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Inside Kids! It’s Party time! Celebrating little ones: the first 5 birthday parties........................6A Cool new products for the wee ones..................................8A Banking on the future of umbilical stem cells...............................10A Circumcision no longer a clear-cut decision for parents................ 12A Dealing with divorce: Keep separation separate from children..........................13A Endpaper: Speaking of Kids...32A

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his winner might have to get returned to the Island of Misfit Toys — that’s a Benjamin in the Box, not a Jack in the Box! Later on in the day when his Nona, Jill, puts her 9-month-old grandson in the laundry basket and puts a scarf through the handle, Benjamin gets to go on a whirlwind adventure through the house. Luckily Benjamin lives in the same town as Jill and Vince, his grandparents, so he’s not too far away to spend two days a week with them in Bedford. While he loves playing with his grandparents, he also enjoys going to music class with Nona. In addition, Grandpa plays the trumpet and Benjamin loves listening to the legends like Cole Porter and musicals like “Chicago” and “The Producers.” He’s also a natural in public, a “café baby,” according to Nona. “He loves to go out to restaurants,” she said. “He loves people and he loves to look around. And he’s always smiling and laughing.” One of the biggest smiles of the day comes when his parents pick him up after a long, fun day with his grandparents. “He loves his mommy and daddy,” Nona said.

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homas loves Thomas… the tank engine! It’s a perfect match for this 17-month-old, who gets to follow Thomas & Friends on all his adventures on the Island of Sodor. “It’s like his favorite thing,” mom Samantha said. You can even see his buddy in the background of this winning snapshot, which Mom loved so much. “He was probably eating a banana or Cheerios when this was taken and watching ‘Thomas & Friends,’” she said. “And giving a big smile.” Thomas (the boy) is all about smiling, being friendly, and watch out, everyone… flirting. When he’s not watching “choo choos,” Thomas loves his pets. He has two dogs and a cat, whom he chases around saying, “Meow! Meow!” Not only is Thomas a really useful engine, he’s a real cool cat.

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t the Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey, Harrison Rosenbloom of Pound Ridge is loving the carousel. “He gets excited for new things,” mom Stephanie said. “I think that was going on in this picture.” Harrison, 3 1/2 years old, also loved the animals at the zoo. He’s thinking of having his birthday party at the Norwalk Aquarium, or maybe even a local farm. Harrison recently started taking swimming lessons and ice skating lessons. “At first there was a little trepidation in the pool, but he was doing that weekly and got comfortable,” Mom said. “Then he started taking the ice skating and he told me that the ice is very slippery.” When he grows up, Harrison wants to be a fireman. He has already started preparing for the job, wearing his fireman costume almost every day. “He’s very outgoing,” mom Stephanie said. “He smiles all the time.”


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Book Babies

When to start? What to read? By LAURIE SULLIVAN

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othing creates the warmth and closeness like reading to your child after he or she has had their bath, cuddling together before bedtime. I remember those wonderful nights reading “Goodnight Moon” to my children when they were just months old, the soothing words sometimes lulling them to sleep. It was only one of many, many dozens of books I read to them over the course of their babyhood, prenursery and nursery school years and beyond. A book every night before bedtime — sometimes two or three — was the rule in our house. My son was a rapt listener who often wanted to hear the same books over and over. He especially liked Dr. Seuss’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” In fact he wanted to hear it year-round ad nauseum. Somehow reading The Grinch in the July heat was definitely out of sync with the seasons. The other Seuss books held great appeal too; their rhyming words and whimsical drawings could draw in any child under its

spell — or adult for that matter. Some of those rhyming phrases, especially those of “Green Eggs and Ham” were so easy to remember, I must admit I had them memorized myself from reading it to my nieces and later on to my own kids. Children definitely learn by example by seeing their parents read. When my son was 2, we found him in a club chair in the living room, his little legs crossed, with a paperback novel of ours opened upside down, pretending to read! I bought my kids tons of books, letting them pick some out when they were a bit older. My daughter loved listening to books and loved to make up stories with me, which we continued night after night. My kids went to story time at the local library and picked out books to borrow. My son liked a popular book series based on a children’s TV cartoon series, which I particularly disliked. I mentioned that to the librarian. She said the most important thing was that he wanted to read and be read to and not to worry which books he picked. He was motivated and that was all that mattered. Instilling the love of books and the love Continued on page 18A

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Home safe home

Childproofing ABC’s from infancy onward By JACKIE LUPO

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abies are curious. They’re ingenious. Some would say, they’re downright devious. At least that was the case when our 15-month-old son decided to study the “childproof” latches we had installed on all our kitchen cabinets 25 years ago. It took him about five minutes of watching us, then fiddling around with his smart little fingers, to defeat each one of the cabinet latches we had so painstakingly installed. And yes, he laughed as he did each one. Great game! The world can be an exciting but dangerous place for folks who are under 3 feet tall. Get down to a crawler or a toddler’s level and you’ll see what we mean. Cabinets are full of poisonous substances. Coffee tables have sharp corners at just the right height to bump a baby’s forehead. Walls have potentially shockinducing electrical outlets every 8 feet apart or so, and some of them have cords just begging to be pulled out, chewed on or tripped over. The steps are irresistible to babies from the time they can crawl. Here are some tips for making your home safer for your kids, from babyhood onward. Climbing dangers “Supervision is the first line of defense,” said John Trainor, owner of All Star Baby Safety, a firm that provides childproofing services throughout the New York metro area. “We should always supervise our children, but it’s not always possible.” Trainor said one of the most fearsome issues is furniture tipping. And the problem is not limited to a massive bookcase you might have in the family room or a tall chest of drawers in the master bedroom. Any piece of furniture with shelves or drawers that can pull out can easily become a ladder for kids to climb on, to get to the TV or to a toy somebody has put up on a shelf. And, said Trainor, “A piece of furniture with all the drawers extended forward can kill the child as well,” since it can tip forward even if the child does not try to climb on it. Today, ASTM (formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials) standards require that dressers have a furniture strap, which is used to secure a tippable piece of furniture to a wall stud. Trainor said the standard is applicable to any piece of furniture that can potentially dip when 50 pounds or more of force is applied to the front of the dresser with all drawers extended. This standard applies to both adult and juvenile furniture. It’s especially important to strap recently built dressers to the wall, because their drawers aren’t just inserted into wood

frames like old-style drawers; they have roller bearing tracks that make them very easy for a child to pull out all at one time. But any items that can potentially tip or be climbed on should be strapped. For older furniture, wall straps can be found in hardware or children’s furniture stores. Remember that kids can also make ladders out of lower cabinet drawers. Even if those drawers don’t contain anything hazardous, put latches on them, because an ambitious climber can pull them out and use them to climb up onto a counter. Don’t sit toddlers on the kitchen counter for any reason; doing so tells a child that it’s OK to be up on the counter, and he or she may try to get up there when you’re not around. Flat screen TVs should be secured to the wall. Period. Especially hazardous are

low TV cabinets with a flat-screen TV on an unsecured stand. Baby furniture safety The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends buying a crib that meets all current federal safety specifications. This includes no drop-down side rails, which were allowed to be included on cribs made before June 2011 (although many manufacturers voluntarily adopted the new standard banning drop-sided cribs a year earlier). According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over the nine-year period before the new regulations, there were 32 fatalities related to drop-side cribs. Many accidents with cribs were caused by hardware that did not function properly, resulting in entrapment, strangulation or suffoca-

tion. Hundreds more crib-related injuries were reported to the CPSC. Other important safety features for a crib include slats that are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart. Wider spaced slats could allow an infant’s torso to fall through, but could trap the child’s head. Exercise extreme caution when considering a used crib made before 2011. Old baby furniture may also have splinters, lead paint, decorative cutouts that could entrap a baby’s head, and missing, defective, improperly installed or nonstandard, replacement hardware. For more information about crib safety, visit the website of the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov. The website contains lots of helpful information on furniture safety, including a list of all cribs that have had safety recalls. The CPSC states, “Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell a recalled product.” A newborn should sleep on his or her back in a crib with tightly fitted sheets, says the AAP. Don’t put any bumpers, pillows, quilts, blankets, sheepskins or stuffed animals in the crib; these could all present suffocation hazards to infants, and a collection of stuffed animals could give a toddler just the lift she needs to climb over the railing. Playpens are a great place to keep a baby in the middle of the action while preventing him from roaming and getting in trouble. But the CPSC said that between November 2007 and December 2011, they received reports of more than 2,100 incidents involving play yards, including 60 fatalities and 170 injuries. New federal safety standards for play yards were approved last June. The standards require that a playpen has to pass a stability test that shows it cannot tip over; it must have latch and lock mechanisms that prevent the playpen from folding on a child inside it; the floor of the playpen must be strong enough to remain rigid so that the child doesn’t get trapped by the floor; it must have minimum side height requirements to prevent a child from climbing out on their own, and if the play yard’s top rails fold downward, they must not use a hinge that forms a “V” or diamond shape when folded, because of the danger of head or neck entrapment. The changing table should be set up against a wall, not a window. The AAP recommends putting shelving in an adult’s (not baby’s) reach of the changing table to hold diapers, wipes and other essentials, so you don’t have to step away for even a second. Avoid using an oldstyle changing table with open shelving underneath, as these can tempt climbers and can topple over onto a toddler. Dispose of diapers in a container which can’t be opened by a child. And speaking disposal of hazardous waste: don’t put continued on the next page


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the cat litter box in a place that is easily accessible to a child, or invest in a child (and dog)-proof cat litter box. Don’t overlook hazards presented by adult furniture and household appliances. Install cushioned edge guards or corner guards on coffee tables and end tables, and on the edges of a raised hearth. Install toilet locks to keep the covers of toilets down when not in use. If your stove has knobs in the front, install knob covers to prevent the knobs from being turned by toddlers. Install a stove safety guard across the front of a rangetop to keep taller little ones from reaching open flames and hot pots. A range of other appliance locks is also available to keep kids from opening refrigerators, freezers, oven doors and washer-dryers. Electrical hazards Covering electrical outlets is essential to prevent little hands from poking at outlets or sticking other items into them. Old-style, single plastic outlet covers may themselves pose a hazard. Some of them are small enough for a child to choke on if somebody removes one and leaves it lying around where a child can find it. Some of them may loosen up over time. A better choice is to replace the entire outlet wall plate with a babyproof one that has a sliding cover over the outlet itself. There are also hinged, boxlike outlet covers that accommodate multiple items plugged into one plate.

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Don’t forget about the hazards of electrical cords, power strips and surge suppressors. Many people put these on the floor around computer or audiovisual equipment, then forget about them. These items are hazardous in many ways — a hanging cord can be pulled on and result in a piece of equipment falling on a child’s head. Power strips are just as hazardous as uncovered electrical outlets, and should be encased in a power strip cover (a hinged box that encloses the entire power strip and all the plugs attached to it, letting the cords snake out of an opening at the end). Cord “messes” that exist around clusters of equipment should be gathered into bundles in a tubelike organizer or a plastic strip that adheres to the baseboard. Bottom line: don’t plug anything into an outlet that’s accessible to a toddler. Baby monitors can be hazardous if they are placed too close to a baby’s crib. The CPSC released a warning in July that baby monitor cords presented a strangulation hazard if the monitor is placed less than 3 feet away from any part of the crib. Since 2002, the CPSC reports, seven children have died after being strangled in baby monitor cords that they were able to reach, and three children nearly strangled. The victims were between 6 and 20 months old. If you have uncarpeted floors or stairs, don’t let little ones run around the house in stockinged feet. Wood floors can be

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It’s Party time!

Celebrating little ones: the first 5 birthday parties By MARY LEGRAND

one to dress up like a cartoon character must consider whether their child or the young guests will be frightened by this gigantic stranger dressed in an unusual outfit. Instead, “you can find a large blowup cartoon character, which would be less expensive, and if your child is afraid you can move it to another area,” Vazquez suggested. The main point of a birthday boy and girl’s party is for the child to have a good time, Vazquez said. Making up the guest list is a first step, and parents should decide whether to keep it limited to children of the same age range. “This is important because if you want older kids to participate, you must have something for them to do as well,” she said. “For instance, if you are considering having a piñata, you can have two. That way you won’t have the older kids overpowering the smaller ones who are trying to get some of the goodies.” Another age-old guest list dilemma begins in preschool: does the whole class get invited? “For preschoolers, the size of the guest list is pretty much guided by personal preference and common sense (more than a couple of kids are probably too many for a 2-year-old’s party),” advises online resource whattoexpect.com. “But once your child hits preschool, there are a whole lot more kids to consider.” Whattoexpect.com suggests “this tried and true formula: Invite the same number

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o matter a person’s age — from 1 to 101 — birthday parties are among the highlights of life. For some parents, though, holding birthday parties for the youngest family members can be superstressful in terms of the planning and follow-through. Luckily, there are some helpful tips available, both from party professionals and online resources, that can make the big day go much more easily. Jacqueline Vazquez, of Lifetime Events by Jacqueline, offers a number of ideas, noting first off that it’s good to keep in mind that even a small child’s birthday party shares basic similarities with other events. Every party benefits from a theme, she said, and after the theme is determined, the color scheme, menu and activities should quickly follow suit. “One of my favorite websites that I tell clients to look at for inspiration is pizzazzerie.com,” Vazquez said. “A vintage theme for young girls has surfaced in the last year. Basically, there are more ideas to plan a party than just the regularly used princess themes, Blues Clues or even superheroes. Think outside the box.” Vazquez has another important piece of advice: “Whether the birthday party is a small gathering or a large reception event, always keep one thing in mind — do not overwhelm the child.” Parents who might want to hire some-

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of kids as your child’s age. On the other hand, if your birthday boy loves a crowd or has a slew of close cousins, by all means expand the guest list. Feel bad about leaving half the class out? If it’s allowed, consider bringing cupcakes or decorated muffins to school for an all-access birthday celebration.” For the youngest partygoers — ages 1-5 — Vasquez suggests holding events with bright, thematic colors that attract their attention. For these preschoolers, “you can also have an area with a few toys they can easily access and play with,” she said. “For the 4- and 5-year-olds, I would involve more intriguing games, games in which they can play sleuths, solve puzzles or put together items.” Any party’s “big attraction is the table with all of the goodies, from the cakes, cupcakes, favors, balloons, etc.,” Vazquez said. It goes without saying that refreshments are a major part of all events, and little ones’s birthday bashes are no different. Always keep in mind that adults may not want to eat children’s food — and vice versa — so try and round out the offerings to make them age-appropriate. Instead of a cake to accompany lighting the candles and singing the birthday song, “cupcakes have been the popular dessert to incorporate in all events, and for this age group they are perfect because they’re easier for kids to hold and eat,” Vazquez said. Vazquez has planned elaborate chil-

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dren’s birthday parties that featured photographers, videographers, pet and magic shows, and the aforementioned cartoon characters. DJ’s are not typically hired for preschoolers’ birthday events, she said, but to get a smaller party started, parents might consider using an iPod loaded with children’s songs that’s connected to a sound system. “Four- or 5-year-olds who watch Disney shows like to hear Disney songs,” she said, and when kids hear music broadcast at a party they’ll often get off their feet and start dancing. After all, the whole point of children’s birthday parties is to have tons of fun and get lots of photo ops to cherish for decades to come. Parents need to take deep breaths before wading into the planning. The website whattoexpect.com offers some basic toddler party do’s and don’ts that should go a long way to easing parental birthday bash angst. “Keep it short” is first on the list, followed by “do get your tot’s input,” “don’t leave parents guessing” on the who, what and where of the party, “do plan age-appropriate activities,” “don’t feel you have to entertain the adults” and “do say yes to help. Even Superman had Lois Lane.” Not surprisingly, Vazquez agrees wholeheartedly, saying that one of the most rewarding parts of her career is carrying out parents’ plans for their child’s birthday party “so they can enjoy the day as well.”

