September 2016
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A Fun Book for Halloween

Entertainment: How do you keep kids reading when the excitement of Halloween hangs in the air this month? By being selective about the books you encourage them to read. Read more…

Broadway Review: Cats

Vacations: Cats is fun. At one time, the longest- running show on Broadway, the show had a veneer of pseudo-seriousness. The poems of T.S. Eliot, the million-dollar renovation to the Winter Garden Theatre so that Grizabella could rise up, literally, through the roof of the theatre to (cat) heaven, and the unusual costumes and, well, characters, walled off the simple pleasures of this enduring Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. The actors did not so much play cats as they give each cat-character a unique humanity. Read more…

Diggerland USA

Travel: Dig in for some family fun at a one- of-a-kind, hands-on, construction- themed amusement park just two hours from southern Westchester. Diggerland USA in West Berlin, N.J. is the only park of its kind in North America, complete with real machinery you can ride and operate. When my husband and I visited over the summer with our two kids and other extended family, we made a bee-line for the rideable construction equipment. Read more…

Strep Throat

Teens: Describing a recent illness involving a sore throat, many people will often explain that they “had strep.” However, the phrases “sore throat” and “strep throat” are not as interchangeable as they perhaps seem. Read more…

Is Your Child a Problem Eater?

Nutrition: Everywhere you look these days it seems there are children refusing to eat what their parents are eating. We see them in restaurants, friends’ houses and family gatherings. It has become so commonplace that we rarely bat an eyelid when we hear the story of someone’s child being a picky eater. And we barely notice as a frustrated parent begins to prepare a separate meal of “kid’s food.” Picky eating has definitely become common, but how do you know when it has become a problem. Read more…

Your Marriage: Maintenance Required

Hot Topics: Everybody knows you have to change the oil in your car and take it in for regular service. Most people subscribe to the idea of a regular checkup with your internist, and likewise with your dentist. Read more…

Does Your Child Need Tutoring?

Child Development: In Westchester, it may seem as though everyone is using a tutor to help their child either catch up, or get a leg up on the rest of the class. Tutors abound for students from pre-K to high school, but some wonder if they are worth the time and money? Read more…

Home Schooling Your Child

Hot Topics: Every parent in New York State has the right to home-school their child. However, home-schooling is not easy and requires parents to take certain steps. Parents must notify their school district and show that they can provide “substantially equivalent” instruction to what the child would be receiving in school. You do not have the right to pull your child out of school without notifying your school district. Read more…

The Best of Autumn

Travel: A visit to Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park can provide breathtaking 360-degree views of stunning foliage as well as provide exercise. The primary focus of the park is a slight more than one-mile span that rises 213 feet above the Hudson across a converted 19th century railroad bridge on the Hudson River between Poughkeepsie and Highland, New York. Walkway Over the Hudson, Parker Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-9649. walkway.org. Read more…

Beyond 20/20: Visual Processing Disorders

Child Development: Most people don’t associate attention, learning, slow processing speed or difficult behaviors and emotions with vision. They should, however, because the brain is responsible for the way we collect, organize and interpret the material we are presented with. And our eyes are the organ that brings information into the brain. When visual disturbances go undetected or untreated, a range of difficulties can develop – including developmental delays, reading and comprehension issues, double vision, fatigue and headaches. Many of these symptoms are often associated with learning disabilities, ADHD, autistic behaviors and social and emotional concerns such as anxiety disorders. Read more…

Special Moms

Hot Topics: Just ask Dana DeRuvo Hanner and Susan Kleiman, two Westchester-based moms who meet while they were spending time with their sons with special needs at the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York. Read more…

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Perfect for snack time, home-roasted pumpkin seeds are simple, tasty and fun. Note the options for spicing up these crunchy goodies, or feel free to make your own spice combinations. Read more…

Let’s Talk About Lice

Hot Topics: It can be a taboo subject among parents, but it happens to the best of us: lice. Those tiny bugs and their eggs that spread so easily Read more…

Breast Cancer Awareness

Hot Topics: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual, international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities aims to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause and prevention. Read more…

Search for the Perfect Pumpkin

Holidays: Throughout October, many farms let you scour the fields for your ideal pumpkin, and pick it right off the vine. Some offer more than just a pumpkin patch, with fall festivals featuring live music, natural and delicious food, hayrides, spooky haunted houses and more. Picking your own pumpkin is the perfect fall activity that the whole family will enjoy! Read more…

Childhood Obesity: A Call to Action

Nutrition: Childhood obesity has become one of the biggest health problems in the United States. This, in turn, has led to increases in obesity-related complications. As a result, it is so important to recognize childhood obesity early and treat it before these complications arise. Read more…
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Sully Movie Review

Movies: This story, based on the real life story that took place on Thursday, January 15th, 2009 when the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" as Captain, Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully" glided […] Read more…
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The Light Between the Oceans Movie Review

Movies: Based on the novel by M.L. Stedman, this film has an unlikely story about a lighthouse keeper and his wife living off the coast of Western Australia who raise a baby they rescue from an adrift rowboat. Although slow paced, the emotional complexity of the film makes it all worth while. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Gerry O. comments, “When you watch a romantic film, you expect it to achieve skilled levels of drama, acting, entertaining and relatable story to keep the viewer engaged, but still have a realistic romantic plot. The Light Between Oceans is a spectacular romance story that is truly perfect in many ways.” See his full review below. Read more…

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