Someone gave me really good advice about what to do when a child throws a tantrum recently, and it's a little surprising. My 3-year-old throws some doozies, and even my older son can have a meltdown sometimes. For so long, common knowledge said to ignore a child in a tantrum, not in a mean way, but respectfully. Talk in a quiet voice. Don't lose your cool. Distract them. But recently, someone told me the best thing to do is turn on the mommy love, even if you're insanely frustrated. Give the child a great big bear … [Read more...] about A Magic Way to End Tantrums
A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook about a new toy that's kept her kids endlessly entertained. They're called Plus Plus Blocks, and they're like Legos, but flatter, simpler, and easier to tote around. A Danish invention, Plus Plus Blocks have been around for about 10 years now, but they're only now becoming popular in the U.S. The small blocks are really more like puzzle pieces that are different colors but the same shape, and you can configure and reconfigure them into all sorts of 2D and 3D characters and … [Read more...] about Here’s How to Keep Your Kids Busy at Restaurants
As Brooke always says about this time of year, “Fall is when Westchester really shines.” And it’s true – we’re situated in swaths of gorgeous greenery, soon to become a panorama of brilliant colors and textures. Add to that all the farms in our area, producing fresh, seasonal produce, and Westchester truly is the best place to enjoy the fall. Here are some of our favorite activities. Stone Barns If you haven’t visited Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills recently, fall is a great time to go. Not only is it less … [Read more...] about 5 Classic Fall Activities Around Westchester
If you're a fan of Smorgasburg in Williamsburg, then mark your calendar for the Rivertown Public Market, a free local food festival happening this weekend. Opening this Saturday on the banks of the Hudson in Dobbs Ferry, the pop-up market will feature local culinary favorites like The Cookery's Dave Dibari, who may be Westchester's top chef, as well as plates from the always-delicious Harper's, Bread & Brine, Boro6, among others. And if your mouth isn't watering yet, think: pulled pork, lobster rolls, burgers, … [Read more...] about Rivertown Public Market This Saturday
While on vacation with another family this summer, my friend broke out some toys to occupy the kids at dinner that I haven’t seen in a long time – Fashion Plates and Simon. And it turns out that these toys still got it. They kept my kids so busy that I had to buy it for ourselves when we got back home. Which got me to thinking about other toys and games from my childhood that the kids might enjoy. I may start making my Christmas list early this year… … [Read more...] about What Are Your Favorite Throwback Toys?
A friend of mine mentioned she was going to the immersive experience, 29Rooms, in Brooklyn this weekend, and after some research, I'm dying to go. In its fourth year, the show offers up 29 rooms for you to walk through, each one designed by a different artist and over the top in its expression: lights, colors, textures, sounds. It's creativity on crack. Read about the celebrities who walked the red carpet on opening night. The New York Times calls it a "playhouse for the Instagram set," and writes: "This year’s … [Read more...] about Have You Heard of 29Rooms in Brooklyn?