New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
My wife and I were chatting about the divorce of two friends of ours, when our eight-year-old son, Adam, who didn't seem to have any interest in the conversation, suddenly chimed in. "What's going on?" he asked. I briefly elaborated, adding for assurance the fact that my parents got divorced when I was a kid and everything worked out (sort of). "How old were you?" he asked, shrewdly. Even as I spoke the words, I realized I was in trouble. "I was eight," I responded, with what felt like an audible gulp. We looked at each other in the most awkward way...[More Here]

--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*Heat wave 2012 is here! If your fam is feeling a bit overheated, take to the slides, thrills, and spills of some nearby water parks. Here are more than 15 parks we highly recommend.


*Nothing cools down a hot summer night

like a family trip to an ice cream shop for scoops, cones, or shakes. Here are some of the city's sweetest spots for the iciest treats.

Bonus Tip 

*Learning how to ride a bike is a quintessential childhood activity. Sadly, for many children with disabilities, that rite of passage can seem nearly impossible. Enter Lose The Training Wheels, a non-profit organization that's helping kids master the saddle in Brooklyn this August 6-10. For info on their weeklong camps, click here. Please share this program with friends in need. 

Contests & Giveaways

*NJ Camp Fair DatesWhen she was pregnant with her daughter, Brooklyn-based writer Erin Bried found herself swamped with confusing, often contradictory advice on parenthood. She began her own research, and the result is her practical yet tender book: How to Rock Your Baby: And Other Timeless Tips for Modern Moms. And we have five copies to give away! For details on how to enter to win a copy, click here.  


NJ Camp Fair Dates*Splash into this roundup of wonderful water fun toys to entertain energetic youngsters while cooling them off in these sizzling temperatures.


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

The Week   

*How is a non-native New Yorker supposed to keep his kid from becoming a Yankees fan? Joe Wack reflects on parenthood and teaching his son not to auto-love winners.   


*If you enjoy family travelogues and you're looking for an escape, transport yourself to Peninsula Papagayo in Costa Rica courtesy of Clint White. Read all about his fam's sublime week in a Four Seasons paradise.

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Best Of (The Rest Of) The Web 


*One father's hilarious formula for what it takes to get him off the couch in time to prevent his sons' possible injuries. (Huffington Post)


*Judy Wallerstein, who shaped much of America's attitude toward divorce and its effect on children, died last month. A frequent collaborator reflects on Wallerstein's impact. (


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

July 18-24, 2012

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