New York Family Magazine
Editor's Note 

For fear of sounding overly proud, I rarely speak publicly of my seventh grade daughter's academic successes. But something happened the other night... It pained her so much to talk about a class she's struggling in that she started to cry. I, too, was a child whose grades loomed very large in my overall sense of self--and I tried to be supportive, assuring her that she's very capable and that everything will work out fine. The next day, however, I was privy to a piece of bad news from an acquaintance that involved her own daughter and a health issue. That night, I had much different words for Elena...[More Here]   


--Eric Messinger  

Parenting Tips

*Here's a wonderful idea for Sandy Relief: It Takes A Family connects families affected by the superstorm with fams who want to help them. By "adopting" a family in need, you can send them monthly packages of essentials and gift cards, while providing emotional support. 


*Many families take their holiday portraits over Thanksgiving weekend. Be prepared this year by reading these ten tips for taking terrific pics with children, courtesy of local photographer Karen Haberberg. You'll be snapping holiday card-worthy shots in no time.  


*So many city parents struggle to achieve the right career balance in life. Our new resident career blogger, Barri Waltcher, has some key advice for returning to the workforce 

Contests & Giveaways

*The submission period for our Halloween photo contest ends this Friday! And voting opens on Monday. Be sure to submit your kid's costume pic to win an American Museum of Natural History prize for your family. For more information, click here.   


*Win four tickets, a meet & greet with the cast, and backstage passes for your family at the Big Apple Circus! New York's original one-ring circus presents "LEGENDARIUM: A Journey into Circus Past." For more information, click here. 


*In a walking city like New York, it's all about sneakers. So whether your little ones lace up, slip on, or Velcro before they step and schlepp, we have five fabulous footwear suggestions for fall.


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

Hot Topics & Tips 

*After the recent kerfuffle between Kevin Clash, the voice of Elmo, and his accuser, our Deputy Editor wonders if there's something to be learned about the power of words.    


*It's tea time! Our Yummy Delicious blogger Jenna Helwig enjoyed tea for two at The Lambs Club with her six-year-old daughter and came away with three delicious recipes


*Epidurals 101, from our New York Family Baby blogger Debra Flashenberg, explains standard epidurals, walking epidurals, and everything in between.  


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November 14-20, 2012
Chelsea Piers

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