New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note
For much of his life, my 8-year-old son has been repulsed by swimming. In the Mommy & Me swim class, while other young toddlers were splashing about and relishing all the silly fun, Adam would dig his fingers into my arms and neck and shout in my ear until I moved him to the safety and security of the side of the pool. And not much has changed since then. This year, much like last year and the year before that, he regularly moans over having to go to his semi-private swim lesson once a week. That was still the feeling right up to this summer...when he had an Olympian change of heart...[More Here]

--Eric Messinger   
Parenting Tips

*We've got the inside scoop on ice cream shops around the city. Check out these 22 cool places to enjoy gelato, sorbet, and frozen yogurt during steamy August strolls. 


*You've heard all of the rumors; now learn the facts about nursery school admissions in NYC. There's competition, but the majority of families find spots at great schools--as long as they do their homework. Here's yours.

Contests & Giveaways

*There's nothing cuter than these Giraffe Zoo Packs from Skip Hop--a must-have for back-to-school preparations. To get our readers ready for the new academic year, we have 5 Zoo Packs and Lunchies to give away! For information on how to enter, click here.


*We've gathered some easy, breezy summer shoes for the entire family. Stay coordinated as you hit August weddings, final beach days, and everything in between! 


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

Hot Topics 

*What did you expect? Baby blogger Aimee Daly divulges the top five things that surprised her about becoming a mom.


*Learn a lesson in managing prescription drug costs from Le$$er Parenting blogger Hillary Chura.

*A home-schooling mother takes a look at "Radical Unschoolers" who believe "education is best soaked up, not crammed in." (


*Social networking sites may pose security issues for rich kids. (Forbes)


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Bonus Tip 

*Hoping to roll a strike before the end of summer? You're in luck. Bowlmor in Times Square is offering a special summer deal for New Yorkers with kids in tow. From now until August 31, kids ages 12 and under bowl for FREE on weekdays before 4pm. For more information on this amazing deal, visit

August 15-21, 2012

Chelsea Piers
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