New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
A month ago, we took a brief family trip to Carillon Beach on the Florida Panhandle to attend a wedding on the Southern side of my family. The most flattering thing happened. The father of the bride (my cousin Steve) took me aside the day before the wedding and asked me to read and edit the speech he prepared to honor his daughter. Of all the editing assignments I've had this year, this was the most memorable--and the most delicate...[More Here]      


--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*Use this Memorial Day Weekend to make a special connection between your children and American history. We've assembled a list of history-minded attractions near and far, whether you're travel-bound or staying in the city.


*Is your clan road trippin' this summer? Before you make plans to hit the asphalt, you may want to read Wheels Up! for four fabulous family road trip ideas--spanning from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. Plus, we've found ten great car ride games to keep kiddos happy and occupied as you log the miles.   


*With the last days of school just around the corner and kids gearing up for a sleepaway summer, it's essential to prepare campers socially and emotionally for their first long-term experience away from home. Based on her campsklz:-) workshop, Faye Rogaski of socialsklz:-) has some great advice about helping kids make their way into summer camp with confidence.  

Contests & Giveaways

*It's time to hit the beach! And Melissa & Doug's Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set ( is the perfect sunny day toy for ages 3 and up. This 12-piece sand-molding set turns the beach or the sandbox into an outdoor bake shop! We're giving away three of these amazing sand cupcake sets, just in time for Memorial Day. To enter, post on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite local beach spot. Then, send us an email to and put "Melissa & Doug" in the subject line. Deadline to enter is Friday, June 1. 


NJ Camp Fair Dates*With summer on the horizon, it's time to get into the alfresco spirit and undertake some distinctly modern picnic adventures! We've rounded up a host of outdoor meal accoutrements that range from playful to posh for flawless outdoor dining.


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

The Week   

*Our newest Parenting In Progress blogger, Tali Rosenblatt-Cohen, finds her oldest child one tooth closer to adulthood (or at least, pre-tweendom), as she reflects on the space between.  


*How quick are you with a comeback? The next time a stranger questions her daughter's meal ingredients, blogger Megan Robinson will be ready with a retort.   


For more articles and tips, visit


Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Is time on an iPad better for children than time watching TV? Find out some of the pros and cons of toddlers and touch-screen devices. (The Wall Street Journal)

*Do you commit any of these common "dollar don't"s? Here are the top 10 money mistakes moms make. (Huffington Post)

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

Bonus Tip 

*With the tagline "Abandon No One," The New York Foundling helps families in distress, including kids within the foster care community who don't have luggage to carry their possessions. If you are looking to do your part for the community, check out The Foundling's Cases for Kids, a campaign that gives children new luggage to make moving easier and more dignified. For more information, click here.

May 23-29, 2012

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