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New Day Is Called for May 22: 'Take Your Children To Park And Leave Them There Day'

Wed, 5 May 2010 12:54:12 EST

Hi Readers : You read it here first! Free-Range Kids is officially declaring Saturday, May 22 the weekend before Memorial Day the very first, "Take Our Children to the Park And Leave Them There Day."What?!Just that. If our goal is to get kids back outside (it is), and playing together (it is), and for parents to relax (it is), and to start creating community again (it sure is!!!), then "Take Our Children to the Park And Leave Them There Day" is a great first step.Across the country what...

When Families Become Less Insular and More Open

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Day in and day out, if the only people we speak to about the election (or any subject for that matter) are people who share our beliefs, are we really engaging in any kind of thoughtful deliberation? It's understandable that our children are exposed to a rather limited scope of views, but shouldn't we make an effort to expose them, and ourselves, to as many ideas and thoughtfully crafted opinions as possible?

Banishing the Post-Baby Bump

Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Even the most active New York City mother knows how grueling it can be to lose pregnancy pounds. Although exercise and dieting can help, the stubborn belly area is often slow to respond. The Belly Bandit ($39.95), a tummy wrap, was created to help new mothers reclaim their pre-pregnancy bodies. Made from compression material that reduces swelling, it is designed to take the tension off the lower back even as it helps tighten the abdominal muscles. According to the makers of the Belly Bandit...

Do Five Children Make a Vice President?

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

In the past month, more than a dozen people have asked me what I think about Senator McCain's choice of Governor Palin as a vice presidential candidate. I don't mean that in the course of normal conversation, people have asked me what I think about the presidential election: Instead, acquaintances have made a beeline toward me in social settings and asked, rather fiercely, "Are you ready to be president?"

Baby Bling With Bite

Tue, 23 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Schlepping toys around for teething babies to chew on can be a cumbersome task for new mothers. Thanks to Smart Mom Jewelry, a practical and stylish option is available in the form of a collection of teething rings meant to be worn by the mother. Designed to assuage babies' discomfort, Smart Mom Jewelry is wearable and easy to tote. Items are made out of federally approved silicone, and the material is nontoxic and completely free of chemicals and harmful substances. The collection includes...

No to No-Sibling Policies in Private Schools

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Having entire families attend a single school creates community. It's great when your older child's best friend has a sibling in the same grade as your younger child. There's a certain familiarity and warmth that comes from having the same teacher for the second time. And you are less likely to fret over your child's weaker areas if you know that the school is your partner in helping you provide your child with the resources he needs -- as opposed to one step away from suggesting that your child isn't a good fit for the school.

Posh Pacifiers

Tue, 16 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Parents can personalize the often indispensable baby-soothers at with names, skulls, and other designs.

When Children Play a Part in Grieving

Tue, 9 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Even as much as we knew the end of my grandmother's life was coming, it still came as a shock, which is how I know so many people have felt when their parents and grandparents, siblings and spouses, have died, even after illnesses that lingered for years. It is my children, with their generous supply of hugs and sometimes hilarious questions, that make these difficult times bearable.

Eco-Friendly to Baby's Bottom

Tue, 9 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

As the trend toward going "green" shows little sign of slowing, parents seeking eco-friendly products for children can look to FuzziBunz cloth diapers.

Boys Will Be Boys

Tue, 2 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

The babysusu collection for active tykes mixes all-natural fabrics and playful themes for a twist on classic looks.

The Struggle at Summer's End

Tue, 2 Sep 2008 00:00:00 EST

Ambivalent. That's how I feel this week as my tour as Julie McCoy, cruise director of the "Love Boat," comes to an end. Say good-bye to the bathing suits, bike rides, lemonade stands, Scrabble games, and sand castles. And say hello to uniforms, 8 a.m. drop-offs, homework, play dates, and practices.

A Diaper Bag With Buzz

Tue, 26 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

The Queen Bee Honey leather diaper bag from the Bumble Collection features 18-karat-gold hardware and easily doubles as a chic tote for mothers.

A Summer Warm-Up for a Self-Indulgent Future

Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

"Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home." Thank you, Bill Cosby, for putting a fine point on the looming end to the blissful, if unnatural, quiet I have been enjoying for the past several weeks. My summer is over, camp is out, and, indeed, my children are coming home.

Leaving Bike Riding to the Children

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

This week, as the summer days began to get the tiniest bit shorter, and the nights had the slightest hint of crispness, I realized that I'd better make good on my promise to teach my daughter, nearly 6, to ride a bike. Getting rid of the training wheels was one of a few summer promises Kira and I had made to each other at the end of June. And we hadn't touched the bike since.One morning, I gulped down my last bit of coffee and told Kira I was ready. "Put on your sneakers and helmet, and let's...

Refining Baby's Palate

Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Feeding children can be all too harrowing a task. But thanks to Petite Palate ($58 for a packet of 24), a line of organic, nutritious baby food packed with flavor, mealtimes promise to be a lot more appetizing. Created by two chefs (and new mothers) who trained at London's Cordon Bleu and the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Petite Palate is designed to nurture infants' and toddlers' taste buds from the first bite. While jarred baby foods undergo a heating process to make them...

Learning How To Play The Game of Life

Tue, 5 Aug 2008 00:00:00 EST

Last week, I took my daughter, who is nearly 6, for a tennis lesson. At the tennis club, I happened to see a mother I casually know as she was watching her two daughters having a lesson of their own. Her girls were older, maybe 10 and 12, and their tennis was to be perfectly honest terrible.Balls were flying all over the place. Their gangly bodies were going backward when they should have been going forward, and vice versa, and their strokes were awkward and inconsistent.They were also, I...

An Optimistic Mother Ponders Her Pessimistic Child

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

There's this great story being forwarded among parents about an optimistic child and a pessimistic child.The two children are taken to different rooms. The pessimistic child is taken into a glittering hall of brand-new toys. There are magnificent old-fashioned toys, as well as the latest Nintendo Wii and Sony PlayStation. There's a sleek computer, a gorgeous dollhouse, and a jumping castle.The optimistic child is taken to another room. In this room is only horse dung. Mountains and mountains of...

Craft Work

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

Mothers looking for creative ways to fill the downtime this summer will find a trove of ideas in Abby Pecoriello's "Crafty Mama Makes 49 Fast, Fabulous, Foolproof (Baby and Toddler) Projects" (Workman, $15.95). The child-themed activities are both inexpensive and easy to make: Peekaboo books, no-sew blankets, "insta-bibs," and photo bracelets are just a few of the DIY designs. The guide includes instructions on decoupage, cropping photographs, and handcrafting jewelry. The author, who has led...

A Parent's Summertime Checklist

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

We are about halfway through summer vacation, and around this time every year, I try to make a list of family activities I want to do before summer's end. In my house, if it doesn't make it onto my list, it doesn't get done.So, here goes: My top 12 list of must-dos this summer.1. Go to the beachWhich beach might matter to you, but it certainly won't make much difference to your gang. Coney Island, Jones Beach, Rockaway Beach, a Hampton beach, or Fire Island are all for the taking. Go with...

Mothers Go Om for Summer

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:00:00 EST

With the little ones off to summer camp or vacations with relatives, mothers get some downtime at parties in the Hamptons. But dressing up in the season's maxi dresses for Sunday brunch or a night out requires the perfect accessory. The elegant Nizam Embellished Cuff by Rosena Sammi ($99), part of the jewelry company's "Om" collection, is made from beads and wire, and comes in sterling silver or gold with an "Om" charm. The collection includes locket and vermeil-beaded necklaces, rings, and...