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FEATURES 6 | Gifts Mother’s Day gifts from local businesses 14 | Education The benefits of a bilingual education for your child 16 | Health What expectant mothers need to know about pregnancy and COVID-19 20 | Education 28 free and discounted online coding programs for kids 24 | Beauty 7 sun-kissed products to warm up your beauty routine
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Directories 15 | Bilingual Directory 23 | STEAM Directory
8 | Family Fun Virtual museum tours for the family, right from your couch 10 | Mom Stories “In the Time of Coronavirus” 12 | Let’s Go 10 Family hikes in Westchester 18 | Family Health Expert tips on how to face the stress of the pandemic 26 | Mom Hacks No-bake oatmeal energy bites 28 | Family Health When pediactric appointments go virtual 30 | Last Word
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May Embrace We know that lately there have been many versions of what “happy” means to us all. It may be getting the kids all in sync for the day, getting the groceries you need, or just getting up. As we navigate this new world of living in a pandemic, more than ever, community is essential. Whether this is the neighbor next door or the Instagram friend who lives on the other side of the world — support will get us through this hard time. Speaking of community, we have a lovely roundup of Mother’s Day Gifts (page 6), all from local businesses. As the weather warms and we all learn how to be out and about safely, we also have 10 Family Hikes in Westchester (page 12).
And since we’re still home a lot, we have some great online resources for the kids to keep them busy and learning. Our Coding Programs For Kids (page 20) is chock-full of free and discounted STEAM activities online. Your little Harry Potter fan will love J.K. Rowling’s new site for families(page tk), “Harry Potter at Home.” Lastly, have we told you, “we love you?” Well, we do, and In the Time of Coronavirus, Now is a Good Time to say “I Love You” (page 10) we share why.
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Mother’s Day Gift Guide The best gifts for moms — all from local businesses By Serena Norr
his Mother’s Day is going to be completely different than anything we have ever experienced, but that doesn’t mean it has to be terrible. With some creative thinking, moms will still be able to enjoy their special day and even enjoy food, drinks, and gifts from local resources. Below, we’ve rounded up a few gift ideas for mom featuring some local Westchester businesses.
Wellness Essentials: Staying well and
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healthy is super important during this time. Get mom all of the wellness essentials she needs from the local Westchester boutique, KAHLO Collective (kahlocollective.com). Some great finds include their curated selection of candles, Apothecary essentials, jewelry, and more. They currently offer curbside pick-up at their store or you can peruse and shop online in the convenience of your home.
Books : Reading is a great way to escape these days. For Mother’s Day, get mom a new book from Little Joe’s Books (bookshop.org/shop/ littlejoes) or Scattered Books (scatteredbooks. com) that you can order over the phone or online. Gift Cards: Support local restaurants by
Mugs: Since we are drinking all the coffee
purchasing a gift card to your mom’s favorite restaurant. They can be used when the restaurant reopen or for take-out/delivery when no one can even think about cooking.
these days, upgrade the mom in your life with a new mug. We love the cute selection of coffee mugs from All Together Now (alltogethernowkids.com) that you can order over the phone. They also offer curbside pickup and delivery options.
Fancy Provisions: Breakfast in bed isn’t going out of style, and this Mother’s Day you can still treat mom to a morning treat by getting some fancy provisions from Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods, fresh baked
(Left to right) a platter from Mount Kisco Smokehouse, KAHLO Collective offers curbsite pickup, the chic wares of Rubysue Katonah are now online. goodies from G.E. Brown Fine Food, or premium lox from Mount Kisco Smokehouse. Place everything on a tray and let her enjoy a relaxing morning meal.
to the movies, many local movie houses, like The Bedford Playhouse (bedfordplayhouse. org) and Jacob Burns Film Center (burnsfilmcenter.org), are offering to stream of some of their new releases.
Order In: Another way to celebrate Mother’s
Day is to order in. Many local restaurants are offering deals and family-style portions of their popular dishes. Some of these include pasta, salad, a main dish (protein) and a bottle of wine for $50, such as at Stone Fire and Sinapi’s.
Local Luxury: Get mom a special gift from a local boutique, such as Rubysue Katonah (rubysuekatonah.com) who recently moved their popular outpost to a new website. There you can find jewelry, home and beauty products, and cute tops, to name a few options.
Treat her to a Movie: While we all can’t get
Digital Class: Digital programming is
the name of the game these days. Support the mom in your life and local business by purchasing a class with something she loves. Some great options include art classes from King Street Studio or acting/writing with Jeffrey Tambor at the Ridgefield Playhouse. Time: The gift of time is a precious thing and something any mom would value, especially these days of endless things to do and homeschooling. If you are able to, take the kids out for an hour (check out our list of local hikes at westchesterfamily.com) where mom can do whatever she wants.
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Virtual Cultural Tours for Families Connect with and support these cultural institutions — all from the comfort of your home By Serena Norr
ne of the upsides of social distancing and home learning has been the ability to access content and resources from our beloved museums and cultural institutions. During this time, they have created ways for users to access their exhibitions, videos, and films as well as offered games, activities and resources for virtual learning. Virtual tours are a great way to connect and support local museums and cultural institutions as well as a way to visit new places–all from the comfort of your home—and supplement learning or add in new subject material to your kids’ day. Plus, they’re fun, educational, and engaging for the whole family! Below, check out a list of Westchester-based and museums and cultural institutions as well as those beyond Westchester that you can enjoy with your kids. Westchester-Based
Bedford Playhouse bedfordplayhouse.org
The beloved movie house recently launched a virtual movie trivia for kids. Designed for kids ages 5-9, this free week-long trivia takes place every Monday at 2 pm where participants can respond to a series of trivia questions that will be posted on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be chosen at random and win a free popcorn voucher that can be used once Bedford Playhouse re-opens. Jacob Burns Film Center burnsfilmcenter.org
The Pleasantville-based movie house recently launched JBFC at Home, a one-stop online resource where visitors can enjoy new movie releases, curated film lists, and activities. This includes great picks for the whole family, including Scavenger Hunt for Early Learners, Hand-Drawn Animation Activity and the JBFC Mixtapes, to name a few favorites. Westchester Children’s Museum discoverwcm.org
Enjoy activities curated by the beloved Westchester Children’s Museum via their online program, WCM at Home. Through this initiative, they are offering featured
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activities every week and websites to check out every week. Some featured projects on the site including how to build a fairy house and blow up balloons. WCM at Home also includes drop-in virtual classes (they currently have some great Earth Day projects for sensory play and discovery) and resources on how to explain COVID-19 to your kids. Hudson River Arts Museum hrm.org
While they are closed, you can still enjoy content and news about their exhibitions,
permanent collections, and art and science activities. This includes learning how to balance an egg, a tour of Glenview or viewing the current Derrick Adams Exhibit. Katonah Museum of Art katonahmuseum.org
Enjoy virtual exhibits from the Katonah Museum of Art at home. This currently includes a virtual tour of Bisa Butler: Portraits, including activity sheets for kids such as the Bisa Butler Drawing Portraits Activity, Bisa Butler Transform a Photo Activity and the
Bisa Butler Pantoum Portrait Poem. Hudson Valley MOCA hudsonvalleymoca.org
Hudson Valley MOCA is offering its current exhibits online. This includes a virtual tour of their current exhibits: How We Live and .edu: Art Faculty of the Hudson Valley. Beyond Westchester Musee D’Orsay m.musee-orsay.fr/en/home.html
Take a virtual trip to Paris to learn about the fascinating history of the former train station, now known as the Musee D’Orsay. The tour follows the timeline and visual history of the opening of the train station to how it became a museum that now houses art from 1848 to 1914. Metropolitan Museum of Art metmuseum.org
The MET recently launched its #MetAnywhere initiative, offering users access to content, web-based highlights, interviews, behind-the-scenes videos, short
videos, and exhibitions. Families can also check out #MetKids where they can find videos, maps, lesson plans that integrate works of art and family guides featuring activities to enjoy at home. American Museum of Natural History amnh.org
tour includes a history of Kahlo, the chance to see some of her clothing and art. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum okeeffemuseum.org
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum offers a way to see some of the artists’ paintings.
