Thursday, September 18, 2014

Britax Offers Car Seat Safety Tips, Stroller Deal

car seat Britax

Is your child one of the three out of four kids who are not properly secured in a vehicle because their car seats are not correctly installed? This is a big reason why motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for kids ages one through 12 years old.

With Child Passenger Safety Week upon us, we want to emphasis the need to improve those frightening numbers. Sarah Tilton, child passenger safety advocacy manager (aka The Car Seat Whisperer) for our good friends at stroller and car seat manufacturer Britax, offers these important tips:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9 Easy Steps to the Perfect Playground

swingsBy Dave Lesser

Sometimes you have an idea that you don’t want to profit from financially, you just want the product or service to exist to make your life easier. I swear I invented HopStop when I was working in New York City and the subway system confused me. Or maybe it already existed, and a friend told me about it after I explained my brilliant concept. The details aren’t important.

What is important is that is that since I became a stay-at-home dad five years ago, playgrounds have been my go-to activity during the summer. I’ve seen a lot of jungle gyms, slides and swings, but none that are perfect. I’m not asking for much, just a playground designed with my particular needs and desires in mind.

And, you know, fun for my kids.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Taking the Car? Make Sure Your Child Arrives Alive

car seat graphics Child Passenger Safety Week

Is your child ready for a car booster seat? Is that buying a used car seat a good idea? Perfect questions to ask today, the start of Child Passenger Safety Week.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children under age 13, and many times these deaths and other child passenger injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts.

To help, we have put together this list of car seat resources you can share with your family and friends:

Thursday, September 11, 2014

9/11 Remembrance: To the Dad I Never Met

On this day of remembrance for those killed during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks of 2001, a day that is so powerful and painful to all Americans but most especially to those of us in and around NYC, we offer this 2011 ABC News report about a son’s letter to the dad he never met -- a firefighter killed during the Twin Towers’ collapse.

(ABC News blocked this video from appearing on the website, but you can still view it on YouTube.)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5 Ways To Spoil Your Child Rotten at Hersheypark


Hersheypark: We arrived at the "sweetest place on earth"
My wife and I celebrated our tenth anniversary two weeks ago.  We made all of the necessary arrangements for a win-win scenario - my mother-in law taking over as caregiver, spending quality time, and entertaining our son for "Grammy-Camp" while my wife and I skipped town for a kid-free jaunt to Seattle.  The carrot that we dangled in front of our son was the promise of an entertaining, adventurous family weekend to Hersheypark upon our return.  Maybe it was the guilt of leaving our son back home while we lived it up on the West Coast.  Either way, it was our goal to loosen the parenting reigns and spoil our son rotten for a weekend.  Mission accomplished!

Of course, there's lots of ways to spoil your children at the "sweetest place on earth," but here's five successful ways that worked for us in spoiling our child at Hersheypark.  I'm confident these tips would work at any amusement park.
Enjoying a Hershey Bar after measuring up at 48 inches

Monday, September 8, 2014

Baby’s First Trip to the ER

kid in laundry basketBy Brandon Garcia
One thing I find interesting about having a child is how a mundane event, such as doing the laundry, can turn into a pediatric emergency room visit.
I’ve learned doing laundry in an apartment building with an 18-month old is a great way to tire a kid out. My son really enjoys running down the hallway, taking the elevator, pushing all the buttons, and saying hello to anyone he meets. After my little helper goes back and forth to the laundry room a few times, he's wiped out. By the time I'm finally folding the clothes on our bed, I just let my son lay down and play with the pillow covers.
Watching him there, my mind relaxed and I enjoyed the moment. Then he leaped up, threw a cover over his head and proceeded to flip off the corner of the bed a la Greg Louganis.

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