November 2017
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Parties: As my tween daughter’s birthday was approaching, I asked her if she wanted to have a party with some friends. “I guess,” she answered in her typical non-committal way. She thought she could have a killer party by just inviting friends, ordering pizza and plugging her phone into a speaker. I knew they would spend much of the party concentrating on their phones instead of each other. Read more…

Train Now for a Healthy Ski and Snowboarding Season

Train Now for a Healthy Ski and Snowboarding Season

Tweens: Colorful leaves falling from the trees means only one thing to die-hard skiers and snowboarders: the snow season isn’t far behind. Many people don’t realize this but training early is imperative for a healthy, injury-free ski season, even for young kids. However, it is particularly important to keep the strength training fun and to vary the exercises to include biking, swimming and other conditioning. Training early is key to a fun, healthy and injury-free ski season. Read more…

Help, I’m Tweeting!

Help, I’m Tweeting!

Technology: I put it off for a long time, but I finally took the plunge. I dragged myself kicking and tweeting into the Twitterverse. Read more…

Banding Together

Banding Together

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Ethan Cohen was only 7 years old when his 3-1/ 2-year-old brother Andrew was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of pediatric cancer that afflicts approximately 650 children every year in the U.S. When Andrew complained he was having trouble walking, his parents, took him to the doctor and their normal lives were shattered by the news their youngest child was battling stage 4 cancer. Read more…
Travel: As soon as the weather begins to cool in the northeast many families start dreaming of sun and sand. This year, in the wake of multiple hurricanes, some destinations can’t be considered. Not so for Captiva Island, an island in southwest Florida, located near Fort Myers just offshore in the Gulf of Mexico and often associated with the neighboring Sanibel Island. Hurricane Irma did pass by, but the area has been restored and is ready for visitors. Read more…

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

Holidays: It’s a classic holiday tradition – visiting “the Tree” in Rockefeller Center. It’s the perfect outing to get you into the spirit; don’t let the crowds dissuade you. Yet, there’s more to do than just snap selfies, you can spend an entire day in and around Rockefeller Plaza. Read more…

Farm Mitzvah

Farm Mitzvah

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI) in Briarcliff Manor is growing! An environmentally aware rabbi and a few farm-loving congregants have transformed the overgrown backyard of this conservative synagogue into a working farm and community conduit. With encouragement from Rabbi Steven Kane, synagogue members Ryna Lustig and Frederick Schulman hatched a plan for the CSI Organic Farm two years ago. Read more…

Social Media & Celebrations

Social Media & Celebrations

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Social media etiquette has become a hot topic over recent years, and rules at celebrations, such as bar mitzvahs and weddings, have had to adjust to keep up with modern times. Read more…

Get Your Groove On ...

Get Your Groove On ...

Entertainment: Parents who are tired of singing the theme song to their kids’ favorite animated films for the 1000th time are finally in luck! Just in time for holiday road trips comes a brand-new CD collection featuring popular songs for kids that parents will love too. Rock-n-Stroller is a multi-volume CD collection produced by Grammy award-winning producer and Somers dad Andy Zulla and award winning recording artist and Broadway performer Matt Zarley. Read more…

4 Party Dos & Don’ts

4 Party Dos & Don’ts

Parties: A child’s birthday is a special day and as parents we go out of our way to make the day extra-special. Be careful not to overdo the festivities or a perfectly nice event can turn into a major meltdown. Read more…
Contests: Enter to win this vibrant-colored, realistic 3-piece, take-apart-and-build construction vehicle that is Tonka tough and built for physical play. Read more…
Contests: Enter to win the classic E.B. White book and a limited edition DVD of Charlotte’s Web, a story of love and friendship, and what it means to be special. Read more…

The New Welcome Wagon

The New Welcome Wagon

Activities: When you are new in town making friends is important. There’s no official welcome wagon these days, so much of it is up to you. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to meet your new neighbors and expand your circle of friends. Read more…
Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Chelsea Piers Connecticut Young guests who appreciate sports will enjoy celebrating at Chelsea Piers Connecticut. The festivities begin with either an Adventure Center Party focusing on gymnastics or […] Read more…

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