I’m writing this note a few days after 27 children and adults were killed in Newtown. By the time you read this, the overwhelming shock may have receded but the epic awfulness will undoubtedly live on somewhere inside of us, along with memories of Hurricane Sandy and other recent tragedies.
In the days and months ahead, New York Family will be part of the public dialogue on life after Newtown, and I invite you to join the discussion on our website or via social media on Facebook and Twitter. In our January issue however, I’d like us to share a collective respite from the heartache and turn to more everyday matters like winter children’s classes, snow fun, strollers, and local parenting.
On the face of it, our guide to cool children’s classes offered around the city this winter is a predictable exercise. But I promise that if you dip into our classes tome, you’re likely to come upon some great finds for your children (from infants to tweens). Similarly, a trip through our winter fun guide will yield tips on everything from where to sled and bowl to where to drink delicious hot chocolate and enjoy afternoon tea.
New and expecting parents will appreciate the comprehensiveness of our annual stroller guide, and parents with children in grade school are required (by me) to read our story on the importance of letting kids make mistakes and a local mom’s essay on how her daughter created a “Smarticles” machine to cope with changes in her life.
I also hope everyone will treat themselves to our profile of Anna Fader of Mommy Poppins—a New Yorker who has done a lot to help local parents better share the city’s untold riches with their children.
Now more than ever, have a happy January,