November 2018
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Dreamy, Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Feeding Your Family: Make holiday cooking a family affair by recruiting your kiddos to help make this simple-yet-irresistible side for any upcoming feast. Little ones will love scrubbing the spuds and older kids — with supervision — can even help peel and chop. And because they love when we let them in on a good secret, be sure to mention that this recipe includes baking soda, a surprise ingredient that makes the potatoes extra fluffy on the inside and perfectly golden on the outside! Read more…

Children and Eating Disorders

Mental Health: Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness and in less than a decade, children under the age of 12 admitted to the hospital for eating disorders rose 119 percent. Read more…
Holidays: I’ve always had a fascination with Grand Central Terminal. Its majestic cerulean ceiling in the Main Concourse featuring the zodiac signs, the information booth clock where tourists take selfies and, of course, the delicacies at Grand Central Market. Luckily, I’m not the only one in love with this beautiful landmark building that is the second most visited destination in New York City after Times Square. My 10-year-old son has also marveled at its grandeur and is a bit of a train buff, so we decided to trek into the city and learn more about its history. Read more…
Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Acts of kindness ... they are our personal way to make life better for others. Tikkun olam (to repair the world) being a core concept of Judaism, many temples require social action projects of their soon-to-become bnai mitzvah. Choosing a mitzvah project is an opportunity for tweens to explore their interests and put skills and talents to good use in the wider world. But with room for improvement in so many areas, how does one go about choosing a project? Read more…

How Sweet It Is

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: A celebration of any kind isn’t complete without a sweet treat. Since most kids - and many adults - have a sweet tooth, why not incorporate candies, chocolates and other sugary goodness into your bat or bar mitzvah party? Read more…

Special Places for Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Parties

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Whether looking for a site to throw an elegant bash, or keeping it simple with a celebration just for the kids, read on to find the perfect venue to fit your family’s party style. Read more…

A Birthday and Bar Mitzvah Celebration

Bar & Bat Mitzvahs: Like any celebration, there are many things to consider when planning a bar or bat mitzvah. Choosing the party’s details – from the size of the festivities to the venue, theme and food – can be overwhelming, but the celebration can offer an opportunity to create a unique atmosphere through creative planning. One Westchester family, the DeMarcos, recently marked this important rite of passage for their son Ben and shared how they planned and celebrated the occasion. Read more…
Activities: There is no shortage of children’s classes in Westchester, but for parents of kids with sensory or physical limitations, finding the right program can be a challenge. Luckily there are activities in our county that cater to kids with special needs. Check out these four programs that go above and beyond to ensure that no child misses out on fun, fitness and making new friends. Read more…

Birthday Party Etiquette:

Birthday Party Etiquette:

Discipline: Remember the days when families held simple birthday parties in their home? Hot dogs and cake were served, kids played pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey and guests went home with a small toy probably worth no more than a dollar. Times sure have changed! These days it seems like some birthday parties are a bit over the top - celebrations at country clubs complete with fancy lunch buffets, DJs, Disney or Marvel characters dressed up to entertain the kids, and expensive favors that cost more than most of the gifts the birthday girl or boy receive. Read more…

Laurie Berkner

Laurie Berkner

Hot Topics: Here I am ... on the phone with Laurie Berkner (I’m not worthy!) trying to explain to her why her music is so significant to me and how it is my happiest happy place. Moms - you can relate, right? Her music carried me through some pretty rough spots as a newbie parent and helped me focus on the joy. That’s because her songs weave easily into our daily parenting routines and family life helping us connect, love a bit deeper, help our children fall asleep a bit faster and sometimes share a laugh at our own or our children’s silliness. Read more…

Pendulonium™ STEM Challenge

Contests: Enter to win Pendulonium STEM Challenge from Learning resources. This completely kid-powered educational toy challenges each child’s engineering, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Read more…

Infinifun My First Yoga Mat

Contests: Enter to win this adorable educational toy from KD Kids. Play together as your little yogi builds concentration and body awareness, develops coordination, balance and fine motor skills and learns basic yoga poses with the help of your yoga instructor BitsyBot. Read more…

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