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Cool new products for the wee ones By TRACI DUTTON LUDWIG

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he market for babies and kids is so ripe with options; sometimes it’s hard to sort out the choices. Given enough room for subjectivity, the best product is often the one that satisfies the child’s needs, makes the parents’ lives easier and gives everyone a good dose of fun. Because the busyness of parenting is indisputable, we did the work for you and compiled a list of cool finds. Some products are tried-and-true classics, while other products are totally new, coming from West Coast mommy-startups fueled by passion, intuition and many sleepless nights.

For rainy days Kiwi Crate, by Kiwi Crate At least three arts-and-crafts projects, complete with all materials and simple directions — wrapped up, tied with a bow and delivered to your doorstep in a cute green box. That’s what Kiwi Crate is all about. With projects geared for kids 3-7, there’s nothing better — and easier — for stimulating imagination and having handson fun. Kiwi Crates are available as single shipments for $19.95 per month or as an annual subscription for $220. Crates inspire various interests through kid-friendly themes such as pirates, growing gardens, dinosaurs and wind power. The pirate-themed crate, for example, contained all the supplies needed for an eye

patch kit, a parrot puppet kit, a paper pirate hat, blank pirate maps with X-marksthe-spot stickers, pirate flags and a small wooden treasure chest. For a nominal upcharge, you can double the contents of your crate — perfect for siblings, playdates and no-argument crafting. For sweet dreams Cloud pillow, through Land of Nod Sometimes it’s not so bad to have your head in the clouds. For daydreams or nap times, the cloud pillow, available through Land of Nod, is sweet and whimsical. Kids and parents can’t resist the cloud’s wide grin and rosy cheeks. Measuring 13 inches wide by 18 inches high, the cloud pillow is small enough for tiny heads, but large enough to make a big visual impact. The Allison Cole design boasts a 100 percent cotton cover, with an allergy-free polyester filling. Cole, a printmaker and illustrator in Providence, R.I., devotes her days to independent work that makes people smile, so you can feel good about supporting the arts through the purchase of her pillow. And — as a bonus — with such a cutie pie calling for sweet dreams, your children might actually begin to relish the hour of bedtime. For safety Secure View Baby Monitoring System, by Samsung Technology has revolutionized the world — including baby monitoring. Long gone

are the days of piqued ears and handheld audio devices. Now, a host of audio/video monitors enables a constant gateway of communication, even when parent and child are not in the same house. The Samsung Secure View Baby Monitoring Device offers a 3.5-inch color video display, the ability to synchronize with up to four cameras, and a two-way talk feature that feeds your voice into your baby’s room. Secure View technology allows parents, friends and family to view live video on a private, secure channel accessible via Skype or MSN. A micro SD card slot enables videos to be recorded or shared with ease. Digital capabilities eliminate interference from nearby devices and ensure that audio and video signals remain secure. Other features include digital zoom, vibration alerts, a remote activated nightlight, a feeding schedule alarm and a night vision feature to see baby in the dark. For independence Learning Tower, by Little Partners Inc. Two things are true — children like to help with everyday tasks, and they love to do things on their own. Little Partners’s Learning Tower is the perfect home accessory to facilitate both needs. Better than a stool or a stepladder, the Learning Tower combines safety and independence. Children can climb into the open framework of Continued on the next page

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For on the go Travelmate, by GoGo Kidz Air travel can be a headache, especially with little ones and car seats in tow. Travelmate is a convenient, safe attachment for a variety of convertible toddler car seats. Parents love it because it makes maneuvering through airports much easier. Instead of carrying your car seat and holding your child’s hand, or lugging around a car seat and an umbrella stroller, the Travelmate allows you to wheel your child through the airport in the familiar comfort of his or her car seat. Weighing in at just 5 pounds, the Travelmate boasts 5-inch razor wheels and a telescopic handle. A new quick-release function provides extra clearance for airplane storage bins and the smaller X-ray machines at airport security checkpoints.

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Banking on the future of umbilical stem cells By JACKIE LUPO

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few years ago we wrote about the potentially life-saving benefits of banking your baby’s cord blood stem cells for possible future therapeutic use. Since that time, researchers have found another source for umbilical cord stem cells: from the blood in the placenta itself. Stem cell therapies have become widely used over the past two decades. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “More than 5500 unrelateddonor cord blood stem cell transplants for a variety of pediatric genetic, hematologic, immunologic, metabolic, and oncologic disorders have been performed to date. The one-year survival may be as high as 75 percent to 90 percent after sibling HLA-matched cord blood donor stem cell transplantation and 40 percent to 80 percent after unrelated cord blood stem cell transplantation.” It was known that each cord blood donation yielded a limited amount of stem cells. Then, in a study conducted by Children’s Hospital & Research Center in Oakland and published in the July 2009 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, researchers harvested fullterm placentas from healthy women who were undergoing elective cesarean sections. They found there were also umbilical stem cells in the placental blood that were viable and could be extracted. Why bank your baby’s stem cells? The therapeutic uses of stem cells are still being discovered. Stem cells start out as “blank” cells that can be turned into any type of cell, such as muscle, brain or blood. A well-known use of stem cells is the practice of bone marrow transplantation to treat blood diseases such as leukemia. Bone marrow contains stem cells, but the process of transplantation is invasive and the availability of donors is limited. So when the potential for using stem cells harvested from umbilical cords was discovered, there was great excitement in the medical community. Cord blood stem cells could be harvest-

ed and frozen at facilities specializing in separating the stem cells from the plasma and preserving them in cryobanks indefinitely. Private stem cell banks began to market their services on the grounds that if a baby needed stem cell therapy at a future date, stem cells that were a perfect match would be available. But there are problems. Once a person reaches 65 pounds, the amount of stem cells available from an umbilical cord may be too small to treat that patient. Add stem cells from the placenta to the equation and the number of available stem cells can double, and the lifesaving potential of this larger amount of cells means that they can benefit a larger person. To date, most private facilities that can preserve umbilical cord blood stem cells are not equipped to also preserve the stem cells from the placenta. But that number is growing, because banking stem cells from both the cord and the placenta can double the yield of stem cells. Private cryobanks can charge parents fees ranging into the thousands of dollars for the collection and storage of umbilical stem cells. In 1991, the first unrelated cord blood-banking program was established at the New York Blood Center, and it was followed by other public cord blood banking programs around the world that

collected the blood, typed it, screened it for possible infection and stored it cryogenically for future transplantation into related or unrelated recipients. Programs have been funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, the American Red Cross, the National Marrow Donor Program and academic programs based in not-for-profit organizations, and there is a National Institutes of Health program for sibling donor collection that is directed specifically at families where a first-degree relative has been diagnosed with a disease that is treatable with cord blood. In this program, the families own the cord blood and it is shipped to a transplant center to await the possible medical decision to transplant the stem cells into the ailing sibling. The medical establishment tends to look askance at commercial cord blood banking companies who market their services with claims that cord and placental stem cells can be used to treat diseases in the person whose umbilical cord and placenta were the source of the stem cells. There is considerable controversy about these claims. A position paper on the subject published in the journal Pediatrics of the American Academy of Pediatrics stated, “Families may be vulnerable to the emotional effects of marketing for cord

blood banking at the time of birth of a child and may look to their physicians for advice. No accurate estimates exist of the likelihood of children to need their own stored cord blood stem cells in the future. The range of available estimates is from 1 to 1,000 to more than 1 in 200,000.” In addition, research indicates that some of the conditions that could be treated by cord blood stem cells might already have been present in the person’s stem cells when they were born. The AAP states, “There is also no evidence of the safety or effectiveness of autologous [same person] cord blood stem cell transplantation for the treatment of malignant neoplasms. Indeed, there is evidence demonstrating the presence of DNA mutations in cord blood obtained from children who subsequently develop leukemia. Thus, an autologous cord blood transplantation might even be contraindicated in the treatment of a child who develops leukemia.” But cord blood stem cells are sometimes a satisfactory match for other family members, especially full siblings (some research indicates there is about a 25 percent chance that a sibling donation will match). Cord blood stem cells have also been used successfully in treating unrelated individuals. Stem cell transplants can be a lifesaver for a child suffering from a blood disease if his parents have another baby whose stem cells are a match for the ailing sibling. Banking stem cells from a new baby is not a guarantee that those cells will be an exact genetic match for a sibling. It has been shown, however, that umbilical and placental stem cells from a sibling are up to twice as likely to be compatible as stem cells from a sibling’s bone marrow. In addition, the number of public cord and placental stem cell banks is increasing as more people become aware of the potential value to society of donating their newborn’s umbilical cord and placental blood. As the use of these stem cells grow, so has the recognition that there must be a reliable process for reporting of any donor who subsequently continued on the next page

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develops a disease. Despite these caveats, the use of stem cells from the cord and placenta is growing. According to the Parents Guide to Cord Blood Foundation, there are a number of diseases for which transplants of blood-forming stem cells are considered standard treatment. In some cases, they are the only treatment, and in others they are used when other treatments have failed. According to information from the foundation, for certain diseases, “Almost all standard therapies are allogenic, where the patient must find a matching donor.” These include many types of leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndromes (sometimes called “pre-leukemia”), some anemias (deficiencies or malformations of red blood cells), such as aplastic anemia and Fanconi anemia (in fact, the first cord blood transplant, in 1988, was for this disease, which is an inherited blood disorder), some bone marrow cancers, and some inherited red cell abnormalities, such as sickle cell disease. Stem cells are also considered standard therapy for some inherited immune or metabolic disorders and some solid tumors not originating in the blood or immune system, such as neuroblastoma. The term “standard therapy” is important because health insurance is more likely to cover standard therapies than those that are still in the stage of clinical trials or in the experimental stage (for a list of diseases in the “standard,” “clini-

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Circumcision no longer a clear-cut decision for parents

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hoosing your baby’s name, selecting the décor for the nursery, figuring out whether to use bottles or breastfeed — the decisions facing soon-to-be or new parents abound. But perhaps an overlooked decision for parents of bouncing little boys is whether or not to have your son circumcised. For many parents, the choice is a simple one, because it is based on the family’s cultural or religious beliefs. But for others, the decision to circumcise or not isn’t as clearcut. Circumcision is the surgical removal of the hood of skin, commonly referred to as the foreskin, covering the tip of the penis. Although the practice has been prevalent in some cultures and religions for thousands of years — there are records of Egyptians circumcising newborn males as far back as 2400 B.C., for instance, and those of the Jewish faith have performed circumcision, or bris, on 8-day-old boys for at least 3,000 years based on their belief that God commanded Abraham to circumcise his son — there is a growing number of critics who view the practice as medically unnecessary at best, and outright genital mutilation, at worst. After completing a comprehensive review of available scientific evidence last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics “found the

health benefits of newborn male circumcision outweigh the risks, but the benefits are not great enough to recommend universal newborn circumcision.” Instead, the AAP urges parents to consult their pediatricians about the pros and cons of circumcision, then make their own choice based on that information as well as in the context of their religious, ethical and cultural beliefs. Local experts generally agree. “The choice is completely up to the parents,” said Dr. Robert Rosenberg, who serves as director of pediatrics at White Plains Hospital as well as in private practice at Hartsdale Pediatrics. “I educate parents about the benefits of circumcision, but still the general rule is to follow cultural and religious norms.” Dr. Pete Richel, chief of pediatrics at Northern Westchester Hospital, said he discusses the pros and cons with expectant parents, but makes it clear that the decision is theirs. “I don’t recommend either way,” Richel said. “I simply present the data and allow them to make the choice. I do reassure them that I am not overly concerned with risk, and that the potential benefits outweigh the risks.” So what are the risks and benefits? “The risks are pain, infection, excessive blood loss and inadequate removal of foreskin,” Richel explained. “Addressing these risks, I will tell you that, yes, the infants do feel this pain. However, it is very fast, and we prophylax with acetaminophen analgesia in our nursery setting. I have never seen a circumcision infection, although it has been

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reported. Blood loss is rare, and should only happen with significance if there is a blood dyscrasia, which is rare, such as hemophilia that was formerly unknown. Finally, if there is redundant foreskin, meaning not enough was removed, then the baby has to undergo re-circumcision with a pediatric urologist, with anesthesia in later months. This happens, but it is also quite uncommon, in that most obstetricians do this well, as do the mohels in the Jewish bris ceremony. Those who perform the circumcision must be adequately trained, of course.” Richel agrees with the findings of the AAP in terms of the pros of circumcising, especially for the long-term health of the male. “The benefits of circumcision include prevention of urinary tract infection, less acquisition of HIV, less transmission of sexually transmitted infections and less penile cancer,” Richel said. “These are very important and should be relayed to the parents.” Rosenberg, while stressing that he doesn’t try to sway parents either way on the decision, said he presents parents with a similar picture of the pros and cons. “Circumcision is one of the most common procedures performed in the United States,” Rosenberg said. “Circumcised infants have a lower rate of urinary tract infections, penile cancer and acquisition of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. There are also risks from the procedure, although they are rare. From a doctor, parents want to know if the procedure is medically beneficial and safe. There

are benefits and it is very safe. But, it is currently not the policy of most pediatricians to strongly recommend circumcision.” Rates of hospital circumcision in the U.S. have dropped from a high of about 79 percent in the 1970s to 55 percent in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of the factors in that drop-off include shifts in the demographics of the country, as well as the fact that Medicaid halted paying for the surgery in 18 states, and because it is an elective procedure, some insurance companies also have stopped covering it. In terms of demographics, the surge in the Latino population in this country has played a part, according to recent studies, since Latin American immigrants generally choose not to circumcise their baby boys. Critics of circumcision, including organized national groups such as InTact America, attribute the decline in the rates of circumcision to their success in getting more and more American parents to consider the moral and ethical issues about the procedure. “Circumcision is a painful, risky, unethical surgery that deprives over a million boys each year of healthy, functional tissue, while wasting health care dollars that could be spent on medically necessary services,” says a section of InTact America’s website that outlines the top 10 reasons not to circumcise. continued on page 22A

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Dealing with divorce

Keep separation separate from children By MARY LEGRAND

times things happen with grownups that are very hard for children to understand,” Karp said, suggesting an explanation such as, “We’re still your mommy and daddy, we still love you, and this will be easier for you to understand when you get older.” Keeping difficult messages positive and not emphasizing that Mom and Dad have fallen out of love is key, because telling little ones their parents don’t love each other “taps into children’s abandonment fantasies, letting them interpret it as, ‘Maybe you’ll stop loving me, too,’” Karp said. “Divorce is very, very hard on children — obviously, this is why parents shouldn’t get divorced, if at all possible — but these points will definitely help,” she said, adding that she’s referring to couples whose situations don’t include abuse, addiction and other extremely serious marriage deal-breakers. Navigating the post-separation or divorce child custody world can be tough. “What really becomes the most difficult thing may be that the other person is less than good — the other parent may be neglectful or even have a new spouse who is horrible,” Karp said. “You only

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tween the parents, “whether it’s finances or affairs,” Karp said. “The child should be told that his or her parents have made the decision not to live in the same house any longer. The second sentence should be that the child had nothing to do with this, because little kids are always going to assume it’s their fault — if they hadn’t been crying yesterday or left all their toys on the floor, this wouldn’t have happened.”

