The Challenge Of A Loving Marriage

By Eric Messinger

Love and intimacy really aren’t inherent bed-mates. Our editor shares his admiration for the work of acclaimed psychologist Esther Perel

EM blog The alarm went off at 6:30am yesterday, as it does every work and school day, but yesterday I had an unlikely request. "Want to fool around?" I asked my sleepy wife. "What?" she responded dismissively. "April Fools!" I clarified. Because, from what I gather, I may not be the only married parent who might think of sex as a good April Fool’s joke, I have [more]

Confessions Of A Teenage Babysitter

By Jodi Silberstein

Our blogger reflects on her babysitting days & the way childcare has changed over the years

babbysitting Editor's note: For info on choosing the right babysitter, nanny, or au pair for your family, as well as a list of childcare providers in the city, click HERE! With nearly ten years of babysitting under my belt, it’s safe to say I’ve seen it all. The boy who played with his poop while I put his sister to bed, the [more]

Putting Young Learners In The Spotlight

By Dianne Drew

A local educator weighs in on the value of early childhood education

dianne As a preschool through grade 12 Head of School─and the mother of a six-month-old daughter─you would think I have answers to nearly every question about young children. I am certainly in an ideal position to observe them in action both at home and on the job. I am also privileged to work with a team of educational specialists who have [more]

Lovers As Parents, Parents As Partners

By Eric Messinger

A note for April 2014 from our editor Eric Messinger

Popes and dreams: Associate editor Mia Weber with our cover couple. Photo by Sarah Merians Photography Popes and dreams: Associate editor Mia Weber with our cover couple. Photo by Sarah Merians Photography Blame it on spring. I’m in the mood to talk about love, and the thought that keeps recurring to me is that I can’t imagine a better companion than the one I have, my wife Rebecca. That’s such a powerful assertion [more]

Nominate NYC Teacher & Parent Heroes

By Eric Messinger

Be sure to give recognition to some of the deserving educators and super parents in your child’s life

EM blog I have something really important to ask of you. Actually, it’s two things:  1. If your child has a teacher you really appreciate, please take a minute right now to nominate the teacher for a Blackboard Award For Teachers. We welcome nominations for wonderful, dedicated teachers in New York City from all grade levels (nursery through high school); and from all [more]

Rite Of Passage: Ear Piercing

By Karen Haberberg

One local mom–and photographer–takes her daughter to get her ears pierced and documents the experience with touching photos and a personal reflection

4 One of my first memories is that of getting my ears pierced. I must have been 4 or 5. I remember the stinging needles pierce my ears, the burning astringent, and finally the excitement of these new pieces of jewelry: My very own pair of tiny heart earrings. It was a milestone. I was finally a big girl. Now, I’m the mother [more]