Bare with me please :)

I want this blog to eventually become a staple in Bronx mom’s lives. I want this to be a go to for events, places, whatever. But I can’t do it alone. I’m a writer, a student, a babysitter and most importantly a mother and it’s never easy to keep up with so many projects. So please, bare with me while I find a way to better maintain this blog.

I’m hoping to have one day a week where I sit down and update this blog.

-I’m also looking for other Bronx Mom’s who are interested in contrubiting.

 

Feel free to email me at NicolePerrino@hotmail.com for any feedback, comments, suggestions.

The Meltdown.

My two year old princess with devil horns is a tantrum two year old. It doesn’t happen too much, but when it does I don’t know how I keep from throwing myself on the floor and showing her how its really done. This morning was the worst. See, she goes to the childcare at my school. I love it because she’s right there, on campus (ha! Did i really just call John Jay a campus!). If anything happens I’m right there, the teacher can come get me, I’ll be there in five minutes. Also Roosevelt hopsital is right across the street God forbid anything happens. But the commute can be tiring, long, and stressful. So there we are, jumping on the train. I still take a stroller because I am no way getting caught downtown without a stroller when Bri decides she doesn’t want to walk or doesn’t want to listen. I let her walk up the stairs to give me a break with the stroller carrying and told her to sit back down when we got back to the top. She wasn’t having it. She screamed, she cried, she kicked and attempted to get out of the stroller. Of course there are no seats in the morning so I chose not to cave in and let her out, knowing that she’d just try to run up and down the train like it was Central Park. Normally I give in because I hate the stares or just knowing that the entire car is wishing they had have chosen a different car. But this morning I tried my best to calm her down, to talk her down. She gave up after a while, but the smallest thing set her off again and I eventually let her walk the rest of the way.

It’s incidents like these that I just want to hide in a corner. I want to throw my hands in the air and say, “I give up!” But I know that it will eventually end. I know that it will all one day a memory. But of course it makes me feel terrible, makes me question what I am doing wrong, makes me wonder if I’m handling it the right way. This is a phase I know I am going to see more problems out of. Her transition from stroller the entire time to more walking is going to be rough. I think I sweated the curls I had added to my already curly hair within 5 minutes of the meltdown. Some days I feel like a mess, I feel defeated. But just knowing that I’m able to get back up and do it again each time gives me strength. I know I can do it.

 

Some tips for the dreaded train ride:

-Bring coloring books and only one or two crayons (it’s too much work when they want to switch colors every two seconds)

-Get your routine down packed (I stay on the local just to avoid a bigger crowd, get to keep my seat, and avoid one more set of stairs)

-Some days give in and wear a bookbag. I’ve only listened to my own advice once so far, but it was so much easier on my back and made it easier when it came to getting on and off the bus

-Always have juice and a snack (Hunger can be a huge trigger for a meltdown)

-It’s bad I know, but a lolipop. Sometimes the most extreme meltdown ever can only cured with a sugary ball on a stick

Today at Wave Hill

Water Lily Wonders
Families are invited to sketch and paint water lilies and other wonders of the Aquatic Garden at its peak.
718.549.3200
http://www.wavehill.org
Ongoing Daily 9/6/08 – 9/7/08; check with location for exceptions.

Ages: All Ages
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: Free with paid admission

Wave Hill

675 West 252nd Street
Bronx, NY 10471

 

COURTOUSY OF GOCITYKIDS.COM

Cool Find!

Someplace Special, Haircuts and Toys For Kids

First haircut certificates, kosher lollipops, and balloons, are part of the fun. We even have two Thomas the Tank Engine play tables to play with anytime, even if you are not getting a haircut!

490 West 238th Street | Bronx, NY 10463 | SomeplaceSpecial@aol.com | 718-432-6622
HOURS: Wednesday-Saturday 10 – 6 | Sunday 11 – 5

 

If you feel like taking a trip out of the Bronx….

202 East 29th st. Manhattan

212 684 5252

Kids Cuts has moved in with Homefront Kids on 29th Street, just East of Third Avenue. Just enter through Homefornt Hardware and visit the third floor.

For more than 10 years, Kids Cuts has served the neighborhood with a bright selection
of toys, games and gifts—and our experienced hairstylists.


New Feature

I added a tab for Library Events. Check it out!