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slippery. Consider putting a runner or nonslip treads on the steps. The AAP advises parents to think about the potential hazards of anything you put in the trash, such as discarded batteries, spoiled food, old razor blades, etc. If you have a roll-out trash receptacle as part of your kitchen cabinets, install a childproof latch. Safe gates Gates can keep kids away from hazards such as stairs and fireplaces, but they can be hazards themselves if they’re not properly installed or are installed in the wrong place for the particular type of gate. An enclosure around a fireplace, stove or space heater should be secured to the wall and should have a walk-through gate with a latch above the child’s reach, to allow adults access to the fire or heater. Gates should be placed at both the top and bottom of stairs. Avoid accordionstyle gates that can entrap a child’s head or neck, or pinch little fingers. NEVER put pressure-mounted gates at the top of a stairway. A gate for the top of the stairway must be screwed to the wall. Near the bottom of stairways, an improperly installed pressure gate can collapse under the force of a running child. Also, avoid using gates that have a bottom threshold that you could trip over, especially when holding a child. Choose gates with

a mechanism that an adult can operate one-handed. If you have a stairway with a wall on one side and a newel post on the other side, or newel posts on both sides, not all standard screw-in safety gates will work. Take a picture of the top and bottom of the stairway with you when you shop, and ask the shopkeeper if the gate you’re considering is suitable. Window and railing hazards Don’t put furniture that a child can climb on in front of a window. When possible, open windows from the top. Window screens do not provide a barrier to falls. Window wedges can prevent a window from being opened more than a few inches. In situations where windows must be opened from the bottom, steel window guards should be permanently installed. Choose the kind that can be opened by an adult in case of an emergency. The cords on window shades, blinds, and curtains with traverse rods can all present a strangulation hazard. Some of the new models of shades and blinds have a new, cordless mechanism. If you are stuck with a window treatment with hanging cords, install a tie-down device (a double-pronged hook, available at any hardware store) near the top of the window frame, and be sure that when the blind is pulled up, the cord is always wrapped securely around that hook. Stair and deck rails installed more than a few years ago can allow a child to fall through or for the child’s torso to pass

through, entrapping the head and causing strangulation. Mesh netting is available to fit most balconies and railings. These products are also excellent for households with small pets. Off limits Before your child begins crawling and cruising, it’s time to get all those toxic cleaning substances, medications and personal care products out of the bottom cabinets and up high where kids can’t reach them. There are hundreds of different drawer and cabinet latches on the market, and it can be hard to tell which ones will work on which cabinets. Trainor said, “When we do cabinet locks, there are four or five different types we carry on our trucks and some homes will use four or five different types.” He noted that when a homeowner chooses them from a store, “The locks might not work on all their cabinets. It’s a hit or miss situation.” He said his company’s installers are experienced with these items. “It’s a specialized industry,” he said. “You don’t want somebody ruining your cabinets.” Doorknob covers can keep little ones from entering a room that is just too hazardous. Be sure that if you install one, it can be easily operated by an adult in case of an emergency. Consider installing a sliding latch toward the top of the door frame of a cellar door to prevent kids from visiting an unfinished basement unattended. If you have interior doors that lock from inside the room (the case with many

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bathroom and bedroom doors), a child could enter the room alone and accidentally lock himself in. Be sure you have an emergency “key” stashed on top of the outside door frame of each room with such a lock. These emergency keys are a universal item that can be used from the outside of the doorknob mechanism to “pop” the lock open. Some items should be kept strictly offlimits to children. Medicines should be kept in a securely locked container out of the reach of children — consider using a combination lockbox available in office supply stores. Firearms should be kept unloaded and locked away in a secure location out of reach of anyone except adults. A reminder No matter how diligent you are in your own home, you can’t personally childproof every place you visit (with the possible exception of Grandma’s house). Kids should be supervised at all times when in a nonchildproof environment, including houses, stores or hotel rooms (and speaking of travel — beware of souvenirs from other countries that are meant to be kids’ toys; they may contain lead or other toxic chemicals). Fortunately, child safety standards and products have improved in the quarter century since we attempted to childproof our kitchen. But one thing remains the same: the need to use common sense about supervising your kids — and never to fool yourself about what they may be capable of.

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For moms of older children, the ME+MINE Collection comes with customizable tabs so moms can create personal systems. The Car-Go System is a larger version of the Files. It includes an attractive fabric-covered box and is geared toward on-thego organization and travel. File pouches are expertly designed with a front panel of breathable mesh and a rear panel of printed fabric. All the files contain hooks attached to a durable metal snap ring. Cleverly imprinted with the words “Go Play,” the ring reminds users to join with their kids and have fun every day. For warm and cozy Night sack, by Dwell Studio Babies will sleep cozier and safer in a soft night sack by Dwell Studio. Beautifully designed for overall style, the sack features buttoned shoulder straps and a gently rounded bottom. It is the ideal way to keep baby warm and cozy at night. This shape envelopes baby in warm comfort — without any of the dangers associated with loose blankets. Sewn out of 100-percent cotton and lined with soft flannel, the night sack keeps baby nestled safely and stylishly. Dwell Studio’s

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of reading are closely intertwined and can start early, which is why reading to your child is so important. A kids-only bookstore! Little Joe’s Books in Katonah is the only children’s bookstore in northern Westchester. Located across from the train station, the upstairs bookstore is owned by Jennifer Cook, who also owns NoKa Joe’s coffee shop below, a business she has owned for eight years. After the local Borders closed, her coffee shop customers urged her to open the bookstore. Cook’s voice brimmed with excitement as she described the bookshop that she has owned for the last year and a half. The store has “a ton of free events” and has story hour for various age groups. They also have animal visits, author visits every month, even “crazy events like our dress up your pet day.” Little Joe’s features two children’s book clubs divided by age group. When the store receives advanced copies of books from publishers, they give a different free book to each of their children’s reader groups to read and give them feedback. The kids, ranging from 8-10 years old, and another group of 11-and-up, tell them what to buy for the store and also tell other kids what they’re reading, which creates a buzz about the books. “The other thing we’re doing is an in-

Kids! ternship program for 11-and-up,” Cook said. “We had 30 kids apply and picked a total of eight who split the days they work.” In addition to wrapping books, the kids wander the store and recommend books to other kids in the small shop. “The kids who applied really like books,” Cooks said. “It’s a very fun program. The program started a couple of months ago. This is the first time kids are out there working. We will continue the program.” Cook added, “There’s something very magical about a bookstore for children. Hopefully kids will develop a love of reading. It’s not quite the same with a Kindle… there’s something about the pages. There’s something about children reading with paper books that’s special.” And in the shrinking world of publishing, Cook noted that children’s books are “the only faction of books that is still growing.” When Cook decided to open the store, the first thing she knew was that she needed a person who is “magical.” She found just such a person in Genevieve de Botton, who had worked at Borders, and as Cook explained, “People loved her.” De Botton is the manager with a gift for remembering what people buy and always asks if they liked the book. So when should parents start reading to their children and why? De Botton said parents should start reading to their unborn child “in utero.” She said there are studies that show that babies can hear the sound of their mother’s voice and that children’s specialists

recommend it. “Doctors will encourage mothers to begin reading to their child then, even listening to music,” she said. “It’s a small interaction that begins. They [parents] should develop the habit of reading to their children every night. We have story time for toddlers. Even babies respond to vocal changes. [Parents should start] as young as possible.” To help customers select books, they do reviews, called “shelf-talkers.” “We also have our interns writing them as well as of the things they love,” de Botton said. “It’s so easy to have a conversation about a book because the store is so small. It’s so much fun!” What first books does she recommend and why? “I find that people are drawn to the books they grew up on,” de Botton said. “‘Madeline’ by Ludwig Bemelmans or ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Margaret Wise Brown are library staples for any baby. Once a child reaches the exploration stage, when their senses are running at full force, it’s great to have books they can hold and interact with. Board books are great for this. Most classics come in board book form, but it’s always fun to come across new titles.” She said she is a “big fan” of author Matthew Van Fleet and among his “wonderful books” are “Moo,” “Dogs” and “Cats” which feature photographs of real animals, while his other titles “Heads,” “Sniff,” “Lick” and “Alphabet” have “adorable,” vibrant illustrated pictures. All of his books have movable parts, lift flaps and offer a

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touch-and-feel experience. “When people are coming out to buy gifts for baby showers or people are coming in for general books I recommend gifts for them,” de Botton said. “It’s an exciting, beautiful thing — it’s a joy when it can revolve around reading. Reading gives the child what the possibilities are in the world around them. Now the books have history — passing books on from your children to possibly your grandchildren.” Little Joe’s has recently added some adult fiction and nonfiction titles, and offers readings and book signing events, which has been a huge success. Owner Cook said that they actually come in and “smell the books.” Maybe there’s hope yet for the printed page! Story time: bonding Carmelita Bota, the director of the St. James the Less Nursery School in Scarsdale, said the time to start reading to children is when they’re “little babies” — the minute you can put them in your lap — even “in utero.” She recommended reading chunky books, sturdy board or pop-up books that transition easily to toddlers — books with pictures of shapes, balls, etc. “It’s a great times to start bonding with babies,” she said. “They look forward to story time and as young as they are, there are stories that they can join in on, like ‘The Itsy, Bitsy Spider’ — toddlers love that.” Seeing their parents, grandparents and siblings read helps them develop their love Continued on the next page


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of learning. Bota believes that children should be read to every day, if only for 10 minutes at a time, to establish the habit of reading, whether by parents, caregivers or even siblings. Bota noted that reading begins with talking, and then they start to mimic you, babbling. “It’s having fun with words,” she said. “Then we’re going to help our children connect those words with reading.” Bota recommended books that are repetitive where kids can finish the sentences, like “goodnight Moon.” Bota said when they hear the words over and over again they know what’s coming. also try to be as animated as you can when you read. In addition to regular story time at the school, children come over to the teacher and ask to have a book read and often other children will join in. “In reading the same books over and over again, they know what’s happening next,” Bota said. “Toddlers are so smart, they’re interested in everything. We ask them what is going on in the story, what’s going to happen next. The goal is to expand on their vocabulary.” When you read you can describe what’s on the page, for example, saying, “‘It’s a big brown doggie with spots’ … expand on what’s happening.” Bota added, “Children can recognize the books. I tell parents to make the books accessible. Have little baskets of books

Kids! around the house. Read to them anytime, even when they are on the potty. True stories about children’s day-to-day experiences, eating with utensils, etc.” Young children especially love pop-up books, according to Bota. One she recommended is “Mommy Can You Play With Me.” and you don’t have to read only at night. Bath time is another opportune time to read to your child: “When kids are playing in the bathtub and you read to them you don’t think they’re paying attention, but when you stop [reading] they want to know why.” at St. James the Less they vary times for story time “depending on the rhythm of the class,” Bota said. “We read at snack time or the end of it — it’s very calming to read to them. even in the 2s we’ll ask, ‘Who was your favorite character in the book?’ or ‘What happened to Max?’ Some kids get so animated they shout it out. It’s so important to get them to use their own words to retell a story.” What type of book do children love to listen to? “With toddlers it’s peek-a-boo books, ones with flaps,” Bota said. “They get so excited. Sometimes they’ll try to do it themselves. They’re great. Books that are repetitious — they know what’s coming. Certainly if a parent or a teacher reads in a very animated way, it’s jut so much fun.” “Corduroy” is a classic. at story time in school Bota has brought in the little ConTinUeD on PAge 20A

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Building blocks for reading When doing puzzles with the kids they always start by going left to right, top to bottom, which helps them recognize that reading begins that way. Bota always reads the author’s name and the book’s illustrator, explaining the role of the illustrator, which gives the kids the opportunity to react and draw pictures of stories they have heard, helps them to learn to read. “They don’t even realize they’re working left to right, that they’re training their eyes, and my goodness, we are build-

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stuffed bear (like the one in the book). Also when reading Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” she brought in the hungry caterpillar stuffed animal. When reading “The Escape of Marvin the Ape” she brought in an ape and everyone wanted to hold him. When it comes to book selection in class, there is a balance between childand teacher-initiated choices. Different books offer different purposes, too. There are books that teach the kids to count. And what holds their attention best? Books they are allowed to touch, books that are colorful, having the reader act it out, imitate the sounds in the book and changing your voice with each page were some of Bota’s suggestions. Your enthusiasm “really encourages the children to imitate them; the words almost jump off the page.”

“My Friends” by Taro Gomi creates anticipation for the child by the repetition of phrases like “I learned to walk from my friend the cat. I learned to jump from my friend the dog.” Children can guess what the little girl has learned by seeing the animal on the next page.

“Are You My Friend?” by Taro Gomi is ideal for children too young to read. Korngold recommends books like this without words and other books with few words, just pictures, especially board books with pop-up surprises.

ing vocabulary,” Bota said. “You start off with a book and that can be integrated into other areas. They learn what makes us the same, what makes us different, hear books on the weather that teaches science, books that teach them to count. It starts with a book. You’re developing the whole child.” One of the highlights of the children’s week at school is welcoming a guest reader to class. Every week is a different guest.

“Brown Bear What Do I See” by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle is a children’s classic that teaches colors and animal names. Kids will come back to it over and over.

“Pancakes for Breakfast” by Tomie de Paolo is a perennial favorite that also lets the pictures tell this very funny story. It also teaches children about the world — just through learning how to make pancakes from scratch — and where the ingredients come from.

