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Family Vacation Special: Club Med Cancun Yucatan

We love to travel as a family! Whether you’re ready to escape the cold or plan your next summer vacation, Club Med Cancun Yucatan in Cancun is certainly a great, all-inclusive family-friendly spot. We had a ball! Of course, you will love the location. As one of the first all -inclusive resorts to open in [...]

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Why I Forgave $38,750 in Child Support: Revaluing Fathers This Father’s Day.

As we celebrate the fathers and father figures who have impacted our lives, let’s also think about championing fatherhood. Not just as a holiday to buy ties and tools, but also as an opportunity to redefine and revalue fathering as important work. Last year, I made the apparently very controversial decision to forgive $38,750 amount of my ex husband’s child support arrears. Read why below in my piece on NYTimes.com, and let me know what you think..

But too often, fathers are seen as accessory parents or bumbling second rate caretakers. On the other side, our society only defines fathers as deadbeat or not, solely by financial contribution. And we lump the unwilling to pay and the unable to pay in the same prison-bound barrel, regardless of what other meaningful contributions that father may make to the child’s welfare.

Here’s my story:

Earlier this year, I spent three hours sitting on a hard, wooden bench in the Queens County Family Court, waiting for a judge to approve my petition to forgive $38,750 in child support arrears from my ex-husband.

The judge said, “Well this is a rare one,” then asked me several times if I was aware of what I was doing and if I had received legal counsel. When I told my single mom friends, they looked at me as if I had committed an act of treason. “Child support is all we have!” one friend exclaimed.

Is it?

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National Lung Health Week: A Mother’s Story, Her Kids’ Resilience and Ms. Patti LaBelle

By: Chandra Lye   Susan Lee was in her 30s when her mother was diagnosed with lung cancer. Over 20 years later, Lee had to live through her own journey with lung cancer. Today she is an advocate for Lung Cancer survivors, serving as a spokesperson for the LUNG FORCE during National Women’s Lung Health [...]

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Tears For My Black Boy: A Very Public Breakdown and a Message on Mothering While Black

Last week, while standing on a stage and giving a presentation at a national conference, I broke down crying. I never saw it coming. I was talking, as I often do, about the historical trauma of black women as mothers and breastfeeders–sharing how enslaved black women were forced to breastfeed the children of the white [...]

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Need a Nanny? New NYC Nanny Concierge Service Helps Families Find Best Fit

  1-800 Need a Nanny? With parents juggling full time jobs and raising their families, nannies have become more commonplace. However, the process and criteria for choosing a nanny has dramatically changed thanks to novel ideas such as, the NY Nanny Concierge Services. Founded by Lindsay Bell and Tammy Gold, author of Secrets of the [...]

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Bye, Bye Helicopter, Hello “Third-Child” Style: The Top 6 Parenting Trends for 2016

Want to know what’s hot in parenting? Care.com released their predictions for the parenting styles that will dominate 2016. At the top of the list is the prediction for the end of helicopter parenting in favor of a more relaxed approach that encourages greater independence. The rise of the more credentialed, “professor nanny” and hybrid [...]

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That Time When My 15YO Daughter Went Vegan!: 10 Tips for Vegan Beginners

A few years ago, we hosted an event with the award-winning, vegan celebrity chef and author, Bryant Terry. And my daughter was hooked!  His cookbook , The Inspired Vegan, is one of the best! We invited families into Manhattan for a cooking demo and presentation with Bryant and his wife on healthy eating for toddlers [...]

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Ready to Hit the Beach? 9 Tips for A Safe Day

It’s beach season and parents should keep in mind some steps that will keep their children safe when in or near the ocean. While most adults worry about their children being at risk in pools, a large number of drowning incidents also happen in lakes, rivers, and oceans. According to the Center for Disease Control, [...]

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Got a Picky Eater? Using Your Mind Can Help

By Justin and Le-Anne Noble It’s not uncommon for children to pick and choose what they eat for every meal or what they absolutely refuse to eat. In fact, in a study published in PubMed Central shows that 13-22% of children aged 2-11 are considered picky eaters. It was also found that picky eating can [...]

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Better Young Readers With 6 Key Strategies

  By Dr. Shari Robertson, Ph.D. There’s certainly a reason that reading is the first of the three R’s. Reading is a fundamental skill needed to function in today’s society. There are few tasks that don’t involve some form of reading, which is why it’s so important for kids to learn early. Many child readers [...]

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