Should You Bag the Handbag?

Health: With every change in weather there’s also a renewal in fashion – new prints, new styles and new handbags. However, before you commit to a new bag it’s wise to take into consideration exactly how that bag can affect your health. Commonly, your neck and shoulders take the brunt of the pressure from a heavy bag, but there are other pains that may result as well. Read more…
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Alice Through the Looking Glass Movie Review

Movies: Based on the book by Lewis Carroll, Disney brings us Alice Through the Looking Glass directed by James Bobin and produced by Tim Burton. The story follows Alice who returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Clayton P. comments, “Disney's Alice Through The Looking Glass is a magical fantasy adventure film in the great Tim Burton tradition.  It is also a refreshing, feminist take on the classic Lewis Carroll story.” See his full review below. Read more…

Top 10 Baby Names for 2015

Pregnancy: One of the first challenges parents often face is deciding on a name for their new bundle of joy. Should you opt for a family name, follow in the path of celebs and go with something trendy and original (i.e. North and Apple), or stick with the classics? With so many names out there, it can sometimes be hard to choose the right one. Read more…

The ABCs of ATV Safety

Safety: It’s summertime, which means many families are using all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) for fun and recreation, such as off-roading. But before jumping on your ATV this season, here’s some important safety information, especially if you plan on enjoying a summer full of ATV weekends with your children. Read more…

SplashDown Beach Water Park

Vacations: Our family has been enjoying SplashDown Beach since our children were toddlers. The attraction is dubbed America’s “Biggest Little Water Park” and that is not an overstatement. In fact, its condensed size June be one of the park’s most attractive features. That, plus the number of really awesome water rides it’s managed to squeeze into very little acreage. Read more…

Celebration Crumble Cake Recipe

Nutrition: It’s June and that means families will be celebrating now and throughout the summer. It seems like there’s a party for every activity – last day at school, kids with summer birthdays, last ballet class, last baseball practice and more. Read more…

New Trends in Fatherhood

Work & Family: When his family first moved to Westchester County from Brooklyn five years ago, Dan Zevin – husband, author and unashamed minivan-driver-slash-primary caregiver to his two kids – got a big dose of culture shock. “When we lived in Brooklyn I would see more guys like me, with flexible working situations, lots of freelancers too, out with their kids.” Yet in the suburbs as a man caring for his young son and daughter by day, while his wife worked full-time, Zevin felt wildly out of step. “I used to feel like some of the moms that I would meet were uncomfortable … I don’t know if they thought I was going to try and pick them up or something?” Read more…

Can a Nutritionist Help You?

Nutrition: As parents – especially moms – we have a problem. We’re great at looking after others, but often not so great at taking care of ourselves. Science has proven that the majority of chronic disease is preventable by modifiable factors; nearly 80 percent of heart disease, diabetes and cancers can be prevented by choosing to do the right thing when it comes to food, exercise and cigarettes. The part about not smoking and keeping active has been pretty clear to date. Avoid tobacco and “just move!” But the world of nutrition has proven more opaque. Should I follow the Mediterranean Diet, the Paleo Diet or just saddle up to the juice bar? Enter the Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), its newer, user-friendly term. Read more…

Benefits of Tutoring a Child with Special Needs

Dyslexia: With increasing curriculum demands and expectations, excelling in school can be a challenge for many students. Yet for children with special needs, this struggle is often even more pronounced. Those who once thrived in math are now challenged with the problem-solving and language-based Common Core approach. Students who have difficulty with auditory processing or focusing miss key information. Dyslexic children may struggle with reading and writing, and simply need more individualized support than a classroom teacher can provide. For special needs children, having a one-on-one tutor can be immensely helpful. Here are some benefits of special needs tutoring. Read more…
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The Angry Birds Movie Review

Movies: Loosely based on the hugely popular app which has had billions of downloads, this film holds its own. In the 3D animated comedy, The Angry Birds Movie, we finally find out why the birds are so angry. […] Read more…

The Benefits of Tutoring

Elementary: The benefits of tutoring seem obvious at first glance. Building a child’s skill set may be the first thing that comes to mind, in addition to the luxury of learning in a one-to-one setting.  While these two advantages are important, the intangibles of the tutoring relationship are equally, if not more, valuable to children. Read more…

New York is My Playground Book Review

Travel: Jane Goodrich, a professional children’s photographer and Larchmont mom whose artistic work has graced the cover of Westchester Family, has just released a new photo book, New York is My Playground. The book, published by POWkids and available in stores and online this month, features vibrant and exciting kid-centric portraits in a fresh, moving homage to all who use New York City as their playground. Read more…

Helping Children Adjust to Summer Camp

Vacations: Conversations at the bus stop, birthday parties and various school functions have changed with the warming of the weather. Parent concerns over school cancelations and bad driving conditions are now giving way to thoughts of transition from school to day camp. We all want our children to be safe and have positive experiences that are filled with opportunities for growth, new friendships and fun! Here are three simple steps parents can take to help ease the transition. Read more…

The Best Playgrounds for Kids

Entertainment: Experts contend that unstructured time to play contributes to children’s mental, physical and emotional well-being. Good reasons to take your kids to these great playgrounds this summer. Read more…

We Won Again!

Hot Topics: Westchester Family is proud to have recently won four distinguished 2015 Parenting Media Association (PMA) Editorial and Design Awards in our circulation category. Read more…

6 Useful Things to Pack for Camp

Vacations: There are lots and lots of camp packing lists out there – but sometimes your kids could really benefit from a few things that you may not have thought about. Amongst us four moms, we’ve packed many, many camp bags in our day. Here’s a list of six things we’ve found extra handy for a great summer camp experience. Read more…
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Lily’s Driftwood Bay DVD Review

Movies: This adorable new show certainly charmed our KIDS FIRST! reporters. It follows the life of the adorable Lily, a five-year-old who lives with her dad and she creates a cast of characters in her imagination […] Read more…
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The Man Who Knew Infinity Movie Review

Movies: Based on the true story about an mathematician, unknown outside the academic community, it’s a story waiting to be told – almost a century after his death in 1920. Growing up poor in Madras, India, Srinivasa Ramanujan Iyengar earns admittance to Cambridge University during WWI, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories with the guidance of his professor, G.H. Hardy. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Lainey A. comments, “This live action feature film is incredible!  I fell in love with the main characters and enjoyed the true story. This biographical movie is very dramatic.” See her full review below. Read more…

Treat Your Family to a Swim Club Membership

Entertainment: When the weather heats up, there’s no better way to cool down than with a refreshing dip in the pool, and Westwood Swim and Tennis is the place to go to beat the heat. Nestled in a lush hillside in Thornwood, just minutes from the heart of White Plains, Westwood is Westchester’s best kept secret and has been serving local families with aquatic fun for nearly 60 years. Read more…

Mosquito Prevention

Health: In Westchester County, mosquitoes are prevalent from early summer to late fall when the weather is warmest. This is also the time of year when families spend the most time outdoors, and are most susceptible to itchy bites and exposure to mosquito-born diseases. To combat the ill affects of these pesky insects, the Westchester County Health Department is offering residents free mosquito prevention resources and education on six Mosquito Control Days in May. Read more…

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