her daughter Lorelei and cousin Madison caught a matinee performance and returned home blessing the show with a four-star rating. Check out the ImaginOcean website to learn more about this creative show. New World Stages, 340 West 50th St, New York. www.imaginoceanthemusical.com. Read more…

THE GYM and Breast Cancer Awareness

Work & Family: THE GYM of Armonk recently held Taste of the Towns, a gala event featuring local restaurants, bakeries and boutiques to raise funds for Support Connection, a Yorktown non-profit offering programs for people affected by breast and ovarian cancer. The successful adult evening featured music, silent auctions and raffle prizes. THE GYM, 99 Business Park Dr., Armonk. www.gettothegym.com. Read more…

Morris Museum

Nutrition: Where modern architecture meets Georgian-style mansion, you’ll find Morris Museum, a gem for families with kids of all ages. Read more…

On Paper

Work & Family: My husband and I are contemplating divorce. Our marriage isn’t on the rocks, but a quick trip to Guam (the new capital for marriage dissolution) may be the only way we can pay for our son’s college education. Read more…

You’ve Been Framed!

Discipline: Add classic style to any room with this elegant frame by Frances Stoia. Whether it’s a family portrait or a candid shot of your little one, this frame compliments your treasured photos. Many sizes and styles available. $72. Urban Cottage Design, 112 Kraft Ave., Bronxville. 337-0077. Read more…

MetKids Catalogue

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual MetKids catalogue, which under the guiding eye of Museum educators, features a carefully selected assortment of merchandise with educational value that relates directly to the Museum’s mission. This year’s catalogue contains 36 pages of high-quality products that both encourage creativity and nurture the imagination.  These items (and many more) are available at store.metmuseum.org, where shoppers will also find our MetKids Gift Guide to facilitate their holiday giftgiving. Read more…

NY Aquarium CLOSED

The Wildlife Conservation Society's New York Aquarium is conducting a 24/7- effort to stabilize conditions and restore utilities and operating systems after experiencing serious flood damage during […] Read more…

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