25Nov

Guest Post: Review of Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas

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When you first read Fancy Nancy to your young daughter, you may have asked yourself, "Do I really want my daughter to put so much emphasis on her look at such young age?  Is she going to give me hard time when we buy clothing? Should I start with French classes or is Chinese a better choice?" But when you watch the play, Fancy Nancy Splendiferous Christmas, which Vital Theatre Company adapted from the Jane O’Connor book, with illustrations by Robin Peiss Glasser, you will realize that Fancy Nancy is not too fancy and has is someone with many good Read More

02Sep

School Daze

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I'm a huge Spike Lee fan, but in case you were wondering, no, I am not going to be writing or talking about his hit 1988 film School Daze. I'm talking about the daze I'm left in after looking after two tween aged kids for one month straight. Don't get me wrong, I do cherish this time with them and realize they are short, so please don't misunderstand or misinterpret me, as some of you often do. But as a mom who works from home, it's hard to entertain two kids who still love and crave all my attention. And it's a lot of work to keep two them content, Read More

15Jul

What Really Matters

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When you get asked questions like these, they make your heart stop: "Do you have a living will?" "Do you plan to donate your organs should anything happen to you?" "Who will make decisions for you in the event you are not able to?" Needless to say, as the mother of two children heading into my third surgery this year, these questions brought tears to my eyes. As I entered the operating room, and a nurse asked me my name to confirm my identity, I held out my wrist so she could check my information on my plastic band. I knew if I opened my Read More

29Jun

Sleep Away Camp Photos are No Lie to Me

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“Welcome back and Shalom!” were the words we heard upon entering Camp Sprout Lake as we pulled into the long driveway off the main road. I looked back at my daughter I in the back seat, her energy emanating with excitement. Camp was truly her home away from home and she was so happy to be back. We’d come a long way since last summer when bringing her felt more akin to child abuse than anything else. As I rode the one hour, fifteen minutes to the Hudson Valley to leave her off for her one week “Taste,” she sat silently weeping in the front seat.  All Read More

21Nov

Cool Rainbow Loom Tips

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I love the Rainbow Loom.  It's artistic, creative, stimulating, thoughtful, time-consuming (in a good way), educational and, most of all, fun.  My kids can spend hours upon hours making different designs and they're often at their most focused.  When they first got their kits, they read instructions and made simple pattens but over time they've started to watch instructional videos and are now coming up with the most amazing concoctions.  My husband and I proudly wear our bracelets to work everyday and we both get questioned constantly by our colleagues Read More

17Nov

Curating Kids Classics with Netflix

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My kids are just as obsessed with Netflix as we are. Every night as soon as our kids are in bed, we immediately turn on Breaking Bad. We're in the middle of the third season and we're pretty fanatical.  I can't believe we missed out on the show when it ran on AMC, but thanks to Netflix, we're catching up on the wave and can't get off. Nor do we want to. When it comes to our kids, we want something less action-packed and more education-focused, and it's amazing how much choice there is on Netflix. We've already watched many of my own favorite films from Read More

05Nov

Thinking about 2020 and Making a Move

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About a month ago, an email landed in my inbox from a very familiar, friendly voice.  It was from Andrea Sheehan, an old friend and former colleague.  She had found me on Linked In and was wondering what I was up to. The timing could not have been better.  I was on the cusp of leaving my position and was looking for a new opportunity.  Andrea went on to tell me about a new company she was forming and the excitement in her voice was as transparent and honest as I'd ever heard. Andrea is a mom of 4  (I don't know how she does it).  She's also a Read More

16May

Feel Guilty About Giving Kids Your iPad? Consider This New Reader and NYC event!

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A friend of mine told me recently that they felt guilty about letting her daughter use her ipad. Why? She didn’t feel like it was being used in an “educational” way. So, it’s pretty cool that there is a new interactive reader where your kid is doing something educational and you are actually getting educated at the same time too! The new Ruckus Reader aims to stand apart by helping to evaluate how a child is doing while reading and then emails parents a progress report. It’s kind of like a report card: once a week it highlights highlights where the Read More

30Mar

Getting Ready to Spend Passover in London (w/ Matzo Pizza Recipe)

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This year Passover is going have a different meaning than it has over the last few years.  We'll be with in London with  my husband's family on our annual trip over.  My kids will be with their first cousins, grandmother and aunts and uncles, and we'll be in another culture.  Another culture we know very well, no less. But still, the Jewish life in Britain is very unique for me.  First of all, my Jewish UK experience starts as soon as I board the plane tomorrow night.  There will be a lot of black hats and Yiddish speakers, many of whom "daven" or Read More

23Jan

Women and Success – The Heidi Klum Effect by Elissa Freeman

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This is the sixth entry in “I Don’t Know How She Does It,”  a series of guest posts about the working mom/stay-at-home dilemma.  It’s written by Elissa Freeman, the Vice President, Communications & Public Relations for the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games.  She lives in Toronto, Canada with her extremely tolerant husband and precocious 11 year old daughter.  She refuses to believe there is such a thing as work-life balance and prefers to liver her life one moment at a time - as long as her carpool doesn't fall apart.  You can chat with Elissa Read More