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Editor's Note
With very young kids, otherwise sane parents will do the zaniest things to bond with them--and that's exactly how it should be. If you need a raspberry on your tummy to make you happy, it's my pleasure to supply one. But once kids enter grade school, parents become "embarrassing" or, better yet, "embarrassments." So I was especially pleased at drop-off this morning when I looked over at another parent with a child in second grade and watched her talking into a banana like it was a phone... [More Here]      


--Eric Messinger   
New York Family Events

*May is Bike Month in NYC and The New Amsterdam Bicycle Show: Benefiting Transportation Alternatives is back! The show takes place this weekend at the Skylight Soho and is a fun and energetic environment where families can learn safe cycling tips, check out one-of-a-kind bikes and accessories, and get details on bike initiatives in the city. For info, visit

Bonus Tips  

*The Mommybites Summit is coming up on Wednesday, May 2! They bill it as The Ultimate Moms' Night Out--and we agree. It's a delightful mix of shopping, socializing and learning, and this year includes one of our favorite speakers, The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin. For info, click here.  


*The Mamas Network and New York Hall of Science present the Second Annual Mamas Expo on Saturday, May 5. Open to all parents and families with children ages 0-5, the expo provides access to some of the best local services, specialists and products in Queens and throughout NYC. For info, click here. 

Parenting Tips

*Say cheese! Parents may be inspired to bring their cameras along for a trip to the park or around town this spring. So we asked Heidi Green--one of the city's most sought-after family photographers--for her advice on taking beautiful, natural-looking family photos.  


*Learning to ride a bike is a childhood rite of passage. Here's a must-read for teaching your kid the basics of bicycling. Plus, check out how Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White plans to improve the way we ride citywide.  


*With gorgeous clothes, glamorous styling and even a stroller or two, more than 20 hot moms walked the runway for NYC Fashion NJ Camp Fair DatesWeek's first ever show for mothers. Check out our slideshow straight from the catwalk.   



For more shopping finds from our Treats blog, click here.    

The Week   
NJ Camp Fair Dates *9-year-old author Carrie Berk and her co-author mom have just released the first in a series of Cupcake Club books. We got the story behind their new sweet read  


*Only 5 percent of babies arrive on their due date. Read New York Family Baby blogger Debra Flashenberg's article on how to deconstruct the accuracy of baby's predicted arrival. 


For more articles and tips, visit 


Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Twelve years in under three minutes? One father recorded every day of his daughter's first 12 years and spliced them together to form an awesome time-lapsed video. (Vimeo

*Taking into consideration measures like cost of living, crime and education, Forbes has released its list of top cities for raising a family. (Forbes)

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

Contests & Giveaways

*Want to introduce your children to the music of Beethoven? The 92Y's family concert for children ages 6 and up, The Cello Was His Forte: Introducing Beethoven's Cello Sonatas takes place on Sunday, May 13. And we have 2 family four-packs to give away! To enter, simply post on our Facebook page telling us your favorite string instrument. Then, email with "Beethoven" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, May 4.NJ Camp Fair Dates 

April 25-May 1, 2012

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