Give the gift of gift cards
Fri Jan 9
I was too embarrassed to admit to it during the holidays, but when money and time were tight last month and I had to buy my daughter her eight Hanukkah gifts, I ran to CVS and grabbed a bunch of gift cards. (I wrapped them in different size boxes, but she caught on the third night.) Turns out this approach, which is often seen as lazy gift giving, actually works quite well, especially for kids. Here's why: 1. Kids like having their own money. Think about it. Money is one of the main things that gives us power over our them. They hate that. 2. It totally saves money. Usually when my daughter and I go shopping, I pay for everything. Not anymore. She's got gift cards! 3. It's a great math lesson. When my daughter bought a $22 T-shirt, I saw her checking the receipt to calculate what she had left. 4. Gift cards give you an obviously follow-up present: a wallet. 5. There's no end to the array of gift-card choices. Judging from the display at my local CVS, looks like I'm set for gifts...
2-for-1 museum admissions this weekend
Fri Jan 9
The temperature is heading south again this weekend and the last thing you want to do is sit and shiver while your kid runs amok in the snow. Why not take advantage of the 2-for-1 entries at most Big Apple museums courtesy of The New York Times' Arts and Leisure Weekend? A ton of the city's museums are participating, including: American Museum of Natural History Bronx Museum of the Arts Brooklyn Children's Museum Children's Museum of Manhattan Children's Museum of the Arts Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Jewish Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art Micro Museum New York Transit Museum Staten Island Children's Museum Whitney Museum of American Art
Electric Company classic clips countdown
Thu Jan 8
There are lots of classic children's TV shows, but how many boast not one but two Oscar winners? While Rita Moreno and Morgan Freeman are fabulous, they alone are not what earn the '70s stalwart an indelible place in kid-tsch culture. A surreal combination of educational sketches, songs and psychedelic graphics, The Electric Company took Sesame Street graduates to the next level, both in terms of learning (it's how most Gen Xers found out about silent e) and the appreciation of campy comedy (Freeman as Dracula taking a bath in his casket). In honor of PBS's 21st century revamp of Electric Company, premiering January 19, we're counting down our top ten favorite clips from the beloved original. 10. Opening song Although the show originally had a different intro , this is the one most folks remember, which kicks off with Rita Moreno's unforgettable catchphrase, " Hey you guuuuuys!! " 9. Sounding out words Would we have learned to spell any other...
Parenting Poop: What Big Apple moms and dads are buzzing about
Thu Jan 8
Resolutions, schmesolutions Now that the holidays are over, the mom-versators are back with a post on New Year's resolutions. Waste of time or necessary evil? You tell us. Forget-me-not Few things inspire as much nostalgic as watching your little one toddle around in videos you shot when he was but a wee babe. Jeff Scher, who pens The Animated Life blog for the Times , has posted this sweet video of his youngest son, a sequel to a film he made of his older son in 2007. The footage will start you down your own memory lane... School admissions SNAFU Just when you thought getting your tot a spot in the right public school couldn't get any more confusing, it does . The Department of Education announced that kindergarten admissions for 2009-2010 are changing in some big ways--admissions start and end earlier, for example. What's your take on the new policies? Brews for (unborn) baby Conventional wisdom claims that...
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