New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

I'm going to give my family a break this week--and turn to yours instead. In recent years, I've been deeply involved in our annual Blackboard Awards, which honors schools, principals, and teachers of excellence around the city. The awards embrace all educational systems and grade levels. Most importantly, they reward our everyday educational heroes with well-deserved recognition and appreciation.  


So please take a minute to nominate your school and/or principal for a Blackboard Award


And please forward this to school friends who might also be interested.   


The deadline for nominations is October 15, and the ceremony is on November 19. We'll be hosting the Teachers Awards next spring. More details on  


--Eric Messinger   

Parenting Tips

*Why not watch tonight's presidential debate with your kids? Most of us expect our kids to share our political beliefs (admit it). Tonight's coverage can be an opportunity to help them come to their own conclusions. So what will your children think of the candidates    

*Our October family calendar is filling up fast: Here are our ten event picks for the month. From a surgical robot exhibit at Liberty Science Center to Fancy Nancy's stage debut at Vital Theatre to Dr. Seuss-inspired workshops at CMOM--the fall fun has only just begun!     


*Our list of free trial classes and open houses has been updated for the month ahead. Enjoy! 

Contests & Giveaways

*State News, one of the city's premiere toy, arts and crafts supply, and paper goods stores, is bringing their usual dose of festive excitement to Halloween. To buy your child his/her costume, we're offering a $100 gift card to one lucky reader! For info on how to enter, click here.    

Picks Of The Week: Classes & Birthday Parties

*Our tips for beloved kids classes this week: For younger children, a fitness and athletic development gym. And for older kids, an enrichment center where math is taught to help kids not only understand it better, but also enjoy it


*There's nothing quite like a themed birthday bash at the Scholastic Store, for kids ages 6 months-tween. From animal parades to young wizards, thematic celebrations abound at this kids' book mecca.

*The homespun feel of fall has us thinking all about vintage fabrics and whimsical handmade children's clothing. Here are five designers we just love who are putting their own creative stamp on kids clothes.   


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

Hot Topics & Tips 

*Liza Huber's roasted cauliflower with turmeric recipe is a hearty fall side dish that toddlers can eat with their fingers!  


*The end of breastfeeding can be just as difficult for mom as it is for baby. When her son was ready to wean, Sarah Torretta Klock wasn't sure she was too. 


*Bullying has received enormous attention as of late. But what if your child's tormentor is not the stereotypical tough kid, but his or her best friend? (Huffington Post)

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October 3-9, 2012
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