Monthly Archives: October 2014

For the love of city living with kids

This past Friday, i spent the morning walking in circles around the city with my 4 year old and 4 month old. We had fun accomplishing nothing (and consuming loads of calories at Broadway Bites.)

I came across this list through a friend but knew that it was so true about Hoboken, Jersey City and Edgewater.

8 Reasons Your Children Should Grow Up In New York

by Alana Mayman

You may have heard horror stories about raising your kids in the big, bad city, but don’t believe the hype. In fact, bringing up baby in the urban jungle gives you some distinct advantages over your parental counterparts in the ‘burbs. Some things to consider before you flee for Connecticut:

1. When you have kids in the city, they never drive. Ipso facto, they never drive drunk.

2. If you grew up in the suburbs, you know that all the bad stuff (that seemed really, really good at the time) goes down in basements. In an apartment, however, there are few places to hide.

3. Your kids will accept every woman, man, other gender, any race, any creed, any size, in any form of dress or undress, with equanimity. They might not even notice there is a difference.

4. Thousands of American parents every year have to bid their kids goodbye when they make the inevitable post-college decision to try their hand at NYC. But if you already live here, your kids will never leave you.

5. New York young’uns will not insist on, and may even balk at, home-cooked meals.

6. Some help with the whole “it takes a village” thing: you can add the doorman, your super, even the deli guy to your roster of neighborhood spies mentors.

7. A NYC kid skipping school to see giant metallic balloon animals is most likely at a Jeff Koons exhibit; a suburban kid skipping school to see giant metallic balloon animals is most likely dropping acid.

8. If you wait on line for the swing set before you learn to walk, you learn a little thing called “patience.”

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Holiday Planning Already?

It’s barely fall making it the perfect time to start planning for the holidays or at least plant the seed with grandparents and other family members.

We all know that space and storage is a premium. As much as our kids love toys and STUFF it’s kind of nice not to have new STUFF to store especially in the madness of the holidays.  (We just spent a large portion of our weekend sorting through STUFF that was cluttering my seven year old’s bookshelf and barely made a dent with her unused-must-keep-forever-and-ever-STUFF.)

The other day a friend asked me if a class counts as a gift. My answer was, of course. Why not offer an experience for your little one vs another toy?

Most class vendors in town will offer gift certificates for classes. Reach out and ask, and then suggest to your gift givers. Gift givers will love a gift that keeps giving especially if they know your child will love it (and if you offer a photo every once in a while too.)

Why not plant the seed now with eager grandparents? Better yet, suggest if they can, to join in on the fun and bring your child to class while you get a little alone time.