Go see this now!
Wed Aug 22
So, we've got another Fringe show recommendation for you and the kiddos. We know that puppets aren’t usually a mark of elegance in theater, but that's just what they are in puppeteer Jennifer Levine's "Miracle on Monroe Street," set in New York’s Lower East Side in 1909. The show's story of a mischievous girl named Sally who steals a cake from the local bakery is based on a tale told to Levine by her grandmother Pearl (Sally’s older sister), who narrates the action in a recorded voice-over. Levine maneuvers through this 30-minute presentation with grace; her fluid body movement and dramatic facial expressions are as integral to the performance as the life she breathes into her wooden puppets. Historically and culturally appropriate music adds to show's unique and authentic feel, as does the quaint, crafty set: brightly-colored felts, plastic buttons and simple props such as chalk. The production seems as lovingly hand-crafted as Levine's detailed puppets, transforming a simple...
Wed Aug 22
New York City is infamous for streets jammed with angry, aggressive drivers; we all know that, but did you know that your kids might be picking up your bad driving habits long before Driver’s Ed.? According to Reuters, a survey conducted by the Marketing Services Research on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance found that eight out of ten kids aged 10 to 18 are paying attention to their parents’ driving at least half of the time. So even when you think your mini-me is too distracted by iPods or DVDs to notice you giving the bird to a crazy cab driver, she’s probably still watching. And while the article reports that kids may follow in their parent’s tire tracks, I have my doubts. I don’t drive, talk on the phone, read and put on makeup all at once like my mother does. (Sorry, mom, you know it’s true!) Why? Because two or three totaled vehicles later, she had scared me out of following her bad behavior. And I’m pretty sure the kid from the survey who reported that...
Today's fresh links!
Wed Aug 22
If you think you’re the only one stressing, think again. In our August issue, we wrote about kids who are so piled up with homework, that long division ends in tears. Today, the Washington Post published an article about kids with high blood pressure and how it often goes untreated. Of nearly 2 million kids suffering from Hypertension, only one quarter is aware and gets treatment. It’s 3am, you have to get up in four hours, and your tot has a horrible, hacking cough that’s making both if you miserable. Cough syrup seems like the solution, but hold off; The FDA is urging parents to ask a doctor before giving young kids cough medicine. For kids under six, cough medicine can harmful; it increases heart rate and can raise blood pressure. If your kid won’t touch anything green, take heart; it is not a reflection of your parenting skills. A study performed at University College London has found that “nearly 80% of children's tendency to avoid unfamiliar foods was...
The wait is almost over
Fri Aug 17
Let the countdown begin! High School Musical 2 premieres in approximately 4 hours on the Disney Channel (that's 8pm EST). Better rush home from work and get the couch set up for some quality family time. We know: the phenomenon's cheese-factor can feel out of control for the Disney-intolerant. But, oh, those tunes are so catchy.
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