The museum has tons of ways for kids to engage remotely, including the OLogy science website where you can discover hands-on activities, videos, stories and games to learn more about science. They also have their Curriculum Collection for teachers and educators, the museum’s YouTube Channel where you can see collections and take courses from the museum on Coursera, Khan Academy, and Kahoot. The museum will also be showing recorded tours of their collections as Facebook Lives every day at 2 pm EST.
Adler Planetarium adlerplanetarium.org
Museo Frida Kahlo museofridakahlo.org.mx/en/the-bluehouse
This Amsterdam-based museum tour offers a way to see artistic masterpieces from the Dutch Golden Age. The comprehensive online gallery features access to 80 galleries and 8,000 objects and pieces of art.
Learn more about this prolific artist by touring her former home, La Casa Azul. The
Learn more about space by visiting Chicago’s Adler Planetarium. Kids can enjoy their Let’s Do Science video series featuring science experiments that families can do at home using household materials. Some experiments include how to make cool crystals, how to make your own barometer, and how to make a lava lamp, to name a few. Rijksmuseum rijksmuseum.nl/en
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In the Time of Coronavirus Now is a good time to say “I love you” By Donna LaDD
any parents know there is life before kids then life after kids. When children come along, you get into a new routine. Parenthood, particularly motherhood, is hard. After baby, everything is supposed to be wrapped into this beautiful bow. For women — you are expected to be superhuman. We are Goddesses that can “do it” all. Friendships change; you don’t mean for this to happen. But the weight of the responsibility is as deep as the sea. Years go by, some happy, others rough. It can take months, maybe years, but you figure it out. Then global tragedy strikes. Suddenly life changes overnight. We’ll skim over the part that there were warnings. We are now living in a Matt Damon movie where a woman (pfff, of course) is patient zero. Or is she patient one? Whatever… this doesn’t matter. Whoever has brought upon disease — the culprit in your story is unknown. And at this point, it’s here, and suddenly the world is different. And guess what happens? You start to adjust. After all, you have small humans to watch over. Life is weird. The first two weeks — tantrums were plentiful for both you and the kids. Being a parent, a caretaker, and now a teacher, while also juggling life… well, there have been some tears. Now one month in, you are baking cookies (from scratch!). When the toddler decides to crunch all the goldfish, makes it into a paste, smears it onto the wallpaper, while on a Zoom call, you let him. You choose your battles wisely these days. Your children’s laughter fills you up. And when quiet sets and all is working out for the day, you sit by the window while the sun pierces through the city trees, you close your eyes and let it recharge you. Oh, the Greek tragedy that is unfolding is still present in the sirens you hear throughout the day. Like quicksand, you start to fall into the sadness — unable to move. The loss of life weighs on you, a city, the world, but you work hard to show a happy front for the ones who will remember this period of time for years to come. We are the mothers. This is our ‘job’. All the little faces are looking to us and our response. So. We force a smile. The part that gets you through it? The calls and messages that have been coming in for weeks. Long lost friends, relatives that you haven’t spoken to since that summer trip, friends from all parts of life checking in. Angie, your high school best friend, you used to ditch class with (sorry mom) and drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu. Hair streaming out the windows, not a care in the world. Claudine, a co-worker from your first job, when lunches out and happy hours were a daily thing. Erica, your first ‘mom friend’ that got you through the early newborn nights. All the calls end the same “take care, stay safe — I love you.” People who aren’t actively part of your life fall away — only the true stay. There is no time for grudges — you are raw, open, and not wasting a minute. “I love you,” you say because now is a good time as ever to tell you.
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10 Family Hikes in Westchester Nature spots to promote normalcy in our kids’ lives while also practicing social distancing By Serena Norr
ur lives have dramatically changed in the past two weeks. While it’s so important to stay home at this time, it’s also challenging to take on the new role of being a teacher while also juggling work and trying to create some sort of normalcy in our kids’ lives. While there will be many ups and downs as we all figure out this new normal, there are several ways to maintain social distance while also getting fresh and enjoying nature by walking, biking, or hiking at one of the many trails in the area. While many of the playgrounds are closed, the trails are still open which is a great way to explore, get some exercise, and help to break up the monotony of being home. Below, we are sharing some of our favorite hikes and walks in Westchester and Connecticut that you and your family can explore while also practicing social distancing.
