The Susie

http://www.thesusie.blogspot.com

Thoughts of a young, widowed mom. Death, cancer, love, motherhood.
In this blog Susan shares what it's like raising a daughter who'll never get to meet her dad. Written with compassion, humor, love and exhaustion.

Susan is a winner of Top 25 New York Moms - 2012

In what ways is New York unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

What's the best part of raising kids in New York?

What's the biggest misconception about living in New York?

What is the best place to raise children: city, suburbs, or a rural town?

Susan

I long for a quieter neighborhood where it isn't city and not quite suburbs - but growing up in the suburbs left me always more country/nature in my soul. And I wish that for my daughter. That said, as a NYC mom - it is a thrill to hear her ask to go to "a show at Lincoln Center", she loves to ride the subway and the bus - we have museums, parks and so much stimulation at our fingertips it's incredible. She loves restaurants (we're working on our manners...). So even though city living is noisy, often dirty, and tough on a mom - for kids it's an eye opener and an education 24/7. Makes you cherish your vacations that much more...
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What's the best gear for playing outside? Please include a link to any product you recommend.

Susan

Chalk! Pails and shovels! Bubbles! Swim shoes from Children's Place or Old Navy for running in fountains during the Summer - they're cheap and perfect for a season of outdoor activity. My daughter loves her scooter and we also will fly kites this Spring ~ Susan (mom to Lily, 3) www.thesusie.blogspot.com
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What are the best ways to keep kids entertained & well-behaved at a formal event or luncheon such as wedding?

Susan

Hire a cute teenage/college age babysitter to hang out with them in a designated area! I hired a sitter, bought a few non-messy craft supplies and set up a little cocktail size table in one of the reception / hang out areas - so that the kids didn't feel out of the loop or away from the action but they had an activity and a grown up who would give them undivided attention. It was terrific - whenever I went to that area, they were all engrossed in playing together and doing a little project. Regardless it was like a home base for them and the parents generally always knew where they'd be. www.thesusie.blogspot.com
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