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12 Medicine Cabinet Makeover 14 Decode Your Baby’s Rash


16 Nixing Zits & Boosting Self-Esteem 19 Health Directory

New Home—Now What?

Now that you’ve found the perfect house for your family, there are things you‘ll want to take care of.

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MAY 2018 • Vol.17 • No.89

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Here’s to Your Health!


EDITORIAL DIRECTOR: Deborah Skolnik MANAGING EDITOR: Katelin Walling SENIOR EDITOR: Bethany Braun-Silva ENGAGEMENT EDITOR: Samantha Neudorf ASSISTANT EDITOR: Melissa Wickes


arenthood has taught me plenty—for instance, it’s possible for a child to get chicken noodle soup in her armpit. And, if deprived of enough sleep, a new mom may misplace her wallet for hours, only to later find it in the refrigerator. But the very earliest lesson that parenthood imparted to me was this: Babies don’t always look the way they do in diaper commercials—you know, all smooth and dewy and pretty. In fact, though I naturally thought that both of my daughters were beautiful as newborns, they were also kind of…well, pimply right at the beginning! As I soon learned, that’s common, as are many of our little ones’ bumps, scales, and splotches. Ever wondered if what you’re seeing is cause for concern? In this issue, Bethany Braun-Silva speaks with experts to decode all sorts of baby skin rashes (p. 14). Of course, infants aren’t the only ones with skin problems. Our focus on health continues with an article by Katelin Walling about teens’ acne and its effect on their psyche (p. 16). We share fixes that are more than skin-deep by explaining ways to buoy your kid’s self-esteem while battling those zits together. And once your child has gotten the proper acne medications, they’ll need to be safely stored. Learn how to keep your medicine chest in tip-top shape by reading Melissa Wickes’ article on p. 12. While you’re tackling that project, take a look around the rest of your house. If you’ve recently moved in, you won’t want to miss “New Home—Now What?” on p. 42. We reveal 10 fix-ups that can make any house, new or not, more beautiful, valuable, and enjoyable for its owners. You’ll want to protect everything in your home—including its residents—so be sure to also check out my article on p. 44 about important insurance policies that even careful families often overlook. Speaking of safety, take a minute to read our important story by Samantha Neudorf on kids’ food allergies, and what to keep in mind when you’re around a food-allergic child, on p. 18. Lastly take a look at my essay about my younger daughter’s scoliosis (p. 10) and the surprising way in which in changed us both for the better. And no, we haven’t forgotten that May is Mother’s Day! We’ve got a gift for the proud parent in you: a chance to get your child (the cutest in the world, natch) on the cover of one of our magazines. See the inside back cover of this issue for more details, and visit to see how to enter. Wishing you a beautiful month! Deborah Skolnik Editorial Director, NYMetroParents

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Keeping Kids Safe Online ›› By Bethany Braun-Silva with Titania Jordan


eeping kids protected while they’re on the web is challenging. Here Titania Jordan, chief parent officer of, an award-winning app that monitors kids’ activities online and alerts parents of potential dangers, shares five ways parents can help keep their kids safe online. Be where they are. Don’t let your child download an app, play a game, or visit a website unless you (at the very least) know about it first. Google the name of the platform plus the word “dangers”, or review its rating on Common Sense Media. Even better, spend some time with the platform and learn its ins and outs firsthand. Have those difficult conversations. Often. As soon as your children are old enough to encounter content on a device, you need to talk to them about the importance of asking for permission before clicking on anything. Once they are older and more Internet independent, discuss the concept of personally identifiable information, as nobody needs to know your child’s name, age, address, school, baseball league, or anything else that can lead predators to them. Get to know the parental control options on the various devices and platforms your children interact with. Next, look at what your Internet, cable, or mobile service providers offer. Utilizing the 4-digit pin is critical on Netflix, now that remotes are voice activated.

When in doubt, just say no. If something doesn’t feel right, go with your gut. So many parents these days give in to their children because everyone else a) is doing it b) is playing it c) already has a phone d) has seen the series e) has downloaded it or f) fill in the blank. So what. Go against the grain. Childhood innocence kept a little longer = parenting win. Media literacy is key. Teach your children to not take everything they see online at face value. Encourage them to look for multiple sources, realize that anyone can copy a photo and create a fake profile, and be responsible with the content they engage with and post online. They need to know about algorithms that are tailored to them based on their search history and browsing preferences, and remember that everything they post on the Internet, even in a private “disappearing” message, is a screen shot away from lasting forever.

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uh. I wasn’t expecting that,” the emergency-room physician said, frowning as he read the report from my daughter Genie’s chest X-ray. I shot a nervous glance at my pale, coughing 3-year-old. “So she has pneumonia?” I asked. “No, her lungs are clear—it’s just a cold. But there’s a note here saying that her spine is curved,” the doctor replied. I was glad Genie didn’t have pneumonia, but what did it mean that her spine was curved? I pictured a spine shaped like a question mark. Once Genie was better, we visited an orthopedist our pediatrician had recommended. She diagnosed Genie with scoliosis, an abnormal, side-to-side spinal curvature. The curve stood at 18 degrees; if it progressed to 20 degrees, Genie would need to wear a back brace for 23 hours a day until sometime in her teens. I prayed Genie’s curve would hold or improve. But a follow-up visit the next year brought devastating news: Her spine was now listing at 26 degrees. A brace-maker armed with a tape measure and clipboard was called in. Weeks later, we were presented with the hard, thick plastic shell that would encase my daughter’s torso for the next decade. You don’t mess with scoliosis. Left unchecked, it can cause profound problems, from visible deformity and chronic pain to heart and lung trouble. My husband and I knew we needed to treat Genie at once, but that didn’t make it any less agonizing to buckle our wiggly child into a bulky, inflexible contraption. And it wasn’t like I could tell her “lots of kids have this.” They don’t, especially not at age 4. In fact, Genie was the only child in our elementary school’s 100-plus-year history to wear a back brace to classes. Genie’s clothing covered the brace, but the outline of its front buckles was clearly visible through her clothes. The shoulder straps jutted upward, making her look like a pintsized linebacker. All I could think was that her new, slightly lumpy appearance was tantamount to social suicide. But something surprising happened: Genie stayed happy-


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go-lucky, maybe because she was too young to feel selfconscious. She covered her brace in stickers and showed it off to her pals, acting like it was cool gear she was lucky to have. She took her brace in stride, and, following her lead, so did those around her. The years marched on. There was the occasional mean girl at camp or insensitive adult, but for the most part, people either disregarded Genie’s brace or were intrigued by it. When a performer at a medieval fair selected Genie to ride on his shoulders, he discovered her brace as he lifted her. “She has her own armor!” he roared to the crowd. Meanwhile, Genie was disarming me—stripping away the guilty awkwardness I’d long felt around people with visible differences. Because she didn’t view her brace as tragic, she didn’t view others’ medical equipment—or they themselves— as objects of pity. She’d say breezy hellos to people in wheelchairs, and coo over babies in headgear. Several years ago, she made a best friend at camp and told me everything about her—except that the girl had impaired mobility and used a walker. I didn’t learn about it until visiting day, when I witnessed Genie happily helping her pal get up a hill while singing to her. Why didn’t she tell me about the walker? I wondered. Then I realized it was because to her, it wasn’t worth a mention. I started to see that it wasn’t just Genie’s spine that needed help; my attitude toward people with disabilities needed some straightening out, too. I no longer avert my gaze from them, worried that they’ll see sorrow in my eyes. Instead, like Genie, I make a point of saying hi. I treat them the way I want people to treat Genie—the way I was supposed to have been treating them all along. Genie’s now 14, and her spinal curve is almost completely gone. The day is coming when she’ll leave her back brace behind for good, but I know the compassion she gained from her years of treatment will last a lifetime. She’s not just a kid with a straight back; she’s a person with real backbone.

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Medicine Cabinet Makeover


It turns out you may not need everything you’ve been stocking up on, so add this oft-forgotten area to your spring-cleaning list. By Melissa Wickes


ur medicine cabinets have become at-home mini drugstores and are often the first place we turn when facing a medical issue, sometimes even before turning to the doctor. As parents, we want to have a plethora of medications on hand in case of any emergency, whether it’s the flu or the imaginary boo-boo your little one has because she wants to accessorize with character Band-Aids. We’re right there with you: It’s comforting to know there are three bottles of children’s fever reducer within reach at all times. But every time we open the cabinet, we run the risk of an avalanche of cotton balls, cough drops, and painkillers falling on us, which doesn’t need to be the case! We’re here to help with advice from pediatricians and pharmacists to completely rethink what you need to have on hand, reorganize your medicine cabinet for safety reasons, and provide a little sanity when your kid gets sick.

Cabinet Clean Out

Doctors and pharmacists recommend cleaning out the medicine cabinet and taking inventory of the medications it contains once or twice a year. Check the expiration dates on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines and properly dispose of those that are no longer safe to take. “The main problem with taking expired medications is decrease in efficiency,” says Eric Levene, M.D., a pediatrician at Allied Pediatrics in White Plains. “After the expiration date, the medicine won’t work as well, and you won’t be taking the right dosage because it will be less effective.” Eye drops, creams, and even cosmetics that are stored in the medicine cabinet can harbor different types of bacteria, so when in 12

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doubt, throw it out. The irony of a medicine cabinet? Due to the moisture levels in your bathroom, it isn’t the best place for longterm medication storage, according to Joanna Tracy, Pharm. D., assistant director of Pharmacy at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital (NYU Langone). Most medications can be stored at room temperature, but you should always defer to the medication label when determining which conditions are best for storage. (Areas to never store your medications, though: the car or any other places subject to high temperatures.)

