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Old-Fashioned Fun at Boscobel
Celebrate the fall season with a visit to Boscobel, where you and your family will be transported back to the 19th century. (read the story...)

Thinking About Spring Break?
Not every spring break has to be a source of terror about what your child might get up to. There are alternatives that can enlighten your child’s mind and change it for the better. (read the story...)

Packing the “Right Stuff”
It’s that time of year again…your home is abuzz with talk of new teachers, homework, and of course, school lunch. Although some schools have improved the quality of cafeteria meals and snacks in recent years, many still fail to meet basic nutritional needs. (read the story...)

Arctic in August
Bring the family to Central Park the weekend of August 5 and 6 for the annual "Chill Out!" celebration. (read the story...)

Greening Your Lawn
What can you expect from a choice to go organic? Well, if you hold fast to the vision of a lush, manicured lawn, it’ll be bit more work in the short term, say the experts. But, they promise us a more beautiful, maintenance-free lawn in the end. (read the story...)

Fired up — guaranteed!
Have you ever run out of propane in the middle of barbecuing? (read the story...)

Ticked off!
We love summer! We hate having to do tick checks! Dr. Joseph Licata, a Manhattan pediatrician offers some great tick-dealing tips! (read the story...)

SUMMER OUTINGS — ON THE WATER
Despite living on an island, most NYC residents don’t think of taking to the water for leisure. But there is so much to do on the water with your kids that it is shame to ignore this amenity. (read the story...)

Summer Camp 2006: Before, During, After …
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Sunscreen safe tips
Some tips from New York City dermatologist and mom, Dr. Nanette B. Silverberg: (read the story...)

Summer Camp 2006: Off To Camp! The fun, the packing … the fear of homesickness
Your child leaves for camp in just a few weeks. Veteran or first-timer, rituals are an important part of the getting-ready process. When mine leave for camp, one has to choose a special meal one night, and the other on another night. Though their camp has a bus, we drove the first year, and it has been so ever since. (read the story...)

Summer Camp 2006: Area Camps Tackle Underage Drinking
Underage drinking in Westchester is an issue that has gained considerable attention in recent years with reports of alcohol use at prom outings, student trips, secret gatherings and even parentally-supervised parties. (read the story...)

Family Travel: Vermont for all seasons
Going to Vermont in winter is a no-brainer – lots of snow and skiing options. Summer also has its charms, with plenty of bike paths and lakes. In fall, you can’t beat the foliage. Spring is often dismissed, but a recent spring ski trip to Stowe revealed why this area is truly a four-season destination. (read the story...)

Surviving the stress-filled holidays:Tips to reduce your chaos
If you're hoping for the gift of more time with your family during the holidays, take heart. Consulting this list and checking it twice is sure to help you keep your holiday stress to a minimum and help you have time to enjoy the season with your children and family. (read the story...)

Mixing It Up: A Holiday Survival Guide
New York is the most culturally diverse place on the planet. Walk into any subway car, and you’re surrounded by dozens of cultures and languages. And amazingly, we’re able to live in relative harmony. But during the holidays, this harmony can be put to the test for intercultural families, in which partners come from different religious, cultural, or racial backgrounds. Here again, we New Yorkers lead the world in “mixing it up”. (read the story...)

ACH-OO... ACH-OO...New blood test diagnoses allergies
Besides the changing foliage, two sure signs that fall is approaching are the reappearance of yellow school buses and the red shiny noses of mouth-breathing children as they head back to school. We know why the school buses have emerged from their summer hibernation, but red noses could be either a cold or allergies. Often it is hard to determine the cause of the congestion, especially in some parts of New York City, where 25 percent of children have asthma, nearly 100 percent get colds, and up to one-third may have allergies. How can we differentiate between the overlapping symptoms? And is there anything we can do to alleviate them? (read the story...)

Fall foliage cruises on the Hudson
One of the greatest things about living in New York City is our proximity to the Hudson River. If you're looking for a fun family outing, how about a cruise up the Hudson? And since the leaves are just starting to change, the view should be spectacular. There are several companies that offer Hudson River cruises — from 90-minute tours to week-long excursions. Here are some of your choices: (read the story...)

'...Suddenly There Came a Tapping'
October, Halloween month, is the perfect time to remember the prolific legacy of the great writer Edgar Allan Poe. (read the story...)

Getting Serious: The Parent Teacher Conference
School is in full swing. Pencils are sharpened and books are covered. You’ve paid for school supplies, picture day, yearbook, and T-shirts. You’ve been to Open House night and have an overview of the curriculum, homework assignments, and behavioral expectations. Now it’s time to get serious — the Parent-Teacher Conference. (read the story...)

To maximize learning:Eye Tests are Vital
The school year is about to begin. Have you had your child’s eyes tested? According to Prevent Blindness America (PBA), more than 12 million school-age children, or one in every four, have some form of vision impairment. (read the story...)

My head hurts! Treating sports-related concussions
With the approach of a brand new school year, it’s time for fresh starts and new conquests for children. With a long year of hard work ahead, young students look forward to extracurriculars activity, like team sports. But parents should be aware that sports injuries are one of the leading causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) in children. (read the story...)

Avoiding the pain of ‘swimmer’s ear’
As children seek refuge from the summer heat in pools and lakes, parents should be alert for the symptoms of painful swimmer's ear. (read the story...)

Sun Protection Vitals
Here’s some vital info from the folks at Coolibar … (read the story...)

Keeping Babe in the ShadeMore great sun safety products for families
Water babies We tote our babies on land, why not in water, too? The WaterToT neoprene infant carrier allows parents to comfortably and securely attach babies — from 8 to 30 pounds — close to their bodies during water recreation or even when showering! $59.99; for more info: www.watertot.com. (read the story...)

Taking the Sting out of Summer Fun -Make it a season for 'wow' instead of 'ow'
Even a small injury can become a serious one if left untreated. Brush up on simple first aid for the proper treatment of these common injuries: (read the story...)


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