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Program Coverage

Birthday Blowout.......................................................... 23

P. 14 Hearing, “I Quit?”...................... 14

Family Favorite Photo Contest.................................... 35

Six ways to keep your kids in their programs. • 212-213-8840

Program Directory......................... 16

Leading programs and resources near you.

Special Needs

It’s Autism.......... 22 Life after the diagnosis.

Don’t Miss........................................................................ 6 This month’s entertainment and activities.

Health............................................................................. 29

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Insight and items for your family’s care.

Update............................................................................ 31 Essential products and information for your brood.

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Health & Fitness

Travel Directory.............................................................. 28 Just click on the “advertising information” link Attractions and accommodations for great getaways.

at the top of the home and follow the simpleand events. A comprehensive listingpage of your neighborhood’s classes, performances, steps to take yourDare business to a Cover Credit: 2b totally new place. What’s Happening........................................................ 32

Mouth Myths.................................. 12 P. 12 The truth about children’s dental health. P. 12 P. 26

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Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina

Please note thatDonald you McDermott can always Managing Editor receive personal assistance Associate Editor Samantha Chan by calling the Advertising Direct Helpline Editorial Intern Jesse Berberich Art Directors Susanneext. Kimball, atMargaret (212) Baldauf, 213-8840, 224Ilana Rispoli Director of or Webe-mailing Development us Kristen at Jankowski Accounting Teresa Pinargote

Express Yourself............. 10 Teaching communication skills to kids.

Top Toys............................. 24


Kids’ gifts for your lists.

Traffic, TSA, and Tantrums, Oh My!............... 26

Contributing Writers Andy Areffi, Melissa Areffi, Rich Brugger, Katie Bugbee, Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, Anita Duhl Glicken, Debra Manchester MacMannis, Don MacMannis, Sallianne McClelland

Eight tips for surviving holiday travel with your kids.

Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti

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Advertising Sales Representatives Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Jennifer Serpi, Rena Spangler, Felicia Stafford, Erica Tiso

Mixed-Media Mamas................... 30

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December 2013 Volume 30 • Number 12

December 2013 Volume 30 • Number 12


Program Coverage

Birthday Blowout.......................................................... 23

P. 14 Hearing, “I Quit?”...................... 14

Family Favorite Photo Contest.................................... 35

Six ways to keep your kids in their programs.

Program Directory......................... 16


Leading programs and resources near you.

Don’t Miss........................................................................ 6 This month’s entertainment and activities.

Special Needs

Health............................................................................. 29

P. 22

Insight and items for your family’s care.

Update............................................................................ 31 Essential products and information for your brood.

In Season........................................................................ 34

It’s Autism.......... 22

Crafts and games to keep your clan warm all month long.

Life after the diagnosis.


Health & Fitness

Travel Directory.............................................................. 28 Attractions and accommodations for great getaways.

What’s Happening........................................................ 32

Mouth Myths.................................. 12

A comprehensive listing of your neighborhood’s classes, performances, and events.

P. 12 The truth about children’s dental health. P. 12 P. 26

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Publisher Steve Elgort


Editor-in-Chief Rachel Kalina

Express Yourself............. 10

Managing Editor Donald McDermott

Teaching communication skills to kids.

Associate Editor Samantha Chan

Top Toys............................. 24

Editorial Intern Jesse Berberich Art Directors Margaret Baldauf, Susanne Kimball, Ilana Rispoli

Kids’ gifts for your lists.

Director of Web Development Kristen Jankowski

Traffic, TSA, and Tantrums, Oh My!............... 26

Accounting Teresa Pinargote Contributing Writers Andy Areffi, Melissa Areffi, Rich Brugger, Katie Bugbee, Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, Anita Duhl Glicken, Debra Manchester MacMannis, Don MacMannis, Sallianne McClelland

Eight tips for surviving holiday travel with your kids.

Advertising Managers Deirdre Antoniello, Karen Gibofsky, Bill Scalzitti

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Advertising Sales Representatives Karin Mikelis, Jacalyn Rose, Susan Rush, Jennifer Serpi, Rena Spangler, Felicia Stafford, Erica Tiso

Mixed-Media Mamas................... 30

PGTV Producer Beth Elgort

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Letter from the Editor U Winter and its many festivities are upon us! PARENTGUIDE News wants to spread the holiday cheer. This issue is chock full of prizes and giveaways for our readers. Check out “Top Toys” to see our favorite gift picks for every child, and enter contests for a chance to win each present! As the year winds down and you reflect on all the memories you and your children have created in 2013, share with us your favorite one captured in a snapshot. Submit your photo to the Family Favorite Photo Contest for a chance to win a De’Longhi AC230 Air Purifier or tickets to Broadway’s Cinderella. Resolutions are being made, and it’s a great time to teach your children about such commitments — in particular, those they’ve made to hobbies, programs, and activities. Whether your kids are budding athletes or artists, they might go through a phase of wanting to throw in the towel (or paintbrush) when it comes to attending programs. Author Rich Brugger offers six ways to deflect thoughts of giving up in “Hearing, ‘I Quit?’.”

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Our Program Directory features many options for children still looking for their niche and to try something new. You’re sure to find an activity within its pages for every type of interest. Thinking of skipping town with the family during this wonderful but hectic time of year? Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes lends insight on traveling with children during holidays in “Traffic, TSA, and Tantrums, Oh My!” The real-life princess and mom suggests helpful tips to reduce stress and make your vacation a memorable one. More parenting tips abound in “It’s Autism” by Andy and Melissa Areffi. The authors have three children with autism, and their article shares advice on how parents can cope when a child is first diagnosed with the disorder. Want the latest scoop on what are local moms and dads are discussing? Find out and join in the conversation, too, at The Sandbox Social blog at Happy holidays and New Year!

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Feeling Super

Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad all get to explore the new Sprixie Kingdom in Super Mario 3D World. Created exclusively for the Nintendo Wii U game system, this original, new multiplayer game from Nintendo offers hours of Mario Bros. fun for everyone! Super Mario 3D World is available now wherever video games are sold.

Back in the Hobbit

MGM and Warner Bros. present the second half of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson co-wrote and directs this amazing tale that follows Bilbo, the dwarves, and Gandalf as they continue the journey to get their gold back from the dragon, Smaug. Available in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, opens on December 13.

Circus Legends

Luminocity, the latest show from the Big Apple Circus, sets up its onering tent at Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in New York City through January 12. Now in its 36th spectacular season, the entertaining show offers aerial feats, flawless jugglers, astounding acrobats, playful pooches, and much more, all no more than 50 feet from the stage. For tickets, directions and more information, visit

Christmas Miracles

Nathan Andrews is a young doctor who rethinks his career when he loses a patient in the Hallmark Channel original movie, The Christmas Blessing. Nathan finds himself questioning fate and the fragility of life, all the while hoping for a Christmas Miracle. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Rebecca Gayheart, and Rob Lowe, The Christmas Blessing airs on the Hallmark Channel December 21. Check your local listings.

Still Despicable

Brighten someone’s holiday season this year by putting Despicable Me 2 in his stocking. This summer’s worldwide, smash hit follows the animated adventures of Gru, his three adopted daughters, and a multitude of hilarious minions. The new DVD release provides everything from 45 minutes of bonus features to three, new, minion mini-adventures. Despicable Me will be available on DVD, Digital HD, BluRay, and in a special BluRay Combo Pack, on December 10.