Ward Pound Ridge Located in Pound Ridge, Ward Pound Ridge is a spacious park that offers nine trails for hikers of all abilities. There are numerous trail makers for families, including a 2.6-mile option to the adventurous 9.9-mile option. Many of the hikes are flat and offer points to rest by water. The site also has a museum, playground (located on one of the trail makers) and various seated areas for a picnic. Location: Reservation Rd, Pound Ridge, NY Zofnass Family Trail The largest of the Westchester Land Trust’s preserves, the Zofnass Family Trail, also located in Pound Ridge, encompasses 150 acres of rocky hills, flat surfaces, and muddy trails. During our visit, we took a simple onemile trail that was an adventure that included a mixture of levels--including rock hopping, mud and finding animal skeletons! This trail is also home to reptiles and amphibians that you will likely see along the way. Location: 258 Upper Shad Rd, Pound Ridge, NY Farringtons Woods Trail Situated on the Connecticut/Westchester border, this 10.9-mile trail is broken up into
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multiple trails. This includes spots that are flat as well as trails that can take you along the water or at steep points of elevation that make for some amazing views. Farringtons Woods Trail is also open to mountain bikers, motorcyclists and bikers that can make it a bit more challenging (space-wise) during some
parts of the hike. Location: New York CT/ Border. Start in Danbury, CT or Brewster, NY. Teatown A 1,000-acre nature preserve, Teatown is a fun place for families to explore, stroll, and
hike. They have 15 miles of trails where you can soak in the natural terrain and encourage your kids to become jr. explorers. Their maps also break down the easier trails (.9 miles) to the more strenuous ones (6.5 miles), based on your ability. Location: 1600 Spring Valley Rd, Ossining, NY
covers numerous trails from one-mile to 2.4 miles--offering mild to moderate levels of elevation. Views of the Cranberry Lake and an abandoned tennis court are some cool things that you and your family see along the way. Location: 1609 Old Orchard St, West Harrison, NY
Muscoot Farm While all of their indoor and outdoor programming is canceled, you can still enjoy the trails and on-site farm. Their trail loops offer one to four-mile options, including views of the New Croton Reservoir. Location: 51 NY-100, Katonah, NY
Bronx River Parkway Reservation The oldest park in Westchester, the Bronx River Parkway Reservation is a fantastic location for hiking/walking and mountain biking. This includes a one-mile loop, a 4.6mile section, and a 5-mile loop, depending on your kids’ ages and abilities. They also have a playground and cabin options, though they aren’t open now. Location: 2 Bronx River Pkwy, Scarsdale, NY
Kitchawan Preserve A stunning hike, the Kitchawan Preserve includes a hike along the reservoir and the North County Trailway. The hike is pretty steady with ample places to stop along the way. Location: 712 Kitchawan Rd, Ossining, NY Cranberry Lake Preserve A 190-acre park, the Cranberry Lake Preserve
Croton Gorge Park After soaking in the “wow” factor of the incredible Old Croton Dam and spillway, you and your family will love a day of hiking and exploring. The Croton Gorge Park offers access to New York State’s Old Croton Aqueduct as well as the chance to walk on
the dam bridge for some breathtaking views. The site also has a playground, an area for fishing, and skiing and sledding in the winter. Location: 35 Yorktown Rd, Croton-OnHudson, NY Hudson Highlands Nature Museum This gorgeous nature center was founded in 1959. The site focuses on the unique ecology of the Hudson Highlands while promoting knowledge and appreciation of our natural world. Currently, due to COVID-19, all buildings are closed including the restrooms and Grasshopper Grove. Hiking trails are open and you are encouraged to bring what you will need for your hike. Location: 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall, NY Serena Norr is the founder of the activity/ travel website, The Weekend Jaunts where she chronicles her travels, adventures and cool things to do with her 3 kids and the site curator at NorthernWestchesterMoms.com. She loves all things digital and playwriting. You can find her on Insta at @serenanorrcreative, @ weekendjaunts @northernwestchestermoms
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A Second Language Can Open Doors The benefits of a bilingual education for your child By Rachael SandeRSon Benz
rogressive parents who wish to give their children a global education are bucking the conventional public school route and enrolling their kids in schools that offer a bilingual education. “Parents who want their children to be diverse and independent thinkers, who are open to the world, choose bilingual education for their children,” says Simone Bruemmer, Ph.D., Head of Lower School at the German International School New York in White Plains. “Cultivating global citizens is part of this type of education. The ability to navigate multiple cultures and languages is an advantage for later in life,” she says. What is Bilingual Education? “Students who receive a bilingual education are taught subject matters in two languages,” says Marine Heraud, Director of Admissions at the French-American School of New York (FASNY) in Mamaroneck. Topics such as reading, writing, math, science, literature, and social studies are taught to students in English and French by native speakers of each language at the school. “A true bilingual teaching model goes beyond the mastery of two languages,” says Heraud. “It is based on the acquisition of two cultures, of two thought systems, and of two ways to express one’s ideas,” she says. “Starting in pre-K, our students ‘live’ both the German and English language through coursework, projects, exchange programs, and their friendships,” agrees Bruemmer. “They move seamlessly between both languages with great ease,” she says. Who Attends? According to Thomas Mitchell of Lyceum Kennedy French American School, approximately 85 percent of the school’s students come from homes that speak dual languages. “It is always easier if the child is already in a bilingual environment at home, but it is not a requirement. We have some parents who have chosen a bilingual education for their children simply because they like the French language and culture and want their children
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to learn two languages,” says Mitchell. As with FASNY, students who attend Lyceum Kennedy are taught curriculum in both English and French beginning from preschool up to high school. Start Young There is a resounding agreement by educators that it is best to introduce a child to a dual language program during the preschool years. “Virtually all science on the matter points to the fact that ‘the younger, the better’ is truly the best practice in language acquisition for children,” says Sage. “Children starting at the preschool level have a significant advantage over children starting later than this,” she says. Advantages While there are many advantages to enrolling your child in a bilingual program, there are a few drawbacks. Parents expressed that potential students and their families should be aware of the increased homework load due to the dual curriculum and the possibility of having to say goodbye to friends who relocate to another
country. By and large, they agreed that these issues seemed small in contrast to the benefits. Graduates of bilingual programs have the advantage of earning an international degree, which opens the doors for students who may wish to pursue college abroad. Students earn a high school degree from New York as well as a diploma from the country of the second language curriculum they are studying. For example, graduates of the German International School New York earn a New York State High School Diploma and the German International Abitur, which is a high school degree from Germany that facilitates access to universities worldwide. Educators of dual language programs tout that bilingual students have increased memory — are better thinkers, problem-solvers, have greater focus, score higher on tests, and have more empathy toward others. “Bilingual children excel academically and can more easily navigate multiple cultures,” says Bruemmer. Academics aside, our experts agree, a bilingual education opens doors both professionally and socially.
Bilingual Education Directory | Special Advertising Supplement Battery Park Montessori 21 South End Ave. New York, NY 10280 212-235-2304 email@example.com Battery Park Montessori is New York’s only trilingual Montessori school, offering their 2-6 year old students exposure to both Spanish and Mandarin languages in their beautiful ground-level riverside location with a secure outdoor playground along a tree-lined promenade. Their children thrive in pristine prepared environments guided by trained and qualified teachers that ensure the social, emotional, cognitive, academic, and physical development of each child. Battery Park Montessori is located at 21 South End Avenue in Battery Park City. They offer rolling admissions, and there are limited spots available for the 20202021 school year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (212-235-2304) for more information.
Collina Italiana 1556 Third Ave., suite 602-603, New York, NY 212-427-7770 info@CollinaItaliana.com collinaitaliana.com Collina Italiana’s language programs have enabled children to learn la bella lingua of Italy in an interactive, fun and nurturing environment for over fifteen years. They offer year-round comprehensive language learning and hands-on instruction in the arts in classes that are divided into age groups. Now they are offering students the opportunity to learn about Italian language and culture online, through fun lessons, games and activities. Designed by their dedicated and experienced native Italian educators, their online classes can be enjoyed by children ages 4-9+. In addition, they are also offering private classes for children and adults as well as their Leggiamo! Children’s book club on Sundays for ages 4-10, free of charge.
