New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
My eight-year-old son had his first sleepover party at someone else's apartment this weekend, though I've been so caught up in a big work project that I hadn't really stopped to consider what a rite of passage this was for him and for me. Until Sunday morning. Until I woke up conditioned to expect his noisy merriment and complaints about something or other, but all I got was silence and absence, an early taste of Empty Nest Syndrome...[More Here]      


--Eric Messinger   
Bonus Tips  

*Three Days To The New York Baby Show! There are a thousand good reasons to join us this weekend at Pier 92 in NYC. Plus this: tickets are only $20/family and $10/person--online or at the door. Visit for all the highlights and to reserve your seats. (P.S. The latest news is that The CuteKid will hold a casting call.)

Parenting Tips

*If you're prepping to sing "Happy Birthday" anytime soon, you may want to check out our helpful b-day planner for all the celebration essentials: party themes & venues, local entertainers and some gift ideas, along with strategies for throwing a party for twins.        

*Nearly one-third of America's children and adolescents are overweight or obese--an alarming statistic for most parents. To get the inside scoop on our nutrition and exercise habits, we spoke with John Hoffman, Vice President of HBO Documentary Films about his blockbuster documentary special, The Weight of the Nation.


*Is your daughter the next Serena Williams? Is your son the next Roger Federer? Tennis aces ages 8-16 can try out for entry into a free, six-week program held July-August, at the City Parks Foundation's Annual Reebok Junior Tennis Academy Tryouts this Saturday, May 19 at 3pm at the USTA/Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. To sign up, call 718-760-6999. And for more information on the City Parks Foundation, click here

Contests & Giveaways

*One of our favorite kids' activity centers, NY City Explorers, is offering a great camp giveaway for our readers. One lucky winner will receive one free week of camp! And everyone who registers by May 25 for any of their summer camps and mentions New York Family will receive 10% off. To enter this amazing giveaway, send us an email at with the subject line "NY City Explorers." Deadline to enter is Friday, May 25. And for more details on their various camp programs, click here.  


*The beyond-the-wrapping present wizard Gift Hero takes the stress out shopping by NJ Camp Fair Datesnarrowing down the top toy picks by age, gender and price. Plus, Gift Hero Concierge, gives NYC parents personalized shopping assistance for free! For a chance to win a $100 gift card, post on our Facebook page, telling us about a great gift idea. Then, send us an email at with the subject line "Gift Hero." Deadline to enter is Friday, May 25.


NJ Camp Fair Dates*If you're looking for an out-of-the-box birthday gift, look no further. Here are six gift ideas you may not have considered. 


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

The Week   

*How much weight did you gain during pregnancy? Blogger Debra Flashenberg weighs in on the great weight debate.   


*For a primer on making NJ Camp Fair Datesbetter meatballscheck out Yummy Delicious blogger Jenna Helwig's tricks of the meatball trade.  


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Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*The extreme breastfeeder and participant in the TIME magazine story hopes we can all respect each other's parenting choices. (The Huffington Post)

*A happily married couple that doesn't want children can't seem to escape the unbelieving judgment of strangers. (CNN)

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

May 16-22, 2012

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