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The Main Event

Children, teens and adults can become John Cena, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, CM Punk, The Undertaker, Stone Cold Steve Austin, and all of their favorite superstars from the past 30 years in WWE 2K14. The amazing, new, video game from 2K Sports offers more than 45 matches designed to celebrate three decades of WrestleMania. Pick up your copy today for the XBOX 360 and Playstation 3 game systems.

Dynasty on DVD

Lionsgate Home Entertainment proudly presents Duck Dynasty: Seasons 1-3. The backwoods, bearded bunch comes right into your home on DVD and BluRay in a wonderful collector’s set that would make the perfect gift this holiday season. Available in stores and online December 3, the set includes the first three seasons, never-before-released bonus features, and a limited-edition Duck Camo bandana.

Frosty Good Fun

Go along on an unforgettable ride across a winter wonderland with Frozen. The new release from Disney Animation Studios focuses around a fearless young optimist named Anna. When Anna’s sister Elsa uses her icy powers to trap the kingdom in eternal winter, Anna is forced to team up with Kristoff and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in hopes of stopping Elsa and saving the day. Frozen is in theaters now.

Scholastic Stories

Scholastic Storybook Treasures makes it a holiday season to remember with Merry Christmas, Splat...and More Winter Stories. Available in stores and online now, the holiday-theme DVD includes celebrity narration, a read-along function, behind-the-scenes features, and endearing animated tales.

Just Dance

Families have even more reason to get up and dance because Just Dance 2014 is available now for the Nintendo Wii, Playstation 3, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii U, and Playstation 4 game systems. Ubisoft’s sequel to Just Dance 4 comes complete with all-new moves, new modes and features, and more than 40 of the hottest tracks! Take your party to the next level by picking up a copy today.

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Season to Give

“Thanksgivukkah” in the Rivertowns continues through December 1 with Fire On Ice: A Community Chanukah Celebration, beginning at 1pm. Take a moment to pause during the giving and receiving of gifts with friends and family to visit the world’s largest Giving Ice Menorah, surrounded by buckets of donated clothing items for local community members in need. Bring gently worn hats, scarves, gloves, and bacpacks to donate. Stunt comedian and balloon sculptor Scott Kazan is on hand as Wacky Chad! Light refreshments are available. The menorah is located at 303 Broadway in Dobbs Ferry. Questions? Dial (914)693-6100.

Swap and Meet

Mount Kisco’s Irrelevant Elephant hosts a free, art supply swap on December 7, noon-3pm, at its Fine Art Studio, 293 Lexington Ave. Bring your art supplies that you no longer need, and sell or swap them with other local artists and crafters. The holidays are a great time to declutter art spaces at home to make room for new and useful items. From easels and stretchers to clay and brushes, the supplies are endless at this community event, which also offers a great way to meet like-minded individuals. Sellers must make reservations by calling (914)666-2767 or e-mailing

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One Night to Remember

A Christmas Carol, presented by Blessed Unrest, takes the stage on December 14 at 3pm and 8pm at the Emelin Theater. Come down with your clan to 153 Library Lane in Mamaroneck for a dynamic staging of the night when Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by three ghosts and prewith a shot at redemption. A Global Perspective sented Tickets are available by visitHead to the JCC of Mid-Westchester, ing or dialing December 8, for a Family Day of Mu(914)698-0098. sic with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra. Open to the public, the event Light of the Season invites guests to gain a global perThe Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., spective through the musical stylings Peekskill, hosts a Kwanzaa Craft of this performance, which benefits on December 28, 11am. Children the American Friends of the Israeli of all ages may learn about the Philharmonic Orchestra. Find out holiday and its history while enjoymore and get tickets by calling Rika ing a craft. No sign-up is required. Levin at (914)472-3300, ext. 306, or Find out more about this and other e-mailing The library programs by clicking on JCC of Mid-Westchester is located at 999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale.

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Light Up the Season

A Billion Bricks: T-Rex, Turtles and Trains opens at the Stamford Museum Nature Center on December 14. This is the fifth season of LEGO landscapes at the museum, and it has one of the more eclectic collections to date. Head to 39 Scofieldtown Road in Stamford, Connecticut, 9am-5pm, through December 31.



Run to Stay Warm

Purchase College hosts the 2013 Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation on December 14, beginning at 8:30am. The 735 Anderson Hill Road site in Harrison is where runners, donning reindeer antlers and other festive gear, run or walk for a great cause. The journey begins at the performing arts center and continues around campus. There is a onemile walk option, a children’s fun run, entertainment, and more. Contact Dana at (917)566-9714 or for additional information.

To celebrate the show’s 36th Season, the Big Apple Circus brings all of the vivacity and velocity of New York City to it’s newest show: Luminocity. NYC’s one-ring circus offers the high energy and excitement of a big circus in an intimate performance where no audience member is more than 50-feet from the ringside. Get your tickets now for Luminocity at Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center at or by calling (888)541-3750. The show runs through January 12, 2014.

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Meet St. Nick 212-213-8840 December 15, 10am, brings • about a Toy and Train Show at the Westchester County Center. Find anything for your collection, including new and antique parts, gauges, layouts, and test tracks. Don’t forget about your holiday shopping lists when you stop by this event at 198 Central Ave. in White Plains. Questions? Click on

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Little ones ages 1-12 are invited to not only meet Santa Claus, but also to have breakfast with the jolly man. Hosted by the Village of Ossining, the December 14 event invites children to hand in their wish list to Santa’s helper in exchange for a small gift at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center, 95 Broadway in Ossining. Make reservations for this splendid event by calling (914)9413189. There are 10am and 11am seatings. Samantha Chan is the associate editor.


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ne of the most common challenges facing families today is how to communicate feelings in ways that help instead of hurt. Effective techniques are available, so it’s just a matter of learning these tools and putting them into practice. Whether it’s anger, hurt, fear, sadness, or guilt, research tells us that feelings want to come out. Feelings held too long inside can result in withdrawal, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and a whole rash of psychosomatic problems such as headaches, stomach aches, and difficulty sleeping. On the other hand, expressing feelings in hurtful ways such as with insults, meltdowns, sarcasm, withdrawal, or acting out can create great strains on relationships. There are at least five main ways that children learn how to communicate. These include: watching adult family members as they interact, observing how adults communicate with them, engaging with their siblings, viewing examples on TV shows and in movies, and participating in peer interactions. Since sibling relationships are one of the most important templates for how kids get along with their peers, it’s vital that parents teach social skills to their kids and encourage healthy sibling interac10 I parentguide News I December 2013

tions. Think of life inside the family as a laboratory for learning how to get along with others. Bickering between siblings is one of the most common symptoms that arises from not having the tools to work out feelings. During therapy sessions with families, one of our favorite, lead-in questions is, “Do you guys ever recycle, or do you throw everything in the trash?” We’ll get affirmative answers about recycling things like bottles, cans, and newspapers, and then follow up with, “That’s great, but do you know how to recycle your relationship when things get strained?” The point of the question becomes obvious. One of the conflict-resolution tools that we teach parents and kids is called The Repair Kit. It can provide an effective path toward forgiveness, conflict resolution, and bringing out the best in one another. Once acquired, this method can be used as frequently as needed to help things run smoother.