Mothers and fathers or a special aunt or uncle or other relative drops by. They’ve had one dad who visited often and “was so mesmerizing.” He would read and then ask them questions and he made story time a very interactive process. Bota encourages parents to read to their children at home and “share that magic.” “Establishing everyday routines teach children to become strong learners and readers,” she said, “Reading will give you

“Only the Cat Saw” by Ashley Wolff. While the family goes to sleep, the cat explores. “The magic of this book is that the reader makes the discoveries along with the cat,” Korngold said.

just as much enjoyment. Reading to your child is really giving a gift into a whole new world.” Kid’s choice “I think reading is one of the most important and gratifying ways adults can spend time with the children they love,” said K.T. Korngold, owner and director of Continued on the next page


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the Montessori School in White Plains. “It’s a way to give your child a lot of attention without focusing on achievement or externals. I am still tied to the power of the physical, paper books for very young children.” Korngold expressed concern about the effects of technology on young developing brains and eye muscles. “Reading a physical book helps to extend a child’s attention span, rather than curtail it,” she said. One of the foundations of Montessori is that the children choose their own work or “their materials that they engage with.” They have a variety of books, some new and some that are “old, dog-eared and beloved.” “It’s amazing that from such an early age, even before they can read, a child can identify from the shape of the letters on the spine or the picture on the cover of the book which is which,” Korngold said. She noted that all of the classrooms have “cozy, warm nooks, with a soft rug,” a place to sit or lie down with bookcases or a basket with books within easy reach where kids can choose to read on their own or read with a friend or ask a teacher to read to them. Like de Botton of Little Joe’s Books and Bota of St. James the Less, Korngold also recommends reading to children in the womb: “From earliest infancy, children enjoy the sound of a loved one’s voice reading out loud. It is soothing and calming to him or her in a deeply profound and bonded way. The rich cadence of poetry,

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folk tales and classic children’s literature continues to link parents and children, year after year, because of the many physical and emotional ways it connects them — for life.” Korngold recommended that parents read what they loved as children to their own kids. “Read what you want to say to your newborn,” she said. “Read whenever you need a break. Read when you want to connect.” She added that parents often read at bedtime or naptime, but anytime when you are not rushed is perfect. At Montessori, they read to the children at different times of the day, sometimes in the early morning as the kids are coming in “to help ease their transition.” Sometimes they read to convey some specific information about something pertinent to what is happening, like the changing of the seasons, the birth of a sibling, a friend who is moving or to transition into another activity like nap time or at the end of the day. “Children need to learn that things have a name, that letters have sounds, that sounds blend together to form words, that words go across the page from left to right, that a story has a beginning, middle and end, that pictures in a book are clues to the story,” Korngold said. “These things are not automatic; they are skills a child needs as she/he gets older.” She added, “From a very young age, children can feel the pull of discovery that a good book offers. This stays with them as they grow.”

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InTact America, formed in 2008, and others who oppose “routine” circumcision claim that it is an outdated practice, and that proper hygiene and the use of condoms are more effective in preventing infections and sexually transmitted diseases. Anti-circumcision advocates also claim that not only does the removal of the foreskin inflict unnecessary physical and psychological pain on an infant, circumcision reduces sexual pleasure for males later in life. “Removing the foreskin is no more justified than removing a finger or any other healthy body part,” InTact America goes on to state. Local experts, however, have a different take than InTact America on any long-term negative impacts, such as reduced sexual pleasure or psychological effects. Rosenberg said the research he’s seen indicates that circumcision does not have a significant impact on the sex lives of adult FEB 8, 2010 “The best evidence is that there is males. no difference in sexual satisfaction or performance between circumcised and noncircumcised males,” he said. Richel concurred: “I have not seen any study or any evidence in my own practice leading me to be concerned with any psychological ramifications. And one of the most common misconceptions is that the circumcised male will have less sensitivity during sexual relations. This does not seem to be the case, according to the experts in the field.”

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Having a conversation with your own ob-gyn or pediatrician is the best way to weigh the pros and cons, as well as to raise questions or concerns any mother or father might have, and doing so before the baby is born is recommended. “Almost all parents make this decision prior to their newborn’s arrival,” said Richel, who authored the book “Happy & Healthy: A Baby’s First Year.” “It is a common question during a prenatal visit with a pediatrician. Parents may also question their obstetrician during the course of the pregnancy, especially if they are aware that the obstetricians perform the circumcision in the nursery setting, not the pediatricians.” In addition to religious or cultural beliefs, many parents opt simply to have their son follow in his father’s footsteps. If the father and most other men in the family are circumcised, the parents will decide to have their newborn boy circumcised, and vice versa. Although there is a national decrease in the rate of circumcisions, Richel said that hasn’t been the case at Northern Westchester Hospital, where he has practiced for more than 20 years. “In our suburban setting, I have not seen any decline,” he said. “Most parents do choose circumcision for their newborn baby boys.” Rosenberg said that in his experience, including at Hartsdale Pediatrics, which he founded over a decade ago, many moms and dads have made the decision long before the baby’s arrival. “Parents usually have an idea of whether they want their boys circumcised prior to birth based on cultural beliefs,” he said. “Most parents have made the decision before the time of conception.”


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Day Camp Guide All Sports Day Camp

part of the camp experience. Enrollment: Approximately 400/two-week

E.F. Campus (formerly Marymount College) 100 Marymount Ave. Tarrytown, NY 10591 (914) 262-9309 or 843-2011 Directors: Michael Chiariello and Carlos Rodri-

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Camper-counselor ratio: Travel Camp, 10:1;

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www.allsportsdaycamp.com Philosophy: For more than 40 years, All Sports

Day Camp has offered campers a complete program of in-depth and exciting summer sports for girls and boys ages 7-14. Located at the E.F. Campus (formerly Marymount College) in Tarrytown, with well-manicured playing fields and an indoor pool. Your child will be instructed and coached by New York State certified teachers with instruction in softball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, golf, touch football, floor hockey and swimming. Our camp philosophy promotes total participation, independence, confidence, selfesteem, good sportsmanship and integrity. We have a limited enrollment to provide this unique program. Refer to our website for a typical day. Enrollment: 60 girls and boys ages 7-14 Camper-counselor ratio: 10:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 2 (no camp July 4) Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Transportation: Yes Fees: Refer to website

Amadeus “Sound of Music” Theater Day Camp 201 King St. Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-0388 amadeus@amadeusconservatory.com www.amadeusconservatory.com Philosophy: Our musical theater camp gives

children ages 6-16 the opportunity to perform “The Sound of Music,” study two instruments, compose their own songs, make a CD, play in jazz percussion ensembles, create sets, dance and learn choreography and study studio art. Camp will culminate in a public performance of “The Sound of Music” in a professional theater, as well as an art show. Enrollment: 15-25 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: Six-week session, July 1-Aug. 9; three- and one-week sessions also available Hours: 9 a.m-.4 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $2,999 or $650/week

Boys & Girls Clubs of Northern Westchester Summer Adventure Club 351 Main St. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 666-8069 Director: Barbara Cutri

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www.bgcnw.com Philosophy: To inspire and enable all young

people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Enrollment: 250 Camper-counselor ratio: Grades 1-4, 8:1; grades 5-9, 10:1 Calendar: June 27-Aug. 19 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Early

drop-off available 7 or 8 a.m.; extended pick-up available from 4-6 p.m. Transportation: Provided to and from Yorktown Community and Cultural Center for a nominal fee Fees: Eight-week session (June 24-Aug. 16), $1,040; four-week sessions (June 24-July 19 or July 22-Aug. 16), $620; early drop-off at 7 a.m. is an additional $260 for eight-week session or $130 for four-week session; early drop-off at 8 a.m. is an additional $130 for eight weeks or $65 for four weeks; 4-6 p.m. extended day is an additional $260 for eight weeks or $130 for four weeks. Special programs/other: Swimming, arts and crafts, digital arts, special events, trips, computer lab, variety show, games room activities, indoor and outdoor sports, games and fitness. Sign up for camp at the club in Mount Kisco from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Breezemont Day Camp 62 Cox Ave. Armonk, NY 10504 (914) 273-3162 Director: John Richard Tesone info@breezemont.com www.breezemont.com Philosophy: Our unique program allows campers

freedom from the anxieties of over-emphasized competition. Our program encourages children to pursue interests through exposure to a wide variety of activities in the areas of swim, field sports, lake, arts and crafts and sciences. Our program gives children the opportunity to explore in a safe and secure environment and in greater depth, the areas that interest them the most. Enrollment: 400 Camper-counselor ratio: Upper Camp, 6:1; Junior Camp, 4:1 Calendar: June 25-Aug. 14 Hours: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Transportation: Included in tuition Fees: four weeks, $4,300; six weeks, $5,800; seven weeks, $6,550; eight weeks, $7,150 Special programs/other: Optional overnight program for campers completing second grade. Junior camp with optional shortened day for preschoolers. Special events all summer long.

Camp Funkist and Travel Camp Gymnastics Summer Program Little Friends Camp 515 North St. White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 949-6227 — Camp Funkist and Travel Camp ext. 168; Summer Gymnastics Program ext. 125; Little Friends Camp ext. 142 campfunkist@ywcawpcw.org, Camp Funkist and Travel Camp; jeiesle@ywcawpcw.org, Summer Gymnastics Program; rheumann@ywcawpcw.org, Little Friends Camp www.ywcawpcw.org Philosophy: For decades, children from the

greater Westchester community have grown up at this summer camp. • Camp Funkist: offers fun, age-appropriate activities including arts and crafts, swimming, gymnastics, soccer, karate, tennis, lacrosse, mosaic crafts, jewelry and mask making, nature, music, instructional guitar and dance. • Travel Camp: is not your typical summer camp. This is a great option for older campers, ages 12-15. The children have the opportunity to visit exciting attractions and destinations every day. The schedule and activities aim at building independence in our teens, while giving them ample time for summer fun and relaxation. • Summer Gymnastics Program:features actionpacked, fun gymnastics taught by marvelous gymnastics instructors and coaches. Children learn all Olympics events. There is never a dull moment with all the special events including twin day, stars and stripes, talent show, comedy time and so much more. Summer Gymnastics Program days start off with warm-up and morning gymnastics, then stack/rest time, conditioning, lunch and swimming. The day ends with afternoon gymnastics and dismissal. • Little Friends Camp: offers structured activities that expand children’s horizons and abilities. It also allows time for free play, independent exploration and making friends. Weekly themes, arts and crafts, soccer with Super Soccer Stars, special events and instructional swim are all

Camp Funkist, 5:1; Little Funkist, 4:1; Little Friends Camp 5:1, 7:1 or 8:1 depending on age of children Calendar: Camp Funkist and Travel Camp eight weeks (June 24-Aug. 16); Summer Gymnastics Program seven weeks (June 24-Aug. 2); Little Friends Camp seven weeks (June 24-Aug. 9) Hours: Camp Funkist, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (early drop-off 8-9 a.m.; extended hours 4-5:30 p.m. or 4-6:30 p.m.); Summer Gymnastics Program, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Little Friends Camp, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m. or 9 a.m.-4 p.m. depending on group and age (early drop-off and extended hours available) Transportation: n/a Fees: Call for fees. Special programs/other: The YWCA offers a Summer Program for Children with Developmental Disabilities that is designed to complement children’s extended school-year programs. Participants enjoy a variety of therapeutic recreation programs that support and strengthen cognitive physical, social and affective skills in a safe, supportive and fun-filled environment. Family members receive support, respite and the opportunity for family participation in recreation activities. Enrollment is limited and pre-registration is required. A personal assessment and tour of the facility is required for new participants. For more information, transportation services, financial aid, or other specific needs, call the Special Programs Office at (914) 949-6227 ext. 108.

Camp Hillard 26 Elizabeth St. Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 949-8857 Directors: Jon and Jim Libman

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ing fun in a safe, active and well-supervised environment with first-class facilities and superb staff. Celebrating our 85th year of one-family ownership. Located on 20 beautiful acres in the Edgemont section of Greenburgh. Our program is a balance of outstanding swimming and sports instruction combined with high quality creative and performing arts programs, plus exciting special events. Enrollment: 800 Camper-counselor ratio: 3:1 Calendar: June 25-Aug. 16 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door to door air-conditioned school buses driven by professional drivers and supervised by camp staff. Fees: Mini-day: 3s and 4s $6,850; full day: $8,300 (both programs include transportation and lunch); any four, five or six weeks also available. Call or visit website for more information. Special programs/other: Activities include swim instruction in seven heated pools, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer, softball, lacrosse, flag football, tennis, gymnastics, arts and craft, drawing, painting, jewelry, ceramics, nature, theater, music, horseback riding, zip line, mini golf, archery, mini sleepaway program, day trips, golf and sports specialization programs for older campers. continued on page 24A


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Camp Jennie

Fees: $570-$775 partial session, $1,800 full

Mount Kisco Presbyterian Church 605 Millwood Rd. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 666-4001 Director: Carol Coteus www.jenniesschool.com Philosophy: Camp Jennie is a not-for-profit

organization staffed by professionals. Our staff is very sensitive to children’s needs, making the program an exciting, positive summer experience. Our professional staff is dedicated to making your child’s camp experience a place for growth and fun. Enrollment: 30/week Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: June 13-July 1 Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Available upon request Special programs/other: Camp Jennie is conveniently located on Rte. 133 in Mount Kisco at the Jennie’s School facility. Our spacious, shaded playground offers two climbing apparatuses, oversized sand boxes and three vegetable garden plots, all in a safe, fenced environment. We have special programs daily, which may include arts and crafts, animal programs, music programs, yoga, the ice cream man and water day.

Camp Katan 2966 Crompond Rd. (Rte. 202) Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 (914) 962-8430 Director: Jennifer Constantino

Info@rosenthaljcc.org

www.rosenthaljcc.org/campkatan Philosophy: Small groups and highly trained early

childhood staff make this camp for children 1 1/2 years old through kindergarten unique. We offer a combination of structured activities that challenge your children to expand their horizons and abilities, as well as free time for play, independent exploration and making friends. Enjoy outrageously fun weekly themes, arts and crafts, music and movement, sprinklers, play on our playground, Shabbat celebrations and weekly field trips for our older campers. Enrollment: 35 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 15 (choose any four weeks or more) Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., depending on age; flexible scheduling options Fees: Vary by age and number of weeks, available upon request

Camp Keshet Bet Torah Nursery School 60 Smith Ave. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 666-7595 Director: Mindy Citera mcitera@bettorah.org www.bettorah.org Philosophy: A developmentally appropriate

preschool summer morning program for children entering 3s, 4s or kindergarten fall programs. Art, sports, movement, music, cooking and science round out the program, with snacks and drinks provided. Children bring lunch Monday-Thursday. Friday pizza Shabbat lunch is optional. Warm and nurturing nursery school staff and teen assistant counselors. Enrollment: 40 Calendar: June 10-Aug. 2 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1

Transportation: No

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Camp Ramaquois 30 Mountain Rd. Pomona, NY 10970 (845) 354-1600 Directors: Arthur and Natalie Kessler

info@ramaquois.com www.ramaquois.com Philosophy: Ramaquois is a magical camp where

children experience a sense of adventure, meet new challenges, create wonderful memories and make lasting friendships. Camp Ramaquois was formerly a resident camp and is now “a day camp as complete as a sleepaway camp.” From adventurous activities to creative arts to athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Situated on 44 acres in Rockland County, the camp’s facilities include a five-acre crystalline lake, eight heated swimming pools, a splash park, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, hockey rinks, ballfields, soccer fields, a petting zoo, an air-conditioned indoor gym, many air-conditioned specialty cabins, group bunks with bathroom facilities and an air-conditioned indoor dining room. Enrollment: On a first come, first served basis. Online application available at www.ramaquois. com/enrollment. User name is RAMA, password is GUEST. Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 15; full eight weeks, or seven-, six- or four-week options Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door-to-door mini school buses servicing Rockland, Bergen, Manhattan, parts of Westchester and Greenwich, Conn. Certified professional drivers and a bus counselor, who oversees safety of the children and provides planned activities on the bus. Fees: Call for fees. Tuition includes transportation, hot lunch, snack, towel service, craft materials and two camp shirts. Camp shirts are uniform. Special programs/other: Exciting teen and pre-teen program; optional Trailblazers trip program for grades 3-10; optional overnight trips for grades 6-10; 10th-grade Leadership Program. Visit website or call to set up an appointment for a personal tour.

