December 2014
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Massage Away Stress

Hot Topics: Need a respite from the stresses of life for an hour or two? A good massage may be what the doctor ordered. Gone are the days when a regular massage was considered a luxury, or the province of pampered housewives, professional athletes and well-heeled travelers. Now massage is offered at airports, dental offices, nail spas and hair salons. As treatments such as massage move beyond the luxury beauty industry and into the realm of routine health and wellness, more men (not just pro ballers) are enjoying the benefits of massage therapy. Some pediatricians even recommend parents try it for soothing cranky babies or adding it to children’s nighttime wind-down rituals to help induce restful slumber. Read more…

Visit FDR House and Museum

Travel: If you have a tween or teen in your household a day at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) Home, Presidential Library and Museum is a highly recommended outing. My wife and I have a junior in high school and a eighth grader. Both are studying American history, so a visit to FDR’s boyhood home, museum and presidential library was a perfect day trip for them and for us. Read more…

Dating After Divorce?

Hot Topics: There are few family events more difficult or disruptive for children than divorce. Children are invariably confused and frightened by the threat to their security, parents try to do everything they can […] Read more…

The Benefits of Sports Camps

Hot Topics: My kids have never been to camp.” I almost spewed out my drink when the mom of seven told me she doesn’t see the value of sending kids to camp. “Really?” My answer was short but my mind was reeling as I assessed what her kids miss each summer by never experiencing camp. I couldn’t help myself as I began to pontificate on the value of camp. Summer camps have a unique way of teaching kids their value while giving them opportunities of fun they would never experience at home. Sports camps, in particular, offer new adventures as kids explore hidden abilities or build on already developed skills while making new friends and learning life skills in the process. Summer sports camps offer benefits that extend far beyond the basics of practicing a sport. Read more…

New Year, Better Nutrition

Work & Family: One of the strongest, most lasting influences we can have on our children’s lives is in helping cultivate and shape their eating habits. When they are young they will eat (or throw on the floor) whatever we choose to feed them, no questions asked. As they get older, however, they start to develop their own tastes and the battle is on to get them to eat something other than chips, candy, pizza and sugary soda. Read more…

10 Simple Ways to Stretch Your Paycheck

Work & Family: 1. Avoid unnecessary fees. According to FeeX, a website that tracks consumer fees, the average American spends $155,000 in useless fees over a lifetime. While some fees are tough to avoid, others simply […] Read more…

Best Hot Chocolate

Holidays: Sip the delicious hot cocoa at Blue Tulip while you watch chocolates being made by the team of experts lead by chocolatier and owner Diane Holland. Don’t even try and resist the truffles, swirls, chocolate bars and bark. Sign up for a chocolate making workshop here for extra fun. Read more…

10 Tips to Ease Separation Anxiety

Work & Family: 1. Make it a Game. Play age-appropriate games, such as “Peek-a-Boo,” “Where is the Baby?” and “Hide-and-Seek,” to reinforce the concept of leaving and returning.2. […] Read more…

Exodus: Gods And Kings

Hot Topics: Ridley Scott has created quite an extraordinary adventure based on the Biblical story of Moses rising up against the Egyptian Pharoah Ramses and setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape […] Read more…

Sledding Safety

Safety: An activity synonymous with winter, thousands of children enjoy sledding each year. Sledding injuries vary in their severity with cuts, bruises and broken bones being the most common. Most injuries occur either when a sled hits a stationary object or when a child falls off of a moving sled. Head and neck injuries, more common among children ages 6 and under, are also possible when sledding. Read more…

Keep Your Resolutions

Hot Topics: New Year’s resolutions often fail, and it’s not because people lack willpower. You may be stuck in the same old pattern because you’re overwhelmed by detailed (and conflicting) information about how to lose weight, get fit, save money or get organized. Read more…

Penguins of Madagascar Movie Review

Holidays: Here's a super cute animated film that you can feel comfortable taking your younger kids to. The story follows a super spy team - the hilarious, covert birds of the global espionage biz - Skipper, Kowalski, […] Read more…

The Penguins of Madagascar Movie Review

Holidays: Here's a super cute animated film that you can feel comfortable taking your younger kids to. The story follows a super spy team - the hilarious, covert birds of the global espionage biz - Skipper, Kowalski, […] Read more…

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