New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

At two, my daughter (now 12 years old) was precociously verbal and quintessentially toddler, given to crying fits at the slightest imperfections in her life. I got upset with her too often, as I really didn't understand the toddler way. Lately, I'm starting to feel that way again--too upset, too often--only this time the antagonist is my eight-year-old son, the King of Righteous & Rude...[More Here]


--Eric Messinger   

Parenting Tips

*Fall into autumnal family fun with a trip to a local farm! We've gathered the best locales for apple-picking, hay rides, fall festivals, petting zoos and other seasonal fun--all within a 90-minute drive.


*From toys under the couch cushions to clutter around kids' rooms, stuff can easily take over a city family's home. Need some help? Four local personal organizers share their ideas for maintaining a tidy, clean, and stress-free apartment.  

Contests & Giveaways

*RUSH GIVEAWAY!* For little fans of L. Frank Baum, "A Mermaid's Tale" is a spectacular underwater adaptation of his children's novel, The Sea Fairies. For children ages 6-10, the show encourages audience participation and is currently playing at the Triad Theatre. And we have ten tickets to give away to this Saturday's 3pm performance! (Two families will win five tickets each.) For info on how to enter, click here.  


*Win a dream birthday party at Gymtime! Pick a date and let the experts take care of everything else, from invitations and balloons to pizza and favors. All parties for children ages 2-12 years are 90 minutes long. For info on how to enter, click here.  

Picks Of The Week: Classes & Birthday Parties

*Here are two special new classes for kids this fall. For younger kids, a Rockin' Railroad takes little ones on a musical ride. And for older kids, a chess school teaches logical thinking and risk taking.  


*There's nothing quite like either of this week's birthday parties in the city. If your child loves Eloise, the Plaza hosts the ultimate sparkly princess parties. If your kid craves action and adventure, an exercise-meets-technology gym in Tribeca takes active fun to a whole new level.

*This season's styles are aflame! From persimmon to plum, our special teen shopping blogger found a variety of pieces in vibrant reds to bring a punch of attitude to children's wardrobes.  


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

Hot Topics & Tips 

*When a local dad decides to homeschool his boys, he discovers all of the extracurricular education our city has to offer, as he notes in his essay in The Atlantic. Is there a better place to educate your child than NYC?  


*Crunchy, crumbly granola snacks are nutritious for on-the-go families. Here are six you can make at home before hiking, biking, or simply relaxing this fall. 


*If you've just had a baby and you're looking for some advice, support, and camaraderie, see our story on 92Y's Parenting Center--an invaluable resource for NYC parents today.


*Help your school win a Blackboard Award! 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!

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Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2012

Chelsea Piers
Bike MS  

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