Out & About (Sept. 2011)

Entertainment: Project Morry held Party With A Purpose, an event at LIFE – The Place To Be, in Ardsley. Over 350 moms, dads and kids enjoyed an afternoon of games, rock climbing, laser tag, bowling, face painting and a raffle all to benefit Project Morry. Project Morry is a nonprofit, year-round youth development organization dedicated to giving inner-city children from New York and Connecticut a year-round adventure in learning through school meetings and support and an intensive summer camp program. Project Morry is named in honor of Morry Stein, whose life was dedicated to the enrichment of children’s lives through the residential camp experience. For more information see www.projectmorry.org. Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (Sept. 2011))

Nutrition: Move Over Popeye!Popeye isn’t the only one who has made spinach attractive to youngsters. Now, Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles has found a way to turn spinach into a yummy treat. Spinach, potato […] Read more…

Last Laugh (Sept. 2011)

Discipline: I woke up the other day with a desire to really connect with my offspring. I was going to prove to my children once and for all what a wonderful mom I truly am. OK, the truth of the matter was that I read an article the night before about how important it is to intentionally, rather than accidentally, connect with your kids. The article emphasized that it was important to deliberately carve out time, in spite of hectic schedules, to make moments to enjoy with the family. I always thought that I was supposed to enjoy moments with them as they happened … wrong answer. Read more…

Let's Go To...(Sept. 2011)

Vacations: Apple picking has become our family’s annual fall ritual. Luckily, there’s an abundance of pick-your-own farms and orchards in the Hudson Valley where we can get a bushel of fresh, crispy apples and plump pumpkins. Barton Orchards in Poughquag (southern Dutchess County) is one of our favorite places. Not only can we find more than 20 apple varieties, there’s also kid-friendly entertainment and delicious treats. It’s a cross between a day in the country and an amusement park, and my kids can’t get enough. Read more…

Editor's Note (Sept. 2011)

Work & Family: Even though my daughter has entered her second year of college, I find that as a parent I am still trying to be helpful. Gone are the days when I helped her learn to use the potty, tie her shoe or calm herself to sleep. Now I am he designated listener and her go-to mom on all matters involving college financial aid forms and complicated transportation arrangements. As parents, no matter what their age, helping our children is as natural as loving them. Read more…

How Parents Can give kids an academic edge

Hot Topics: Kids don’t need to be academically gifted to get good grades. Researchers agree academic success impacts children for the rest of their lives, which is why few things are as important to parents […] Read more…

What To Do When a Tooth is Knocked Out?

Work & Family: If the lost tooth is a baby tooth, just clean it up and save it for the Tooth Fairy. Trying to reattach a baby tooth can have disastrous consequences for the growing permanent tooth behind it. If bleeding from the mouth occurs, have your child bite down on a piece of clean gauze. Keep the gauze in place and avoid moving it repeatedly. If the tooth is a permanent adult tooth it must be transported to the dentist immediately in a solution so that it can be re-implanted. Read more…

Special Needs

Entertainment: Parents have instincts that shouldn’t be ignored. Often they know in their heart of hearts that something is physically “not right” with the way that their child moves and interacts with the world. Perhaps they’ve had their child evaluated by a variety of pediatric specialists, but haven’t come any closer to solving the dilemma. And even worse, they really just want to help their child but have no idea where to turn. Read more…

The Myth of the Mama's Boy Why We Keeping Pushing Our Sons to ‘Man-Up’

Work & Family: Kate Stone Lombardi learned the unfair expectations involved with mothering a son early in her parenting life. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (May 2012)

Parties: Of all the procedures we do to prepare a young patient for orthopaedic surgery, sticking them with a needle – particularly if it’s their first time – can be one of the most emotional. Children are often more nervous about the needle stick than the actual surgery. Read more…

Let's Go To...(May 2012)

