New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note

It's been a while since I last played Spin The Bottle, but I still remember it well. Under the guise of playing a board game during an after-school program, a bunch of us sixth graders had taken over a far corner of the school gym (where the mats were) and I had my first kiss with intent--shared with Phyllis Goldbetter. These days my own sixth-grader will occasionally report that one of her friends is dating so-and-so, and my wife and I are trying to find out what dating means at an age when your parents still arrange most of your free social time....[more here]


--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*The weather has been completely unpredictable this winter, which makes planning a ski trip a bit like playing the lottery. Go local. Plan a day-trip or weekend adventure to one of the family-friendly resorts within driving distance of the city. To help you get started, we've rounded up more than 15 great ski mountains nearby  


*It's National Sleep Awareness Week and in the lead-up to Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, we've gathered some great resources for helping parents solve their children's sleep problems. Need a local sleep consultant? Here are our favorites, plus some sleep training books to help your family catch 40 winks!


*Kids love gaga--a sport that has the energy and spirit of dodge-ball but is less threatening and more fun. What is gaga, who is it for and where can you find it? Alissa Schmelkin and Marcy Singer are just the people to tell you all about it. We interviewed these NYC moms who recently opened up The Gaga Center, the city's first facility devoted exclusively to the pastime. 

New York Family Events 

*The next two Camp Fairs are 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, March 10 at Grace Church School downtown and Sunday, March 11 in Brooklyn. For more information and to register, click here. And for your very own virtual camp tour, check out


*Support diabetes research this Sunday, March 11 at the 7th Annual Carnival for a Cure. From 12-3pm at Chelsea's Metropolitan Pavilion, families can enjoy jousting, karaoke, musical entertainment and plenty of food all for a great cause. 


*Want to ditch red marks left on your wrist by your hair ties? Worry about red wrists no more NJ Camp Fair Dateswith hairbanglez! These cleverly indented, grooved bracelets perfectly hold one hair tie for convenient safekeeping--so no more marks, no more lost hair ties. Classic $20, Skinny $16; 


*Outfit your style-savvy little ones for NJ Camp Fair Datesspring in adorably demure frocks from Busy Bees. This sweet brand sprang from the minds of two mothers who truly have an eye for beautiful children's wear. We're loving the cap sleeve crab smock pocket dress! $102, 

The Week at    
*Perspective is everything. Parenting In Progress blogger Heather Chaet talks life lessons as she prepares to participate in Rafi's Run this Sunday--a fundraiser for children with a rare genetic disorder.

*Deep breathing is slowly taking the place of traditional Lamaze for women in labor. Debra Flashenberg explains why at Born & Bred.  


*Kids will love the idea of sandwiches for NJ Camp Fair Datesdinner. Kelsey Banfield has a panini recipe at Yummy Delicious that will make weeknight meals fun again.    


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*With recent cases of bullying and school shootings cropping up, one blogger and sociologist has formed an opinion on what to do. (CNN)


*It's more common for parents-to-be to build a bucket list before baby. Here are 10 ideas for what to include. (Babble)


*If you didn't catch Lindsay Lohan hosting Saturday Night Live this past weekend, you might want to watch this hilarious highlight: The Real Housewives of Disney. (iVillage)


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

Contests & Giveaway

*If you're a fan of musical theater, you don't NJ Camp Fair Dateswant to miss GODSPELL. And we have 2 family four-packs to give away! To enter, simply post on our Facebook page telling us why you want to see the show. Then send us an email with "GODSPELL" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, March 23.

Bonus Tip

*Honoring 150 years of toys, FAO Schwarz salutes its past with a limited engagement toy NJ Camp Fair Datesgallery at its Midtown flagship. The display highlights some classic childhood toys--Mr. Potato Head, G.I. Joe, plus Barbie and Ken originals. Double bonus! Call ahead to schedule a guided tour led by one of the store's iconic toy soldiers. The gallery will be on display through April 10.

March 7-13, 2012

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