Toss the booties, keep the memories
Thu Jan 15
Step into your garage, peer into your attic or open up your closet and you'll probably find boxes upon boxes of, well, crap. Chewed apart rattles, a broken highchair, stained onesies. Why do we keep this stuff? Probably because it's all that's left once your little one has let go of your hand, taken his first steps and (eventually) grows up. But instead of hanging on to every last keepsake, consider bronzing the goodies. Immortalizing your baby's first pair of shoes may seem weird in the 21st century, but it's a good way to preserve memories when pictures just won't cut it. "Electroplating" has been around for decades, with companies bronzing family footwear and offering tips and how-tos in articles like this one from 1949 (ya know, for those parents too paranoid to send off baby's boots to strangers for metallizing). Though it seems a bit dated, companies around the globe are still offering bronzing services, like Memories in Bronze and Baby Steps Shoes . And...
Full White House: Barack Obama's mother-in-law moves in
Wed Jan 14
If your mother-in-law said she was moving into your place, would you object? Michelle Obama begged her mom to come live at the White House and the President elect is reportedly okay with this. A word of counsel to the first family from someone who lived with her mother: Tread ever-so-lightly. I know your new digs are large, so that should alleviate the discomfort of being in each other's faces every time you turn a corner. But don't rely on that alone to establish independence. When my daughter arrived, my mother moved in for the first year. I went back to work and was completely reliant on her. But expecting my mother to abide by my rules was a joke. No sweets? My mother yes'd me over and over, and as soon as I was out of sight, she proceeded to do what she thought was right, which included stuffing tiny pieces of cake in my baby's mouth on a daily basis. Judging by what Michelle's mom, Marian Robinson, has said about her daughter's rules, looks like the White House will soon...
January deals and discounts
Wed Jan 14
The holiday craziness is over. Yay! Now it's back to the usual, everyday stresses...like how to stretch a dollar. Never fear: the discount diva's here, and I'm dedicated to rounding up the best bargains, deals and sales around town and sharing them with you. 40% off Shrek the Musical tickets through January 18 With its pop-culture references, edgy innuendo and slapstick comedy, Shrek is one of those rare animated classics that appeals to both kids and their parents. The DreamWorks' neo-classic has been turned into a big-budget Broadway musical, and guess what? It's pretty great . It's also offering 40% off tickets for select performances through January 18. Visit BroadwayBox for all the info. Save up to $30 on Big Apple Circus tickets through January 18 The Big Apple Circus isn't some garish, elephant-laden, headache-inducing extravaganza. It's a one-ring crowd-pleaser and the main attractions are contortionists, high-wire walkers, aerialists...
Parenting Poop: What Big Apple moms and dads are buzzing about
Tue Jan 13
Autism screening on the horizon With all of the discussions generated by Jett Travolta's tragic death, it's appropriate that new research has just been published that may help doctors screen fetuses for autism. There's a lot of controversy over the ethics of such testing, since some prospective parents may opt to terminate pregnancy. NYC parents, what's your take? Milk made The New Yorker is reporting that more women are pumping and bottling their breast milk as opposed to feeding the baby straight from the source. Bully blunders Ah, bullies. We all had to face them them at some point during childhood, and while you were told repeatedly to "just ignore them and walk away," you really just wanted to give him a big, fat knuckle sandwich. In order to avoid a potential schoolyard smackdown , do you advocate self-defense or encourage passivity? Out-of-the-box lunchbox ideas Got a kid who can't bear the idea of yet another PB & J for lunch?...
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