The Repair Kit In this scenario, person 1 starts as the speaker and person 2 as the listener. Both participants sit face to face so their knees are

almost touching. Deep breaths are suggested to help the listener avoid becoming anxious or defensive. If everyone can agree, person 1 shares with person 2 each of the following:

1. A genuine appreciation toward the other.


tudies show that people report greater life satisfaction and fewer physical symptoms on the exact days when they feel more understood by others in verbal interactions. Neuroscientists explain that when people feel heard and understood, their emotional brains settle down.

2. Something that upsets him. Examples: “It made me mad when you teased me about my shirt today,” or “I don’t like it when…”

3. A wish or a want that would help fix the upsetting issue. Ex-


ample: “I want you to be nice to me and not tease me.”

If you’re thinking that you and your partner may want to try a few couple’s tune-ups with The Repair Kit, don’t be embarrassed! That’s often the case, and you can use the exact same model. We’ve taught it to thousands of couples, too.

We can’t overemphasize the importance of healthy communication. In happy, loving families, everyone takes time to check in and learn how to talk and listen to one another. They know how to repair hurt feelings instead of withdrawing or becoming hurtful to each other. As hard as connecting can be in the hurried pace of our day-to-day lives, quality communication is more important than ever.


After sharing one way, the flow reverses so that person 1 becomes the listener and person 2 becomes the speaker. Participants should also NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, pause to take deep breaths when reversing roles. Conscious breathing Don and Debra MacMannis are a team both at home and at the is one of the fastest and most effective de-stressors available. office. Married for more than 30 years, the couple have simultaneto: FAx # ously served as directors of the Family Therapy Institute of Santa It also helps if parents introduce kids ages 5 and older to The Repair Barbara, a nonprofit organization. In 2009, Don won the title From:when things are going well. Explain, iSSue DAte:Family Therapist” in a poll taken by In Kit as part of a family meeting of “Best “We know that broken things such as a flat tire need repair. We have 2010, Debra was honored with an Award for Service to the Comalso learned that when people aren’t acting in caring ways toward munity by local therapists and the Mayor of Santa Barbara. AdPlease call or fax your comments and/or oK. each other, something needs to be fixed.” The adults can first model ditional tips and tools can be found at The Repair Kit, and then have each family member practice by preDon’s award-winning songs and activities related to communicaSigNAture oF APProvAl: tending to be upset with one another about something. tion skills may be found at

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The truth about children’s dental health

by Anita Duhl Glicken, M.S.W.



Throughout the last decade, oral health has become an important topic of discussion in the health care community. Many studies now link oral health to overall health. A person’s mouth is teeming with bacteria, but most of them are harmless. Normally, the body’s natural defenses and good oral health care, such as daily brushing and flossing, can keep bacteria under control. However, without proper oral hygiene, bacteria can reach levels that might lead to oral infections, such as tooth decay and gum disease. Cavities are the result of a bacterial infection, and young children can “catch” the harmful bacteria that cause cavities. It’s important to try to keep these harmful bacteria from our children’s mouths during their first year or two. If left unchecked, they become the dominant bacteria, and the child with them could experience a lifetime of tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of childhood. It is five times more common than asthma. Untreated, tooth decay can have serious, negative effects on a child’s physical, social, and educational development. Mouth pain makes it difficult to eat a healthy diet, to learn to speak properly, and to concentrate in school. Untreated tooth decay in baby teeth can damage a child’s permanent teeth. 12 I parentguide News I December 2013

The benefits of oral health education and prevention (screening and counseling regarding diet and oral care habits, fluoride varnish application) significantly outweigh the cost of dental disease. For example, full mouth restoration in a hospital operating room costs $6,000 to $10,000. Preventative fluoride varnish application costs 75 cents, takes less than three minutes, and can be done during routine visits to the dentist’s office. Here are some tips to get you started in the right direction when facing common myths about oral health:

1 - It’s okay to share utensils and cups with your children

while eating. Almost every parent is guilty of it, but parents should always use a separate utensil or cup when eating with their child. Recent studies have shown young children can get cavities from Streptococcus mutans (MS), a bacterium that can pass from person to person through the transfer of saliva. A 2008 study in Pediatric Dentistry pointed to mothers as the primary source of the MS colonization in their children.

2 - Blowing on food is the best way to cool down your child’s

meal. Well, not if you are worried about their oral health. MS bacteria can easily be transferred to food and then to children’s mouths.

3 - Sugar eats tooth enamel, causing cavities. The true culprit

is the bacteria in the mouth, which convert sugar into enamel-eroding acid. Tooth enamel does not grow back, and once destroyed, sensitive dentine are exposed to decay. Cutting back on sugary foods provides less fuel for bacteria, and brushing and flossing regularly are vital to keep bacteria and cavity counts low.

As parents, we want what is best for our children. Be sure when you visit your doctor’s office that the health care professionals you see evaluate all areas of your child’s health, including their oral health. These medical professionals can - Losing baby teeth to tooth decay is okay. It is a common easily be the first to spot early signs of myth that losing baby teeth due to tooth decay is insignificant tooth decay and other oral diseases. They because baby teeth fall out anyway. Tooth decay in baby teeth can help your dentist nip the problem in can actually result in damage to the developing crowns of the the bud before it gets out of hand. And, permanent teeth growing below them. If baby teeth are lost of course, practice good oral health care prematurely, the permanent teeth may erupt mal-positioned and with your children, ensuring they brush eventually require orthodontics. their teeth twice per day, floss, and limit sugary foods. These•simple things •can 419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 212-213-8840 Fax 212-447-7734 - You don’t need to worry about cavities in baby teeth. As mensecure them healthy smiles many years tioned above, baby teeth hold the space for permanent teeth. If cavities down the road. TO: FAX # are left untreated in baby teeth, they can develop into serious pain and abscesses. Occasionally the infection can spread to other areas of the ISSUE DATE: body, and in rare occasions, it can even result in death. FROM:




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Discover Some of the Area’s Finest Programs! Ann & Andy Child Care 2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523 (914)592-3027 At Ann & Andy, each child is considered on two levels: first, as an individual, and then as a member of the group. The specific needs of a child are addressed with the help of regular communication and consultation with parents. On a group level, the child is a member of a community, which offers the opportunity for social growth while providing a structure in which to find security and safety. Regularly planned group activities are designed to meet the natural, physical, emotional and cognitive needs of children at play. The staff is carefully trained to promote a positive environment and to keep a balanced routine that does not stress or over stimulate children. Yoga, gymnastics, an American sign language/music/Spanish class, and computer classes are offered. The school is open year round and has a nine-week summer camp program on located on five acres with plenty of outdoor space for exploration and discovery. Nutritional meals are served, including hot lunches, which are prepared daily and dietary restrictions are taken into consideration. • 212-213-8840

Gymboree Play & Music 450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale, NY 10583 Route 6 and Hill Boulevard, Yorktown, NY 10535 Gymboree Play & Music has been fostering learning, creativity and confidence in children ages 0-5 for more than 30 years. With more than

700 locations in 32 countries, it is the global leader in early childhood development programs. The programs are designed by child development experts and help develop the cognitive, physical and social skills of children as they play. Gymboree offers curricula in play and learn, music, art, sports and a unique preschool skills program, designed to offer great value for parents with no closed weeks and make-ups for all missed classes. A preschool open house should not be missed! Gymboree’s teachers are known for their enthusiastic and playful approach and really are a child’s ideal first teacher. All programs include free daily open gyms, unlimited make-up classes plus and special member events, such as Pajama nights, dad’s-only playtimes, monthly dance parties and more! To sign up for your free preview class please visit