What to Have on Hand

Parents tend to buy a ton of medications to have on hand “just in case,” but this isn’t recommended, according to Dr. Tracy. While it can be anxiety relieving to have the comfort of a makeshift drugstore store readily available, this can actually do more harm than good. Having a ton of medications laying around raises the risk of kids getting their hands on medicines that can be toxic to them and ingesting expired medications, and creates overall clutter in a place where it is important to be organized. Additionally, over-the-counter medications, while helpful, often have active ingredients that provide the potential for incidental misuse and higher-than-recommended dosages, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a division of the National Institutes of Health. Some ingredients found in OTC medications that can be harmful include dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, and loperamide, an anti-diarrheal. These medications, when combined with other drugs such as alcohol and marijuana, are especially harmful because they can affect the brain in a similar way to opioids, according to NIDA.

“There have been reports of over-the-counter medications causing life threatening side effects in children under two,” says Dr. Tracy, so it is important to pay attention to what medications are safe to give your infant. In the case that you need to give your infant a pain reliever or fever reducer, it is safe to administer acetaminophen, but not ibuprofen. Though, Dr. Levene recommends herbal remedies, with mediation, for infants. “Herbal remedies are the standard for infants, however just because they are natural does not mean they are always safe,” Dr. Levene says. “Always consult with your physician and let them know everything you are using to treat your baby because some medications can interfere with herbal remedies.” For children younger than 6, you should refrain from administering cough medications, according to Dr. Levene. After age 6, saline sprays, ibuprofen pain relievers, and antihistamines such as Benadryl are generally okay, but you should always consult your doctor especially when children are at a young age.

Keep Kids’ Hands Off

When arranging the medications in your cabinet, keep in mind what you’re putting within reach of your little ones. Any and all medications should ideally be kept in a place where children cannot reach them and only adults should be able to distribute them. This is especially important for antidepressants and opioids. “If the medicine cabinet is in a place accessible to a child, for example a lower cabinet, then it is recommended that the cabinet be locked,” says Aimee Kahn, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician at Crystal Run Healthcare in West Nyack. Disposing of unnecessary medications properly guarantees your children will not access them. And that’s no small concern: The

nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a highly dangerous issue that is plaguing today’s youth. In fact, the rate of prescription opioid misuse is incredibly high and rapidly growing, according to the results of the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In a series of studies involving 810 patients, more than twothirds of subjects reported having opioids left over after surgery, according to a report published by JAMA Surgery. Only 4-30 percent of those study participants actually planned to or had already disposed of the leftover drugs, and even fewer had followed U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines to do so properly. Remember: You should never flush any medications down the toilet or sink due to the risk of contaminating the water supply. With that said, when you’re done taking a medication but have some left over, properly discard of it and don’t leave it laying around for anyone to get their hands on it. The best way to do this is through a New York state-approved medicine drop off location, according to Dr. Tracy; visit to find one near you. There are also scheduled U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration take-back days; find more information about these days in accordance with your area at “The inquisitive nature of children is an amazing thing, and we as parents and caregivers should do our best to give them a safe environment,” Dr. Kahn says. “Young kids love to explore!” If you are cognizant of where your medication is from the day it is picked up to the day you’re done with it, the medicine cabinet doesn’t have to be a scary place.

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Find out if what you’re seeing on your infant’s skin is normal or if you should call a doctor. By Bethany-Braun-Silva


inding a rash on your infant is fairly common given that baby skin is so sensitive. But as a new parent, “it can be difficult to determine the seriousness of a rash,” says Aimée Kahn, M.D., M.P.H., pediatrician at Crystal Run Healthcare in West Nyack. “Most rashes are not life-threatening, but if it is accompanied by other symptoms such as fever or feeling sick, bring your child in to be seen by their doctor.” Common symptoms of a serious rash include oozing, pus, blisters, broken skin, pain, tenderness, bruising, or redness, Dr. Kahn says. A not-so-serious rash may be treated at home with emollients or can even be left untreated to clear up on its own. But “it is important to be aware of rashes that do not get better or appear to be worsening,” Dr. Kahn adds. “In these cases one should bring that child to see their pediatrician for an exam.” Here we explain the rashes and skin ailments that commonly affect infants, and give you insight as to when it’s time to call the pediatrician.

Cradle Cap

Most common in newborns, cradle cap appears as yellow, crusty, or greasy, scaly patches. It will generally show up on your baby’s scalp, but may appear on his eyebrows, ears, and neck. This is a harmless skin condition and should clear up on its own within a few months. However, it can be treated with a mild soap and a soft bristle brush to help loosen the scales. Call the pediatrician if the rash does not go away or gets worse; occasionally a baby may have a secondary yeast infection. “In some cases even cradle cap will require a prescription shampoo or lotion to be treated,” Dr. Kahn says. 14

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Contact Dermatitis

This will show up as a dry and bumpy or red and oozing rash and will only be present in areas where your infant has been exposed to an irritant, such as Band-Aids, soap, or laundry detergent. Contact dermatitis can be avoided by simply no longer using the product that is causing the trouble, and you can apply a mild anti-itch or cortisone cream to ease the symptoms until the rash clears up. Call the pediatrician if your baby has been exposed to a severe irritant such as poison ivy, as this may require treatment with an oral steroid or cortisone.

Diaper Rash

A diaper rash occurs when urine and stool act together to create an acidic environment that breaks down baby’s skin. Diarrhea can make diaper rash more frequent. A diaper rash shows up as redness or burn-like marks. Diaper cream should do the trick and can be applied with each diaper change. Call the pediatrician if your child has severe rashes with open sores that do not heal easily. “On occasion, diaper rash can become secondarily infected. If an area of redness becomes scaly and bumpy, it is possible that the skin has become infected with yeast, which requires a topical antifungal medication. Babies can occasionally experience bacterial infections, like impetigo [see next page], due to severe irritation,” says Katherine Miao, M.D., a medical director at City MD Metro North Region. If baby has large, soft, yellow fluid-filled blisters, a staph infection may have developed. See your doctor; this needs prompt treatment with oral antibiotics.


It looks different in infants than it does in older children. When an infant develops an eczema rash, it typically appears on her cheeks, trunk, or scalp; the areas look red, scaly, and sometimes crusty. Call the pediatrician if the eczema gets worse despite treating with over-the-counter cream. Your child may have developed a bacterial infection, in which case antibiotics are necessary to clear it up. Eczema that isn’t getting better could also be the result of an allergy, especially to foods such as milk or soy. You may need to consult an allergist to find out the specific cause.


These flat or slightly raised blotches are usually caused by an allergy, most frequently to food or medicine. A telltale sign that the rash is a hive is if it fades in one area and reappears in another. To treat, use a mild antihistamine or remove whatever is causing the allergy. Call the pediatrician if your baby is having difficulty breathing, or has swollen eyes or lips in addition to hives. In fact, it is recommended you call 911 if any of these symptoms occur, as they are signs of a severe allergic reaction.


If your child develops yellow, crusty, oozing sores around his mouth, this may be a sign of impetigo. It’s caused by a staph or strep germ and can occur anywhere the skin has been broken and bacteria can enter. Call the pediatrician if you notice the symptoms listed above. Impetigo needs to be treated by a doctor either with antibiotics or a prescribed cream. If the outbreak does not go away after a few days of treatment, call the doctor again.

Infant Acne or Milia

Milia are tiny white bumps that appear under your baby’s skin. The bumps are normally present on the nose, chin, or cheeks and are caused by skin flakes trapped near the surface of the skin. Baby acne is red or white bumps on the forehead or cheeks, which are caused by hormones the baby receives from his mother at the end of pregnancy. Infant acne can be present when your baby is born or appear when she is 2-4 weeks old. Both milia and baby acne will disappear in several weeks and are harmless. You can care for your baby’s acne by washing his skin with warm water and a mild soap and by avoiding oils and lotions on the affected area. Call the pediatrician if the acne appears to be getting larger or appears swollen and is producing discharge. This could be a sign of a bacterial infection, which needs to be treated with antibiotics. From our sponsors: The mission of Allied Foundation is to impact and improve the health and well-being of residents within Allied Physicians Group’s geographical footprint, which currently includes Long Island (Nassau and Suffolk), Queens, Brooklyn, Richmond, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange. The Allied Foundation funds community-based strategies and initiatives, including Breastfeeding Support (toll-free Support Line: 866-621-2769; Breast Milk Depots), Community Education (free app—AlliedPG—and lectures about such topics as ADHD, managing food allergies, behavioral health, and infant CPR), Early Childhood Literacy (proud partner of Reach Out and Read and The BookFairies); and Community Service (Diaper Bank of Long Island). For more information, visit


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Nixing Zits & Boosting Self-Esteem


In the unfair stage of puberty with changes happening all at once, here’s how you can help your teen clear her acne—and keep her self-esteem intact. By Katelin Walling


s a tween with the (seemingly) sudden onset of zits and blackheads clogging my pores, I devoured all the information I could find about acne, its causes (so I could avoid those factors to the best of my ability), and how to get rid of it once and for all. Because, really, who wants acne? I tried all the over-the-counter cleansers and spot treatments on the market. I convinced my mom to splurge and get me Proactiv. I was desperate to clear up my face because I was so self-conscious about breakouts—heck, I still am. In middle school, I got bangs to hide any zits on my forehead. In high school, I started dabbling in makeup to conceal blemishes. I still conceal breakouts with makeup, but the difference between now and then is I actually know what I’m doing with makeup— YouTube tutorials didn’t exist when I was in my early teens. The only thing that kept me sane was the fact that some of my close friends were also struggling with acne. Some tweens and teens might not be so lucky and escape serious self-esteem issues related to acne, especially when it comes to seeing the “perfect” pictures others are posting on social media. (Thankfully Facebook was in its infancy and only open to college students and Instagram didn’t exist when I was in high school, so I didn’t have pictures of people with clear skin flooding my feeds.) What’s encouraging, though, is a lot of celebrities are being real about their skin: Most notably, Lili Reinhart of Riverdale fame has been refreshingly honest about her battle with cystic acne. “The struggle is real, as they say,” says Rachel Nazarian, M.D., F.A.A.D., who dealt with acne in her late teens. Dr. Nazarian is a board-certified dermatologist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, and sees patients at Schweiger Dermatology Group in New York City. The one thing I didn’t do as a teen, regrettably, was talk to a dermatologist to figure out the best course of treatment for my skin. 16

