New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
Saturday night presented a quandary: My wife and I were invited to two 50th birthday celebrations, one for an old friend, one for a new one. The solution was probably inevitable. We split up: Rebecca stayed in the city and joined the party for a mom we see all the time, and I ventured to Irvington, to party with an old friend from college. Most people I know have questioned the substance of their bonds with their old friends (who they may not see that often) and new friends (with whom they have a limited history)--and there was one touching moment on Saturday that crystallized this dilemma for me...[more here]


--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*April is Autism Awareness Month and there's much to learn about this increasingly prevalent condition--not just for families affected by it, but for everyone who wants to be well-educated on the subject. To help, New York Family has gathered some great resources. including a handy, updated myths vs. truths tip sheet.   


*Thinking of going bilingual? While Avenues, a new high-profile private school opening in September, is hailing second language immersion as the road to a global future for our children, we spoke with the head of another school--the city's only Mandarin immersion nursery school--to find out what the process is really like for kids and parents.  


*Our star Yummy Delicious blogger Kelsey Banfield has compiled her best recipes in her new cookbook, The Naptime Chef: Fitting Great Food into Family Life. For all you foodie parents interested in easy-to-prepare meals for kids who will enjoy eating the same foods as you do, we have five copies of the book to give away. For info on how to enter, click here.   

Contests & Giveaways

*Kind, thoughtful and experienced, Natalie Nevares (aka Mommywise) has helped hundreds of local parents solve their baby's or NJ Camp Fair Datestoddler's sleep issues. For this giveaway, she'll meet in person (or via Skype) with a family for a two-hour sleep consultation. To enter, email us at and put "Sleep" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, April 13.


*A buddy flick between a bunny and a scoundrel, HOP was a critical favorite comedy last spring. And we're giving away four DVDs! Just leave a comment on our Facebook page about your favorite cartoon character. Then, send us an email at withNJ Camp Fair Dates "HOP" in the subject line, be sure to include your contact information and address. Deadline is Wednesday, April 11.    


*With cut-paper illustrations and one very plucky character, NYC children can NJ Camp Fair Datesjoin in on a city adventure in the pastel pages of Lindsay Ward's When Blue Met Egg--for children ages 3 and up. The tale features a friendship that will make your kids giggle from the start and have you all hugging closely by the end! $16.99, 


*To take dashing young gents from tee to green as they're still goingNJ Camp Fair Dates from teething to growing up, turn to the new-school prepster look of polos, shirts and even dapper onesies from Fore!! Axel & Hudson's cheeky golf-inspired line. $36, 

The Week at    
*We caught up with the author of the hottest new parenting book, Bringing Up Bébé. See what Pamela Druckerman has to say on how the French parent better.

*Ever try matzah brei? Jessica Kobrin Bernstein shares a recipe for this Passover specialty on Yummy Delicious.


*Here's a pet story you don't want to tell your children. Heather Chaet isn't sure the family fish is gonna make it, and tells the tale on Parenting In Progress.   


Best of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Do the fate of an autistic child and race intersect? Find out what the new study in Pediatrics says about this social injustice problem. (The Huffington Post)  


*Children in the UK are shown to have suffering health and education because less time is being spent outdoors. It's called "nature deficit disorder." (BBC)


*Forget Tiger Moms. Helicopter Moms are now the new micromanaging parents, advising their daughters on how to dress for dates and even writing their college essays! (ABC News)


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

April 4-10, 2012

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