New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
Ever since journalist Peg Tyre wrote her widely influential book, The Trouble With Boys: A Surprising Report Card On Our Sons, Their Problems At School, And What Parents And Educators Must Do, I've wondered whether my fun-loving eight-year-old boy should be the poster child for the next edition of the book. He's pulling off good reading and math levels, but when it comes to school, his attention span, interest level and commitment are not nearly what his sister's were at this age. And then there's this: The other day he said to me, "Dad, when it comes to behavior and stuff, I think I need a tutor." [More Here]

--Eric Messinger   
Bonus Tips  

*A few years ago, the Speyer Legacy School began as a bold experiment: a private school with the mission of nurturing exceptional learners in the hope that our society will benefit from their future achievements and successes. If you want to learn more about the Speyer Legacy School for your children, or want to support their special mission, join their community for an amazing concert-fundraiser on Wednesday, June 13, with one of the world's great classical pianists--Vladimir Feltsman--at Merkin Concert Hall. For more info, contact Daniel Brewer, at 212-581-4000 (ext. 13), or


*A night in Central Park can be magical for children. Add to that a carnival and a special charity event and you've got something for the whole city to enjoy. The Carnival Night For Kids on Wednesday, June 13 is a fun-filled evening with rides, games, raffles, food, live music and more--and all proceeds benefit the Coalition for the Homeless' youth programs. For more information, click here

Parenting Tips

*Pull out your calendars and start thinking about a road trip! The Northeast is ablaze with incredible summer festivals for the whole family. From a Vermont Cheesemakers bonanza to a Maine Lobster fest, from the Dutchess County Fair to Thunder Over The Boardwalk, there's something for everyone to enjoy.


*Bicycling families should check out  "Cycling With Kids" before pedaling away this summer. We spoke to Coach Lee of City Bike Coach to find out more about how best to ride with children given their different developmental stages and ages.  

Contests & Giveaways

*It's Radio Flyer's 95th birthday! And to celebrate, we're giving away one Radio Flyer NJ Camp Fair Datesbuild-a-wagon. For the first time ever, you can choose your favorite body style, wheels, accessories, fabrics and customize a nameplate for a one-of-a-kind toy. To enter this giveaway, post on our Facebook page telling us about your favorite part of summer. Then, email and put "Radio Flyer" in the subject line. Deadline is Friday, June 22.    


*Here's your chance to visit Hersheypark and discover your family's ultimate rush! Just three hours from NYC, Hershey has 12 roller NJ Camp Fair Datescoasters (including the newest, Skyrush!), more than 20 kiddie rides and 9 distinct water attractions at The Boardwalk at Hersheypark. And one lucky family of four will win a 2-night and 2-day stay at the park and lodge. For details on how to enter, click here. Deadline is Friday, June 29.


*An international shopping trip may not be in the cards this summer, so why not check out what NJ Camp Fair Dateskids are wearing around the world? Enjoy our round-up to help expand your little one's style horizons--from Japan to Iceland.  


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

The Week   

*In anticipation of the annual Bideawee Ball next Monday, June 11, we spoke with the organization about everything from matching families with the perfect pets to involving children in animal training


*It takes a village, or just an active Facebook account, to raise a child--right? Here's what Parenting In Progress blogger Lani Serota thinks about Facebook + parenting.    


For more articles and tips, visit


Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*Does your child go to a "public private" school? Check out this article on what PTAs are doing across the city to help fund-raise on par with private institutions. (New York Times)

*An argument for why MTV should have pursued a pilot for "My First," about teens ready to have sex for the first time. (Slate)

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

Bonus Tip 

*We're happy to share some good news from our friends at Super Soccer Stars! SSS coaches will be heading back to Africa this summer to provide rural youth with equipment, knowledge and a passion for soccer. How can you help? Donate your outgrown Super Soccer Stars t-shirt to the children in Zimbabwe by bringing it to your coach or to a Super Soccer Stars drop-box throughout the city between now and June 10. For more info, click here     

June 6-12, 2012

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