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All About Acne

There are two categories of acne: inflammatory lesions, which are more likely to scar such as cystic acne (usually deep, bumpy, tender, red nodules) and non-inflammatory lesions, such as whiteheads and blackheads, which are less likely to scar unless the teen picks at them, according to Dr. Nazarian. Dietary factors may play a role in acne, but “it’s a pretty weak link at this point,” Dr. Nazarian says. There’s no hard evidence, but some studies have suggested dairy products containing natural growth hormones can stimulate over-oil production and cause pimples, and high-glycemic (sugary) and greasy, fried foods are also thought to be linked to acne, Dr. Nazarian explains. “But short of that, we know that most acne is actually just caused by a very normal reaction of the skin from internal hormones and chemicals in the body that can happen from stress, it can just happen from normal puberty, and certainly there are things that you can take [such as medications and supplements] that will absolutely cause acne, but that is not a regular cause,” she says. “There are so many different treatments now depending on what the patient comes in with and truly how they feel about it, how quickly they need it gone, how distraught they are,” Dr. Nazarian says, and a number of those treatments can be used at the same time. Topically, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, peels such as glycolic acid, and a range of retinoids can be found over the counter or by prescription, according to Dr. Nazarian. Oral prescriptions include antibiotics such as doxycycline or minocycline, isotretinoin (more commonly known by the former brand name Accutane), as well as spironolactone, an option for females only, Dr. Nazarian says. Dermatologists also have tools, such as lasers and blue lights, they can use in the office.

One thing to keep in mind: The more your teen can do to prevent bacteria from clogging her pores, the better off her skin will be. Some easy things he can do are wash his face twice a day with a gentle cleanser but don’t over-scrub, change his pillowcase once a week, regularly wipe down his phone screen and headphone cords with an alcohol wipe, and use a facial cleansing wipe after playing sports or working out. While none of these will miraculously clear acne completely, each little step can help reduce the number of pimples she sees.

Supporting Self-Esteem

Puberty is an awkward phase of life, and you don’t have to be an expert to see that some teens are self-conscious or have self-esteem issues, says Sanam Hafeez, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist and founder and director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. in New York City. But there are things you, as parents, can do to prevent your teen’s self-esteem from dropping—and help improve it. “The longer acne lasts, the worse the emotional symptoms might be,” says Lindsay Macchia, Ph.D., associate psychologist at the Mood Disorders Center and Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute. So the first step she suggests is to take your teen to a dermatologist. The faster acne is treated, the more likely the teen is to not have feelings of low self-esteem and low self-worth. “I would encourage a parent to find a doctor who is very empathic and validating and understands that, yes, this is a skin condition, but it can also effect the tween or teen emotionally too,” she says. Additionally, parents should emphasize that they are part of their teen’s support system and validate his feelings. “If their self-esteem is starting to dip or they are starting to be concerned about their appearance…or what other people might be thinking of them or how they might be treating them, knowing that they can turn to their parents for support can go a very long way,” Dr. Macchia says. “Parents, sometimes in their years of experience and feeling that their problems are so much bigger than their teenagers’ problems, are dismissive,” Dr. Hafeez adds. But “dismissing them makes them feel alone and the only people they can turn to for help are people who are also now not taking them seriously and sort of undermining or downplaying their problem.” Listen to your teen and tell her, “I understand. It must be really hard. Would you like to go see a doctor or a dermatologist with me?” If you can talk to your teen, and spend time with him to help him feel heard and validated, acne or not, he’s going to feel a boost in his self-esteem because he feels important to those people who mean the most, Dr. Hafeez says.

When to See a Therapist

If your tween or teen suddenly changes her behavior—starts avoiding social activities such as parties, sports teams, after-school clubs, or school events; always covers or hides her face; seems more sad or irritable than usual; tries to skip school; or even verbalizes that she thinks she looks ugly—her self-esteem may be plummeting because of her acne, and it might be time to seek professional help. If you’re anxious about asking your teen whether he wants to see a psychologist, Dr. Hafeez suggests saying, “I’m here for you. I’m always willing to talk, but I don’t want to assume that I’m the answer to all of your problems. Maybe there are things you don’t want to tell me. I want you to be able to speak openly to someone who you feel isn’t going to judge you.” “Just giving them those options makes the child feel like their parent cares enough about doing something about this, and it’s not just about how they feel now. Teenagers can be brats and they can be ungrateful, but someday that teenager is going to look back and be appreciative of those things,” Dr. Hafeez says. WestchesterParent 17

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Food Allergies and Kids ››

What parents should know about food allergies in children, and how to be more sensitive to those who are food-allergic. By Samantha Neudorf


pproximately 15 million Americans have food allergies, whether it’s dairy, soy, egg, wheat, shellfish, or nuts. Food Allergy Awareness Week, which runs May 13-19, aims to shed light on this health issue by educating everyone about what they should know and keep in mind when they are around individuals with food allergies—especially children. One in 13 kids has food allergies, which is equivalent to nearly two kids per class in the United States. In an effort to help with this educational effort, we spoke to Susan Schuval, M.D., chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and associate professor of clinical pediatrics at Stony Brook School of Medicine on Long Island. Read on for her insights into what parents should know about children’s food allergies and precautionary measures to take around others who may be in their children’s classes.

What do parents need to know about children with food allergies? Food allergies occur in 5-8 percent of children and may range from mild reactions such as hives to severe systemic reactions such as anaphylaxis. Although anyone can develop a food allergy at any age, food allergies are more common in young children, and may be outgrown over time. Milk, soy, egg, and wheat allergies are most commonly seen in young children, while adults are more likely to be allergic to fish, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. In the past, strict avoidance of the offending foods was recommended to patients with food allergies. However, the success of recent clinical trials of food oral immunotherapy (OIT) has suggested that OIT may be an effective future treatment for food allergies. This involves inducing tolerance of allergenic foods via very slow introduction, starting at very low doses, and then gradually increasing over time, under the close care of an allergist. Though, OIT is currently not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Recent studies have also shown that earlier introduction of allergenic foods such as peanuts may prevent food allergies in high-risk infants. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has recommended earlier introduction of peanuts to infants, with evaluation by an allergist suggested for high-risk infants (those with eczema and peanut allergy).


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How can you determine what food allergies your child has? Evaluation by an allergist is helpful in the diagnosis of food allergy. Children diagnosed with food allergies should see the allergist regularly for patient education, and to review use of the epinephrine auto-injector, a medication that may be lifesaving in children experiencing severe allergic reactions to foods. Yearly retesting is often recommended, as many children will outgrow their food allergies. Milk, egg, soy, and wheat allergies are commonly outgrown, while peanut allergies are outgrown in 20 percent of children and tree nut allergies in 10 percent of children over time. What can parents do to be more sensitive to a child with food allergies who may be in their child’s class? Some classrooms or schools may be “peanut-free” or “tree nutfree,” or may offer a “peanut-free table.” Parents may be asked to send in lunches or snacks without peanuts or tree nuts, and should be cognizant of these requests. Also, children without food allergies may bully children with food allergies, so teachers and parents should be aware of any such activities. How can parents better support their child who has food allergies? Food Allergy Research and Education offers numerous resources for food-allergic patients such as tips on home food preparation, dining out in restaurants, and dealing with food allergies at school. It also provides resources such as food allergy support groups for parents who may feel overwhelmed by their child’s food allergies. Family and patient education about avoiding food allergen cross-contamination and accidental food exposures is provided by the allergist. Meals should be customized for children with food allergies, and involving the child in grocery shopping and menu preparation may be helpful. Nutritionist evaluation may be needed in a child with multiple food allergies to ensure a healthy diet.  What are some resources parents of children with food allergies can use to help them? Regularly scheduled visits with the allergist are important in monitoring a child’s food allergies and providing ongoing patient education. Online resources include FARE; the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Health Directory Advanced Endodontics of Westchester, P.L.L.C.

222 Westchester Ave., Suite 402, White Plains 359 East Main St., Suite 3H, Mount Kisco 914-618-5134 Here at Advanced Endodontics of Westchester, we treat each patient in a safe and comfortable manner while performing root canal therapy and endodontic microsurgery with the highest quality of care. We have a specialized sedation center to meet the needs of our patients, children and adults, including those with special needs. Some patients may require nitrous oxide during their root canal therapy while others need general anesthesia with our board-certified anesthesiologist. When you or your child needs a root canal, who sees you first makes all the difference.

Allied Physicians Group

3 Huntington Quadrangle, Melville 866-621-2769 The more than 120 physicians that comprise Allied Physicians Group are among the top pediatricians throughout Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, the Hudson Valley, and beyond. When you bring your children to an Allied pediatric practice, you know they are getting the very best care. Our doctors have access to resources, technology, and support that other, stand-alone pediatric practices simply cannot offer. Our doctors have more time for what matters most: you and your child! For more information, visit alliedphysiciansgroup. com or call at 866-621-2769.

Blais Orthodontics

2 Overhill Road, Suite 300, Scarsdale 914-472-9595 Dr. Merissa Blais treats her patients how she would treat her own family—with a meticulous eye and a gentle touch, informing the patients and their families of their options and progress throughout treatment. Visit Dr. Blais for early interceptive orthodontics, traditional or clear braces, teen and adult Invisalign, and TMJD therapy. As an Ivy League-trained doctor, Dr. Blais sees everything through from A to Z. This detail-oriented care will produce stellar results that you will show off forever! Call Blais Orthodontics for your complimentary consultation!