Outdoor Family Movie Night (date changed from 6th to 27th)

NEW DATE & TIME!!!
Saturday, September 27th
7:30 pm (Grounds open 6:30 pm)
Free Outdoor Movie Everyone is getting back to school… but the weather is still nice and it is hard to say good-bye to summer. Now you can still enjoy the feel of summer with a FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE! on the front lawn of Bartow-Pell Mansion.

Through a partnership with the NYC Parks and Recreation Department , Picture House and Bronx Tourism Council; Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will host a FREE Outdoor Film one night only for the public on Saturday, September 6th. The FREE Outdoor Film will take place under a new moon on the Bartow-Pell front lawn. It will serve as a fabulous culmination to the NYC Parks and Recreation Department’s Family Fun Festival and a great way to end the summer in the Bronx. Visitors can picnic on the lawn, snack on free popcorn and utilize free lawn chairs that will be made available.

A free shuttle service will be available from key points in the area to welcome guests to the site. Please note: free parking will be across the street at the Split Rock Golf Course.

Contact us for more information at 718-885-1461 or via email.

Outside The Bronx

There are some things I just can’t pass up! And one of those things is the Queens County Farm Musuem now that Halloween is approaching! Check it out!

September 7
26th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Sunday

This show will include a display of various makes and models of mototcycles that have been out of production 10 years or more.  Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, petting zoo and food with provide fun for the entire family.

Admission: $5.00 per person

September 20 and 21
26th Annual Queens County Fair
11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating and corn-husking contests, Big Apple Circus Variety Acts, make-your-own-scarecrow, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival rides, and midway. Visit our Bavarian Garden , Irish and German bands, craft and food vendors. Fun for the entire family!
Admission: Adults $6.00; children (12 and under) $3.00

To enter the blue ribbon competions in: Arts, Crafts, Vegetables, Baking, Canning,

Floral Arrangemens, Junior Arts and crafts please e-mail your mailing address and request a fair entry journal or access the journal through this link: County Fair Competition Entry Journal. The journal will list specific categories and entry information: info@queensfarm.org

 

SEPTEMBER 20 – OCTOBER 26

THE AMAZING MAIZE MAZE

sponsored by Con Edison

SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS

11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Enjoy getting lost in our 3 acre interactive corn maze. The adventure begins

with a stalk talk to prepare you for the challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles

and making your way out of the maze. To add to the adventure join us for

Maze By Moonlight on Saturday October 18th and 25th when the maze will be open until 9:00 p.m. Feel up to the challenge? Then join us for the fun of getting lost and loving it!

ADMISSION:  ADULTS $8.00

                          CHILDREN ages 4-11 $4.00

                                               ages 3 and under Free

                          Group Rates available for groups of 10 or more

WE OFFER FALL ACTIVITY PACKAGES WHICH INCLUDE THE CORN MAZE, ANIMAL FEEDING, PUMPKIN PICKING AND A HAYRIDE.  USE THIS LINK FOR PRICING CORN MAZE PACKAGES 2008

 

October 2008

 

OCTOBER 4 – 26 (and Halloween, Oct. 31)

PICK-YOUR-OWN-PUMPKIN

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS (Pumpkins are cantalope size and smaller)

11:00 a.m. –  4:00 p.m.

October is pumpkin month at the Farm Museum!  Enjoy wandering

through the planting field to find your favorite pumpkin. Price of pumpkins

will be determined by size of pumpkin. A fun farm treat for the whole family!

Admission to the pumpkin patch is free.

October 5                             
Apple Festival
11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Sunday

A large variety of apples, apple products, and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation’s largest apple cobbler will be baked on site. Enjoy cider pressing demonstrations while leaning fun apple facts at this delightful event. Vendors will have a variety of collectibles for sale, food, hayrides and free children’s games will make this event fun for all ages.
Admission: free

 

October 25, 26, and 31   
Halloween Haunted House
4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, and Friday
Visit our haunted house for thrills and chills! Hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples will be sold! The house is recommended for children ages 4–12. Adults will find it creepy too!
Admission: $4.00
Hayrides: $2.00 per person

October 26
Children’s Fall Festival

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Sunday
Halloween fun for children of all ages. Youngsters are invited to wear their costumes! Visit our haunted house.* Enjoy traditional games, including sack races and trinkets-in-the-haystack, plus pony rides and a petting zoo. Professional character look-a-likes will visit to add to the fun. Craft vendors will display and sell fall items, food, country western music and dancing will make this event fun for people of all ages.
Admission: $4.00 per person

*The haunted house is open 1:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. and is recommended for ages   4–12.   Haunted House admission is $4.00 per person.

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