The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx experienced an awesome combination of dads, kids and trains recently as our NYC Dads Group met up there. It's one of the best winter break activities in NYC you can do indoors with your children. The annual train show is one of my 4.5-year-old son Miles’ favorite things to see, and this is his third year in a row attending. The show combines two major “attractions,” model trains and model architecture, with the buildings of New York City, complete with bridges, made out of plants (remember, this is the Botanical … [Read more...]
Sure, I have had many memorable Halloweens before having our son Jake, mainly of the eggs and shaving cream kind. Things are quite different now. Last year, I remember putting on Jake's scary spider costume, and hoping he would last at least 30 minutes as I toted him around our building for trick or treating. It was not successful! We made it for about 20 minutes to about 10 or 12 doors before he crashed in my arms.
This year was more memorable for myself and probably for Jake. This year, he was wide awake and on a sugar high from a cupcake we decided to feed him. … [Read more...]
Father's Day has always been a day to appreciate and celebrate with my dad. We usually have a family dinner, brunch, or if lucky, a barbecue. Now, I am included in the mix of this father's "appreciation" day as well. Enter the greetings cards and I'm sure a few neckties in the years to come. As I reflect a bit, I realized that this first Father's Day felt different because it is still hard for me to believe that I am a parent. My son is almost one. One -- can you image that? So I find myself asking many questions. Did I do everything with him that I could have? What can I do with him in … [Read more...]