New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note

Over dinner last week, my 11-year-old daughter regaled me with an account of how a boy from her grade school was the only sixth-grader in their middle school to compete in a special math team competition. "You're a top math student," I pointed out. "Why aren't you on the math team?" She grimaced. "You should see their geeky shirts. They stay after school. I don't want to do it." It was disappointing to hear my daughter hold herself back from an opportunity that she might thrive at, so in follow-up conversations...[more here]


--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*Super Bowl Sunday is a time for big family fun. To help your home team enjoy the game to its fullest we've gathered a bunch of festive and delicious recipes (including one from Eli Manning), plus some great tips for getting your children psyched for the game. Kickoff!


*Jessica Alba recently stole our hearts with the launch of The Honest Company, offering eco-friendly, convenient and affordable diapers, bath/skincare and household cleaning products for families. Partnering with Christopher Gavigan, who founded Healthy Child Healthy World, Alba's great green adventure has the potential to help many parents. For more info, click here.

New York Family Events

*The next Camp Fair is this weekend! Come research the possibilities at New York Family's Camp Fairs--produced in collaboration with the American Camp Association NY & NJ--on Saturday, February 4 in Morningside Heights at the Bank Street School. For more information on day and sleepaway camps and to register, click here.


*Speaking of Camp Fairs, New York Family just launched a virtual camp tour at The site is a one-stop resource to help parents find the ideal summer experience for their children.


*From clothing to baby care items, the natural and organic children's boutique Sprout San Francisco--which found a new home on the Upper East Side this fall--takes the guesswork out of buying what's healthy and smart. This retro New York Wood Print is made of sustainably harvested maple. $25 unframed, $65 framed,


*The green moms behind the delightfully whimsical Lunch Skins brand have come up with the perfect solution to lunch-time waste. Available in three sizes and an array of patterns, these eco-friendly and dish-washer safe baggies are reusable and can complement even the most stylish of lunch boxes. $7.95-10.95, 

The Week at    
*If your child isn't thriving at school, the solution may be in your hands. Here's how to take action without overreacting.


*An quick weeknight meal at home, Kelsey Banfield's stromboli recipe is both tasty and easy to make.   


*Would you "tell on" an inattentive nanny from a group playdate? Mom witness Alex Richards grapples with an awkward encounter on our Born & Bred blog.


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Kate and Will's big announcement: they've adopted! A month old dog, that is. Check out the adorable pup. (MSNBC   


*Here's a great piece explaining the election process to kids. Don't be surprised if the article teaches you a few things, too! (Washington Post)


*Jill from Scary Mommy puts snapshots from her life side-by-side with images from Pinterest. Hilarious comparison. (Scary Mommy)


For more of our favorite articles from the web this week, click here

Contests & Giveaways

*Not your typical stuffed animal--Skip Hop's new Hug & Hide Activity Toys are sure to keep your infant, ages three months and up, entertained for hours. And New York Family is giving away one lamb Hug & Hide to a lucky reader. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us why you want to win. Then, email us with "Hug & Hide" in the subject line. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 8.

February 1-7, 2012





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