Hoff-Barthelson Music School 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914)723-1169 Music education exerts a profound impact on the development of a child’s intellect, personality, values and relationships. Children learn to focus and concentrate, to listen and observe keenly as a result of the twice-weekly music and movement classes they attend in Dalcroze eurhythmics. At the Hoff-Barthelson Preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds, music receives a special emphasis as children are engaged through play in a full curriculum that introduces numbers and language arts, science and nature, dramatic play, cooking, sand and water play and outdoor play. The Preschool provides a



ivca GW\ 8] iafSta T]t`hQeZOga y! OZZ 4la boVfWap Visit, or call 1-866-477-3700 to schedule your FREE Ug[P]`SSQZOaaSaQ][ preview. ScaRSdalE YoRktown 450 central Park avenue 3631 Hill Boulevard 16 I parentguide News I December 2013

safe, nurturing environment, which promotes the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development in young children. Experienced teachers meet each child’s developmental and personal needs while they build toward readiness for kindergarten. Hoff-Barthelson Music School has achieved national recognition for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach since 1944. Preschool education is an integral part of the overall School curriculum. Preschool teachers bring experience, warmth and skill to the classroom. The student-teacher ratio is 7:1. Teachers are fully state certified and hold Master of Art degrees in early childhood education. Three-year-olds meets Monday–Thursday, 12:15-2:30 pm; while 4-year-olds meets MondayFriday, 8:45–11:30am. Jodi’s Gym 25 Hubbels Dr., Mt. Kisco, NY 10514 (914)244-8811 244 E. 84th St., NYC 10028 (212)772-7633 Jodi’s Gym, the leader in innovative children’s gym programs, has been providing kids with the highest level of fun and fitness for 31 years! Kids run, jump, climb, swing and tumble as they build not only a foundation for gymnastics, but also all sports. In Jodi’s nurturing environment, kids enjoy moving, love to exercise and develop confidence. The spacious facility features two brightly colored, 5,000-square-foot loft spaces filled with all the gymnastics equipment imaginable including bars, beams, trampolines, slides, tunnels, bounce house and so much more. You will not find a more experienced, fun or attentive staff anywhere. Mommy and Me classes for children 6 months-3 years include Teeny Tumblers (music/movement), Mighty Muscle Movers (gym), Rockin Rollers (gym/music combination) and the new Jumpstart Jodi’s (a preschool alternative). Preschool offerings for 3-5 year olds include Tumbling Tots (one-hour gym/motor skill development) and Creative Cartwheeling Kids (two-hour combination of gym, art and music). For k-8th grade, classes available include Funtastic Gym-



nastics, Accelerated and Advanced Gymnastics, Totally Tumbling and Motion Evolution (fitness/ nutrition wellness). This fall, Jodi’s Gym is proud to welcome new partner classes: Creation Station (dance), Songs for Seeds (music) and Mad Science. Can’t get to Jodi’s? Have Jodi’s To Go come to your school, camp, daycare or building! There are great perks for members, Jodi’s Gymwear and, of course, the best birthdays ever! To join the fun, friends and fitness call, go to “Like” Jodi’s Gym on Facebook for special promotions, pictures and information. Mathnasium (914)725-MATH (6284) Mathnasium is a math learning center for students in pre-K through 12th grade. The goal is to significantly increase your child’s math skills, understanding of math concepts, and overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude toward the subject. At Mathnasium, the mission is simple, to teach children math the way that makes sense to them. Every day, students around the world attend Mathnasium learning centers to boost their math skills. The program is highly specialized; staff members teach only math. They use sophisticated techniques to determine, with great accuracy, what a student knows and does not know. Next, a personalized and prescriptive learning program is tailor-made. Each student follows the program with the help of specially trained Mathnasium math tutors who provide instruction— and lots of warm encouragement.

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Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Ave., White Plains, NY 10606 (914)761-3900 Join the Music Conservatory of Westchester for exciting programs for students of all ages (pre-school through senior citizens). From private and group instrumental and voice lessons to chamber music, chorus, and musical theatre, there is something for everyone! The

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conservatory’s high quality programs cultivate lifelong learning and a sense of community through the joy of music making. MCW has an experienced and dedicated teaching faculty of 85 performing artists. Private instruction is offered in all instruments and voice. In addition, MCW offers chamber music and ensembles such as Youth Chorus, Junior Strings, or Rock Band, Suzuki instruction in violin, cello, guitar and flute, and classes in Music Skills (sequential music and movement classes for Pre-K through grade 3), music theory, musical theatre, composition, jazz, rock, and pop. MCW’s Music Therapy Institute has been the largest provider of professional music therapy services in the Westchester region, working with more than 2,000 children and adults each year. Please visit MCW’s website to view the 2013-2014 course catalog or call (914)761-3900 for more information.

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The Play Group Theatre 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 (914)946-4433 The Play Group Theatre (PGT), Westchester’s theater for children and teens since 1995, recently opened its new theatre facility in downtown White Plains. The new home for performing arts includes a 228-seat Main Stage Theatre, a 75-seat Studio Theatre, rehearsal studios, scene and costume shops and more. Throughout the year, PGT offers programs for students ages 4-18, including after-school classes in acting and musical theater, as well as two performance tracks: StudioStage, which culminates in an informal showcase performance; and MainStage, which Over the Moon Music and More, LLC culminates in fully produced plays and musicals. PGT produces up to 78 Garth Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 eight MainStage shows each year. From Shakespeare to new musicals (914)722-2025 and everything in between, PGT strives to provide young actors and 419 Park Avenue South, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 419 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016 • 212-213-8840 • Fax 212-447-7734 audiences with a wide range of theatrical experiences. PGT offers Since 2005, Over the Moon Music and More, LLC, has been providing several camp programs, including one-, three- and six-week options the Music Together program for children from birth through kindergarten for Teen Conservatory (14-17), Young age, accompanied by an adult caregiver. TO: FAX # As hundreds of thousands to: FAx # Actors’ Ensemble (11-13), PGT Kids (7-10) and Little Theatre (4-6). From student-written one of families worldwide know, Music Together is a research-based, acts to MainStage productions, from classes to rehearsals, the summer non-performance-oriented program of songs, rhymes, movement and FROM: ISSUETogether DATE: approach is the From: iSSue DAte: offers a creatively charged yet artistically nurturing environment for instrument play. Essential to the Music belief emerging young artists. Visit the PGT website, or that all children are musical and that their natural aptitude for music call (914)946-4433 for information on year-round programs and visit will blossom in a sufficiently rich music environment. Most classes callages— or fax yoursiblings comments and/or Please callcomplex or faxatyour comments and/or oK. PGT’s theatre One North Broadway. arePlease for mixed enabling to attend togetherOK. and allowing all children to participate at their own level— and meet for 45 minutes Purchase College at SUNY week. However, we also have new Big Kids classes for 5-SigNAture to 7SIGNATURE each OF APPROVAL: oF APProvAl: 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577 year-olds that meet for 60 minutes each week. Classroom activities are (914)251-5939 supported by at-home materials, which include a CD and songbook for each 10-week semester or 6-week summer session. Classes are available Here’s a program that shows a “stroke” of genius: aquatic classes for in Briarcliff, Chappaqua, Dobbs Ferry, Mount Kisco, Tarrytown and