Caring for Kids: Dr. Ivis Getz

140 Lockwood Ave., Suite 315, New Rochelle 914-355-2265 Dr. Ivis Getz, a board-certified pediatric dentist, is committed to providing the highest quality dental care to infants, children, ad-

olescents, and those with special needs. Dr. Getz recognizes that each child is a unique individual who deserves compassion and respect, which is evident in her friendly manner and calm demeanor. The dental team truly enjoys working with kids and will treat your child with warmth and compassion. The practice participates in many dental insurance plans and has convenient after-school and Saturday appointments available.

The Institute for Children with Autism and Related Disorders Inc.

646-831-0378 The Institute for Children with Autism and Related Disorders Inc. (ICA) was founded in 2000. With offices in Riverhead, Melville, and White Plains, ICA’s mission is to provide state-of-the-science consultation directly to students, their families, and the school districts and community agencies that serve them. Presently, ICA is working with the majority of school districts on Long Island, and several in Westchester County, providing technical assistance and training to administrators, educators, and related staff. For more information, contact Eric Frantino with The Institute for Children with Autism at icawestchester@gmail. com or 646-831-0378.

JCC of Mid-Westchester

999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale 914-472-3300 The JCC of Mid-Westchester offers a wide array of educational, fitness, and recreational programs, all under one roof. Visit us at for a full listing of classes in art, dance, music, theatre, sports training including basketball, baseball, soccer, karate and tennis, gymnastics, swim, and fitness. Classes offered include SAT, ACT, and Regents prep, infant and toddler classes, preschool, and developmental disabilities education, and after-school enrichment programs.

Main Street Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich

115 Main St., Suite 302, Tuckahoe 914-633-4440 Dr. Penny Resnick-Graulich has been practicing children’s dentistry in Westchester for more than 25 years. Dr. Penny and her amazing staff pride themselves on making the entire dental experience a positive one for children, infants through teens, and their parents. They help anxious children feel secure during dental treatment and make every

patient feel calm, confident, and comfortable, while promoting optimal oral health care. Special attention is given to those children with special medical, physical, or emotional needs. Their goal is to make your child an expert in preventative dentistry.

Pediatric Associates of Southern Westchester, P.C. Drs. Susan Meisler, Hilary Smith, Lisa Mandelker, Debra Etelson 145 Huguenot St., Suite 200, New Rochelle 914-235-1400 Pediatric Associates of Southern Westchester provides quality, comprehensive health care for ages newborn to 21. We are recognized at the highest level of distinction by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Patient Centered Medical Home practice. Our physicians are affiliated with Montefiore New Rochelle and Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Children’s Hospital. We accommodate same-day sick visits, have extended hours on weeknights, and Saturday morning hours. To learn more about our practice and physicians, please visit our website and Facebook at and

Premier Athletic Club

2127 Albany Post Road (Route 9A), Montrose 914-739-7755 Premier Athletic Club, a beautiful, 70,000-sqare-foot, multi-sport facility with indoor and outdoor pools, offers a wide array of excellent children’s programming, plus lessons, clinics, and classes in swimming, tennis, racquetball, tumbling, basketball, soccer, and fitness for kids and teens. In addition, our expert and caring staff will make your children happy at our popular sports, break dancing, or swim parties, and this summer, at our sports or tennis camps. Please call or visit our website for details.

Yale Child Study Center – Autism Research Program

40 Temple St., New Haven, CT 203-737-3439; If you or your child are between 3 and 40 years of age, you can play an important role in research by participating in our study to help us learn about brain development. The McPartland Lab at the Yale School of Medicine is seeking individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Schizophrenia, or Typically Developing children and adults. Participants will receive a clinical evaluation and report, as well as compensation up to $350. To learn more, contact Erin MacDonnell at autism@ or 203-737-3439.

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Sun things to do

where-to guide


Compiled by Samantha Neudorf

Summer is within in our reach, and there’s no better way to help your kids to get their first tastes of summer vacation than to bring them to one of these exciting outdoor activities. Mini golf is a fun way for families to bond over a game. Greet wildlife while soaking in some vitamin D at zoos, nature centers, and botanical gardens, and if your child can’t get enough of animals, bring them to a nearby stable to ride horses (it’s the next best idea to getting them a pony!). But if your kids are not quite ready to meet a real horse, you can always bring them to a carousel in your area.

CAROUSELS Bug Carousel


Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd. 718-220-5100; Hours: Open year-round; through Nov. 3: Monday-Friday, 10am5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5:30pm. Price: $6 per ride, plus general zoo admission: $22.95; $20.95 seniors; $14.95 children ages 3-12; free for children younger than 2. Free general admission for all on Wednesdays. Free with total experience ticket: $36.95; $31.95 seniors; $26.95 children ages 3-12. Located next to the Butterfly Garden, this carousel is composed of bugs and butterflies and is accessible to manual wheelchairs.

Courtesy Greenburgh Nature Center

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HORSEBACK RIDING Kentucky Riding Stables

325 Union Ave., Harrison 914-381-2825; Family-owned and -operated, this stable offers riding instruction, training, and boarding with private or semi-private lessons by appointment only for riders of all skill levels. Twin Lakes Farm

960 California Road, Bronxville 914-961-2192; Private, semi-private, and group lessons are available daily, year round.

Visitors can connect with wildlife at family-friendly events around Greenburgh Nature Center.


29 LeCount Place, New Rochelle 914-637-7575; Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12-11pm; Friday, 12pm-1am; Saturday, 10-1am; Sunday, 11am-7pm (holiday hours are subject to change) Price: Monday-Thursday and Friday before 5pm: $9.95 per game; Friday after 5pm, Saturday-Sunday, and holidays: $10.50 per game This indoor, glow-in-the-dark course features 18 holes and a Yucatán jungle theme.

99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale 914-723-3470; Hours: Grounds: daily, dawn to dusk. Indoor exhibits: MondayThursday, 9:30am-4:30pm; Fridays (April-October), 9:30am-1pm; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm. Admission: $7; $6 seniors and students; $5 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2 The Greenburgh Nature Center is a nonprofit nature preserve and wildlife refuge with a mission to ignite passion, curiosity, and respect for our natural world. Its 33-acre property includes hiking trails, a pond, organic garden, nature discovery playground, native plant meadow, and more than 100 rescued and rehabilitated animals. It also offers nature and sustainability education programs, seasonal camps, and weekly programs for kids.

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Our calendar is full of great ideas. First, here are the nine events we consider can’t-miss—the ones we’re taking our own kids to. Consider it your cheat sheet to the best of what’s great this month!


Kite Festival FREE


Mothers and Others Tea Musicale

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 12-5pm WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers AGES: All WHAT: Learn how to build bird kites from construction paper and twine, and make tissue-paper stained-glass windows in the shape of kites. Participate in kite contests led by Kites in Motion throughout the day, as well as an outdoor scavenger hunt with prizes. WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy free general admission all weekend in celebration of Yonkers Arts Weekend. WANT TO GO? 914-963-4550.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 1pm WHERE: Caramoor, 149 Girdle Ridge Road, Katonah AGES: All WHAT: Take in a mini concert in the Music Room. Then, take a tour of the extraordinary Rosen House, a Mediterranean-style villa. After the tour, there will be a delicious assortment of tea sandwiches and desserts served in the cozy Summer Dining Room. WHY WE LOVE IT: A great way to spend Sunday with Mom and Grandma. WANT TO GO? $60; $43 children. 914-232-5035.

Bring Butterflies to Your Backyard FREE

WHEN: May 12-13, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm WHERE: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Plant yourself among the most beautiful spring landscape New York City has to offer and enjoy live music, lawn games, picnicking on Daffodil Hill, and more. Or, make a reservation at the Hudson Garden Grill and enjoy a delicious meal with your loved ones. WHY WE LOVE IT: Moms will love the garden collection tours and floral demonstrations. WANT TO GO? $28; $25 seniors and students; $12 children ages 2-12; free for children younger than 2. 718-817-8700.

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 10am WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale AGES: All WHAT: Find out how you can raise Monarchs from hatchling to adulthood in your very own backyard. All families will be sent home with the Monarch’s favorite food source: a Milkweed plant, to start you off on an educational journey. WHY WE LOVE IT: Everyone from babies to big kids can appreciate the beauty of butterflies in nature. WANT TO GO? 914-723-3470.



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‘The Stunt Dog Experience’

WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 2pm and 6pm WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill AGES: All WHAT: Witness up to two dozen doggies perform amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, dancing of all kinds, and athletic feats. WHY WE LOVE IT: Kids can’t help but smile at furry friends doing all sorts of impressive things! WANT TO GO? $35; $23 seniors and children. 914-739-0039.

ArtsBash 2018

WHEN: Thursday, May 17, 6-9pm WHERE: ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains AGES: Adult WHAT: ArtsWestchester celebrates 20 years in its historic landmark building during this annual event. This year’s event will be a “birthday party,” featuring tastings from more than 20 local restaurants, open artist studios, and cutting-edge art. WHY WE LOVE IT: Parents’ night out! WANT TO GO? $75. 914-428-4220.



Celebrate Pinkster

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 10am-5pm WHERE: Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow AGES: All WHAT: A day of music, dancing, and storytelling to celebrate America’s oldest African-American holiday. Experience a recreation of a colonial cross-cultural event first celebrated in the Hudson Valley in the 17th century. WHY WE LOVE IT: Who wouldn’t want to dance in celebration to djembe drums? WANT TO GO? $16; $14 seniors; $10 children ages 3-17; free for children younger than 3. 914-366-6900.

Memorial Day Commemoration FREE

WHEN: Monday, May 28, 11am-3pm WHERE: St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site, 897 S. Columbus Ave., Mount Vernon AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy walking tours recalling the lives and stories of soldiers interred in the historic cemetery, with an emphasis on World War I veterans. There will also be music, living history demonstrations, and talks. WHY WE LOVE IT: Get there at 11am and take part in a brief commemorative ceremony in the church. WANT TO GO? 914-667-4116.



