New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
One of the best bits of parenting advice that I've ever heard came from a most unlikely source: the comedian and talk-show host, Bill Maher. Publicly, Maher has long indicated that he does not want to be a father. Still, I often allude to Maher when I'm thinking about children and pop culture or news reports that may be too violent or sexual, or inappropriate in some way. Last week, I thought of his perspective again when I got caught up in a discussion on Facebook raised by a mom who decided that her 12-year-old daughter was not ready for the Hunger Games movie....[more here]


--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*Springtime kids fashion has a focus on greens and blues--the hot colors we've seen in everything from shorts to jackets. Let nature lead the way and check out this slideshow of new wardrobe wonders.


*To help you decide if a certain spring sport is right for your child, we spoke with several young local athletes about baseball, tennis and other sports. Check out the interviews plus a great list of classes and leagues, along with free clinics hosted by the City Park's Foundation.  


*Are more expensive nannies actually better caregivers? Former New York Times Motherlode blogger Lisa Belkin takes on this touchy subject in her acclaimed Huffington Post blog. 

New York Family Events 

*The final two Camp Fairs are this weekend--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

Contests & Giveaways

*Justin Roberts is NJ Camp Fair Dateschildren's music's rising superstar. We have 2 family four-packs of tickets to give away for his 2pm jam session at Symphony Space on Saturday, April 14. To enter, send us an email to with "Justin Roberts" in the subject line. For more details, click here    


*We also have two 4-piece sets of Skip Hop's Complete Sheet bedding line to give away, with their stylish and whimsical looks, and alternative bumper design! Send us an email to, and put "Skip Hop" in the subject line. For more details, click here.   


*The Soft Serve Fruit Co. has two locationsNJ Camp Fair Datesin NYC (Union Square and the Upper East Side) and is a nutritious treat made with real fruit. Try Passover and Easter specials like the Seder Sundae or the Bunnies and Bonnets Bonanza. $5-7,   


*The portable and affordable Tootle Turtle NJ Camp Fair DatesMower from Melissa & Doug is perfect for kiddos ages 2 and up. This toy comes with movable dials, a plastic fuel can and a pull-cord that replicates a live motor sound. $29.99,

The Week at    
*Cliche, but true: kids say the darndest things. See how one little boy's non-stop talk leads to moments of hilarity and embarrassment for his dad, Parenting In Progress blogger Joe Wack.

*If you're crazy for cupcakes then you'll love these decorating tips from the pros. Yummy Delicious blogger Jenna Helwig took a workshop at Dylan's Candy Bar and is sharing the sugary wealth!  


*After a traumatic hospital birth, Angela Johnson of New York Family Baby is delivering baby number two in her living room--and she's pretty excited about her decision.  


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Dara-Lynn Weiss' article on her 7-year-old daughter's weight issues has tempers flared. Now she has a book deal that's sure to stoke the controversy. (The Huffington Post) 


*With celebrity moms like Mad Men's January Jones supporting placenta capsulation, check out this blogger's opinion on this controversial trend. (New York Times)


*A 5-minute video chat on unsolicited advice from mothers-in-law. Anne Lamott and Kelly Corrigan tell it like it is. (YouTube)


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

Bonus Tip 

*Grab your baskets and don your yarmulkes! Starting this weekend, the city is hopping with egg hunts and bunny-eared bonanzas. Sunday kicks off two weeks of Passover-related fun, including music, dance, arts & crafts and the traditional seder.

March 28-April 3, 2012

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