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“Your child has autism.” What would go through your mind if you heard those words? Would you freak out? We felt this shock when we first learned of our kids’ diagnoses, but then we learned to live and grow with it. Autism is a spectrum disorder, which means it affects every child differently. There’s a saying: The autism spectrum is so wide that “if you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.” Even the children with similar deficits present them and learn to cope with them in different ways. Many people mistakenly equate acceptance of the diagnosis with surrender. It’s really not the case. There are certain things you will need to accept, chief among them is that there’s no cure. But it doesn’t mean conditions won’t get better than they are now. Delayed and slowed development don’t equate to no development. Children will still grow and learn. The processes are just going to take longer, be harder, and require more effort. Once you accept the things you can’t change, you can focus your energy, efforts, and resources on the things on which you can have an impact. With that in mind, here are some tips to help you out when facing a diagnosis of autism:


Manage expectations. This is a marathon, not a sprint; you’re not going to “fix” this overnight. This is a life-changing event for you and everyone who is a part of your life. Go with what you know and can do. For example, just because your kid can’t play in little league doesn’t mean he can’t ever play sports. Our children are now competitive ice skaters! Why? Because when you like to spin and don’t get dizzy, it’s considered a skill in figure skating. Measure success in 22 I parentguide News I December 2013

months or years, not days. Sometimes it will feel like you’re getting nowhere, until you look back six months, and realize how far your family has come.


Get early intervention ASAP. Time is your enemy. Studies have shown that the earlier help is given to address the needs of a child with autism, the better. You might have to fight the mentality that “they’ll grow out of it.” Most children can improve, but only with a lot of help. Yes, it can be a bit of a pain and feel like you’ve given up your privacy when there are so many people offering assistance. Look at the bright side, you will be able to actually leave the house again. And privacy, for us, is reserved for weekends.


Learn the techniques. The therapists won’t live with you 24/7; you have to be involved, too. They aren’t just training your child; they are also training you. The therapy techniques may seem counterintuitive in the beginning. Like we did at first, you may want to argue philosophies to learn as much as you can. Remember this: The techniques work and are worth it.


Learn the lingo. Autism experts use a boatload of acronyms, and you need to be able to communicate with them. Yes, it’s like learning a Martian language. There is a plethora of jargon that makes no sense at first. However, take the time to figure it out, and take notes.


Take care of yourself. You’re allowed to have fun, and you can’t advocate for your child if you’re burned out. This is really, really important. The first thing we all forget to do, or feel too guilty to do, is have fun without the kids. Find an outlet for happiness and stress relief, and make yourself stick to it. Make sure you remember you’re in this together. There is no need to feel guilty about needing a date night, learning karate, or even just going to a grown-up movie that has absolutely no animated characters.


Don’t lock yourself away. You and your child need to be exposed to the world. What’s the point of all this work if you’re not going to “live?” We all practice avoidance at first because it’s easier than the alternative. It’s tough to go through the routine of getting ready to only spend a short amount of time outside. Do it anyway. The time eventually gets longer. The first time we went to Disneyland, we lasted maybe an hour. We can last all day now, sometimes.

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Watch out for each other. Divorce and caregiver depression is a big concern. Your partner is the only person who knows what you’re going through. Talk to the that person. Share your feelings and hugs. Don’t try to go it alone. You will burn out if you don’t take care of yourself and your relationships. Have a support system of family and friends who can help out. And some of those relationships need to have nothing to do with autism. You are more than your child’s diagnosis. Having true balance in your life is incredibly important.




Give up services when you’re done. There are 50,000 kids diagnosed with autism every year. Resources are more limited now than ever. There is literally another kid in line behind yours waiting for help. And we know how difficult it is to give up something for which you fought so hard, but the point of the therapy is to graduate when the time comes. • 212-213-8840


Don’t blame yourself. When you can forgive yourself, you can better focus on helping your child. Accept what you can’t change, and then fight like mad for everything else.

Autism parenting is still parenting. It’s just a heck of a lot more intense. You are a parent first. Your child still knows how to push your buttons better than anyone else. We always tell folks, “autistic, not stupid.” Never confuse the two, or they will own you. And never, never confuse disability with inability. Andy and Melissa Areffi have three children with autism. Their book is Navigating Autism: The Essential How-to by Parents for Parents (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform). Learn more about the Areffi family at

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Whether you want to pique your child’s curiosity with an educational gift, or you just want to provide him with the opportunity to have fun, PARENTGUIDE News has a vivacious variety of picks for this holiday season. The best part? We’re giving away every, single item in this gift guide at win.! Visit the website for details and chances to win these eye-catching toys.

Bold and Bright

Children who love to draw will be delighted to see their creations come alive with the Crayola Digital Light Designer, available at The 360-degree, dome-shape Designer uses LED technology to provide tots with a surface on which to draw, animate creations, and play games. Its mesmerizing lights and ability to spark imagination make this toy a great asset on any wishlist.

Fostering Family Time

The heartwarming mission of Cooper & Kid, founded with the help of Kickstarter, is to support dads in their parenting journey. The brand offers subscription-based The Cooper Kits, which feature curated boxes of materials to create projects. Father and child may try their hands at making things, like a catapult and biplane, while learning all about how they work from the other provisions in The Cooper Kit. Discover more at

Smile for the Camera

For the budding photographer in your life, PLAYSKOOL presents the innovative SHOWCAM, a digital camera and projector. Children ages 3 and older will enjoy snapping holiday scenes with this device and then instantly sharing their results on the nearest suitable surface. The camera and projector was specifically built for little hands and comes with a variety of fun features, like the ability to add sound effects. Head to to file this gift in the “purchased” pile.

Tablet for Tots

With the InnoTab 3S, a Wi-Fi-enabled learning tablet, you no longer have to sacrifice your beloved device for your child’s entertainment. It comes equipped with VTech Kid Connect, an app that connects kids with their parents and friends, and a kid-safe Web browser. Children ages 3 through 9 will enjoy this enriching tablet, available at Toys “R” Us.

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Need for Speed

Does your kid enjoy zipping, zooming, and revving? The Silverlit Mercedes Benz SLS AMG has all of the thrills an adventurer could want. Controlled by Bluetooth with any “i-Device,” the sports car zips and zooms through a number of speed settings as it twists and turns. Children ages 8 and older will also want to revv up the noise with the sports car’s high-tech speaker system that can stream music. Start your engines at

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Quirky and Cute

By now, your family has likely experienced the curious charm of UGLYDOLL plush creatures. Fans of the stuffed monsters are sure to also enjoy UGLYDOLL: GOIN’ PLACES! (VIZ Media) by Travis Nichols, a graphic novel that takes readers on a voyage through the Uglyverse. Kids can tag along with characters like Wage and Ice-Bat as they travel through time and space. Start your child’s journey at

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If your youngster craves a cell phone, but isn’t quite ready to have one, you’ll want to check out the PlayMG, a pocketable, Wi-Fi, app-gaming system for kids. Available at, the device comes with two games, a camera, stereo capability, and more.

Suite Set

Introduce the world of PLAYMOBIL® to the next generation with the PLAYMOBIL Large Furnished Hotel. The dwelling comes with a working elevator, furnished rooms, figures, and many other scene-setting accessories. Jumpstart your child’s imagination with this set, available at

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Wish for Fish

Kids who are ready for a pet may be delighted with The AquaFarm, which the whole family can cherish. Offered at, this fish tank is self-cleaning and actually grows food. The closed-loop ecosystem comes with all major components and a discount coupon for a fish friend.