South Salem Memorial Day Fair and Races FREE

WHEN: Monday, May 28, 7am-3pm WHERE: South Salem Presbyterian Church, 111 Spring St., South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Start the day bright and early with a 10K race, a 5K race, a Youth Mile Fun Run, and Pee Wee races all at the Lewisboro Library. Then head to the 42nd Annual Memorial Day Fair for children’s games, a bake sale, live music, refreshments, and community artists, artisans, and craftsmen. WHY WE LOVE IT: Enjoy all the charm of an old-fashioned Memorial Day family celebration outdoors. WANT TO GO? 914-763-9282.


Think a freebie has to be ho-hum? Don’t let the price tag (or lack of one) fool you. Here are the five no-cost events we’re excited about now. You’re welcome. Cinco de Mayo Party FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 11am WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: All WHAT: Watch Ana Morris and Adriana Savo do some traditional Mexican Dances, and try some dance moves yourself. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847.

SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 10am-2pm WHERE: FDR State Park, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights AGES: All WHAT: Take part in a fundraising walk along a 2½-mile trail with your pup. Then browse the vendor village full of refreshments, music, adoptable dogs, a photo booth, a Smooch-a-Pooch booth, and more. WANT TO GO? 914-941-2896.

Israel’s 70th Birthday FREE

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 1-5:30pm WHERE: Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike, Woodstock AGES: All WHAT: Celebrating Israel at 70 with exhibits, Israeli food, music, dance, song, and community. Hosted by the Israel Advocacy Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ulster County. WANT TO GO? 845-338-8131.

Speakin’ Spanish at Castle Hill Library with Bilingual Birdies FREE

WHEN: Through May 11: Fridays, 12-12:45pm WHERE: Castle Hill Library, 947 Castle Hill Ave., Bronx AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Follow the lead of bilingual musicians playing guitar and percussion and leading puppetry routines. WANT TO GO? 646-443-1313.

Poetry Slam & Open Mic FREE

WHEN: Wednesday, May 2, 6:30pm WHERE: White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains AGES: 13 and older WHAT: Slammers and guest poets from around the country will bring one original poem to share. WANT TO GO? 914-422-6980.

SPECIAL NEEDS BluePath Service Dogs Walkathon

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 10am-2pm WHERE: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Lot 4, 2957 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights AGES: All WHAT: BluePath’s Walkathon will raise funds to provide autism service dogs to those in need. These service dogs offer safety, companionship, and opportunities for independence. Friendly dogs welcome. WANT TO GO? $30; $20 for children younger than 12. 845-377-0477. ›› WestchesterParent 23

CRAFTY KIDS Paint Party for Tweens & Teens FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 11am-12:30pm WHERE: Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers AGES: 9-17 WHAT: Teresa Pereira will guide you through the day’s featured painting. WANT TO GO? 914-337-1500.

ANIMAL LOVERS Daddy & Me Animal Show

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 9:15am WHERE: Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Road, Rye AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Fathers can drop-in with their children for this animal adventure. WANT TO GO? $10 per family. 914-967-5150.

53rd Annual Blessing of the Animals FREE

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 3pm WHERE: Hammond Museum, 28 Deveau Road, North Salem AGES: All WHAT: Bring your pets for a blessing in the stroll garden by ministers of various faiths. WANT TO GO? 914-669-5033.

For Shear Pleasure

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 1-2pm WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale AGES: All WHAT: Touch the wool and have a go at carding, hand-spinning, and a “wooly” craft. Enjoy a short story, then help feed the barnyard animals. WANT TO GO? $8. 914-723-3470.

Meet the Animals: Radical Reptiles

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 11am-12pm WHERE: Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Road, Ossining AGES: All WHAT: Find out interesting facts and meet the animals that call Westchester home. Registration required. WANT TO GO? $7. 914-762-2912.

Atka’s Sweet Sixteen Birthday Bash

WHEN: May 12-13, Saturday, 11am; Sunday, 11am and 2pm WHERE: Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem AGES: All WHAT: Guests will assemble “wolfy” gifts for ambassador wolf Atka and then enjoy watching him tear them open. Registration required. WANT TO GO? $14; $11 for children younger than 12. 914-400-5551.

Raptors of Westchester

WHEN: Sunday, May 27, 1-2pm WHERE: Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale AGES: All WHAT: Meet the Greenburgh Nature Center’s birds of prey with a naturalist and discover what makes these creatures the hunters of the sky. This event includes a visit to the outdoor bird aviary to feed majestic Bald Eagles, Red Tailed Hawks, and the Great Horned Owl. WANT TO GO? $8. 914-723-3470.


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Comics: Pencil and Inking Demo FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 10am-12pm WHERE: The Rye Arts Center, 51 Milton Road, Rye AGES: 9-12 WHAT: Join David Abrevaya as he guides you through creating a comic book. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 914-967-0700.

Family Art Project: Confetti Nests for Bluebirds

WHEN: May 5-6, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-1pm WHERE: Wave Hill, 649 W. 249th St., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Papermaker Randy Brozen shows visitors how to sculpt bluebirds and vibrant nests from paper pulp and colorful, shredded confetti. WANT TO GO? $8; $4 students and seniors; $2 children ages 6-18; free for children younger than 6. 718-549-3200.

Mother’s Day Cards FREE

WHEN: Thursday, May 10, 4pm WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: 3-12 WHAT: Make a homemade Mother’s Day card. Supplies provided. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847.

Mad Art! FREE

WHEN: Monday, May 14, 4:30pm WHERE: The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Peekskill AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Join a teen volunteer and channel your inner artist. WANT TO GO? 914-737-0847.

Fiber Club

WHEN: Through May 16: select weekdays, 7-9pm WHERE: Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah AGES: All WHAT: Drop in with any portable fiber arts project. All levels welcome. WANT TO GO? $10; $5 seniors and students; free for children younger than 12. 914-232-9555 x2968.

Family Sundays

WHEN: Through June 10: Sundays, 3-4:30pm WHERE: Young At Art Studio Inc., 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Projects are designed to be done by an adult and child. WANT TO GO? $20. 914-723-9229.

Kids Arts & Crafts Lab FREE

WHEN: Through Dec. 26: Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30pm WHERE: Croton Free Library, 171 Cleveland Drive, Croton-on-Hudson AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Learn how famous artists worked, make art with your friends, then take home what you make. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 914-271-6612.

SHOW TIME! ‘Cinderella, Jr.’

WHEN: May 3-13, Thursday-Sunday, see website for times WHERE: Westchester Sandbox Theatre, 300 Waverly Ave., Mamaroneck AGES: All WHAT: This contemporary take on the classic tale features youth performers and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s most beloved songs. WANT TO GO? $16. 914-630-0804.

‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

WHEN: May 11-12, Friday-Saturday, 7:30pm WHERE: Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main St., Irvington AGES: All WHAT: Take a musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car, an eccentric inventor, and his adorable children as they outwit two villains. WANT TO GO? $20; $15 students and seniors. 914-591-6602.

Dance Off the Grid

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 8pm WHERE: Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck AGES: 9 and older WHAT: The program includes Felipe Galganni, the tap dancer, teacher, and choreographer known for blending the American art form of tap dance with his Brazilian roots; the talented Spanish/Flamenco and Latin dancer Nélida Tirado; and the choreography of Gaspard & Dancers. WANT TO GO? $25. 914-698-0098.

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Echoes of Sinatra - A Tribute to a Man and His Music

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 8-10pm WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill AGES: All WHAT: The band consists of professional musicians who have performed in theaters from Broadway to national stages. WANT TO GO? $30 and up. 914-739-0039.

‘Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson’

WHEN: May 6-13, Sundays, 2pm and 7pm WHERE: The Play Group Theatre, 1 N. Broadway, White Plains AGES: All WHAT: A funny and irreverent rock musical about the seventh president. WANT TO GO? $18; $15 seniors; $15 for children younger than 12. 914-946-4433.

Zerbini Family Circus

WHEN: May 25-28, Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 2pm and 5pm; Sunday, 1pm and 4:30pm; Monday, 5pm WHERE: Museum Village, 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Enjoy all the classic entertainment of a family-friendly circus with jugglers, high flyers, high wire, camels, clowns, and more. Purchased tickets are good for any show during the long weekend. WANT TO GO? $12; $10 children ages 3-12. 845-782-8248.

‘Sister Act’

WHEN: Through July 1: Wednesday-Sunday, see website for times WHERE: Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford AGES: All WHAT: The story of Deloris Van Cartier, a disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder. Disguised as a nun, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. WANT TO GO? $53 and up. 914-592-2222. ››

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AGES: All WHAT: The inaugural Valley Con will feature multiple video game tournaments, a meet-and-greet and panel discussion with celebrity guests, free movie viewings, various vendors, a cosplay competition, and more. WANT TO GO? 914-245-4688.

Yonkers Arts Weekend FREE

WHEN: May 5-6, Saturday-Sunday, see website for times WHERE: Various locations including Van der Donck Park, 41 Dock St., Yonkers AGES: All WHAT: Hundreds of artists, artisans, fashion designers, craftsmen, musicians, filmmakers, new media specialists, and more will showcase their work. WANT TO GO? 914-377-6450.

Library Fair and Plant Sale FREE

WHEN: May 5-6, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Keeler Library, 276 Titicus Road, North Salem AGES: All WHAT: Enjoy live music and demonstrations, food trucks, a bake sale, craft sale, raffles, and a petting zoo while perusing used books and plants for sale. WANT TO GO? 914-669-5161.

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FUN FAIRS & FESTIVALS Spring Crafts at Lyndhurst

WHEN: May 4-6, Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 10am-5pm WHERE: Lyndhurst Estate, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown AGES: All WHAT: Peruse the work of 300 modern American artists, designers, and craftspeople. Visitors can check out the gourmet specialties section and expanded food court, plus a variety of children’s activities. WANT TO GO? $12; $11 seniors; $4 children ages 6-16; free for children younger than 6. 845-331-7900.

