Today's fresh links!
Tue Jun 5
Arriving at camp in a yellow bus is no longer de rigueur, as parents hire private planes to transport their campers in style. The shocking truth: shoes with wheels can be dangerous without proper safety equipment. This just in! Growing up in New York City may be safer than in the suburbs.
A just cause
Fri Jun 1
A child named Toby Pannone at my daughter's preschool in Park Slope was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a relatively rare form of cancer. My daughter doesn't know Toby, but like many others, she's been moved by the news of his illness. His parents have created a blog to communicate with their friends, family and the larger community about Toby's condition and what other parents can do to help. The school, Beansprouts, recently held a very successful benefit to help raise money to assist in Toby's treatment, and this coming Thursday, there will be a benefit concert from 5:30pm-7pm at Beansprouts, located on the corner of 8th Street and Sixth Avenue in the Slope. Local kid faves Randy Kaplan and Hot Peas n Butter will perform, but more importantly, you can show your support for the family. Click here to learn more or buy tickets ($10 each).
Happy meals may not yield happy results
Wed May 30
Children's menus in restaurants usually seem deceptively convenient; why spend time convincing our kids to try a strange-sounding sauce or creatively orchestrated medley of veggies when we could just as easily hand them a list that asks them to choose between chicken fingers, grilled cheese or pint-sized burgers? In today's New York Times, David Camp argues that these unchallenging options may be reinforcing picky habits and, ultimately, a less trained palate. Most of us can remember being told to clean our plates at dinner, even if pushing spinach or cabbage down our throats felt like an impossible task. Yet, just as our parents predicted, we are usually thankful for being exposed to tart-tasting vegetables as children and thus becoming used to a variety of flavors. Even the fanciest restaurants today sport a variation of a children's menu, and, in a city where dining out is a frequent family routine, kids are likely to begin asking for chicken fingers and chicken fingers only....
Too terrible for words?
Wed May 30
Smarter Toddler Nursery and Preschool on the Upper West Side has announced a ban of the expression "Terrible Twos," claiming that the phrase encourages and excuses bad toddler behavior. According to the school's representatives, kids who get stamped with the label often simply require more stimulating activities. Beyond its faculty and staff, Smarter Toddler hopes that parents everywhere will weed the term out of their vocabulary. Its representatives didn't cite expert sources in its press release, but noted that negative statements have proven to do little more than encourage further negative behavior.
Events for kids by date
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- Films for families: The top 50 movies to watch as a family
- Best things to do with kids in NYC this weekend
- Download our March 2014 calendar of family events
- Family attractions in NYC: The 50 best sights and attractions
- Theme restaurants in NYC
- Winter day trips from NYC: Ten family-friendly destinations
- Summer camps for kids 2014: Day camps, sleepaway camps and more
- 20 things to do indoors in NYC with kids during winter 2014