Camp Summerset Mailing address: 11 Holly Hill Ln. Katonah, NY 10536 Camp location: St. Matthew’s Church Cantitoe St. Bedford, NY 10506 (845) 223 4724 Director: Cherie Sites Zeal www.campsummerset.org or www.thelearninginst.org Philosophy: Learning is fun and enjoyable and

in the right environment, a child will become a motivated reader and writer. Enrollment: 75 children pre-K through fifth grade; Volunteer in Training program for sixththrough eighth-graders Camper-counselor ratio: 11:1 with teaching assistants Calendar: July 8-26 Hours: 9 a.m.-12:15 p.m., with enrichment programs from 12:30-2 p.m. Extended day until 3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $590 if paid by June 1; VIT program $320; optional enrichment $300

The Canaan Ridge Summer Session 2810 Long Ridge Rd. Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 322-7191 canaanridge@aol.com www.canaanridgeschool.org Philosophy: The Canaan Ridge Summer Session

offers a wonderful six-week program. The summer session is held mainly outdoors — weather permitting — in a safe and well-protected area that is run by teachers from the school. Enrollment: Limited to 30/week Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: June 17-July 26 Transportation: n/a Hours: Call for hours Fees: Call for fees

Challenge Camp 2013 School of the Holy Child 2225 Westchester Ave. Rye, NY 10580 Mailing address: P.O. Box 586 Bronxville, NY 10708 (914) 779-6024 Director: Carole B. Berman

carole@challengecamps.com www.challengecamps.com Philosophy: Challenge Camp remains dedicated

to providing innovative and fun, learning opportunities for academically motivated children to realize their intellectual and personal potential. More than 50 hands-on and exciting morning classes are designed to stimulate imagination and creativity. The afternoon challenge features outstanding sports and 40 enrichment options. Enrollment: 400 Camper-counselor ratio: 10:1 Calendar: Session 1: June 24-July 19; Session 2: July 22-Aug. 9 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 8 a.m. early drop-off Transportation: Bus Fees: Full seven weeks, $4,350; four weeks: $2,400; three weeks: $1,950. CIT program: seven weeks, $1,200; Session 1 or 2: $700. Optional early morning beginning at 8 a.m.: $175 or Session 1 $100, Session 2 $75. Sibling discount: $100 tuition discount for each additional child enrolled for seven weeks.

Concordia Summer Camp Concordia College 171 White Plains Rd. Bronxville, NY 10708 (914) 395-4848 Director: Ceil Warren www.concordiasummercamp.org Philosophy: Concordia Summer Camp offers a wide variety of creative, musical, academic and sports programs striving to foster a life-long love of learning and to promote enthusiasm for physical activity. Basketball camp is taught by college coaches in the spacious Meyer Athletic Center. The Sports Camp is for both early childhood (ages 3-5) with age-appropriate sports activities, and grades 1-9, offering soccer, baseball, tennis, basketball, dodgeball, floor hockey, swimming and more. The Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art offers exceptional programs in musical theatre, piano, violin, guitar, vocal arts, chamber music, drawing and oil painting. The Early Childhood Enrichment Program offers music, art, science, literacy, indoor and outdoor play. The Enrichment Program for Grades 1-9 includes exciting classes such as video game design, forensic science, lamp making, digital photography, cooking and art. Day Trip Adven-

tures Camp takes campers in grades 2-9 on exciting day trips around the metro area. Enrollment: Early Childhood, 120; Enrichment grades 1-9, 200; Sports Camp grades 1-9, 400; Day Trip Adventures, 35 Camper-counselor ratio: Early Childhood, 5:1; grades 1-9, 10:1 Calendar: Early Childhood Mini Camp, June 10-21; Main Camp: June 24-Aug. 2; Day Trip Adventures, Aug. 5-16. Hours: Morning programs: 9 a.m. to noon; afternoon programs, noon-3 p.m. and noon-5 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available from 8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. on a daily basis. Transportation: No Fees: See website

The Country Childrens Center’s Summer Adventure Camp 412 Cross River Rd. Katonah, NY 10536 (914) 242-0520 ext. 302 Director: Brent Morton www.countrychildrenscenter.org Philosophy: Our program is designed to provide

children with all the experiences of a great summer day camp while providing working parents with coverage for their daycare needs. We are an independent, licensed child care center dedicated to providing affordable, quality day care programs designed to meet the individual needs of each child through a caring, nurturing and stimulating environment. Enrollment: 75-85 children in grades K-7 Camper-counselor ratio: 10:1 Calendar: July 1-Aug. 23 Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. with extended hours offered 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Fees: $3,100 for full eight-week session, $3,300 for full eight-week session with extended hours. Weekly rates available Special programs/other: On-site swimming, general sports, arts and crafts, adventure games, science and nature, music and theater, film making and photography, field trips

Country Kids Schoolhouse 28 Virginia Ave. Bedford, NY 10506 (914) 234-0590 Director: Ester Aguzzi Eaguzzi@aol.com Philosophy: Our campers will enjoy theme-based outdoor activities, arts and crafts, songs, water play, barbecues and much more. Children will explore nature and help maintain a flower and vegetable garden. We’ll do it all in our action-packed summer program. Our spacious, air-conditioned facility and tree-shaded playground guarantee that campers will be engaged and have fun even on rainy or especially hot days. Our staff has designed a camp curriculum that will keep the kids moving, laughing and enjoying the summer. Our professionally developed activities focus on the whole child and emphasize social development. Enrollment: 20 Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: July 15-Aug. 30 Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Transportation: Bedford Village Town Camp drop-off and pick-up Fees: Available upon request Special programs/other: Water games Olympics, bubble science, treasure hunt, science and nature, gardening, cooking and much more continued on page 25A


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Creative Summer at the Mead School 1095 Riverbank Rd. Stamford, CT 06903 (203) 595-9500 Ext. 63 Director: David L. Jackins

Future Stars Summer Camps

creativesummermead@yahoo.com www.creativesummermead.org Philosophy: Children as artists working with art-

ists. Children 6 1/2-16 years old pursue five daily classes for four weeks. Course offerings may include musical theater, dance, video, creative writing, drawing, painting, design, role-playing, animation, improv, cartooning and more. Staff are professional artists, entertainers and/or educators. The program ends with Festival Day, a celebration of all the arts experienced during the program. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 Calendar: One four-week session, June 24-July 19 Transportation: No Fees: $1,795 Special programs/other: Performing, visual and expressive arts

DanceNaiad Summer Camps 774 North Bedford Rd. Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914)715-9882 Director: Carrie Tron

lady_inanna@yahoo.com www.dancenaiad.com Philosophy: Students can choose from two five-

day camp sessions and/or two three-day camp sessions to explore all types of dance classes as well as take daily ballet and strengthening techniques. Explore classes you haven’t tried before and improve the skills you’ve been working on all year. Dance into the fall with confidence and enthusiasm. Teachers are all professionals in the fields of classical ballet, modern, Duncan, hiphop, jazz, ballroom and lyrical techniques. Enroll by calling Carrie Tron, school director, before April 15 to ensure your placement. Session 3 is Jumps and Turns Intensive, Session 4 Ballet Boot Camp. Enrollment: Maximum 20/class. Sessions 1 and 2, ages 8-13; Sessions 3 and 4, ages 10- and up. Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: Session 1, July 8-12; Session 2, July 15-19; Session 3, July 23-25; Session 4, July 30-Aug. 1 Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fees: $500/week Sessions 1 and 2; $375/week Sessions 3 and 4 Special programs/other: DanceNaiad trains and celebrates all students, from total beginners to pre-professional performers. All of our staff are experts in their fields and our goal is to nurture a true respect and love for the art of dance in your child.

Early Summer Mini Camp/ Hockey Camp/Figure Skating Camp/Camp Chillin’ Westchester Skating Academy 91 Fairview Park Dr. Elmsford, NY 10523 (914) 347-8242 www.skatewsa.com Philosophy: WSA Camps are offered for all

SUNY Purchase College 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase, NY 10577 (914) 273-8500

Elmwood Day Camp 900 Dobbs Ferry Rd. White Plains, NY 10607 (914) 592-6121 Directors: Hillari Boritz and Gregg Licht

summer@elmwooddaycamp.com

www.elmwooddaycamp.com Philosophy: Our mission is for each child to

discover, celebrate and be who he or she is supposed to be. Consistent caring relationships and a comprehensive activity program are essential to achieve our mission. Enrollment: 450 campers Camper-counselor ratio: 3:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 15 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door to door in yellow school vans Fees: four-week session, $4,800; eight-week session, $7,800 Special programs/other: Electives, performing arts, athletics, Red Cross swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, special event days

Fashion Extravaganza Day Camp & Fashionagery Day Camp 31 Mamaroneck Ave. Suite 601 White Plains, NY 10601 (914) 428-1047 Director: Denise Proctor www.wfac4children.com Philosophy: To give children the tools to learn

how to design clothes through many fashion design experiences. Enrollment: 10-20/camp. Fashionagery is for ages 6-8, Fashion Extravaganza ages 9-17. Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 24-28, July 22-26, Aug. 12-16 (campers may take one or more areas of design)

Greenwich Academy Summer Programs

Director: Jordan Snider jordan@fscamps.com

200 N. Maple Ave. Greenwich CT 06830 (203) 625-8967 LSingleton@greenwichacademy.org

www.fscamps.com

www.greenwichacademy.org/summer

Philosophy: Weekly day sports and specialty

levels and include on- and off-ice activities and training. We have a camp for everyone. WSA offers recreation, figure skating and hockey camps for beginners to advanced skaters. Enrollment: n/a Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Hours: n/a Calendar: Mini-Camp June 10-28 and Aug. 19-30; Figure Skating Camp, 10 weeks beginning June 24; Hockey Camp, nine weeks beginning July 1; Camp Chillin’ runs June 24-28 and Aug. 26-30 Hours: TBA Transportation: No Fees: TBA

Week 1, July 15-19; Novice Week 2, July 22-26; Advanced Week 2, Aug. 5-9; Novice Week 3, August 12-16 Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $800 Special programs/other: Lunch included. Extended day available upon request

camps for boys and girls ages 3 1/2-16. Campers choose from the following: tennis, soccer, multisports, baseball, lacrosse, basketball, circus arts, magic, diving, little stars, academic enrichment, cheerleading, field hockey, softball, football and volleyball. Each program includes three to four hours of specific training in the chosen sport, as well as supervised swimming. Highly qualified, professional staff with sport-specific expertise. We encourage our campers to play with confidence, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the game. Enrollment: 600 Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Weekly June-August Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Door to door transportation from Scarsdale Fees: Call for fees Special programs/other: Lunch option available

Grand Prix New York Summer Junior Racing Camp 333 N. Bedford Rd. Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 358-3613 chris@gpny.com www.gpny.com Philosophy: Both the five-day Novice Camp and

Advanced Camp consist of around 70 percent driving time and 30 percent classroom work. • The Novice Camp: is the perfect summer idea for your little ones. This camp in particular is specifically for drivers ranging from the ages 7-16 with little or no experience in karting/driving. With the best instructors on hand, and the participants actually driving and racing against each other at speeds of up to 40 mph, this is a very exciting program that will leave your children wanting to come back time and time again. Multiple techniques and skills will be acquired with kids learning important lessons they will be able to use in later life when they are let loose on the public roads. The full curriculum of the course can be sent out on request. • The Advanced Camp:is not only for drivers who are interested in learning more than just the basics, but drivers who have a competitive edge about them. Over the course of the camps, we go into detail on racing lines, passing exercises, defending your position and look to cut lap times down as much as possible. On the third and fourth days of the camp we wet the track down to really test their skills in learning to deal with slicker road surfaces. There is no question this camp pushes individuals to their limit, and even for a beginner who has just completed the Novice Camp, this is absolutely the next step in improving on the track. Mostly suitable for ages 7-16 with experience in kart racing or other type of driving. Enrollment: 15-20/week Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Novice Week 1, July 8-12; Advanced

Philosophy: Summer is the perfect time to

discover, and Greenwich Academy’s 39-acre campus is the ideal location for investigation and exploration. Greenwich Academy is proud to offer summer programs that will encourage creativity, curiosity and athleticism. Enrollment: 250-plus Camper-counselor ratio: 8-10:1 Calendar: June 10-27 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Varies by program

Harvey Cavalier Summer Camp 260 Jay St. Katonah, NY 10536 (845) 677-0491 Director: Chris Del Campo cavcamp@optonline.net www.harveycavaliercamp.org Philosophy: Our six-week summer program

offers children and young people ages 4-14 a chance to explore their interests and talents in an enriching and nurturing environment where fun abounds. Electives include fine arts, crafts, theater, dance, swimming, ice skating, sports, and more. Enrollment: Pre-K through first grade (Little Cavs), 40; grades 2-9, 230 Camper-counselor ratio: 3:1 Calendar: July 1-Aug. 9 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (10 a.m.-2 p.m. option for Little Cavs) Transportation: Limited to Chappaqua area residents at an extra fee Fees: $2,250 for Little Cavs (extended day options available); $3,750 for grades 2-8; $3,650 for CIT program for ninth-graders. Fee includes lunch

Hole-In-One Junior Golf Camp Dunwoodie and Sprain Lake Golf Courses, Yonkers; Hudson Hills, Ossining; Maple Moor, White Plains; Saxon Woods, Scarsdale; and Mohansic, Yorktown Heights (914) 231-4673 Director: Beth Bricker babc@westchestergov.com www.westchestergov.com/parks Philosophy: Young people ages 10-17 can learn

