New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

"The teacher said that she didn't want us to be like last year's seventh graders and use the condoms to make water balloons."


My daughter, who, yes, is now in seventh grade, had a lot to report to me about her new health class on the way to school today. I nodded and commiserated while Elena described how "awkward" the class was. But inside I couldn't have been more thankful...[More Here]


--Eric Messinger   

Parenting Tips

*Fall is all about feeling free! And now is the time to check out free trial classes and open houses across the city. This month, so many local venues for kids classes are hosting special sessions where your little ones can test out all of the offerings. And we're going to update the list daily, so take advantage!   


*Help your school win a Blackboard Award! Now in its 10th year, the Blackboard Awards honor schools, principals, and teachers of excellence in all grade levels and in all education communities (public, private, charter, parochial, and nursery). The awards show for schools and principals is coming up in November, so if you love your child's school or principal, please submit a nomination: Deadline to nominate is Monday, October 15. And spread the word to your school friends!

Contests & Giveaways

*This is an amazing giveaway: Let your child be the star at his or her own Gymtime birthday celebration! Pick a date and let the experts take care of everything else from invitations and balloons to pizza and party favors. All parties for children ages 2-12 years are 90 minutes long (one hour in the state-of-the-art gym and 30 minutes in the party room). For info on how to enter, click here

Picks Of The Week: Classes & Birthday Parties 

*For the debut of our Picks Of The Week, we highlight three special classes: A safety class that combines car seat installation with infant CPR; a "messy art" (love that!) and music class for toddlers; and another music class in which the songs were written by one of our favorite children's singer-song writers!


*For birthday parties, our three special picks include a super hero party that incorporates both Broadway and rock-n-roll; the only place in NYC where you can play gaga; and a tie-dye slime party! Enjoy!

Bonus Tip 

*Our sister publication, AVENUE magazine, is hosting an antiques, art, and design (oh my!) show next weekend. Parents can find artful objects that fit both their tastes and their kid-filled apartments. For an exclusive look, see these five family-friendly items to check-out at the upcoming September 21-24 AVENUE Antiques, Art & Design Show at the Park Avenue Armory.        


*The change of season can wreak havoc on mom's skin. Enter facial sprays: skincare giants that can tackle tough spots while treating your senses to aroma-infused moments of calm. Here are five of our favorite therapeutic face sprays for fall skin woes.   


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

Hot Topics & Tips 

*After finally acceding to her teenager's persistent requests for a pet, a local mom has to deal with her son's surprising choice. Lorraine Duffy Merkl shares the story of "hiss" choice


*Hair's the scoop. We've been thinking about kid's tresses lately and have not one but two great pieces on what you need to try now in order to tame those tangles and also encourage hair happiness in little ones


*The Obama girls must follow some firm household rules. Here are five that help explain why Sasha and Malia are so well behaved. (New York Times)


*Time for bed! Sacrificing sleep in order to build up study time doesn't earn good grades. (Psychology Today)    

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September 12-18, 2012

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