French-American School of New York Manor Campus (NurseryGrade 3) 111 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont, 914-250-0469
Village Campus (Grades 4-8) 145 New St., Mamaroneck, 914250-0451 Harbor Campus (Grades 9-12) 320 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, 914-250-0477 fasny.org FASNY develops globally literate, multicultural lifelong learners through a unique program that integrates American, French, and international curricula. They educate students to understand, contribute to, and thrive in an interdependent world. FASNY holds its students to the highest standards of academic excellence, supports them in their personal development, and fosters a spirit of inquiry, service, and social responsibility to the environment and the global community. FASNY is accredited by New York State Association of Independent Schools, the International Baccalaureate Organization and the French Ministry of Education.
German International School New York 50 Partridge Road, White Plains 914 948 6513 Gisny.org email@example.com Established in 1980, German International School New York (GISNY), an independent Pre-K through Grade 12 college preparatory program, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2020. Their bilingual education in English and German with an emphasis on science and math opens a world of opportunities for your child. At GISNY graduates earn the NYS High School Diploma and the German International Abitur, a globally recognized diploma, which gives access to universities worldwide. Children entering our Pre-K or Kindergarten programs are not required to speak or understand German and will build the foundation of being bilingual by first grade.
Green Meadow Waldorf School 307 Hungry Hollow Rd Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 A Green Meadow education is a global education. Students take Spanish in grades
1-12 and German in grades 1-5 through their World Languages program, and they offer Japanese in grades 9-12. They host a diverse international population in their High School, where about 70 percent of their students go on international exchange for 3-5 months to become fluent in their target language. Their Admissions Office is working remotely and happy to assist you with planning for your children’s education in September 2020. Please email Admissions Director Melissa McDonagh at mmcdonagh@gmws. org to sign up for an Online Information Session and learn more about Green Meadow and Waldorf Education.
HudsonWay Immersion School 525 West 52nd St. New York, NY 212-787-8088 718-839-4073 hwis.org HudsonWay Immersion School is the first independent immersion school in the Tri-State area. They serve students from preschool to Grade 8, where students learn all subjects in two languages - Mandarin/English or Spanish/English - giving them the cognitive abilities, character and global skills to succeed in a fast-changing and interconnected world. They are now introducing a new middle school track for incoming 6th graders without prior Mandarin language experience. Scholarships and financial aid are available.
International Academy of New York 4 East 90th St. New York, NY 212-641-0260 ianyc.org The International Academy is a bilingual, diverse and multicultural school for Pre-Nursery (2’s) through 8th Grade. The school has the advantage of small class sizes, allowing for individual attention and deep academic study. Students receive daily instruction in the arts, a focus on literacy and math skills, and immersive classes in Spanish or Chinese. They also have a unique, creative coding program geared toward AI for social good.
Placement and financial aid is still available for the fall.
Lyceum Kennedy French American School 225 E. 43rd St., New York, N.Y. 212-681-1877 lyceumkennedy.org lkadmissions@lyceumkennedy Lyceum Kennedy’s mission is to provide its students with a unique bilingual education based on the principles of self-expression and differentiated pedagogy (Nursery through 12th Grades). The school’s solid foundation allows students to grow into full participants in the world around them and keep a passion for knowledge throughout their lives. Lyceum Kennedy’s teacher/student ratio allows the school to understand and work with each student as an individual in order to ensure academic success and instill a love of learning. Students have the option to follow the French Ministry of Education, New York State Board of Regents and/or the International Baccalaureate program.
Pine Street School 25 Pine St. New York, NY 10005 212-235-2304 firstname.lastname@example.org Pine Street School is NYC’s only fully-accredited International Baccalaureate World School with a full immersion Spanish and Mandarin program from Nursery (2s) through 8th Grade. Using highly-respected international curriculums and the latest educational research, they prepare capable, confident, and responsible 21st-century world citizens and changemakers to best deliver an intellectually rigorous, inquiry-based approach that prioritizes student agency, technological fluency, and developing a global perspective. Conveniently near public transportation in the Financial District, regular ageappropriate field trips keep the learning meaningful and relevant. Contact admissions@ greenivy.com (212-235-2304) for information about available spots for 2020-21, and inquire about Financial Aid starting in Kindergarten and Merit Scholarships for Middle School.
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Pregnancy and coVID-19 What expectant mothers need to know about the coronavirus By IsaBelle Bousquett
here are still many unknowns regarding the intersection of pregnancy and the coronavirus. Because the virus is relatively recent, not many infants have been born to infected mothers. So it’s hard for scientists to offer certainties about the way the virus might affect pregnant women and their babies. However, the CDC has put out some guidance for pregnant women during the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s what you need to know about pregnancy and coronavirus: Pregnant women may be at an increased risk While there are no studies on the level
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of a pregnant woman’s susceptibility to COVID-19, pregnant women are often more susceptible to similar respiratory infections. Pregnant women are naturally a higher risk group than the general population. They were more at risk for severe illness from related infections, such as the SARS and MERS outbreaks. Similarly, they are vulnerable to complications from the flu. So, while, no one can say for sure, there are reasons to believe that pregnant women are a vulnerable group right now. Justin Brandt, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School says, “We have seen reports in the US of some pregnant women having severe illnesses. However, at this time, it remains
unclear whether pregnant women with COVID-19 fare worse than non-pregnant patients or have similar outcomes.” Pregnant women with the virus have not transmitted it to the fetus In a limited number of cases observed where infants were born to infected women, the child has tested negative for the virus. (However, infants are susceptible to contracting coronavirus from their mothers after birth). Nevertheless, coronavirus may cause other complications during pregnancy. Justin Brandt says these might include “birth defects, early neonatal disease and other complications.” During SARS and MERS, cases of miscarriage and stillbirth were reported in infected women. In some cases of pregnant women with COVID-19, there has been premature birth (birth before 37 weeks). There is no evidence that Coronavirus is transmitted through breastmilk So far, scientists have not detected the virus in breastmilk. If a new mother is infected with COVID-19, she could potentially pump her milk and then allow someone else to feed the baby. In fact, there is a high likelihood that mothers infected with COVID-19 will be temporarily isolated from their infants
Helpful Resources for the Expecting Mom during the Time of Coronavirus COVID-19: after delivery, according to Justin Brandt. Nevertheless, the baby can continue to receive the mother’s breast milk and will be reunited with the mother at the doctor’s discretion. According to the CDC, “breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most infants,” providing babies with protection against many illnesses. Because of that, the decision not to breastfeed shouldn’t be taken lightly. The CDC even recommends that mothers with the regular flu continue nursing their babies, while taking precautions not to infect the baby with the flu. Still, the decision about whether a COVID-19 infected mother should breastfeed should be taken on a case by case basis after consultation with a healthcare professional. Pregnant women should take every precaution There is no question that pregnant women should take every possible precaution to protect themselves during the coronavirus outbreak. Yale Health recommends that pregnant women stay six feet away from
• CDC Advice on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/needextra-precautions/pregnancybreastfeeding.html • New York State Department of Health Resources for Pregnant People and their Families: www.coronavirus. health.ny.gov/system/ files/documents/2020/03/ covid19_pregnancy consumer faqs_3.21.20.pdf • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Coronavirus FAQs: www. acog.org/patient-resources/ faqs/pregnancy/coronaviruspregnancy-and-breastfeeding • Le Leche League: www.llli.org
anyone outside their immediate family as well as any family members that are sick. They should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water. If they’re unable to do so, they should use hand sanitizer that is at least
COULD IT BE HUNTER SYNDROME? A rare combination of common childhood complaints could indicate Hunter syndrome (MPS II ), a progressive, genetic disease.1,2,3 Talk to your doctor, or learn more at:
60% alcohol. They should continue cleaning commonly touched surfaces and objects. If they do need to leave the house, they should avoid public transport. Finally, they should opt for meals prepared at home rather than those delivered from restaurants. Doctors are also modifying prenatal visit schedules to limit the amount that pregnant women need to leave the house. Justin Brandt says: “We are also using telemedicine as much as possible. We are doing everything we can to provide optimal prenatal care while minimizing the need for patients to leave their homes.” The story of pregnancy and coronavirus is still one of uncertainty. While scientists can offer vague guidance, it’s hard for them to say for sure one way or another how the disease affects pregnancy. The good news is that, as Justin Brandt says, “Most people who acquire COVID-19 will recover fully with minimal risk,” and this includes pregnant women. However, it doesn’t hurt to be as cautious as possible. The priority for pregnant women right now should be staying home and staying safe.