Paraguay Independence Day Celebration FREE

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 1-4pm WHERE: White Plains Public Library, 100 Martine Ave., White Plains AGES: All WHAT: Visitors will enjoy traditional harp playing, Paraguayan polkas, and Guarani song and dance, as well as tereré (iced Yerba Mate), chipas (cheese bread), and sopa paraguaya (Paraguayan cornbread). WANT TO GO? 914-428-4220.

Lag B’Omer Fire & Forest Festival

WHEN: Sunday, May 6, 12:30-3pm WHERE: Eden Village Camp, 392 Dennytown Road, Putnam Valley AGES: All WHAT: Celebrate Lag B’Omer, an ancient Jewish festival about survival and spirituality by learning wilderness survival skills. WANT TO GO? $10-$15; free for children younger than 4. 877-3973336.

Valley Con FREE

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WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11am-6pm WHERE: The Galleria, 100 Main St., White Plains AGES: 3 and older WHAT: Comic lovers can expect big gaming tournaments, comic strip creation, interactive workshops, costume contest performances, superhero button making, jedi/light saber training, face painting, balloon art, and raffle prizes. WANT TO GO? 914-422-1378.


WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 10am-4pm WHERE: Downtown Pine Bush, Main Street, Pine Bush AGES: All WHAT: Expect truly family-friendly festivities that celebrate the town’s UFO-related folkloric history. There will be live music, children’s activities, street performances, an alien beauty contest, UFO novelties, and more. WANT TO GO? 845-744-2029.

Gardiner Cupcake Festival

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 12-6pm WHERE: Wright’s Farm, 699 NY-208, Gardiner AGES: All WHAT: Start the day with Gardiner 5K Cupcake Classic through the apple and peach orchards with views of the Shawngunk Mountains. Then enjoy cupcakes, food, music, vendors, wine tastings, and activities for children. WANT TO GO? $5; free for children 6 and younger. 845-255-5300.

Hudson Valley Fair

WHEN: May 4-20, Friday, 5-11pm; Saturday-Sunday, 1-11pm WHERE: Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls AGES: All WHAT: Head to these fairgrounds for amusement rides, a barnyard petting coral, a hypnotist show, an illusion show, fireworks, and more. WANT TO GO? $8; free for children 2 and younger. 845-838-0094.

Pleasantville Farmers Market FREE

WHEN: Through Sept. 29: Saturdays, 8:30am-1pm WHERE: Memorial Plaza, across from the Metro-North station, Pleasantville AGES: All WHAT: The largest, year-round farmers market in Westchester. WANT TO GO? 914-205-4545.


MUSICIANS Museum Musicians

WHEN: Thursday, May 3, 9:45-10:45am WHERE: Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT AGES: Newborn to 2, adult WHAT: Join Jackie Jacobs, director of Music Together of Fairfield County, for this music and movement program. WANT TO GO? $10; $8 students and seniors; free for children younger than 5. 203-869-0376.

RRPH Presents: The Music of The Beatles for Kids

WHEN: Saturday, May 5, 3pm WHERE: The Capitol Theatre, 149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester AGES: 3-8 WHAT: The Rock and Roll Playhouse offers its core audience of babies and kids games, movement, and stories, and an opportunity to rock out. WANT TO GO? $12. 877-987-6487.


Laurie Berkner LIVE! ‘The Greatest Hits’ Solo Tour

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 11am-1pm WHERE: Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, 1008 Brown St., Peekskill AGES: 3-8 WHAT: Rock out to popular hits such as “We Are The Dinosaurs” and “Rocketship Run,” plus a few songs that aren’t often heard at concerts. WANT TO GO? $25 and up. 914-739-0039.

Charlie Albright

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 8pm WHERE: Kusel Auditorium at Sleepy Hollow High School, 210 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow AGES: All WHAT: One of the first Friends of Music Performance Awardees, Charlie Albright returns for his second appearance in the concert series. WANT TO GO? $35; free for children younger than 18. 914-861-5080.

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WHEN: Through May 29: Tuesdays, 9:30am WHERE: Port Chester-Rye Brook Public Library, 1 Haseco Ave., Port Chester AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Children will have fun with songs, instruments, bubbles, and more. WANT TO GO? 914-939-6710 x108.

Graham Clarke’s Musical Fridays FREE

WHEN: Through June 15: Fridays, 10-10:30am WHERE: Rye Free Reading Room, 1061 Boston Post Road, Rye AGES: Newborn to 5 WHAT: Kids love Clarke’s silly humor and fun songs and will enjoy moving and grooving to the beat during his energetic performance. WANT TO GO? 914-967-0480. ›› WestchesterParent 27 CT WP 1-2p 5-18 Camp.indd 1

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WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 1pm WHERE: Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Road, Rye AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Make a teepee and lean-to using all-natural materials from the forest. Then learn to tie basic knots with natural twine to make “forts”. WANT TO GO? $8. 914-967-5150.

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WHEN: Through May 18: Tuesday-Friday, 1:30-5:30pm; SaturdaySunday, 10am-5:30pm WHERE: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx AGES: All WHAT: Investigate the ways nature signals spring and help feathered friends build nests with special nesting bags to take back home. WANT TO GO? Weekdays: $20; $8 children ages 2-12; weekends: $25; $10 children ages 2-12. 718-817-8700.

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WHEN: Friday, May 4, 11:30am-12pm WHERE: Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch, 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers AGES: Newborn to 2 WHAT: A unique early communication class for caregivers and pre-verbal babies to attend together. This class uses songs, stories, games, and activities to learn to communicate using signs from American Sign Language. WANT TO GO? 914-337-1500 x427.

Bilingual Birdies Trio in French FREE

WHEN: Tuesday, May 8, 3:30-4:15pm WHERE: Mott Haven Library, 321 E. 140th St., Bronx AGES: 3-8 WHAT: A 45-minute show with three musicians who will entertain families and teach new vocabulary words. WANT TO GO? 646-443-1313.

The Neo-Victorians: Contemporary Artists Revive Gilded-Age Glamour

WHEN: Through May 13: Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5pm WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers AGES: All WHAT: This exhibit reveals more than 20 contemporary artists whose work is inspired by the aesthetics of the 19th century to reflect today’s concerns. WANT TO GO? $7; $5 seniors and students; $4 children ages 3-18; free for children younger than 3. 914-963-4550.

The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy

WHEN: Through May 13, Sundays, 3:30pm WHERE: Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers AGES: All WHAT: Complementing the themes explored in The Neo-Victorians, the museum has created a new Planetarium show exploring what 19th-century scientists understood about their universe and developments in the field of astronomy at the time. WANT TO GO? $11; $8 seniors and students; $6 children ages 3-18; free for children younger than 3. 914-963-4550.

Science Sunday

WHEN: Sunday, May 13, 11:30am and 1:30pm WHERE: Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Parkway, Rye AGES: 5-12 WHAT: Drop in for some science fun. Sponsored by Con Edison. WANT TO GO? $7; $6 seniors; free for children younger than 1. 914421-5050. 28

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WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 1pm WHERE: Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Road, Rye AGES: 9 and older WHAT: Test your knowledge of your local environment and learn more about indigenous plant life. WANT TO GO? $8. 914-967-5150.

Beachcombing at the RiverWalk Center FREE

WHEN: Saturday, May 19, 10-11:30am WHERE: Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow AGES: All WHAT: Join a Teatown educator in Kingsland Point Park to find treasures on the shore, while learning about the estuary. Registration required. WANT TO GO? 914-762-2912.

Bruce Museum’s Birds and Bees Field Trip to Rockefeller State Park Preserve

WHEN: Sunday, May 20, 8am-12pm WHERE: Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville AGES: 5 and older WHAT: Walk along the carriage roads built by John D. Rockefeller Jr. Photographer and bee expert Paula Sharp will talk about the habitats and lifestyles of native pollinators, while audubon experts scan for songbirds. WANT TO GO? $6 parking. 203-869-0376.

Family Farm Tour

WHEN: Through Nov. 9: Saturday-Sunday, 11:15am-12pm WHERE: Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills AGES: All WHAT: Explore the farm and some of the seasonal highlights, then walk around to have a look at the animals and the vegetable gardens. WANT TO GO? $10. 914-366-6200.

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During the two days prior to the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, more than 60,000 cyclists roll through Basketball City at Pier 36 in Lower Manhattan for Bike Expo New York to meet, greet, and talk shop with one another and more than 100 exhibitors, from big brands to local innovators. The expo features everything from beginner’s lessons to state-of-the-art equipment for races to fun giveaways and panels. May 4-5, Friday, 10am-8pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm. Age: All. FREE. Pier 36, Lower Manhattan.

Children of all ages can try out the unique moves.