Travel: “All aboard, toot toot! Chugga, chugga!” Every parent has been exposed to the enduring charm of the perennial Thomas the Tank Engine. Trains and preschoolers seem to be made for each other. My son and daughter, Daniel and Emma, were serious Thomas aficionados while still toddlers. They played for endless hours with their wooden trains and interlocking wooden tracks. As they grew, so did their fascination with trains. Read more…

Happier Travels Simplify Your Family Trip (and Enjoy It More)

Travel: Whether you’re headed to Maine or Maui, traveling with kids isn’t so different. There’s the ever-present “Are we there yet?”, the bathroom emergencies that always seem to hit at inopportune times and the challenge of making sure you’ve brought everything that your kids simply can’t do without. We can’t stop travel-hassle, but we can offer you ideas from travel experts and parents who’ve been there, done that, to simplify your routine and enjoy the ride more. Read more…

Last Laugh (May 2012)

Entertainment: On and on it goes until there is only one sadistic child left alone in a very big bed! That song is my life; except I am the one who is left scratching my head and rubbing my bum wondering how I managed to be the lucky recipient of the one way ticket to the floor. Read more…

What’s New (May 2012)

Parties: Looking for a gift that’s one-of-a-kind? Consider the Gifted Hands Shop, an artisan cooperative in Fairfield County. Local independent designers create handmade jewelry, accessories, paintings, clothing for adults and children and home décor items. Currently 50 accomplished artists and designers are showcasing their high-quality products at the shop. Rye resident, Holly Malkasian Staudinger, opened the boutique, which also runs workshops and special events organized and led by the designers. What’s more, designers take shifts working at the shop, making your shopping experience all the more personal. The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 251 Mill St., Greenwich (Byram). 203-531-6029. Read more…

Editor's Note (May 2012)

Relationships:  Let me start off by saying I did not have the pleasure of having had a son. I have a daughter and I know it’s different. I did however invest a fair amount of young maternal energy in raising my brother. After bearing three girls my mom gave birth to a boy. I was 14 years old at the time and I quickly became what my mom called, “her helper.” I was enraptured with this real live baby doll. The bond I developed with my brother was special. I was his “other” mother. When my mother passed away six years later we grew even closer. I may not have had a son, but it sure feels like I mothered one in many ways. Read more…

Out & About (May 2012)

Nutrition: Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Music Therapy Institute (MTI) recently celebrated its 25th year with WinterBOWL, a fundraiser hosted by Grand Prix New York. The event included live music from MTI students as well as pop star Tiffany Giardina (Disney, Mattel, Barbie). Proceeds from the event go toward scholarships for music therapy students. Music Conservatory of Westchester, Music Therapy Institute, 216 Central Ave., White Plains. 761-3900. www.musicconservatory.org Read more…

Family F.Y.I. (May 2012)

Entertainment: Summer is around the corner and you’ll probably be purchasing some flip-flops. Whether you wear them at the pool, in the gym or just about everywhere, it pays to get a comfortable and reliable pair. Read more…

Parent Education & Support

Education: By Susan Goldberg Read more…

How Often Do You Need a Pap Smear?

Health: By Christina Elston Read more…

Good Stuff (Oct 2011)

What’s New (Oct. 2011)

Work & Family: If you have any doubt that table tennis takes skill stop by the new table tennis center at 175 Tompkins Ave., in Pleasantville and be wowed by the pros! Owned by Will Shortz and managed by Robert Roberts, one of the top 25 players in the United States, this 13,000-square-foot center features 18 table tennis tables in a clean, classy, comfortable setting. Open seven days a week and suitable for all ages and skill levels, the center also offers individual lessons, group training sessions, special programs and party rooms. For further information and fees call 741-0738 or visit www.westchestertabletennis.com. Read more…

Out & About (Oct. 2011)

Nutrition: Westchester Family was especially glad to be at the opening of the Westchester Table Tennis Center at 175 Tompkins Ave., in Pleasantville. The center is owed by Will Shortz and managed by Robert Roberts, one of the top 25 players in the United States. Open seven days a week and suitable for all ages and skill levels, the center also offers individual lessons, group training sessions, special programs and party rooms. 741-0738. www.westchestertabletennis.com. Read more…