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JCC Camp Discovery 500 Yorktown Rd. Rte. 129 Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 (914) 741-0333 Ext. 12 Director: Sandy Haft

info@rosenthaljcc.org

www.rosenthaljcc.org/campdiscovery Philosophy: More fun and adventure than you

ever imagined for children 4 years through ninth grade. Swim twice daily (instructional and recreational) and enjoy a full range of activities, including softball, arts and crafts, volleyball, music, basketball, drama, boating, Jewish culture, archery, nature exploration, soccer, dance and weekly theme days. Older campers take awesome day and overnight excursions. Counselors are enthusiastic, experienced and encourage individual development. Enrollment: 175 children Camper-counselor ratio: n/a Calendar: June 24-Aug. 15 (Choose any four weeks or more) Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Before Care from 7:30 a.m.; After Care until 6 p.m. Transportation: Free door-to-door transportation north of I-287 Fees: Vary by age and number of weeks, available upon request

John Jay Homestead History Adventure Days 400 Jay St. P.O. Box 832 Katonah, NY 10536 (914) 232-5651 Ext. 101 Director: Bethany White

bethany.white@parks.ny.gov www.johnjayhomestead.org Philosophy: History Adventure Days is an

exciting summer experience that is both fun and educational. We have three amazing themes that enable your child to participate in awesome activities, play great games and interact with amazing special guests. We offer three weeks each with its own out-of-this-world theme for children entering grades 2-7: “Struggle for the Continent: The French and Indian War” (July 22-26); “Discover America: Explorers: Expeditions” (July 29-Aug. 2); and “Making a Home in a New Land: Colonial Life” (Aug. 5-9). Set on the picturesque grounds of John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, the camp enables children to experience history at the home of one of America’s principal Founding Fathers, John Jay. The campers will also explore the 62-acre property, which includes hiking trails, a pond and numerous agricultural outbuildings. Enrollment: 25/week Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 Calendar: July 22-Aug. 9 Hours: 9a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fee: $250/week. A 10 percent discount is given to members of the Friends of John Jay Homestead and a 10 percent discount for registration by April 30

katonahartcenter.com. • Our Art and Imagination Camp: for ages 3

1/2-5 provides a welcoming environment geared specifically toward the creative spirit of young children. Our weekly A&I camps are a creative mix of arts and crafts projects, free art play, story time, outdoor time and collaborative art. A&I camp topics this year include Dr. Doolittle’s Darlings, Diminutive Designers, My Little Farm and more. • KAC Kids Camp:for grades 1-5, offers choices such as pottery, stop-motion animation, world art, candle making, jewelry making and fine art. • This year,:KAC has added dance to its offerings, with two-week long musical theatre camps for kids and teens. Students will receive individual attention in a warm, family-like atmosphere. • KAC Teen Camps:for grades 6 and up, are a great option for teens who love art and may be too old or bored by traditional day camp. For high school students, KAC offers intensives, week-long classes concentrating on one medium or subject. Whether it is fused glass, sculpture, outdoor painting or fashion illustration, our goal is to instill in our teen students the skills needed to continue to explore the subject independently. Enrollment: Arts and Imagination Camp, up to eight children; Kids and Teen Camp, five-20 campers, depending on topic. Camper-Counselor Ratio: 4:1 Calendar: One-week sessions June 24-Aug. 30; A&I June 3-Aug. 30 Hours: Half-day or full-day: Arts and Imagination Camp: 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., 1:15-3:45 p.m.; Kids and Teen Camp: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1-4 p.m.; extended day option 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Call for fees

Landmark Preschool Summer Camp

Long Ridge Camp 478 Erskine Rd. Stamford, CT 06907 (203) 322-0253 Directors: Herm Myrna and Geoff Alswanger

mail@longridgecamp.com

www.longridgecamp.com Philosophy: Set on more than 14 acres in

Connecticut’s beautiful countryside, right over the Pound Ridge border. Children ages 3-14 experience a traditional day camp setting. Expert swimming instruction, baseball, basketball, soccer, crafts, nature, dance, drama, ropes with zip line, special events and so much more. Individual achievement is encouraged and taught by our staff of experienced and highly trained counselors. Ask about our Nursery Camp for 3- to 5-year-olds. Call the Alswanger family, directors for the past 52 years. Enrollment: 350 Camper-counselor ratio: Better than 3:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 16; four-, five-, six-, seven- and eight-week sessions available Hours: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., with early drop-off and late afternoon pick-up at no extra charge Transportation: Provided to Armonk, Chappaqua, Bedford, Pound Ridge, South Salem, Cross River, Katonah and surrounding towns Fees: Available upon request

Mitchell Spearman Junior Golf Summer Camp Doral Arrowwood 975 Anderson Hill Rd. Rye Brook, NY 10573 (800) 733-1653 Director: Mitchell Spearman

joanna@mitchellspearman.com

www.spearmanjuniorgolf.com Philosophy: Premier instruction that will create

explore science, cooking, crafts and outdoor water play at Landmark’s interactive summer camp. We are located 1 mile over the New YorkConnecticut border, and are approximately 20 minutes from Bedford center. Enrollment: ages 3-4 Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: June 17-July 26 Hours: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $350/week or $75/day

an environment to bring out the best in your junior both on and off the golf course. Working on all aspects of the swing. Full swing, short game, putting, on-course strategy and play. Utilizing the latest in video technology. Enrollment: Ages 6-16 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: June 3-Aug. 30 Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m.-noon Fees: $1,150/week with early registration signup. Sign-up for one week minimum. Special programs/other: Winter indoor program running now. Maximum four per session. Spring program outdoors: Commences April 1. Many sign-up options running Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m. and weekends 2-6 p.m. Minimum one day a week. Pee Wees: Ages 4-7, Wednesdays and Sundays. Join in any time as long as space is available. Two-hour classes.

Little Fauves Art Camp

Mohawk Day Camp

Pound Ridge Montessori School 5 High View Rd. Pound Ridge, NY 10576 (914) 763-3125

200 Old Tarrytown Rd. White Plains, NY 10603 (914) 949-2635

223 West Mountain Rd Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203) 894-1800 Director: Donna Talmadge

dtalmadge@ridgefieldacademy.org

www.ridgefieldacademy.org Philosophy: Children 3 and 4 years old can

Directors: Ken, Barbara and Steve Schainman

info@campmohawk.com

Katonah Art Center Camps

Director: Grainne Bellotti

grainneb@sbcglobal.net

www.campmohawk.com

131 Bedford Rd. (914) 232-4843

www.littlefauves.com

Philosophy: Mohawk Day Camp is committed

Directors: Sarah Miller/Loren Anderson

3-9 years old. Loads of fun indoors and outdoors. Enrollment: Approximately 24 Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 Calendar: Three weeks in June Hours: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Visit website

katonahartcenter@verizon.net

www.katonahartcenter.com Philosophy: The Katonah Art Center offers a

great alternative to summer-long programs. Most of KAC’s camps are one-week long with morning, afternoon and full-day options. Camps are available for ages 3 1/2 to 12th grade. For a complete list of camp topics, call or visit: www.

Philosophy: Hands-on art appreciation for kids

to enriching children’s lives through friendship, learning and play. For more than 80 years, generations of campers ages 3-13 have had unforgettable summers mentored by remarkable, mature staff in an environment of inclusiveness and exploration. Leadership Training program available for ages 14-15. Enrollment: n/a Camper-Counselor Ratio: 3:1 Calendar: Pre-camp: June 10-21; Main Camp:

June 26-Aug. 16 Hours: Full-day: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (ages 3-13); mini-

day: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (ages 3 to entering kindergarten); half-day: 9 a.m.-noon (ages 3-4) Transportation: Door-to-door on air-conditioned buses with counselor, included in tuition Fees: Call for fees Special programs/other: Mohawk’s 40-acre site features a year-round farm, 23 sports fields and courts, eight heated pools, eight craft/hobby areas, ropes course and climbing walls, and much more. In addition to traditional sports, crafts, performance, nature and adventure activities, campers enjoy age-appropriate elective choices such as circus skills, sports intensives, rocketry, doll making, songwriting, guitar lessons, dog training and more. Staff members include more than 120 local teachers, many from Mohawk’s own nursery school/kindergarten/first grade school-year program. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit website or call office

Mount Kisco Child Care Center 95 Radio Circle Mount Kisco, NY 10549 (914) 241-2135 dmeyerski@mkccc.org www.mkccc.org Director: Dawn Meyerski Philosophy: Kids say, “The best part of summer

is no school and no homework!” — but the learning never ends at Mount Kisco Child Care Center. Children spend the summer engaged in farming/gardening and cooking activities and create a working farmers market to sell produce grown on-site. They are involved in exercise programs and daily swimming at the town pool. They are also involved in creative arts programs and weekly field trips and/or special events. The full-day camp program begins at the end of June and runs through the end of August. Mount Kisco Child Care Center has been creating fun and stimulating camp programs for school-age children for 42 years. It has always been our mission to provide high quality child care with an emphasis on enhancing each child’s self-esteem and celebrating the diversity of our community. Enrollment: 160 (infant-school age) Camper-counselor ratio: Vary by age group, but exceed all licensing requirements Calendar: June 24-Aug. 23 Hours: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Vary Special programs/other: Farming/nutrition program, intergenerational program, field trips, music, swimming

Music Conservatory of Westchester’s Music & Arts Summer Program 216 Central Ave. White Plains, NY 10606 (914) 761-3900 Director: Sarah Wetherbee

info@musiced.org

www.musicconservatory.org Philosophy: You’ve never experienced summer

like this. MCW’s all-new program gives your child (ages 1-3, 4-6, 7 and up) the option to join one or more of our educational — but fun — sessions. Choose electives in band, orchestra, arts and crafts, chorus, jazz, rock, music technology, dance or visual arts and more. Enrollment: n/a Camper-Counselor Ratio: n/a Calendar: Session 1: July 1-12 (closed July 4), Session II: July 15-26, Session III: July 29-Aug. 9 continued on page 27A


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(sign up for one, two or all three sessions) Hours: Monday-Friday, varied hours Transportation: No Fees: Call or visit website Special programs/other: Half day, early arrival and extended day options available

MVP Basketball Camp 29 Homeside Ln. White Plains, NY 10605 (914) 946-1231 Director: Noel Muyskens

nmuyskens@mvpbasketballcamp.org www.mvpbasketballcamp.org Philosophy: The camp teaches boys and girls

from 6-16 the fundamentals of basketball, plus teamwork, leadership, goal-setting and dedication. Enrollment: 250/week Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: June 24-28 in Bedford for boys 9-16 and girls 9-13, July 1-Aug. 2 in White Plains for boys and girls 6-16 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; early drop-off and extended hours available Transportation: Carpooling arranged Fees: Varies by week Special programs/other: Camp features high school coaches and college players as instructors

New Canaan Nature Center Summer Camp Programs 144 Oenoke Ridge New Canaan, CT 06840 (203) 966-9577 Director: Geoff McCann camp@NewCanaanNature.org www.NewCanaanNature.org Philosophy: Our action-packed summer camp

emphasizes fun, hands-on experiences that give children an opportunity to simply “be a kid” while exploring the marvels of nature and making friends. Weekly camp-wide themes inspire young adventurers at age-appropriate levels as they learn and play amidst our 40 acres of ponds, fields and forest. Budding scientists uncover the mysteries of the natural world while adventureseekers learn wilderness skills and experience the exhilaration of the great outdoors. Enrollment: Mommy, Me and Nature (ages 2-3), Summer Camp (3-7), Adventure Camp (8-14) Calendar: June 3-Aug. 16 Hours: Half day 9 a.m.-noon with optional lunch bunch or full day 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Fees: Week-long sessions run $190/half day and $335/full day Special programs/other: Adventure Camp sessions for 8- to 14-year-olds offer older campers a variety of fun and unique outdoor activities including off-site field visits (ages 10 and up), paddling and hiking, team challenges and experiments, plus the opportunity for campout-style dinners and overnight excursions on nature center grounds or elsewhere.

New Canaan YMCA Summer Camps Camp Mini (pre-K ages 3-5), Camp Y-Ki (completed grades K-6), Sports Camp (completed grades K-7) Camp Mini and Sports Camp: 564 South Ave., New Canaan, CT Camp Y-Ki: Kiwanis Park, New Canaan, CT (203) 966-4528

Directors: Camp Mini: Suzy Pfeifer; Camp Y-Ki:

Davie Cedela; Sports Camp: Aaron Zimmerman

spfeifer@newcanaanymca.org, Camp Mini dcedela@newcanaanymca.org, Camp Y-Ki; azimmerman@ newcanaanymca.org, Sports Camp www.newcanaanymca.org Philosophy: The New Canaan YMCA Summer

Camps have provided thousands of children in our community with a camp experience they never forget. Our camps offer a variety of experiences for children of all ages and abilities, with each camp offering safe and supervised fun provided by a caring, responsible staff. Each child gains something different at our camps: making new friends, learning how to swim, self-confidence, independence, and leadership — skills that last far beyond the summer. • Camp Mini: A child’s first summer camp experience. Held at the Y, Camp Mini provides a safe and comfortable camp experience for children to play, grow and make friends. • Camp Y-Ki: An exciting outdoor camp experience for school-age children held at Kiwanis Park, offering a variety of activities that help campers build self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility, all while enjoying simple summertime fun with new friends. • Sports Camp: The YMCA Sports Camp provides an exciting and sports-filled experience, including baseball, soccer, tennis, hockey, gymnastics, wiffleball, kickball, lacrosse and many other camp games. Campers have fun with each sport, regardless of their ability or experience. Camper-counselor ratio: Camp Mini: 6:1; Camp Y-Ki; Sports Camp: 8:1-10:1 Calendar: Session one: June 24-July 3 (no camp July 4 or 5), session two: July 8-July 19, session three: July 22-Aug. 2, session four: Aug. 5-16 Hours: Camp Mini: Monday-Friday, 9:15 a.m.2:15 p.m. (for 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds); Extended “Gimme More” session available for 4- and 5-year-olds from 2:15-4:15 p.m. Camp Y-Ki: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Extended day program available for an additional fee from 8-9 a.m. and 4-5:30 p.m.) Sports Camp: Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m. (Extended day program available for an additional fee from 8-8:45 a.m. and 3:45-5:30 p.m.) Fees: Camp Mini: Session one: $405, sessions two-four: $505/session, Gimme More: Session one: $80, sessions two-four: $100/session. Camp Y-Ki: session one: $445, sessions two-four: $555/session; extended day fees: session one: $48/hour morning session, $96/afternoon session, sessions two-four: $60/each morning session, $120/each afternoon session. Sports Camp: session one: $445, sessions two-four: $555/ session; extended day fees: session one: $48/ hour morning session, $96/afternoon session, sessions two-four: $60/each morning session, $120/each afternoon session.

