Explore Fall With an Easy DIY Scavenger Hunt

Summer is usually worshiped for being the best time of year to get out and enjoy the glorious sunshine, but fall is totally underrated. With temps that are a little cooler and a gorgeous backdrop—not to mention all of the cool things that find their way from the treetops to the ground—fall is a wonderland for kids. There’s no better way to get them out and encourage them to explore than by sending them on a nature scavenger hunt. Trust me, it... Read More

If We Could Only Bottle Our Kids’ Joy!

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 that stretch so wide they look like they might hurt, and that glistening... Read More

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

   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 show in the fully remodeled aquatheater—and even in today’s autumn-like... Read More

This Weekend: A Seasonal Event that’s Multi-Generational, Multi-Cultural

I’ve been going for a few years with my family to the cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden—we bring a picnic, enjoy the longed for warmer air, take lots of pictures under the beautifully blooming trees, and let my little guy run around and around. Even my grandmother gets in on the act; she’s the quintessential people watcher (you know, the senior citizen who peers out the window from behind curtains all day, who doesn’t... Read More

Holiday Traditions, Old and New

I grew up in a tiny family, my husband in a large one. While the celebrations of his youth were characterized by a lot more noise and a lot more food than mine, both of ours were centered around family and an abundance of love. Both of ours, too, were made all the more memorable by uniquely special mothers. Now that we have our own nuclear family—and at 3, my son is just discovering the joys of Christmas this year—we wanted to start some traditions... Read More

Send a Different Message to Our Kids, Please

Gender-neutral toys—if one were to walk into the typical toy store, one would have no idea such a thing existed. The boys’ section heralded by huge yellow trucks, the girls area a celebration of pink: These stores predispose shoppers to think inside prescribed boxes. But what’s fun about that? The New York Times reported on Monday that with consumer research showing that more dads are buying the toys these days, new toys are being introduced... Read More

Trying to Stay Distracted During the Storm

There’s no denying that Hurricane Sandy has done tremendous damage in our area and everywhere along its destructive path. My heart goes out to my fellow NYC residents who lost their homes to a horrific fire in Breezy Point, Queens; to the approximately 200 patients at NYU Langone Medical Center who were forced to evacuate the hospital; and to every family and individual that was in harm’s way. It can be hard to turn off the news. Sandy’s... Read More

Working Parent Woes, and Why They’re Worth It for Me (Now)

Does “now” mean at this moment, at my son’s age, at my current job? Take your pick. On any given day, at any given moment, I might disagree with myself that being a working parent is “worth it.” But as I said, at present, it is for me. The woes are not surprising or unexpected, and every working parent deals with them: the cost of childcare, the inability to be multiple places at one time, the guilt (for you name it),... Read More

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