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Editor's Note

On Tuesday morning, amid the usual sprint to get my daughter fed and out the door in time to catch the school bus, I decided that it was all wrong.  

"Elena, I have some news," I announced matter-of-factly. "Mom and I have decided that we really don't want you to grow up."  

She wasn't feeling nearly as sentimental as I was. "Tough," she responded.
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--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*With spring finally upon us, we can't think of a better parent-child activity than cultivating a green thumb. Kids can join in on the "dirty" fun with these tips on container gardening at home, alongside some great public gardens with fantastic children's programs


*The search for a new apartment usually goes hand-in-hand with schooling yourself about local education. To help lead the way, we offer an informed starting point to education resources every parent should know while they're researching where to live. Additionally, we've identified nine properties around the city that seemed great for families.


*Are you a new or expectant parent? The smoothest journey to parenthood requires smart, simple and accessible information. Let us help! New York Family Baby releases on Fridays and provides expectant and new parents (children up to toddler age) with a mix of news, tips, classes and musings. In last week's inaugural newsletter, we covered everything from cribs we love to survival tips for not losing your mind. To sign up, click here

Contests & Giveaway

*Popular children's series StinkyKids is now a live show! StinkyKids: The Musical is NJ Camp Fair Datesdebuting this month at the Vital Theatre Company. And two lucky readers will score a family four-pack of tickets, plus two StinkyKids t-shirts--good for children ages 3-12. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us an adorable story about your kid, even if it's a little stinky! Then, email us and be sure to put "StinkyKids" in the subject line. Deadline is Monday, April 2.


*Based on the song by legendary folk artist Woody Guthrie, Riding In My Car is a pop-up book that illustrator Scott Menchin created based on a road-trippin' NJ Camp Fair Dates family of canines. As they read and sing, children see important American landmarks, beginning in NYC where Guthrie wrote the original song. New York Family has fabulous five copies to give away! Simply email us with "Woody Guthrie" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, March 28. 


*Regular pants never stood a chanceNJ Camp Fair Dates against the comfort and ease of Polkadot What's leggings. This spring, let your little one customize a pair of her own by choosing a pattern for each leg in complementary tones. Made with super-soft cotton spandex. $32,  



*Have you saved your pennies (and nickels and dimes) all winter-long? Good! Now reward yourself and complement the festive feeling that warmer weather has blown into town. The NJ Camp Fair Datesbrightly patterned Ginger Stool from Jamie Young is one way to give your home a fresh boost to echo sunny skies. $403, 

New York Family Events 

*The final two Camp Fairs are next weekend! Research the possibilities at New York Family's Camp Fairs--produced in collaboration with the American Camp Association NY & NJ--on Saturday, March 31 on the Upper East Side and Sunday, April 1 on the Upper West Side. For more information and to register, click here. And for your very own virtual camp tour, check out

The Week at    
*What is a parent to do when the birds and the bees pop up in bedtime inquiries? Parenting In Progress blogger Lani Serota was unprepared for the question, but ready with an answer.

*Organic living expert and NYC mom Alexandra Zissu keeps her loft clean, cozy and eco-friendly. Find out how this green guru does it here.  


*It's surprising how much you can get out of a live stroller demo. Watch a video on how to get the most out of a pram with "Britax Knows Best." 


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*When the going gets tough, the tough get blogging. See how digital mom Audrey McClelland found support and invaluable information while going through a very difficult time. (She Knows)


*It's no secret that teenagers hit snooze a few times before rolling out of bed. Perhaps a later school start time is the solution to sleep deprivation. (Harvard School of Public Health)


*One question posed by UCLA's Center on Everyday Lives of Families that has moms and dads talking: "Why do American children depend on their parents to do things for them that they are capable of doing for themselves?" (Wall Street Journal)


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

March 21-27, 2012

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