New York Rock Academy 225 North Greeley Ave. Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-3123 Day Camp location: Music Conservatory of Westchester 216 Central Ave. White Plains, NY 10606 Director: Janet Angier mail@musicinchappaqua.com www.newyorkrockacademy.com Philosophy: New York Rock Academy is a

specialty program designed to maximize the potential of every student. Students ages 8 and up form groups alongside those of similar experience and immediately begin making music. Beginners find themselves performing complete arrangements of their favorite songs by the end of a single session. Advanced players will have an opportunity to fine-tune their skills, learning

subtle and not-so-subtle lessons about instrumental or vocal technique and the organization of a rock ensemble. The motivating force at New York Rock Academy is excitement. Regardless of level, all students will be encouraged to explore the music they truly love. Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1; our experienced staff provides a stimulating, fun atmosphere. Calendar: Weekly sessions run from July 8-Aug. 16 Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $750/weekly session; $75 registration fee (this fee is waived for matriculating students)

The Play Group Theatre 1 N. Broadway White Plains, NY 10601 (914) 946-4433 Director: Jill Abusch

jill@playgroup.org

www.playgroup.org Philosophy: The Play Group Theatre’s summer

program provides a conservatory-quality theatre training experience in a nurturing, supportive and collaborative environment. The program includes a six-week MainStage program and three-week programs for the Teen Conservatory (ages 14-and up), the Young Actors’ Ensemble (ages 11-13), the PGT Kids (ages 7-10) and Little Theatre (ages 4-6). Half of each day is spent in classes, including acting, musical theatre, dance and movement, Shakespeare, stage combat, on-camera and more. The other half of the day is dedicated to rehearsal. Each program culminates in a performance. A trip to Broadway, an improv workshop with Chicago City Limits and weekly “special days” complete the PGT summer experience. A one-week improv program is also available at the end of July. PGT’s professional staff is dedicated to providing an artistic haven for children and teens of all ages and levels of experience. Enrollment: 100 Camper-Counselor Ratio: 5:1 Calendar: MainStage: July 8-Aug. 16. First three-week session, July 8-26; second three-week session, July 29-Aug. 16; one-week session, July 29-Aug. 2 Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (Little Theatre, Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Transportation: No Fees: Vary by program

Pound Ridge Community Church Play School Mini Camp 3 Pound Ridge Rd. Pound Ridge, NY 10576 (914) 764-4360 Director: Kirstin Zarras

director@prccplayschool.com www.prccplayschool.com Philosophy: We offer a half-day camp program

for 3- to 5-year-old preschool children. Each week we will follow a fun and exciting theme with coordinated, developmentally appropriate activities. Our goal is to provide a fun and relaxing camp experience for your young child. Enrollment: 30-35 Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 Calendar: Monday-Friday, June 10-14 and 17-21 Hours: 9:15 a.m.-noon Transportation: No Fees: $250/week Special programs/other: Week of June 10 is an Olympic theme and week of June 17 is a pirate theme.

Pound Ridge School of Dance 69 Westchester Ave. Pound Ridge, NY 10576 (914) 764-5390 poundridgeschoolofdance@gmail.com Philosophy: Have fun while you learn to dance! Enrollment: TBA Camper-counselor ratio: TBA Calendar: TBA Hours: TBA Transportation: No Fees: TBA Special programs/other: Call to learn more

Purchase College Summer Youth and Precollege Programs in the Arts 735 Anderson Hill Rd. Purchase, NY 10577 (914) 251-6500 Director: Kelly Jackson youth.pre.college@purchase.edu www.purchase.edu/youth Philosophy: Children ages 7-18 will work with

practicing artists and educators in the studios, stages and classrooms of Purchase College to develop confidence, creativity and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts. Programs in photography, visual arts, filmmaking, creative writing, jazz, acting, comic drawing, fashion design, songwriting, pop choral, architecture, game and app design and Shakespeare are offered. Enrollment: Varies by program Camper-counselor ratio: Approximately 10:1 Calendar: begins July 1; dates vary by program Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; early drop-off and extended day options (9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) available at an additional cost Transportation: No Fees: $1,115-$2,275, vary by program; early registration/additional sibling discounts available

Purchase Day Camp 3095 Purchase St. Purchase, NY 10577 (914) 949-2636 Director: Jim Kelly

office@purchasehouse.com www.PurchaseDayCamp.com Philosophy: Purchase Day Camp’s high-energy,

positive impact activities build self-esteem. Our broad-based program includes swimming, sports, art, music, science and much more. Growth in every specialty is nurtured by our sensitive, enthusiastic and encouraging team of teachers. Discover why our campers say “I just love it here!” NOTE: ITALICS IN THIS Enrollment: Approximately 450 Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 9 Hours: Junior Camp 3s and 4s: full day 9 a.m.-4 p.m., mini-day 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m., half day 9 a.m.12:10 p.m.; Senior Camp: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mini-K (kindergarten only): 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Transportation: Busing available Fees: Base full-day fee: $3,950/three weeks, $600 each additional week; mini-day/Mini-K fee: $3,400/three weeks, $500 each additional week; half-day fee: $2,800/three weeks, $400 each additional week. Special programs/other: Little Sprouts Mini Camp for 3s, 4s and children entering kindergarten runs June 10-21. Sign up for one or two weeks continued on page 28A


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Ridgefield Academy Summer Camp 223 West Mountain Rd. Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203) 894-1800 Director: Donna Talmadge dtalmadge@ridgefieldacademy.org www.ridgefieldacademy.org Philosophy: Ridgefield Academy’s day camp

offers children 5-10 fun, themed activities, water fun and outdoor games on the beautiful 42-acre campus of Ridgefield Academy. We are located 1 mile over the New York-Connecticut border, and are approximately 20 minutes from Bedford center. Enrollment: ages 5-10 Camper-counselor ratio: 12:1 Calendar: June 17-July 26 Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $400/week or $100/day

Ridgefield Equestrian Center’s Summer Horsemanship Program 258 North St. Ridgefield, CT 06877 (203) 438-7433 Director: Wendy Banks-Pola www.RidgefieldEquestrianCenter.com Philosophy: Ridgefield Equestrian Center offers

the finest instruction at all levels. Established in 1941, it has been family-owned and -operated ever since. Our summer horsemanship program is in its 28th consecutive year. Each year we plan fun and informative lessons to help young riders ages 7-14 build a solid foundation in basic horsemanship. Students will learn proper grooming techniques, how to tack up their pony safely, safety around horses and the stable, care and feeding, common ailments and lameness, anatomy and many other interesting facts about horses and ponies. Best of all, the children will enjoy a one-hour group lesson on horseback with fun and games. Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Monday-Friday, June 17-Aug. 16; choose from four two-week sessions Hours: 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $895/two-week session

Rye Racquet Club Tennis Camp 3 South Rd. Harrison, NY 10528 (914) 835-3030 Directors: Go Inagawa and Teza Simunyola www.ryeracquet.com Philosophy: To provide a comprehensive tennis

education including mechanics, stroke production and strategies of the game. To help students develop a lifetime love of the game and a sense of good sportsmanship and fair play. Enrollment: Morning and full day, 40 campers/ week Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 or 5:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 16 Hours: Morning camp, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m.; full day, 8:45am-4 p.m. (Fridays camp ends at 1 p.m.); USTA, 2-4 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Call for fees Special programs/other: Students must be

evaluated for acceptance into the USTA and/ or full day camp. MITL team competition, Elite Training Program offered

St. John’s Pre-School Summer Camp (nonsectarian) P.O. Box 394 South Salem, NY 10590 (914) 763-3671 Director: Barbara Bonfantini StJohnCampDir@aol.com Philosophy: St. John’s Pre-School Summer Camp

is located in northern Westchester in the beautiful town of South Salem and is now in its 14th year of operation. We continue to offer a stimulating, age-appropriate experience for children 2-5 years. With an emphasis on theme-related weekly activities, children will have an opportunity to enjoy indoor as well as outdoor activities including art, music, water play, drama and group games. With our expanded playground, campers will have many new possibilities for summer fun. All of us at St John’s Pre-School Summer Camp are committed to offering a safe, professional and exciting camp environment where the selfconfidence and social skills your children have developed during the school year will continue to grow over the summer. Enrollment: 20-30 campers/weekly session divided by age into two rooms. Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 2; parents may register campers on a weekly basis Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9:15 a.m.-noon Transportation: No Fees: Upon request Special programs/other: Large playground with a field, bicycles, bicycle track, sandbox, climber, water play and sprinkler fun

Scarsdale Ballet Studio Summer Intensive and Mini-Camp 696R White Plains Rd. Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914) 725-8754 Director: Diana White

scarsdaleballetstudio@verizon.net

www.scarsdaleballetstudio.com Philosophy: A daily program for dancers ages 8-12

who wish to focus in-depth on ballet technique and repertory in a collaborative and creative atmosphere. Studio and guest faculty, including Abi Stafford of New York City Ballet, teach classes in ballet, pointe, variations, choreography, body conditioning and contemporary. All participants will perform a solo in the final studio showing. Maria Posey directs the afternoon mini-camp for ages 3-5. Also offering a two-week After School Intensive for advanced dancers June 17-28. Call for more information. Enrollment: Two levels, 16/level Camper-counselor ratio 10:1 Calendar: July 1-Aug. 2 Hours: After School Intensive: Monday-Friday, 4:30-7 p.m.; Summer Intensive: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Mini-camp: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 3-4:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: TBD. Call for information

Slam Dunk Basketball Camps Westchester County Center 198 Central Ave. White Plains, NY 10606 (914) 231-4673 Director: Rob Rizzio

KDC2@westchestergov.com www.westchestergov.com/parks Philosophy: Children in grades 1-9 learn and

practice basketball skills through drills and team play. Enrollment: 90/session Calendar: One-week sessions, July 1-5 (no camp July 4), July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26 Hours: Grades 1-2, 8:30 a.m.-noon; grades 3-9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Call for fees.

Sound Scientist Summer Camp The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk 10 N. Water St. Norwalk, CT 06854 (203) 852-0700 Director: Ann Marie Lisi

campdirector@maritimeaquarium.org

www.maritimeaquarium.org Philosophy: Children between the ages of 6-15

discover the fun side of scientific inquiry in these one-day and weeklong summer sessions at the aquarium. Kids go beyond the books with exciting, age-appropriate, hands-on activities in our private classrooms, unique exhibits and larger-than-life IMAX movie theater. Activities and topics vary by session. Enrollment: 30/session Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: One-day sessions: July 1, 2 and 3; one-week sessions: June 24-28 and July 8-12 through Aug. 12-16 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; optional pre-care 8:30-9:30 a.m. and post-care 3:30-5:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $98/one-day session; $435/one-week session; pre-care: $17/one-day session, $72/oneweek session; post-care: $33/one-day session; $143/one-week session. Aquarium members receive a 20 percent discount Special programs/other: Financial assistance is available for those who qualify

Soundview Sports 2900 Purchase St. Purchase, NY 10577 (914) 323-5400 Director: Steve Moynahan office@soundviewsports.com www.soundviewsports.com Philosophy: The Soundview Sports Skills Build-

ing Program is designed to teach sportsmanship and proper skills to boys and girls ages 5-14. The focus of the program is making learning fun and building confidence through success. Campers are taught basic to advanced skills in soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, flag football, floor hockey, swimming, tennis, golf and volleyball. Enrollment: Maximum of 350 per session Camper-counselor ratio: 5:1 Calendar: Seven one-week sessions starting June 24 and ending Aug. 9 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Transportation: Optional door-to-door busing Fees: Upon request

Sportime Harbor Island Summer Camp Harbor Island Park Mamaroneck, NY 10543 (914) 777-5050 Director: Carlos Campo www.SportimeNY.com/Camp www.sportimeny.com/harbor-island

Philosophy: All camps offer appropriate level

of learning, playing, competing and summer fun. Facilities include nine tennis courts, ball fields, basketball, beach and spray park. Three distinct summer junior tennis camps: QuickStart camp for children ages 4-8; Junior Tennis Camp for advanced beginner to intermediate players ages 8-14; Elite Training Camp for competitive juniors of all ages. Enrollment: 50 campers/week maximum Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: June 17-Aug. 30 Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. or half-day options Transportation: Limited transportation may be available Fees: Call for fees

Squire Advantage and Squire Sports Academies The Masters School Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Mailing address: P.O. Box 885 Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 (914) 328-3798 Directors: Matt Davanzo

squirecamps@gmail.com

www.Squirecamps.com Philosophy: Squire Camps, set on the beautiful

96-acre Masters School campus in Dobbs Ferry, is celebrating its 40th anniversary season and offers unique and varied opportunities for boys and girls ages 5-15. Squire Advantage is a totally individualized program for the inquisitive child who wishes to explore and expand his or her interests. Advantage Primary, grades K-3, and Advantage Choice, grades 4-9, enable campers to design their own schedule by choosing two morning and two afternoon courses from a selection of more than 50 offerings, which include digital photography, robotics, polymer clay, lights camera action, tennis, swimming, Legos, etc. Squire Sports Academies: baseball, tennis, and all-sports academy. Squire Sports programs provides an outstanding competitive program for athletes who are interested in improving their skills and having fun while doing so. Early drop-off from 8 a.m. on, hot lunch and a morning snack, as well as a T-shirt and water bottle are included. Transportation and extended day are available. Instructors are New York State certified teachers. Enrollment: 175 for Advantage, 75 for Sports Academies Camper-counselor ratio: 6:1 or better Calendar: June 24-Aug. 9 Hours: 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m. for Advantage; 9 a.m.3:30 p.m. for Sports Academies Transportation: Yes Fees: Vary

Steffi Nossen Summer Dance 2013 216 Central Ave. White Plains, NY 10606 (914) 328-1900 Director: Kathy Fitzgerald info@steffinossen.org www.steffinossen.org Philosophy: Programs fit the needs of a broad

spectrum of dancers. Both programs and faculty transmit the joy of dance while teaching technique and developing creativity. Enrollment: Currently accepting enrollment for weeklong Company-in-Residence Program, an opportunity for experienced high school and college dancers to join a professional dance company in daily Company Class and create and learn repertory; weeklong Dance Intensives for dancers in fifth grade-high school to take daily modern, ballet and jazz technique classes, continued on page 29A


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Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; extended day 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Transportation: Door-to-door optional

plus improve composition, repertory, Pilates and yoga; weeklong Hip-Hop Intensive for fifth grade-high school exploring various hip-hop and breakdance styles and learning and performing repertory; Summer Dance Master Series: 10 Artists in 10 Days — each day a different performing professional will present a Master Class followed by discussion and repertory in a variety of modern and jazz techniques. Calendar: Professional Dance Residency June 24-28; Weeklong Dance Intensives July 8-12 and 15-19; Hip-Hop Intensive July 22-26; Master Series: 10 Artists in 10 Days July 29-Aug. 9; Moving Wheels & Heels Adaptive Dance: Adult Weeklong Intensive June 24-26; Children’s Camp July 1-3 Transportation: No Fees: Call for details

Fees: Vary by program length

Summer Fun at Jewish Family Congregation 111 Smith Ridge Rd. (Rte. 123) South Salem, NY 10590 (914) 763-3028 Director: Jane Emmer

weilemmer@gmail.com Philosophy: This program is designed for children 2 years old to kindergarten. We are a small, nurturing preschool program. We provide developmentally appropriate activities. We spend most of our day outside enjoying our beautiful 10-acre campus. Activities include nature, playground, arts and crafts, games, sprinkler time and age-appropriate sports. A healthy snack is provided daily. Three- or fiveday options available. Enrollment: Limited to 25 children/week Camper-counselor ratio: 3:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 2 Hours: 9:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $225/week five-day, $190/week three-day (week of July 1 is a three-day week for all) Special programs/other: Special themed weeks throughout the summer.