¿PODRÍA SER EL SÍNDROME DE HUNTER? Una rara combinación de quejas comunes de la infancia podría indicar el síndrome de Hunter (MPS II ), una enfermedad genética, progresiva.1,2,3 Hable con su médico, o conozca más en:
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Dealing with Kids and
Expert tips for parents on how to face the stress of the pandemic head-on By Jean Herr
e are all home and although we are finding the blessings that come with being with our families -this is still a stressful and uncertain time. We spoke with Westchester resident Stephanie Newman, Ph.D. Clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst, and author about how to deal and talk with your kids about the Cronavirsu pandemic. Anxiety in simple terms Address their anxiety head-on and keep calm. Given their access to social media and the internet, kids see, hear, and know everything. Its important to be direct and explain the current health crisis in simple terms and to do it as calmly as possible. To younger kids, you can say something like: This virus is, in most cases, like a cold or flu; most people will be ok. As long as you do what health officials and doctors say—washing hands a lot (And you have probably heard that if you sing your favorite song while you wash its a good way to make sure you get that 20 seconds in)—and staying indoors, no school or playdates or gatherings with large groups of people, then our family will probably be fine. Older kids and teens might be skeptical and protest about the severity of the pandemic, the dangers of the virus. It’s important to give them a quick lesson in epidemiology by sharing something like: While it’s true that people your age often don’t exhibit symptoms and feel fine, you are
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Tips for managing adult/parent/caregiver anxiety • Stay off the TV and the internet! Avoid the news cycle! Don’t watch updates and breaking news 24-7 • Talk to yourself and repeat all the same facts: most people don’t get severe illnesses. Of those that get ill, most recover. • Find on-line yoga classes and practice relaxation techniques. Many studios are live steaming. If you have to let your kids watch a video and lock yourself in the bathroom for some quiet breathing and reflection, do it. Being calm and clear-headed will help you take better care of your family. • Don’t let kids become caught up in
part of a family and part of a community. You might go to the gym, come in contact with, and infect someone who comes in contact with and infects someone else, who then comes in contact with and infects a third person, and so on, until the sixth person, who might come in contact with someone like your grandparent. It spreads quickly, before symptoms show. And even if you are likely to feel fine, this isn’t just an individual or family health issue. We have to keep the spread from drastically increasing so doctors and hospitals
the news cycle either. Keep news to a minimum. • Remember, model good behavior • Find ways to help others and allow your child to see. Drop off a meal for an elderly relative (leave at the doorway) or divvy items up with other shoppers at the grocery store. There’s enough to go around. One mom had the last two boxes of pasta and told her son to offer one box to an older couple she overheard discussing that the store had run out. • If kids see you practice kindness and emphasizing community values, they will be proud of you and do it too.
don’t get overwhelmed by too many patients at once and can take care of those in need. Understanding the causes of anxiety. What makes all of us anxious? Fears about health and well being and being faced with the unknown. The Coronavirus pandemic is the perfect storm of health risks, unknowns, and unpredictability. So giving kids a sense that there is some order, some routine can help. Following daily routines as much as
you can: mealtimes, bedtimes, other traditions, and everyday practices, like storytimes, helps. It’s really important to make sure you are calm before taking to your kids (they pick up on everything. anxiety even if not expressed in words can be contagious!). So take your pulse, manage your anxiety first, and then have a conversation with the kids. Telling them that this virus is generally not something that will make most people very sick, explaining that you are protecting them and the family by taking precautions like stocking up on foods and staying in and following guidelines about social Distancing and practices and instructions about washing hands should help to relieve kids’ anxiety. You can say, “while I don’t have a crystal ball, we are doing everything we can to take care of ourselves and you and our family, and we will probably be fine. So try not to worry.” Kids’ anxiety can manifest differently than adult anxiety. Children can get stomach aches and feel jittery (just like parents!). Kids can express fear about animals (dogs, cats, birds are common repositories for anxiety about other issues). Refusal to go to school—not so much at issue in many homes right now with containment rules—also commonly signals underlying anxiety. When children are anxious or sad, they sometimes
act on feelings by playing rough, moving around non-stop, acting in ways that appear reckless or impulsive, and by arguing or having strong emotional outbursts. Talking to kids can help them get ahead of their anxiety. Labeling fears can help. And reassuring children that you are there, listening, and doing everything you can you protect them, can also decrease anxiety. Communication and explanations help—even with the youngest kids. Take the toddler whose
Tips to remember to minimize anxiety
• Explanations • Staying calm • Labeling feelings and making connections • Stating facts is helpful • Telling kids, you have followed the rules, taken precautions, for everything in your power to keep them safe, makes them feel like you—and by extension them— have at least a modicum of control over the situation.
mother had gone to the hospital to give birth to a younger sibling and was readmitted due to complications. This child visited her mom and waved through the glass at her newborn sibling. When she got home from the hospital, the toddler kept repeating, “I am not eating applesauce, not eating applesauce.” The toddler’s eagle-eyed dad recalled that the nurses had given his child applesauce during the hospital visit. He told her, “you ate applesauce at the hospital when you saw mommy. She’s better now and will be home soon, and you don’t have to go back to the hospital.” Putting that into words and making the connection for a child who was too young to verbalize the source of her anxiety helped reassure her. As mentioned before, offering an older kid a direct explanation with facts such as: “only a very small percent of cases lead to severe illness and we are doing everything we can to keep you and ourselves healthy and minimize the risk of illness” goes a long way to helping preadolescents and teens understand. This reduces anxiety. Being direct by addressing the situation head-on without being alarmist is always a good idea. Stephanie Newman’s Barbarians at the PTA is now on presale on amazon.com. May 2020 | Westchester Family
CODING PROGRAMS FOR KIDS
28 free and discounted online, kid-friendly STEAM activities BY OLGA UZUNOVA
ith screen time skyrocketing in the last few months, it’s been nearly impossible for many of us to detach the electronics from our kid’s hands. Fortunately, there is a way to make this time count through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). Numerous online kid-friendly coding programs are available for free or with significant discounts during the school closures. Programming activities develop children’s hand-eye coordination, logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Check our list of 27 free or discounted coding programs and give them a try!