Enjoy a day filled with free performances from top Irish dance companies at the 17th Annual Irish Dance Festival at Riverside Park South. Learn the difference between sean-nós, céilí, and step dance, and take the opportunity to join in on the dancing. Performers include festival favorites Donny Golden Dancers, Niall O’Leary Dance Troupe, Darrah Carr Dance, and Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, plus special guests. Expect music and Irish language lessons, children’s crafts, face-painting, and more. May 6, 1-7pm. Age: All. FREE. Pier I, Riverside Park South,

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Located within the Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, this museum features temporary and permanent exhibits and programming that explore the diversity of American Indians, and is home to one of the most extensive collections of Native American arts and artifacts in the world. The imagiNATIONS Activity Center opens May 17, with family-friendly activities for kids to learn more about Native scientific discoveries and inventions. Visit it: 1 Bowling Green, Bowling Green; 212-514-3700; Can’t-miss event: Annual Children’s Festival: Celebrating imagniNATIONS! from May 19-20, 11am-5pm Directions: Approximately a 1-hour drive or a 1-hour Metro-North and subway ride from White Plains

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Open from May through the end of October, this former military outpost is now a family-friendly public space accessible via ferry from Manhattan and Brooklyn. The 172-acre island boasts biking, play fountains, ballfields, a compost learning center, mini golf, Slide Hill, and play:ground NYC for kids. On weekends, families can take advantage of the Flywire Zip Line, Amazen’ Maze, and Climbing Challenge. Visit it: Ferries depart from Battery Maritime Building at 10 South St., Lower Manhattan; Can’t-miss event: NYC Holi Hai Festival on May 6, 10am-6pm Directions: Approximately a 1-hour drive or 1-hour, 15-minute Metro North and subway ride from White Plains


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New Home—Now What? ››

Now that you’ve found the perfect house for your family, there are a few things you’ll want to take care of in the first year. By Barbara Russo


ongratulations...You just closed on your new home! The mortgage is set up, you’ve got the keys, and the family is all moved in. What should you do next? Well, the most stressful parts of buying a house are over, from filling out piles of paperwork to packing (and unpacking). But there’s still some settling-in work that needs to be done to make your house feel like a home. We’re talking about more than just hanging pictures or finding a place for everything. To get you started, we spoke to experts and created a list of 10 things you should do in the first year to help set a strong foundation for an enjoyable home-owning experience now and in the years to come.

First Things First...Change the Locks!

You received the keys to your new house at the closing, but do you know how many people have copies? Changing the locks should be one of the first things you do after moving in, according to Anthony Marino, a licensed associate real estate broker based in southwest and downtown Brooklyn. “You would be surprised how many people don’t change the locks. They get the key at closing and think it’s the only copy, but meanwhile the previous family had five kids and everyone’s got keys,” he says.

Reassess Your Homeowners Insurance

It’s often necessary to have insurance in place even before making your home purchase. Many banks require new homeowners to roll their mortgage, insurance, and taxes into one payment each month. After about six months, once you’re comfortable and have gotten to know your house, it’s a good idea to take another 42

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look at your policy. “If you need to change things throughout the year—maybe you got too much or too little coverage—then go back to the insurance company and tell them what you need, and they should be able to work with you,” Marino says. Special insurance is required if you’re in a flood zone; it’s not the same as homeowners insurance. “We know now from Hurricane Sandy, in certain parts of the city, we’re more susceptible to floods than we previously thought,” Marino says.

Update Your Address

You have a new address now, so make sure you officially change it. Updating your address on your driver’s license through the DMV is a good first step to help streamline your mail service, but Marino recommends contacting utility and other service companies directly to let them know where you now live. “They don’t care who’s on the bill. They only care if someone is paying it,” Marino says. “And if it’s not paid, they will turn off your gas, they’ll turn off your electric, and you’ll be responsible for it and not even know.”

Make Over the Kitchen and Bathroom

A well-built, fully functional, and structurally safe house is no doubt important, but many new homeowners choose to renovate the two most lived-in rooms: the kitchen and bathroom. “It’s one of the first things people do, even if the house is move-in ready,” Marino says. “I’ve seen people take a perfectly good kitchen and renovate it. It’s all about taste.” Maintaining and updating your kitchen and bathrooms can also add instant value and purchasing appeal if you ever decide to sell your home.

Paint, Paint, Paint

Giving your new home a fresh coat of paint is an instant and easy way to freshen it up. “When you paint the house, it smells new and it feels like it’s yours,” Marino says. Colors making a splash in 2018 home décor include turquoise, rich yellows, and earth tones, according to Elle Decor.

Focus on the Floors

If you purchased a carpet-lined house, you might consider pulling it up. Not only is hardwood flooring a popular trend, it can also be healthier and cleaner. Carpets can hold allergens and dirt you can’t see, according to Tommy Meyers, a flooring technician based in Middletown. “It might look clean on the surface, but things like animal urine and spilled drinks will soak into padding like a sponge,” Meyers says. “Steam cleaning won’t work either—it only cleans the surface and looks good for about a week. As people walk on it, the carpet begins to soak up dirt from the padding.” If having carpet under your feet gives you a cozy feeling, consider laying down an area rug. It’s cheaper than carpeting a whole floor, and when it’s time for a new look, you can roll it up and store it away.

Repair the Roof If Needed

Banks don’t require you to get a home inspection when taking out a mortgage, but it’s a good idea to get one so you know what problems exist before you purchase the house. Roofing is very important to look at, according to Meyers. “An inspector can climb on the roof to look for leaks and check to see how good the shingles are. They’ll go in the attic and check for water damage,” he says. If your inspection report comes back showing problems with the roof, improvement costs can be negotiated before you make the purchase. Just be sure to fix the problems either before or as soon as possible after moving in so they don’t get worse or cause catastrophic damage.

Clean Your Clothes Dryer

If your new home came with a clothes dryer, be sure to clean out its lint screens and ducts. This not only freshens it up, it saves you money and prevents a fire from occurring. Each year, 2,900 clothes-dryer fires are reported and cause an estimated five deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This is also good reason to clean your dryer’s lint screen before and after every load of laundry. Lint can build up behind the dryer, so check there too.

Look at Your Landscaping

A house with curb appeal is nice to come home to every day. Depending on how big your property is, you can either stock up on the equipment you need to care for your yard, or research a reputable landscaping company in the area. Ask your new neighbors what landscapers they recommend. This could also be a good time to make friends in the neighborhood, which brings us to the last item on our list.

Have a Party!

After most of your first-year work is done, it might be fun to kick back and celebrate. Hosting a house-warming party is a great way to get to know your neighbors. “These are people you will possibly be spending the next 30 years of your life living next to. Get to know them, get to know the restaurants and local businesses,” Marino says. Maintaining and updating your house over the years is a rewarding experience, and a great way to help build home equity. As most real estate experts will say, a home should always be gaining value, and that’s something to take pride in after putting in much work and care over the years. Barbara Russo, a freelance writer with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the City University of New York, enjoys playing guitar, following current events, and hanging out with her rabbits.

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Insurance You Need—But Might Not Have ››

These policies can shield you from financial headaches, and even devastating losses. Isn’t it time you learned more about them? By Deborah Skolnik


ne evening a few years ago, Gerri Sanders* returned from work to an unexpectedly messy home. “Our housekeeper Susannah was supposed to have come by, but nothing had been straightened up,” she says. A few minutes later, Susannah’s son called with awful news: While Susannah had been cleaning the Sanders’ home, she’d climbed a ladder to reach a cobweb and had fallen, breaking her leg. Fortunately, she’d managed to call an ambulance. “I was very worried about Susannah,” says Sanders, a mother of two in Scarsdale. “Then I also started worrying that she’d sue us and we’d lose everything, because she’d gotten hurt on our property while working for us. I didn’t sleep all night.” In the morning, Sanders called her insurance company and got some reassuring news: Among the family’s various policies was workers compensation, a type of insurance that provides wage replacement and/or medical benefits to workers hurt on the job. Susannah’s fall would be covered. “I was so relieved, I cried,” Sanders says. Insurance isn’t something people spend a lot of time thinking about until they need to use it. While Sanders got lucky, many people find 44

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out too late that they are underinsured or not covered at all for their or their employees’ illnesses, accidents, and other adverse events. Don’t be one of them! We asked experts what kinds of policies families typically overlook but may need—read on for their advice, and check with your insurance agent to determine which plans are right for you. Disability insurance for both parents. “The most important insurance, statistically, is long-term disability coverage,” says Lou Cannataro, founder of and partner at Cannataro Park Avenue Financial. “We’ve got over a twenty-five percent chance of getting sick or hurt at some point in our lives and not being able to work.” Don’t count on your workplace disability insurance (if you have it at all) to provide you as much as you’ll need—typically these policies only cover a portion of your lost wages. Life insurance for a non-working spouse. You likely have life insurance for the family breadwinner, but how about the at-home parent (if there is one)? “It’s a no-brainer,” Cannataro says. “That non-working spouse is extremely important,” he stresses, even

though he or she isn’t earning a salary. Think of what would happen should the at-home parent pass away, he explains: “Would the working parent be able to be in the seven o’clock meeting at work? Who would be taking care of the kids at home? It’s a phenomenal expense.” A life insurance policy will help cover the cost of sitters, drivers, and others. “Also if there are insurance proceeds to pay off mortgages and fund college education, then there is less pressure on the working spouse to earn that higher income,” Cannataro says. Workers compensation insurance. Being a parent often means having workers, such as cleaners or nannies, in the home. As Sanders learned, workers compensation insurance can help protect against claims domestic employees may bring for accidents on the job. (These accidents, by the way, don’t have to be in your residence—a worker could file a claim if he gets hurt while walking your dog around the neighborhood, for instance.) “It will cover hospitalization or medical care and replaces some of the income the worker may lose for not being able to work,” says Guy Maddalone, a licensed insurance broker and founder of GTM Payroll Services and GTM Employment Benefits. In fact, families in New York that hire an in-home nanny for 40 or more hours per week are required to carry workers’ compensation. “The penalties for being out of compliance are steep,” Maddalone warns. “A family can be fined as much as two thousand dollars for every ten days that they did not have workers compensation coverage. On top of that, if their nanny does get hurt on the job, the family may be liable for medical expenses and lost wages.” Worth noting: If you hire a nanny to work 40 hours per week, even for just one week, you need to have workers compensation insurance in place for the entire year. Disability insurance for domestic employees. This insurance is also mandatory if you have a full-time domestic employee, Maddalone says. It covers employees for things that happen while they’re officially employed that prevent them from working, but that occur outside of work. Some examples: An employee hurts her back while at home, or is pregnant and needs to leave the job to have her baby. (Household employees are also eligible for New York’s Paid Family Leave program, which provides a portion of their wages for six weeks if they must take a leave for qualified reasons, such as the birth of a child.) Many homeowners insurance policies won’t be able to add on workers compensation or disability insurance, Maddalone notes—you may need to go to another carrier to get these. Auto insurance for a nanny or other household employee. “Add your nanny to your insurance policy if she will be regularly using your car,” advises Michael Foguth of Foguth Financial Group. “If she uses it only on rare occasions, you might not need to.” (Ask your insurer.) If your nanny uses her own car on the job, “ask to see a copy of her auto insurance policy, and make sure that it hasn’t lapsed,” Maddalone recommends. An umbrella policy. This policy protects you when the rain really falls, so to speak. “Umbrella insurance provides for additional coverage beyond that of your homeowners and car insurance,” says Andrew Schrage, co-owner of Money Crashers Personal Finance. If someone is hurt in a car accident you’ve caused and sues you for a million dollars, for instance, your umbrella policy will help cover the amount that’s beyond the limits of your auto insurance. “An umbrella policy also protects you for other types of circumstances that you never had insurance for—for example, if you’re skiing and you accidentally run into another skier who then sues you,” Maddalone says. Pet insurance. If you’re like many people, you probably consider your pet part of the family. So does it pay to have health insurance for your furry friend in case he needs surgery or other expensive