Summer Trails Day Camp 93 Mahopac Ave. Granite Springs, NY 10527 (914) 245-1776 Director: Jamie Sirkin info@summertrailsdaycamp.com www.summertrailsdaycamp.com Philosophy: Summer Trails Day Camp & Baseball

Camp is located on a private 20-acre site in northern Westchester. Summer Trails has been providing a variety of quality programs designed to meet the individual needs of your child since 1974. At Summer Trails we offer a supervised, positive environment with strong role models where children can laugh and grow. Among our many attributes are a tree-shaded lake, two heated pools, nature trails, spacious ball fields, athletic facilities and a climbing wall. We feature a diversified program of athletics, swimming, crafts, drama, music and old-fashioned fun. Our baseball program provides quality instruction in an atmosphere designed to foster a love of the game. We offer three-, four- or five-day per week programs. Half-day programs are available for preschoolers. Select four-, five-, six-, seven- or eight-week sessions. Accredited by the American Camp Association. Summer Trails partners with parents to help children ages 3-13 build values and skills, which foster the growth of emotional intelligence and prepare children for the challenges of adulthood. Enrollment: 500 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1-8:1, depending on camper’s age Calendar: June 24-Aug. 15

Teaches Basketball Camps 59 South Greeley Ave. Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-0278 Director: Terry Teachout teaches100@aol.com www.teacheshoops.com Philosophy: Teaches Basketball Camp’s goal

is to provide a positive learning environment through fundamentals and participation. We are the best “teaching” basketball camp in Westchester. Learn how to improve, play full-court games and have fun. All abilities and levels of experience served. Popular camps included NBA All-Star David Lee Camp, NY Knick Iman Shumpert Camp and NY Knick Steve Novak Camp Enrollment: 25-75 per week Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: July 6-Aug. 30. Multiple camps and locations each week: Armonk, Chappaqua, Dobbs Ferry, Yorktown, White Plains, Sleepy Hollow, Cortlandt and New Rochelle Hours: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $200-375; varies per week Special programs/other: See our theme camps: Five-Star Basketball Camp and Shooting Camps with locations in a town near you.

ThistleWaithe Nature Paths 1340 Rte. 35 South Salem, NY 10590 (914) 977-3662

Maria Fitzgerald information@thistlewaithe.org www.thistlewaithe.org Philosophy: On our nearly seven-acre campus,

Nature Paths launches the young learner on daily exploration that emphasizes problem-solving in the natural environment. Hands-on experiments, reading readiness, scientific observation, and outdoor games and movement round out the busy morning. Enrollment: 21 children ages 4-6 (must enroll for a minimum of two weeks, for either four or five days) Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: June 24-Aug. 2 Hours: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: Four-day program: $250/week; five-day program: $275/week Special programs/other: Visits from naturalists, arts/crafts, surprise theme days

Town of Bedford Recreation and Parks: Bedford Hills Day Camp Bedford Village Day Camp Katonah Day Camp Camps are located in each hamlet park Camp Registration: 425 Cherry St. Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914) 666-7004

Coordinator: Kimberly O’Brien www.bedfordny.gov Philosophy: The Town of Bedford is proud to

offer three exciting camp locations for kids entering first-seventh grades. Our camps are designed to provide campers with a variety of activities each day in a safe, nurturing and

fun atmosphere. The camper’s day is balanced with activities that emphasize social, physical and emotional growth. Each day, campers are offered some degree of choice and are encouraged to participate in all areas of the program. Programs include theme week activities, special events, performers, swimming lessons, athletics, arts and crafts and more. Enrollment: Approximately 175/camp location Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 or less Calendar: July 1-Aug. Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $431-$656

Town of Bedfo rd Recreation and Parks: Bedford Hills/Katonah Tiny Tots Bedford Village Tiny Tots Tiny Tots are located in two of our three hamlet areas Camp Registration: 425 Cherry St. Bedford Hills, NY 10507 (914) 666-7004

Coordinator: Kimberly O’Brien www.bedfordny.gov Philosophy: The Town of Bedford is proud to

offer a wonderful and enriching program for your younger residents. The Tiny Tots program is for 3 1/2-year-olds to those entering kindergarten in the fall. Our camps are designed to provide campers with a variety of activities each day in a safe, nurturing and fun atmosphere. The camper’s day is balanced with activities that emphasize social, physical and emotional growth. Camps offer theme week activities, special events, performers, music, storytelling, arts and crafts and more. Enrollment: Varies Camper-counselor ratio: 8:1 or less Calendar: July 1-Aug. 9 Hours: 9-11:35 a.m. Transportation: No Fees: $349-$543

Vacation Bible Camp Pound Ridge Community Church 3 Pound Ridge Rd. Pound Ridge, NY 10576 (914) 764-9000 Director: Thelma Van Tilburg office@poundridgecommunitychurch.org www.poundridgecommunitychurch.org Philosophy: A fun-filled, active camp where

kids (ages 4 through rising fifth-graders) rotate through outdoor recreation games, contemporary music and dance, Bible story, arts and crafts, science experiments and dinner and snack all the while learning about God and making new friends. Enrollment: 36 Camper-counselor ratio: 4:1 Calendar: Monday-Friday, June 17-21 Hours: 4-7 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $65/child, $75 after June 1. Scholarships available. Includes dinner and snack each day.

Westchester Summer Music Center Westchester County Center 198 Central Ave. White Plains, NY 10606 (914) 231-4673 Director: Mitch White KDC2@westchestergov.com www.westchestergov.com/parks

Philosophy: Young people going into grades 3-12

can learn to play a band or orchestral instrument, as well as guitar or keyboard. Students will experience performing in a group setting. Recreational breaks are included. Enrollment: 220-plus Calendar: Six-week session, July 1-Aug. 9 Hours: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $550-$650. Discounts for Westchester County Park Pass holders

World Cup Gymnastics 170 Hunts Ln. Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-4967 Director: Marie-Louise “Mel” McKeon www.worldcupschools.com Philosophy: World Cup Gymnastics offers

an affordable, safe and fun summer camp for ages 6-12. Our knowledgeable counselors combine superior gymnastics training with a traditional camp experience to ensure that your child has the absolute best summer. With a 19,000-square-foot, fully air-conditioned sports complex, children have ample room to learn new skills and engage in plenty of recreational activities. Each week there is an optional outing including trampolining, rock climbing, pottery, a musical production, arcade fun and more. Arts and crafts, cooking, tie-dying and pizza parties add to the fun. Have the best summer ever at World Cup Gymnastics. Enrollment: more than 70 Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: n/a Hours: 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Transportation: No Fees: $395 (early registration discounts available)

World Cup Nursery School & Kindergarten Camps 160 Hunts Ln. Chappaqua, NY 10514 (914) 238-9267 Director: Roxanne Kaplan www.worldcupschools.com Philosophy: WCNS & K offers two exciting

camps. Prep Camp offers a special summer experience for 2-year-olds and their moms. Moms enjoy watching their children smile and giggle as they are introduced to stimulating songs, music and movement activities. Little campers will play in the indoor gym, splash in the outdoor playground and enjoy stories, crafts and snacks in bright and cheerful classrooms. Kids Camp for 2- to 6-year-olds is filled with lots of physical and creative activities. Campers will splash down in the mini-water park, tackle obstacle courses in the gymnastics complex, enjoy picnics, beach parties, carnivals, ball games and so much more. Older campers enjoy weekly outings like swimming and bowling and every week includes exciting visits from local zoos, nature centers, a magician and singing with Kenny Green. Enrollment: more than 70 Camper-counselor ratio: 7:1 Calendar: n/a Hours: Vary by program Transportation: Yes Fees: $132-$480/week (early registration discounts available)


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feed your kids organic food, but their other parent may feed them only junk food. Many, many problems come about when parents live separately and have no control over how the other parent deals with the kids. You may be sending your child on alternate weekends to McDonald’sland, but you must hold your tongue. Tell the kids that you have special rules in your house and the other house has its own rules. Say, ‘We do things differently, no better, no worse, but different.’” Telling children that their mom lets them do something “because this is what she thinks is right, and you can do it both ways; aren’t you lucky?” is an option Karp advises. Paying close attention to children’s emotions and behavior is important, she said: “Some kids show their feelings much more openly than others, so it’s very hard to know exactly how your child feels. But you need to watch out for signs of changed feelings: changes in sleep, temper or mood, problems in school or with friends, regressive behavior like wetting the bed — these may be ways your child is telling you there is stress.” Seeking help from a therapist who can prepare the family for the tricky stuff that lies ahead is a good idea. “Ideally you would seek therapy as an individual or couple before you seek to separate, and therapy might help you decide not

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to separate,” Karp said. “When therapy doesn’t prove effective and there’s going to be a divorce, having a therapist help you through it is proactive and makes the children feel much safer.” As a therapist, Karp says she often hears, “‘I’m divorced now; I want you to help my child,’” which is often too late. “It’s always better to do this proactively, as so many things dangerous to the child’s well-being can be done unintentionally.” Divorce is often difficult, “but the point is that it doesn’t have to be terrible,” Karp said. “Divorce can be acceptable with two reasonably agreeable adults who have their children’s best interests at heart. The problem is often that parents think they have their children’s best interests at heart, but in fact they have their own interests at heart. That hurts the children.” Anjali Roye, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Developmental Assessment and Intervention Center in Bedford Hills. She shares much of what other experts offer in terms of advice for parents contemplating separation or divorce. “The biggest things for parents of young children is that they want to minimize the child’s awareness and the impact that separation or divorce — or even arguing — can have on them,” Roye said. “Try to keep things as normal as possible for them; keep routines the same. The biggest thing is limiting fighting and conflicts. Do not fight in front of the kids, so they don’t feel that tension and animosity.” continued on the next page

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ficult. “Some of that is part of the developmental process, in the sense that very young children do think in the here and now, not long-term consequences,” Roye said. “It may take time and maturity to really understand the finality of a divorce.” Parents must be stoic and patient, and remain ready to answer questions for a long time. “even though these questions might be repetitive to adults, kids need that continued reassurance, and will eventually put two and two together,” Roye said. Mom and Dad also must know that children can be angry toward their parents, upset that their lives have changed and express hope to return to the old life the whole family shared. “The best thing to do is try to acknowledge how the kids are feeling,” Roye said. “Say, ‘I understand and am sorry you feel that way,’ sometimes just saying, ‘Yes, this feels lousy, and we understand that.’ It’s really a developmental thing, and even for adults it takes time to totally process the changes.” Roye emphasizes the need to be proactive in asking for help. “Talk to the child’s teacher, talk to the pediatrician, see if the child might need a little therapy,” she said. “Don’t wait until your child is having problems, so speak to the school and let them know what’s happening in the household. Say, ‘Please let me know if my child is exhibiting stress.’ That way, it can be addressed early.”

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e have two boys. They’re now 6 and 2 years old. and they couldn’t be more different from each other. Literally from the moment our little one, Jeffrey, was born we could tell. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s so strange. I know there are a lot of factors that come into play when a child develops his own personality and traits — and I truly believe it’s part nature, part nurture. although when the kid is different that very first week of life, it’s still very strange. One of the major differences was sleep. It’s not that Henry, our oldest, didn’t sleep, but napping and bedtime at night were major debacles. First on naps: Henry never once in his life took a nap in a crib. He just wouldn’t do it. No matter what we tried. after the bassinet it was him falling asleep in the car or the bouncy seat, on vibrate, of course. The bouncy seat meant keeping a close eye on him, too, to make sure he didn’t fall out since he was only strapped at the waist. and when he outgrew that — his butt was literally scraping the ground — it was the car and the high chair. and eventually all of that stopped working. He gave up

naps before age 2. (I’m 35 and I still take naps when I’m allowed to, or if I can pass out on the couch before anyone notices.) Bedtime for Henry was a two- or threehour ordeal on a nightly basis. and again, it didn’t take place in his crib. It was on our bed with a Baby einstein DVD and him being soothed until he finally fell asleep. and if you moved him at the wrong time, or if he felt like he was being lowered into the crib, yes, Henry woke up and you started all over again. eventually (and I don’t even remember when or how) we got Henry falling asleep properly in his crib — there were stories and songs and light shows that he eventually grew to love. even now we do everything but the song and he’s pretty good about falling asleep most nights. and then there was Jeff. He’s a super napper and he’s always been great at bedtime. Now my wife puts them down at the same time, but when Jeff was younger all you had to do was give him a kiss goodnight, plop him down in the crib, he would assume the butt in the air position and he’d pass out without a fuss. This was 99 percent of his young life — no stories, no songs, just his light-up seahorse. Naps were the same. easiest thing ever.

Sure there have been some rough periods (though the worst are usually when he decides to wake up at 5 a.m. and torture us). In addition to them having totally different personalities and body types and eating habits and interests, another major difference was communication. We never knew what Henry wanted. Never. He was a super-early walker — first steps at 10 months — but the speech didn’t come in until the later side of after 18 months, and he just couldn’t find a way to let us know what he wanted. But by age 2 this kid was speaking like an adult — using big words and sentences and asking questions and answering questions. It was amazing, though I didn’t realize it at the time. What I did know was that it was strange for this to be coming out of this tiny little person. The funny thing was that for the next two years I could not for the life of me understand any of Henry’s friends. Not a word. Until Jeff came around I hadn’t realized that Henry was the exception to the rule. Jeff didn’t make a peep at 18 months. However, we knew exactly what he wanted at all times. He was much easier in that way. But there was some concern about his speech and our pediatrician suggested

Jeff get evaluated. The evaluator came to the house, talked to Jeff, observed him doing certain tasks, playing with certain toys and pretty much told us, “I’ll be surprised if I see you again in six months.” everything was “normal,” and since he listened well — for someone his age — and could communicate, and also showed a little wit in his actions, she said he’d start talking soon enough. Of course it wasn’t long after that the words started to come. and yes, we now regret teaching him to talk, but the fun part is that while his speech is very good — still nothing like Henry’s was — he’s progressing like a toddler. It’s like we have our baby as a baby a little longer. Jeff is starting to really string a lot of words together, but at a regular pace, one that’s been comfortable for him. The things both of our kids say and do are quite funny and representative of who they are. Now when Jeff gives us a hug, he says, “Oh, you’re sooooo cute,” like everyone says to him, but in a mocking tone. and just this week Henry made his first sarcastic remark. Well, maybe our boys aren’t so different after all. — TODD SLISS

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