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For the tinkerer in your life, littleBit offers an electronic building toy that makes science and technology accessible and enjoyable. Comprised of modules that snap together to make simple circuits, littleBits Exploration Kits enable young inventors to produce power, light, sound, and pulse. These elements are then used to create a Morse code machine, a glow-in-the-dark puppet, a bubble flute, and other electronics. Open the gateway to tech exploration at

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raffic, SA, and antrums, by Princess Ivana Pignatelli Aragona Cortes

Eight tips for surviving holiday travel with your kids. raveling with children — especially during the holiday rush — can seem like training for an Olympic sport. It will push your endurance (and sanity!) to the limit. But there are some things you can do to tone down the madness and limit the “Bah, humbug.” The better organized you are, the easier it gets. I write from experience. I have worked with children for more than 20 years, and I have a master’s degree in education. While I’m also a modern-day princess, I come from modest means and met my Prince Charming, Adriano Pignatelli Aragona Cortes, Prince of the Holy Roman Empire, while on scholarship at Pepperdine University. My most valuable source of education by far is my experience as a mother to our two children. As an American who married an Italian, I frequently fly with my family. I’ve learned a lot of travel-disaster lessons in the School of Hard Knocks, and I’ve developed crisis-averting strategies that have been real lifesavers. The following survival tips will help make your family trip the wonderful adventure it should be.

1. Plan ahead...and plan some more.

Make a list of everything you’ll need for travel, and check it twice. Give yourself plenty of time to consider your schedule and all possible scenarios. How many nap times and mealtimes are there? If a nap happens mid-flight, make sure you have sleep essentials handy. Pack a distraction like a portable DVD player in case sleep doesn’t occur. Check connecting destinations for kid-friendly restaurants and areas.

2. Travel light(ish).

Start packing at least a day or two before departure. Consider

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whether your vacation spot has items you can borrow or buy to maintain light luggage. Consolidate as much of your luggage as possible. If you’re checking most of your bags, don’t forget a carry-on with extra outfits for the little ones in case of spills!

3. Organize your Mary Poppins purse.

Choose a bag with plenty of separate pockets and compartments for storage of snacks, baby gear, wipes, etc. Make sure the things you’ll need most often are easily accessible. Keep essential travel documents in a noticeable wallet. Use a carry-on Ziploc bag for medications the family might need, such as infant fever reducer, throat soothers, and gas and allergy relievers.

4. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. It always takes longer to get out of the house than anticipated thanks to traffic, airport lines, tantrums, and dirty diapers. Leave a half-hour or more earlier than you think you need.

5. Ace airport security.

Use the “Green Circle” lanes, which offer extra time and assistance to get through the lines. Know the latest TSA regulations, available at Encourage the family to wear slip-on shoes and easy-to-remove jackets.

6. Fill their bellies.

Make sure you have plenty of snacks (like infant formula and finger foods) for your brood to enjoy en route. If you’re flying, have a baby bottle ready for take-off and landing as swallowing helps your baby’s ears adjust to pressure changes. For older children, a low-sugar lollipop works great. Don’t forget to fuel yourself. Drink plenty of water and eat when the kids do.

7. Make time fly with entertainment.


Whatever your travel method, chances are you’ll have a lot of downtime. Buy a new toy for the trip. Bring books and an iPad — whatever it takes to keep your children from reaching octave levels that break the sound barrier. A few “new” things will keep kids occupied longer. Music is a great soother, so kid-friendly headphones are a great investment. And don’t forget comfort

items like a favorite stuffed animal, sleep pillow, or soft blanket.

8. Map out your road trip.


Traveling by car with pint-sized passengers can be just as stressful as flying, but many of the same rules apply. Have plenty of snacks and toys on hand to keep your children occupied. A DVD player and headphones may just save your sanity, too. When planning your route, account for rest stops such as parks that give the kids a chance to run around. And always have extras on hand when it comes to diapers, pacifiers, and wipes.

Remember, • holiday travel with • 212-213-8840 212-213-8840 dren doesn’t have to mean you reach the end of your rope before the end of the road. Simplify your vacation through planing and preparedness. Travel safely!

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Holiday Trips and Destinations Ski Butternut 380 State Road, Route 23, Great Barrington, MA 01230 (413)528-2000 SKI Magazine described Ski Butternut as “A True Family Mountain.” It’s easily accessible for NYC residents, about a 2½-hour drive north into the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, where a friendly staff waits to greet you. Butternut features 22 classic New England Trails, 11 lifts including three quad chairlifts, two terrain parks and a snowmaking system that covers 100 percent of the mountain. Ski Butternut is known for great grooming, which converts the trails into fresh corduroy nightly. Ski Butternut offers exceptional learning programs for children. The Adventurers program teach children ages 4-13 how to ski. Ages 4-13 can learn to snowboard in their miniRIDERS program. A Tubing Center makes sliding downhill fun for kids and parents alike! Ski Butternut offers many great deals including specials for those who serve: military, police, firefighters, EMT’s and scouts, plus online coupons for 5th graders and college students, there is even a money saving first-timers package and many more. Ski Butternut is a shining jewel in the Berkshires that’s making skiing and riding affordable! Check out the mountain SnowEAST Magazine readers rated: #1 Classic Resort, #1 ski area in Mass. and #1 Favorite Eastern Resort. • 212-213-8840

Shawnee Mountain Ski Area P.O. Box 339, Hollow Road Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA 18356 (570)421-7231 Shawnee Mountain is family and beginner-friendly! Complete with 23 slopes and trails of every difficulty level from beginner to expert and two terrain parks, this Pennsylvania escape is sure to please the whole family. Shawnee has the Pocono Plunge snow tubing park, with individual and two-person (adult and child) tubing. They also offer tubing birthday party packages; call group sales office for details! Installed in 2011, The Tomahawk Express is a high-speed, four-person chairlift, which whisk skiers and snowboarders to the top of the mountain in just three minutes. Despite its high speed, the new chairlift is very beginner and child friendly, slowing 75 percent for loading and unloading. For children ages 7-15 there are skiing and snowboarding daily programs. Other children’s programs include SKIwee for ages 46 and SKIbaby for age 3 and younger. Each program lasts three or six hours daily and includes constant supervision and instruction, lunch and a snack. A variety of accommodations fits the needs of every family from two-three bedroom townhouses and chateaus to condos, villas, The Summit Lodge for groups and the charming Victorian-era Shawnee Inn.


Smugglers’ Notch, Vermont 4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Smugglers’ Notch, VT 05464 (866)771-3717 Choosing Smugglers’ for your family’s winter vacation is easy! In this year’s SKI Magazine reader survey, Smugglers’ was voted #1 Overall Resort in the East and #1 for family vacations in the East – for the 15th year! This northern Vermont winter wonderland is blanketed by an average annual snowfall of 300 inches, and recent snowmaking enhancements ensure a great experience on the slopes. New activities for family fun include mini snowmobile rides for kids and a heated cabin groomer tour with spectacular mountain views. America’s Family Resort features award-winning children’s programs (6weeks-17years), mountainside village lodging, indoor pool, FunZone entertainment center, hot tubs, shopping, dining and entertainment. Experience year-round Zip Line Canopy Tour, three interconnected mountains with more than 1,000 acres of terrain, 78 trails and 2,610-ft vertical for skiing & snowboarding, plus dedicated trails for cross-country and snowshoeing. Smugglers’ is so serious about delivering on a great Winter vacation, each Club Smugglers’ Package comes with a Family Fun Guarantee, which states that each guest participating in one of the snow sport programs will learn to ski or snowboard or improve their skiing or riding skills or their lesson portion of the package will be refunded! Ask about the Vermont Winter Experience Vacation Package combining on and off snow fun! Smugglers’ Notch Vermont… your best value for Family Fun– anywhere! Call 1(866)771-3717 today to make your reservation or visit 28 I parentguide News I December 2013

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Ballet Body

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Simply Delicious

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KINDness Counts

New from the KIND Nuts & Spices line of healthy snacks, the Maple Glazed Pecan & Sea Salt and Dark Chocolate Chili Almond bars contain only five grams of sugar and are a good source of fiber and protein. They are available now at Duane Reade locations.