Education (Sept. 2011)

Travel: Traveling with kids can be an amazing experience. It opens their eyes to new experiences, cultures and ways of life – and they learn so much! In an increasingly diverse and complex world, it is essential that children have the opportunity to build the life skills required to be literate and responsible global citizens. Read more…

Let's Go To...(Oct. 2011)

Travel: The Walkway Over the Hudson was originally built in 1889 as The Poughkeepsie Bridge, a railroad bridge. It’s now designated as a New York State Historic Park and walkway. Overlooking the Hudson River with breathtaking views, the bridge is a beautiful place to take your family for a walk, jog or bike ride. Read more…

Ask The Specialist (Sept. 2011)

Nutrition: different things to people in the Northeast – the end of the carefree days of summer, the anticipation of fall foliage and for children and their parents the start of a new school year. For many children this is an exciting time to renew old friendships and jump into a more scheduled routine. For other children (and their parents) this can be a time of stress and anxiety. Preparing your child for this transition can make the start of the school year a little smoother. Read more…

Witches and Goblins and Ghosts!

Vacations: Lyndhurst, a Gothic Revival mansion, is hosting two Halloween happenings. A family-friendly  BooFest with silly 19th century mansion tours, storytelling witches, a fortune teller, trick or treating and tours of some 500 scarecrows created in the likes of famous artists and historical figures. 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 28. $13 adults, $8 children ages 3 to 12. The Mansion’s daytime event is their annual Scarecrow Invasion where visitors walk among the scarecrows and participate in a scavenger hunt. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10- 31. $5 grounds fee; free for children ages 5 and under. Read more…

What’s New (Nov.2011)

Parties: Bounce! Trampoline SportsTrampoline (now an official Olympic sport) and trampoline parks have recently seen a huge increase in popularity. New York’s first trampoline park is now open in Valley […] Read more…

Editor's Note (Nov. 2011)

Parties: Children never fail to surprise me, especially the ones I know best. A few weeks ago my daughter called me from college. She’d be coming home for a few days for her mid-semester fall break. We went through the standard transportation finagling, the list of items to have in the refrigerator and the approximate amount of dirty laundry she’d haul home (a lot). Read more…

Cancer Support Groups

Health: Cancer Support Team (CST) is a non-profit home care organization that provides professional nursing, social work and support services free of charge to cancer patients and their families in lower Westchester. Read more…

Family f.y.i. (Nov. 2011)

Nutrition: Making delicious, fun, nutritious and satisfying lunches every day for your children may seem like a daunting task, but there are simple ways to encourage a healthier lifestyle. Read more…

Out & About (Nov. 2011)

Nutrition: Lisa Regina, actress and educator, shared her personal trials with domestic violence at the recent Hope’s Door annual luncheon held at Crabtree Kittle House in Chappaqua. The event, which also featured a silent auction and lunch, raised funds for Hope’s Door, a shelter and counseling center that offers comprehensive programs and services that are designed to help break the cycle of domestic abuse. Services provided by Hope’s Door are free, confidential and offered in English and Spanish. To reach the 24-Hour Hotline, call 888-438-8700. For further information: 747-0828 or www.hopesdoorny.org. Read more…

Education (Oct. 2011)

Entertainment: If your child is struggling in school or if you want to make sure your child gets and stays ahead of the class, choosing a qualified tutor might be just what your family needs. Before entrusting your […] Read more…

Editor's Note (Oct. 2011)

Parties: Halloween has never been my favorite holiday. I get woozy at the sight of blood, cover my eyes in graphic movies (I only saw half of The Godfather) and can be spooked by any sudden movement. Yet, this year I am looking forward to this gory celebration. Read more…

Last Laugh (Oct. 2011)

Work & Family: Girls, boys, Speedy the hamster. First, I want to thank the coordinator for asking me to speak here this morning, an impromptu diversion, really, to keep you distracted long enough for your parents to quietly sneak out the back unnoticed. Eyes back up here please! Read more…

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