Keeping Birthday Traditions by Matt Schneider of NYC Dads Group

Matt Schneider, a founding member and co-organizer of the NYC Dads Group, is a stay-at-home dad of two boys, ages 6 and 3. Since co-founding NYC Dads Group in 2008, the community has grown to more than 500 active fathers in the New York City area. When I was growing up, birthdays were a celebration with my parents, my sister, and my extended family—grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. I have fond memories of the whole family singing “Happy... Read More

The ‘Best Birthday Evah’ by 914mom.com

Brooke Bizzell Stachyra, a journalist and mother of two girls, created 914mom.com for Westchester moms and families. When I was growing up in New York City (several decades ago), a great birthday party was held at the kid’s home, included a poster of an animated donkey with an “x” in place of a tail and a homemade cake brightly decorated with gobs of frosting and ended, if you were lucky, with the opportunity to bang your frustrations out on... Read More

Has it Really Been a Year? by Lance Somerfeld of NYC Dads Group

Lance Somerfeld, a founding member and co-organizer of the NYC Dads Group, is a stay-at-home dad of 3-year-old Jake. Since co-founding NYC Dads Group in 2008, the community has grown to more than 500 active fathers in the New York City area. Has it really been a year since my son was born and I was thrust head first into this amazing role as a father? Yes. The evidence is a prize of a son who keeps opening and slamming the desk drawer next to me as... Read More

A Letter to My Baby Boy on His First Birthday by Baby Chenivan

Karen of blog Baby Chenivan reflects on her first year of parenting with a letter to her son on his first birthday. Read More  Read More

Five Birthday Parties for a Girl Turning 5 by Moms in Weston

Catherine of Moms in Weston reflects on how birthdays evolve as each of her children turns another year older. GROWING UP, WE HAD ONE birthday party: a family dinner on the actual day with a cake. And, that was fine by me. Boy, have things changed! I’m finding that as my children’s ages increase, so have the number of birthday parties! I started with one for my daughter’s first, two for her second, and so on—OK, maybe I’m... Read More

A Baby’s First Birthday by Baby Chenivan

Karen of blog Baby Chenivan, who is currently splitting her time between the Bronx and Boston, writes an exclusive piece for us on planning your baby’s first birthday—drawing inspiration from the bash she threw her baby Nathan’s first birthday last year and the lessons learned from surviving her first year as a mother. BEFORE I HAD KIDS, I remember thinking that extravagant first birthday parties were silly. Why make such a fuss when... Read More

When’s Your Kid’s Birthday? by the Mama Bird Diaries

April is Birthday Month at NYMetroParents. We ask our guest bloggers to share their funny, poignant, or memorable birthday stories, or provide helpful tips on planning a birthday party. One of our favorite mom bloggers of The Mama Bird Diaries shares how it’s OK to not recall your children’s exact birthdays—hey, she knows the exact birth weights of each of her four kids! Read More  Read More

Surviving the First Year by Baby Chenivan

A post by one of our favorite bloggers, Karen Sullivan, the mom behind Baby Chenivan. I know I keep saying this over and over but I can not believe Nathan will be a year old next week. Someone once described parenthood to me as “Long days, short years” and I couldn’t agree more. When I think back to all we’ve gone through in the past 12 months, sometimes it feels like the days went on FOREVER and other times it feels like... Read More