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Canine Encouragement

Kyjen Dog Games not only help keep puppy boredom at bay, but also greatly benefit your family pet. Designed with a dog’s IQ and behavior in mind, these puzzle games encourage brain development, which ultimately leads to less destructive behavior around the house. Available at, these games are to best way to ensure that man’s best friend is happy and healthy!

Superior Dental Hygiene Ultrasound technology has long been used by dentists to remove tartar, but Emmi-dent takes this technology and makes it available for consumers with an innovative toothbrush and NanoBubble toothpaste. The Emmi-dent toothbrush sends out ultrasonic waves that work in perfect unison with the toothpaste to destroy plaque, tartar, food particles, and bacteria. Snag the pair at

Coping For Children

From author Marie Kyriakou, Mike the Little Bean (AuthorHouseUK) is a fanciful tale that entertains children while also teaching them how to cope with unfamiliar situations. Following the journey of a little bean who is whisked away from his family and then has to adapt to his new surroundings, this book is an excellent metaphor for the challenges kids face when growing up. Get a copy at

Potty Time Pal

Fraggal the Potty Time Pal (Dog Drool Media) is a revolutionary book that reinforces positivity during potty training. It decreases the time it takes for success by providing the perfect link between learning and play. Parents can engage their child’s attention and provide context for conversation with the Fraggal puppet. To purchase the book and puppet, visit

Helpful Herbs

When the hustle and bustle of everyday life gets you feeling run down, Herbal Zap! offers an all-natural boost to your immune system! The fourteen herbs within it are meant to be dissolved in water to promote healthy digestive, respiratory, and immune function. Discover details about Herbal Zap! at Jesse Berberich is the editorial intern. your needs, your neighborhood

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Think you’re not “creative?” Forget what your art teacher at school told you. If you are just starting out, it is not necessary to invest in a lot of supplies or Everyone is an artist! the most expensive items. Sometimes the acrylic paints found in a dollar store are a good place to start. You can never go wrong with a pencil case filled with It can be hard to explore your inner artist when you’re a mom. But the benefits of carving out time from your schedule to learn a new skill, make scissors, a glue stick, paint brush, three favorite paints, a ruler, and simple sewnew friendships, and nourish yourself can leave you relaxed, refreshed, ing kit. Start small. Start simple. Find what you enjoy, and then expand your and happier. supplies and skills as your passion leads you. Attending an art retreat, which lasts anywhere In addition to the extensive workshop offerings, many mixed-media from a weekend to an entire week, art retreats present fabulous vendor offers a unique way to refuel in a shows that are a feast of color, texture, The Art is...You logo welcoming and fun-filled environand original art. They also provide an was created by stay-atment. Retreats are held throughout opportunity for attendees to purchase home mom Kim Geiser, the country, from Connecticut to papers, kits, beads, collage sheets, who can be found at California, and the world (Italy, fibers, fabrics, unique vintage items, persimmonsgal54220. southern France). During these and original flea market finds. getaways, you can try your hand at People don’t realize they have all sorts of mixed-media projects. inspiration and creativity wrapped up “Mixed-media” refers to the fact that inside of them. It can be hidden and a variety of materials and techniques somehow forgotten because of their are used that draw from different daily commitments to family and disciplines: paper arts, textile colwork. At a mixed-media art retreat, lage, painting, soldering, sculpting, new skills are discovered, techniques • metalwork, photography, millinery, are learned, and a space is created to • draw out the creativity and art from art dolls, bookbinding, and more. within. Kindness, encouragement, “From the moment one arrives • at the [retreat], you realize that you and smiles are given freely. New have entered a space where everyone friendships are forged. Awareness and speaks your creative language, where priorities change. Instead of jumping you are able to reconnect with your buddies or forge new friendships...and back onto life’s treadmill, and feeling bound by routine, people return home where your only requirement is to be yourself, have fun, and create,” says artfrom a retreat and incorporate what they have discovered into their lives. The ist Lesley Venable, a teacher at mixed-media retreat Art is...You. entire experience is empowering and can make you a happier person! Large-scale retreats are frequently held in a hotel and offer many workshop “I went by myself — a scaredy cat to be sure,” says Ann, who attended an options on a daily basis. Participants can attend one workshop or as many as Art is...You retreat. “I was blown away by the friendliness of everyone there. they like. Workshops are usually six hours long, so even if you can only parYou could just sit down at a table and enter a conversation with people you take in a day’s worth of them, you’ll be learning a ton and likely completing a didn’t know, yet somehow they felt like family. The energy in the workshop project. At Art is...You Mixed Media Retreats, mornings are a mix of powerful was crazy, alive, vibrant, and inspiring. You don’t have to be Picasso to enjoy messages and motivating moments. Luncheons are festive, and low-key, artyourself. It’s like a jump start for your heart, and out of that, your creativity based evenings round out each day. Smaller retreats like An Artful Journey, will flow.” Spellbound, and ViviMagoo offer a more focused selection of workshops in The personal rewards of engaging in an art retreat an intimate and unique space. will far outweigh the pile of dishes that may be waiting in the sink when you get home! Some workshops have extensive supply lists and others require very little.

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Engaging Fun

Most parents are always are looking for ways encourage their kids to have fun while also inspiring them to learn. Ubooly is an interactive toy with endless, educational entertainment. The customized toy teaches on topics like toothbrushing and learning a language, and it is available now at Toys “R” Us.

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December 3: Ossining’s Holiday Tree Lighting, Main Street and Spring Street, Ossining, (914)941-3189, Santa and his elves join the Village of Ossining at its annual tree lighting at Market Square. Enjoy the spirit of the season with Christmas carols and refreshments. 6:30pm. December 4: Light the Chanukah Lights, The Field Library, 4 Nelson Ave., Celebrate Hannukah with crafts, dreidels, and refreshments. Appropriate for all ages. 4:30pm. December 6: Parent Workshop: Transitioning from Nursery School to Kindergarten, Mamaroneck Community Nursery School, 501 Tompkins Ave., Mamaroneck, (914)381-2655, Laura Finkelson, Child Psychologist and former School Psychologist, comes to Mamaroneck Community Nursery School to talk with families who have children entering kindergarten next fall. 9:30am-11:30am.

December 8 - 14 December 13: Snow Ball: An Enchanting Night of Holiday Fun for Kids and Families, WeeZee World of “Yes I Can!,” 480 N. Bedford Road, Chappaqua, (914)752-2100, Holiday revelers of all ages are invited to this holiday party. Enjoy a kidfriendly dinner buffet, cookie decorating, edible dreidels, pictures with Santa, raffles and lots of prizes! 6-8pm. December 14: The Wright Stuff, Mamaroneck Library: 136 Prospect Avenue, Mamaroneck, (914)630-5875, As part of the Science Saturdays program at the library, learn more about how the Wright Brothers are perfect examples of true inventors and their work offers important concepts about what makes things fly! The fun begins when your junior inventors use odd materials to create a flying object and experiment with the Children Museum of Westchester’s fantastic wind. 2-3pm.