treatments? The answer is a resounding “maybe.” If you have enough money put away that a $1,000 or $1,500 bill won’t be damaging to your finances, you probably don’t need it, says Jason Hargraves, managing editor of Another factor to consider is your pet’s age: “If your pet or pets are in rather good health and young, it probably isn’t necessary. If they’re older and have had health issues, it might be worthy of consideration,” Foguth says. Before signing on the dotted line, “find out what is covered and what the process is for you to be reimbursed,” Hargraves says. “Some kinds of procedures may not be covered, or it might take months for you to get paid back—make sure you know forward and backward what is insured.” Trip insurance. You’ve planned a family trip, but what happens if someone gets ill, your luggage gets lost, or you have to come home early due to an unforeseen circumstance? “Travel insurance for a family vacation is a good idea as long as you know exactly what it does and doesn’t cover, and that coverage matches up with your needs,” Foguth says. (A policy may not cover a flare-up of a preexisting condition, for instance.) And before you purchase a policy, “look at what you already have. Sometimes your credit card will cover you for trip cancellation,” Foguth points out. Theater ticket insurance. It’s no secret that theater tickets for the family are expensive. What you might not know, though, is they’re insurable, generally for about $20 or less. Is it worth it? “First ask yourself if you could resell the tickets if you couldn’t go at the last minute,” Hargraves says. “And make sure what the insurance would pay out and the process of paying it out. But I would certainly go for it if it will give you peace of mind.” *Name has been changed.

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trampoline, balance beams, bars, vault, tumbling, and air castle. All ages, 1 through teens. Age-appropriate program and equipment. Fun for all! JODI’S GYM 25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco 914-244-8811 244 E. 84th St., Manhattan 212-772-7633 Kids run, jump, climb, tumble, slide, bounce, and giggle to their hearts’ delight at Jodi’s Gym, where action-packed parties and unmatched experience have won children’s hearts for 34 years. KINETIC SPORTS CLUB 872 Pelham Parkway, Pelham Manor 914-738-4000 Slide into your next birthday in style and celebrate your special day in our indoor, year-round water park, fun for all ages! Call 914-738-4000 for more information. LIL CHAMELEON 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe 914-346-5148 Come party with Lil Chameleon! Book our Silver or Gold package and choose from truly unique experiences in our bright and stylish space. THE LITTLE GYM 777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale 914-722-0072; 2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets), Upper West Side, Manhattan 212-799-1225; 207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues), Upper East Side, Manhattan 212-787-1124; 28 Franklin Turnpike, Waldwick, NJ 201-445-4444; A private party at The Little Gym is a perfect way to celebrate your child’s next birthday. Gymnastics, games, obstacle courses, trampoline, sports, and music are tailored to your child’s interests! MACINSPIRES 1923 Palmer Ave., Larchmont 914-630-7338 37 W. Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 203-531-5720 MacInspires parties are a wonderfully creative, collaborative, and educational way to celebrate birthdays! Parties

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STUDIO B DANCE CENTER 277 White Plains Road (entrance on Prospect Avenue), Eastchester 914-793-2799 Each party at Studio B is uniquely designed to give the birthday child an exciting, personalized experience. Boys and girls ages 2 and older enjoy dancing and playing games to their favorite music. WESTCHESTER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 100 Playland Parkway, Rye 914-421-5050 Places to build, explore, and discover, the Westchester Children’s Museum is Westchester’s newest, most creative place for birthday parties! Have the museum’s exhibits, MakerSpace, and party room to yourself—our parties offer exclusive use of the museum space when the general public has gone home. YOUNG AT ART WORKSHOP INC. 1088 Central Ave., Scarsdale 914-723-9229 A unique birthday party experience where each child brings home a personalized piece of art!

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camps Ann & Andy ................................41 Bach to Rock - Westchester ......37 Camp Clio ..................................37 Cerebral Palsy of Westchester ..40 Chelsea Piers - CT ....................27 Curtain Call Inc. .........................41 Fin 2 Swim .................................33 Great Play - Scarsdale ..............37 Hudson Country Montessori .....29, 38 ID Tech Camps ..........................39 Iona College Summer Day Camps.......................41 ISGC Gym .................................52 JCC of Mid-Westchester............35 Jodi’s Gym - Westchester ..........40 LinguaKids, LLC ........................41 Little Gym - Westchester .............3 Mabel’s Labels Inc. ......................7 Milestone School (The)..............41 Musical Munchkins ....................40 Port Sailing ................................35 Premier Athletics .........................9 Purchase College / SUNY Aquatic Program .............37 Purchase College Youth & Precollege Programs in the Arts ...38 Spearman Golf Academy...........33 Squire Camps ............................40 Studio B Dance..........................31 Teatown Lake Reservation ........38 Thornton Donovan School ...........2 Westchester Community College Extention Program .....................31 Westchester Computer Adventures, LLC ........................25 Westchester County Parks ........39 Westchester Summer Day.........43 Westfair Camp @ Pace Aquatics ...35 Whale Camp ..............................33 Wildlife Conservation Society ...41

classes Bach to Rock - Westchester ......37 Curtain Call Inc. .........................41 Easter Seals Project Explore .....38 Gym Cats Gymnastics ...............52 LinguaKids, LLC ........................41 Musical Munchkins ....................40 Purchase College / SUNY Aquatic Program .............37 Purchase College Youth & Precollege Programs in the Arts ...38 Spearman Golf Academy...........33 Studio B Dance..........................31

Blais Orthodontics .....................15 Caring for Kids Pediatric Dentistry .....................48 Institute for Children with Autism.....29 Main Street Pediatric Dentistry ..13 Pediatric Associates of Southern Westchester .................7

music Bach to Rock - Westchester ......37 Musical Munchkins ....................40 Purchase College Youth & Precollege Programs in the Arts ...38

performing arts / acting Curtain Call Inc. .........................41 Purchase College Youth & Precollege Programs in the Arts ...38

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Westchester Children’s Museum..47

Great Play - Scarsdale ..............37



Studio B Dance..........................31

Westchester Summer Day.........43


restaurant / food services

Institute for Children with Autism.....29 Yale Child Study Center ............47

Blue Moon Mexican Café ..........48



Alcott Montessori .......................40 Cerebral Palsy of Westchester ..40 Dicker Reading Method ...............5 Hudson Country Montessori ...29, 38 JCC of Mid-Westchester............35 LinguaKids, LLC ........................41 Milestone School (The)..............41 Sylvan Learning Centers ...........33 Thornton Donovan School ...........2 Westchester Community College Extention Program .....................31 Westchester Summer Day.........43

Meadows Farm (The) ................41 Tilly...A Deer’s Tale ....................48

family entertainment / events / outings Garner Arts Festival ...................45 Inn at East Hill Farm (The) ........48 Meadows Farm (The) ................41 Sportime USA Inc ......................47 Westchester Children’s Museum..47 Wildlife Conservation Society ...41


Garner Arts Festival ...................45

special needs Advanced Endodontics ..............29 Cerebral Palsy of Westchester ..40 Dicker Reading Method ...............5 Easter Seals Project Explore .....38 Institute for Children with Autism ................................29 JCC of Mid-Westchester............35 Main Street Pediatric Dentistry ..13 Sportime USA Inc ......................47 Yale Child Study Center ............47




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What has been your favorite Mother’s Day memory? “It’s corny, but my first Mother’s Day as a mom is my favorite. We had just brought Luke home a few weeks before and honestly the day had slipped my mind, but luckily not my husband’s. He surprised me with flowers and breakfast in bed where the three of us stayed all morning. It was the best!” –Mary Hass, New City

“I told my mom I was pregnant with my first child on Mother’s Day 10 years ago. It was way before those viral videos…but my mom’s reaction was so great, I wish I’d filmed [it]. I could have started the trend much earlier.” –Grace Skinner, Bayside, Queens

“Because I was adopted, Mother’s Day was always pretty bittersweet for me. I’m looking forward to making new Mother’s Day memories with my son, but not until next year. I’m not due until July!” –Marisa Beyer, Tribeca, Manhattan

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Do you remember that time? It is that odd stage of pregnancy when everyone swears by a certain method or book. I found it really overwhelming then. I stayed away then. Once, we found a stack of pregnancy books and swore we’d read them and eventually, just let them compile with the stack of unreadables. I’m sure they were insightful and beautiful, but my personal comfort in parenting is in just gut-feeling and asking questions with real-life living role-models. –LaTonya Yvette in a post entitled “On Following The Gut-Feeling,” her blog


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Go For It! “Let me sleep in. To be able to wake up as late as I want would be awesome. Since this rarely happens, I’d appreciate it more than you could ever know. What this means for you, darling husband, is waking up when the kids wake up and making sure they understand that I’m not to be disturbed until I’ve decided to come out of my sleeping chamber.” –Alice Currah in an article entitled “What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day;” read the whole thing at what-mom-wants.

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