Tween Talk

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My daughter turned nine a few months ago and I have already seen changes in our conversations.  They are getting heavier and more complex.  I'm having to really dig into my brain and my heart to provide the right answers and guide her in the right direction as she enters this new phase of life, inches closer to being a pre-teen, then a teen-ager, then an adult.  Can we please slow down time? When I talk to her, I'm shifting my memory back to my own childhood and sharing my own stories with her so she can see that she is not alone (" When I was your Read More


Review: The Lyons at the Cort Theatre

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  It's always nice to be reminded that there are millions of dysfunctional families in this world. The Lyons on Broadway is just one of those shows.  It may even make you feel better about your own life. But whatever the case, it's a terrific Broadway show.  One of the best I've seen in a long time. The skeletons that come out of the closet during this course of this show about three family members rallying around their dying father in his last days.  It could not get any more sordid.  Ben Lyons is dying of cancer and just wants a bit of Read More


Saving the Other Half: How the World Can End Preventable Child Deaths


I am pleased to announce that I am a blogger who supports Shot@Life, a life-saving United Nations organization that supports children around the world with life-saving vaccinations. No statistic can express what it is to see even one child die in such a way; to see a mother sitting hour after anxious hour leaning her child's body against her own; to see the child's head turn on limbs which are unnaturally still, stiller than in sleep; to want to stop even that small movement because it is so obvious that there is so little energy left inside the Read More


Giveaway: Tickets to Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus, New Jersey


Last weekend we ventured to New Jersey to witness the robotic dinosaurs at Field Station: Dinosaurs.  Today I have a pair of tickets to offer a lucky winner (valued at $20 each) if you  comment below, to be entered in the giveaway, and let me know your child's favorite book or film about dinosaurs. You can get additional entries by doing one of or more of the following: Follow Field Station: Dinsaurs on Facebook. Follow Field Station: Dinosaurs on Twitter. Tweet out: ”I just entered to win tickets to @Jerseysaurus on @TheCultureMom. Read More


Want to Show Your Children the World? Start here.

Preferred Family Website Poster

Today I went to a really interesting conversation led by extraordinary women who are as passionate about travel as I am to kick off a new family travel web site, www.PreferredFamily.com. It was a wonderful afternoon, spent at the beautiful Trump Tower Columbus Circle, where I sipped champagne and gazed out at an amazing view of Central Park. As a traveling parent, I'm always looking for a one-stop resource for information on where to stay with my kids.  That's why I'm fascinated by this site, where families can book a trip and find discussion on Read More


Words from Mad Men

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In honor of the upcoming Mad Men finale, Wordnik has put together a list of their favorite words from Don Draper and the gang.  Since I'm a Mad Men fanatic, I do feel compelled to share the list. Below is a sampling of some of the top words. A complete list can be found here. 1.  bitchin’ Peggy [holding up Michael’s work]: “Have I lost my sense of smell or is this good?” Stan [laughs]: “That’s bitchin’.” Episode: “Tea Leaves,” April 1, 2012 Bitchin’ is slang for “excellent; first-rate,” and originated as "teen/surfer slang" in the 1950s. Read More


Twitter Party to Chat about Minivans, Costco and Midlife Crises

Dan Gets a Minivan

Join me  to chat about minivans, Costco, Midlife crises and more (that you never saw coming) as we celebrate Father's Day and the launch of DAN GETS A MINIVAN: LIFE AT THE INTERSECTION OF DUDE AND DAD, the newest book by Dan Zevin. Monday, June 11th, 2012 Join @theculturemom, BruceSallan and @DanZevin at 9pm EST, 6pm PST. Sponsored by our friends at @MamaDramaNY. Hashtag: #MiniVanDan From instituting date night to joining Costco, from finding a nanny to using the word 'playdate' with a straight face, ...he's got every base about fatherhood--wait, Read More


Jurassic Park Hits New Jersey …and so Do We


Yesterday we had the unique opportunity to visit a Dinosaur theme park called Field Station Dinosaurs.  Located literally a jump, hop and skip from NYC in the Meadlowlands, it's a  park that houses over thirty life-sized, realistic dinosaurs (including the ninety foot long Argentinosaurus, the largest animatronic dinosaur ever made) come to life thanks to the brilliant engineering of the world's leading roboticists and the imagination of hard-working artists. It was a day of wonder and excitement for my 7 and 9 year-olds as they went from one robotic Read More


Hitting the Road with Kidzvuz, Homewood Suites, Audible and more

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Last week I was thrilled to be invited by my good friends over at KidzVuz.com to an informational event about hitting the road with your kids.  As a travel writer, I'm always keen to find out the latest kid's travel trends, and this event was made for someone like me.  They partnered up with some of the most informative and kid-friendly brands to guide our discussion and I walked away with some very useful tips. First up, we heard from Laurie Schact from Toy Insider Mom, who shared some of her favorite traveling toys for kids, mostly on the younger Read More


Frolic-Palooza to Benefit Camp Brooklyn This Sunday

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Many children from low-income Brooklyn families seldom get an opportunity to leave their urban environment. The Camp Brooklyn Fund was created to give these children an opportunity to attend sleep-away camp and have the experience of a lifetime! Just $500 will send a child to camp for two weeks. Teamwork, loyalty, wholesome health habits, responsibility and personal respect and appreciation for nature are all a part of a child's education at summer camp.  Intensive camp experiences can truly open up a world of opportunities to young people. Sending Read More