If We Could Only Bottle Our Kids’ Joy!

Proof that adults can be happy, too—my grandmother sure derives joy from her great-grandson!

If there were a way to bottle joy, someone would be rich. We’d see billboards plastered everywhere, infomercials hawking the commodity, and venture capitalists fighting one another for the best way to cash in. If there were a way to bottle young kids’ joy, someone would be over-the-moon-and-back-again rich. Nothing is better than pure giggles of delight from your child, smiles... Read More

Apparently, I’m Not Polite Enough

What was my mom thinking?

I consider myself to have excellent manners. I’m still unclear about on which side of the plate to place the forks. But my etiquette skills were so well ingrained in me as a child that it is still hard for me to call my parents’ friends by their first names. What was my mom thinking? But if you ask my daughters, I am woefully lacking in my technological etiquette, and it’s... Read More

And the Senior Superlative Goes to…the Parents!

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One more reason I love social media: Without it, I likely would not discover stories such as this one, headlined “Adorable Same-Sex High School Couple Wins ‘Cutest Couple’ Yearbook Superlative.” Brad Taylor and Dylan Meehan were named “cutest couple” at Carmel High School in Putnam County, NY—it was the first year same-sex couples were “eligible” (I wonder: Were... Read More

Bragging Rights: Yours, Mine, Every Parent’s

I'm pretty sure if I had boasted that my son (pictured here at one) was going to be a doctor, that'd be overbearing. Damn sure!

Our Constitution guarantees us freedom of speech—and as far as I’m concerned, that includes parental bragging rights. I’m not one of those obnoxious parents who touts my child’s every last feat to every person I meet, nor do I post hourly video updates of his antics to my Facebook page. But I do boast when it’s called for, and I do share milestone albums on Facebook, funny... Read More

Call It a Comeback: Sea Lions Welcome You to Their New Home!

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   New York Aquarium, normally the only Coney Island attraction open to the public every day of the year, opens its doors again today after having been closed since Hurricane Sandy hit our shores last fall. The partial re-opening allows guests to see otters, walruses, and plenty of other marine mammals, including the resident sea lions. NYMetroParents got a preview of the... Read More

Reading Is Fun(damental)

Not sure how old I was here, but my love of reading certainly developed early!

March 1 was the kickoff of the annual Read Across America celebration, which falls on the birthday of the inimitable Dr. Seuss and highlights the importance of developing a love of reading at an early age. But what many don’t realize is that this day marks the beginning of a full year filled with events and promotions around reading to—and with—children. The National Education... Read More

At the Intersection of Make-Believe & “Making It Work”

Pirate, astronaut, doctor (way back when!)—some of our favorite pretend play

Imagination—it’s something I had in spades when I was a child, and I have been proud and giddy as I’ve watched my son develop a healthy imagination of his own. He’s loved, loved, loved indulging in make-believe scenarios, and it’s been one of our favorite “together” pastimes over the past two years. But I have found myself wondering lately:... Read More

Stuff We Like: Sweet Valentines

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I have a distinct memory from my middle-school years, circa fifth grade, when Valentine’s Day suddenly took on a whole new meaning. That year, Feb. 14 became much less about pink and red decorations, cupcakes, and cute cards for all your classmates and much more about (gulp) crushes, kisses, and romance. I’m not sure whether this shift is felt universally at the tender... Read More