August 06 2017

City Living with Kids,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Living in Brooklyn

City Kids Need You to Help them Love the Outdoors

I did not grow up in an outdoorsy family.  My parents moved from Brooklyn to Staten Island, following a mass migration by my dad’s family from the Lower East Side.  To them, the suburban streets of Staten Island were the height of rusticity. Their idea of getting outdoors…

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March 08 2017

City Living with Kids,Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

Bird-Watching is God’s Gift to Broke New Yorkers

Did you know that bird-watching is one of the fastest growing hobbies?  It’s not just me, everyone’s doing it.  According to a survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service, bird-watching is the 15th most popular outdoor recreational…

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February 22 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Living in Brooklyn,Money,Saving Money

Freedom is Groovy feat. Brooklyn Bread…

The title of my imaginary number one hip hop single! Except, even better.  Because, for real, today my friends over at Freedom is Groovy were kind enough to include an essay of mine on their blog about how our normal middle class working family deals with the soul-crushing costs…

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February 14 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Health & Wellbeing,Saving Money

Family Skiing Near NYC That Won’t Bankrupt You

Skiing is one of the great pleasures of life.  I say this a someone who is a terrible skier.  But it doesn’t matter, because for some people, skiing is mainly about being out on a beautiful mountain surrounded by nature, snow and views.  I am a Nervous Nelly…

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January 17 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness,Living in Brooklyn

Volunteering with a Little Kid

I pontificated recently about that beautiful small amount of time that we are allotted to live in the innocent bubble of our children’s childhoods.  It is a place where we are free to entertain crazy ideas about the world.  Ideas like anything is possible.  Or like helping other…

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January 10 2017

City Living with Kids,Family,Happiness

The Upside of Losing Your Cool

My oldest son turned 9 this past week, and I am aghast over how all the little changes that have been quietly adding up over the past decade suddenly seem to have happened all at once, overnight.  Who is this tall boy creating his own video games and animations on…

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September 17 2016

City Living with Kids

Financial Survival Guide for City Families

The decision to raise your children in an expensive metropolis can turn into a mental argument that you re-litigate inside your head daily.  You love your home, but struggle against the constant tide of things working against you.  Everything usually boils down to money, which could fix many of…

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August 31 2016

City Living with Kids,Family

Top Five Picks for Family Game Night

At our house, any night that we can make family game night happen, is a good night.  Finishing dinner, getting baths and homework out of the way, and prying phones, ipads and video games out of everyone’s hands is an accomplishment on par with completing the New York…

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August 27 2016

City Living with Kids,Living in Brooklyn

Five Things to be Grateful for When You Live in a City

Life in New York City can be really hard, especially for working families.  The indignities are rapid fire. I can only imagine it’s the same in any other large or expensive city.  There was a story in New York Magazine recently written by a woman who talks about…

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July 28 2016

City Living with Kids

Summer Reading List for Thoughtful Kids

My children are having a pretty lazy summer.  We went minimalist on day camp and after a few trips visiting relatives, we’ve finally settled into a long-awaited calm and unscheduled couple of weeks.  This has left plenty of time for summer reading (er, intermingled with arguments about…

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