Blockly Games enhance children’s coding skills and support the development of future IT specialists. These online and offline products are targeted toward 10-14 year old students. Designed to be self-paced, Blockly offers hands-on lessons, lesson supplements, and digital materials that can be downloaded for offline use, ensuring accessibility for all kids and devices. All code is open source, meaning it is free and customizable to meet your kid’s needs. CodaKid my.codakid.com
After 17 years of working with NYC students, Ivy Tutors Network created an innovative vir-
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tual learning platform that features a selection of fantastic workshops by the same brilliant IVY tutors you know and love. Want to create your very own iOS app? Well, now’s your chance! And the best part? Taught by Ivy League instructors, these classes start at just $40. Algorithmics School of Coding & Game Design us.alg.academy
Do your kids play computer games or design computer games? Algorithmics transforms students from passive to active users of technology. That’s why their lessons are built around learning stuff that comes in handy in real life and acquiring skills that help kids in their day-to-day. Teachers encourage play and exploration to keep students engaged, learning, and full of wonder. They are offering a sliding scale payment structure for new online classes. And the first lesson is free! The Coding Space thecodingspace.com
Edoki activities and apps are based on the Montessori teaching system. The products are developed in eight languages and designed for children from 3 to 12 years of age. A great game like Code Karts introduces kids to pre-
coding through a series of logical puzzles in the form of a raceway. Additionally, children can learn more about the binary computer system trough the Discovery game. You can try all Edoki Academy activities for free for a period of seven days and get a 30% discount of the yearly subscription. BlocksCAD blockscad3d.com
BlocksCAD builds math and computer science skills by using specialized 3D CAD (computer-aided drafting) software. A blockbased coding platform is created by MIT scholars and allows students to create and manipulate 3D objects while using geometry and computational thinking skills. The best way to get started with your kids is to create a free account and learn how to build a robot to create your first lesson. Scratch scratch.mit.edu
Another great MIT based platform is Scratch. Program your own digital narratives, games,
Khan Academy khanacademy.org
Khan Academy is a free resource for students, parents, and teachers. From exercises, quizzes, tests, and instructional videos, students can practice and master educational skills. This resource is available in 40 languages and offers instruction from Kindergarten to early college math, grammar, science, history, AP courses, SAT prep, and more. During the school closures due to the coronavirus outbreak, Khan Academy has daily live-streams 9 am PST/12 EST on Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter. Club Oasis social.oasismatters.com
Club Oasis is a free online STEM club for children and parents. Join the DIY STEM labs, live classes, coding lessons, and live pop-ups. Kodable kodable.com
Save 20% on Lifetime Memberships of Kodable Home with discount code SPRING BREAK. Kodable wants to challenge students to code apps, games, and websites. Use creativity and imagination to practice your coding skills, developing your very own game. Create hundreds of projects as you explore Kodable. Codemoji codemoji.com
and animations — then share your creations with other students in your online classroom. Scratch activities encourage young people to learn creative thinking, systematical reasoning, and collaborative work. Scratch is part of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group Project at the MIT Media Lab, and it is offered for free for students 8-16. Younger children may try ScratchJr, designed for ages 5 to 7. CodeWizardsHQ codewizardshq.com/covid-19
CodeWizardsHQ launched various discounts for its online coding classes. Activities are targeted towards students ages 8 to 18. Courses target various topics like HTML coding, Python Classes, of Java Script learning. The coding school added new daytime classes and a new curriculum that works for kids and families’ current situation. Math Score mathscore.com
Actively developed by MIT graduates since 2003, MathScore is a research-based,
adaptive, supplemental learning program for Kindergarten through 7th grade. It contains all of the major components of a learning system, such as assessments, math topics, lessons, and score tracking for parents and teachers who want to assess the child’s progress. With MathScore Freemium, you can use the platform for free and only choose to pay when a student is ready for the Premium content.
This organization is dedicated to opening access to computer science in schools and improving cooperation with women and underrepresented youth. This is a free platform developed by Amazon, Facebook, Google, and other high-tech companies. Their activities are tailored for K-12 computer science students. Try out the Dance Party app featuring music by Katy Perry, Shawn Mendes, the Minecraft games, or just any app from their 73M projects! Don’t forget to check out the Hour of Code for free!
BrainPOP invites students to discover, play, and create — enriching their understanding of topics across the curriculum. Children are encouraged to make movies out of images, build maps, and develop their block-based coding skills. BrianPop Jr. targets children from 0 to 3, whereas BrainPop focuses on K-12 grade students. Code Camp World codecampworld.com
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CodeSpark Academy is an award-winning website for kids K-5th grade. Use the code “schoolclosed” to get three months free. CodeSpark Academy creators want to ignite children’s interest in STEM by showing how science and technology can be creative and fun! Kidlo kidlo.com
Kidlo app is based on teacher-approved interactive instructional content. The kid-friendly games develop children’s hand-eye coordination, logical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity. Kidlo Coding activities focus on the very basics of programming, an essential skill in today’s world. The app is designed for kids in Pre-K through first grade. Educode Educode.org
EduCode makes coding and computer science learning easy for kids of all backgrounds. It’s so intuitive, the kids don’t even need guidance from a teacher. Self-directed courses allow children to learn to code independently. EduCode’s videos of microlessons break down complex computer science concepts into fun activities. Engaging storylines provide context and motivation throughout the learning process. Get the free 2 months subscription now! Tynker tynker.com/#/
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3DBear’s augmented reality app provides various free apps for remote schooling. The new AR technology is suitable for individual projects, inquiry-based and problem-based learning. Video lessons are available for students in pre-K through middle schools. 3DBear topics cover Social Studies, Math, Science, Coding, Design Thinking, Computational Thinking, and STEM/STEAM. Creative Coding creativecoding.com
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the platform is making all its content free of charge for all users. Enjoy the live Online Classes and Camps designed for students of all ages 10+. Creative Coding teachers engage with children through one-on-one screen sharing. Each child designs their own games based on their own ideas. During the two-month schooling course, students build new skills and get recognized in class for achievements. Coder Dojo projects.raspberrypi.org/en/coderdojo
CoderDojo is an online platform for free, open, volunteer-led coding Dojo clubs. NinjaStudents ages 7–17 can explore digital technology with the help of their fellow Ninjas and volunteer instructors. Check out the rich collection of amazing projects and lessons that are used in Dojos around the world. Udemy Coding For Kids udemy.com
to different aspects of coding. Code Avengers codeavengers.com
CodeMonkey is a game-based platform that invites children ages 9 to 14 to a fun and educational environment where they can learn to code from scratch and gain new skills. From CodeMonkey Jr. to Banana Tales, kids not only get the fundamentals of coding but also learn how to “write” in real programming languages. Create your Codemonkey account and start your 14-day free trial! Appinventor appinventor.mit.edu
stem/steam Directory | Special Advertising Supplement Green Meadow Waldorf School 307 Hungry Hollow Road Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977 A Green Meadow education is an integrated education. During Early Childhood, STEAM learning occurs by self-initiated exploration through play. Their Lower School offers a program where academic STEM subjects are intertwined with storytelling, fine and applied arts, music, and movement. Their High School delivers a rigorous STEAM curriculum that fosters critical, independent thinking; artistic expression; and hands-on experience. Their STEAM courses include Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Ecology, Physics, and more. Their Robotics Club placed fourth in the world at the FIRST Tech Challenge in 2015. Please email Admissions Director Melissa McDonagh at mmcdonagh@gmws. org to sign up for an Online Information Session.
