New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
My eight-year-old son lives to be mischievous, but when he's falling asleep or even waking up, he can't suppress the urge to cozy up beside you and become an unconditional hug monster. ("I want to hug your nose," he said to me as he drifted off on Saturday night.) My soon-to-be 12-year-old daughter is already practicing to be a moody teen, but this weekend she borrowed a copy of The Hunger Games from a friend solely because I hadn't read it yet and she really wanted me to. Last Wednesday, after meeting after meeting after meeting after meeting after meeting at work, my wife came home, rallied and cooked the most perfect slab of salmon for all of us. What do these tidbits all have in common?... [More Here]      


--Eric Messinger   
Bonus Tips  

*The New York Baby Show is almost here! For expecting and new parents with infants or toddlers, this annual mega event is an extraordinary mix of goods, services, expert speakers and fun for families. It takes place at Pier 92 in NYC the weekend of May 19 and 20. Tickets are $20 per family/$10 per person. America's #1 pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp, creator of the best-selling DVDs/books, The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block is one of several amazing Keynote Speakers. The show will also feature 100+ top vendors, a Stroller Test Drive Track, free buggy tune-ups, a performance by Pinkalicious, classes by Eastside Westside Music Together and Karma Kids Yoga, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. For details and to reserve your tickets, visit


*The Mommybites Summit is tonight! 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 an amazing speaker: 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 this 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.  


*Known for original musicals cast entirely with kids ages 8-18, TADA! Youth Theater's newest show, Up To You, is for ages five and up, and brings issues such as stereotypes and bullying to center stage. We got the scoop on the new production from Executive and Artistic Director Janine Nina Trevens and writer Eric Rockwell. Plus, this Sunday is a free forum on bullying through leadership, moderated by Miss New York and sponsored by New York Family

Parenting Tips

*When she was pregnant with her daughter, Brooklyn-based writer Erin Bried found herself up to her eyeballs in confusing, often contradictory advice on parenthood. So she put her zest for research to work and the result is the practical, yet tender book How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms. We spoke with Bried about the tried-and-true advice you can find in her book.


*Kids are specializing in sports (and other pursuits) at much younger ages than they used to--but that's not necessarily a ticket to long-term success or even personal satisfaction. Paul Weiss, the Chief Program Officer at Asphalt Green reveals what parents can do to make sure their children are on the right track.


*We often like to shed light on fresh and new options for children's classes and education. This time, we've spoken with Early Learning Foundations' Preschool Director Vicky McLaughlin. With her help, here's an intro to Gymtime's ELF.


NJ Camp Fair Dates*Mother's Day is a nice excuse to have a moment when the focus is on you! And, hopefully, it includes a gift (or two) from the people who love you most. Here's a Mother's Day LYSST of lavish finds for the lady who deserves it all, courtesy of Lyss Stern of  


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

The Week   
NJ Camp Fair Dates*Some of the best Mexican restaurants in the country are in NYC--and two of them have shared their delicious recipes for guacamole and margaritas with New York Family's Yummy Delicious blogger Carla Sullivan. Happy Cinco de Mayo!        


*Whether or not you've already devoured 50 Shades Of Grey, you may be interested to know three reasons why one blogger personally considers it mommy porn--and loves every minute of it. 


For more articles and tips, visit 


Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Have you been observing Screen-Free Week? It's a good excuse to turn things off and remember a time when peace and quiet were just that. (Babble)

*Just when you thought you knew all the temptations to rebel lurking out there for your teens, here comes a new one in an unlikely costume: kids getting drunk off of hand sanitizer. (TIME)

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

Contests & Giveaways

*Bring the spa home this Mother's Day with the June Jacobs Spa Collection New Body Travel Kit. At a value of $95, ladies will love the NJ Camp Fair DatesGrapefruit Purifying Shower Gel, Vanda Orchid Polishing Beads, Papaya Body Balm, and Citrus Clarifying Shampoo and Conditioner. And we have a New Body Travel Kit to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us why your mom deserves this fab gift. Then, email and include "June Jacobs" in the subject line. Deadline is Wednesday, May 9.


*RUSH GIVEAWAY: Jazz up your weekend routine this Sunday with the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. The top three performing bands get the chance to perform on the historic Avery Fisher Stage. And one lucky New York Family winner gets the chance to see it all live! You can enter to win a family four-pack of tickets by emailing putting "Essentially Ellington" in the subject line. Be sure to enter by Friday, May 4 at 10am!

May 2-8, 2012

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