August 2013
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KIDS FIRST! Review: Planes

Entertainment: Planes:  A Visual Spectacle and a Wonderful Family Film! Read more…

Back in the Saddle Again

Health: I read this incredible exposé the other day about an 86-year-old woman who decided she wasn’t ready to just spend her life listening to audio books or counting the teaspoons in her silverware drawer. “I can die falling off a horse or in front of daytime television. And I know which way I’d rather go,” she told the author of the article. And just like that, this woman got out of her rocker and back into the saddle. Read more…

Let's Go To... Essex Steam Train & Riverboat

Travel: All aboard for a family trip down memory lane! Just a two-hour drive from lower Westchester, The Essex Steam Train & Riverboat transports you back to 1892 on a relaxing journey through the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. Read more…

Muscle Mania: Carrying Body Building Too Far

Body Image: While many people worry – with good reason – about rising rates of obesity among today’s kids due in part to lack of exercise, there’s another, somewhat opposite concern: a growing number of teens (and even tweens) are going to alarming lengths to achieve “perfect” bodies. They’re overdoing exercise, chugging protein shakes, using various kinds of unregulated supplements and even, in some cases, taking anabolic steroids. A recent study in the medical journal Pediatrics indicated that this problem is on the rise and, although more boys are affected, girls aren’t immune. What can a concerned parent do? Read more…

Common Core: How It Affects Your Child’s Education

Education: Closing the achievement gap has been the mantra of education officials for decades, but a new form of education standards in math and English Language Arts, known as the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), promises to reform the system like never before. Read more…

Mommy to Bee Expo

Pregnancy: It's the 4th Mommy to Bee Expo for new moms and moms-to-bee! Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dunwoodies Golf Course in Yonkers. Register at http://mommytobe4eventbrite.com.Registering in advance will get you into the EXPO faster and you can aviod the crowds! Tickets start at $10. Read more…
KIDS FIRST COMING ATTRACTIONS

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Entertainment: This story follows the life of Cecil Gaines who serves eight presidents as a butler at the White House. We see how the civil rights movement, Vietnam and other major events affect this man's life, family and American society. Be forewarned that it is rated PG-13 for some violence and disturbing images, language, sexual material, thematic elements and smoking. Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, this movie hit a home run with KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, 11-year-old Anthony A who says, "Cecil inspired me to speak more intelligently without saying the wrong things." See Anthony's full review below. Read more…

Four Fabulous School Lunch Recipes

Nutrition: Here are four fabulous school lunch recipes that provide the yum factor plus a good balance of protein, fiber and healthy fats to keep your children going until the next meal – or an at least until their after school snack.  Read more…
KIDS FIRST REVIEW

“The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec"

“The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec" - A Female Indiana Jones Type Tale That Takes Place in the Early 1900s Read more…

20 Shades of Blue

Relationships: My world has always been colored pink. With one daughter, then another, followed by a third, my child rearing days were a haze of pink. It started before the girls were born, when the baby’s gender […] Read more…

5 Tips for Step Parents

Step-Parenting: “I am glad my stepdad never tried to be a father to me. So, we didn’t have to get into any power struggles. He became an adult friend and mentor. He was generous with his time; he listened a lot and gave love freely,” Dave shared. Read more…

Labor and Delivery: You Have Choices

Today there are many online resources that allow couples to follow a pregnancy week-by-week, providing information on what to expect at each stage of pregnancy. Many of these websites also cover labor, labor management, and delivery choices. After reviewing this material many couples come into their doctor or birth provider requesting a written birth plan. Read more…

New Toys for Girls: It's Not All About Pink Anymore

In a world where gender stereotyped toys make up the bulk of the products marketed to children and their parents, there’s a quiet, yet determined, effort to create alternatives for girls that go […] Read more…

Is Your Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Education: If your child is heading off to kindergarten next month you have probably asked yourself if she’s ready. Even if day care and preschool were a part of her regular schedule today’s kindergarten classroom is different than the one many parents remember. It is no longer just about blocks and a play kitchen. There are new expectations and standards.  Read more…

How to Take Better Photos of Your Kids

Kids are great, aren’t they? Well, sure, when they aren’t being … the opposite of great. In those rare moments of peace, or even in the middle of all-out chaos, it’s important […] Read more…

Catamount Aerial Adventure Park

Entertainment: OK, I admit it. As a kid I was a Batman-Spider-Man-Tarzan wannabe. Today, I’m old enough to qualify for an AARP membership yet still hold on to the Neverland of perpetual adolescence. I still […] Read more…

Community Tag Sale

Hot Topics: The Plainsmen Association is a non-profit booster organization that supports the White Plains youth ice hockey program that is run out of Ebersole Ice Rink in Delfino Park.  On […] Read more…

KIDS FIRST! Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Review

Entertainment: Based on the hugely popular book series by Rick Riordan, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is the sequel to the 2010 film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Percy Jackson (Logan Lerman) , the son of the Greek god Poseidon embarks on a journey with his friends to retrieve the Golden Fleece to save their training ground, Camp Half-Blood. They must travel to the Sea of Monsters, and find the challenges that may await them. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O comments, "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters is a fun and mythical adventure everyone would love!" Gerry had the opportunity to interview tal Read more…

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