December 18, 2018
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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

Entertainment: 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…
Holidays: October is officially the start of the sweet season. The candy craze kicks off with Halloween and continues throughout the remaining holidays when kids are obsessed with candy. Since you’ll be looking for the sweet stuff, here’s where to go to get your share. Read more…

Organize!

Organize!

Home Improvement: Moving is chaos!” So says Katy Winter of Katy’s Organized Home – and millions of homeowners who have experienced a move. Moving to a new home brings both excitement and challenges. Some of Westchester’s best professional organizers offer advice to limit the stress and enjoy your new home sooner rather than later. Read more…
Tweens: Does your kid have, “IT”? I’m referring to that little word that is commonly used to describe major talent chops in showbiz. Have you been stopped on the street, playground, supermarket by strangers cooing over your child’s cuteness factor? Do any of your kids mimic lines incessantly to their favorite Nickelodeon show or are they likely to be found hamming it up with their hairbrush in front of the mirror? “IT” is also the acting bug (no cure known, sorry). I’m here to help you figure out, “IT”. Read more…
Tweens: When my children compile their summer bucket list, I know they will include one outing that gives me a nervous twitch. They always want to go to the water park. Read more…
Vacations: We’ve asked you, our readers, what your family favorites are and then we tallied the numbers. So, drum roll please – here are the results. Read more…

Mindfulness for Families

Mindfulness for Families

Tweens: Using mindfulness in parenting matters. It’s not a specific thing to do; it’s a way of life. Mindfulness is a long-term opportunity to build traits that lead to greater happiness and the capacity to manage challenges. It is about real-life situations and building skills rather than a simple buzz word. In fact, there is no more direct way to train attention and executive function (the developmental path related to self-management skills) than with mindfulness. Read more…

What Motherhood Asks of Us

What Motherhood Asks of Us

The transition to motherhood is a story as old as time, yet it’s retold with each individual experience of becoming a mother. In honor of Mother’s Day, let’s acknowledge that this seemingly ordinary transformation is in fact extraordinary. There is no doubt that a mother has enormous impact on her children. Yet, it’s also intriguing to examine how children can shape a mother’s personal growth and development. Read more…
Earlier today, I heard a sentence I’ve heard my mother say hundreds of times. “What was the name of that movie again?” Except this time, she wasn’t the one who’d said it. It was me! When did I turn into my mother? Gradually, I suppose. First, I became a mother myself. Next I’ll be saying, “You know the movie, the one with what’s-his-name in it. The actor?” Read more…
Mental Health: With the advent of social media and the 24-hour news cycle, children today are exposed to tragedies at alarming rates. Whether it be a tragic fire in your neighborhood, a shooting at a local movie theater or the death of a grandparent, knowing your child’s developmental stage and keeping the lines of communication open about these events is key. Read more…
Tapping into the latest trend, my well-intentioned husband recently bought me one of those omnipotent fitness tracker wristbands. This tracker monitors your every move (literally) with a built-in GPS and loads of features, making it a top-seller that (supposedly) fits every lifestyle. Read more…

Hot Stuff!

Hot Stuff!

Feeding Your Family: Oh, baby it’s cold outside! That means it’s time to think about warm beverages that can warm the tummy and the soul. Read more…

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