Play Group Theatre 1 North Broadway, White Plains playgroup.org email@example.com 914-946-4433 The Play Group Theatre, Westchester’s creative home for children and teens, is proud to have 25 years of experience in providing a nurturing, yet artistically challenging environment for children to develop crucial skills they will carry through the rest of their lives. At PGT, Tech and the Arts go hand in hand with programs like Design/Tech, Mainstage, and TheatreLab. PGT students learn valuable skills like collaboration, empathy, effective communication, and creative problem solving... and of course acting, improv, voice, theatre design and performance. Now offering dynamic virtual programming for Spring and Summer, there is something for everyone at PGT!
Battery Park Montessori 21 South End Ave. New York, NY 10280
212-235-2304 firstname.lastname@example.org Battery Park Montessori is New York’s only trilingual Montessori school, offering exposure to both Spanish and Mandarin languages. They are the premiere school in New York City that teaches with Learning Beautiful’s hands-on, tactile, and age-appropriate STEM computer coding materials. Their Montessori trained teachers ensure the social, emotional, cognitive, academic, and physical needs of each child nurturing their independence, natural curiosity, and problemsolving abilities. Battery Park Montessori is located at 21 South End Avenue in Battery Park City. They offer rolling admissions, and there are limited spots available for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year. Contact admissions@ greenivy.com (212-235-2304).
Pine Street School 25 Pine St. New York, NY 10005 212-235-2304 email@example.com
Pine Street School is NYC’s only fully-accredited International Baccalaureate World School with a full immersion Spanish and Mandarin program from Nursery (2s) through 8th Grade. Their multilingual and inquiry-based approach nurtures a child’s natural curiosity to develop critical and creative thinking skills, student agency, and scientific and technological fluency, and inspires students to become 21st-century changemakers. They empower students with a focus on STEM, sustainability education, and responsible global citizenship. Conveniently near public transportation in the Financial District, regular age-appropriate field trips keep the learning meaningful and relevant. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org (212-235-2304) for availability in 2020-21, Financial Aid starting in Kindergarten, and Merit Scholarships for Middle School.
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7 SunKis�ed Produc�s
Warm up your beauty routine while stuck in quarantine BY DONNA LADD
he ultimate beauty hack we need right now while we are in quarantine? To look like we aren’t in quarantine. And while personal vanity for most moms is last on our list presently — it’s okay to want to look good. A sun kiss look can be done quickly, and usually, it is all one needs to lift dull skin-giving off a healthy glow. Here are seven perfect sun-kissed products!
Skywash Sheer Matte Lid Tint in Burnt Sienna by Glossier Looking sun-kissed doesn’t have to be about shimmer. A minimalist way to give your face color is by adding a bit of tint to the eyelids. Romantic Southwest landscapes inspire Glossier’s Skywash shades. Favorites are Sienna and Golden Beige, color can be added lightly, or a bit heavier whatever your preference may be, colors are dreamy and easy to apply. $18, glossier.com
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Cloud Paint by Glossier We love this soft cream for the cheeks that seamlessly goes on the skin, giving an instant healthy glow. The result is a dewy finish without looking sweaty. Depending on the shade you choose, you can go for just kissed look or pick a darker shade to show a warmth that looks perfectly sun-kissed. $18, glossier.com
Sun Stalk’r Instant Warmth Bronzer by Fenty Beauty by Rihanna The thing with powdered bronzers is, frankly, they are not always available in many shades. The sun bronzes our skins differently, and thankfully Fenty Beauty (of Rhianna) “gets it.” Available in 8 shades and although matte does not go on or feel heavy — giving the skin a sun luminosity glow. $30, sephora.com
e.l.f Baked Highlighter Blush A highlighter is a beauty miracle in a compact. A good highlighter adds light to your face — which if you have ever joked about wanting to “filter” yourself like an Instagram pic, this is what a highlighter does. With a few whirls of a brush, you can instantly refresh, and when paired with a hue that has color — you’ll look radiant. The key is not to overdo it. Softy add highlighter to the cheekbones, then blush to the apple of the cheeks — blending with your fingers or a brush. The result will look natural and, yes, sun-kissed. $4, elfcosmetics.com
Maybelline® Dream Fresh BB Cream Beauty Blams are designed to be a multi-faceted face product that does a lot in one step. Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB Cream Tint water-gel formula goes on light, not heavy on the skin. Which frankly, if you are tired like most moms, it isn’t fun when makeup makes you look more tired or older (not cool!). Upon applying, skin looks even-toned with a soft glow. Wear with or without your daily moisturizer, and while it feels we may live in quarantine forever, we will soon (positive vibes) appreciate the SPF 30. $3.99, amazon.com
Nars Orgasm Blush This blush is a cult favorite for many reasons. For one, it works for all complexions. More of a salmon pink it shimmers while also providing warmth to the cheeks, and frankly, it’s sexy AF. Thus the name. Pair it with your tinted moisturizer or wear solo — you’ll appreciate the glow upgrade it gives to your beauty routine. $30, sephora.com
TAN-LUXE THE FACE Illuminating Self-Tan Drops If not a fan of the fake bake look and you’re searching for a true sun kiss self-tanner, you’ll love The Face Illumination from Tan -Luxe. While face tanners have advanced in the last few years, some still result in an orange undertone. When we tested this product, we were pleasantly surprised at the subtle yet glowing color that appeared hours after adding drops to a basic day moisturizer. The product consists of raspberry seed oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E support. These combine ingredients help nourish the skin, and the result is soft skin with none of those telltale orange streaks. After a few days of testing, these selftanning drops resulted in our skin looking rested (yay!), glowing, and refresh. $49, sephora.com May 2020 | Westchester Family
No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites Easy, yummy snacks to make for now or later By Monica Pierini
favorite destresser for my family is to spend our time cooking or creating fun snacks. And while we’re all home with the kids, these No-Bake Energy Bites are an easy dish the kids will be excited to participate in making. The best part is that there is no cooking required, just mix and place into the refrigerator. And when the time comes, and we slowly can start to make our way out of quarantine, these bites are perfect for packing up for a day out while we are catching a few rays of social distancing sunshine.