December 15 - 21 December 17: Holiday Doo Wop, Westchester Broadway Theatre, 1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford, (914)592-2222, www.broadwaytheatre. com. Adults, come down to enjoy great doo wop music, a holiday tradition at the theater featuring charlie Thomas’ Drifters and the all-star Doo Woop Group: Manhattan Skyline. 6:15pm. December 21: Decorate a Tree for Wildlife, Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd #1, Ossining, (914) 762-2912, Take part in the Teatown holiday tradition that celebrates nature’s gifts. 32 I parentguide News I December 2013

Decorate a tree with goodies for the birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Appropriate for all ages and families. Pre-registration required. 1-2:30pm.

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December 22: Dickens’s Christmas Carol, The Old Dutch Church, 430 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, (914)366-6900, Experience the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge like you never have before! Let master storyteller Jonathan Kruk, regale you with his adaptation of this Charles Dickens classic. After, enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and cookies at Philipsburg Manor. 3:30pm, 4:45pm, and 6pm. • 212-213-8840

December 22 and 23: Holiday Howl, Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem, Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Guests assemble “wolfy� gifts for Ambassador wolves Atka, Alawa and Zephyr and then enjoy watching the wolves tear them open! Pre-registration is required. 2pm and 11am respectively.

December 29 - 31

December 28 and 29: The Paper Bag Players Hiccup Help!, Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck, (914)698-0098, www.emelin. org. The Paper Bag Players have dug deep into their bag of favorites and pulled out Lost In The Mall, That’s Good, and A Perfect Picture. They then combine these classic numbers with a heaping helping of brand new antics. Appropriate for ages 2 and older. 11am and 1:30pm.

December 1-24: Greenwich Reindeer Festival and Santa’s Workshop, McArdles Florist and Garden Center, 48 Arch St., Greenwich, Connecticut, The annual celebration of St. Nick and his live reindeer is happening for the fifth year. Have your photo taken with Santa and visit the reindeer at this unique seasonal event. Times Vary.

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Tuesdays through Fridays in December: Farm Food Drive, Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center, 1271 Hanover St., Yorktown Heights, Head to the Main Office/Building C to help give back to those in the community in need. The farm donates produce throughout the season to soup kitchens and groups in need, and you can do your part by dropping off non-perishable canned and dried goods at the farm Tuesdays through Fridays. Through December 31. 10am-4pm.

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Crafts and games to keep your clan warm all month long. Reindeer Games

For an easy-to-make ornament that the whole family can enjoy creating, consider the Rudolph Ornament Craft courtesy of What You’ll Need: •½ sheet of light brown craft foam •2 glitter gold chenille sticks •2 medium wiggle eyes •1 red glitter pom pom •6-8 inches of ribbon •White craft glue or hot glue gun •Scissors What To Do: Cut two, tear-drop shapes from the craft foam for the head. To make the ears, cut a small oval, then cut it in half lengthwise. To make it easier for younger children, either draw the shapes onto the craft foam for them, or cut out the shapes yourself ahead of time. Bend each chenille stick in half, then bend and twist them again to form two antlers. Glue the ears toward the top of the round end of one of the tear drop shapes. Glue antlers to the top of the same oval shape. For the hanger, fold ribbon in half and glue the open ends together in between the two antlers. Glue the second oval shape to the back of the first oval to create the back of the reindeer’s head. This sandwiches the ears, antlers, and hanger, giving the ornament a finished look. Glue on wiggle eyes. Glue on red pom pom for nose. Allow to dry completely.

Healthy and Delicious

December 19 is Oatmeal Muffin Day! Enjoy the day with this recipe, courtesy of These treats taste good and are healthy for you! Ingredients: •2 eggs •2/3 c. brown sugar •½ c. vegetable oil •½ c. milk •1 c. all-purpose flour •¾ c. instant oatmeal •1 tsp. baking powder •½ tsp. baking soda •A pinch salt Directions: Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 muffin cups. Whisk together eggs, brown sugar, vegetable oil, and milk in a bowl until smooth. Form the batter by stirring flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into wet ingredients. Fill the prepared muffin cups with batter. Bake until tops are golden brown and an inserted toothpick comes out clean. This should take about 20 minutes.

Customized Cards

Spark up a little fun this holiday season with personalized products from Spark and Spark. With a wide assortment of themes available and a philosophy of “embracing life’s moments,” Spark and Spark’s impressive cards make those memorable holiday moments that much more magnificent! Visit Spark and Spark at to see all the company’s wonderful items.

Best Brownies

Celebrate National Brownie Day on December 8 by whipping up a batch of chocolate treats with this recipe from Ingredients for the brownies: •½ c. butter •1 c. white sugar •2 eggs •1 tsp. vanilla extract •1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder •½ c. all-purpose flour •¼

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tsp. salt • ¼ tsp. baking powder Ingredients for the frosting: •3 Tbs. butter, softened •3 Tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder •1 Tbs. honey •1 tsp.vanilla extract •1 c. confectioners’ sugar. Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour an 8-inch-square pan. In a large saucepan, melt ½ c. butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, eggs, and 1 tsp. vanilla extract. Beat in 1/3 c. cocoa, ½ c. flour, salt, and baking powder. Spread batter into prepared pan. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. Do not overcook. Make the frosting by combining 3 Tbs. butter, 3 Tbs. cocoa, 1 Tbs. honey, 1 tsp. vanilla, and 1 c. confectioners’ sugar. Frost brownies while they are still warm for a yummy treat.

Celebration Time

Whether your family will be enjoying the festivities in public or from the comfort of home, there’s no better way to ring in the new year and celebrate the one you’re leaving behind than with these homemade, noisemaker shakers from What You’ll Need: •Ribbon spool •Pencil •Masking tape •Dried peas or beans •Acrylic paint •Colorful stickers. Directions: For each one, first see if the holes in the sides of your ribbon spool are covered by the ribbon’s labels. If so, use a pencil to poke through the label over one of the holes; if not, cover one hole with masking tape. Next, pour a handful of dried peas or beans into the spool through the open hole; then seal the hole with tape. Finally, coat the shaker with acrylic paint, let it dry, and decorate it with colorful stickers.

Serene Winter Scene

Nothing will look better as the centerpiece for your holiday decorations than this homemade Winter Village Scene craft courtesy of www.activityvillage. What You’ll Need: •Small cardboard boxes •Brown paint •Black card •Silver card •Cotton wool •Silver glitter •Twigs •Sticky tack •Large sheet of card for the base •White glue Directions: Paint your cardboard boxes brown, and leave them to dry. Cut out some rectangles of black card the length of each box, fold them in half and stick to the top of the boxes to form roofs. Cut out some windows and doors from black card and glue these to your buildings. Put your buildings on your large sheet of card. Add to it a frozen pond cut from silver card, some paths cut from black card, and some twigs stuck upright in sticky tack as trees. When you are happy with the way it looks, glue everything down. Cover the rest of the card with glue and adhere to the cotton wool snow. Add dribbles of glue along the roofs and trees and cover with glitter to create frost. Jesse Berberich is the editorial intern.


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