I recently came across a post in a moms group that I belong to on Facebook, in which the writer wrote about how she was returning to work full-time and feeling guilty about not seeing her toddler at all on weekdays. It was heartbreaking to read, and brought me back to those early days, when as a new mom I felt guilty about every decision I was making as a parent. Some decisions were bigger than others, but all of them stressed me out. Here’s a sample list: I’m not stimulating my kids’ minds at every moment. I’m … [Read more...] about Letting Go of the Mom Guilt
The lights went down at the St. James Theater. My 3-year-old Emerson clutched her Elsa doll while giggling in anticipation as the curtain went up, revealing young Elsa and Anna playing with snow and ice while they should be sleeping. "Do you want to build a snowman?" Anna sings. Emerson grins at me. "Mommy, it's really Anna," she beams, and I beam back. This is why we paid an exorbitant amount to take her and my 8-year-old to the new Broadway show, Frozen: The Musical -- To watch their faces delight in a spectacular … [Read more...] about Should You See Frozen on Broadway?
GIVEAWAY!! We are thrilled to partner with the new Goldfish Swim School opening in Yorktown Heights this summer! Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years-old in a state of the art swimming facility with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), and a shiver-free 90-degree pool. Goldfish is giving away free registration and a month of lessons to one lucky winner ($135 value)! TO ENTER: Leave a COMMENT on this post with the ages of your … [Read more...] about GIVEAWAY: Goldfish Swim School in Yorktown Heights
I am seriously ready for spring. After a long winter of back-to-back nor'easters, chilly temps and blah skies, colorful spring flowers will be a sight for sore eyes. Here's where to catch them in bloom and attend some family-friendly planting workshops in and around Westchester in the coming weeks. New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show, Bronx, NY (now through April 22) Now in its 16th year, the Orchid Show showcases thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory featuring a series … [Read more...] about Where to Get Your Fill of Spring Flowers
Ask any Pleasantville resident what this Northern Westchester town’s biggest draw is, and they’ll mention the strong sense of community. Saturday is the day that the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market sets up year-round, and residents from all across town gather not just to pick up farm-fresh produce, but also to socialize and enjoy the local vendors, live music, food trucks and kids’ activities with their neighbors. Many people walk to the market, as this is definitely a walking town, an anomaly in Westchester made … [Read more...] about What It’s Like to Live in … Pleasantville
My daughter and I recently read the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio together. She started reading the book first (it was all the rage in her classroom), then I read it because other adults were recommending it to me. We finished it around the same time, discussing it the whole way. It was our first "parent-child book club" experience, and we kept it going by watching the movie in the theater together (that was also excellent). I can't tell you how excited I am about finally being able to read books with my daughter that … [Read more...] about Book Club with My Daughter