Monica Pierini is a food stylist and recipe developer based in Brooklyn. When she’s not busy in the kitchen, she enjoys time with her son, husband and a glass of natural wine.
Oatmeal Bites • • • • • • • • •
3 tbsp of flax 8.4 oz of oats 3 tbsp of water 1 ripe banana mashed 1/2 cup of peanut butter 1 tsp of cinnamon 1 tbsp of green powder but not necessary 3 tbsp of agave Sprinkles (if you want)
Mash banana and add flax, water, cinnamon, green powder, peanut butter, and agave. Stir to combine. Add oats, sprinkles, and scoop. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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When Pediatric Appointments Go
Everything you need to know about holding your child’s visit virtually during COVID-19 By IsaBelle Bousquette
irtual pediatric appointments are a way to continue your child’s routine medical care or talk to a trusted professional in case of accident or illness. Just because we’re in the midst of a global pandemic doesn’t mean common childhood illnesses and allergies have disappeared. Maybe children need checkups. Perhaps parents are in need of advice. A virtual pediatric appointment can provide those things. To help you understand the ins and outs of virtual pediatrics and Telehealth, we sat down with Natasha Burgert, MD, a pediatrician at Saint Luke’s Health System. She shares her thoughts on the benefits of virtual appointments why Telehealth may be the future of pediatric medicine. When should you make a virtual pediatric appointment? Dr. Burgert says she’s seen everything on Telehealth visits from ankle sprains to sniffles. Virtual appointments are both for routine checkups and emergencies. The doctor explains that virtual checkups can be used to keep kids “up to date with their development and nutrition issues, sleep behavior, [and] all the typical things we discuss within the typical well-child visit.” She also explains, “We can do a lot of illness visits without having to physically touch the kid.” These include an “ADHD medicine check, behavioral health check… constipation, pink eye, and abdominal pain.” She also adds, “We can certainly recommend products for seasonal allergies during these virtual visits.” In case of an injury, for example, if a child falls while playing outside, Dr. Burgert recommends always calling the pediatrician before going to an emergency room. Now more than ever, she says, “Having parents call their medical home before reaching out to urgent cares or
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even if your pediatrician hasn’t done telehealth visits in the past, the likelihood is that they’ll be doing them now. ERs is critically important.” Even if your pediatrician hasn’t done Telehealth visits in the past, the likelihood is that they’ll be doing them now. What happens at a virtual pediatric appointment? Virtual pediatric appointments can take place over Zoom, FaceTime, or dedicated Telehealth apps. Dr. Burgert says that “If one piece of technology is really difficult for the parent or patient to use, usually there’s a helpful alternative.” She finds that, logistically, these appointments typically work better over smartphones than web cameras. Ideally, you will find a quiet, well-lit space in your home to hold the appointment. Dr. Burgert recommends a bathroom “because it still gives you some relative privacy with the parent and the child in case we’d have to ask to take off the shirt of pants in order to fully evaluate skin.” Once you’re set up over the video chatting service, Dr. Burgert says, “It’s just like any other visit.” What should you do to prepare for a virtual pediatric appointment? Preparation is key to conducting an effective
virtual pediatric appointment. Dr. Burgert explains that “These Telehealth visits are really quick typically because we’re trying to see as many kids as we can during the day.” Because of that, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re set up with everything you need before the appointment. This might include a scale, a thermometer, any medications the child is taking, and a flashlight. Dr. Burgert says, “If there’s a rash or we need to look in their throats, a flashlight can be really helpful for us.” In addition to that, the doctor recommends that parents create a written timeline of symptoms in the case of illnessrelated visits. They should also note down important questions or concerns they have. Dr. Burgert says that this “helps organize the visit as it begins.” Finally, it helps to send photos and relevant documents to the pediatrician in advance of the appointment (just as you would do for in-person appointments). Many Telehealth platforms have a specific function for sending these types of documents. What are the drawbacks of a virtual rather than an in-person appointment? Dr. Burgert explains, “For kids that need immunizations, we must keep them on schedule for those immunizations. Obviously, that would require an office visit.” Beyond that, there are a few specific ailments that may need in-person attention. According to Dr. Burgert, these include “anything that’s going to 100 percent require a physical exam or a test.” For example, an ear infection would require an in-person check unless the parents have the device at home. Strep throat would also require an inperson throat swab. However, if any of these services are required, they should supplement rather than replace a virtual appointment. Dr. Burgert explains that “Each individual
pediatric practice may have tools or tricks to be able to do those visits virtually while some offices may not.” So start with a virtual conversation. Then, if an in-office visit is required, it can be quick and easy. Dr. Burgert says that some services might even be available in the car in a drive-thru setting. It’s beneficial for parents to familiarize themselves with the logistics of virtual appointments. Dr. Burgert explains that “these types of visits are not going away after the pandemic.” She says, “This will be something that will be a part of pediatric care as we move forward, and it has been in many offices in the past.” Can virtual appointments help parents distinguish between seasonal allergies and the COVID-19 virus? One of the main benefits of a virtual pediatric appointment this Spring might be helping
parents distinguish between seasonal allergies and viral infections, such as a cold or the COVID-19 virus. Dr. Burgert explains that seasonal allergy symptoms include itchy, watery eyes, tiredness, and occasional sore throats. On the other hand, symptoms of a viral infection include extreme exhaustion (beyond normal fatigue), fevers, aches, and pains. Headaches and sore throats may be attributed to either an allergy or an infection. Dr. Burgert explains that at a virtual pediatric appointment, parents can talk through “the entire profile of what your kid is experiencing.” Distinguishing between seasonal allergies and viral infections is incredibly important because they should be treated very differently. Dr. Burgert says, “We don’t recommend a lot of over-the-counter meds for kids who have colds anymore.” Instead, she says, we have comfort measures, such as “saline, nasal drops, and humidifiers.” On
the other hand, she says that there are “safe and effective over-the-counter treatments” for seasonal allergies. These include “longacting non-drowsy antihistamines, such as children’s Allegra.” Often, these types of medications are available for delivery, so you don’t need to risk an unnecessary trip to the pharmacy. Ultimately, Dr. Burgert believes it’s important for “families to know that common childhood illnesses are still happening, even within this pandemic.” So when you need advice about treatments and medication, your pediatrician is still available to help you. Dr. Burgert explains, “This is a bit of new territory for pediatrics.” Nevertheless, she adds, “We are trying to do as much as we can within our office setting and using Telehealth visits to be able to care for the common conditions that we still need to see our patients for.” May 2020 | Westchester Family
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